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Reason for my Absence - It is a GOOD One!

I have been very absent from here. There is a logical and sound reason. On June 23, 2019 my husband got a kidney transplant. We got the call at 12:55 am on June 24, 2019 that there was one available. It was a very wild ride leading up to surgery. No one slept, like at all, until Sunday night. Like how could you sleep getting that news? You just can't.

We have, or I have, more to share on this once life settles down.

On top of that, because life continues to happen, in spades, I had surgery scheduled for days after his transplant. It was supposed to be a safe time to have it. The calendar was fairly clear!!! I did move it once or twice because of his transplant. But we discussed it, and decided that it was best to go ahead with my surgery. We can recover together. My pre-op exam would eventually time out (good for only 30 days) and I didn't want to repeat that. And so on. It seemed best to just go forward.

It was my first surgery alone. My son dropped me off early in the morni…

July Host Codes

Use this code when checking out with your online order. It is optional but you might receive something fun from me. 

Ride with Me Truck die and stamp set

Here are some great tips from Stampin' Up! to put together your truck. You could also use Tear and Tape and trim it to fit.



I will have my own video and post about this great bundle coming soon.

Sunday Reference Day - Card Layer Sizing

I know many of you struggle with layer sizing when designing your projects. I created this measurement chart and a great visual to help you with measurements and designing.

Card Layer Sizing Chart based on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" folded card

Here are the raw measurements based on a 5 1/2' x 4 1/4" finished card:



5 ¼ x 4” 5 x 3 ¾” 4 ¾ x 3 ½” 4 ½ x 3 ¼” 4 ¼ x 3” 4 x 2 ¾” 3 ¾ x 2 ½” 3 ½ x 2 ¼” 3 ¼ x 2” 3 x 1 ¾” 2 ¾ x 1 ½” 2 ½ x 1 ¼”

You can also find this chart on my Tool Box page.

Original website post on card layers, includes a video!

I hope you find this information useful.

Happy Stamping, Sandy

Make a Wish My Friend

The sweetness of the purples of this card will bring a smile to anyones face. Some of the products are now retired, as I didn't get it posted in time. It happens. With my wrist and should issues (arthritis and many other things), using a computer this past 2019 winter just couldn't happen. See below for an update!
I thought it is still worth mentioning the card, if nothing else maybe you like the layout, or some other materials used in the project. Excuse the mess in the background. It does get cleaned up, and often. Currently I have about a two inch deep pile of scraps, and other materials on my work table as I prepare new samples for the just newly released Annual Catalog on June 4, 2019.
This stamp set was introduced in the Occasions 2019 catalog, and retired during the end of the catalog life cycle in May 2019. Sad, because I really liked it. 
Card Recipe Stamps: Life is Grand 148744 $20 cling retired Inks: Memento Black ink pad Papers: Very Vanilla cardstock 101650 $9.75, Ba…

Everything is Coming up Daisies

I love this card! It is so bright and fresh. It uses newer colors (mostly) from Stampin' Up! And it came together really fast. I was inspired by a sample I saw on page 23 in the catalog. The sample card is nice, but I wanted more of a color pop. And with using Gorgeous Grape as the main color and adding a pale green, in this case, Soft Sea Foam, it really brings out that purple hue.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Daisy Lane stamp set 149325 $23 cling
Inks: Gorgeous Grape ink 147099 $7.50
Papers: Soft Sea Foam 146988 $8.75, Whisper White 100730 $9.75, Purple Posy 150881 $8.75, Crushed Curry 131199 $8.75
Accessories: Tailored Tag punch, 145667 $18, Daisy punch 143713 $18, (not on project) Medium Daisy Punch 149517 $16, Subtle 3D embossing folder 151715 $10, Burlap Ribbon 141487 $7, 1/2" circle punch 119869 $6
Save: Daisy Lane bundle 151118 $35, save 10% when you buy the Daisy Lane stamp set and medium daisy punch together. Use this item code.
Daisy Lane stamp set 149325 $23 cling 

Daisy Deligh…

Color Palette 2019-2020 from Stampin' Up!

Color Palette 2019-2020 Stampin' Up!

Here is our color palette for the next year from Stampin' Up! You can find a copy of it in my Tool Box tab also. A great resource for all kinds of things.

Use this to help coordinate your projects.

I am such a color nerd I could look at this chart all day.

Be sure to click to download the chart to your computer or phone.

Thanks for stopping by, Sandy

May's Hugs from Shelli Kit from Paper Pumpkin

Hugs from Shelli Kit + Bird Ballad Suite Stampin’ Up! is known by papercrafters all over the world for its coordinating products. In fact, coordination is one of the services we offer that sets us apart.  So when Paper Pumpkin decided to develop a global kit (May’s Hugs from Shelli kit), we of course thought about how we could help you sell catalog items with it. After all, giving your customers mix-and-match options from the catalog opens their eyes to a whole world of Stampin’ Up! products. And when they catch the vision for expanding their creative options, your sales can jump. The May Hugs from Shelli kit was designed to coordinate with the Bird Ballad suite (item 152190) on p. 91–92 of the new annual catalog. This suite sells for $94.75 (USD)/$128.75 (CAD) and includes the following: Free as a Bird Stamp Set (item 149468)Stitched Nested Labels Dies (item 149638)Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (item 149592)Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin (item 149565)3/8" (1 cm) Scalloped…

New Catalog LIVE!

If you are needing some background visuals and music and creative inspiration, put this video on in the background. I love putting these together for all the catalogs. I think I missed the Occasions 2019 catalog only. I should remedy that really soon.



This beauty right here is alive and ready for your order from your long wish lists. Well, at least mine is quite long.

SHOP THE NEW CATALOGgoes live at 12:00 MT, 1:00 PM CST

PRINTABLE WISH LIST FOR CATALOG (can always find under Tool Box)

Annual Catalog 2019-20 PDF also available under Tool Box



Spotlight Coloring a Stamped Image

Spotlight coloring can be done in a variety of ways. As I show in my live video on my Live at 5! Let's Spotlight Color on June 3, 2019 Facebook live class. I do my best to do 2 live classes a week on Facebook. Tune in to interact in person.

Spotlight A: Color an image
Spotlight A: Cut out image
Spotlight A: Layer colored image on cardstock

Spotlight B: Use a mask to solid color an image
Spotlight B
Spotlight C: Reverse Spotlight, using a mask
Spotlight C
Spotlight D: Use a stencil to color in your image
Spotlight D
Spotlight D
Spotlight E: Use a frame
Spotlight F: Stamp image 2 times
Spotlight F: cut out one image
Spotlight F: Layer cut out image over solid cardstock 
Ways to Spotlight Color:
A. Stamp image once, cut out, color, layer on a solid color cardstock.
B. Use a mask to solidly color in an image. I used two colors and a sponge dauber.
C. Reverse Spotlight, Use a shape to lay over image and color around the image.
D. Mask to color in your image.
E. Use a frame, created usi…

A Good Man is Good to Find

From my Live at 5! Let's Make Something on May 29, 2019. That is my live interactive classes on my Facebook page.



I adore this stamp set for so many reasons right now. For one, it is a basic male, family guy, masculine without the hunting and fishing and woods and sports sets we have always had. It pairs well with Beautiful You and Wonderful Moments stamp set, the female partners to this male set.

All three stamp sets are a sketch style line art image. See how easy it can be to make great cards using this stamp set. I do show some swaps I received, giving credit where credit is needed.

Watch me make some easy cards with this great stamp set that you should have in your stamp tool box.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy Stamping, Sandy

Milestone Birthday Card / Window Card

My friend and upline Denise, recently turned a milestone birthday. See pictures for which milestone! LOL

She loves her dragonflies. So I thought why not combine dragonflies and the milestone for a beautiful card. She also loves more earthy colors. This is one of the perks of making a custom handmade card, you can get quite customized for the receiver.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams 142924 $21
Inks: Soft Suede ink 147115 $7.50, Black Memento 132708 $6,
Papers: Nature's Poem DSP $11 146338, Silver Foil paper 146960 $5, Whisper White 100730 $9.75, Tranquil Tide 144246 $8.50, Soft Suede 115318 $8.50,
Accessories: Detailed Dragonfly dies 142749 $31, Window Sheets 142314 $5, Foam Adhesive Strips 141825 $8, Rectangles Stitched Dies 148551 $35, Burlap Ribbon

For this project I did extend the window sheet beyond the cardstock frame to create a different effect. I love how that turned out. It gives a modern floating frame look to the central image.

To give the dragonfly flight, I stamped …

Adding a Touch of Color to Vellum - Stained Glass

I talked about how to color vellum in a recent post. See link below for full post. On there I give full instructions for how to color your butterfly and supplies used. This is sometimes used to achieve a stained glass look. For this project I just wanted some subtle shading to the image.

Supplies

Vellum cardstockStazOn Ink in blacka stampStampin' Blends alcohol based markers Stampin your image in ink.  Punch out, cut or whatever you are going to be doing to your image.  Color on the back side of image with your desired color. 

See Full Card Post here

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy stamping, Sandy

New Product Extravaganza featuring the Annual Catalog 2019-20

I have been working nearly daily on displays for this upcoming Extravaganza on June 22, 2019.

You received an invitation in your email if you are on my mailing list. Would you like to receive an invite contact me to get on my mailing list today.

New 2019-20 Annual Catalog  Product Extravaganza Saturday, June 22, 2019 10-1 pm Open House Style Plymouth MN
There will be dozens of live demonstrations, prized, specials for ordering and signing up to be a Demonstrator. Many ways to win. There will be hundreds of samples on display. Be sure bring your camera and plenty of film. Lol

Contact me to get on my list today!

Happy stamping, Sandy

Goodbye to an Old Longstanding Friend - Lovely as a Tree

We are bidding a fond farewell to a longstanding friend of Stampin' Up!
Lovely as a Tree 128655 wood  $28 and 127793 clear mount $20
It has been the longest running stamp set, at about 22 years I believe I heard. They made the choice not to carry it forward to what would be the new CLING mount style using red rubber stamps and no wood blocks. 
Many of us are quite sad to see it go. It is being replaced with 
Rooted in Nature 148217 $42 CLING mount  (originally as wood and clear mount - changing June 4, 2019) Matching dies Nature's Roots 146341 $39









Rooted in Nature is a set that I do love a lot, but there is something so classic and natural about Lovely as a Tree. I will be holding onto my set for my own personal use, like a few others that are retiring this year. 
Lovely as a Tree made a great set for general items, scrapbook pages, gifts, masculine cards, sympathy, birthday for anyone, and more. It just works. I do understand though that Rooted in Nature with matching dies, just…

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