Go Paisley!

Crazy but true, PAISLEY is hip again!  I’m seeing it pop up all over the place like the mall in clothing and lots of home decor for the fall.

In the upcoming Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog (which begins Sept 1) there will be a bit of paisley to keep us on trend!  Look at these papers, called Petals & Paisley.  12 x 12 and 2 sheets are copper embossed:


(by the way, yes I will be offering the holiday paper shares beginning Friday Aug 26th)

Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, Vanilla and Mint Macaron. Oh and a bit of Cajun Craze.


I used today’s Mojo Monday sketch #462 to create this card:


There’s a great set that coordinates with the papers called Paisleys & Posies.  It’s photopolymer and I stuck them to a large block to stamp the background.  I figured I might stamp a whole bunch so it was easier to ink and stamp all at once.


I started with a vanilla card, then layered the Navy card stock, a strip of Razzleberry and chose the Dijon ribbon.  (it’s a 3 pack of ribbons in the paisley suite available Sept 1!)


I decided to layer the papers on Dijon and vanilla.


I liked how it came out!  I think the paper can definitely go into fall for Thanksgiving but it’s an all around versatile, everyday paper for birthdays or whatever you need it for.

Look around and you will see paisley out there!

Paisley Glasses World Market

And I just saw these paisley glasses at World Market  and if you search for paisley on their site, TONS of items come up.

I’m in love with these paisley wall decals….so happy!

Paisley Birds and Branches, Wall Decal

So when the Holiday catalog begins in 10 days, go paisley!


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Holiday catalog sneak peeks and testing the new Dynamic Folder….

SU Holiday catty

It’s hard to believe that the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalogs will be arriving to your mailboxes any day now!  It’s a big seasonal catalog and FULL of fun accessories, new dies and stamps of course!

If you have ordered from me this year, you should automatically get one from me. If you haven’t (and you aren’t already a demonstrator) and would like one mailed to you, please email me with your mailing address at linda@stampingschool.com

I’d love to send you one and share all the new creativity in it!

Ordering for customers begins September 1st!

I’ve had a super busy few weeks and I know I haven’t posted here as much but I’m still posting 2 videos a week on Stamping School!  If you are a member, you should still be hearing my voice every week:)   My ordering customers and my SU team get access to my video library FREE, with over 1100 videos for online learning!


Stampin’ Up posted some sneak peek videos of some Holiday Catalog products on their YouTube channel.  If you haven’t seen them yet, here are a few (you may need to come to my blog to view if you are viewing in your email)

Forever Evergreen Project Kit 

forever Green

This one is interesting to me and I think would be fun project to do with family, scout troops or clubs.  Decorate your mantelpiece with festive trees!  This kit makes three trees in two sizes—one 13″ (33 cm) tall, two 11″ (27.9 cm) tall—each individually trimmed with handmade ornaments. See for yourself in the video below:

Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 

cable SU

This is an embossing folder that is new to SU!  It’s called a ‘Dynamic’ folder because it is super dimensional. In fact, it is so thick that you only need one cutting plate in your sandwich rather than 2!


You can really see the difference from the left side (regular) to the right side (dynamic)

ann F cable

Look at this beautiful card Ann Fitzgerald created!  Ann is on my team in PA and  I love how she used the cable folder behind her main panel.  She used a new stamp set called Tin of Tags and dies called Pretty Pines.  You can see more of Ann’s stamping on her blog at http://annscreativemoments.com

Watch the SU video below to see how it works and then also see my test results below:

Isn’t it cool?  I did a quick test using my folder and paper spritzed with water, alcohol and then nothing but the embossing folder:

linda cable test

I couldn’t tell a difference using water or alcohol vs nothing!  The alcohol spritzed paper dried faster of course but once they were all dry, no difference for my eyes!

The 2 most important things to remember using the Dynamic folders are to use only one plate instead of 2 plates AND to put the spine in first through the machine, as with all folders (to prevent your folder from splitting)

Off to create something and I hope you get to stamp this weekend!


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Thoughtful Branches Available! Aug 2-31

thoughtful branches 1

This set is GORGEOUS and BIG!  23 Photopolymer stamps and coordinating thinlits.  There’s a ton of versatility as it can be a flower (looks like a hydrangea to me) and also trees.

It’s a pricey one at $52 for the bundle but it’s a big set! We aren’t sure it’s coming back in another catalog. SU said if it did well, they would consider bringing it back.

Item # for the bundle is 144328

If you want just the stamp set, it’s 27.00 and item #143539

If you want just the dies called Beautiful Branches, it’s $31.00 item #143538

You save 10% buying the bundle, stamps and dies.

thoughtful branches

Here are a few samples created by SU for us:

branches 1 branches 2 branches 3

To see many more ideas, visit Stampin’ Up’s Pinterest Page


PS..  Demonstrators like me get to pre-order the Holiday Catalog products starting today!  If you want to come back to SU or join as a hobby or business demo, get in touch with me to chat it over! You can add the holiday catalog products to your starter kit!  $99 plus tax and free shipping and you choose $125 of products of your choice to go in it.

Linda@stampingschool.com or 407-435-3165

If you have ordered from me in the past 6 months, you will automagically get one in the mail around the 3rd week in August.  If you want to be sure you get one, request one by emailing me with your mailing address.

Go stamp something!



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Stock up on Crafting Supplies during Tax Free days…


School will be back in session soon!

There are 12 US states having state sales tax holidays for school supplies.  Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax free for a limited time!


If you live in one of the lucky states, make sure to take advantage of the holiday:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio,  South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Tennessee starts today, July 29-31

Georgia July 30-31

The other states are between Aug 5-7. Refer to the chart PDF HERE to see dates and dollar limits.

Each state has selected items listed so be sure to check what you state offers.  Louisiana is the lucky state with the entire catalog tax free!

Here are some items that you can stock up on for the School Supplies Tax free special:


Glue Dots


Grid Paper


Blender Pens


 Go Stamp Something!


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Christmas in July: I’m a guest hopper today!

 Christmas in July Blog Hop banner

Brian King asked me to join his July InKing Royalty blog hop as a guest and of course I said yes!  I know it seems early to be thinking about making holiday cards but our current Stampin’ Up catalog has some great stamps and accessories to get us inspired before the Holiday catalog comes out.  Today you will get to go on a tour of some creative blogs, all sharing their inspiration for Christmas in July.  See the blog hop links at the bottom of my post to go see them all!

cindy brian

A little side note- most of you know the talented Brian King (and if not, you will meet him on the blog hop) but I first met him 3 or 4 years ago at a SU convention, thanks to Cindy (middle).  I loved his positive outlook and humor immediately and we’ve been friends since.  I love how stamps, ink and paper bring amazing people into my life just when I need it!

Let’s get to the hop! Here is my card:


We have SO much great inspiration in the SU catalog.  Look on page 26 and you will see my inspiration:

page 25 SU christmas close up

Although this is a very pretty card, the fussy cutting will be time consuming if you are making more than 5 cards.  I simplified it and cut down a few steps.


Our embossing folder, Holly, is a must-have!  Deeply etched and crisp design is perfect.


Then the paper!  This is from the annual catalog and is a lighter weight paper in vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.   There are 24 sheets, 12 x 12, and 4 sheets of each double sided design.  I cut it down to 2″ x 4″, so it yields 18 pieces per sheet!  All of the designs are great and will work with this card layered with Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green card stock.


 We also have this great 1/4″ vanilla ribbon with a gold stripe center.  It comes in Silver also if you aren’t a gold lover.   I think vanilla, gold and cherry look so great together. I also added the gold enamel dots.


The stamp set is in the annual Stampin’ Up catalog and is called peace this Christmas.  I used Archival Basic Black for greetings and Garden Green for greenery.

I love how it looks vintage-y without all the work!

linda heller this christmas 2

Thanks for stopping by! Linda

Next stop on the blog hop is the very artistic Shawn de Oliveiri.  Go see his Christmas in July post at Shawnstamps.com

Thank you for hopping along with us!   If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…  YOU ARE HERE
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  7. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  11. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com

Here are my Stampin’ Up supplies for this project.  Click on any item to view in my SU online shop:

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How I use a sketch to feel creative….


I found this card sketch from July 4th over at Mojo Monday and thought I’d use it today!  Marilynne from Nova Scotia asked me how I use sketches so I’ll try to show my process, which most times starts in one direction and ends in another:)


Here’s my process for using the sketches.  I grab one of the elements that stands out to me first.  I hadn’t used the new In Color Doilies yet so I started with one of those for the upper right corner.  I’m drawn to the Watermelon since it’s summertime and warm outside today.

I added the Affectionately Yours designer series paper (DSP) as my “I don’t feel like stamping a background today” area.  It has the watermelon color in the paper so it worked with my doily.


I started with white and navy card stock and twine but in the end, switched it to vanilla so it matched my button.


The card was feeling top heavy so I grounded it with a piece of Watermelon card stock at the bottom of the card.  I also like a color to repeat 3x, so with the watermelon flowers in the DSP, it does.


And here it is.  Do I love it?  No but I like it. I still feel the top corner is a little heavy but it looks better in person with the banner greeting popped up also.  In the end, I stamped and felt creative this morning so the sketch did the job it was supposed to!

Go stamp Something today!



If you want to see or purchase the products up close that I used on the card, click on the items below to  go to my store.

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Heads Up! $5 Coupons with every $50 order this month!

Hi all!  I tried to post this yesterday but my internet from the car wasn’t cooperating.  Matt and I had a nice drive back from Illinois and I thought I’d get so much blogging done on the 8 hour drive but the mountains were getting in the way LOL

bonus days

Bonus Days are here! For every $50 (US) you spend (before tax and shipping)  between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon emailed to you that you can use between August 2–31, 2016! 

There will also be a special bundle coming out in August so stay tuned for that!  It’s a limited stamp/framelit bundle not in any catalog.

Here are the Details from Stampin’ Up:

  • Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Promotion Deadlines: July 29, 2016
  • Coupon Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Redemption Deadline:  August 31
  • A valid email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email so be sure it’s an email you can access to retrieve your coupon.
  • We strongly recommend that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email, SU cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period. (you will need to email it to the coupon code if I’m placing the order for you)
  • If your order is over $150, you will still be able to earn host rewards along with coupons.

This is what the coupon will look like in your email after you order:

bonus days coupon

This a new thing so I’m excited to see how it works out!  Did you know we have 40 $5 accessories?  Or you can just take $5 off of an item you have had your eyes on:)

What to buy in August with your coupons?  There’s a limited edition bundle coming out Aug 2 – Aug 31 called Thoughtful Branches

thoughtful branches prices

thoughtful banner thoughtful branches 1 thoughtful pic

With coordinating Thinlits Dies

To print the flyer, click HERE

thoughtful branches dies

See the Pinterest Board SU created for this fun set here:


Call or email me your order or shop online HERE!

407-435-3135 or Linda@stampingschool.com


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