Monday, October 25, 2010

Ladies Night Out & Boutique


Ladies Night of Shopping
Thursday, October 28th
4-7 pm
1883 Andover Station NW
Andover, MN
(Business: Health & Healing Chiropractic 763-323-0061)

For my customers who attend and visit my booth I will have a gift for you.

Exhibitor List


Chiropractic and Massage - Health & Healing Family Chiropractic

Weekly FREE e-mail newsletter for families - Macaroni Kid

Online Travel Service - Rovia

Decorative Stamps for Handcrafting Fun - Stampin' Up!

Hi-Tech Healthy Cleaning Solutions - Norwex

Hand Crafted Jewelry - Silpada

Body Wraps - It Works

Flameless Scented Warmers - Scentsy

Photo Solution Specialist - Creative Memories

Unique and Affordable Jewelry - Bling It & Cookie Lee

Motives High Quality Customizable Makeup - Morriswebs

Scrubs, Lotions, Aromasensory Oils & Bath Salts, Body Butters - Sensaria Natural Bodycare

Home Decor and Scented Candles - PartyLite Gifts

Ardyss Body Magic Reshaping Compression Garments - Paula Quinlan Consulting LLC

Cooking classes/cookware - Alta New

Financial Counseling for Women in Transition - North Star Resource Group

Affordable Computer Repair, Onsite Virus Removal & Data Recovery - TechWarrior St. Paul

Purses, Bags/Totes, Organizational Products and Gifts - Thirty-One

Loose Leaf Teas and Teaware - Loving Cup Teas

Indoor Air & Water Purifcaton Systems - Vollara

Acupuncture - The Clinic of Acupuncture

Natural Food Store - Grassroots Cooperative

Easy Economical Meal Planning, Mixes and Seasonings - Homemade Gourmet

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Vet Thank You and Goodbye

Our vet of over 5 years, with a holistic and homeopathic approach has treated all but one of our many pets who passed before they opened. We are sad that they will be closing their doors in 2 days. But, we adopted one of their resident felines - Little Girl, or LG as we have nicknamed her. She is around 5 or 6. After 6 days here she fits in quite well and is getting along with everyone. Matza sees her as a frenemy though. What a diva! As a thank you to them, I made this card and dropped it off today.

If you are interested, they have one or two cats left to adopt. Opie is one of them. She is white, with orange markings. She is very sweet and would fit in anyones lifestyle. Jag, I don't know anything about. All the other animals have found homes.

http://www.wholehealthvet.com/index.html  Is their contact information if you are interested in adoption. The cost is free and they set you up with quite a bit of very healthy food to give your pet a great start. We adopted Matza from there and she has worked out just perfect except for her daily howls for creamer and her need to chase the laser light and a few other fun things she likes to entertain herself with.

Thank you Dr. Levy and the Whole Health gang for a great 5+ years!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Join in World Card Making Day

Join in World Card Making Day 2010

Brighten someone's day with a handmade card

Saturday, October 2nd, 11-2 or Tuesday, October 5th, 6-9
5-5-5

5 cards for 5 occasions for $5*

Make additional cards for $1 each.

Come & Go style event (open house)

Register by September 30th please.

*Price does not include adhesive or envelopes. Items are available for purchase for additional fee.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Shopping is the Place to Be!

Bring a friend and enjoy some refreshments while getting
some of your holiday shopping done early.
Or just get something fun for yourself!
Bring and friend and have twice the fun!

Hope to see you there.

Jessica Moore’s House
10649 Hollywood Blvd <> Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Saturday, September 25th from 2pm-?

Sandy:  sohott@earthlink.net or 612-280-5590

SHOWCASING ITEMS FROM:

Avon
Tastefully Simple
Stampin' Up!
Party Gals
Moore Gifts
Scentsy
Many more....

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Surprise Thank You Box

Details coming but you can see the difference in pictures and not using the photography box. Ew!






Stamps: Thank You Kindly 111700
Inks: Black StayzOn (nice crisp image), Old Olive 102277
Papers: Rich Razzleberry CS 115316, Basic Black CS 121045, Very Vanilla CS 101650, Newsprint DSP 117166
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch 119850, 2 3/8" Scallop circle punch 118874, Flower trio punch apparently retired (how did I miss that?), Bitty Box XL die 115967, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon 109054, Rhinestone Clear Brads 113114, Sticky Strip
Dragonfly adornments DIVA cell phone charm/zipper pull

I had to wait to post this until after this gift had been given. Sue, thanks for all you do for all of us. BTW I have had this since last November, and like so many things last winter, it got buried in an avalance of life.

I love this bitty box die. It just seems to be the perfect size for so many things. It makes a great jewelry sized box, 4 dove chocolates fit in it quite well, as do many other yet to be discovered items. I would make sure to assemble your box with sticky strip if you want it to stay together for any length of time. I put the brads all the way through the belly band so they stay on tight, and sticky strip the belly band closed too.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Spookable Candy Box

Stamps: Midnight Raven 116529
Inks: Black CRAFT Ink, More Mustard
Papers: Retired DSP, Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Gingham ribbon retired, Rich Razzleberry dotted ribbon retired, Victoria Lace ribbon 118481, Mustard ribbon retired, sponges, Black embossing Powder 109133, Heat Tool 100005, 6x 8 Cello Bag 102210, Dimensionals, wooden box from who knows where

I have had this box for a long time and have been wanting inspiration on what to do with it. Inspiration hit today. How about a Halloween treat holder? I used retired and missing very much DSP from 2009 Holiday mini catalog. I embossed the raven stamp, wanting him to stand out more. When I first started stamping I thought embossing with heat and dry embossing were the coolest things around. Pretty much every project featured one of them. That has since changed. Now we have Big Shot and embossing folders which are much quicker and easier and you can do multiple sheets at a time. I kept it simple to keep the spotlight on Mr. Raven.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Alterned Notebook

Stamps:  Word Play 120308 w, 120651 c; Confetti 116960 w, 120465 c
Inks: Basic Black Ink 101179
Papers: Retired SU! DSP Modern something or other, Crumb Cake Cardstock 120953
Accessories: Filigree Brads 112577, Victoria Lace Ribbon 118481, Sponges 101610, LFancy Flower Punch 118073, 1 1/4" circle punch 119861, Dimensionals, Discovered notebook to alter
All items Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

This was the first project picture I took using my new photography box. I like my little notebook. Wish I had bought more of them.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

New Photography Box


5 20 x 30 foam core boards - white
Bread knife
SU! Scissors
Pencil
Yardstick
3M sturdy tape

In an effort to get better pictures of my projects I read about how some crafters have used cardboard boxes and sprayed the inside of them white. Or some women with handy hubbys have built their wives white wooden boxes. Since I did not like either of those, I decided to go a little on the cheap and definitely on the lighter side. By making it white you eliminate shadows. Yes window photography works and looks beautiful but often there are still shadows. And you need to do it during the day when it is sunny. A) not sunny that often in Minnesota. B) during the day? Hello! I work often at night. C) I wanted it big enough to be able to photograph scrapbooking items which are often at least 12" square. So scratching my brain I began...

Foam core board is readily available, cheap enough, and comes in a few colors. I figured 5 boards, 4 to make an open cube and one for the back. My hubby suggested the cross cuts - you know the kind, where you cut equal lengths and slide them together. I am not sure of the technical name but it would give the box the stability that just piecing the sides would not have. 

I measured each piece the following way: 10" lengthwise, so I would know how long to make each cut, plus a titch more for ease of assembly. 5" in from each short side, to give a 20" opening which I later realized was a slight flaw in my plan. Each 10" long cut had to be widened such that it was over 1/4" wide to allow room to slide the thick foam core together. I cut and assembled. I was hoping the box would be steady and sturdy enough that I could set it up and take it down as need. Assembled it is 30 x 30 inches. Huge to store.

It was not stable enough assemble to not adhere together somehow. Plus, I then realized the slight flaw in my plan. By making the widening 20", width of the board, left no wiggle room in case things were not laser cut perfect, which they are not because it is me and I was using a bread knife. I had light gaps when I rested the final uncut piece up to the back. Oh well...

Using this newer 3M "sturdy" tape I permanently taped the back and sides together. It is quite sturdy and stable and huge now. It worked beautifully. I do plan on lining it with rolled paper or large sheet of tagboard to get ride of the bottom seam where the wall meets the floor. First project picture will be posted shortly. No clue where it will be stored. I will find a quiet corner somewhere down here.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tongue Twister

This summer my daughter and I were just messing around with words one day. Somehow we came up with this new tongue twister. Try and get through it once without a stumble is hard enough, try and do it multiple times find you quite literally tripping over your own tongue.

panda banana panama bandana

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, September 10, 2010

Urgent Update - Saturday MIni Class

Urgent! Saturdays mini catalog class is cancelled (for now). I willl have to look at when I can rescheduled it to. One child was throwing up in the night. The other the school nurse just called and said "take her away". Four days into school....nice! I am going to live on Pluto, where no germs can grow!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stamps: Tags Til Christmas 121169 c 120847 w
Inks: Cherry Cobbler 119669, Basic Gray 109120
Paper: Basic Gray 121044, Cherry Cobbler 119685, Whisper White 100730
Accessories: Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon 117285, Extra Large Decorative Label Punch 120917, Petals-a-Plenty Big Shot embossing folder, Dimensionals 104430, White Signo Gel Pen 105021, sponges 101610

Run the basic gray layer through Big Shot using the embossing folder. Sponge edges with basic gray ink. Stamp image on white cardstock. Punch out using label punch. Punch out additional label out of cherry cobbler. Offset cherry piece and adhere to stamped image. Adhere ribbon to card layer. Adhere layer to card base. Adhere stamped image to card using dimensionals. Add "snowflakes" using gel pen. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.

This is such an easy card it would be great for mass producing as a holiday card, or change the image and colors and use as a wedding card or other events in which you need to mass produce cards.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Time for Tea!

Stamps: Morning Cup 116988 w 120489 c
Inks: Early Expresso 119670
Papers: Soft Suede 115318, Early Expresso 119686, Baja Breeze 111352, Naturals White 102316
Accessories:  Antique Brads 119741, Linen Thread 104199, Dimensional 104430, Paper Crimper 101618, Paper Piercing Tool 116631, Extra Large Scallop Circle Punch 118874, Extra Large 1 3/4" circle punch 119850, Jewelry Tag Punch 117190, Heart Small Punch 117193, Bitty Box & Envelope Die 115967, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing folder 117335, sponges 101610, Sticky Strip 104294, tea

In August at my upline Executive Terri's wonderful quarterly meeting we had a 3D swap using Big Shot dies. For some reason I am loving this color combination, and wanted something to coordinate with the colors. I know, working backwards a little. Plus I just love this little box and the stamp set (another one of my new favorites). I included green tea for a get well gift.

Cut out the soft suede box using the Bitty Box Big Shot die. Assemble box and adhere flaps. Run the baja breeze strip through the crimper and sponge edges with soft suede ink. Wrap around box and adhere closed with sticky strip. Stamp tea pot on Naturals paper using Early Expresso. Punch out image with circle punch and sponge edges with Soft Suede. Run Early Expresso paper through Dotted embossing folder using Big Shot. Punch out using scallop circle punch. Stamp and punch out Perk Up greeting on Naturals paper. Sponge edges with Soft Suede. Adhere circle image to scallop image using dimensionals. Adhere that entire image to crimped paper using dimensionals. Pierce through entire assembly and place brad. Run thread through tag and around brad. Lightly tape greeting to assembly. Punch out heart and sponge edges. Adhere to project.

I made 24 of these cute little buggers for that meeting. I wanted a few extra for just in case gifts. I am learning it is wise to always make a few extra especially when it is so cute!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Candy Surprise Box


Stamps:  Elements of Style 118611 wood 120045 clear
Inks: Early Expresso 119670
Papers: Naturals White 102316, Pretty in Pink 100459
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot Die 114507, Bitty Box & Envelope Die 115967, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads 109111, Marvelous Markers pg. 194 IBC Catalog 119806, Paper Piercing tool 116631, Dimensionals, 104430

This was one of the projects when I had my new catalog open house. It is a quick to complete project and ooh so cute. Cut the box out using the Naturals paper and the Big Shot using the Bitty Box die. Tape sides and bottom. Line the bottom of the box with the pink paper (about 2" x 2") and adhere down. Using the butterfly die and the Naturals paper make your butterflies. Stamp them with the Elements of Style set (one of my new favorites) and color using the markers. Pierce through the butterflies and place brad. Adhere to box top with dimensional. Install chocolates!
Or you can just eat the chocolates and skip putting them in box!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy


Accessories: Definitely Decorative Thought Bubble Chalkboard 119662

Having ordered the chalkboard DD owl for our front door (not posted yet but should be). I am loving these chalkboard Definitely Decorative. I looked at putting that instead of "eat" in the kitchen but we already have a large chalkboard in there.  After I put the owl on the front door, both my kids wanted one for their rooms. My daughter got hers first. She wanted the thought bubble for her door. When her room gets repainted she may get some more, or I will make her some out of the chalkboard sheets 118815 you can order and using my Big Shot. For now this is what she has. Her friends have had fun putting messages on the door, such as "stay out boyz" to her brother and his friends. Or "be quiet" when she is reading or drawing.

There are so many possible uses for the chalkboard Definitely Decorative elements. You could put one by your pool (if you are lucky enough to have one) and say "Pool is Open". I may put one on my stamp room door as a reward when it is finished. I could say "Stampin' in Progress" or "Stampers Visiting" or something silly like that. I probably could cover every surface or wall in our house with the Definitely Decorative. They are so easy, fun and inexpensive...and quick! No special tools needed, no clean up. Just stick and go!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Time for Dinner


Accessories: Definitely Decorative Eat 117849, Definitely Decorative Scallop Frame 117865

Having a blank wall to stare at right at the end of the cupboards in the kitchen for 12 years I decided it needed some decorating. Finding in the Definitely Decorative Stampin' Up! catalog this "eat" element I ordered it. I liked the way the fork points into the eating area in the kitchen. I won't show you what the kitchen looks like. School just started yesterday and we had lots of fun the last few weeks of summer break. Suffice it to say, it is nearly clean again. It had better be, I have a class here Saturday morning. 

Anyway, after I put it up the image seemed to float on the wall. Hmm...what can be done about that. There is a flourish DD item, but seemed to fancy and not quite what the "eat" needed. A ha! The Scallop Frame. Took careful look at the measurements before ordering it to make sure the opening was enough to go around the "eat". No kidding, I took it right from the box after UPS dropped off my shipment, to the wall. They are that easy to put up.

I like the little pop it gave the wall and like the subtle arrow to the kitchen. Such easy decorating. And inexpensive!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, September 6, 2010

Simply Adorned Neclace

Stamps: Fine Flourish 115709
Inks: Basic Brown, Regal Rose 105211
Papers: Whisper White 100730, So Saffron 105118
Accessories: Simply Adorned 24" Chain 116800, Simply Adorned Beveled Glass 1" Square 116797, 5/16" Brad 112534, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Flower 118309

The neclace does display from both sides, only one side is beveled. I stamped the flourish image and then started playing around with inks. I like the dark sponging the way it frames the brad in the middle. You can barely see the punched flower. I do not recommend using a brad. Even with a ton of pounding it flat it is still not as flat as paper. I could not fit a sheet of paper so that if the square flips over it shows the yucky parts. I was hoping to have it display at least the stamped image if it flips over.

I have made one of the bracelets but have yet to take a picture of it. Silly me, rarely takes pictures of my own items.  Maybe this is why: I had to take my own picture in this neclace. The lovely pink striped shirt I am wearing is one of my shirts I clean it. That is how determined I was to get a picture of it!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Music to My Ears

Stamps: Music Expressions 113718, Symphony wheel 113832
Inks: Soft Sued 115657, Crushed Curry 115659
Papers: Soft Suede 115318, Old Olive (right) 100702, Melon Mambo (left) 115320, Crushed Curry 115319, Whisper White 100730
Accessories: Melon Mambo Dotted Ribbon 115611, 5/8" Grosgrain Old Olive Ribbon 109054

For the end of school as a thank you to my daughters band instructor and as a congrats to my daughter on a successful year in band playing the baritone I created these two cards. The left one with the melon mambo layered baritone was for my daughter (duh!).

They are basically the same card just different layers and the words moved. I still do not know why on my daughters card I cut out the french horn out of the wheel and not the baritone image. Guess it was most likely late at night and another duh! moment.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Happy Birthday (Male) Nature Card

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature 111656
Inks:  StayzOn Black 101406, Bermuda Bay 115654 (retired), Dusty Durango 115655 (retired), Soft Suede 115657, Crushed Curry 115659 (retired)
Papers:  Glossy White 102599, Basic Black 121045, Dusty Durango 115321 (retired), Soft Suede 115318
Accessories: Sponges 101610

Using a sponge I sponged on Soft Suede ink, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay Crushed Curry inks. I sponged pretty heavily to get the colors so dark. Then I stamped on the grass image in StayzOn instead of Classic or Craft inks because of the glossy card stock. It will not smear and dries quickly.

This card was made for my brother-in-laws birthday last spring. I do like the hazy effect the sponging had creating the colors one might see over a marsh at sunset. I purposely left the area around where the greetings layer blank to make it stand out from the background more. This would be a simple card to make and many different color combinations are possible, depending on your intended receiver.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Classes Posted!

August 26, All Day - My 5th Anniversary of being a demonstrator! Time really flies when you are having so much fun.

Mini Catalog Open House Saturday, September 11, 11-2 . FREE! Open to All! See new mini catalog products. Come see what is new and cool about the new Stampin' Up! Mini catalog. Make 3 items. Come and go as you wish. Please do let me know if you plan on attending.

Diva Day Sunday, September 12, 3-7  I wouldn't miss this! My upline's downline meeting. Interested in seeing what being a demonstrator is all about, give me a call and come with me for the afternoon. We eat, we laugh, we share, we stamp (of course!).

*Changed* I Appreciate You!
Saturday, October 9, 11-2, or 3-6
Wednesday, October 13, 6-9
This is the day I get to appreciate you! We will make 2 each of 4 cards, plus some other goodies! Event is free and open to anyone. You must register for this event. Please indicate session when emailing or phoning in your registration. Looking forward to seeing YOU there! It is my 5th anniversary of being a demonstrator.

Home Shopping Opportunity September 25 - 2-5
10649 Hollywood Blvd, on Rapids
Featuring Stampin' Up!, Tastefully Simple, Uppercase Living, Party Gals, Moore Gifts, Scentsy, Avon

Stamp-A-Stack of Cards
September 26, 2-5
September 28, 6-9
Is it time to catch up on cards for upcoming events? Then you need to come and stamp a stack of cards! 2 each of 6 styles of cards, plus one project. $20! Unbelievable deal. Register by September 23 if you want to reserve your spot. See ideas for holiday cards too! It is never too late to start planning.

World Card Making Day
Saturday, October 2nd
Celebrate with millions of other card makers across the globe with World Card Making Day!

Get High Tech
Tuesday, October 12, 7-9
Come learn 5 new stamping techniques. Class is FREE to club members. Class is FREE with a $50 order that night. Or pay $10 just for class. Register by October 6th please.

Ladies Love to Shop
Saturday, October 16th, 1-4
Ramsey location. Sample some tasteful treats. Stamp a card for a friend. Shop for yourself or early for holiday gifts. Contact me for location.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Summer Lovin'


Summer is almost officially over. I took some time off this summer for the first time in 5 years of being a demonstrator. We, my family, have been out romping at outdoor sculpture gardens, water parks, zoos, and the Minnesota State Fair. We all had a good time. Now, we must get some quick school shopping in, and get back to some serious stampin'. See updated schedule at right or on my Stampin' Up! website.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shiny Brand New Catalog!


It is time! It is here!
The brand new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog!

Thursday, July 1, 11-8
Tuesday, July 6, 1-4
Wednesday, July 7, 5-8

Those are the dates for my open house when you can come get your catalog. 2 cards and a project are your make n takes. Plan on one hour for all. Come anytime, bring anyone. With all the items that are retiring, and that they are added 22 pages to the catalog I can only imagine what wonders await us on July 1st. Contact me if you cannot make either of those times if you would like to get your catalog. You may want it for some great reading material over the long July 4th holiday weekend!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Friday, July 2, 9-6
Saturday, July 3, 10-3

Got stamps? I do! So many that it is time that I have the urge to purge. I am selling, quite literally, hundreds of stamp sets, papers, accessories and more.  Sale is advertised on Craigslist also. 

Here is a little info about the sale: 

A list of all Stampin’ Up! items for sale will not be posted on Craigslist or any other website. Items will not be held or shipped (first come, first served). All items must be picked up in person. Items are available for cash only, no checks or credit cards.

The new catalog will also be availble to see. There are so many cool new items. Samples! Bring camera if you want pictures of some of the new samples.

In case of inclimate weather, sale will be cancelled for that day.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Let's Scrap It!

June 26th, 5-10 or
June 28th, 11-4

Mother’s Day (or choice) and 4 other pages. 6 pages in all. $25. Project pictures will be posted in next day. Respond by June 24th

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Card Buffet Stamp-A-Stack

June 16, 5-9
Open House Style
$1.50 per card
over 13 styles to choose from
Register by June 14th

If you are unable to attend this even and would still like the opportunity to stamp a stack of cards, call me to arrange a private date. I can bring the supplies to your home. Better yet, do it as a workshop, then you get the hostess benefits for all orders placed.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Retiring Now!

Now available on my Stampin' Up! website, the annual retiring stamps and accessory lists! Under the Promotions tab you will find a .PDF file of the list to download to your computer, print, or whatever you want to do with it. Some of the accessories are on sale for 25% or 50% off. Accessories go quickly, so if there is anything you want or need, I would get it today because it could be gone from the list tomorrow. The Accessory list is under the Shop Now! button.  While you are there, check out the Clearance Rack. There are some great deals to be found.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Let's Scrap It!

Let's Scrap It (class)
Friday, May 7, 6-10 pm
Monday, May 10, 11-3 pm
Scrap 4 great holidays: Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving
4 2-page layouts all for $16 (includes paper for photo mats)
Register by May 6th please

Cat is not included in class and cost extra! :-)

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rock Right On!

Stamps:
Inks:
Papers:
Accessories: My Digital Studio Night & Day Template

My daughter recently had her first baritone band concert. Most of the pictures from that day, even with my SLR camera and a 300mm zoom lens still were not as fabulous as I normal take. Mind you, we had 3 cameras, one camcorder, 3 cell phone cameras all recording the event. I may do something with all the other pictures at some point, but I thought this single picture says it all. And even better is it only took, with some playing with embellishments, 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, April 26, 2010

Take 3 for Mom & Retired Sale

Take 3 class for Mother's Day. Make a card, a scrapbook (the orange dotted item that holds a mini album inside) and a gift for mom. Make another set to keep for yourself. $5 for all 3 items. Wow! At the same time I will have my retired Stampin' Up! items for sale - stamp sets, papers, and more.  After the classes are over my remaining sale items will be open to the public for purchase.

Class is open house style class - come anytime during scheduled times.

Sessions: Friday, April 30th, 5-9 pm or Sunday, May 2nd, 2-6 pm. Register by April 29th for either session please.


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Stamp-A-Stack Card Buffet of Lots of Cards

Stamp-A-Stack of Lots of Cards Buffet

$1.50 per card.
Choose which ones (or all) you want to make.

Dates:
Thursday, April 29th, 12-3 pm
Wednesday, May 5th, 6-9 pm
Saturday, May 8th, 12-3 pm

RSVP at least 24 hours before each scheduled session. Price DOES NOT include adhesive or envelopes. You will need to remember to bring your adhesives to class. See you there.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Boho Chic Update


Updated picture of item I did for my daughter a few posts ago. I finally got to take a picture of it with a better quality camera (not cell phone, originally used). You can really see the shimmer of the Platinum shimmer paint now.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Upcoming Classes Project Pictures

I have many classes coming up, with more session times than I have ever offered. Pictures of the cards available for the Stamp-A-Stack Card Buffet Occasions class should be posted by weekend, and class projects as time allows. With family out of town you would think I have more free time but the opposite has been true. How is that possible?

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Boho Chic Retro Picture

Stamps: None
Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Ruby Red, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink, Perfect Plum, don't remember if any more - sorry.
Papers: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pretty In Pink
Accessories: sponge, Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil (from upcoming Summer Mini catalog), Basic Black journaling marker, white shimmer paint, dimensionals, rhinestone brad (not pictured)
All Stampin' Up! Materials used
First of all sorry this picture is not the highest quality nor the best arrangement. I whipped it out on my cell phone tonight cuz that was what was handy.  And those cell cameras are handy. My phone has a 3.1 megapixel rating so as far as cells go it is OK! I hear Japan has 12 MP ones in their cells. Someday, so shall we in the US.

I was playing around with this decor stencil using the postive image and the negative cut out. The stencils come with both. I sponged around the positive image in a few colors and the negative image in a few darker colors to give it some depth. Remember the rule of odd number looks best. I used 3 darker colors, and 2 or 3 lighter colors off-setting them and rotating them as I went. Then to give it a focal point, I layed the negative image right in the middle and sponge on the white paint. After the paint was dry I outlined (not a steady hand at this) the image. I was not looking for a perfect outline, that would make it look to manufactured, just something to make the shape more crisp and distinct. I added a rhinestone brad as an afterthought, hence it is not in this picture but really makes the shape pop now.

The base paper is 5.5 inches square, the final black layer is 7 inches square. I sent this picture in a text message to my daughter who is out of town and asked if she liked it. It is for her soon to be pink, white and black room. She said I should suggest it to Target. That is a high compliment coming from her. She is such a silly! I was going to buy a frame for it but don't think it needs one now.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ladies - Let's Shop!

 I will have a booth at this event. Stop by and say HI if you are in the area. It is always a lovely and fun event. Let's get our shopping on!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, April 10, 2010

*Color Renovation*

There are some exciting things happening! Stampin' Up! Has reinvented the color wheel. I am excited to share with you the new colors of Stampin' Up! Some (25 in all) are returning favorites. Some (10 in all) are returning InColors. Some are brand new InColors (5 in all). And Kraft has been renamed to Crumb Cake. I love that name, makes me hungry to use it. Ha ha ha. All this takes place on July 1st.

Now there will be 4 exciting color palettes to choose from. I really believe the renovation reflects our modern culture. I cannot wait to play with Early Expresso. I have been asking for an expanding Neutrals palette since day 1 of being a Demonstrator. Going forward InColors will now be around for two years, instead of one. Yeah to that peeps! But we still get new Incolors every year. So the InColors will overlap each other for a year. {Getting excited yet?}

Yes, I am sad to say good-bye to a few old faves (only 5 in all) but as I look at them I see that I have not been using them as much in recent years. This really is a renovation in color which will help your projects look fresh and fun.

Along with a Renovation comes new tools too. Check back soon to see what's new and hot in tools and accessories.


Be sure to stock up on these papers, reinkers or pads, ribbons and more before they are gone forever. As you can see, after June 1 there is no guarantee on availability.

Contact me and let me know what you think of the new color palette. I really would love to hear what you think.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Eggsellent Eggs Decorating Kit

Accessories:  Eggsellent Eggs Decorating Kit from Stampin' Up! 117179 (no longer available)

First of all, let me give you a little family history. Decorating eggs is not my thing. I did it faithfully every year as a kid. Having kids, it has been an every 2-3 year kind of activity. My husband dearly wanted us to decorate eggs this year no matter what. I obliged, adding, only if we can use the Stampin' Up! decorating kit. He didn't care as long as we did it. I have not enjoyed it much as an adult because the smell of the vinegar used in most inexpensive kits hits my gag reflux. And the kids never had any interest in doing this in previous years.

The kit does not tell you that you first must dye your eggs. I did not know this until I opened up the kit. We scrounged but found an old kit, you know the brand, always on clearance after Easter. All four of us had 5 eggs to die. 20 hard boiled eggs is enough to eat up, or give to the dog later. Some of us got more into this task than others. My son could have dyed all our eggs. I did my five, nose in my sweatshirt and all. I wanted my colors a little softer to go with the Stampin' Up! kit.

We ate our Easter dinner while the eggs dried. I passed out the kit pieces, trying to share equally. Bling boy (boys actually) loved the rhinestone bling in the kit. I thought 2 sheets of rub-ons would be too much. I also looked at all the paper die cut flowers in the kit and figured I will either recycle what is left or use them up on something else. Little did I know...

 I have posed our cute little ovals as each persons collection. We have the husband's, daughters, son's and the demonstrators. Can you guess whose is who's collection? You might be amazed at what you find out.

The following is a few detail ovum pictures.



This is what we had left of our extensive kit: handful of rub-ons, about one sixth of the die cut flowers, no bling (none). There was plenty of items to decorate at least 24 eggs, with the exception of the bling. We are a bling happy family!


Say goodnight to our little ovums. They await a most certain fate!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Chocolate Pillow Pouch

Chocolate Pillow Pouch

Stamps: Curvy Versus, and ?
Inks: Melon Mambo, Basic Black
Paper:  Melon Mambo DSP, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink cardstock
Accessories:  Pillow Box Big Shot Die, 1/4" White grosgrain ribbon, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, linen thread, Glue dots
Misc: 2 premium chocolates and one chocohollic

Run pink paper through Big Shot using the pillow box die. Stamp on cut out die. Stamp tag and punch out. Assemble tag. Assemble pillow box. Adhere closed with mini glue dots. Wrap mambo DSP around outside of box. Adhere tag.

Now you have an attractive, sweet and simple thank you or thinking of you to give to someone for whom you care.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

SAB/Spring Decorations

Spring / Sale-A-Bration Decorations

Stamps:
Inks:
Papers:
Accessories:

To many objects to mention directions on all of them. Many of these items were done using Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and papers. Sorry, Sale-A-Bration ended on March 31st.

Don't you just love how springy the entire collection looks?

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Take 3 Easter Class - Last Chance Sale-A-Bration


Sunday, March 28, 2 - 5pm
Location - My House (it's been decided!)

Take 3 Easter Class - We will make a card (with goodies in it), a scrapbook, and a gift filled with malted milk balls. All for the low price of $5.

Respond by March 26th please.

Last Chance Sale-A-Bration order. Last chance at earning a free stamp set, punch, paper or other for every $50 of merchandise ordered. This will be your last chance to join Stampin' Up! for only $185, plus get a FREE stamp set worth up to $47.95. Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st. Hurry!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, February 22, 2010

Stop and Shop Open House - Minneapolis


I will be here representing Stampin' Up! As I know some of the ladies from previous events it is sure to be a fun afternoon. Let me know if you will be stopping by. Email if you have any other questions about the event. Stampin' Up! Make N Take and door prizes.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wrap It Up Wreath

Stamps: none
Inks: none
Papers: 100730 Whisper White Cardstock (or the 12 x 12 version), 116770 Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper (retired now)
Accessories:  ribbons: 110714 Real Red 1/2" striped; 115608 1" Real Red Polka Dot; 109034 Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain; 109052 Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain; 104827 Real Red Gingham, Big Shot 113439 Items: 114518 Box #2; 114890 Matchbox; 113460 Snowflake #2, rhinestone brad, 102023 Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 104294 sticky strip, 104045 Anywhere Glue Stick, 108362 Crop-A-Dile
Other: Pizza box top, adhesive craft fun foam, lots of hot glue (the only non Stampin' Up! items)

So my son comes home with this cardboard donut and says "I gotta decorate it and bring it back in 5 days. It's supposed to be a family project." Huh? I say. OK he had some ideas of what he wanted to do, none of them very feasible or good looking (since it's a family project and all). My thoughts were if it is to be a family project why not make something that can become an annual decoration for our house. Now he goes "huh?". I said boxes, presents, lets cover it with presents. He had a little trouble envisioning this, but was willing to roll with crafty mom on this idea.

We started by tearing up pieces of the Cocoa paper and gluing them to the "donut". Now he is starting to like it. He had fun with the tearing and gluing. Use lots of glue if you do this because when you then add the weight of the boxes to it you do not want the paper tearing off the donut (cardboard) when you hang it. Plus any excess is sure to be covered up. You are just trying to give some color to the background and not make it look like a cardboard box.  Trim off excess from edges. Set aside to dry.

Make the boxes! Cut the cardstock down (in half lengthwise). Run enough boxes using the 2 dies listed above to approx. cover the donut. Run them through one at a time unless you are using the Premium 117630 Crease Pad. Why? Because all the folds come out scored when running the dies through and if you add to many layers of paper you run the risk of cutting right through the folds instead of just scoring them. Blake happily ran all the boxes through Big Shot (Mr. Big to me) while I went and gathered ribbon. We both worked on assembling the boxes. I used Sticky Strip to secure them. Again, since I want this to be a permanent decoration I want to make sure the adhesive will last.

I did most if not all of the ribbon work. I tied them on in many directions trying to come up with an assortment of ribbons and various ties. Nothing was repeated. I used each ribbon type about 5 times and came up with about 5 different wraps.

By now he was really getting into the project and wanted to stay up and help finish it, but he needed to get to bed. Off he went after he got to see how I wanted to lay out the boxes on the donut. He thought it looked so cool!

To attach the boxes start by gluing the bottomest layer down first, the box that has the most surface area attaching to the donut. I went through at least 2 hot glue sticks gluing the boxes down. I like playing with hot glue. Continue until all boxes are secure and when you hang the assembly non even rattle a little. Lots of glue!

After it was done the middle of the donut looked bare. I grabbed one of my foam snowflakes I had made the previous holiday season as a tree ornament and glued that on. It did the trick. To make the snowflake, run the foam through using Snowflake #2 Sizzix die. Pull off the adhesive backing, and shake the glitter all over the adhesive. Tap off excess. Instant sparkle. Place brad in middle if desired.

Use Crop-A-Dile to make a hole at top of donut. Loop ribbon as a base loop (I doubled it) then tie on short sections for accents.

Voila! I love it. My son was so excited the next day to bring it to school. We put it in a box for him to carry on the bus but he wouldn't hear of it. He insisted that he be driven to school. There were some pretty awesome wreaths hanging in that hallway. It has been banged around a bit, but once the boxes are assembled with strong tape and lots of hot glue it does not look like it has traveled at all.

Ours is still hanging up. I am thinking about doing something similar for spring. It was a funny mom and son project. All in all it probably took 2 hours. Very fun.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, January 22, 2010

Spookable Tag Scrapbook








I had made this quick and cute scrapbook for my Manager Sue (who is so awesome) as a thank you gift for all that she has done to help my business grow. I knew she was moving soon and would want to get those pictures scrapped soon of her grandgirls. We had just attended a CKU scrapbooking class and I wanted to make one of these on my own too before I forgot how.
I reinforced the back with an extra layer of Stampin' Up!'s Basic Black cardstock, since it is so thick. I knew that it would be enough and chipboard or boxboard would not be necessary.
It will hold up to 12 4 x 6 pictures. I love this Halloween DSP. It is so elegant it could be used outside of Halloween.
The pull out tags are 5 x 7. The accordians to hold them are 4 x 12.
If you would like the dimensions and scoring measurements, drop me an email. I would be happy to mail them out to you.


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy