Color Your Season - Part 5


Only 3 days left for availability of this exclusive, limited-edition stamp set, dies and watercolor pencils collection, and I've still got 2 samples to show. Yikes! I've had the samples ready for a long time, but have been particularly tied up with personal life stuff this past couple of weeks. But I'd better get on the ball to meet my goal of showing 6 cards while these products are still available, huh?

This one features 2 of the 3 dies that have those lovely stitching marks around not only the inner edge of the die (as shown in this example), but they're also on the negative part of the die (so they'd show up along the edge of a window or frame, for instance). Honestly, I think these particular 3 dies are SO versatile and beautiful they're worth the price of the entire die set!

For these flowers, I pulled out my Stampin' Blends and had some fun. Now, I'm admittedly not the most skilled "stampin' blender" around (lots of practice still needed here), but I do enjoy using them. And I particularly love how easily and quickly you can apply color with them. You'll also notice I did a bit of "cut and paste" with the flowers, too. Meaning, I stamped, colored and then "fussy" cut and rearranged flowers and leaves to my liking. I like how splitting the 3 flowers into 2 groupings provides a nice balance to this layout.

To add a touch of additional visual interest I added some splatter to the background of the card base using an aquapainter dipped in ink. (But if you have a really keen eye you'll notice a wayward spatter just above the words. Oops! Apparently, I didn't have those extra pieces set quite far enough away from the splatter action, lol!)

If you don't have this amazing set of stamps, dies and/or watercolor pencils yet, you'll have to hurry, but there are still 2-1/2 days left to grab yours! Jump on over to my online store to check 'em out, and choose 1, 2 or all 3 elements!

"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!


Color Your Season - Part 4

I'm back with my next installment of this 6-part "Color Your Season" series.... this time with a fresh Fall theme! (As implied by the title of this limited-edition bundle, "Color Your Season", this set of stamps & dies will earn its keep in your collection year-round, due to its seasonal versatility.)

This card features all 3 elements of this August's offering:

  • "Blended Seasons" 2-volume stamp set (also available bundled with its coordinating dies for 10% discount)
  • "Stitched Seasons" framelits dies (also available bundled with its coordinating stamp set for 10% discount)
  • Brand-new assortment of watercolor pencils "Assortment 2" (adds 10 fresh colors to our current Assortment 1).

Each of these products features exclusive availability during August 2018, although we're told the watercolor pencils may show up in a future catalog. Oh, and fair warning that all 3 of these products are on a "while supplies last" status, too!

If you've followed me for very long you probably already know that watercoloring with Stampin' Up!® inks is one of my very favorite techniques. I find it both fun and relaxing. Watercoloring an image entirely with ink is fairly quick, but watercoloring over hand-colored images such as these take me a little longer, so I don't tend to make very many (if any) duplicates with this technique.


How this card came together:

  • I stamped the leaves in Stazon ink (Jet Black) onto watercolor paper and then colored in with watercolor pencils from both Assortments 1 and 2.
  • Blended the leaf colors with an Aqua Painter.
  • Aqua Painter & Pool Party ink provided the background wash. (Squeeze pad to transfer ink to the lid to watercolor with.)
  • Using the Stamparatus for perfect alignment, I stamped the sentiment multiple times in Rich Razzleberry ink. (Such repeated stamping provides a deeper, smoother image on the textured watercolor paper.)
  • Once the watercolored layer was complete, I layered it onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then onto the card base of Pool Party cardstock.
  • The bow consists of 2 layers of Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Top layer is simply die cut the traditional way using the bow die in the "Stitched Seasons" set. That upper layer appears as the outline texture in the close-up below. The bottom layer of the bow was created using the Embossing Mats with the same die to create a textured image, and then I carefully cut out that layer by hand. Ultimately, I adhered the top layer to the lower one to get the finished element.
  • Finally, 3 adhesive-backed sequins were added for visual interest and more texture. (Note that I usually add embellishments such as these in a general triangle shape.)
  • Oh, and the envelope liner? It's actually just Rich Razzleberry cardstock because I don't yet have the new Designer Series Paper available in the newly-configured color families. And the shape is cut out with the envelope liner dies that retired a few years back. (No, I'm NOT letting go of mine, so don't even ask, lol!)

20180817_164722-detailKeep an eye out for the final 2 cards I'll feature in this series, and if you haven't already snagged your own "Color Your Season" stamps, dies and watercolor pencils, I still recommend doing it sooner rather than later, since supplies are limited. See them in detail and catch 'em here!




"BONUS DAYS" reminder!
With every $50 product order you place with me in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

Color your Season - Part 2

My challenge (to myself) continues, as I attempt to create and post 6 card samples made with the "Color your Season" limited-edition products available only during this month of August, and only while supplies last.  (Which, I suppose, defines them as "collectible", right?) ;-)




Sample #2 is another layout option from my July class. It's stamped with Stazon Jet Black, then colored in with Watercolor Pencils (a mixture of the original set of pencils shown in the Annual Catalog + the additional set available this month), plus Blender Pens. And then fussy-cut.

BTW, I posted some fussy-cutting success tips in our "Paper Dreaming with Lynda" Facebook group this morning. If you're a member, or qualify to be a member, of that FB group (current customer or team member, regular class attendee, or long-time close stampin' friend), be sure to check over there for those tips!

And keep your eyes peeled for Sample #3!

Bonus Days Reminder

Blended Seasons - Limited Time Availability

Don't you just love stamp sets with seasonal longevity? And what if such a set also had a matching die set that included a beautiful, unique element that Stampin' Up! has never offered before? And what if you could add 10 new, fresh colors to your watercolor pencils collection? 

Well, that's exactly what August's special limited-edition offer includes!

Introducing the "Color Your Season" collection...... available only during August 2018, and only while supplies last!



 There are 3 elements to this offering (an exclusive 2-volume stamp set, an exclusive die set, and a set of watercolor pencils in 10 fresh colors). You may choose to get 1, 2 or all 3. The best way to see everything that you can get, and all the details you'll need, is by downloading this 2-page flyer.

Now, you won't want to wait very long to order these because the stamps and dies will only be available during this month of August, and ONLY while supplies last! (And if you've been around Stampin' Up! for very long you KNOW what those 3 little words "while supplies last" can mean, don't you?!?)

While the watercolor pencils make a lovely addition to your 12 stamps and 10 dies, they will eventually appear in a future catalog and you can get them at that time if you MUST wait. (But why not get them now, while you can take advantage of August "Bonus Days", and use them with these stamps and others you may already own?!?)

Oh! And might you be wondering if you can get a discount if you order BOTH the stamps and the dies as a bundle? But, of course you can!  :-)


In the meantime, I'll leave you with my very first Christmas card of 2018......  one of the cards from my July card class. It features a couple of each of the 3 products from this collection: stamps, dies, and watercolor pencils.  And did you notice that all 3 of the frame dies have stitching on both inner and outer edges?!? Be still my heart! Even if you used only just *those* frame dies, you'd still get lots and lots of use out of them when combined with other dies and stamps you may already own!

Remember that the earlier in the month you grab your "Color Your Season" products, the more likely you'll be to GET them before they're sold out. Be careful to not wait too long and risk disappointment.

  "BONUS DAYS" reminder!

With every $50 product order you place in August,
you'll get a coupon for $5 off your September order. No limit!
So if your product total is getting close to $50, $100, or $150, etc., then you might want to bump it up.
Also, don't forget that orders of $150 or more (that aren't part of a hosted event) always qualify for Stampin' Rewards, too...
meaning at least $15 in additional free products in your box!

Bonus Days are Back!

Bonus Days Aug 2018
Stampin' Up!'s popular "Bonus Days" promotion will run again from August through September this year, and here's the scoop:

For every $50 product order you place with me during August, you'll receive a $5 coupon (emailed directly to you from Stampin' Up!) to apply towards your September order. To qualify, each $50 in product must be placed on the same order (that is, it's not cumulative and therefore cannot be spread out over multiple smaller orders such as $25 + $15 + $10). But each $50 segment placed on a single order WILL qualify for a coupon. So a $100 product order qualifies for two $5 coupons, and a $150 product order qualifies for 3 coupons, etc. (And of course don't forget that an order of $150 also qualifies for Stampin' Rewards of at least $15 in free product!)

So place your order here, and then be on the lookout for your coupon(s) to arrive in your email shortly after you place your qualifying order. You might have to search around a bit for it, because it might deliver into your promotions box, or sp*m or some other folder/box, depending on your email server and how your settings are configured. But this email will contain a unique code, so be sure to save it in a safe place to use when you place your order NEXT month!

2-1/2 days of savings left in Online Extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza is getting closer to winding down, but it's not yet running out of steam! In fact, there's even something brand-new for Monday, so keep reading!

But in the meantime, here are the items still available at various discounts - through Sunday, Nov. 26

40% off 

20 - 30% off 


Online Extravaganza 2017
It's that exciting time of year again! Stamps and accessories galore - at savings ranging from 10% up to 50%..... to stuff your pre-Christmas stocking with loads of stampin' fun! 

This year, Online Extravaganza consists of 3 parts, and a little bit different from what you may recall of years past. So please take a moment to check out all 3 elements so you don't miss any of them!

Part 1:

The Extravaganza launches on Monday, Nov. 20th (that's tomorrow.... or actually TONIGHT, even), with a 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamps available at 20%-off, beginning at midnight tonight (Mountain Time), and running until Midnight Monday night (Mountain Time). Check my online store to see what's included. But be careful not to miss out; these stamps are only available at this 20% discount on MONDAY!

Part 2:

Select OTHER products will also be available at discounts ranging from 10% - 50% from Monday, Nov. 20th thru Sunday, Nov. 26th, too. But several of these items will be available only while supplies last, so I recommend shopping early for best selection. Again, you can visit my online store to see what's included.

Part 3:

Online Extravaganza 2017 wraps up on Monday, Nov. 27th with a Flash Sale, but at this time details are still being kept a surprise! Even we demonstrators don't know what to look forward to, so I guess I'll just say "STAY TUNED!"

And thank you for using a Host Code when you order online:

Also, unless your order totals $150 or more in products, I do appreciate when you apply my current host/ordering code to your order. The current code changes from time to time, but is always available here at my website. (See the "Current Host Code" link at the top of every page.) If you are unfamiliar with what this code is about, you'll find an in-depth explanation at the "Current Host Code" link. I believe that as you view your cart (but before you move on to the check-out process), you'll see an opportunity to enter a Host Code. Unless I've broadcast a different one for some reason (which would be VERY rare), please apply the one that you'll find at my website (which is where you probably are right now......... at Hugs & thanks!

Stampar - WHAT?!?


STAM•PA•RAT•US: Noun. 2017-2018 (and beyond); < rubber-stamper lingo; Latin stamp + apparatus>  1. a feature-packed device to assist rubber stampers with placing stamped images exactly where desired  2. a gizmo used to perfectly align up to 4 stamped images  3. a doo-dad which allows another attempt at stamping a fully-inked image if the first was unsuccessful  4. an amazing tool that all rubber stampers will want to own in order to make their stamping adventures more fun, easy, and oops-free. Synonym: "the most advanced stamp-positioner on the market"

Well, we've waited a whole lotta years, but it's finally (almost) here! Stampin' Up!'s feature-packed stamp positioner that blows all other similar devices currently on the market right out of the water! Why? Because once again, Stampin' Up! has created a tool designed FOR stampers BY stampers (LOTS of 'em, actually!)

So what's up with this gizmo with the funky name?

Well, I recommend downloading this PDF flyer for a quick overview.......


and then checking out this video to see the Stamparatus in action:

Soooooo...... now that you have an idea what this little gem can do, we'll assume that by now you know you need one of these puppies for your very own self. (I mean, who wouldn't? Right?) So listen-up while I share how to be among the very first to get your mitts on one of these coveted treasures..... (Yeah, yeah, it's a little bit complex, but I think we can all catch on eventually...)

Stampin' Up! recognizes that this is expected to be a hot, hot item, but wants at the same time to avoid the disappointment of a potentially protracted back-order situation, as these Stamparatuses [Stamparati?] can only be manufactured and stocked at a finite pace. Therefore, Stampin' Up! has designed a clever "reservation" system that will allow you to (sort of) preorder yours before it is even manufactured. There will be 3 limited preorder/reservation periods between now and when this tool appears in next summer's Annual Catalog, and you may order up to one device during each of the 3 periods - while supplies last. The limited preorder periods will run during the following dates, but only until the maximum number of available reservations has been reached. (In other words, those who preorder early in the period stand a better chance of successfully reserving a unit than those who wait until later).

Preorder dates

As you see, the first reservation window opens this coming Thursday, Nov. 16th. At 2:00 pm, Mountain Time, to be exact. (Barring any hiccups like crashed websites and other technicalities, of course.)

To place your reservation you'll go to my online store and  look for the "Reserve" link on the Stamparatus page. (You must already have an online customer account set up in order to proceed; if you don't already have an online account, I urge you to go ahead and set one up now to be ready.) Then follow the simple instructions shown in this tutorial. Note that you must have a credit card available in order to place your reservation, but you won't actually be charged until your Stamparatus comes in.

Then when the approximate shipping date nears (better put it on your 2018 calendar right away so you don't forget), be sure to keep an eagle-eye on your email inbox (including your junk box, too), as Stampin' Up! will notify you when your Stamparatus has been placed into your shopping cart. And at that point you'll go into your order, add more items to your cart if you wish, and then submit your order. Be very careful not to accidentally delete your Stamparatus from your cart because there will be NO way to add it back again

So be ready to act quickly on Thursday to be among the very first lucky owners of a Stamparatus! I'd be VERY surprised if available reservations last until November 30th.... or even anywhere close to it!

Please note that the "sale" of this item will not actually take place until you close out and submit your order next February (or March or April, depending on which reservation period you used). Your "reservation" will NOT count as a sale, and as I understand things currently, I won't even be able to see that you've reserved one. (But you might wanna tell me anyway.....)

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Ok, so yeah, that was a whole lotta words, so here's the Cliff Notes version:

  1. Recognize you want need a Stamparatus.
  2. Make sure you have an online shopping account already set up so you don't have to fiddle with it on Thursday. (You probably do have if you've shopped online with me before, but no harm in double-checking:
  3. Set an alarm to reserve your Stamparatus ( at 2 pm (Mountain Time) this Thursday, Nov. 16. (Or as soon thereafter as you can, being aware there are a limited number of reservations that will be accepted.) You'll need to provide a CC number at the time, although it won't be charged at the time of reservation. (BTW, if the system crashes due to high use, please don't give up; just continue to try again a few times every 10-15 minutes or so.)
  4. Mark your calendar to keep an eagle-eye out for an email from Stampin' Up! (approx. Feb. 1), that lets you know your Stamparatus has been added to your shopping cart.
  5. When you receive that email from Stampin' Up! go into my online store again ( and complete/submit your order. (Remember THAT is the point that you actually purchase your Stamparatus.)

Not too late to get October's Paper Pumpkin shaker cards kit!


October's Paper Pumpkin kit arrived last week, and I put mine together while dog-sitting for my grand-dogs over the weekend. While it's been common knowledge that the October and November kits would coordinate this year, it's always a surprise to see what exactly is in each. And this month's kit certainly did not disappoint! Not only were there supplies to make 10 (that's 10, not 8, but TEN) shaker cards, but as usual with the Paper Pumpkin kits, I still have extra supplies, a stamp set and an ink spot left over to use on future projects.

But here's a really cool part. THIS month, instead of selling kit refills in the online store, Stampin' Up! will be offering these kits in their entirety (meaning including stamps + ink), BUT only while supplies last. (Which I would be very surprised to be very long.) But here's the rub:

Paper Pumpkin kits and/or refills available in the store are only available for purchase by Paper Pumpkin subscribers.

Uh, oh! Not a subscriber yet? (Or *still*, or whatever....?) Well, that's simple enough to fix: simply go to and get signed up. Now! Quickly! So that you'll be ready to jump in right away and get your October kit just as soon as it becomes available..... about 1 pm or so (Pacific time) this afternoon. It'll show up in the Paper Pumpkin section of my store (but only while supplies last, remember).

 And then the next piece of good news is that by being a subscriber, you'll automatically get the coordinating November kit in your mailbox, too!

So here's the quick and dirty review about how to get your October kit:

  1. Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here - right now. (You might want to consider setting your monthly kit order to a number larger than 1 - at least at this time of year so you can have plenty of these projects on hand.)
  2. Sign OUT of your Paper Pumpkin account. (Don't just "x" out; you'll need to actually log out so you'll be able to sign into the online store soon thereafter.)
  3. Go here to order as many kits as you want from my online store (beginning at 1 pm Pacific time, but only while supplies last). And I'd be appreciative if you would apply my current host code, found here on my website.
  4. Enjoy putting together your 10 shaker cards when your order arrives, and then look forward to your NEXT (coordinating) kit to arrive automatically around mid-November. We don't know yet what the project will be, but we do know it'll coordinate with these cards, altho it won't be cards. Perhaps treat boxes? Packaging/wrapping of some kind? Tags? All of the above? Who knows?!?!???

I can't wait to find out! Can you?!???

Happy World Card-Making Day!

World Card-Making Day
Happy World Card-Making Day to all my Stampin' Friends! Today's the day we set aside some time from our usual busy schedules to make (and send) some cards.... and enjoy the special connection to other card-makers around the world who are doing the same.

Additionally, I host an annual Virtual Retreat so my team, along with THEIR friends and customers from across the USA, can be even a little MORE connected while we create our cards this weekend. If you're reading this and you fit in that definition of attendees, please join us in our private retreat FB group:

When you ask to join, there'll be 3 quick questions to answer (to ensure you're a real, authorized invitee and not a troll, lol), and then I'll admit you to our private group.

BTW, this set of crate + 4 cards & envelopes was one of the retreat prizes won so far.... and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack is available this month as part of the "Buy 3; get 1 free" Designer Series Paper offer !

Crate + 4 cards

 Main project supplies