Thursday, April 17, 2014


What a beautiful day in Michigan!!! Today I went to lunch to celebrate my youngest daughter's birthday with her daughters (my granddaughter's) and my great-grandson. So it was a 4-generation lunch, which doesn't happen too often because its very hard to get everybody together.  In honor of the day, I made a special birthday card for my daughter, which I just loved and had a hard time giving it away. My inspiration for the card came from an advertisement featuring a box made with high-end "expensive" product. Well, I couldn't resist making this card to show you how you can get the same design using Stampin' Up! product for a lot less cost (I love doing this when I see pictures using other brands!). So let me know what you think:

Hang on to your seats the product list is long:  Etcetera Designer Series Paper; Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Calypso Coral Card Stock;  Pool Party and Calypso Coral Core'dinations Card Stock; Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, and Soft Suede Ink Pads and some Markers in those colors; Gently Falling, Dictionary, and Papaya Collage Stamp Sets; Spiral Flower Original Die; Apothecary Accents Framelits; Scallop Tag Topper, Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly, 1/2" Circle Punches; Victoria Crochet Trim and Burlap Ribbons; Large Pearl; Sanding Block; Sponges; and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Because of the card depth, I needed a box to hold it instead of an envelope.  So this is what I came up with using the Envelope Punch Board; the same Etcetera Designer Series Paper; Pool Party Core'dinations  and Very Vanilla CardstockSanding BlockLabel Love Stamp Set; Artisan Label Punch; and Deco Labels Framelits
I loved how it looked in real life when you opened the box and everything matched -- the biggest reason I love using Stampin' Up! products -- everything matches and we get new "In-Colors" every year as an add-on to the core Stampin' Up! colors.
Until next time,
"My strength is made perfect in weakness."  --  2 Corinthians 12:9

Friday, April 11, 2014


One of my favorite things to do at Retreat is to take at least one of the add-on classes.  This time, and usually every time, I took the Scrapbooking Class.  Ronda Wade designed 6 beautiful pages for us to CASE.  The class included a package of the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper; Springtime Hello Simply Created Garland Kit; Whisper White, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Daffodil Delight, and Smoky Slate Cardstock; and Daffodil Delight Ribbon.  When I got home I added additional accessories and my pictures from Mother's Day 2005 (no, I haven't done my journaling yet).  Here are my finished pages: 

Right-Click on all the pictures and select "Open In New Tab" for better detail.

I loved how these turned out, how about you?  Tune in next time for more Retreat projects!!

Until Next Time,

"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness."
-- John 12:46

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I've lost count of how many retreats I have attended, but it is somewhere in the neighborhood of 15.  Ronda Wade has this event twice a year and, to me, it is like going to a Stampin' Up! Convention, but more intimate because she only accepts about 60 attendees.  And we always, always have a blast -- I mean, REALLY, why wouldn't 59 women and 1 man not have fun (yes, the last 2-3 events we have had a male attendee!!).  Today I am going to focus on the gifts we received in our goodie bags, one of the projects we did for a make'n take, and a gift bag I made.  So let's get to it!!

First, I need to show you what I packed -- mind you, Ronda brings all the punches, inks, stamps, etc.; but I wanted to bring my own so I could have them at my table (and on the floor -- LOL).  The top half of my ink carousel is in the back seat along with other "stuff."

This was my thought when I looked at all I packed, "seriously."
Here are some of the product we received in our "Goodie Bag."  Don't you just love the Gumball Green bag we received!!

A close-up of our name tags for our table and the pillow gifts (love my new monogram stamp that says, "Stamped by Sandi").  The butterfly box had the new Wooden Elements Essentials in it and the cellophane bag from the Sale-A-Bration Twisty Treats Kit  has miniature wooden spools with Sweet Sorbet Baker's Twine wrapped around them.

This is one of Ronda's make'n takes I made.  It has been a long time since I have done a paper bag mini album, so I was thrilled this was one of the make'n takes.  Isn't this adorable (with matching envelope)!! 

This is the inside -- I plan on attaching another layer on the right for an extra picture.

And this is tucked in the paper bag so you can add a couple more pictures -- loved this project!!
I created this little bag for a thank-you gift to one of my customers.  The little clips at the top really don't belong there but I forgot to insert the card in the bag so I just clipped it on the bag.  The flower was made using the new Spiral Flower Originals Die.

I have lots more projects to show you in my next post, so make sure you come back to see them!!

Until next time,

"The Lord your God is with you wherever you go."  --  Joshua 1:9

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


How do you like that title???  Sometimes I run out of ideas when it comes to putting a title on a blog post, so this time this is all I could come up with.  What does water coloring and tissues have in common -- NOTHING!!  At least not for this post, but maybe in the future I will come up with a technique using both of them together -- my wheels are spinning already!  However, I am going to show you projects today using both of these.  So let's get right to it with the water coloring first: 

I got this idea from Sandi MacIver and just had to make these for this month's thank-you cards to clients.  They scream "Spring" and so easy-peasy to make.  I used the "Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set" for the embossed sentiment.

Here is a group shot.  They are all different as I was just trying different brush strokes.

Here are all the supplies I needed (except VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder needed for the sentiment).  The Ink Refill colors I chose were:  Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Strawberry Slush. Heat Emboss your sentiment or image first.  For the water coloring, start with about 10 drops of Ink Refill in the lid of each stamp pad and mist some water in each (one squeeze of mist).  Prior to applying ink to Water Color Cardstock, brush clear water (see bowl and large brush at top of picture) all over the cardstock.  Then, using a separate brush for each color, apply ink to the Water Color Cardstock.  You might want to hold the cardstock down with your tweezers when applying the color.  Let it dry (or use your Heat Tool after the ink has sat a few minutes).  That's it -- easy-peasy!!  I used the same method to create the flowers.
I finished the project below last night for my husband's bathroom.  I have made many of these tissue box covers, but never with a "male" theme.  This was so much harder because I had to keep it manly (you know how I love adding flowers and ribbon -- but not this time), plus I used more pictures than normally because I couldn't make up my mind which ones to use.  So here is where the "tissue" came from:

I love these acrylic tissue box covers because you can change out the design whenever you want (which I have done before).  I had a few of these left over from a class I had a few years back and got them out because my daughter wants to make a couple at Retreat next week.

Here are all four sides to the box (and yes, I added Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper to the top).  Another quick and easy project.
Let me know what you think of the beautiful water coloring technique and give it a try, you will have so much fun!!

Until next time,


"I will rescue you . . ., and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm." -- Exodus 6:6

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


I finished my make'n takes finally last night from Ronda Wade's RubberQueen meeting this month.  These are all simple cards, but as always Ronda came up with some WOW designs.  She designed these cards without any sentiments so we could use them in an event where the attendees could add whatever sentiment they wished.  You will notice I have added my own choice of sentiments in my version of her cards (and, yes, there were a few other minor changes only because I didn't remember what Ronda's looked like).  But, as stampers, we all know when we CASE (copy and share everything) some things get changed in the shuffle.  Here is what I came up with:

Couldn't leave without showing you the ice blocks that fell from the house roof yesterday.  You can't tell by this picture but these are humongous -- close to 2 feet in thickness!! 

I am so glad the dogs were not out doing their jobs when these fell.  In the 30+ years we have been here, I do believe this is the worst winter we have ever had.  And yes, I did a lot of shoveling ice yesterday to get them moved from the patio!!
Until next time,

"Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name."  --  Psalm 29:2

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Will it ever stop snowing??????????  I do believe it is going into the 4th month of snow on the ground (and I'm not talking about a little snow -- we are running out of places to pile it)!!  I have been playing around with different projects this week that have been on my TO-DO LIST (you know, the one that never ends and you write it on a roll of toilet paper!!).  I got caught up for this month making Project H.O.P.E. cards for those in need of God's help and love, finally did my 2013 Christmas Card Album, and created a "JOY" jar for Ronda Wade's challenge to all RubberQueens for our meeting tonight.  So you are getting a little of this and that in today's post -- hope you like.

I was going for a stained glass look with this card so I picked this paper from the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I thought it looked like a modern version of a stained glass window.

This is my "JOY" jar for Ronda's challenge to decorate a jar to hold notes of joy in your life.  However, I decided it will hold little notes of daily things in my life that I am grateful for having (hence, the tag).  I stamped the flowers (Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set) on the blue tissue paper in my Paper Pumpkin Kit, applied Mod Podge over the entire outside of the jar, and then wrapped the tissue paper around the jar. After it dries, apply another coat of the Mod Podge.  Ink used:  Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Midnight Muse, and Island Indigo (same for the ribbon).

A close-up of the top.  Product used:  Island Indigo Core'dinations Card Stock, Spiral Flower Bigz Die, Tea Lace Paper Doily (applying Wild Wasabi Ink with Brayer), Bird Builder Punch on Wild Wasabi Card Stock for leaves, and Crystal Effects to attach flowers and leaves.

Okay, it is a little late but I finally got my album done to hold the Christmas cards received this year.  I use to put them in my regular photo album each year with my family Christmas pictures but this was taking up too much space.  I don't know about you, but I hate to throw away hand-made cards as they are so beautiful and many cards today have family pictures included, so this works great to keep them.  I like this so well that next year I will make my album in November; and as I get cards, I will slip them in the album instead of hanging on my wall.  Friends and family will be able to browse threw the album even after the decorations come down!!  Mostly all of the Stampin' Up! product used to make this chipboard album were from the Holiday Mini.  To make the front and back covers, I measured the length and width of the largest cards and cut my Stampin' Up Chipboard accordingly.

Until next time,

"I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears."  -- Psalm 34:5

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Had a very fun day yesterday stamping with my creative friends.  I gave them a couple of card challenge designs this month and they all stepped up to the plate for the challenge (even though a few thought they were going to do the easier version).  I have to say, these ladies truly amaze me every time they stamp, as their cards always turn out awesome.  Here are the cards I created for the class:

This was my favorite card, which was inspired by my friend Lynn Schulz.  I changed it up a bit with new Stampin' Up product, but actually bought this stamp after seeing her card.

I posted a more challenging version of this card in my last post and received so many positive comments that I decided to make a less-challenging version for my card class.

I saw something like this card somewhere and it stuck in my head (screaming "make-me"). 

Another challenging card.  I told my stamping friends they could do the easier version without the splatters, and they all said they would make the easy version.  Well, after giving them a demonstration on how to use Stampin' Up's Stampin Spritzer and Sponge Daubers with Island Indigo Ink Refill mixed with water they saw how easy it was and changed their minds.  All of their cards turned out beautiful (much better than mine).

And on a more personal note, I thought I would show you what I woke up to this morning.  There never seems to be a dull moment at our house:

This is what happens when all the snow from the garage roof slides down to the carport.  My Blazer is under there somewhere!!!

Until next time,

". . ..  In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."  --  John 16:33