Monday, December 22, 2008


See you after the Holiday.
Hugs .................... Linda

Sunday, December 21, 2008


This Stampingbella is for my friend at my office. She's a "bling" kind of gal and I think will get a ki ck out of this calendar. The glitzy decorative paper is from Imaginisce "Color Me Happy" and picks up on all the colors I used with my Copics to fill in the stamped image. The little stripe with flower "stamp" on the left is from some embellishments I've had for a loooooong time (don't remember where it came from). I used the "jewels to enhance the main square and the ribbon. I also used 3-D paint in the corners, too.

The second calendar is for a guy who also works in my office. Lovely As A Tree is the basis for this one. I used glossy white and rubbed on a graduation of color from Always Artichoke to Apricot Appeal to do a "wash". I then did the image with Versamark and embossed it with brown and did a little "fill in" with SU markers (Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke). I set this all on dimensionals to make the whole calendar pop. The sentiment is from SU's Best Yet set (first time to use it).

Hope you like these two calendars. I still plan on doing more, but my new stamps have not yet shown up -- will have to get them "wet" later.

Hugs to all .......... Linda


I have always loved the Season by Season set from Stampin' Up and was able to incorporate it into this full calendar by breaking up the seasons on the Calendar (Winter - Jan thru Mar; Spring - Apr thru Jun; etc.). And, by using the Season of Friendship set also from Stampin' Up broke up each page with its own tree and calendar. Then by labeling each season on the sides, created the full calendar. I did a perforated piece on the top of each page with my Cutterpede perforation wheel, when each season passes and the three months have passed, you can just tear off each page and you're ready for the new season. I adhered each page to each other using double stick tape above the perforation. All of this is set onto the backing of a Mat Pack backing for strength and which also enables the calendar to rest on the folded back and set on your desk. I'm very pleased with the way this came out and will probably give it to my boss for his 2009 calendar in his office.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll have more calendars later (maybe even today). I'm staying inside as it is freezing outside!

Hugs ............ Linda

Preparations are DONE!!

Okay, all the gifts are bought, wrapped, and packed ready to go out the door, load in the car, and take them over to Susie's for our Christmas Eve celebration. I stopped by Subway Sandwich Shop and got our traditional sandwich trays ordered for pick up on Tuesday after work. I ordered one platter of turkey and one platter of roast beef both on wheat and a side tray of veggies (specifying the onions on a completely different plate ... a practice that we all learned the hard way from the first time we ordered). We'll combine these with different things brought in my Sara, Nancy, and Susan (chips, dip, salads, deserts, and drinks) and enjoy them throughout the day. I can hardly wait. I'll be off work from Wednesday until back at the office on Monday which makes for a nice break and a wonderful Holiday!!
My next posting will be for little gifts I'm planning on making for friends, family, and Realtors in my office. I've started making some calendars that the Realtors can take home and use by their computers. Susan also gave me some book marker covers that I can also use.
Wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a NEW YEAR filled with hope and happiness!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Two cards Same Stamp Set

Both of these cards use the same theme on both. I love the serenity of these cards and the similar layouts. The larger one uses bars of decorative paper from the SU Simply Sent Handmade Holiday set. Both of the bigger and smaller card have scalloped edge on the bottom. The larger card has a self adhesive die cut with the house scene on it. The smaller one was stamped with the house scene and then punched with the oval punch and adhered to the scallop oval die cut. The scallops on the large card is accented with 3-D paint while the smaller is accented with a white gel pen on the bottom scallops and the lighter scallop strip is a die cut from the simply sent sheets.

I hope you enjoy both of these cards. Hugs from me to you .................. Linda

Paper: SU Ruby Red (large card), Purely Pomgranate (small card) /Mellow Moss /Very Vanilla; Papertrey Holiday Vintage Dotted DP
Ink: SU Cranberry Crisp, Always Artichoke
Stamps: SU To You and Yours
Accessories: Ribbon, Marvy Scallop Circle Punch, 3-D Paint, SU Markers (accents only), SU Scallop Edge Punch

Card from Lisa

I just must share with you all this Christmas card from my dear friend, Lisa, (wife to my bosses' son, Ray). She is an amazing cardmaker, mom, wife, and Realtor. She has embossed the snowflakes, used her scallop circle punch, and accented her perfectly colored snowman image with glitter for the snow beneath him, and topped it all off with a sparkly ribbon from Michaels. IT IS ABSOLUTELY perfect irl!!

Thank you, Lisa, for this terrific card. It made my day today.

Hugs ............ Linda

Friday, December 5, 2008


Paper: SU Creamy Caramel / Vellum

Stamps: SU It's Snow Time / Inkadinkado Rustic Snowman

Ink: Pallette Black and Cognac

Accessories: Copics, Ribbon from Michaels, SU Horizontal Slot Punch, 3-D Paint, Pearls, Glue Dots

I love these colors together! I did the snowman on vellum and colored the image on the back with my Copics (love them). The trees I stamped in Pallette Cognac and colored them with the light green Copics; then stamped the image again in black and colored them in a darker green Copics. A white gel pen was used to "pile" the snow on the trees and on the snowman. I stamped the snowflakes in white pigment and then used the 3-D paint to put dots on some of the snowflakes emphasizing them. The "film" ribbon is from Michaels. The sentiment is also stamped in white pigment and accented the letters with an ultra think pen tomake them stand out.

Thank you visiting my page and come back to see me real soon.

Hugs to all ............... Linda

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Train


Paper: SU Purely Pomgranate & Old Olive, Papertrey White

Stamps: SU Circus Train / Loads of Love Accessories / Punch Pals; Whipper Snapper's Santa & Merry Christmas

Ink: Pallette Black, Colorbox Cats Eye Edge Shading

Accessories: SU Ribbon; SU Punches - Small Star, Slit, Horizontal Slot, Corner Ticket; Copics; Spica Glitter Pens; Scorpal

Well, it's final -- POLAR EXPRESS is my new favorite holiday movie (so far this year, I've seen it twice)! Last night while it was on, I was inspired to do a train card, but what to do about a train image? And then it came to me -- "I've got the Circus Train set from SU!!" I turned on the TV in the craft room to my favorite movie, got down the train stamp set and started in. First of all I had all those circus animals that were on board the train to deal with (they just did not go with the Christmas theme). I stamped the images and sprayed stamp cleaner on a Q-tip and wiped off the ink for the tiger, giraffs, and moneys. Then I stamped the images on the white card stock leaving spaces in between the cars for the mountain/valley folds (as described in (Sharon Johnson's post about her accordian card) and my daughter Susan's blog ( . Then I got down the various other images from SU and Whipper Snapper and put them aboard the train via masking and colored them, too. I decorated the panels with stars that were punched out with the SU punch. I mounted the last panel onto the front of the card with heavy duty double sided tape.

Thank you for visiting my site and hope you'll come back soon ..... I should be posting again soon as I have been neglecting it for a while.

Hugs to all .............. Linda