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, August 18, 2014

Today Stinks...Let's Do Lunch!

Ha, ha. ha.  When I saw the rubber stamp for this sentiment, I knew it was perfect for our Cards in Envy challenge--"Best of Friends."  I mean, really, who else could you say this to and they'd understand and they'd be happy to go to lunch to make you feel better!

I created this card using some 12x12 paper scraps that I found in my stash. I think they were either left overs from a layout class or actually from a layout kit.  Either way, I loved the patterns and colors and layered them all up for this friend card.  The image is stamped with a rubber stamp as is the sentiment which I cut up the phrases and arranged them on to a piece of word patterned paper. I used black cardstock and added a bow tied from thread.  Both rubber stamps are by Unity Stamps and came in a set called "Take Your Time" that I got in their November 2011 Kit of the Month.  I haven't used my stamps much lately so it was fun to create a card with these.

As I mentioned earlier, the Cards in Envy challenge is "Best of Friends" and it starts today and runs through August 31st.  We have some really cute friend cards created by our designers for inspiration.  I hope you'll visit our challenge blog  and our designers blogs and join in on our challenge.  Your card must be A2 size (4.25" x 5.5")  and flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing and must have "friends" on the card or be a card clearly made for friends.

Have a great week and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Circus is Coming!

It's almost done!  I've had several ask about this project and thought I'd go ahead and share some photos even though it's not in my shop yet.  Yes, I know.  It's taking me forever.  This is something I have to do in my spare time and on the weekends and well, lately, I just haven't been given a lot of that spare time!  I'm currently on round THREE of the paperwork and  negotiations for the co-op water system where we live that somehow hubby and I ended up managing.  We met with a non-profit water company yesterday that says they will take it over.  Please keep your fingers crossed because we NEED this to happen.  The sooner the better.

Anyway, I've been having so much fun with this Circus Wagon and Mini Album!  The idea came to me way back in June?  Maybe it was even May!  Whenever--but I know it was when I saw this paper collection by Fancy Pants--"Everyday Circus" that was to be released in July and I just KNEW it would be perfect! Before the papers came in, I created a prototype of the wagon and the album.  I decorated the album in Graphic 45 French Country papers and have shared that earlier here on my blog.  I started decorating the prototype wagon in Graphic 45 Le Cirque papers but have put it on the back burner to get THIS one done. I will also be making a Mini Album for the Le Cirque wagon.

I used the awesome Tim Holtz metal vintage wheels! Love how it actually rolls but be aware this is NOT a toy for children.  I shopped around for just the right hardware for the latch and the hinge.  The "Everyday Circus" paper has these adorable Circus "Posters" that were just perfect for decorating the outside of the wagon. On the front side that you see in the first photo above, I created an animal cage that is really a photo frame!  Of course I had to add bling, banners and flags on the top!  (My kit will  have these wheels! You get a set of 4 wheels in one package and if I have extra sets those will be listed in my shop too.)

Below you see the end of the wagon, the latch lifts up and the "ramp" drops down to reveal....

....the Mini Album! It has a really wide spine.  Around 3 inches I think and the decorations are kept flat so the wagon will close.  To pull it out of the wagon, I've added a Tim Holtz "ring".

Once out of the wagon, you'll notice that the decorations on the front of the album are also flat.  That's so it will fit in that wagon.  The decorating FUN happens INSIDE the album!

The first page is a title page and has the dimensional decor that I would normally put on the front of the album.

Inside there is also a set of flip waterfall photo pages complete with another flag, a big tent pocket and a cute "Fun" booklet.  The flip waterfall pages are held shut with magnetic snaps.

I had fun creating a tutu skirt for this lady circus performer!  My album is designed with a unique "Flip Hinge" with 1/2" gussets between the pages so you can easily add thicker embellishments and your album will still close flat AND fit in the wagon!

On this faux flip page, I added this collage using some of the ephemera from the "Everyday Circus" collection and flowers from my stash.  The flowers will not be included in my kit but everything else on the page will be.

On the second faux flip page, I added this cute Circus poster from the papers and the Photo Booth from the ephemera pack!  You can actually put a photo in the Photo Booth! Fun, Fun, FUN!  And the Poster is actually a pocket so you can slip more photos down behind it!

I created this flower out of odds and ends!  It won't be in the kit BUT I share how I made it in the video.  It reminds me of something that would be found on a circus costume, don't you think?

And this last page I'm sharing is one of my favorites!  The Tim Holtz belt buckle piece will be in the kit and you'll get the instructions on how to make the belt.  At this time I don't think the rhinestones will be in the kit but you never know.  If I find more I'll toss them in for free.  The Juggler Bear is attached to a Wobbler spring and he's on a photo mat booklet that slides out from behind the belt!

I have a couple of more pages I need to finish AND I need to edit the written tutorial and add photos.  I have the videos almost edited and as soon as that is all done it will be added to my shop. My written tutorials are always an instant upload when you purchase it. That way you can start working on your project right away and don't have to wait on me!  If you want to purchase just the tutorials, you'll be able to do that.  The album is already in the shop--it's the Flip Hinge Mini Album.  The Circus Wagon will be added separately. If you want the kit with all the papers and chipboard you need AND the hardware to create the wagon, you will receive both the album and the wagon tutorials when you pay for the kit.  The videos are always private on YouTube  and I have to manually add your email address that's linked to your Youtube account to each video.  That usually takes me at least one business day after you pay for your tutorial or kit order.

Okay, enough about the business stuff... I'm off to work on the piles of papers on my desk that accumulated since yesterday.  Maybe by tonight I can get into the crafty room!

Happy Crafting,

P.S. The link to my online shop is:   www.sandyscraftycreations.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Smiling Flowers

It's time for a new sketch challenge on Seems a Little Sketchy!  This time our sponsor is QKR Stampede and I used their adorable "Smiling Flowers" digi image.  To create this card using Sketch #71, I first picked out my papers--Authentique 6x6 "Carefree" and colored the image to match using the Copic markers shown below.  I added a ribbon from my stash and tied it into a bow.  Love how these papers layered up.

I invite each of you to join us at Seems a Little Sketchy and create a card using the sketch below.  Link up your card to the challenge blog post for a chance to win a prize for our sponsor.   There will be one winner chosen by random.org.  Check it out!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wow! Thank You Cherie!

This is the stash of goodies that I received from a fellow PITA (Kathy Orta Files Paper Phenomenon Fans and the letters stand for exactly what you are probably thinking they do. Ha, Ha.)  I'm due to get in a super huge Kathy Orta base kit and I've been searching for the various paper pads that go with the kit.  There was one Recollections pad that you buy at Michael's Craft store BUT our Michaels did not have it!  So Cherie to the rescue. She posted on the Kathy Orta Fans Facebook page that she had an extra one and could buy another.  So I paid her for those two plus shipping but, she filled the box not only with those two pads but with all the stash you see above! Wow!  Thank you so much Cherie!  You are the best PITA!

Happy Crafting,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Some Beach Somewhere.....

Well, it's hard to believe that here in the United States summer is rapidly coming to an end.  Not that the summer temperatures will be totally gone but that the children will be going back to school.  But for now over on Cards in Envy, we are celebrating summer with  "Toes in the Sand" as our new 2 week challenge. That means we are hoping you will share your summery BEACH themed cards with us on our challenge blog.  Remember all cards for the Cards in Envy challenges MUST be A2 size (4.25"x5.5") AND flat enough to fit in an envy for mailing with a single stamp.

For this card I went to my favorite digi designer, Di's Digi Designs, and printed up the "Seaside Izzy" image.  I colored her and the image background with the Copic markers shown in the photo below.

The beachy, summer papers are from Fancy Pants, Nautical 6x6 paper pad paired with red cardstock.  The sentiments are computer generated in Word and printed in a light brown ink color.  I also used a bit of my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen to add some sparkle to the water.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and that you will find the time to join us for this Toes in the Sand challenge at Cards in Envy!

Happy Crafting,
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hello August!

The month of August slipped up on me.  I've been super busy the last few days in my crafty room working on a project, tutorial and videos!  When I looked up, the calendar had changed! Ha, ha.  So this morning I finally flipped my Graphic 45 Calendar over to August. I love the sunflowers in this paper. It's quite appropriate as we have lots of wild sunflowers in the fields and along the roads.This is an 8"x8" page using the Graphic 45 A Place in Time paper collection. The stand is a Recollections from Michael's Craft Store.

So, Happy August to you all.  I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day!  I'm heading back up to create a few more pages in a super cute mini album and then I'll be taking a break for the rest of the afternoon to go to a barbeque at my brother-in-law's house.

Happy Crafting,