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July 2016

A beautiful view...

That's what we see in the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper-- 141642_Serene_Serenity_Cardstock_Stack-18-345
there are 12 great views and designs (4 of each) in the pack. We selected 5 of them and created a class that you can join on August 16th (7-9PM) in my studio at 313 Esther Drive, Forest Hill, MD 21050.  Here are the cards we'll be creating: 8-16-16 Serene Scenery class

Can't come? No worries, you can order the kits to re-create these beauties at your convenience. The class fee ($23) includes your own pack of Serene Scenery DSP ---the sheets will be precut for you to  stamp and assemble and you'll take the remainder of the pack home with you.

It's an Express class which means you are in at 7PM and out by  9PM---what a great way to spend the evening--and go home with 20 cards plus 28 more designer sheets that you can use to create even more cards!

You must sign up by 7/31---that's 2 days away---so just call now 410 836 8016 or email: [email protected] to reserve your space at the class or your kit if you can't make it (add $5 for shipping if you want it mailed to you). Register now while it's on your mind!

Thoughtful Branches Bundle - Stampin'Up!

A new really truly awesome stamp set and matching framelits will be available August 1st--it's called Thoughtful Branches (Stampin'Up!). This set is quite versatile--you can create any season--trees, leaves, flowers, and on and on!  The brochure with pictures of the bundle is attached here   Thoughtfulbranches_flyer_jul0516_us!  

Since this set is currently available only in August--we are holding a class (my studio 313 Esther Dr, Forest Hill, MD 21050) to create 12 cards with this set (4 designs, 3 of each). The class fee includes your own bundle to take home and all the supplies for the 12 cards.  There are a few openings remaining--if you'd like to sign up, contact me ([email protected]) by July 31st so your bundle will be here in time for class August 14th, 1PM (class fee $80).  Here are the cards we'll be creating in the class.... 8-14-16 Thoughtful Branches

Besides the cards we'll be creating during class...I'll have additional designs that you can take photos of and create with your bundle at home.

If you can't make it to class (on vacation or you are long distance), you can still get the supplies to create your 12 cards and I'll email the pictures of the additional cards so you will have those also. (For mailed kits, add $5 for shipping).

This set is awesome---don't delay--order yours today by calling 410 836 8016 or email: [email protected]

Note: According to Stampin'Up! these products may become available also at a later time but this has not yet been determined.

Last DIY 5 minute card....maybe!!

Ok, I know this is the 4th card...but I had to show you what I did with the bitty cards in the accessory kit that complements the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Hello Lovely kit. The PL kits have cards and accessories you can use to decorate the pocketed pages to quickly create your memory albums. If you've been following the last 2 weeks you've seen several greeting cards created with these same PL I was checking out the accessory pack for the Hello Lovely kit and found these awesome 2 X 2 cards...I thought, ohhh yeah, I know what I can do with thees....check it out 7-22-16 PL card

And yes, it did only take my 5 minutes again--so little work and such an awesome result. As with all (or at least most) cards just substitute your greeting for whatever your need is at the time. In fact, sometimes I just create the card and leave the greeting until I need a card and stamp it then.

I'm going to give you the step by step directions and then give you the supply list for today's card so you can purchase your supplies to re-create this card.

1. Cut the card base from thick Whisper White cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2.

2. Cut Pool Party carstock at 4 1/8 X 4 1/8; adhere the three 2 X 2 PL cards (Hello Lovely Accessory Pack) using multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere this unit to the card front using liquid glue--see the picture for placement.

3. Punch a butterfly (using Elegant Butterfly punch) from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, pull the wings back and together and adhere the butterfly tummy to the area without a PL card using a glue dot. Adhere 3 small rhinestones around the butterfly.

4. Cut an 15" piece of Pool Party3/8" Stitched ribbon around the bottom of the card front and tie in a knot. You may want to secure the knot to the card with a glue dot.

Your card is completed! Send me a picture of your creation--I'd love to see what you are doing with these awesome cards!

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

Another DIY 5 minute card

Well, needless to say I just can't stop creating gorgeous cards with those Project Life by Stampin'Up! cards. Last week we talked about these awesome cards used to decorate the memory keeping system--those pocketed pages that you just slip in the pictures and use these cards to slip into adjacent pockets to create beautiful photo albums. We also created two really pretty greeting cards using the PL cards.

As I was leafing through the  PL cards I saw this card and had to see what I could do with it....what do you think? 7-19-16 PL card

I think it turned out great and, again, it only took 5 minutes! The cards in the Hello Lovely Project Life set (and there are 100 of them) can be used whole, cut down (get more than one greeting card from a single PL card) or you can use punches to punch out pieces. Some of the cards are stencils--this means all you need to do is use a pretty color underneath and, yep, another 5 minute card.

I'm going to give you the directions for today's card and following that I'll give you the list of supplies so you can purchase what you need to re-create this card.

1. Cut a card base from Early Expresso cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4.

2. Cut Whisper white cardstock 4 X 5 1/4, stamp Happy Birthday (Better Thoughts stamp set) in Always Artichoke Classic Ink in the bottom right side; run this through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall folder.

3. Adhere the Project Life card to the left side of the white cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue. Cut a 6" piece of Watermelon Wonder mini-striped ribbon, adhere around the right edge of the PL card using Tear & Tape--all of the ribbon should be on the PL card (you'll find the tape actually stiffens the ribbon a bit to make it easier to handle) Wrap the ends around to the back of the white cardstock. 

4. Adhere this unit to the card front using liquid glue.

5. Punch 2 butterflies from Watermelon Wonder cardstock (using the Bitty Butterfly punch), pull the wings back together and adhere to the card front using glue dots--see picture for placement.

6. Pull out the packet of sequins from the accessory pack --2 small and 1 large--adhere these with glue dots to the right side of the card--see placement in the picture.

Your card is completed! Isn't it awesome? After you create your card with the PL cards, email a picture to me so I can see what you did!

Here's the supply list for today's card. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

Another DIY 5 minute card

 Well, I had such fun with Tuesday's card that I just had to keep going...take a look at my new card: IMG_5489

Awesome, right? I used another card from the Project Life by Stampin'Up! Hello Lovely kit--this time I used a 4 X 3 card--I didn't do anything to the card except stamp "Hello" and I finished it in under 5 minutes. 

Here are the directions to complete the card and they are followed by the short supply list you can use to purchase your supplies:

1. Cut the card base 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2.

2.Cut a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock 3 1/8 X 4 1/8; cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 3 3/8 X 4 3/8.

3. Take the card from the PL Hello Lovely kit and stamp "Hello"(Flourishing Phrases stamp set) in Archival Black. You can use any greeting that fits your occasion.

4. Adhere the Artichoke cardstock to the back of the card using multipurpose liquid glue; adhere the black cardstock to the back of the Artichoke. Now adhere this unit to the center of the card front.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your beautiful card is completed! Wouldn't it be fun to have a class where we completed a number of these card using the kit? If you'd enjoy completely a large number of these for your stash ---let me know and we can set up a class to do so. 

Don't live close to Forest Hill, Maryland--order a kit for completing the cards!

 Don't forget--during the month of July, when you spend $50 on product (at class or online) you receive a $5 coupon from Stampin'Up! via order your PL card set and the accessory kit right now plus cardstock and ink--and in August you can spend that $5 coupon!

Here's the supply list--use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

DIY 5 Minute Card - the Secret

Yes, REALLY! This means YOU can create this lovely card in 5 minutes--actually less but let's say you do it on Monday and you're not up to 100% speed for the week yet!

So isn't this a great card? Here's my secret--I used Project Life 7-12-16 Project Life DIY Card
remember that Project Life by Stampin'Up! is the memory keeping system that uses these awesome pocketed pages with the pre-printed cards you can slip in next to your pics and complete your album in no time. 

So today I saw the unopened box on my shelf and had to peek inside to see what was in's the PL Hello Lovely Card Collection and the accessory kit. The accessory pack comes with a small stamp set too! 7-12-16 Project Life Hello Lovely

Here's a pic of the large cards--you also get small and square can't really get a good look but you get the idea--there are 100 cards in the kit plus tons of goodies in the accessory pack--and it all fits in this wonderful divided box:

7-12-16 PL Large Cards

So here's how I created my 5 minute (but looks like a million bucks) card--see the supply list following the directions to purchase your supplies to create this little beauty:

1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (cardbase)

2. Find the 4 X 6 PL card with the dogwood pattern and cut it to 5 1/5 X 2 (you will have enough from this one card to create 2 greeting cards plus a small piece to use as decoration for another card or tag. Adhere this to the bottom front of the card using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Stamp the Thank You (substitute any greeting you need) (from One Big Meaning stamp set) in Expresso Classic Ink above the designer paper.

4. Cut a 6 1/2" piece of Delightful Dijon mini-striped ribbon and adhere to the top of the designer paper (card) using Tear & Tape (#138995)--the ribbon will wrap around the sides of the front.

5. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 and adhere this to the underside of the card front to hide the ribbon ends.

Now I thought I was finished but I was looking at the accessory pack and found these 2 wooden leaf stems that just matched the leaves in the designer card--so, take 2 of those and adhere them on either side of the greeting using liquid our card is completed! 7-12-16 Project Life Hello Lovely Card PLUS

Isn't it awesome? Try it, send me a pic of your creation!

 Here's the short supply list--order yours now using the Shop Now button at the top of the page:

DIY Colored Cardstock

I needed a quick cute card and decided to use Stampin'Up! new set called Bella and Friends. I love the new In Color Designer paper and wanted some polka I cut the Peekaboo Peach polka dots DSP for the bottom section, layered it on white cardstock cardbase and placed the stamps on the top portion to get an idea of how it would look....and this is what I saw...ok, but kinda blah! Right? 7-8-16 Planning

So I decided I needed to spiff up the top  background--but didn't want to use the Peekaboo Peach cardstock--that would be really dark and I'd lose the puppy in there... so I got out my Peekaboo Peach classic ink and my new sponge brayer and started applying color in a random pattern:

  7-8-16 brayering

Here's my final brayered background: 7-8-16 Completed Brayering

Then I added the puppy stamp, the verse, colored with the aqua painter and added 3 of the new In Color enamel dots. Tied a ribbon around the middle and here's the final result:

7-8-16 Bella & Friends

I love the way it turned out. So next time you find you need to spiff up th background but the cardstock will be a bit too intense, try your brayer and some ink--you can make it as light or dark and you want for your design.

It is wonderful to have all the new In Color products at your fingertips--I have a club that you can join for 5 months--you will receive one set of all the new In Color products for a single color each month---at the end of 5 months--they will all be yours including the 12 X 12 Designer Paper we used in the above card, the Enamel dots plus--a freebie from me--a package of the In Color family of cardstock which can be viewed as approximately a 5% discount. Here's the brochure for joining the In Color club  Download In Color Club

I'm going to give you step by step instructions to create this card and then I'm going to give you the supply list.

1. Cut a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase). Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach polka dot Designer Paper 4 1/4 X 2 1/2--hold this for a bit.

2. Brayer the upper half of the cardbase using the sponge brayer and Peekaboo Peach classic ink--move in random directions and keep re-inking the brayer until you have the depth of color that you like.

3 Adhere the designer paper to the bottom of the cardbase using multipurpose liquid glue

4.  Stamp the dog (Bella & Friends stamp set) using Archival Black ink; stamp the verse "Just for You" (same stamp set) in Archival Black ink. Use your aquapainter with Cajun Craze classic ink to color the dog. Use Cherry Cobbler to color the  collar and the heart.

5. Adhere 3 Peekaboo Peach Enamel hearts to the left of the dog.

6. Tie a 14"piece of Peekaboo Peach ribbon around the card middle and tie in a knot--use a glue dot to hold the knot in place.

Your card is completed--isn't it cute? Join the In Color club now and get all those great new In Color products!

Here's the supply list to  create this card--use the Shop now button to order your supplies:

Stampin'Up! Bonus Days start today!


The details are simple

For each $50 in product purchased with Sandi
(includes online--use the Shop Now button at the top of the page)

Stampin'Up! will EMAIL you a $5 coupon -
you must have a valid email address registered with Sandi
or in your Online account to receive the coupon

You must print/copy down the coupon code--
if lost, they are gone forever

(neither Stampin Up! nor Sandi can reissue the codes)

REDEMPTION of coupons

Use these codes August 2-31 for any product
(excludes Starter Kit and My Paper Pumpkin)

How simple and fun is that!

Place your order NOW
1. At a class
2. Any time by phone (410 836 8016) or email ([email protected])
3. Online using the Shop Now button at the top of this page

Stampin'Up! Enamel Dots--DIY filing system

Do you have any of the new Stampin'Up! Enamel dots?  Are they not absolutely astounding for adding the little extra to your projects. I (of course) have a pack of each color--you get tons of each color (e.g. for each In Color--there are 40 dots--one sheet) or the regular colors you get 20 of each color (one color per sheet).

7-5-16 Label 7-5-16 Enamel dots

If you are like me, you just can't be caught without the right color or metallic--and this means that you will have 67 little acetate sheets fluttering around your crafting area. Yesterday, I opened the Regals--and was admiring each color--10 of them. 7-5-16 Sheets

I got interrupted and my area got scrambled before I got back. And, if you know me, you know I can loose something that's in my's true..if you've been in class here, you've observed it firsthand. So when I went to work with the dots, yes, you guessed it--I was missing one of the acetate sheets. After a lengthy search, I found it on the carpet. I thought--this just won't do--I'll drive myself nuts if I have more than one pack of these open at one time. So I thought about those huge key rings I gave you at the catalog debut with the In Colors on them--well, why not add the enamel dot sheets to them!

So I took my Stampin'Up! 1/8"handheld punch and punched a hole in the corner of each acetate sheet. I cut the color name from the packaging and  punched a hole in the corner of that also. 7-5-16 Punch

Then popped them all on the key ring (along with a couple of other sets I had already opened). Now I can access each color without removing them from the ring and I can tell which color family they are in by checking the name that precedes it on the ring!  7-5-16 Ring (2)

Awesome organization, right? Most of you already have the key ring--if you don't, call 410 836 8016 or email me at [email protected] and I'll get one in the mail to you or you can pop by and pick one up anytime!

If you organize yours--let me know how it goes!

Here is the supply list for the dots and for the punch--order yours today and get organized!

Falling Flowers 4th of July Card

 Who would have thought that the new Stampin'Up! Falling Flowers stamp set would form the base for a 4th of July card? Well, here's my take on it--what do you think?

7-1-16 Falling Flowers 4th of July card

It's a relatively simple card but it just "bursts" with the holiday spirit. I'm going to give you step by step directions and they give you the supply list that you can use to order what you need to create the card.

1. Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (card base).

2. Cut a piece of Marina Mist cardstock 3 3/4 X 5, adhere to card base front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)

3. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3 5/8 X 4 7/8--we're going to stamp on this.

4. Stamp the large flourish from Falling Flowers stamp set in Island Indigo ink --see the photo for placement. Stamp "celebrate" (Thoughtful Banners stamp set) in Real Red classic ink in the lower right corner.

5. Cut 3 of the smallest stars in the Stars framelits from Red Glimmer paper and 2 from Pacific Point cardstock. Adhere these to the flourish with dimensionals.

6. Cut 6 stars using the star framelit in the new Popcorn box framelit set; adhere these to the card using glue dots--see picture f0r placement. Now adhere this white cardstock to the card front with liquid glue.

Your card is completed! What do you think? Pretty simple and just Pretty, right?  If you create this card, leave me a comment and let me know who you are sending it to--or if you are just going to enjoy it yourself!

 Now, here is the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies to create this card: