Stampin’ Up! In the Trees for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! We’ve got a sketch challenge today – and it’s a nice clean design! – so be sure to check out all the ladies’ projects when you’re done here, won’t you?  

I decided to ink up a new-to-me stamp set – called In The Trees – and give it a hand with some True Gentleman DSP.  I ended up with a birthday card that I think could go to a man or a woman.  Take a look-see:

And – here’s the sketch! Continue reading

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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 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!

Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

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! Wood Textures and Trees for the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop!

Mornin’, y’all!  Welcome to another edition of the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop!  This month, our theme is “Father’s Day or Masculine”.  I’m looking forward to seeing what all our talented ladies come up with – and hope you’ll spend some time exploring the hop when you’re done here!

I opted for a thank you card for our dog-trainer friend who helped me out with Finn last week!  He came over and essentially did almost 2 hours of private lesson/training with us, and then wouldn’t let us pay him a dime.  So…I figured a good handmade card – with an outdoorsy theme – would be just the thing.  I used some Lovely as a Tree images, with a little Woodland TIEF and Thankful Thoughts sentiments, on top of some new Wood Textures DSP.  Take a look-see:

I started with a piece of the new (coming on 1 June) Wood Textures DSP and matted it on Crushed Curry for the card front.  The middle panel is Very Vanilla and I stamped the pine tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in Always Artichoke.  I stamped it once and then again without re-inking, then inked up again for the third image.  Then I sponged the edges of the panel with some more Always Artichoke.

I SNAILd it to a Crushed Curry mat and then onto the card front.

For the small square, I ran a little square of Copper Foil thru the Big Shot in the Woodland TIEF, matted it on Crushed Curry and then SNAILd it to the card front.

For a little bit of oomph, I wrapped a piece of the new 1/4″ Copper Trim (1 June) around the card front, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

I stamped a sentiment from the Thankful Thoughts set in Always Artichoke on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock.  I made banner ends with my Paper Snips, edged it with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker and popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish off the card front, I tied a bow with two lengths of 1/4″ Copper Trim and adhered it with a Glue Dot.

The inside of the card started with a Very Vanilla panel.  Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I stamped another Lovely as a Tree pine in Always Artichoke.  I stamped it off three times before stamping my panel.  Then I added a second Thankful Thoughts sentiment in Always Artichoke, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position it where I needed it.

I SNAILd the panel onto a Crushed Curry mat and into my Always Artichoke card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a couple more Lovely as a Tree pines – I stamped it twice without re-inking, and then added some “ground” with my Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker…

…and then I added a little more of the Wood Textures DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I think this will be perfect for a man who spends most of his life in the great outdoors with his dogs, don’t you?  And – I think it shows yet another way that the Wood Textures DSP is going to be a wild crowd favorite this SU! year!!  Hope you like!

Now that you’ve seen my card, I hope you’ll take a little time to jump thru all the other projects we have to share. Click any name below, or you can use the Previous Blog button to jump to Jari’s page or the Next Blog button to see what Sue’s been up to!

Jaimie Babarczy
Linda Woodward Geiger
Jari Francis
Mary Deatherage – You Are Here!
Sue Prather
Amy Koenders

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 2017 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

You can see the Retiring List right here! There are some great deals on some awesome products so get your lists ready – go take a peek and happy shopping!  Here’s a handy link to the Retiring Products in my Online Store. 🙂

Holler if you’ve got any questions.


The Wood Textures DSP and 1/4″ Copper Trim will be available on 1 June! 🙂


Always Artichoke 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); 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mat for tree-stamped panel); 2 1/4″ square  (mat for copper panel)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 2 3/4″ x 4″ (Lovely as a Tree stamped panel); 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ (sentiment banner); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Wooden Textures DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap  

Copper Foil: 2 1/8″ square (embossed front 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!

Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

Finn-Fan Fix…will be back tomorrow! No FFF’s on Blog Hop Days! 🙂

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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! Swirly Bird Goes Window Shopping

Good Saturday morning, y’all!  Hope you have a long weekend and perfect weather – like we do!  It’s just over 70 here and it’s not getting very cold at night, either.  My girls are a bit sweaty around the edges – and wishing the cold would come back.  But their parents are tickled to death – windows open in January!  Yes, ma’am!

In light of the pretty day – Finny had a play date yesterday with his friend Scout.  On this day, Scout came here for the party.  Once they were both loose, they started racing around like little twin dervishes.  Under the fence they went and ….splash!  Crossing the creek that runs down into the pond.  Galloped around the pond twice at full speed.  And then…


…Scout decided to have a cool-off in the pond.  Finn didn’t know what to make of that.  He waded in a little ways, but…not going all the way. Nope.  Not gonna do it.

But, folks – it’s really only a matter of time.  I give it a few more warm days and he’s going to be out in the pond himself. I’ve watched him the last couple of days going a bit further in each time.  He’s going to be a swimmer! 🙂

Now – my card has nothing to do with swimming.  I made a card today that would be great to give to a good guy-friend.  Or  – we’ve all got a female friend who gets a little pale if a dress is mentioned, or lace shows up anywhere.  I used some Urban Underground DSP, a little Swirly Scribbles and a bold sentiment from the Window Shopping stamp set.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Wetlands Z-Fold Birthday for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Mornin’, y’all –  welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop.  This week was a color challenge for us to play with – that usually leaves things pretty wide open, so I hope you’ll take a minute to browse all the projects brought to you by the ladies-who-hop!

Here’s our color challenge:

Now – when I first saw this color combo, I was a little thrown.  The colors just didn’t seem “right” to me and I couldn’t imagine how to put them together to look good!

And then I realized it….Mother Nature puts these colors together every single day! 🙂  So, I pulled out my Serene Scenery DSP Stack to be my inspiration and picked one of my favorite designs in that stack.  I’d also been seeing some Z-Fold cards around on the internet/Pinterest, and wanted to try one of those, too.  Since, at the time, I wasn’t mad at Duck Duck – I decided to add a Wetlands goose.  Take a look-see:

Wetlands Z-Fold 5 - Stamps-N-Lingers
I just love this beautiful sun-washed grassy meadow in the Serene Scenery DSP stack, don’t you?
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