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April 2016

Awesome New Colors!

Have you ever been in the middle of a project and couldn't find just the right color of ink to color a flower or some other image? Or wanted a shade in between 2 colors you are using? That just happened to me the other day and I thought, why not invent my own color. So that's what I did using the Stampin'Up! Ink Refills. I was looking for a pretty purple with a bit of red and about a medium shade.

Here's what I did:

  1. Since I wanted a medium shade--I went to the Bold  & Subtle color families. Now remembering back to my elementary grades when we experimented mixing colors...I remember that red and blue = purple. So I selected Melan Mambo and Marina Mist ink refills.
  2. Using a clear block I mixed an equal number of drops  of Melan and Marina.  Note: working in a clear block keeps the ink in one puddle and avoids wasting ink.
  3. I used an Aquapainter and tried it out on a piece of white cardstock! AWESOME!!!
    Here's a sample of what I started with (one each end) and what I ended up with (in the middle)4-29-16 Mixing colors
  4. In case I want this color again, I used a piece of white cardstock and "painted" the beginning 2 colors and the resulting colors and noted that I used equal amounts. Be sure to write the name of the ink refills that you use above the painted area.
    Note: if you wanted the color to be bluer--then try adding another drop of blue--keep track of the drops that you use so you can repeat it if you need additional ink or want it again for a future project.

Below is a color chart with overlapping colors that you can use to guide you when you are mixing colors to achieve just the right shade that you need.

4-29-16 Mixing colors fb

Let me know when you try this out and what colors you used and what color resulted! Leave me a comment.

Here are the supplies I used--order them now using the Shop Now button from my store:

Permanent Glitter Stick

 If you know me, you know that sparkle, glitter and shine are my middle names (yes, you can have more than one middle name)! And many of you know that when you use glitter (sparkle and shine), it sometimes jumps off where you put it.  

Today I'm going to show you how to keep that glitter (sparkle & shine) where you want it to stay---Stampin'Up! Heat & Stick powder is not a new product but sometimes we forget to use some of the supplies we've had available for here goes. After I explain step by step, I'll give you the list of supplies you'll need to repeat this process.

  1. Grab your Heat & Stick Powder and your Versamark ink pad.

4-26-16 1 Heat & Stick powder

2. Stamp your image in Versamark

4-26-16 2 Stamp image in Versamark

3.Sprinkle liberally with the Heat & Stick Powder


4. Heat with the Heat Tool until it appears glossy...IMMEDIATELY proceed to step 5

4-26-16 4 Heat with Heat tool

5. Sprinkle liberally with your glitter (I'm using silver). Tap off the excess glitter.

4-26-16 5 Sprinkle with glitter


6. Heat the second time with the Heat Tool....this may be a bit more difficult to see- -if you watch carefully you'll see the glitter shimmer a bit when it it melted into the Heat & Stick powder.

4-26-16 6 Heat with Heat tool 2nd time

You are completed! The Glitter is glued to your project and doesn't flake off

4-26-16 7 Completed

Here's the supply list. Order your supplies now using the Shop Now button at the top of the page:

DIY Designer Clutch

Need a really cute small gift or party favor--this one works for all ages--just use the appropriate designer paper and colors! Isn't this adorable?

4-22-16 Designer clutch

The best part is that it's really easy to create--I'll give you the directions and after that the supply list you'll need to recreate this cutie. 

  1. This is the Pyramid Pals Thinlets base  (comes in a set along with tons of cute accessories). 4-22-16 Framelits
  2. Cut two of these shapes from Soft Suede cardstock 4-22-16 base
  3. Cut off the "side flaps" from both pieces of the base--the side flaps can be seen on the lower left lobe.
  4. Lay the 2 base pieces overlapping the square bottom and forming a cross--glue the squares together with multipurpose liquid glue.

4-22-16 glue bases together

5. Using the part of the framelit that has the 'flaps' cut 4 pieces from Designer Series Paper (I used the Neutrals set); using Tear and Tape, glue these pieces using the flaps on the designer series paper to the inside edges of the triangle sides of the base. when all 4 pieces are inserted, the clutch base is completed.

4-22-16 Designer paper

4-22-16 front

6. Cut a piece of Soft Suede cardstock 1 X 3 inches, score the 3 inch side at 1 1/2 in. Glue on half to the back center of the clutch. Adhere a top/bottom velcro circle unit to the underside of the front of this tab and adhere the sticky side of the bottom of the velcro to the clutch front.

7.Punch a scalloped circle from Gold Glimmer paper using the 7/8"scalloped circle punch. Adhere this to the front tab with liquid adhesive or glue dots (#103683). Adhere a large Iced Rhinestone to the center of the scalloped circle.

As with any Designer Clutch, the inside is as beautiful as the outside! 

4-22-16 inside

 You are completed! Isn't this just about the cutest?  If you try it, leave me a comment and let me know the colors you used and what event you are using it for! (And if you don't try it, tell me why in the world not!LOL)

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to go to my store and purchase your supplies now:

Stampin'Up! Retiring Product List

As you are probably aware our Stampin'Up! bit annual catalog is about to retire (May 31st)--we'll be saying goodbye to some of our old friends (but not Lovely as a Tree!) but we'll also be gaining some new friends on June 1st!

I am attaching two retiring lists here for you--one is a pdf list that is alphabetical and one is an Excel file which is sortable.

I would highly advise to order your items very soon because once they are out of stock they are gone forever.

Note: Stampin'Up! has indicated that stamp sets (they manufacture the stamp sets) will be available until May 22nd.  

So order soon from my store by using the Shop Now button at the top of this page! If you have any questions, please call 410 836 8016 or email [email protected]!

Happy Shopping

Download 2016 Stampin' Up! Retiring List

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DIY -- Easy #2

Last Tuesday we did a cute card with the Stampin'Up! Paper Clips thinlets. Today, we're doing a very cute card with the same framelits and I'll tell you a secret about the thinlets that I just discovered myself today. But first, look at our second card using the Paper Clips thinlets:

4-15-16 Paper Clips

Do you see the little faces on the clips? Today I discovered these are part of the thinlet dies--the punch holes for getting these cuts out of the thinlets are actually the "faces" you see---all you have to do is use your Stampin'Write markers and the faces are  perfect! Awesome, right?

4-15-16 clips

Also, Tuesday I mentioned these are good for attaching pics and notes to your memory keeping pages...this die set also includes 2 great mats for memory keeping--a 4 X 4 and a 2 X 2 framelets--if you don't like to cut mats---here are 2 great sizes for matting in the same set as your Paper Clips! Terrific value for your money.

I'm going to give you the directions for creating this cutie and following that are the supplies needed to re-create it.

  1. Cute a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4 on the long side (this is your card base).  Stamp Happy Birthday (Party with Cake stamp set) in Archival Basic Black ink--see sample card for placement. Use the Large Polka Dot embossing folder on the front of the card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Basic Black carstock 2 X 5 1/2; cut a piece of Daffodil Delight polka dot Designer Series Paper 1 7/8 X 5 1/2 and adhere to the black cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue.
  3. Using all 5 colors of cardstock in the 2015-2017 In Colors cardstock, cut a Paper Clip from each of the colors using each of the 5 paper clip designs using the Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate.
  4. With your Stampin'Write Basic Black marker (#100082) marker the eyes and noses through the Paper Clip dies; adhere the paper clips to the Daffodil polka dot paper using liquid glue...use your imagination or see my sample.
  5.  Adhere the black/polkadot unit to the front of the card using liquid glue.

You are finished! Isn't that the cutest--great for kids, teens, guys, the office, a good friend...endless possibilities.

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button to purchase your supplies in my store:

DIY - Stampin'Up! Paper Clips

 Yes, you can. You can make your own (DIY) paper clips--shiny silver or gold, sparkly, red, blue--whatever you need!  Here's a card  I created using the Stampin'Up! Paper Clips Thinlets:

  4-12-16 Paper Clips

Not only are these framelits good for card-making--they are fabulous for memory keeping albums--imagine journaling a quick note about the pics you've just added to a page--and attaching it to the page with a color coordinated paper clip! You can use the scrap paper you have from all your crafting projects--this is a truly terrific set for your collection!

I'm going to give you the directions for this card and following the directions I'll give you the supply list you'll need to create this awesome card!

  1. Cut a piece of Pacific Point cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (this is the card base).
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 5 1/8 X 3 7/8 and adhere to the card front with multipurpose liquid adhesive.
  3. Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 5 X 3 3/4, dry emboss with the Tiny Triangles embossing folder using the Big Shot; adhere to the white later using liquid glue.
  4. Cut 3 pieces of white cardstock 2 X 2; stamp the "writing lines" (Tap Tap Tap stamp set) in Real Red ink on these 3 pieces. Stamp your favorite 3 sentiments (Lovely Amazing You stamp set) in Archival Black ink.
  5. Cut your favorite 3 Paper Clips (Paper Clips thinlets) from Silver Foil paper using the Precision Base Plate on the Big Shot.
  6. Clip these onto the "notes" created above by slipping the center portion behind the note paper. Adhere these to the card front using dimensionals.
  7. Punch 3 tiny stars (Itty Bitty Accent stamps) from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and adhere (see picture) with glue dots.

You are done! Isn't this a fun card? You can substitute any sentiments for the note--you can switch out the colors and use the recipient's favorites! The possibilities are endless.

Stop back on Friday and see what else you can do with these framelits!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies from my store:

3 Day Retirement Party

As you remember--we get a new BIG catalog June 1st
As you also remember, Stampin'UP! posts the retiring products early!
This year it will be published April 18th in the afternoon's the deal!
At this moment all we KNOW, is that the
2014-2016 IN Colors are retiring
It MAY be a big color change year (it MAY not)...
we don't know yet!
What we DO KNOW is that
when the retiring list is published,
Some products are Out of Stock almost immediately
Some products may be reduced in price, a lot won't
So, I'm throwing a 3 Day Retirement Party 
Since we don't know what is retiring (and what is not)
I'm giving you 15% off on everything you order from
4-8-16 (beginning at 1AM)
4-10-16 (ending at 11PM)
So, if you want to make sure you get what you want....stamps, cardstock, inks, envelopes, punches, framelits, Big Shot, adhesives.....anything....
Then now's the time to order
We're going to celebrate the upcoming Retiring products (whatever they are) by giving you a
15% discount on everything for 3 days ONLY
Order between 4-8-16 and 4-10-16
1. Call 410 836 8016
Note: if you place your order online, I will give you a 15% (of your current order) credit to use with the new catalog

DIY Floral Framelit Basket

 Need a cute little favor for just about any occasion--need to be quick but awesome? Take a look at this little DIY  beauty made with the Floral's completed in a matter of minutes:

4-5-16 Floral Framelits basket

I'm going to give  you step by step directions with pictures to assist and following the directions is a list of supplies.

1. With your paper trimmer, score a piece of 6 X 6 Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack (use your favorite pattern) at 2"and 4"; turn the paper 90 degrees and score again at 2"and 4". (Note: in the pictures I'm using yellow paper so you can more readily see the scoring and folding)

4-5-16 12. Using the largest Floral Framelit and the Magnetic Platform, center the framelit on the 6 X 6 paper and run through the Big Shot.

4-5-16 23. Using your paper snips, follow the below diagram and cut on the score lines up to the next score line on two facing sides. Then from the point at the corner cut up to the scoreline creating a V; discard the cut out V. Fold lightly on all score lines.

4-5-16 34. One the side you want to be the outside of the basket, place 2 glue dots on all four corners as shown by the black X's in the diagram below.

4-5-16 45. Slide these corners to the basket inside and adhere to the inside of the basket--do this on all four sides.

4-5-16 56. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock 1/2 X 6"and adhere to the inside of 2 opposite basket  sides forming the handle.

7. Tie a bow using about an 8'piece of Island Indigo 1/4"cotton ribbon (or a color that coordinates with the design you selected). Attach with a glue dot to the top of the handle.

8. From coordinating scrap paper punch a Petite Flower, adhere a Rhinestone in the center and adhere to the basket front with a glue dot.

You are now ready to fill it with goodies! You can make many of these is a very short period of time! If you try this, leave me a comment and let me know what DSP you used.


Here's the supply list--purchase your supplies using the Shop Now button in my store.

Sandi's Super Summer Hostess Club

Sandi’s Super Summer

Hostess Club


Possible Free Stamp Set, Free Class


Something Extra Special this year!!!


You must be a hostess to play!!!


Your event must fall between 6/6 -9/30


Reserve your event date by April 20th

Your new catalog will be MAILED on May 9th from Stampin’Up!

(otherwise you’ll receive it at the Catalog Debuts or after)


Reserve your date between 4/20 & 5/31


Receive new product from Sandi from new catalog (value at least $5)

(Dates reserved after May 31st will still receive the below benefits)


All hostesses between 6/6 and 9/30 will receive..... 


At your event you will receive

*50% off any stamp set with 8 guests present

*FREE stamp set with 12 guests present

*FREE stamp set + FREE Class with 14 guests present


Schedule your Hostess event date NOW!

410 836 8016 or [email protected]