Stampin’ Up! Make a Difference Under the Sea

Mornin’, y’all1  Hope you’ve got a great weekend ahead of you!  Finny and I have some plans – we’re going to hit the Farmer’s Market and then he’s going to go to camp for a while so I can do some shopping!  When I called to make his reservation, I asked if there was room for Finn.  She asked my name – said they’ve got a few “Finn’s” who come.  When I told her my name, I also said – it’s the Aussie.  And SHE replied with “OH – I was hoping it was him – I just LOVE him!”  It’s a burden he bears with stoic dignity.

And a madly wiggling wriggler!

My card today is actually three cards.  I used the new Memories & More Small Notecards and Envelopes, the Make a Difference stamp set (which will be available to customers on 1 May in the Share What You Love early release) and … the octopus die from the Under The Sea Framelits.  Take a look-see:

I told you I was going to do it, y’all!  It was a moral imperative!  At least it was for me – a Trekkie from way back.  And I’m talking the real Trek – I’m Team Kirk all the way!

The layout for these cards is from this week’s TGIF Challenge Sketch.

So – in case you didn’t see my unveiling video the other night, there’s an octopus die in the new Under the Sea Framelits (avail on 1 June!) that happens to cut a perfect little United Federation of Planets (I’m a total geek!) emblem.

These are easy-peasy cards to make – it just takes a minute to cut 15 of the emblems from Gold Foil! 🙂

I made the card fronts in Command, Science and Security colors (aka Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Real Red) – all matted on Basic Black.  Once everything was matted up, I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere lengths of Basic Black 3/8 Shimmer Ribbon around them.

Each of the Gold Foil emblems is adhered with Liquid Glue to a 1/2″ Basic Black circle that I punched with the 1/2″ Circle Punch and popped onto the card fronts with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Each card got a different sentiment.  The Crushed Curry card – I see as a great card for a graduation – or a new job…

I made the front sentiment using the letters in the Make A Difference stamp set (you’re going to want this set – and you can get it on 1 May!) – I stamped the words in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White and snipped them out.  Then I edged them with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker and added them with Liquid Glue.

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from the In the Trees stamp set (2018 Occasions Catalog).  Then I used a cut-out of the emblem as a stencil and colored it with the Crushed Curry marker.  It’s outlined with my Journaling Pen!

For the Real Red card – I stamped a sentiment from the Host-exclusive Yay You in Tuxedo Black.  On the inside, I left it blank except for the Real Red emblem…

Finally – my personal favorite.  I used the letters in Make a Difference again, stamping the most iconic of Mr. Spock’s wise words.  After snipping them, I edged them with the Marina Mist Marker and adhered them.  On the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday.

Each card front got some Silver star-shaped Metallic Enamel Shapes and the cards were done!

On the envelopes – I did three stenciled emblems on the fronts – all three envelopes are the same…

…and then the backs all got an emblem to match their card, as you saw above!

Et Voila!  A fun and easy pack of notecards for your favorite Trekkie – from totally-not-Star-Trek stamp sets and framelits!  I love the Make A Difference stamp set – its’ got the font you see plus a larger – much more ornate! – font set.  And I know I’ll be making an actual octopus – soon! – with the wonderful Under the Sea Framelits and it’s bundled Sea of Textures stamp set!  Hope you like!


P.S.  StampNStorage has released their spacers so you can make the new Stampin’ Up! ink pads work nicely in the original Ink Pad Holders!  Check them out at the link on my Sidebar!


Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!

You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

The Make A Difference stamp set, Under the Sea Framelits and Memories & More Note Cards & Envelopes will be available soon!

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Each card starts with a Memories & More Small Notecard and Envelope

Basic Black Card Stock: 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mats for card fronts and for inner liners); 1/2″ Circles (mats for emblems)

Whisper White Card Stock:  3″ x 4″ (inner liner); fussy cut words

Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Real Red Card Stock: 3″ x 4″ (card fronts)

Gold Foil: emblems

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Finn Fan Fix

I mowed for a while on Friday – it was a gorgeous day and…the grass was getting tall in the back.

And – I like riding the mower.  I was mostly in the shade.  I had a drink to keep me cool.

Very nice way to spend an hour!


The woof showed up.

It was very scary.  I was worried for the safety of the ponies.

You can understand my concern…

You can see Cady was almost beside herself with fear.

Must be very frustrating to not inspire any more concern in the herd-ees than he does… 😉



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Stampin’ Up! Watts of Courage for the World Autism Day Blog Hop!

Good morning, y’all!  Today I’m fortunate to be taking part in a wonderful Blog Hop celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (which is…well…today!) 🙂

While I’m not directly affected by autism, did you know that as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism?  And this number is on the rise.  Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at the startling rate of 10-17% per year. At this rate, estimates state that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.  And, autism knows no racial, ethnic, social boundaries, family income, lifestyle, or educational levels and can affect any family, and any child.

So – to show my support on World Autism Day, I made a card using the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and…Watts of Occasions!  Take a look-see:

Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Baskets and Butterflies

Happy Happy Hawwwmp Day, y’all!  How’s the week going so far?

This card is one we made at our team meeting on Sunday!  I didn’t get it finished at the meeting, so I brought it home.  And made a few little changes from the original card.  It uses one of the coolest of the free Sale-A-Bration goodies – the Blossoming Basket bundle (available with a $100 purchase!).  Take a look-see:

We started with a Whisper White panel that we matted on Calypso Coral for the card front.  Then we adhered a Crumb Cake panel that was embossed in the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF! Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Tranquil Tulips Happy Day!

Well.  Here we are again.  On Friday.  I don’t know whether to give a big “whoo-hoo” or…worry that I’ll wake up and be 90 tomorrow!  I mean…time is sorta flying by!

Heck – next thing we know…Sale-A-Bration will be over.  Bummer….  The Occasions Catalog will be caput.  Bummer again.

But – the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog will be making an appearance!

And I’ll be getting on a cruise ship to Alaska!

Okay.  I’ve convinced myself.  


But – seriously.  Don’t let Sale-A-Bration get by you, y’all – come join my team – get that crazy good discount!  Earn extra Stampin’ Rewards!  Get all the free SAB goodies!  

Do Not Waste Time!

Okay.  That’s it.  On to the card for today!

It’s a super simple CAS card that I made with the pretty Host-Exclusive set called Tranquil Tulips.  And a quick sentiment from the Happy Birthday Thinlits and the Sale-A-Bration set Happy Wishes (free in Wood or Clear with a $100 purchase). Take a look-see:

For the layout, I borrowed from this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Country Livin’ for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! It’s color week and we’ve got the full complement of hoppers today!  Do be sure to check out all their projects when you’re done here, won’t you?  

Our color scheme sent me in the direction of the Coffee Break DSP – and I decided to use a new-to-me stamp set called Country Livin’.  I added a sentiment from…well, it’s a surprise.  Take a look-see:

Our colors? Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms and Baskets

Mornin’, y’all – we made it to Friday again!  Whoo-hoo!!

My card today will go to a friend and her husband who are going thru a rough patch – and I couldn’t think of anything better than Heartfelt Blooms and the Here For You stamp sets!  Plus some textures from the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF.  Take a look-see:

I borrowed the sketch from this week’s My Favorite Things sketch. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Lots of Springtime Petals Wreath

Well, hidey-ho, my peeps!!  Friday arrived quickly, thanks to the miracle of a Monday holiday!  Gotta love it!

I found out yesterday evening that a friend of mine had been in the hospital the past couple of days – with a flu-like illness (but not “the flu”!).  Fortunately, she (and her baby! 🙂 ) are fine and have been sent home.  But, since I’m not there to administer a hug in person, I thought I’d send her one in paper-and-ink!

So, I pulled together some of my favorite Springtime Foils Specialty DSP, a few leaves from Petals & More, and a couple of sweet sentiments from the Hanging Garden and Lots of Love stamp sets.  Take a look-see:

The inspiration for this card came from the photo in the Fusion challenge this week. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Basket Weave Sneak Peek for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! We’ve got a color challenge today – so be sure to check out all the ladies’ projects when you’re done here, won’t you?  Oh – and don’t forget to stock up on Fast Fuse today!!  

I decided to give you guys a solid sneak peek at the bestest new Sale-A-Bration goody – the Blossoming Basket bundle. This is a wonderful stamp set bundled with the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF.  And, y’all?  This TIEF will be sticking around after SAB and will be in the Annual Catalog this summer!  But…it for sure won’t be FREE!! So…you might oughta get it starting on 16 Feb when it IS free!  I borrowed a couple of ideas from the second release flyer and came up with this…take a look see:


Can you guess what the color challenge was? Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Sliding Barn Door Card

‘Sup, y’all?  Having a good weekend?  I hope so!

If you were able to join me last night on my FB Live video – thanks for spending part of your long weekend with me!  I surely do appreciate it!  If not, but you’d like to watch the replay, here ’tis on YouTube!

One of the fun new bundles in the 2018 Occasions catalog also has a very high “cool” factor, and that’s the Barn Door stamp set bundled with the Sliding Door Framelits.  I used that bundle to create a fun and cool card that could be used for almost any card-sending need.  Take a look-see:

So -the details on how to make this card are really all in the video, so – do check it out! Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Snowy Waterfront Night

Good morning, y’all!  I’m sort of betting I didn’t win the Big Lottery last night, so this isn’t my farewell blog…

Not that I’d quit making cards or blogging if I won.  Nope.  I’d still be right here – OTHER things would go away! 😉

My card – speaking of – uses the wonderful new stamp set called Waterfront.  Once again, I let a sample in the 2018 Occasions catalog inspire me.  Take a look-see:

I played along with the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge – welcome back, y’all! – going across the top and on the diagonal from the bottom left…

I started with a Dapper Denim panel and stamped the wonderful perfect awesome Pine trees image (y’all – I have a new favorite!!) across the panel about mid-way down.  I stamped the image twice without re-inking several times, to create a forest.  Then I pulled out my Whisper White Craft Ink pad.  

I stamped the moon first and then started adding “snow” – this is a wonderful image in the Waterfront stamp set.  I also added drifts of snow across the bottom.  Once I had it as snowy as I wanted it to be, I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Whisper White mat and then to a Dapper Denim mat.

I used some Liquid Glue to adhere a few loops of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine to the card front in preparation for the rest of the elements.

I stamped the Waterfront sentiment in Whisper White Craft Ink on a piece of Dapper Denim and cut it out with a Stitched Shapes Framelit.  When it was dry, it was a little lighter than I wanted – so I traced the words with a non-Stampin’ Up! White Gel Pen.

I also cut a larger circle of Dapper Denim with a Stitched Shapes Framelits die, and stamped more of the Waterfront trees in Dapper Denim.

Finally, I cut a slightly larger scalloped circle in Whisper White and a snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  I adhered all the pieces together with Liquid Glue and popped it over the Baker’s Twine with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  A White Perfect Accents dot in the middle of the snowflake finished off the card front.

On the inside, I stamped the second sentiment from the Waterfront set in Dapper Denim on a Whisper White panel and added more of the trees across the bottom.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Dapper Denim mat and into my Thick Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more Dapper Denim Waterfront trees on the front…

…and then I added more snow – in Dapper Denim – across the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Y’all!!  Oh.  My.  Goodness!  This was a stamp set that instantly drew ooh’s, aah’s and a really unseemly number of whoo-hooo’s when it was introduced at OnStage.  And I guess you can see why!  I LOVE this set!!  And I hope you do, too – and are busily clicking on it in the product list below to get it for yourself!!



P.S.  Only a few more days to get your name in the pot for one of three uber-cool Blog Candy packages! Here’s the link…head over to see what’s up for grabs and what you need to do to be eligible!


Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.




I’m offering Double Peppermint Reward Points for orders over $50 (before shipping and taxes) between today and the 10th of January!!  Don’t miss your chance to earn extra points towards a FREE $40 gift of your choice!  When you gather up 16 peppermints, you’ll be able to select any product (or products!) valued at $40 and I’ll ship it directly to you for free!  Normally, you earn one peppermint for each $25 you spend (before shipping and taxes).  During this special – you’ll get TWO for each $25 when you spend $50. 🙂  Of course – you’ll also be earning a Sale-A-Bration goody with each $50 you spend!!

Don’t forget to add the Host Code above if your order is under $150 to get your free thank you gift (orders over $150 automatically get the free thank you gift!).  For more information about my Peppermint Reward points (my buyer reward program), click here.  And – make your money go even further with my Special Bundles! 🙂

Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Special Bundle Sale!

As has become my tradition, I’ve gathered up some goodies from the new Suites in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that coordinate perfectly with each other and will get you well on the way to making great cards and projects!  

Consider me your own Personal Shopper – but… I’m giving you about a 15% savings on each bundle over the price you’d pay if you bought the goodies on your own.  All the bundles include FREE Shipping and will come directly to you.

As a bonus –  you’ll get a free gift from me when you order!!  Or two free gifts…read on to see what I mean… and I’m also letting you cash in on Sale-a-Bration FREEBIES!

Check out the bundles I’ve put together for you this time!

Picture Perfect Birthday Suite Bundle (Photopolymer)
Sweet Soiree – You can select Wood or Clear
Painted With Love – Wood or Clear
Petal Passion  – Wood or Clear
Brusho Starter Kit – Wood or Clear
Tutti-Frutti (Photopolymer) 
Myths & Magic – Wood or Clear
True Gentleman – Wood or Clear


I’ll also add in a pack of the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes (they’re on page 19 of the Occasions Catalog) when you place an order for one of these bundles.  

Order multiple bundles at the same time…and I’ll throw in a pack of the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (page 33)!  🙂

So – if these look good to you, head over to my Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Bundles page and fill out the form you’ll find there.  There are also pictures of the bundles!  

And – since it’s Sale-A-Bration time – I’m going to let you reap those benefits, too!  After each bundle you’ll see noted the number of SAB items that will come with that bundle (Level 1 and/or Level 2) – so please type which ones you’d like into the box in the order form!  If I have any questions, I’ll drop you an e-mail!

I’ll send you a PayPal invoice as soon as you order.  Then, on 3 Jan,  I’ll get them ordered and right on the way to you!  Please note: these offers are available to anyone – but I can only ship to addresses in the United States. 🙂


Sale-a-bration is the biggest Stampin’ Up! sale of the year! You can earn free, exclusive products with every qualifying order. You can reap the rewards when you shop, host, or join during Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration Dates

  • Sales Period: January 3 – March 31, 2018
  • Watch for more Sale-a-bration exclusive items beginning on February 16!

If you don’t have your own copy of the Occasions Catalog or Sale-a-bration brochure – drop me a line here on my Contact Page and I’ll get a set in the mail to you ASAP!


For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise (ANY merchandise including Annual Catalog items, Occasions Catalog items, online exclusives and even Clearance Rack merchandise!) during Sale-a-bration, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product.

Stampin’ Up! also has an exciting new announcement for this year: They have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for you free items!

Check it out:

  • If you spend $50, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150, you’ll have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.


When you place a qualifying order or host a qualifying party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn $25 in additional Stampin’ Rewards! These rewards can used toward any regular Stampin’ Up! merchandise, the host exclusive stamp sets or can even be applied towards a Starter Kit, allowing you to join and become a demonstrator!


If you join as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator during Sale-a-bration, you get to pick $125 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise in your starter kit for only $99 plus applicable taxes AND you get your choice of TWO additional stamp sets for your kit—any stamp set, any price (*excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets). Plus, the kit ships for free!

If you’re interested in joining as a Demonstrator, we’d love to have you join our team! There’s no commitment and no penalty if you decide that being a Demonstrator isn’t right for you.  Why not give it a try?  We have a fun Facebook page where we chat a lot and we do virtual meetings monthly and in-person meetings quarterly. Drop me a note at stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net if you have any questions.



So Saffron Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Dapper Denim Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner);  3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front); 1 3/8″ Stitched Shapes circle (sentiment circle); 1 7/8″ Stitched Shaper Circle (stamped circle on front)

Whisper White Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (Mat for card front and inner liner); 1 3/8″ scalloped circle (on front); Seasonal Layers Thinlit die cut

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3″ x 4 3/8″ (inner liner)

Color Theory DSP: 3″ x 4 3/8″ (sentiment panel)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Finn Fan Fix  

It’s been rather miserably cold here.  Now – admittedly, we have no snow (which you can decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing – we kind of like not having snow!) – and we’re not in the middle of a “bomb cyclone”.  Who named it that anyway?!?

But – it’s cold.  And one of the consequences of the cold is frozen water troughs and buckets for the horses.  Which leads to lots of giant…ICE CUBES!  All over the place (from where we toss the ice out).   

Well.  The man loves him some ice cubes!  When we get ice out of the freezer in the house he hears it and comes running to get one.

Imagine…ice cubes from horse water! Just a little icky and oh-so-yummy to crunch and munch.

Or…toss around and play with…

Funny little man.



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