Monday, November 16, 2015

Four Feathers Birthday

Another birthday was celebrated this past weekend with some of our dear traveling buddies and fellow foodies! We had a blast! Our gracious hostess served a lovely brussels sprout salad with apples, along with some fluffy sweet potato dinner rolls, a side of mashed butternut squash and turnip. The main dish was a pork roast which had been marinating for three days! Was to die for!

Other guests provided some lovely appetizers and my dear husband created the very BEST...cheesecake! Yes, better than the Cheesecake Factory!

Oh, are probably more interested in the above project which was for our Birthday Queen!
Turquoise is her favorite color and she likes southwest decor, so what better way for me to create something unique just for her!


Stamps: Age Awareness, Gorgeous Grunge, Four Feathers (retired)
Ink: tempting turquoise, versa mark
Paper: tempting turquoise, whisper white, vellum
Misc:  four feathers thinnest (retired), hello you thinlets, silver ribbon, dazzling diamonds, dimensional, pewter embossing powder, white embossing powder, iridescent ice embossing powder

Well...there you have it! I hope that you had an awesome weekend too!

Funny thing here in Phoenix, AZ right is cold and rainy and what better thing to do...stay home and create!

Dinner is in the crockpot...some fall off the bone beef ribs in tomato sauce with some of Ken's homemade pasta!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, November 9, 2015

Birthday Girlfriend

This past weekend I was invited to a girlfriend's birthday party. I created this gift bag and matching card especially for her. The bag contained a pretty plant that I thought she might enjoy!


Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Vintage Leaves
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Gold, Old Olive
Misc: Vintage Leaves framelits, Scallop Circle Die (retired), Soft Suede polka dotted ribbon (retired),
Gold Sequins, Woodgrain Embossing Folder 

All items utilized in creating the bag and card are Stampin' Up!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, October 19, 2015

Falling Leaves

Happy Monday!

Wanted to share a pretty Fall card that I cased (copy and shared) this past week. Found this during my research and wrote the name of the original designer down somewhere...but I cannot find it! When I do, I will edit this post and include it.

I just LOVE the color combination on this little pretty!

This time of the year is one of my favorites here in the Valley of the Sun. The temperatures are cooling down significantly, only in the 80's now and believe it or not...I enjoy wearing a light sweater!

The Recipe:

Ink: cherry cobbler, early espresso

Paper:  kraft and white corrugated paper, merry moments designer paper pack, whisper white, delightful dijon, old olive

Stamps: Vintage Leaves

Accessories: cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, non SU gold wide ribbon, gold thread, gold sequins, lace ribbon, leaflets framelits dies

Hope that you are happily creating something this week!

Happy Stamping!

~ Linda

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Fall

This banner was inspired by one of my fellow demonstrators C.J. Boyce. 

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year here in Arizona.  The temps drop and people begin to venture outdoors more often. 



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

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