Cards of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with those we love. It’s a time to reflect upon all of the blessings in our lives and express our gratitude. There are many things I am grateful for each and every day! And today, I get to spend time with my family which is one of the greatest blessings of all.

As I reflect upon all of the blessings in my life, I want to share some cards of gratitude. These cards were designed by members of my team as part of an Autumn-Themed card swap we had last month. Although not all of my team members participated in the swap, there were a total of 12 of us participating! Pretty good for our first swap!  I wanted to take a moment to share their beautiful designs and talent with all of you. I am grateful to have such a wonderful team and blessed to have them in my life!

Created by Mona Krimmer
Created by Tammy Wrobel
Created by Linda Anderson
Create by Denise Mahoney
Created by Jessica Frey
Created by Jennifer Allman
Created by Amy Strain
Created by Charlotte Hunter
Created by Jeannie Rohr
Created by Anita Horn
Created by Carol Schuster

Painted Harvest Wreath

The Painted Autumn product suite is one of my favorites in the holiday catalog! It really captures the beauty of autumn. The sunflower image in the Painted Harvest stamp set has been used to create some gorgeous cards! I think my Pinterest boards have captured many! I have also seen some very creative ways to use the images like making a wreath!  I thought it was such a clever idea that I had to create a fall wreath first. But I definitely plan to use this set to make some Christmas cards too! Let’s take a look at how to make this card.

To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on the bottom using Early Espresso ink. Once you have stamped your sentiment, place the upper part of the Very Vanilla cardstock in the Layered Leaves embossing folder (be sure to leave the sentiment hanging out of the bottom of the embossing folder) and then send it through the embossing machine. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of one of the patterns from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack and adhere it to the card just above the sentiment. Cut out a few different sized layering squares, one from Very Vanilla cardstock and one from Early Espresso cardstock. Stamp the layering sunflower images (two of them), from the Painted Harvest stamp set, in the center of the Very Vanilla square using Crushed Curry ink. Stamp a few “berries” Cajun Craze ink. I used the Holly Builder Punch and the Holly Berry Happiness to create the bow but it would look just as pretty if you used some coordinating ribbon. I hope you enjoyed this little project!

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Patterned Pumpkins

Today I want to share a couple of Fall-themed cards with you that were created with a fun little masking technique. Both cards showcase the Patterned Pumpkin thinlit dies and/or the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set.  The cool thing about this technique is by creating a masked background for one card, I ended up creating a frame for another. Let’s take a look.

I started out by creating the hardwood frame. Cut a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock. Using one of the square framelits, cut out the center of this piece. Lay the crumb cake cardstock, with the center cut out, on a very vanilla cardstock front. Ink up the hardwood stamp with crumb cake ink and stamp it on the crumb cake cardstock. The crumb cake cardstock serves as a mask so that you end up with a perfect little square, containing the hardwood image, on the front of your very vanilla card (as shown above). Then just embellish the card with some of the fun die cut images from the Patterned Pumpkin stamp set.

Now don’t throw away that hardwood mask you used to create the other card!  Simply cut it down and create another fun card!  In this case, I cut down the 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock (with the hardwood image stamped on it). Cut the cardstock down to 4 x 4-1/2 inches so that it serves as a frame for your stamped images and embellishments. Place a piece of very vanilla cardstock behind the square opening in the crumb cake cardstock and adhere to the card front as shown above. I used Early Espresso cardstock and tucked a little piece of a doily under the frame before I adhered it to the card front. Then stamp a little sentiment on the vanilla cardstock and embellish as desired!

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Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I just returned from a fabulous Stampin’ Up! event called OnStage! We had such a blast getting a sneak peek of all of the fun products coming out in the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs!  I am so excited for January to arrive! Of course I’m looking forward to the holidays first! 🙂

One of the fabulous new products we learned about is the Stamparatus! The best way to learn about this amazing new stamping tool is to watch this video!

5 Things You Must Know

ARE YOU EXCITED!!  I know I am!!! The Stamparatus is an innovative stamp placement tool developed in partnership with demonstrators! I was honored to be a part of this amazing team!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Here are some of the product details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00

Because we know there is much excitement about this new product, the global launch will feature three opportunities for you to reserve your very own Stamparatus!

Please note that you can reserve 1 tool per reservation period. Reservations are while supplies last. In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information. However, credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from Stampin’ Up!. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

Reserve your Stamparatus during the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. Remember, it’s while supplies last so be sure to do it early!

To reserve your Stamparatus, visit my online store at >>> beginning November 16th!  Be sure to set up an account with me. Then, simply click the Stamparatus link to reserve yours!

Plus, YOU will receive a little surprise gift from me when you reserve your Stamparatus on my website so be sure to choose me, Lynn Dunn, as your demonstrator!  Your gift will ship out to you at the same time as your new stamping tool!

Be sure to mark your calendar for November 16th!

Night in Bethlehem

Have you seen the eclipse technique! It is the latest crafting craze on Pinterest!  There are so many beautiful cards that have been created with this technique!  I have made a few and just absolutely love it!  As I was playing around with this technique, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of popping up the letters on the card, I decided to use them to create a different card! So I used the negative space on one card and the letters on a different one. They turned out awesome!  Thank you to my team member, Tammy Wrobel, for the design idea with this stamp set!

The technique is very simple. Start with a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock.  Stamp your images on the cardstock around the area that you plan to cut out the letters. In this case, I stamped the images starting around the middle of the cardstock, up towards to top. I stamped a little sentiment on the bottom. Note:  I recommend you stamp your sentiment first to make sure that you have enough room for the other images and the letters. For this card, I used Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky. Once I had all of the images stamped, I used the Large Letter Framelit dies to cut out the word NOEL.  I saved the letters for the card showcased below but I used the negative space left from cutting out the letters to create the card.  I simply adhered it to a card front created with Night of Navy cardstock. I love the look!

For this card, I started with Soft Sky cardstock for the base of the card. I embossed the front of the cardstock with the Winter Wonder Textured Embossed folder. Then, I simply adhered the letter across the snowflake and embellished with a few rhinestones. How cool is that?

Two completely different cards created from one set of stamped letters!  You can create all sorts of fun cards with this technique! Enjoy!

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Patterned Pumpkins

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Hope you are having a fabulous week! Yesterday I shared a sneak peek, on my Facebook page, of all of the pieces I cut to create today’s project. But I didn’t create just one card….I created 15 of them as part of a Thanksgiving Themed Swap with members of my stampin’ team!  I was so excited with how they turned out that I just had to share it with all of you!

The project showcases the die cuts from the Patterned Pumpkin set. I love the fall season so I was attracted to this set as soon as I saw it.  Plus it works well with the sentiment from the Painted Harvest set. To created this card, I started with a piece of thick Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped the Hardwood background on the upper part of the card front using Crumb Cake ink. Notice that I left a little spot for the sentiment on the bottom. I recommend stamping your sentiment first so that you know how to stamp the hardwood image. Then, I simply cut out a variety of different fall images from the Patterned Pumpkin die set.  I used some of the fun Foil Frenzy DSP, Gold GLimmer Paper as well as Copper Foil. Then embellished it with a few Touches of Nature wood elements. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!


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Stampin’ Club Sneak Peeks

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

It’s the beginning of November!  Time to share a sneak peek of this month’s club projects!  I know that many of you are excited about the NEW One Sheet Wonder club which just started this month!! I had a blast created the projects and template!

This month’s One Sheet Wonder tutorial features a template for cutting a 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper!  Although the projects showcased in the tutorial have a Christmas theme, keep in mind that you can use the template over and over again with ANY patterned papers.

Here’s a sneak peek of the projects created with this month’s template!

There are 9 different cards created by cutting up one sheet of 12 x 12 paper!  It was super simple and a lot of fun!

If you are interested in participating in the One Sheet Wonder club this month you will receive the tutorial and template for FREE with your club order!  The nice thing about this club is that you can participate whenever you want! You can simply watch for my emails on the 5th of every month and then decide if you want to participate.

Simply follow the club ordering instructions below!  Once you place your order, I will email you the tutorial!

One Sheet Wonder Club Ordering Info:

  • Place a $25.00 Stampin’ Up! order (the price of your order must be $25.00 BEFORE shipping and tax) and you will receive the One Sheet Wonder tutorial via email!
  • Place an order of $50.00 or more and I will email you an additional tutorial of your choice (see All Occasion Card and Scrapbook Club information below).
  • Place an order of $75.00 or more and I will email you all 3 club tutorials for the month!  The One Sheet Wonder, All Occasions Cards and Scrapbook Club tutorials!

All club orders qualify for my Stampin’ Rewards program!  I will send you the information in the mail with your first order!

Go to

Simply choose the products you would like to order and be sure to use this month’s club hostess code to receive the One Sheet Wonder tutorial for FREE!

The November Hostess Code is:  9GR74TKJ


Some of the other Stampin’ Club tutorials, as mentioned above, include an All Occasions Club tutorial and a Scrapbook Club tutorials.  The sneak peeks are noted below.  You can receive all of these tutorials for FREE when you place a qualifying club order!

This month’s All Occasion Card Club projects feature two Christmas themed stamp sets:

  • Musical Season
  • Ready for Christmas

This month’s Scrapbook Club projects feature two Christmas themed layouts:

  • Be Merry
  • Merry Little Christmas Memories & More


Pining for Plaid

Pining for Plaid was the name of the October Paper Pumpkin kit. The kit contained some super fun shaker cards with coordinating plaid lined envelopes!  It was such a popular kit that when Stampin’ Up! put the extras up for sale, they sold out in 30 minutes! WOW! The cards were so pretty and the kit was simple to put together!  Most of the time the projects take less than a half hour to create.

There were lots of extra materials in this kit.  I used all of the little circles that were left over from the centers of the kit cards to create several extra projects. If you cut the circles in half, you can create an adorable little snowman. Leave the circles whole to create some fun ornaments!  You can also use the leftover sequins to embellish your cards!

The November kit coordinates with the October one!  I can’t wait to see the fun projects this month!  Wanna get in on the fun? Subscribe before the 10th of the month at >>>


Feeling of Christmas

It’s November already!  That means Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas will be here before you know it! So I have been busy making Christmas cards with my stampin’ friends. I usually send out around 200 Christmas cards each year so I am always trying to come up with a few different quick and simple card ideas. Like this one.

I love the elegance and simplicity of this card. It features a stamp set called the Feeling of Christmas. Such beautiful images in this set and it’s so simple to use.  I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. I scored it about a 1/4 inch all the way around the card front. I stamped the beautiful wreath image in the center of the card using old olive ink, then I stamped an overlay image, sort of a watercolored image, on the wreath using pear pizzazz ink. This overlay image helps fill in the green color on the wreath. I stamped a few berries using real red ink and the sentiment is stamped in black. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with a little bow and some rhinestones. Super simple yet elegant! I hope you enjoyed it!

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Merry Little Labels

Tis’ the season for Christmas cards! This weekend I held my monthly Christmas class! It’s a Stamp-A-Stack which means we created 4 cards for each of the 3 different designs for a total of 12!  This particular card that I am showcasing today was created by my team member, Mona Krimmer!  It was the most popular card as it was just absolutely gorgeous!

The cards feature the Merry Little Labels stamp set and some of the beautiful die cuts from the Swirly Snowflake. Since I had a lot of requests for instructions, I thought I would share!  Start with a piece of garden green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Cut 2 pieces of the green splatter pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack at 1-1/2 x 4 inches (FYI…this paper pack is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale during the month of October)! Adhere the DSP to the top and bottom of the card with a few stampin’ dimensionals. Adhere a silver foil snowflake to the center of the card. Stamp the “Let it Snow” sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock and punch it out with the Everyday Label Punch; adhere to the card, as shown, with a few dimensionals.  Cut out a variety of the swirly snowflake images from some silver foil paper and adhere to the card as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish with a little bow!  Fabulous card Mona!

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