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

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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!

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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!

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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

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
  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

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

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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

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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!

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Quickest Cards I ever Made….


I ended up with a new box of Project Life cards.  This one is called HELLO LOVELY.  Like the other 6 boxes I have that I haven’t used (i know….on my list!) I decided to open this one up and make some quick cards.

Project Life is technically for scrapbooking or Memory keeping as some call it now. It’s for busy people who just want to slide it all in pockets, write a little bit and be done!

Here’s how it looks as pages with pockets that we sell also.  The cards come in 4 sizes and there’s 100 of them!

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I’m a card maker mostly and  so I decided to make some fast cards.   Here are the Hello Lovely cards that are pre-printed.  Some are geared to scrapping but I just turn them over – double sided patterns!  You get double cards, so 50 designs and double sided.

hello lovely


I made some with the large cards – these are 4×6.  I just cut the length down to 5-1/4″ and mounted on a card.   I added a circle and scallop circle.


Another one using 4×6. I just added ribbon and cut a flower out from the printed card.  I stamped the greeting.


There’s a lot of this size in the box – 3″ x 4″.  These are nice for layering and I used a 4×6 (cut down to 5-1/4″) for the background of the card.  The Laugh Often was already printed on it.


Another 3×4 card and a 1″ piece from another card along the side of the card.  All I did was stamp the greeting!


These are 4×4 cards, which work great to layer on a square 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card. I just stamped the greeting and tied on twine.  People always ask me what envelope I use for the square cards and I just use the regular size.  So it’s a little roomy in there, who cares!


Doesn’t get much easier than this!  Stamp a greeting in the center of the 4×4 card and mount it on a 4-1/4″ card!


Our Fine Tip Glue pen took the place of our Crystal Effects so if you ‘draw’ a little bit in the centers of flowers and let dry, it’s shiny and clear!

What I would suggest if you decide to buy some of these Project Life Card Collections is to take note of the colors listed below in the catalog.  Those are the colors that are in the cards, so you can use those as a color guide for your card bases.

There is an Accessory Pack that I wished I had when I was creating these:

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To see more Project Life Cards and supplies, click HERE to see them all in my store in detail.

Go Stamp Something!






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Best Birds: Prairie Warbler


Ever since I moved to North Carolina I have been learning more about birds.  I’ve also loved raptors and now I’m learning about the little guys.  Growing up in northern Michigan, I can remember we always had a big bird book and we’d mark off each bird as we discovered it.

So when the new Stampin’ Up annual catalog included a bird stamp set and framelits, I had to get ’em.  It has lots of options with just the stamp set alone, which is what I stamped today.  I stamped in Archival black ink on watercolor paper and used Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon with a touch of Soft Suede to watercolor the bird.  I think I accidentally made him look angry although certainly not my intent!



There’s a linen-type texture stamp in the set so I randomly stamped the bottom of crumb cake card stock.

To figure out my bird colors, I googled North Carolina wrens, warblers and birds in general.  I found an artist named Kate Dolamore and she watercolors bird charts.  You can see more of her artwork in her Etsy store HERE

Who knew there were SO many warblers?   I chose the Prairie Warbler since the shape was similar and the stamp had a mask around the eye.


Here is the Best Birds bundle.  You can also get each separately.  Click on the photo below to read details and shop in my online store or email me if you’d like to have a set!

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It’s important to know that the 3 solid framelits do not match the stamps. I guess they are meant to be used independently.  The 2 open framelits cut out the 2 bird stamps.

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Go Stamp Something!


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Touches of Texture with Dapper Denim

Hi All!   I had a chance to unpack my make and takes from the SU incentive cruise trip.  Seems I rarely make mine but I really liked these and wanted a chance to make one.

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I did change mine up a bit.  Love the new Touches of Textures stamp set!   Here is the SU version on display. They used the texture stamps to color the flower:

touches of texture make and take

It’s just more freeform style if you don’t want to color.  I’d recommend stamping off first so it’s lighter.


I stamped the main image in Early Espresso and picked up the ink colors with a Blender pen to watercolor.  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Garden Green and Dapper Denim.



I used the longer distress stamp down the side of the Dapper Denim card.  The paper is from the Moroccan designer series paper.

I hope you find time to stamp today!



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Feeling Sketchy….

I love using card sketches to give me a little boost, like this older one from Mojo Monday:


I turned it on it’s side to create this card:


I used the new Layering Circle framelits (the largest, 3″ circles)

I LOVE the skinny options for scallops!
The paper is the new Foxy 6×6 paper stack with Pool Party and Calypso Coral but on my monitor, it almost looks like Tangerine Tango.


The new stamp set, Scenic Sayings, has bold sentiments that stand up to the bold chevron pattern to balance it out.  I stamped it 2x, once in Pool Party ink and cut out the banner to glue over the Coral Thank You.

If you would like to see what others did with the sketch, you can check out #444 HERE.

My main supplies are listed here – click photos to view larger and to see details

Give it a go and see what you come up with!

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