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12 posts from December 2009


2010 . . . HERE WE GO!

Oops!  I know I'm jumping the gun by showing this Valentine picture... But I'm sooo excited... I love things that are new... The New Year... New Stampin' Up! catalogs... New products... Newly designed cards...  And we're just days away from all of them!


Look at this amazing new stamp set!  But it's a limited edition!  So to make certain you can get it, just contact me and I'll tell you exactly WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY!

Heart Stamp

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Christmas Tour of Homes

Click on my This & That button (lower left).




I've always been a Stamp-a-ma-jig-kind-of-girl... But I didn't need it when I stamped this card using the new clear-mount blocks and stamps!


I'm having so much fun with these clear-mount products... It's like Christmas came early to my house!


This little-bit-of-country card design looks nice with a matching envelope.


Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #118568-C Garden from the Heart; Stamp Pad #101406 StazOn Jet Black, #115658 Rich Razzleberry; Textured Card Stock #115719 Rich Razzleberry; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Designer Series Paper #115671 Cottage Wall; Color Coordination #101879 Watercolor Pencils; Applicators #102845 Blender Pen, #101610 Stamping Sponges; Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Embellishments #105319 Eyelets Antique Brass; Envelopes #107301 Medium Whisper White.

With Christmas just one week from today, I'll be very busy this weekend.  I'm sure you will too.  I have 46 items on my typed TO DO list.  But I'll still make time for stamping.  Just because!



Take a look at this!  When I used the BRAND NEW CLEAR-MOUNT BLOCK and REPOSITIONABLE STAMP for the first time, I let out a little squeal of joy!  It was so neat to position the stamp on the exact center of the oval, seeing right through the block, for perfect placement of the daffodil image!


I chose some typical colors of spring and a traditional card design to emphasize the simplicity of the daffodils.  This card didn't need any extra embellishments! 


Feast your eyes on this beautiful stack of clear-mount blocks!  They make my heart go pitter pat!  Each block is 3/4" thick, made from high-quality acrylic, and grooved on all four sides making it easy to grip as you stamp!  Clear-Mount Stamps and Blocks are in the just-released Occasions Mini Catalog and may be purchased on January 5, 2010.


Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #118547 Abundant Hope (OMC-2010); Clear Mount Block #118484 Block E (OMC-2010); Stamp Pad #101406 StazOn Jet Black; Textured Card Stock #108697 Garden Green, #115719 Crushed Curry; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Color Coordination #101879 Watercolor Pencils; Applicator #102845 Blender Pens; Punch #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder; Ribbon #115614 1/2" Polka-Dots Grosgrain Crushed Curry; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

My goal of posting a brand new card every day Monday through Friday has been interrupted - just a little - by Christmas!  Imagine that.  Regardless, this is a good spot to get a sneak peek at products scheduled for release in January.  Check back or subscribe to Polka Dots and Paper... and you'll be able to enjoy MANY THINGS NEW for 2010 - in the next couple of weeks! 

You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right.  If you desire personal assistance, please email or call me. 



According to the nightly news, it's cold all across the USA.  So I just had to use the Snowflake Punch for today's card... Oh, but wait!  Snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes!  Right?  Well, I guess I'll just have to tweak the Stampin' Up! snowflake.  Here goes...

116628T 116628T 116628T 

The original punched snowflake is on the left above.  All others are modified from the original.  About 50% of my stampers enjoy the detail of cutting, and 50% do not.  If you identify with the first group and would like to alter a punched snowflake, email me and I'll send you a Simple to Sublime Snowflakes flyer in a PDF format.  There is one technique that makes it easy.  Can you guess what it is?

Here's today's card with yet another snowflake design.  The possibilities are endless...


To give this card a more sparkling (winter) finish, I popped the Rhinestones out of the Brads and sprinkled the whole thing with Dazzling Diamonds.


For the 50% of you who do NOT enjoy cutting, I have a better idea... Purchase the Sizzlit 4-Pack Snowflake Set #113449 and you'll get 4 designs with NO tweaking necessary!
Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #111664 On Your Birthday; Stamp Pad #101179 Basic Black; Textured Card Stock #108696 Ballet Blue; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White, #102851 Basic Black; Designer Series Paper #118060 Pawsitively Prints; Punch #116628 Jumbo Snowflake; Ribbon #109027 1/4" Black Grosgrain, #109866 Elastic Cord Silver; Embellishments #113144 Rhinestone Brads, #102023 Dazzling Diamonds.
You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right.  I will gladly assist you with any personal Christmas shopping questions you may have.  I'm just an email click or a phone call away. 



I was thinking of Christmas shopping when I made this card.  Truthfully, however, shopping is way down on the bottom of my list of the things I love... But the card is still cute, don't you think! 

I Love

If you don't have the Movers & Shapers Bigz Die yet, drop over to my home workshop and I'll gladly help you experiment.  It is very easy, perfectly precise, and oh soooo fun!


And since I live by the lists I make - and since my lists are all organized and posted and clipped on bulletin boards and in notebooks, for Things To Do and Things To Buy, it seemed like the right touch to add the Mini Library Clips as an embellishment to my shopping card.
Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #115229 Things I Love; Stamp Pad #101179 Basic Black; Textured Card Stock #108698 Real Red; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White, #102851 Basic Black; Designer Series Paper #115676 Holiday Lounge; Big Shot #114506 Movers & Shapers Curly Label and Movable Piece; Punches #112208 Curly Label, #112091 Scallop Edge, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder; Embellishments #109857 Mini Library Clips Black; Adhesive #103683 Glue Dots.
Tomorrow I'm going to show you a really neat variation of a punched image.  Curious?  Drop in to see.....
You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right.  For a more personal Christmas shopping experience, email or call me and I'll gladly assist you. 



While in college, I signed up for what I thought was a Techniques of Drawing class.  But it was actually a Technical Drawing class.  This card reminded me of that experience so many years ago... well, not that many.  I completed the class, enjoying it fully, and even received a good grade!  I like this card, with the angles, lines, curves - the technical look.


My inspiration came from the lines in the bell.  Somewhere down deep inside, inspiration always springs forth. It is a gift I take no credit for, but am continually thankful.

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #111566 Christmas Classics; Stamp Pad #101406 StazOn Jet Black; Textured Card Stock #108696 Taken with Teal, #108693 Basic Black; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White, #100712 Brushed Silver; Tools #112530 Circle Scissor Plus, #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Punch #104390 1/2" Circle; Embellishments #105319 Eyelets Silver; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensional.

Hope you can drop in tomorrow to see a LOVE card made with the Movers & Shapers Bigz Die!

You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the two round buttons, top right.  For more personal service, email or call.  



Gift certificates are very popular these days - and even more perfect when handmade! 


A matching envelope sweetens the gift...


Include a blank card, and the lucky recipient receives TWO-FOR-ONE... a gift certificate as well as a beautiful handmade card to re-gift.  


The full set includes four pieces...  As Candice Olson would say, "How Divine!"


(If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, email me and I'll reply with an attached GIFT CERTIFICATE in a PDF format for your personal use.)
Supplies & Accessories: Textured Card Stock #115719 Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Designer Series Paper #115675 Razzleberry Lemonade; Envelopes #107301 Medium Whisper White; Punches #108340 Round Tab, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder; Embellishment #105319 Eyelets Antique Brass; Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile.
I'm so excited...  I have really great cards to show you this week and the Christmas Tour of Homes on Monday!
You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right.  If you'd prefer more personal service, I'm just an email or phone call away!



Whether you enjoy cardmaking, scrapbooking, gift giving, or home decor, you will find everything you need to explore and express your creativity - through Stampin' Up! - all without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Click on any of the IDEA BOOKS and CATALOGS on my right sidebar and scroll through the exclusive artwork, quality products, and inspiring ideas.

I love what I do... and would like to share what I love... and help you develop your creativity.  Contact me by email, phone or txt message, and we can become better acquainted.  I have a wealth of tangible and intangible things to offer... It will be my Christmas Gift to You!


You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right.  Or... to have your very own PERSONAL SHOPPER, contact me and we'll shop together.



Have you ever seen a blue cardinal?  I thought of the Blue Christmas song when I designed this card.


Here's what I like about this card... the artistic element that comes with watercoloring... the varied colors of the leaves... the grain of the textured card stock... the reflection of light on the berries... the added dimension of the crimped paper... the brads that match the berries... Can you think of anything else?

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #111760 A Cardinal Christmas; Stamp Pads #101406 StazOn Jet Black, #102977 Night of Navy; Textured Card Stock #108697 Garden Green; Card Stock #100867 Night of Navy, #100730 Whisper White; Color Coordination #101879 Watercolor Pencils; Applicator #102845 Blender Pen; Texture and Embossing #101618 Crimper; Punch 107214 Ticket Corner; Embellishments #106953 Rich Regals Brocade Blue (colored with Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker); Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

This Christmas, all the soldiers in our family will be home from their military commitments.  It will be the first time in several years we will all be together.  Now when the song plays on the radio, "I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You," I won't get teary-eyed... Ken is home from Iraq.  Kenny Jr. will be home for a few days while awaiting orders for Afghanistan.  James is coming home for the holidays from school at West Point Military Academy. (Son-in-law and two grandsons.)  The song, however, still reminds me of all the families who will be separated this Christmas because of war.  And that is cause to feel blue.

You may place an order in time for Christmas - up through December 15th.  Click on the Stampin' Up! Store or Polka Dots Store button, top right.  Or if you'd rather receive more personal service, email or call me.  I will be very happy to assist you.  

  • Linda Aarhus

    Vancouver, WA • USA



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