“Pin-spired” and a Cute New Stamp Set

New Catalog Update! 

I have officially mailed out the NEW 2014-2015 Stampin UP catalogs to all who have requested one here on the blog or otherwise.

  I mailed them all out on Monday, so if you have not received yours by today, please email me!  Over the years I’ve learned about 5% never make it.

Those of you I’m seeing this week, you will get yours in person.


In the wee hours, if I find the Ipad on my nightstand, I might visit Pinterest.  If I’m feeling unorganized, there’s a million ways to solve any problem.  If I’m feeling plump that day,  I may look for healthy recipes.  If I’m feeling lonely, I look at boston terrier puppies….Pinterest is the fix for just about mood 🙂

Sometimes I look through the stamping and papercrafting, save a few for inspiration.


Sadly, this one had no name or watermark on it, as it often happens on Pinterest.   I loved the color combo of Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and So Saffron.  We don’t have the eyelets or that stamp anymore, but I made my own version of it.

Here’s my “PIN-spired” version:


I used the stamp set in the Occasions catalog called So Very Grateful, which will not be carrying over into the new catty so if you want it, get it before June 1st.

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16.95 Clear Mount, # 133053

  Pansy Punch for the flower, Bird Builder punch for the leaves.  We have a super cool new DSP coming out in the new catty called Typeset – thin newsprinty paper that will be SO useful for lots of projects.

Thank you for the inspiration, wherever you are!


We have a new Photopolymer Stamp Set, Limited Availability which means while supplies last:

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Super cute, I bought one.  Cake measures 1″ wide x 1-3/4″ tall to give you an idea of size or you can print the flyer HERE for true size.

27 stamps, 13.95 Photopolymer


Here are this week’s weekly deals from Stampin’ UP:

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To see them full size, go HERE.

Go Stamp Something!


Woodgrains and Weekly Deals

Hi all!  I made these 2 cards a while back for a sketch challenge using the Stampin’ Up scallop tag topper punch.

I do love that Woodgrain background stamp!  Everything on these are Stampin’ Up:


For this one below, I used So Saffron card stock and ink with the Woodgrain stamp.  I punched the tag from the embossed SU paper called Naturals Composition. Coral, Garden Green and Saffron markers for the flower (from Simple Stems)  and Baked Brown Sugar ink for greeting.

The card below is square, 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Crumbcake card stock and ink for the woodgrain stamp, Pacific Point for the circle image. (I haven’t used Pacific in a really long time!)  Soft Suede cs for the scalloped tag, embossed with the honeycomb folder. The little gold pearls are just the white pearls and I colored them with my gold Sharpie pen. Then I threw a few sequins on there.

Where’s the flower stamp from?  Serene Silhouettes, page 64 of the SU annual catalog.  I hadn’t used that stamp from the set at all but the others are well used!


 weekly deals

Here are this week’s Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals!  4/8-4/14 Only.

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Here’s my 2 cents on this week’s deals:

I think the Punch Pack is a staple! I use those 3 a LOT.  I’m worried they are on sale since it may mean they are retiring in May when the Retiring stamps list comes out.  I hope not or if they do, I sure hope they replace them with something as great!

The sparkle glimmer brads (they should really be called glitter brads) are fun but the legs sometimes stick together.  I have to use my paper piercer to pry them open since they are ‘glimmered’ all the way down the legs.  Annoying but the brads look nice once you get them on the card 🙂

Can’t go wrong with Baker’s Twiner, ever.

The Gingham Wheel is a nice border.  I unmounted mine and use it on a block (members, see my video in Stamping School)

I used the SU mounting foam after I ripped it off the wheel.  I use them so much more that way!

That “make a cake” stamp set is small.  I got it free at a conference 2 years ago and it’s still unused.  The tiny butterflies are useful but I have yet to use the cake.  Maybe it’s just me.

The Secret Garden framelits go with the Secret Garden stamp set on page 94 and also 2 of the stamps from the Simple Stems in the Occasions catalog on page 33.  I hope this means that they are making more flowers to coordinate with it for the next catalog?

To see them in my shopping cart and read details, click HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Go Stamp Something…


Inspiration and Weekly Deals

Here are this week’s weekly deals!  Scroll down for some recent swaps and a little inspiration, too.

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To see the details, click HERE

Click on Weekly Deals or you can browse the clearance rack, too!

Matt and I have our 9 year anniversary this week!  On our first date we ate dinner then walked over to a book store. We sat on a bench and looked at magazines together.  I showed him stamp magazines and explained what I did and he showed me Drum magazines.  Kind of a funny thing to do on a first date but it was so easy and comfortable that I knew he was special. (AND the fact that he didn’t snicker when I showed him the stamp magazines!)

On to the stamps!


This is a Z fold card I stamped recently, using the Vivid Vases, watercolor paper, and modern Medley.  I colored with inks and Aquapainters.


20140304-080059.jpgLOVE this swap I received from Kimberly Allen.   She used Core’dinations paper embossed with the mosaic folder, sanded and watercolored the Peaceful Petals flowers.

20140304-080105.jpgSee how she colored the leaf in yellow first then added green?  Really makes it pop.


Remmeber the old technique Spirelli?  Julie Ross, a demo on our team here in FL, made this fun card.

Our Starburst Framelits are perfect for it!

Go Stamp Something!


Winter Cards

Need a little winter inspiration?

Each month I swap cards with a group of 10-12  demonstrators.

Here are a few of them from this month:


Deb Townsend made this beauty by embossing the flower on SU vellum card stock in gold, then either brayering or sponging Cherry Cobbler ink on the back.  Our gold foil sheets used to cut out the Merry thinlit really adds the balance to the gold embossing.


Mary hall stamped Lovely As a Tree in Night Of Navy ink, then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a glue pen over the trees as snow.  She embossed the sweet deer (from Joyful Celebrations set) in silver powder and fussy cut him out.


Kimberly Allen really stepped up the silver foil card stock by embossing the Stylist Stripes diagonal folder in 2 directions to create a plaid! Brushed Silver card stock and silver glimmer paper really sparkle in person.


Elizabeth Hardin created this sweet layout by using Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler card stock with For the Birds. I love this set because it’s so versatile. See it on page 28 of the big Stampin’ Up catalog.


Rhea Hughes added a touch of that pretty foil paper, Winter Frost, along the top and bottom of this pretty card.  The Frosted Finishes add pretty sparkle to the middle of the snowflakes!


Linda Pagel created this fun gift Santa card holder Easel Card.


The band of Brown Sugar card stock is the pocket for the gift card and acts as a stopper to keep the card propped up.


Totally non-stamping related! Do you know what new breed this is?  A Pomsky! Half husky, half Pomeranian.  Yes, we are still partial to Boston Terriers but entertaining the idea of other breeds. (Matt loves huskies)  I’m told they get about 15-20 pounds, look like a husky but stay small.  I hear they still howl like a husky so can be noisy.  Meanwhile, we are still checking out the Boston terrier adoptions!

I hope you are inspired to go stamp something today!


Celebrating Birthdays

I still love birthdays!

Matt and I both celebrated birthdays this past week and we took a few days off to take some road trips.  We love to just hop in the car and see where we end up!  We ended up one day in Homosassa, FL at the wildlife state park.  

Of course the manatees were my favorite….


They have an underwater viewing tank so we could see them close up like this.  (My pics weren’t as great as this one) Aren’t they cute? And huge!


On our 2nd road trip day, we ended up in New Smyrna Beach for some ocean breezes and scenery.

I thought I’d share some birthday cards we received:


Thanks Connie and Mary!


Thank you Barb & Janice!


Thank you Janet & Trish!


Looks tasty, right?  Thanks, Ruth!


Thank you Susie and Deb!


Matt even got one!  His is on the right side 🙂  Thanks, Jan!

Happy Stampin’, everyone!



A Little Inspiration for you

Here are some cards I’ve received lately and I thought I would share with you. Enjoy!

From my talented stamping friend, Patsy Waggoner, Who created this great Coastal cabana shaker card for me!

Susan Kirk sent me this great Mosaic card. I just love the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set And how she used it here.

Crisp and clean banner card by Stacy H. I love that big circle with Bermuda bay stamped and set off with the new Hung Up clips (page 170)

Connie Hobbs stamped this cute congrats card for me. I love the black and vanilla with a pop of cherry cobbler!
Tune in tomorrow for the latest ‘Best of 25 stamp set’, the new cool products and the holiday catalog!

2013 Stampin’ Up convention inspiration

I’m back in the convention center and Finally getting a chance to look at some of the displays. As I see something really cool that I like I’ll share with you! Just know that there’s nothing like being here because it’s always amazing and pictures can’t even express a fraction of excitement.


The product displays have all of our sweets and products from the catalogs and holiday catalogs on display so we can touch them and feel them. They always look so much better in person!


There’s a cool display called the 25 year gallery and the picture below is the picture of Shelly and the very first catalog 25 years ago. So fun to see how they have grown through the years!
Remember This one ?

Or this one?

Here Are a few from our artisan team and display stampers:


No names posted on these 3-D displays so if you know, drop me a comment

I could look at Alanna Wharf’s art all day!

We received three or four stamps at this year for our convention and here are some ideas using those sets

We have these cute little muslin bags in the holiday catalog and they decorated them up cute. I love the tie-dye!

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I haven’t done my make intakes yet but here is a little bag that a demonstrator already completed. Isn’t it cute?
Gotta run! Go stamp something 🙂

Summer Swaps & Inspiration

Hi stamp lovers!  I’ve been off my blog for a few weeks and getting ready for the annual Stampin’ Up convention in Utah. I leave Wednesday morning and all day today I thought I was leaving tomorrow. I’m actually AHEAD of myself and now have time to share a few swaps with you!    By the way, those that tune in to see what is happening at the SU convention, I’ll be doing one blog post a day but posting throughout the day over on my Stamping School Face Book page.  (be sure to LIKE it if you haven’t already)

Seems less frequent emails might be better and I’ll just summarize here once a day for those not on FB.

First, SU has a recruiting offer in addition to the $99 starter kit.  You can print the actual flyer HERE

to see the kits.

Three of the kits are products from the Holiday catalog, which starts Aug 1st.

Pick a Kit Recruiting Offer

free kits july Linda

Ready for some stamping inspiration?

Here are a few of my favorite swaps I received from the last few months.


This beauty was done by Mary Hall.   Modern Medley DSP (page 154) that is all Black and Vanilla patterns.

What the picture fails to show is that Mary added glitter to just the shaded areas of the flower – gorgeous!

20130712-233710.jpgSee the adorable punched accent?  She used the Mosaic punch (page 180) in a whole new way!


More Mosaic stamps and punches in the new In Colors by Rhea Hughes.

I have trouble using this set sometimes because I like things grounded  not floating but Rhea pulled it off with great scale and balance!


Susie Brown made this cute 4″ square card.  The Gingham Garden and Daffodil Delight scream summer, right?


Sarah Rigby and I did a stamp a stack together and she made this card using Regarding Dahlias

in 3 colors:  The Pistachio Pudding above,  Crisp Cantaloupe and Soft Sky.  They were all so pretty!


Deb Townsend made this happy, colorful card using Chalk Talk .

She stamped whisper white ink on a dark blue, Midnight Muse I think, and it looks great.


Karen Titus, my up up line in Minnesota, sent out this card to me for a good job this month.

I prefer to think the alligator is just talking to the rhino, not trying to take a big bite out of him 🙂


Such a simple card but so great for all those occasions  when nothing else will do but a moose.  I think we could make him into a Chrismoose and hang ornaments and tinsel on his antlers 🙂   Really a great masculine card!   Created my Mary Ammar.


Made with love by Rhea Hughes.  I loved the color combo of white, navy and razzleberry!

May Swaps & Inspiration Part 3

Hello all!  I hope you had a wonderful Memorial weekend.   Matt and I spent 2 days clearing out the office and moving the furniture around.  I’ve had enough of cords, papers and dust bunnies to last me a while.  Anyway, that project took longer than anticipated (don’t they all?)  so I’m a day behind posting my new Stampin’ Up Paper Shares!    Be looking for it tomorrow here on the blog.  I’ve received so many emails asking if I’m doing them again this year and YES! I love doing it and can’t imagine missing a year.  I can’t believe I’ve been doing them 9 years now!

While you are waiting for me to get my numbers and links up for the share samplers,  here are a few more swaps I’ve received:

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Regina Clark made this rad 80’s gift card holder using a cassette tape case.  So fun!  Can’t wait to use it!

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Jan Burnett created this sweet Graduation gift card holder – love the rolled up diploma!  She folded the end of the card stock up on the inside to hold the money or gift card.  Look for this stamp set returning in the new SU catalog called Pure Gumption, page 52!

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Card Base Pop N Cuts (yes, carrying over into the new SU catty) makes a great grad card, too!  Rolanda Patton made this one.

Above is the front, and below is what is looks like open:

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So clever!  Laura Milligan cut out the flower shape from the hexagon pattern in the Tea For Two paper.  She layered it on a paper doily and then added a little bee in the middle.  I wonder how many hexagon flowers she got from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper?  None are pieced together on my card so it really looks great.

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Linda Barnes made this pretty card, which pictures just do not do justice.  The designer paper under the Apothecary cut out is called Epic Day, which is a new designer paper.  It’s a subtle map with vellum punched butterflies.

Ok, I hope that inspired you to go stamp something!  Linda