A Thank You with Needle & Thread

Greetings my stamping friends. {Insert heavy sigh here.} Today is the first time since Saturday that I have had the desire to even step foot into my craft room. I had started a card on Friday of last week, I think, that I put the final touches on today that I am now going to share with you.

This card took me a while to get right. I wanted to use Blushing Bride as the card base but for some reason I have trouble using colors other than Whisper White, Very Vanilla or Crumb Cake as card bases. Maybe I can overcome that hang up this year.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

Product List

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to ask. My tutorials are shared with you for FREE.

If you take a really close look at the designer series paper in this product suite, you will notice that many of the designs have detailed needlepoint stitches on them. How do they do that you ask? Well here is a video from the Stampin’ Up! home office and the product development team that explains just how painstakingly they design and create these beautiful papers for you to use in your projects:

Wow! These guys and gals are so talented! That would be my dream job, but then I would have to move to Utah ….

Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration is in full swing. For every $50 or $100 your purchase (before taxes and shipping) you get to pick products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for FREE! Click this link HERE to see all that you have to choose from. Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31, 2019!

Join during Sale-a-Bration and get extra perks! Starting January 3, recruits who join Stampin’ Up! as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration can choose from two offers. These offers are IN ADDITION to the regular Starter Kit offering.

Stampin’ Up! offers a great business opportunity for everyone. No matter how old you are, where you are in life, or your background. And best of all, it’s fun!

I would love to have you as part of my team. I am available to answer any questions you may have. With the proper tools from Stampin’ Up! — YOU CAN BE THAT TALENTED!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Botanical Butterfly Gingham Gala Birthday

Greetings my stamping friends. Today, Saturday, January 12, is my Mom’s 79th birthday! We gathered as a family last night at Olive Garden (Party of 11!) for a pre-birthday celebration. I got to spend some time with my sister, her daughter and granddaughter from Lake Conroe/Katy area who drove up for the weekend. The highlight of the evening is when young Olivia kept calling Uncle Steve “Rhonda”, who is his wife and one of my other sisters!

Of course I made my Mom a birthday card and since she has it I can now share it with you all as today’s project:

For this project I let designer series paper do most of the work for me. I have a confession to make. I buy designer series paper — a LOT of designer series paper — but I tend to not use it once I have it. It’s always so pretty that I hate to cut it; then I will obviously run out of it if I use it and (with the exception of a few packs) they do not carry over from year to year. So this year I have decided I WILL use it on almost all of my projects.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this project which can be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

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Did you notice that I used TWO products that are available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration? The Botanical Butterfly DSP and the Organdy Ribbon are both FREE each with a $50 purchase (before taxes and shipping)! Also a cool tip to share is that the Butterfly Duet Punch will punch out butterflies from several of the sheets of the Botanical Butterfly DSP which made today’s project super quick and easy.

If you have any questions regarding the design elements of this card, do no hesitate to ask. I happily share my instructions for FREE.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Lovely Lattice Butterfly Gala Thank You

Greetings my stamping friends. The project I am sharing with you today was actually completed yesterday. However, my laptop wanted to scan my c: drive for errors and then updated Windows again. During that time I finished making the Thank You cards for my husband, a little box to put them in and the framed memorial for the service on Saturday. Once the computer was ready for use I was beyond “over it” and simply headed off to bed rather than continue fighting with technology. Now I discover that WordPress has changed their post format so hopefully this post gets completed and submitted without issue as my patience is thin these days.

Now for the project. I used one of the stamp sets I received as a Prize Patrol at #OnStage2018 in Orlando, Florida in November — Lovely Lattice. Here is my card:

The Lovely Lattice stamp set is FREE as part of Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase (before taxes and shipping). Don’t let the detail of the larger stamp intimidate you. You can leave it uncolored, color just a few of the flowers, or color just one flower that you “pop up” with dimensionals. Your options are only as limited as your imagination (and samples on Pinterest)!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

I used the Lovely Lipstick emboss powder from the 2018-2020 In-Color collection.

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to share my project instructions with you for FREE.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Nine Lives + Happy Tails = Friends Forever

Greetings my stamping friends.  Today I did a little bit of this and a little bit of that which did include spending time in my stamping room (yay!).  I first worked on a framed item that will be used at my stepson’s Memorial on Saturday after hooking up my new Canon printer that prints up to 12 x 12 pages (woohoo!).

My project for today uses two new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog — Nines Lives and Happy Tails.  One coordinates with the Cat Punch which was previously released and the other coordinates with a brand new Dog Builder Punch!  I’m so excited to have a new stamp set for the Cat Punch and glad to finally have a dog one.  Here is today’s card:

Aren’t those fur babies cute?!?  I was inspired by the love and affection between my 2-year old Black Mouth Cur dog Ella and our 3-month old kitten Jenna.  Ella is so gentle, loving and projective of Jenna it just boggles the mind.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

Keep in mind that with every $50 or $100 purchase you earn Sale-a-Bration rewards, i.e. the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper that I used in this project.  It was FREE with a $50 purchase!

If you have any questions regarding any design elements of this project, do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Love What You Do with a Thank You

Greetings my stamping friends.  It is way past my bedtime but my laptop decided that my Windows operating system just had to be updated before it would let me do anything this evening.  (It would have been nice to have noticed this while I was creating today’s project!)

Now that my laptop is back in operation I can share with you today’s project which is another #simplestamping project, but not one that qualifies for the January challenge.  My husband and I are going to need a lot of Thank You cards to send to friends and family for their gifts of flowers, plants and donations in honor of Chad.  I have not “bought” cards of any kind since I discovered the art of stamping back in 2005 so of course I wanted to design and make our Thank You cards.  Here’s what I came up with:

I love how it turned out — simple but still a little bit elegant.  What do you think?

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card which can be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

I have beat my record from yesterday for the fewest number of products used on a project!

Now I just hope it meets with my husband’s approval so I can reproduce enough for our needs.

If you have any questions regarding the design of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Meant to Be for Valentines

Greetings my stamping friends.  I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and that if you are a football fan that the teams you wanted to win came through for you (thankfully mine did – #COWBOYS).

I felt rather poorly this weekend.  Perhaps it was the stress of the past few months or I caught something from relatives around the holidays, but I have been extremely tired, headachy and have a sore throat.  Seems like there is always something trying to keep me away from my stamping playground.  However, I did stay up this evening working on a project for January’s #simplestamping challenge from Stampin’ Up!.  Here are the instructions for this month’s challenge:

Theme: Valentine’s Day
Supplies: Stamps, ink, and paper.
Bonus Material/Tool: You may use a punch.

(Remember to keep your project simple, share it using #simplestamping, and most of all—have fun!)

And here is what I came up with (sadly it took me about four attempts to get it just right – ugh stamp halos are the worst):

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card (I think this is a record for me as to the least number of products used – ever):

I used the “masking technique” on the hearts to eliminate the right side of the larger heart from stamping on the left side of the floral heart.  To do this technique you simply stamp a copy of the image that you are wanting to preserve on a scrap piece of paper, fussy cut it out and lay it over the stamped image on your project.  Then stamp the other image(s) and remove the “mask” when you are done.  Easy peasy.

If you have any questions regarding the design of this card, do not hesitate to ask.

Since this was a project for the #simplestamping challenge I was limited to what I could use in my design.  Otherwise I would have included bling and die cuts to dress it up a bit.  Of course Stampin’ Up! offers coordinating products that I could have used with this stamp set, Meant to Be.  Here is a YouTube video that introduces the coordinating Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies:

There are so many fabulous product suites in the new Occasions Catalog.  I cannot wait to share them with you.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A New Year, A New Catalog

Greetings my stamping friends.  I hope that each and every one of you had a joyful and safe Christmas and New Years celebration with your friends and families, both near and far.

My family’s almost two-month long health crisis with regard to my stepson came to a sad end on December 30, 2018 when he took his final breath.  We are grieving as you can all imagine but are grateful that he is no longer in pain from his condition.  Funeral services will be held on January 12 which will be a simple Memorial Service as he wished to be cremated and his ashes to be spread in places that he loved.

Enough sadness already ….

While the Holiday Catalog sales period has come to an end, there are several products that are on the Carryover List that remain available for purchase between now and the release of the new Annual Catalog in June 2019.  Some of these products may make their way into the new catalog, but most likely not so this could be your last chance to get these beauties in your crafting arsenal.

I made several last minute Christmas gifts a day or two before Christmas for a few friends, my sisters, married nieces and my Mom.  I used items from the Holiday Catalog which I can itemize for you at a later time if needed.  Here is what I made (including the box):

I think I made about nine of these in a 24-hour period!

The time has arrived!  The new Occasions Catalog is live and in living color.  If you are an active customer of mine (have made a purchase within the last two years) you should received, if not already, one copy of both the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration Brochure (more information to be provided below).  I have heard from other demonstrators that many have not yet received their copies.  Please be patient and allow the postal service to catch up from the holiday rush; however, if you have not received one by the end of next week, hit me up for another copy and I will check with the home office about delivery issues.

I have not yet made anything with my new products with everything that has been going on in our personal life, but I plan on getting crafty this weekend and will share with you soon.

Have you ever experienced a Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration event?  If not, you are going to LOVE the next three months!  For every $50 (Level 1) or $100 (Level 2) purchase you make between January 3, 2019 and March 31, 2019, you are able to select products from the Sale-a-bration brochure for FREE – that’s right, FREE!  With the exception of the Tea Time Framelits Dies (Level 2 item), the Sale-a-bration products will not be available for purchase once this event ends.

Links have been provided to my online store in the banners for both the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration.  I hope you take a moment and browse the amazing new products that are available now and March 31, 2019 (Sale-a-bration) and June 3, 2019 (Occasions Catalog), or while supplies last.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Until next time, stamp on my friends,

Linda

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Humming Along Sneak Peek

Greetings my stamping friends.  I hope you are all staying dry and warm this wet and cold winter weekend.  My husband and I are still enmeshed in a family tragedy that has yet to write its final chapter.  It involves one of my stepson’s and is a sad tale for another day.

Tomorrow (Saturday) I will travel to Amy Storrie’s home in Denton, Texas for a Stamped with Joy group meeting to play with the new products from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs due to release in January 2019.  Since by now you should have caught on that I attended #OnStage2018 in Orlando, Florida back in November and was able to pre-preorder some of these products, plus we were given several stamp sets, etc. while at the event.  Today’s project (I know, it’s about time!) uses one of the “cling” new stamp sets called Humming Along.

This is also my swap card for tomorrow’s group meeting (cats out of the bag!).  This stamp set has images that are perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ Blends, Watercolor Pencils or any other coloring method you pick.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this card.  With the exception of the stamp set (which will be available starting January 3, 2019), you can add these products to your shopping cart with a quick click on the thumbnails below:

If you have any questions regarding the design elements, techniques, measurements or anything else regarding this project, do not hesitate to ask.  My tutorials are always FREE.

Of course, if you can’t wait until January 3, 2019 to get your hands on this stamp set, if you become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator NOW you can choose it as part of your starter kit (and start saving 20% on everything you buy going forward)!  I would love to have you as part of my team — and I still need just ONE recruit to advance in title to Silver ….  Ask me how you can join my team.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Year-End Close Out Starts Now!

Here is it — the retired items list for the Holiday Catalog. These products are available December 5, 2018-January 2, 2019 or while supplies last. Embellishments and papers are always the first to go so don’t delay on getting what you want or need!

Click on the photos below for a link to my online store.

If you have any questions please call me!

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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#OnStage2018 – INK Swaps

Greetings my stamping friends. I have been otherwise occupied with family matters the past few weeks and have not been in the crafting frame of mind as a result. Take a minute to hug your loved ones or call them and let them know you are thinking about them and are so very grateful to have them in your life.

I do have a collection of swap cards from #OnStage2018 Orlando that I have not shared with you. I did an organized swap with Jann McCollom’s INK demos (I was part of her downline when we had 5 levels …) and this group of ladies are extremely talented! Here are their creations with credit given if they properly labeled their card.

Aren’t they all amazing?!? If you have any questions as to products used or measurements, etc. for any of these projects do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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