Sunday, December 10, 2017

FREE Shipping! Just Announced!

 Just announced from Stampin' Up! FREE shipping on Monday, December 11, 2017 for 24 hours.

It starts at 12:00 am mountain time until 11:59 pm Mountain, or 1:00 am - 12:59 am Central time zone.

This amounts to a minimum $6.95 savings or 10% savings if your order is over $70.

Don't forget my Gift with Purchase special from me ends Tuesday! Its a win-win! Spend at least $70 and save on shipping and and get a FREE gift.


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, December 4, 2017

Reserve Tuesday! Coolest Tool for Stampers - the Stamparatus from Stampin' Up!

Learn more - watch the video! 

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!
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 restamp—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

  • I need product details!

    • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
    • 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
    • Product dimensions are 8" x 8" x 7/8"
    • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

    Customer Stamparatus Launch Q & A
    Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
    A: From December 5-30, go to and click the large Stamparatus Reserve Now banner ad. This will take you to the reservation application where you will be able to reserve your Stamparatus. Please note: In order to access the reservation app, you must be logged in to your customer online store account.
    Q: How will I know Stampin’ Up! received my reservation? A: You will receive an email confirmation.
    Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
    A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.
    Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
    A: We place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.
    Q: How will I be notified of my shipment date if I reserved in the second reservation window?
    A: After the second reservation window closes, you will receive an email notification with available-to- ship dates.
    Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets? A: Yes.
    Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
    A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.
    Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
    A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.
    Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
    A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.
    Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
    A: Yes.
    Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
    A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.
    Q: Will the tool be available in the 20182019 annual catalog?
    A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required.
    Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
    A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.
    Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions? A: Yes.
    Q: Can I participate in the second reservation period if I participated in the first reservation period? A: Yes.
    Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window? A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.
    Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
    A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding.
    Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked block or die or other instrument
    Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
    Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus 

    Still not sure you need this tool in your Tool Box??? 


    With the launch of this tool, we are trying something different: testing a new reservation system. You reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory. 
    The global launch will feature two reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

    • The first reservation window was while supplies last. For the second reservation window, we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations we will accept. The reservation window will stay open from December 5-30.
    • For the first reservation window the limit was 3 tools per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer. For the second reservation window, the limit is 1 tool per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer.
    • If you and your customers participated in the first reservation window, you may also participate in the second reservation window.
    • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
    • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
    • Still have questions? Email me! 

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Sunday, November 26, 2017

    FREEBIE for You and FREE Shipping

    My gift to you for your orders until December 12th from me!

    For every $50 in merchandise you order you will receive 10 gift tags, 4 gift card holders and envelopes. No limit to how many sets, for every $50 in merchandise. Place a $200 order and get 4 sets.

    Your gift from me will ship in a few days after receiving your order.

    Combine that with the Cyber Monday special from Stampin' Up! of FREE shipping (a $6.95 or 10% savings on orders over $70). The FREE shipping runs all day Monday, November 27th (12:00 am MT to 11:59 pm MT). 

    Thanks for stopping by! Happy shopping. 

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Best to Stock up on Sympathy Card While You Have the Time!

    i dont know about you but I never seem to have enough sympathy cards. For years I would make them as I needed to suit the deceased. Call me slow, but I finally figured out that that is not an efficient way to do things. And the family of the deceased will be pleased to get a card at all, let alone a handmade card.

    So I spent some time last week during our weekly Skype call with my in-laws making 16 simple sympathy cards in pretty generic, will suite just about any sympathy situation, white and soft sky (pale blue). i actually looked up recommended colors for sympathy cards online.

    The reason for 16 is the way the cardstock cuts, makes for easy math with the card fronts - 4 to a sheet.

    After I had cut the Soft Sky layer, I cut 2 Stitched Shapes ovals out of each, in the middle, so it wouldn't show. this way, I do not have to waste extra paper or use up a bunch of odd shaped scraps. I intentionally planned so I could do this with my layout. The greeting white oval did have to be cut from scrap, because there was no way to hide that. I still saved paper.

    I used the Thoughts & Prayers quite old stamp set. I don't remember what year it came out but it was a very long time ago. 2009? Anyone remember? Stampin' Up! has a newer sympathy set, which came out in 2015 Annual Catalog, but I have struggled to use it. It is beautiful but I just cannot seem to get the layouts to look nice. I know, it is just me, being honest...

    Sorry the lighting is a little soft. I didn't want to run to my studio downstairs to use better lighting. Plus it seems to fit the somber theme of the cards.

    Anyway, the 2 hour (yes, it was) Skype call I pretty much finished these up. I did stop to talk and such. But what a great use of my time. I don't like being on camera that much either. Its my hubs parents and the focus should be him anyway.

    Next step, getting these signed and out the door. I know, even if I am a few months behind, people will appreciate me thinking of them during their time of grief.

    And next batch of cards is sympathy cards for pet owners, cats and dogs. I have Bella & Friends for dogs and Pretty Kitty for cats. I will likely make up a bunch of thank you and other pet related cards at the same time. No, I don't think I need 16 of these but maybe 5 of each should last a while, then again, a lot of friends have lost their pets in the last few months.

    Thank you for stopping by today. Remember I am on Facebook and I try to do Live at 5! Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. Stop by and see what I am covering that day. Honestly, some days (okay, mot of them) I plan it about 15 minutes before. Wednesdays was about 5 minutes before. I am a planner by nature, and don't like to be rushed or procrastinate, but I am finding it is kind of fun to see what I can whip up on short order.

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Silent Deer Roam at Night

    Now is the perfect time to start planning and prepping your Christmas or Holiday or Annual cards set to family and friends. Here is one idea to get you thinking "seasonal".

    Using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and framelits bundle from the Holiday 2017 card, I had made this card back when this bundle was an early pre-order item.

    Purchase your Carols of Christmas bundle HERE.

    I cut out 3 deer framelits in navy. I cut to width the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper (for snow) and tore the paper to make more realistic "snow".

    The stars and moon are cut out using the card topper type framelits included in the set. The large simple greeting is also from the Carols of Christmas set.

    Carols of Christmas Framelits set

    Carols of Christmas stamp set

    Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to think "seasonally". Keep being your creative best, Sandy

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy