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 I occasionally design my own original albums and tutorials written by me with videos. 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, October 22, 2014

The Fifth Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Theresa Collins Flip Mini Album for Halloween

Today's Fright before Halloween is an easy one!  For this project, you'll need a small Theresa Collins Flip Album.  You can order these on line or find them at your LSS.  They are already assembled and are ready for you to decorate with cute Halloween papers, stickers and ephemera.

I think this little album would be so much fun filled with little ghost and goblin photos from this year or years past!

Tomorrow I'll have a fun project to make to use as a decoration in your home for Halloween, so check back for the Sixth Fright Before Halloween!

Happy Crafting!

P.S.  Hubby and I are leaving today for a vacation!  We are flying to Washington D.C. to tour the many awesome sites and historical venues in our nation's capitol city.  I've been there years and years ago--when I was in high school, but hubby has never been!  He is excited to see the museums especially the Air and Space ones.  So, even though I am on vacation, the Thirteen Frights of Halloween will continue with pre-scheduled posts and hopefully the videos will go live as planned when I click on them with my iPhone.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Fourth Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Spooky Altered Frame

Welcome back to my Fourth Fright Before Halloween 2014!  Today we're going to create a cute Halloween decor piece by using papers and ephemera to alter a photo frame!

First, you need a wooden photo frame that you want to alter.  If you're lucky like I was, you may have one that's already painted black and distressed a bit.  If not, find a small to medium size frame and paint it with acrylic black paint and sand the edges once it is dry to distress it.

Next, position your Halloween stickers, die cuts and ephemera that you want on your frame.  Have fun arranging them and once happy, glue them all in place.  Cut out a fun Halloween paper to fit in your frame or if you have a favorite Halloween photo, place it in your frame.

I had a lot of fun altering this frame and it is now displayed on my fireplace mantel with other fun, creepy Halloween decor!

Check back tomorrow for the Fifth Fright Before Halloween

Happy Crafting,


Monday, October 20, 2014

The Third Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Frightful Easel Box MINI ALBUM

If you are here for my Any WITCH Way you Can! Cards in Envy Post please click >HERE<

If you are here for my Seems A Little Sketchy Sketch # 76 Post please click >HERE<

Thank you!

And now on with the Third Fright Before Halloween 2014....

When I finished decorating my Easel Boxes yesterday, I came up with the idea that it would be cute to have a mini fold out album inside one of the boxes.  In today's video I show you how to make the mini album to fit in your Easel Box.  You will need one sheet of 12x12 black cardstock, assorted patterned Halloween papers (you can mix collections), stickers, chipboard pieces, ephemera and a score board along with other basic tools.

Watch the video below to see how to attach the mini album into your Easel Box and to see how I decorated my album.

I really like how it turned out.  Have fun creating your own mini album inside an Easel Box.  It makes a great place to put some fun trick or treat costume photos!

Tomorrow will be the Fourth Fright Before Halloween...I hope you'll join me.

Happy Crafting,


Any Witch Way You Can! Cards in Envy Challenge

Good Day to You!  This cute little witch is from Di's Digi Stamps, one of my favorite digital stamp designers!  If you look for her in Di's shop, she's called "All Aboard."  I colored her with my Copic markers shown in the photo below.  This Halloween card is for the current Cards in Envy challenge. The theme is "Any WITCH Way You Can!"  Which means your card needs to feature a witch or witches or something related to a witch such as her hat, broom, shoes, legs etc.  Cards for this challenge must also be A2 size (4.25" x 5.5") AND flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing.  For these types of cards, I love using layers!

On my card, I used orange and black card stock plus a 6x6 American Crafts paper pad called "Haunted Hollow" which is new this year.  I just love those spider webs!  I also used black twine thread by American Craft and stamped the acrylic sentiment stamp with Stampin! Up's Daffodil Delight ink.

This WITCH challenge runs for 2 weeks on Cards in Envy. Check out the details on their blog.

Happy Crafting,

You Make the World a Better Place - SALS Sketch 76

Hello, it may be autumn where I live but today's post is very spring like.  Our sketch challenge on Seems a Little Sketchy was to use the adorable "Stick Fairies" digi stamp set from our sponsor, MyGrafico.  Of course, fairies, butterflies and flowers must be in spring colors. Right?

For this card, I used Authentiques 6x6 Something for All Season's Paper Pad "Season's Essentials."  I paired it up with yellow grosgrain ribbon and followed the sketch for the layout.  I added some Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen on the fairy's wings, the butterfly and the center of the flowers.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink-"Mailbox Greetings" set and I stamped it with Stampin!Up's Regal Rose Ink. You will notice, that though there is no pink in the papers that I made sure to add some in to my card! Ha, ha.  The images are, of course, colored with my Copic Markers as shown in the photo below.

Now it's your turn! Use the Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch #76 (shown below) to create a card or two (up to three) and share it on the blog via the Linky tool for a chance to win a prize from MyGrafico--one digital set up to $5 value.  The prize will be awarded to one random winner picked from all the entries!
Sketch 76

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Second Fright Before Halloween 2014 - Spooky Easel Boxes!

When I first spied these cute little easel  boxes, I knew they'd be perfect for a Halloween project or two!  In today's video, I show you how I decorated my Halloween Easel Boxes.  These boxes were designed by Cristi Maron of The Paper Hoarder Disorder.  She has a Youtube video that gives you the dimensions and instructions on how to make the box.  It is up to you to decorate it.  She also sells the pre-cut kits for just the boxes in her Etsy shop when available or you can find them at Flossie Scrapper in Burleson, Texas.  These are made out of black cardstock and black chipboard.  To decorate them up for Halloween, you'll need various Halloween patterns of paper (it's okay to mix collections), buttons, twine, chipboard sticker pieces, stickers and any Halloween ephemera that you have on hand.

Click >HERE< for the Paper Hoarder Disorder Instructional Youtube Video
and >HERE< for Cristi's Etsy shop.

Check back tomorrow for my THIRD Fright Before Halloween!

Happy Crafting,