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

Thank you for stopping by today!

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.

Thank you for stopping by today!

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

Thank you for stopping by today!

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. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

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

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Scrapbook Issue - Resolved!

Back in December I posted a call for advice or help. I was struggling with a scrapbook issue. Read about it here. I had purchased post albums and in various colors (some are still in a box in wrappers). Most of the albums were from Stampin' Up! initially but had been discontinued. I could not find post extenders that matched the size of the albums, pages were an issue and more. I did not know whether I should switch to a different album style, or just continue from this point with different albums or what to do.

I ruminated on this for a month, talked to people, etc. I woke up one day and said, I am going to switch. Since they sit so prominent in our bookshelves, and really are an encyclopedia of our lives, I wanted a uniform look, like encyclopedias used to be back in the 1970's.

This is what the mess looked like. I know many people have a wide variety of albums. Or maybe they sit on a shelf in a closet where it doesn't matter. It suddenly mattered to me. My family left it to me. Well, I ordered all these albums during Sale-A-Bration (with lots of FREE stuff because of that large order), and what will likely be several years worth of sleeves. Maybe not though.

The linen albums were family. The navy and darker green were each of my kids. The lighter green was something else. And there was a burgundy album which contain some of my scrapbooked business items.

The green ring album will stay as is for now. That album really is just for me. It is my fascination with roadside kitsch. You know the stuff I mean, the giant ear of corn statue in Mitchell SD or the giant hot dog and coffee cup water tower in Lindstrom MN. Apparently I am not alone with this fascination. Since I started taking pictures and documenting them, I found there are tour groups, websites, books and a Facebook group called Roadside America devoted to this silly stuff. But I am creating an album of just the ones I see. America has an obsession with giant silly sculptures.

Here is a top view. That shelf is darn heavy, but holding steady. Eventually when we remodel we will be ditching the All Steel old Control Data shelving in exchange for some lovely built in wood modern shelving. In the meantime I still like having a library (4 6.5 foot tall) book shelves in the dining room. It does add a certain flair, class or just interest to the room.

I still need to add better labels.

These are D ring albums. Stampin' Up! carries them and the sleeves. Item information below. I switched my kids to these albums too. I got my daughters albums for $5 each a few years ago from Michaels. They weren't the greatest quality. She can take hers when she is ready, maybe after college graduation. My son too. Until then, I will continue to fill it.

I also switched my Stampin' Up! stuff to the black faux leather album. It is filled now. That actually is pretty cool that I filled a whole album with Stampin Up! Memories. Actually I have not ever finished my convention pictures. I document our local events, events I participate in, and it has some of the recipes (instruction sheets) I have made in there. I can see the growth in myself and my business. That is a pretty cool feeling.

So this package was on my front step when I got home from an errand today. 158 12x12 printed Project Life App pages. Some are for my in-laws, duplicates for my kids albums and such. But most of these pages were done in the last six months. And it still is not all of them. I already have another printer order going in tomorrow. And another one queuing up for next month. Must budget. Even thought the pages are only $1.99 each, plus a flat $5 in shipping, it does add up quickly when you are talking this much volume at once. I did take the time tonight to sort this order and put the pages I am keeping into albums. I am now, officially, out of album space! It took one week, from when I set up the new books last week. it warms my heart, that there are so many good memories to review.

I do scrapbook traditional in paper and printed pictures, when its appropriate, as in older, already printed pictures. I am continually working on a large separate album in Project Life style with the pocket pages. and I do special events, such as large trips, in My Digital Studio, which is acting wonky because it is outdated and retired from Stampin' Up! and needs to get upgraded to My Memories Suite.

How you choose to scrapbook is very personal for each person. Traditional with printed pictures, completely digital, hybrid with some digital and some paper, or from your phone with an app like Project Life App, you have to choose what works for you. I floundered for a few years after MDS ended. I have found a system that is currently working for me. It may change and will likely change and what is available changes.

Traditional for the really old pictures, digital for big events, and super special events, and Project Life app for the regular and currently happenings. I love that I can scrapbook while waiting for appointments or family or just riding in the car, or if I have a few minutes in my day. I am pretty good now at keeping up with current events. Not perfect. There is no perfect. If you are all caught up, you are not out making new memories. An life is a process that is constantly happening and new memories are being made daily.

This is my encouragement to you. Find what works for you, like tomorrow! Get working on preserving those memories, those stories. Do it traditionally using printed pictures, do it using pocket pages like Project Life, do it digitally or from your phone. But get going. Everyone has stories worth saving and sharing. Everyone!!!

Black Faux Leather Album 12x12, 144202 $30 (does not come with sleeves or pages)
Page Protectors 12x12 144206 $7.00 for 12 pages

Available in my store. 

Thank you for stopping by today and listening to my tales of albums. I am happy. I need more money to buy more albums and get more printed, but that is a process I can be patient with. In the meantime, any time someone visits they are welcome to pull an encyclopedia volume off the shelf and read for a bit.

Happy memories, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Huge Craft and Retired Stampin' Up! Sale

You are Cordially Invited

Used and Retired Stamping and Scrapbooking Sale 
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9-2 pm
Faith Lilac Way Church 
5530 42nd Avenue North, Robbinsdale MN

Large sale with many vendors. Open to the public. 
Bring your friends! Be sure to visit my booth! 

I will have retired stamps from Stampin' Up!, designer paper, ribbon, accessories, scrapbook albums, kits, large monogram stamps and much more.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sending You Hogs & Kisses

This little piggy went to cutie school!

Actually 25 little piggies are off to market today. This darling pig is off to get swapped at a card exchange,  The designer papers and stamps and framelits and mesh ribbon are all new products available June 1 for you to purchase.

There will be an entire stack of 6x6 paper that is double sided with various wood and woodgrain patters on them. Add that to your Wish List. And it goes with a rustic style stamp set and set of framelits that cut out a darling wood crate. You could make a whole carton of piggies just for you!

Make sure you are on my mailing list so you can start purchasing right away on June 1st.

And I am in love with Lemon Lime Twist as one of the new In Colors! See how it brings a pop to the background on this card.

Thank you for stopping by today. ~Sandy

Supplies (available for purchase June 1!!!) Save for future reference. 
Stamps: This Little Piggy • 9 rubber stamps
143919 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143922 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, c, d, g), Wood Words • 15 rubber stamps
143925 $30.00 (wood blocks included) • 143928 $22.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, e) 

Inks: Black, Berry Burst

Papers: resh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
144131 $22.00
40 sheets: 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in 5 In Colors. 12" x 12". Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, 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, Stitched Shapes Framelits 145372 $30.00, 1/4" Copper Trim 144179 $6.00  Loose-weave copper trim with zigzag stitching. 5 yards. Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink markers

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Best Hardware

 This darling card is very special to me. It contains leftover pieces of my dads hardware that were (still are) stored in my baby food jars. Here is my tutorial on shaker box cards. There is even a PDF instructional sheet you can download.

Stamps: Urban District
Inks: Black
Papers: Urban Underground designer paper, very vanilla cardstock, basic black cardstock, silver foil paper, pool party cardstock,
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, Build It framelits, modern label punch, Urban Underground embellishment pack, 5/8' burlap ribbon

I might just frame this card and put it over our tool bench. The tool bench my dad built in the 1960s. It is as solid as they come, but we may retire it someday. We just do not need a 6 foot surface. He did work experiments and all kinds of other things and needed a larger surface. We need better storage than a work surface. In due time, I keep telling myself. But wouldn't that be a cute idea? Frame it up and hang it above the workbench. What a nice homage to all the things my dad repaired and built over the years.

Thanks for stopping by today. Keep being creative, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, May 12, 2017

World's Greatest Tool Box!

How cute is this toolbox? It's a Needs A Ribbon original. I was inspired by some I had seen on Pinterest. I made this back in early January. It is made using the retiring Build It framelits from Stampin' Up! And the Urban Underground embellishments. I believe that is Pool Party, not Soft Sky, and Early Espresso cardstock. Along with the Copper Foil cardstock.

You can see from this detail close up that I actually stamped the woodgrain, then cut each piece apart and distressed each edge and cut each piece as if it were a real 2x4.  This isn't one of these project where you would make a lot of them. I made one. It was a lot of fun and I loved how it turned out, but it did take quite a bit of time.

I did cut out the two pieces for each tool twice, once in the copper foil and then stamped in black and cut out again, using the framelits It looks pretty authentic for paper tools.

I aged up the copper foil using black StaZon actually. It dried quicker and eliminated some of the smearing you might get from other inks on the foil paper.

I properly edged the top of the tool box pocket and the handle. Each piece was sponged to distress and age it.

That hammer looks like it could have been one of my dads old ones!

Throwing in this: one of my display shelves in my studio. Here are some of the guy cards i have shared over the last few months. They are scattered around my space on various displays right now. I still have not added up how many I have made. It has been an awful lot of them. And I still want to make more. I will be keeping my Urban Underground product suite of stamps (Nailed It, Urban District) and my Build It framelits for the time being, even though they are retiring (sniff sniff).

Here is a storage tip. I have taken one of the empty stamp cases you can purchase and have 4 of them, filled with various colors of extra tools. Makes for quick cards! I have one for silver foil, gold foil, copper foil, and cardstock tools.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have been enjoying all my Urban Underground project posts over the last few months. Nope, I still have more to share!!! Believe it or not, I made all these projects over a day and a half of crafting.


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Travel Memories of 2016

In 2016 my family traveled, a lot! We have memories recorded of each event (or at least they are in the works), but I thought something was in order to remember how much each of us traveled. My family loved remembering this way!

Here is the thing about this page, notice anything missing? It is, after all, a scrapbook page. One normally mostly includes photos. This page required no photos. I could have included a picture from each trip, or something like that, but I really wanted to focus on the story, in this case, the quantity of travel, rather than any pictures. I felt it was distracting from this story.

Do not be afraid to document without photos. That may well be the case, when you finally write down old Uncle Joe's old stories of the war, or when he broke his knee chopping wood. The story becomes the focus, the importance, of that page.

I have been finding a lot of stories recently that I have been working on documenting, where there will be no pictures, or just stock pictures off the internet, because no pictures were taken. In fact, these are the memories I prefer to record right now, the ones that have no pictures, and are just oral, and will likely be lost to time. And sometimes they are the best stories!

So loosen up, record a few pages with no pictures, just the stories. I bet as you get used to it, you will find it refreshing, enlightening even.

Supplies: Project Life App and Capture This collection

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy crafting time, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Goodies to Play with!

This folks, is my work table this week! It is a royal mess. I am working on at least 3 different swaps for later this month, upcoming classes, my new catalog open house, and I need to make some graduation cards. This is just starters. It is likely to stay a mess for a week or two. It is all for the good of the craft. And I am really enjoying playing with new stuff.

If you are in the Twin Cities area, my catalog open house is on:

Tuesday May 30, 2017, 5:30 - 8:30 Caribou Coffee Coon Rapids, at Gateway and Hansen Blvd
Thursday, June 1, 5-8, Caribou Coffee Minnetonka in Glen Lake on Excelsior Blvd.

Click on the above events to get registered. It is not necessary to register, it just helps me with planning.

Otherwise, be sure to let me know if you need a catalog, we can meet up for coffee! And we have the Extravaganza on June 24th also. More on that in the coming weeks.

After I made this mess, and my table is 4 feet wide by 6 feet long, I received this on Tuesday,

Yes, I will be adding to my mess, in a very happy sort of fashion!

Pssstt: of the five new in colors, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, which one is your favorite? Lemon Lime Twist right now is my favorite, but Berry Burst is growing on me. I have not yet played with Tranquil Tide or Fresh Fig. Powder Pink I am finding is a nice soft neutral. Don't believe me? You will see. It doesn't always look so pink, depending on what you pair it with.

Thank you for stopping by. Get registered for the open house of your choice. See you tomorrow! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fine Day Sunday

Yup, no blog on Sundays!

Fine day for family time, rest time or stamp time!

Check back Monday.


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Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Delightful Dancer

My friend Jeny created this beautiful card for me to swap at OnStage last month for her. She was out of town for the event.

Mint Macaron (retiring) and Crumb Cake are some of her favorite colors and color combinations.

She fussy cut all 25 dancers for each card. The dresses are just edged with a coordinating marker. It is difficult to see, but she applied Wink of Stella to the dress, and just a tiny rhinestone for a pop on her hat. A perfect touch!

Darling card and great use of this well loved stamp set, which will be available in the new Annual Catalog too.

Supplies: Beautiful You stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today! Keep being creative, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinqo de Mayo Divas!

Last Sunday, April 30th, I hosted our downline meeting, my spline Sue's downline, at my house. It was only my second time hosting a Diva Day, and my first time here.

My ten foot table held 11 of us nicely and we could have had 1 more. If we had more I am sure we could have found some room.

Since the event was close to Cinqo de Mayo, and I as host, get to choose a theme if I want, I chose that. It made for easy potluck planning. I made one of my family's favorite recipe, Pace Mexicorn Lasagne. You can google the recipe. It's still out there. I made a 2.5 or more batch. I figured if the Divas didn't eat it, I have 2 boys that would have zero problem finishing it off.

Autumn brought margaritas. I made Fakaritas, as I called it. We had enchiladas, salsa, chips and guac and salad and such. Probably one of my favorite Diva potlucks yet. But I love all things mexican in food.

We did our regular shoebox swap too. Read here.

I cannot do events without making, or buying, decorations. I did both. I purchased a sombrero piƱata, a headband sized sombrero, a large succulent and some pretty blue margarita glasses. I made a banner (shout out to the divas that strung and hung it for me!), wrapped up the flatware, the treat/swap bags. I even found some fun socks at Target - Avocato socks!

I would host Diva Day again no problem. Our only situation was we still had not finished shelving and organizing in my studio. It wasn't complete for the day but the space is an ever changing - ever taking shape space, until it is completely gutted and remodeled.

Happy Cinqo de Mayo!

Thanks for stopping by, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy