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.

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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. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's a Spectrum of Beauty!


This was inspired by something I saw on a Demonstrator page recently. She had made a lovely 12x12 framed color chart of all our colors, coordinated by a neutrals row, pinks and reds and purples, blues and greens, etc. I wanted to do something similar in squares. It just didn't arrange quite the way I wanted. 


I punched out 3 of each color. Glad I did. Read on...




Here are the squares in Stampin' Up!s order. You can see that they don't square quite in order or the way I wanted.


Catalog page of inspiration.


Here they are in the order that they are in the catalog, above. It is started to look pretty. 

When i came to the realization that having it as a long strip would be a really cool way to display it, I next had to plan how that would be mounted and displayed. I realized that 3" wide would be plenty. I was using our 1 3/8" square retired punch. Honestly, to punch out the 3 each of all 50 colors went really quick. I stood with a punch in one hand and a basket in the other and just went punch, punch, punch!  

I am glad I punched out 3 each. I was thinking initially of doing 3 different arrangements, but when my first design went bust, and I figured out what I wanted to do, glad I had enough to work with. 

After wrestling with this for a few hours, on layout (not kidding at all). I was inspired by what I found in the Annual Catalog 2017-18, page 183. I thought that would look nice hanging under the window ledge in my studio. 



I cut 6 3"x12" strips and adhered together. Warning if you try this at home, you have to be precise on your kerf line. That is your cut line, and make sure it is micro to the precise location because you will be able to tell when you start attaching those strips together. My first was not real precise nor straight. I am okay with this. It is my prototype. 

I left plenty of room on the first strip to do with what i wanted. Like add some text (didn't happen). I used peel and stick tape to adhere. I laid down a long strip and peeled off a bit of backing as I went along. This tape is not forgiving. Placement must be where you want it first time. Keep going until the last square. Trim my white background.

Whelp, my line was crooked. Some squares I had to peel off, retype and line up again. And my white is not in a line. Prototype!!!

I am hoping in a week I can redo this, being super precise with my white, pencil in some guidelines and add some text. I want to make 2. One as a gift for someone special. And mount the white onto some Basic Gray cardstock cut to 3 1/4" as a slight border. 

Sorry about my initial picture. It is a mess. I am in the middle of pulling retired items, making cool new stuff with all the new shiny goodies, and things get kind of messy when you are at your most creative. I am okay with this! 

I sit at the other end of the room facing this when I create. My eye keeps going to it. It inspires me. It makes me smile. It gives me warm fuzzies. It will make me happier when it is redone with square lines and more precision. Still gives me all the fuzzies.

Thank you for stopping by. If you are hoping to purchase on of these from me, scroll on. It ain't happening! But wouldn't that be awesome if you could buy one all nice and done! Hint, hint Stampin' Up! At least as a Demonstrator item to buy.  

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