Saturday, December 24, 2011

~ Merry Christmas ~

During this Christmas season, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.

In January, I will be attending the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.
During that time, I will be learning and creating with our beautiful paper products and will be hosting a class on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 10am in my home. Please email me: if you would like to attend.

Enjoy the time spent with your family, friends and loved ones!

Stampin' Hugs and Blessings...
Linda Rodenberg, SU Demonstrator

Monday, October 31, 2011

~ Big Shot Offer Extended!!! ~

An offer to DIE for!

If you've been looking for an opportunity to do what you love, while getting a 20% discount on your favorite products, now is the perfect time! During October, you'll get a FREE Big Shot when you join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator.

* If you already own a Big Shot then you can choose $100 worth of merchandise from our current catalogs. Use the Big Shot die-cutting machine and Stampin' Up!'s exclusive dies**(sold seperately) to create uniquely beautiful projects in a flash.

In addition, the new-demonstrator Starter Kit--a steal at just $175--contains over $345 worth of stamp sets, card stock, ink, accessories, and business supplies-everything you need to start your new business.

There are so many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, including

•A 20 percent product discount!

•A free monthly issue of Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator-only magazine, Stampin' Success!

•Sneak peeks at brand-new products!

•Invitations to exclusive Stampin' Up! events!

•Regular get-togethers to stamp!

•Free access to an online community of 30,000+ crafters/stampers and creative artists, as well as 160,000+ project samples!

•Plus, access to an exclusive video and training for your new Big Shot!

•Join my team and attend our monthly meetings with other demonstrators who share their love of Stampin' Up!

Don't miss this BIG deal! Contact me today to learn how you can take advantage of this great opportunity and get your FREE Big Shot!

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Stamping!!!

~ Linda

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pines and Poinsettias

This was a make and take for our monthly downline meeting of the Dazzling Divas. This card was just about a total case of one that I found somewhere and I sadly have misplaced the name of the lovely artist, so if anyone knows her, please contact me and I will surely give her credit.

This card just exudes the warm and fuzzy feeling of the Holiday Season, of which my favorite is Christmas.
I just LOVE the real red and chocolate chip reminds me of red velvet cake :)

This little pretty is by no means simple...and I totally enjoyed using our beautiful specialty designer paper from the Holiday Mini...Holiday Berry Bouquet in all its' glory here!

This is the beginning of my making merry for the upcoming celebrations, parties, gatherings with family and friends, near and far.

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda ~

~ Christmas Lodge ~

This has to be my favorite stamp set this year and I could not wait to use it! I love the lodge image, it was inked in chocolate chip ink and watercolored with wild wasabi, the snow was highlighted with our gorgeous Dazzling Details glitter and it sparkles so very nicely!

Cherry cobbler is the base card the next layer being chocolate chip with the edges frayed a little, then a layer of stunning Holly Berry Bouquet specialty designer series paper. I cannot wait to used up this entire package as each and every print is just too beautiful and needs to be shared with my family and friends this year!

The new 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon I used is the cherry cobbler. It also comes in early espresso. The sentiment is stamped in cherry cobbler onto some crumb cake cardstock, which was also distressed around the edges.

Christmas is coming...Happy Stamping!

~ Linda ~

~ Holiday Stocking ~

Here is another project that we made in class this past Saturday. The original design was created by DeAnn Rauzi. The girls really liked this using the all NEW Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die in our Holiday Mini Catalog. Some very vanilla cardstock was cut and them embossed with the textured impressions folder...Northern Flurry...and the tip and heel and brim of the stocking were impressed with the Lattice folder, then sponged with some soft suede ink and adorned with of course, our lovely rhinestones. The ribbons used to accent the rim were some very vanilla velvet stitched ribbon, very vanilla satin ribbon, and some early espresso wide grosgrain...and...linen thread strung with a few of our cute little mini jingle bells...and...yes...they really do jingle!


~ Linda ~

~ Snow Swirled ~

We made this pretty easy card in my monthly class this past Saturday. I was looking for something fun, easy and elegant and this is what transpired. The beautiful stamp set Snow Swirled Christmas tree image was inked up with white shimmer frost paint, accented with some of our beautiful rhinestones and framed with our scallped oval die and run through our snowflake embossing folder!

Hope that you like it!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda ~

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hopping Just For The Fun of It!

Thank you for hopping today with us, “Hopping Just for the Fun of it”. Today’s theme is Halloween / Fall Happenings, do hop thru our fun hop this Saturday featuring Fall and Halloween projects..... Plan on visiting us each month, the next hop will be the first Saturday of the month, Nov 5.. I happen to be Stop # 1 of 17 stops along the way this month.

As you can probably already surmise, this little pretty was made with SU crumb cake, early espresso, cajun craze and peach parfait.  One of my favorite all time SU stamp sets Fall Foilage was used  to stamp the leaves in the torn very vanilla image. This card was cased from a  beautiful card by Anne-Marie Bouthillette on SCS (  The ribbon is SU chocolate chip and various vintage brads were used in the making of this card creation as it was one of many (about 20 to be exact) that were shared at my monthly downline meeting of weSTAMP which is hosted by my dear, kind and wonderful upline...Lorri Heilling. Enjoy!

This little lovely was taught to my wonderful attendees at my monthly class in September. At the Henderson, NV SU Regionals I participated in a 3-D swap with my weSTAMP group and one of the ladies, Michele Acuna made these lovely roses...well, you know I just had to teach them to my dear friends (students) and each and every one of them went home with their very own Fall Foilage Gift Tag!!!

Do you like how this turned out? I may be making a Christmas version of this...What do you think?

Don’t forget we love comments if possible. To continue the hop, the next Stop # 2 is My Creative Impressions with Jeanne & Joan Norris. I am sure you will enjoy their project this month. If you should happen to get lost anywhere thru the hop. you can go to the main blog, Hopping Just for the Fun of it. Thanks for hopping with us.

Hope that you enjoyed this stop along the way on yor hop...Happy Hopping!!!

~ Linda

Saturday, September 10, 2011

~ Stampin' Stars Blog Hop ~

Good Morning Everyone!

Thank you for hopping today with us, “Hopping Just for the Fun of it”. Today’s theme is ALL HOLIDAYS, meaning just that, we all need to have cards ready for just that special holiday ahead of time or maybe we will have a test card first, before making all the cards needed for the holiday... Plan on visiting us each month, the next hop will be the first Saturday of the Month. You may of came today from Stop #{14} , I happen to be Stop # {15} of 18 stops along the way this month.

Now that the surprise is over, I can reveal what has been keeping me quite busy this week, making a Birthday Banner for my dear, kind & wonderful upline Lorri Heilling! You see, it is her 50th birthday!

Behind the scenes, for quite some time now, many of her family, friends, downline, sidelines and whomever else was asked to have been prepraring for probably one of the most surprising parties of her life :)

Well...I volunteered to make her a Birthday Banner and I was so excited to see it come together!

This measures just about 7 feet long, so it was a bit of a challenge to photograph, therefore, I divided it into three photos.

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: various SU retires dsp, so saffron, certainly celery, chocolate chip, whisper white
Embellishments: chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, jewels basic rhinestones
Tools: pennant die (retired), blossom bouquet triple layer punch, 1 3/4 " circle punch, dimensionals, polka dot embossing folder

And...wouldn't you know it...I just had to make a coordinating birthday card too!

Lorri just LOVES chocolate and rightly so, here is a delicious chocolate with NO calories...LOL!
This is a case of one of her beautiful swaps that I received at the Stampin' Up! Convention.
I feel truly blessed to have Lorri in my life, both as a dear friend and my SU upline!

Stamps: well scripted (retired)
Ink: chocolate chip
Paper: certainly celery, so saffron, chocolate chip, retired SU dsp
Embellishments: jewels basic rhinestones
Tools: textured impression folder elegant lines, round tab punch, scallop trim border punch, cupcake punch (small dots), corner rounder punch, boho blossoms punch

~ Spooky Halloween Card ~

This card was made for a swap with my Dazzling Divas Downline Group. Our theme for the swap was Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and I came across this little pretty whose original creator is Heather Van Duker.
Isn't it just too cute! I really enjoyed making the little broom especially out of a toothpick, some hemp twine and holding it together with some of our beautiful SU rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon!

Stamps: wicked cool
Ink: cajun craze, old olive, rich razzleberry, craft white, basic black
Paper: whisper white, old olive, rich razzlebery, cajun craze, basic black
Tools: ribbon punch, scalloped oval punch, oval punch
Embellishments: basic jewels rhinestones, rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, wide black striped ribbon, hemp twine

Well, there you have it! What a week this has been! I always wonder what stamping adventures will turn up and you can be assured that there are plenty of opportunities for me to either initiate or participate!

Don’t forget we leave comments if possible. To continue the hop, the next Stop # 16 at
I am sure you will enjoy her projects this month. If you should happen to get lost anywhere thru the hop. you can go to the main blog, Hopping Just for the Fun of it. Thanks for hopping with us.

Happy Stampin" and Happy Holidays!!!

~ Linda ~

Saturday, September 3, 2011

~ My "Girls" Birthday Cards ~

My how time passes when watching my little grandaughters, Keira and Kaely growing up into beautiful little ladies. We will be celebrating their 3rd birthday later today...I better get done here so that I can get ready!
They are such little sweethearts...they have begun taking ballet lessons and I just enjoy watching their every move and seeing them dance.

They just LOVE Minnie and Mickey Mouse, much as I remember I did when I was little...I know 'twas eons ago...does anyone remember the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with Annette Funnicello? Yup, I was glued to the TV back then...some great memories and that is what I am wishing for these precious little ones.

This particular card was cased from a swap that I received at Convention from Michelle Suit. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would re-create one each for Keira and Kaely.

Stamps: teeny tiny wishes
Ink: basic black
Paper: basic black, pixie pink (retired), whisper white
Access: popsicle sticks, pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, basic jewels rhinestones, crystal effects
Tools: 2 1/2" punch, 1 1/2" circle punch, scallop punch

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda ~

~ Best Friends Forever ~

The beautiful stamp set that was used to create this card was received at Convention. I just LOVE it!!!
I know, I know what you are probably thinking...and I will admit...I am addicted to pink :) LOL
Well, you might be pleased to know that I will be working on two projects this week and I am going to make a real effort to not include pink. I am going to have to hide all of my pink paper, for a little while anyway.

Stamps: Best Friends Forever
Ink: crumb cake, pretty in pink
Paper: pretty in pink, crumb cake, very vanilla
Access: linen thread very vanilla seam binding ribbon, rhinestone brads
Tools: top note die, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, NEW Bigz L Peek a Boo Frames


~ Linda ~

~ Henderson Nevada Regional Swap ~

This little pretty is a card that I brought to the Henderson, NV Stampin Up Regional which took place on August 26th and 27th. Although I did not escape much of the heat, as here in Phoenix is just as "warm" as the temps in NV.

We had a wonderful time there, my weSTAMP buddies and some lovely Dazzling Diva friends. Regionals are so much more intimate that the sometimes overwhelming Convention. And I got to meet Shelli in person for the first time :) Of course, I shared with her how much being a SU demonstrator has added some "sparkle" to my life!

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: whisper white, pear pizazz, poppy parade, blushing bride dsp & cs
Misc: jewels basic rhinestone
Tools: scallop border punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, large scallop punch, 2" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, bir punch (leaf), boho blossoms punch


~ Linda ~

~ Halloween Treat! ~

When our New Stampin Up Holiday Mini came out and made its' initial appearance at Convention in July this year, my heart skipped a little beat when I saw these little Cellophane Bag treat holders! It is so much easier not to have to prowl around the web looking here, there and who knows where else to find little bags like these, when now all I have to do is order them myself!!!

Hope that you like this little project :) The reason why I chose Halloween is because I dare not bring M & M's into the house, one reason being that they would melt and probably not in the bag but in my mouth where they do not belong...LOL!

Stamps: Wicked Cool
Ink: rich razzleberry, basic black
Paper: basic black pumpkin pie
Misc: 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop punch


~ Linda ~

~ August Class Projects ~

Hi Everyone!

This is a card that we made in my Monthly Saturday Morning Stamp Cafe last month.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: whisper white, bashful blue, soft suede, night of navy, pear pizazz dsp
Tools: cupcake punch, oval punch, 1 3/4" circle punch
Embellishments: bakers twine, white signo gel pen, dimensionals, glue dots


~ Linda ~

Saturday, August 13, 2011

~ VC Rocks!!! Blog Hop ~

~ Triple Blossom Bouquet Flower Pot ~

Hi Stampers!

Welcome to my blog on this Awesome VC Rocks Blog Hop!!!

You have more than likely arrived from one of our terrific VC Rocks! coordinators Carey Rogers awesome blog with one of her lovely creations!

My little project began with Stampin' Up's! very own Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, of which I have only recently purchased...and let me tell you...I have not been so excited about a punch in a while, as I am thrilled with this one! It took a little longer for this wonderful tool to actually grow on me, but once I got my hot little hands on it...I am in LOVE...LOL! Well, I love flowers, they are my one weakness.

Next Saturday, August 20th, at my home, is my monthly card class and we will be making this little pretty!
You can call...602.481.8587 or to reserve your spot by Aug. 18th, 2011.

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: cajun craze, island indigo, bashful blue, old olive, punpkin pie, daffodil yellow, pretty in pink, crumb cake
Access: blossom bouquet triple layer punch, word window punch, bird punch, polka dots embossing folder, linen thread, dazzling rhinestones, dimensionals

***If you leave me a comment, I will be sending one of you an original version of this!

Now, onto the next stop of the Hop to an awesome blog to view some pretty projects created with punches...Sharon Field.

Hope that you have as much fun Hopping and we all do in sharing our love of stamping and paper crafting!

~ Linda

Friday, August 12, 2011

~ My Dazzling Divas Swap ~

This is my swap card for this month's Dazzling Divas demonstrator group. We were asked to create a Fancy Folds type card. I had been wanting to make one of these, a double sided step version for sometime now.

I did a little research before I colored in Miss Birdie here. Vermillions are almost always red, therefore I thought that rose red would work. She also has some crumb cake on her wings and a little pearl accent for her cute little eye!

Stamps: young vermillion, kindness matters
Ink: chocolate chip, soft suede, crumb cake
Paper: marina mist, rose red, watercolor paper, very vanilla, crumb cake
Access: crumb cake ribbon, pearls, antique brads, linen thread
Tools: scallop die, 2 1/2" punch, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, word window punch, modern label punch, dimensionals


~ Linda

~ SU Convention Projects ~

This was a very special "Surprise" birthday gift given to me by my dear friend Barbara Welch. It is a bit of a long story, but the shortened version is that I did not sign up originally for this class. I had intended to have a leisurely evening of a luxurious bubble bath back at our hotel room.  Little did I know that she and our other roomate Pam, had other plans...LOL...after she finally got me into the class, I sat down and she asked me if I was having fun and of course I said...yes...then she quietly said "Happy Birthday!".  Well, I was a little shocked and surprised...that is the kind of person she is...full of delightful surprises...we had so much fun this year!!!

This is one of the beautiful Make n Takes that everyone got to make at Convention this year! I love all of the variety in each and every me lots of inspiration on making pretty banners for all kinds of events and perhaps some gifts too!

Yet another beauty that Stampin' Up! pulled together for us to make! They are a truly Amazing company...full of creativity...I am hardly ever at a loss for ideas...I LOVE the flower atop the box and the beautiful fabric too!  This will hold some of my little pretties...wont' you come and see for yourself?

Give me a call or email me on how YOU can be part of this AMAZING Company! This year's festivities were the BEST! And, can you believe they said that next year's will be even better?  I can hardly wait :)

Happy Stamping to Everyone!!!

~ Linda

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention Swaps

~ Very Vintage Organized Swap ~

This card was inspired by one of my favorite stamping friends, Diane Dechaine. She taught us how to make sweet peas at a Dazzling Diva downline meeting. I just LOVE making these flowers :)

Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: basic black, blushing bride
Paper: confetti white, in color 2010-2011 dsp
Embellishments: pearls, blushing bride ribbon
Tools: word window punch, modern label punch, 2 3/8" scallop punch, Framed Tulips embossing folder,

                               ~ Bookmark 3-D Swap ~

This was my 3-D swap...I enjoy collecting bookmarks and thought that it would be good to have some on hand at Convention to swap.

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: tangerine tango, in color dsp
Embellishments: gold brad
Tools: fancy flower punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, dimensionals, paper piercer

~ Precious Butterflies General Swap ~

This pretty hostess set arrived just in time in order for me to pull this swap together.

Stamps: Precious Butterflies
Ink: wild wasabi, pacific point, basic black
Paper: beyond the garden dsp, basic black, whisper white, wild wasabi
Embellishments: basic black satin ribbon
Tools: corner ticket punch, scallop trim border punch, dimensionals

~ Calendar 3-D General Swap ~

These little calendars come in handy around the house. They do not take up very much space and are just cute!

Stamps: peace within
Ink: basic black
Paper: concord cruch, melon mambo, whisper white, Hostess Cheerful Treat dsp
Embellishments: jewels basic rhinestones
Tools: curly label punch, modern label punch, small oval punch

~ Flowers & Lace General Swap ~

When I received this brand new lace punch, I got right to work with made about fifty of these for swapping and believe me to punch out all of those lace borders takes some good old fashioned muscle...I have to stand up and punch each time and the next day, I felt sore in my arms and legs.

So, if anyone asks me if I get a workout from stamping...they answer is a definite "yes". LOL

Stamps: vintage lace large roller (on butterfly)
Ink: basic grey
Paper: basic grey, confetti white, cherry cobbler
Embellishments: pearls, 1/8" very vanilla taffeta ribbon
Tools: lace ribbon border punch, flower garden embossing folder, big shot beautiful butterflies die

There you have it for today!

Check back as I will be posting the awesome make n takes that I have finished from Convention within the next few days!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

~ weSTAMP Monthly Swap ~

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Below is a card that I made for my monthly upline meeting with my weSTAMP friends. I just LOVE this stamp set that I received at Convention!

Stamps: Easy Events
Paper: tempting turquoise, pretty in pink, whisper white
Ink: basic black, tempting turquoise, pear pizazz
Misc: ticket corner punch, 2 3/8 scallop punch, whisper white satin ribbon, bakers twine white, pearls, dazzling details (premiering in the upcoming Holiday Mini ~ Sept. 1)

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, July 25, 2011

~ Saturday Morning Stamp Cafe ~ July ~

Hi Stampers!

These are the projects that we made in my monthly class...

~ Easy Events Cuckoo Clock ~

Cuckoo clocks are a fav of mine. My grandparents had one in their living room and my cousins and I always tried to catch the cuckoo when it popped out...LOL. Needless to say, I do have one in my living room and just maybe when my little grandaughters are big enough, they might try to do the same!

Stamps: Easy Events
Paper: 2010-2011 In Color DSP, very vanilla, naturals ivory
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Crumb Cake
Misc: 2 1/2" circle punch, corner ticket punch, chantilly crochet trim, chocolate chip satin ribbon,
bakers twine white, flower brads, pearls, dimensionals, crop a dile

~ Treat Cup Mini Bonnet ~

This is a 3-D item that I brought to Convention to swap. I did not have quite enough, well, hardly any little empty plastic containers that our beautiful embellishments come in, so I thought, hmmm...treat cups! And that is how these little pretties came about.

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: IBC Hostess dsp
Misc: treat cups, winter white satin ribbon
Filled with SU salt water taffy

~ Sweet Pea Lacey Lovely ~

While at Convention, I participated in a few organized swaps and brought home about one hundred and fifty little pretties that I could admire to my heart's desire...well...there was one with this color combination that just spoke to me...I just LOVE it! The original sample that inspired me can be found on Carla Blake's blog, which can be found HERE

Stamps: none
Ink: whisper white craft ink
Paper: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, whisper white, Flirtatious Specialty dsp
Misc: wisteria wonder ruffled ribbon, jewels basic rhinestones, bird punch, fancy flower punch,
butterfly punch, dimensionals, champagne shimmer mist (on flower)

And...there you have it! Hope to see you at next months Stamp Cafe...Sat. Aug, 20th!

Happy Stamping...

~ Linda

Thursday, July 21, 2011

~ Inking Idaho Convention Get-Together ~

My upline, Lorri Heilling invited me to attend Becky Roberts SU Convention gathering last Wednesday. I was so excited to finally meet Becky in person!!! She is such a dear, sweet lady and I just LOVE her work! You can view her blog  HERE 

Pictured from left to right are: Stefanie Austin, Lorri Heilling, Becky Roberts, Linda Rodenberg, Linda Bickley

We also had a 3-D and card swap...they are some of the BEST samples that I received at Convention!
Becky also had little gifts for each of us at our seats.

Our get-together was both fun and informative!

Happy Stampin' All!

~ Linda

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stampin' Up! Convention Garden Party

Photo taken last Wednesday, July 13th 2011 at the Stampin' Up! Annual Kick-Off Garden Party!
Here we are wearing our Sunday finest! LOL

Pictured from left to right are: Pam Hegarty, Barbara Welch, Jane Rappleyea, Linda Rodenberg


~ Linda

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

~ YOU are WANTED!!! ~

Yes!  YOU!!!

I want YOU to become one of my Pretty Inkers Team...YES!!! YOU!!!

Stampin' Up! is running an all-time special sign up promotion and for only...

~~~ $99 ~~~

You can become part of something so GREAT, so WONDERFUL, so REWARDING!!!
You will have my FULL support! If I can do it, so can YOU!!!

During July, you can join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator for only $99! This limited time Starter Kit--valued at $185--comes with the following high-quality products:

  • Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
  • Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
  • Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
  • Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
  • Note Cards (20)
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Blender Pen (1)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies
*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

+ PLUS +

Plus, join in July and get a FREE Christmas Keepsake project kit--a $40 value! Imagine an afternoon spent chatting with friends while creating something beautiful--isn't that what Stampin' Up! is all about? But act now because this special kit is only available as part of this limited-time offer.
As an added bonus, first-time demonstrators can get two free months of Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) when they sign up during their first 21 days as a demonstrator. Subscribing to DBWS means having your own online store, blog, hostess portal, and much more!

Call me...602.481.8587, email me: Do whatever it takes to become part of something

Looking forward to hearing from a personal promotion YOU will be entered into a drawing for an


As always, Happy Stamping and hope to see you in class this coming

Saturday, July 23rd at 10am...please RSVP...asap!

~ very happy, excited SU Demo :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

~ Blog Candy Winner! ~

Drumroll please......................

Announcing the Blog Candy Winner who left me a comment, became a follower and emailed me!

Congratulations goes out to:

Carolyn Sharkas

Your blog candy will be mailed out when I return from the Stampin' Up! Convention.

Thanks to everyone that viewed my blog and left some very appreciative comments.

Happy Stampin'!

~ Linda

Saturday, July 9, 2011

~ VC Rocks July Blog Hop! ~

Welcome to all of  my fellow happy stampers! This is my first time  participating in a Blog Hop! I am so excited!!!  The first stop on this HOP is:

You have arrived at stop # 27 ~ Pretty Inky!

More than likely you have arrived from stop # 26 ~  Kim Schwinkendorf's awesome blog ~

Our assignment was to create "Anything But a Card". I made about ten of these for a swap that I participated in with this awesome group of stampers!

Hope that you like what I have created for you to view is a Post It Note Holder! I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SU's new dsp Beyond the Garden, there are so many possibilities within this pretty paper pack!

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: Beyond the Garden dsp, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Embellishments: rhinestone brads, ww satin ribbon
Tools: square scallop die, fun flowers die, floral fusion sizzlet, dimensionals, crop a dile, glue dots

Your next stop will be # 28 Nicole Smith's wonderful blog entitled Nicole's Stampin' Corner ~

Hope that you enjoy the Hop!!!

Happy Stampin' Always!

~ Linda

Friday, July 8, 2011

~ Blog Candy Alert!!! ~

Ok...I am in a REALLY GREAT MOOD lately especially with Convention just around the corner and you know what happens when I am in a REALLY GREAT MOOD?

~ Blog Candy Giveaway!!! ~

All YOU need to do is the following:

1. Leave me a COMMENT

2. Become a FOLLOWER

3. EMAIL me that you have completed 1 & 2

You MUST complete ALL 3 steps in order to QUALIFY for the BLOG CANDY!!!

Among the items in this GIVEAWAY will be a set of beautiful exclusive STAMPIN' Up! Stamps and
various other items.

I will draw from among the emails that I receive and announce the winner on my blog on Monday!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

~ June Sat AM Stamp Cafe ~

Hi Everyone!

I know! I know!  But I have a really good excuse! Next week I  leave for the Annual Stampin' UP! Convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT and my goal this year is to have close to 200 swaps!!!

Of course, the benefit for all of my class attendees is that you get the best of the best when I choose which projects we make in class...have I made you HAPPY now? LOL

~ Upsy Daisy ~

~ Summer Beach Bag ~

~ Daffodil Delight Build A Blossom ~

Our next Saturday Morning Stamp Cafe, at my home, is scheduled to take place on July 23rd ~ 10:00 to 12 NOON. I would just love to meet some new stampers to kick off the beautiful NEW Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog 2011~2012!

Please contact me for details:

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda 

Friday, May 27, 2011

~ Stampin' Buddy ~ Princess ~

While I was out shopping this week, I found the perfect bed for my little stampin buddy Princess. I love shabby chic and thought that she might perhaps enjoy it! Well, as you can see, she does! She is such a sweet girl. I adopted her from the Arizona Humane Society last March 2010 and she has been such a little treasure in our household which consists of my dh, me our Irish Wolfhound, Sean and Silky Terrier (terror), Bebe.

So today is spa day for the pets...Sean's beds are being laundered, Princess is enjoying the spotlight here and Bebe is going to get the royal treatment which consists of a bath, brushing and new ribbon for her little pony tail!

There you have it! What are you doing today...besides stamping...of course!!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

~ Linda

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

~ Summer Mini Extravaganza ~

Just wondering...have any of you every tried to get multiple items into one card? Well...I think that I finally did it!  I started out thinking oh, it is ok if I am able to get at least one element from the Summer Mini onto my weStamp swap this month...and then...slowly, but surely everything began to fall into place and this is the result!

Ink: pacific point, tangerine tango, wild wasabi
Paper: pacific point, melon mambo, ww, Beyond the Garden dsp
Stamps: Pretty Postage
Embellishments: ww satin ribbon, rhinestone brad, champagne shimmer mist (on flower)
Other: Textured Impressions Flower Garden folder (bottom half), postage stamp punch, scallop square punch, Bigz L Fun Flowers die, bo ho blossoms punch, dimensionals

What do you think? LOL

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

~ Pretty Food ~

Just a tad off the subject of paper crafting...I also like to cook...although not as much as my True Love...tee hee!

These are little appetizers that I made for my dh and I on Monday night...they paired well with a nice Pinot Noir that we opened!

~ Linda

~ Beyone the Garden DSP ~

Another cased creation using SU Beyond the Garden designer series paper...this pack has so many beautiful, bright and cheery colors in it and the best thing about using one of our paper packs is that it makes it even easier to color coordinate elements on a card!

Another one of my favorites lately is the gorgeous SU Bigz L Fun Flowers die. It was originally in the Occasions Mini catalog but is still available to order. Drop me an email to place an order if you would like one of your very own!


~ Linda

~ Gentle Strength ~

Hi Stamping Friends!

This is a cute card that I cased from somewhere out there in blogland.  It was very quick and easy to make too using our Breast Cancer Awareness stamp set: Strength and Hope. I used Iridescent Ice on the looks so pretty in person!


~ Linda

Thursday, May 19, 2011

~ Happy Father's Day ~

A few months back, I learned how to brayer at my monthly demonstrator weSTAMP meeting. I just LOVE how this technique looks with a beautiful, striking black inked stamp. This particular stamp set, Nature Silhouettes, from the main SU IBC, has been on my wish list now for quite some time. I was very curious as to how it would look if I used a brayered background in old olive and tempting turquoise.

Hmm...what do you think? I put some little black marker streaks in the background for birds...I did not want to fuss too much with a masculine card kwim?

Well...have to get working on my weSTAMP swaps that are due next Monday evening when we have our meeting...stamp, stamp, stamp! Maybe that should be a song! Ha!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Saturday, May 14, 2011

~ Happy I do Day! ~

Later this evening, Ken and I have been invited to attend the wedding of some of our dear friends whose daughter is getting married.  We have gotten to know this lovely family via our wine tasting adventures. Their beautiful daughter dances for Ballet Arizona, which Ken and I attend frequently.

These are the colors of her wedding theme and I easily matched them with our beautiful Stampin Up cherry cobbler, very vanilla and basic black cardstock. The cc background was embossed using the SU texture plate. The cake layers using the textured impressions elegant lines embossing folder, the boho blossoms punch for the flowers and our exquisite rhinestones. The Happy I do Day sentiment is from the Word Play stamp set which is on sale now...I just received mine yesterday via the UPS man aka Mr. Brown.

Hope that you like it!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Thursday, May 12, 2011

~ Strength & Hope ~

This card was made especially for a very dear friend of mine whom has been recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. We have become very close as a result of our mutual enjoyment of stamping, papercrafting and love of anything shabby.

It was a total case from Debra Currier. I so liked the softness of the colors and the elements that were utilized to pull this little pretty together. For the base, I used a retired SU cs that I really miss...mellow moss.


Stamps: Strength & Hope
Ink: so saffron, regal rose, rose red
Paper: mellow moss (retired), so saffron, confetti white
Embellishments: vv taffeta ribbon, pearls, antique brad, little leaves sizzlet
Tools: designer label punch, boho blossoms punch, 1 3/8" circle punch,
vintage wallpaper embossing folder, 3" circle die

As part of our Making a Difference program, Stampin' Up! is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the Strength & Hope Campaign.

Throughout the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog sales period, Stampin' Up! will donate $2* from the sale of each Strength & Hope set and Strength & Hope digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
118100 ~ Strength & Hope wood-mount set ~ $17.95

123660 ~ Strength & Hope clear-mount set ~ $13.95

124475 ~ Strength & Hope digital kit ~ $9.95
Includes a four-piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers, and 10 embellishment pieces.

*Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from this purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® . BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit

Thank you for visiting today!

~ Linda





~ Faux Mother of Pearl Pretties ~

At my class this month, I taught my attendees how to do the Faux Mother Of Pearl Technique. It's not new, but it is beautiful every time!!

How is it done?
For this card, I die cut the flower layers in Whisper White card stock using the Fun Flowers Die.

Faux Mother Of Pearl Technique:

1.Wad up a piece of plastic wrap (the kind that you seal food up with) and dip it into Frost White Shimmer Paint. You don't need much at all, two drops are enough.

2.Pounce a thin layer of Shimmer Paint over your card stock (can be Whisper White or Glossy White). Be sure to leave some white space. Allow to dry.

3.Sponge or brayer your chosen color of Classic Ink over the top. The area with the Shimmer Paint will resist the ink.

4.Once covered with desired depth of color, take a paper towel and buff off surface to reveal the beauty of your Mother Of Pearl (Shimmer Paint).

Very easy and produces great results!

Hope that you like these! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

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