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, July 23, 2014

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

It's still Wednesday. Right?  I know I'm a bit late posting this.  Let me just say--I've been super busy with paperwork in the office.  How dare work get in the way of my crafting fun!!  So, anyway, here's my workdesk the same as I left it on Sunday evening.  I did shuffle a few things around to pick up scraps of paper and tape backings  on Monday morning to put in the trash as that's our trash pickup day.

I'm working on a mini album for a project I've designed.  You can't see much of it.  That's it in the upper left in front of my tool box.  I'm adding pockets and flip pages and such to it and the papers I'm using for this "prototype" album is Graphic 45 French Country.  Yeah, some pretty nice paper for a "prototype" but I love the papers and decided to just go with it.  So also on my table is my little note pad where I keep track (or try to) of what I did and assorted tools that I used.  New stuff?  Well on the mid-right next to the score-tape is a new bottle of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Let me just say--LOVE this stuff.  It takes the place of Glossy Accents. {Gasp}.  Yep, found out it never turns yellow in the bottle after it's opened  PLUS I bought a glue tip lid for it that has a "needle" like cap that keeps it from clogging up. I'm pretty happy about that.  To the left of that bottle is an album box that I created over the weekend.  Below is a bit closer view of it.

This album box project was  designed by Christi Maron.  She sells patterns, tutorials and chipboard kits for this in her Etsy shop-- Paper Hoarder Disorder.  I was able to actually make my album box at a class taught by Christi at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  I love how it turned out! The box opens to the right and the sides fall down and the album pages are attached INSIDE the box.  Totally awesome.  Oh, yes! This album is made from the beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea papers!

Okay, now back to what this Wednesday post is all about.  Each Wednesday, crafty people from all around the world post a photo or two of their workdesk and then link it to Julia's Stamping Ground blog and visit as many other blogs as possible to see what everyone is up to this week.  Join in if you'd like.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to You!

Is it your birthday?   No? Well, it has to be somebody's birthday today or this week!  To celebrate, Cards in Envy is hosting a "HappyBirthday to You!" card challenge.

For my card, I chose to use this adorable digi image by From the Heart Stamps called "Lady Bug Lift Off." I just love that little chick and the lady bug and the balloons.  I really had fun coloring this one with my Copic markers (shown in the photo below) and paired it up with papers from a 6x6 designer pad by My Mind's Eye "My Girl."  I've had this paper pad for a while and it is nearly all gone.  Guess it had colors and prints that I really liked.  I'll be sad to see it all gone.  I matted the designer papers with a turquoise cardstock and used foam tape on the single balloon and the sentiment.  The sentiment is Papertrey Ink "Handwritten Notes" stamped with Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise ink.  The string on the one balloon is from American Crafts.

So, are you making any birthday cards this month?  If yes, why not share them with us over on the Cards in Envy challenge.  There's no prize but we do pick our favorite cards and award fun badges for your blog. The challenge runs until August 3rd.  Lots of time for you to make a birthday card or two.  Just remember, it must be an A2 size (4.25" x 5.5") and flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.

Happy Crafting!
Check out the adorable digi images at From the Heart Stamps--CLICK HERE

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hidden Treasures Trunk - Finished!!

Actually, I finished up this trunk back in April and the mini albums the first of May but it's taken me this long to get around to photographing it!  I loved, loved, loved this project! This is designed by Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon and you can buy the tutorial in her shop.  If you want the videos that go with the tutorial, you have to buy her Digital Kit #10 .  The tutorial costs $14.95 and the Digital Kit costs $99 but includes the tutorial too AND videos/tutorials for two other projects and three bonus projects!!  So definitely check that out if you love this trunk.  I've added the links to Kathy's website and direct links to the two options for you to get started on your own trunk.  I'm thinking I may make another one in different papers.

I had the full kit from Paper Phenomenon for this one which included all the papers and hardware.  The full kit is sold out and for now I think Kathy is out of the hardware too, but I've found a shop in China that sells small metal hardware items and though it will be a bit different, I'm thinking it will work just fine.  The papers for this trunk were Tim Holtz Wallflower 12 x12  Paper Pad.

Believe it or not, that trim on this trunk is NOT leather!  It is all chipboard!

The photo above shows one of the hidden features of this trunk.  It's a drawer and when it's closed you really don't know it's there and when you open it, there is a mini album inside!

Below I show the trunk lid opened up. Inside the trunk is a short compartment  that holds a Graphic 45 Book Box and Tag mini album.  I added this extra album myself as it fit perfectly!

Below is the book box out of the album.  There was even room to add that knob and the roses and it still fit in the trunk!

This is the book box open showing the mini tag album.  I may add more  stuff to the tags later. For now they are just covered with paper.

And now the main hidden feature of the trunk!  The front panel drops down to reveal a photo frame (for now I just have paper in it with thes mall  bird and the yellow flowers) AND another drawer that hold a mini album too! This front panel is held closed with magnet "leather" closures.  The frame is just above the drawer.

 Here's the two mini albums that you make with the tutorial from Paper Phenomenon.  Again, I love this project! People who see it in person are amazed that it is handmade! Kathy Orta Files is a fabulous designer and puts so much detail in everything she designs.  I've been asked why I buy her kits and tutorials rather than designing my own.  And my answer is because I love Kathy Orta's designs and why reinvent something?  Yes, I do design my own projects now and then but those are my own ideas and not something I've seen by other designers myself.   When I see something I like even if it's designed by someone else, I will buy it and create from their instructions or even take a class and of course give them credit and send you their way.

Since it's hard to share completely what a finished project looks like, I made this little video on Youtube. That way you can see how I finished the insides of the albums AND get a look at how the trunk opens.

Happy Crafting!

P.S.  Here's the links to Paper Phenomenon where you can purchase your own tutorial for the Hidden Treasures Trunk or Digital Kit #10.

Paper Phenomenon Website
Hidden Treasures Trunk Tutorial Only
Digital Kit Club #10 that includes the tutorial for the trunk

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mickey Magic Camera Box & Mini Albums!

Finally! It's finished!!!  This is my Mickey Magic camera box that I designed and I now have the tutorial (with videos) AND the Kit which includes the tutorial and videos for sale in my shop!!  The kit has EVERYTHING you need to create your project just like mine if you wish.  AND the chipboard pieces for the box are PRE-CUT so you don't need a special heavy duty chipboard cutter to create this!  Of course, you may want a different look and use your own papers, if so, you can just purchase the tutorial on how to make this.  For more information, go to my shop website:   www.sandyscraftycreations.com and click on the Shop Now button.  

This camera box has the Polaroid slot on the front.  This was inspired by a smaller camera project featured on the Maya Road blog that used one of their shaped chipboard camera albums. But for my project I needed a bigger box that would hold more albums so I designed this one.  The Polaroid piece does come out of the slot and can be stored inside the camera box.

 With my tutorial, I show you how to make FOUR Mini Wallet Albums that all fit into the camera box.  They just slide into the top opening of the box.  Each one is held closed with a magnetic snap closure and the flaps inside are each made a bit different for variety.  My kit uses the Simple Stories, Say Cheese paper collection and comes with all the 12x12 cardstock and 12x12 designer papers that you need to complete the box and the four Mini Wallet albums!  You also get a pack of matching chipboard stickers and a 12x12 sheet of stickers to decorate your project.  And all the components for the camera box such as the lens piece, shutter button etc. are included too.  I've even added a bonus gift--my favorite glue applicator bottle! Yes, each kit comes with one of the Fineline 18 gauge bottles.  You add your own white glue and it dispenses a neat, fine line of glue and NEVER clogs up!!

Above are a glimpse of all four of the Mini Wallet Albums, but if you want to see more--check on this Youtube video.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, July 14, 2014

For Someone Special

It's time for another challenge and a new sketch at Seems a Little Sketchy!  This time we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and I picked this adorable bookworm apple image for my card.  I colored it up with my Copic markers as shown in the photo below and added a bit of the clear Wink of Stella brush pen to the leaf, apple and worm.  I fussy cut out the image and attached it to the card with a Wobbler spring. I still love using those on my cards!

For the papers, I pulled out a 6x6 Christmas pad.  Yes, I said Christmas though you certainly wouldn't know it if I hadn't told you. Always remember to check out your Christmas papers for non-Christmas cards. You might find just what you need!  This pad that I used was by Authentique and I think it was the "Wonder" collection.  I used flower punches to make the flowers and added red Dew Drops for the centers.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink "Mailbox Greetings" set.  And I stamped it with Really Red Stampin' Up! Ink.

Here's the sketch:

Seems A Little Sketchy Sketch #69

The challenge runs for 2 weeks starting today, so I'll hope you join us.  One entry will be randomly chosen to win 3 digital images from Robyn's Fetish.

Happy Crafting!
Check out the digital images available from Robyn's Fetish!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy 4th of July (A Few Days Late)

Yes, the 4th of July and the holiday weekend has come and gone here in the United States but the theme this time at Cards in Envy is "Stars AND Stripes" so I wanted to create a patriotic card.  Now, if you join in the challenge you don't HAVE to do a patriotic card--it can be any theme, any color as long as it has stars AND stripes.  Also, your card must be A2 size (4.25" x 5.5") and flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.

For this card, I used lots of layers!  The patterned papers are from the Fancy Pants 6x6 pack (which I've been using a LOT lately) "Nautical."  I also used Dark Navy Cardstock and White Cardstock.  I cut all the layers and  then hand cut the ends of the banners and put it all together.  The sentiment is from a digital image called Patriotic Sheep (I didn't use the sheep) from Doodle Pantry.  To finish it off I added two flat silver star brads.

This challenge on Cards in Envy runs until 6 p.m. (Central) Sunday, July 20th.  Plenty of time for you to create a card (or two) following the theme Stars AND Stripes.

Happy Crafting!