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Remarkable You is Retiring!

One of our favs Remarkable You is Retiring! I thought it would be fun to focus on some retiring creations in the next few days so we can maximize our use of these products.

Recently Sandi's Stampers held a card SWAP and several swappers used retiring sets (unbeknownst at the time)---so I picked a few that we can use as samples for our review of retiring stamp sets (and other products).

Today's sample was created by Wanda Onafuwa--using the "Remarkable You" stamp set--love her use of the Washi Tape--I never think to grab that when I'm creating... Remarkable you - wanda  onafuwa

Looking a bit closer you can also see how she used the Layering Leaves embossing folder to add some interest and dimension to the card. Remarkable you - corner

I'll give you the directions below followed by the list of supplies.

Remember

*Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed until 5/27--all other retiring products are here only while supplies last!
*Place your order as soon as possible to have the best chance of having the products available--once they are gone--they won't be back
*If you place your order online (through my store) and you enter this month's Hostess Code (QK6UFZNJ) I will send you $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Here are the directions:

1. Cut Melan Mambo cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 5 1/2; cut 2 X 5 3/8 Melan, run through Layering Leaves embossing folder & adhere to right side of card front with liquid glue.

2. Lay a strip of Pick a Pattern Washi tape along the right side of the card front.

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 2 7/8 X 2 1/2, stamp flower (Remarkable You) in Archival Black ink, color with Melan Mambo marker and highlight with Wink of Stella

4. Cut Silver foil paper 8 X 2 5/8, adhere the above stamped image to this with glue dots; adhere to card front with liquid glue

5. Cut Whisper White cardstock 2 5/8 X 1, stamp "You are remarkable" in Archival black ink; cut Melan Mambo cardstock 2 3/4 X 1 1/8; adhere the stamped image to this with liquid glue. Adhere this unit to card front with dimensionals.

Your card is complete and ready to mail!

Here's the supply list--shop through my store now to get your supplies:

 

 

 

Retiring List for Stampin'Up! Annual (Big) Catalog & Occasions Mini Catalog

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Today I'm posting for you the Retiring Lists for Stampin'Up! Annual (Big) Catalog & Occasions Mini Catalog

May I say one thing---yes, we are seeing lots of our favs going away---we'll miss them! BUT, believe me when I say we are getting some awesome awesome awesome replacements...so never fear--amazing new stuff is near!

Having said that, if you have not signed up for the New Catalog Debut (June 1, 2 & 3)...I have a couple of spots left--you do NOT want to miss this event....email me and we will try to find a spot that works for you. (sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com)....this event is in Forest Hill, MD. 21050.

Now, I am posting both retiring lists in pdf format---everyone should be able to download those. I'm also posting the files in Excel....this format allows you to sort, etc in whatever works best for you.  I'm taking the list and marking my catalogs so I only have to refer to the list once if I have a question.

Download the Annual Catalog Retiring list pdf here  Download AC Retired List-US
Download the Annual Catalog Retiring list Excel here  Download AC Retired List-US

Download the Occasions Mini Catalog Retiring list pdf here  Download OCC Retired List-US
Download the Occasions Mini Catalog Retiring list Excel here  Download OCC Retired List-US

Now here are a couple of notes you want to know
1. All stamps sets will be available until 5/25/182. 
2. All other retiring products are ONLY available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

My recommendation is to purchase your MUST HAVE's right now. After you review the list you will see that lots of the current colors are going away---and that means we'll be getting some great replacements! If you need refills for your inks that are retiring---then order them quickly before they disappear forever.

If you have any questions or need any help.....let me know 410 836 8016 or sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com

You can order 3 ways:
1. Call 410 836 8016
2. Email: sandihartka@sandilovesstamping.com
3. Hit the Shop Now button on this site and you'll be in my store--place your order using the current month Host Code (QK6UFZNJ) and you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase.


How To Make a Big Shot Sandwich!

 Several of you have indicated you'd like me to explain How To Make a Big Shot Sandwich! These are the layers you need to cut framelits, thinlets, and use embossing folders. Today is the day!

If you often have difficulty deciding what base or how many cutting pads to use when trying to use your Big Shot--today's post should add some clarity to the issue...you may want to print this out and keep it nearby your Big Shot for reference when you have a question.

If you need to "see" what the product looks like as I explain what/when to use them....check out the pictures below under the Supplies section.

If you need any of these products you  can order them in my store--just click on one of the product images below or use the Shop Now button and you'll be in my store. If you place your order online and use this month's Host code (QK6UFZNJ), you will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in product that you purchase.

Here are the sandwich layers for you:

Note: Your Big Shot comes with the Big Shot Platform and a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, plus an adaptor for use with thinlets/framelits.

One huge CAUTION - NEVER put  ANYTHING THROUGH THE BIG SHOT WITHOUT A CUTTING PAD on TOP!

Big Shot Platform: (note: never cut directly on the surface of this platform)     

    *Embossing Folders (Textured Impressions) --these are the regular depth folders
      Run the hinge edge through first

    Big Shot Platform + Cutting Pad + folder with cardstock inside + Cutting Pad

    *Dynamic Embossing Folders (3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) --these are the thick folders
      Run the hinge edge through first

      Big Shot Platform + folder with cardstock inside + Cutting Pad

    *Framelits (simple designs)

    Big Shot Platform + Adaptor + Cutting Pad + cardstock + framelit (cutting side down) + Cutting Pad

Magnetic Platform: (note: never cut directly on the surface of this platform)

    *Framelits (simple designs & designs with scoring) - use Precision Base plates below for stitched designs.

    Magnetic Platform + cutting pad + cardstock + framelit + cutting pad

Precision Base Plate: (note: you WILL be cutting directly on the surface of this plate)

    *Framelits/Thinlets with intricate designs or stitching (not for use with dies that have scoring)

    Magnetic Platform + Precision Base Plate + cardstock + die (cutting side down) + cutting pad

    Note: flipping the cutting pad over after each use with prolong the life of the pad and decrease the amount of curvature that will happen when using the precision base plate).

    Note: If you want to use the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot Platform...this is the sandwich:

    Big Shot  Platform + Adaptor + Precision Base Plate + cardstock + framelit/thinlet + cutting pad

Here are the Supplies we've been discussing...click on an image below or use the Shop Now button and order what you need from my store:


How to Flatten Your Curved Big Shot Cutting Pads

Today I'm going to show you How to Flatten Your Curved Big Shot Cutting Pads. You know especially when using the Precision Base plate (even when you turn it over each time you use it) that your cutting pads develop a curve. This isn't the end of the world but eventually the curvature becomes too bad and it would be great to flatten them back out. This is the "before" view of a cutting pad on the counter--see the big bubble....Pad before

A couple of years ago I worked out a formula that seemed to work fine...but lately that formula wasn't working well and I've redone the formula so that it works better with the current cutting pads.  So today I'll show you what I'm currently doing to prolong the life of those cutting pads. Yep, Sandi's cooking again!

First, get an old cookie sheet and cover it with foil Cookie sheet w foil

Next, lay 2 curved cutting pads side by side--not touching but fairly close together is fine. (Bubble up like the first picture above)2 pads

Set a big heavy casserole on top of the cutting pads. Casserole

Set on the middle rack of your oven. Now turn oven to 350 degrees and set your timer for 16 minutes. Be sure to remove the tray from the oven when the timer goes off to avoid further "melting" of the pads.

Set the tray with casserole in place on cooling racks and let cool. When all parts are cooled, remove the casserole and your cutting pads should look like this (side shot)! FullSizeRender
You'll probably be able to flatten your pads a couple of  times and then you'll need to replace them. I recommend not waiting until they are too curved before flattening them---they can get too curved and then they do not flatten to the point of being able to use them again.

If you need to replace them you can order a new set in my store by clicking on the image below or by hitting the Shop Now button.  If you shop online and use the current month Host Code (QK6UJZNJ) when you check out, you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! products for each $50 in products that you purchase.