Monday, December 15, 2014

Diva Blog Hop - Its Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

(You arrived from Denise's Blog)

This time of year families and friends gather to celebrate. Many of us send out annual greetings. Nothing says I am thinking of you like a handmade greeting card. I have a few ideas to inspire and get your creative juices flowing to send your own homemade card.

The first card I started by using up extra supplies from a previous swap. The card base, burlap ribbon and DSP were the extra items I had. For some reason I was inspired to create folds. And thanks to my daughter who suggested the black strip which ended up looking like Santas belt. The card has a rustic santa feel.


135068/135071 Merry Everything Stamps
126966 Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad
101650 Very Vanilla Cardstock
121065 Basic Black Cardstock

135825 Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper

133704 Typeset DSP (thin and amazing paper)
133719 Gold Glimmer Paper
135860 Note Tag Punch 
133787 Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
104294 Sticky Strip

On the next card (by now my daughter was getting into this assignment and helping me.) She suggested Van Gogh's Starry Night for inspiration for layout and color. I said to her I think I can work with that.


135068/135071 Merry Everything Stamps
126971 Night of Navy Ink Pad
100867 Night of Navy Cardstock
111350 Pacific Point Cardstock
101650 Very Vanilla Cardstock
133678 Hello Honey Cardstock
133520 Decorative Dots TIEF
133723 Stars Framelits
135817 Lucky Stars TIEF
104430 Dimensionals
Retired Champaign Mist paint mixed with rubbing alcohol (because the background needed a little glitz and I want this product unretired)

My inspiration for the next card, again my daughter helped me out. She was describing what she would like to see, something very natural, and she said the word "rustic" and I was off. I think this might be my fave of the four cards. It was easy to do, and would be easy to replicate. I did split the cardstock for the door and rejoined the two pieces together with Scotch tape before adhering to the card base.

I do apologize for the accidental retired products on this card. There should be some easy substitutes.

Stamps - apparently a retired set with great fun greetings.
133032/133035 Hardwood background stamp
100052 Real Red Stampin' Write Marker
131262 Regals Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker
126981 Basic Gray Ink Pad
126976 Saraha Sand Ink Pad - used to add "dirt" to the barn doors
101650 Very Vanilla Cardstock
126972 Always Artichoke Cardstock
131202 Smoky Slate Cardstock
133719 Gold Glimmer Paper
134563 Real Red 1/4" cotton ribbon
119849 Modern Label punch
119873 3/4" circle punch
127012 Floral Frames Collection Framelits
Retired script TIEF - sorry. I didn't know it was retired. Just about any TIEF with curves would give the same effect - Zig Zag, Beautifully Baroque, Lovely Lace, Fancy Fan
104430 Dimensionals
103683 Glue Dots

For my final card since I had covered the Santa look, traditional. and stars, I thought was else does the season encompass? Presents! Another easy to replicate look. The presents look like they are staged on a hardwood floor.


Stamps - that same retired set that said Merry & Bright. Grrr
126981 Basic Gray ink pad
100730 Whisper White Cardstock
121044 Basic Gray
133687 Hello Honey Cardstock
133701 Moonlight Designer Series paper stack
133672 Lost Lagoon 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
127821 Woodgrain TIEF
126883 Ticket Duo Builder punch
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
124262 Whisper White Bakers Twine (used to make the bows and is hidden)
104430 Dimensional (4 per package)

I hope that you find your holidays merry and bright and that these cards inspire you to send your own homemade greetings this holiday season. If you do want a quick, easy and affordable solution to  mass reproducing cards try My Digital Studio 130646 $19.95 and you will never run out of ribbon or paper again!

Hop on over to Autumn's blog next and see what she is cooking up this holiday season.

Divas that blog hop


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November Diva Blog Hop - Give Thanks It is Fall!

November Diva Blog hop is here! Theme is Fall. If you have arrived at my blog you probably came from Denise's blog and will head to Autumn's blog after mine. 

Tis the season to give thanks to friends and family. And I for one will be doing so all month long. With all that has happened and all the changes my family has gone through in the last few months, we are every day thankful for each other. Of course no family gets along 100% of the time, but we are closer than ever because of all that we have been through.

This card is my swap from our October 2014 stamp meeting. I thought I would change up the fall colors a bit, even though I love Autumn and its rich, almost fiery colors. With the use of our burlap ribbon and woodgrain TIEF it still achieves that warm rustic look we are accustomed to seeing in the Fall. 


Stamps - This stamp set pictured is now RETIRED. Tag Talk 134252 uses the same punch and similar greetings
Inks - Basic Black 126980
Papers - Very Vanilla 101650, Garden Green 102854, Island Indigo 122893, Typeset DSP 133704
Accessories - 1/8" gold ribbon 134583, linen thread 104199, 1/4" cotton ribbon Island Indigo 134557, 1 1/4" burlap ribbon 132140, basic metal buttons 133319, Dazzling Details Gold 133755, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch (peel paper apart), label bracket punch 132153, Woodgrain TIEF 127821, Big Shot 113439, banners frailest 132173, dimensionals 104430

I do apologize for the retired greeting. I messed up. 

Thank you for stopping by on your hoppy rounds. Happy Stamping, Sandy 

Now it is time to put on your bunny ears and hop to the next blog:

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, November 10, 2014

Orange is the new ...


I had a short trip down memory lane today as I bit into an orange flavored Starburst. Had to scrapbook that memory quickly while it was fresh. 

Try the Project Life app for iOS and coming soon to Android. Stampin' Up! has some great additional in app paper packs and such for it. Actual app is only $2.99 with most in app options either .99 or $1.99. A real bargain. And it is easy to import into My Digital Studio to print. You can save your Project Life pages as 8x8 or 12x12 and share right to your social media too. 

Contact me if you would like help figuring out printing from My Digital Studio your Project Life pages. I would love to say I will have a video out soon but family obligations will prevent that in the near future. It really is easy though. 

Update: I felt like the page wasn't complete enough or wasn't me enough. With a few quick clicks and now I feel it is finished and ready for the printer. 

Which do you like better? The original or the bottom one with more pictures?

What flavors trigger your memories?

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping from Sandy. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Help! I can't stop using the Project Life App

Help me. I've created my own monster. 

This is the kind of moments that's perfect for the Project Life app. Mementos to be tossed but not forgotten. Don't need a fancy page. Just a quick click to capture the memories. Done!

(PS: I know I could have done this in My Digial Studio but this was just more handy at the time.)

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Project Life iPhone app

I just downloaded the #projectlifeapp in my iPhone (5). It works beautifully. And it coordinates with my #plxsu Project Life by Stampiin' Up! Items. 

I still love, and swear by My Digital Studio for my scrapbooking needs. It's some of those every day moments that don't get scrapped that I will use the Project Life app. While I am waiting for my son or daughter to get out of school or those other, I've got five minutes free what can I do, moments, this is how I will fill the time. 

You can choose what size you want to print to later - 12x12 or 8x8. You can share directly to Facebook or Instagram. Yup. Whether you are a social media buff or printed pages scrapbookers they have you covered. Of course there are add on "paper packs" and layouts. But the basics are pretty darn good. Good enough for my purposes. 

Hey if you do decide to try it, post in comments or email me you creation and I will post it here. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Bites

Halloween really does bite doesn't it? You bite candy. You bite people if you are a vampire. You bite apples and pumpkin anything (if you are like me)!

This months Diva Blog Hop features Halloween goodness. You have hopefully arrived from Sue and will head to Pam right after me. 

I almost want to call this a limited supply challenge, as I am living out of two houses right now as we take care of my aging mother, and all my supplies are at the house I seem to be at the least. LOL

Happy Halloween card on left:
{all supplies in the Annual Catalog unless otherwise noted}

Halloween Street stamps 136567 wood - holiday catalog
Work of Art stamps 134111 wood 
StayzOn ink in Black
Tangelo Twist ink 133646
Typset Speciality DSP 133704
Champagne glitter paper 127885
Very Vanilla, Basic Black cardstock
Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon 133669
Party Pennants Bigs L die 133732

Last Bite Card

Merry Everything stamps 135068 wood - 
Work of Art Stamps 134111 wood
Holiday catalog
StaysOn ink in Black
Hello Honey ink 133643
Wisteria Wonder marker 131263 Subtles color collection
Moonlight DSP pack 133701
Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist cardstock
Note Tag punch 135680 - Holiday Catalog
Project Life punch 135344
Burlap ribbon 132140
Linen Thread 104199
Tangelo Twist satin stitched ribbon 133669
Candy Dot Brad Bases (smashed with hammer) 132293
Rhinestones 119246
Labels Collection framelits 125598

Good to the Last Bite

Merry Everything stamps 135068 - Holiday Catalog 
StayzOn ink in black
Tangerine Tango ink 126946
Wisteria Wonder marker
Typeset Specialty paper 133704
Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla cardstock
Note Tag punch 135680 - Holiday Catalog
Pennants Punch Bigs L die 133732
Banners framelits 132173
Large Polka Dot TIEF (embossing folder)
Wisteria Wonder seam binding 134572
Tangerine Tango Bakers Twine 134578

What are you going to BITE into this Halloween? 

Needing help recreating any of this cards, or would like to order them for your own holiday greeting email me today.

And since it is Diva Blog Hop, here is the blog listings below.




Enjoy! Hop on stampers!!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Holiday Catalog Open House


Sunday, September 14, 2014 1-4 pm
Medina Entertainment Center
500 Minnesota HWY 55, Medina, MN 55340
Demonstrations * Displays * Make & Take from the Holiday Catalog
First 75 people in the door get a select gift.
***Bring Your Camera ***             <<>>

See you all Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

MIA Missing in Stampin' Action

Dear Stamper/Scrapper/Crafter friends:

No, the earth did not flatten out and I fell off the edge. The last 3-4 months have been devoted to aging ailing family members, in particular, both my husband’s mother and my mother. The circumstances have been entirely unavoidable.  I wish I could say otherwise. I have not even gone shopping myself in the new mini catalog. That makes me kind of sad. On top of that my laptop is on the fritz.

Late August I celebrated my ninth year with Stampin’ Up! Wow!!! A lot has changed for me, my business and the company in that time. Other than my recent added family responsibilities, I like where the business is headed. Stampin’ Up! is still offering truly inspiring and creative products in the field of papercrafting. 

Please hang tight. My mother is on the move again in 11 days, and hopefully will be situated for a few months, to her remaining years (that’s my plan anyway!).  I miss holding classes, see you, and stamping and laughing with you. As things fall into place in the next few months, I will be revamping classes, locations and more. It is going to be great! Or Legendary! (See I have not lost my sense of humor).

This is very short notice, again, circumstances have been difficult, but I am inviting you to a public Holiday Mini Catalog Open House. This event has been advertised on Craigslist and other sites. Details below.  I really hope you can make it. I would be thrilled to see a huge showing of my customers. I am demonstrating Blendabilities.


Sunday, September 14, 2014 1-4 pm

Medina Entertainment Center

500 Minnesota HWY 55, Medina, MN 55340

Demonstrations * Displays * Make & Take from the Holiday Catalog

First 75 people in the door get a select gift.

***Bring Your Camera ***             <<>>

See you all Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

One Card Two Ways

Needing two birthday and two sympathy cards at the same time I thought why not do a one card two ways challenge, twice.

First was based on a sample I saw on Pinterest. I liked how the DSP peaks out from behind the top layer. Truly a simple great layout idea. 

Making cards for other demonstrators is always challenging as I want something fresh for them. Carrie is such a thoughtful person and always happy, I thought Daffodil Delight fit the occasion. The paper used was Park Lane 133694. 

Changing things up just a bit and it's a sympathy card for another demo who lost her grandma. I love this set, Love & Sympathy. I have used it more more than sympathy cards. 122797 c 128652 w. 

Do you have a go to set for sympathy? 

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Love & Sympathy » 3 stamps Wood 128652 $15.95 Clear 122797 $11.95 Available in French


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For You - watercolor heart

Using the same technique outlined in i created this heart. Throw in some arrows using punches including the chevron edge punch and stamp up the background using the Work of Art set for a tone on tone look. 

Thank you for stopping, happy stamping, Sandy

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Watercolor Framelit Thank you (male)

Using the same coloring/shape technique from I made the shirt using the Baby's First onsie framelit 133735 and colored using Crushed Curry. I water colored the tie also.  

The burlap ribbon and metal buttons finish off a strong masculine look. I even added a diamond tie tack 

Colors: island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and of course Whisper White. 

Have you ordered your Baby's First framelit and stamp set yet? So many options in one small package. 

Got a cute idea with this Framelit? Share with me and I will post it on my blog. 

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Way To Go ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Using the same watercolor technique explained here I colored the stars that were cut out using the Stars Framelits 133723. 

With the stripes on the banner to the whited dotted TIEF paper it's a richly textured card. 

Change the shape of the stars and the greeting and you can keep the same look for a different occasion. 

Thank you for stopping by. Happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, July 18, 2014

You're The Best (mustache)

Fun new technique tonight! Watercolor Framelits. 


For watercoloring. I did two re-inker drops per cup and about a teaspoon-tablespoon of water. 

Cut the framelit out of watercolor paper first 112959. Using your ink and water and an aqua painter 103954 paint the paper as desired. Create some magic. 

I like that it gives variegation and texture to your framelit instead of flat uniform cardstock. 

And above is why I recommend watercoloring whole shapes rather than color in areas. There is just not enough control unless you have a very fine aqua painter, which Stampin' Up! Does not carry. 

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All That Glitters - 50th Anniversary

My in-laws 50th anniversary is this week. Of course I couldn't do just ONE card!

I had trouble photographing all the shine. Goodness in one of the now deleted photos you could see my reflection and all my splendor. 😳

This card was so front heavy with all the layers it kept tipping over. It weighed quite a bit more than the box card. 

And such a simple word that means so much in 50 years of marriage.  

Yes I used vellum and the new frames TIEF which I had to hand cut the vellum and the gold layer to get it to work right. 

The front layer, the one that looks like gold striped paper? You won't find it in the catalog. In fact, unless I get ambitious, it won't be seen again. I ran Whisper White cardstock using the Stylish Stripes TIEF 132174 through the Big Shot. I then ran a piece of the Gold Foil Sheet 132622 doing the same thing using a bigger piece. I then hand cut the stripe inserts. It was trial and error. I am sure there are easier ways to do it than I did. But this was a one time card. It was worth the time. 

Did you know GOLD is very popular in home decor and fashion at the moment? Stampin' Up! Is on trend with all the gold offerings. Pages 193 and 206 have all that glitters. Shop today!

Ack! You can see me reflected. Crazy! Not sure how I can avoid that. It's pretty funny. 

I just love the simplicity of this card. It might be my favorite. It certainly was the quickest!

The & TIEF has many uses. Anniversary or wedding is just one idea. 

Staying with the same theme of gold foil paper, vellum, whisper white and embossing I had to make a trendy pop up box card. Had to be done!

The side 3 flaps are Very Vanilla to boost color and soften the contrast of the Whisper White / Gold combo. I used a TIEF that just retired. It was scripty letters. 

To again soften the impact of the gold foil paper I put it around the bottom of the box rather than the flaps. That is all you would have seen if I had placed it there. 

Layers!!! That is the key to impact on the pop up box. I used a circle as continuity to attach all in the pop up section. Otherwise it would have just looked to busy. 

Thank you for stopping by. Please ask if you have any questions on supplies used or the how to on these three items. The supply list is long and rather than type it all up I thought I had better get this posted and if anyone wants it then I can post it. 

Oh pooh. Convention is going on now and for the first time in since 2010 I am not there. I will be next year!

Happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Diva Blog Hop July: New Catalog

(If you are following the blog hop you should have arrived from Denise's and head to Autumns blog after. 

You Rock!

134862 You Rock stamp set
130514 w 130517 c Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set
131180 Pear Pizazz Ink pad
131201 Pear Pizazz Cardstock
121045 Basic Black Cardstock
120953 Crumb Cake Cardstock
126975 Crumb Cake Ink pad
102935 Brushed Gold Cardstock
104199 Linen Thread
132140 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon
130011 Pear Pizazz Chevron Ribbon
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
130999 Old Olive Blendabilities Assortment
133787 Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (star)
130916 Alphabet Press TIEF Big Shot
104430 Dimenstionals

I am not going to say this is my favorite new stamp set in the catalog, but it definitely ranks up in the top 10. I love the complete versatility and simplicity of the "you rock" saying, it works for birthday, thank you, thinking of you, congrats, retirement and more. I love the idea of a rocking chair. It is whimsical and fun, plus you can color it in with Blendabilities. I have rediscovered the fun of coloring that I had as a kid with Blendabilities. I have more colors on order! Can't have just one ya know. 

The Alphabet Press TIEF I did a direct to paper with the Pear Pizazz ink pad just to punch up the background a bit. 

Who "rocks" enough to receive this card?

Happy Birthday using Age Awareness

1135381 photopolymer Age Awareness Stamp set
133645 Mossy Meadow Ink pad
133676 Mossy Meadow Cardstock
119683 Daffodil Delight Cardstock
133703 All Abloom Paper Stack
124262 Whisper White Bakers Twine
130931 Brights Candy Dots
119873 3/4" circle punch 
133781 What's Up punch
104430 Dimensionals

For some reason when I pulled out this stamp set I saw "flap card". Not sure where that idea came from but that is what I saw. The flaps are 5 1/2" inches long, scored X. Attach the flaps to the DSP layer and attach to the base card. There is still plenty of room to write your greeting on the back side of the flaps. 

Cute Koala is Thinking of You

134360 Kind Koala Stamp set
132708 Memento Ink Pad
130998 Daffodil Delight Assortment Blendabilities
131003 Rich Razzleberry Assortment Blendabilities
133701 Moonlight Paper Stack
119683 Daffodil Delight Cardstock
111349 Rich Raspberry Cardstock
100730 Whisper White Cardstock
121045 Basic Black Cardstock
130931 Brights Candy Dots in Old Olive
119861 1 1/4" Circle Punch

Finished Size 6" x 3"

Love the cute Kind Koal in this stamp set. And yes, I get to color it in using the Blendabilities!!! 

I did not cut the circles in half, but rather used them whole.

Thank you for stopping by our July Diva Blog hop featuring new catalog items. Click on the top blog to get started! Happy inspiration from these fine ladies and happy stamping, Sandy

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Direct link to Blog Hop post:

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Keep being creative, Sandy

And So the Summer Goes...

The theme for my summer is "The Best Laid Plans.." Lol!

Husband out of town for 24/25 days caring for a family member and dealing with all the family drama that comes with that situation. Kids in and out and in and out of house and projects and camps. My mother is falling again and should be moved to an assisted living facility. Summer house projects started and interrupted. Visiting colleges (gasp!) Crafting time that comes in binge modes. It has been crazy I tell ya. I keep saying my schedule is a moving target. It truly has been. Would love to be having more classes, making more youtube videos and more, but things just keep interrupting. 

The best part of all this is with the job I have, with the company I have, somehow it all works. Somehow what absolutely needs to get done, gets done. Though I am sad that the Inspire*Create*Share 2014 Convention is happening in days and for the first time since 2010 I am not attending, it is all for the best. (or at least I keep telling myself that). 

With all the crazy schedule this summer, yesterday I sat outside soaking up a few rays for 45 minutes. I do not relax well. Never have. I like to keep my schedule full. My family likes it that way also. So for 45 blissful minutes yesterday, I sat outside and did nothing. I actually set my phone aside. It was nice and I got my Vitamin D requirement out of the way. There was a lovely song bird on the bushes near me that filled the air with a beautiful song. Not sure what bird though. It was a tune I am not familiar with. 

As I hit the halfway point of summer, I need to try and get some order to the schedule. There are the must do this summer items and the I would like to do this summer items. 

I hope you find your summer fulfilling and sun soaked. What is your must do this summer?

Thank you for stopping by, Happy Stamping, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blendabilities Go Public: Get Blooming

In honor of the public release of Blendabilities I thought I'd share this card with you. 

Blendabilities are on page 212 of the catalog. Pages 166-161 have instructions and some great stamps to color. This is not your 1990's line art stamps to color in the lines! The great thing about our Blendabilities is how great they work and how affordable they are. $11.95 for an entire color family of three markers. 

The card was an oh-so-simple 4x4 card. One layer of the whisper white (measured at 3.5 x 3.5"). Stamp Blended Bloom 135906 stamp using the Memento Pad ink 132708 and Coastal Cabana Blendabilities set 131000. A little Daffodil Delight Blendabilities 130998 in the flower center for a pop of color.  And the color lifter 129369 to blend and lift the color. 

Add the Watercolor Thank You stamp 135377 and a Daffodil Delight bow for some dimension 125583. And voila! 

Order Blendabilies today. Fall in love with coloring all over again tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by. 

Happy Stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy