WELCOME! I'm so happy to have you visit my blog! If you've arrived from another blog via a challenge link, I'd love for you to browse around a bit . I design for a couple of blog challenges and host a challenge at Cards in Envy so there's always something new, maybe not every day, but for sure several times a week! I am Copic Certified and offer Beginner Copic Coloring Classes (hands-on) in my area. For more info, click on the COPIC CLASSES tab above. I love to create mini scrapbook albums especially projects designed by Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon and occasionally design my own original album and a tutorial written by me. Click on the MY ONLINE SHOP tab above to see my current tutorials, abum kits, mini albums and cards that I have for sale.

I appreciate comments from friends, new friends, family, other crafters and those who just want to say hello. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Sandy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday? A Circus!!

So here it is Wednesday again!  Things have changed just a bit on my workdesk since last week.  I finished the mini album that you could see last week and I've shared it in the post just before this one or you can click >HERE<.

And then I started on another mini album which is on my desk this week!  Also on my desk are the fabulously wonderful Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers!  Yep, circus papers.  And I'm doing a bit of fussy cutting of some of the amazing images.  Below is M'lle Beeson--a marvelous highwire Venus.  I've cut her out and added a fluffy skirt to her costume.  I have just acquired these papers via eBay.  I wonder why I did not see these when they first came out?  Maybe I thought I didn't need them.  Hmmmm.   Of course, they are now discontinued and VERY hard to find and I want all of it!  Well, you can find them for a hefty price but I lucked out and got my papers for a steal.  I just happened upon the auction as it was closing (only 10 seconds left) AND there were no bidders AND the minimum bid was $9.99.  Yep, I got them.  I just wish I had a bit more.  I'm still looking on eBay as you never know when you'll find a really good buy.

And now, I shall share with you what  WOYWW is all about.  Each Wednesday, crafty people from all over the world take a photo of their workdesk and then post it on their blog and link it to Julia's blog Stamping Ground so we can go visit and take a peek at the fun things others are working on.  There are so many who join in that I never get to visit them all but so enjoy the ones I happen to visit and the ones who visit me in return.  Go check it out!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just a Little Bit French Country

Good afternoon! It's a cool rainy day here in North Texas!  Very unusual for the end of July!  We just got back from lunch and the temperature was 67(f) degrees!!  Wow!   Anyway, on to the crafty part of this post--this is my French Country Mini Album.  Over the weekend I designed a prototype album for my Life's a Circus project which will be a tutorial in my online shop.  I just couldn't leave it unfinished so I pulled out one 12x12 pad of Graphic 45 French Country paper that I've been hoarding for just the right project.  I think this was the right one.  The only bad thing is, I used up all of the paper pad except for two or three sheets.   This album has a very wide spine--over 3" and I created a hinge that uses 1/2" gussets so you can add lots of embellishments INSIDE the album along with your photos and the album will still close up flat. Or at least I think it will unless you use a ton of super thick embellishments and ephemera. I will be re-creating this album and writing up a tutorial along with a video as I work on the Life's a Circus project.  The tutorial will be available with the Life's a Circus kit or as a stand alone album tutorial for those of you who want to use your own choice of papers.

Below is a photo of that super wide spine.  I added a trinket piece that I created with charms, chains and ribbon.

Since there's just no way to show an album really good with photos, I did a quick Youtube video  of the album.  You can watch it here on my blog or click on the "Youtube" symbol/wording on the bottom of the video to see it in Youtube.

It's still raining and I'm all caught up for today on office stuff, so I'm sneaking upstairs to the crafty room to do some prep work for the tutorial.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, July 28, 2014

"Blossom" Beauty

Isn't she pretty?  Love this image from the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge sponsor Delicious Doodles. She's called "Blossom."  To create this card, before I colored the image with my Copics (shown in the photo below), I picked out the paper for the card and then used colors that were in the paper.  This paper is from my stash and was a 12"x12" doubled sided patterned paper.  I added a pale turquoise tulle ribbon and bow with a brad from my stash and then added light gold pearls on to the banner strips that were cut from the paper.  The centers of the flowers and the butterfly have a tad of sparkly from my Clear Wink of Stella brush pen.

Here's the sketch for the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge this time.  At first I wasn't sure how to put in the image for the sketch but decided to print her up as a larger image than I usually do so I could color in all the beautiful details.  I turned the sketch on it's side then added the banners and ribbon/bow as the sketch elements.

Seems A Little Sketchy Sketch #70

Now, it's your turn.  The challenge runs for 2 weeks over on the Seems a Little Sketchy blog.  Create a card following this sketch and link it up for a chance to win 4 Digi Images from our sponsor Delicious Doodles!

Happy Crafting,
Check out the digi images at Delicious Doodles!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

It's still Wednesday. Right?  I know I'm a bit late posting this.  Let me just say--I've been super busy with paperwork in the office.  How dare work get in the way of my crafting fun!!  So, anyway, here's my workdesk the same as I left it on Sunday evening.  I did shuffle a few things around to pick up scraps of paper and tape backings  on Monday morning to put in the trash as that's our trash pickup day.

I'm working on a mini album for a project I've designed.  You can't see much of it.  That's it in the upper left in front of my tool box.  I'm adding pockets and flip pages and such to it and the papers I'm using for this "prototype" album is Graphic 45 French Country.  Yeah, some pretty nice paper for a "prototype" but I love the papers and decided to just go with it.  So also on my table is my little note pad where I keep track (or try to) of what I did and assorted tools that I used.  New stuff?  Well on the mid-right next to the score-tape is a new bottle of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Let me just say--LOVE this stuff.  It takes the place of Glossy Accents. {Gasp}.  Yep, found out it never turns yellow in the bottle after it's opened  PLUS I bought a glue tip lid for it that has a "needle" like cap that keeps it from clogging up. I'm pretty happy about that.  To the left of that bottle is an album box that I created over the weekend.  Below is a bit closer view of it.

This album box project was  designed by Christi Maron.  She sells patterns, tutorials and chipboard kits for this in her Etsy shop-- Paper Hoarder Disorder.  I was able to actually make my album box at a class taught by Christi at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  I love how it turned out! The box opens to the right and the sides fall down and the album pages are attached INSIDE the box.  Totally awesome.  Oh, yes! This album is made from the beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea papers!

Okay, now back to what this Wednesday post is all about.  Each Wednesday, crafty people from all around the world post a photo or two of their workdesk and then link it to Julia's Stamping Ground blog and visit as many other blogs as possible to see what everyone is up to this week.  Join in if you'd like.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to You!

Is it your birthday?   No? Well, it has to be somebody's birthday today or this week!  To celebrate, Cards in Envy is hosting a "HappyBirthday to You!" card challenge.

For my card, I chose to use this adorable digi image by From the Heart Stamps called "Lady Bug Lift Off." I just love that little chick and the lady bug and the balloons.  I really had fun coloring this one with my Copic markers (shown in the photo below) and paired it up with papers from a 6x6 designer pad by My Mind's Eye "My Girl."  I've had this paper pad for a while and it is nearly all gone.  Guess it had colors and prints that I really liked.  I'll be sad to see it all gone.  I matted the designer papers with a turquoise cardstock and used foam tape on the single balloon and the sentiment.  The sentiment is Papertrey Ink "Handwritten Notes" stamped with Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise ink.  The string on the one balloon is from American Crafts.

So, are you making any birthday cards this month?  If yes, why not share them with us over on the Cards in Envy challenge.  There's no prize but we do pick our favorite cards and award fun badges for your blog. The challenge runs until August 3rd.  Lots of time for you to make a birthday card or two.  Just remember, it must be an A2 size (4.25" x 5.5") and flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.

Happy Crafting!
Check out the adorable digi images at From the Heart Stamps--CLICK HERE

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hidden Treasures Trunk - Finished!!

Actually, I finished up this trunk back in April and the mini albums the first of May but it's taken me this long to get around to photographing it!  I loved, loved, loved this project! This is designed by Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon and you can buy the tutorial in her shop.  If you want the videos that go with the tutorial, you have to buy her Digital Kit #10 .  The tutorial costs $14.95 and the Digital Kit costs $99 but includes the tutorial too AND videos/tutorials for two other projects and three bonus projects!!  So definitely check that out if you love this trunk.  I've added the links to Kathy's website and direct links to the two options for you to get started on your own trunk.  I'm thinking I may make another one in different papers.

I had the full kit from Paper Phenomenon for this one which included all the papers and hardware.  The full kit is sold out and for now I think Kathy is out of the hardware too, but I've found a shop in China that sells small metal hardware items and though it will be a bit different, I'm thinking it will work just fine.  The papers for this trunk were Tim Holtz Wallflower 12 x12  Paper Pad.

Believe it or not, that trim on this trunk is NOT leather!  It is all chipboard!

The photo above shows one of the hidden features of this trunk.  It's a drawer and when it's closed you really don't know it's there and when you open it, there is a mini album inside!

Below I show the trunk lid opened up. Inside the trunk is a short compartment  that holds a Graphic 45 Book Box and Tag mini album.  I added this extra album myself as it fit perfectly!

Below is the book box out of the album.  There was even room to add that knob and the roses and it still fit in the trunk!

This is the book box open showing the mini tag album.  I may add more  stuff to the tags later. For now they are just covered with paper.

And now the main hidden feature of the trunk!  The front panel drops down to reveal a photo frame (for now I just have paper in it with thes mall  bird and the yellow flowers) AND another drawer that hold a mini album too! This front panel is held closed with magnet "leather" closures.  The frame is just above the drawer.

 Here's the two mini albums that you make with the tutorial from Paper Phenomenon.  Again, I love this project! People who see it in person are amazed that it is handmade! Kathy Orta Files is a fabulous designer and puts so much detail in everything she designs.  I've been asked why I buy her kits and tutorials rather than designing my own.  And my answer is because I love Kathy Orta's designs and why reinvent something?  Yes, I do design my own projects now and then but those are my own ideas and not something I've seen by other designers myself.   When I see something I like even if it's designed by someone else, I will buy it and create from their instructions or even take a class and of course give them credit and send you their way.

Since it's hard to share completely what a finished project looks like, I made this little video on Youtube. That way you can see how I finished the insides of the albums AND get a look at how the trunk opens.

Happy Crafting!

P.S.  Here's the links to Paper Phenomenon where you can purchase your own tutorial for the Hidden Treasures Trunk or Digital Kit #10.

Paper Phenomenon Website
Hidden Treasures Trunk Tutorial Only
Digital Kit Club #10 that includes the tutorial for the trunk