Saturday, August 12, 2017

Butterfly Basics

Happy Saturday Stampin' Buddies!

Lately I have been wondering how these types of cards were made...I had seen quite a few on Pinterest and several other card making blogs, etc. I thought it might be terribly complicated.

Not really! I did a little research and found out that this is called The Retiform Technique. I watched a  you tube video a few times and then tried it on my own!

What do you think? It is not a new technique, but with newer stamps and inks, I just LOVE how these turned out! I used one of my favorite in-colors Flirty Flamingo and Pink Pirouette for the shading. I had a few friends over yesterday and we got pretty inky playing and trying differing ways to arrange the elements!

Would you like to get Pretty Inky with some ladies? I am having a class on Saturday, August 19th at my home here in Phoenix, AZ. Send me an email and I will send you an invitation.

Well...have to go and get ready for this afternoon's adventure takes me Wine Tasting to a new venue with a fellow wine buddy! You see, I have buddies from different walks of Life...isn't that wonderful! I always believe that one can never have too many friends!

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Christmas Wreath

How many of my fellow paper crafting, rubber stamping buddies begin Christmas preparations this early? Me! Me! Me!

LOL! A little group of us gals enjoy getting together almost every week and we each take turns to come up with a project to work on at our gatherings.

This absolutely Beautiful wreath was designed by Dreaming Tree and my dear friends...Liz and Debbie joyously cut on their Cricut to create this project!

My contribution is the background gold foil designer paper and the various little gold bling dots and of course, one of my favorite embellishments, the Fleur de Lis. that I am eagerly awaiting my Stampin' Up! pre-order from the All New and up-coming, spectacular Holiday Catalog, which goes live for everyone on September 1st...not patiently, mind I am a tap-tap-tapping on my keyboard...oops! I just saw the mail truck go by...later y'all!!!

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Baby Shower

Time for a baby shower card! I am so pleased as to how this card turned out! My sweet manicurist is expecting a baby boy in the month of September. When I visited her for my last appointment, I asked if she was registered with any of the local baby stores and she happily invited me to her baby shower!

It has been too many years since I attended a baby shower. I am thinking that it was probably my daughter-in-laws when she was expecting my twin granddaughters, about nine years ago! Wow!

Well, it was so much fun looking at baby items. Things sure have changed and evolved over the years. The theme is elephants, as you might have guessed. I found a cute little toy to add to the gift, an elephant pull toy of some sort :)

And so yesterday, I sat down and came up the the card above. I printed out the little elephant and went with some happy, vibrant colors. And I thought, wouldn't it be nice to add balloons. And just by coincidence, I punched out five of them and then I thought his name will be Isaac and that is five letters, so I pulled out some silver letter stickers...and there you have it!

It is always a good day to stamp here in I hope you enjoyed today's little share.

Happy Stampin"!

~ Linda

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sympathy Card

It is never an easy endeavor to create a sympathy card, especially when it is for a very good friend.

Her mom passed away over the weekend and both my dear husband and I are sending our sincere condolences.

And so I came up with this design especially for her, she likes turquoise, so I do hope that this brings a little comfort to her and her family at this sad time.

Enjoy your Loved Ones...keep them close...because one day when you least expect...they will be gone.

Blessings on this Sunday,

~ Linda

Thursday, July 6, 2017

~ Happy Birthday Gorgeous! ~

Today's pretty comes to you, which was totally inspired by Gail Davidson...thank you Gail! I case'd (copy and shared) this little piece of art work because lately I am in the mood to play with watercoloring!

What do you think? I am having a class this Saturday, July 8th at my home and am deciding if I will include this in the card making lineup. It was not too difficult at all really. 

OMG!!! Now I have to make another one! Hmmm...I usually make at least two cards when I am stamping and one I tend to send out to someone :) Who might that be?

Well...this morning is already starting off bright and beautiful! Have a few errands to run today...better get is going to be a HOT one here in sunny Phoenix...I think they said 116 degrees? Oh, well...I don't count the degrees anymore...anything over 105 is pretty HOT!

Hope you have a great day...wherever you are...whatever you're doing and take some time to play!

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Last night I attended my monthly Stampin' Up! meeting with my weStamp group and swapped this little pretty. I cased it from Maria Willis...such a talented demonstrator...thank you Maria!

In this crafty endeavor, I did some watercoloring using melon mambo re-inker to paint on the background using an aqua painter. I originally tried to achieve this using glossy card stock, but was not happy with those results, but I do LOVE the way this turned out!

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Climbing Orchid (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Black, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise,
Paper: Water color, whisper white, soft sky, tempting turquoise,
Misc: Dazzling Diamonds, Metallic Foil Doilies, Silver Metallic Thread, Aqua Painter

Well, there you have it!

Am planning on attending the Onstage Stampin' Up! Event in Salt Lake City, UT this coming November, are you?

Til next time...

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Friday, June 9, 2017

Daisy Delight!

Oh my goodness! Talk about fun creating! I am in Love with the new Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch.

Sadly though it is currently unorderable as demand has far exceeded predictions regarding its' popularity! But I was lucky enough to get it early on my pre-order as a demonstrator.

It will most likely be available towards the end of July. If anyone is interested I will definitely keep you updated as to its' availability.

Stamps: Daisy Delight
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Pear Pizazz
Misc: Clear Faceted Gems, Daisy punch, 3/4" circle punch (on bottom of flower), wire to create the stems for the flowers, hot glue to adhere the daisies to the stems

Well...tomorrow is going to be GREAT! I am so excited to be hosting some of my favorite stamping buddies in my home for Class.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Happy Stampin' !

~ Linda

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Celebrate Today!

Getting ready for my Stampin' Up! Class this Saturday, June 10th!

It has been wayyy too long since I held a class...just life getting in the way...but NOW! 
With the Awesome, Beautiful, Spectacular NEW Annual Catalog....look out!!!

This banner was made with all of the NEW 2017-2018 In Colors...they are so striking and even more spectacular in person!

Well...I need to get back to hope you have a great rest of your day!

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Just Breathe...

Yesterday I embarked on a new leg of my journey and this card signifies what I was reminded of while enjoying Tai Chi in the park. I had taken a class quite a few years ago at The Paradise Valley Community College, so when I was in the midst of my practice, it all came flooding back to me.

This card says it all! I made it earlier this week and it includes several NEW products from our beautiful and amazing Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog 2017~2018.

Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink: Night of Navy, Early Espresso
Paper: Powder Pink, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz
Misc: Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Sponge Roller

Well, there you have it!

Oh and by the way, I am having a Class in my home next Saturday at 10AM to showcase many of the new products appearing in the catalog!

Please let me know if you would like to attend by RSVPing to:

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Birthday Memories

Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing a non paper crafting related post...yesterday I filled my Hummingbird feeder with fresh sugar water and I happened to look out my kitchen window this morning and noticed that I had a visitor.

How cool is that! I hope to see many more visitors stop by for a little nourishment as they continue on their journey or perhaps they will stay a while!

Well, I must get back to celebrating...there is so much to do today...all FUN related!

~ Linda

Saturday, May 27, 2017

~ Daisy Delight ~

Happy Saturday!

Today I bring you a little creation that I CASE'd (copy and share enthusiastically) from Wendy Ellard found on Pinterest.

Most of you that know me, know that I enjoy creating with flowers of just about any variety. Well, as the beautiful month of May comes to a close, I am sending it out with a floral hurrah!

Stamps: Daisy Delight
Ink: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
Paper: Daisy Delight designer series paper, whisper white, night of navy, old olive
Misc: Linen Thread, dimensionals

Hope that you are enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend and celebrating with family, loved ones and dear friends wherever you are.

~ Linda

Friday, May 12, 2017

~ At Home With You ~

Happy Friday to my fellow paper enthusiasts!

Earlier this week, I received a box of awesome goodies, my Stampin' Up! pre-order and could not wait to use this oh so cute stamp set to make a card with a French blue door!

Those of you that know me, I love French speaks to my soul. Little by little, I am bringing this style into my home. Maybe I will get to paint my front door a French blue color...that would make me so happy!

Anyway, for those of you whom are not demonstrators, this beautiful stamp set entitled At Home with You will be for sale beginning June 2nd from our NEW Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. So get your Wish List out and add this one to it.

Stamps: At Home with You
Ink: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Memento Black, several markers to color in the wreath and flower pots...that was so relaxing.
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White (excellent for watercoloring), NEW Wood Textures DSP
Misc: Brick Wall embossing folder, linen thread, dimensionals, paper snips

Stay tuned for another adventure sure to come your way...can not say for sure when, but with all of my new toys...I have to play with them!

Happy Mother's Day!

~ Linda

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

~ Fleur de Jour ~

Today I bring you a project that I have been working on with a few of my crafty paper pals these past few weeks.

This is from SVG Cuts and my dear friend Liz initiated this and she did all of the cutting and prep work beforehand. The willing paper participants, including moi, eagerly watched a tutorial together to make this beautiful piece come to life!

As many of you already know, I just LOVE flowers!!! And being that we live in the desert, do not get me wrong, I know there are beautiful desert flowers here too, but, being from back East, there is nothing that can compare to the flowers grown there from Springtime throughout the Summer months.

So, to satisfy that need, I happily make flowers out of paper!

And, there you have it for today!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pocketful of Posies!

Happy May Day! 

That probably has multiple meanings but the symbolism I ascribe to this, the first day of the Lovely Month of May, is from when I was a wee lass...way back to second grade when I attended Catholic school and danced around the Maypole and wore a pretty dress that my beloved mom created for me! And with a crown of flowers set upon my head! celebrate, I enjoy making things with flowers of all kinds, centerpieces, wreaths, shadow boxes and most of!


~ Linda 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

~ Happy Easter ~

Easter gifts for my pretty little twin granddaughters Keira and Kaely. I enjoy putting together these little bags filled with goodies for my sweethearts!

The March Paper Pumpkin stamp set was used to make the bunny cards along with their favorite colors Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Pink Pirouette with Melon Mambo.

Hope that everyone has a lovely and Blessed Easter today!

Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

~ Happy Birthday Artie! ~

The past year has just breezed seems like yesterday that I made a birthday card for my son Artie! 

Well...I was in the mood for using some Pacific Point card stock and glad to have created this one of a kind card for a one of a kind son.

Hope you like it and perhaps are somewhat inspired to take out some card stock, punches, stamps and get a card to someone today!

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Saturday, March 25, 2017

~ Pop of Pink Cake ~

This is a birthday card for a lovely niece of mine that lives back east. She is becoming a teenager. Such a sweet, beautiful, intelligent, young lady. Her mom and dad are the best parents ever, well, my mom and dad were really the very best parents, honestly!

Not much else going on except that I have been straightening out my craft studio and getting into the Spring and Easter mode with decorating around the house.

My two little buddy doggies Bebe and Chelsea had their spring spa day where they both were groomed and ready for the warmer weather that is to come in the next few weeks here.

Oops! My cup of tea is empty, so I need to go and get a refill!

Til next time!

Happy Stampin' !

~ Linda

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

~ Spring is Here ~

This absolutely beautiful, gorgeous Spring sampler was made in a class hosted by Lorri Heilling and Gina Shappa.  Gina designed this amazing creation!

There are few words other than what I began with to describe how incredibly happy I am to have attended this event and bring home such a masterpiece! It lights up too! The little basket in the lower right corner has battery powered lights that are pink!

All of the elements are Stampin' Up! and can be found either in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog and various items from the Sale-A-Bration catalog event.

The attention to detail is just incredible! 

Hope that you are engrossed in your own stamping adventures and bringing to life your very own marvelous creations! I would love to see what you are up to!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentines for my Sweethearts

Hi Stamping Buddies!

Thought that I would share another of my Valentine adventures with you today!

These were my Valentines that I gave to my twin granddaughters Keira and Kaely...the gift bags filled with little goodies for them.

Last month I learned how to make pop out cards from one of my very talented side lines Jeannette Weeks. We had so much fun learning how to make these at our team meeting, so I decided to share them with my little sweethearts!

Well...there you have it!

My dear hubby and I have a busy weekend/week ahead with lots of fun activities planned for both our 12th Wedding Anniversary which is tomorrow, Sunday February 12th and Valentine's Day this coming Tuesday.

Here's hoping that you all enjoy the weekend and week ahead with your own crafty adventures!

Happy Hugs!

~ Linda

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sending Love...

Hi Stamping Friends!

Today's post brings you some Love... Stampin' Up! style!

Since I have watched a few You Tube video tutorials on how to make the double Z fold card, I have been busy. This card was inspired by...cased from Craft Project Central.

The entire Stampin' Up! Sending Love Suite immediately caught my attention when I first cast my eyes on our beautiful Occasions catalog earlier this year! You can find just about everything I used on page 14-15.

There is so much Love to share with this beautiful bundle and here I am sharing it with all my buddies!

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack, Silver Glimmer paper
Tools: Love Notes Framelits, real red ribbon, dimensionals

Well...there you have it!

Enjoy your stamping adventures as much as do I and here's wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Love & Blessings,

~ Linda

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Have not been feeling well for the past few days...just after my dear hubby was sick for Christmas and what better pastime than browsing Pinterest to lift my spirits. I came upon such a cute card designed by Joanne James of the UK and I just had to make a couple of my very own!

Luckily, I had all of the elements on hand, the SU daffodil delight ribbon is retired from a few years ago, but I love it so very much that I decided to keep some in my retired ribbon box.

Not sure what she used for the windowsill, but I had some silver washi tape, also SU retired and placed that on a piece of whisper white card stock for the windowsill.

The flowers were made with a retired SU mini floral punch. The background brick embossing folder is current SU and can be found in the Annual Catalog. The tiny heart is from the owl punch. I thought it was the perfect size and shape. The lettering is from a SU rotary wheel stamp that I still have, which is also retired.

So, now you know, I enjoy keeping retired Stampin' Up! items that I know I will use again and for this little pretty, I am very happy that I did just that.

Well, today I am feeling somewhat better. We are probably staying home tonight as we do not like to go out on New Year's Eve...too much nonsense. However, we are invited to a Retirement Party tomorrow afternoon, so I do need to rest up and be well and strong to attend.

Hope that you all enjoy a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Blessed New Year!

Happy Stampin' Adventures...

~ Linda

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

~ NOEL Banner ~

Last night I attended my yearly team Christmas Party. Most of us participated in a gift exchange which I so enjoyed very much! We had make n takes, all kinds of delicious food...appetizers, desserts, drinks, etc.

The banner showcased in the above photo is part of the gift that I put together. I love making these!
There are a few others in  process currently and some of my favorite family members and friends will be receiving one from me!

Well...I am off now to get busy in my studio...I also have a Craft Fair for which I am participating and  need to make a few things to sell there along with some retired Stampin' Up! stuff!

Enjoy you crafting adventures!


~ Linda

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas and Love

Hi Crafty Friends!

The Christmas season for me is all about Love. Love of family, friends and our lives. If it were up to me, I would celebrate all year. The Love part, that is. 

My Stampin' Up! involvement has brought so much Joy to my has enriched me in countless ways mostly by being able to share my creations.

The above sampler is an example of what I Love sharing. Making shadow boxes, wreaths, banners, cards and countless other variations of paper crafting items are all an outer expression of what I so very much enjoy doing almost on a daily basis.  

This was made almost entirely with our beautiful Candy Cane Land Christmas designer series paper.
The frame is 12x12 and the squares are 3" each. 

Hoping that Love finds a way into your Heart this Christmas Season!

~ Linda

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Christmas Ornament

Hi Fellow Crafty Friends!

Welcome to my humble blog. Earlier this year, I began subscribing to Stampin Up's My Paper Pumpkin. Each month I received a kit that comes with instructions and all materials to create some very nice paper crafts. Sometimes they are cards, one was a little wreath, which I adore and various 3-D items.

This is a version, my interpretation of the most recent kit. I LOVE Christmas! And somewhere out there in Cyberland I saw this idea and have not been able to retrieve it to give due credit.

So, I somehow figured out how to make my own ornament.

A few years back, Stampin Up sold the mica flakes and I had some other retired tools that made this come together quite effortlessly...was a lot easier than I anticipated! I love when that happens!

Let me know what you think...I might have to make at least another version, perhaps pink or something.

Well...on to my next Christmas project! This past Friday I went to the Briar Patch Christmas Fair at a local high school. So many ideas are swimming around in my head...LOL!

And my little Elfie friend has been busy too decorating around the house...she fears it might be a little too cool to venture out to the shed to bring in some more boxes of goodies :) A nice hot cup of chocolate would probably motivate her!

Well...hope you are enjoying this Christmas season...stay tuned for more adventures!

Love & Blessings...

~ Linda

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gingerbread Greetings

Greetings my fellow paper crafting...rubber stamping friends! you can see...I have been quite busy lately!

Our beautiful Stampin' Up! designer series paper Candy Cane Lane is probably my all time favorite Christmas paper so far and I have been using and utilizing every single little scrap and piece to my heart's content.

From the right side of the photo is a tag that I created for a swap that was held in October and the  middle tag was created for a swap with my team members earlier in November.

And my little Gingerbread house was put together yesterday while it was gray, cloudy and rainy here in what is usually sunny and warm Phoenix, AZ. Would a collection of these be really cute in an evergreen swag adorning either a fireplace of doorway? OHHH! Now I have to get even busier and make more! 

Other projects that are in process include...wreath making, shadow boxes, banners, Christmas cards all with beautiful Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog products!

Hope that you are all warm and cozy and enjoying your crafty adventures...wherever they take you.

Until next time...

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

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