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

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

~ Shabby Bleu ~

This little pretty was made for my Dazzlings Divas demonstrator meeting swap in April.

Stamps: Four Frames, Strength & Hope, Simple Friendship
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Versamark
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Crumbcake, Paisley DSP
Misc: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Eyelet border punch,
Curly Label Punch, small oval punch, pearls, dimensionals

What do you think?

This Saturday May 7th, I am hosting my monthly class in my home. There are a few spots let, so if you would like to attend, email me: Hope to see you there!

Happy Stampin'...


~ Manly Studio Sketch ~

This card was created for my monthly weSTAMP demonstrator meeting. We were asked to make masculine cards. I don't know about some of you, but it is always such a challenge to make these cards.

Knowing my dh as I do and how much he loves to eat, I pulled out my Stampin' Up! set Studio Sketches.
It is a very nice set and I think just perfect for the special men in our lives.

Hope that you like my version of a manly card.

Til next time...Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

~ "The Girls" Easter Cards ~

As some of you know, I have two beautiful granddaughters, Keira and Kaely, so when I make something, I always have to do it twice...which is always pure pleasure for me!

The above cards were made specially for "The Girls". They love animals and what better cutie to put on their Easter cards than bunnies! And, each one has a "belly button"!



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