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!

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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.

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Keep being creative, Sandy