Sunday, December 17, 2017

You NEED This Tool in your Tool Box

This will change the way you stamp! Designed by demonstrators and can be used by anyone.

Pre-order your Stamparatus by December 31st.  Learn how!

I am not sure after December 31st when this item will be available to order after this date. When you place your order it will be placed in a queue. They will fill the orders after the first of the year in stages. First ordered, first received, until all pre-orders are filled.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

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

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    Great Card Layout from Live at 5!

    My Live at 5! on Monday October 2nd, I showed my new favorite card layout. I have been using it quite a bit as it is easy, and really is a good way to showcase our DSP. The best part of this layout? You can get 12 pieces out of one 12x12 inch sheet of DSP Designer Series Paper, which is on special right now for B3G1 FREE.

    Plus this layout can go several ways, fold on the left, opening on the right, fold on the top, opening on the bottom, or fold on the bottom, open up on top (have not made one yet). Orrrr, maybe I will have to try this, make it an envelope with card liner that slides out for a greeting. Hmmmm, thinking...

    Tools needed: Simply Scored by Stampin' Up!, maybe your Big Shot Die Cutter

    1. Score your cardstock base at 5 1/2" by placing it so the short side run sideways across the top of your Simply Scored. 
    2. Cut your card base on the long length at 4 1/4" and again. You can get two cards out of the one full sheet. You will see that the back of the card forms your standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card size.
    3. Cut Your DSP Designer Series Paper to 2 3/4" x 4, you get 12 pieces per sheet. Make sure it is facing the direction your card faces (see above on layout ideas). 
    4. Cut your card liner to 4 x 5 1/4"
    5. Stamp on your card liner (optional).
    6. Create your focal point, greeting, image or other. I find circles and ovals and scallops work the best for this part, but knock yourself out. Best to use at least two layers. It should be at least 2" in diameter or the whole card will look off balance.
    7. Adhere your papers - card liner, DSP.
    8. Adhere your focal point together.
    9. Place your adhesive, to adhere your focal point, on the card, rather than the object. I found after making a number of these layouts that is the way to make sure you get the glue or tape only where you need it. 
    10. Add your embellishments - rhinestones, bows, buttons, etc.

    DSP Designer Series Paper sale runs all October. Shop Now!

    Thank you for stopping by. Do not forget I am LIVE on Facebook Mondays Wednesday, and Friday at 5! CST Link to page.

    Keep being your creative best, Sandy

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    BOGO DSP Sale during October 2017!

    B3G1 (Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!) sale on 
    Designer Series Paper all through October 2017. 

    In the video I mention the Spooky Night and Be Merry and other DSP from the Holiday catalog. The sale only includes 2 paper packs from the Holiday catalog. I apologize for the confusion.

    Designer Series Paper Sale Items

    Annual (P. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
    Annual (P. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 188)144163Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 188)144110Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD 
    Annual (P. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD 
    Holiday (P. 29)144629Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
    Holiday (P. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD

    Sale starts Sunday, October 1, 2017 and runs the entire month of October. Does not include all our DSP packs. Sorry if I misstated that. 

    There is no limit to how many B3G1 Buy 3, Get 1 FREE you can receive. Order yours early in case there is a backorder situation. I hope not, but it is hard to predict. 

     My DSP Designer Series Paper Storage system

    My philosophy is what can be on wheels, should be on wheels. That way I can move it to make room if I need. It works for me, some may not find it as easy. I can wheel it up to the table if I need. Or into our laundry room if I need the floor space. 
    This Kallax shelf from Ikea. DSP in one bin, 
    neutral 12 x 12 cardstock in a bin, 
    colored 12x12 cardstock in a bin and small bags, 
    boxes and kits in a bin

    The pull out drawers I have are no longer available. 
    Need two of the wheel rails

    Finished it looks something like this, the gray/slate/turquoise color is new. Mine is white.

    I put each paper package of DSP in here, item 144206 $7 package of 12 sleeves
    I use a retired 8 1/2x11 sleeve for our 6x6 paper stacks.
    A standard office sheet protector would work the same.

    Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to catch me LIVE on Facebook  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday LIVE at 5! 

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    Feeling Accomplished!

    MayvMac Epic Fight 2017

    So sad. Goodbye Ruby!

    Newbie MN State Fair

    Surgery Part 1

    One evening a week ago, we had a somewhat quiet evening in the house. Hubs went off to run errands I cannot do yet, son was studying (playing games more likely) and I thought, I have not done any Project Life scrapbook pages since May I think. Maybe not, but close.

    My time ended up being interrupted by LIFE, but I still got 6 pages done, not sharing the other two yet. I still want to write up much more on my surgery. This page is pretty much just leading up to surgery. I may not share my entire journey on social media, I am not sure. I have been pretty open about it, hoping that it helps someone else. Then again, maybe it is worth sharing. I will need to get those pages done soon.

    I have a lot to get caught up from this summer, two trips and a few other noteworthy activities and events. I am still working on our big California trip from June 2016. That I am completing in My Digital Studio/My Memories Suite. I am hoping I can make it a coffee table type book. Some of the scenic pictures are just too beautiful to sit on my phone or computer.

    I probably should have posted the pictures in the order of occurrence, the fight and state fair occurred on the same day. Surgery is followed by Ruby the next day happened before the other two pages. Oh well. Definitely Ruby was an uh oh moment in our lives, and at the least opportune time.

    Recovery continues on my R knee, Saul, as my husband and I work our way through watching Better Call Saul. I have watched 2 seasons on Netflix. Since I put this stupid ban on TV 2 1/2 years ago, I cannot seem to force myself to turn the darn thing on now. My husband even got me a talking cable remote for during my surgery recovery. Talk about breaking a lifetime habit. My parents never restricted nor monitored what I watched on TV, ever. Even when I was in K-3grade I would crawl onto the end of my moms bed to watch Johnny Carsons monologue. I so admired his work at a very young age. His monologue started around 10:30 on a school night!

    Surgery update, 5.5 weeks out of surgery now. As of PT physical therapy today, my range of motion is 75 degrees and growing weekly. I can extend my leg to 0 degrees. Progress is slow and steady. I am working against years of problems and 4 years on a knee implant that was never solid. Making progress and that is what counts most, not the pace, but the progress. it is not easy. I still have occasional days that I lay down and think, how did I get to this place, cuz it sucks. Most of the time I am Little Merry Sunshine though. We all have our moments of doubt, we are all human. It comes from being more than a rock!

    Yes it felt good to get some Project Life work done. Feeling accomplished. Hubs said I was in a better mood after my little session. Yes, most likely very true. Feels good to record those memories, those thoughts, the good and bad moments that define who we are and why we re here.

    I encourage you to go find some time in your busy week to do just that, journal, or scrapbook, or use the Project Life app and record some of those thoughts and memories, maybe find a picture or two that works, or not. It all doesn't have to have pictures.

    Supplies: Project Life phone app, (top to bottom) Hashtag themed card collection, Perfectly Imperfect Card Collection, Theme Park card collection and Brave Patient card collection.

    Thank you for stopping by today and hearing my story. I appreciate being able to share with you. Sandy

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    Be Merry Ornament Kit

    Wednesday September 27 Live at 5! I talked about how great this kit is, and why you should purchase it today, item 144648 $19.00. Watch the Live video below.

    See also my Youtube Channel for more videos! 

    Be Merry Ornament Kit item 144648 

    Makes 6 each of 2 ornament styles - red and green (Old Olive)

    Green/Old Olive ornament stye 1

    red/Real Red ornament style 2

    They are so beautiful!!!

    12 ornaments, each ornament is $1.58 each plus Ship/Handling. 
    Under $2 is a great bargain for lovely handmade ornaments.

    A few changes makes it into a Halloween decoration, gift tag
    or other. 

    Using the Painted Harvest DSP I changed it to a lovely Fall/Thanksgiving decoration.

    Using some of the extra bits leftover from the kit 
    I made some super simple tree ornaments. 

    Kits can be a great jumping off point for crafters. There is no reason you need to assemble it per the instructions. Use your own creative juices to see what you can start. 

    I am ordering a second kit so I can make Valentines, wedding, anniversary, birthday and more alternatively made rosettes. Imagine taking the 12 rosettes and decorating for a wedding, anniversary and more with just a few simple changes. At less than $2 per rosette ornament it is a fantastic value. They would also make great package or gift bag decorations or tags. So many uses from one simple kit. 

    Convinced you need this kit? Shop Now! 

    Be sure to download the PDF of tips for the Be Merry Ornament Kit today. See below. Or Check under the Tool Box tab above. If viewing Mobile, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click VIEW DESKTOP to take you to the full Desktop website.

    Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to try one of our kits, especially the versatile Be Merry Ornament Kit. If you do order it and have alternate projects you would like to share, email me and I will post and give you credit with permission. Or post in the comments below. 

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Get Your Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE!

    This adorable and versatile stamp set is only available for a short while. Until October 31st to be exact. You can get it FREE for hosting or placing a qualifying order (of at least $300).. Thats it. There is no item number as it will automatically be included in your order or your party order. There is no limit to how many you can get either.

    It is a two step stamp set. You get an outline stamp (deer, candle, words) and a filler image that coordinates seamlessly with the outlined image. Watch the video above to learn more.

    I personally will be placing an order this week to make sure I get my own Merry Patterns stamp set.

    How will you get your stamp set FREE? 

    Host a party (online or in person), place a qualifying order? Plan ahead. Because once this promotion is over, this stamp set is gone forever. And those candles and that deer can certainly be used outside of the holiday season. Even the word SEASON could be used elsewhere.

    Shop Now

    Download the flyer to learn more. 

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Friday Live at 5! Punches and Coordinating Stamp Sets

    I am still working on figuring out how to upload my Live casts to Youtube. If you have experience doing so, please message me at

    Today I discussed our punches and how we have stamp sets, in some cases, several stamp sets that are designed to coordinate with punches. That makes them super versatile and should be found in every crafters tool box. 

    Feel free to download the document below. It lists all our punches, and the stamp sets that were designed to coordinate with them. 

    F'YI I have a large collection of helpful documents listed under my Tool Box Tab at the top of the page. It may include tips for putting together some of Stampin' Up!s kits, and much more. I am always adding documents. For mobile users,  scroll to the bottom and click on VIEW DESKTOP. That will take you to the non-mobile formatted website. 

    Thank you for stopping by today!

    Keep being creative, Sandy