Monday, July 31, 2017

Creating on the Road

Stock image of the April Paper Pumpkin kit, 
because I forgot to take pictures of my finished kit

my work zone for the afternoon

Such a silly, can't wait to dig into this cute kit


My fortification in the hotel room!


watercolor and wipe off excess

Finished watercolored pieces

packaged kit

When we traveled to Albuquerque to see the relatives in June, we went with a mission, to help my in-laws organized, inventory, and then claim whatever of their possessions we desired, and drive that back home. I flew, my husband and son drove in our van. We got a hitch installed on the van shortly before leaving in case we needed a trailer to haul stuff home. 

I knew I would have a lot of down time, likely at the hotel, while they worked on the locker. I couldn't help at all. I did go one day, and mostly sat in the van, draining the battery on my phone while they all did their thing. I was only too happy to stay back at the hotel the following day. I wanted some craft time and alone time. 

It worked out well. They got me a coffee before leaving for the day. The hotel, thankfully, had a fairly satisfactory breakfast buffet, so I was fortified on all fronts. Turns out I love that Pinon coffee, which they recently opened their own coffee shops. We used to bring home beans and brew at home. But we no longer have a traditional coffee maker, and now they have a coffee house. So heavenly it is!

I put together my April Paper Pumpkin kit. This is the kit that Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin' Up! designed. I wanted it put together for an upcoming Extravaganza for the Paper Pumpkin display I bring. 

I took a long slow time putting it together. Even took a long break and talked to my daughter and my friend. I had no idea how long the boys would be gone. Turns out, a very long time. They didn't come back until almost 8 pm, and I had had no lunch. I was getting hangry by then. And they had our protein bars with them. They were trying to starve me! Just kidding, but I was really hungry. 

I got the kit put together. I brought way more supplies than I needed. I just didn't know what I was going to do. Unfortunately I did not get pictures of my final cards, just the steps, and the final cards are a stock image from Stampin' Up! Essentially they look the same. 

From now on I will travel with a Paper Pumpkin kit and scissors and a few accessories in my bag. It saved me from certain boredom, saved me time at home to do the kit. And I had a lot of fun with this kit. The mini watercolor pencils are so fun, and cute. I may pack them in a to go travel craft kit. Truly this is a great reason to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, it is so portable, and easy to do from anywhere. 

Like I said, I took my sweet time with this kit because I could, but usually plan on 30-120 minutes per kit, depending on your skill level, your speed, and how long you need to drag out the project. ;-) I spend about 3.5 hours all told on this. Again, I probably would normally have spent about an hour, hour and a half. I had nothing else to do and I don't want TV, nor game, so that left me with napping, which, after the large coffee, wasn't an option.

Click on my Paper Pumpkin Link above to start subscribing today. Honestly at about $20 a month for a great kit and supplies you can use on other items, what is not to love. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Keep being your traveling creative best! Sandy







Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Inspired and On Trend


The newest issue of the HGTV magazine looks like they CASEd right out of the Stampin' Up!Annual Catalog! or is it the other way around? Difficult to say.


Front cover of catalog without the text
Our cover likely went to press back in February! 
Mirror Mirror on the Wall, which one is the most original of all!

Naturally Eclectic DSP 144185 $11.00
Spot on decorative papers

Color Theory DSP Stack 144193 $10.00
Decorating with Paint Swatches


Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack 144210 $10.00
Colors, designs and pattern trends we can play with!


As you can see by the products listed above, Stampin' Up! absolutely nailed it on design trend, including the Color Theory Memories & More pack which are suitable just to frame up and do nothing else.

Just look at the colors in the magazine photo - I spy Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Emerald Envy, and those are just the In Colors I see. Proud to be associated with a company that is on trend or a leader for creating trends.

Anyway, my magazine came Saturday and I just couldn't wait to share how perfect Stampin' Up! is on trend, leading trends. I notice it even in textiles - clothing, fabric, too. No dated colors or patterns for this company.

What do you think of this spot on trend with Stampin' Up!? Be sure to get your trendy products here. Remember Bonus Days end soon. Monday, to be exact. Get a $5 coupon to use in August for every $50 you spend in July. Coupon will be emailed to you. Be sure to save that email.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep being creative and beautiful. ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thanks for the Treats!






Feeling in the watercoloring mood after putting together my Soft Sayings Card Kit, I decided to try watercoloring on the gold strip treat bags. I watercolored the white first using an aqua painter and a re-inker. Carefully wipe off excess on the gold strips with a paper towel Set that aside to dry.

I then stamped the watercolored areas with a greeting and a flower. I finished off the bag with a quick tag using the stamps again from the Soft Sayings card kit. Staple it to the top of the bag. It would be easy and quick to mass produce the whole pack of these treat bags, 10 to a pack.

These bags are food safe. They make great party favor bags, treat bags, gift bags, or cut them apart for their shiny gold striped paper and use on other projects.

Supplies
Stamps: Soft Sayings Card kit (include the stamp set and cards and other supplies) $35.00 145466
Inks: Basic Gray (included in the kit), Archival Black ink pad 140931 $7.00, Lemon Lime Twist Re-inker 144092 $3.75
Papers; White cardstock 100730 $9.00, tranquil tide cardstock $8.00 144246, 144085 Tranquil Tide ink pad $6.50,
Accessories: Gold Stripe Treat Bags pack 10 $5.50 144255, Pretty Label Punch $18.00 143715, Banner Triple Punch $23.00 138292, Gold Metallic Thread 138401 $3.00

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate sharing with you. Keep being your creative best. ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Birthday Treat Bag





Busy week. Quick share! Love these pretty gold striped food safe treat bags. I stamped on the bag in Archival black ink and regular Lemon Lime Twist ink using the Soft Sayings Kit stamp set. It makes them more personal. I added a vellum circle cut out using the Layering Circles framelits and the Happy Birthday thinlits. Stapled it all on the top of the bag. Super quick and effective project to pull together.




These bags would make great party favor bags, quick gift bags, cut apart and just use as paper for your projects and more. The bags are food safe, so whip up your favorite cookie or brownie recipe and place them on the bag and deliver to your neighbors, coworkers or just as gifts to your postal worker or grocery cashier.

Supplies Used
Stamps: Soft Sayings Card Kit 145466
Inks: Archival Black 140931 $7.00, Lemon Lime Twist Ink $6.50 144086
Papers: Vellum $8.00 101856, Berry Burst Cardstock $8.00 144243
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits $35.00, 141705, Happy Birthday Framelits $20.00 143700, Striped Treat Bags 144255 $5.50

Super simple super cute gift packaging!

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate the company, lol! ;-)

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Real Hipster Ariel is Here!


My daughter came home from her somewhat home/college home in Winona. She was home for a few short days. And when she comes home its always busy. She had several appointments and things to do while she was home. On top of that, my best friend and her husband were in town for a few days. And my husband had to run over to help my friend Jeny with her internet. She has had no internet for six very long weeks at home. And on top of all that, I am nearly immobile because of my knee problems. From Monday morning, until Wednesday evening, it was just go go go and people coming and going and what not. It has been so much fun, but I am tired Wednesday evening as I write this, and will soon be curled up in bed, hopefully with a cat.

The reason for the page? My daughter has wanted multistep hair color for a very long time. The intense colors you only get from bleaching. I have been strictly opposed to it. She is an adult and can do as she wishes, but she respected my wishes.

Next week was supposed to be our big family resort vacation. We had to cancel because there is no way I can deal with the 15 steps up and down to our cabin, uneven pavement, stairs, more stairs, more uneven ground and such. We stay at a 1920's rustic all inclusive super fun resort. Sadly we cancelled that, and lost our deposit. Still better than going up and chancing that I could do more than just crawl up to the cabin to just stay put for the week.

So I offered to do her hair right in lieu of the resort. We scrambled to find someone local who could do it while she was here. We found Deb, a mile away. She bleached to white, part of her hair, she has a rich dark purple on the long underside. And goes somewhat to vivid rich red. The stylist herself has bright orange hair with white tips and is short. Sounds cute!

My daughter has always loved the "hipster Ariel" look. And another task she had done was an eye exam. So she gets to select super psychedelic hipster glasses to complete her look.

I am going to sign off quickly. On top of all our other activities, tonights the night we Skype my in-laws. My pillow is so ready to reconnect.

Supplies: Project Life App and at the This is the Life card collection.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep saving those memories! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, July 24, 2017

Thanks from Soft Sayings


This beautiful yet simple card was whipped up using the stamp set that comes with the Soft Sayings Card Kit from the Annual Catalog. It can be found on pages 10-11 in the US Annual Catalog.

I repeatedly stamped the THANKS image in the Basic Gray ink spot that comes in the kit. Its an all inclusive kit, which means all the supplies needed are included, except the adhesive. ink, stamps, papers, ribbons, washi and an acrylic block to use with the stamp set. And a cute storage box!

I stamped the flowers in 2 of the new In Colors - Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist. There was plenty of the bakers twine ribbon left, even after this card, from the kit to make several more projects.


The cards are gorgeous!


Pieces in the kit

And for at the first time ever, drumroll please, the kit has a refill! Yes, more paper, ribbon and washi at a $21.00 pricetag is pretty darn awesome.

Supplies: 145466 Soft Sayings Card Kit $35.00, 145387 Soft Sayings Refill $21.00

Add on a pack of Whisper White cardstock (100730 $9.00) and White envelopes $7.00 to your kit order and you are already over $50.00 to get your $5 coupon for August purchases. Remember, it is BONUS DA'YS this July. For every $50.00 in merchandise purchased, you get a $5.00 coupon to use for August. Coupon will be emailed to you. Save it for August.

Knee update: had a major setback Saturday evening. Details unimportant. But I have mostly been grounded to the bedroom by my family. Thank goodness I had a bucket of cards that had already been cut and stamped that I can assemble while I wait out my prison sentence..... Just kidding.

Thanks for stopping by. Purchase your Soft Sayings card kit today! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Soft Flowers - Soft Sayings Card Kit Alternate


This project was created using our prepackaged 3x5 notecards and the stamp set from the Soft Sayings Card kit. Which is a fabulous card kit, gorgeous actually.



Laid up tonight with knee issues. See previous post if you are curious about that. More to come on the Soft Sayings Card kit. Whats not to love!

Thanks for stopping by, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

What Would You Do?



What Would You Do?

Here is an update on Hank, my right knee. It is likely to be my last update for a month.

I have had two doctors appointments in since my last update, today and a week ago. Last week I met Dr. Horst, an orthopedic surgeon working at Tria. 

He asked me some questions, listened, investigated, ordered more tests, and seemed genuinely concerned about the state of my knee and getting to the bottom of the cause.

One of the investigatory things he did was to actually examine and move my knee. For the past four years the doctors listen to part of what i have to offer, look at my chart, look at whatever X-rays I had on file and make their diagnosis. No physical exam, no hands on. And for me the patient, it sounds like, not my department.  

Upon investigation, he did warn me, but he moved my knee side to side. Let me explain the movement, holding my femur steady, moved my lower leg side to side. There was a string of bad words as he committed this atrocity to me. Your knee should not be able to move side to side, ever. He was checking to see if my tibial implant, the lower part of the knee replacement, was loose. 

What the doctor didn’t know, or see, was what he did, and I am glad he did it to truly check out the situation, caused me the worst pain I have ever felt. It was the worst five to ten seconds of my life. And I know pain. I walked around for five and a half weeks and three weeks, respectively, with ruptured disc pieces floating in my spinal column. I gave birth to a child whose head did not squeeze down as it should as the skull bones were fused causing third degree lacerations. I have paddled through the BWCA with an appendicitis. I know pain. And this was otherworldly. I did the thing where you keep replaying it in your brain, over and over, when I got home. Rory finally gave me something to knock me out, or probably, shut me up. It continues to replay in my brain on occasion. Probably will for the rest of my life. 

I felt no ill will towards the doctor for doing what he did, first doctor to actually really investigate and examine. 

The doctor ordered some blood tests, looking for signs of infection. I had to ask him, if there actually an infection what happens. They have to pull all the parts, clean things out and put new parts in. A complete replacement. And every time you go in there, you risk more infection, blood clots, more scar tissue, less bone to work with, and so on. In other words, it is something you do not want to do unless you are absolutely sure that is warranted.

Here is a brief history, if you are not familiar with my story. 
  • Up until 2013 degenerative osteoarthritis progressing in both knees. Maximum lifetime of corticosteroids reached. Supartz replacement disc tried. 
  • July 2013 fall in Salt Lake City, leading to a hot spot of pain on my knee, still present in a hot spot. 
  • September 2013 total knee replacement R knee. Hank is born.
  • Post replacement, hot spot continues to be a problem. Coincidence or not.
  • Mid September 2014 - Second physical therapy post op appointment. Therapist pulls and manipulates knee to beyond 90 degrees siting there is no reason a patient cannot achieve a full range of motion within the first 30 days post op. This is after I am in tears and screaming at him to stop because the pain was unbearable. He refused to stop until I started to kick toward him with my other foot. Not sure if there was damage from this. In theory this should not have let the glue loose, and likely didn’t. But the hot spot of pain had finally started to settle down until he did this. 
  • February 2014 total knee replacement L knee. Heisenberg is born.
  • May 2014, noted with doctor hot spot hurts. X-rays show nothing terribly unusual.
  • Post both physical therapy is not able to give me a good range of motion.  Pain is increasing in right knee hot spot. Life continues. I do what movement I can, which is limited due to poor range of motion. Noted to family and a few medical people, it feels like the joint is sliding around. I could stand and squeeze my quad really tight and make my knee straight and it felt like it slid into my tibia. 
  • April 2015 major fall. I actually slid underneath my car because my knee buckled, right knee. Seek urgent care. New X-rays are ordered. Shows a slight possibility that the glue on the implant let loose in the area of my hot spot. Suspect shadowing under the tibial implant, to be exact.
  • Summer 2015, pain growing at a monthly rate.
  • Fall 2015 seek advise from trusted source in Orthopedic Surgery, a physicians assistant. Meet with initial surgeon also. He puts in an order for a revision, just replacing the tibial component, though zero guarantees that is the cause of the pain. PA also sends me to Rheumatology, Podiatry and a few other specialties, just to be sure that there is not another root cause. All negative. No one orders new X-rays. Only Rheumatology tests are ordered. Knee now bends to the left and into my L knee when I walk causing me to further swing my leg out to walk. Otherwise it feels like it pushes the other leg out of the way. Its weird and getting more uncomfortable. 
  • Winter 2016 - June 2017, pain is progressing and problematic. Mobility is decreasing. Days I can hardly move. Range of motion of both knees barely reaches 60 degrees. The world, as I have learned, is set up for people with a minimum of a 90 degree range of motion. I now use a rollator often to get around, mobility scooters help but you need to be able to sit with a 90 degree bend in your knees. Cannot stand for more than a half minute at best, making showers challenging, and standing in lines a bit of a pickle. Must fly first class due to having enough room to straighten my legs in flight and be able to get in and out of seat. Again a 90 degree world issue. Sitting too long has its own problems and complicates the situation also. No new X-rays ordered. Nadda happened. I took a break from running around looking for a diagnosis. Mentally I needed the break from dead ends. Gait is unsteady and unusual due to the odd V sideways gait. It is painful to watch myself walk in windows and mirrors. It just looks so darn wrong. 
  • June 15, 2017 I was having a fairly low pain day. I was flying back from Albuquerque and decided to take advantage of my low pain day. Normally I get airport assistance, again, the 90 degree bend in the knees thing in a wheelchair exacerbates the pain in fun ways. I decided to forego all help and walked half of the ABQ airport (small airport), landed at the farthest gate at MSP, pretty sure we were in Wisconsin, and walked. Walked all over the airport (it was admittedly starting to hurt quite a bit but felt good to be ambulatory). Walked all the way out to the park & ride pick up zone. Walked to get dinner. Walked a bit more. And finally I had had enough and I was home. Came home and rested a few hours. By midnight my knee was a raging ball of pain like I hadn’t felt since I fell in Salt Lake. By morning, the nature of it was changing, instead of it being a hot spot, it was a bright sun, with a hot center and pain rays radiating out in many directions, including up my thigh and down into my ankle. My other knee was now bearing the brunt of my weight and Heisenberg was cranky because of that. 
  • June 16-29, 2017 I treated this as a flare up from overuse, as one would imagine after the 2.65 miles I supposedly walked (or more) that one day. Not a huge amount of walking, a significant amount for me though. 
  • June 29, 2017 pain continues to increase, not decrease. It is time to see a doctor. Acute Injury Clinic visit. X-rays, etc. And scheduled appointment with Orthopedic Surgeon. Acute doctor sees that shadow, and it looks darker now than it did in April 2015. I switch from Motrin to Aspirin for pain management. I find it reduces inflammation a lot better with me. Oh, Lyme test was negative, but it was worth testing for it.
  • July 14, 2017 Meet Dr. Horst. He listened, he tested. He examined physically. He seem to truly care. He was also not quick to diagnose. He took a very thorough and methodological approach to diagnosis. He wanted to be sure before he said any more to me. He also twisted the shit out of my knee, creating an even greater level of pain and in new areas. I ended up taking a narcotic, partly due to pain, which was riding above a ten after that, mostly trying to forget the twisting motion. He was right to do that, and I would never encourage it, heck no, but it did show that possibly the joint was loose. And that Sandy has reached her lifetime pain tolerance. I was left mostly bedridden for the week. Knee very unstable, aside from the pain issue, hip irritated, and just generally miserable. 
  • July 21, 2017 Today. Follow up appointment with Dr. Horst. Zero signs of infection. I was relieved. He reviewed the results of the bone scan.  His interpretation was that the radioactive uptake was far stronger in the right leg.  The radiologist hadn’t thought significant.  He ordered one last set of X-rays, a full leg length, before giving his diagnosis.  He also had me move my knee one last time for him, to test if the tendon was still viable. It is.


Okay, so the end result is he recommended a revision of the tibial plateau piece of the knee replacement for Hank. He still suspects the glue let loose in the area of the hot spot of pain.   Unfortunately, knee revisions are generally a much more painful ordeal than an initial revision, though given my current pain he acknowledged it might not be much worse that I was already experiencing.  It also brought additional risks:  Risks of additional infection, scar tissue, a potential worsening or non-improvement in my already limited range of motion, would require lengthening the incisions both at the top and bottom, possibly breaking through the bone to get the current implant out and repairing it afterward as my range of motion would limit bending the knee, and most notably, it was not guaranteed to fix my specific issue.  It was a hell of a lot to take in. I did throw up in my mouth a little as he explained all of this to me. 

As I left the clinic, I let the tears flow as they should.  I am scared, confused and unsure of my future. There are huge risks to any surgery, any joint replacement surgery, and the risks compound with revision surgery. Right now the surgery is scheduled for August 21st, ironically what would be my mothers 88th birthday, if she were still alive. Maybe that is a prophecy of a good thing, a bad thing (you would have had to known my mother well) or just a date on the calendar.  

Looking at the Xray, the implant in question looks to be in the tibia at a funny angle, whether that is common or not, I am not sure, and two surgeons and others have poo pood it as significant. I do notice that my Right pelvic bone is tilted, a chronic problem. Did that contribute to the pressure on the knee, especially given my Right foot drop? Difficult to say, and I am not even sure there is an answer or whom I would ask for an answer, as the hip would involve Neurosurgery and reflects back to my first back rupture surgery, which was, shall we say, hmmm... Lets just leave that one open right now.

Rory and I spent the evening discussing and researching. Would going to a Pain Clinic provide a cause, a fix or a cure? Would Seeing Mayo really provide a different outcome, given the diagnostic results? The 90 minute car ride to Mayo sounds like Hell on Earth right now. Is there a discipline that has been missed getting an opinion from? The end of the discussion is there is no magic smoking gun. I enter the surgery at my own risk. Not having the surgery, my quality of life continues to erode, really leaving the only option, if it is an option, if not the only option, of risking the revision surgery. Long term pain management means narcotics, which is a zero option with me. Period. End of discussion.

So, my friends, I truly am asking you, what would you do? Would you risk the surgery knowing the outcome is murky, and could potentially make it worse? I really want to know what you would do. 


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July for You!


Who doesn't love an early celebration?


Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! Your new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And to give your recruits a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! With so many basic items provided for them, they’ll be able to get their brand, new business off to a fast start—and spend their Starter Kit dollars on things like their favorite stamp sets and accessories!



This is the amazing stamp set you can get for FREE!

WAIT! There is more free items!


Essentials Gift Pack
ITEM NUMBERDESCRIPTION
118485
D Block (X2)
130148
Grid Paper
103579
Paper Snips
104332
SNAIL Adhesive
102300
Bone Folder
144804
How do you get all this for FREE? Join my team for $99 (plus tax) and get this fantastic bonus. Let's not forget you can choose what is in your starter kit, worth $125 of items. 

What is holding you back from joining? Great company. Great benefits. Great opportunity. Join for the discount, stay for the fun!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Pen is the Tongue of the Mind - Horace



I think I am in love with this stamp set and watercoloring with re-inkers and an aqua painter!

This was another simple to create card using the Crafting Forever stamp set which meets our *Angel Policy guidelines.

I used about 3 drops of re-inker in a container and a few drops of water to create this Lemon Lime watercolor wash for the card layer. I made sure my aqua painter was quite wet before spreading it on the white paper. It was a fairly thick coat of wash that I applied. Make sure you have a silicon craft sheet or something else underneath your paper before doing the wash. I applied it so heavy it soaked through the paper a bit. Set aside to dry for at least a half hour, or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Then stamp your image on the wash layer. You want to make sure that paper is completely dry before stamping or your image that is stamped in black will bleed and ruin that entire sheet of paper.

Gentle reminder that July is Bonus Days with Stampin' Up! Every $50.00 US in merchandise you spend you get a $5.00 coupon that will be emailed to you to use for shopping in August. And in August this stamp set will be available for the general public to pre-order before the release of the Holiday Catalog 2017 on September 1st! Get shopping now.



Supplies:
Stamps: Crafting Forever  • 9 rubber stamps 143955 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143958 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, c, d, g) Available in French
Inks: Memento Black Memento Pad & Refill Tuxedo Black. Acid free.Pad • 132708 $6.00 Refill (0.5 fl. oz.) • 133456 $5.00, 144091 Lemon Lime Twist re-inker $3.75 144092
Papers: Whisper White 100730 $9.00, Basic Black cardstock 121045 $8.00, 
Accessories:  Aqua Painters 103954 2 pack $17.00, Layering Circles Framelits $35.00 141705, Silicone Craft  Sheet 127853 $6.00, Heat Tool 129053 $30.00, 

Health update: I am counting down the hours until I see the orthopedic surgeon on Friday. Sleep is elusive as I cannot get comfortable. I have more odd shaped pillows and whatnot to try and get comfortable and it really isn't working.

I did not get down to my studio today. Sad for me :-( and no matter what that is unusual for me. I do get down there to do something most days. Which is probably why I end up with a large volume of projects and many not getting every shared here. LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please share if you try the watercolor wash technique, which is an old technique, by the way. But watercoloring is making a resurgence right now.

Keep on being your creative best, Sandy

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To learn more, visit stampinup.com/angelpolicy or talk to your demonstrator.  


Stampin' Up! welcomes artists who would like to use our copyrighted images in their own handmade craftwork and other projects that they produce to sell. Therefore, we give permission in the form of a limited license to use any Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating items for sale, under the following criteria: 
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  3. There are no quantity limits for for-sale, handmade craftworks that abide by the restrictions as stated in this policy. However, you may only sell 150 total individual items per calendar year of printed projects that were digitally created containing Stampin' Up! images unless other permission has been requested and granted. Calendars, cards, photo books, or other digitally created projects apply to this limit.
  4. Completed, handmade or digitally created projects may be sold at competitive and non-competitive permanent retail locations, as well as temporary craft events, community fundraisers, and over the Internet. In selling handmade or digitally created projects, the seller must make it clear that the items are handmade or personally created by the seller, and not a product of the company. The seller may indicate that the supplies used are from Stampin' Up!, but the Stampin' Up! logo may not be used in any way for the sole purpose of promoting the sale of handmade or digitally created projects. 
  5. You may not use Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating logos or company trademarks. 
  6. Digital files of any type containing Stampin' Up! images may not be sold under any condition. 
  7. Persons creating handmade or digitally created items for sale are responsible for complying with any state and local business and tax regulations.
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  9. Stampin' Up! is a Utah corporation. The laws of the State of Utah govern the policy. The state and federal courts for Salt Lake County, Utah, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceeding arising from this policy and Salt Lake County, Utah shall be the exclusive venue. Any failure by Stampin' Up! to enforce any of its rights will not constitute a waiver of such rights.

Does not apply to projects that are gifted or used in your home, only if money exchanges hands.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Pen is Always Mightier!


I love how the background turned out for this project. I stamped the three pen image in Smokey Slate repeatedly but not overlapping on that layer.

A simple stamped image (the three pens) were added as the focal point. And the project is essentially done.

I colored in the pens with my own ink. I placed a few drops of re-inker in a container and used an aqua painter to color them.

Supplies:
Stamps: Crafting Forever  • 9 rubber stamps 143955 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143958 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, c, d, g) Available in French
Inks: Memento Black Memento Pad & Refill Tuxedo Black. Acid free.Pad • 132708 $6.00 Refill (0.5 fl. oz.) • 133456 $5.00, Berry Burst re-inker 144089 $3.75, Tranquil Tide re-inker $3.75 144091 Lemon Lime Twist re-inker $3.75 144092
Papers: Whisper White 100730 $9.00, Basic Black cardstock 121045 $8.00, Smoky Slate cardstock 131202 $8.00
Accessories: Basic Black Bakers Twine solid 141682 $3.00 Aqua Painters 103954 2 pack $17.00, Triple banner punch 138292 $23.00

When selling items for profit or sale that have been made with Stampin' Up! products be sure to follow the Angel Policy as stated below.


Thank you for stopping by today. 

Here is an update on my knee, if you are a regular blog follower. Its a short one. Knee rapidly declining daily. Next doctor appointment is Friday. My quality of life, as you can imaging, due to pain and mobility, is not a pretty picture right now. I am staying positive, knowing there are likely answers really soon. And that will lead to a solution. But the pain is, admittedly, off the charts at times. I am not complaining, at all, just providing a realistic update to an unfortunate situation. 

I am making the best of what i can do. I can, on a good day, spend 1-2 hours in my studio. For that I am grateful. It makes me feel useful and provides a distraction. I am working on more posts. I have so much content to share of items I made earlier this summer. Until I started photographing and planning posts, I had no idea I made so much. I am glad i took advantage of my mobile times to do so. 

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you for stopping by today. Keep being creative, and I will keep supplying ideas! ~Sandy

*You can sell projects you’ve made with Stampin’ Up! copyrighted images if they include “© Stampin’ Up!” on them (see Crafting Forever Stamp Set below).
To learn more, visit stampinup.com/angelpolicy or talk to your demonstrator.  


Stampin' Up! welcomes artists who would like to use our copyrighted images in their own handmade craftwork and other projects that they produce to sell. Therefore, we give permission in the form of a limited license to use any Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating items for sale, under the following criteria: 
  1. Handmade craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually created by the selling artist and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying. Mass production, assembly-line construction, production by workers for hire, or syndication of craftwork for sale is strictly prohibited. Digitally created projects intended for sale must be personally created by the selling artist.
  2. All of Stampin' Up!'s images are copyrighted, which means that they may not be copied without permission. To help protect the rights granted by these copyrights, all items for sale using Stampin' Up! images must be marked with one of the images from the official Stampin' Up! Limited License stamp sets shown in the catalog, or the digital copyright image included in the My Digital Studio program, or available online.
  3. There are no quantity limits for for-sale, handmade craftworks that abide by the restrictions as stated in this policy. However, you may only sell 150 total individual items per calendar year of printed projects that were digitally created containing Stampin' Up! images unless other permission has been requested and granted. Calendars, cards, photo books, or other digitally created projects apply to this limit.
  4. Completed, handmade or digitally created projects may be sold at competitive and non-competitive permanent retail locations, as well as temporary craft events, community fundraisers, and over the Internet. In selling handmade or digitally created projects, the seller must make it clear that the items are handmade or personally created by the seller, and not a product of the company. The seller may indicate that the supplies used are from Stampin' Up!, but the Stampin' Up! logo may not be used in any way for the sole purpose of promoting the sale of handmade or digitally created projects. 
  5. You may not use Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating logos or company trademarks. 
  6. Digital files of any type containing Stampin' Up! images may not be sold under any condition. 
  7. Persons creating handmade or digitally created items for sale are responsible for complying with any state and local business and tax regulations.
  8. Persons participating in this angel policy assume all liability for suitability of their work and agree to indemnify Stampin' Up! from disputes arising from their work. 
  9. Stampin' Up! is a Utah corporation. The laws of the State of Utah govern the policy. The state and federal courts for Salt Lake County, Utah, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceeding arising from this policy and Salt Lake County, Utah shall be the exclusive venue. Any failure by Stampin' Up! to enforce any of its rights will not constitute a waiver of such rights.

Does not apply to projects that are gifted or used in your home, only if money exchanges hands.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, July 17, 2017

An Artists Tools




What is not to love about this new stamp set which also meets Stampin' Up!s Angel Policy.*
I love the snips scissor image, the realistic paint brushes, the lovely pens and more. Be sure to follow the Angel Policy rules stated below if you are selling items made with Stampin' Up! supplies. 

The background paper on this project was made using the splatter technique and re-inkers and water. I wanted a paint splattered background. To make the splatter I used a few drops of re-inker and my aqua painter. I then held it over my project and flicked the painter to splatter the media. I dipped several times.

Colors used: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Smokey Slate, Tranquil Tide

I also used my "homemade ink" or "homemade watercolors" to then color in the stamped image for a soft look.

This was a fun look to achieve. I kind of wish I had made an entire sheet of paper instead of my pre-cut paper so I would have more to use on other projects. It certainly is easy enough to re-create more.

Supplies:
Stamps: Crafting Forever  • 9 rubber stamps 143955 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143958 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, c, d, g) Available in French
Inks: Memento Black Memento Pad & Refill Tuxedo Black. Acid free.Pad • 132708 $6.00 Refill (0.5 fl. oz.) • 133456 $5.00 
Papers: Whisper White 100730 $9.00, Basic Black cardstock 121045 $8.00, Lemon Lime Twist cardstock 144245 $8.00
Accessories: Layering Ovals Framelits 141706 $35.00, Lemon Lime Twist Woven Ribbon 144135 $7.00, Aqua Painters 103954 2 pack $17.00



Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate you. ~Sandy


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*You can sell projects you’ve made with Stampin’ Up! copyrighted images if they include “© Stampin’ Up!” on them (see Crafting Forever Stamp Set below).
To learn more, visit stampinup.com/angelpolicy or talk to your demonstrator.  


Stampin' Up! welcomes artists who would like to use our copyrighted images in their own handmade craftwork and other projects that they produce to sell. Therefore, we give permission in the form of a limited license to use any Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating items for sale, under the following criteria: 
  1. Handmade craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually created by the selling artist and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying. Mass production, assembly-line construction, production by workers for hire, or syndication of craftwork for sale is strictly prohibited. Digitally created projects intended for sale must be personally created by the selling artist.
  2. All of Stampin' Up!'s images are copyrighted, which means that they may not be copied without permission. To help protect the rights granted by these copyrights, all items for sale using Stampin' Up! images must be marked with one of the images from the official Stampin' Up! Limited License stamp sets shown in the catalog, or the digital copyright image included in the My Digital Studio program, or available online.
  3. There are no quantity limits for for-sale, handmade craftworks that abide by the restrictions as stated in this policy. However, you may only sell 150 total individual items per calendar year of printed projects that were digitally created containing Stampin' Up! images unless other permission has been requested and granted. Calendars, cards, photo books, or other digitally created projects apply to this limit.
  4. Completed, handmade or digitally created projects may be sold at competitive and non-competitive permanent retail locations, as well as temporary craft events, community fundraisers, and over the Internet. In selling handmade or digitally created projects, the seller must make it clear that the items are handmade or personally created by the seller, and not a product of the company. The seller may indicate that the supplies used are from Stampin' Up!, but the Stampin' Up! logo may not be used in any way for the sole purpose of promoting the sale of handmade or digitally created projects. 
  5. You may not use Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating logos or company trademarks. 
  6. Digital files of any type containing Stampin' Up! images may not be sold under any condition. 
  7. Persons creating handmade or digitally created items for sale are responsible for complying with any state and local business and tax regulations.
  8. Persons participating in this angel policy assume all liability for suitability of their work and agree to indemnify Stampin' Up! from disputes arising from their work. 
  9. Stampin' Up! is a Utah corporation. The laws of the State of Utah govern the policy. The state and federal courts for Salt Lake County, Utah, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceeding arising from this policy and Salt Lake County, Utah shall be the exclusive venue. Any failure by Stampin' Up! to enforce any of its rights will not constitute a waiver of such rights.

Does not apply to projects that are gifted or used in your home, only if money exchanges hands.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Rooster Crows at Dawn!




This was inspired/CASEd from Candy Ford at stampcandy.net that I found on Pinterest. She used burlap ribbons behind the window frames for curtains. I just thought it needed to be brightened up and less wood look. I stamped on vellum with the flower stamp that comes in this product suite. When you stamp on vellum, use a Heat Tool on low or a blow dryer or just set aside for it to dry fully. I recommend about an hour of air dry time.



The versatility of this Wood Words suite is just amazing. The flower image can be used for so many things. The simple shapes can be used for backgrounds or as focal points.

I used the log paper from the Wood paper stack and cut out the stack of logs for the bottom of the project.

And any of you M*A*S*H trivia buffs out there, my title is a spoof on a book they talked about in a later epidsode "The Rooster Crows at Midnight". Because, roosters crow at dawn not in the middle of the night.

Thank you for the darling card idea Candy! I appreciate you sharing it. I loved putting my own spin on it.

Supplies:
Stamps: Wood Words 143925 wood $30.00 143928 clear $22.00
Inks: Cherry Cobbler ink pad 126966 $6.50
Papers: Wood Textures DSP stack 144177 $10.00, black 121045 $8.00, Vellum Cardstock 101856 $8.00
Accessories: Wood crate framelits 143730 $30.00, Hearth & Home Thinlits 139666 $20.00
Bundle and Save 10%: Wood Words Stamp set + Wood Crate Framelits wood 145315 $54.00 145316 clear $46.75

Remember we have Bonus Days in July. Every $50 in merchandise you purchase in July you get a coupon for $5 to spend in August. Your coupon will be emailed to you.

Thank you for stopping by today. Keep being creative! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy