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December 2016

Close Out Sales, Retiring Products, Carryover Products...

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Now that Christmas is over, we can have some time to think about what great products are leaving us in the Holiday mini catalog and take a look at the tremendous savings we can enjoy before they go..Close Out Sales, Retiring Products, Carryover Products.

There are several lists I'm going to share with can download these and the Excel files are searchable and sortable so that will help you look for specific products.

Did you receive a Stampin'Up! gift certificate or other cash equivalent gift card or a monetary gift? You can definitely increase the face value by indulging in these items that are on sale!

The best way to get the items you want is to shop online through my store--hit the Shop Now button at the top of the page and you will be in my store.  If you are not in my blog when you want to shop---go to and you will be in my store.

Here are the files you'll want to look at to make your purchasing decisions:

RETIRING items from the Holiday Mini Catalog (pdf)  Download 12-26-16 Holiday_Retiring_NA_US (1)
excel file)  Download 12-26-16 Holiday_Retiring_NA_US (6)

Clearance Items file  Download 12-26-16 Complete Clearance Product list US (6)

Carryover items (from the Holiday mini)  Download 12-26-16 Holiday Mini Carry over list

Note if you have a Stampin'up! Gift Certificate from me (Sandi Hartka), I will be happy to place your order; if you have another type of Cash Gift Card or monetary gift, you can place the order yourself (or I will also be happy to place it).

So shop now and don't forget....the sale prices are good through January 3, 2017 while supplies last.


Wishing you a Merry Christmas

I'm hoping you are enjoying this Christmas season and have all your crafting completed. I just completed my last graduation album for my second youngest granddaughter about cutting it close!

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Thank you so much for following my stamping blog and I'd love to hear from you and what you would like to see more of on the blog...but  for right now...

I just want to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic stamping New Year!


DIY Quick Easy Gift Tag

I know time  is running short and that's why I'm going to show you how to make the DIY Quick Easy Gift Tag---it only takes a couple of minutes--if you need several, doing it assembly line will make it go even faster!  Here it's great for guys, gals, kids, teachers, the office--it's great for everyone!

Fastest gift tag
DIY Quick Easy Gift Tag

It's getting pretty late to make cards so if you haven't quite found the time to do those, the next best thing is a hand-crafted gift tag.

This little cutie relies on Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape---see it down at the there is just no quicker way to add tons of pizzaz to your tag or card than to grab a couple of designs that coordinate (and Stampin'Up! does that with all their washi tape--they come packed to coordinate with each other).

The top of the tag is a fabulous design that looks like it takes some real talent and skill---NOT! It's the Scalloped Tag Topper punch---does all that glorious design in one punch...just cut the cardstock to 2" and as long as you need for your design--then punch the top and it looks like a million bucks!

OK, I'm going to give you the step by step directions and then the supply list. 

1.Cut a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock 2 X 4"--I use the thick cardstock because it gives the tag a bit more sturdiness. Then punch one end with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.

2. Stamp Merry (Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set) in Real Red classic ink at the top of the tag.

3. Thread a 12"piece of cherry twine through the top hole.

4. Select a couple of designs from the Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape and apply to the bottom of the tag.

5. Stamp the reindeer (Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set) in Archival Black ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock; punch out with the Cookie Cutter punch.  Adhere to the tag with a couple of dimensionals.

6. Punch a 1/2" circle of red glimmer paper and cover the reindeer  nose using another dimensionals

Your tag is completed! I told you that it would only take a couple of minutes, right? Now make a bunch so you can get that wrapping under way!

Here's the supply list:

DIY Quickest Christmas Card Ever!!

If your free time is like mine it's running I decided to share with you the DIY Quickest Christmas Card ever!  It's really a pretty little card and no one will guess that you didn't spend a lot of time creating it! Here it is....

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Quickest Christmas Card

It features that lovely pack of This Christmas Designer Series Paper--this paper is slightly thinner than the usual designer paper and so it has 24 sheets per pack (instead of the usual 12). This means you can create double the number of cards from a single design.

Additionally the greeting is showcased on the metallic doily which is so simple to do and yields such a beautiful result.  The greeting is topped off with the metallic enamel star that coordinates well with the doily.

So what do you think?  Pretty, right? It is amazingly simple to make...I'm going to give you the step by step directions and then the short list of supplies you'll need.

1. Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase).

2. Cut a piece of This Christmas Designer Series Paper 3 1/4 X 4 and adhere to the top of the cardbase front leaving 1/8" border at the top and sides using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock 2 X 4; run through the Holly folder (dry emboss) and adhere below the designer paper using multipurpose liquid glue.

4. Stamp "A Jolly Christmas to All" (Father Christmas stamp set) in Archival black ink on a piece of Shimmery white cardstock. Punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch and adhere to the center of the small gold metallic doily with dimensionals. Adhere this unit to the center of the Garden Green cardstock on card front using liquid glue.

5. Adhere the gold star (Metallic enamel dots) to the top of the Shimmery White circle.

Your card is completed--in only 5 steps!!! You can use all the designs in the This Christmas paper pack...they will all make beautiful cards.

Now use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies through my store:

Sandi's First Creative Escape!

We're going to have a 10 hour retreat  

Sandi's Creative Escape!!!

8-10-16 Stamping EscapeYou've been asking for sleepovers, craft days in my studio...this is your answer!

No cooking, No cleaning, No carpooling, Just Time for YOU!!!
Do just what you want to do....and get pampered!

Be one of the select exclusive crafters...
.specifically limited number of reservations to keep your experience
 guaranteed to be something you won't soon forget!

-finish your projects
-build a card stash
-fill an album
-fellowship with your friends
-do whatever you've been "wanting to do"

You bring your projects & supplies,
work at your pace or work with your friends.
Get advice from the experts, share your experiences....
you won't want to go home!

Your experience includes:

-your own table + chair
-snacks & beverages all day
-light lunch
-$30 Stampin'Up! product
-Free Make & Take
-Surprises & Prizes
-Inspiration Board
Lots and lots of pampering!!!

 (Also available: 3 Big Shots and 3 Heat Tools)

SAVE $10 by registering before December 15th

Note: Limited Spaces Available


Sandi's Creative Escape

April 8th
10AM - 8PM

Box Hill North Community Center
Abingdon, MD 21009


First paid, First Reserved

Up to December 15th: $105 Nonrefundable

After December 15th (if spaces remain): $110 Nonrefundable

Don't miss out!!

Call me right now to grab your space! 410 836 8016
Email: [email protected]

DIY Christmas Top Hat Treat Decoration

Today I'm going to show you a DIY Christmas Top Hat Treat Decoration.  Put these together in minutes--they make great Christmas table place cards, fun gifts for the office (super for men), for teachers (male teachers will appreciate these), or anyone that you just want to remember....see what I mean:


Christmas Top Hat
Christmas Top Hat

You can also adapt this to St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, weddings, and the  list goes on.

One product used to create this is the Layering Circles-- an awesome set of circle framelits that alternate between plain circles and scalloped circles...working together they create really great layering effects on your projects. And right now the Layering Circles are on a big sale!!! You can purchase them now for $ get them now!!

 And...the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Stack is also on sale for 50% off! It's a wonderful set of 6 X 6 double-sided designer paper loaded with "warmth and cheer"for the holidays... the green plaid is great for St. Patrick's Day.

(Note: if you want to see the entire list of products that are on sale here's the Excel file  Download Retiring closeout excess Product list US. If you need a pdf file...just email me [email protected]

Here are the simple step by step directions for this cute hat and then the list of supplies.

1. Cut a circle with the Layering Circles die that is nearly 3" in diameter.

2. Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 6 X 2 3/4, score the long side at 3/8".  All along this 3/8" section, cut small V's with your paper snips...this will help in curving it to create the some Tear & Tape along one of the short sides and curve this piece into a cylinder that is approximately 1 3/4 in diameter.  Turn the 3/8" section to the inside and using multipurpose liquid glue (#110755) on the 3/8" section adhere the cylinder to the 3"circle. You may need to hold this for about a minute for the glue to set.

3. Cut a piece of Warmth & Cheer Designer paper 1 X 6; adhere a piece of Tear & Tape to one end, wrap the piece around the cylinder nearest to the 3"circle--this is the hat band.

4. Stamp 2 large holly leaves in Archival Black ink on Wild Wasabe cardstock, punch out with the Holly Berry punch. Glue dot them together at one end (they will form a V). Using the same punch, punch the triple holly berry from Red Glimmer paper and adhere to the bottom of the V with a glue dot. Glue dot this unit to the bottom of the hatband.

Now I put in some chocolate and some paper shred to spruce it up to party style and your top hat is completed!

Email me a picture of your hat! I'd love to see it.

Here is the supply list...use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies through my store:

Stampin'Up! Year End Clearance Sale!


Stampin'Up! Year End Clearance Sale is on right now! You can save tons of money on tons of products in the Holiday Mini catalog that will not be coming back !

The sale is on now until January 3rd while supplies the earlier you shop the more likely you will get your first selections on sale.

Sale items include: Stamp sets, embellishments, ink, Designer Series Paper, Bundles, tools, Big Shot framelits/dies, kits and more! I'm sure you loved some items in the Holiday mini but have not yet purchased now is the time while they are in stock and on sale!

The best way to shop is online through my store at

If you have any trouble with that link...go to the Shop Now button at the top of this blog, Hit Shop Now, then click the Year End Sale at the'll be in My Store (shopping with Sandi Hartka) and you can see all the sale items!

For a list of the items retiring from the Stampin'Up! Holiday Mini here for the pdf file  Download Holiday_Retiring_NA_US or for an Excel sortable file click here   Download Holiday_Retiring_NA_US

The earlier you shop, the greater the chance the products will be don't early, shop now!!

Note: If you want your order credited to a hostess (holding a class within the next 30 days), call me at 410 836 8016 or email me at [email protected] will get a hostess code for you--use this when you get ready to checkout--your hostess will receive credit for your purchase and you will get your product before it is out of stock! Be sure to enter the Hostess Code before you check out--be sure the code is entered before you pay for the order.

Shop now and enjoy!!!