Monday, April 11, 2016

Perfectly Penned

Found an inspirational pretty card on Pinterest showcased by Francie Martin. She is such a lovely, talented Stampin Up demonstrator and I enjoy hearing her cute accent!

Of course, I just had to have one for my very I went searching for similar designer papers that would work, similar to the sample she created.


Stamps: Perfectly Penned (retired)
Ink: Midnight Muse (retired)
Paper: Midnight Muse (retired), Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Fan Fair DSP (retired)
Misc: Lacy Brocade embossing folder (retired), Jewels Basic Pearls, dimensional

There is a point to be made about this card...since the Stampin' Up! Retired List will be announced towards the end of April, I would suggest that if you really LOVE a particular color, embellishment, punch or what have you...order it SOON!!! Especially the retiring In-Colors as they sell out quickly!

Please let me know if I can help you in that endeavor!

Hope your week is Amazing and has some FUN built in to it!


~ Linda

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Artie!

Another year of celebrating my oldest son's birthday! Yes, today is the day! 

This is a case from a beautiful card that I pinned on Pinterest designed by Carol Lovenstein. 

For Artie's card, I made it into a full size 5 x 7. The Stampin' Up! balloon punch was on back order for a short while, but I received it just in time to make this little pretty!


Stamps: Happy Birthday, Everyone (hostess) soon to be retired, #imbringingbirthdaysback, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: silver glimmer, silver foil, whisper white, basic black, black glimmer (retired), blue glimmer (non-SU)
Misc: Balloon punch, Triple banner punch, dimensionals, silver twine 

There you have it for today! 

Happy Stampin!

~ Linda

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy Easter Chick!

It is hard to believe, but in a few short days, we will be celebrating Easter this year! Have been busy making Easter cards, but in the meantime, forgot to decorate the house...LOL!

So, I suppose that I just might break out my little Easter Tree which holds some mini Easter Eggs at some point!

Not sure exactly if we will be cooking on Sunday or going out to dinner as of today. But I do know that I will be visiting with my two special young granddaughters, Keira and Kaely to give them their Easter presents and watch them go on their annual Easter egg hunt!


The Recipe:

Stamps: Honeycomb Happiness (SAB Free Set) retiring March 31, 2016, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Cherry on Top dip
Misc: small balloon punch, honeycomb embellishments, Lucky Limeade bakers twine (retired)

Well...there you have it!


~ Linda

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Terrarium Time

Spring fever has arrived here in beautiful sunny Phoenix, Arizona...probably a little earlier than most of the country!

Flowers are one of my all time favorites to would have to be butterflies.

This project was inspired by one I saw on Craft Project Central. A dear fellow paper crafting enthusiast used her electronic cutter to make the actual terrarium!

Inside I decided to put a tiny terra cotta flower pot filled with pretty flowers using Stampin Up's Botanical Builder Framelits Dies from the Occasions 2016 Catalog.

The butterflies were made using the big and small butterfly punches, also Stampin Up.

Well...having done a little "research" this morning, I am now inspired to create a Butterfly bouquet that I saw on project!

Til we meet again...Happy Stamping...Crafting...Creating!


~ Linda

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sky is the Limit

My dear husband and I celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary this past Friday, February 12th.

Our plans for both our Anniversary and Valentine's celebrations had to be postponed due to the fact that I had the flu.  I did not get the vaccine this year because of another health issue...long story...

Anyway, I have been quite busy in the Craft Studio making cards, crafts and cleaning up a little.

Well...I cased this little pretty from Robin Merriman and turned it into a full size 5 X 7 card to present to my hubby on Valentine's Day...Sunday Morning. 

Stamps: Sky is the Limit
Ink: Black Archival
Paper: black glitter, red glitter, whisper white, real red, basic black
Misc: World Traveler embossing folder, whisper white bakers twine, red satin ribbon (non-SU),
heart border punch, dimensional

By the way...TODAY is the last day that you can qualify to received this beautiful FREE stamp set with a $50.00 Stampin' Up! order! FREE shipping for this week only! (my personal promotion).

Hope that you like it!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, February 8, 2016


This is my next favorite time of the year! Valentine's Day!

I enjoy my hobby so very much! It brings me peace, comfort and joy! And I get to share these feelings with my relatives, friends and customers. This is a real blessing in my Life.

Today's little pretty is a combination of new items from our awesome Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog 2016. If you would like a copy of your very own...just email me with your name and address and I will get one out to you ASAP!


Stamps: Blooming Love, Botanical Blooms
Ink: real red, pink pirouette, black archival
Paper: real red, pink pirouette, pear pizazz, dazzling details, whisper white
Misc: Botanical Builders Framelits, Wink of Stella clear, dimensional

Well...there you have it!

Happy Stamping & Happy Valentine's Day!

~ Linda

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Picture Perfect

Hi Crafty Friends!

I know! Two blog posts in one week! Well that is what happens when Stampin' Up! exceeds my expectations with their latest Occasions Catalog.

Today's pretty is a case from Karen Squires. I LOVE the color combination she chose. 


Stamps: Picture Perfect, Hardwood background
Ink: Black Archival, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate
Paper: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride,
Pool Party
Misc: Botanical Builder Framelits, Pearls, dimensional, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon


~ Linda

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Valentine

My second best favorite Holiday of the year guessed it! Valentine's Day!

This is a beautiful die in the New Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions catalog which I could not wait to get my hands on!

I love classy stamping and I think this is a fine example. The red, black and silver are a beautiful Valentine color combo!


Stamps: Blooming Love
Ink: Archival Black
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Red Glitter, Silver Glitter
Misc: Blooming Hearts Thinlits Die, 1/8 " silver ribbon, Itty Bitty Accents (small flower), Petite Petals punch, Dazzling Diamonds Rhinestones, dimensional

Hope that you are preparing for your Valentine Day Celebration!

Happy Stampin'

~ Linda

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Paper Cone Wreath

Happy New Year!

With the New Year comes new ideas, new projects and new crafting adventures!

This project is a Birthday Gift for a beautiful aunt and God-Mother of mine...she is turning 80 this month!

She loves pretty pastel colors, so this is what I came up with! Although it is not SU, I used my next best loved designer paper series Graphic 45. 

I did manage to use some retired crocheted flowers in the center along with some pretty pink retired  Stampin' Up! chevron ribbon.

Let me know what you think! Would love to hear from you!

Happy Stampin!

~ Linda

Monday, November 16, 2015

Four Feathers Birthday

Another birthday was celebrated this past weekend with some of our dear traveling buddies and fellow foodies! We had a blast! Our gracious hostess served a lovely brussels sprout salad with apples, along with some fluffy sweet potato dinner rolls, a side of mashed butternut squash and turnip. The main dish was a pork roast which had been marinating for three days! Was to die for!

Other guests provided some lovely appetizers and my dear husband created the very BEST...cheesecake! Yes, better than the Cheesecake Factory!

Oh, are probably more interested in the above project which was for our Birthday Queen!
Turquoise is her favorite color and she likes southwest decor, so what better way for me to create something unique just for her!


Stamps: Age Awareness, Gorgeous Grunge, Four Feathers (retired)
Ink: tempting turquoise, versa mark
Paper: tempting turquoise, whisper white, vellum
Misc:  four feathers thinnest (retired), hello you thinlets, silver ribbon, dazzling diamonds, dimensional, pewter embossing powder, white embossing powder, iridescent ice embossing powder

Well...there you have it! I hope that you had an awesome weekend too!

Funny thing here in Phoenix, AZ right is cold and rainy and what better thing to do...stay home and create!

Dinner is in the crockpot...some fall off the bone beef ribs in tomato sauce with some of Ken's homemade pasta!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, November 9, 2015

Birthday Girlfriend

This past weekend I was invited to a girlfriend's birthday party. I created this gift bag and matching card especially for her. The bag contained a pretty plant that I thought she might enjoy!


Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Vintage Leaves
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Gold, Old Olive
Misc: Vintage Leaves framelits, Scallop Circle Die (retired), Soft Suede polka dotted ribbon (retired),
Gold Sequins, Woodgrain Embossing Folder 

All items utilized in creating the bag and card are Stampin' Up!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, October 19, 2015

Falling Leaves

Happy Monday!

Wanted to share a pretty Fall card that I cased (copy and shared) this past week. Found this during my research and wrote the name of the original designer down somewhere...but I cannot find it! When I do, I will edit this post and include it.

I just LOVE the color combination on this little pretty!

This time of the year is one of my favorites here in the Valley of the Sun. The temperatures are cooling down significantly, only in the 80's now and believe it or not...I enjoy wearing a light sweater!

The Recipe:

Ink: cherry cobbler, early espresso

Paper:  kraft and white corrugated paper, merry moments designer paper pack, whisper white, delightful dijon, old olive

Stamps: Vintage Leaves

Accessories: cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, non SU gold wide ribbon, gold thread, gold sequins, lace ribbon, leaflets framelits dies

Hope that you are happily creating something this week!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Fall

This banner was inspired by one of my fellow demonstrators C.J. Boyce. 

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year here in Arizona.  The temps drop and people begin to venture outdoors more often. 



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Petite Purse Favors

Hooray! I finally figured out how to add photos to my blog via my new computer, an iMac!

Things that make me happy!!! Of course at the top of my list is creating goodies via my love of paper crafting!

These little pretties will be going to some awesome fellow Stamping' Up! Demonstrators this coming Saturday to celebrate home style. We will be viewing some of it live and a fellow demo who is in Salt Lake City will be keeping us updated as to what is happening! I believe there will be nine of us in attendance...we are going to woop it up with Prize Patrols, a shoe box swap, favors, lots of goodies, enjoying lunch together and lots of fun!

This is the first year that I am not attending the annual Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.
Although I will greatly miss all of the excitement and fun, it was just not meant to be.

The purses are made of various retired colored Stamping' Up! card stock, the pretty floral folder that was featured in our Occasions Catalog earlier this year and some little flower embellishments that were added.

Of course, they contain a variety of little goodies that I purchased from Party City!

Hope that you are having fun creating lately...I know I is just a tad too hot here to venture out in the middle of the here I am in my Studio cutting and stamping away!


~ Linda

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beautiful Bunch

Today's little bounty was inspired by a card that I created at an upline meeting earlier this month, the make n take was shared by Diane Dechaine.  I love the bright colors of the flowers!

Not too fussy, just enough...Just for You!


Stamps: Beautiful Bunch, sentiment from Watercolor Wings
Ink: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Paper: soft sky pink pirouette, daffodil delight, whisper white, pear pizazz
Misc:  Fun Flower punch, oval scallop punch, small oval punch, bird punch, spring flowers embossing folder (retired), dimensional, dauber

Well...there you have it!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, June 15, 2015

Best Thoughts

Happy Monday!

Today's little pretty is a sample using one of the all new Stampin' Up!' Hostess sets - Best Thoughts, as featured in our 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.

Most of you know how much I love flowers...and I could not wait to receive this particular stamp set as I had a vision of what I wanted to do with it! I enjoy water coloring, and for this particular car I used black embossing powder to create the outline-border in which to watercolor each petal.


Stamps: Best Thoughts (hostess)
Ink: versamark, mint macaroon, soft sky, wisteria wonder markers
Paper: whisper white, basic black, wisteria wonder, soft sky
Misc: black embossing powder, NEW butterfly dry embossing folder, basic rhinestones, white signo gel pen, wisteria wonder silk ribbon, dimensionals.

Hope that you like my Monday share...try to keep cool and Stamp!

~ Linda

Monday, June 8, 2015

MOJO Monday 400

Hi Friends!

Mondays are always a challenge...LOL...a MOJO Monday challenge...although I will sheepishly admit that I am a week late. 

This little pretty was created with some retired Stampin" Up! designer paper. It is one of a kind.

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: Attic Boutique designer paper (retired), soft sky, daffodil delight, crumb cake
Misc: scallop punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, pansy punch, petite petals punch, basic pearls, doily, soft sky seam binding ribbon, corner rounder punch, bitty butterfly punch, itty bitty accents flower punch

That is my share for today! 


~ Linda

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stampin Up 2015-2017 In Colors

Hi Stampers!

Today I bring you a sampling of the all new Stampin Up 2015-2017 In Colors. They are so very pretty and go well either together or combined with any of our beautiful color collections!

In my future posts, I will be sharing some of my projects with these very exciting additions in more ways than one. They are also accompanied by some very lovely lacey ribbon, which, at the top of this bookmark is attached some mint macaron!

Hope that you are having a lovely weekend so far. It rained here in Phoenix, AZ on and off all day yesterday, which is very unlikely for the month of June. Ahhh, the air is much fresher now and my little herb garden is just loving the natural sprinkling of water from above.

That is all for now...until next time...

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Sunday, May 31, 2015

An Open Heart

This is one of my favorite sets that Stampin' Up! carries in their Annual catalog. And...lucky for will be in the ALL NEW Idea Book and Catalog 2015-2016 which will be premiering this coming Tuesday June 2nd around the world!

In my monthly class, we usually create three cards and I chose and cased (copy and share) this particular one from Kathleen Wingerson. I changed one of the elements because I like to see a little bling, blitz and sparkle pop!


Ink: Memento, sahara sand
Paper: basic black, sahara sand, whisper white, sahara sand dsp ( Neutrals paper pack), silver
Misc: black chevron ribbon, small star punch, dimensionals

Well...there you have it for today!

Happy Stampin"

~ Linda

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

An Open Heart ~ MOJO Mon 396

Today I bring you my version of a Mojo Monday sketch challenge which was posted about two weeks ago. I know...I am just a tad late. Creating this card was so much fun! This is one of my favorite stamp sets, I love birds!  In my mind, I wanted to impart a masculine feeling and I believe that I have accomplished this! What do you think?

Ink: Pear Pizazz, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory 
Stamps: An Open Heart, Hardwood
Misc: Floral Embossing Folder, dauber, black chevron ribbon, crumb cake seam binding, very vanilla taffeta ribbon, pear pizazz seam binding ribbon, antique brad, dimensionals.
Well, there you have it for today! Hope that you have a pleasant Tuesday!
Happy Stampin'...
~ Linda

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Stampin Up In Colors 2015 ~ 2017

Aren't they pretty! These are the NEW Stampin Up In Colors that we will be incorporating into our paper crafting for the next two years!

Clockwise from the top they are: Mint Macaroon (a pretty soft green), Watermelon Wonder (a cross between the now retired Strawberry Slush and Calypso Coral), Delightful Dijon (a warm yellow tone), Cucumber Crush (a happy hue of green), and Tip Top Taupe (a soft light brown tone).

They will be available for purchase beginning with the release of our All New 2015~2017 Stampin' Up! catalog beginning June 3, 2015!

If you would like to reserve a copy for you own little hot hands, send an email to me at: They are $3.00 for local pick-up and for an additional $5.00 I can have one sent directly to your home...if you email me your complete address.

Stay tuned for more Happy Stampin' adventures!

~ Linda

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hello Life Project Kit ~ My Way!

Hi Stampers!

Today I bring you the awesome Stampin' Up! Hello Life Project Kit! It is being carried over to the New and Upcoming Stampin' Up! 2015~2016 Annual Catalog! I am so excited!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed putting this kit together and while many of you like the Occasions catalog version, I will admit I am really not much of a yellow person, but PINK, on the other hand is one of my favorite colors! I used the retiring in-color Strawberry Slush. I am sad to see it go...but there is always another favorite PINK...Rose Red!

You receive so much in this kit! Enough to make at least 10 additional beautiful cards!

There you have it for Cinco de Mayo!

Go forth and Celebrate!

Happy Stampin'

~ Linda

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Communion & Confirmation Blessings

Today is a very special day for a very special nephew of mine, therefore calling for the creation of a unique card for him.

He received his First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Catholic church today.

Our Family is of Irish ancestry and the Celtic cross is a very significant symbol for us.

It is a full size card, 5" x 7" using mostly Stampin" Up! supplies.


Ink: versamark
Paper: Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper and the Blue Glimmer Paper is non SU
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Candy Dots, Silver Satin Ribbon 5/8", Deco Labels Framelits, Dimensionals, Pewter Embossing Powder

There you have it!

Happy Stampin'

~ Linda

Monday, April 27, 2015

Scrappy Weaving

Hi Stampers!

Do you happen to have a little too many scrap pieces laying around? Anyway, this card is a great way to use up some of them and have fun in the process!

This is paper weaving...what you need to do is coordinate some strips of paper that measure 3/4" X 3", you only need 6 and have fun! You can probably accomplish this effect with ribbon too!


Stamps: Petite Pairs
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Painted Blossoms DSP (Occasions Catalog)
Misc: Basic Rhinestones, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder (Occ Cat), Silver Bakers Twine


~ Linda

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter to my Favorite Chicks!

Happy Easter!

Good Morning!

These two little cutie pie bags will be in the hands of my sweet little granddaughters very soon!

We created Easter and Birthday cards earlier this week and had so much fun together! I feel so blessed that they and their pretty mom, my daughter in law and her mom enjoy getting together to craft.

Well...these are filled with all kinds of little goodies that I have collected for them over the past few weeks.


Stamps: none
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (shading), Pink Pirouette (cheek blush)
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, 5 Petal Punch (feet) (retired), Blossom Punch (hands), heart gems (non SU), Oval Framelits, 3/4" punch, 1" punch, white Signo pen

Hope that you enjoy these little Cutie Pies as much as I did creating them!

Happy Stampin"!

~ Linda


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