2018 Stampin’ Up Convention Recap!

I’ve got 2 hours at the airport waiting for my flight home so I thought I’d share some photos with you from this last week!  (and yes, we are given the green light from SU to share everything except the inside pages of the new catalogs:)

About 6000 Stampin’ Up demonstrators landed in Orlando from all over the world this past week for the 30th Anniversary On Stage event!  (they call it On Stage now but it’s still called convention to me:)
My team are affectionately known as Roadies since my team name is Where The Rubber Hits the Road.  We had 72 Roadies attend this week and we managed to get almost all of us in the team photo above!  A little tricky but with the help of a friend on the 2nd floor, we all got in the frame!

One of our perks for going to the SU event is seeing the upcoming Occasions
and Sale a Bration catalogs early!   We haven’t even made it through the holidays but as demonstrators, we have to keep a little ahead to prepare for the next season.  These will begin January 3rd!  Lots of butterflies, hearts and flowers and several that I predict will be popular.  Here are a few sneak peeks of some things I really liked and some news!

There’s a suite of products called Needlepoint Nook.  Stamps, papers, cute mini buttons and these really great stitched framelits dies!  You can see the detail in the next 2 pics:

Look at how Ange embossed the stitched die as a background to created a quilted look:


We also heard some VERY good news that you may find exciting!  Some of you (depending on the state you live in) have trouble with our stickers on our rubber stamps staying on the acrylic blocks.  I know in Florida, they can fall off easily if you don’t keep the blocks clean and press firmly when adhering.   Stampin’ Up is changing the sticker AND the name to Cling Stamps!

Personally, I always found the name ‘clear mount’ for rubber stamps confusing.  I know it was supposed to mean mounting to a clear block but to many, they sounded like they were supposed to be clear stamps.  So hopefully this will help!

Everyone will get to experience the new material on all the rubber stamps in January in the Occasions and Sale a Bration catalogs!   We were able to use them this week and I can tell you, they STICK LIKE CRAZY!  Almost too much LOL (I had images of that Crazy Glue guy hanging from his helmet from a beam!)  I can’t wait to put them to the test.

When I checked in, I was so delighted to receive a gift from SU for being #21 in the US and #42 Global (world)!  It’s a beautiful leather purse and wallet in a granite gray color.  I’m so thankful for my customers and team that helped me place again this year!

The butterflies are back!  In a new punch AND framelits and a few new stamp sets!

Oh and the Gingham Gala Suite….small checks and big checks and LOTS of butterflies there, too!

Happiness Blooms is a happy happy suite with bold colors paired with Navy:

Most exciting for me?  Stitched RECTANGLE framelits!  Finally:)

When we checked in, we received this pretty canvas anniversary bag and a really great stamp set!  Love the fonts!

Fun fact!
Did you know there are 2 demonstrators named Linda Heller?
We finally found each other!  Crazy coincidence that we joined the same year, in 1999 only a month apart.  Hopefully we can both walk the stage together for our 20 year anniversary next November! She’s delightful and so fun to finally meet up:)

My plane has pulled in and I need to wrap up my post!
I hope you enjoyed a few sneak peeks and if you want to see more, hop over to my Stamping School Facebook page at
where I posted a lot while I was there!

Go Stamp Something!


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Snowflakes are falling…

Look at all these die cut snowflakes!  (The largest one is about 3-3/4″)  These are from a limited time only set of products called Snowflake Showcase!  Watch a video from the home office:

There are 5 products in this suite available Nov – Nov 30th.

You can download the flyer HERE to see sizes and details


This photopolymer stamp set is all occasion and called Happiness Surrounds  $17


This holiday, photopolymer set is called Snow is Glistening  $21

To me, these are the really great deal not to be passed up!  If you don’t already have a good variety of snowflake dies, look at getting this set.  $39 for 20 dies, all different sizes of snowflakes plus a few leaves in there.  I made up these 2 cards using just the dies and the Joy stamp from the Snow is Glistening set.


For the navy card, I was playing around with spritzing the white glitter paper (sparkle glimmer I think it’s called)  I used Balmy Blue and 70% rubbing alcohol in my mister.


Then just for fun, I misted the dies over white paper and it created a ghosty effect.


(side note – when I ran the whole sheet of glimmer paper with all the dies, I needed a shim but on regular white I didn’t need a shim)

There are also shiny silver metal snowflakes $8 for 20
and Velvet White 12 x 12 paper 2 sheets for $5
Hard to see the velvety white paper but its’ nice !

Here are some samples from the home office:

If you see something you may want, drop me an email at Linda@stampingschool.com or order online HERE!


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Birthday Cards in my mailbox

I’m away from home this week but wanted to share a few stamped birthday cards I received before I left!

The first one is a beautiful card from Connie
with a z-fold pop up using the Jar of love set:

Linda G sent this sweet card and I love the pop of yellow.

My friend Trish sent this Cute card with the frame. Love the layout!

A talented customer, Bev, sent me this card loaded with texture and depth:

This pretty botanical card is from my birthday twin, Mary:

This next one wasn’t a birthday card but came at the right time. It’s from Rich Jutkins at the SU home office sending me a note on a sales milestone.:

I love the easy layout on his card and it would be great in any color. Thanks, Rich!

Hope you find some time to stamp today!


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30 Stamp Sets on sale!

One day only!  15% off 30 stamp sets on Tuesday October 23rd!
(wood mount 15% off for these also – see catalog for wood mount prices and take 15% off)

Print/view flyer HERE

See my favorites in red bold:

Cake Soirée Clear-Mount Stamp Set

framelits available)

Apron Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set


framelits available)

Best Bunny Photopolymer Stamp Set


punch available)

Time For Tea Photopolymer Stamp Set

framelits available)

Labels To Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set

punch available)

A Little Wild Clear-Mount Stamp Set

framelits available)

A Big Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set

framelit available)

If you see anything you want to have, send me an email with your order or order online HERE!

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How to Not color a pheasant….

I had a request for a Stamping School video to use the Pleasant Pheasants
stamp set with the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers or watercolor pencils.
I found myself googling  ‘pheasant colors’
because I had no idea which colors to use!
They are very pretty birds, especially the male.

I did the video and while I ended up liking all the colors,
I wanted a quicker way to NOT color the pheasant
so I went old school and bleached them instead!

Bleaching removes the color from the cardstock,
so every color reacts differently.
In this case, Cajun Craze became a vanilla color.
Here are some tips for bleaching:

  1.  Stamp image with VersaMark ink pad and use clear embossing powder to heat emboss image.  This sets it and protects the image from getting bleached.
  2. Keep a ventilated work space.  I only used 1 tablespoon bleach and dipped an old blender pen into the bleach and ‘colored’ the cardstock where I wanted to bleach.
  3. It dries fast and the bleaching happens as it dries.  If you are impatient, you can use your heat gun to quicken the process but again, ventilation is important.
  4. You can reapply more bleach to lighten the areas more.
  5. Cardstock that is white on the inside or the core won’t work as well. Try it with our Stampin’ Up card stocks, which have color all the way through.
  6. Be prepared for everyone to say how clean your stamp room smells!  They will think you’ve been cleaning all day.

I used the Merry Christmas Thinlits dies for the sentiment label
and added a cute copper brad and some copper edged ribbon.
The paper strip is from the Country Lane designer series paper in the Holiday catalog.

I hope you try it if you haven’t yet!

Stampin’ Up supplies used – click on any item to view in my store

Heat Tool


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Happy October and 10% off select stamping supplies!

New items!
Do you have a Stamparatus?
We have some new coordinating accessories available today!
Extra clear plates, foam pad and small Grid Paper to fit perfectly inside!
 I did grab the small grid paper pack (about 8″x8″)
and they are so nice to have just for card making at my table!

2 extra Plates $15   #149693
Small Grid Paper $6.50   #149621
Foam Mat  $3.00   #150081
Need extra magnets?   2 for $12    #148213

You can also get the Accessories combo pack for 24.50
with the plates, grid paper and foam bundle.   #151049

If you missed my Stamparatus HOW-TO Video Series,
go here to view them all!

Hey, how nice that Stampin’ Up put a few of our stamping and card making supplies on sale for World Card Making Day!  And for a whole week, Oct 1st – Oct 7th!
If you would like to view/print the flyer PDF, click HERE


Soft Sayings Card Kit


Photopolymer Stamps on Sale (click image to see larger)

Clear Mount (red rubber) Stamp sets on sale 

Paper and Note cards on Sale

Stock up on these!  (I did!)

For those of you that would like to order $40 or more from Oct 1-7th, I’ll send you an extra pack of Stampin’ Dimensionals FREE!
If ordering online,
please use host code 79HTDD33
(only if your order is under 150.
If it is over 150, don’t use the host code and enjoy the host rewards!)

I hope you find some time to stamp this week!



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Fast Fuse and new Clearance Deals!

New deals on the Clearance Rack!

Tranquil Tide & Chocolate Chip Markers  $2.80 for both!

It’s BACK!  Get some before it’s gone…
Refill #129027           Starter with case  #129026

#140622    How many times have you wished you had a 13?  or a 28th wedding anniversary card?   These are invaluable for customizing all those numbers in between that are impossible to find!  I have used mine SO much!

#141841   The stamps are retired but I never used them anyway!
These are so fun to cut and layer together!   The NOEL die acts like a mantel to hang your stocking from.

I didn’t get this one when it was out and it’s the sweetest thing for adding just a little holly and berries to your holiday projects #141843


  Window Dies #139666
These aren’t new to the rack BUT totally a must-have IMO for every crafter.

To see ALL the new stuff on the rack  go HERE
I like to sort by NEW and then also by < for the lowest priced items.

Don’t forget!

Order $50 with me and get the Corrugated Folder FREE!   I’m working on some end-of-our-SU-year goals and I have 2 weeks left to make it.  I’m almost there!

Round 3 of my Holiday Shares start today!
Email me to get a sampler of just the papers or add on ribbon or accessories, all from the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog.
Sign up for Round 3 is Sept 17-21st.
See my original post HERE for more details.


Thank you for your notes and emails asking about the hurricane here in NC.  We are fine, it missed us here in the western part of NC, just a lot of rain.   Flooding in some areas near us but thinking of those who really got the worst of it.  Mother Nature isn’t always kind.



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