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!

Gifts in Review

Hi All!

  I’m in snowy New Hampshire this week with Matt’s wonderful family.  It’s just gorgeous here!  (and not having to drive or shovel it, I can truly enjoy it from inside the windows) .   Eating, napping, Rummikub, eating, digesting, eating…you get the idea.  Hey, I even learned a new card game called Spite & Malice!  Anyone else play that?  It’s fun and I’m surprisingly good at the spite part :0

Before I start posting pics, 3  quick things:

1st Quick thing: If you have purchased Stampin’ Up from me in the past year, you should have already received the new Spring Catalog AND the annual Sale-A-Bration brochure.  IF you have not, please email me at   While I think MOST of the mail arrives on time, I know that some gets lost or eaten by machines.  (and husbands interception skills….) If you haven’t seen me for a while or don’t have a current demonstrator and would like to have one mailed to you, email me with your name and mailing address.  I cannot post the links to show you or download the catties until Jan 3rd for the Spring and January 22nd for the SAB catty.

2nd quick thing is that SU has added 15 more items to the clearance rack (and is anyone else wondering how much they must have in their ‘closets’ to keep adding these things?!)  Here are the 15 additions listed and you can see what’s new HERE  

  • Neutrals Flower Brads
  • Regals Flower Brads
  • Subtles Flower Brads
  • Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • Bashful Blue 5/8″ Satin Ribbon
  • Chantilly 1/2″ Crochet Trim
  • Artichoke 3/8″ Denim Jean Ribbon
  • 2010-2012 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
  • 2011-2013 In Color 12″ x 12″ Textured Cardstock
  • Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
  • Well Worn Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Side Notes
  • Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies
  • Flower Burst Embosslits Dies

3rd quick thing:   Yes, I WILL be offering the DSP & Ribbon samplers for the new catties.    I’ll be posting those on January 1st here on the blog.

The last 3 weeks of December have been a whirlwind of last minute classes, orders and helping stampers with their holiday cards.  I’m sorry that I haven’t posted these wonderful gift ideas sooner but maybe if you see something you’d like to make, you can save it for next year OR change out the colors for another occasion.

These ideas were from a gift exchange at my demonstrator get together.  Over 35 stampers brought one handmade item to pass around as I read the annual stamping elf-left/right- story.  It’s always fun to see the gifts pass back and forth and eventually land in their ‘forever’ hands!  Here are a few of the favorites:

Sandi Grimes:  Altered Wooden Frame

Sandi Grimes: Altered Wooden Frame

Trish Niedergeses:  purse gift card holder

Trish Niedergeses: purse gift card holder

Linda Goldhersz:  bulletin board

Linda Goldhersz: bulletin board

Cute apron and post it note owl by Heidi LaFountaine

Cute apron and post it note owl by Heidi LaFountaine

Jenet Munden: Covered Clothespin Wreath

Jenet Munden: Covered Clothespin Wreath

Michelle Phillips:  cutie made with SU fabric

Michelle Phillips: cutie made with SU fabric

Barbara Benoit:  Altered Wooden letters

Barbara Benoit: Altered Wooden letters

Diane Olivi:  Coffee gift

Diane Olivi – Coffee gift and cozy

Patti Sharkey: Coasters

Patti Sharkey: Coasters

Michaal Rossi: Advent Box

Michaal Rossi: Advent Box
Teresa Evangelista

Teresa Evangelista

I hope you find some time to stamp today!   Linda

Altered Balsa Wood Box Video

Being a SU Demo, people think I never  go into craft stores but I do sometimes.

Although Stampin’ Up carries a huge catalog of products, they can’t possibly carry it all.

The craft world is MASSIVE, isn’t it?

  Sometimes I run into my customers and they hide their baskets behind their back and say “why, what are YOU doing here?!”  LOL

I found these up near the register at a local craft store chain:


I believe they were $1.00 each, some had snowmen, some had stars.  Just cute little balsa wood boxes, about 3″ wide and 4″ tall.

They just jumped off the shelf and into my cart begging me to adopt them for a makeover.


I braided the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine to make more sturdy handles.  I like the way it coordinates with the designer paper that looks woven.

Like I say in the video, you can buy a box quicker than make this BUT why not make it?

It’s fun, you get your craft on, you know you have enough stuff to make 10 of them 🙂 and it feels so GOOD to give something that you made with your own 2 hands.

Supplies From the Holiday catty: 

Festival of Prints paper stack (page 20), hot glue gun and silicone pad (page 31), Champagne Glimmer paper (page 18), Sanding Blocks (page 6)

From the main catalog:  Vintage faceted buttons (page 176), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (page 172),

Jumbo Pearls (page 175)  glue and paintbrush, Lucky Limeade card stock 1-1/2″ x 10-3/4 for lolly and scored every 1/4″.  (go 11-3/4″ for a fuller lolly)

So go get your craft on!