Sunday, January 30, 2011


Happy Sunday!!

I am so excited today because I can finally show you some of my projects I did for Ronda Wade's Sale-A-Bration and Occasions Mini Event. If you are one of Ronda's RubberQueens than you already know how awesome these events are and why they are so popular. Yesterday was no exception, as a matter of fact (and I know I always say this), it was absolutely OVER-THE-TOP!! Ronda's make'n takes were absolutely fabulous, the inspiration stations were all WOWs (so much talent, my jaw was dropping), we had one of the best lunches (all homemade, and sooooo good), great prizes, and Ronda presented how to conduct a workshop with all of her tips (priceless). I am still flying high today from everything I learned and saw yesterday.

My assignment was to do an inspiration table using the "Build A Blossom," stamp set and "Blossoms Petal Punch" from the new "Occasions Mini" catalog. And of course, I just had to throw in the brand new "Fun Blowers Bigz-L" Big Shot Die (I mean, come on, you really can't have the stamp set and punch without the coordinating Big Shot Die now can you). I hope you like some of my projects, but I have to admit my style is the kind of style that you either like (hopefully a lot) or you "would never dream of doing" style. But that is okay, because that is what I love about crafting -- so many different styles and techniques that there is something for everyone. The inspiration tables yesterday were a perfect example of this, as I would have never thought to buy some of those products (as I couldn't see me using them), until I saw what beautiful creations the other ladies prepared (cha-ching!!). I will be showing you these in the next couple of weeks, so be prepared -- these ladies are so talented!!

For Christmas my BFF, in Arizona, gave me these metal Victorian feet for a cabinet and challenged me to make one. Well, I can never resist a challenge, so for one of my event projects, I did a little vintage Victorian cabinet, and here it is:

My cabinet is made out of an old wooden orange crate that has been sitting around for years.  My husband added a shelf for me and painted with some left-over paint we had -- so far so good -- no cost!!  I decided to use up some of my Stampin' Up "Definitely Decorative Decor Elements" vinyl sheets (Night of Navy and Old Olive) to cut out my flowers and swirls using the new "Fun Flowers Bigz-L" and "Decorative Accents #2" Big Shot dies, and stamped with the "Build A Blossom" stamp set before applying to the cabinet.  I lined the walls and shelves with the beautiful new "Springtime Vintage" Designer Series Paper and trimmed with "Night of Navy" cardstock.  I also "aged" the whole cabinet using the Navy stain from the "Distressing Essentials" kit.

Close-up of the left side of the cabinet.

Close-up of right side using the new "Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons."  (Yes, that is the beautiful new "Rose Red 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon" on the crochet miniature hat.)

Close-up of the drawers (yes they open and have little treasures in them!).  I used the "Matchbox Bigz XL Big Shot Die" and the "Antique Brads."

My buttons jar using the new "Fun Flowers" die for back layer and stamp and punch for the other petals.

This card was a direct CASE from the front of the Occasions Mini, using the "Build a Blossom" stamp set.

I used the new "Fun Flowers Bigz-L Big Shot Die" to cut my flower petals out of coffee filters (yes, coffee filters).  I then used the re-inker technique to drop 2 different shades of reinker directly on the flower petals with the Aqua Painter and misted with water before scrunching all the petals, layer, and add brad to center to hold together.  I really liked this card a lot because I made a miniature card to sit on the table with my sentiment -- isn't that just the cutest!!

One of the four gift note cards (3" x 3") using the stamp set and punch -- very quick and fast.
And there you have it for today -- but I have tons more to show you!!  Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my projects (the good, bad, and ugly -- I just like hearing from those that stop by).
I want to share with you a quote from Michelle Zindorf's blog update today that I really liked (author unknown):
The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
LIVE while you are alive.


  1. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Talk about WOW! This is just STUNNING!!!

  2. WOW....these samples are fabulous and the cabinet is breathtaking! TFS

  3. Wow! What a lovely display! Absolutly FAB!!!

  4. STunning,stunning, stunning. Totally beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing and for broke the mind.
    Martha Lucia

  5. Oh Sandy, these are absolutely GORGEOUS, I wish I had been there to see them in person!

  6. Your project is just beautiful! It reminds me of the Tim Holtz Configurations boxes, of which I have several that I need to decorate. You have a flair for vintage, and I'm a fan.

  7. Let me just say, WOW, absolutely GORGEOUS!! You are VERY talented. Thank you for providing such inspiration!!!

  8. See Sandi, everyone loves your work. Have you been thinking about entering the art contest at convention?

  9. Sandi, beautiful samples as always. Love your coffee filter peony.
    P.S. I sat right behind Rhonda on the plane to Leadership but didn't want to interrupt her conversation to introduce myself.

  10. Wow, what great projects. So creative! TFS

  11. WOW 11 comments already, see I told you you needed to take this! These pictures are even better then the first ones that I saw. Now that everyone just LOVES it I probably will not get it put into my WISH BAG!!!!

    No seriously I love the new card the height made all the difference on the top row and how you changed things around. Each and every thing is a case for sure but they look like a diffent challange for me on the flowers you do such a great job with them mine will not even come close. Wish I had all the supplies and room in my apartment to do one right now. Your hard work shows keep it coming.

  12. i was certain i didn't need many of the products you used. i was wrong, so wrong. your creativity is breath taking. thank you thank you thank you. sandy c-j

  13. Sandi - your projects are amazing! I bet they are even more so in person. You sure are one creative lady :)

  14. Great inspiration! Your did a great job with the station. Wonderful creativity!

  15. Great projects. I love the coffee filter flower! I must get out all those old coffee filters and do something like this, beautiful!!!!