Thinking Of You

Stampin’ Up! Rustic Climbing Orchid

Morning, y’all – it’s Finally Friday!  And I’m glad.  It’ll be nice to not have to think about the “real job” for a minute – I’ve sorta got my hands full fretting about Finn.  Full Finn Fretting, if you will.  It’s a full-time job, for certain sure. 😉

The card I made today is clean and simple – and made easy by the existence of the Climbing Orchid bundle – which includes the Orchid Builder Framelits!  When I added a bunch of pink orchids to some Wood Textures DSP I got…well, take a look-see:

I borrowed the layout from the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

And I also played with the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  I went right down the right side.

I started simply – by Fast Fusing a piece of Wood Textures DSP to a Powder Pink mat for the card front.

I stamped several orchids with the Climbing Orchid stamp set – these are all two-step images – in Powder Pink on Whisper White.  Then I cut them out with their matching die from the bundled Orchid Builder Framelits.  I also stamped some little centers in Powder Pink and cut them as well.

I used Pear Pizzazz to stamp a few leaves and cut them with their dies.

With Sponge Daubers, I sponged the leaves with more Pear Pizzazz and each of the flowers and middles with Powder Pink.


I popped each of the flower middles onto a flower with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, which is also from the Climbing Orchid set, I stamped it in Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White.  Then I cut it with the larger banner die in the new Lakeside Framelits (available 1 June).  I lightly sponged the edges of the banner with Powder Pink.

I layered all my pieces onto the card front, using Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A few Pearl Basic Jewels finished off the card front.

On the inside, I stamped the smaller two-step Orchid in Powder Pink on a Whisper White panel.  I also stamped it on a sticky note and fussy cut it to make a mask.  I placed that over the stamped flower and added two Pear Pizzazz leaves.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Powder Pink 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 another masked-off Climbing Orchid on the front…

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

Et Voila!  Pretty quick and simple to make – and I love how the pink Climbing Orchids look against the Wood Textures DSP, don’t you?  I hope you like!

The Climbing Orchid stamp set and Orchid Builder Framelits are continuing on into the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog – but…the bundle will be gone.  Which means the 10% savings will be gone, too!  So – if you love it, grab it now while you can save a little cash!

Just sayin’…



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Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

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Card Cuts Used in This Project:

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

Powder Pink Card Stock:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner): Orchid Builder Die Cuts and Lakeside Framelits sentiment

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

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Finn Fan Fix

Well, folks – on the road to recovery there are going to be some dips.

Today was kind of a big one.

We went for a walk this morning and things seemed pretty normal…

Then he came in with me and was quite happy to eat some of his food mixed with chicken and rice (he’s no fool) – and even ate his medicine.

And then…he started to wander around.  And pace.  And stand in corners just staring at…the corner.

Around lunch time I called the vet and he suggested a couple of Benadryl to help him relax.  Which worked for a time.

I started to really take note of the fact that my lovely Aussie is….just that.  A lovely Aussie.  But right now – he’s not “Finn”.

He didn’t clean up the kitty food around the bowls.  Didn’t try to lick the dishes in the dishwasher.  Didn’t bring me one of his bones to hold for him to gnaw.

See what I mean?  Decidedly. Not.  Finn.

We went to see the vet in the afternoon – and…the answer is unclear.  The brain is a complex thing.  We’re not really sure what’s going on in there.

So – my vet is consulting with some veterinary neurologists to see if there’s anything we need to be doing that we’re not.

And we’re trying to be patient.  It’s only been 4 days, after all.  Surely time will return my Finn to me?

Y’all – send all the positive vibes and prayers you’ve got.  He needs them.  And so do I.



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Stampin’ Up! Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts on Delightful Daisy

Happy Hawwmp Day, y’all!  Hope the week is going well for you!

I have a pretty little Spring-y card to share with you today, using some of my oh-so-large stash of Delightful Daisy DSP and the so-pretty Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set.  Take a look-see:

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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:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Best Wishes, Encouragement, Friendship, General, Just Because, Love, Thinking Of You, World Autism Day | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Hello Friend!

Well, look-ee look-ee!  Guess what day it is again!?  Yep – it’s HAWWWWMP Day, y’all!  It’s downhill from here to the weekend.

My card today is another departure from my norm.  In that it uses brighter colors and more…abstractedness…than usual.  I pulled out the pretty Hello Friend stamp set (the coordinating stamp set for the Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit!) and tried a new coloring technique.  Take a look-see:

There’s a reason for the colors – I was playing along with the TGIF Color Challenge this week! Continue reading

Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, For You, Friendship, Joining Special, Paper Pumpkin, Thank You Cards, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , | 12 Comments

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

Categories: Encouragement, For You, Friendship, Joining Special, Paper Pumpkin, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , | 20 Comments

Stampin’ Up! You’re Inspiring on a Coppery Basket Weave

Merry Monday, y’all!  Well…it IS Monday – you decide if it’s Merry or not!

If you were able to join me last night for my FB Live video, I appreciate you spending part of your weekend with me!  If not, but you’d like to watch and see how I made today’s card, here’s a link to the YouTube replay!

I was celebrating the arrival of my little yellow daffodils – they took last year “off”! – and made this card with the gorgeous flower image from the You’re Inspiring stamp set.  And, after seeing a card on Pinterest (thanks for sending it, Elisha!), I wanted to try the technique.  Take a look-see: Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! You’re Inspiring Video Sneak Peek

Happy Sunday, folks!  Hope this post finds y’all well and having a good weekend!

As is – mostly! – the norm, I’m sharing just a little glimpse at the card we’ll make this evening.  I’ll be live on my Stamps-N-Lingers FB page at 8pm eastern (that’s our normal time).  The card uses the wonderful You’re Inspiring stamp set – and it pays homage to my brave little daffodils poking their heads up in the hopes that winter is over!  Take a sneaky-peek:

We’re going to do some fun embossing in Copper – so I hope you can join me!  Here’s a link!   Continue reading

Categories: Best Wishes, For You, Joining Special, Ordering Special!, Paper Pumpkin, Sneak peek, Thinking Of You | Tags: , | 18 Comments

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:

The layout – which is quite clean and simple – is courtesy of the FabFriday sketch challenge this week. Continue reading

Categories: Father's Day, For You, Happy Birthday, Joining Special, Life Event, masculine, Ordering Special!, Paper Pumpkin, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , , , , | 28 Comments

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

Categories: Encouragement, For You, Friendship, Get Well Soon, Joining Special, Ordering Special!, Paper Pumpkin, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , , , , | 24 Comments

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

Categories: Encouragement, For You, Friendship, Just a Note, Love, Paper Pumpkin, Sneak peek, Special Promotions, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , , , | 15 Comments

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