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March 2017

I'll Share a Secret...Wink, Wink!

I've had several stampers ask me a question this past week, so  I'll Share a Secret...Wink, Wink!

The question I've been ask is "how do I get my Wink of Stella to work? I've squeezed and squeezed and I can't get the sparkle to come out."

Well, I can help you with that!  Follow these steps and I bet you won't have any trouble:

  1. Unscrew the top & bottom of the white case.
  2. Remove & throw away the black ring between the top & bottom.
  3. Screw the top & bottom back together; gently squeeze the 2 pressure points on the side of the barrel until you see the sparkle coming into the brush.
    Note: To store,  stand it upright so you can read either Clear or Gold on the end.

But, that's not the secret I want to share with you! Did you know you can have Wink of Stella in all the Stampin'Up! colors? Yep, I just created this cute tag and all the flowers and leaves are "WINKING" in the Stampin'Up! colors... FullSizeRender
now I admit it is difficult to see in my photo because I cannot seem to capture the sparkle....but trust me it is really very lovely when the whole bouquet sparkles like crazy and I can get lighter and darker shade without losing sparkle.

Here's how to get the Winked colors:

  1. Stamp the image that you want to use in Archival Black ink. Let it dry completely.
  2. Squeeze the top & bottom of the Stampin'Up! Classic stamp pad together (while it is closed) so that ink is deposited on the lid of the  container.
  3. Take your Clear Wink brush & touch the ink in the lid and begin brushing your image. Inking Painting
  4. Continue dipping the Wink brush in the color until you complete your image...note, you can lighten & darken the color without affecting the shimmer because each time you dip into the color more Wink flows out as you paint.  
  5. If you want a lighter shade, pull the ink out in to a small stream from the main puddle in the lid. If you want a darker shade, work  with the undiluted ink in the lid or do more layers--remember it will not lessen the shimmer because the Wink is renewed as you paint.    
    To clean between colors, just brush on a scrap of paper until it is clear Wink.

Note: for the tag the wheel barrow image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Archival Black ink (You're Sublime stamp set). Cut this with Stitched Shape framlits and the layers with Layering Circle framelits.  Thread 1/8 Silver ribbon through the hole punched with 1/8" circle punch.

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

Easy Cute Easter Basket

Easter is a bit late this year so we have some extra time to create an Easy Cute Easter Basket that we can fill with chocolate (really, did I have to tell you this) or other small treats (like money---you can always fill mine with money....just sayin').

Look at this sweetie: Basket

The fun part is that you can create it in a multitude of Subtle colors and it's so easy you can whip one up in a matter of minutes!

Sale-a-bration is ending Friday (3/31/17)--so you can still order supplies and earn your Freebie but you need to order quickly.

Remember to use the current month hostess code that will be good until 3/29/17 AWSR23GU when your order reached $50--then your name will be entered into the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate.

Here are the directions with plenty of pics to help you with the steps and after that is the Supply list so you can order what you need to create these cuties!

1. Cut Flirty Flamingo cardstock 6 X 6 1/4; score the 6" side t 2 & 4" using the Simply  Scored Scoring Tool & stylus; score the 6 1/4" side every 1 1/4" (1 1/4, 2 1/2, 3 3/4, 5). The photo shows black lines where the scoring occurs. Scoring pattern

2. With your Paper Snips, cut the score lines on the 6 1/4"side up to the horizontal score line; repeat this on the opposite side: Cutting pattern

3. Holding the middle flap upright, fold the flap to the left over the center flap about halfway

Fold 1

4. Next fold the flap on the right of the middle flap over those 2 flaps.

Fold 2

5. Take the last right flap and fold it so that it is straight horizontal forming the basket rim; then take the last left flap and fold it so that is is straight horizontal forming the rest of the basket rim. Staple through all layers.

Fold 3

Fold 4

6. Cut a Lace Doily in half and glue to the center of the basket base with multipurpose liquid glue on both sides of the basket.

7. Punch a small flower from Flirty Flamingo (Petite Flower Punch).  Lay the flower on your Piercing mat and use the stylus from your Scoring Tool to press gently down in the center of the flower to "dent" it--this gives you a cute 3D effect. Add a large rhinestone to the center. Adhere this to the top middle of the doily with a Glue Dot (Item #103683).

8. Repeat this on the opposite side. Your basket base is now complete.

9. cut a Flirty Flamingo cardstock 7 X 1"; stamp the small flower from Window Shopping stamp set in Flirty Flamingo  classic ink. Using your bone folder gently curl this piece to form the basket handle.

10. Staple this handle in place inside the basket base and you are finished!

Fill basket with shred and goodies!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button and the Host Code (until 3/29):


Teeny Tiny Butterflies...a second look!

Tuesday we created that beautiful little butterfly tag and as usual, we can't just stop there--so we're taking that tag of Teeny Tiny Butterflies...a second look!  When we create something that's really awesome, we want to maximize it's we're going to take that same tag and create a card with it. If you are giving a gift--you can create the 2 tags--use one for the gift bag and use the second one for the card--and you have a matched set. Won't that look professional and awesome!

Here's the card...what do you think?

Butterflies card
Teeny Tiny Butterflies card

Look how well the Blushing Bride tag complements the Flirty Flamingo card base--that's just a yummy combination!

If you missed the tag post on Tuesday 3/21, you can check it out here

I'll give you the step by step directions and then the supply list.


Sale-a-bration (purchase $50 and select a freebie from one of these minis  Download SAB_2017_US  ooor  Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US) ends March 31st! Card tin and Glimmer paper are out of stock. All other items are only available as long as supplies last.''

Also, when you place your online order use the current month Hostess Code (AWSR23GU) and your name will be entered for each $50 in product that you purchase. The prize is a $50 certificate for Stampin'Up! product.

Here are the directions:

1. Cut Flirty Flamingo cardstock 8 1/2 X 11, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base).

2. Cut Flirty Flamingo cardstock 4 1/8 X 5 3/8; use the Confetti embossing folder--run through the Big Shot (sandwich: Big Shot standard platform, standard cutting pad, cardstock in folder--[hinged edge through BS first] standard cutting pad)

3. Adhere the embossed cardstock to the card base front using mutipurpose liquid glue.

4. Take the tag we created Tuesday and adhere in the center of the oval created by the folder using dimensionals.

5. Cut a 9" piece of Blushing Bride satin ribbon, tie a bow and adhere to the tag top with a glue dot.

Your card is completed.

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


Teeny Tiny Butterflies

Spring is here---they tell me--and with it will come butterflies, so today I created a really beautiful tag with Teeny Tiny Butterflies!  Do you recognize the butterflies die?

Butterflies tag
Butterflies tag

If you tuned in last week you may remember the Timeless Tags thinlits dies--well, look at this set again and you'll see the border thinlet of teeny tiny butterflies.  It's great for today's tag but as I was working with it I'm thinking--wouldn't these little butterflies look great in a shaker card? Can't you just see them fluttering around in one of those?

Ok, back to the thinlets--I think between last week and this week's samples, you can already see the great versatility and usefulness of this set of dies.

I'll give you the step by step directions following by the supply list. Remember

*Sale-a-bration (free item from one of these minis  Download SAB_2017_US or  Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US) for each $50 in product that you purchase. This super bennie ends March 31st! (note: Card tin and Glimmer paper are no longer available--the remainder of the items area only available as long as supplies last)

*When you place an online order, be sure to use the current month Hostess Code (this month until 3/29 the code is AWSR23GU) and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 in Stampin'Up! product. 

Here are the directions for the tag:

1. From a piece of Basic Black cardstock use the plain oval die and the Precision Base plate to cut the base tag with the Big Shot. (sandwich = Magnetic Platform, Precision Base plate, cardstock, die, standard cutting pad)

2. Repeat step #1 and substitute Blushing Bride cardstock.

3. Use the butterfly border thinlet and cut the butterfly arch from the righthand side of the blush tag.

4. Adhere the blush tag to the black base tag using multipurpose liquid glue (note: be sure to avoid applying glue too close to the butterflies--so it does not ooze though.

5. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the tag front. Stamp "thinking of you"(That's the Tag stamp set) in Versamark, sprinkle with Copper embossing powder and heat with heat tool until bright and shiny.

6. Using the butterfly arch die, cut butterflies from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper. Adhere butterflies individually to the tag front with glue dots. (Adhere them when they fit well on your tag.

7. Cut an 18" piece of 1/8" silver ribbon and loop through the tag hole.

Your tag is completed!

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

Easy Stained Glass...a second look!

Tuesday we did a really beautiful tag  and today we're going to look at another creation with the Easy Stained Glass...a second look!  If you missed the first project check it out here

Today we're going to take that same tag and create a beautiful full card with it. One of the terrific features of Stampin'Up! products is that they can serve multiple purposes--our imaginations are our only limiting factors--and with my blog and Pinterest---that's never a drawback, right? LOL

Here's the full  card created with the same tag we made Tuesday...isn't it lovely? (The greeting looks crooked in the picture--but I have it here in front of me and it is not crooked--must be my photography, right?)

Stained Glass Timeless Tag card
Stained Glass Timeless Tag Card

And just by changing the greeting--this card can be used for many events--check out all the greetings in the Teeny Tiny Wishes---there are 24 in that set and they all fit the Classic Label punch. Now that's a winner!

The directions for creating the card are below and are followed by the Supply List.

Remember, Sale-a-bration ends on March don't delay--for each $50 in product that you purchase, you can select a free product from the SAB mini  Download SAB_2017_US or from the other three products during the last half of SAB  Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US. (Note: the card tin is no longer available). All SAB Freebies are only available as long as supplies last.

Also, if you purchase online and use this month's hostess code (AWSR23GU), your name will be entered into the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! Product Gift Certificate for each $50 you purchase in product.

Here are the simple directions for the card:

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

2. Cut another piece of So Saffron 4 1/8 X 5 3/8 and dry emboss with the Festive embossing folder. Adhere this to the front of the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.  

3. Take the tag that you created Tuesday and adhere to the card front with dimensionals. Add a rhinestone over the tag know I couldn't do this card without sparkle, right?

4. Stamp "happy birthday" in archival black ink on a piece of So Saffron cardstock. Punch out with the Classic label punch and adhere this below the tag on the card front using dimensionals.

Your card is completed! Isn't is awesome!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button and place your order today:


Easy Stained Glass Look

I love the stained glass look...and today I'm going to show you a way to get that Easy Stained Glass Look!  Stampin'Up! has a new stamp and framelit bundle called That's the Tag Bundle. It's designed for great looking tags in just minutes. That's what I used for this tag:

Stained glass timeless tag
Stained Glass Timeless Tag

It's really easy with the 2 layers of tag framelits and adding a dash of Clear Wink of Stella (which is hard to see in the picture---check this close up and you can sort of see the shimmer! Stained glass timeless tag - close up
And, of course, you can change the colors to fit whatever scheme you need just by changing the marker colors of the flower and leaves....the combinations are endless.

And...tune back in Friday, I want to show something else with the bundle that is terrific!

Directions and supply list are below. Remember, Sale-a-bration is only with us for 15 more days! Purchase $50 in product and select a freebie from the SAB mini Download SAB_2017_US or the additional three new items Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US. Note: the Card tin is no longer available. All items are only as long as supplies last--so hurry and place that order to get the one you really want!

Also, if you order online and use this month's hostess code (AWSR23GU) your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate!

Here we go:

1. Use the plain oval die (Timeless Tags Thinlets) and cut the base oval from Whisper White cardstock.

2. Use the flower die and cut the oval from Basic Black cardstock; adhere this to the white cardstock using the Finetip Glue Pen.

3. Using Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, and Wild Wasabi Stampin'Write markers, color the areas between the black outlines on the White cardstock. (it looks awesome, doesn't it?)

4. Using the Clear Wink of Stella, add some shimmer to the flower and flower center.

5. Cut an 18" piece of 1/8"gold ribbon and loop it through the tag hole formed by the die.

Your tag is easy was that!

Here's the supply list, use the Shop Now button, place your order and get one of those Sale-a-bration Freedies!



Teeny Tiny Teacup

What a great place card, tea favor, party favor or cute gift--this Teeny Tiny Teacup is just precious! Since it's created with paper, I filled it with a Ferrero Rocher Chocoloate...does it get any better?

Tiny tea cup
Teeny Tiny Tea cup
Side view
Teeny Tiny Tea cup - Side view

And, you'll never guess what you use to create it! The Stampin'Up! Gift Bag Punch Board. I just love it when we can find more uses for an already awesome piece of equipment. We can create pretty gift bags for a variety of gift sizes & this little cutie too.

The directions are below & supply list at the bottom...use the Shop now button to order through my store and remember:

*Sale-a-bration last through 3/31/17---however---freebies are  available while supplies last!

*Earn 4 Stampin'Up! SAB freebies--get a reward from me-- Window Box filled with chocolate & $5 coupon for Stampin'Up! product!

*And-place your order online before 3/30 & use this month's hostess code (AWSR23GU), your name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! gift certificate--once for each $50 in product that you order!

Here's how to create the Teeny Tiny Teacup:

1. Cut a circle from Blushing Bride cardstock with the Layering Circle framelit that measures nearly 3" in diameter.

2. Adhere Lacey Doily to circle with multipurpose liquid glue (the saucer.)

3. Cut a piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (butterflies design) 2 X 6''; score on the long side every 3/4".

4. Cut off the last segment (3/4 X 2); fold in half lengthwise & glue to hold it's shape (cup handle).

5. Place short edge of the 2 X 5 1/4   piece on the "Start" line of the Gift Bag punch board & punch. Then place the next score line on the "Start" line & punch--repeat to the end. Place the last edge on the "Start" line & punch. It should look like: Punched paper

6. With bone folder (Item #102300), curl the "mountains" inward.  Overlap & glue the 2 end "mountains" with liquid glue--forming a circle with the 6 curled mountains facing inward.

7, Place a small puddle of glue in doily/saucer center. Carefully set the "mountains" in the puddle & form the bottom of the cup--hold the cup in place until the glue sets.

8. Curve the handle in the shape of a question mark (?)--glue to the cup side forming the handle--see the side picture above.

9. Punch butterfly from the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper with the Bitty Butterfly punch--adhere to the top of the handle with a glue dot.

10. Stamp "friend to friend" (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) with Archival Basic Black ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. Punch out with the Classic Label punch--adhere to cup with a glue dot.  Adhere wooden flower with a glue dot to end of label.  Add shred to the cup & pop in the Ferrero Rocher chocolate!

Cup is completed!

Here are the supplies--use the Shop Now button:

Snappy Stampin'Up! St. Patrick's Day Hat

Do you want to spread some cheer with a Snappy Stampin'Up! St. Patrick's Day Hat? Here's a little cutie that is quick, simple and, is stuffed with chocolate--what else, right? I did say  "spread some cheer."

Shamrock hat
Shamrock hat

Notice the little shamrock is made of Mint Macaron glimmer paper (#143831)-- one of the three new Sale-a-bration Freebies! Just place a order for $50 and you can select it as your freebie through the end of March (or as long as supplies last)!  (The other 2 colors in the pack are Sweet Sugarplum and Bermuda Bay---they are totally totally awesome!)

I used 2 of the layering sets of framelits (circles & squares) for this hat. These layering sets are wonderful tools to have in you hip pocket when you need to have just the right size of shape to create your crafty item.  Stampin'Up! also has the ovals and hearts (called Sweet and Sassy).  If you don't have these yet, they are really terrific to have ready for your next projects.

I'm going to give you the step by step directions for this cutie and then the supply list. Don't forget to use this month's online Hostess code (AWSR23GU) when you place your order--for each $50 you purchase in product your name will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month (March 30th) for a $50 Stampin'Up! gift certificate.

Here are the directions:

 1. Cut Garden Green cardstock 6 1/2 X 2 5/8; score long side at 2 1/4, cut V wedges from the scored area to help curl it into the hat body. Using your bone folder, curl the piece into a circle by "scraping" it  gently lengthwise. Using multipurpose liquid glue along one short side, curl the cardstock to approximately 1 1/2"diameter---hold while glue sets. Template

2. Bend the body at the score mark with the V's to the inside of the circle.

3. Use the 2 7/8" Layering Circles framelit, cut a circle from Garden Green cardstock. Add liquid glue to underside of the V's in the body and adhere to the center of this circle.

4. Cut Basic Black cardstock 1 X 6 1/2"; curl with bone folder in a circle. Glue around body base with the liquid glue.

5. Using the Layering Squares with inner diameter of 3/4" and 1 1/4'' ---cut a buckle from the gold foil paper & glue dot to hat band base.

6. Punch a 1/2" circle from black  cardstock with 1/2" circle punch. Using small heart in the Baker's Box thinlets to cut 3 hearts from Gold Glimmer paper (use Mint Macaron glimmer paper if you have it). Using glue dots, adhere the hearts to the black circle to  represent the shamrock. Cut out the black circle still showing with your paper snips. Buckle and shamrock

7. Hand cut a stem from the  glimmer paper and glue dot this to the back of the shamrock. Slip behind buckle and glue dot in place.

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

Stampin'Up! New Freebie Stamp Set called Make a Medallion

Wow--one more Stampin'Up! New Freebie Stamp Set called Make a Medallion!  This new set has some interchangeable stamps so you can get really creative! It's a 2-step stamp set which means you can stamp one part and then stamp another stamp over/in that stamp to finish your creation.

Here's the card I created for this set:

Make a Medallion
Make a Medallion stamp set

Again, very simple design but by adding in the Designer Foil Acetate strip--really ratchets the design value up a notch!  I'm always amazed at what a simple addition can do to the overall awesomeness scale (You're aware of the "awesomeness scale" ---that's a Sandyism for "Quick & Simple without much effort" scale! LOL)

If you haven't seen all 3 of the new Sale-a-bration Freebies, you can download them here  Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US

Get this new stamp free! Use the Shop-Now button, place your order for $50 & select  Glimmer Paper Assortment as your Free item!

Don't forget to use this month's Hostess code (763F3N3M) & be in the drawing for $50 Stampin'Up! gift certificate!

Also, did I mention that for each 4 SAB freebies you get from Stampin'Up!, you will receive a Sandi's SAB reward (Window Box filled with Ghirardelli chocolate + a $5 Stampin'Up! gift certificate)! Does it get any better?

Here are the directions for this card:

1. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (cardbase). Dry emboss the card base front using the Delicate Lace embossing folder.

2. Cut a piece of Foil Designer Acetate 2 1/2 X 5 1/5; adhere to center of card front using a glue dot in each corder.

3. Cut a piece of Gold Glimmer paper using the Layering Circles (scallop circle approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

4. Stamp the medallion in Versamark on Very Vanilla cardstock, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder, heat with Heat Tool until bright shiny gold.

5. Stamp "thanks" in the center using the same ink and embossing powder. Use the next smaller plain circle framelit (Layering Circles) to cut out the stamped image. Adhere this to the gold glimmer circle with glue dots. Adhere this unit to the card front using dimensionals.

Your card is complete!

Winner of $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate!

February's Online Orders closed last night and the Winner of the $50 Stampin'Up! Gift Certificate is......drum roll please....Diane Rapiey! Congratulations, Diane!


You can be entered into the drawing for March'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 March AWSR23GU 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.

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!

And, remember, March is the last month of Sale-a-bration....

    *For each $50 in product that you order, you can select a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration mini catalog Download SAB_2017_USand the 2nd release mini (click here to see the 3 new items available while supplies last  Download SAB_2017_2nd Release_US

    *AND, for every 4 SAB Freebies you receive from Stampin'Up!, you will receive a reward from me (collect as many as you want): Window box filled with Ghiaradelli chocolate + $5 Stampin'Up! coupon!

So you see there's tons of free stuff for you! Don't forget to use the March Host code and the Shop Now button to shop in my Stampin'Up! store!