Monday, January 10, 2011


Yesterday I had an awesome surprise in my e-mail.  I received my VERY FIRST AWARD presented to me by the talented Regina Andari. To accept this award, I have to tell you eight things about myself that you might not know, and then I get to present (pay it forward) the award to eight other blogs that I enjoy. First, I will tell you a few things about myself:

  1. In February, I will have been an independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator for 6 years.
  2. I never had a stamp in my hand until the night I signed up as a demonstrator.  (They call that "love on first sight.)
  3. I started working when I was 13, cleaning houses; as my mom was a single, divorced mom with 8 children she raised on her own.  In those days, if you wanted "extras" (more than food on the table and a roof on your head) you had to WORK for it.
  4. Everybody thinks I dye my hair -- I don't!!
  5. My grandmother was a Native American Indian, making it almost impossible for me to trace her ancestors!
  6. People don't believe this, but I am a very shy person (e.g. when I got married I didn't ask for any time off work because I was too embarrassed to ask).  Being a demonstrator has helped getting over this issue, as most of my sidelines will tell you (especially when you have a leader who pushes you to give presentations).
  7. I started working for the State of Michigan, Department of Civil Service, when I was 18 years old, taking fingerprints of every new hire to the state and checking their police records.  (There are lots of stories I could tell you about this!!)
  8. And finally the most important thing, if you are still reading this long post; I have truly been blessed with awesome people in my life.  No matter if it has been in my professional or personal life, all of my friends are truly intelligent, willing to share their knowledge with me, very patient with me, are filled with charity for others, and last (but not least) accept me just the way I am. 
And now . . . to "pay it forward" and present this award to eight other bloggers.  This was really hard for me because I visit a lot of awesome blogs.  So to narrow it down, I decided to pick those people who have been most instrumental in teaching me and sharing what they love, along with being consistent in updating their blogs (unlike me).  So I apologize right now if you are not on the list, because I was only allowed to post eight.  I choose:  
The Queen of the RubberQueens, Ronda Wade.
Ronda's Partner in Crime, Tamie Ackerson.
My Partner in Crime, Lynn Schulz.
Leader of the Pack, Janet Wakeland.
Fabulous Artwork, Ann Fitton.
Lots of Tips and beautiful work, Sage Kimble.
Awesome vintage and more, Carole'Ann Sluchinski.
Always gets my "mojo" going, CherylAnn Robinson.
Take a few minutes and visit their blogs (if you don't already) and leave a comment.  I promise you will not be disappointed!!

Now, because you have lasted this long reading all of this (and hopefully visited and left comments on the above), I whipped up a card real quick to show you one of the new stamp sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog just released. 
Not one of my best cards, but I had fun playing with the new "Baby Blossoms" stamp set.  I promise I will do more with this set, as I can see it is going to be a fun one to play with.
I also completed 10 new cards this last week, but I can't show you because they are for my presentation the end of the month (that's why I haven't posted in over a week).  I will be doing a couple of 3-D items also that I hope turn out.  So stay tuned as they are totally awesome!!
"Contentment is realizing that God has already given me everything I need."  -- Our Daily Bread


  1. Stunning card Sandi & I loved reading your share...

  2. Thank you, Sandi, I am honored!!! You are such a special person to me!!
    Love you,

  3. Congratulations on your award. I love your "Baby Blossoms" card. I was debating on this set so after seeing your card I am leaning more toward it now. TFS

  4. Hey Sandi, the card is great and I think the reason you don't have to color your hair is your grandmother. You have beautiful hair. I love the Stylish Blog award. Not sure if I deserve it but I'll take it anyway. See you on the 29th.

  5. No Lynn our Grandmother had all white hair just like I have right now and two of my brothers. Sandi is one of the luck one of us eight that still has her dark hair. We like to tease her because her husband is a barber.... Oh yea Sandi do like the friend tag on your card it turned out great.

  6. I love the layout, the torn paper, color choices and every other element of this! Congrats on the Stylish Blog Award!!

  7. Sandi - I loved reading all the facts about you. I wish there was more :) Beautiful card too!

    xo Jacki