Monday, October 4, 2010


Good Morning Everyone!!

Another busy day ahead of me, so this will be a quick post.  Just long enough to tell all those who missed Ronda Wade's Holiday Extravaganza that I'm so sorry for you!  The highlight of the day was our guest speaker, Janet Wakeland.  Janet has won so many awards from the company that I cannot even begin to list them, but I will tell you she is serving on Stampin' Up's Advisory Board again this year (I think this is the 4th time in her career -- making Ronda and Janet the only 2 demonstrators who have ever been asked back to serve).  And yesterday, in just that short hour that she spoke I found out why her awards and credentials with the company are numerous.  Whoever knows me personally knows how hard it is for me to sit still for more than 15 minutes (not only do I fall asleep, but I start fidgeting).  Well Janet had us on the edge of our seats during her whole presentation.  So much information and advice on how to provide service in our everyday lives.  Notice I didn't say "to our customers."  Yes, the discussion was geared towards a business; but, I came away feeling that the advice should be applied to everything we do on a daily basis.  Between Ronda and Janet, the RubberQueens have been truly blessed with the best of the best from Stampin' Up.

I could go on and on about the event, and I will add more details in future posts (e.g., WOW table, Ronda's Make'N Takes, etc.).  Starting today and probably for the next five posts, I will be showing you the projects I made for my presentation on "Vintage," featuring Stampin' Up's new "Distressing Essentials" tool kit (Item #118762 for $19.95).  I love, love, love this kit.  My favorite items in the kit are the distressing inks and the precision files.  Even if you don't like "vintage," the kit is a steal just for the precision files.  They are top quality and you will use them in a variety of ways when doing projects (especially if you do a lot of 3-D projects).  Here is a sample of one of my vintage Christmas cards (lots more to come):

This is a five-minute card!!  Supplies:  Scenic Season stamp set, White Embossing Powder, White Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card stock, Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper, Distressing Dies and Precision File from Distressing Kit.

I actually made these Christmas trees for the WOW table, but took one look at the awesome projects and decided to just keep this on my presentation table.  I got the directions on how to make these from Carla Brasher's web blog.  I did not use any of the tools from the Distressing Kit, but thought they looked very vintage using the Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper, SU's new Silver Tinsel Trim, Clear Rhinstone Brads, and the new Silver Glass Glitter.  Double-click to enlarge picture, and hopefully this one and ones below will show you better detail/glitz added.  These actually look so awesome in real life.

Close-up of medium-size tree.

Another close-up.

 Close-up of small tree (and the only one I added Glass Glitter -- totally awesome!!)

Close-up of large tree.

See you soon with more pictures, and thank you all so very much for leaving me such inspiring comments.

"Every person is an artist, the problem is, how to remain an artist once we grow up."
         –  Pablo Piccasso.


  1. I thought your trees were pretty WOW!

  2. Sandi, I LOVE your trees. I have seen a lot of them done (in magazines) but none of them campare to yours. And your card...WOW You make it sound so easy but I know it is because you have distressing down to a fine T. Great job..looking forward to the rest.

  3. Sandi - gorgeous as usual!!! I wish I could have seen them in person but it was just too far to drive...LOL!! Seriously, it just kills me to have to miss these events. I know you guys learned a ton of stuff. Can't wait to see the rest of your awesome projects!!


  4. Sandi, those trees are amazing! LOVE them!

  5. hi sandi! do you remember your long lost (and absolutely terrible) friend? although i've been soooo remiss in communication, i do think of you often. i promiss a catchup email soon, but had to comment on your gorgeous trees. i'm glad someone has been busy stamping and sure hasn't been me, lol!
    a big hug to you....-deb

  6. Love your trees not at all what I though they were from your discription. I can see why they are such a big hit they are so pretty. I love all the glitter. It looks like a lot of time and effort went into them but I can see with a rythm they would come together fast. Nice job

  7. love the trees!!!!!! awsome, have not seen them before.

  8. Sandi all of these are just fantastic!!! Love your trees!! Thanks for stopping by and playing along at the Nook this week!!!