Tuesday, June 27, 2017

On a Personal Note

I apologize to you, my regular and not so regular, readers. I have not posted since Fathers Day. And there is a jolly good reason for this, lame as it is, life happens.

We just got home from a long and busy vacation, which was no vacation. It was a hardworking week organizing, cataloging and removing my in-laws storage locker and belongings elsewhere. I personally spent a lot of time in our van, sitting, because I could not do much. Or hanging out in our hotel room. Not my favorite visit to the Southwest in regards to this. We did have an awesome family reunion. Truly blessed to be a part of that. More on that in a later post.

Here is the situation, my knee was already becoming worse (pain and mobility) before the trip, add to that the trip, and then I came home and hit the ground running getting ready for our groups Stampin' Up! New Product Extravaganza, and life stuff too, appointments, sick kitty, etc. Posting on my site just didn't happen. And this week my knee is getting worse. The pain is telling me it needs professional attention. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I have had both knees replaced, and much more surgery. And one knee has not been good since I fell in Salt Lake City at Stampin Up! Convention in July 2013.

The bottom line, I have been mostly sitting around doing not much this week besides what has to get done, errands, son doctor appointments, etc. When I move my knee in certain ways, I truly just scream. With the cooler weather in Minnesota, and our windows open, its no wonder our one neighbors are moving! Lol.

Honestly, I made it through our New Product Extravaganza, held myself together, trying to mask my pain face, but this week I cannot hide it from anyone, my family, friends, or social media. I do need answers to what is causing the pain. Well-meaning people keep offering pain management advice, and reasons to what might be the cause. I appreciate the well-intended advice, but none of it is the answer and none of it fixes the problem. Yes, I have been through rounds of medical specialists. Same answer every time. Your knee is messed up, but doesn't seem to be my area of expertise.

Yes, it is messed up. Yes, I have not given up hope of finding an answer. TSA, Transportation Security Administration, seems to think I have an abnormal amount of fluid in my knee. Lol. Funny, but true. And they might be the closest to the correct answer yet. I have suspected since early after surgery, that I might have a deep infection. It happens, not often, but it does, following joint replacement. My mother-in-law had one that plagued her for two years. She is finally clear, but it did cause a lot of problems for her.

Feel free to share your story below. Mine is a work in progress. I do take months off from seeing doctors and specialists. Mentally, it is just draining hearing the same message all the time. Physically running around to all these places gets draining in other ways. And financially it is very draining. It is time to get scheduling appointments again. It has been a while. Too long probably. But this is why I am taking somewhat of a break. I have so much projects to share!!!!! I am just challenged getting comfortable enough to sit to post. And I am saddened by being burdened by severe pain again. I do soldier on. I just have small moments of succumbing to the burden of chronic pain. I do try to hide, but I am having trouble hiding it right now.

When you do not hear from me for a while on here, it is usually not a case of being so busy, yes that can happen for a day or two, but it is usually I am being swallowed up by the pain monster again.

Thank you for listening and sticking with me. I have so many great things I do want to share. I just need to be able to do it.

Take care of yourself! Sandy

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day to all the Guys out there!

I actually made this in early January. All the products used are retired. I have been waiting to share it since then, just for Fathers Day. Why? Because it really honors all the males out there. My husband, who has been waiting patiently for this tin, can now have it. I am not sure what he wants to use it for, probably store loose electronics cables.

It was made using the Urban Underground Product Suite from the Occasions 2017 catalog and the Sale-A-Bration rewards tin that you could get for free with  qualifying order. Again, everything used is retired. And I have been waiting six long months to share this with you. I truly love how it turned out. It is very masculine looking.

Because everything is retired, I do not see much point in listing the products. If you do a search on my site for urban underground, you will see other samples which list the products used.

Shhh, I still have 2 of these tins I want to do something special with. They were so popular, they went out of stock early. That should tell Stampin' Up! that a product, maybe with different colors, would be good to have around.

To all the dads, granddads, uncles, brothers, and guys out there, I salute you this Fathers Day! You deserve it, and much more!

Happy stamping, Sandy

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Limon Friend

Here is a fresh card color combination. Honestly I really can see the blue as a retired color, Brilliant Blue, instead of Lemon Lime Twist. Its a color combination that just makes each color pop against a neutral background.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Wood Words • 15 rubber stamps
143925 $30.00 (wood blocks included) • 143928 $22.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, e) 

Ink: Pacific Point Ink Pad 126951 $6.50, Lemon Lime Twist 144086 $6.50

Paper: Whisper White 100730 $9.00, Pacific Point cardstock 111350 $8.00

Accessories: Lovely Words Thinlits 143733 $27.00, Layering Ovals Framelits 141706 $35.00, 1/4" Stitched-Edge Ribbon $7.00 each Whisper White ribbon with colored stitching on both edges. 10 yards. Pacific Point • 144199

Yes, you can use some of your layering ovals to cut out the Lovely Words framelits. I chose one of the scallops in the Layering Ovals set for this card. Or you can just cut out the words out of a solid layer of cardstock or designer paper. Many ways to use them. 

Thanks for stopping by this Saturday. If you are a regular follower, you know that I have been busy working on new samples using all the gorgeous new products. I have been having a lot of fun with my new goodies, hanging out in my studio, out of the heat outside, and (shh) away from my family. Son home for the summer, means he and his friends are in and out of the house, a lot. I welcome them here. It just gets crazy. They stop by the fridge and coffee bar for food and drink, as they head outside for a bonfire or whatever teen boys do outside. Hang out, I guess.

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rustic Rooster Hello

Oh my gosh, doesn't this card look like it could have come from your Grandmas farm? This card is a semi (okay more than semi) case from stampinantics.co.nz Paula Dobson. She used different ribbon and a few other items. You can find it on Pinterest, like I did. It just fit what I was trying to make with my Wood Texture Suite, pages 158-159 Annual Catalog.

I am loving this product suite. It is on trend, with the rustic look, it is versatile, and it is just a fun suite.

This was a fairly simple card to make. To get the doily in an oval, I stapled into shape. Then glued the layers.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Wood Words • 15 rubber stamps 143925 $30.00 (wood blocks included) • 143928 $22.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, e) 

Inks: Pool Party ink pad 126982 $6.50, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black 132708 $6.00

Papers: Pool Party $8.00, Whisper White cardstock 100730 $9.00, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack • p. 187 144177 $10.00

Accessories: Delicate White Doilies 141701 $3.00 24 doilies. 3-1/2". 1/4" Copper Trim ∙ p. 199 144179 $6.00,  Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim 141672 $7.00, Pearl Basic Jewels 144219 $5.00 (colored black with a Sharpie)

Bundle and Save:  Wood Words Stamp Set Wood Crate Framelits Dies (p. 212)Wood • 145315 $54.00 Clear • 145316 $46.75 

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to order your Wood Textures product suite today so you can start playing tomorrow. 

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chapter Dividers for my Scrapbooks

If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I have recently transformed my scrapbooks and the system used and so on. Read about it here.

As part of the ongoing renovation, I have made title pages for the front page of the books I currently have out, and a few of my books will contain multiple subjects for now. That is until I have enough pages completed to give them their own books. 

To keep the sections separated, and hopefully add a tab too, I made chapter dividers, as I am calling them. Just something to separate subject matter. That way, I also know where those pages are. I just received more albums this week, since with my last large print order I over filled my books and needed more, I will be adding these dividers as soon as they are printed. I will have to wait to print them, as I printed in total, around 300 pages in May. Some pages were not for us, but for the grandparents, and a wedding album for my niece, but still. I have been a busy gal.

Disclosure: for privacy sake, I do not share all the pages I create on my blog. Plus, who wants to know that much about my family??? Yeah, I wouldn't either... (smile)

I did create these in the Project life App. I was not looking for anything super fancy or time consuming. Just, done! 

The Home Improvement divider will contain pages of our progress as we turn this (vintage) not maintained home that was my parents, into a showstopper (or thats the plan anyway!). I thought a play on the 1980s/90s show was a funny punny, and the Love it or List it is a show my husband and I watched until I put a ban on my TV watching over two years ago. And it is something we actually discussed when taking on renovating this house. The truth is we could no where afford to live in this area, if we had not inherited this house. Though our mortgage free life actually costs us more. Its a funny twist on life. We wouldn't have it any other way. It is where we need to be right now. And all of us are happy here.

And the other page divider is for my history, my own and my childhood stuff for now. I wanted to keep this one super simple. It just needs to be simple for now. 

Take a few minutes and make some chapter dividers for your own books. And title pages!!! (which Ii covered on a recent post) You will thank me, especially when your books start to get near completion. If you only do one book for 1-2 years you may not need a divider. Right now my books criss cross lots of subjects and time frames. It is needed. And I seem to be filling them fast!

Supplies: Project Life App, Layouts in Big Shot 10 (top), Big Shot 5 (bottom), Neutrals card collection. 

Keep being creative, Sandy

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