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 ( 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!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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 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.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Thought for Today

"Those that anger you, control you."

~Exodus 15:7

A lesson I am working on remembering every day!

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Faux (Antique) Lace

Stamps: Boho Backgrounds
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
Papers: Rose Red, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, DSP Berry Bliss
Accessories: Scallop punch, 1" circle punch, rose red button, Photo corner punch, cocoa marker, corner rounder, crimper, sanding block, sponges, dimensionals

I read about this faux (antique) lace technique recently in a scrapbooking magazine. I would love to say which one, but I read so many so frequently I could not be specific. If you know which one, please let me know. Anyway, I read about the technique, and I thought it sounded labor intensive, but one of those - I have to try it now things. Well, I am glad I tried it now, but it did not take long at all. I could have done this for an upcoming swap after all. Aarrgh! Too bad I already stamped all 16 cards I needed for the swap. Ah well, it is done and checked off list. Maybe next swap.

Back to the how to's: I started with a 2" x 12" length of DSP (designer series paper). I could have used a smaller width but 2" is easier to work with, and I might have been able to cut it in half if I had needed another length. I took the guard off of a corner rounder and punched all along one edge. Tip: to make the scallop edge look nice (I learned this at SU! Convention last summer) make sure that the smile bites in the corner. Meaning, make sure that just the curves of the scallops overlap, then punch. Next: I ran the DSP through the crimper. Then I sanded the tops of the crimps. I suppose I could have sponged up the paper also, but I thought that it needed some white showing to brighten it up.

To wrap around the corner of the accent piece I actually had to splice paper together. Turns out you can only do so much to DSP before it tears. Originally I tried to turn it at the corner. Bam! Rip! So I spliced scallops to turn the corner and taped them together. Turns out it didn't matter anyway. I liked the scallop circle accent covering the corner.

For the doodle on the white with pink ink piece, I just used the fine tip of a SU! marker. The fine tips have such a sharp point they work good for writing/doodling.

Now who to send this cute card to? I know - myself! giggles...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Faux Ceramic Tile Card

Using the faux ceramic tile technique (the picture does not do it justice) I made this thank you card for my Upline, Denise, for showing this technique at her last Tech Club meeting. See, she is kind enough to let her downline go to tech club also :-)

Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Much Appreciated
Ink: more mustard, so saffron, close to cocoa
Paper: more mustard, so saffron, very vanilla, close to cocoa
Accessories: 5 Petal flower punch, kraft taffeta ribbon, gold brads, Three for You flower punch, piercing tool, ticket corner punch, dimensionals, scoring blade on your cutting tool, sponge

To get the faux tile look, first cut the paper to size that you want to tile. Mine was 3" x3". Take and line up your paper diagonally on your cutter, tip to tip, so to speak, and score. Using the diagonal corners, move them up 1/2" or 1". I used 1/2" here. Score. Move up another 1/2" or 1", score again. Continue until completely scored in that direction. Now flip paper using opposite diagonal corners and repeat the process to get the diamond shaped squares. Tape it onto a larger piece of scratch paper if that is easier for you to handle. To finish off the tile look sponge on top of and between the "grout" lines with a coordinating color. I also to a stamp from Itty Bitty backgrounds and stamped in 3 colors to give it that speckled tile look.

I will post another item using this technique in the future. It shows up much better using a larger area and bigger space (1") between scores. I saw a wedding card using this technique. She had done the entire card base tiled. It was beautiful. I just thought this card required a daintier tile. Even with the more masculine colors, it still has quite a feminine touch to it.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Quiet Moment after Deadly Tornado

Photo taken (by me) just hours after the destructive tornado in Hugo, MN on Sunday, May 25, 2008 with my Canon Rebel XT and a superdooper zoom lens.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Question of the Day

Bearded self-propigating iris in our yard.

My office is called My Pod.

True or False

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Thank You - Pumpkin Pie DSP

Materials (All SU! unless otherwise noted):
Whisper White CS cut in thirds (8 1/2 x 3.67") 3/page scored at 4"
Pumpkin Pie CS
DSP, Pumpkin Pie 109170 3.67 x 4"
Ribbon Striped, Pumpkin 110715
Scallop Punch, Circle of Friendship Stamp Set 107137
Pumpkin Pie Ink
1" circle punch
1 1/4" circle punch, Dimensionals

To save on paper I made these cards slightly smaller and was able to get 3 on a standard sheet of CS, and get more pieces out of the DSP. Adhere DSP to card front. Using the larger circle punch line up half way up paper, lining up circle using the notches on the side (half way point) perfectly cuts a half circle notch. Adhere the stamped circle cut image to the scalloped piece. Then line it up inside the notch before adhering to card base. Tie on ribbon. Done. Voila!
I made fourteen of these cards for ancillary teacher gifts (reading, math, PE, art, bus driver, etc). They were attached to a bag of Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies.
It took 2 interrupted hours to complete all 38 cards. It was the last night before school and the kids were - kids!
The reason I made so many is I am giving 20 of them to the Hugo Tornado victims from Sunday, May 25th. A stamping sister is organizing thank yous for all the help everyone has been receiving in their neighborhood. You may contact her at if you are interested in donated thank you cards or postage stamps also.

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Thank You Card - Teacher

Thank you to my kids teachers at the end of the school year. It was quite an easy card to make.
Materials Used (All Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted):
Real Red cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Basic Black cardstock 5 1/4 x 4
Whisper White cardstock 3 1/2 x 5
Twill Tape (about 6 inches needed)
Spiral Punch
Elementary Essentials Stamp Set 109421
Basic Brown Ink Pad

Stamp the ruler image in brown on the twill tape. Adhere to card, then trim (saves lots of lost product). Use markers to color the lined paper. Stamp image 3 times on each paper. Punch with spiral punch. Ruffle edges with fingers. To get the spirals to line up correctly, punch until almost the end of the paper, then turn the paper upside down to punch last time. You get even ends on both sides of paper! Using markers color on the pencil stamp, then stamp on your paper. I used Cameo Coral (eraser); Going Gray (metal part); Summer Sun (pencil); and Basic Black for pencil tip. Cut out image. Adhere image to card using 3 dimensionals.

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Teacher Gifts

At my Open House (all chipboard projects) a few weeks ago, we made little picture frames. They could also be used as ornaments, decorations....I put a magnet on the back. But you could also leave it open.

They are so quick to make, one gal made several, in just a few minutes.

From Stampin' Up!'s On Board Blossoms & Basics (SU! 109181) spread glue on your piece. Place your chipboard on the backside of a sheet of DSP (designer series paper, Summer Picnic 111355 ). Trim close to the chipboard. You do not need to wait for the glue to dry. Sand edges. Sponge edges.

For the accent bling I inked up a chipboard flower, and sponged the edges in a contrasting color (green). Using my Crop-A-Dile I punched a hole through the flower and the frame at the same time (amazingly easy with this tool). I ran some ribbon (red gingham) through the frames hole first and tied in a bow before I adhered the flower accent. Finish it off with a rhinestone brad (SU! 109111) and you are done.

To make it into a picture frame punch a 2 inch circle. I then stamped "thank you" from Think Happy Thoughts (SU! 109236) so it shows inside frame when there is no picture. Adhere 2" circle with SU! Dimensionals only on bottom half of circle (think southern hemisphere). That will allow you to place your picture with ease. Put a magnet on the back, or punch a hole in the top of the frame and thread a ribbon and you are good to go.

Recommend using a 1 1/2" circle for the picture (smaller class pictures work great).

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Thought for the Day

You know you have been crafting a lot when you are running out of white cardstock scraps. No kidding!

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Monday, June 2, 2008


Welcome to My Pod. Sandy here. But I go by Sohott... for all things crafty. This is my "e" version of my home office. After bouncing around the idea of blogging my crafty side for a few months, I decided to take the plunge. My objective is to share my craft. My goal is to post at least three times a week. Time will only tell if that goal is met. Let's hope that it is.

On this blog you will find TIPS (techniques, inspirations, projects, and shortcuts), crafts, cards, some scrapbook items, and the occasional WOW picture that I have taken with my Canon Rebel. Lovin' the Rebel. I am sort of a Rebel myself. Not one to stay inside the lines. Rules are to be loosely followed at all times. giggles.... Those that know me would probably concure.

Oh, I will be posting some silly getting to know me questions on occasion. Like right now...

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