Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Easter Bunny Came to Our House

We had a full house for Easter, just the way it should be. My daughter and BF were up for the whole weekend. 

I had never cooked for Easter brunch before. I am not sure what we have done in recent years. I know when both my parents were alive we would brunch with them. I am thinking we didn't do much at all. In recent years around Easter we have had so much going on I bet it just wasn't even a thought of ours. 

In wanting to make up for lost time, I decided to go all out for brunch. And I mean ALL OUT! Only the best food and finest ingredients. In searching around for recipes I found all the ones I used on Country Living, except the fruit and butter. And these recipes called for high end ingredients, which some were a challenge to find. My daughters BF works at JR Watkins, the very old food and door to door drug store of the 19th century. I had him grab some of the needed extracts and such. Plus he gets them at a great discount. 

In fact we cooked well for everyone all weekend, except for Saturday night. I was pretty tired by Sunday evening between heavy cooking and cleaning. 

Here is the menu, in case you are curious, or very hungry for some seriously good eats: 


With the Texas Roadhouse butter there was some debate over whether mine was better than the original restaurants version. I think we were 4-1! 

The recipes were pretty complicated. Now that I have made them, a lot less so. But most of it goes in at once to the oven, and we have an overly small oven, and little counter space, and little room for people. So things got crazy. I was getting tired. The meal was later than I wanted it to be. And I was starting to melt down a little.

I really do love cooking, and cooking fancy. I am not sure if it is the creative process or chopping. It certainly isn't the eating part. I am someone who eats to live, not lives to eat, like the rest of my family. So it is a win~win. I love to cook. They love to eat. I love cutting food and paper. It satisfies me for some reason.  The recipes were all new for me and some of the foods too. Honestly as soon as the food was ready I went and sat down and let me husband bring the food out to serve. I was just done! This is part of why we are seeking a remodel on the house, in particular our kitchen and master bathroom and closet.

The frittata was a huge winner. Zero leftovers and I think it was decided to double that for next year. I really liked the Strata better. But both were very very good. It was a well mixed menu. The potato salad was different, but in a very good way. And I may make that this summer.

The other thing that got crazy is I wanted to do fancy table decorations. No Easter baskets as we have no way to store 5 baskets year to year and don't like the idea of buying such limited use stuff. I had the table somewhat planned out but didn't get it executed before I had to start cooking. I had to leave it to the family to execute the vision in my head. It was lovely. I purchased a super large chocolate Dove bunny as a centerpiece. Turns out it was only a half bunny! I will pay attention to that in the future. To eliminate cat issues with the Easter grass, I even found paper grass in green. If you have cats you will know exactly what I mean. They really didn't enjoy the paper grass and it was easy to clean up and save for next year. Next years decorations will be even better. I had wanted to create little paper baskets for each Cadbury egg. One of the many things as time ran out, that I just had to let go of that idea.

Food aside, the best part of the day was having my daughter home to go to Easter service at church with us. Her BF elected to stay back and supervise the cats.

It was our first time as a whole family at this church for Easter. I know last year my knees were bothering me too much to go and I don't think our daughter was able to make it home from college. But I wouldn't quote me on that.

Lovely message of Hope in Action from the church. Everyone took Communion. This is still a new thing for our daughter. She is much more comfortable doing it at this much smaller church. We sang. Or the three of them sang. I don't sing. Period. We visited with staff. We slowly made our way home. Relaxed atmosphere. Such a change from our years of driving 38 miles or more each way for church. We would leave church feeling drained instead of refreshed and rejuvenated. The opposite of what any church is trying to provide.

And today was my husbands birthday also. But more on that in another post. Let me know if you try any of the recipes!

So that was our lovely Easter. Food. Family. Faith. Fun. Fulfilled.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

App Scrapping just Got Better! Project Life App

The Project Life App by Becky Higgins LLC is now a FREE app for iPhone and Android. FREE ya'll!!! And they will have in-app purchases too. One of the newest feature is FFT Free Form Text, in app purchase for $2.99.

In this video you will learn some basics of using the Project Life App and become an App Scrapper like me! Honestly, I am promoting this app because I want everyone to scrapbook by any method possible. Why take thousands of pictures each year if they are just going to sit on your phone!

Rather than print and do traditional scrapbooking, or transfer your pictures to a computer and do digital scrapbooking, how about scrapbooking right from your phone! Yes, tis true, tis possible with this sleek app.

With the addition of FFT Free Form Text, the app just got even cooler! And the basic app is now FREEEEEE!

FFT allows you to add text to photos and other cards (pocket cards), those are the pretty things that help decorate your page. FFT you can change the font, the colors the size and rotate it. Add as many text boxes as you can fit within that pocket. $2.99 to be able to do that is pretty amazing to me. I am excited for this addition.

Visit my website to learn more about scrapbooking, app scrapping and more inspirational whys for scrapbooking. I usually post on Thursdays about Scrapbooking!

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, April 15, 2018

NEW!!! Printable Event Calendar from Needs A Ribbon

I am going to try something new, which I hope will help you with planning on attending events. I have made a printable PDF calendar of events. I only have it populated up through July 2018 at the moment. I am having a challenge in trying to parse it out into separate months due to all the formatting included in the calendar.

I encourage you to print and hang this in a convenient location. I used to do this years (many years) ago for my customers, but stopped when my schedule changed and there didn't seem to be much need. 

As I am changing up what I offer you, I thought it would be best for you to have something to save and print. If I was a tech genius I could make them as able to enter right into your smart phone. I am not there yet. 

I will always include national holidays! It will help you in planning what cards you will need for the upcoming months.

I update my calendar essentially quarterly. You can always access this from my Tool Box section. It is at the top of the page. The CALENDAR link at the right (if you are looking at this on a desktop not mobile) links only to the actual calendar, nothing that is printable. 

I hope this will help you in remembering events to attend. I spent a bit of time pulling this together and I am only too happy to keep it up if it is of use to customers. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A New Way to Stamp a Stack of Cards!

Several customers have asked for a traditional Stamp-A-Stack of cards class. Over my 13 years as being a Demonstrator I have offered them several different ways. They have been in person classes. They have been mail-order classes. They have been incentive classes with qualifying purchases. My measurable success at them has been all over the map! Currently I am offering a Card Buffet in person class at my home at the end of April. A Card Buffet is a stamp-a-stack of cards class but you get to choose which ones you make. I am offering 2 each of 6 styles for different pricing options. I am offering ten different card options to begin with, you choose 6 to make. Whatever packets are left carryover to the next buffet until they are gone. Read more here.  I call it my "I know You're Hungry Card Buffet". I believe calling it a Card Buffet is confusing those of us that are used to the Stamp-A-Stack of card class name. Same idea but the customer gets more flexibility in choosing what they make.

I had a brainstorm with myself the other night and I think I have come up with a workable solution to offering something on a smaller scale, on a more regular basis (think monthly!) that can be done in person at my house, at your house on your time which can then be mailed to you, and can also be an incentive to place a qualifying order. Read on about a new way to Stamp--A-Stack of cards.

What is included?
What I have come up with, if I may ramble on a bit more, is 2 each of 3 different card styles and envelopes on a monthly basis. Say what? Yes! Sandy is offering a Stamp-A-Stack monthly, but smaller scale for shorter attention spans! Just kidding. Really if you participate monthly you will have 72 cards to send every 12 months. Every month will include 2 each of a  general birthday card and 2 each of 2 other cards, related to the next months holidays or other relevant items. You can see the schedule below. Also note that sometimes I will make sure to use the super shiny new goodies when a new catalog comes out!

Dates You need to Know
So with this new way to class, you can purchase the class by the tenth of the month, monthly or up to you how often you participate. Money is due to me by the 15th of the month. When I have money in hand I will cut your packet. If payment is delayed, you will get the next months packet. I cut once for that month, so whomever has sent me registration and payment will get that months Stamp-A-Stack! If you opt to participate in person at my house, during one of the two class sessions I am offering during the third week of each month, you still need to submit payment ahead of time. This guarantees you a packet of supplies!

There will be no sneak peek at the cards for the upcoming month, much like all the other monthly subscriptions you can purchase, including our own Paper Pumpkin subscription. We have no idea what we will get until we open the box. You will know what the card themes will be ahead, so if you do not need those cards, carry on and ignore that month.

I will mail the class packets on or about the 17th of each month, and include a PDF of instructions, pictures of the projects and supply list in case you fall in love with some of the pretty stuff!

Get the class for FREE!
If you place a minimum $50 order by the 10th of a month, you will automatically get sent the class. You will need to notify me if you do not want to receive the class. People that order as NO CONTACT will not get a class because I do not have your address. I have no way to contact you. That makes me sad because I am offering a nice incentive to place a nice order. Opt in!

I think that about covers the details. Place a qualifying order and automatically and conveniently get the class for FREE. Register by the tenth and get that payment to me quickly by the 15th of the month to make sure you get the packet. Registering by email or text does not guarantee until I get the payment. I mail you your class packet around the 17th of the month. Bingo! Classes made super easy for all of us.

In Person Class Details
In person class attendees will still get the instruction PDF, you just have the added benefit of being able to visit with me!!! In person class will occur during the third week of the month (most months) but will always be held on Tuesdays from 1-3 and Fridays from 6:30-8:30. There are some dates this summer that may be off schedule due to my sons graduation and a few other family events. But I will do my best to keep to the consistent schedule to make it easy for all of us to remember. I will provide the adhesive for in person classes, which will be green Tombo glue. If you are partial to tape runners, please feel free to bring your own to class.

Address is in Minnetonka and is listed below. You can message me for it also.

If you participate all year long you will have enough cards for just about every occasion, 72 in all. Because there are only 6 cards monthly, it shouldn't take much time to put them together. I think that is something that has intimidated some of you. I know it would probably intimidate me too.

Below is a spreadsheet of the details. I have included a link below that of the information in PDF format for you to print and hang in a convenient location. You can always find the document under my Tool Box tab. I put all instructional or class or tips sheets under that tab.

Registering for Class
To register, you may email me or text me your registration request. You can just say "I'm in for class this month" or I am going to attend class on --- date! Make sure you pop that payment to me right away then to make sure you get the months class you wish to make! $15 in person class, $22 for mail order class. $0 for those that place a minimum of $50 order.

Do you really like the upcoming card styles/subjects/themes that are listed? Feel free to double or triple the class fee of $15. I have not checked if it will cost me more to mail a double packet. It is something I can look into if that is something people are interested. Just let me know how many packets when you are registering! Just say "double me up this month" or "I will take the triple ripple" or something. You know what I mean. I just need to know how many packets you want, if you want more than the one. See? This way you can get a bigger Stamp-A-Stack at your convenience.

I have included in the main flyer a payment coupon, it helps me but isn't mandatory. And I know when I send in payments for things I usually type up a simple registration thing. There is a link below and in my Tool Box for additional payment coupons you can print.

Payments are due to me by the 15th of the month in which you are participating. Payment will either be $15 if you opt for the in person class to make your cards, or $22 for processing and mailing your packet. If you place a qualifying order, yours is automatic unless you notify me you want to opt out.  Payments are check made out to Sandy McManus, or cash. Mail to address is PO Box 1769, Minnetonka MN 55345. Secured mailbox! Just remember if your payment doesn't arrive by the 15th, you will just receive the next months class. How cool is that? You win either way! Feel free to include the payment coupons I have created to make it easier for you.

Post this in convenient location!

Order Due+
10th of every month
Money Due++
15th of the month
In Person Class*
Usually 3rdweek of month
Tuesday 1-3
Friday 6:30-8:30
Special Notice
Birthday – General-2
Valentine’s Day- 2
Baby - 2
January 10, 2019
January 15, 2019
TBD – To Be Determined
Will use Occasions catalog items
Birthday – Child – 2
St Patrick’s Day – 2
Easter - 2
February 10, 2019
February 15, 2019
Will use Occasions catalog items
Birthday – Male – 2
Wedding – 2
General - 2
March 10, 2019
March 15, 2019

Birthday – General -2
Mother’s Day – 2
Thank you (teacher) - 2
April 10, 2019
April 15, 2019
Will use Occasions catalog items
Birthday – Male – 2
Graduation – 2
Father’s Day - 2
May 10, 2018
May 15, 2018
May 22, 2018
May 25, 2018
Will use Occasions catalog items
Birthday – Milestone-2
Thank You – 2
Patriotic – 2
June 10, 2018
June 15, 2018
June 26, 2018
June 29, 2018
New Catalog items!
Birthday – Male – 2
Retirement – 2
Baby - 2
July 10, 2018
July 15, 2018
July 17 2018
July 20, 2018

Birthday- General – 2
Sympathy – 2
General cards - 2
August 10, 2018
August 15, 2018

Birthday – Baby – 2
Halloween – 2
Wedding - 2
September 10, 2018
September 15, 2018
New Holiday Catalog items!
Birthday - General - 2
Gratitude – 2
General -2
October 10, 2018
October 15, 2018

Birthday – Male – 2
Christmas – 2
Christmas - 2
November 10, 2018
November 15, 2018
New Holiday Catalog items!
Birthday -General – 2
New Years – 2
Sympathy - 2
December 10, 2018
December 15, 2018

Schedule will be updated with TBD.

Stamp-A-Stack of Cards Calendar and Information

Payment Coupon (optional) for Class payment

Simple Class Flyer with no dates same as item pictured at the top of this post. Handy and simple reminder to register for class.

Back side of PDF calendar flyer below
Cards for that month are geared for events in the following month.  We will do 2 each of 3 cards with envelopes. If you consistently participate you should have cards for just about every occasion during the year. A total of 2 each of 36 cards for 72 total cards for the year. This is not a club, there is no monthly obligation to participate 

There may be special add – on 3D items during the year. You will be notified when they are available. 

+Order Due by Date: It is due by the tenth (10th) of every month. You will need to email me if you are just doing the class either in person or by email so I can prep your packet. If you order after the 10thof the month you will receive the next month’s class when they are mailed out after I have received your money. Place a minimum $50.00 in product orderby the 10thof that month and your complimentary class will be mailed to you. If you do not want to receive the class packet, you will need to let me know by email

++Money Due by Date: Money must be received by 15thof the month in order to get that months class. 
Class is $15.00. Shipping is $7.00. If doing the mail order class your total will be $22.00 dollars check mailed to me at Sandy McManus, PO Box 1769, Minnetonka MN 55345. In person attendees will still need to mail a check to be received by this date. This honors your commitment to participate and assures you do get a packet. If you place a minimum $50.00 in product order you will skip this step.

Shipping: Orders will be shipped on or about the 17thof that month. Gives you plenty of time to assemble the cards for the next month’s occasions. You will need to provide scissors and your own adhesives. Includes instructional PDF and supply list.

*In Person Class: Will usually be held the third week of that month. Two sessions: Tuesday, 1-3 pm or Friday 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Address: Sandy McManus, 14109 Mount Terrace, Minnetonka MN 55345

For your convenience I have a payment coupon you can use to mail in your payment if you opt for just the class and not free with a minimum $50 product order. 

Sandy McManus, Stampin’ Up!
I love being your Independent Demonstrator! ©  612-280-5590

Stack of Cards Payment Coupon


Please circle option
In Person Class

Mailorder Class (includes postage)

Class Attending (in person class)
Tuesday 1-3
Friday 6:30-8:30

If you placed a minimum $50 order you do not need to mail in this form. 

Please remit payment to: Sandy McManus, PO Box 1769, Minnetonka MN 55345 by the 15thof the month.


Well I have rattled on for long enough. Lets get you registered for May's monthly Stamp-A-Stack of cards right now. 

May will have 2 birthday cards, 
2 Father's Day cards and 2 Graduation cards. 

And after you receive your packet you will still have plenty of time to get those cards assembled and delivered to your special someones!

I hope you are excited as I am about this new way to Stamp-A-Stack of Cards! I am about over the moon with this idea. After 13 years I think I have a solution that will satisfy everyone's needs!

Get registered and keep being your creative best! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

I Hear You are an Adult Now!

Recently my son turned 18. He was unfortunately, but actually normally, sick for is birthday. Somehow that time of year he always gets sick with some virus. He didn't feel well enough to go to dinner, which is part of our family's birthday ritual. He had chosen Benihana's. He did say he wanted a cake though. He wanted the same cake we got his sister - the Celebration Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.

That cake is huge! And even though he didn't feel well, he ate most of it himself over just a few days! Ah, he may be 18, but he is still a "teen" with a teen boys appetite!

I didn't eve get a picture of him for his big birthday, I grabbed this silly one from some other family meal or something. It shows his "cheesy" side!

One thing we have learned having two "adults" in the house is that the day they turn 18, legally everything changes. For some kids they may still have a long way until high school graduation too. The world just expects them to miraculously make big adult life changing decisions just because they had another birthday. Suddenly they are expected to make and remember their own medical appointments. They are expected suddenly to know what they want to be when they grow up, because they are a "grown up" now. Their frontal lobes won't even be fully developed for another 5-7 years.

I understand from a governmental legal standpoint that you need to pick an age at which you expect humans to be adults. I am just not sure 18 is it. Yes, they can graduate and go off to fight in wars for their country and graduate high school and drive a vehicle and so on. But face it, some of these kids can still barely tie their shoes, let alone "adult".

Case and point, my sons group of friends, most are 18 or older, most, if not all of them, are terrible with personal hygiene. I mean showering more than say, twice a week. And probably then only if family complains. Its just not even healthy to do that. And these kids just can't be bothered with such matters. And they are expected to make big life changing, life altering decisions? Yeah, adulting!

We have had very open communication with both our kids. One thing our family does well is talk, communicate, share. They both know their shortcomings on adulting. My daughter is 20 and still slow to manage some adult matters. She is getting better, but still calls us to help almost every time. I am okay with that because she knows she needs assistance. I would rather help and advise than just say here, legally you are an adult and should be able to survive on your own. Go, go take on the world, adult, make big life changing decisions knowing full well you have no clue what you are doing.

My own growing up was different. I was essentially booted out at 18 and said, figure it out. I did, but there were a lot of mistakes. Also, being an only child to two much older adults I grew up in a much more mature world. Mistakes are fine as long as you are safe. But a little advice and a little financial assistance at times might have been nice. Its not quite as extreme as it sounds, but essentially when I hit 18, my mom stopped being my mom, wasn't my friend, and just really didn't know how to deal with me. So instead she was mean. She would get really nasty when I would not make the best decisions, but give me no advice what I could do better. Or something like that. She may be gone, we may have had a bad relationship, but I still miss her every day.

Back to that adulting thing. We have done what we can to teach our kids how to guide through some of the muck of early adulthood. We are still there for them. We check in with them. We make sure if they need to just talk and vent, we are there. We make sure they are safe. We know they will make mistakes, and they know it too. But hopefully they are minor lessons to be learned and nothing that makes them unsafe or risky financial issues. So far, so good!


I made this page using the Project Life App from Becky Higgins LLC. The app, if you haven't heard about it, what rock have you been living under? He he. It is the answer to scrapbooking on your phone you didn't know you needed but now you do!

And the app is now FREE in the App store on  Apple and Google Play. FREEEEEEEE! Yes there are in app purchases for additional kits and fonts and a new shiny toy in the app.

The shiny new toy is FFT or free form text. It is an extra $2.99. Peanuts in cost. Thats half of a coffee shop latte! What FFT for free form text, allows you to create text boxes over your photos, over the fancy designer cards, over title cards and many other cards in the card collections in the app. It just doesn't work on the plain journaling cards. 

I filled in all the stars on the page with using the FFT and the "It's time to adult" text. The other text on the page was done using normal means. You will see a pencil in the upper left corner of card pockets that allow the FFT. It is just that easy. Becky has some great tips  on how it all works too. You can add multiple boxes to a card pocket. You can rotate text. You can resize it. You can have them going in all crazy directions. Did I hear subway art? Yup! You can do that too now. 

To add multiples to the card pocket, just tap the + button on the lower right screen once you are in the FFT section. When editing it will default back to the last box you created. Yes, you can change the fonts and colors and sizes. Change the sizes two ways, by either dragging the lower right corner of the text box or by using the normal font size slider tab. The default font is set to a certain font and is white. They decided on the white thinking many will likely do the FFT over photos and other colorful card pockets. Makes sense. 

Supplies used: Project Life App on iPhone 8 plus, Super Boy themed card collection

I use the Project Life App for more than just scrapbooking. I make a lot of my business signs, class advertisements and more using the app. It just works for me. 

Thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear what you  think on the "adulting" at just 18 and what you have experienced yourself or your children. 

Keep being your creative best! ~Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Monday, April 9, 2018

Let the Retirement Party Begin!

While I know many of you will be sad to say goodbye to some of these products, it means we are making room for more awesome goodies in the Annual Catalog 2018-19 which comes out June 1!

Below are the PDF files you can download for your use of products that are retiring from both the Annual Catalog 2017-18 and from the current Occasions Catalog.

I highly highly recommend getting any supplies for the retiring InColors while they are still available.  Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum! Once the supplies for those colors are gone, it is forever. Stock up while you can peeps.

Annual Catalog Retiring List

Occasions Catalog Retiring List

And if you need PDF files for any older catalogs please head to my Catalogs page. I upload all the PDF and retirement lists there for your use.

Well it is time to say goodbye to our fine friends. Happy Shopping!


Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Sad to Say Goodbye to our Fave Colors!

Retirement list from Stampin' Up! will be released April 9th. Check back for the list. 

If you love Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, or Peekaboo Peach 2016-18 InColors, be sure to order your ink refill and any coordinating products before they are gone forever. 

If you receive my newsletter and have placed an order in the last year then you are on my mailing list and will automatically receive the new Annual Catalog 2018-19 in the mail towards the end of May.

If you want to get an annual catalog, please email me your information and I will place you on the list. I will be having a meet and greet to pick up a catalog in person. Date TBD. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy