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September 13, 2022


A month ago, I published a blog post in which the card background was created by using the Blending Brush and ink through the "stencil" left over after punching out some strawberry shapes from a long ago Paper Pumpkin kit. The card I'm referring to isstrawberry birthday.

Well, at the same time I was working on the strawberry-shaped "stencil", I also had one with blueberry shapes, i.e., just circles.

Using that same method in a different color scheme, I came up with this card.

As you can see from the next photo, there is practically no dimension to the cardsave for the three pretty rhinestones.

The finished card sitting atop the "stencil" I used to make it:

To create the assorted circles, which somewhat resemble the technique known as bokeh, I used inks in the following colors: Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather. As you can see, I used varying pressure with the Blending Brush to ink in the circles. If it is all one darkness/lightness, you get a result that is a little boring. As they say, variety is the spice of life.

Because I used purples and pinks for my circles, and wanting the sentiment to stand out more, I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss. The stamps come from the stamp set Biggest Wish, found on page 40 in the Annual Catalog. I love the variety of sizes in this set!
Once the sentiment was in place, I added three purple rhinestones,

I had done all the stenciling and stamping on a piece of white cardstock that measured 3 3/4" x 5". Because the wonderful coordinating colors in a piece of Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper went so well with my circles, I elected to use a piece of that as my frame around it. BUT, wanting more than 1/8" to stick out in order to make it worthwhile, I cut this DSP to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", the size of an A2 card. This gave a frame of 1/4" all around.
Since this piece was the size of a card front, I added the whole thing to a white card base even though the white didn't show on the front.

The photo below shows both cards I created using somethingmost people would have just tossed in the garbage.But me?Remember, I see most things as a potential art supply!

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.- Cecil B. DeMille -



September 10, 2022


I love the bright cheeriness of red with yellow together on a card. Add in flowers, bling and ribbon, and your recipient cannot help but be uplifted when looking at this card.

To make a card like this is quick and easy, even though it might look more complicated.

Grab some gorgeous Designer Series Paper,cut a small piece and coordinate the rest of the card with the paper.

SUPPLIES:Red Glossy cardstockDaffodil Delight cardstockDesigner Series Paper
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (retired)
Black ink
Die Cutting/Embossing MachineMerry Tags Framelits (retired)Daffodil Delight Seam Binding RibbonReal Red Braided Linen TrimSparkly green gemsStampin' Dimensionals
INSTRUCTIONS:Fold a 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of glossy red cardstock in half (or Poppy Parade) and crease it well with a bone folder.
Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and mount that to a piece of coordinating cardstock that measures 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Add this to the card base about 3/4" from the top of the card.
Use a die to cut a tag with a hole in the top from white cardstock. If you don't have a die like this, you can use a circle die and punch a hole in the top.
In black ink, stamp a sentiment that fits the tag well.
Thread a 5" piece of matching ribbon through the hole in the top of the tag and tie it off with a piece of baker's twine or some other narrower trim. Tie this into a bow.
Trim the ends of the ribbon to opposing points.
Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add this to the card so the bottom of the tag is about 1/2" from the bottom of the card.
If desired, add two sparkly coordinating embellishments to the tag.

I realize that, in the crafts that I present on my blog, often certain elements are retired. While that can be frustrating if you don't have that particular item in your stash, there is ALWAYS something else that can be substituted. My intent is to simply get your creative juices flowing and hope to inspire you to try to make something similar. Remember, it is always important to march to your own drummer, and create something that is YOU. I am here for inspiration.
You have not failed until you quit trying.- Gordon B. Hinckley -



September 6, 2022


Yesterday was milestone time for I started this blog on September 5, 2012. My tenth blogiversary! This is blog post #1137!

For several years now, I have been very faithful about blogging twice a week, writing my posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Without fail. All the blogging experts advise bloggers to be consistent with their posts, in that, if my readers expect a post from me on those two days, there'd better be one.

Another thing that I am very proud of is the fact that I have never deviated from my reason for starting Paper Seedlings, and for calling it by that name. All through these ten years, I have continued to share with my readers little paper seedlings of inspiration that I hoped would grow into full-sized wonderful and satisfying paper creations. Another reason for starting my blog was that I also hoped to grow my business through my blog, asking readers that, if I inspired them in any way, to maybe order from me as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator once in awhile. That has never happened.

I have been ruminating on blogging for some time now.

My daughter, a wonderful artist, tells me constantly that blogging is so out of style. That NO ONE blogs anymore. She is somewhat wrong about that, in that I subscribe and link up to many wonderful blogs.

It does seem that bloggers who host Linky Parties on their blogs are becoming fewer and fewer. Those Link-Ups seem to be where most of my traffic, what little there is, comes from. So, I am indebted to those bloggers who continue to hold these events, mostly on a weekly basis.

Let's look back a bit.

My very first post, on September 5, 2012, had 243 views. Not bad for a beginner. Just a few weeks later, on September 27, an autumn post went pretty big on Pinterest and boasts 19,104 views! While that enormous number was a wonderful fluke -- I thought -- the rest of that year did well with many of my posts reaching in the lower 1000s. May 3, 2013 saw an even better surprise: 19,283 views!

Just before my second blogiversary, on August 20, 2013, my White Wedding post -- WHOA! -- had 36,741 views. Another Pinterest surprise! On my first blogiversary, September 4, 2013, I had a so-so blog post, and even that one garnered 998 views. That second year of blogging was OK, nothing so astounding, but holding in the thousands much of the time.

For my third blogiversary, I posted a card that gained 941 views. Hmmm. That year hummed along sort of boringly, but still maintaining high 100s and into the thousands at times.

A delighrful surprise greeted me with the February 3, 2016, post, Love You Quilt. 18,015 people checked it out! The rest of the year was very similar to the previous one.The next few years found views more in the high hundreds than in the thousands. This continued until the Pandemic hit, when viewership fell into the mid-hundreds for the most part. Huh.

All of a sudden, long about mid-April 2022, I have been consistently at under 100 views per post. I am actually excited if a post exceeds 100 views. I do not know what happened. I don't think my work is lacking.

Anyone have any clues? Has something like this happened to you, if you are a blogger -- and had been doing really well before?

I don't know if people are just not interested in cardmaking anymore. Or just stamping in general. Once a month, I do a post on the drawings I'd done from Terry Runyan's #dailycreating group. While, in the beginning, they seemed to have been well-received, but not lately.

I have been racking my brain, trying to come up with something that would instill more interest in my blog. So far, however, nothing.


Today, I share with you a bit of autumn decor that I created. Last week, I discovered at the Dollar Tree some wooden leaves on a white beaded ring. One side of the leaf had an initial. ??? Don't ask me why. So, I put two of these leaves in my cart to make them more "me".

By adding some fallish colored Designer Series Paper to the initial side of the leaves, I made cool little doorknob hangers.

I traced the leaves onto my chosen DSP, fussy cut them, and adhered them with liquid glue. Even though the leaves were dressed up in pretty DSP, they still seemed a little plain to me. So I fixed that with a little sponging on the edges.

It seems like forever that I have been enamored with quotes of all sorts. In the beginning stages of, I used quotes quite frequently. I am going to bring them back, hopefully in each blog post. But, that, of course, will depend on time elements. To accompany each quote, I will also include one of my photos that seems to complement the quote.
Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.- Anais Nin -

Please, if you have anything to add about blogging, some advice for me, or just anything at all, I would love to hear from you!
I wish you love and joy.


September 3, 2022

#dailycreating APRIL/MAY 2022

My apologies. I haven't been drawing just too much as part of Terry Runyan's #dailycreatiing Group. In fact, what I am sharing with you today is the complete portfolio of drawings from TWO months (instead of the normal one), April and May, 2022.

I will include above each drawing what the prompt for the day was, as well as any other pertinent information I may have on my subject matter.

#off prompt

whiskered tree swift / malaysia

#thing on thinggreat blue turaco / central africa
#world turtle day
#thing on thingguira cuckoo / south america
off promptbased on neurographic art
Two months' worth of work.


August 30, 2022


Awhile back I needed two single stems of this beautiful poppy (Painted Poppies, page 29, Annual Catalog). I grabbed a scrap of white cardstock and stamped them in Tuxedo Black Ink head to head because the strip wasn't all that long. When what to my wondering eyes should appear but a MESS.

In my attempt to fit both poppy stems on the single strip of cardstock, I overlapped the flowers. About to toss the scrap in the garbage, I took a better look at it, and discovered that it looked sort of charming, with almost an Art Deco look.

You ask, "What does Linda mean by Art Deco?" Click on this linkabout florals in theArt Decodesign.

With this realization, I became enamored of my little mistake and decided to go with it.
Using Stampin' Blends in Light Poppy Parade and Light Old Olive, I colored in my head-to-head poppies, leaving them on the original strip of white cardstock.
From here on, it became much more complicated than I would have liked it to have been.
I'd decided to use vellum over a piece of the old poppy Designer Series Paper that originally coordinated with the stamp set. Well, I guess it still does coordinate, but the DSP is retired.

As you probably already know, dealing with vellum and adhesive -- whoa!
To alleviate that sticky situation (ha!), I cut a Poppy Parade frame using the Scalloped Contours dies (page 174, Annual Catalog). Since this didn't have a hole in the middle to serve as a frame, I used one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits in a suitable size to cut out the center.
The next step was to adhere the vellum to the back of the frame, then, after cutting the DSP to 3 1/4" x 4", I followed with that right behind the vellum. I then added this to a white card base.

To add a little more security to the vellum/DSP, I mounted the poppy strip to a 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip of Poppy Parade cardstock, and adhered that flat to the center of the card.
I popped up a sweet little sentiment (Through It Together, page 69, Annual Catalog) on a strip of white that measures 1/2" x 1 1/2", in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and popped it up at the bottom with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Do you ever have happy accidents like this that turn out to be little gifts in disguise? Do you always recognize it and proceed with a new plan?

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