Monday, January 26, 2015

What A Girl Wants 2015

Tomorrow!!!!! See you or be a square. 

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?


Flower punch. 
Small scallop circle punch
Foam block
Hershey Kisses
Wild Wasabi paper for grass
Wilton Lollipop sticks 
An old cheese serving tray as garden base
Lots and lots of hot glue

This is the behind the scenes for my "garden".

I have a big event next week with about 800 in attendance. My name will be on the back of my flowers as attaching a biz card just wouldn't work in this case. 

If I can get my name to 100 new people will most likely lead to a few new contacts. 

Attach flower center first. 

To attach the lolly sticks lay flower upside down on table. Place glue. Place stick and twist in glue to soread. It is actually quite secure. 

To attach the kiss put a small bead of glue on the flower center. Place Kiss and twist to spread glue. 

Set is all aside for a half hour before you fill your garden to make sure the glue is cooled. 

I will be printing and punching out in the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch my "business card" and attaching to the back of the lolly. 

Interested in having these or some other shape such as a heart or star at your next event? Shower? Wedding? Business event? Message me for pricing. This was a fun project. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Framelits from Stampin' Up! Information

Each Sizzix Framelits by Stampin' Up! Is stamped with the catalog item number. That way when you have a mess of them to put away on your table as I often do, you know which package them came from. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hello Life Project Kit Tips in Google Docs Format

I hope this link works for retrieving Hello Life Project Kit Tips as a Google Docs document.

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Hello Life Project Kit Tips


I hope you are all enjoying the fabulous products Stampin' Up! has put together in the Occasions 2015 catalog. I love the Hello Life Project Kit 137949 on page 6 of Occasions 2015.

In putting together the kit I have come up with what I believe are more concise directions that make assembly quicker and easier. Also these directions include information for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that make class production much easier. For Demonstrators, this is really a no brainer as far as offering as a class. You have no prep. Grab a few tools, order the stamp set so you and your customers can share it, and have your customers kit shipped to your house so they don't forget them for class. I am excited to offer this class this spring.

Please let me know if I have been remiss in my instructions. I would love to post alternate versions people have come up with using extra supplies or alternate colors

Hello Life Project 137949 Kit Tips

(This is geared more for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators holding classes 
but are good tips for anyone completing project) Kit on page 6 Occasions 2015 Catalog

I suggest 2 hours for the class. May only take 1 hour for seasoned crafters. List at bottom of optional items to complete at home. If you are providing the tool and the stamp set, the core directions will need to be completed during class time.

Supplies Really Needed
  • Snips
  • Small zip bag for loose hearts for shaker piece
  • White Bakers Twine 36”
  • Black StayzOn ink. Memento ink works well except for stamping on the window sheet
  • White StayzOn Ink, I used Craft White and it doesn’t dry well on the black, even with a heat tool.
  • Envelope, bag or tray for punched out pieces, just temporarily.
  • Bone folder or Simply Scored
  • Green Tombo Multi glue
  • Clear blocks C (2), E, H (2) if not a wood set. 2 blocks for the different colors so you do not have to keep switching blocks
  • Grid paper
  • Heat tool, just in case ink not drying
  • Ruler, for lining up letter stickers, or edge of a piece of paper
  • Sticky Strip
  • Stapler, staples
  • Yardstick (optional)

  1. Punch out all pieces.
  2. Punch out hearts only out of one Crushed Curry banner. The other one is extra.
  3. Do not punch out the heart pieces strips yet. And when you do, you will only need 3 rows, not the entire card.
  4. Score banners about 1/2 inch from top.
  5. Score Black Hearts in half
  6. Stamp all pieces that require stamping. Set aside to dry as you assemble rest of kit
    1. White ink on black banner “Little Things..” stamp or other
    2. White ink on black larger rectangle “…Happy” stamp or other
    3. White ink on black large heart “Hello Life” stamp
    4. White ink on black polaroid type frame script heart stamp
    5. White ink on black banner, two types of smaller heart stamps
    6. White ink on black hearts (4) heart outline stamp
    7. Black ink on Crushed Curry polaroid frame “so sweet” stamp
    8. Black ink on Crushed Curry banner “Little Things” stamp
    9. Black ink (StayzOn) on window sheet “love script” stamp. Tip, lay striped heart window for shaker frame upside down on table, place window sheet over it, stamp image making sure it will appear in heart window.
  7. Shaker card
    1. Place strip heart piece upside down on table. 
    2. Place Sticky Strip in the four corners of the FRONT of the window sheet. Attach to striped heart piece.
    3. Place double stick circle on window sheet. Make sure none of it shows through window.
    4. Punch out half of the cards with all the heart punch outs.
    5. Place all the hearts, including the ones from the Crushed Curry banner early on, inside the circle.
    6. Peel off the top of the adhesive circle. Attach the white backing card to the shaker assembly. Tip: This is when grid paper is helpful to line up the front and back pieces.
  8. Banner Assembly
    1. Cut a 13” piece from the white Bakers Twine
    2. Lay banner pieces upside down in reverse order. Start with the middle banner and center on string. Apply glue. Press down. If you are using black as your center piece, as is pictured, place something on top of it until the glue sticks. Paper is very stiff. I also used clothespins to keep flaps closed.
    3. Continuing gluing banners working from the center out. 
  9. 3D Hearts
    1. 4 hearts per color
    2. Fold hearts in half using score tool, bone folder, or other. Tip: Place heart on table, face up, score or fold wings of heart up around bone folder.
    3. Use Sticky Strip to adhere the 4 hearts together, but not in a complete circle.
  10. Bow - tie a bow out of the Crushed Curry Bakers Twine. Staple to the vertical striped banner and polaroid frame. 
  11. Pom Pom Assembly
    1. I highly recommend cutting a 2” x 3” piece of boxboard to wrap the twine. Cut into an H shape on the 2” side. Cut a slit 
    2. Cut the Crushed Curry thick Bakers Twine into 3 large sections. Stampin’ Up! says the pompoms should be 10 yards each. There is exactly 30 yards. They say to cut a 2” piece to tie off pompom. That is no way near enough. 
    3. Tip: Since there is no extra on the CC twine, I used white regular Bakers twine for tying the pompoms shut. Need about a 12” section per pompom.
    4. Wrap CC twine around card along the 2” side. 
    5. Slip the white twine in middle. Slip all off the card.
    6. Wrap the white twine around the CC puff twice, pull hard and tight to tie closed.
    7. Snip loops open. 
    8. Flatten pom against tied circle. Squish between fingers. Snip to 2” approx. pom. 
    9. Roll pompom between your hands to loosen fibers and get the real fuzzy fluffy look. 

Things that can be done at home:

2 pom poms
Letter sticker large rectangle - Love This Life or other saying
Pictures can be attached at home
Put together heart/pom pom string
Attach all to wire rack

Sandy McManus
Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator est. 2005

Hello Life Project 137949 Kit Tips II

(This is geared more for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators holding classes 
but are good tips for anyone completing project) Kit ion page 6 Occasions 2015 catalog

After completion of kit, if assembled as pictured, you will have enough supplies to make another rack, adding 30 yards of regular or thick twine, 13” of twine for banner, a 4” x 6” DSP or card stock to replace the LOVE THIS LIFE piece, 4” x 4” DSP, 3 3/4” x 3 3/4” window sheet, 4” x 4” shortboard (back of DSP package). And the rack, which is basically a bakers cooling rack. So really not a lot of replacement supplies to make another project or turn into a scrapbook page or cards. 

Replica Hello Life Project 

  • Bakers Cooling Rack $12.95 for 3 at Target
  • Bakers Twine regular weight, page 206 AC $2.95
  • Bakers Twine thick weight, page 207 AC $3.50
  • Bakers Twine colored Crushed Curry 134586 $2.95
  • DSP (Back to Black 133700): 4’ x 6”, 4” x 4”, other $10.95
  • Banner Framelits132173 $26.95
  • Hearts Collection Framelits $26.95
  • On Film Framelits 132969 $29.95
  • 1 color cardstock $6.95
  • Chalkboard Paper 137786 $7.95
  • Silver Foil Sheets 132178 $3.95
  • Window Sheet 114323, 3 3/4” x 3 3/4” $4.95
  • Mini Metallic Clothespins 133320 $3.95
  • Sweetheart Punch 133786 $15.95
  • Confetti Heart Border Punch 137415 $21.95
  • Big Shot 113439 $99.95
  • Dimensionals 104430 $3.95
  • Grand Total $283.75 plus S/H and Tax and all other recommended tools. 

So when you add up all the supplies and the time and fuss of cutting out the pieces, the kit is a phenomenal value and so much quicker and easier to use or modify and switch out maybe Crushed Curry for another color. 

Sandy McManus
Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator est. 2005

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diva Blog Hop January - The All NEW Review

(You have arrived from Denise if you are following the Diva Blog Hop)

January is a new year and that means a new Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! Our blog hop theme is month is New.

I am excited for "new" Blendabilities colors, like the new Pink Pirouette trio from Stampin' Up! As luck would have it I actually won the stamp set I will be using and the Blendabilities trio pack at a special new catalog launch party Stampin' Up! threw for us Demonstrators. It was almost as if the prize was hand picked.

Stamps:  Love is Kindness 137131 (from the Occasions Catalog page 32)
Inks: Memento Ink Pad Black 132708
Papers: Pink Pirouette 111351, Whisper White 100730, Basic Black 121045, Back to Black DSP 133700
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Blendabilities Trio 133625, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities Trio 133624,  Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon 119261, dimensionals 104430, Glue Dots 103683

When coloring with Blendabilities, it is a personal choice whether you start with the light, medium or dark color of the trio and work your way lighter or darker. I tend to start with the dark, then light and fill in with the medium shade. I often go back with the dark and deepen it after my image has dried. That is the beauty of coloring and blending with Blendabilities. You can gradate.  

Starting this month, January, there are 4 NEW Blendabilites trio packs available - Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky 133626, Bermuda Bay 133623 available, on top of the 12 already great colors in the Annual Catalog page 212. In fact, you can earn 12 of the color trio packs FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order through March 31st. See page 20 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure for correct item numbers (if you use the items numbers in the Annual Catalog they will be the normal $11.95/per pack price). 

I love the graphic look of these two cards. Bold and crisp look softened by the softness of Pink Pirouette. 

For this card I hand cut, yes hand cut, the flowers. If you have been following my blog for a while or if you have crafted with me you know that I don't do hand cut. I feel that is why punches and Framelits were invented. The soft hand cut pink flowers really stand out against the black of the cardstock though.

Here are a few more samples using the same stamp set

Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Trio 139926 SAB page 20, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Trio 139930 SAB page 20, Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Trio 139924 SAB page 20

Wisteria Wonder Blendabilites 139934 FREE SAB page 20

You can see I blinged up the tulips with Gold Dazzling Details 133755

Thank you for stopping by during the Blog Hop. Try Blendabilities on your next order. They will make you rediscover how much fun you had coloring as a kid, only better. Happy Stamping, Sandy

Grab your bunny ears and hop to the next blog Autumn. 


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What A Girl Want coming soon

Tim Mahoney from The Voice will be performing from 7-9. Gonna be a spectacular night. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Koala Cuteness

Close up of the Koala focal point

Stamps: Kind Koala 134360
Inks: Memento 132708
Papers: Smokey Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Doilies 129399,  Blendabilities Coastal Cabana Trio 131000, Blendabilities Trio Rich Razzleberry 131003, Bakers Twine White 124262, Rhinestones 119246, Large Polka Dot TIEF 133739, Floral Frames Framelits 127012Dimensionals 104430

Getting ready for our Saturdays event featuring Oaccasions and Sale-A-Bration catalog items. I am demonstrating Blendabilities. I have been working on lots of fresh samples for the event. 

Did you know because Blendabilities are alcohol based they will color on many things. I colored the rhinestone and the doily with them. No bleeding to worry about. 

What have you tried coloring with Blendabilities or alcohol based markers?

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Happy stamping, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy