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

Happy Birthday!

We will be celebrating my older son's 40th birthday tonight, although his actual birthday is tomorrow! For those of you whom have families, you might understand how that goes, being that it is Easter Sunday.

Artie turns 40 tomorrow...I have to shake my can this be when I still feel like I am 30? 
Anyway, tonight we celebrate with the family with all the fun and frolic we can muster up!

Some information regarding this card...he loves cars! So I used the beautiful Stampin' Up! Classic Pick Ups wood mounted set! And, being it is a masculine card, I kept it neutral and metallic.


Stamps: Classic Pick Ups (retired), Bring on the Cake (retired)
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Metallic
Accessories: Black Satin ribbon (non-SU0, silver brads (retired), corner ticket punch (retired),
Curly Label Punch

Well...there you have it!

Happy Stampin!

~ Linda

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.

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 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 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, 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 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, 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!


Friday, September 5, 2014

~ Grandaughters 6th Birthdays ~

Hi Everyone!

Yes, it is that time of the precious little twin granddaughters Keira and Kaely are 6 years old already! They wanted a Frozen themed 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 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

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?


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.


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.


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


~ 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: If you would like to join my Team: Pretty Inkers that is also a possibility!

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

~ Linda


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