Linda Carter, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Sr. Supervisor

Thonotosassa, Florida


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holiday Bundles on Sale til 12/16/10

I just realized the Button on my sidebar for the Holiday Promotion Bundles was not working for you to be able to see what the sale was about.  So here's some additional info....

Continuing through December 16th, you can choose from several different Holiday Bundles containing gorgeous Stampin' Up! products.  These are perfect for creating cards, gift packaging and gifts and are being offered at 20% OFF!!!  You may go to my on-line website for ordering or contact me via e-mail of phone to let me know what bundles you would like. 

Keep in mind - - you can also tell your friends and family that you would LOVE to receive a Stampin' Up Gift Certificate - - which can be purchased from me.  Or - - I can help your loved one fulfill your wish list with Stampin' Up! products you have been wanting.  I will gift wrap the products and deliver it to them (just like Santa!) - so all they have to do is place under the tree!

Please let them know to contact me via email or phone ASAP to make sure your order will arrive in time for Christmas! 

It's Candle Time!!

Having some fun playing with some candle ideas I saw on several blogs recently.  I so LOVE all the ideas everyone shares so that we can ALL make really cool projects! I played with two versions and now just need to decide which one I should do for my upcoming Christmas gift idea class....decisions...decisions! 

My buddie, Kellie Gregg, showed me this box pattern provided by Tanya Boser on SU! Stampin' Connection (for demonstrators exclusively) and we talked about how it would look with some nice pretty blue snowflakes.  So for this one I made it with Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Whisper White, and used a piece of non-SU silver as a mat. I used the Serene Snowflakes set for stamping the candles and box.  Spritzed it all with some White Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol to add a little glitz and a rhinestone to top off the snowflake punches. I just LOVE it!! Think it turned out pretty cool for my first try! 

I saw another version with a square box style on Jill Hilliard's website and wanted to see which box / sets I would like better.  But - they are both too stinkin' cute and oh so much fun to make that now I am confused on which one we will do for class.  Whatcha think?

Thanks for looking ... off to work on more goodies for my class next weekend!
Until next time ... Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stamped Dominoes

Christine brings her show-n-tell for class, which was some dominoes that were stamped and embossed.  These were really nice and some could be made into charms for necklaces or pins. 
Aren't they just gorgeous?  Christine is so talented and such a great customer and friend.  Thanks for always sharing new ideas with us. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Get Well to My Friend

My bestest buddie - Kristine has been ill with a sinus infection for a couple of weeks and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her.  So I pulled together a little something using the Wellness Wishes stamp set. 

I used one of the cute little "doggie bone" clips that my sister gave me (non-SU!) to add a little extra touch.  Kristine thought it was too cute and was happy to receive a card and NO BILLS on this trip to the mailbox.  Get better soon Kristine! 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Faux Silk Technique

We tried our hands at another cool technique to make this beautiful Fall card.  Faux silk is done by stamping on tissue paper.     
Miriam and Brandi working hard on their projects.  For beginners, they have really taken off and are doing a great job. 
Miriam is really enjoying learning about her creative side.  It is so rewarding to me when someone gets excited over the projects they create... especially when they thought they couldn't do it!!  But - - see she did do it!!
Thanks for stopping by to see what we have been working on.
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Masculine Sympathy

Recently I needed a Sympathy card for a man and created the below card. I think this represents a masculine, but elegant style to reflect my thoughts of sympathy. 

This card uses one of my "favorite" cardstock colors these days - Crumb Cake (previously known as Kraft).  I also used some of the retired Designer Paper - Urban Oasis, which brought a richness to the card for me.  Of course, the brocade from Friends 24-7 stamped in Crumb Cake with the sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers in Basic Black. 

I also used a piece of  coordinating DP from Urban Oasis to highlight the inside sentiment, which also came from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by --

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Baby Shower Invites

Just wanted to share the card I recently designed for a friend who was having a baby shower for one of her friends.  She sent me a picture of the blanket that was going to be used in the baby's room by the expecting Mom and requested I create an invite for her.   
Just too pretty with the shades of pink and green with flowers and butterflies.  Here's what I came up with - - - I used Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo.  Hope the new Mom likes it for her shower and baby memory book.
So - What do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know how you think I did using the inspiration picture provided. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall is in the Air

We tried our hands at a few "new" techniques - at least "new" to us for some of our Fall projects.  One of our cards was from a beautiful card I saw and modified from one created by Mary Fish (one of my fav demonstrators).  We did a little "rock-n-roll", a little faux suede and then a little Big Shot work to create this nice card using the Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Poppy Parade colors.
First, we created the unique layer by cutting a top note from Poppy Parade and then turning it half way around on the die and cutting it again - making the cool matting under the flower.  Then we used the rock-n-roll technique with Poppy Parade and Early Espresso ink to make the medallion from the Day of Gratitude Set.  We then created a faux suede flower using the 5-petal flower punch.  This technique involves using your bone folder to break down the fibers of the card stock until you are able to split the layers apart, creating the suede-ish look of the flower and topped it off with one of those wonderful new Antique Brads.  We then used the sentiment from the Seasonal Sentiments  on a piece of Very Vanilla to which we added some sponging around the edges in Poppy Parade to add more depth.  We used the Mat Pack to add some dimension to the upper right corner and there you have it an awesome card!

Next we worked on our 3-D project for the day.  We made a matchbox out of Chocolate Chip cardstock and used some left over designer paper scraps from last year's Autumn Meadows. 
We cut three (3) leaves using the Big Shot and Leaves #2 die.  Then we misted the cut leaves with some water and crumpled them up.  When we unfolded them, we added just a bit of chocolate chip ink to give them that distressed / dirty leaf look.  The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set stamped on a scrap of Very Vanilla punched out using the Modern Label punch.  The finishing touches were to add a button with hemp twine wrapped around the box and threaded through it to tie a bow on top.  Now how cute is that!!??!!
The matchbox held some Hershey's nuggets wrapped with scraps (1" x 3") of scraps of Autumn Meadows to complete our little gift for someone special. 

Hope you enjoyed these projects.  I'll post the other projects we completed at class soon.  Thanks for stopping by. 


Wednesday, October 6, 2010


From October 5 - 18 Stampin' Up! is adding over two hundred more discontinued items -- some at up to 80 percent off -- to help make room in the Distribution Center for new products!

Orders for Clearance Rack items must be placed online - visit my website at:
and then go to "Clearance Rack" and begin shopping.

Qualifying orders of $150.00 or more are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin' Rewards.

While the BLITZ lasts from Oct 5-18, some items, depending on availability, may be made available in the Clearance Rack in the future.

All discontinued items are available only while supplies last.

All sales of discontinued items are final.

Any customer that places an online order between now and October 18th will be entered into a drawing for a FREE gift from me!

Hurry Supplies are Limited!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

World Card Making Day

Join us as we celebrate World Card Making Day.  If you would like to join us to make a few Fall / Thanksgiving cards, please contact me at the e-mail address noted above. 

Class Dates: 
Friday, October 1, 2010 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  -- $18.00
Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. -- $18.00

We will make 2 Fall cards, 1 Christmas Card and a 3-D project with a BONUS 3x3 Thank You card. 

Happy Stamping!

Getting Projects Completed

We worked really hard to get all our projects completed at class Saturday night.  Lily worked hard keeping the stamps cleaned as we worked on projects.  She was happy to show off her finished card.  
Sue shows off her Vintage Clock card and of course, the Door Prize for the night - the new Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.  (Sue is a frequent winner - no wonder she is smiling!!)   
Tara shows off the box we made in class.  She loved how the Vintage gift box from class turned out so much that she stayed later to work on some gift boxes in her wedding colors to put her Bridesmaids' jewelry gifts in.  We all pitched in to help her out.

They turned out so nice - her colors were the new "In Color" Concord Crush and Marina Mist.  We added some shimmer mist of Frost White made with the Frost White Shimmer Paint and alcohol in a mister bottle then added a monogram letter on each one and topped it off with some white satin ribbon.  Viola - a beautiful gift box!!  Hope they love them as much as Tara did. GREAT JOB Tara!! 
It's so cool to see someone get so excited about something they have created - that's one of the reasons I love doing classes and sharing ideas and techniques with everyone. 

Join us for a class soon and see how much fun it can be to create handmade items. 
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vintage / Antique Card Class

We got together for our Vintage / Antique Class this past weekend and had a good time learning some techniques for making our cards have that old vintage style.  We made a few general cards and then a nice vintage Christmas card.
We made a vintage card with a matching little gift box (using Box #2) and the Big Shot. 

Stamps:  Elements of Style; Tiny Tags, En Francais
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Soft Suede
Extras:  Mini Vintage Tags, rope (from Clearance rack)

Next we tried our hand at the Cracked Glass Technique and had fun making a card with the clock from Sense of Time to look like an old clock that had a cracked face.
Stamps:  Sense of Time
Paper:  River Rock, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Natural Vanilla
Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Marina Mist
Extras:  Vintage lace ribbon, 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon, water bottle, sponges, Antique brads

Kristine changed the layout of hers a little, but it looks really great with the other sentiment available with the Sense of Time set.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed what we have been working on lately.  I will do my best to become more active in my blog posts so that it is not every couple of months, but every couple of days that I share new projects.  Thanks to all that I get encouragement and ideas from while viewing their blogs, etc.
Happy Stamping!

Sharing past classes / customer pics - 2

Just adding a few more pics of some of my customers to let them know how much I appreciate all they do for me and for supporting my business. 
 Amos, Judy, Christine and Sue showing off their finished projects of the Shirt Cards we made for Father's Day. 
Amos added a candy bar to the pocket of his shirt.
When Christine & Amos are at class together - the creative competitions begin.  So - Christine added an ink pen to the shirt pocket of her shirt. 
My best buddie, Kristine helps me with classes when I have more than 6 people attending.  She is a blessing and helps me to make it through all the "crazies" of getting ready for classes.   

If you would like to join us for classes, just contact me via e-mail as noted above.
Happy Stamping!

Sharing some past classes pics

Trying to do some catch up work by posting some old pics of class get togethers to show off some of my wonderful customers and friends that have been so supportive of me over the past year.  I plan on "opening" my blog to my customers for viewing and am hopeful to become more active with posting some ideas and projects I have created to help them with some ideas to make for their friends and family. 

These pics are from an old class where we made Easter cards.  YES - I know we are coming up on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas - but I wanted to share my dear customer, Christine who has helped me and my Stampin' Up! business tremendously by getting some of her friends together to have card classes and she keeps inviting new people to join us!  Thanks Christine for ALL you have and are doing for me! 
Luann and Lyn showing off their treat baskets we made at class.  We all have such a FUN night with stamping - it is great therapy and fellowship for everyone.

My sister, Donna, joined us for some card making fun while she was in town visiting from Maryland.  I Love it when my sisters can join me for class - sometimes my sister, Gloria is able to make it too.  

Until next time - Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Punch Art Bookmarks

Found a cute bookmark on Flowerbug's Inkspot using punches to make bookworm. She has some really cute punch art ideas that I plan to be borrowing soon. My friend's daughter, Lily had a recent birthday and I got her a few of the books off her summer reading list and I wanted to add a little bookmark for her - the little "bookworm" that she is.
You can't really tell in the pic, but I ran the background CS through the Big Shot with the checkered impression plate.  I used several punches, 1-1/4" circle, 1" circle, 1/2" circle, large oval, word punches and slot punch.  I think she turned out kinda cute.  But - I couldn't forget her little brother, Austin.  So, I made another one with basic colors for him. 
I hope they will both like them.  They were fun to make and I think they are just too stinkin' cute!!  I LOVE their little glasses - just makes them have such a cute personality.  :o)
Thanks for looking.  Now I have to get to work on some Thank You cards.
Happy Stamping - Linda

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Elements of Style

I finally got the chance to play with my Elements of Style stamp set and am really looking forward to playing with it some more.  I saw this idea of spotlighting on Stampin' Connection and really liked the way it looked.  Changed a few of the factors, but it was basically pretty much a complete CASE job!!  Couldn't find too much to change - as they say - "why mess with perfection?"  Thanks for the perfect idea from Paula Tharpe (MrsOcean) on Stampin' Connection!

Played with a little different option based on something I saw Whitney Richardson do and added a bookmark made with the Two Tags Die to the little pocket of the torn section of the upper left hand corner. 

I know I should add the Smooch Spritz, but was a little timid because I loved the cards so much, I didn't want to risk messing them up. I haven't had a chance to play with the Smooch Spritz yet and have heard it can be quite tricky until you get the hang of it.  So, now I need to make them again and add some Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to add an even deeper element of age. 

I'll have to repost when I do the remakes with some added features.  Let me know how yours turn out and if you were brave enough to try the Smooch Spritz on your first attempts. 

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style, En Francais background and Because I Care (Hostess set for sentiment)
Paper:  first card = Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
second card = Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Night of Navy, Soft Suede
Accessories:  vintage brads, twine (retired) and Kraft taffeta ribbon (sponged with Soft Suede ink), sponges, distressing tool, trio flower punch (retired)

Tropical Thank You's

Created some water bottle hangers with Hawaiian Punch flavor packets as a little Thank You for customers that placed orders at the Tropical class.  Found a similar idea on Stampin' Connection that I modified and embellished to make them a special treat to finish out our tropical theme.  I think they turned out kinda cute - what do you think?

Used a 3 x 12 piece of designer paper or card stock, scored at 2-3/4" and 8-1/8" fold short flap back and used 1-3/8" circle punch for hanger hole and then folded up the remaining flap to make the pocket for the flavor packet and umbrella. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my "Thank You" project. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tropical Party and Cards

We had our Tropical Party and made some "tropically themed" projects a few weeks ago on June 25 & June 26. First, we shared some snacks and Pina Coladas and then started working on our projects. I cased a few ideas from Stampin' Connection to pull this class together. The first card was a Joy Fold card:

Stamps: Tropical Party and On Your Birthday
Paper: Island Oasis DP, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie
Markers: various to color umbrella and straw
Accessories: gold brad
The next card used the palm tree stamp from Tropical Party and the new lattice impression folder available in the Summer Mini Catalog.
Stamps: Tropical Party and Vintage Labels (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Island Oasis DP, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Craft White with White embossing powder, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grossgrain ribbon
Next we made a Tropical Sundress card, which was so much fun to see everyone's designs. Amos even changed his up by putting pockets on it making it look more like an apron (but I did not get a picture of it- sorry!)
I originally saw this idea on Patty's Bennett's blog and then again on Gretchen Barron's website, but finally got my chance at making one at my upline - Whitney Richardson's Luau Stamp Camp when I went to Daytona a few weeks ago and got to see what she was teaching her group. They are so much fun! You use the large scallop circle die with the Big Shot and then create your template using 4 scallop notches on the top of the dress and 10 scallop notches on the bottom of the dress.
Stamps: Great Friend and Vintage Labels (for sentiments)
Ink: various for each one (Rose Red, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise)
Paper: Island Oasis DP, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Rose Red, So Saffron
Accessories: Round Tab Punch, Large Oval Punch and Small Oval Punch (for purse) and Circle Scallop Punch and 1-3/8 circle punch (for sentiment), various buttons

Our 3-D project was a little gift bag made using the Fancy Favor Big Shot die. We ran it through the Big Shot twice using the Lattice Impression folder to soften the bag up and give it a basket weave type feel. We also made some flowers to decorate the bag with using the Island Floral die and used a clear gemstone brad for the center. We tied it up using the Pumpkin Pie 1-1/4" striped ribbon with a piece of linen thread to cinch it together.

Our time together was GREAT as usual and gave us all a summertime party feel to get us through the next month. Looking forward to our next class where we are planning to start some Christmas projects to get us all ahead of the game this year.
Thanks for stopping by - Happy Stamping!