Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ladies Night Holiday Shopping


*Join us for a night of holiday shopping*

Friday, November 21, 6:30 - 9:00 at Majestic Oaks Golf Club.

With 32+ vendors, you are sure to complete all your holiday wish lists for your loved ones.

Many different raffles, including a free trip. All raffle proceeds benefitting Anoka County Adopt-A-Family (a very worthy cause this holiday season).



*Mention my email invite when you stop by my Stampin' Up! booth for a free goodie from me!



Sponsored by JKL Enterprises

For Directions (there is a large event sign right on Bunker where the entrance is located):

Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd.
Ham Lake, MN 55304
(763) 755-2140


Cheers! Hoping to see you there! ~Sandy McManus


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, October 10, 2008

Convention Gift


Stamps: Jumbo Outline ABC 109278, Defining Alphabet 109423, Everyday Flexible Phrases 104383
Inks: various
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose
Accessories: Crystal Effects, brads, ribbons, Pretties Kit, ticket corner punch, scallop edge punch, tag corner punch, etc...
Made entirely of Stampin' Up! products.
 
This darling little fold out album was made for me by my Manager, Sue. It was her custom gift to each of her downline attending Convention, and upline. So cute, so fun, and wow, the work that went into them. Sue, you rock.
 
Now wouldn't this be a great gift for a co-worker, or friend, just to say - I am thinking about you. I do.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, October 9, 2008

UDI Friendship Swap

Stamps: Wonderful You 111181
Inks: Lovely Lilac
Papers: Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace, Old Olive, White
Accessories: silver brad, scallop circle punch, circle punches, Old Olive ribbon, marker, dimensionals
Only Stampin' Up! products were used in this card.

This card was made for a UDI (Utah Divas International ) dinner one evening during the 2008 SU! Convention. The card swap theme was Friendship using purple and white. This is the card I made for the swap (20+ gals, 1 guy). They are amazing ladies. So creative and fun and friendly. Check out their website sometime. Oh - sorry about the kitty paw in the picture. That is our one year old Matza. She thought it was her time to be photographed. Spoiled rotten furball!!!

This card utilizes many layers. It was easy to cut and stamp. Adhering all the layers, well, um, I may have had to finish the card in the hotel room. um.... If you felt this card, it actually has some heft.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Seriously Now...

Stamps: Seriously Sassy 111056 (on Dormant list), Paisley
Inks: Brocade Blue, Rose Red or Lovely Lilac
Papers: White, Black, Only Orange, Regal Rose or Orchid Opulence
Accessories: sponges, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads (not pictured well), ticket corner punch, piercing tool

OK, ignoring the commentary from my daughter in the first picture (everyone is a critic!), this was one of my 2008 SU! Convention Swaps. Having trouble deciding which card base I liked better (purple or pink?) it was fairly fun and fast to do, not to mention mass produce. I made a total of 300 swaps for Convention this year. In return, I have tons of samples to now work with and choose from. 50 of these, 25 with each color base, came with me to Convention.

Got to say, I am a little sad to see this stamp set on the Dormant list. You can still purchase it, and it's male conterpart, So Cool, for the duration of the catalog. Such fun stamp sets. So perfect for the tween / early teen crowd!



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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Calling All Stampers!!!

Hey, ladies, World Card Making Day is almost here! Above is a sample of what lovely cards we have in store for that day. There is still space to attend if you are interested. Details below!

World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to: Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family. It is also kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season. This is the third year this this holiday has been celebrated globally. How cool is that?

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World Card Making Day, Saturday October 4th, 2008
5 cards for $5 per session, 5 sessions to choose from.

Session times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 Pick one or stay for all.

Coon Rapids United Methodist Church www.coonrapidsumc.org for directions.


Please let me know ASAP if you are attending! Your prepaid registration is required. Thank you!!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gracious!

Stamps: Gratuitous Graffiti 111636, Sanded 109294
Inks: Going Gray, Basic Gray, Black, Riding Hood Red
Papers: Basic Gray
Accessories: Sanding tool

OK, so maybe I have not fallen completely off the earth! Boy, it has been a loooong time since I posted anything crafty. I made this card for my son. He is into the grungy, underground, skateboarder scene (at 8 years old). All about looks with that one!

Inspired by a poster I saw at the "J" store (Joann ETC, if you HAVE to know), using the direct to rubber technique, I smooshed the going gray and basic gray ink pads onto the Gratuitous stamp. Then I came back with black and "highlighted" areas. Press paper onto stamp. Stamp sanded stamp using going gray onto card front also. Ink up just the word Gratitude using Riding Hood Red. Cut out. Sand and ruff up edges. Sand heavily the card front. Dust off the card (it gets kind of messy). Adhere Gratitude right over the gray Gratitude on the card front.

It is an oh so simple card. Great for teen or tween boys. I would love to try making this into a larger canvas, a 12 x 12 or 8 1/2 x 11 poster too.

I still cannot believe how long it has been since I had a post, between camera problems (still unresolved), schedules, no internet for almost a week (gasp!) and so on. I am hoping to put that all behind me. I just have so many things to post!

Toodles!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

An Apology Owed

An apology is owed to anyone still checking my blog. Between two broken digital cameras (I would rather have my arms chopped off than be without a camera. And yes, I do see the point - no arms, no point!) and a rather busy back to school schedule my posting has flown right out the window. Big Ooops and Big Sorry but I do love Big Shot! I have been playing around a lot, it is too bad I do not have the pictures. I have been hinting at the hubbie that maybe something new might be in order. Or borrow someones for a coupla hours might do the trick too.

We did have a nice end of the summer stay-cation, just the four of us. We went tubing down the Apple River in the middle of the week. Went to the State Fair with another family. Bummed around a local mall and went out for big, overpriced, expensive desserts. We rarely go to a Mall. MOA - Mall of America - we get to about 1-2 times a year. There is just nothing that we need. It is fun to people watch, though.

I have so much to post. Quite a few Decor Element items and cards and such. So with that promise, after I get through my big demo this weekend (I am demonstrating to other demonstrators), I will once again get back in the groove, somehow.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Stampin' Up! / Sizzix Big Shot!


While my knee hinders me I have a new tool to play with - my new Big Shot by Sizzix for Stampin' Up! I have never had a dye cutting tool nor Cricut nor any other except the traditional punches. I have tons of those!


Today a mysterious brown truck (UPS) arrived with my new toy. Something I can play with in bed with an ice pack on my knee! Needless to say it was unpacked shortly after delivery and being played with in moments. My daughter has already figured out how to use it and wants to go shopping for Sizzlets or dyes or something (still learning terminology) for a dragon one.
When I get my camera in order (my son set one of ours in the sand and that was the end of that!) I will have to take a picture of some of the items we have been having fun with already.
 
For a short time you can purchase the Sizzix Big Shot for an unbelievable deal of $195.95 (or $259.95 with the Bag. It really does add up to a huge savings purchasing the packaged bundle). It includes the Sizzix Big Shot, Platform and Cutting Pads, 2 Stampin' Up! Exclusive Bigz Dies (Scallop Envelope and Top Note); 1 SU! Exclusive Sizzlets 4 pack (Birds & Blooms); 1 SU! exclusive Decorative Strip (Join the Cheer); Decorative Strip Cutting Pads and Extended Spacer Platform. Of course if you already have a Big Shot, you will want to purchase the exclusive Stampin' Up! dies which coordinate with so many of our wonderful products (stamps, papers, Decorative Elements, and more).
 
The Big Shot will work with cardstock, Designer Series Paper, fabric, chipboard, plastic, leather, and so many more materials. It is compatible with other dies in the market.
 
Yippee to Stampin' Up! for opening up more goodies for us to play with! I am truly excited to offer this item to my customers. It is such an exciting time to be a Demonstrator.
 
Call me today to get your Big Shot!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

My Apologies

I know I have not been posted daily to "The Blog". I am hoping that I get some relief to my knee that has been plaguing me all summer later on this week. I have not been getting around much at all since I returned from Convention. It took all my concentration to hide my pain at Convention. For those who saw me there, I hope you didn't notice any more than just my normal limp/gimp! Who knew that shopping at Target was a dangerous Olympic sport (that is where the injury occurred).

I twisted to the right looking at some hot deal I guess, and my knee went left, and down I went. OR something like that. Thank goodness my daughter was with me to help. I did finish my shopping that night, but on one leg and four wheels (of the cart).

As I said, Target shopping is a very dangerous Olympic sport! Requires years of training and endurance. Apparently I have not trained enough and will need to keep working on the sport until I am the best in my field! {I can just hear my hubbie groaning in the background going - my wallet, my wallet!}

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, August 8, 2008

Update Your Decor


Stamps: None
Inks: Chocolate Chip Reinker
Papers: None - only a preprepped canvas
Accessories: Small Lollipop Flowers in White Decor Elements, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, White Taffeta ribbon, some Bling from the Pretties Kit

Update your decor quickly and easily with the new product line from Stampin' Up! - Decor Elements. Decor Elements are self-adhesive dye-cut vinyl elements. They go on you walls (or windows or car or fabric or ??) fast and easy (and are easy to remove, but why would you want to?).

I participated in a swap (a picture idea exchange) at the Stampin' Up! Convention, 100 people, 100 different ideas. It was great! This is what I chose to swap. I mixed, about equal parts water and reinker (chocolate chip in this case), and using a large paint brush, brushed it on a pre-prepped (gessoed) canvas I had purchased from JoAnn ETC. To speed up the drying process I set the canvas in front of a fan. It completely dried between 30-60 minutes. Then the fun began.

To adhere your DE (Decor Elements) you first use your applicator and rub on the grid sided paper. Trust me, it makes sense when you have them in front of you. Now figure out where you are going to put your DE. I decided on the Canvas, as our walls will be painted in the next few months I didn't want to put them up then take them down again. Once decided, using your hands gently press the DE down on the applicable surface. Then using your DE applicator (a great value at $1.95 and works the same, if not better than a bone folder) start rubbing/applying your DE. The smoother the surface, the quicker it will adhere. Since I was using a canvas, a bumpy surface, I used the pointy end of the applicator to work the Lollipop flowers into the bumps of the canvas. Check to see if it is adhering by gently and slowly pulling up a corner of the adhesive backed paper? If your DE is staying on the wall, then you are good to go. Still sticking to the paper, keep rubbing. What you are doing is transferring the adhesive with the DE to the wall. It is kind of like magic. Even for the largest DE it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

I added some bling with the ribbon and Pretties Kit items to add dimension and sparkle. There is no reason you couldn't do that with your DE on a wall too.

Whatever surface you choose to apply your DE too, make sure it is clean and free of residue. For walls, unless they are super dirty, wash walls with water and time to make sure the wall is dry should do. For Clothing (yes there was a group of ladies who did that at Convention) make sure it is not real nappy clothing - like velour or fleece. Glass - clean and dry. Wood - clean, no polish. Other items, just post a comment here or send me an email, if you have any questions.

After your DE is applied, when you need to clean your wall or other, water is all. Any other cleaner could potentially get underneath the DE and will most likely eventually remove the glue.

Decor Elements are such a fast , inexpensive and easy way to update a room. I am just loving them. No paint brushes to clean up, no messy prep (like masking tape and tarps). I told my husband that I am going to turn our living room into my DE canvas, a showroom. He actually said - Go For It! And so I will.

The best part of Stampin' Up! is that several of the Decor Elements have coordinating stamp sets! You could decorate a whole room entirely with Stampin' Up! products. Between decorations for your walls, to framed art, to even stamping on your curtains or bedding with craft ink, to....just so many possibilities. I could go on and on.

Prices range from $3.95 to about $50 for the largest Decor Element, with an average price of $25 for most items. Currently DE comes in white, chocolate chip and kraft. This is just Phase 1! I can't wait to see what Phase 2 brings! That is cheaper than an gallon of paint (and add to that all the misc. materials needed for painting) and so much easier. Order yours today!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

3 Generations of Stampin' Up!

Me
Denise (Upline), Sue (her upline)

OK, really it is only 3 levels of Stampin' Up! Three generations of stamping would be awesome, but in all seriousness, all three of us are fairly close in age. We paused for a few minutes between classes for a "generation" photo. Aren't we darling?

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Celebrate Good Times

Every day at SU! Convention we got some kind of 20th Anniversary edible goodie!

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Get Your Silly On

Crazy me after I won a free stamp set at the SU! Convention. Blue Checks rule!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Home Again


I am home from Convention and wow not only did I see so many cute projects, I learned so much about my business. I have an "I have been tagged" to take care of, and so much more. I should be able to get that all caught up and start posting my personal Convention swaps. Of course, I need to get this all accomplished before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies start at 6:30 pm CST August 8th, 2008.

The picture posted above is how nuts we demonstrators can be, it is some of us (OK maybe most of us) standing in line for 3 hours for a chance to shop at Memento Mall at Convention. The picture was taken at 9 am, right after the doors opened. I stood, and stood, and stood some more. It took me a grand total of 15 minutes of shopping for the 3 hours of standing. It is all a part of the craziness and fun at Convention. I did get some cute items. But what do we do when we are standing there that whole time? Swap! of course. I came with 300 swaps (50 each of 6 styles), and swapped most of them the first day. What else are we going to do standing in line? And peek at the new Idea Book and Catalog. See for the first time ever, Stampin' Up! revealed the new catalog at Convention. We got to see it first! That was a cool perk of spending our time away from our families for a few days and the price of attending Convention.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, July 21, 2008

Rhino Birthday

Stamps: Zoofari, Sweet Serendipity
Inks: Basic Gray
Papers: Carbon (retired), Basic Gray, Vanilla
Accessories: Brads, Ticket Corner punch, markers, sponges, tag punch

Great for a little boys birthday, and so cute and quick. Cut your DSP to 4 x 4. Sponge edges with basic gray. Stamp rhinocerous in basic gray. Color in. Punch paper with ticket corner punch. Sponge edges. Layer on basic gray. Adhere to Carbon DSP. Stamp greeting from Sweet Serendipity. Punch out using tag punch and adhere to card base.

Voila - instant card.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Schedule

So very sorry for no posts this week, or at least no crafty ones. My kids are at day camp all week. We leave at 7 am and get home at 7 pm. I have been hanging out at Archiver's inbetween stuff I have scheduled during the week working on my Convention swaps. Needless to say, that after being gone for 12 hours and the heat and humidity of the week, all three of us are pooped when we get home.

Stay cool, stay inside, stay stamping!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thought for the Day

{me}
If you can't be a good example,

then you'll just have to be a horrible warning!

-Catherine Bird



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Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunny Celery Flowers

Stamps, Simply Said, Canvas, flower stem of choice
Inks: Certainly Celery, Versamark
Papers: Certainly Celery, White, Old Olive, DSP Celery
Accessories: White Taffeta ribbon, celery button, paper piercer, sponge, dimensionals, Crystal Effects

Stamp flower head in celery on white. Pierce a flower stem free hand. *Or stamp a flower stem of your choosing using versamark as an outline. Pierce holes following stamp. Adhere to celery layer then olive layer. Tie taffeta ribbon around piece. Glue button to flower center using Crystal Effects. Set aside for a few minutes to let glue set.

Stamp canvas on white. Adhere to celery card base. Adhere a narrow strip of DSP of choosing to card. Adhere ribbon flower accent to card using dimensionals. Voila!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dude That's Cool

Stamps: So cool, Canvas
Inks: Brilliant Blue, Old Olive
Papers: Old Olive, More Mustard, Bashfull Blue, Confetti White
Accessories: Twill ribbon, mustard brads, circle punch (non-SU!), My Way punch

Stamp canvas on bashful blue in brilliant blue. Adhere to mustard piece. punch out a circle. Stamp Dude stamp on white. Mount underneath blue and mustard layers. Adhere all to card base. Adhere a strip of twill at top of card and place brads. Fringe twill by pulling some lose threads. Adhere an arrow from my way punch of confetti white. Done. Voila!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, July 11, 2008

Sandy Seaside

Stamps: Seaside, Sanded, Warm Words
Inks: chocolate chip, sahara sand, apricot appeal
Papers: pumpkin pie, vanilla, apricot appeal,
Accessories: blender pen, tag punch, brads, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon
Technique: Masking

A nice card for just about any occasion. I stamped the conch shell on a piece of scrap and cut out around the image. I adhered it to my desired location on the white layer. I then stamped the sanded background. You now have a nice area where the paper is blank. I came back with the conch shell stamp and stamp it in the blank area in choc. chip. I colored in the conch with apricot appeal using a blender pen. Then I adhered the vanilla layer to the card base. I finished off the card with the apricot strip with ribbon and brads, and the tag accent.

OK, I am signing off because "weather is here". The intense storms are bearing down on us right now. You can tell I am a hardcore weatherspotter and crafter if I am still doing this instead of hanging out with the kids in the basement. You have a better chance of winning a lottery than getting hit by a tornado. I know, tell the folks in Hugo, MN that!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Doggone Cute!

Stamps: Yappy Day
Inks: Black
Paper: White, vanilla, black, ruby red
Accessories: Jersey Ribbon Originals, Photo Corners Punch, brads (gray ones are non-SU!), Marvelous Markers

This 6 x 6 scrapbook page was created by my 10 year old daughter last week when she was hanging out in my office one day, summer boredom setting in (LOL). It was all her own doing. I think it is faboulous. She also learned that you have to let the black ink dry a little bit before you lay your hand on it (hence the messy finger print marks). The brads for spots, all her idea. The brads really give the page a 3D feel! I love her layout, and I would even if she weren't my own daughter! Now it just need that perfect picture of her puppy Diamond, who died on April 3rd of anaplasmosis (a terrible tick born disease).

I will be sad to see this set go. We all have used it for school projects and such. My son even decorated a cover for his dog story for school using Yappy Day.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Simple Seashells

Stamps: Seaside, Define Your Life, Defining Alphabet, Sanded
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue, Confetti White, Watercolor
Accessories: Watercolore Wonder Crayons, Chocolate Chip ribbon, hemp twine, word window punch, brad, sponges, Aquapainter, Cutter Kit

I have been playing with this seashell set quite a bit. I really want to use it for swaps for the upcoming Stampin' Up! Convention. This was my first run of playing with it. I think that the sanded background stamp and Seaside go hand in hand, much like a marriage. I was trying to create the look of waves at the seashore.

Stamp sanded on confetti white in c. chip. Sponge b. blue. Stamp "simple" definition in c. chip. Stamp Ss in c. caramel. Tear about 1" off, sponge with c. chip. Tear bashful blue, about 1/2" off. Tear about 1/4" off blush blossom. Spong chocolate chip on all. Punch bashful blue word window. Adhere to confetti white using brad. Adhere white, blue and blush together. Tie chocolate chip ribbon to hemp twine. Attach hemp to layers. Adhere all layers to chocolate chip card base.

Stamp conch shell on watercolor in basic brown. Why not chocolate chip you ask? Because basic brown is waterproof and will not run as you start to watercolor. Color in conch shell using WCW crayons using an aquapainter. Let dry. When dry, tear around shell and distress using Cutter kit distressing tool. Sponge edge with c. chip. Adhere to layered card base.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 5, 2008

No Post on Saturday, Maybe Sunday

Sorry Sohott Fans (that sounds so big headed doesn't it?) but there will be no new craft post Saturday and possibly (thank you Mr. Dursly, Harry Potter fans) no post on Sunday. We are taking the kids fishing - NO I do not fish, plan on being the oldest MN to never fish - ever. I will take pictures, from a distance. Then we are heading to Annie's Malt Shop for some great greasy eatin' and delicious cool treats.

For those that don't know, and if you ever come through Minneapolis, you have to spend a couple hours in Dinkytown, Minnesota. Al's Breakfast is there (world known), Annie's Malt Shop (legendary), the Library (a popular eatery and bar) and a darn eclectic crowd. My hubbie and I met there, some 18 years ago, working together at what was then Gray's Campus Drug, now known as the Loring Pasta Bar. Apparently they have great eating there. Just can't go there, not the same as a ratty, smelly, eclectic, interesting Drug Store that it was for some 80+ years. Hope they kept the tin-pressed ceiling in the basement where the old barber shop used to be located.

Ah, waxing nostalgic again, ain't ya...

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, July 4, 2008

Loud One!


Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!
 
As my kids coined the catch phrase last year - LOUD ONE!
 
 
Photo taken at this years fireworks with my Canon Rebel XT and my EF 75-300mm lens.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Happy Fourth of July 2008

That is Martha Goose. She has been in the family for quite a few years! She has outfits for just about any occasion - from Christmas, Valentines Day, strawberry picking and more! She is always ready for fun. I was trying to be artsy with the photo and instead I got wonky! Ah well, too many fireworks, I guess.

For this quick Happy 4th card you will need the following:

Stamps: Warm Words
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Ruby Red, Vanilla, Night of Navy
Accessories: Large and Small star punch, hemp twine, crafters tool kit edge distresser

As I said in my previous post, my daughter and I had been goofing around with stamps today, and I got inspired by the holiday. In just a few minutes I had this cute card made. I cut the blue 3" wide by card width (5 1/2"). With the 3 inch width the large star punch lines up top to bottom perfectly! Punch large star in center. Punch random smaller stars in blue. To get sparkle word in center of star I traced the star outline in pencil, then stamped sparkle, erased lines. Adhere blue to distress edged vanilla. Adhere those 2 to ruby red. Tie on your hemp and you are done!



Happy Fourth everyone!

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You're Fired!!!


OK, funny, but true story. I was stamping today, working on a July Fourth card to post, and my daughter was playing around with some of the soon to be retired stamps (dogs and cats of course!) and all of a sudden looked over at me (she is 10) and asked why aren't they called "Fired" stamps?


I got the biggest giggle out of that. She has always had such a way with words. She always call cakes (especially birthday cakes ) happy cake. Guess it is always a happy time anytime you have cake! When she was a toddler she called diapers "beepers" because she thought that when they smell, they beep, as in - time to change me! She still calls her blankets "rugs" because they are big and heavy much like a rug. Don't worry, I have kept track of all of her silly sayings.


Maybe I should suggest to Stampin' Up! about a name change to the Retiring List to the "You're Fired" list. Bet Mr. Trump would approve.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Father's Day Jeans

Stamps: Pocket Fun, Stamp of Authenticity, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Canvas
Inks: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Brads, Twill Tape, Dimensionals, brocade blue marker

I made this card for Fathers Day a while back, hence the retired or just about to be retired stamps.

Use the canvas background stamp and stamp entire card base and a piece of scrap, to give you the denim look. Make sure you get the outside of the card flap (waistband) also.

Cut your card base 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. fold over top edge (or score) at 1 1/4. Using your craft knife, cut slits to allow 1/4" for belt loops on the flap cutting to about 1/8" of edge. I recommend making a pattern out of scratch paper ahead of time, even if it is a one time card. You do not want to ruin your entire project. Run a piece of brown CS about 1" wide through belt loops, adhere on either end and trim to fit card.

Stamp pocket on canvas stamped b. blue piece. Cut out pocket. Stamp greeting (father) widthewise on twill tape, fold over and adhere to underside of pocket. Adhere pocket to card base using dimensionals. Pierce holes in top corners of pocket and place brads for that rivet look. Hammer them to get them more grundgy looking.

Stamp check off stamp from Stamp of Auth.... on vanilla scrap. Using a brocade blue marker check off certain (or all) items from list. Stick in pocket.

I adhered entire card front to a standard card sized vanilla base. I didn't want any showing on the front of the card. You could trim it all down so that the vanilla shows as a mat. I chose not to, wanting to feature the look of the "back pocket". OK, now that I am a more experienced stamper, I probably would have wrinkled the card front and sponged blue in the creases (or brown) and used the distressing tool from the Crafters Tool Kit to give the jeans a more worn and distressed look. Also a sheet of brown craft foam heated up and stamped with the sanded background might have made the belt look even more realistic. Again, it is a process of learning. I still like the card, which is why I am posting it. It still stands the test of time.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, June 30, 2008

Matza - Our Newest Addition


Let me introduce you to Matza. She will be one in August. She is our new baby. We got her in November from our Vet. She was one of three girls that had come from one of the vets friends farm. I went in to the Vet to get some cat food and all three kitties were up and playing with the vet techs. I just casually inquired as to their status (residents, visiting or adoptable). Big mistake. I put my name on her. She rode around on my shoulder. She was sweet and cute and a little quieter (or so I thought) than the other two. She had to stay a few more weeks for toxoplasmosis (don't forget she was a farm cat before). And I needed to convince the husband not to divorce me for bringing home another animal. At the time we had 2 dogs and 2 cats and had lost two cats earlier in the year. My heart was still hurting over their loss.

I waited a few days to approach the subject with him. I reminded him that we had promised that someday the kids would get the thrill of having a kitten. He eventually relented, just in time for Matza to go to a new home.

So on Friday, November 9th, I went to the vet to bring her home. The kids had no idea at all. Well, she fit right in and rode around on hubbies shoulder for a while when she first got here. Now, the question was, how to tell the kids. They were just so excited. Matza and Whiskers have been the best of friends since the moment she set foot in the house. We supervised the two of them for the first two days since Whiskers is about a 15 pound cat (he is not fat, but just a big and looong cat) and she was only a few pounds. It was never a problem. They yin and yang sleep together all the time, and are fairly inseparable. Matza and Scamp, well, I just don't know. It is the first time in all my years of cat ownership (and dog) that I have any animals not get along. I think with Scamp it is more an issue of - she is here to steal my food, than that he doesn't like her. She is just a threat to his stomache. Scamp is the foodie of the group. He maxed out somewhere around 25 or 26 pounds, got diabetes and is doing great now on a raw food diet, thanks to our great vets (http://www.centralbirdanimal.com/) and their wonderful approach to animal care. He couldn't even walk before, he didn't have the strength in his back legs.

We had a contest and had, I think, 150 different name submissions to name her. Matza won. It started kind of as a joke, with Hannukah coming up and all, and snowballed into her name. It sticks. She has nicknames: Matzie, Matzaball (of course), Spaz, Spazalot, Spazmoid, and other.

She is either 60 mph or 0 mph. There is no middle speed on her. She gets the rips in the middle of the night and decides that everyone should be up and playing. That is getting better as she gets used to our routines. She is sweet and cute and a little standofish at times. Apparently that is a female cat thing. I have never had a female cat before. This is a first for me. They are different, that is for sure. She is just so much fun.

This picture I snapped of her as I headed off to the vet for her "big surgery". Her ovariohistorectomy in May. She just looked so sweet and unaware of what awaits her. She is our baby. She has definitely helped me over the loss of the other two cats, and now one of our dogs, Diamond, in April due to anaplasmosis (a tick born illness and hell to watch your beloved die from!).

Hey Matza!


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Keep being creative, Sandy

Time to Sparkle America Transparency

Stamps: Warm Words, In the Stars
Inks: Groovy Guava, Whit Opaque StayzOn
Papers: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue DSP, White
Accessories: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Large Star Punch, Small Star Punch, Rhinestone brad from Pretties Kit

Cute and simple different take on a Fourth of July card. By using the guava it softens up the normal red, white and blue we are so accustomed to in the good ol' USA.

Follow my instructions for using transparencies on post from a few days ago. I cut a 3 x 3" square of the Bashful Blue DSP and adhered it to the inside of the card base. Using the large star punch, punch a brilliant blue star. Stamp an image from In the Stars using Guava onto white CS. Punch out image with small star punch. Adhere small star to large one. Find where you would like your brad hole and pierce a hole. Place brad thru center of stars and into card base.

Adhere a 4 1/4" length of the Guava ribbon to card front toward bottom of where your DSP piece on the card inside lays. Stamp greeting with StayzOn. Voila!

Also, I noticed when I clicked on this picture on the blog and enlarged it, UGH! there was cat hair and finger prints I had not noticed. As I have said, transparencies are fun to work with but you need to be careful. Sorry about that. Guess that is the joy of having two cats that insist on sleeping on your work space, especially if you are in the middle of a project, all the better to them!

Happy 232 Birthday America!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Transparency Tips

A few TIPS when working with Transparencies:

  1. *Use only report cover transparencies available at copy centers. Regular overhead or printer transparencies are not thick enough to support page elements, other than maybe one layer of DSP and not CS. Your transparency will bend, and by the time you finish your project you could end up with bent corners and such. Report covers do not bend very easily. See folding tip on list below. *Most important rule! I know regular transparencies have a nicer look to them (shinier, clearer, smoother), but it is not worth possibly ruining your project right away. Take the time and plan out your project, then hit your local copy center on your next trip shopping! They run around 60 cents a piece. Comparable to CS or DSP. Plus you can purchase them in eaches not 50 or 100 sheets per package. That would take forever to use up.
  2. Report Cover transparencies only come in 8 1/2 x 11". If you find an alternate size, please let me know, I sure would like to find 12 x 12. Yeah, I know, good luck with that, Sandy :-)
  3. Use only StayzOn ink. Remember you cannot heat set a transparency. It will melt!
  4. Let your ink dry - at least an hour, even with StayzOn. If possible let it dry overnight, just to be on the safe side.
  5. If making a card, make sure that you get a good crease/fold. I recommend a Pampered Chef scraping tool instead of a bone folder for transparencies. If making a scrapbook with multiple pages, you might be all right not reinforcing the holes, but I probably would just to be on the safe side, plus it would look cool if you use a flower or themed shape, such as a star. On the other hand regarding the fold, a card will not lay flat when opened.
  6. SNAIL/mono tape adheres quite well to transparency, but it does show on the backside slightly. Employ other methods for adhering items when possible, like brads, eyelets, etc. OR - Adhere a coordinating piece of DSP or CS to the backside of the transparency.
  7. Recommend going over entire transparency with an anti-cling/anti-static dryer sheet before starting your project. Every fuzz, every piece of glitter, animal hair, and other things seemingly naked to the eye will suddenly appear on your transparency when you least expect it! Don't use your Embossing Buddy, it is not the same for this project as an anti-static sheet, and may be on your project forever.
  8. Glue Dots = Don'ts. Transparency is too slick and no sticky so good for them. Sorry.
  9. Dimensionals = OK. They stick fairly well, but are better left for this type of project for adding dimension and lift, not for adhering.
  10. Crystal Effects = no, no. While CE is a fabulous glue, element, bling, etc, because it will not soak into Trans. your paper will be left lumpy and bumpy.
  11. Plan carefully. With transparencies there is no do-over or hiding mistaken holes and such. If making multiples of same card, make a master hole punch template out of scrap paper or CS.

As I continue to have fun with my newfound thing (transparency), and boy are they HOT right now in the Scrapbooking world, and as I find out more does and do nots, I will keep updating this post.

I hope I have not scared you away from trying this new and hot technique. It really is fun to see what you can do with it. Post your link in the comments field for what fun you have found with transparencies. I will C U l8r!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Berry Nice Transparency

Stamps: Boho Backgrounds
Inks: Purely Pomegranate, Close To Cocoa
Papers: Berry Bliss DSP, Chocolate Chip, White, Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Brads, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8", 1 1/8", 1", 1/2", 1/4" all circle punches, Boho Blossoms punch, sponge

Card was made for a punch swap for our Stamp Share. This was one of my trial cards.

Again, using a report cover transparency as a card base, I cut the DSP to 3" x 3". Adhere DSP to card base. You cannot see it in this picture, but I also used a piece of Close to Cocoa CS 3 x 3 adhered to inside of card, for your greeting, etc.

Adhere ribbon to base. Either now or after accent flower adhered, pierce or punch holes and place pink boho flowers on card base using brads.

To assemble accent flower: Stamp boho flower in pom. and chip on white and punch out 1/4" and 1". Stamp white scrap with boho blossoms background, punch out a scallop circle shape, sponge edges with cocoa . Assembly order: Brad, 1/4" piece, 1/2" circle, boho blossoms flower, 1" image, 1 1/8" pom., 1 3/8" chip, scallop image. Attach entire accent piece to card with brad from flower center.

I debated and finally decided not to put a greeting on card base using StayzOn. The DSP and flowers are busy enough without adding more clutter. The point of the transparency card is a cleaner, more contemporary look. I could go back and try it later. I will sleep on that though.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Happy Heart

Stamps: Happy Hearts Day
Inks: Rose Red, White Craft
Papers: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava, Ginger Blossom DSP, Shimmer
Accessories: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, 1/8" hole punch, scallop punch, dimensionals, rose red marker

Card done for a swap quite some time ago. Whether it be for Valentine's Day, Thinking of you, or other occasion, this is still a very nice set to have in your collection.

Stamp image on shimmer CS, color in hearts, punch out using scallop punch. Adhere to rose red square, and adhere that to guava square. Punch holes through each side of your image. Tie ribbon through holes. Adhere DSP to celery strip. Adhere that to card base. Adhere the scallop image set to card base using dimensionals. Stamp greeting in corner. Voila, you are done!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Flower Card w/Transparency

Stamps: Pretty Petals background, Warm Words
Inks: StayzOn Opaque White, Black
Papers: Transparency*, DSP Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie CS, White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver brads (stamped in StayzOn), 5 petal flower punch, small star punch, piercing tool

*For the card base, I highly recommend using "report cover" transparency available at all copy centers.

I made this card for our recent Stamp Share for the Use 2 Punches challenge. Cut transparency in half and fold to form card. You will need a bone folder or Pampered Chef scraper to make fold stay. Stamp card front with StayzOn using background stamp. Set aside for at least an hour. You do not want to heat set due to the melting nature of the transparency. I made a pattern for the brad holes since I was making 20 cards. To get your center take a piece of scrap paper the same size as your card front, fold diagonal, open up, fold diagonal again. The X in the center is your first brad hole. Decide how far up and over you want the other two flowers. After you have punched out your shapes, adhere to card front using brads. Adhere your DSP to inside of card and stamp your greeting (at the bottom). Paper adhered surprisingly well using Mono adhesive. I didn't know when I started out if I would need to use Sticky Strip or Crystal Effects. The tape does not show on the back side much at all. If you do not like the look cut a piece of coordinating CS in the same size as your DSP and adhere on the back side of card.

Other than the drying time, which I used to figure out my brad hold template, it was quite a quick little card. And guess what? It won first prize at the Stamp Share!!! Still can't believe it.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Scraps Escape - Think Green
















What do you do with your scraps of paper - cardstock and decorative papers?

Being a fairly progressive "green" person, I save most, if not all, of my scraps. Now before you gasp and think that I am nuts, I actually use all of them. I am not a hoarder, but apparantly a prolific stamper. Any scraps that I do not use, go into the paper recycling bin right at my feet. My post earlier in the month shows just how much I do use. I ran out of white CS scraps earlier in the month. The horror! giggles... Before I grab for a new sheet of paper, for something other than a card or scrapbook base, I look in here first. I am always surprised when I find no color match for what I need.

I purchased an inexpensive kitchen drawer organizer from Target (it was longer than 12", long enough for all types of scraps), created dividers using (what else) scraps of kraft CS from an old project and just wrote the section name in a sharpie. I keep it just to the right of my art table where I do all my crafts, on a shelf. I have had this art table since 1988, still even have the original receipt. I bought it when I was in design school at the University of Minnesota. Yeah, those were the days! just kidding.... Some of those classes required 2 to 4 hours of work each night. Made some of the writing and some of the IT courses I took seem like a walk in the park. I am quite close to finished said degree, and hope to do so before my children graduate. Honestly!But I digress - a lot!

These are the sections I have (in order): white, black, neutral, vanilla, green, red, blue, pinks/purples, yellows/oranges, oddballs (metallic, shimmer, vellum, etc). All Stampin' Up! papers. I ordered them by what I use most frequently. It is a simple system, and saves me a lot of paper and headache.

For decorative (Designer Series Paper) I have an old 12" school box my kids had used a few years ago that I keep right underneath my CS scrap bin. I don't end up with a lot of DSP scrap. I also have a small box/tin/something that I keep ribbon scrap in. Again, I tend to use it all. And I have a small plastic box that came from some purchased deli meat (cleaned of course) that I put my unused punched out shapes of all types, and extra stamped images.

Again, in trying to think green, not gorgeous (there are some very nice, and expensive, systems for dealing with this stuff), I have repurposed several containers to contain all this stuff. It works for me.

How do you handle your scraps? Toss, save, or horrible mess?

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, June 23, 2008

Quilt Thanks

I cased this layout from http://tobicrawford.blogspot.com/. She has a funky refreshing style to her work.
 
Stamps: oops! Can't remember what set words came from (SU!)
Inks: Rose Red
Papers: Bali Breeze DSP, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, White
Accessories: piercing tool, 1 1/4" square punch
 
I think this card would have more "pop" if I had mounted the quilt squares with dimensionals as the one I cased did. I still love the colors in the paper. Makes me think summer breeze, warm beaches, water splashing.
 
Stay cool!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, June 22, 2008

New Home Decor SU! Product Line

Just announced a few days ago from Stampin' Up! - a new line of home decor products to be available starting July 1st. It will be called Decor Elements. The product line consists of primarly large to very large "rub-ons" for your wall. Images will consist of earthy/foliage type elements to words or definitions (think: FAMILY or HOME and such) to just plain large to humongous letters, which I am guessing (and probably right) are replacing the large monogram stamps that SU! has carried in the catalog for a few years.

The images will be available in a variety of colors and sizes to suite just about any home decor. They can go on walls, wood, glass, canvas, and more.

I personally can't wait to get my hands on a few of the items (OK, more than a few!). I already have spots selected for them on my living room and kitchen walls. Now how do I convince my hubbie to paint the walls instead of completing the patio, so I can try out this new product? Did I hear someone mumble "Divorce Court?" giggles...

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Frog Bag Puppet


Stamps: Just B (just the bee!) item 111093
Inks: Rose Red, Old Olive
Papers: Bali Breeze DSP, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Black, White
Accessories: 1/2", 3/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, Scallop punch, sponges, and 2 non-SU! circle punches, white Signo gel pen, markers

I made this frog puppet using a Stampin' Up! bag (item 100900). Our challenge at our quarterly Stamp Share on June 21st was to decorate this white bag. I figured everyone would roll it, stamp it, or layer some images on it. I just wanted to try something different. Plus I love frogs and won a speech contest in 8th or 9th grade for a speech on how to decorate a frog sock puppet. Silly the things we remember in life!

Once I figured out what I wanted to do and where it should all go, believe it or not it took under 45 minutes to complete this bag, and that is with interruptions from children (how dare they ;-)

Body: To make your own, first cut your DSP or CS (your choice) to 8" x 6" scoring at 1/2" (it goes on the back side) and at the edge of the mouth. Then I cut and other piec 8" x 10" scoring at 7.75" and lined it up at the bottom (top, really) of the bag. It lines up perfectly at his/her mouth crease and covers the end of the other paper.

Arms: To make the arms cut your CS 1 1/2" x 4 1/4". This was more of an arbitrary decision based on that is the size of the scrap I had. giggles... Punch out 8 1/2" circles, 4 for each arm. Sponge the edges of the circles and the arm pieces to give it dimension and make it pop off the background. Adhere circles to the bottom of the arm for fingers. Adhere to bag

Mouth: Cut a strip of paper 1 1/4" by 6" for the tongue and a matching 3" circle. Sponge around all edges. I folded the circle in half and keeping the crease widthwise, adhere only the top and bottom of the circle so that it pops out a little from the body when you use the puppet. Adhere tongue underneath the mouth.

Eyes: Cut 2 circles 2 1/2" in the same color as the arms/body. Cut two black scallop circles to give the eyes dimension and "eyelashes". Adhere 1 3/8" white circles to the scallops. Adhere 2 half inch black circles for the pupils. I used a little white gel pen for the inside of the pupil. Don't know if it really needs it or not, just thought it gave it more dimension and looked a little better. Adhere the eyes so that the back/top of them pop over the top of the face, much like a real frog. Punch out 2 half inch black circles for the nose.

Bee: Using the Just B bee I colored it, rather than stamp it and then color it so that I could more easily outline the parts of Mr. Bee. Cut out the bee and adhere to the tongue with a dimensional.

I think he turned out rather cute. This could be an easy class for kids, or easily adapted to the classroom or camp. Again, once I figured out which direction I was going it was quick and easy. It is always the planning and prepping that takes so darn long! I should know, this patio we have been planning for 10 years and are not starting to execute, is still in the prepping stages. From what I understand, if things are properly prepped (much like painting walls) laying the patio pavers is the easy part and will last for years and years. My hubbie and I have to keep reminding ourselves of it, as we look at 12+ pallets of stuff waiting to be used. Prep indeed!

By the way, Mr. Frog won Second Place in our bag challenge. More free goodies for me (thanks Terri). Yippee!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

TIPs for the Week: Stampin' Scrub

{My items pictured here are still the same items in the catalog but with older labels. Just shows ya how long I have been stamping.} Don't forget to wash the scrubbing pads from your Stampin' Scrub (item 102642) periodically, maybe seasonally. You can tell by smell and splash (the cleaner is inky and splashing colored water all the time) when it is time.
You can just pop the pads out of the plastic base, wash them in your dishwasher, with your dishes. I don't recommend sticking them in the dishwasher with your real dirty pots n pans.

The next time you need to clean your stamps, spray with your Stampin' Mist Rubber Stamp Cleaner (item 102394). I alternate between moistening the one side of the Stampin' Scrub with SU! Mist and distilled water. It is important to use ONLY distilled water, and not tap water, bottled water or such. Distilled water is just that, it has been cleansed of all impurities that can mold and mildew on your Stampin' Scrub when not in use. Think about it, it is sitting there, on your desk, it is dark and wet inside of it, just waiting to grow stuff. Ewww!
TIP: I put blue duct tape around the sidewalls of the "wet" side of my Stampin' Scrub so that I and my customers always know which side will be wet. You could also use a silver Sharpie marker or a bright color of nail polish. The blue makes me think water, makes me think wet!

I keep my Stampin' Mist and a small spray bottle loaded with distilled water right by my Stampin' Scrub, locked and loaded at all times!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Happy Heart

Stamps: Happy Heart Day, Sanded
Inks: Rose Red
Papers: Groovy Guava, White, Celery
Accessories: Tag Punches, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, celery ribbon, blender pen, dimensionals

It would be easy to change the greeting on the tag for this card and use this card to give your sweetie for any occasion.

I used the blender pen to color in the images in the circles, hearts, and butterfly.

Have a happy heart today!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

A Beautiful Thing Card/Scrapbook

Stamps: A Beautiful Thing
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Corner rounder, 5/8" chocolate chip ribbon, 3/4" & 1" circle punch, brads, Three For You flower punch

This 6 x 6" scrapbook page could easily be turned into a 3 x 6 card, just by a quick fold.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, June 20, 2008

Graduation Gift Card Purse




Stamps: Great Grads
Inks: StayzOn Opaque White, Brilliant Blue, Pink Passion
Papers: Brilliant Blue, Pink Passion, White
Accessories: Word Window punch, rub-ons, white taffeta ribbon, 1 3/8 and 1/1/4" circle punches, corner rounder, pink rhinestone (non-SU!)
 
This was a -quick, we have to be there in an hour- gift card holder. Taking a quick peak at Splitcoast Stampers I got a feel for what shape the purse should be. Made a quick pattern, which I will not post yet, it needs some work. As I said, this was a -hurry up- type item.
 
Wanting to use the Great Grads set (it is so cute!) came up with a way to incorporate it into the purse. The flower is the rub-on. Had I had time, it would have looked much more polished. I probably would have heat embossed the "grad" words to make it match the rub-on. I managed to whip this out in under a half hour (and I think it shows :-( ) I saved the pattern, such that it is and would like to try playing with this idea later on this summer. I think it has promise.
 
This card holder was done for my cousins daughters' graduation. She is a pinky kind of gal and the school colors were white and brilliant blue.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rockin' Boys, Part II




YoYo Yellow and Barely Banana 4-wheelin' fun.

Gable Green and Green Galore free wheelin' fun.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Rockin' Boys

For a recent boys (triplets) birthday party, I wanted cards that were similar but that I could use their favorite colors. Enter - some retired mini catalog stamp sets. Boy I sure wish SU! would come up with something like these again. I have used them over and over and over.


Stamps: Catchin' Air (pictured here), Ride On, Rip 'N Shred

Ink: Black, Real Red (or Green Galore, or YoYo Yellow

Paper: White, Black, Real Red, Ruby Red

Accessories: Markers, Sponges, black brads, ticket punch

See below for how easy the same layout converts for similar sets. Thanks for looking today.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Desparate Stampwives/ Graduation Cap


OK, I do not watch Desparate Housewives, but I sure was desparate today. While waiting for my kids to finish at Vacation Bible School, I sat in my car stamping. Now before you think I am nuts, my Vibe's front passenger seat flips down and turns into a table. Voila, instant stamping area! In short order I was able to finish up a swap needed for the coming weekend.

This was NOT what I worked on. Here is a very fast graduation cap. Using the 1 3/8" square punch on black CS, a gold brad, and yellow grosgrain ribbon. To fringe the ribbon, carefully cut the finished edge up both sides of the ribbon as long as you want the fringe. I used a paper-piercing tool to "pull" the loose horizontal pieces of ribbon off. Fluff ribbon. Done!

I can think of many uses for this grad cap: do it in school colors, link a whole bunch together to make a garland, package topper instead of bow, make a really big one as a wall decoration.

Tell me what you come up with for this quite quick cap!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What Gets U Going?

What gets you going in the AM? For me - Diet Coke.
I don't smoke, rarely drink, don't rat my hair. I get ill from one cigarette - cough, cough, cough. (Thank you Sandy from Grease!)
When my kids were little (and keeping me up late at night) they would go to the fridge and grab a DC and bring it to me in bed. Even when they were just two they knew that would get mom up. Just the cool feel of the can, and the fizzle in my mouth helps to get the synopses a poppin' in the morning.
Honestly, I have no other vices. I drink tons of water daily. I eat quite healthy (very little junk goes in this bod). I sometimes think I should stop the pop. It is artificial. There are rumors that have been swirling around for 15 years that it may (or does) contribute to weight gain, metabolic syndrome and more.
Should I stop the pop?

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Retired List is Here!

The Stampin' Up! Retiring list of stamps was announced June 15th. Check out my Stampin' Up! website to see the list and and my specials for the retirees. Catalog items valid until August 10th.


Now is the time I start to wonder what new goodies await the next catalog on August 11th? Hmmm....

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Stem Sayings

Again, my apologies for my upsidedown sideways picture. I played with the rotation before I uploaded it to the blog and it still turned out this way. Ugh! I am pretty technically savvy, but this problem I have been having trouble fixing. Email me if you know how to solve. I am clueless at this point.

Stamps: Stem Sayings, In the Spotlight (retired hostess set), Sanded background
Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Paper: Groovey Guava, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, 5 Petal Flower punch, slot punch, Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon

I loved the In the Spotlight hostess set. I used it for so many items, and can't part with it - yet.

I am glad to see that Stem Sayings is staying in the next catalog.

This is one of those layouts that could be altered for many different stamp sets, any flower, any colors. I used this card for World Card Day, back in October 2007. Thanks for looking today.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Happy Everything

Stamps: Happy Everything, Big Flowers
Inks: Lovely Lilac
Papers: Amethyst DSP, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Word Window punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, White taffeta ribbon, silver brad
I case'd this layout from my several levels up Upline, Terri that she had done at a SAS last year. She has great ideas for paper folds that are always fun to try.
You cut the base paper 4 1/4" x 8 1/4" scoring at 5 1/2 inches. Adhere the DSP (4 1/4" x 2 3/4") to the flap. Punch slot using word window punch. The white stripe is cut 2" x 11" fold in half. Tape bottom half to card base, and insert fold into slot to close card. Fun and simple.
You could even flip the layout around a little and cut the DSP to 2 x 11 and leave the flap plain and stamp your image/greeting on there. I may play with that idea and post it later in the summer.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Cherish You

First of all, my apologies for the sideways card, or is it upside down? Anyhoo, I am still learning the ropes of Blogspots capabilites. Some might say it looks better this way :-)

Stamps: Illuminations, Baroque Motifs, Paisley background
Ink: Blue Bayou
Paper: Old Olive, Blue Bayou, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Accesories: Hodgepodge Hardware, Olive ribbon, Rhinestone brad

This is a nice classic card that could be used for wedding, sympathy, or love type occasion. Except for cutting out the C in Cherish and the swirly background, it was pretty quick. It is difficult to see in the (sideways :-) card, but the long widthways strip is actually two pieces. The top layer has the Paisley background stamped on it. I used River Rock for both layers.

Using a different stamp you could use this same layout for a holiday card, don't you think?

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Minnesota Zoo's New Russian Coast

Animated Bear Play: Don't try this at home!

If you get a chance this summer, head to the Zoo and check out all the new exhibits. The bears are fun to look at, quite entertaining actually. The new Russia's Coast section is so beautiful. Good ambiance. My daughter loves the sea otters. We watched one sit and do about 10 forward rolls in the water without taking a break!

We have been members for many years, even though it is a long haul from our house, we always enjoy our time there, even during the tornados on June 5th. Today was no exception.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy