Welcome!

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, September 24, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday? Halloween!


Yep. I've been super busy working on different Halloween projects for my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween which starts on October 18th. I thought my workdesk was super messy but then I realized it really wasn't that bad.  At least not as bad as the counter to my left....

You know I think photos have a way of cleaning things up because I thought it was really, really messy. But now it doesn't look so bad. Oh and for those wanting to see some of my Halloween projects, there is one in the first photo.  It's partially hidden behind something but you can see a bit of it. Ha. ha.

Anyway, I'm sharing this post with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  A weekly thing that happens over on Julia's Stamping Ground blog.  Crafters all over the world take a photo of their workdesk, share it on their blog and then link it to Julia's blog.  Check it out.

Happy Crafting!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Boo Ha Ha Ha!












Hello! And Happy Fall (or Autumn)! Here in my part of the world, today is the official last day if summer!Still a bit warm here in Texas but not really that bad.  Today is also the start of a new challenge on Seems a Little Sketchy.  We have a fun sketch and a fabulous sponsor--Kenny K Downloads.  Kenny K generously allowed the Seems a Little Sketchy Designers to pick three digital images to work with.  Of those three, I chose "Trixxie Treat"so I could make a Halloween card!  I colored her with my Copic markers.  Still love coloring with those fabulous pens and I used the colors shown below.  Love her green eyes!









Okay, details about the challenge....1) It runs for 2 weeks, 2) you must use Sketch #74 shown below, 3) Kenny K will award a prize to one random winner chosen from the entries, 4) that's it! 5) what are you waiting for?  Make a card!!






Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch #74


                                      




Happy Crafting!



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Don't forget to check out the digital images by Kenny K Downloads!







Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blog Press...Will It Work? Will It Not?




Blog Press App Info





I'm working on my Thirteen Frights Before Halloween projects and I'm having a blast but I'm a bit concerned about the posts with videos that need to go live October 22 through October 27.  You see, hubby and I are jetting away on a mini vacation.  I'm pretty excited as it's been YEARS since we've flown away together on a jet airliner to a destination we've been wanting to visit. (Not sharing where just yet but it is in the USA.)  So....I can pre-schedule my blog posts for those days BUT I can't pre-schedule the videos and I don't want them going live before the date they are supposed to.  What to do? What to do?  I don't want to take a laptop with me as I really don't want to keep up with it, carry it around and worry about it in the hotel.  Surely there is a way to make this work with my iPhone.  Enter the app BlogPress.  I've uploaded it to my iPhone.  And now I'm doing this post to "see" if I can make this work.  Here's the steps I'm going to do:


  1. Type up this post on my computer (laptop as the main computer is STILL in the shop!!!)

  2. Add in a video that you've already seen because I'm not sharing any of my new Halloween ones yet. Sorry.

  3. Save as a draft via my laptop.

  4. Pick up my iPhone and open Blog Press and scroll to the post draft that I saved. (Hope it has that feature--we'll soon know.)

  5. Cick on the draft and Publish it.


If this works, I will be able to do all the posts for the days I will be gone WITH the videos saved on them and just click Publish on the Blog Press app on my iPhone each day that we are on vacation.  Keep your fingers crossed that it works.  By the way, if you are reading this on my blog today, Sunday, September 21st, then it DID work!





Happy Crafting and here's the old video I'm sharing (again). Ha, ha.








It worked! It worked! It WORKED!!! I'm beyond excited!! Technology is a wonderful, wonderful thing! Now if they could just get my desktop computer fixed!

Oh wait...this works for publishing the post BUT I still need to figure out how to publish the video with my iPhone on YouTube and then publish the post.  Hmmmm......surely there is a way. If you have any ideas, let me know!  Off to goggle some more.

Here we go...the test video.  If you don't see it that may be a good thing because at first it is private.  Then if I can edit it on my iPhone you will be able to see it.  Complicated?  Perhaps.


Drumroll please....it did work! Yay!  Don't bother watching the above test video.  It's just my computer camera doing a video of my craft room.  No action and I made sure to not talk.  I'm very happy that it did work.  If I can remember how to do it come October 22nd.  Guess I better do a few practice runs before then!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Coming... The Thirteen Frights Before Halloween!




I've got my Halloween supplies all out and I've been working on the projects for my first annual Thirteen Frights Before Halloween!  So many fun things I want to do but just not enough time or days!!  And to top it off, hubby and I are going on a vacation October 22-27! Don't worry I plan to pre-schedule the projects for those days but it does have me a bit frazzled in the brain.  Ha, ha.  

To prepare yourself for these fun days of crafty goodness and if you want to follow along with the tutorials, you can start gathering your Halloween supplies too!  First be sure to check your stash from last year or the year before or the year before that.  Halloween papers and embellishments can be mixed together for some really cute looks.  I will be using some from my stash.  Then if you are wanting new stuff, take a look at the following Halloween collections:
  • Bella Blvd "Trick or Treat"
  • Echo Park "Ghost Town"
  • Doodle Bug Design " Haunted Manor"
  • Simple Stories "Frankie and Friends"
  • Carta Bella "Spooky"
  • Pebbles "Thirty One"

These are some of the ones that I've picked up and hope to use on several of the projects for The Thirteen Frights Before Halloween.  Of course, you don't HAVE to use the same collections that I use, as you may have plenty from years past OR have others that are your favorites!

If you don't hear from me much here on the blog (or any where on the internet)  then you'll know I'm busy, busy, busy working on my Halloween stuff!  AND I just can't wait to share that I'll be holding a HANDS ON CLASS for a Graphic 45 "The Night Before Christmas" album for those of you in the local area!  The album isn't made yet but the date has been set for Sunday, November 16th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Bring your own lunch).  The cost will be $65 which includes the crop/class room, all the supplies (pre-cut and pre-scored) to create your album (except for adhesives) and me to teach you how to put it all together! So pencil in that date if you are interested.  Space will be limited and I already have several signing up.  It will be at Rayline's Retreat House in Springtown, Texas.

Oh, yes! Here's the info on The Thirteen Frights Before Halloween in case you missed it in an earlier post.



Happy Crafting!

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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!

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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,
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Check out the digi files at Imagine That!