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Do not wait until Black Friday to start saving

Several items such as the Stampin' trimmer, markers and more on sale half off just today.  To learn more and shop head over to  There is a .PDF flyer there are so many items. I will try and get that uploaded to here later today.  Happy Stamping and shopping, Sandy

Chevron Gets Punchy

Playing with my chevron punch tonight this was a very quick card I created using the punch and layering two different colors behind the punch. Cool effect.  The color combination- cool Caribbean, Garden Green and Caypso Coral on Whisper White is a sweet color combo on the Stampin' Up! color chart. I kind of like the color. It's fresh looking without looking to seasonal.  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

Cards & Coffee for Thanksgiving

Cards & Coffee Class for Thanksgiving. $7 3 cards and envelopes. Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids 5:30-8 open house style class. WEDNESDAY November 20. Had to change day due to conflict with physical therapy. Please RSVP to class.  If you are not able to attend and are interested in the class I can mail you completed cards or arrange for a different time for class email me at  SPECIAL: Class attendees only get a special gift for coming. 

Creativity. Keep it Going

Event Saturday: Beth's Bosom Buddies

Tomorrow, Saturday November 9, 11-3 at Ramsey Elementary on County Road 5.  Fantastic fundraiser.  I will be there showcasing the great scrapbooking and digital products from Stamoin' Up! Ten years of this event, my first time. So excited.  

Everybody Clean Up

With no classes today and needing to get in the zone, I decided to spend a couple hours getting my zone back in order. As I unpacked bag after bag I realized how full my schedule had been in the spring and summer.  With my then knee Shaky putting away stuff and for that matter prepping for events was difficult. Hank makes it easier every day. So bags and boxes piled up.  I am still working on some areas of my large space (entire 3rd floor of house). Family stuff has drifted in. I've still got a small pile of my dad's stuff from the funeral. Piles of kids schoolwork and some miscellaneous scrapbooking stuff tossed here and there. I want my space all organized the way it used to be when both my knees were more cooperative. It won't take much but I am not to lift heavy stuff for a year and that means waiting for help. Ah well. It will get done. Would love to start holding all day scrap events down here again. Especially since my local big box scrap store closed. That was a goo

Growing with God Confirmation Gift

For my daughters recent Confirmation, or Affirmation of Baptism, I wanted to mark the important dates as her relationship with God grows. This would include things like her baptism, mission trip (there are a few) and related events that defined her and her bond deeper.  What is the easiest way to do this?? My Digital Studio, of course.  Apparently I did not have any cross stamps or embellishment. Not sure how that happened but I hopped on to Stampin' Up! and bought Cross of Hope.  I wanted the cross in gold, the closest ink we have is Crushed Curry. Printed it works as a close proximity to gold.  My daughters tastes are classic and filigree type stuff.  The background is more of a doily look and was in Wisteria Wonder, but change the opacity of it and the look changes. Also because of her style preference she likes the very scripty calligraphic fonts. I also put asterisks as place holders for real rhinestones to add after printing. Yes I wanted to real deal for dimention and textur

Cards & Coffee Class

Tuesday November 5  Caribou Coffee Cambridge 12-1:30 or 2 Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids 6-7:30/8 Taking a survey on what you want for class. Here are some choices: Christmas cards Stamp a Stack of x themed cards General cards JOY holiday banner Take three class - card, scrap page and gift 3D item It is your class. I want you to be happy. Since Hank and I are recovering and I will probably only be able to hold 2 classes rest of this year I want you to get the most out of it.  Also: classes can be mailed. Let me know if you are interested but cannot make it to the class. Small fee added on for postage.  Please let me know your interests. I will do my best to fill them.  Happy stamping, Sandy

Confirmation Card for my daughter

Yesterday was my daughters Confirmation at church. Or in modern times Affirmation of her Baptism.  I came up with a card using some of her favorite Stampin' Up! Colors and textures for the occasion. Here goes the supply list: Card base is very vanilla but in a non traditional size. It's 10x7 so it folds to 5x7 so it can be framed later.  Next layer is Cool Carribean as a substitute for Baja Breeze. I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Early Espresso ink in it to give it texture and bring it off the vanilla where it looked like it faded against it initially.  Next layer is gold cardstock run thru the Big Shot using the houndstooth embossing folder. One of her favorite patterns/textures is houndstooth. I popped that off the blue layer with Dimensionals.  Cool Carribean Sean binding biw is next.  Early Espresso layer sized 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 to make the focal point pop. Again Dimensionals behind it.  Focal point is a finished 2x3 on very vanilla stamped in now retired gold Encire i

Quick Halloween Costume Hack

My son needed a quick costume for a Halloween party at school.  We ended up with a Halloween gangsta kind of look. But he needed a bling necklace. In 10 minutes I whipped together this paper hack. It says #1! YO' I cut the letters using the Big Shot out of gold cardstock. I realized after I cut the letters that I could have just used the Gold Champaigne colored glitter paper we carry and eliminated sticky fingers. Oh Well. He wanted it to be really blingy. I smeared the letters with crystal effects and sprinkled glass glitter on them. Then glued them to black cardstock since his vest was black. The neck cord is retired gold cording. Added the giant rhinestones for extra bling. He was happy with the effect. If it gets lost or broken who cares.  Below is the final costume. Being unplanned I think it turned out well. To keep the hat stiff we blew a balloon up inside the hat rather than stuff it with paper, which gets heavy.   

Coffee Art decoration (help needed)

I Saw this craft on At Home with Lisa Quinn on the Live Well Network. Waaaay to much recovery time with Hank watching TV. Anyway... Using watercolor paper 122959 $4.95 pack, I used an old cup of coffee and a paper cup to make rings. We have a coffee issue in our house and a coffee theme in kitchen I am going to do two more sheets because I am not sure what to do with them. I would love input. Here are my thoughts: Just frame 1-3 sheets Frame one and spell out coffee or java with die cuts Cut 4x4 squares and frame each with a coffee die cut letter in each. Hang vertical.  Cut in half and frame two and hang vertical along side my eventual coffee filter wreath Any other suggestions  Please comment. I am just not sure where to go from here!

Keep Crafty

As it should be!

Happy Birthday Stampin' Up!

From now until October 28 25 select sets are on sale 25%. or visit and click on promotions.  Great time to stock up or get Chrustmas gifts for your crafty friends.  -Sandy

$25 to join the most awesome family

Through October 22 join my Stampin family. I love my family. My manager holds optional monthly meetings where we break bread and swap cards and stories. There is a quarterly meeting which is awesome. There is a monthly Technique Tuesday. Many chances to share and learn. Zero reason not to join.  If you would like to talk call me at 612-280-5590 or read more at I would love to see new faces at our next meeting.  As Yoda says "do or do not, there is no try." -Sandy

Needs A Ribbon in October 2013

Needs A Ribbon in October 2013 My ladies it has been a loooong time since I have sent a sent a newsletter, wish that is has not been so long. Life has been interesting. Read below for an update of what has been going on or skip to the good stuff. UPDATE: I did go to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake this July. I had mentioned that previously. But I had not mentioned that my knee gave out and I did a face plant on the sidewalk outside my hotel. Uncool. The stampin' ladies took excellent care of me while I was there. I have two bad knees which is mostly why the accident happened.  Then less than two weeks later my family took a 17 day family vacation. It was an amazing experience. We were all over the SW area. Managed to see many sights in between rains and floods and fires. I think a day after we left Manitou Springs there were deadly floods. Feeling blessed that we are OK, and heartbreaking that others were not as lucky.   Came home from Vacation and 2 weeks later had my

Join Stampin' Up! For $25

Yes for the price of a few coffees you can join Stampin' Up! Offer ends end of October 21. I have never ever seen such a value to getting started. Join for a while. Find you don't like it, how you couldn't I don't know, and then drop.  As part of my team you will get a discount on products, advanced purchase on new hot products, a fantastic team where we share ideas, support each other, a group of friends. And so much more.  If you are interested contact me at 612-280-5590 or click to learn more.

Stay Positive

It's difficult to do but so important to do so.  Stay positive friends! -Sandy

Fresh Air and Sunshine

I went outside for quite a while today. Endless blue skies and gentle breezes are rare in MN. Fresh air and sunshine are a real morale booster. I even did several "laps" in the driveway and some of my PT. Stairs are still not my friend but I am growing more confident. Hank (my knee) is perfectly capable of stairs. It's a mind over matter issue with me.  Knee coming along. Biggest hurdles are stairs and then driving. Driving needs a doctor OK. Stairs I just need confidence. Each time it gets better but they are still tiring.  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

Swap Time: Masculine Cards

Our September Diva Stampers Downline Meeting we swapped masculine cards. I love this kind of swap. Its easy to do flowers and kids but sometimes honoring the male in your life can be challenging. In the current Stampin' Up! catalog there are some great products and stamps for the men in your life. Plus, lets not forget about the Dude You're Welcome! kit 132807. But that is more geared toward men making cards for the special people in their lives.  Here are some suggested stamp sets for men: Bring on the Cake pg 14 IBC, You're Amazing page 15 IBC, Blue Ribbon stamp set, World Map, Happy Hour, Words of Courage, The Great Outdoors, Rev up the Fun, You're My Hero, Two-Step, Wetlands, Horse Frontier, Walk in the Wild, Harvest Blessings, Lovely as a Tree, The Open Sea, Gorgeous Grunge, Amazing Family, Tape It.  What are your "go to" male stamp sets? Comment me your choices. My swap Autumn W Cyndi C No name No name

Simply Sent: a few offerings

My daughter Gretchen is on a roll with the iPhone Simply Sent app from Stampin Up! Today. It's easy and quick and can get that crafty craving out when you are stuck without supplies. 

Simply Sent: I love you

My daughter Gretchen, guest blogger today.  Made using the Simoly Sent app for the iPhone. It only took me a few minutes and it's really fun and quick. Everything is right there. I made this for my mom today who needed cheering up. Her knee PT made her hurt and she didn't sleep well last night.  Thanks.  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

My Library for My Digital Studio

Released today a new ipad app to help My Digital Studio users. It allows you see a library of available downloads, a way to keep track of your purchased downloads, but does not access your computers software.  It is only available for iPads and ipad minis. They are in development fir android and iPhone.  This looks like a great tool for me. As I have hundreds of downloads and have an Excel spreadsheet which I keep track of purchased items. It's clumsy and definitely not cloud based nor easy to update.  Let me know what you think about this new app. And oh - it's FREE!!

Sympathies on Hank

I thought while I am still recovering and not able to do a whole lot, except physical therapy, after my knee replacement, which I still need to share the story on that, I would share with you some of the get well cards I received. Above is a card I received from my upline Sue Lehrer. I love the chapel fold and that the tag forms the closure for the card. Plus I just love the chalk talk framelits. Don't you just love the new Chevron ribbons Stampin' Up! offers. I believe they come in 8 fun colors. And the thing on receiving this card from Sue, she knows about knee replacement and recovery as her husband had one earlier this year. It is a process and requires patience. This next card comes from one of our groups new downlines, Vic. She is a very enthusastic person and a nice addition to our group.  I love the layered scallop strip. Not sure how she did it, maybe hand cutting, but it is cute. Thanks Vic! This next card is from Carrie McHale. She helped me out a bit my last day of

Cat Epic Face - Did I Hear That Right?

So one more guest post by my daughter while I recover from knee replacement.  Our cat Matza. We love her dearly. She provides us with a lot of amusement.  Again using Simoly Sent phone app by Stampin' Up! It's a mini My Digital Studio. It's FREE! It's fun.  Send me your creations.  Thanks for stopping by, happy Stampin, Sandy

I've had better...

My daughter, guest blogger today created this using the Simply Sent phone app from Stampin' Up!  Apparently the cat has had better... Cat ... Not picky? Ha ha ha

My cat therapy

As I recover from my total knee replacement only 10 days ago, Matza got snugly with me. She did not like the photo op interruption during our special time. She is such a furry sweetheart.  Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

Simply Sent - For Moi?

My daughter is my guest poster today. She made this adorable postcard using Simply Sent for iPhone from Stampin' Up! It's a free app and is a great mini My Digital Studio.  Our kitty Matza thinks all the dairy in the house is for her. Me thinks she is wrong! 

Diva's Swapping Masculine Cards

At our recent Diva downline meeting I was not able to be there due to my knee replacement, I did get a swap done ahead of time. I am not sure how I had the energy nor the time but I did it. The shoebox swap theme was "masculine". Having just participated in a masculine swap at Convention I was happy to do so.  Never have enough male ideas,  that goes for cards and scrapbook pages, and other handmade or gift ideas.  I had wanted to use this set for the swap: Horse Frontier 132019 w 126347 c. Partly because I like the set and have yet used it and partly because not all guys are tool loving motorheads. Am I right? I know for my own sweetheart it could just be more masculine colors, or a nice nature theme. There are many ways to go masculine, and I wanted to try this out. Next for colors. I wanted to use Cajun Craze, partly because it has fallen off my radar and partly because I think it suits the card theme. I used my color coach to find coordinating colors. Crushed Curry was a

Manly Man #card Golf Pro punch art Convention swap

I love punch art cards and crafts. Love to look at and appreciate them that is!!! I think i would enjoy them more if I could get the hang of adhering the pieces easier.  I heard one of the Stampin' Up! creative artists say that glue dots are a crafters best friend. Have not had a chance to try it yet.   This darling golf punch art card was another swap I received in my manly man swap at Convention.  I give credit to the artist. Great use of the pennant flag punch, the dotted embossing folder and more.   Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

Cards & Coffee Coming Up

Its been a long summer but it is way overdue for another Cards & Coffee class.  Its happening now on... TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013 Choose your time and location:  Noon Caribou Coffee in Cambridge -or- 5 - 6:30 Caribou Coffee in Coon Rapids on Main. COST is free for $30 orders or $7 for just the class.  See my crooked picture of the three projects. We will be playing with Washi tape on one of the cards.  Its a trendy new papercrafting product.   Please RSVP for class.  I will have my Convention samples for you to look at!

Halloween Spooky #card

  Our recent Stamp Share downline meeting held a swap for the new mini catalog. I used the new Halloween Happiness single stamp.  I like the texture of the pumpkins and can see a lot of possibilities with it.  I saw a grungy card this time. To get the herringbone background stamp not so perfect was a little harder than i imagined but I got the hang of it.  To do it do not evenly ink up the stamp (I used summer starfruit) and just light rock the card layer on the stamp. Stamp face up on the table. No rubbing the backside of the paper like you would normally do with a background stamp. The big black splats were made using the Gorgeous Grunge splat and black ink.  I lightly ran a glue stick over the black and sprinkled the new Halloween glitter over the splats.  They come as a duo in fairly large containers of black and orange glitters.  Put this on your must have Halloween accessory.   I give this cards a 2 for difficulty. Pretty simple, but a little fussy with the herringbone piece and

Happy Birthday card with Hats

Needing a fun fold fast birthday card for someone special? I have just the ticket. This is another swap I received at the Convention Birthday Wow swap. I love the top note die and labels framelit die foldiover flaps. And the ribbon flags coming off the side. So trendy.  Thank you for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy 


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