It’s time to Sale-A-Brate and enjoy Freebies!

Hi All!
Stampin’ Up has a new winter/holiday mini catalog that is LIVE today!
(SU calls it July-December Mini Catalog but I still call it the Holiday catalog because it’s full of winter/christmas/fall goodness!)


if you like seeing the products in action, Stampin’ Up has uploaded some new ones on their YouTube channel HERE

AND a bonus Sale-a-bration catalog with freebies to choose from for a $50 purchase!   We usually only have the gift-with-purchase in January/February but this year we are having extra!  3 August–30 September 2021
(There’s also a really good sign up special if you’d like to join my team – see the bottom of the post for the special)



There are 8 items FREE with a $50 order
(there are 3 items that are ‘while supplies last – I noted those below)

COUNTING SHEEP stamp set – free with a $50 order

And the coordinating Dies for the Sheep!*  free with a $50 order
I LOVE the fence!  and the clouds.  and the balloon:)
***These dies will be WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

FEELS LIKE HOME stamp set  – free with a $50 order


BE DAZZLING 6×6 paper **
free with a $50 order
I can’t even express how blah this looks in the catalog and the picture but is AMAZING in person!!
**this paper is While Supplies Last – don’t dilly dally and miss this sparkly paper!


PENGUIN PLAYMATES 12 X 12 DESIGNER PAPER  – free with a $50 order
If you were interested in the penguin bundle in the mini catalog, then definately get the free paper!
The Penguin punch will cut out some of the images in the paper. Here is the cute bundle for  $31.50



PEACEFUL PRINTS 12×12 designer paper- free with a $50 order
This paper coordinates with a bundle in the holiday mini catalog called Peaceful Deer.  It’s 36.00 for the bundle and the punch will cut out some deer images in the free paper.

BEAUTIFULLY PENNED 12X12 PAPER – free with a $50 order
Interesting paper with black/grey watercolored tones – you can color it or leave as is!


These next 2 are free with a $100 order:

This one was a little bit of a curve ball!  These dies will coordinate with a stamp set in the Annual catalog called Shaded Summer.
***these dies are While Supplies Last, so if you have the stamp set, be sure to pick up these limited time dies!
Here is the stamp set (sold separately)  $23

And the last one free with a $100 is

DELICATE DAHLIAS photopolymer stamp set
This is a large, 2 step set!

Add a free bundle to your starter kit when you join Stampin’ Up during August or September!   Here are the mini catalog bundles you can choose from and save up to $60!

I’d love to have you on my team as a hobby/discount shopper or if you’d like to do more!


Call me if you want to chat it over and see if it’s right for you!

Video: Christmas Pinecone Dies

Hi All!

Before my post, just a reminder to sign up for my paper, ribbon and accessories shares for the new catalog that begins Aug 3rd!
If you missed that post, here is the link to read all about it!  (it will open in a new tab)

It was SO hot here in the mountains this week so I cooled off with some winter cards.  With the upcoming release of the new Holiday catalog August 3rd, I’ve been starting to feel a little bit nostalgic for snowy pine cones and egg nog.  I’m always ready for eggnog, even in August:) This week I used a new bundle called Christmas to Remember.  It’s on page 19 of the upcoming Holiday mini catalog.

Here is the video below and below the video is the link to my Recipe PDF if you’d like to print it




This one might be my favorite!   Coloring just the white cardstock with my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
I layered onto Pool Party Cardstock and that went on a thick white card.  You can use a sponge dauber and ink pad, watch my tip for how to spread the ink evenly.
  I love a striped ribbon and there’s a new one in pool party in the new mini catalog.

A little rustic with the Espresso/soft suede pine cones and dark spruce pine needles but adding some of the brushed gold in the label makes it feel a little more festive.


One of my favorite color combos for the winter is Bermuda Bay, White & Silver.
It just feels crisp and cool.

I will update the shopping links on Aug 3rd when this new bundle goes live for ordering!
For now, here are some of the Stampin’ Up products used for my 3 cards:


Shaded Spruce Combo Pack Stampin' Blends

Shaded Spruce Combo Pack Stampin’ Blends

Linda’s Holiday Paper, Ribbon and Accessory Shares!

Hi All!
Hopefully by now you have received your copy of the upcoming 2021-2022
Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog by now (and if you haven’t, please let me know so I can send you one)
This year we also have a bonus Sale a Bration catalog, which is a gift-with-purchase catalog for August/Sept!

Here is the fabulous cover for the Aug-December Catalog with all the holiday products:
(it says July but Stampin’ up moved it to August – Dec)

As with every new catalog, I’ll be doing my paper, ribbon and accessories shares!
(If it’s your first time hearing about shares, jump to the bottom of this post to read how they work)
It’s a great way to get a little bit of all the papers, ribbons and accessories to play with to see what you like!

How to Order my Shares:

rsvp by Aug 2nd!

Email me at
(if reading my blog from your email don’t just hit reply – it goes in outerspace and not to me)
with your selections and please include your mailing address (US only)
I’ll invoice beginning July 27th and you can pay via paypal or a credit card when I send the link.
The last day to order is August 2nd.  I’ll place the order on August 3rd when the
Holiday catalog is live for ordering for everyone!

***I offer free shipping on all my shares!*** 
My gift to you for ordering with me since I earn host rewards, too!

There are 3 options to order a la carte or you can choose the “I want everything” package!

Option #1:  Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper Shares   $30
71 Sheets 6×6 size for  $30 and free shipping!

I’ll cut them to 6×6 and mail them in my pretty, clear acetate box.
(6×12 double share available upon request for 60.00 )

6 sheets Painted Christmas
6 sheets Whimsy & Wonder
6 sheets Peaceful Place
6 sheets Sweet Stockings
6 sheets Blackberry Beauty**
12 sheets Gingerbread & Peppermint
8 Sheets Cute Halloween
6 Sheets Harvest Meadow
6 Sheets Heartwarming Hugs*
1 sheet Red Foil*
1 sheet Green Foil*
3 Sheets Silver Foil (mirror, matte & brush)
3 Sheets Brushed Metallic (gold, copper & bronze)
1 sheet Red Velvet*
1 Sheet Snowy White Velvet*
1 sheet Black Glitter Paper*
2 Sheets Kraft Paper
1 sheet Cork Paper
1 Gold Shimmer Vellum

**The Blackberry Beauty paper has not been available to order yet
and we are not sure if it will be available to order on Aug 3rd. IF it is, bonus for you! I’ll include it free.
If it isn’t available or is on backorder,  then I won’t be able to include it.

*means Returning Favorite! I am including those in the shares*

Option 3:  Ribbon Shares   $18

I bind them like this and include 2 ribbon cards if you’d like to wrap at home.
(I will wrap the delicate mesh ribbon & cord as shown to keep it nice)
There are 9 ribbons and I’ll split each roll 5 ways so you get 2 yards of each:

2 yards Real Red 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon
2 yards Cherry Cobbler & Gold 1/2″ Ribbon
2 yards Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain 3/8″ Ribbon
2 yards Real Red Sheer 3/8″ Ribbon
2 yards Pool Party Striped Grosgrain 3/8″ Ribbon
2 yards White Glittered Organdy 3/8″ Ribbon
2 yards Gold Shimmer 3/8″ Ribbon
2 yards Black & White Gingham 1/4″ Ribbon
2 yards Diamond Weave Crochet 3/8″ Ribbon (natural)


(gingerbread cards/envelopes not shown but will be included)

Option 3:  Accessories Shares $17
I’ll split these up between 5 people

6 Gold Holly Leaves
2 Cloche Shaker Domes
4 Wonderful Snowflakes
3 colors Jolly Felt 3” x 6” each
36 Matte Decorative Dots
30 Cute Stars Adhesive Backed
18 Brushed Metallic Dots
20 Wonderful Gems (returning favorite)
2 Gingerbread & Peppermint Cards/Envelopes
1 Kraft Gift Box
1 Tombstone Treat Box


Option #4  I Want Everything but the kitchen sink!   $65

Order all 3 shares for $65.00 and receive your choice of either the new sequins or the gingerbread & peppermint shapes!
You can let me know when you email me your order which one you’d like!

How to Order my Shares:

Email me at
(if reading my blog from your email don’t just hit reply – it goes in outerspace and not to me)
with your selections and please include your mailing address (US only)
I’ll invoice beginning July 27th and you can pay via paypal or a credit card when I send the link.

The last day to order is August 2nd.

I’ll place the order on August 3rd when the
Holiday catalog is live for ordering for everyone!

***I offer free shipping on all my shares!*** 
My gift to you for ordering with me since I earn host rewards, too!


If you are new to product shares, here is how they work:

A product share basically means you will get a sample of the new designer papers, ribbons and accessories by sharing it with others. For example, I’ll cut the paper into 6×6 pieces to share it with 8 people, so you get one 6×6 sheet of each paper rather than having to buy a whole pack. .  The ribbons I divide between 5 people and accessories are divided also.
I’ll order first thing on August 3rd when the catalog begins.  It takes approx 2-3 weeks after I order to receive your shares in the mail.
I’ve done shares for over 12 years and always fill orders very fast!
It’s really a fun way to try out new products and enjoy creating!

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Video: Cloche Shaker Card and Sale a Bration Share & Show

This week I had a request from Barbara who said
“how can I made the cute shaker card on page 4 of the new Sale a Bration catalog?
I don’t have a die cutting machine”

In the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog, there are new shaker domes called Cloche Shaker Domes.
There are also a few new stamp sets that coordinate with them, one for sweets and the other a winter set.
(Both the Holiday catalog and Sale-a-Bration start August 3rd!)

So the challenge for many who are just stepping in to stamping and do not have a die cutting machine yet, how to use the domes without the dies?  Or maybe you don’t want the whole bundle but love the Dome shakers.
Here is a work around….the dies are much easier and perfectly cut out BUT in a pinch, it can work!




The Penguin Playmates designer paper will be free with a $50 order beginning Aug 3rd!   It’s really cute and some of the images coordinate with the Penguin builder punch.  Easy to fussy cut the rest like I did on the inside of the card here.

I’ll be back on Monday with my Holiday Product Shares I’ll be offering! 
Til Then, Go Stamp Something!

Video: Shimmery Faux Silk Technique

I wish you could really see all the sparkle!
Faux Silk has been around for ages, way longer than my 20 years of stamping.
It’s an easy technique and I just added a little shimmer to add a little somethin’ somethin:)

Click on the video below to view how it’s done and let me know if you give it a try!



Stamping on the tissue paper gave it a softer effect.  You can leave it there or add the Wink Of Stella with a sponge or brush and try my tip of using some alcohol to move it around!

I really love how the tissue paper tones down the designer paper!


Quick Shopping List



The NEW Holiday Catalog and Sale a Bration catalogs should be arriving to you by the 3rd week of JULY!
If you are new here and would like a copy, email me at

Favorites back in Stock!

Just popping in for a SSA  (stamping service announcement:)

The Expressions in Ink 12 x 12Specialty Designer Paper is back in stock!
Everyone has been waiting patiently for it and so happy to see it again!

AND the Blending Brushes are back in stock!

#153611   3 pack for $12

Easy Button Shopping List 

I’ll be back Saturday for my weekly video!


Video: Give it a Whirl Cards

This week I played around with an interactive die called Give it a Whirl!
It’s quite easy to use but of course I had to make it harder by going in landscape position but I really like how it came out.
In my video I show some ways to make it spin better and also a bonus card as a gift card holder…



I was wrong in my video, the dies are not paired with or bundled with the Stellar Birthday – they are just shown in use on that page.
I think the dies are perfect on their own of course for a variety of cards!



These Designer Papers are on sale during July at 15% off! 

In Good Taste Designer Series Paper


24  sheets 12×12


9 Designer Papers 15% off July 1st!

I say I don’t need more Designer Series Paper but who am I kidding?
Especially when it’s on sale AND it’s the most popular designs…
They surprised me this year, I thought it would be the usual buy 3 get one free BUT this sale is better!
15% off of 9 different styles

July 1 – Aug 2nd, 2021

Here are the styles on sale 15% off!

All are $9.78 instead of 11.50!

Click HERE to view the printable flyer

Also coming in July….

The new HOLIDAY catalog will arrive to my customers who have ordered with me in the last 6 months.  If you are new here, drop me an email with your US address to request one.

Those that want to join (or return) to SU as a discount shopper or as a demonstrator to share/teach stamping,  July is a great time!
You can add anything from the annual or the holiday catalog early to your starter kit!
It’s still $99 plus tax, free shipping and you can select $125 in products of your choice.
Get in touch with me if you want to chat about it!

And yes! I will be doing Holiday catalog Shares!
I’ll be posting those mid July!

Sharing some cards today…

Hi all!  I’m taking some time off this weekend from videos, I’ll be back next week with one.
It’s been quite a week and adding on to it, my laptop died.
So thankfully I have my smart phone to post some inspiration for you!
(All photos taken from my phone in my kitchen, so I hope they look ok)

As all card makers know, it’s so fun to open the mailbox and find a handmade card in there!
It makes the whole day better, right?
I hope you find a layout or a card you want to try!

This was made by Debbie Hileman, a talented stamper on my team.  She used that juicy designer paper, You’re a Peach.
I love the vertical watercolor stripes in the background from the paper, too.

This one was created by Jackie Walker, a great stamper on my team.  What I love is the layout, that works with any designer paper!
Jackie used the In Good Taste designer series paper, which carried over from last year’s annual catalog. 

BY THE WAY, since we are talking about designer papers today, there will be a sale starting JULY 1st!
I’ll post the details then. 

Summer is just another word for Ice cream, right?
Favorite flavor?  Gotta be mint chocolate chip, Breyers if I’m picky, which I’m rarely not when it comes to ice cream.
This one was made by Janet Munden, one of my team in Clermont FL.  I love how she moved the ice cream to the edge so it looks almost scalloped.  Looks like she cut an inch off the front of the card so it could stick out. 
The ice cream bundle carried over to our new annual catalog but the paper is gone sadly.

I adore this card!  This was made by Debra Lynn, a stamper on our team in Orlando.
She used strips of all the new In Color cardstock AND she used the coordinating marker and a ruler to add the skinny lines, which really makes it special!

This was made by Cindy Brumbaugh, a talented stamper on my team.
She loves birds like I do and used the Garden Birdhouses stamp set from the annual catalog.
I love how she stamped the background in crumb cake ink on crumbcake card stock. Sometimes we think we have to emboss or add designer paper, but we can use stamps as the background like this!

This one was sent to me by a special lady, Bev, who’s cards are fabulous.  I couldn’t stop looking at this slimline card and ALL the work that went into it.  Look at the stitching…I’ll keep it forever:)

I really like a gate fold and this one is an offset gate fold by Janet Munden.  She used the Beauty of the Earth designer paper and made a type of closure with the sentiment.  Looks striking on the navy card base, too.

This pretty card was created by Connie Hobbs and my favorite thing is how she added color to the vellum doily to coordinate with the Freesia paper.  The Hand Penned designer paper must be the top selling paper, it’s so popular!

I love it when customers send me a card!  It means they love making cards and are using the stuff they are ordering!
Cristy stamped her blooms in a pretty coral and yellow color scheme and added that sweet heart as the sentiment.
She added those green enamel dots to coordinate with the card base, pulling it all together.

My friend Janis sent me this one, I love the patriotic theme and seashells!  Clever to pair them together!

Jackie created this elegant easel card using the Simply Elegant designer paper!
This is the front and then on the inside, it folds to the easel:

Completely not card related….
This little guy was given to me by a friend in the neighborhood. I was at her home, saw him sitting on a table with his little legs dangling off.  I just loved him and a few days later, he was wrapped up and on my doorstep. 
He means the world to me and greets me every morning when I make my morning coffee.
Those little wooden shoes make me smile every time!

Go Stamp Something! 
And mail it.