Monday, January 25, 2016

What A Girl Wants


Tuesday (tomorrow) if you are in the Anoka Minnesota area. This is my 6th year participating in this event. 

There will be a Stampin' Up! Make & Take table. 

I am prepped and ready for 800 people to make a cute tag! New or seasoned crafter, stop by and give it a try. 


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Product Bonanza Extravaganza Saturday


You are invited - by me!!! Bring your friends too. 

Prizes * Make & Take * Live Demonstrations * Specials * Card Contest * bring your camera - lots of displays! 


That is the link to the event website. Card contest rules on there. 

I will be a Pumpkin that day. Paper Pumpkin, that is. Come visit me and learn about Paper Pumpkin and the great Sale-a-Bration special. 


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, January 4, 2016

Heat Embossing - 4 ways


For this card I used Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter . TiP: Make sure your Heat & Stick isn't over 10 years old! 

Using H&S adds a few steps because you stamp Versamark, sprinkle with H&S, heat, then quickly add the glitter and heat to set. It is a way you can use glitter to heat emboss. An easier way - shown below! 

I went in after and highlighted parts with the new Wink of Stella pen in Clear, page 24 in the Occasions catalog 141897 because the glitter did not stick as well as I had hoped. I also ordered myself some fresh Heat & Stick power! lol


To give the window frame a high gloss frosty winder look I used the Shimmer White paper. 
And yes, I fussy cut Santa. Only one thoughT


For this card I used the Craft White pigment ink pad and the white embossing powder. Using both in white gives it a very opaque white. 

More fussy cutting and more grumbling by Sandy! I cut three separate and different poinsettias from the Cozy Christmas (now sadly retired) paper. The yellow jewels are our rhinestones colored with permanent markers. I use a 36 count Bic set. Not sure if it is still available, but their colors are very close to our color collection. I used to use Blendabilities.

I also went back in and used a sponge dauber to frost up the "window pane".


I believe I used just versa mark and the white embossing powder here. 
Don't you just love my silly pompom fringe frame? 


Here is embossing snowflakes done right! I used VersaMark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder. There is something about Iridescent Ice embossing powder that always makes me smile. 
The combination of the two give the snowflakes the proper clear shimmer they should have. Snowflakes are not truly white, we just see them as white. 

More grumbling, more fussy cutting. And....... this is the only Rudolph on the entire page that is standing facing that way. Nope no pressure at all if I mess it up and cut off a leg. 

I like the vellum oval behind him. He needed some separation from the musical paper, but adding a solid color or something else I felt would detract from his cuteness. The vellum added the soft touch I was looking for. 


Here you can really see the glimmer you get from the Iridescent Ice embossing powder and VersaMark ink pad combination. Pow!


My final combination, shoot, I didn't keep track. I am pretty sure it is the picture below. I used VersaMark ink and Clear embossing powder then when in and highlighted with Wink of Stella in clear. It is to subtle for my tastes but I otherwise love the card. 


Yes, you can see the inside of the snowflakes highlighted here. 


Another way to glitter - use your Blender pen and Dazzling Details glitter glue. Its easy and quick and really stretched the glue.



See what I mean about the I Ice and I believe that is white Craft ink.


Not a good picture of my favorite combination.

Make sure your H&S is from this decade at least!!!



Oh pretty!


My downline Jeny tried out a few of the heat embossing techniques also. Isn't she a talent?

Products used (that are specific to these techniques). The Christmas related products are retired.

Heat & Stick Powder 100625
Heat Tool 129053
Embossing Buddy 103083
Dazzling Details glitter glue 124117
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter 133751
White emboss powder 109132
Iridescent Ice emboss powder 101930
Clear emboss powder 109130
Blender pen 102845
VersaMark Ink pad 102283
White Craft ink pad 101731

All items can be found in the annual catalog mostly on pages 162-163 and can be purchased from my store. Click SHOP above.

If you have any other questions I did not answer in my post please comment below or send me an email

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Uh oh! Sympathy Cards Needed


My cousin requested a few specialty sympathy cards a few weeks ago. A young teen lost her fight with Cystic Fibrosis. The requirements were as follows: her favorite color was purple and turquoise for CF association, and she liked butterflies. 

I tried to incorporate all of that in one card and it just looked like a hot mess. There is no evidence of that first draft left on the planet. I am sure I could if it hadn't been right before Christmas. I decided to break it down into two different cards. My cousin could then choose to use one or both of the cards. 

I used the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set from the Annual Catalog. Since the purple card has such strong colors, I chose to soften the butterfly by cutting it out of vellum. It created a subtle accent to the sympathy focal point.


For the Cystic Fibrosis card, I used their colors, yellow, bright blue and turquoise. It is not my favorite color combination but the symbolism of the colors means so much. I softened the bold colors with the doily and embossing the yellow in the dotted folder. 


It was fun to make custom cards. Of course every card I make is custom, but to get a special request I was quite honored! 

I hope Maddie is at peace now. CF is such a brutal disease. I worked in XRAY in a hospital many years ago, and saw daily the affects it ravaged on young people. My heart goes out to everyone affected by CF.

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Stamping, Sandy


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Diva Gift Bag & Tag Exchange



For our December Diva Downline meeting we held a gift bag and matching tag exchange. I had a little (okay A LOT!) of fun with this project. I ended up making three sets of gift bags and tags and added a matching card to each. I figured that those that didn't have time to participate would also go home with a project. In other words, I was feeling generous during the spirit of the season.

The first combination I made was of the traditional variety. I used reds and greens and the Dove stamp.

***full disclosure: most of these products are now retired. I wanted to share with you so you can borrow the layouts and color combinations. Therefore, I am not likely to list individual products, per usual.***

Okay, not completely true. In this combination, I used Merry Moments DSP, which is in the annual catalog, as is the vintage leaves die and the ribbon. 

I did decorate the backs of all the bags too. I forgot to take pictures of those. So sorry. They were nice though.  

Combination 1: Traditional gift bag, tag and matching card



I did not get a picture of the front of the tag, but you can picture it!


Combination 2: Modern Ritz gift bag, tag and matching card


Do you like how I lined up the Celebrate so the b loop lined up with the antlers? Silly and clever.

The tag for this combination was permanently attached to the bag. 

The woodcuts are available still in the annual catalog. I colored them with the new Wink of Stella Gold, which is in the Occasions catalog starting January 5, 2016.

I am really, really going to miss this paper!!! 
The embossing folder is a carryover item from the holiday catalog to the Occasions Catalog.
And the gold (and silver) doilies are in the annual catalog.
And I did decorate the back of this bag also using the gold stripe and the black marble papers.


Combination 3: Vintage Christmas bag, tag and matching card

Yes, my little Yule friend is from Sweden. My grandmother brought him back in maybe 1968 when she visited. My cat Little Girl grew quite enamored of my Yule Tomte friend over the holiday season.
Cozy Christmas and Home for the Holidays product line from the Holiday Catalog. Oh you will be missed!

I colored the yellow star button (from the Holiday Catalog) with the new Wink of Stella gold pen to give it even more shine.

I hand cut (fussy cut) all the presents. If you know me, I hate fussy cutting. But it really gave it the right look and the personal touch.


Another product I had a lot of fun with from the Holiday catalog - the red pompom fringe! 
And again, there was another side to the tag, but I failed to take a picture.

The back side of the back was decorated in the same green card stock and the matching DSP.


Thank you for stopping by. I had so much fun making these products. I hope you enjoyed seeing them. I wish you the very best in 2016!

Happy Stamping, Sandy























Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy