Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Do you like FREE stuff? I do!

Have you decided which items you want FREE with from the Sale-A-Bration catalog yet? Remember that for every (and we mean every) $50 in merchandise, you can choose a FREE item from this catalog. No limits. Ends March 31st. Get shopping today! Click on my SHOP tab above to start shopping!Do you

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Urban Underground Tool Card

Stamps: Whelp, can't find which stamp set the greeting is from
Papers: Urban Underground 142783 $13.00, gold foil
Accessories: Build It Framelits 143230, triple banner punch, gold thread

I prefer to call this suite Tool Time or Nailed It, but it is listed in the Occasions 2017 catalog as Urban Underground, pages 46-49. 

This card is actually 7" x 5". I needed a bigger card to get all the tools sufficiently spaced out on the front. I used the negative space of the tools and placed gold foil as the first layer on the card. You can see a thin layer of black card stock just under the designer paper. I hollowed out the inside to keep the  gold foil visible through the tool windows. 

I have several projects I made using the Urban Underground suite that I will be showing you in the coming weeks.

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Extravaganza Last Saturday

Above are some of the highlights of the event. I demonstrated the Birthday Bright Project Kit which makes 12 beautiful greeting cards and envelopes and coordinating tags. I showed how easy it is to make shaker boxes or shaker cards. A video and tutorial forthcoming. And coming soon is a video tutorial and tips sheet on the Birthday Bright kit.

And congrats to Christine F who joined my team on Saturday! 
I am so happy for her, she is going to love our group! 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Sending Love One Sheet Wonder Card 1

Stamps: Sealed with Love photopolymer 142815 $21 Occasions 2017
Inks: real read, black archival
Papers: pink pirouette, real red, whisper white 100730
Accessories: white pom pom trim, sweet and sassy framelits 141707 $35

I was not smart enough to purchase the darling Sending Love designer paper stack 142733 $10 in the Occasions 2017 catalog. So I improvised and made my own paper. 

As crazy as this sounds, in my 11 plus years as a demonstrator, and my many years crafting at all, I have never done a one sheet wonder. To explain, if you are unfamiliar, you make your own designer paper, and cut it apart and use that on X number of projects. I used Mae's template I found on Pinterest. There are many templates out there so I thought, why invent an already well made wheel?! 

You do not need a lot of supplies either, I like using 3 different stamp images, one ink color and white card stock. You certainly could do your own one sheet wonder using just one stamped image and use 1 2 or 3 ink colors. This is not a new technique, just new to me. You could say "mother is the necessity of invention". I didn't order the Sending Love designer paper in the Occasions Catalog so I had to make my own. I used every scrap of this paper and you will be seeing more cards made with the paper in the next two weeks.


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Keep being creative, Sandy

What A Girl Wants 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who stopped by my booth and did the Make & Take (there were 88 of you by my count), took a look at new products, maybe registered to win the prize and purchased items! I feel blessed by the success and fun evening for What A Girl Wants 2017 at Greenhaven Country Club in Anoka! 

The prize winners have been notified by mail and have until February 2nd to claim their prize, after that I will draw new names. 

Thanks again to those that came. Plan on the third Tuesday of January 2018 for the next What A Girl Wants event!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Urban Underground Suite Its Hammer Time

Stamps: Urban District 
143068 $27.00 (wood blocks included) • 143071 $19.00 (suggested clear blocks: b, c, h) 
Nailed It
143074 $29.00 (wood blocks included) • 143077 $21.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, c, h) 
Papers: Urban Underground 142783 $13.00, gold foil, basic gray cardstock, very vanilla card stock, smokey slate card stock, pacific point card stock
Accessories: Build It Framelits 143230, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder 143231 $9.00, Triple Banner Punch

I prefer to call this suite Tool Time or Nailed It, but it is listed in the Occasions 2017 catalog as Urban Underground, pages 46-49. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Faux Ceramic Mediterranean Tile

Stamps: Beautiful You page 24 Occasions 2017 item code 143004 wood 143637 clear, Mediterranean Moments page 29 Occasions 2017 item codes 143188 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143191 $20.00
Paper: Floral Boutique item code 141663 page 77 annual catalog
Accessories: Stitched Shapes, Navy Bakers Twine

For a recent Stamp Share for Leaders group meeting (a local upline/downline leadership meeting) I participated in a 49 person swap. I wanted to use the Mediterranean Moments stamp set. Doing some research of what it really looks like there (since I have yet to go there myself) I found a lot of blues and ceramic tile. That inspired me to figure out how to make my own "tile". 

I looked through my stash of designer papers to see if I had something that had that Mediterranean feel. The Floral Boutique certainly could pass as some of the tiles. 

Next I had to figure out how I was going to use that. Squares were definitely the shape to go. I wanted  the paper to look like the tile patterns matched. Using quarter inch strips of paper, cut so that they would be easy to lay on my card base, I made a T or X depending on how you look at it, where I would be able to even space my tiles. I did write up with an arrow so that tiles were consistently laid out.

The biggest issue was do I pre cut all 49 3" x3" pieces of designer paper? and then try and keep track of order and direction? After playing around with several ideas here is what I came up with:

Place Tear & Tape on the back of each piece of designer paper first. Mass assembly.
Cut the paper into the smaller squares 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". Keep them in order.
Place the paper spacer on my card base.
Place the tiles down, diagonally worked best. Pick a corner to start with, do the lower row opposite corner next. Then finish the other two squares. 

It was slow, but once I got a rhythm, it took a few hours admittedly. But I was making 49 plus extra cards. 

If we still carried the Crystal Effects, it would have given the tiles a nice glossy finish. 

I am not sure if I chose random "tiles" if the look would have been the same. Meaning 4 different styles of designer paper for each card. 

For the stamped image, it was a thousand times easier to cut out the white piece using the Stitched Shapes first, then stamp after, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. The card stock is nearly cut to the same size as the wood block anyway. That was a super quick step for me. 

Layering the white stamped piece and the navy piece, as you can see, I drew squares on my work paper, lined up the two pieces and glued together. Super quick to line them up using the outlines. 

If you have any other questions regarding this technique, please comment below or email me

Thanks! Sandy

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Taco Tuesday came and went

Stamps: Tasty Trucks item code 143300 available during Sale-A-Bration only
Papers: Festive Birthday 141630 page 173 Annual Catalog
Accessories: Watercolor pencils item code 141709 page 24 Occasions 2017 catalog, aqua painter

 Last Tuesday was so busy I didn't get these posted as I had hoped. I was inspired by some of the darling taco Tuesday cards I have been seeing on Pinterest. One of them was by Jari of Card-iology and the other didn't post their information.

I really wish this stamp set - Tasty Trucks, would be available for purchase after March 31st, but it will not be. You can get the set FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

For the pink and blue card I made my own paper using black ink and 3 stamps on a block and just stamped until I filled the paper. Make sure you have at least one image that overlaps each edge of the paper on all 4 sides. 

Making your own paper is incredibly easy and then you will always have paper to match. I wish I had done an entire sheet instead of just the cut to project size seen here. I will have to make more for my next project I guess. 

Thanks! Sandy

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Saturday is the Extravaganza

You are invited, my followers, to the Inking of You New Catalog and Product Extravaganza this Saturday. Details below.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
10-1 pm
4080 West Broadway, Robbinsdale MN 55422
Live Demonstrations! Prizes! Specials! Samples! Card Contest* More!

*Card contest is open to you! Using current or retired Stampin' Up! only products you may enter a card(s) for a chance to win prizes. 

Get your catalog if you haven't already received one from me. 

Hope to see you there. Be sure to tell them Sandy M invited you when you check in! 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Memories of My Mother

Layout: Design A
Card Collection: Heritage Edition
Software: Project Life App

Scrapbooking 101 Sandy style: Scrapbook the every day, the details around you. It is much easier to go back and do the big holidays later - Christmas, birthdays, even trips, as the description details are likely included in your pictures. 

I stopped by a year ago to snap pictures of my mothers final home. This would have been just a few months after her death. Of course while she was there, there was never time to do so, but I wanted to get the pictures while it still looked like it did when she was in residence. Because I had at the pictures, it did take me about 9-10 months for me to actually get it properly documented. I plan on doing more pages on the facility itself and also related to her time and the staff there. The facility is beautiful. If I were of age, I would move in there now. 

It is important to remember the places we, or loved ones have lived. My mother was there 24/7 of course, but my family spent countless hours each day or week there too. I need to get a picture of the coffee maker just inside the door. My kids went there almost daily. They would grab a cup of coffee and go visit grandma. The kids were so respectful and quiet, they were quite known around the facility. The staff and other residents thought it was fantastic that the grandkids came by and actually spent quality time with their grandma. My mother took it to her grave, as promised to the kids, what they talked about. Thats between them. But both of them miss that time and being able to talk freely with her. 

I am going on a retreat the first of April. Yup. Pretty excited about that! I do try to clear an eventing now and again to work on stuff, but the holidays were super busy and now I have been business busy. Somehow, someday, it will all get documented!

To get the panorama shot fitted in the bottom, this is layout Design A, the main page layout in Project Life, took a bit of fiddling. It is actually 2 separate pictures standing in the same spot. The panorama photo looked to warped to use. I brought in both photos and kept enlarging them and moving them in the photobox until it was relatively lined up. In all honesty it likely took ten minutes, but when you are used to dragging and dropping photos, it seemed like forever at the time. Ten minutes is what I am used to spending on an entire page. 

Be sure to document the everyday! Those are the pages you will want to look back on, that your family will want to know where or how you lived. Get the pictures while it still looks like you will remember it. Jot a quick note on thoughts, you can do a page later, or super quickly with the Project Life app. It would be almost as quick with the physical Project Life product too. You just need to get your pictures printed and off your phone or camera!!!

Go, do it today! Sandy

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Back in Stock at Stampin' Up! STITCHED SHAPES FRAMELITS!

Stitched Shape Framelits are back in stock and available for purchase here

Item code is 145372 and they are $30 US. 

You get 12 framelits that add a stitched look to the edge of the shape. They give a great finishing detail to any project. 

Circle: 4 dies, largest image is 2 7/8"
Square: 4 dies, largest image is 2 5/8"
Ovals: 4 dies, largest image is 3 1/4" x 2 5/16"
*Use with Big Shot, Big Shot Platform (new one) and standard cutting pads

If you think you will be using them for bulk card making, like swapping, order two. I know now that they are back in stock I will be ordering a second set. Makes paper cutting twice as fast!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Obsess Over Luscious Succulents!

In the latest Fixer Upper HGTV home decorating show, they posted this picture recently of the most recent project. I am in love with the stately succulent arrangement by the front door of this home. Did you know you can make your own succulent garden at home that requires no watering at all?

Stampin' Up! is so on trend with their new products and kits in the Occasions 2017 catalog! Succulents are everywhere in home decor and more.  You can order your succulent kit today. Item code 143635. Don't forgot to purchase the coordinating greeting stamp set - Vertical Garden, item code 142996. All products are located on page 22 of the Occasions 2017 catalog. 

Pages 20-21 has succulent designer papers, more stamp sets and coordinating framelits. 

Above are two projects the Inking of You 2016 Achievers got to make at their reward event. Credit to Terri Gaines for the project ideas! She is brilliant at thinking outside the box and also adding in Dollar Store finds, like the large doilies and pizza pie plate.  Succulents have magnets on the back. 

I am seeing many alternatives uses for the succulent kit popping up on social media. Maybe I will have to order a second kit.

My personal kit instructions coming in a few days.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Family Tree Compilation

Let me explain the history behind this picture/page. My mother-in-law asked us early in November to send some current pictures of us to her. They wanted to compile a family collage for her cousins wife, per her request, because as Judy said, the only ones I every see pictures or hear from is Rory and Sandy's family on Facebook. And getting a group family picture happened just once in 2000. Got that? MIL honoring a request from cousins wife for updated family pictures. 

After hearing the request, my mind immediately went to, I can help with that and then some. Trying to gather current photos of family members with busy schedules, who live all over the country and not always the quickest to respond either, I went to Facebook where I am friends with all of them. I grabbed the best photos I could. I also used wedding photos from the previous year of my niece and her hubs. The first grandchild getting married is a momentous occasion, after all. 

How to organize the collage 
After I had the pictures gathered on my phone, knowing I would use the Project Life App to make the "collage" I had to figure out how to organize 4 families onto one page, all with separate photos - my in-laws, our family, and the two brothers families. There are so many ways to do this, and using my other digital software, the retired My Digital Studio, I am sure I could render something fantastic. But I was really looking for simple and fast and affordable. 

Scrolling through the different layout options in the app, I came across Squared Away 16, which if you follow my blog regularly, you have seen me use this layout a lot recently. There is a reason for that. You can have one central main photo, or card (as a title) and same sized photos around the perimeter, a dozen to be exact. It just works for so many occasions! 

After I figured out the layout, it came together very quickly, like in minutes. I didn't want any titling or text this time. I wanted to keep the pictures the focus. Put the parents (in-laws) in the middle in the big spot as they are central to the family. I did use their 2015 Christmas card picture, but it was still very current looking, and a good picture of both of them. Okay, who is next in the family tree? The brothers, put them in the 3 corners, and me in the fourth corner, as I am the only wife-in-law currently. And then pull the kids that correspond to each son in the row by them. The oldest son has 4 kids so I put 2 up and 2 left of him. And because most of these were Facebook photos I was able to use the photo editing option within the app to help lighten and brighten the photos. 

Truly gathering the pictures took the longest (a few weeks to get them). About 10 minutes to figure out the layout, and minutes to put the photos in and edit them. 

We were going to make copies for the parents and the brothers, and then I thought, we should have our own copy (kind of a duh moment, we all have them). And lets print a copy for each of my kids books too. Oh while we are at it, lets print 2 extra to put on our wall and the parents wall, which we had framed. But I wasn't done yet....

I was having so much fun with this project I decided to make a picture of the beginning of the family tree, the parents and the 3 brothers. And I still wasn't done making compilations...

I thought why not make each family a compilation. And on these I sometimes used different pictures. This time I thought it appropriate to add names. For ours I included a wedding picture and a picture of us on our 20th anniversary. It seemed fitting.
Our family (obviously) pictured above.

Eldest brothers family above.

Youngest brothers family pictured above.

I used the Heritage Edition, but the Cinnamon Edition would have worked just as well. For the 3 brothers I used three different layouts because I a) wanted a different look b) wanted to make sure I included everyone c) size of the photos were different since I tried to use different photos. Again, these all came together very quickly. I believe I only spent a few hours total on the project, more fussing with photo editing and playing with layouts than anything. 

Initially we were only going to print the collage of the whole family, right? Well when I went to order prints I ordered a complete set for each brother and the parents. I ended up printing a bunch of recent pages of our family activities for the parents. We ended up buying (gasp, i had to go retail) albums from the M store because I couldn't order from myself in time to ship as fast as I wanted to get them in the mail. The shame of it all! ;-) 

The parents are now anxiously waiting for more pages from their album. They keep the album out on their coffee table. As they continue to age, this will be so important as a memory tool for them. And they live in a small one bedroom, with their walls already pretty filled up. An album was a win-win for them. 

Addressing the non family tree genealogy crowd, have you done something similar with family, or are you blessed to have occasional family gatherings and get a group picture? Side note, the last family picture I had with my parents was at our wedding. I certainly take pictures of what I can, daily, but sometimes the difficulty lies in assembling the required participants!

I am quite serious when I say, less than five minutes after we hung our copy of the top picture, both our kids noticed. Minutes. we didn't have to say a word. And both of them were very happy to see something like that on the wall. It is easier to be aware of those people in our day to day lives and (not forget) our extended families. That is part of why this project ended up being so important to me. my own mothers family tree died off in May of 2016, leaving me, and in turn, my kids, as the sole survivors of that branch. It was always a small tree. And it is something I am likely to come back to address in the future.

I would love to hear what you have done to manage a similar situation. While these may not be the greatest photos each of us have had taken, it is the relationships between all of us which seemed most important in documenting. Weigh in below.

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Do What You Love...And the Rest Will follow

💖Do what you love...and the rest will follow! ðŸ’–

So true. Coming up on my 10 year mark as a demonstrator, and nearing the end of our rewards tracking year, I was encouraged to reach quite a bit. I needed a bit more in sales to end my year and 2 recruits. That would promote me to Sr Supervisor, as was the titling at the time. If I promoted my manager would promote and the level above her would promote. I had less than a month to do it. And Go!!!!!

Keep in mind I was in the middle of a major move into a disaster of a house where the kitchen was barely usable, the laundry room barely navigable, a studio that was piled with house stuff. My moms health was declining rapidly. My kids were wrapping up their first year in a new school district. We had a few more items to finish the remodel on the house we were selling before we close at the end of the month. My husbands health was temporarily crap (due to a temporary medicine wrecking havoc with his body). Oh, and lets have a garage sale while we are at it, because well, there is no time like the present. Add on, prepping swaps for the upcoming Convention. And my knees are always a challenge.

I love what I do, helping people be creative, inspiring (I hope) people to find their creativity, sharing what I create, and being creative fills my own soul. I said okay to pushing forward to reaching for this goal. I did have help (and she shall remain in shadows right now) to achieve this. For her help I will always be eternally grateful. 

For the remainder of that month I slept very little, spent many, many hours in the car. I do not think I did laundry the entire month, or dishes, and I am not sure if I personally ate much. I know the other 3 did. I held classes, I prepped, I cleaned and project the other house, i packed and moved, and packed and moved more. I helped my mother, as many days a week as my schedule would allow. And by I, I should include my husband, who had his own set of parameters to deal with (health and very physical tasks around the previous house). It is one of those life moments when you live on adrenaline and nerves.

At the end of the month, I got 3, yes three, new recruits. Sales goals were met. The two uplines that could be promoted where promoted. House closed with nary a hitch, in fact both realtors had never seen a house so clean and looked new even though it was well lived in for 17 years. That one felt good! Everything got done that needed to get done. And then come July, I got spoiled silly by Terri! And damn did it feel good! 

So love what you do, be willing to sometimes have to work a little harder, and rewards will follow! 

With that in mind, $99 will get you a lot of love from a great group of ladies to hang out with. Keep that in mind as you shop the catalog. No pressure at all..... ;-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Keep loving what you do as much as I do! Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Annual Catalog 2016-17 video overview

If you prefer watching your catalog rather than grazing page by page on your own time, this video is for YOU! 

I have compiled some of the projects and products from the catalog for you to peruse, maybe while you are working on your own projects.

I did not include all the lovely projects and products from the catalog, just some of the project suite highlights. Enjoy!

Please comment below if you like this style of video, it will encourage me to make more. Sometimes I prefer the passive videos like this when I want to be hands free.

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Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, January 16, 2017

Create A Banner

For my big annual upcoming event I wanted a banner, or something, to decorate the front of the table. I wanted it easy, inexpensive and quick. In other words, the perfect project! lol, don't we all!!!

I dug through my box where I keep my kits and kit pieces. I found a banner kit from I think Occasions 2013 catalog, maybe 2014. Originally it spelled out CELEBRATE, but apparently in my big purge during our move, I tossed it. Oh well. I still had parts of the kit, and with a few additions i whipped out this banner in under an hour. Honestly, it might have been quicker. No matter.

The original kit had CELEBRATE as punch out letters, i had 6 pieces of the banner blanks left, what could I spell out in 5-6 letters that seems appropriate? CREATE. Using retired Simple Serif alphabet dies for the Big Shot I cut out the letters in the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper item 135315. I added the target circle of the soon to be released Stitched Framelits dies for a background. I dug and found the same cord that was originally used in the kit in my retired stash of ribbon, because Sandy can't part with her ribbon easily - needs a ribbon!

There are striped circles that came with the original kit, and i added them in between each piece. i added some retired large silver flower brads to each circle, as a weight to keep the banner from bouncing around as people bump it, See, that was the whole thing, I wanted something that was a little eye catching but could handle being bumped around and moved around. In previous years I have  made some beautiful banners for the front of the table, but they were not very hardy.

This may hang on my soon to be installed new fireplace mantle in my studio. In any event it was quick and easy and very inexpensive and suited my needs. I hope this inspires you to scrounge in your stash for supplies. Sometimes the most current products aren't always what we need.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What A Girl Wants 2017

Ladies, it is that time of year! WHAT A GIRL WANTS is happening real soon, 75 plus vendors, food, drinks, live music, canvas painting, eye brow waxing, massages and more. 

I will have a darling Male & Take for the first 100 customers! Best to visit right away. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
4-9 pm
Greenhaven Country Club in Anoka, 
2800 Greenhaven Road, Anoka MN 55303
$3 and/or food shelf donation and 
you get $3 WAGW bucks to spend at booths that night

  • This is my 7th year with this event!  
  • I will have oodles of cards for sale and other darling gift items. 
  • Come see what is new in the Occasions 2017 Catalog.
  • Chance to win beautiful prizes!
  • More!

I hope to see you there!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Everyday Hero

Every super hero needs a red cape! 

I used the sunburst die item 140617, for the yellow sunburst.

The super-mom and her cape and the comic WOW, are all from the new stamp set Everyday Hero item 143080 on page 49 of the Occasions 2017 catalog. The people parts come in separate stamps. I trimmed the connecting edges just a bit (the stamps are photopolymer) so I could get them stamped as if they are one piece. 

The sequins add just enough pop and sparkle to keep the project from looking flat. Remember the rule of odds when adding items, only use an odd number, 1 3 5 7....

Even though I am not a fan of comic books or superhero's I do love this stamp set. Its different enough from all the flower and such that it really caught my eye in the catalog. 

I used the new Layering Ovals 141706 and Circles 141705 for the other shapes on the card. They can be found on page 193 of the Annual Catalog.

Obviously this is an upcoming swap I have been working on, for next weeks swap.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Clocks and Silly Sayings

My daughter and her love of well, quite silly made up, sayings. She starting quoting this sometime around 5th grade, maybe 6th grade. She has always been a very creative writer, honestly, she should consider a career in fictional writing, but that is not likely to happen. 

"One cannot assume for thy clocks, clocks cannot assume for thee."

When asked what it means, she just kind of shrugs her shoulders. Only she knows its true origin and meaning. that is fine for her to keep it to herself. 

But I thought it was time it was written down, and maybe copyrighted? I think the meaning lies somewhere in her lack of concept of time, she runs purely on artists time. Which if any of you have ever known a true artist, time is a concept of unknown quantity with an artist. If it cannot be rendered on canvas, it does not exist. Therefore, the essence of time is really an object, a clock or watch, which really become more like a decoration or jewelry, in an artists eye.

This page was created using the Cinnamon edition of the Project Life App. The colors and vintage feel of the collection suited the subject matter quite well. Not to mention the cards available. Hello? "time well spent"! Boom!

Do you have any family sayings or quirky things you say or someone you know? Its time to get that documented! It is a part of who they are, a part of their story, and trust me, future generations will want to know it.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Bought Another Car

In my desire to remember the big events in my family's life, I did document our new car purchases of 2016. It is a big deal in our family as we usually drive our cars into the ground, sometimes literally! We lost my beloved 2004 Pontiac Vibe with 230,000 miles, and our 1999 Olds Silhouette van that we inherited from my dad in 2007. It was didn't have many miles on it at all given its age, but it did have a sticky touchy transmission, and numerous other age related problems. It finally wasn't safe to drive when the brakes completely went. And the Vibe met with an ice patch which caused me to collide with another car, going 5-10 miles an hour. Their car was fine. Mine was a mess. Probably saved my life. Turns out when they went to fix the body damage they found that the frame was very bent and not safe at all. I had hit an unavoidable pothole in a narrow road construction zone going 50 mph (the posted speed). The hole was so deep my teeth rattled and the car never felt right after that, and was never level. Well, we know why now. I shutter to think if the accident had happened at highway speed what the outcome would have been. 

So that left us with my mothers inherited purple 1999 Alero purchased in 1998. And I have a lot of difficulty getting in and out of it because it is so small and low to the ground. It was perfect for my mother and perfect for my daughter, who has claimed it as her own. But what wasn't perfect was having a family of 4 drivers and crazy schedules and 1 small car. We made it work when we needed to, kids rode their bikes, etc. Bottom line, it was time to jump in and get some new vehicles. 

The LeSabre, while a 2005, had relatively low mileage, a few rust spots, but otherwise a very solid vehicle, and I can get in and out of it easily. And it is fully loaded with options. The Town & Country came later in the year, after we had to rent a U-Haul to move my daughter to college, and drive a vehicle too. We just didn't have the hauling capacity needed with two small to medium sedans. We even took both cars when we went to the resort last summer. 4 people and their luggage and other gear we needed to bring for a week, was not going to fit in one medium sedan. Nope! 

The new van was a long time in coming purchase. Our old van should have been retired at least 3 years previous, possibly five years. In fact through our year long messy move, every time we were able to use it, we would breath a sigh of relief. It made it more than a year past that. Yes, we were blessed that it kept going and that when the brakes went, my husband was less than a mile from home and that it was him driving and not me or one of the kids. Anyway, I digressed a bit on this post. 

While vehicle purchases may seem silly and fairly mundane and routine, they are a big investment and an important part of family life, or any life. First vehicle, different vehicle, all are big decisions and are worth documenting. Plus, as you get older, some look back and cannot remember what vehicles they had or when they had them. Lordy, my dad owned so many vehicles in his 87 years, and some of them were short-lived awful purchases, but they all had a purpose and a story that went with them. Like the convertible he had that caught on fire, he pulled his golf clubs out and just walked away, happy to say good-bye. Those are the funny stories that bear recording! 

For Ruby's page - the LeSabre, I used the Hello December kit in the Project Life App. It had the colors and look I needed for that page. 

For the Van (Preston it is named, don't ask why, inside family joke I may address at some point), I used the Picturesque Edition in the Project Life App. That collection has some beautiful nature type cards, but it also has a few graphic cards that suited the page. It just proves you cannot go by the name of the card collection, and that you need to see all the cards that are in the collection/edition. I have pulled cards from unusual collections before that you wouldn't think would work, but work beautifully. 

Don't forget to document the mundane. It is still a part of your story, your life, and some day you may want to remember, or a family member might want to learn about you. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Watercolor Pencils from Stampin' Up!

New or re-new watercolor markers from Stampin' Up! They are so easy to use and make coloring like a pro a breeze. Item 141709 on page 24 of the Occasions 2017 Catalog. $16.

Most of us Demonstrators are storing the pencils in one of our Stamp Cases 119105 item number, $6 for a 4 pack, page 183 Annual Catalog. Did you know Stampin' Up! is the only place you can get a standard DVD empty case without the annoying bump in the middle? Cool story!

Denise, my upline, figured out that not only did the pack of pencils fit in the case, but there is enough room to add a Blender Pen and an Aqua Painter 103954 $17 for a 2 pack - medium and narrow tips. How cool is that? Ready to hit the road packaging.

I have seen that a lot of people are cutting apart the pencil packaging and putting it in the case to use as a label. 

I didn't cut my package all the way down. I just cut off the top and bottom flaps and one side and it slides right in the sleeve of the case, and stays in place really well. So don't toss those packages, cut them up and reuse them!

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Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

OnStage Bound!

I am so excited to be OnStage bound in April this year! It is in my own backyard, or about 15 miles away. I am staying at a local hotel to make getting there at the crack of dawn easier. Not a morning person here! Plus there is nothing like the late night hotel talks when you are Convention bound! 

Plus I will have tips and projects to share with you afterwards. And bonus, this year the big event is back in Salt Lake City. Um, yes please. Already have big plans for that, as it is right around my birthday, and a sidelines birthday. 

I have attended 6 big Conventions and 3 local ones in my time as a demo. There was only 1 year where there was no local or big annual convention - 2010. I really do get pumped up going, and come back recharged. I have always felt it is a worthwhile expense. Plus I really do enjoy hanging out with my local demonstrators and meeting new ones. 

If you are interested in attending OnStage with me, join today for $99 and we can get you registered for OnStage right away. There is no other Direct Market Convention that has the energy this one does. Believe me on this. Stampers just carry a different, and very catchy, energy.

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#imsoexcited, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Catalog Review - Occasions and Sale-A-Bration

Sale-A-Bration Catalog from Stampin' Up!  (video)
Video of products and projects from the Sale-A-Bration 2017 catalog. Items available until March 31, 2017.

  • Get the times FREE with every $50 you purchase. No limit on items earned. 
  • Host a party of $250 or more and earn $25 of products you can add to your order,
  • Join during Sale-A-Bration for $99 and get up to $104 worth of stamp sets - 2 FREE any value stamp sets!!!

Occasions 2017 Catalog from Stampin' Up! (video)
Video of products and projects from the 2017 Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! Items available until May 31, 2017.

My personal reviewal of the 2 catalogs from Stampin' Up! (video) and you get the added bonus of hearing m voice ;-)

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Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy

Food Trucks!

So on trend Stampin' Up! is with the Food Truck stamp set! Honestly, I will be sad when you cannot get this set after March 31, 2017. You can get it for FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order until that date. When you place your online order you will be prompted when to type in your selection. Use item code 143300 (remember they are photopolymer so you will need to have clear blocks to use the stamp. Use blocks a, c, d). In fact, purchase the blocks, cardstock, ink pad, and bakers twine and you are just about at the $50 mark to get your FREE set already. Or add on the fun new Watercolor Pencils on page 24 of the Occasions 2017 catalog, 141709 $16

What? You do not have your Sale-A-Bration catalog yet (or SAB for short) and need one quickly? email me now and use subject I need a SAB Catalog in your email.

Wanna learn more about how you can save and Sale-A-Brate? Contact me or watch my YouTube video. 

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Keep being creative, Sandy

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Keep being creative, Sandy