Poppies, Ladybugs and freebies start today!

The new seasonal Handmade for YOU catalog begins today!
Here is the link to the catalog if you don’t have your copy handy
Stampin’ Up has a ton of videos for the product suites going up today –
you can view them ALL here!
(it’s 7:30 am and they haven’t turned them on yet but I’m sure they will after they open)

You can email me your order or call me or
Order online in my store HERE

The SALE-A-BRATION brochure is the smaller catalog that has all the freebies
you can get with a qualifying order of at least $50.  (There will be another release in February and another in March for more freebies.)
You can view the brochure HERE

Exploring the Sale a Bration Freebies

Here are some of my thoughts on the new SAB freebies and home office videos.
Hopefully it will help you make some decisions when you choose yours!

The Gang’s All Meer   page 3
This set would be fun for the office, a group or family when you need a From all of us card.  Or just to a ‘stand up friend’.  Cute.  Free with a $50 order


Happy Birthday To You   page 8
I like a big cake!  this one is very pretty (and there will dies coming out on Feb 4th to purchase that cuts out the cake and all the flowers to make it really dimensional)
Free with a $50 order


Little Ladybug Host Stamp Set  page 17
They are only free with a $300 order as a host reward.
I wish they were a regular SAB item but so cute.
(and there are framelits coming on Feb 4th to purchase that cut these out!)

3 Coordinating Products – Lily Pad Suite   pages 4-7
This is interesting….The stamp set is free with a $50 order, the dies are free with a $100 order and the designer paper is free with a $50 order!


Thoughtful Blooms and Coordinating Punch Pages 12-13

I know many of us long time stampers have a small flower punch in our tool box.  Stampin’ Up has had many over the years!  Once in a while a new stamper asks me where to get a small one inch flower punch because they see so many samples on Pinterest and they are hard to find!   So I’m glad to see one in the freebie catalog.  The stamp set is free with a $50, the punch is free with a $100 order.

Maybe you like accessories as your freebie?
Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins combo pack
Free with a $50 order

Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper  page 10
Probably my favorite!  Black and white with gold foil accents on some designs. This paper is meant to pair up with the Honey Bee Bundle in the seasonal catalog!  (I still run when a bee comes near me but I love this whole suite:)  The paper Free with a $50 order.


Sending you Thoughts Stamp set page 11
It’s always nice to have more sentiments.  (and cute framelits coming Feb 4th to go with it that has a few banners and a flower die)  free with a $50 order

Kerchief Card Kit  page 9
There’s a always a card kit in the freebie catalog!  The folded size is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2, which is a nice, normal size.   I haven’t felt them in person yet but I like the design.  Free with a $50 order.

Power of Hope Bundle with Embossing Folder
free with a $100 order

Cutting Blades Available January 3rd

The Cutting Blades Multipack (item 152391) will be available on January 3, with the beginning of the catalog sales period. The pack includes four blades for $12.00.  This is for the new trimmer that released in November 2019.

If you have already purchased this new trimmer from me, 2 free refill blades are on the way to you!  My gift for ordering the trimmer from me:)

Sale a Bration is ALWAYS a good time to re-join or sign up for the first time!
Be a demonstrator (hobby demos welcome) and get a discount on your orders.
The quarterly minimum is $300 but if you join in January, your first $300 in orders isn’t due until the end of June!  So you get 6 months to play with your starter kit and order when you like.  (I’ll show you how to place your own orders, it’s easy)
You can choose anything you like in your starter kit – You pay $99, choose $125 in products and free shipping.  You also get to choose an extra stamp set free – any price!

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Freebies coming in 5 Days!

I hope you have all received BOTH of the new, upcoming catalogs!
If you haven’t and were expecting one from me, please email me.  I’ve had to remail a few that were lost but these are must-haves and I want to make sure you have them in hand.
I can’t post the links to the catalogs until January 3rd when they go live.

The larger catalog (formerly known as the Occasions catalog) now called Mini Catalog, which is a little generic but it’s definitely not generic inside!   It’s FULL of all you would expect for the new year….Valentines, birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day and more for January – June 2020.

The smaller catalog is the Sale a Bration FREEBIES!  We love a gift-with-purchase!
For every $50 you order, you pick something fun out of this brochure.
There is a sign up special also with a mini paper cutter, paper sampler and stamp set of your choice!  I’ll post more on that in a few days.

I’m sad to say I will not be offering my paper and ribbon Shares this time.  (see end of post for my health update for those interested)  I’m just not well enough yet.  One of my direct team, Cindy Brumbaugh, has hers posted on her blog and she does a great job with them.  You can see them here

Take a peek at some of these Suites coming out in the new catalog!
People have been raving over the poppies and the paper is just gorgeous.

Valentines are always fun and there are some adorable tins to fill up with little goodies:

Something for the romantic at heart!  Parisian Blossoms Suite:

The Best Dressed suite is what I demonstrated at the On Stage in November. It’s really fun and the Tote/Purse die is the cutest!   I’ll post my samples soon.

Reminds me of Tommy Bahama style, I really love the pineapples…

I’m a goner for anything Argyle….the papers are so fun even if you don’t golf!

Linda’s health update:
I wish I was up to stamping and videos but I’m not there yet. It’s taken me a few days to do this post LOL.  After 3-1/2 weeks in the hospital, I came home on Dec 17 so I was able to be home for Christmas.  Lots of challenges like fluid in my lungs so I’ve been working like crazy to get rid of that painful stuff.  I still have a drain/port for the infections and hope the antibiotics are doing their job to get rid of it. My actual surgery is healing well, it’s all the complications that are the trouble.   I went down to the stamp room and couldn’t believe how the stairs did me in!  So I’m good to walk around about 10 minutes then have to rest.  So my day is lots of meds, breathing exercises, walking, rest, repeat.  Not as much fun as stamping but every day is a little bit better.

I’m able to place email orders and those that like to call me to order, feel free to do so.
I’d love to chat.

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Christmas Rose Upcycled Bottles

We recently had a craft day in our neighborhood and we painted some bottles.
(Not sure why we all had so many empty wine and mead bottles:)
I threw some acrylic paint, gloves, Mod Podge and a hot glue gun in my bag and at the last minute grabbed some of the Christmas Rose designer paper.

My friend Jan has already spray painted this bottle with a cream speckled paint:

I cut out some of the flowers from the paper
and glued them on with the Mod Podge.

After adhering all the flowers, I lightly brushed some gold shimmer paint in long strokes over the whole bottle. I hot glued the twine, leaves and pine cones to make it more festive|
(thank you, Cathy for the pine cones!)

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, the vintage look can be a hit or miss with me but in the end I like how it came out!

If you are feeling crafty today, check your designer paper scraps and the recycle bin
and see what you can create!

The Christmas Rose suite of products is available until the end of November
(you can see them all in my store HERE)

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New Christmas Rose Suite and New Trimmer starts today …

Since we had to retire our last trimmer, we are happy to announce a new trimmer will be taking it’s place!  The biggest difference is a 3x larger blade, which cuts like a dream.
Starting today, the new trimmer is available and the replacement blades will be available in January.

#152932  $25

For those that purchase the trimmer from me,
I’ll mail 2 free blades in January when they become available!

  • 15-3/8 x 8 x 1/2” (39 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm)
  • Includes 1 cutting blade and 1 scoring blade.
  • Includes imperial and metric measurements.
  • Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover.
  • Point on cutting handle for precise measuring.
  • Right-side grid for cutting thin strips.

This great suite of holiday products is available today!
Nov 1st – Nov 30th, while supplies last.
There are lots of options, just a few items or the whole suite.

Click HERE to view the PDF Flyer

Christmas Rose Bundle, stamps and dies  #153944   $61
(or just the stamp set, $38)

Christmastime is Here Specialty designer paper
12 sheets, 12×12
#152154  $14.50
This paper is gorgeous!  Gold foil accents on each design
and pretty color palette of Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow.

Gold Glitter Enamel Dots #152155  $8.00
and 1/4″ shimmer gold satin ribbon #152156  $7 for 10 yds.

Charming Rose Bracelet  #152159 $22
gold tone, has a Stampin’ Up logo charm along with a Rose charm, in a sweet gift box.

or you can get the whole suite in one easy item number!
$153947  $112.50

Here are some projects made with this new suite:

If you are interested in getting some of this suite or all of it, get in touch with me or order online here.  I hope they have plenty to last all November but I’m not sure since they say ‘while supplies last’!


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Video: Holiday Card Swaps

Some of my Florida team of demonstrators got together recently for a shoebox swap to make holiday cards. A shoebox swap is where each person cuts and preps 10 cards for example, all the same design. The boxes can all be set out and each person assembles one of each card, taking home 10 completed cards.
It’s a fun event and they surprised me by sending me one of each card,
so I’m sharing with you!
(My video cut a little short at the end but thank you
to each of my team who shared their cards with me! )

Note – I’m posting with a new format for video
so if you can’t see it or have troubles, let me know

Coming Soon!

November 1st- November 30th (while supplies last)

You can download/view the flyer HERE

and if you’d like to see the Stampin’ Up video
from the home office showing all the suite, see below:

I hope you found some inspiration like I did
and you find time to stamp a little today, too!


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24 Hour Flash Sale October 23rd!

October 23 is the big day! For 24-HOURS ONLY, we can save 15% on over 50 annual catalog stamp sets!

To view/print the flyer click HERE

I know some of you like to shop visually, so here are the quick thumbnails.  Each one will go to the store if you click on it,  for more information:

(and there are some holiday stamp sets from the annual catalog, also!)

Birch Cling Stamp


You can email me or call your orders in to me early
and I’ll put them in first thing on the 23rd!

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A Potluck, an Opossum and Nature’s Beauty

I needed two special thank you cards for some nice volunteers!
We had our annual HOA potluck/town hall meeting yesterday here in our little NC neighborhood.   To get some more participation and members to our meeting, I invited 2 wonderful people from the NC Wildlife Commission to come and give a talk on our local wildlife.  Lisa and Jennifer brought a few ‘guests’ with them.

(photo by Kris Frey)

Hermione the opossum and Ella the white squirrel
(not an albino, but we get white ones around here:)

Hermione was a clear surprise to us all!
So mellow and sweet and SOFT.  I had no idea they were so soft.  They are the unsung heroes in our backyards, eating up 10,000 or more ticks a year to help us with diseases.  It’s also very rare they carry rabies because they body temp is very low and they are very clean.

Nature’s Beauty is a pretty stamp set in the Holiday catalog.
A portion of every sale goes toward mental health organizations in your area.  In the US , donations will be made to NAMI. (You can read more about NAMI on their blog HERE)

As our Stampin’ Up founder ,Shelli Gardener, mentions in her 2019 holiday catalog message, “The holidays can . . . present emotional challenges for some, and simply sharing a handmade card will brighten anyone’s day. However, in those cases where extra help is needed, Stampin’ Up! wants to lend a hand. To this end, we are donating a portion of each sale of the Nature’s Beauty s. “And remember,” as Shelli advises, “nurture your own wellness as you watch for those who may need additional love and support.” Together, we will make a difference.

I started with an Early Espresso card stock base, added a layer of wood grain designer paper and then used watercolor paper to stamp and color the main images.

Go stamp something!

and if you see an opossum, be kind:)


Coming on November 1st to Customers!
I just received mine and will start creating with it tomorrow. I’ll post 2 projects using it on Stamping School next Sunday, Oct 13.

You can download/view the flyer HERE

and if you’d like to see the Stampin’ Up video from the home office showing all the suite, see below:

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NC Apple Festival + Teacher Cards….

Labor Day weekend in the western carolinas is always the Apple Festival!  Downtown turns into an apple wonderland with over 150 vendors and food…oh the apple pies, apple tarts, caramel apples, apple fritters!   We celebrate apples around here
and so I ordered the new Apple punch from the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog!

AND it can be a pumpkin, too.  We like versatility.

I had a request from a customer for 35 Back-to-School teacher cards she can do quickly
I grabbed an old circle layout and added some basket weave embossing as the background. (After I made them I thought the brick folder would have been great for school theme, too)

I love the option of pumpkins for fall!


Same layout, just swapped out Real Red for Old Oive card.  The basket weave is Crumb Cake and the layer is Early Espresso with the same espresso ink.

I adhered the circles on and then trimmed off the excess.

A few more ideas from the SU home office for the Harvest Hello bundle

Here are the basic supplies I used from my stampin’ Up store.  If you click the photos, it will take you over there

Go Stamp Something!

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Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog begins today!

And we are LIVE with a brand new catalog!
Fall is just beginning to peek out around here in the western NC.
(I hear pumpkin lattes are starting to appear too:)

I hope you all have a hard copy of the catalog and if you don’t, please let me know!
To view PDF online click HERE

Do you want to see the new Holiday suites in action?
Here are a few videos from the home office!

Christmas Countdown Project Kit
You’ve been asking for an Advent kit – here you go!

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Cup of Christmas Stamp Set
Reversible stamps?   Yes!

Tags Tags Tags Bundle
(kinda cool how they hooked the dies together!)

Night Before Christmas Suite

Lots of designer papers from the annual catalog are on sale during September!  Buy 3, get one pack free – that is a value of at least $11.50-$14.00!

The Magnolia Lane has been a huge hit and so has Bird Ballad.  Well also the Come Sail Away nautical paper….it won’t be hard to pick 3 and get one free)
Here is the flyer if you want to print and view with page numbers  – click HERE

These cute fall note cards are still available!
24 blank note cards (3-1/2 x 5) smaller but still mailable, with the 12 envelopes, ready for you to stamp and adorn for fall cards.
While Supplies last only $10   Email me to get a pack!

Round 2 of my Holiday sampler/shares begin today!
If you missed round 1 and want to see what you can get by joining a share, watch my video:

See my original post HERE
about what I’m offering

That’s it for today!
I hope you find some time to stamp today!

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Round One Open for Holiday Catalog Sampler Shares!

Round 1 is now open for my Holiday Catalog Product Shares!

(if you have reserved your spot already, check your email for the link)

Round 1 means I place the order first thing on Sept 4th when the Holiday catalog goes live.  I expedite the order so you get your shares within 2 weeks!

For over 12 years, shares are one of the most fun things I get to do as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I love seeing all the papers and ribbons come to life in person!
(See my video in this post to explain shares)

Here is a video showing all my shares that will be available this year!

(Per SU policy, U.S. Orders only)

To recap my video:

Email me to join my shares  Linda@stampingschool.com

See Pricing below for shares with FREE shipping!
(Demonstrators on my team will get discounted pricing)

Paper Shares 70 Sheets $25

Ribbons Share $18

Accessories Share $20

Halloween Shares $12

ALL bundle includes all of the above  $75 $70 + Free Snowflake Sequins!

DOUBLE shares are available upon request, 6×12 sized when applicable,
are available upon request for the paper shares. $50

We are only a week away from the Holiday catalog going LIVE!  Sept 4th at 3:00 am (MT)!

ORDERING DOWNTIME: Ordering will be unavailable from midnight to 3:00 am (MT) while we transition our systems to the new catalog. Ordering will be restored no later than 3:00 am (MT).

If you have ordered from me in the last year, you are on my list to have a catalog
mailed to you! Hopefully they will arrive by next week. If you are new here and need a catalog, please email me and I’ll pop one in the mail to you!
(demonstrators will get their complimentary copy from SU)

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