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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Birthday Bows!

Today I am sharing with you a gift ensemble that I put together for a dear friend of mine, whom I met via a Meetup group that gets together almost weekly to enjoy different ethnic eateries for lunch around the Phoenix area. I enjoy trying different flavors and sometimes attempt to mimic the dishes in my home cooking for my dear husband!

Well, anyway that is another of one of my life's simple pleasures that keep me out of trouble...Ha!

The above photo includes a gift bag and card with the gift (photo below) that I put together for my friend's birthday of which my husband and I will be celebrating with later this evening.

Stamps: non SU birthday greeting
Paper: whisper white, Sweet Sorbet dsp (retired)
Ink: black stazon
Misc: bow punch, flower punch, dahlia punch, Sale A Bration ribbon, retired in color button

Ok, now to explain the shadow box gift...Part of being an active Stampin" Up! Demonstrator is attending meetings once a month with my fellow enthusiasts. At one of our meetings last year, we were each asked to create a certain number of "inchies" (although they are almost actually 2" in size).
We swapped them out and  the above photo beautifully displays all of the wonderfully talented ladies' mini masterpieces!

My contribution is the one in the upper left hand corner made with our lovley spiral die.

Well...there you have it for this week!

Stay Happy! Stamp and Create!

~ Linda


Monday, December 29, 2014

Creative Blog Hop Monday!

What a super adventure being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is proving to be!

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to participate in this unique Blog Hop from a fellow demonstrator Hallie Gainer. Although I do not believe we have met in person, she is a fellow Creative Crew team member over on Splitcoaststampers. I enjoy her style very much!

Being that I am finished creating for the Holidays, I thought that I would take this opportunity to post a Sneak Peek from the up and coming Sale-A-Bration and Spring catalogs!

Flowers are my absolute favorite image to stamp, color and create! This is an example of what can be done with a pretty floral stamp, some deliciously colored designer paper and of course, a little dazzle!

For the background of the card, I decided to also use a slice of leaf designer paper.

Recipe:
Stamps: Love is Kindness - Occasions Catalog premiering January 6, 2015
Ink: Versamark, Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Whisper White
Tools: heat gun
Misc: black embossing powder, dazzling details, whisper white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

 As part of this sharing opportunity, I have been asked to answer four questions...here goes:

1. What are you working on? Hmmm...being that the Holidays are pretty much behind us, I am beginning to focus on our lovely new products from our new 2015  Sale-A-Bration and Spring catalogs! I am dreaming of ways to create pretty projects for my up and coming classes, swaps, gifts and whatever else comes up!

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre? Okay, after contemplating this question for a few moments I would have to say that...I love pretty papers, happy colors and I adore the Shabby Chic style...but not too much...and I like clean lines...am a little hesitant to sponge or rough up the edges...I enjoy seeing things POP and glisten!

3.Why do you create what you do? Ever since I can remember, I have loved paper...the feel of it, how it can be cut, colors pulled together to bring about beauty...cards, 3-D items, gifts, you name it, if it is made of paper...I am in LOVE with it! Sharing is also a big part of my hobby...I enjoy giving sets of cards to family and friends frequently.

4. How does your creativity process work? Well, usually depends on my mood...LOL...I create because  I am happy...I create when I am sad and that usually makes me happy! Lots of things around me influence my creative process...I will think of a certain color, color combination...go from there...be inspired by some nice designer paper...go from there...want to try a new technique and have some new rubber and off I go...fabrics, Pinterst, food...LOL...so many things in everyday life!

Another part of this awesome blog hop is that I get to share my nominations for the next Creative Blog Hop players whom will be posting next Monday, January 5, 2015! They are two of my favorite fellow demonstrators from my upline's team...weStamp.

Sue P. ! I must say that I am amazed at how easily Sue can come up with beautiful projects using My Digital Studio! I have attempted the program a few times, but always end up with paper in hand.
She is such an awesome stamper too and I feel blessed to know her. She is always full of enthusiasm! You will just have to see how wonderful she really is and visit her next week, Monday January 5th, 2015, at her blog: Sparkled Stamps

Stephanie M. ! This wonderful fellow weStamp demonstrator is an absolutely fantastic creator of so very many lovely paper craft creations! I have case'd (copy and shared) a few of her projects on several occasions! Please visit her blog next Monday January 5th, 2015 to see what she will be sharing for the Hop at: The Fetching Stamper

Thank you all for visiting today!

Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year 2015!

~ Linda







Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

From my home to yours...wishing you a most Merry Christmas and a soon to be Happy New Year!

Please stay tuned as I am participating in a Blog Hop where my post goes live on Monday, December 29th, 2014.

Happy Stamping!

Linda

Friday, September 5, 2014

~ Grandaughters 6th Birthdays ~

Hi Everyone!

Yes, it is that time of the year...my precious little twin granddaughters Keira and Kaely are 6 years old already! They wanted a Frozen themed party...so of course, I custom created a special birthday banner just for them! And...the fun did not stop there...I went ahead and made them their personal birthday cards and decorated gift bags!

My life is truly blessed by these two little ladies. It is such a joy watching them growing up and becoming more and more beautiful both inside and out...thanks to their awesome parents...my lovely daughter in law Angie and son Artie.

Items were created using mostly Stampin' Up! Supplies!

Enjoy the weekend and cooler temperatures!

And Happy Stamping!

~ Linda
 


 



Friday, July 25, 2014

Convention Mementos!

Happy Friday! What a whirlwind these past few months have been! Getting ready for the Annual Stampin' Up! Convention that I have been attending for the past 6 years brings me so much joy!

Today I am sharing one of the Roomie Gifts that I created for my awesome new friend(s).  I made three extra and they can be in your hot little hands for a special price of only $15.00! This includes shipping and handling and will be sent First Class.

You will need to act fast though...the first 3 paid invoices will receive these little pretties which are made in the Stampin Up Convention colors and  theme.  These are handy little note books to take with you just about anywhere! They measure when closed: 5" x 8 1/2" and opened 11" x 8 1/2".
You can use the bookmark for your beautiful Stampin Up catalog.

Please email me if you are interested and I accept only PayPal as payment. Sorry, no checks or credit cards.

In the near future, I will be posting some of my swaps that I made for Convention too!
Stay tuned...

Happy Stamping!!!

~ Linda
Lindam530@cox.net





Thursday, June 5, 2014

*** Join for $50! ***


Yes! You can join my team of Pretty Inkers for a limited time for only $50.00!

Right now is a perfect time to become a member of our Stampin' Up! family of lovely, talented and creative people!

You are also eligible to attend our awesome Convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT this July 2014 for FREE!

The registration fee of about $290.00 will be waived if you attend!

I have been going for the past 5 years and have enjoyed every single aspect of learning, creating and sharing my love of all thing paper crafting and rubber stamping.

Not only that, but also making friends from all over the world!

What could be more exciting!!!

Just say YES! 

 Notable Items:
  • This offer is only good until June 30, so take advantage while you can! 
  • During this offer, the special $50 starter kit will also be accompanied by $55 in free products; the regular $99 starter kit is also still available.
  • Both kits come with the business bricks which includes catalogues, order forms, and more.  

Happy Stamping Always...

~ Linda

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

~ Mojo Monday 348 ~

Today's share is my version of the Mojo Monday sketch challenge 348. I was in the mood for soft colors so I chose Smokey Slate and Soft Sky. No particular technique, something a little less complicated and clean.

What do you think?

Recipe:

Stamps: Simply Sketched (retired)

Ink: Going Grey

Paper: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Soft Sky

Accessories: corner punch, circle punch, bird punch. decorative dots embossing folder, basic rhinestones, 1/4" silver ribbon, white bakers twine, dimensionals

Well...there you have it! I also received my first New Stampin' Up! catalog order today! Lots of new goodies...paper...stamps...accessories...punches...ribbon...can't wait to use it for upcoming projects!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda




Monday, June 2, 2014

Celebrate Today!

Welcome to June! This was one of the masculine cards that we made in May's class.

Recipe:

Stamps: Perfectly Penned (retired), World Map

Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Mocha Morning dsp (retired)

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Glimmer Brads (retired), 2 1/2" Circle Punch

Hope that you like it!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Cheeries!

This is my first attempt at using alcohol markers. Of course, they are the up and coming Stampin' Up! Blendabilities in the shades of Cherry Cobbler. I enjoyed using them and look forward to creating more pretty cards and gifts in the near future.

Recipe:

Stamps: Blended Bloom, From my Heart

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

Ink: Stazon, Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities

Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Basic Rhinestones, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Enjoy!

~ Linda

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

MOJO Monday 344 ~ Sweet Friend

Happy Wednesday!

This week's sketch over at MOJO Monday really spoke to me. Although many of you know that I just adore anything with flowers, you may not know that I also love geometrical shapes! Perhaps that explains why I enjoy cutting paper so much! So here I was able to combine the two elements in this week's sketch challenge. And, I also have all four packages of the collections of designer papers, so I will be utilizing them more in my projects.

Hope that you like what I came up with. The recipe is as follows:

Stamps: You are Loved (reired)
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Tools: Scallop Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch
Embellishments: Dark Brown Satin Ribbon (non-SU), Hat Pins (retired SU), dimensionals

Enjoy your week and have fun Stamping and Crafting!

~ Linda

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May Creative Crew Gallery Challenge

Since the beginning of this year, I have been participating in the Creative Chew Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers.

For the month of May, for this project, I used one of my favorite designer papers, Watercolor Wonder, which is covered in roses and some of my other favorite items. It is so much fun to make one of these...I am thinking of making more as little gifts. The funny part about making this is collecting the toilet tissue tubes around the house!
 
This is Julie Griffith's idea of a toilet tissue tube book.
 
You can view the Creative Crew galleries by clicking on: Creative Crew Galleries . There you are sure to find oodles of inspiration for your own projects!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

* NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog 2014-2015 *



Announcing our Beautiful All New Stampin' Up! Catalog for the coming year 2014-2015!

Wait til you see what is inside! You can begin previewing it online beginning 11PM Arizona Time.

On Monday I attended the first ever Stampin' Up! Catalog Premiere. It was soooooooo much fun!

A few of us drove down early to have lunch together and we just could not wait.

The Stampin' Up! home office team showered us with awesome presentations of new products that are in this most lovely book of joy.

And wouldn't you know it, they had Prize Patrol, and each and every one of us went home with a Brand New stamp set and the new Stampin' Success newsletter.

For as long as I have been a demonstrater with this wonderful company, they never cease to amaze me at any event that I attend which also includes all of the fantastic fellow demonstrators whom host events!

If anyone has any questions, I would be more than happy to assist you...just send me an email at:
Lindam530@cox.net. If you would like to join my Team: Pretty Inkers that is also a possibility!

Happy Stamping...Stampin' Up! Style of course!!!

~ Linda

Monday, April 21, 2014

* Shabby Topiary *





The pure joy of finishing a project! About a month ago, a group of paper crafting friends, including me, got together and created this beautiful topiary! It has been on my to-be-completed list since and finally this morning it is fini!

The flowers were created by using SVG files, please do not ask me how, as one of the ladies, Debbie Young, a very talented paper artiste, in our group did all of the behind the scenes preparation and cutting.

Just in case any of you are wondering, I am also planning on creating one in Stampin' Up! style with our awesome Spiral Flower die! Perhaps one for moi and one for a special friend...could that be you?

Ha! Ha! You will just have to wait and see ;-)

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LalaLoopsy Beanie Girls!

 

Happy Spring! These cute little twin LalaLoopsy Beanie Girls will be in my pretty little grandaughters hands on Easter Sunday! Aren't they just soooooo cute!

We made them at my monthly Cafe Chicks class in March. I received an original at the 2013 Stampin' Up! Convention that I attended, from Terry Bork of Independence, Kentucky, as a swap! 

Supply List:

Accessories: 3 1/2" Circle and Scallop Circle Bigz Dies, Simply Scored Tool, 3/4", 1/2" & small heart punches, Square Lattice EF, Primrose Petals ribbon, 1" x 8" cellophane bags

Card Stock: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Ink Pads: Pink Pirouette

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

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