Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July #13



Well it is almost Friday....my favorite day of the week! I have been busy working all week on cards....mostly Christmas with a couple of birthday cards sprinkled in. This weekend however, if I have time to be creative I think I might want to work on some Project Life pages and some traditional 12x12 pages.  Do you plan your creative time into your days? I would never do anything creative if I did not set time aside just for me.....I can be a real couch potato after a 12 hour day at work.

I created this card the night before last on an evening when I made TWO cards. I was thrilled that I had enough mojo after work to work on (and finish) two projects. I used my CAS-Fridays stamps again for this card and heat embossed the snowflakes and sentiment in silver. I was playing last weekend and made a few paint splattered backgrounds so this background was just sitting waiting to be used. I am entering this card at the CAS-ual Fridays Christmas In July Challenge


I am also entering this card in the Tuesday Throwdown Tic Tac Toe Challenge



I went straight down the left hand row and made a Christmas card using silver and that glittery silver ribbon.

And the last challenge I am entering this card in is Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday Challenge to Add Sparkle.

That is it for tonight....thank for dropping in. I will be back tomorrow with something completely different.

~~Sandi~~


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas in July #12


I got two Christmas cards made tonight....yippee! This is one of them and I used one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets......Snowy Sayings from CAS-ual Fridays. I embossed the snowflakes and sentiment with silver embossing powder and they stamp so perfectly...even the fine details embosses without a flaw. I am entering this card in the CAS-ual Friday Christmas in July Challenge.

I an also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Use Plaid

That is it for tonight....I am off to soak in a lavender scented bath and go to bed a little earlier than normal tonight.  I will be back tomorrow.

~~Sandi~~

Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July #11



Just to spice things up a bit instead of a card for my 11th Christmas in July post, I have something a little different to share tonight. I give a few gift cards to my older grandchildren and I always like to give them in a gift bag or some sort of spiffed up packaging. When I saw the Essentials by Ellen Mix it Up Challenge this month, I knew immediately what I was going to do. The Challenge is to use an item from Essentials by Ellen and mix it up whit Lawn Fawn. The hipster Santa on my gift bag is from the awesome Ellen Hutson stamp set Tis The Season. The gift bag was cut with my favorite die from Lawn Fawn....the Goodie Bag die. For the sentiment I used Claire's ABCs from Lawn Fawn.

I am also entering this bag in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Get In Shape Challenge. The challenge is to create a 3D item or something with an out of the ordinary shape.

Thanks about it tonight.  I am usually exhausted on Monday nights and tonight is no exception.

Thanks for stopping by.
~~Sandi~~

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas in July #10




I am continuing on with sharing my Christmas cards that I have made this month so far. This is just a fast and simple card that I put together using the versatile card sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap:


I cannot believe that the weekend is about over.  I really need more that 2 days per week to fit in everything that I want and need to do. I need to retire. Seriously. But until I do I will be at work bright and early tomorrow morning and back tomorrow evening to share a sweet little gift bag that I created today.  Thanks for stopping by.

~~Sandi~~

A Pineapple A Day....



I recently bought a little set of tropical color watercolors and was playing with them on some watercolor paper.  I really liked this design so I decided to make a card with it. I had a stamp set from Newton's Nook and I had never used this sentiment so I stamped it, die cut the pineapple from the watercolors I was playing with and this card happened. AND it is perfect for a friend going through a rather rough time right now.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Distress It Challenge
and
The Papercraft Crew New to You Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

~~Sandi~~

Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas in July #9




I went for a funky tropical non-traditional Christmas card with this one. I water colored and die cut the pineapples and trust me they look better in real life. I used Newton's Nook stamps and dies. I am entering this card in their Inky Paws Color Challenge:

I used this sketch from Stamplorations:


Lastly, I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Monday Distress It Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by...I will be back in a little bit to share another creation.

~~Sandi~~


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July #8




I am here to share another Christmas card in my quest to create 30 Christmas cards this month. I used this awesome Stick It Down sketch:



I am entering this card in the Sketch Challenge at Stick it Down
and



I was inspired by the January 30th challenge to make a Christmas card with 5 of something on it. I added 5 flat platinum sequins.  They did not photograph well, but if you look closely you can see then on the card.

Well I did not sleep to well last night so tonight I am going to take a hot bath with lavender bath salts and go to bed early in hopes of getting a good nights sleep.

I will be back tomorrow.

~~Sandi~~



Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July #7




 Here is tonight's card and my first rather childish attempt at water coloring an image. I was very unhappy with the results of my water coloring efforts but it is not so bad when the whole card got put together it did not seem so bad.

I used my cherished Christmas Elves stamp set from My Favorite Things and their current sketch:


In addition to the MFT Sketch Challenge, I am also entering this card in the Merry Monday Christmas in July Summer Link Up  The Shimmer and Sparkle challenge (from February 27th) inspired me to add bling to my elf's shirt and hat.



Well up early in the morning so I better go to bed.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

~~Sandi~~


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Christmas in July #6






Back again with my 6th card to share....I have actually made 8 Christmas cards but I have not shared 2 of them yet. This one has a warm, rustic, country feel to it. I used this sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas:


The die I used is the Merry Christmas Polaroid die from Simon Says Stamp called Holiday Frames. I am entering the Sketch Challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas

I am also entering this card in the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #413 to use Red, Cream and Dark Brown


Finally, I am also entering this card in the Merry Monday Christmas in July challenge. The challenge that inspired this card was from May 29 and was to create a card with a rustic feel.



Well, that is about it for this weekend....I hope yours was relaxing, fun and refreshing. Now onto 5 days of work..fun!

~~Sandi~~




Christmas in July #5




I was not feeling very inspired to make any Christmas cards on Friday night. Maybe it was the after effects of a long, short week at work or the concern that I have for a family member going through a hard time right now but I could not muster up any creativity. A good night's sleep changed all that. I woke up early Saturday morning and before 7:30am I had knocked out two Christmas cards and was very happy with both of them. For this card I used this week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:


I am also entering this card in the snippet challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop as this card was just made from a couple snippets of paper that I pulled out of my scrap basket. It pays to hoard scraps, doesn't it? Di is offering up two fun prizes and I am playing for both of them....the die and the stamp set.


Well it has been a long day and have stayed up way too late tonight.  I think I will sleep in tomorrow. Who am I kidding? My internal clock goes off no later than 7am. But compared to my 4:30am alarm M-F, I guess 7am IS sleeping in.  I will post more creations tomorrow.

~~Sandi~~

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Christmas in July #4


I love using non-traditional colors for my Christmas projects. Since I am working on my Christmas cards this month, I was looking around for some card challenges and I saw this awesome color challenge for Newton's Nook:


So I decided to challenge myself to make an Christmas card with this very obvious summer color palette and I think I may have pulled it off. I am entering this card in the Inky Paws Challenge #50.

I am continuing to work on my cards so I will be back later to share another with you.  What are you working on this weekend?

~~Sandi~~

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tis the Season to be Jolly -- Christmas in July #3

I am slowly getting into making my Christmas cards this month.  It is a tough month emotionally for me and I decided to concentrate on making Christmas cards as a welcome diversion. I am not really feeling inspired but I feel if I keep hanging in there the inspiration will come.



I decided to go the clean and simple route with this card.  I used one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets...this one is from CAS-ual Fridays.

I am entering their Tic Tac Toe challenge with my card. I went straight down the far right hand row and used stripes, no embellishments (that was tough!) and I used an embossing folder for texture.

I am also linking this card up to the Merry Monday Christmas Summer Link-Up
The challenge that inspired me was from February 6th ....make a CAS (clean and simple) card.




Thanks for stopping by tonight and checking out my blog. I will be back tomorrow to share another card or two.

~~Sandi~~

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Winter Wishes -- Christmas in July #2



I started my Christmas cards today.  I always start to create them in July so that by the first week of December rolls around, I have my 70-80 cards made that I need.  This is card #2.  I am entering this in the Elle's Studio Inspired By Challenge.  The journal card with the beautiful colored sentiment Winter Wishes is what totally inspired this whole card.

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for stopping by....I am going to pour myself a nice cold glass of iced tea and go out on the back patio to watch the fireworks in the distance. Don't you just LOVE summertime?

~~Sandi~~


Making Spirits Bright -- Christmas in July #1



Happy July! And if it is July, you know what that means....Christmas in July and I begin to start creating my Christmas for this Christmas. I need 70-80 cards to send and I make each one different so it is quite the process. I really enjoy working on them during the heat of the summer here in Florida. For this card I use Sketch #67 from Your Next Stamp and my favorite YNS stamp set....Ellie Loves Latte. Here is the sketch:


I an entering this card in the Your Next Stamp #67 Sketch Challenge
and
the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge

Thank you for stopping by...I hope you are enjoying your July 4th.

~~Sandi~~

You Are Mer-Mazing




I have had these awesome papers from Doodlebug for a couple of years and I was afraid I was never going to get the right photos to use with them.  But when my granddaughters come down here to Florida last month for vacation I got some pictures finally that I will be able to scrap with this awesome collection.  Nine-year old Abby had a blast in the ocean and I just love this photo of her. I used Sketch #308 from Creative Scrappers:


I am entering it in the Creative Scrappers July sketch challenge.

I will be back a bit later to share my first of what I hope to be 30+ Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by.

~~Sandi~~


My Favorite Things Sketch #339



It is very nice to have a day off in the middle of the work week.  It would have been nicer to have had a 4 day weekend but we just got back from an 18 day vacation so we worked yesterday to give some of our co-workers a long weekend. I plan on lounging today and doing a great deal of crafting. I started this card last night and finished it this morning. I used the Happy Pandas stamp set and this sketch #339 from My Favorite Things:
I also used some of my favorite boy collection -- Rad by Simple Stories. I am literally down to bits and pieces of that collection left but plan on using every. single. scrap.

I am also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -- Anything Goes

Well I am heading back to my scrap room.  I think I will start on my Christmas in July cards....I want to make 31 cards this month. Thanks for popping in.

~~Sandi~~



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Candy Winner


Rebecca Yahrling!! You are the winner of the blog candy from the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop.
Please contact me with your mailing information and I will send your prize out this week.
Congratulations!!

~~Sandi~~

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Izzy & the Wiggly Tooth



This turned out to be quite the story from our family vacation. 5 year old Izzy discovered a wiggly tooth during the first part of our 18 day family vacation and it kept getting looser and looser while they were down here in Florida. It finally fell out while we were having lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table in the castle in the Magic Kingdom. The tooth fairy even found Izzy in our room at the Art of Animation that night and left her $5!! I used this fab sketch from Freckled Fawn:



All my embellishments, the glittery stars, the puffy stickers and the chipboard phrases are all from Freckled Fawn. I am entering their sketch challenge with this page.

Thanks for stopping by...can you believe it is already July? Neither can I.  I hope you are enjoying your summer.

~~Sandi~~


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Little Girls Dreams are Magical Things











I raised two boys. My first two grandchildren were boys so imagine my delight when my older son had two of the smartest, most beautiful little girls in the world. They were out here recently on vacation and we had a wonderful time.  But let me tell you, there is DRAMA with little girls!!! Oy vay! But nothing that we couldn't deal with....actually at times I found it amusing. My son, however, does not.


I love watching babies and children sleep. I saw the quote I used for my title on a journaling card this week and I knew just the picture I took last week that I wanted to use. I used this sketch and am entering it in the Stuck Sketches sketch challenge.


That is it for now....I have been feeling very creative lately so I will probably be back to share another project soon.

Thanks for popping in.
~~Sandi~~

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop #8

Well I am back again with my 8th card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I made this card this evening after working and thinking about what I was going to make all day. I do not always like all my cards (I am my own worse critic) but I am happy with this one.


I saw a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown to use a creative border. I thought on it awhile and decided to make my own border with the negative space after I die cut the word "coffee" from along the bottom od my yellow cardstock. I then backed it up with navy blue cardstock so the border would really pop.

I used this sketch from Newton's Nook and I am entering this card in their Inky Paws Challenge #49:

I used a sweet little stamp that I won in a previous Coffee Lovers Bloghop from Stamplorations called  Coffee For All Seasons. I embellished one of the coffee cups with a sweet little hibiscus puffy sticker to make it that much more summery. I am entering this card in the Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge


But....getting back to the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop -- I am really excited about this bloghop...there are 77 sponsors and TONS of prizes, inspiration and freebies. Just enter a summer themed, coffee themed card on THIS post for a chance to enter. And do not forget to check out all the other entries...many have blog candy. And speaking blog candy....I have a small blog candy prize. I recently won a prize from Latina Crafters I got an extra stamp to give away along with a package of my favorite post it notes ever from Cocoa Daisy. To be eligible to win this little prize just enter a card in the hop and leave the number of your entry in a comment on this or any other of my summer coffee lovers blog hop posts. I will pick and post a winner on Sunday evening July 2. Here is the prize I am offering:



Well, that is it for tonight....I will be trying to make another coffee themed card tomorrow night after work so if I succeed, I will meet you back here about the same time.

Thanks for dropping in.

~~Sandi~~


This Girl Is On Fire


This time last week we were enjoying our summer vacation with my son and our granddaughters.  It was a wonderful time of making memories that I hope will last a lifetime for Abby and Izzy.  One thing that 9 year Abby wanted to do for some time now has been to go fishing. While they were here in Florida, I asked my sister and her husband who were also here visiting my Dad if they would take her fishing as they are experienced fisherpeople.  They gladly accepted and Abby had a blast catching 9 fish...including a shark!

I used this awesome sketch from Scrap Our Stash:

 Part of the challenge was to use stash items to spell out S-U-M-M-E-R. Here is what I used:
S - string on the tags
U - uniball pen for the white doodling
M - metal flair "Best Day Ever"
M - mini-alphas
E - Echo Park (Summer Party collection)
R - ruled tag

I have so many pictures from the last 2 weeks that I will have plenty of memories to scrap for the next several months.

Thanks for stopping by tonight.
~~Sandi~~


Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Dad *85*




My Dad recently turned 85 and we took him out to one of his favorite place....Maggiano's.  It was a wonderful day celebrating his milestone birthday so I just had to document the day on this page. I used this awesome sketch from Rochelle Spears' blog:


I am entering this page in Rochelle's June Rewind Sketch Challenge

Well it is late and I need to hit the sheets but I did get a chance to create a pretty girly page tonight and provided the rain will stop here in Florida long enough to photograph my page after work tomorrow, I will share it tomorrow night.  Thanks for stopping by.

~~Sandi~~


Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop #7



Back again with my 7th card of the bloghop. I am really enjoying myself, in case you haven't noticed.  This time I decided to use a rather patriotic color palette because the 4th of July is coming up and that is always one of the highlights of my summer....I just love cookouts and fireworks.

I used this color challenge from My Favorite Things.


I used their sentiment as well....I just love punny sentiments. You can see more details about their challenge HERE.  You still have plenty of time to whip up an entry yourself as there is still a week left in the challenge.



I used this great sketch from Kerry Urbatch for the Sunday Coffee Lovers Sip and Share feature on the blog:

I am entering this card in that sketch challenge also. One last challenge I am entering with this card is the Simon Say Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge which is to use a summery image....mine is the red, white and blue iced latte cup.

But....getting back to the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop -- I am really excited about this bloghop...there are 77 sponsors and TONS of prizes, inspiration and freebies. Just enter a summer themed, coffee themed card on THIS post for a chance to enter. And do not forget to check out all the other entries...many have blog candy. And speaking blog candy....I have a small blog candy prize. I recently won a prize from Latina Crafters I got an extra stamp to give away along with a package of my favorite post it notes ever from Cocoa Daisy. To be eligible to win this little prize just enter a card in the hop and leave the number of your entry in a comment on this or any other of my summer coffee lovers blog hop posts. I will pick and post a winner on Sunday evening July 2. Here is the prize I am offering:



Well, that is all the coffee cards that I have made.  I will have to come home tomorrow and knock out a couple more.  I would like to make some Thank You cards because I never have enough of those. Check back with me tomorrow evening to see if I was able to be creative after a 12 hour  workday.

Thanks for stopping by.

~~Sandi~~





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