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Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic Fluttering Thanks….and Blog Candy #3!

Well, as promised – here’s the final package of Blog Candy that I’m giving away to celebrate my 100th Blog-post-iversary (which actually happened last Tuesday!).  So far, we’ve had one winner!  Blog Candy package #2 is still out there to be won – go to this post to enter, before 6 PM Mountain time TONIGHT!!  Then be sure to read all the way to bottom of THIS post to find out how to win the finale Blog Candy! 🙂

Quick back story.  Y’all have surely figured out that I’m a horse person.  I’ve followed the teachings of Clinton Anderson now for several years (PSA – if YOU are a horse person, check his training method out.  It works!).  When you go to one of his clinics, there’s an exercise that he has the attendees do – in a large group of horses and riders, they all just trot or canter around the arena – with all the riders holding on to the horn of their saddle and the reins just flapping.  They’re not steering their horses at all.  The purpose is for the horse to maintain whatever gait has been asked for.  It does work, but it can get pretty….sporty.  At some point, every horse ends up trotting or cantering right up to a fence and then he gets to the fence and he makes a decision.  Left?  Right?  Well, if the rider has decided that the horse is going to go left….and the horse goes right….there’s likely to be a parting of ways.  So, Clinton always says – don’t decide which way the horse is going to go.  Stay in the middle of the saddle and don’t anticipate.  That works – cause you’re not already thinking one way, only to be….disappointed.

And what, exactly, does this story have to do with stamping and this card?  Stay with me here…..

Today’s card was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch #135:

CTS 135 sketch

I should have called this card my “decisioning, debating, dithering” card, cause that’s what I spent quite a bit of time doing today.  I pulled out Sheltering Tree.  I took out the large leaf from Vintage Leaves.  I considered Sprinkles of Life.  Finally decided on Awesomely Artistic, because…well, just because I love it!  And here’s where the back story comes in.   I decided I was going LEFT before I knew what my horse was going to do.  Metaphorically speaking, of course.  In card-making-speak, I made an “ingredient” decision and wouldn’t let it go.  It all turned out okay, but it resulted in lots more debating and dithering to.  To be exact, I decided I was going to use the new 5/8″ Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon.

Perhaps the analogy was looser than I thought…. ?

Here’s what I came up with.  Take a look-see:

Awesomely Artistic Fluttering Thanks CST 135 Outside 2 watermarked

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Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic Butterfly and….Blog Candy!

Well, I promised some blog candy to celebrate the 100th post on Stamps-N-Lingers, and this is Day One!  Not sure yet how many days there will be, but it’s definitely more than One.  Less that Ten! 🙂  Read down to see what the offering is and how you can get in on the fun!

Have any of you seen Birdman?  With Michael Keaton?  I think it won a few Oscars.  We’re watching it while I type this blog post.  We’re like 45 minutes in and neither one of us have a clue.  It’s pretty weird….and we have yet to find a point to it.  Oh wait – now he’s moving stuff with his mind, apparently.  What??  I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be real, or if he’s whack-a-do, or….?  And, for some reason, the soundtrack is some danged drums just drumming and drumming and drumming.  All the time – even when the dialogue is going.  So far I’m pretty darned glad we didn’t spend any money to see it in the theater!

Can you tell it’s been a pretty boring day?  Laundry and groceries.  House cleaning I SHOULD have done, but didn’t.  But, in the midst of the incredible excitement, I made a card to share with you!  Take a look-see:

Awesomely Artistic Window SSC 106 Outside 1 watermarked

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree and Timeless Love say “Happy Anniversary”!

Hey Mike Mike Mike!  What day is it, Mike?!?  It’s HAWMP-day!! LOL.  That commercial just cracks me up every time I see it!  Which isn’t all that often unless I’ve screwed up and am watching something in real-time and not on my DVR.  Which is almost never!  But, I digress….

I have a lovely anniversary card to share with you today.  It uses two of my fave stamp sets – Lovely as a Tree and Timeless Love.  One as old as the hills (rumor has it that it’s been in the SU! catalog since the very first catalog was published!) and one brand new.

This was a request-card from my mom for her good friend’s anniversary.  She asked for something “woodsy”.  I think I got it!  Take a look-see:

Woodsy Anniversary Outside 1 watermarked

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Awesomely Artistic Wedding Card

Monday Monday!  And…drum roll, please….this will be my LAST Monday post from California!  You may now picture me doing a happy dance around the hotel room!!  Whoo-hooooo!!  I am SO ready!  Well, “ready” is a strong word – that might well imply that my stuff is organized, my bags are packed and I’m ready to go….the taxi’s waiting, he’s blowing his horn….oops, sorry  – channeled John Denver there for a minute!  So, I’m not literally ready to go.  Lots to do between now and heading to LA Friday.  But it’s the downhill stretch!

My friend headed back East this weekend to attend his niece’s wedding.  I – in a fit of silliness – offered to make him a wedding card (cause, you know – I wasn’t doing anything else or working 12 hour days 7 days a week or anything).  But, I offered and so I did.  But I actually made TWO – cause I wasn’t sure what he’d like for his niece.  I told him to take both of them and look and decide at his leisure!  I’m anxious to hear which one he picked…

One of the new 2015-2016 stamp sets I’ve acquired is called Awesomely Artistic.  And boy is it.  Awesome, that is!  It’s got a little bit of everything in it  – a couple of stamps that could be from the Butterfly Basics, a Gorgeous Grunge-esque stamp, and a most beautiful floral stamp.  You really need to consider adding it to your tool stash.  Anyway, the wedding colors were blue and gold (no specifics on WHICH blue!), so that’s where I started.  Take a look-see:

Blue Wedding Butterfly Outside 1 watermarked

I started with some of the lovely Shimmery White Card Stock.  First, using the fourth-from-the-center oval in the Oval Collections Framelits, I cut the sentiment mat.  I stamped the Congratulations sentiment from the Timeless Love set (another GREAT new stamp set!!) in Night of Navy.  I used a tiny dab of SNAIL to temporarily adhere the oval to the card front (also in Shimmery White).  Then, using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I stamped the beautiful floral stamp, in Smoky Slate, making sure to get part way on the card front and close to the sentiment on the oval (this is where the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig really helped – I wanted to get as close to the sentiment as possible, without covering it!).

Using my retired Metallic Gold Encore pad, I inked and stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge-esque splatter stamp.  No rhythm or reason to it – just put it around until it made me happy!  With that done, I SNAILd the sentiment onto a Night of Navy mat (cut with the next-largest oval – that would be the one FIFTH from the center!) and then used Dimensionals to adhere the entire stack to the card front – making sure I lined up the flowers.

Blue Wedding Butterfly Outside 2 watermarked

I broke out several of the blues in my Many Marvelous Markers set – Soft Sky, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, and Pacific Point – and colored in the flowers. I also used the Marina Mist marker to highlight the veins in all the flowers.  For the leaves, I combined Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi and a touch of Old Olive.  I must make a plug here for the Many Marvelous Markers set.  Even being a bit spendy, it’s paid for itself many MANY times over.  It’s a wonderful part of my tool chest, and I can’t imagine not having it.  We now return to our regularly scheduled blog post.

At this point, I realized I’d done my usual thing. I’d smudged some Night of Navy ink onto the oval.  So, I needed a cover-up.  Enter….the Flutter-by!!  Our Flutter-by hails from the brand new Watercolor Wings bundle (15% off for the stamp set plus the matching Thinlits set….).  I first built the smaller butterfly – this is a two-step (really THREE!) stamp set – stamping him with Night of Navy and Smoky Slate, and then cutting him out with the smaller die in the new thinlits set (OBTW – you can ALSO cut this guy out with the small die from the ButterfliesThinlits).  Here’s a picture of each of the dies, side by side.  You can see what I mean!  The smallest die in each set cuts the smallest stamps in both Watercolor Wings and Butterfly Basics.  The new set cuts the die with all the same intricacies of the larger die, while the Butterflies Thinlits cuts a solid butterfly – equally beautiful, just a completely different look.  The possibilities are endless!

Butterfly Thinlit Types

Once I cut him out, I decided I wanted him to be a little more fragile and fluttery looking, so I cut another one from vellum.  Then, I smooshed the vellum die cut into the Gold Metallic ink pad – and then used a paper towel to dry it off and remove some of the ink – to make it a little more transparent.  Was that clear as mud?!?  Maybe a picture will help…

Blue Wedding Butterfly Outside Closeup watermarked

You can see that the gold isn’t solid on the vellum….can’t you?  I used a couple of glue dots to connect the two butterflies, gave him a Pearl Basic body, and stuck him to the card (ensuring I covered up the boo-boo that inspired his birth in the first place!) with some Mulit-purpose Liquid Glue. And then I SNAILd the whole shootin’-match to my Night of Navy Card base, added some more tiny pearls to the flowers and….done!  To be honest, I’m really glad (now!) that I smudged that oval – I might not have come up with the butterfly embellishment and I really think it “makes” the card!

Blue Wedding Butterfly Outside 3 watermarked

For the inside, I started with some more of the Shimmery White card stock, and stamped the sentiment from the For the New Two set in Night of Navy.  A few more gold grunge splatters finished it off.

Blue Wedding Butterfly Inside 1 watermarked

To really complete the ensemble, I gold-grunged a Medium Whisper White envelope to pull it all together.

Blue Wedding Butterfly Card and Envelope watermarked

Shawn liked this card – as did I.  I simply love this floral image in the Awesomely Artistic set – and I think you will, too!  Next week, I’ll share the second card I made for him – and by then will know which card he selected to give to his niece!

This marks the start of my last week in California.  The chance to get in on the 2015-2016 Catalog Shares is also drawing to a close.  I’ve still got a few spaces open, so let me know if you want in on this opportunity to get a large sampling of the new papers, trims and embellishments!  The sign up form is below and the last day to sign up is 17 Jun.  That’s day after tomorrow!

And, finally, the recruiting special is racing towards the end of the line!  If you’ve ever thought about signing up, now is a seriously good time to do it.  Read on to see the deets – and don’t miss the “no obligation” part, okay?


Demonstrator Recruiting Badge

If you’ve been thinking that joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator – whether as a business or just a great way to get those great demonstrator bennies to plump up your stash for your favorite hobby – now is a super time to take that step!  SU! will give you TWO free stamp sets in your Starter Kit.  And, guess what?  YOU get to choose the stamp sets – how cool is that!?


  • Promotion Period: June 2-June 30, 2015
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two stamp sets from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog for free in their Starter Kit. Remember – your Starter Kit contains $125 in SU! product (that YOU choose!!) for only $99!
  • And after YOU join, if you recruit some of your friends and they join under you, then you’ll get one stamp set for free from the new 2015-2016 annual catalog per recruit, up to your first five recruits during the promotion period.
  • Deadline – all recruits must be submitted by:
    • Online: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 11:50 PM (MT)
      Fax: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT)

And – in case it wasn’t apparent – there’s never an obligation with Stampin’ Up!  You can get your Starter Kit with a bunch of your favorite products, at a super price, plus TWO free stamp sets….and you can say “see-ya!” (I don’t think you’ll want to – but, you COULD!)

Go over to my Join My Team page for some more info!  And don’t wait too long if this is something you’re interested in, okay?  It’ll be the end of the month in a heartbeat – and I don’t want you to miss the Special.  So, what do you say – do YOU want to be my Very First Recruit?!? 😉

Today’s the last day to score the Weekly Deals – 25% off is tough to beat.  You can see why I mentioned last week that I wished I’d had some of the Gold Glimmer Paper – I’m sure I could have found a use for it on a Blue and GOLD wedding card! 😉

I’ll see you tomorrow for the new Weekly Deals.



First Annual Stamps-N-Lingers Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog Shares!


If you’ve been browsing the new catalog – (do you put “want” next to the things you, well – want? – like I do?) and every page has a “want” or SEVERAL “wants”, a catalog share might be a great way for you to get a sampling of all the new papers, ribbons and embellishments – without having to shell out the full cost.  If you bought all of these products individually, they’d cost over $440!

I’m going to place the Share order the last week I’m in CA (that’s in less than two weeks – whoo-hoo!!), and have the items delivered to Atlanta.  As soon as the Big Box O’Fun arrives, I’ll divide everything up and get your share out to you quick like a bunny!

Here’s what’s on the table – I’m doing two types of Shares!

1. New Designer Series Paper Share – $37.00 plus $5 for Priority Mail shipping. In all, you’ll receive 218 6” x 6” sheets of designer papers!

You’ll get one 6×6 sheet of each design from the following DSP packs (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):

Color Me Irresistible Specialty – 12
Everyday Chic – 6
Bohemian – 6
English Garden – 6
Farmer’s Market – 6
Sweet Lil’ Things – 6
Merry Moments – 6
Timeless Elegance – 6
Schoolhouse – 6
2015-17 In Color DSP Stacks – 10
2014-16 In Color DSP Stacks – 10
Brights DSP Stacks – 20
Regals DSP Stacks – 20
Subtles DSP Stacks – 20
Neutrals DSP Stacks – 20
Glasssine Sheets – 2
Corrugated Paper – 2
Cotton Paper Assortment – 4
Neutrals Envelope Paper – 4
2015-17 In Color Envelope Paper – 10

***Please Note: The Neutrals and Regals Designer Series Paper Stacks are not available for ordering right now (although they very well may be when I order in two weeks!). If you join my share, and they’re not available for me to order at the time, I’ll get them ordered just as soon as they’re available and I’ll ship those papers out to you when they arrive. I won’t hold up the rest of the share – I’ll get it ordered and sent out as soon as I can.

You’ll also get one 6” x6” sheet of each design from the following DSP Stacks (the number behind the name indicates how many 6×6 sheets of that paper pack you will receive):

Go Wild – 12
Cherry on Top – 12
Pretty Petals – 12

2. New Ribbon and Embellishment Share – $32.25 plus $3.50 for 1st Class Mail shipping for a full Ribbon & Embellishment share. With a full Ribbon & Embellishment Share you’ll receive 45 yards of new ribbon and 20 new embellishments!  Here’s what you’ll get:

Approximately 1 yard of the new 5/8″ Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon

Approximately 3 yards of each of the new Thick Baker’s Twines

  • Bermuda Bay
  • Calypso Coral
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Smoky Slate
  • Very Vanilla

Approximately 2 yards of each new Sequin Trim

  • Blushing Bride
  • Silver

Approximately 1 yard of each new 1” Dotted Lace Trim

  • Cucumber Crush
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Mint Macron
  • Tip Top Taupe
  • Watermelon Wonder

Approximately 2 yards of each new 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon

  • Basic Black
  • Crumb Cake
  • Melon Mambo
  • Pacific Point
  • Whisper White

Approximately 2 yards of each new 5/8” Striped Cotton Ribbon

  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Hello Honey
  • Lost Lagoon
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Tangelo Twist

And – you’ll get the following embellishments

  • 2015-17 In Color Blossom Accents – 1 of each color
  • Expressions Natural Elements – 1 of each word
  • Metal Rimmed Pearls – 2 of each size
  • Classy Designer Buttons – 2 of each design

Want it all? $69 – and you’ll get shares of all of the new Designer Series Papers, Designer Series Paper Stacks, ribbons and embellishments. Plus I’ll ship it for free!

And if you’d like double shares of either the designer paper or ribbon, that’s fine too. I’ll cut the designer paper sheets into 6×12 so that you’ll be able to get 3 full A2 size card fronts from each sheet (except for the Go Wild, Cherry on Top and Pretty Petals DSP Stacks, you’ll get double sheets of those since they’re already precut at 6″x6″!).

Anyone is welcome to join in my share (please note, I can only ship to addresses within the US). If you’d like to join us, either complete the form below or email the following information to

  • Your first and last name
  • The email address that is connected to your Paypal account. I only accept Paypal for payment.

Deadline to sign up for my share is Wednesday, 17 Jun at 5pm MST

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Two New Items Temporarily Unavailable

Stampin’ Up! has identified a sizing error with two of their new Designer Series Paper Stacks, and have opted to not offer the following two collections at catalog launch:

138435: Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
138436: Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack

They don’t expect a long delay in getting these items up to their quality standards and I’ll let you know as soon as they’re available for ordering. Thanks for your patience as they work to resolve this issue.

June 1 – 17 HOSTESS CODE: MAM3KK6Y  Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for June is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS FOR 9 Jun – 15 Jun 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 15 Jun!

STAMPIN’ UP! Products Used in Today’s Project:

Price: $99.95

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Projects:

Night of Navy Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Oval (sentiment mat)

Shimmery White Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat and inner liner); Oval (Sentiment);

Vellum Card Stock: Butterfly die

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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17 June
100425: 2-Way Glue Pen

22 June

135294: Variety Pack 1 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages

2 July

138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim

9 July

138426: Delightful Dijon 1″ Dotted Lace Trim


138435: Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
138436: Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
140406: Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (not available until July 2015)


140892: 2015-2016 annual catalog 8-packs

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