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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Halloween (Just a Little Bit Early)

The new challenge starting today for Cards in Envy is enTWINEd.  Which means use "twine" on your card. Any theme will do as long as it is A2 size and flat to go in a mailing envelope.  

The weather finally was cooler and more fall like so I decided to go with a Halloween card.  I have these fabulous Tim Holtz rubber stamps that I really haven't played with much so I thought I'd see what I could come up with using them.  I inked my background onto white cardstock using Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress Ink.  I then randomly stamped the pumpkin, crow and poison images onto the base. I stamped the skeleton onto white cardstock and fussy cut him out and glued him over the images.  And then I brushed him with Frosted Lace Stickles.  I tied black American Craft twine around the images and then matted that to black cardstock that I'd distressed around the edges.  The sentiment is stamped with an acrylic stamp onto white cardstock that I also inked.  A pretty quick and easy card but I love it!

Here's hoping that you'll find the time to check us out over on Cards in Envy and join us for this super easy challenge--enTWINEd.  The challenge runs until October 5th.  Plenty of time to get your card crafting on.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 8, 2014

For the Birthday Boy

It's time for another sketch challenge over on Seems a Little Sketchy!  This time our sponsor is Imagine That! And I was given the digital file "Birthday Dog" to work with.  The file had both black and white images and pre-colored images. Since I was in a time crunch, I used the pre-colored image.

All the papers for this card are from a 6x6 pad by Doodlebug "Take Note." The sentiment is also from the same digital file from Imagine That!  I punched it out with a Stampin' Up! Scallop Circle Paper shaper and colored it with Copics.  Of course, birthday cards need a fun wobbler, so I put the sentiment on one.  And then to tie in the Washi tape pattern on the paper triangles, I added a bit of Washi tape to the matted image.  Love how this turned out. So bright and cheerful.  A perfect birthday card for some birthday boy!

The challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy runs for two weeks and one random entry will receive a prize from our sponsor at the close of the challenge.   Here's the sketch.  Remember you can change the shape of the star like I did and even turn the card into a vertical one if you wish.

Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch 73

I hope you'll join us for this card sketch challenge.
Happy Crafting,
Check out the digi files at Imagine That!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Journal 52 - Catching Up!

Week 24, Journal 52, Book Inspired
Well, it's been quite some time since I shared any of my mixed media art journal pages for the Journal 52 challenge that's on Facebook.  I haven't given up.  I try to do a page once or twice (or more) a month because I've got the book and want to see this to the finish.  But I have come to the conclusion that mixed art media may not be my crafty thing.  It's messy and takes over once you start doing it and doesn't go well (in my opinion) with paper crafts like my mini albums and Kathy Orta projects.  But then, there are days when it is fun to just create something at random  and if you don't like it, cover it up with Gesso and start again.  My daughter was concerned about my journaling book; that she would one day have to keep it and try to analyze what I was trying to say with my "art." I laughed and told her, "No, it's just me having fun doing a challenge and getting messy with inks and paint."  She was quite relieved. Ha, ha.  

Here they are, the pages (In no particular order) that I've done since the last time I shared, starting with the one above from June.  I'm still not all the way caught up.  I think that counting the prompt for this week, I have four to do right now. But may not do them until next month or the next or....

Week 29, Journal 52 Challenge, Fashion

Week 32, Journal 52 Challenge, Favorite Foods

Week 31, Journal 52 Challenge, Friendship (just the two small center pages dated 8/30/14)

Mandela  and Travel, Journal 52 Challenge, Both done on one page together

Week 25, Journal 52 Challenge, Nature Inspired

Week 29, Journal 52 Challenge, Nostalgia (Just the small center page)

Week 23, Journal 52 Challenge, Passion (Just the small center page with the glass heart)

Week 30, Journal 52 Challenge, Positive Words (Just the left and the small center page in purple)

Week 26, Journal 52, Under the Sea

And that's what I've got done in my Journal up to today.  I'll be crafting on some Halloween things this weekend for my upcoming Thirteen Frights of Halloween starting in October.  Click on the badge in the right side bar for more info.  And designing a card for Seems a Little Sketchy for Monday's post.  Plus I may do a bit of packing for an upcoming road trip and crafty fun weekend at Mt Calm with my friend Barb and other crafty/scrapbook ladies I haven't seen in a couple of years.  Looking forward to it!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Video Tour of My Craft Room

Hello, come on in and visit for a bit.  My room is nice and clean and I'm happy that you are here.

Actually, I cleaned my craft room last week and recorded this video and intended to share it then but I've had computer woes on my main computer that handles photo editing and videos.  I've still not figured out what's wrong but some programs will not open.  I've scanned it for viruses and malware and spyware and all those bad things but I'm thinking one got in and corrupted a Windows file or two. Luckily I was still able to do the video but the editing of the above photo just didn't happen.  Guess this means the desktop computer will be going to Dan the Computer Man next week so he can work on it while I'm out of town.

I've worked on a few projects since this video was recorded and I'm happy to say that things are still neat and orderly.  I've been trying really hard to clean up after myself and put things back where they belong.  It makes it so much easier to find stuff.  Did I find the item that I was looking for that started my cleaning and purging?  I don't know.  I can't remember what it was. But I don't think I did because surely I would have remembered when I saw it, or not.  Ha. Ha.

So here's the video tour of my craft room.  Please excuse the movements of the camera from time to time as it is hard to video and hold a camera still.  Also, tripping over a cat did not help.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, September 1, 2014

You're the Best!

Comanche High School
It keeps the Golden Rule,
In all Dixie Land,
There's none quite so grand
As our own dear high school,
They say days will come
When we are far away
But whenever we stray
We will come back someday
To our own dear

Rah, Rah!
Go Black and Gold!!

Today starts a new challenge at Cards in Envy and in honor of schools being back in session, our challenge this time is to create an A2 card using SCHOOL COLORS.  Of course, I went with my own high school colors--BLACK & GOLD from Comanche High School in Comanche, Texas. Occasionally our uniforms would have white thrown in too.  Now, with this challenge you do NOT have to make a school card (but you can if you want).  You only have to make an A2 card that is flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing using YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL COLORS and share with us what those colors are in your blog post that features your card.   The challenge runs for two weeks and the designers will pick a FIRST CLASS card and several IN THE MAILBOX cards to receive blog badges.

For my card, I pulled out a 6x6 Designer paper pad by My Mind's Eye "Nostalgia" which is not only a perfect name for papers when creating a card honoring my high school but it also had fabulous prints in Black and Gold!  I added black ribbon with gold & black flowers from my stash.  And stamped the sentiment with black ink using a Papertrey Ink Sentiment stamp from their "Handwritten Notes" collection.  The center of the flower is punched from some of the paper in the pad using a 1/2" circle punch.

So what's your favorite school colors?  I hope you create a card with those colors and share them with us at Cards in Envy!

Happy crafting,


Saturday, August 30, 2014

By the Sea Graphic 45 Challenge

Each month the Graphic 45 blog has a tutorial and a challenge to create a project following their tutorial. For the month of August, they shared a fabulous little mini album using their By the Sea paper collection. Since I had the papers and the tags, I decided I would make one!  The deadline for the challenge is August 31st which is tomorrow. I've had this made for a few weeks but I'm just now photographing it so I guess I'd better link my photos to their Facebook page today, don't you think?  Of course I would be thrilled to win some Graphic 45 product as a result of entering their challenge.  They give away $75 in product to one chosen winner!  Wish me luck!

I made the base of the mini album exactly as they did in the tutorial and used the same paper on the front cover and then I changed it up just a bit on the inside.  The pages open up into the star shape below and the pages are papered on both sides.  I wrapped my twine around the cover so it would stay closed on both sides.  Before I tied the bow, I threaded a real sea shell onto the twine and then glued it on and glued the pretty flowers onto the shell.  These pull back off the cover when you untie the twine to open up the book.  Each little page has a pocket for small photos and tags.

I love this Graphic 45 By the Sea Collection, if you haven't bought it yet, you might want to right away before it's all gone and retired!  If you want to create your own Graphic 45 By the Sea mini album,  click >HERE< to go to their blog and to the tutorial.  It was really easy and fun to make!

I'm enjoying this three day weekend so far.  I've been in my craft room most of today (Saturday).  I finished cleaning and organizing my craft room and I now hope to work on a few Halloween projects for my upcoming Thirteen Frights of Halloween event here on my blog. (Click on the badge on the side bar for more info).  Tomorrow afternoon and Monday I'll be finishing up the written tutorial and bagging up the kits for my Life's a Circus project to put them in my online shop. The circus wagon turned out really cute and the mini album fits inside the wagon AND the wheels roll! So much fun!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend too!
Happy crafting,