Thursday, December 22, 2016


This will probably be my last post for 2016, but I am so excited for the new year coming!  Most of you have probably seen sneak peeks of new product coming in the Occasions Mini, and I have a box load of new product to start playing with and share with you.  You are going to love everything!!  But, I do have to admit, I'm sad to see so many of my favorite holiday stamps and accessories retiring.  You still have until January 3rd to order your favorites, with up to a 60% discount.  Click on the picture below and see what is on sale and what is retiring:
Check out the list by clicking on the picture!!
Here are a couple more projects I finished for Christmas.  The card was made with the Snow Place Stamp Set and matching Snow Friends Framelits (I sure hope this set stays around for a while because it is so versatile).  I made the 16 treat boxes for place-settings at our family Christmas dinner. Of course they are filled with chocolate (even my great-grandbabies are old enough for chocolate this year!!).  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make the boxes -- I love how they turned out -- what do you think??

This was before the party.

This was after the party!!

My kids just keep multiplying!!
Final note:  I saw a blue crane fly in and sit on my frozen pond this morning -- do you think this means winter is over?????

Until next time, Sandi

"Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people." -- Luke 2:10

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Just a quick update to my last post on creating an Origami Gift Card Holder.  Many of you asked for directions so I created a PDF document for making this gift card holder:

Download the PDF here.

See the other samples in my previous post here.

Until next time,

"You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light." -- 2 Samuel 22:39

Thursday, November 10, 2016


At Ronda Wade's November RubberQueen meeting we focused on making gift card holders for all those people (like me) who use gift cards during the holiday season.  What a great way to say "thank you" to health care professionals (doctors, dentists, nurses, receptionists); mail persons; newspaper deliverers; pastors; etc. -- and our family and friends.  I love wrapping gift cards in a beautiful package.  Here are some I made this week using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper to make this fun origami fold card holder that does not use adhesive:

I used the Presents and Pinecones and This Christmas Designer Series Papers for these gift card holders.

This is what it looks like opened up with the gift card and note tucked into the pockets.

I love how pretty the designs are on the back side of the paper.  I made matching envelopes using the "must-have" Envelope Punch Board (everybody needs one of these from Stampin' Up!).

My swap card for the meeting.

Until next time,

"The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed" -- Psalm 126:3

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


STARTING TODAY you can purchase the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog.  I love the sweet edging the dies create and classic shapes that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! Layering Squares, Circles and Ovals Dies.

IT GETS EVEN BETTER!  Starting today, Stampin’ Up! is offering 25% off select stamp sets that coordinate beautifully with the dies.
Here are some samples using the new Stitched Shapes Framelits and how beautiful they coordinate with the stamps on sale!!

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.  Order now to create your holiday cards or before they go on backorder.

Until next time,
"[He] called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." -- 1 Peter 2:9

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Last weekend I attended one of my favorite 3-day events:  Creative Retreat!!  Ronda Wade puts this event on 4 times a year now -- because so many want to attend.  Everybody brings the craft(s) they like to create (we have quilters, card and 3-D enthusiasts, scrapbooking, and so much more).  Some just come to see old friends and do Ronda's classes.  I usually take my scrapbooking materials because this is what I love to do the most.  However, I had tons of card kits that I needed to catch up on, so I worked on them and visited with many friends I haven't seen in a long time.  Here are pictures of a couple of cards I did and one of the many, many pillow gifts we receive from Ronda: 

I love this card -- it is so pretty in real life.  It is called a "Fan Fold" and you use your scoring tool on the Stampin' Trimmer or your Simply Scored Scoring Tool to create the "fan" affect.  In this one I used the gorgeous Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Here is another "Fan Fold" using the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper.

I loved this card also.  Ronda Wade created the design as part of a kit I received from her Create for Christ one-day retreat.

One of our pillow gifts sitting at our work stations when we got up Saturday.  I loved this and plan on making more.   The treat box is made using the Envelope Punch Board.

Until next time,
"It's good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace."  --  Hebrews 13:9

Friday, October 7, 2016


We had another awesome RubberQueen meeting this month at Ronda Wade's new storefront studio.  (I really need to remember to take some pictures next month so you can see how beautifully she has decorated her studio.)  Today I'm sharing with you my swap card and Tamie Ackerson's cards she made for her technique presentation.  Tamie demonstrated the "oldie-but-goodie" Dryer Sheet Technique.  I only wish my camera would have accurately depicted all the dazzling diamond beauty in her cards -- they truly shimmered in real life. 

My very favorite stamp set in the Holiday Mini:  Father Time!

Supplies:  Father Time Stamp Set; Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Vanilla Card Stock; This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper; Real Red, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black Archival, and Versa Mark Stamp Pads, Copper Embossing Powder; Candy Cane Baker's Twine; Layering Ovals Framlits Dies; Sponges; Aqua Pen; Heat Gun; and Big Shot.

Tamie Ackerson's Dryer Sheet Technique (also for the next 3 cards).

Until next time,

"I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." -- Psalm34:4

Friday, September 2, 2016


Breaking News!!  The new Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog is live!!!  Every year I say to myself I am not going to get another new Christmas stamp -- and every year Stampin' Up comes out with the most adorable, stinkin' cute, and "gotta-have" stamp sets.  Check it out by clicking here to see all the new stamps and accessories.  Here are a couple of projects I did for Creative Convention last weekend and a couple of make'n takes:

This was my 3-D treat swap for the Creative Convention evening party.  Yes, they are filled with candy!!  I used the cute snowman from the new Christmas Magic Stamp Set (stamped on Paper Pumpkin tissue paper and adhered to the jars); the sentiment is from the new Tin of Tags Stamp Set; the lid is wrapped with the new and beautiful Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; and the cord is the new Kraft Rope Trim.  So excited about the new embellishments.

A better picture of the top of the decorated jelly jars.

This was my swap card for Convention -- I love these mice from the new Merry Mice Stamp Set!!  The tree is from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set (in the big annual Stampin' Up Catalog).

One of the many make'n takes we made at convention, using the:  Cookie-Cutter Stamp Set and Embossing Folders, Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.

Another make'n take card using the same product as above.

Cute little tags we made using the new This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tin of Tags Stamp Set, Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set, and Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies.
I have lots more to show you in future posts.  In the meantime, take a few minutes and click on the link to see the awesome new product for the upcoming holidays.

Until next time,

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  -- Matthew 5:10

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Hello stamping friends!!  Hope you are all enjoying the summer and keeping cool while stamping!!  Stampin' Up! is offering a COOL deal this month: 

Click HERE to learn more and order.
For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you will get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2-31, 2016. This is a great opportunity for you to get items from your wish list, whether you buy them now or with your coupons in August. This is the first time we have offered this type of promotion, and it's a deal everyone will want in on!

NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn. *Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax).

So how about some samples of new product you can order to earn those coupons!!

This is such an awesome bundle; the Jar of Love Stamp Set and Framelits (Catalog, p. 75).

The beautiful Touches of Texture Stamp Set (Catalog, p. 141)

The adorable Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Builder Punch (Catalog, p. 57).  I have seen so many cute cards using this bundle.  These are little critters holding a candy kiss inside.  I forgot to take picture before I handed out other critters!

This is a window box using the new Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set and the new Very Vanilla Lace Trim Ribbon.  Every girl (especially me) has to have a little bit of vintage in their stash!!
Until next time,

"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you."
--  1 Thessalonians 3:12

Sunday, June 12, 2016

2016-2017 CATALOG IS HERE!!

Yippee!  The new 2016-17 Stampin' Up Catalog has arrived.  And I haven't verified this for myself, but the word is that EVERY new stamp set with images has a matching Framelit or punch to cut out the image.  Don't you just love it -- so many more options now to create that perfect card without hand-cutting.  If you don't have a catalog and are one of my customers who purchased from me last year, contact me to get a free catalog.  Or put in a $50 order and I will get you one for free!!  Here are a few of the projects I have done this month:

This was my swap card for our June RubberQueen meeting using the new "Painter's Palette" stamp set (with a bit of Origami curtains, which are hard to see in this picture). 

This is one of the cards I made for my Craft Day event on Friday, using the new "Foxy Friends Stamp Set" with matching punch (I can't wait to show you more samples using this great bundle).  I also used the new "Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set" with matching punch (another bundle) for the sentiment.  And of course the backgrounds use the "Woodland" and "Brick Wall" Embossing Folders.  I plan on giving this to my husband for Father's Day.

This is one of our make'n takes from the June RubberQueen meeting using the new Hostess Stamp Set "Love You Lots."

And finally, I have to show you a gift I made for my granddaughter.  I got her a new Bible for her birthday and wanted to make it special so I made a book cover for it, to keep it nice through the years.  I have to admit:  I DO NOT SEW, DID NOT HAVE A PATTERN FOR THIS, and DON'T KNOW HOW TO MEASURE (as you can tell).  However, God was looking down on me and saw my struggle -- I managed to get it all done with only one small mistake.  I somehow lost the elastic loop for the button -- so I had to open a couple of small spots and put a new one on.  (All the while, God was saying over and over, "Have patience child.")  She loved it, and I was thrilled!!  P.S. That is Stampin' Up ribbon used for the bookmarks.
Until next time,

"Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, 'Courage, daughter!  Your faith has saved you!'" --  Matthew 9:22

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Well you know it has been a long time since you have posted on your blog when it pops up with a message to "sign in."  A lot has happened since I last posted -- mainly, I have a brand new computer (thanks to my old PC dying), new software (yah, that big "Windows 10" monster!!).  Some changes I truly like, and a few things I'm sad to say I lost.  So for the last couple of months, I have been recovering old data, trying to learn how to use this PC (what a trip!!), and learn how to use all new, updated software.  Plus, I trying to deal with that "cloud" up there that's raining on my sunshine (yah, I got a "notebook" from my husband to add to my problems).  All in all, I love all my new "stuff" but having a hard time dealing with the fact I can't use all the upgraded features yet (patience, patience my child!!).

Good news -- we have a new Stampin' Up Catalog coming out next week!!  I have mine, and my wish list has many pages!!!  I can't wait for you to see all the new product!!  Don't forget you only have until May 31st to purchase product on the retired list.  Here are a few things I've done since I last posted:

Once a month I have a Crafty Saturday with my granddaughter and daughter.  I design page layouts for them to re-create using my design as a starting point to create their own pages incorporating their personal styles.

Another Crafty Saturday layout.

Get this bundle (A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set and Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies #141074) before it is gone forever.  See page 34-35, in the Occasions Mini Catalog for details and ideas.

Inside of the card.
Until next time,

"In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:6)

Monday, March 14, 2016


I saw my first robin today!!  With that and all the noise made by the geese coming back, I think we can start thinking Spring is almost here!!  Today I'm sharing the projects we made at our March RubberQueen meeting, my swap card, and a look at an old stamp that is one of my favorites (yes, I'm just like you -- I have my favorites that I will keep forever!!).  The projects from the meeting showcase the awesome Party Pants Stamp Set you can get free for only 2 more weeks during Stampin' Up's! Sale-A-Bration!!  I love it, it is so cute.  Just purchase $50 of product (or a 3-month subscription to My Paper Pumpkin) to get this set or any of the other free product.  If you get this set, I would suggest buying the new Balloon Bouquet Punch in the Occasions Mini, a couple packages of cardstock, some glitter paper, and diamonds (of course).  Just remember, for "every" $50 you spend, you qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration product -- time is running out on this once-a-year promotion!!

A cute little box you can put a gift in or note cards you have designed for that special person!

Love this sentiment -- this is a stamp set I will forever keep!!

Darling design to hold a gift card!! 

Just in time for graduations -- I told you this stamp set was awesome (and you have only seen a few of the stamps!!).

This was my swap card using the new Timeless Textures Stamp Set, Expressions Natural Elements (frosted with the new Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush), and the new It's My Party Designer Washi Tape.

I love to take out my favorite old Stampin' Up! product once a month and revisit the joy I felt creating with it when it was new.  I purchased this "Summer by the Sea" stamp set over 10 years ago and the antique brass embellishments almost that long ago!! 
Until next time,

"For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."  --  Mark 10:45