Father’s Day

Stampin’ Up! True Gentleman in Plaid

Good Monday, y’all!  It’s the Monday after OnStage – and…wow!  What a weekend it was!  Lots of surprises and fun give-aways!  Saw lots of demonstrator friends-from-afar!  Totally wonderful – and…whew!  I’m tired!  And already excited for Orlando in November!

If you were able to join me last night for my Facebook Live video, I sure do appreciate you spending some of your weekend with me! If not, but you’d like to take a look, here’s the YouTube link.

One of the nicest Suites in the Occasions catalog is the Truly Tailored suite of products  – they’re just perfect for making masculine cards!  Which is exactly what I did with this card today.  I used the Truly Tailored stamp set for the sentiments and the handsome plaid in the True Gentleman DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! True Gentleman Video Sneak Peek

Wow, y’all!  I can’t believe another OnStage Local is in the books!  One second…I’m leavin’-in-a-mini-van and the next?  Headed back to the house!

The event was wonderful and the new catalog lives up to all our expectations!

And speaking of expectations, let me let you in on what’s going to happen in the next few days, okay?

Tomorrow afternoon – after 3pm Eastern, we’ll get together on FB for a few minutes to go over the goodies that I got at CenterStage and OnStage.  A couple of stamp sets and a few other things.  And I’ll probably do a quick post with pictures of the new items and the display boards.

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Stampin’ Up! True Gentleman Basket Weave

Mornin’!  Hope your weekend has started off well – and that you’re planning something fun!

My card for today is a pretty large departure from my usual style.  In that it’s not got a ton of layers, and embellishments.  No froof.

I was sort of thinking…masculine card – after I saw the color scheme at this week’s Color Throwdown.  So I pulled out some True Gentleman DSP and the Truly Tailored Bundle and put it all on top of a Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF embossed card front.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Sale-a-Bration Kick-off Ordering Special with True Gentleman!

Well, y’all!  It’s finally here!  SALE-A-BRATION has arrived – finally!!  Sale-A-Bration is awesome for lots of reasons!  Oh – and, just to bump-up-the-awesome…how’s about Double Peppermint Points?!?  We’ll run that for a week – for orders over $50!  Which will, of course, also get you a Sale-A-Bration goody!  And…I’ll even do Double Peppermints on my Special Bundles.  All the deets are down below!

But – for a second, take a look at my card for today – no longer a “sneak peek” – the sneaking is over!  I made a great “guy” card using the wonderful new True Gentleman suite of goodies.  Including the amazingly gorgeous True Gentleman DSP.  Take a look-see:

The layout for the pattern-filled card came from the December Viva La Verve sketch challenge.

Much of this card is made by simply Fast Fuse-ing DSP to Crushed Curry card stock – so pretty easy peasy!

I adhered some True Gentleman DSP (isn’t that blue plaid gorgeous?!?!) to Crushed Curry for the card front.  The next layer is a strip of Crumb Cake with Crumb Cake bow-ties from the Truly Tailored stamp set.  I stamped the image a few times without re-inking, and repeated that several times.  I matted it on Crushed Curry and adhered it to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I wrapped a length of the Night of Navy 3/8″ Corduroy Ribbon around the panel, securing it in the back.  For the next layer, I added a little more True Gentleman DSP matted on Crushed Curry and adhered with Liquid Glue.  

I hemmed and hawed for a bit on what to do for the circle element – and finally decided on some Wood Textures DSP.  Both circles are cut with the Circles Layering Framelits – adhered together with Liquid Glue and then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue.

I made the sentiment by coloring parts of the image from Truly Tailored with my Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Markers and stamping it on Very Vanilla.  Then I punched it out with the matching Tailored Tag Punch and popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Remember the Bow Builder Punch?  Page 207 in the Annual Catalog, in case you’d forgotten!  

I thought it would be perfectly perfect for this card, so I pulled it out and created a tidy and tailored and – dare I say…Classy!?! – bow tie with yet another pattern of paper in the True Gentleman DSP.  I used a short length of Night of Navy 3/8″ Corduroy Ribbon to wrap around the middle of the bow.


I stuck the little bow on with Liquid Glue and a Stampin’ Dimensional and the card front was done!

On the inside, I inked up a second sentiment from Truly Tailored with my Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy Markers and, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, stamped it in the middle of a Very Vanilla panel.  Then I colored the little bow tie – same two Markers – and stamped it under the sentiment.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Crushed Curry mat and into my Thick Very Vanilla card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got two more bow ties – colored with the Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy Markers – on the front…

…and I added some more of the plaid True Gentleman DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love this Suite, y’all!  The paper in particular just hits all the right notes for me – and the sentiments and small images in Truly Tailored are really going to be perfect for the “gentleman” in your life!  I hope you like!

It just so happens that True Gentleman is one of the Special Ordering Bundles I have available right now – you can get it in Clear or Wood!  Click here to see all the bundles and get yours ordered!



P.S.  Don’t forget my THREE Blog Candy packages up for grabs this week!  You’ve got until next Monday to get entered to win.  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.



Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4 1/4″ X 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Crushed Curry Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1 5/8″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for Crumb Cake panel on front); 1 7/8″ x 4″ (mat for horizontal True Gentleman strip on front); 2 3/8″ Circle (mat for Wood Textures DSP circle)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); Tailored Tag punch (sentiment)

True Gentleman DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front): 1 3/4″ x 3 7/8″ (horizontal DSP strip on front); Bow Builder Bow Tie; envelope flap

Wood Textures DSP:  2 1/4″ Circle (circle on front)

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  

For most of my childhood, we had a Basset Hound.

A Basset Hound, let there be no doubt, can look pretty danged pitiful.

It’s the eyes.  They use them like a boss.

I didn’t think I had to worry about Puppy-Pity-Parties with an Aussie.

I was so wrong.

I give you…THE Boss.

This was two days ago – when it was only down to 30.  So pretty darned hot.

He refused to come in. No matter how many times I invited/cajoled/enticed/bribed/begged/half-heartedly demanded…Nope.

Now, before you go call Animal Control to report Animal Abuse (two days in a row…) take a look-see:

Thirty is okay.  At thirty degrees- the “suit up” actually works.  Mostly.  So I went out and we played keep away for a while.

Then we went for a walk.

With our stick.

Just walkin’ with my Mom.  And my stick!

Pity to Party in less than a heartbeat! 🙂



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Stampin’ Up! Custom Tee Masculine Card!

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope your weekend was awesome!!

If you missed my Live Facebook Video last night, you can see it as a replay on my Facebook page, or head over to my post from Sunday – I’ve added a link to it on YouTube! 🙂

Yesterday was our quarterly in-person Amy’s Inkin’ Krew meeting – and I had two of my Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew members in attendance!  How fun is that?  Would you like to be one of my team members?  Actually – you’ll have dual citizenship – you’ll be a Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew member and an Amy’s Inkin’ Krew member!  Twice the fun! 🙂  And, while any time of the year is a great time to join, now – during Sale-A-Bration is the bestest of the greatest time – scroll on down and see why…

We had a great time and made a couple of cute projects.  One of those uses the fun Custom Tee stamp set and matching T-shirt Builder Framelits.  It’s not always easy to make a card for a guy – but this one would surely fill the bill.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Build It Nail It Father’s Day Card

Hey, y’all, happy weekend!  I got a travel reprieve – my trip’s moved to next week!  Of course, it also extended a day, so…the good with the not-so-bueno, I guess!

Now, my card for today is a Father’s Day card.  Yes, I’m aware that Father’s Day isn’t for another few months, but 18 June will be here before you know it!

You know what will not be here then?  The Occasions catalog – which means that the Nailed It stamp set and matching Build It Frameltis – well.  They might not be here either!  So…I wanted to give you an idea for a fun Father’s Day card using these two manly products and some Urban Underground DSP while you’ve still got time to get them.  Take a look-see:

My layout is from this week’s Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.

I started with my fave piece of paper from the Urban Underground DSP and stamped the little screw and smiley face images from Nailed It all over with Whisper White Craft Ink.  Then I SNAILd it on a Delightful Dijon mat.  I used a silver-embossed piece, also matted on Delightful Dijon, across the panel.

The sentiment is on a triple oval – the base mat is Delightful Dijon, cut with a scalloped die in the Ovals Layering Framelits.  Next is a Very Vanilla oval, followed by a third oval in Delightful Dijon. That one was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I stamped the Nailed It sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink on a piece of Delightful Dijon card stock, and cut it with the little die in the Build It Framelits.  It’s a cool one – cuz it also embosses a little edged frame as it cuts!

About this time, I pulled out my Hardwood stamp, inked it with Early Espresso ink, and stamped a piece of Delightful Dijon card stock.  The first thing I cut from it was a second little frame, which I adhered to my oval-stack with Liquid Glue.  I popped the sentiment frame over the top of that – offset slightly – with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then I popped the whole sentiment oval onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Then I built some tools!  I cut a hammer and a screwdriver from the Hardwood-stamped card stock.  Using the same dies, I cut a hammer head and a screwdriver head from a piece of Silver Foil.  I adhered my silver tool-heads to their respective tools with Liquid Glue.  Then I used my Stylus on the back of each tool to create some depth.  And I gently rubbed some details into the fronts, too!

I wrapped a little piece of Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine around the tool handles (used a Glue Dot on the back to hold it in place), then I popped it onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added a few Urban Underground Embellishments and a little screw that I’d cut with the die in the Build It Framelits from a piece of Silver Foil.  And that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I stamped the second sentiment from Nailed It on a Very Vanilla panel – I used the marker-to-rubber technique and colored the stamp directly with the Basic Black and Delightful Dijon markers.  Then I added the hammer I’d already put together.  I’d made it – I was going to use it, by golly!  And who said you can’t put dimensional things on the inside of a card?  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to help my hammer look more real!  I also stamped some Basic Black Archival Ink screws, too!

I SNAIL the panel to a Delightful Dijon mat and into my Basic Black card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a few more Nailed It screws on the front, as well as some Delightful Dijon smiley faces…

…and I added some more of the Urban Underground DSP – that I stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink with screws and smiles – on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I think this one turned out to be pretty fun, don’t you!?  Don’t miss out on getting this set and having all the tools (see what I did there?!) on hand when it comes time to make your Father’s Day cards in a few more months!  Hope you like!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!


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 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.



For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. 


When you host a qualifying party or place an individual order of at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards than you normally would!! Spend those on Host stamp sets or anything your heart desires.



Check out all the reasons you should join the family during Sale-A-Bration right here.  

Ready to pull the trigger? Don’t forget that big Demonstrator discount!! 🙂

Click Join Now or send me an e-mail and we’ll get you all hooked up!

I’ll be back tomorrow – so have a great Saturday and I’ll see you then!





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

Delightful Dijon Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1 5/8″ x 4″ (mat for horizontal DSP strip); 3 1/3″ scalloped oval (mat for sentiment); 2 3/4″ Stitched Shapes oval (sentiment oval)

Urban Underground DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 1 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ (horizontal DSP strip); envelope flap

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3″ oval (mat for sentiment); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

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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As a horse owner, there are a few directives from the veterinarian that we dread hearing….

“Give him 20 of these pills twice a day for 10 days”.  This one is a booger, unless you have a Haflinger who’ll eat the pills straight out of her bucket.

“You’ll need to soak this foot for 30 minutes 3 times a day for two weeks”.  Oh my – the back….the aching back!  Not to mention the three or four clothes changes resulting from the bucket of hot water being tossed about by an uncooperative horse!

And…”He’s on stall rest for a week.  You can hand walk him for 15 minutes a few times a day, but that’s it”.

That last one – yikes.  Horses move.  They need to move.  When they don’t move – they get….whack!!  Quick.

And so do 8 1/2″ month Australian Shepherds.  So, when the vet said to “keep him from running around and jumping as best you can for a few days” to let his sprained toe heal…my heart kind of sank. 🙁

So, on Friday morning, I kept him on the leash for his whole “run” – more like a quiet trot.  He didn’t like it.

“Please, Mom.  Pleeeeaaaaasssseeee!!!!!  I know I’m holding my hurt foot up cuz of how it hurts, but pleaaaaaaaaaasee  let me off this leash!  I need to run-gallop-leap-bound-cavort-gallop-and-jump!  But I won’t if you don’t want me to – I prooooooomise!!  I’ll just walk right by you if you’ll just…let…me…off…the….leash…..!”

I didn’t succumb!  Cuz I think he was lying.  I was strong.  But….it’s going to be a long few days!



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Stampin’ Up! Happy Father’s Day – Love, Swirly Bird!

Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there in blog-land.  Thank you for everything you do! 🙂

Today’s card is special-made for a friend of mine – he’s the father of the twins I talk about every once in a while in my posts.  And he’s a good man.  Who loves the ocean and sailing.  So…I tapped Swirly Bird and the coordinating Swirly Scribbles to make a nautical, sailing themed card.  The fun Labeler Alphabet set lent a hand, too.  Take a look-see:

Swirly Bird Father's Day 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers

I started with a piece of my fave Canson 90lb Cold-Pressed Watercolor paper and my Aqua Painter to make a quick sky and sea background.  Using Pacific Point ink, which I picked up from the ink pad lid with the Aqua Painter, I made a wash – darker at the top and getting a little lighter until I got down to where the “ocean” started.  Then I darkened it up again.  To the ocean, I also swept in some Bermuda Bay ink.  Then I hit it with my Heat Tool to quickly dry it. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Wetlands and Guy Greetings for Father’s Day

11 June 16 UPDATE!  I just found out that this card was selected by the Design Team over at The Paper Players as A Cut Above.  Check it – and all the winners! – out right here! 🙂


Good morning, y’all!  How’s your week going?  I got some more veggies planted – before the rain came in! And – I named the goose.

Oh – might not have mentioned the goose?  Apparently, we’ve been adopted and granted the privilege of being the new home for a domestic goose.  He (she?) just showed up last Friday.  Might have come from the flock next door.  No clue.  He’s kinda pretty.  And he looks real nice tooling around the pond.

Did you know they swim with their little web legs out behind them?  I always figured – you know, all those times I considered how geese might swim – that they would have their legs under them.  But they don’t!  His little orange legs just stick right out behind him!  It’s kind of cool.

So – since he seems to be planning to stick around for a minute – he sort of likes the scoop of cracked corn he gets every evening (yes, we’re suckers/saps/soft-touches/marshamallows)….I figured I’d name him.

Duck Duck.

As in Duck Duck….Goose!


Anywho – Duck Duck helped inspire me for today’s card.  I pulled out the Wetlands stamp set – which features a goose – and added a little swath from the Over the Rainbow set.  Since it’s a Father’s Day card – I grabbed a sentiment from Guy Greetings.  Just made sense.  Take a look-see:

Wetlands Over the Rainbow 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers

I decided to make a Father’s Day card cuz of the sketch challenge over at The Paper Players.  Challenge #298: Continue reading

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