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 ~

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