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, sample 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

Friday, April 18, 2014

You Make Life Fun!

Hello and happy Friday!  Today's post is for the Digi Haven challenge that goes live today.  The theme this time is Black & White plus ONE other color and you must use a digital image.  I was going to go with red but decided at the last minute to color this motorcycle hottie with different shades of purple so you could see all the details of her motorcycle and outfit.  The image is from our challenge sponsor Kenny K and she is called "Spy Chick."  I colored her up with my Copic Markers and then started looking for some black and white paper.  Hmmm...it seems I don't have that much or I was looking in the wrong places but I finally pulled out a Halloween paper 6x6 pad.  Yes, Halloween and found this black and white stripe with word print in the background.

Here's the Copic colors that I used on the image:

Plus a list of the supplies I used to create the card:
  • Kenny K's Spy Chick Digi Image
  • Copic Markers
  • Authentique Enchanted 6x6 Papers
  • Black Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Handwritten Notes Acrylic Sentiment Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Tim Holtz Brads
The Digi Haven challenge: Black & White plus ONE other color (use a digi image) runs for two weeks.  There will be a prize awarded to one random entry of all the eligible links to the challenge post.  The Design Team also chooses the top three cards for bragging rights and a badge for their blog.  I hope you'll join in on the fun!

Happy crafting and have a great weekend!


Click >HERE< to check out the fabulous Kenny K digital images!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday? Time to Clean Again!!

Well, here it is.  My workdesk as it looks this morning.  Not much going on as far as projects but it does need cleaned {again} and various tools and supplies put away.  I'm happy to report that the Hidden Treasure Trunk project that was on my desk for many weeks is done and I have the mini albums that go in the trunk assembled and ready to be decorated at the NSD retreat in a few weeks.

So what are you seeing on my desk today?  My Copic markers and wooden storage case that my hubby made for me last year? The year before?  Anyway, I love it.  Also on my desk are the various inks, papers, stamp sets and tools that I used on a card that I designed Monday night.  That card will be here on my blog Friday for the Digi Haven challenge.  On the left side, barely showing is a Graphic 45 book box that I've covered with papers to match my trunk.  I'm pretty excited that it will actually fit in the top section of the trunk. Just another element for the "hidden treasures" part of that trunk.

That's it for today.  Most likely my desk will stay this way until sometime tomorrow.  I won't be having time to work on anything today. Be sure to click over to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in on What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Crafters and creative people from all over the world link to her blog post and share what they are creating or what their desk looks like this week.

Happy crafting!


Monday, April 14, 2014

I Need Scor-Tape! Lots and Lots of Scor-Tape!

I use LOTS of Scor-Tape on my mini album projects!  Especially when I'm working on a big Kathy Orta Files (Paper Phenomenon) kit like the Hidden Treasures trunk and the Dollhouse project (I received that kit Friday and hope to start on it soon).  My friend Barbara works on the KO projects too and she's been out of Scor-Tape for some time now.  I even sold her a couple of my rolls.  She's looked for it in a couple of scrapbook stores in the Fort Worth area and they are often out or only have one roll...so, we decided to make a trip to Waxahachie to stock up on the adhesive.  Yes, I should have bought more when I was there a few weeks ago and yes, we could order online which we probably will  and split the order but that's not nearly as much fun as spending the day together on a road trip, seeing Texas bluebonnets and dining at the fabulous Dove's Nest in Waxahachie.  Let me just say....if you have not eaten there you should! Oh my! So delicious!!  I had the Ruben sandwich plate and Barbara had the chicken salad.  We also had artichoke dip as an appetizer and  dessert!!  I had the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie and Barb had the Buttermilk pie.  We shared. And both were delicious!

While we were at the scrapbook store in Waxahachie--The Crafty Scrapper   (celebrating their 9th year in business) we also did the make and takes, which is what you see on my workdesk in the photo above.  The one with the bird is a 6x6 page layout, I did add the two Prima flowers to it when I got home but I love how it turned out and the little paper roses made from rolled up paper strips.  We made a couple of cards and a few tags, but my favorite was the Tim Holtz clipboard below!  This was a very popular Make and Take and you had to stand in line to make it.  I think I was the last group to make one and poor Barb missed out but did get a kit to make it at home.  Jim the Gentleman Crafter was there for the day doing a mixed art media tag but we did not have time to tackle that one.  We both were able to make a beautiful card with Caroline of Maya Road.  I love their metal embellishments and chipboard album pieces.  I bought a chipboard house shaped type tray box by them that I hope to decorate soon.  I have so many projects I want to do but there's just not enough time!  If I didn't have to work in the office I think I'd get more fun stuff done. Ha. ha.

Below is a photo of the Tim Holtz clipboard.  It is made with a file folder and one of Tim's new clipboard pieces and elastic closure.  On the back the folder opens and you have pockets for notes and receipts and such.  I love the papers we used.  This make and take was taught by Anita Houston, The Artful Maven, a Certified Ranger Educator from Midland, Texas.  Of course, those are my initials on wood tiles on the bottom edge of the clipboard.

Well, winter has returned to us here in North Texas!  It is supposed to be in the thirties tonight with a chance of frost or freeze.  This is insane! Yesterday I had the air conditioning on because it was so warm and humid. Today I have the heat on because it is chilly. Guess I shouldn't complain too much though as I know it will be super hot here soon enough.   Yesterday afternoon I continued working on my Hidden Trunk project.  The trunk is done and I worked on the albums.  I made two that will fit in the drawers of the trunk.  One of them is made with a Tim Holtz clipboard piece like the one in the photo above  but I'm going to have to re-think what to do with the pages.  On the tutorial it says to clip the same album pages into the clipboard album (same type of pages created for the other album) but they don't fit right, they are too long, so I'm going to try something else.  I will probably finish up the album pages and decorations in them at the upcoming four day NSD retreat with Cat's Creation Scrapbooks.  The retreat is held in Perrin, Texas and I'm looking forward to FOUR days of crafting time!  I may have to start packing soon as I don't want to forget anything but if I do, I'll only be about 25 minutes from home.

Hope you all have a great week and thanks for stopping by.  


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday? Still a TRUNK!

Okay, so I said I would not share the trunk again until the project was all done, but it's Wednesday and since it is still on my workdesk, well....I'm sharing it for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  What is WOYWW? you ask?  It's a fun blog thing where you can share what your crafty space looks like, what you're working on with others of like mind.  To join in you just head over to Julia's blog The Stamping Ground, link your blog post and visit some of the others for week #253.  Yes, I know it is late in the day on Wednesday but you can really visit anytime if you like.

So now, why is the trunk still on my workdesk?  Well, because I'm still working on it! Did not get much time on it over the weekend.  I did get the blasted lid made and the straps which are made out of chipboard! Yes, they are!!  The front clasp/closure is on and at this stage the hinges are in place and are drying before I see if it opens up correctly.  After that I have just a few areas inside the lid to cover with paper and it'll be done and I can move on to making the two mini albums that go inside of it.  The desk is not in too bad of a state.  Just some of the left over paper scraps, some tools including my new drill that hubby bought me so I can drill neat holes in my chipboard projects.  It works fabulous and I wish I'd had one sooner1

That's it for today.  It's time to make a pizza and then settle in for a hour of t.v. watching.  Survivor tonight! I'm loving this season!

Have a good one!

P.S. You are looking at the back side of the trunk. :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hippity Hoppity Easter's On It's Way Challenge ~ Happy Easter Card!

If you are here for the Seems a Little Sketchy card challenge post, please scroll down to the next post or click on older posts.  Thank you!

While I was creating an Easter card last week for the Digi Haven challenge, I decided to create one for our upcoming Cards in Envy "Hippity Hoppity Easter's On It's Way" A2 Card challenge and use another one of the adorable Di's Digi Stamps bunnies.  This one is also from my purchased collection of digi images from Di's Digi Stamps.  I colored up the bunny and eggs with the Copic Markers shown below.

I had a lot of fun creating this card for the Cards in Envy challenge.  The great thing about Cards in Envy is that all cards must be flat to fit in an envelope for first class postage so you can always mail the card AND it must be an A2 size (4.25" x 5.5").  To create this card, I used the following supplies:

  • Papers, Echo Park 6x6 "Splendid Sunshine" (the colors and patterns in this paper pack are awesome for Easter cards!
  • Di's Digi Stamps Digital Image
  • Copic Markers
  • Spellbinder's Scallop Die and Big Shot
  • Hole Punch (To punch out the small circles that I glued to each scallop)
  • Papertrey Ink Acrylic Sentiment Stamp from the Mailbox Greetings set
  • Easter Bunny Brad
  • American Crafts Hot Pink Twine Ribbon
  • Quickie Glue Pen
  • Quick Stick Picker Upper
I used the Quickie Glue Pen and the Quick Stick Picker Upper to easily glue and place the pink circles I punched out onto each scallop of the oval.

I hope that you'll join us at Cards in Envy for our Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's Way challenge!  We welcome all cards that are flat and A2 size that you make for Easter.  Limit 3 entries per person and winners receive a cute badge for their blog for bragging rights.

Have a great day!

Check out Di's Digi Stamps for some super cute digi images! Click >HERE<

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Happy Sunday to you!  As I type this post it is pouring down rain which is a huge blessing as we need it so bad.  Many of our lakes are too low to even put a boat in.  It's very sad, so lots of rain would be something to really enjoy!

Today's card is for the Seems a Little Sketchy sketch challenge.  I'm posting mine a day early as I have another card for a different challenge already scheduled for tomorrow.  Since the Seems a Little Sketchy sketches are shared in advance for the challenge I think it's okay to share my card today and give you a bit of inspiration to use the sketch to create a card too.

Our sponsor this time is Robyn's Fetish and I chose to use her adorable lamb digi image to create this card. A funny thing about how I chose the papers.  I was cleaning my area to start on the card when a 6x6 paper pad just fell off the shelf down onto the floor.  I picked it up and thought "these papers will be pretty with that sketch."  So that's how I picked my papers for this card!  I think they worked beautifully too.

First I colored the little lamb with my Copic markers using the colors shown in the photo below.

Below is a photo of the supplies I used and a list...

Card Supplies:                                                

  • Digi Image by Robyn's Fetish
  • Copic Markers
  • Bazzill Avalon 6x6 Paper Pad
  • American Craft Twine for the Bow
  • Papertrey Ink Mailbox Greeting Sentiment Stamp
  • Stampin' Up! Circle Punches
  • Prima Ink - Hydrangea
The flowers are cut outs from the Bazzill paper.  And here's the sketch:

The Seems a Little Sketchy challenge runs for 2 weeks starting tomorrow, Monday, April 7th.  There will be a prize from our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish,  to one randomly chosen entry.

Robyn's Fetish has announced that they have a new artist in their store!  To see the new images, go to their shop and click on either designers or the individual categories under digital stamps.  Click >HERE< to visit Robyn's Fetish to see their latest digital stamps!

I hope you have some nice plans for your Sunday.  Unless it rains us out, we plan to visit the art museum this afternoon for a few hours in Fort Worth .  Hubby and I will be going with our daughter and son-in-law and will probably have dinner out as well.  Then I'll be back home to watch some t.v. and work a bit on my trunk project!

Have a great and blessed day!