Friday, February 27, 2015

Kind Koala is Thinking of You #stampinup


Stamps: Kind Koala 134360
Inks: Memento Ink Pad 134708
Papers: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Moonlight DSP Stack
Accessories:  1 1/4 Circle Punch 119861, Brights Candy Dots 130931, Daffodil Delight Trio Blendabilities, Rich Razzleberry Trio Blendabilities

(as I was posting this, I realized I may have posted this card last summer, my apologies if it is a repeat)

Just a quick reminder that there is about a month left to get 12 colors of Blendabilities trio marker packs for just FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. Please use the item numbers on page 20 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure (regular item numbers are on page 212 of the Annual Catalog).

Card measures 6" x 3". Decided to change things up a bit with size, and it fit what I wanted to do, a scallop border using the circle punch.

The sheet of Moonlight DSP helps carry the circle theme to the card.

The Kind Koala stamp works well with Blendabilities, and other markers or coloring tools. It is a single wood mounted stamp, great value. You can just stamp the YOU  word for any occasion too.

Kind Koala will now say good-bye! Happy stamping and coloring, Sandy

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Work In Progress #stampinup


Something I just do not post on my blog much, my work in progress. Love this pattern and now struggling with where I should take it. Suggestions are most welcome. 

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A Snapshot of Friendship #stampinup


Stamps: Snapshot 133812
Inks: Memento 132708
Papers: Whisper White cardstock 100730, Soft Sky cardstock 131203, Rich Razzleberry cardstock 115316
Accessories: White Bakers Twine 124262, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities trio, Bermuda Bay Blendabilities trio (see below for item numbers), What's Up punch 133781, ZigZag TIEF 133738, Apothecary Accents Framelits 127003, Circles Framelits 130911, Glue Dots

(Yes that is Whisper White cardstock. I am having lighting issues with my pictures lately. My apologies).

I like the clean crisp look of this card. Because I did keep the background with, literally, lots of white space, the eye goes to the camera right away. My little arrow punch doesn't hurt either.

Yes, Sandy hand cut another stamped image. It is becoming a trend and I do not like it! It suited this card to have the camera cut. I survived the episode and so did the camera. 

The camera was colored in using Blendabilities, Bermuda Bay trio 133623 (page 32 of the Occasions catalog) and Rich Razzleberry Trio (page 32 of the Occasions 2015 catalog for using the Sale-A-Bration item numbers and getting the trio of markers FREE until March 31st with a $50 order. After April 1st you may find the regular item numbers on page 212 of the Annual Catalog.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saying Goodbye #stampinup #PLxSU #projectlifeapp


While my thoughts of the day are still fresh in my mind I quickly scrapbooked the funeral I recently attended using the Project Life App for my iPhone. I even included the card I made, mostly because it made a nice filler card for this page and added some texture.

The picture in the upper right is so "Jackie". Sitting at the cabin fishing with her grandson some warm summer day recently. It just might be my favorite of her. I know I have some pictures of her, or at least I think I do, in some photo box. If she was at the cabin and there was company chances are she was in the kitchen making food, or just making sure guests had what they needed.

I am blessed to have known her for 41 plus years. She is the mother of a very good friend. Blessings during this time to the family, and extended family.

The Project Life kit I used was Everyday Adventure. Even though it had some vibrant colors and a lot of "happy" cards, I found some that seemed suitable to the occasion. The obituary was done using the now available neutral card set. As of today it is a free kit.

Thank you for stopping by. Warm hearts and stamping, Sandy

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thinking Spring: Beautiful Blue Blooms #stampinup



Stamps: Indescribable Gift 137180 w 138575 c
Inks: Memento Ink pad 132708
Papers: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: White Bakers Twine 124262. Extra Large Oval punch 119859, Oval Framelits 129381, Soft Sky Blendabilities trio 133626, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities trio 133624, Decorative Dots TIEF 133520

I love the sweetness of the colors in this card. I am one not normally buying a lot of flower stamp sets (there are a large variety) for some reason I had to have this one. Maybe it is because it is simple and basic, maybe because it colors so well with Blendabilities, I don't know but I had to have it.

The Wild Wasabi layer I did use a TIEF Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It needed some dimension between the focal point and the card base.

This was a fairly simple card to make. The two Blendabilities featured here are 2 of the 4 new color releases from Stampin' Up! You may find them listed on page 32 of the Occasions 2015 catalog, along with Pink Pirouette and Bermuda Bay.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Serene Butterfly Says Goodbye #stampinup




Stamps: Butterfly Basics 138813 w, 138816 c, 137154 p (page 26 Occasions 2015)
Inks: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Black Memento
Papers: Whisper White, Hello Honey, Marina Mist
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits Dies 137360, Rhinestones, Venetian Crochet Ribbon 134581

Card Measures 5 1/2 x 7

It is with sadness that I had to create this card. My dear friend Sandy's mom passed away suddenly last week. I have known Sandy and her family since 3rd grade when we got our Bibles together at a church. We have been friends since. I spent time at their cabin, ironically on a lake called Big Sandy. Yup. Sandy and Sandy on Big Sandy. Insert joke here  -> ________! We are Godmothers to each of our sons. Her father passed away about 20 years ago from cancer. 

Her mother was a no nonsense, deeply religious, big hearted lady. She loved nature, and time outside fishing with her grandsons or just hanging out at the cabin. I will miss her. My whole family will miss her. We say goodbye to her today at the log church down the road from the cabin she so loved to spend time at all year. 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Wood You Be Mine? #lumbersexual #stampinup


Stamps: Would You Be Mine? 137134 photopolymer, page 7 of the Occasions 2015 catalog
Inks: Memento 132708
Papers: Adventure Bound DSP stack 137780, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Blendabilities, page 20 on Sale-A-Bration brochure for FREE

Much like the axe the lumberjack has I used scissors and painstakingly cut him out. Painstakingly because hand cutting is so not my thing! I popped him on the background with dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! is so on trend with this stamp set.  Lumbersexual is a trendy term for guys who dress in designer flannels and jeans, who look like they should be swinging an axe but are most likely sitting in a coffee shop with their Apple laptops sipping $5 lattes. Don't believe me? Go look it up!

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Thank you for stopping by today. Happy Stamping and axe swinging, Sandy

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Sweethearts Day - Scrapbooked! #PLxSU #stampinup #projectlifeapp





While the memories were still fresh I sat dow to scrapbook our very happy Valentine's day on Monday. We have so few dates we get an entire day! From an early dinner to coffee to concert to drinks it was a wonderful day to celebrate our relationship.  

I scrapbooked this right from my phone using the #projectlifeapp and the Stampin' Up! Love Story card pack. I really wanted purple as the background color but they do not have it available yet. I have many many pages now from the last few weeks of scrapbooking, that I will need to import into My Digital Studio to print through Stampin' Up! I best do that during Sale-A-Bration and get some FREE goodies!

I hope all of you had a nice day to. Smile at a stranger, it feels good inside!

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Stamping, Sandy

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Painted Blooms Framed Class


Painted Blooms Framed Class $35

Plan a fun day with friends crafting

(A) Monday, March 16, 6-8, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids on Main, 5 spots
(B) Tuesday, March 17, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids on Main, 5 spots
(C) Thursday, March 19, 6-8, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 8 spots
(D) Friday, March 20, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 8 spots
(E) Dates don't work? Class can be done in the convenience of your home or a 
date that fits your calendar. 

Item  137784 Painted Blooms DSP on page 119 from Occasions 2015 catalog from Stampin' Up! Class will included a package of DSP and 3 framed pieces of art for you to enjoy.

Demonstrator to supply stamp sets, 3 frames and all other items 
needed to complete the projects pictured. 
Bring any pictures you may want to include.

Prepaid registration must be received by March 2, 
cash, check or credit card. 
Your kit will be shipped to my address as you do not need to bring anything to class. 



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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Diva Blog Hop February - Monochromatic Magic

You should have arrived from Denise at 
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/denisewilson/blog



This months blog hop features a monochromatic theme. For some reason my brain went to Ombre. Actually I have been wanting to play around with something Ombre for quite some time and the opportunity presented itself.  

The first card is the one using the Starburst Framelits. To get the Ombre look start by doing this:


I taped together the Framelits I wanted to use (in this case the entire set) to hold them evenly in place. Normally not a big deal especially if you are using the magnetic platform with your Big Shot, but I needed to do multiple runs through  the machine to get all my colors cut. I then ended up with this:


It is on white cardstock and looks interesting enough but I felt it was lacking something. I even played with having the pieced pop off the page like a pyramid. So I summoned my artist daughters help and in seconds she figured it out. Just stagger the pieces, almost like a peacocks tail or a turkey tail. It gave it the white space I think it needed from all that blue. Now this would be cool to do with all blacks and grays and probably could just sit like this.  But the blue is pretty vibrant. As she said, it creates almost an optical illusion in person.



Yeah, the spreading them out really makes them pop. So I popped them up more with dimensionals.  The banner is a 1/2 inch strip of dazzling diamonds glitter paper. I creased it by hand and attached with dimensionals. The decorative dots TIEF hardly shows up in the picture. In fact I am not pleased with the lighting at all. All my whites look yellow because of the old lighting at my house right now. I am working on a better solution. In the meantime, my apologies.

While playing with this idea I ran the same color cardstock through my Big Shot using the Circles Collection Framelits. I had a layering idea that was too horrible to share. As my kids would say "epic fail mom". But I played around with the same sized circles and came up with this look. I actually sliced the circles and taped behind to hide seam to link them together. Now I want to try this with our gold and silver foil papers!!!



I can so see shiny chrome looking links using the silver foil paper using this link technique. Add it to my to do list.  

I used the large polka dot TIEF just to give the background a little life and help pull together my ombre chain.  The butterfly I used bothe the soft sky (sure doesn't look like soft sky in the picture!) and clear window sheet. Gossamer wings. The greeting is from the Sale-A-Bration set Best Day Ever, available for FREE with a $50 order until March 31st. Check out other items you can get for free with orders. 

And for the bonus round:



I have been wanting an excuse to play with the Hexagon Hive Thinlit for a year. Finally took the opportunity to do so.  I saved the hexagon scrap from the holes and popped them up on the layer. I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the Occasions catalog. Butterfly thinlits for the butterflies in gold foil paper. I am quite pleased with how this card turned out.  

Due to a time shortage I will not be listed an item list as I normally do, with items numbers. I have mentioned several of the supplies. 

Colors on Ombre cards: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Colors on Butterfly card: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Gold Foil.  

Thank you so much for stopping by our monthly Diva Blog hop. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Happy Stamping, Sandy


Hop on next to Autumn:  
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampingave/blog


Complete list of participating Divas this month

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Rockin' Star card



Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge 130514 w 130517 c, Be the Star 135731 w 135734 c
Inks: Real Red 126949, Smoky Slate 131179
Papers: Real Red 102482, Whisper White 100730, Smoky Slate 131202, Basic Black 121045
Accessories: Whisper White Bakers Twine 124262, Rhinestones 119246, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack 133787, Hearts Collection Framelits 125599, glue dots 

Who is your Rock Star this Valentine's Day? Mine is with out a doubt my husband. We have really tested that "..through sickness and health" vow. He is Mr. Wonderful every single day.

I had fun playing with the Hearts Framelits for this card. You do have to be careful that you leave enough paper on the edge to support the card base.  I used glue dots to hold the Bakers Twine to the card front. And secured the twine on the back of the card with scotch tape. If I were giving this card to someone I would cut out another heart to cover up the tape. Maybe add something fun on the back. 

The easel part was an accident at our Diva meeting. Julianne was looking at the card and propped it up that way because she thought that was what it was. Brilliant. She is such a creative kinesthetic person.  It doesn't even need a stopper, like a brad.  Now I want to try this with the Stars Framelits!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping, Sandy

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Lemon Law for Life


Stamps: A Happy Thing Stamp Set 139131 w 139134c FREE Sale-A-Bration set
Inks: Memento Ink: 132708
Papers: Daffodil Delight 119683, Old Olive 100702, Basic Black 121045, Whisper White 100730
Accessories:  Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon 119256, Glue Dots, Circles Collection Framelits 130911, Banners Framelits 132173, Decorative Dots TIEF 133520, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities 3 pack 139926, Old Olive Blendabilities 3 pack 139929 - both Blendabilities numbers are listed as the Sale-A-Bration numbers so you can get them for FREE.

Sometimes don't you wish that life came with a lemon law? You know those moments that just go so wrong there is no do over, no warranty of service or anything? Yeah, me too!!!

This sweet sweet set is free with a $50 order through the end of March. Folks, that is pretty exciting. It comes with two images and two greetings, both of which work for many occasions. Both images work very well with Blendabilities.

Think about it, place a $50 order and get the stamp set FREE. Place a $100 order and get one set of the Blendabilities free.  Place a $150 order and get all three Sale-A-Bration items pictured and get to be your own hostess.  Seriously a great deal.

Stamp set is on page 19 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Blendabilities are on page 20. There ya go.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy stamping and shopping. Sandy



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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Birthday Snapshot


Stamps: Snapshot 133812
Inks: Memento Ink pad 132708
Papers: Whisper White 10730, Smoky Slate 131202, Basic Black 121045
Accessories: On Film Framelits 132969, Alphabet Press TIEF 130916, Blendabilities Night of Navy 3 pack 131001, Smoky Slate Blendabilities 3 pack 131005

Click! I snapped a picture of you.  *smile*

I love the clean crisp look of this card. The focus really is the camera.

Using the On Film Framelit I created a polaroid looking frame for the camera. I used regular tape to attach it to the back of the frame.

The ABC TIEF just gives it some texture without taking away from the focal point.

And of course I colored in the camera using Blendabilities in Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy stamping, Sandy

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Two Hearts Become One - Memories


There are positives to deep cleaning and purging your house in prep for a major move. Hubs came across these precious items this past weekend. 18 years and holding steady.

The A Royal Wedding was software I used to plan the wedding. I was geek chic before it was chic. I computerized what I could even back in 1995/96. Back when the internet was a barren wasteland compared to today. I did also use a very nice spiral bound planner to carry around necessary wedding plans. Now I would imagine most brides use software, or apps, or websites where it is all "in the cloud".

And the "Two Hearts Become One" disc (perish the thought of using a 3.5" disc, or even being able to read it today) was our wedding favor with our love story on it. I was paper crafting even then, making all 175 paper disc holders. My mom helped me glue the little puff of tulle on, which matched my dress, and the red satin ribbon rose, which matched our two hearts/rose theme. Little did we know that hot glue would have made this an hours project instead of days. We used. Aleen's Tacky Glue, which you had to hold it in place until the glue set. DAYS!!! Even my dad said, after we were done, why didn't you just use my hot glue gun.  Thanks, Dad!

I thought I better get this scrapbooked before the items get buried for another 18 years. Lol

Much like a lot of my current philosophy on scrapbooking, and paper crafting in general. It doesn't have to be hard. It doesn't have to require a multitude of supplies. It doesn't have to be expensive.

So with a few clicks of the camera, a few clicks on the #ProjectLifeApp using the Love Story card collection by Stampin' Up! in app card purchase ($1.99) #PLxSU I preserved part of our wedding story. I know  when things settle down later this spring I want to import this file (.jpeg) into My Digital Studio, and add a few digi embellishments before I print it out. This all took minutes.  Just minutes. This is beautiful scrapbooking made super simple.

I do love the complicated layered fussy pages too. But I am reserving that for super special pictures, not the bulk.  And that is the way it should be. Save the "haul out all the embellishments and spend hours on a layout" pages for the super special occasions.

FYI Love Story Project Life Card Pack from Stampin' Up! (the real paper not the digital version) is 135308. Coordinating embellishment pack is 135310.

Those of you married many years, have you started your wedding album yet? My pictures are all in a nice photo sleeve album, but says nothing of the occasion, or dates, or special stories. And we all know with every wedding there are those special stories.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy Stamping and memory keeping. Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, February 9, 2015

ACT 1: Be Prepared!


Proud Mamma moment of the week! 

My son was asked to take the ACT test early, 9th grade because of his ACT Explore score.  He didn't prep, nor agonize over the test, rather "I came, I saw, I did my best!" for the test. He is a good test taker and a smart kid.

If he ever gets organized with his schoolwork, the world will be his oyster.

Page was done quickly using the Project Life App on my iPhone.  #PLxSU.  Project Life and Stampin' Up! makes for quick and easy scrapbooking.

Have you scrapped today?


Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping and Project Life exploring, Sandy




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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Build A Bouquet Class


Build A Bouquet Class $35

Plan a fun day with friends crafting

(A) Monday, February 23, 6-8, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids on Main, 3 spots
(B) Tuesday, February 24, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids on Main, 3 spots *
(C) Thursday, February 26, 6-8, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 6 spots
(D) Friday, February 27, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 6 spots
(E) Dates don't work? Class can be done in the convenience of your home or a 
date that fits your calendar. 

Item  137952 Build a Bouquet on page 29 from Occasions 2015 catalog from Stampin' Up! and a vase to display your flowers.

Demonstrator to supply stamp set (Build A Bouquet 137166), ink pads, and the rest of the supplies you will need to complete this kit. *

Prepaid registration must be received by February 9, 
cash, check or credit card. 
Your kit will be shipped to my address as you do not need to bring anything to class. 

*Please bring your own hot glue gun to class. 


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, February 6, 2015

Because We Are Friends



After spending many hours shopping with my friend Jeny at Ikea today I came home and whipped up this #projectlifeapp page to journal/scrapbook why we are friends. 

Besides the fact that we are both artsy craftsy and we have a love for Ikea I thought it important to note how and why we became friends. 

Have you documented why you have certain people in your life? 

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping and #PLxSU, Sandy

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Dreaming of White Tufted Leather Couch



 I have been dreaming of a white tufted leather couch ever since I saw one at IKEA. Why does this call to me so much? I love leather for couches. especially since we have pets (cats). I liked the IKEA one a bit but for some crazy ol reason I have to have one when we redecorate this summer.

Yes I am hiring a decorator. It is not as expensive as you think and they will do the planning and give advice on furniture, textiles and more. It's cheaper than this one ottoman I want but will hold off purchasing as it probably won't work for what I want anyway. A few bucks for sound advice is so much better than having to repaint or buying the wrong furniture. Honestly I wish I had done this with my living room years ago. It's not a snooty thing it's a smart choice. 

Here are my picks so far. Maybe the decorator will laugh at me, maybe not. 






The third one really fits our family and the fifth one will probably what the decorator recommends. They all have a different design aesthetic. 

Oh why must you haunt me??? Problem would be solved if I would stay out of ikea. Like ever. 

Have you ever had a piece of furniture haunt you? Or the strong desire to decorate? My hubs would say it's too much HGTV. Nope. Not enough. 

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping and furniture shopping, Sandy


Update: Visited Ikea today. Very comfy couch. It needs the middle section though. 






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Hello Life Project Kit Class


Hello Life Project Class $35

Plan a fun day with friends crafting

(A) Monday, March 2, 6-8, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids on Main, 5 spots
(B) Tuesday, March 3, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids on Main, 5 spots
(C) Friday, March 6, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 8 spots
(D) Friday, March6, 7-9, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 8 spots
(E) Dates don't work? Class can be done in the convenience of your home or a 
date that fits your calendar. 

Item  137949 Hello Life Project kit on page 6 from Occasions 2015 catalog from Stampin' Up! Class will included a duplicates of most pieces. Use those extra pieces to make scrapbook pages or cards or other craft projects.

Demonstrator to supply stamp set (Hello Life 137136), ink pads, 
and at the rest of the supplies you will need to complete this kit. 
Bring any pictures you may want to include, or can be added at home.

Prepaid registration must be received by February 16 
cash, check or credit card. 
Your kit will be shipped to my address as you do not need to bring anything to class. 


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, February 5, 2015

You Warm My Heart Card



Stamps: Sheltering Tree 137163
Inks: Memento Ink Pad
Papers: Whisper White cardstock, Melon Mambo cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock, Silver Glitter cardstock
Accessories: Glue Dots, Dimensionals 104430, Sweetheart punch 133786, Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack 133787, Happy Hearts TIEF 137364


I saw a similar layout card on Pinterest recently. The artist had used a row of pretty flowers instead of hearts. I thought the hearts would be fun in honor of Valentine's Day.  

The white layer is cut 4" x 10 1/2". Then a 2" section is removed. I was then able to use that section and trim it down for the hearts TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) layer. Talk about making use of your scraps! 

Not big on Valentine's Day I sure keep using this TIEF again and again. I am not sure I will be putting it away after February 14th either. 

I can see using this layout for many things. A row of Easter eggs. A row of pumpkins. A row of Christmas trees.

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Layered Heart Cart





Stamps:  A Round Array 129090
Inks: Memento Ink pad
Papers:  Whisper White cardstock 100730, Real Red cardstock 102482, Back to Black DSP 133700, Smokey Slate cardstock 131202, Basic Black cardstock 121045
Accessories:  Linen Thread 104199, 7/8" scallop punch 129404, 1" circle punch 119868, Bitty Banners Framelits 129267, Hearts Collection Framelits 125599

I have been wanting to try the layering technique using Framelits for quite some time. It is such an easy technique too.  You just lay all your Framelits, of like kind (hearts, circles, whatever), and run them through the Big Shot twice, using different paper each time.

As my daughter says, it gives it almost an optical illusion using such bold papers. I would imagine using similar colors the effect would be much more subtle.  I like the crisp clean colors of this card. Graphic might be a better description.

Because the focal point is the layered heart I chose to keep the background and the greeting vary simple. Anything else and it just gets lost in that bold heart, or would look just to darn busy.

Have you started working on your valentines cards yet? I am pretty excited for the day for the first time in my life. It is not a holiday that has ever risen high on my list because it really is a one day holiday, a Hallmark holiday, as I like to say. Great for sending cards, remembering loved ones, but not much significant purpose outside of that. Okay, some people like the chance (excuse) to eat chocolate. Me, not so much.

This year my husband and I have a date. A real honest to goodness date. It is just a coincidence that a concert we wanted to attend fell on February 14th. We are going to go to dinner, really early in the day to avoid the dinner rush crowd. It looks to be a promising evening. We rarely go out as a couple, rather focus on family activities. I might even buy a new dress, if I get the time to shop.

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping your Valentines, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Blending In


Blend In with Blendabilities Class $FREE

Plan a fun day with friends crafting

(A) Tuesday, February 10, 1-2, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka
(B) Tuesday, March 10, 1-2, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka
(C) Tuesday, April 14, 1-3, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka
(D) Tuesday, May 12, 1-2, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka
(E) Dates don't work? Class can be done in the convenience of your home or a 
date that fits your calendar. 

Do you blend in or stand out in the crowd? We will learn the fine art of blending in with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities. Demonstrator to provide all the class supplies including the Blendabilities used for class projects. Class is FREE with the purchase of at least 3 packages of Blendabilities, including those purchased for FREE during Sale-A-Bration on page 20 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure. 4 new colors on page 32 of the Occasions 2015 catalog or on page 166-167, 212 of the Annual Catalog. 

Blendabilities may be purchased from my online store. Remember to use only Memento Ink item 132708. 

Reminder: Blendabilities are a FREE item on page 20 
of the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Such a fantastic deal. 

Registration is due only 3 days before each class time. Event occurs on the second Tuesday of the month through May, all are 1-2 pm Caribou Coffee in Glen Lake Minnetonka, unless other requested.

Demonstrator to supply all items needed to complete the class projects.

Registration due 3 days before each class

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#PLxSU Happy Birthday Gretchen



Got a few minutes to spare, waiting in a checkout lane, waiting to pick up someone or at an appointment? Scrapbook right from your phone, using the Becky Higgins Project Life app and Stampin' Up! Worth the $ .99-2.99 price. (occasional sale). Plus in app items are FREE, .99 or 1.99. You cannot beat that for scrapbooking and papers have unlimited refills. Note: Android version coming real soon.

I saved my page as a 12x12, which I will print through My Digital Studio soon.  The card pack I used here is called Love Story and is a Stampin' Up! Project Life card pack item 135308. The app purchase price for Love Story is $1.99. I love the graphic cards in this pack. It may have been meant for Valentine's Day or weddings but so fit this occasion.

A few clicks and I was done with this page, and the subject of the page said it was sweet. <3 p="">
Thank you for stopping by, happy stamping and scrapbooking, Sandy


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Blendabilities: Refresh, Renew Rejoice


Stamps: Blended Bloom 135106, Indescribable Gift 137180
Inks: Memento Ink pad 132708
Paper: Whisper White, Smokey Slate
Accessories: ZigZag TIEF 133738, Decorative Label punch 120907, White Jute Ribbon 137904, Pumpkin Pie 130997 and Daffodil Delight 130998 Blendabilities, Rhinestones

I love the saying from the Indescribable Gift stamp set from the Occasions 2015 catalog on page 35.  It is short, very sweet and to the point. The bloom is so pretty is handcut and layered on this simple background. The jute ribbon adds a subtle soft interesting texture to the card.

On the bloom I used both colors of Blendabilities listed. Starting with the darkest pumpkin pie and working toward the yellow. It created colors reminiscent of a summer zinnia flower.

Reminder: Blendabilities are on page 20 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure as a FREE with $50 order item. They are also on page 166-167, 212 of the Annual Catalog. 4 new colors on page 32 Occasions 2015 catalog.  

I love blending in. Such a modern way to color.

Thank you for stopping by, happy stamping, Sandy


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lotus Blossom Stamp-A-Stack



Lotus Love Stamp-A-Stack

Class is $15 for 3 each of 3 card styles, including envelopes

(A) Monday, February 9, Caribou Coffee Riverdale Coon Rapids on Main, 6-8
(B) Tuesday, February 17, Caribou Coffee Riverdale Coon Rapids on Main, 1-3
(C) Wednesday, February 11, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 6-8
(D) Thursday, February 12, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake Minnetonka, 1-3
(E) Can't make that date? Select a date that works for you_______________.

Register by February 6th by email or text for class. 
No prepayment required.
Nothing to bring to class.


Fall in love with the Lotus Blossom stamp set item 139143, which is FREE with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration. 








Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy