Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day to all the Guys out there!

I actually made this in early January. All the products used are retired. I have been waiting to share it since then, just for Fathers Day. Why? Because it really honors all the males out there. My husband, who has been waiting patiently for this tin, can now have it. I am not sure what he wants to use it for, probably store loose electronics cables.

It was made using the Urban Underground Product Suite from the Occasions 2017 catalog and the Sale-A-Bration rewards tin that you could get for free with  qualifying order. Again, everything used is retired. And I have been waiting six long months to share this with you. I truly love how it turned out. It is very masculine looking.

Because everything is retired, I do not see much point in listing the products. If you do a search on my site for urban underground, you will see other samples which list the products used.

Shhh, I still have 2 of these tins I want to do something special with. They were so popular, they went out of stock early. That should tell Stampin' Up! that a product, maybe with different colors, would be good to have around.

To all the dads, granddads, uncles, brothers, and guys out there, I salute you this Fathers Day! You deserve it, and much more!

Happy stamping, Sandy

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Limon Friend

Here is a fresh card color combination. Honestly I really can see the blue as a retired color, Brilliant Blue, instead of Lemon Lime Twist. Its a color combination that just makes each color pop against a neutral background.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Wood Words • 15 rubber stamps
143925 $30.00 (wood blocks included) • 143928 $22.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, e) 

Ink: Pacific Point Ink Pad 126951 $6.50, Lemon Lime Twist 144086 $6.50

Paper: Whisper White 100730 $9.00, Pacific Point cardstock 111350 $8.00

Accessories: Lovely Words Thinlits 143733 $27.00, Layering Ovals Framelits 141706 $35.00, 1/4" Stitched-Edge Ribbon $7.00 each Whisper White ribbon with colored stitching on both edges. 10 yards. Pacific Point • 144199

Yes, you can use some of your layering ovals to cut out the Lovely Words framelits. I chose one of the scallops in the Layering Ovals set for this card. Or you can just cut out the words out of a solid layer of cardstock or designer paper. Many ways to use them. 

Thanks for stopping by this Saturday. If you are a regular follower, you know that I have been busy working on new samples using all the gorgeous new products. I have been having a lot of fun with my new goodies, hanging out in my studio, out of the heat outside, and (shh) away from my family. Son home for the summer, means he and his friends are in and out of the house, a lot. I welcome them here. It just gets crazy. They stop by the fridge and coffee bar for food and drink, as they head outside for a bonfire or whatever teen boys do outside. Hang out, I guess.

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rustic Rooster Hello

Oh my gosh, doesn't this card look like it could have come from your Grandmas farm? This card is a semi (okay more than semi) case from Paula Dobson. She used different ribbon and a few other items. You can find it on Pinterest, like I did. It just fit what I was trying to make with my Wood Texture Suite, pages 158-159 Annual Catalog.

I am loving this product suite. It is on trend, with the rustic look, it is versatile, and it is just a fun suite.

This was a fairly simple card to make. To get the doily in an oval, I stapled into shape. Then glued the layers.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Wood Words • 15 rubber stamps 143925 $30.00 (wood blocks included) • 143928 $22.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, e) 

Inks: Pool Party ink pad 126982 $6.50, Memento Ink Tuxedo Black 132708 $6.00

Papers: Pool Party $8.00, Whisper White cardstock 100730 $9.00, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack • p. 187 144177 $10.00

Accessories: Delicate White Doilies 141701 $3.00 24 doilies. 3-1/2". 1/4" Copper Trim ∙ p. 199 144179 $6.00,  Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim 141672 $7.00, Pearl Basic Jewels 144219 $5.00 (colored black with a Sharpie)

Bundle and Save:  Wood Words Stamp Set Wood Crate Framelits Dies (p. 212)Wood • 145315 $54.00 Clear • 145316 $46.75 

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to order your Wood Textures product suite today so you can start playing tomorrow. 

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chapter Dividers for my Scrapbooks

If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I have recently transformed my scrapbooks and the system used and so on. Read about it here.

As part of the ongoing renovation, I have made title pages for the front page of the books I currently have out, and a few of my books will contain multiple subjects for now. That is until I have enough pages completed to give them their own books. 

To keep the sections separated, and hopefully add a tab too, I made chapter dividers, as I am calling them. Just something to separate subject matter. That way, I also know where those pages are. I just received more albums this week, since with my last large print order I over filled my books and needed more, I will be adding these dividers as soon as they are printed. I will have to wait to print them, as I printed in total, around 300 pages in May. Some pages were not for us, but for the grandparents, and a wedding album for my niece, but still. I have been a busy gal.

Disclosure: for privacy sake, I do not share all the pages I create on my blog. Plus, who wants to know that much about my family??? Yeah, I wouldn't either... (smile)

I did create these in the Project life App. I was not looking for anything super fancy or time consuming. Just, done! 

The Home Improvement divider will contain pages of our progress as we turn this (vintage) not maintained home that was my parents, into a showstopper (or thats the plan anyway!). I thought a play on the 1980s/90s show was a funny punny, and the Love it or List it is a show my husband and I watched until I put a ban on my TV watching over two years ago. And it is something we actually discussed when taking on renovating this house. The truth is we could no where afford to live in this area, if we had not inherited this house. Though our mortgage free life actually costs us more. Its a funny twist on life. We wouldn't have it any other way. It is where we need to be right now. And all of us are happy here.

And the other page divider is for my history, my own and my childhood stuff for now. I wanted to keep this one super simple. It just needs to be simple for now. 

Take a few minutes and make some chapter dividers for your own books. And title pages!!! (which Ii covered on a recent post) You will thank me, especially when your books start to get near completion. If you only do one book for 1-2 years you may not need a divider. Right now my books criss cross lots of subjects and time frames. It is needed. And I seem to be filling them fast!

Supplies: Project Life App, Layouts in Big Shot 10 (top), Big Shot 5 (bottom), Neutrals card collection. 

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's a Spectrum of Beauty!

This was inspired by something I saw on a Demonstrator page recently. She had made a lovely 12x12 framed color chart of all our colors, coordinated by a neutrals row, pinks and reds and purples, blues and greens, etc. I wanted to do something similar in squares. It just didn't arrange quite the way I wanted. 

I punched out 3 of each color. Glad I did. Read on...

Here are the squares in Stampin' Up!s order. You can see that they don't square quite in order or the way I wanted.

Catalog page of inspiration.

Here they are in the order that they are in the catalog, above. It is started to look pretty. 

When i came to the realization that having it as a long strip would be a really cool way to display it, I next had to plan how that would be mounted and displayed. I realized that 3" wide would be plenty. I was using our 1 3/8" square retired punch. Honestly, to punch out the 3 each of all 50 colors went really quick. I stood with a punch in one hand and a basket in the other and just went punch, punch, punch!  

I am glad I punched out 3 each. I was thinking initially of doing 3 different arrangements, but when my first design went bust, and I figured out what I wanted to do, glad I had enough to work with. 

After wrestling with this for a few hours, on layout (not kidding at all). I was inspired by what I found in the Annual Catalog 2017-18, page 183. I thought that would look nice hanging under the window ledge in my studio. 

I cut 6 3"x12" strips and adhered together. Warning if you try this at home, you have to be precise on your kerf line. That is your cut line, and make sure it is micro to the precise location because you will be able to tell when you start attaching those strips together. My first was not real precise nor straight. I am okay with this. It is my prototype. 

I left plenty of room on the first strip to do with what i wanted. Like add some text (didn't happen). I used peel and stick tape to adhere. I laid down a long strip and peeled off a bit of backing as I went along. This tape is not forgiving. Placement must be where you want it first time. Keep going until the last square. Trim my white background.

Whelp, my line was crooked. Some squares I had to peel off, retype and line up again. And my white is not in a line. Prototype!!!

I am hoping in a week I can redo this, being super precise with my white, pencil in some guidelines and add some text. I want to make 2. One as a gift for someone special. And mount the white onto some Basic Gray cardstock cut to 3 1/4" as a slight border. 

Sorry about my initial picture. It is a mess. I am in the middle of pulling retired items, making cool new stuff with all the new shiny goodies, and things get kind of messy when you are at your most creative. I am okay with this! 

I sit at the other end of the room facing this when I create. My eye keeps going to it. It inspires me. It makes me smile. It gives me warm fuzzies. It will make me happier when it is redone with square lines and more precision. Still gives me all the fuzzies.

Thank you for stopping by. If you are hoping to purchase on of these from me, scroll on. It ain't happening! But wouldn't that be awesome if you could buy one all nice and done! Hint, hint Stampin' Up! At least as a Demonstrator item to buy.  

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, June 12, 2017

You are Lovely Inside and Out

This lovely simple card was inspired by, me! I am quite fond of this stamp set, and bundle. Its the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and framelits bundle on page 157 of the Annual Catalog 2017-18.

Have you purchased and played with the new copper mesh ribbon? It is  A M A Z I N G!

You can pull it tight and make a copper cable. You can stretch it to make a fishermans net look. You can use it as it, it is about 1/3" wide. You can make waves. It ties beautifully. You need to order this today. Here is your item number 1/4" Copper Trim 144179 $6.00. 

Tip: I use glue dots to hold on the mesh. You really cannot see them, and gluing it down? Forget that. 

The stamp set has some great pieces in it for backgrounds and textures. You will likely be seeing me using this quite a bit over the next few months. Maybe its because it isn't a flower, it is different. I love the all the rustic inspired items we have too, but sometimes you just need to be different!

As the summer heat wears on, you will find me hiding in my studio, creating away. It is cool in there, okay cold. It remains a constant 60 year round. I like it cool, but that is just cold! In due time it will be completely gutted and remodeled and warmed up.

In the meantime, this easy to complete is yours for the CASEing. Copy and share it.

Stamps: Lovely Inside & Out • 12 rubber stamps 144008 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 144011 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: b, c, h) 

Inks: Powder Pink ink pad 144084, Fresh Fig ink pad 144082

Papers: Powder Pink cardstock 144244 $8.00, Fresh Fig cardstock 144242 $8.00, Whisper White cardstock 100730 $9.00

Accessories: 1/4" Copper Trim 144179 $6.00, Lovely Words Thinlits 143733 $27.00

Save and bundle: Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set Lovely Words Thinlits Dies (p. 214) Wood-mount • 145323 $49.50 Clear-mount • 145324 $42.25 

Thank you for stopping by today. I need a taco. Its Taco Tuesday somewhere, right?! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starry Feelings for Van Gogh

I am not sure it was intentional on Stampin' Up!s part but between the Van Gogh quote and the paper which reminds me of Starry Night, one of my favorite paintings from one of my favorite artists.

The paper is from the Delightful Daisy Suite on pages 126-127 Annual Catalog 2017-18. And the Stamps are from the Just Add Color Suite on pages 166-167 of the catalog. The Just Add Color suite has designer paper you can color, all of it, and some other coordinating items.

This card was inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest of card. She did what I was trying to do, combined the paper and that stamp set. I used a different layout and a different stamp from the same set.

Thank you for stopping by to see my Van Gogh inspired card this Monday. Make it a Van Gogh kind of day! ~Sandy

Stamps: Just Add Text • 6 rubber stamps 143931 $25.00 (wood blocks included) • 143934 $18.00 (suggested clear blocks: c, d) 
Inks: Tranquil Tide ink pad 144085 $6.50
Papers: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper • p. 189 144137 $11.00, Whisper White cardstock 100730 $9.00, Tranquil Tide cardstock  144246 $8.00
Accessories: Tranquil Tide 144136 ribbon, Layering Squares framelits 141708 $35

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hello There Friend!

This card was created using the Pick A Pattern suite on page 40-41 of the Annual Catalog 2017-18 in the US. I love the colors and patterns in this product suite.

The Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo colors paired with black and white keep the colors looking modern and fresh. The designer paper with the pattern give it a retro flower power feel.

This card was super quick to pull together. No Big Shot work, mostly straight cuts and punching. I do love how it turned out.

I hope you will take a look at this product suite in the catalog. The paper and accessories have a fun modern retro feel to them. Which make them very fun to use.

Supplies used

Stamps: Pieces & Patterns • 14 rubber stamps 143840 $27.00 (wood blocks included) • 143843 $19.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, c, g)
Inks: Emerald Envy ink pad 141396 $6.50, Memento Ink pad Tuxedo Black 132708 $6.00
Papers:  Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper • p. 188 144163 $11.00
12" x 12". 12 sheets. Flirty Flamingo cardstock 141416 $8.00, Basic Black cardstock 121045, Whisper White cardstock 100730 $9
Accessories: In Color Markers 2016-18 2016–2018 • 141393 $15.00 for 5 markers, Starburst punch 143717 $18.00, 1 1/2" Circle punch 138299 $16.00, 3/4" circle punch 119873 $13.00

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy stamping, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, June 9, 2017

This Little Piggy in her Pen

This little piggy is going to market in style in her wood crate throne. At market she will shop for new shoes and clothes.

I did fussy cut Little Miss for this card. In fact, the words that are attached to her on the stamp, I cut them off. (See words that are on crate) I like the words, like the pig, just not together on the same stamp. Just be careful when doing this, as the words are awfully close to the pig and I clipped a corner of a letter. Nothing terrible, but use an exact knife not a scissors, for a more precise cut. And don't do it late at night...

For her wood crate throne, I trimmed down a piece of the wood crate framelits die. I just trimmed off the bottom and the tabs that you would normally used to assemble it as a three dimensional crate. And I popped it up with dimensionals.

She was colored in using the Blender Pen and the Powder Pink ink pad, and pool the ink in the top cover of the pad.

And don't you just love the new wood textures designer paper that Stampin' Up! just released! I am through about a half a stack already. It is 6x6 double printed paper. So many wood textures to choose from, so little time to play with them all!

And the bow, I was not too sure on the felt bows, but I went ahead and ordered a pack. I really like them. They add a pop color (In Colors to be exact) and a soft texture to your projects. And they come with a sticky back already on them.

So go ahead and take your piggy to market this weekend. And maybe one little piggy will stay home...

Here are the supplies needed to make this project

Stamps: 143919 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143922 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, c, d, g)

Inks: Memento Ink Pad tuxedo Black Pad • 132708 $6.00, Powder Pink ink pad 144084 $6.50, Lemon Lime Twist ink pad 144086 $6.50

Papers: Whisper White cardstock 100730 $9.00, Basic Black 121045 $8.00, Powder Pink Cardstock 144244 $8.00, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack 144177 $10.00 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. 6" x 6" 

Accessories: Wood Crate Framelits 143730 $30.00, 2017–2019 In Color Bitty Bows 144217 $8.50, Blender Pens 102845 $12.00, Dimensionals 104430 $4.00

Thank you for stopping by today! If you are in central or southwest United States right now, stay safe, stay cool. Stay inside and craft. This heat wave is something else.

Keep being creative, Sandy


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For a Great Friend card

Is it time to send a thinking of you card to a good friend? I love this Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist color combination. It looks fresh and fun.  Adding the black really makes those colors pop!

This card uses one of the new bundles in the Annual Catalog 2017-18, Lovely Inside and Out!

If you have been in any retail space recently, you will see how on trend these In Colors are right now. Lemon Lime Twist seems to go with so many colors.

Stamps: Lovely Inside & Out • 12 rubber stamps 144008 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 144011 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: b, c, h), Daisy Delight • 16 photopolymer stamps 143669 $17.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, d, g, h)

Inks: Memento Pad & Refill Tuxedo Black. Acid free. Pad • 132708 $6.00 Refill (0.5 fl. oz.) • 133456 $5.00, Berry Burst 144083 $6.50 Lemon Lime Twist 144086 $6.50

Papers: Whisper White 100730 $9, Basic Black 121045 $8

Accessories: Lovely Words Thinlits 143733 $27.00, Daisy punch 143713 $18.00

Bundle and save 10%: Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set Lovely Words Thinlits Dies (p. 214)
Wood-mount • 145323 $49.50 Clear-mount • 145324 $42.25 

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to #makeacardsendacard this month. Sara Douglass, CEO Stampin' Up! encourages us to actually send those cards we make!

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Epic Fight - over TP!

As a couple that has been together nearly 22 years, married over twenty years, we do not fight, not that we agree 100% on everything. We approach disagreements with civility and level heads, and discuss, like grown ups. And we do not disagree on much either.

Early on in our relationship we had, what we both still consider, our worst fight ever. The kind of fight where the anger comes from deep inside your core. And it was over toilet paper.

A few days after the fight we laughed about it. It is a story we tell often, because it is true, and it deals with what a lot of couples, any relationship really, deal with all the time. The basic approach you take to making purchasing decisions. And I am sure as you are reading this, you are nodding your head yes. Correct?

I thought it was time to document this epic fight, hurling toilet paper and all, because it was important to our relationship, it is humorous, and is worth remembering. And defines the simple stuff we often fight over and why. Sadly some couples cannot get past this issue. We did quickly, as it was a wake up call to a basic approach to basic every day essentials. We wanted to succeed as a couple.

It is hilarious now to look back at our biggest fight over something so mundane, but essential, to every day life. And yes, it bares recording it. Not all that gets recorded is the happy moments. I like to record the defining moments in life, as they really spell out who you are today. Call it cathartic journaling, call it scrapbooking, call it documenting, call it done!

Supplies: Project Life App, Perfectly Imperfect card collection. 

I posted the journaling below for you to read. Comment if you can relate. I expect a lot of comments!!!
Epic Toilet Paper fight of Fall 1995

When Rory and I were first together, we had some settling in as a couple, as any new relationship will have to go through. Our first big fight, and probably still the biggest fight we had, and loudest, involved toilet paper. Yes, couples fight about TP. 

It really boiled down to our core differences in approach to shopping. 

It began one evening in late October, early November of 1995 at Target on Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center, the closest Target to the house. We were off shopping for essentials. Or Sandy was shopping and Rory was along to push the cart. He hated shopping back then, with a passion. 

We needed TP, toilet paper. We were in the disposable paper aisle of kleenex, toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, etc. We had little extra money at the time because Rory had not started working at Control Data yet, and Sandy’s sole income of just over $20,000 gross, was not a lot to live on.

Rory reached for the $1.99 4 pack of toilet paper, Sandy reached for the 24 pack of Northern quilted for $4.99. And thus began the fight. 

Rory wanted the $2 pack because that was all we could afford, even though it meant paying $0.50 a roll, and wasn’t likely to last long, but that is what money we had. Sandy wanted the 24 pack at $5 because it would last longer and was only $0.21 cents a roll. A significant overall savings. 

And then the yelling started. 

We both ended up screaming at each other in the aisle, feeling very passionate about our views on what size should be purchased. We hurled packs of TP at each other. No kidding! They might have even been heaved over the aisle racks. We were both angry. We both thought we were right. It made us realize our core values on purchasing items didn’t line up. We were scared and hurt, new in this relationship. 

Even some 21 years later Rory still says he was right, thats what we could afford at the time. (smile)

It was good that all this came out early on. It did make us realize as smooth as things were between us, not all our values lined up perfectly. As time went on we worked out better purchasing communications. 

To this day, May 31, 2017, nearly 22 years together, it was still our angriest, maddest, most physical and loudest fight, and it was very public. (No one else at Target noticed, or security would have been there in an instant.) And even after the fight was over it seemed silly to be fighting over toilet paper, and we laughed about it. It is a story that has been told often over the years. 

How did the fight eventually end? We bought the 24 pack!!! 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Master Chef at the Ready

This darling chef is from Stampin' Up!s new product suite Birthday Memories (I keep calling it the birthday friends suite) that can be found on pages 68-69 of the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

You don't have a catalog yet? Perish the thought. Email me and I would be happy to pop one in the mail to you. In the meantime you can click on shop now or click on the PDF at the right.

The designer papers in the card, also from the suite. I watercolored the chef with our lovely watercolor pencils. The greeting was a scrap of white that I hand cut the curve on it.

One of the coolest features of this suite??? The framelits cut out not only the stamped images but images that are found in the designer paper. Can I get an Amen to that!!!

Here are the supplies needed to make this project at home:

Stamps: Birthday Delivery stamp set 143660 $27*
Inks: Black Memento ink
Papers: Real red cardstock, crumb cake cardstock, Birthday Memories Designer Paper 144118 $11, white cardstock 100730 $9
Accessories: 1/4" stitched edge ribbon Pacific Point 144199 $7, Birthday Friends Framelits Dies 143658 $31, *save 10% and bundle with the stamp set, use item #145294 $62.00, watercolor pencils 141709 $16, Aqua Painter 103954 $17, Layering Oval Framelits 141706 $35,

Colors in the DSP Designer Series PaperBlushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Da odil Delight, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, So Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Look for more beautiful projects I have created from the new catalog coming up in the next few weeks.

Thank you for stopping by. Shop now! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Project Life App Tutorial

As much as I talk about and use the Project Life app on my iPhone I thought it was time to do a video on how to use it. If you have not yet tried it, this may change your mind when you see how easy it is to use it. And if you notice the graphic I grabbed, the app isn't new at all. It has been around since the fall of 2014.

I truly believe scrapbooking does not need to be difficult, time consuming, or costly. Right now, this app fulfills most of my scrapbooking needs. Again, if you are a regular follower of mine, you know I do my scrapbook talks every Thursday. June 1st has been my only exception to this date because Stampin' Up! had their big annual catalog release and that is pretty darn important to me and my actual business.

Easy * Affordable * Done

These are the 3 words I often use when I talk about Project Life App, or any of the Project Life products. I still scrapbook by many means. Including I will likely use some of Stampin' Up!s new Memories & More product suite which includes modern planner materials. See them here. But the purpose of this post is to teach you how to use the app and to see how darn easy it is to use. Available in the Android Market also. Sorry Windows, might be time to upgrade your phone! (just kidding, my hubs uses one for work. It is a limiting platform to say the least.)

I do wish the partnership between Stampin' Up! and Becky Higgins, LLC had been able to be continued a while longer. Product lines do change all the time. And I am glad we had the product lines while we did. Or I would never have been exposed to this super awesome App!

This was a spur of the moment video, it is not professional in any way, and the sound could be better, but you should be able to hear me just fine. If you have any questions on how to use the app, please let me know. Or follow Becky Higgins, LLC.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I had fun finally learning how to do a video capture on an iPhone. You may be seeing me do more videos using the video screen capture. It was seriously easy. And if you have not seen my Youtube Channel, here is the link to watch other videos you may find of interest. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel while you are there.

Keep being creative and saving your memories (on your phone!) ~ Sandy

If you want to watch video on YouTube

Disclosure: none. I get nothing for doing this. I do it for me only. I am a Project Life Affiliate but then I only get a small percentage if you buy from my store when you buy the physical product or the digital software, neither of which is the app on the phone.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Have you got the best Tool Box? WOW project.


I thought I would share this project with you even though the Occasions catalog from which most of these supplies came from is gone and the products are retired and no longer available.

If you are are regular follower of my site you know that I have been posting a lot of projects made with the Urban Underground suite that was in the Occasions 2017 catalog. I had not yet shared this project because I was not going to give a how to on making it. There will only be one!

I have seen similar ones pop up on Pinterest over the last five months. I made mine back in early January and just never got pictures taken nor shared it. Life happens. But it is still a cute project and still worthy of sharing, especially with Fathers Day coming up in the US on June 18, 2017.

I did start with a retired box from Stampin' Up! and put a few empty green glue bottles for weight inside.

It was a fun project, and took me about an hour to make. Not a lot of time, but a lot of brain work to make it. And I love the pop of blue, Pacific Point, on the handles of the tools against the black and gold of the tool box/tool chest.

Video of the tool box.

Supplies: Urban Underground product suite from Stampin' Up!, Build It framelits, Urban District, Nailed It, gold foil paper, Layering Ovals framelits, etc.

I wish you luck if you decide to make a similar project. It took a very steady hand to get the gold foil edging on the drawer cut straight and glued on straight. Precision work is not my forte. But I can suck it up once in a while to do it for such a cute project.

Now what do I do with this? Save it? Not sure of the fate of the cute little tool box.

Thank you for stopping by and following along with my daily adventures on my blog. I appreciate my loyal audience!

Keep being creative, Sandy

 Some depth to the box.

 It's in the details!

 A "framed" sign for the top of the box for inspiration.

Side view, you can see the depth I added.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, June 2, 2017

Take the Catalog with you Anywhere!

Would you like to be able to take the catalog, especially this beautiful new catalog, with you anywhere? Be able to browse it anytime, right from your phone?

Watch the video to learn how you can get the catalog in PDF format right onto your phone. I did the video on an iPhone, but the process is similar on Android and Windows.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, June 1, 2017

See the Catalog in Video!

Here is a preview of the new catalog and all its goodness! Shop now

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New Catalog is Live for Purchasing!

Here is the PDF file for your viewing pleasure, and a pleasure it will be!

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Workshop Host code for June is 9H2FQKF6. Use that when placing your order.

I am excited for you to see the new catalog. I bet you are too! Get looking now. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Congrats Grad!

Every season, meaning end of spring, when graduation rolls around, I need at least a half dozen graduation cards. I need a lot more on the years corresponding to my own children graduation, for all the friends.

I had an idea in my mind for at least a month now, of wanting to use the Large Letter Framelits. Originally, the in my head idea, called for having an open space behind the letters, creating a window.  But when I was cruising past my stamps the other day, the Confetti Celebrations stamp caught my eye and I wanted to include that stamp set. Honestly, this stamp set. I keep coming back to it. It is not very exciting looking like some stamp sets just scream at you to buy and use them. But this stamp set has such versatility for so many occasions, I do use it quite often, and encourage you to purchase it. It is just handy to have on hand.

So when I sat down to make the card, I dropped the window idea and thought, I need some DSP designer series paper for the card. But I have none that would work. I looked at the Confetti stamp set and set about making my own! Crushed Curry for the Hooray and Silver for the stars.

You can see I stamped diagonally. Yes, I used a 12x12 sheet knowing ahead of time I needed 6 layers and quite frankly, I am running dangerously low on white cardstock in the standard size. And black too.

I figured by stamping in a diagonal would look pretty okay once it was cut up. In other words, it is a a repeating pattern, not random, but because I stamped it on the diagonal, It won't look so precise and organized as some patterns on paper. I wanted it do be a little freer looking.

In the nearly 12 years I have been on demonstrator, this is probably the first year I have made my own DSP, and this is the 3rd or fourth time this year! Why I didn't all those year, I have no idea. I am having lots of fun with it now!

I like using Crushed Curry as a gold colored substitute, so I knew at the outset of this card, curry and black and white would be used. And I wanted to include a little gold and silver, because it is a graduation celebration. I didn't get the gold fit in there, but the curry proved to be a good substitute. I do like the tiny pop of silver on the paper.

I added the silver foil balloon at the end because it needed a pop of fun and I left the tail quite long, to add even further to the modern fun look of the card. Not every item on a card needs to be contained to within the confines of the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base!

What do you do for cards come grad season in the spring? I would love for you to share your own ideas.

Stamps: Confetti Celebration w 141510 425 c 142034 $18
Inks: Crushed Curry131173 $6.50, silver Encore ink (retired, again!)
Papers: White 100730 $9, 131199 Crushed Curry $8, Black 121045 $8
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet punch 140609 $18, Large Letter Framelits 141712 $99 (worth every penny!), White Bakers Twine 124262 $3

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a nice Memorial Day Weekend if you are in the US! Have a nice weekend, for those outside of the US. 

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hello Card in Berry Burst

Using the new Wood Words Stamp set (available June 1st) and the new Berry Burst In Color, to create these cards. Which one do you like better - Pearls one or Ribbon one? I vote pearls.

Note for future reference:

Stamps: Wood Words 143925 $30 w 143928 $22 c
Inks: Berry Burst 144083 $6.50
Papers: Berry Burst 144243 $8.00, Whisper White 100730 $9.00
Accessories: Not used but Wood Crate Framelits coordinates with the stamp set 143730 $30 (bundle and save 10% wood is 145315 clear is 145316, Pearls accessory 144219 $5.00 *

*not a new item but new item number because Pearls have been repackaged.

I keep using the bouquet stamp pictured above, quite often honestly. Even though I am not a big flower user on cards, something about that arrangement finds me reaching for it quite often right now.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Rad Grad Niece

You know what is so cool about these pages? A) I wasn't there B) I finished them 1 day after the event. C) they have already been sent to get printed! Badabing Badaboom!

Even better, because my In-Laws were not able to attend the event either, even though they live close by, I am able to share these pages with them, via email, and then they will get the printed version soon.

I am so grateful for modern technology, and the ease of using the Project Life App right from my phone.

The pages are not super fancy, leaving the focus of the pages to the grad and the event. If you are still doing all your pages via traditional, physical paper, have you or would you consider trying the Project Life app for just a few simple pages? It is so easy. And at $1.99 to print and the app is usually $2.99, occasional sale and this kit is between .99 and 1.99 (not sure of current price since I already own the kit) in your phones app store under Project Life App purchasable directly in that app.

I used this kit to do my own daughters graduation a year ago. The pages are beautiful. I have posted some of them before on my blog. And because hers was so many more pages 6 pages, I made a lovely compilation page of the entire event for her to remember using the Squared Away 16 layout (it is an extra layout, you can purchase extra layouts in bulk for usually $0.99.

So, we have the initial app at $2.99, the card collection at lets say $1.99. By the time you get your pictures printed, add in the paper, and stickers or accessories, you are way over the $5.98 cost here. Add on the $1.99 per print and grand total is now - $13.94 total and you are done. I love traditional pages, do not get me wrong, and there is a time and a place for them. But I hear so very often about how "I do not have time to scrapbook", "I have no place to set it up", "I forget to print my pictures", "its too much work". Does any of this sound familiar to you? Then you might want to try scrapbooking from your phone because in all likelihood that is where your pictures already are. And this took my at most 20 minutes to complete. I think the longest part was decided which pictures to use. And in the app, there are controls to adjust your pictures saturation and brightness and a few more adjustments. No need for a separate photo editor. They do partner with Pic*Tap*Go right in the app, if you purchase that separately. Which I have not yet done, but really should. Honestly, the in app adjustments are usually enough for my purposes.

Supplies: Project Life App, Graduation themed card collection. 

Go, check out the app right now, while it is on your mind. Available for Android and Apple. Sorry Microsoft users. And I may be a Project Life Affiliate, but for full discloser, I do not get any kickbacks on the phone app at all, just the physical products and the digital versions. I just truly love the app that much. If you are regular blog follower you know I do do physical pages from time to time and full scale digital pages in a different software, and I do Project Life pocket pages too. It all works. Find what works for you!

Thanks for stopping by. Go try the app right now! ~Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Catalog Open House Coming Soon!

The Open House for the brand new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog is next week!


Stampin' Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog Open House

Choose Date:

Registration is not necessary, but if you click on the date you wish it will direct you to the registration page.  Event is FREE and open to anyone. Bring your friends! 

Make & Takes * Samples * Specials * More

Unable to attend and still want a catalog? Message me now to get one mailed.

Friends don't let friends stamp alone. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Sweet Simple Birthday Card

Are you in need of a simple birthday card? This card certainly is simple and easy.

Stamps:Flower Shop 130939 $24 w 130942 $18 c, Rose Wonder 140697 $27
Inks: Elegant Eggplant
Papers: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories: pansy punch 130698 $13, Elegant Eggplant bakers twine (retiring), Circle Punch 1/2" 119869 $6

This quick layout would work with a variety of occasions. Replace the flowers with the balloon punch, or just use simple circles of designer paper!

Thanks for stopping by today. Keep being creative. Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, May 19, 2017

From Small to Big in Short Order

I made these 10 cards in under 25 minutes tonight, including set up and clean up time using the 3x4 card swaps below. Here is the original post if you want to read more. Below are what the original swaps looked like. 

Including mine below. I was an overachiever and made two! lol

I stuck to the same basic layout for all of them, and used up scraps of soon to be retired designer papers to finish them off. They are seriously cute all grown up. Scroll below to see the individual projects.

I am really starting to like these mini swaps, at least for the time being. It does not take much to finish them up.

Scroll on to see the rest.

These were finished back in March. You can read about them here.

Now the balloon looks like it is floating above the skies.

This one makes me sigh. I love this paper pack so much. I have almost none left and would love to hoard a stack of it!
 The hint of the checkerboard paper gives it a softness and sweetness, and almost retro feel.

How simple and cute was it to finish it. Must give to someone special.

I love how graphic and modern the background paper makes this one look.

Shh. This was an extra sheet of paper from the Tin of Card Project Kit that retired a year ago. I just thought it fit this swap so perfectly!

I added two small squares of designer paper. Thats it. And it looks adorable. Might be might favorite one, or maybe not...

Okay these two cards had attitudes. I did correct and rotate the pictures and they flipped back when I uploaded them. (eye roll...)

With the checkered paper and the hint of succulent paper it looks like someone might be camping out west!

Or this one might be my fave. I love them all equally!!!

I hope this inspires you to try working smaller once in a while. It does make you think what do you really need on your project to make it work.

Thank you for stopping by, and keep being creative. ~Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy