Video: Postage Punch Windows

Hi all!

This week I used the Rectangle Postage punch for the first time.
I’ve had it since it came out and I kept forgetting about it!
I had a request for the Festive Post stamp set so I combined the two.

It’s a handy punch that coordinates with the Festive Post stamp set
in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog:

Here’s a fun way to add a little variety to the punch and change the size up a bit!
I added a few die cut snowflakes for some wintery accents.
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to change the size of windows.

View the video by clicking on the photo below:

By the Way, this postage punch also is a bundle in the annual catalog
so if you have the punch, think about this set also since it coordinates so well:

And a few more samples for you:


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!

Holiday Catalog Ornament 2 Videos!

First, for the Florida locals! I have updated my class schedule so be sure to stop by here and see what you’d like to attend in the next month or so:

I’ve received SO many requests for making the ornamant on the cover of the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog.   Lots here from my blog, from my customers and on Stamping School, also.  It’s really beautiful and it’s not as complicated as it looks although a little time consuming with all the stamping and cutting out with the framelits.   I had very little directions from SU so I just played around with how to do it my way 🙂

I did add a few rhinestones in the cherry cobbler tulle ribbon.   Here is the back that I would personalize to put on a present, bottle of wine or wrapped gift or tree ornament gift:

I also made another version that is a lot quicker without the stamping, so be sure to watch that one after the first one.   p.s. the first one is 19 minutes…even with editing, it’s a long one!

p.s. Stamping School Members…this is going up for you this weekend with the recipe sheets and cutting measurements.


Here is my quickie version, more vintage without glitter (except champagne mist/alchohol spray) and no stamping:

And here is my video for how to make a quickie version if you need to make lots of them!

Florida locals – quite a few of you asked to do this as a class – let me know if you still want to do it after watching the videos LOL

Video: New Embossing Folders

Hi All!   I LOVE embossing folders and with the new SU catty, we have 5 new designs!  (ok, one has 2 in the package so technically 4, but I’m counting them as 2 designs)  They can be overlooked in the catalog so I’m spotlighting them here as well as a video today.

Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  #127023  $8.95. 

These are about 2″ tall and are just for edges and borders.

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #127750  $7.95.  

Perfect for masculine cards, too!

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  #127749  $7.95  

Right on trend with fashion!

Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #127751  $7.95

Elegant without being too frilly!

I noticed right away that the new folders are longer than last year’s models.  These are around 6-1/2″ long and won’t fit horizontally in the Big Shot.  I recently found out that it is b/c the UK stampers have longer cards than we do.   I think their standard is 6″ so they are really excited!

With the longer length of folder, we need to adjust and tweak the way it runs through our machines.  Vertical designs are no problem and proceed as usual.  Horizontal card folds will require the adjustment.

7/15/12 Update:  I ended up cutting a 1/4 inch off of my folders so I can use them both directions:) You certainly don’t have to but I like options.

Here is a quick video:

Thanks for tuning in!

Video: My Favorite Things From The New 2012 SU Catalog

Hi All!  I had so much fun opening my first order from the new Stampin’ Up catalog!  I thought I’d share a few things with that I found surprising (in a good way mostly) and highlight a few in video:

New and Improved Ink Pads are Fabulously Juicy and Great Coverage!  Watch SU company video explaining the new pads.  (all the same colors, just new improved pad 🙂


Swaps & Inspiration February 2012

Hi All!  

Someone asked me the other day if I kicked them off my blog feed since they hadn’t received a post in a while.  I cringed when I realized it’s been a while since I posted!  With Sale-A-Bration going on and lots of stamp-happenings, I’ve neglected to post some of the great swaps I’ve received in January and February.

Before I forget another thing – I have a stamping class this weekend in Orange City, FL (which is between Sanford and Debary area) with a few of demonstrators on my team, Iina and Toni.  If you live near there and want to attend the class you can find details HERE.


On to get some inspiration going! 

This is one of my favorites and was created by Debra Townsend in Sacramento. She always does beautiful work and I didn’t even like this stamp before I saw this card!  The stamp is in the Occasions mini and called Packed for Baby.  She used Pool Party as the main color. 

Here is another swap by Deb Townsend using the new Simply Scrappin’ kit called Spring Fever and the new Doily Die.  Love the pear pleated ribbon she used inside the doily circle.

Jeanne Harris  created this beauty using Bordering on Romance (Occasions mini) and the new Edgelits.  I can’t even imagine how long it took to line up the edgelits and the folders on each side!   The center flower is Cracked Glass Technique and you can see it better here:

Several layers of clear embossing powder and then put it in the freezer for a few minutes. Bring it out and crack it up!

Lela M created this vintage-y card using Soft Suede, Attic Boutique DSP and So Saffron.  The framelits and Apothecary Art are made to go together!


Jamie Adcock stamped this pretty Elementary Elegance SAB stamp set with Everyday Enchantment DSP. 

Sweet Easter card by Lisa H. using Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral color combo

Tarri Trombley embossed the Tea Shoppe cup in white ink/powder and rested it on Baja Breeze card stock, Blushing Bride and Twitterpated paper.Love that lil’ button!

Emily Turner sponged some pool party and Daffodil on some Attic Boutique paper and it really is pretty!  That was my least favorite flower in the Mixed Bunch stamp set and now it’s one of my favs.

going to stop here for today, run off to watch The Bachelor…I know, I know….but I hooked now and there’s no turning back.

p.s.  Anybody from Winchester, VA?  I’m heading there this coming week!



3D Gift Ideas

Here at the Heller house in New Hampshire, the presents have been unwrapped, batteries placed in the appropriate toys, and lots of  happy, warm memories can fill our scrapbooks.  I was hoping for a little bit of snow falling on me but I see it on my shoes when I walk outside so that’ll have to do.  I love the nippy weather and can wear my fluffy winter coat at least this week and  then back to Florida where it will go back into the closet.

Gift from Debra LaFountaine

Each year my team can participate in a  hand made gift exchange when we get together in December.   It’s optional and almost everyone takes part.  Everyone   stands in a circle while I read my version of  Lefty, the stamping elf.  All kinds of gifts are passed left and right as my story says Left and Right until it stops and the gift in your hand is yours to keep!

Here are a few, but not all, gifts passed that day.  Since most did not put their name on the gifts they passed, most are unknown. (If you made something and are reading this, just email me and I can post your name with it)

 Debra LaFountaine made this magnetic bingo game and fabric pouch!
Gorgeous stamped candle by Terri Tosh
I love this frame and asked Trish Niedergesis to make me one, too!
SEW sweet! stamper unknown
I saw this beauty pass by several times during our left/right poem!  Seamstress/stamper Connie Hobbs
Wanda Smith made an adorable lampshade out of the new Rosette Die!  She said she saw the shape as she was putting her rosette together and discovered a lampshade instead!
Cathy Wirt said she used liquid floor polish, swirled around inside the ornament, to act as a glue for the glitter to stick!  Love it!
 Gorgeous lattice ornament by Emily Turner – I really wanted to take it out of the package to get a good pic but it wasn’t mine so…
stamper unknown – this  ornament is just cute as can be but my pic not so great 🙁
 Amanda Hartley – love the extra effort of clear embossed dots on her box!
stamper unknown – nice photo holder with decorated block
 stamper unknown but so cool with all the paper accordian layers!
stamper unknown – love the soda can buckle!
That’s it for today!  Have to pack up the suitcases and start thinking about heading back to the warmer weather in FL!

Buttons: Layer ’em up!

This isn’t Button Buddies today but something else I showed at my button booth and displays at convention.  

I had SO much fun playing with all of our accessories to spruce up buttons!  Everything you see here is Stampin’ Up! accessories.

Linda Heller

Here’s  some more detailed, up close pics

My favorite is the heart & arrow using glimmer pape and a clear heart button! Linda Heller

Linda Heller

So dig thru your box of “this & thats” and create your own unique accessories to doll up your projects!  I’d love to see what you come up with so email me your creations and I’ll post them here.  Linda