How to store those ink pads……

Until about an hour again I stored my ink pads in a Stampin’ Up storage tower. However my tower was full and I needed a new way to store them. The only alternative I had was to stop buying ink and that wasn’t going to happen! 

I searched Pinterest for ideas and tried to bribe people to make me a storage cupboard but no one wanted to help. Finally an idea popped into my head.

A quick trip to office works and I was the proud owner of 6 of these babies……

First step was to fold them all flat and find a nice thick piece of cardboard to use as a ruler. Using a Stanley knife I cut the magazine holder down to ink pad size…..

Step two is to flip it over and cut the other side down to ink pad size…..

What I now had was six smaller boxes. 

You may ask why six? Easy. One for each colour family and one for the In Colours and one from retired colours. I did underestimate how many retired pads I had so I will need to go buy one more magazine box tomorrow. They now take up far less room on my desk and I can see all my colours at once!

What am I known for?

Anyone who visits my craft room comments on how annoyingly organised it is. To be truthful sometimes I do like to hang out in there and reorganise….it’s like a hobby of its own!

My recent project has been to organise a better way to store my stamp sets and the matching thinlets. Before I undertook this task they were just slotted in next to each other on my shelf but it just looked messy to me.  For those who don’t understand her is a matching stamp and thinlet set:

When you open up the thinlet pack you get a flat card with metal shapes attached:

Generally to use thinlets you stamp an image and then using a die cut machine like a Big Shot you use the thinlet to cut it out. In the olden days we used to have to stamp an image and then fussy cut it out……this took forever! This picture shows how the thinlets are made to be perfectly matched to a stamp:

Now for my organisational method. I visit a $2 shop and buy a large magnet sheet. Sometimes you need to visit a few shops to find them. The can usually be found in the crafting section.

These sheets are adhesive backed:


I cut the sheet in half so I have enough for two stamp sets and stick one half in the inside cover of the stamp set:

The last simple step is to remove the thinlets from their packaging and sit them on the magnet strip. It is so easy and sits on the shelf so much better!

And the finished view:

Everything neat and today and in its place! Make sure to follow my blog so you get notified once a new post goes up!


Get ’em Whilst They Last!

Its that time of year again when Stampin Up clears the decks for new stock!  If there is something you have had your eye on now is the time to get it!

The quickest way to get your order is through my Stampin Up webpage:

Of course you can email me at but remember once these items are gone – they are gone so ordering directly through the website is the easiest way – plus it gets posted directly to you!

The retiring items are available here……

lease let me know if you need any help!


Baby it’s hot out there…….

It’s a refreshing 41 degrees outside and about 51 in my craft room. I was really motivated to make lots of cards for today’s blog hop but can not bear to be in there. Luckily I have just come back from a four day scrapbooking retreat and used lots of Stampin Up products on my pages!

The theme for today’s blog hop is something sweet and I think the very versatile Cool Treats stamp set perfectly fits the bill.
 I was scrapping photos from my most recent trip to the USA and had some photos of a very healthy breakfast I wanted in the album……

This set incorporates two stamp stamping. This means you stamp a lighter colour and then stamp over it in a darker colour to add accents. I started by stamping my cups and ice cream.

The base of my ice cream was So Saffron so next step was to stamp the ice cream accents in a darker colour. I used Sahara Sand.

I was using a Project Life page protector from Stampin’ Up and I still had an extra space to fill and decided to do something I rally do anymore and use my own hand writing. I wrote it in pencil first and then used a Stampin’ Write marker to add the writing and accent it with dots.

Of course I rubbed out the pencil lines once I was done! The finished page……

I promise once it cools down to make some cards with this set.

Don’t forget my open house this Sunday 15th January. Just pop in anytime between 12:30 and 4:30.

Want to see some amazing work? Visit the other sites in the blog hop:

Libby Dyson:

Leonie Schroder:

What is a blog hop?

Until his week I wasn’t sure but now we can learn together! A blog hop is a way to visit other blogs that are related to the content on this one! Every Wednesday I will be participating in the Freshly Brewed Blog Hop and this weeks theme was the new Stampin Up Watercolour Pencils!  To help show you how cool they are I used them on an item you can earn for free during Salebration that I have accented using a stamp available in the new occasions catalogue.

The pencils are a new item in the Occassions Catalogue which you can purchase from right now! To creat my card I used the Inside the Lines Designer Series paper. This is one of the many items you can earn for free from now until the 31st March 2017. You can pick one item for every $90 you spend.

This pack includes 12 sheets of 12×12 paper that is ready for you to colour yourself. The pack contains three sheets each of four designs.

Before we start let me quickly explain how you use the pencils. There is no need to colour in exactly, just stay inside the lines. I try to press heavier in some places to get a depth of shade. You then use an aqua pen to blend the colours.

Here is a photo of the process underway.

To finish off my card I mounted my picture on some Daffodil Delight after I inked the edges in Rose Red ink. I added some glitter to my little bee and stamped a sentiment from the new Beautiful You stamp set.

I cut my sheet of 12×12 into six sections. These means I could make 72 cards from this free pack of paper!

Don’t forget I have my open house and catalogue launch on Sunday 15th Janaury. Pop in anytime from 1 until 4:30 pm. I will have displays, special gifts, items for sale and special offers. If you need my address please send an email to . Alternatively you can contact me through my Facebook page.

Please have a chat with me if you love being creative and would like to make some extra money to spend on craft supplies, supplement your family income or just because you like making extra money!

Now the whole point of a hop is for you to hop! There are only two of us in this weeks hop so please visit Libby a time:

Until next time happy crafting!

More “Love You Lots”

This weeks stamp set that I have chosen to share is Love You Lots. This is a hostess stamp set that you can earn from holding a workshop in your home or by placing a big order all to yourself!

This is One of the cutest stamp sets I own. And today’s card uses the cutest stamp……the baby elephant!
To make the card you will need the strap set, a sheet of Marina Mist card stock, some scraps of white and Crumb Cake card stock as well as a small piece of pattern paper in a co-ordinating colour.

Cut the Marina Mist card stock (A4) in half and score and fold it into a card……..stamp your elephant using black ink onto the pattern paper. Carefully cut the elephant out just slightly outside the outline.

Stick the elephant down on your white cardstock using some adhesive tape. Mat the white onto the Crumb Cake and then mount this onto the folded card. The last step is to stamp the sentiment onto the card near the elephants trunk. For those of you as slow as my husband this card shows the elephant thinking of “you”. 
Any questions feel free to ask here or on my Facebook page!

A Quick Card for a Quick Introduction!

Hi I’m Sandie……it’s great to meet you!  My first introduction to paper craft was scrapbooking almost 21 years ago. Remember when Creative Memories was all you could get in Australia? About ten years ago I discovered Stampin’ Up and I have been a demonstrator for a few years now.

What do I love about Stampin’ Up? You know those moments when you realise you forgot to buy a birthday, Valentines or Mothers’ Day card? I never get those moments! Ok I do but they don’t last long because I know I can make a card in just a few minutes.

I also love that if I want to I can make an elaborate card or scrapbook page that takes me a lot longer! There are lots of ways that you can find out more about what I do:

  1. Subscribe to this blog!
  2. Go to my Stampin’ Up page…… and do some exploring.
  3. Or book in to a class at my home or even better host one at your place.  This way you can earn stamps for free!

Just to prove how quick it is I used these two stamp sets:

Love You Lots Hostess Set


Love you Lots 3.jpg
Watercolour Wash

To make a cute little thank you card. I timed myself. It took me 7 minutes including getting up and finding what I needed!  Want to see?




If you want to know more please email me at or find me through facebook (search for scrappin sandie) or through the above website!

Happy creating!