Not So Christmas Card….

It’s been gorgeous here on the mountain this week!  Cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings.  I thought I’d take my card pic outside today since it’s an outside kind of card.  I needed a card for a guy, who loves nature and deer….this one was perfect.  It’s a  Christmas set but he won’t know that!

I used the Carols of Christmas framelits called the Card Builder Framelits.   This bundle will be in the upcoming Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, which debuts Sept 1 but you can get it early in August!  It’s on sale for customers during August as a special promotion.

The Holiday catalog is really fantastic and you will love LOTS in it!  This bundle is a great one and being able to get it early is great if you are looking to start creating your projects early this year!

During August, new recruits can add ANYTHING from the Holiday catalog to their starter kit!  Choose $125 of product for only $99 + tax and free shipping!  Just contact me to show you how to add those new products when you sign up. 

Here is a video from the home office showing the whole bundle:

Enjoy your day and Go Stamp Something!


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Elephants, Tigers and a few Holiday Sneak Peeks……

Holiday sneak peek in July?  Well, why not!  On the SU Thailand trip, we were thrilled to see the upcoming Holiday catalog early AND every night, we got a pillow gift with new holiday bundles! 

Every year I think they can’t top the last Holiday catalog and then they DO!  I can’t wait for you to see it!

The Stampin’ Up incentive trips are mostly vacation but there is a room we can sneak into with some samples and a few projects to create when we have time.  Here is one of our make and takes.  I ended up changing mine from the crumb cake card base to early espresso so it would have more contrast. Here is the SU sample:

And here is mine that I tweaked a little.  I also added an espresso card stock panel down the middle so the foil snowflake would stand out since it’s so pretty!

The designer paper is divine! Copper and Silver patterns….wait til you see it in person!

These laser cut, foil snowflakes will come in gold and silver – so pretty and ready to use!

Stampin’ Up gave us our own hard copy of the Holiday catalog early!  Mine is well read already LOL   If you have ordered from me in the last 6 months, you will get one automagically from me. If you aren’t sure when you last ordered or are new here and want to be on my customer list, be sure to email me at with your snail mail address!   I’ll be sending them out mid August.

The Holiday Catalog begins August 1st for demonstrators and September 1st for customers.

If you would like to get the holiday products early, consider being a demonstrator in August.   You can be a hobby shopper, get a 20% discount and place your own orders.  You can choose $125 of new Holiday products for your starter kit and pay only $99 plus tax and get free shipping.  Then you can continue placing orders on your own as you like!  Contact me to chat and see if it’s a good option for you.

Most of you followed our trip on my Facebook page but for those that didn’t, here are a few pictures our trip!  If you hover over the photos with your cursor or tap on the photos, there are captions:

What an amazing trip to Thailand! It was FAR from home, quite hot and the time difference was around 11-1/2 hours I think.  Matt and I extended our trip to include 3 days in Bangkok also were we saw golden temples, visited the floating markets, ate exotic fruits and even rode a tuk-tuk!  We did a LOT in 3 days!

Then on to Phuket for the main Stampin’ Up incentive Trip!  Stampin’ Up is so generous and after experiencing 13 trips, this one was no exception.  Gorgeous Resort and really lovely employees.  We had a one bedroom loft on the water and even an outdoor shower!

We made some memories at an Elephant Sanctuary where the elephants in their natural element.  These were rescued elephants from the trekking industry, where people used to ride them. We fed them thai bananas, washed them, and gave them lots of love:)

We also stopped at a Tiger sanctuary, where we were able to go into the areas with them (and 2 trainers) to pet them.  They have been raised since birth there and no, they weren’t drugged but very docile in the mornings.  (the government actually does random testing on them to protect them from drugs and cruelty)  It’s been a dream for Matt to see a tiger close up and we sure did!  We were instructed not to pet their heads (that means play) and to pet firmly or they might think it’s a fly and swat us!

Thanks for stopping by!

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2 New Promotions Coming July 1st!

Hi stamping friends!  Long post ahead but much to tell you about!

I’ve been packing and prepping for the Stampin’ Up Thailand incentive trip! We leave in 4 days – can’t believe it’s here already!  It’s a loooooong flight there and it’s hot there….but I’m hoping the beauty and friends I’ll see there will make up for it!  I’m grateful to Stampin’ Up, my team and wonderful customers to earn an all expense paid trip for 2 like this for the last 12 years. We have been to places we never imagined going!  Matt and I are heading in early for 3 days in Bangkok first then on to the trip in Phuket.   If you are interested, here is where we will be staying, courtesy of SU:

While I’m gone, there are a few specials going on – a few from SU and one from me!


Bonus Days are BACK! 

Last year was a success so they are repeating it again this year!

Has your wish list grown since the catalog came out?

Then treat yourself to a little extra bonus!

For every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5  Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. (and you will want a coupon in August because there is a really cool Christmas early purchase bundle you can get then)

An email address will be need to be entered when ordering and the coupons are emailed to you with a code to redeem in August.  You will need that code so save it!

There’s no limit to how many coupons you can earn and no minimum when redeeming them in August.

 Available on all order types like demonstrator, customer or workshop and excludes Starter kit orders (starter kit orders already get free shipping and $25 free + extra goodies this month – see more details in my post below)

I’ll be in the states July 1st – 5th to help you with orders but then I’ll be gone 10 days. I’m not sure about the internet there.  I know many of you don’t like to order online but it’s pretty easy once you do it one time.  To get step by step instructions you can visit my How To Ordering page HERE. 

If you want to order while I’m gone but do not want to order online, Stampin’ Up can take your order for me over the phone.  Just call 1-800-stamp-up (1800-782-6787) and tell them you want to order with me.  (there are 2 Linda Hellers as demos so be sure they have the right one:)

I have an ordering gift for the month of July!

Over the past few seasons I have so much beautiful yet retired product I can’t use for my videos or classes.  Just because it’s no longer available doesn’t mean you can’t create your own projects with it! So for those placing $50 orders with me in July to get the bonus coupons, I’m sending you a Creativity Kit filled with things like 12 sheets of 6×6 papers, coordinating buttons or accessories, 2 yard ribbon samples, and 10 sheets 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 card stock! Here is an example of one Creativity Kit ready to go out to someone:

When I return from Thailand, I’ll email you and if you’d like to choose your theme, you can.  Themes like Fall, Christmas, Floral, Vintage or birthday. Or you can be surprised!

If your order is under $150 and you are ordering online, you can use Host Code XR9ZXWCR and I’ll also add a NEW catalog accessory in your Creativity Kit!  (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code so you can get your own host rewards – I’ll still put the new accessory in your kit)

Some of you have been asking me “when is Stampin’ Up having another sign up special?” Well, it’s coming July 1st!  They are giving a sneak peek, free Christmas stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalogFREE+ a gift pack of supplies to the kit!

From July 1–31, recruits will receive:

  • $99 Starter Kit for $125 worth of products
  • FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend), and a Bone Folder
  • FREE Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (the coordinating framelits can be added to your starter kit for $30)

That’s an added value of $72 US

Here is the stamp set  you will get free in your starter kit during July:

Here are some ideas to show you how it works with the framelits.  Remember to contact me to get the item codes for adding the framelits to your starter kit.  The sign up kit is $99 + tax and free shipping.  You choose $125 in products and you can add the framelits as an item for $30!

I don’t have this bundle in my hands yet but here are some good photos so you can see how fun its is!   Customers will be able to purchase these in AUGUST and use your $5 coupons you earn in July.

The Card Front Builder dies are pretty cool!  See the detail around the vellum over the photo?  That was created with the framelit.

Love the shape of the tree dies and pretty card using the die cut deer.

This is a shaker card using the trees

The corner dies were used to create a peekaboo effect on the red paper

Another good example of the card builder dies and ornament dies

Here are all the samples – you can click on them to enlarge for detail.

If you are wanting to get the Carols of Christmas set free in your starter kit, be sure to ask me for the order numbers for the coordinating framelits also!  You definitely will want to add those to your kit.

Is Signing Up as a hobby or business demonstrator for you?

1.  It may be for you if you dislike paying shipping on your orders you place as a customer.  As a demonstrator, you save around 20% with each order.  (you get a higher discount as your orders/sales increase that month)   So for me, I signed up 18 years ago because I wanted to get the equivalent of free shipping and tax on each order.   The 20% instant income/discount saves a bunch!

2. It may be for you if you don’t mind placing your own orders.  Some basic computer skills are needed but it’s easy to do and I will train you.  Some of my demonstrators like to call their orders in and SU happily helps them place the order over the phone.   I like placing my own orders whenever I want, anytime of the day!

3.  It may be for you if want to buy new stamps and products early!  With every new catalog, demonstrators get to order a month early.  If you are antsy to get new things sooner, sign up and get em early!

To read all more info about the perks and details, visit my FAQ page HERE 

If you already know you want to sign up, you can go directly to my Join page HERE

I will try to post from Thailand but not sure how the wifi is!  I’ll try to post to my Stamping School Facebook page and my personal page also so check there for fun updates.

Thanks for stopping by !  Go Stamp Something!


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Life is Better with Friends…..and a wagon

I was playing with the Grown with Love stamp set and the wagon was sitting there on my table, right next to my pigs from another card I had stamped earlier.  So…… I had to do it.

I stamped the pigs from This Little Piggy in Soft Suede on Powder Pink card stock and fussy cut them out.  The greeting is from Just Add Text.  I modified the wagon handle so he could pull it!

The Grown With Love stamp set is cute…coordinating framelits, too.

Here are a few samples from the SU catalog:

Paper/Ribbon Shares UPDATE: 

All the beautiful paper and ribbon shares have been mailed!  If you ordered but have not received them yet, please email me back asap so we can track em!


Shopping List:  

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This Little Piggy and Embossing Paste Clouds

Seriously, I can’t handle the cuteness!  It’s hard not to love a little, pink pig.  I know they come in lots of colors and I may venture down that road with this stamp set but today, it’s gotta be Powder Pink!

They do make me smile….

This Little Piggy Clear-Mount Stamp Set  $20   #143922   (also available in wood mount for $28)  Available now!

So I paired them up with our new Embossing Paste for the clouds! I have the Dreamweaver Embossing Paste and by comparison they are remarkably similiar in smell, consistency and the lightweight feel. I think ours is excellent quality. 

First I used some old washi tape to hold down the stencil or as Stampin’ Up calls it, the mask.  I used Soft Sky card stock and I covered up a few clouds with the washi that I didn’t want the paste to get into.

I like it thick!  At this point, I took the mask off and then scraped the excess off the mask and put it back into the container for later.

While it’s wet, I sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on it. While it dries, wash or wipe off the mask and knife. By the way, it dried in 5 minutes! You can speed up the process with your heat tool if you like.  The dimension is really noticeable.

Basic Gray ink pad to stamp the cute pig on the Powder Pink Cardstock.  I fussy cut the pig and popped him up with dimensionals.

It’s a skinny card,  3-1/2″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall. I layered it with a skinny layer of Basic Gray on a Powder Pink card.  Greetings and balloon from Birthday Delivery stamp set.

Embossing Paste 4 oz, $8  #141979

By the way, you will need the Palette Knives , too!

3 knives, $5  #142808

Set of 4 Pattern Party Decorative Masks  $6  144103

Thank you for stopping by!  Go Stamp Something!





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New Stampin’ Up Catalog is LIVE!

We are LIVE for ordering! 

I’ve placed my first order!  What did I buy?  Well, first I placed the order for the papers and ribbons for my shares!  Thanks to all who ordered those!   I can’t wait to see them all in person.   Then I ordered 10 stamp sets, 6 framelits and a bunch of accessories like the mini dimensionals, the crinkle ribbon and the embossing paste!   I also ordered 2 of the Soft Sayings card kit to make with friends… pretty!

If you have a list started and are ready, here’s how you can order with me:

Ordering with me by phone:  407-435-3135 (if you get my message today, I’m on with a customer and I will call you back quickly)

By Email: (include order numbers)

Online 24/7  in my store HERE

View PDF of Annual Catalog HERE

If you would like a hard copy to enjoy, please email me here with your mailing address to request one!

(demonstrators please get your complimentary copy from SU)

You have probably been seeing the new In colors around the web for a month now.  As demonstrators we were able to get the new colors early so it’s been fun to play.  My favorites?   Definitely Tranquil tide and Fresh Fig for me but I polled my team and Lemon-Lime Twist was #1!

(I’m still learning to love that one but it’s growing on me!)

There is a special item number if you want to buy all 5 new In Color ink pads.  #144081 for $27.50, which saves you around $5 when you buy all 5.    I’d also suggest the assortment of cardstock, 20 sheets for $8.00 #144247.  That way you get 4 sheets (8-1/2″ x 11) of the 5 colors to go with your ink pads.

Round 2 of my paper and ribbon shares start today! 

To read more about what I’m offering this year, see the post below or click HERE

Hope you find some time to stamp today!


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New Product Videos!

  The new Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog will be LIVE tomorrow, June 1st at 2 pm eastern time!

I have many things on my wish list but here are a few must-have accessories that are top priority for me:

  • Mini Dimensionals – SO cute!  Now I will never have to cut the bigger ones in half when I have little bows or small pieces to pop up!
  • Glossy White Cardstock – It’s back!  Love that high gloss finish to really show off ink colors and so many fun techniques.
  • 2-1/4″ Circle punch – We needed a bigger circle punch and this is it!
  • Embossing Paste and decorative masks – I love texture and this will be so fun to dye with ink refills and play with!  Don’t forget the Palette Knives!
  • Sizzix Adhesive Sheets are back!  Add them to your cardstock before cutting your dies to adhere all over.
  • There are over 70 new stamp sets!  I’m trying to pace myself…so many good ones like This Little Piggy (page 48), Floral Statements (page 163), Sheet Music background stamp (page 165) and I love the sentiments in Special Celebrations (page 23)

Here are a few things to know before ordering tomorrow:

  • Ordering will be unavailable for 12 hours while switch all the numbers and IT things they need to . I’m sure it’s a big task and I can be patient:)
  • If your order is $350 or more (before tax and shipping) you will earn an extra $35 in freebies!   For example, at $350, 12% is  $42 free + $35 – $77 free!  Buddy up with a few friends and earn more free.  I can help you place orders collectively or send individually:

And if your order is over $100 you may want to think about the SU starter kit as a hobby/discount shopper.  You can sign up to place your own orders and save around 20%.  See more info on my Roadies page

OOPSY!  There are few things unavailable to order right away….apparently the demonstrators ate way more than anticipated during our pre-order and elves are making more:

  • Copper Trim  – available July 3
  • Faceted Gems, gold and clear – available June 19
  • Glitter Dots – available June 5th
  • Daisy Punch  – Available June 26 (the stamp set IS available however)
  • Wood Crate Framelits – Available June 5th
  • Seasonal Layers Framelits – Available June 5th.

Stampin’ Up released some videos for the new bundles available starting tomorrow!   I love seeing them in action, especially the new Move Me bundle!

(how cute?  Front AND Back of each stamp!)

(hmmmm…organized and crafty all at once!)

(this is GORGEOUS in person!)

If you missed the other videos SU has uploaded in the last few months, you can visit their channel HERE

I’ll be on call tomorrow after 2 pm eastern but you can get in touch with your order via email sooner and I’ll put it in when SU turns it on.  As always, you can order online on your own 24/7 in my store HERE




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