Glitter without Glue--it's called the Packing Tape Method.

I love sparkle on my cards (big surprise, right?) so today I'm going to show you how to get that spectacular Glitter without Glue --it's called the Packing Tape Method. Take a look at this card: Floral

Here's a close up of the glitter Close floral
--do you know it's really hard to capture that sparkle of glitter in a photo? Trust me. LOL

This method of applying glitter is really easy, limited mess, & no glue--now that should please some of you greatly!

I'm going to give you step by step directions & you can use the Supply list to order your supplies using the Shop Now button to shop in my store.  Don't forget if you use the Host code for this month (7MQNATZF), you will be entered into a drawing for $50 in Stampin'Up! products.  This is the last month of this reward special...stay tuned next month to see what surprise I have for you when you order online!

Here's how to do it:

1. Cut Night of Navy cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4"(card base)

2. Cut Floral Boutique designer series paper 4 3/8 X 4 1/4, adhere to middle of the card base front using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, center over the DSP and adhere with liquid glue

4. Cut Navy cardstock 4 5/8 X 3 3/8, adhere to white cardstock with liquid glue.

5. Cut the small rose (Rose Garden Thinlet Dies) from Whipser White cardstock using the Precision Base plate & when you remove it from the Big Shot, use the Die Brush to remove the waste pieces before you remove the thinlet from the cardstock. (Big Shot sandwich, Magnetic base plate, Precision base plate, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad).

6. Turn rose to back side & adhere packing tape (I used Scotch brand because it is very substantial), cut around the rose outline with Paper Snips (Item #103579) discarding the excess tape. Don't touch the sticky side of the tape excessively to keep it very sticky. Turn to the sticky side and sprinkle liberally with Gold Glitter. Shake off excess. Using liquid glue adhere the flower to the top of the card front.

7. Stamp Happy Birthday (Rose Wonder stamp set) in Night of Navy Ink, using the label framelit (Rose Garden thinlets) cut out with the Big Shot (use above sandwich); adhere to lower card front with liquid glue.

Your card is completed---isn't it just the prettiest?

Now I have a confession, the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper is out of I would recommend substituting Island Indigo cardstock (#122923) and ink (#126986) and the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (#141654) for an equally lovely card. In fact, try your own choice of designer paper and cardstock--send me a picture and I'll post it right here with your credit--I'd love to see what you make!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order from my store.

Fancier but Still Simple

We are playing some more with the new Eastern Palace Suites and a new card Fancy but Still Simple!

If you missed the debut of the new Eastern Palace Suites that are now available check out the post on Monday

The brochure describing all the products in both suites is here  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

Today I played with the thinlits---the layering & the options are almost endless...I used a set of 3 concentric thinlets that do not cut the outer edge but just the inner pieces...check out the card

Eastern Palace Card - Fresh FigThis one uses the new Fresh Fig cardstock---this is going to be a huge hit! Now notice the awesome (and I mean AWESOME) medallion in the center---is that not to die for....get it "die" for...ok, let's move on. As I mentioned, this was a result of layering 3 dies....but as you may recall, sometimes things jump around on the Big Shot platform so I wanted to make sure that they would stay in place (and that if I wanted to play more, that I wouldn't have to position the dies each time). 

Tape thinlits together

Here's the secret...lay the dies cutting side down and use scotch tape across the back...I used about 3 strips. after the dies go through, use your piercing tool to poke through the tape--the tape actually stays in place for many runs through and I didn't have any trouble getting the cardstock out of the die with the tape on there.

So after I created this one I decided to use the same design and go for super elegant and this is the result

Vanilla card with medallion thinlitI'll give you the directions (same for both cards) and following that are the Supplies needed. Use the Shop Now button to purchase what you need through my store...use this month's Hostess code (7MQNATZF) and get your name in the drawing for $50 Stampin'Up! product!

1. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2. (card base)

2. Cut Fresh Fig cardstock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8; dry emboss with the Sparkle embossing folder; adhere to the card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut gold glimmer paper 3 1/2 X 3 1/2; cut Very Vanilla cardstock 3 3/8 X 3/3/8--adhere to gold glimmer with glue dots.

4. Cut Fresh Fig 3 1/4 X 3/1 4, use Medallion set (see above picture) to cut the medallion in the center. (sandwich: Precision base place, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad.)   Adhere to the vanilla layer with liquid glue. Adhere a gold Metallic Enamel dot to center of medallion. Adhere unit to card front using liquid glue.

5. Stamp Happy Anniversary (Teeny Tiny Wishes) in Fresh Fig ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Punch out with Classic Label punch; adhere under medallion with dimensionals.

Your card is completed.

Here is the Supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies through my store.

Winner of the $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate for Stampin'Up! product

April's  Online Orders closed and the Winner of the $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate is......drum roll please....Valerie Lacoste Congratulations, Val!


You can be entered into the drawing for May's $50 Stampin'Up! gift's how:

When you place an online order through my Stampin'Up! store (use the Shop now button on this page), use the Host code for May 7MQNATZF when you check out! Easy at that. For each $50 in product that you order, your name will be entered into the drawing! Don't forget to use the code--that's how I can know you ordered.

Sign up for my newsletters and make sure you get the latest news for products, classes and more--click here for general news: classes,  products, sales, etc and this link for news about info appearing on my blog

Note:  In the past if you have selected "no contact" when you place an order, this means that I cannot send you a thank you--because I don't know who you are. If you have set up your account in the past with this checked---you can go into your Stampin'Up! account and uncheck it--this will allow me to know who you are and send you a thank you when you place an order!

Check out all the Retiring products Download Retiring_List_US (4-15-17) or  Download Retiring_List_US and use the Shop Now button to shop in my Stampin'Up! store! Shop now before the products are out of stock!

Fast and Fancy


We've got new toys to play with so I made something Fast and Fancy for you!  The new toys are called Eastern Palace Suite and they are available by Bundle only (there are 2 bundles--one for the beginning crafter and one for the avid crafter). 

They include an awesome stamp set, 3 new In Colors (Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide) Ink Pads, Designer Series Paper, Gold Vinyl stickers, and FREE Very Vanilla Note cards & Envelopes. For the Avid Crafter the bundle includes these extras: cardstock pack (has Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig), Mini Tassels,  and Eastern Medallion Thinlets, plus Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (FREE).  

Eastern Palace Designer Paper

The full description is in the brochure atttached here  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

These bundles are available from May 1st - 31st--after that, the items are available in the new catalog but not at bundle price!

And obviously....the Free Notecards & Envelopes nor the Thick Very Vanilla cardstock will not be FREE!

Here's a Fast and Fancy card I created to get us started (tune back Friday for something fancier)!

Eastern Palace Card with tassels
I'll give you the directions for this cute card which goes together very quickly--but isn't it pretty? I just love tassels. Then I'll give you the Supply List. Use the Shop Now button to order the bundles (remember bundle prices are only valid until 5/31)

1. Cut Thick Very Vanilla cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base)

2. Cut Eastern Palace Designer Paper 4 1/4 X 3 and adhere to card base with multipurpose liquid glue. 

3. Cut Tranquil Tide cardstock 1/2 X 4 1/4 and adhere with liquid glue above the designer paper.

4. Cut 16" Natural Trim Gold, tie around the card front in a knot. Cut about 8" white twine and loop the Tranquil Tide and metallic gold tassels on, then tie around the knot.

5. Stamp "to think of you is to smile" in Tranquil Tide ink. Adhere 3 gold Metallic Enamel shapes in a triangle.

Your card is complete---imagine what you can do with the other designer series paper designs!

Here are the supplies, use the Shop Now button to order your supplies (use this month's Hostess code 7MQNATZF be entered in the $50 Stampin'Up product drawing).

Quick, Fast, Awesome

I needed a birthday card and I needed it I created the Quick, Fast, Awesome card! Check it out! Balloon template card

It only took me 5 minutes and the balloon isn't a stamp....can you guess what it is?

First, let me say that I used the prepared Stampin'Up! Notecards and Envelopes (3 1/2 X 5 which is the smallest card you can send without extra postage) There are 20 cards with matching envelopes for $6.00--now that is what we call a "steal!"  The work of cutting the cardstock and finding an envelope is all done for you and it is very cost effective. This is one of the reasons I could complete this card so quickly.

Have you figured out the balloons yet? Ah, well, I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch and a sponge----now does that ring a bell?  But as you will remember, the punch has 2 balloons right next to each you know how I achieved the single sized balloon? I'm going to give you step by step directions and following that the Supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies online and use this month's Hostess code (Z9DFHV4T) to have your name entered into the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate.

1.  Cut Whisper White cardstock (item # 101650) 3 1/8 X 4 5/8. 

2. Fold a 4 X 4 piece of copy paper in half. Slide this doubled copy paper into the Balloon Bouquet punch to the midline of the punch and punch out. Punching the template
Toss the balloons and open the remainder of the copy paper which will look like this: Balloon copy paper template

3, Using a sponge and Pool Party ink, beginning about halfway up on the long side of the white cardstock, sponge both balloons. Move the template around in several locations with the balloons overlapping and using more and less ink to give different ink darkness. Sponging balloons

4. Brush Clear Wink of Stella on one of the center balloons and apply a silver metallic enamel shape to the upper part of that balloon. Applying wink of stella

5, Stamp Best Wishes (Blooms & Wishes stamp set) in Bermuda Bay ink (Item # 131171) under the balloons.

6. Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock 3 1/4 X 4 3/4; adhere the stamped cardstock to this piece using multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere this unit to the front of the Whisper White notecard.

7. Using the same balloon template, sponge a single balloon in the lower left corner of the matching envelope. Envelope

Your card is completed and looks like a million bucks!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to order your supplies online.

Totally Gold Card with a Unique Background

I need to create a wedding card and found I didn't have a background that I liked so I created a Totally Gold Card with a Unique's the card. Note: I know the photography is was the best I could do with all that shine and sparkle!Butterfly in gold1

Do you recognize the background? Bet not! The fun part of this background is that I did it about 4 times and each time it had it's own character!  So by now you know it's not a Stampin'Up! embossing folder and it's not a Designer Series Paper, right?

Take a closer look:  Partial

OK, I'll tell you...I used the biggest clear block, Versamark ink, and gold embossing powder. It's probably the easiest technique I've shared with you. I'm going to give you the directions below---you'll want to try this out yourself because you will have such a great time creating unique backgrounds you won't want to stop! Then I'll give you the supply'll want to use this month's Hostess Code (Z9DFJV4T) when you order online so you'll get your name in the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate!

Here's how to create this card

1. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base).

2, Cut Gold Foil paper 3 3/8 X 5 1/8; adhere to card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Very Vanilla carstock 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 lay your cardstock on the piercing mat (item #126199) Note: you may want to cover the mat with a paper towel to keep the ink from staining the mat.  Ink up the entire surface of Block F with Versamark and "stamp" this on the cardstock surface---pressing well over the entire block. Lift the block and sprinkle gold embossing powder over the surface of the cardstock and heat with the Heat Tool until shiny gold. (What a WOW look, right?). Cut this piece to 3 3/4 X 5"--select the portion that you like best. Adhere this piece to the card front with liquid glue.

4. Cut a large butterfly (Butterflies thinlets) from Gold Glimmer paper; adhere to the card front with glue dots (item #103683).

5. Rub embossing buddy on Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp "For the Newlyweds" in Versmark ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, heat with heat tool until shiny gold. Punch with the Classic Label punch (item #141491) and adhere to card front with dimensionals.

Gorgeous, right?

Here's the supply list, use the Order Now button to order your supplies:

The Meaning of the Asian Characters

Do you know The Meaning of the Asian Characters in the Artistically Asian set?

Here are the meanings next to the verses in the Artistically Asian stamp set. You may want to copy these out and store them with your set for future reference since the stamp case representation is not displayed like this: Meaning of asian characters

I love the flavor of this set but I hesitated to use the Asian characters if I didn't know the meaning. So I contacted Stampin'Up! and they provided the meanings for me and I wanted to share them with you.

The set is awesome for making tags like this one

Artistically asian tag

One great thing about this set is that it is not retiring so we have it for another year.  I'll give you the directions for making this tag and then the supply list. Use the Shop Now button and the current month Hostess code Z9DFJV4T and you will be entered in the monthly drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate (for each $50 in product that you order).

Here are the step by step directions:

1. Cut Real Red cardstock 2 X 5" (tag base); punch the top end with the scalloped tag topper punch and the bottom with the Banner Triple punch.

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 2 1/4 X 3 3/8; rub the embossing buddy over surface, stamp images (Artistically Asian stamp set) in Versamark, sprinkle with Gold Embossing powder, heat with Heat Tool until shiny gold.

3. Cut Gold Glimmer paper 2 3/8 X 3 3/8; adhere under black layer with glue dots. Adhere this unit to tagbase with dimensionals

4. Cut 18" of 1/8" gold ribbon and loop through tag hole.

Your tag is finished---what does it say?

Here is the supply list...use the Shop Now button to order through my store!

Is it a balloon bouquet or a bouquet of balloons?

I was playing with the Balloon Bouquet punch & created this card--Is it a balloon bouquet or a bouquet of balloons? Check it out: Balloon bouquet

I love to find ways to use our stamps & punches to create unexpected images...this one happens to be a great card for just about any occasion...birthday, thinking of you, thank you, get well, anniversary...just change the color scheme to fit your mood!

And none of the supplies are retiring...this means that you can still get them! 

Speaking of retiring, get a copy of the retiring product list click here for Exel file  Download Retiring_List_US or here for pdf version  Download Retiring_List_US.  Please don't wait to order items...some of them are already out of stock.

I recommend ordering right away online. Use the Shop Now button and shop from my store...use this month's Hostess Code Z9DFV4T and be entered in the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate at the end of the month. 

Her are the directions to make the card:

1. Cut Early Espresso cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2" (card base) & adhere to the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.

2. Stamp 5  large balloon dots (Balloon Celebration set) in Crushed Curry on Daffodil Delight cardstock & punch out with Balloon Bouquet punch (large balloon). Sponge edges balloon with Crushed Curry ink. Punch a Daffodil circle with the 3/4" circle punch;  adhere the balloons in a circle using the center of the 3/4" circle as the focal point.

3. Punch a 3/4" circle from Basic Black cardstock & adhere to the flower center.

4. Draw a "flower stem" using the Basic Black Stampin'Write marker in the lower center of the cardbase.  Add the flower with dimensionals to the top of the stem.

5l Stamp the small balloon dots two times in Always Artichoke on Garden Green cardstock & punch out with the small balloon on the Balloon Bouquet punch.

6. Adhere these on opposite sides of the stem with liquid glue.

7. Rub the embossing buddy over a piece of scrap Very Vanilla cardstock (Item #101650). Stamp {friend to friend} (from Teeny Tiny Wishes)  in Versamark ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing powder,  heat with Heat tool until bright shiny gold. Punch out with Classic Label punch & adhere to the cardfront using dimensionals. Add metallic shapes.

Your card is complete! You create one--send me a pic--I want to see your color combo!

Here are the supplies for this card:

You Don't Want to Miss #2

The first Sand's Creative Escape was awesome...You Don't Want to Miss #2

Here's a bit of what we experienced that day:

Bag with gifts About to start
Barb espey & flayhart

Now it's time to register for #2 before all the spaces are taken...once all the spaces are reserved...there won't be any more...over half  of them are already reserved!

Sandi’s Creative Escape #2

August 5th 2017

8:30 AM to 9:30PM

Ramada Conference Center
1700 Van Bibber Rd, Edgewood, MD 21040

13 Super Creative Hours

Register Now! Don't miss this one!

Cal 410 836 8016 

or email:

–Bring your projects & create to your heart’s content!

Here's what you get:

*Your Own Table 6foot/Chair
*Special Surprise Gifts
*Door prizes all day
*Approx $40 Stampin’Up! Product
*Light Lunch
*Snacks: cookies, cheese, chocolate
*Water, Coffee, Tea
*Make & Take

*New Features:

1. Optional class not included in Registration Fee (TBD)
2. Optional Shoebox Swap

Register Now--fees are due at registration and are nonrefundable:

Register April 9 – 30 -$105

Register after April 30 (if spaces remain) - $110

Note: For overnight stays, if you indicate you are with Sandi’s Creative Escape, you can get a single/double room $75 (free breakfast 6:30-9:30AM)

Nearby restaurants in walking distance: Waffle House, Denny’s, Burger King

Stampin'Up! Catalog Retiring List!

It is now time to say goodby to some of our friends in the Stampin'Up! Catalog Retiring List!

The list is downloadable here (pdf)  Download Retiring_List_US or xl  Download Retiring_List_US

You'll want to check out those "must have" items and get those ordered before the supplies run out.

You'll see some discounts and some not discounted....some items will run out quickly.

I recommend that you order early so that you are not disappointed later.

Remember, if you place your order online and use the Hostess Code Z9DFJV4T, your name will be entered in the monthly drawing for $50 in Stampin'Up! products for each $50 you purchase in products online.

Use the Shop Now button to place your order now!

I will be happy to place your order, however, if it is less that $70, you will be charged the minimum shipping fee of $6.95 or your order can be delayed until other orders totally $70 are received.