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April 2017

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!

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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?

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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?

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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: [email protected]

–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.

Gorgeous Silver Card

I received a Gorgeous Silver Card in the mail from a dear friend, Shelly Godby. It is so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you...the greeting on this one is Congratulations and this could also be a Wedding card, Silver Anniversary Card, birthday, thinking of you...and the list goes on! Check it out: Silver card (2)

I just couldn't keep this card to myself and wanted to share this design with you...I'll give you the measurements and supplies in case you want to create it yourself!

When you place your order online, use this month's Hostess Code Z9DFJV4T, to be entered into the monthly drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! Product Gift Certificate for each $50 you purchase.  (note: last order to be included in the drawing must be placed no later than 6PM 4/30/17)

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

2. Cut Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5 1/2.

3. Cut your favorite design from the Fabulous Designer Acetate (use the silver side) and adhere to the bottom of the white cardstock using very small dots of Finetip Glue in the corners and under where the ribbon and bow will later be placed.

4. Cut the large floral design (So Detailed Thinlit) from Silver Foil paper (sandwich: Magnetic platform, Precision Base plate, silver foil, thinlet, standard cutting pad) with the Big Shot. Use the Die Brush to remove the waste bits.

5. Adhere this to the top of the white cardstock using Finetip glue.

6. Wrap a 17" piece of Sale-a-bration Silver ribbon if you have it--if not use 1/8" silver ribbon around the white cardstock and tie in a bow. Adhere the white cardstock to the card base with mutipurpose liquid glue.

Card is complete! Isn't it lovely.


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Winner of the March $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate

We have a Winner of the March $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate!  Winner

Each month we have a Hostess code and when you place an online order your name is entered into a drawing for each $50 in product that you order...the winner of this certificate for March is....drum roll Valerie Lacoste! Congratulations Valerie!

The code for April is Z9DFJV4T-- just use this code when you check out and I'll get a notification that you placed an order and will automatically enter your name in the drawing--its so easy and Val's going to have a fun shopping spree!

 More news: Keep watch on April 10th, Stampin'Up! is issuing the RETIRING product list--you'll want to snag that and look it over carefully. These will be the products that will no longer be available after May 31st (unless supplies run out before then).  As soon as the list is available, I will be emailing those on my email newsletter list....if you have not signed the button above and sign up now so you won't miss getting this list first!

Warning: We know for sure that the 2015-2017 In Colors (and most of the products that contain them) will be retiring....we are advising stampers to stock up early. We have see in the past that these do run out quickly and once they are gone....they don't return. One of the refills is currently on backorder. So cardstock, inks, refills, designer paper, doilies, markers, and ribbon in these colors will be retiring. Below they are shown--you can click on the ones you need!

Use the Shop Now button and the new Hostess Code Z9DFJV4T and order your supplies right now: