Sunday, February 23, 2014

There's Something About Mary.......






I am delighted to be the Guest Stamper on Mary Fish's blog today! Five years ago I "found" Mary on line and called her to order two packs of Certainly Celery - we had a great chat. Two weeks later she called me back to make sure my order arrived and we chatted some more.  Before I knew it I was a Demo and could order my own Certainly Celery!  Pretty soon there was another chat and I was hearing words like blog, feedburner and posts......and before long Stampin' Seasons came into being!  And then I learned about challenges during another chat......and wow I was on the PPA Design Team! And who knew I would end up at Convention or Leadership?  Mary did! She is a terrific mentor and friend and has really helped me grow creatively........looking forward to the next five years!



I used a circle framelit to make a stencil so I could sponge Pistachio Pudding ink in the background. The flower from Happy Watercolor is embossed in gold and popped up on dimensionals.  But my very favorite detail on this card is the gold cord!  I was delighted to find some included in in my free SAB card kit!  


My design was inspired by this great sketch at Seize the Sketch!




24 comments:

Rachel Palmieri said...

I'm a secret fan of yours Linda, and loved hearing the story of your Stampin' Up journey today. I have been a demonstrator for 4 years,in Australia, and I love being able to order goodies whenever, and create my own cards. You frequently have inspired me, and this card is no exception. Happy watercolor is a BIG fave of mine and I love what you did here

Maria A. said...

Hello Linda: I love this card, I just bought this amazing stamp set and I absolutely love it!!! This beautiful flowers look amazing whether you color them or not, they look gorgeous heat embossed in gold or silver or any color!! I only wish SU could come up with a companion die, that would be totally fabulous.
Thank you for sharing your story on how you met Mary Fish, she has been my SU demonstrator for many years and, even if I haven't met her in person, she is one amazing and caring and sweet virtual friend.
Thank you for sharing with us your gorgeous card today.

Debbie Mageed said...

There's something about Mary AND Linda! How I love you both! You are such a wonderful PAL and are so encouraging to us youngin's. Your card is spectacular and I will have to take a look at this challenge! (I am getting hooked! lol)

Thanks for your Creative Crew help! It is such a treat to be on that team with you! And a special thanks for your sense of humor! I look forward to the chuckles in a time when it can be hard to find one.

Barb said...

I love your card Linda! Great Inspiration!

Katy McGloin said...

And there is something about YOU! This card is darling! Not only will you see this pinned over and over, you will find it CASEd! Love the colors and your layout. And you know how much I love the watercolor flower! Your journey with Mary is inspiring for us wannabes!! But you have another talent that cannot be cased and that is your incredible wit and humor. I so enjoy following your blog, Linda. Looking forward to the next five years with you!

Cindy Brumbaugh said...

Linda, this is just fabulous. I would love to be a synapse in your creative brain! I am amazed each time I see yet another fantastic card of yours!

Lesley Croghan said...

What an exciting story! I think that is awesome you found stamping and designing! Everything you make is beautiful and inspiring plus I love reading your blog posts. Gorgeous card today! Love the sponged circle.

Karren said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Linda and congrats on being Guest Stamper on Mary's blog. Love this card and your sponged circle is a genius idea!

Broni said...

Beautiful card, Linda! Love the colorful scallops!!

Dawn Tidd said...

Another amazingly artsy card! Glad we're Pals!

Peggy Noe said...

Linda your card has so many great elements, and they all coordinate beautifully! Thanks so much for the tip to use a framelit as a stencil - can't wait to try it!

Marlene said...

I'm a huge fan. Beautiful card and great technique tips. Excellent job on cutting the flower. My would look like it went through the shredder!

Carol Carriveau said...

I love this as well...and for all of the reasons everyone else already stated. Love the colorful circles on the sides...and your 'hugs'!

Robin K. said...

Beautiful card Linda! I loved hearing your SU story! If it wasn't for a coworker hosting a SU party many years ago I would never have been introduced to this wonderful hobby:).

Nance Leedy said...

What a fabulous card, Linda! Love the clever way you've used the scalloped DSP, the gold cord and the sponged circle--all gorgeous! That's the perfect sentiment for Mary too...

Gena said...

This is a gorgeous card! I enjoyed reading your story of how you became a demonstrator. After many years of being a customer, I signed up in October and I am so glad I did!

Can you tell me where to find the "hugs" sentiment?

I can't wait to peruse the rest of your wonderful blog. :)
Have a crafty day!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Linda I saw this first on Mary's blog and I have to agree... this card is PERFECTION! I just love everything stinkin' thing about it!
I would love to CASE this beauty too..... ok? Hugs.

Kristie Goulet said...

Loved reading your story, Linda! Awesome card! ♥

Debbie Henderson said...

Very well deserved Linda! Funny to think that we joined as demo's at almost exactly the same time. My five year is this week! Maybe we will get to celebrate at convention together? Congrats on being featured, you are awesome!

~amy~ said...

Loved reading your post...isn't it funny how Stampin' Up tends to be the starting point of a ton of blogs? Love what you've done. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch!

madameplushbottom said...

this post is sweet - like you and I am so excited to see all of the fun comments here too. you truly are a key member to the stamping community Linda and I am grateful that you have shared your story with us today. beautiful card - thanks for sharing. cheers to the next five years and five after that and so on.

Lori said...

Such a gorgeous card, Linda! I love how you've added that smidgen of black in there to make everything POP! Awesome story!! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch this week :)

Jessi Fogan said...

Stamping friends are some of the best, aren't they? I absolutely love the soft colours of the flower paired with the POP of the borders! Thanks so much for coming to play with us at Seize the Sketch this time around :)

Cindy Beach said...

Linda, the card is absolutely the best and so are you!
So happy to hear about your journey and share it with you!