Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Notes of Kindness All-Inclusive Card Kit

Completed kit of 20 cards and envelopes

What comes in your all-inclusive kit

148266 $35.00 US Kit
146854 $21.00 US refill

On Saturday, June 23, 2018 I had the pleasure of demonstrating the Notes of Kindness all-inclusive card kit at the Inking of You Extravaganza.

Me - the only picture I took of my booth! 

I have really come to love and embrace kits. Here is my why: kits do not have to be the end. There is no law of crafting that ever says you have to make a kit the same as the instructions. Use kits as a jumping off point, a beginning point as it were, to start your creative juices. Of course, there is no reason you cannot just make a kit as is and have an easy time making 20 cards, and just be done.

This kit has a lot to offer. When they say it is all-inclusive, they mean it. It includes a new style of clear block (which has an amazing feel to it), it includes an ink spot (you can use your own full black ink pad if you wish), it includes a sheet of 100 dimensionals, and you will likely only use about 1/3 of them. There is a lovely stamp set with thank you greetings 3 ways and a few other stamps that you can use on other projects. There is a generous sheet of adhesive backed pears. It includes 20 lined envelopes. The pieces are either self adhesive or just punch out. There is minimal stamping. I could go on and on. Oh yes, and you can get a refill.

All you need to complete the kit are scissors for cutting the cord, and adhesive of your choosing (glue or SNAIL tape).

To make the kit as directed you will make 5 each of 4 card styles. See below for the 4 types of cards.

The base price of the kit puts the cards at about $1.75 US each, and with the refill they are $1.05 each. You cannot by supplies to make 20 cards and envelopes for that price. It is just a win-win all the way around. This is a big reason I have come to love our kits. The cards are notecard sized, around 3.5 inches by 5 inches. Which are mailable in the US.

The instructions, because we are a global company with many languages, are sorely lacking in definition. I played around with the cord lengths to get them to look like the pictures. There is no measurements posted in the instructions. Because of the super simple instructions, I have created a tips sheet for you to download.

Like all the PDF files I post, you can always find them be searching my site by kit or under my Tool Box tab.

In the coming days I will be posting my alternate projects I made with the kit. Hint: they are not all cards!

I hope this has you thinking about purchasing this kit or one of our other kits and giving them a try. I feel you will love them once you try them. Kits or Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kits, are a fantastic thing to take on the road with you if you are traveling, or at a cabin, and know you will have some down time. Or bring it to the hospital when you are visiting a friend and you both can put it together.

Thank you for stopping by today. Keep being your creative best! Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, June 1, 2018

NEW Annual Catalog is Here!

Starting today, June 1, the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog is LIVE and in person. 

If you placed an order with me in the last year you should have received one in the mail. If you would still like a paper catalog, you can send me an email or if you live near me in Minnesota, I am having two catalog open houses next week. 

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5-7 pm, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake, 14400 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka MN 55345
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:30-7:30, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids, Gateway Blvd and Hansen Blvd, just of Highway 10. 

We have 5 new InColors - Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover. They are beautiful bright colors to add to your projects. 

We are also having a New Product Extravaganza on June 23, 2018, 10-1. This is for current customers only. Place an order soon to get on the invite list. We have dozens of live demonstrations, hundreds of samples, specials, prizes and more. Place an order to get on the invite list today. 

You can also visit the Catalogs tab on my site to download past and present catalogs and more. 

Enjoy shopping the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog! 

Keep being creative! Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Easter Bunny Came to Our House

We had a full house for Easter, just the way it should be. My daughter and BF were up for the whole weekend. 

I had never cooked for Easter brunch before. I am not sure what we have done in recent years. I know when both my parents were alive we would brunch with them. I am thinking we didn't do much at all. In recent years around Easter we have had so much going on I bet it just wasn't even a thought of ours. 

In wanting to make up for lost time, I decided to go all out for brunch. And I mean ALL OUT! Only the best food and finest ingredients. In searching around for recipes I found all the ones I used on Country Living, except the fruit and butter. And these recipes called for high end ingredients, which some were a challenge to find. My daughters BF works at JR Watkins, the very old food and door to door drug store of the 19th century. I had him grab some of the needed extracts and such. Plus he gets them at a great discount. 

In fact we cooked well for everyone all weekend, except for Saturday night. I was pretty tired by Sunday evening between heavy cooking and cleaning. 

Here is the menu, in case you are curious, or very hungry for some seriously good eats: 


With the Texas Roadhouse butter there was some debate over whether mine was better than the original restaurants version. I think we were 4-1! 

The recipes were pretty complicated. Now that I have made them, a lot less so. But most of it goes in at once to the oven, and we have an overly small oven, and little counter space, and little room for people. So things got crazy. I was getting tired. The meal was later than I wanted it to be. And I was starting to melt down a little.

I really do love cooking, and cooking fancy. I am not sure if it is the creative process or chopping. It certainly isn't the eating part. I am someone who eats to live, not lives to eat, like the rest of my family. So it is a win~win. I love to cook. They love to eat. I love cutting food and paper. It satisfies me for some reason.  The recipes were all new for me and some of the foods too. Honestly as soon as the food was ready I went and sat down and let me husband bring the food out to serve. I was just done! This is part of why we are seeking a remodel on the house, in particular our kitchen and master bathroom and closet.

The frittata was a huge winner. Zero leftovers and I think it was decided to double that for next year. I really liked the Strata better. But both were very very good. It was a well mixed menu. The potato salad was different, but in a very good way. And I may make that this summer.

The other thing that got crazy is I wanted to do fancy table decorations. No Easter baskets as we have no way to store 5 baskets year to year and don't like the idea of buying such limited use stuff. I had the table somewhat planned out but didn't get it executed before I had to start cooking. I had to leave it to the family to execute the vision in my head. It was lovely. I purchased a super large chocolate Dove bunny as a centerpiece. Turns out it was only a half bunny! I will pay attention to that in the future. To eliminate cat issues with the Easter grass, I even found paper grass in green. If you have cats you will know exactly what I mean. They really didn't enjoy the paper grass and it was easy to clean up and save for next year. Next years decorations will be even better. I had wanted to create little paper baskets for each Cadbury egg. One of the many things as time ran out, that I just had to let go of that idea.

Food aside, the best part of the day was having my daughter home to go to Easter service at church with us. Her BF elected to stay back and supervise the cats.

It was our first time as a whole family at this church for Easter. I know last year my knees were bothering me too much to go and I don't think our daughter was able to make it home from college. But I wouldn't quote me on that.

Lovely message of Hope in Action from the church. Everyone took Communion. This is still a new thing for our daughter. She is much more comfortable doing it at this much smaller church. We sang. Or the three of them sang. I don't sing. Period. We visited with staff. We slowly made our way home. Relaxed atmosphere. Such a change from our years of driving 38 miles or more each way for church. We would leave church feeling drained instead of refreshed and rejuvenated. The opposite of what any church is trying to provide.

And today was my husbands birthday also. But more on that in another post. Let me know if you try any of the recipes!

So that was our lovely Easter. Food. Family. Faith. Fun. Fulfilled.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

App Scrapping just Got Better! Project Life App

The Project Life App by Becky Higgins LLC is now a FREE app for iPhone and Android. FREE ya'll!!! And they will have in-app purchases too. One of the newest feature is FFT Free Form Text, in app purchase for $2.99.

In this video you will learn some basics of using the Project Life App and become an App Scrapper like me! Honestly, I am promoting this app because I want everyone to scrapbook by any method possible. Why take thousands of pictures each year if they are just going to sit on your phone!

Rather than print and do traditional scrapbooking, or transfer your pictures to a computer and do digital scrapbooking, how about scrapbooking right from your phone! Yes, tis true, tis possible with this sleek app.

With the addition of FFT Free Form Text, the app just got even cooler! And the basic app is now FREEEEEE!

FFT allows you to add text to photos and other cards (pocket cards), those are the pretty things that help decorate your page. FFT you can change the font, the colors the size and rotate it. Add as many text boxes as you can fit within that pocket. $2.99 to be able to do that is pretty amazing to me. I am excited for this addition.

Visit my website to learn more about scrapbooking, app scrapping and more inspirational whys for scrapbooking. I usually post on Thursdays about Scrapbooking!

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, April 15, 2018

NEW!!! Printable Event Calendar from Needs A Ribbon

I am going to try something new, which I hope will help you with planning on attending events. I have made a printable PDF calendar of events. I only have it populated up through July 2018 at the moment. I am having a challenge in trying to parse it out into separate months due to all the formatting included in the calendar.

I encourage you to print and hang this in a convenient location. I used to do this years (many years) ago for my customers, but stopped when my schedule changed and there didn't seem to be much need. 

As I am changing up what I offer you, I thought it would be best for you to have something to save and print. If I was a tech genius I could make them as able to enter right into your smart phone. I am not there yet. 

I will always include national holidays! It will help you in planning what cards you will need for the upcoming months.

I update my calendar essentially quarterly. You can always access this from my Tool Box section. It is at the top of the page. The CALENDAR link at the right (if you are looking at this on a desktop not mobile) links only to the actual calendar, nothing that is printable. 

I hope this will help you in remembering events to attend. I spent a bit of time pulling this together and I am only too happy to keep it up if it is of use to customers. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy