Monday, April 30, 2012


I just had to play with my new fluffles image from Stampendous stamps, he is just so cute.  If there is one thing I love equally to owls its cats.  I have been collecting cat worded paper and the cat paws on paper since I saw fluffles and ordered him in the mail.  When I saw the sketch at I spy sketches it was just perfect to try him out.  This is the first time I have put a button on a card found this one in my sewing stash and thought it was just right. 
So here is my card ......

This is the sketch........
Ink.................. Chocolate chip, Really rust
Paper............. Best creation Ink, Pebbles 
Stamp............ Fluffles
Card stock.... White, Black, Natural
Twine and button 

So I have entered in the following challenges....
I spy sketches Sketch 
Ribbon carousel challenge Anything goes 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I was a winner

I won by being the 500th follower on the Here come the boys blog challenge .   I was looking around for cards for men and stumbled on there wonderful blog challenge.  The lovely  Sharon, Karen, Teresa, Donna, Di, Wendy, & Jacky sent me this absolutely adorable image that they where going to buy for me, then they where given  from Teddy Bo & Co wasn't that just so lovely of them. They had a big write up on there blog about me being the 500th follower wasn't I lucky.

I so have a man card deficiency in my card stash only one card its so sad hey.  

I have been busy went to an 6 hour stampin'up card making class yesterday and met some absolutely lovely ladies.  Here is a picture of some of the cards I made on the day.
And bonus that they where selling off discontinued old stock of stamps so I couldn't help it I bought 4 sets,  I am so going to get inky today. 

I would also like to welcome as  followers Craftymonkey from the here comes the boys blog challenge & Cissy.  Darnell is also following me, I have followed her since the first day I set up this blog (she is so funny and her cards are so lovely) .  How wonderful that we can all get to know each other through card making.  Looking forward to seeing what we can all come up with in our creative moments.
Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WOYWW #151

Its that time of the week again when at  Julias stamping ground we all link up our desks, to see what others are making.. I've been cutting out  butterflies this week.  I try to keep my desk tidy as I go but it never seems to work.. What have you got on your desk this week? I will be over to take a peek soon..

Went to the craft store just needed plain white card stock boring I know but I seem to be going through it all.. Dragged hubby in there he hadn't been in this one.. Browsed around drooled at all the Tim Holtz stuff and all the sizzix hmmmm nope not today I said to myself.. Have a  craft order coming in the mail any day, should be on my workdesk by next week, cross fingers.. I get to counter to pay for my paper and hubby says think I will buy this.   Awwwww it was a sizzix owl die, he had seen me looking at it.  The owl die is in the photo on my desk isn't he cute.. So more owl cards on the way in the near future.  :) 
Here is a link to the Butterfly card if you want to take a closer peek. 

I would also like to welcome a new follower Heidi to my little blog..  Hope you enjoy your time looking around on my blog and thanks for clicking on follow.. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Live like you mean it

Just Add Ink 

Hi there im doing the just add ink challenge today and its CASEing a card from Jodenes wonderful Blog. So you can go to her blog and pick any of the cards to case.  Here is the link to the card I chose  Jodenes Card...  I used pool party and wisteria wonder inks.  I did the middle slightly off center to the left the same as her card.  I did use butterflies think it kind of does justice to her lovely flowers that she has on her card. I really like the wispy feel of the flowers in the colors of her card.. So that is what I took from her card the lovely color and the outdoor feel of the card.  Of course it is square like her one.  So hope you like my card Jodene..

So this is my card.......

Ink ...................Wisteria Wonder, Pool party, Island indigo
Card Stock.... Wisteria wonder, White
Stamp set ......For all you do, Live like you mean it

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I spy Sketches

I was really inspired when I saw this sketch at I spy sketches this week. I flipped the sketch sideways.. I seem to always look at sketches and go hmmm.  My friend came over today and we tweaked the card I had been working on and came up with this..

So here is our card..... 


Stamp Set..........Loads of fun
Card stock.........Old Olive, Play date designer series Paper
Twine and  dimensionals
Computer word program for the happy travels 

Made some flowers at a card class I went to so here is a photo of them.  Had a load of fun and giggles.  So they should be making an appearance on something soon. 

I would also like to welcome to my 2 new followers to my blog Marie and Cindy.. So glad you have joined in on the fun I am having on here.. Hope you find something to inspire or make you smile.. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Retro sketches #7

Had help with my photos this week my cat mittens wanted to get in on the act.  I had to take a few more than normal as she decided that the top of the card looked like a good place to scratch her chin.. 

Today I'm doing the sketch at retro sketches.. 

Ink ..................Razzleberry
Stamp sets...Stampin'up For all you do, Happy moments
Sizzlets ........Birds and blooms,  butterflies
Paper ............Razzleberry

Have a great day 
Sandy :)                                                                   

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  WOYWW #150

Have you joined in at Julias stamping ground yet to have a massive snoop around the world to see what other people have on there work desks.  If not join in this week, or take a peek.
This is my desk earlier in the day, sorry its a bit blurry...

I was cutting out  the flowers for  this card 

When I saw it was the 150th  WOYWW I did another photo of my work desk, have a wonderful 150th...

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

A Bit of Mojo

Hi all.  Wow in the last few days I've had 5 people follow my little blog and the first thing I would like to do is welcome Kerry, Sheena, Rita, Karen and Sunny.  Hope you enjoy taking a peek at my blog and find something to inspire or make you smile.  My aim is to increase my knowledge of how to do cards and try new, different, techniques and challenges.

So today I'm doing the mojo monday #237 challenge.  Combined with the the play date cafe color challenge.  Funny, I have the papers called Play date designer series from Stampin'up that fit so well with this weeks color challenge.  I have been inspired by all the fantastic cards being made with the circle sketch at mojo monday 


So here  is my card..... 

Today all products are Stampin'up except the 4 brads 
Ink....................Cranberry Crisp, Lucky Limeade
Card Stock....Lucky Limeade, Cream.
Papers............Play date designer series paper
Stamp sets....For all you do, Happiest Birthday wishes, 
Lace................Crochet trim Victoria

Have you checked out the new  Tim Holtz  website.  You so need to go take a look at it.   I've been getting lost in the videos section, there is just so many things to look at.  Its just awesome that he shares so many wonderful techniques.  

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Monday, April 16, 2012


Gosh what a challenge they gave us at less is more  So the challenge is to do some doodling and a one layer card.  So thought of a fantastic card I had seen in papercraft magazine by Angela Poole.  So this is my attempt at doodling.  Hers is so much better but thought mine turned out ok.  
I thought I would combine this challenge with the color Challenge at casual fridays So hope you like my attempt at doodling I thought it was a lot of fun.

Ink.....................Lavender Lace, Barely Banana
Stamp sets .....For all you do, Happy moments

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Case study challenge #86

I'm onto a new challenge today this is a case study challenge they have a wonderful inspiration card from the very talented Laurie Schmidlin.   

Case study inspiration card...
I love this style but I struggle with layers, frills, FLOWERS and paper tearing.  I never seem to quite get it right.  But hey that's what challenges are all about,  that's why I'm here to learn, try and even fail.  I did do all the background stamping with my trusty word stamp and the lovely flower and flourish stamps.  The flowers, does anyone else struggle so with flowers. I just didn't have the right color and my flowers hmmm need more practice. In the end I did the make a phone call and called a friend with a flower emergency.  What we came up with was a white flower and we inked it and put a pink brad in the middle.  What do you think does it work or have you any suggestions for something that maybe would of worked better.. 

So this is our card.....

Card Stock .........Cream, Razzleberry
Punches..............Decorative label 
Ink.........................Stampin'up Pale Plum, Razzleberry 
Stamp sets..........Kaszazz Dainty flourish, Kaiser craft Loire Valley, Stampin'up En Fraincais, Sincere salutations, Kaiser craft Loire Valley.
Lace ..................... Stampin'up Chantilly
Flowers.................No idea it was in a little packet loose no name on it.  We took out the stem and put the pink brad in it.

Just because I had my camera out taking a photo of my card.  I took a photo of  this lovely Bougainvillea that I just bought to go in the garden.  This is such a striking color can't wait for it to grow and climb and be a mass of flowers next year.

I would also like to welcome my 2 new followers Amanda and Suzanne.  Hope you enjoy taking a peek at my blog and find something here to inspire or make you smile :)

Have a great day
Sandy :) 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WOYWW #149

Well its that time of the week when at Julia's stamping-ground she calls us all together to pop in to see what we have all been doing.  I've  been making an owl card and I am very excited that I have some new bling.  See the cute owl card holder I found.  Plus a new paper pad from Kaisercraft.  I've also been seeing these cute heart pins on other people's cards stuck in flowers they look so lovely so I found these.  So more to add to my stash.  Don't you just love finding new bling.  Oh and yes they are owls on my coffee mug.  

I would also like to welcome to my little blog, 3 new followers Arielle, Polly and Loz hope you enjoy popping to take a look every now and again.


Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Woot another excuse to do an Owl card

Hi all I saw this sketch at Retro sketches and knew exactly what to use, funny how that happens sometimes.  I have been wanting to use the big Al owl for a while and this sketch was perfect.  So when I stumbled on the challenge at Less is more to use three different shades of green, the card was so easy.  I had this really great embossing folder that I hadn't used and it looks so cool.
So here is my card.....   
Details below......  

Stamp sets.................Kaszazz Big Al, Stampin'up woodgrain
Embossing folder.....Cuttlebug
Card, Stampin'up Lucky limeade, White
Ink...............................lucky Limeade

Have a great day..
Sandy :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I would like to welcome my new followers 3 today Rita, Michelle and Lisa. Hope you enjoy Looking in on my little blog.. Hope I can inspire you to try something new that you haven't  done before.

So 2 challenges today The play date cafe is a color challenge to use Avocado, Blue mist and grey wool.  It always says on the challenges that if you don't have the exact color to try to match as close as possible.  Think I came close to the colors on the picture they used for inspiration.  The Color challenge is a really big challenge for me but it makes you use colors that you would normally not use.  The Clean and simple stamping is a sketch challenge.  I was happy with the finished result.  Played with the flower for ages then I found the big button brad and it was just the right thing to finish it off.
To leave the swirl on the tag or not, that is the question....

                                                              Details below....

Stamp set .............Happiest birthday wishes
Button....................Kaiser craft brad pack, Belle collection 
Ink...........................Lucky Limeade, Sage shadow 
Card stock............Grey, Pattern paper was creative memories
Punches................Bird punch leaf, 1 3/4 scallop circle
Spritzed the flower with glimmer mist

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Whats on your workdesk wednesday

I have been looking at julias blog stamping ground  WOYWW #148 (I'm #112)
for a few weeks now.  Its where people from all over the world put a link to a picture of there work desks.  You can see what other people are crafting and how people set up there stuff.   
Thought its time I joined in with my little area.  This is huge for me as I have only recently (well the last 2 months) had this set up all the time for me to make cards, scrapbook anytime and not have to pack it all up.  Its pretty much the same time as I started blogging.
I have this cool cupboard at the bottom right that I got from office works that I can wheel out. It fits perfectly under my table.  It has suspension folders for paper,  Stamps and ribbons are in all the draws.  I love my stand at the back that I keep all my fave punches and some stamp pads in. Sorry for the glare at the top of the picture it was so sunny today. 
Close up of my desk........

Well that's it for me.
Have a great day and go have a peek at all the blogs at Julia's.
One of my faves to look at is  tracy swartz she makes the most amazing things out of gourds and she is making an owl this week its so cute take a peek.

Have great day 
Sandy :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

I would like to welcome my 2 new followers Heatherlynne and Suszu welcome to my blog.  Hope I can inspire you to try a new technique or two. 

Another first for me today its a color challenge at  The play date cafe  Black, White and brown.  I Have tried to stay really simple, as I think the train image I found at the free vintage digi stamps blog is so lovely.  Its perfect for the men folk in our lives. .

The digi stamp blog is just awesome.  I have really enjoyed looking at all the images.  I have saved many of the pictures, papers, and frames from here on my computer already, they will  make such great cards.  Its well worth a look, grab a coffee you will be there for a while.
So this is my card....
Details Below ......


Ink....................... Black
Image .................Free vintage digi stamps
Stamp set..........Stampin'up Happiest Birthday wishes 
Card stock.........Black, white, brown
Die cut................Ez cut Picket fence die

Method to the railway track......
I cut off the top of the picket fence, to make it straight.  I then cut a very thin slice of black card stock, same size as the other rail and pasted it on one side,  with a glue stick  to make railway track. Put the glued part of the track underneath and you can hardly tell.  Thought it worked really well.

Have a great day...
Sandy :) 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

This is  the first time I have done patchwork on a card, really enjoyed it. Using a stamp set that I haven't inked yet is always a good thing.  I Probably wont give this as a card, think it would look good in a frame as a gift.. What do you think?  Just got to find the frame or might make one.. 
So I am going to enter this in the following challenges    
                      mojo monday challenge #234                                                                                                                    just keep on creating        
                                    stampin for the weekend  
so three challenges for me this week never done that before so will see how it all goes.                                           
                                                    Details Below.....


Stamp set... .................. Kazsazz
Ink .................................. Stampin up Ballet Blue
Card stock ................... Scraps (allways good to use scraps)
Ribbon........................... Kaiser craft
Embossing Folder...... Intrinsic Couture creations 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)