Monday, April 4, 2011


Good Morning America!!
Did you miss me???  Well, I missed hearing from all of you.  I guess the moral of the story is if you don't "feed" your viewers with some art than you shouldn't expect to hear anything.  Yah, yah I know that is how it works but it would be nice for somebody to just drop in and say, "Hey girl, I'm missing you so get off your duff and post something new."  To be honest with you that is exactly what I have been doing -- nothing!!  Well almost nothing, I started the week off by finally doing my taxes.  Oh my gosh, I about fell out of my chair at what I had to pay.  Nobody told me I would get taxed on my Social Security!!  Dah, I should have known that the government takes their 3rd out of "everything."  Stupid me, I thought that was all taken care of when I was working.  So not only did I get a whopping amount due, but had to pay a penalty and have to start making quarterlies (pretty sad when I have never had to pay in my entire life, and then it is after I retire).  Oh well, what can you do but move on and feel blessed that I didn't have to take out a loan -- LOL.

I also updated my Automated Excel Workshop Forms with all the new 2011 Summer Mini Catalog items and posted it on Splitcoast.  So if you want an updated version, go to Splitcoast or leave me a comment requesting a copy.  And I spent a little time doing some organizing in my studio -- a never-ending job for all of us, but something I love to do, as I find all these treasures that I forgot I owned.  All in all, it was a great relaxing week.  I knew I would need it, because the rest of the month will be busy, busy, busy.  I have tons of birthdays to celebrate (my girls, grandchildren, family), so lots of cards to make, shopping, and dinners to make. 

And of course, I did my Try Stampin' On Tuesday inspiration card and a few birthday cards for family that I can't show you right now.  Here is what I came up with for inspiration using this week's sketch:

A little Braying and Sponging Technique with this one.  All Stampin' Up product used:  Silhouette Sentiments, Clearly For You, and Pocket Silhouettes Stamp Sets; Peach Parfait, Pear Pizazz, Baja Breeze, and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Sunny Garden Designer Series Paper; Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, and Soft Suede Classic Inks; Neutrals Brads; 1" Circle and Designer Label Large Punches; Square Lattice Textured Impression Big Shot Folder; Signo White Gel Pen; Brayer; Markers; and Sponges.

Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge Sketch #9
Okay, you know the drill:  get your stamps out and get your fingers' inky for an entry into this week's challenge.  Here is the link for CherylAnn's Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog with the details on submitting your entry.  Good Luck!!

Until next time,
"Let your light shine before men . . ." -- Mathew 5:16
"Shine your light, Father , on my slower pace today."  -- Elizabeth Sherrill


  1. I love your brayered card. Methinks you must have spent some time with MZ. ;-)

  2. Oh I love this one ... the flowers look so real you did an awesome job with the shading and color combo!

  3. Wow Sandi! This looks like a painting! Very nice job. I like how you added your greeting also!

  4. Sandi, this is such an unique take on my sketch. I never would have imagined this card in a million years. It is stunning - just like a painting. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

  5. Wow, once again you have blown me away. It looks like you painted it. Great job!

  6. Sandi this is a great card. The flowers do indeed look like they are real. Love the birds! Reminds me of the Hitchcock movie "THE BIRDS" LOL (maybe you can add a few more birds on the line, hehe!

  7. And you say I have patience? So glad you decided to post it on the connection.

  8. I really like all the cards with this textured background so glad with stampinup came out with the plates and big shot it gives us so many more possibilities for out cards. Also like the tag and sentiment in the circle nice addition. Great overall idea for the card something new.

  9. beautiful card I love it thanks for sharing so glad I found your site.