Friday, October 13, 2017

Best to Stock up on Sympathy Card While You Have the Time!

i dont know about you but I never seem to have enough sympathy cards. For years I would make them as I needed to suit the deceased. Call me slow, but I finally figured out that that is not an efficient way to do things. And the family of the deceased will be pleased to get a card at all, let alone a handmade card.

So I spent some time last week during our weekly Skype call with my in-laws making 16 simple sympathy cards in pretty generic, will suite just about any sympathy situation, white and soft sky (pale blue). i actually looked up recommended colors for sympathy cards online.

The reason for 16 is the way the cardstock cuts, makes for easy math with the card fronts - 4 to a sheet.

After I had cut the Soft Sky layer, I cut 2 Stitched Shapes ovals out of each, in the middle, so it wouldn't show. this way, I do not have to waste extra paper or use up a bunch of odd shaped scraps. I intentionally planned so I could do this with my layout. The greeting white oval did have to be cut from scrap, because there was no way to hide that. I still saved paper.

I used the Thoughts & Prayers quite old stamp set. I don't remember what year it came out but it was a very long time ago. 2009? Anyone remember? Stampin' Up! has a newer sympathy set, which came out in 2015 Annual Catalog, but I have struggled to use it. It is beautiful but I just cannot seem to get the layouts to look nice. I know, it is just me, being honest...

Sorry the lighting is a little soft. I didn't want to run to my studio downstairs to use better lighting. Plus it seems to fit the somber theme of the cards.

Anyway, the 2 hour (yes, it was) Skype call I pretty much finished these up. I did stop to talk and such. But what a great use of my time. I don't like being on camera that much either. Its my hubs parents and the focus should be him anyway.

Next step, getting these signed and out the door. I know, even if I am a few months behind, people will appreciate me thinking of them during their time of grief.

And next batch of cards is sympathy cards for pet owners, cats and dogs. I have Bella & Friends for dogs and Pretty Kitty for cats. I will likely make up a bunch of thank you and other pet related cards at the same time. No, I don't think I need 16 of these but maybe 5 of each should last a while, then again, a lot of friends have lost their pets in the last few months.

Thank you for stopping by today. Remember I am on Facebook and I try to do Live at 5! Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. Stop by and see what I am covering that day. Honestly, some days (okay, mot of them) I plan it about 15 minutes before. Wednesdays was about 5 minutes before. I am a planner by nature, and don't like to be rushed or procrastinate, but I am finding it is kind of fun to see what I can whip up on short order.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Silent Deer Roam at Night

Now is the perfect time to start planning and prepping your Christmas or Holiday or Annual cards set to family and friends. Here is one idea to get you thinking "seasonal".

Using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and framelits bundle from the Holiday 2017 card, I had made this card back when this bundle was an early pre-order item.

Purchase your Carols of Christmas bundle HERE.

I cut out 3 deer framelits in navy. I cut to width the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper (for snow) and tore the paper to make more realistic "snow".

The stars and moon are cut out using the card topper type framelits included in the set. The large simple greeting is also from the Carols of Christmas set.

Carols of Christmas Framelits set

Carols of Christmas stamp set

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to think "seasonally". Keep being your creative best, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Great Card Layout from Live at 5!

My Live at 5! on Monday October 2nd, I showed my new favorite card layout. I have been using it quite a bit as it is easy, and really is a good way to showcase our DSP. The best part of this layout? You can get 12 pieces out of one 12x12 inch sheet of DSP Designer Series Paper, which is on special right now for B3G1 FREE.

Plus this layout can go several ways, fold on the left, opening on the right, fold on the top, opening on the bottom, or fold on the bottom, open up on top (have not made one yet). Orrrr, maybe I will have to try this, make it an envelope with card liner that slides out for a greeting. Hmmmm, thinking...

Tools needed: Simply Scored by Stampin' Up!, maybe your Big Shot Die Cutter

  1. Score your cardstock base at 5 1/2" by placing it so the short side run sideways across the top of your Simply Scored. 
  2. Cut your card base on the long length at 4 1/4" and again. You can get two cards out of the one full sheet. You will see that the back of the card forms your standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card size.
  3. Cut Your DSP Designer Series Paper to 2 3/4" x 4, you get 12 pieces per sheet. Make sure it is facing the direction your card faces (see above on layout ideas). 
  4. Cut your card liner to 4 x 5 1/4"
  5. Stamp on your card liner (optional).
  6. Create your focal point, greeting, image or other. I find circles and ovals and scallops work the best for this part, but knock yourself out. Best to use at least two layers. It should be at least 2" in diameter or the whole card will look off balance.
  7. Adhere your papers - card liner, DSP.
  8. Adhere your focal point together.
  9. Place your adhesive, to adhere your focal point, on the card, rather than the object. I found after making a number of these layouts that is the way to make sure you get the glue or tape only where you need it. 
  10. Add your embellishments - rhinestones, bows, buttons, etc.

DSP Designer Series Paper sale runs all October. Shop Now!

Thank you for stopping by. Do not forget I am LIVE on Facebook Mondays Wednesday, and Friday at 5! CST Link to page.

Keep being your creative best, Sandy

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Friday, September 29, 2017

BOGO DSP Sale during October 2017!

B3G1 (Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!) sale on 
Designer Series Paper all through October 2017. 

In the video I mention the Spooky Night and Be Merry and other DSP from the Holiday catalog. The sale only includes 2 paper packs from the Holiday catalog. I apologize for the confusion.

Designer Series Paper Sale Items

Annual (P. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
Annual (P. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 188)144163Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 188)144110Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD 
Annual (P. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD 
Holiday (P. 29)144629Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD

Sale starts Sunday, October 1, 2017 and runs the entire month of October. Does not include all our DSP packs. Sorry if I misstated that. 

There is no limit to how many B3G1 Buy 3, Get 1 FREE you can receive. Order yours early in case there is a backorder situation. I hope not, but it is hard to predict. 

 My DSP Designer Series Paper Storage system

My philosophy is what can be on wheels, should be on wheels. That way I can move it to make room if I need. It works for me, some may not find it as easy. I can wheel it up to the table if I need. Or into our laundry room if I need the floor space. 
This Kallax shelf from Ikea. DSP in one bin, 
neutral 12 x 12 cardstock in a bin, 
colored 12x12 cardstock in a bin and small bags, 
boxes and kits in a bin

The pull out drawers I have are no longer available. 
Need two of the wheel rails

Finished it looks something like this, the gray/slate/turquoise color is new. Mine is white.

I put each paper package of DSP in here, item 144206 $7 package of 12 sleeves
I use a retired 8 1/2x11 sleeve for our 6x6 paper stacks.
A standard office sheet protector would work the same.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to catch me LIVE on Facebook  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday LIVE at 5! 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Feeling Accomplished!

MayvMac Epic Fight 2017

So sad. Goodbye Ruby!

Newbie MN State Fair

Surgery Part 1

One evening a week ago, we had a somewhat quiet evening in the house. Hubs went off to run errands I cannot do yet, son was studying (playing games more likely) and I thought, I have not done any Project Life scrapbook pages since May I think. Maybe not, but close.

My time ended up being interrupted by LIFE, but I still got 6 pages done, not sharing the other two yet. I still want to write up much more on my surgery. This page is pretty much just leading up to surgery. I may not share my entire journey on social media, I am not sure. I have been pretty open about it, hoping that it helps someone else. Then again, maybe it is worth sharing. I will need to get those pages done soon.

I have a lot to get caught up from this summer, two trips and a few other noteworthy activities and events. I am still working on our big California trip from June 2016. That I am completing in My Digital Studio/My Memories Suite. I am hoping I can make it a coffee table type book. Some of the scenic pictures are just too beautiful to sit on my phone or computer.

I probably should have posted the pictures in the order of occurrence, the fight and state fair occurred on the same day. Surgery is followed by Ruby the next day happened before the other two pages. Oh well. Definitely Ruby was an uh oh moment in our lives, and at the least opportune time.

Recovery continues on my R knee, Saul, as my husband and I work our way through watching Better Call Saul. I have watched 2 seasons on Netflix. Since I put this stupid ban on TV 2 1/2 years ago, I cannot seem to force myself to turn the darn thing on now. My husband even got me a talking cable remote for during my surgery recovery. Talk about breaking a lifetime habit. My parents never restricted nor monitored what I watched on TV, ever. Even when I was in K-3grade I would crawl onto the end of my moms bed to watch Johnny Carsons monologue. I so admired his work at a very young age. His monologue started around 10:30 on a school night!

Surgery update, 5.5 weeks out of surgery now. As of PT physical therapy today, my range of motion is 75 degrees and growing weekly. I can extend my leg to 0 degrees. Progress is slow and steady. I am working against years of problems and 4 years on a knee implant that was never solid. Making progress and that is what counts most, not the pace, but the progress. it is not easy. I still have occasional days that I lay down and think, how did I get to this place, cuz it sucks. Most of the time I am Little Merry Sunshine though. We all have our moments of doubt, we are all human. It comes from being more than a rock!

Yes it felt good to get some Project Life work done. Feeling accomplished. Hubs said I was in a better mood after my little session. Yes, most likely very true. Feels good to record those memories, those thoughts, the good and bad moments that define who we are and why we re here.

I encourage you to go find some time in your busy week to do just that, journal, or scrapbook, or use the Project Life app and record some of those thoughts and memories, maybe find a picture or two that works, or not. It all doesn't have to have pictures.

Supplies: Project Life phone app, (top to bottom) Hashtag themed card collection, Perfectly Imperfect Card Collection, Theme Park card collection and Brave Patient card collection.

Thank you for stopping by today and hearing my story. I appreciate being able to share with you. Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Be Merry Ornament Kit

Wednesday September 27 Live at 5! I talked about how great this kit is, and why you should purchase it today, item 144648 $19.00. Watch the Live video below.

See also my Youtube Channel for more videos! 

Be Merry Ornament Kit item 144648 

Makes 6 each of 2 ornament styles - red and green (Old Olive)

Green/Old Olive ornament stye 1

red/Real Red ornament style 2

They are so beautiful!!!

12 ornaments, each ornament is $1.58 each plus Ship/Handling. 
Under $2 is a great bargain for lovely handmade ornaments.

A few changes makes it into a Halloween decoration, gift tag
or other. 

Using the Painted Harvest DSP I changed it to a lovely Fall/Thanksgiving decoration.

Using some of the extra bits leftover from the kit 
I made some super simple tree ornaments. 

Kits can be a great jumping off point for crafters. There is no reason you need to assemble it per the instructions. Use your own creative juices to see what you can start. 

I am ordering a second kit so I can make Valentines, wedding, anniversary, birthday and more alternatively made rosettes. Imagine taking the 12 rosettes and decorating for a wedding, anniversary and more with just a few simple changes. At less than $2 per rosette ornament it is a fantastic value. They would also make great package or gift bag decorations or tags. So many uses from one simple kit. 

Convinced you need this kit? Shop Now! 

Be sure to download the PDF of tips for the Be Merry Ornament Kit today. See below. Or Check under the Tool Box tab above. If viewing Mobile, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click VIEW DESKTOP to take you to the full Desktop website.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to try one of our kits, especially the versatile Be Merry Ornament Kit. If you do order it and have alternate projects you would like to share, email me and I will post and give you credit with permission. Or post in the comments below. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Get Your Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE!

This adorable and versatile stamp set is only available for a short while. Until October 31st to be exact. You can get it FREE for hosting or placing a qualifying order (of at least $300).. Thats it. There is no item number as it will automatically be included in your order or your party order. There is no limit to how many you can get either.

It is a two step stamp set. You get an outline stamp (deer, candle, words) and a filler image that coordinates seamlessly with the outlined image. Watch the video above to learn more.

I personally will be placing an order this week to make sure I get my own Merry Patterns stamp set.

How will you get your stamp set FREE? 

Host a party (online or in person), place a qualifying order? Plan ahead. Because once this promotion is over, this stamp set is gone forever. And those candles and that deer can certainly be used outside of the holiday season. Even the word SEASON could be used elsewhere.

Shop Now

Download the flyer to learn more. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Live at 5! Punches and Coordinating Stamp Sets

I am still working on figuring out how to upload my Live casts to Youtube. If you have experience doing so, please message me at

Today I discussed our punches and how we have stamp sets, in some cases, several stamp sets that are designed to coordinate with punches. That makes them super versatile and should be found in every crafters tool box. 

Feel free to download the document below. It lists all our punches, and the stamp sets that were designed to coordinate with them. 

F'YI I have a large collection of helpful documents listed under my Tool Box Tab at the top of the page. It may include tips for putting together some of Stampin' Up!s kits, and much more. I am always adding documents. For mobile users,  scroll to the bottom and click on VIEW DESKTOP. That will take you to the non-mobile formatted website. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Introducing the Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up!

I put together a short video of some of the products available in the Holiday 2017 Catalog from Stampin' Up! Products are available until December 31, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this video inspires you to start planning your fall projects today!


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Who Loves Happy Products

I love this zippy video about the Holiday 2017 catalog.

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Facebook Live at 5!

To serve you better while I recover from knee revision surgery I am going to do Facebook Live videos three times a week at 5:00 pm CST.

I still cannot get down the stairs very well to get to my studio. Once I am there I am okay at getting around. And getting back up the stairs has become easier. So I haven't done much creating outside of swaps last two months. And I feel bad I haven't had much to share, or haven't had an easy way to share with you. I like sharing with you.

Here is the link to my Facebook Business page. Be sure to join in or watch it later. I am still learning how to manage this, which I am sure will in itself, provide some entertainment value.

Join me this Friday, September 22nd. No topic yet. I may not decide until I go LIVE. We will see.

I may just talk, or share some projects, or demonstrate something. Tune in to find out what I decide.

See ya on Facebook on Friday. ~Sandy

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Its Live and Its Gorgeous!

The Holiday catalog is LIVE for purchasing and perusal today!

Download the PDF


Whats under the cover? Cat punch, gorgeous rosette ornaments, Santa, and more.

Reminder that the Holiday Catalog Extravaganza is coming up Saturday, September 16, 10-1 at Grace Fellowship Church at 8601 101st Avenue, Champlin MN on Highway 169.

Need a catalog? Shoot me an email!

Thanks for stopping by! Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Let's Put a Pause on Crafting.

I am sorry my postings disappeared for a few days. I might be mostly offline for a few weeks. We shall see how that goes.

I am days away from my next knee surgery (Monday August 21st). Because I am on surgery countdown I am off all meds, including over the counter ones like Motrin, Aspirin and such. Yes I am uncomfortable and in pain. My mobility is limited to and from the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. I am most comfortable on the bed right now. I am making the most of my situation.

Trying to craft anything right now, which is normally fun and good therapy for the mind, my mind is just not into it at all. I do try, once or twice a day, but I have to sit in bed, and the body mechanics aren't the best for crafting and my mind just flatlines quickly. I know it is because I am distracted by the impending surgery. Whats worse, I have all those new shiny Holiday catalog goodies, and just zero interest in playing. Or the interest is there until the supplies are in front of me, then i stare blankly at them. Its the nature of the beast.

Again, because I am limited to my bed for comfort, not bed rest as you might think, my movements are limited only by my comfort right now, not by any medical recommendations. with no meds, moving, even showering, has its challenges. My good knee shakes, Heisenberg. I think he too, is at the end of his rope.

So I share a quick alternate card from the Soft Sayings Card Kit (item 145466) made with extra bits leftover from the kit, and a little watercoloring prowess. Simple, sweet and quick card. (see, I just can't seem to not post any projects!!!)

It is still in the works to write up a full description of what has happened on my knee and what my decisions are and why, all before surgery. I just have not been in the mind to go over it. Been trying to keep my mind off of it. I read an entire book today, a Lisa Scottolini novel.

Take care, and keep crafting for me! ~Sandy

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Simple Watercolor Happy Birthday

Here is an alternate card I created using the stamp set that is included in the all-inclusive Soft Sayings card kit, item 145466.

I watercolored the background with Tranquil Tide re-inker and water and an aqua painter. Set aside to dry. I then stamped the Happy Birthday in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white heat embossing powder.

I used glue dots to adhere the copper mesh trim as an accent.

I did not feel it needed any more. I wanted to keep it simple and elegant. Not every project needs to be over-the-top many stepped. I have really been working on the KISS principal this summer - Keep It Simple Silly. Who has time to spend an hour or more on each card they need? Oh don't get me wrong, I love to sink my teeth into a WOW over the top card, but not everyone has the time nor ability nor desire to always have over the top projects.

Simple supply list with no item numbers today:
Aquapainter, Tranquil Tide re-inker, water, Soft Sayings card kit, White embossing powder, VersaMark ink, Heat Tool, Glue dots, copper mesh and of course, Whisper White cardstock.

Personal note, I am having surgery in one week! I do not not how long or how I will be laid up so I am doing what I can to get stuff done beforehand and help around the house (I can hear my husband laughing at that one, he doesn't want me helping with anything). I do need to get a knee update posted  in the next day or two. People have been asking for it.

Keep being your creative best. Don't forget that Carols of Christmas is available to purchase early. Search my site or look under Specials to learn more. ~Sandy

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peaceful Pines

Silently the snow falls in the forest over the winter pines.

I stamped the greeting before I ran the layer through the embossing folder By embossing through it or over it, it softens the bold black greeting a bit, taking some of the emphasis of it away. That was my plan. It was just too bold with black ink stamped on white cardstock.

I tried something that I learned others had known for a long time, you can flick paint with the Wink of Stella brushes! Position your Wink brush above the object and flick the pen with your fingers. That is how I got the frosted look on the pines.

Honestly this would make such a lovely and easy mass produceable holiday card. And since it has no embellishments, would save a little on costs and make it just that much easier to replicate.

Learn more about the Carols of Christmas special bundle HERE.

Purchase your Carols of Christmas bundle HERE.

I won't dwell on the supply list today. It is a pretty simple one anyway. White cardstock, green cardstock, softly falling embossing folder, wink of stella pen, and the Carols of Christmas bundle.

Be sure to get a head start on Christmas in August by purchasing the bundle now. It will be in the Holiday catalog which comes out September 1st.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do something creative just for you today. ~Sandy

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