Friday, May 8, 2015


I just had a tea party at my house.  It was my second year hosting the Spring Easter tea for my tea group, and I thought it would be fun to invite YOU, my blogger friends, via the internet to share all the fun (vicariously).  I will start off with the invitation.

2015 Tea Invitation

I had lots of ideas, but as always, I started to run short on time, so I opted for a more simple design.  It is a gate fold card on peach CS with a beautiful designer paper layered on top.  I die cut this Poppystamp Die Teapot Stack 1157 from a teal cardstock.  Then I cut it again from silver cardstock.  When I removed it from the die machine, I turned it upside down and put a piece of removable tape across all the pieces; then carefully removed the outline of the die (save this piece for a later project). Now take the teal outline and place a piece of tape on the back of it covering all the cutout areas; pick up each silver piece and place it in the proper space in the teal outline.  Yes, I are saying this will take time.  But BELIEVE me, if you don't keep all the pieces in the proper place, you will have a nightmare on your hands trying to figure out which piece goes where!  Just ask me how I know! 
Now all you have to do is tape the teapots to the left side and add corner sticker embellishments!

2015 Tea Invite Open

On the inside I stamped a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp and left it in black outline.  I added a hand written reminder to wear a Easter bonnet.  The center is a Martha Stewart punch around the page with the information needed pre-printed from the computer.

Unfortunately, this stamp may no longer be offered, but Sparkle and Sprinkle does have other Hat Ladies that would work (also offered as digi stamps):

Vivian Hat Lady and Danielle Hat Lady and Catherine Hat Lady

Stay tuned for more information on the tea, like the menu and recipes.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges
Scrapy Land Challenge #17 Anything Goes  (include dies they carry) 5/17
Lil Patch of Crafty FriendsChallenge #9 Anything Goes 5/15

See you soon!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Big Favor Please?

Hello, blogging friends.

One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.

Her sister fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news - a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue's sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue and her sister Edith live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith's husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.

While Sue did not ask for help, we've kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.

Edith enjoys Quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur child is a little pug, and both miss each other very much.
Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three? LOL) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue and she will take them daily to the hospital.

To obtain the mailing address, please write:

Thank you for making a difference in one person's life, by bringing in a little sunshine, and for stopping by my blog.

Cheesy Sandy

Monday, May 12, 2014

Three Babies In One Week

Good morning cyber friends!  Have you noticed that your friend's adult children are now having babies? How old does that make us??? We have just heard of 3 sweet bundles of joy arriving this past week.  I did find a baby boy card in my stash.  Yippee!  Looks like I will be doing a CAS card for the remaining 2 baby girls cards.  Here is what I came up with:

I started out by using two coordinating double sided designer papers, one with polka dots and one with wavy lines.  The wavy paper is 4-1/4 X 5-1/2.  Dotted paper was cut 4-1/4 X 7, then scored at 5-1/2, folded over and taped onto the dotted one.    Both paper edges were inked with coordinating ink color.  I found this adorable ribbon in my stash and added it to the top using glue dots.  Perfect little girl vibe going on so far.  Side note:  the card was supposed to be PINK, but the paper is really more peachy in color.  I guess that works for little girls, too?

Next, die cut a scallop circle from the DP and ink the edges.  This sweet little bird delivering the sparkly bundle is from a Unity mini set called "Birdie Told Me".  She was stamped on white paper, die cut, colored and glittered with stickles.  I also added stickles to the outside edge of the circle.  The sentiment on the front is from an older Stampin Up set.

The sentiment on the inside is a from a clear stamp set by Cloud 9 Design called Simple Thoughts-Baby.  I just added the little silver charm using a brad before adhering the layer to the card base.

This card only took about 30 minutes to make and the hardest part was waiting for the stickles to dry!  
I am happy that I was able to get all three cards out in the mail today.  Feels good to get something accomplished.

Well, I had intentions of submitting this card to some challenges, but alas there just wasn't enough time.  Maybe the next one.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time to stop by!
Cheesy Sandy

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Iris Folding Technique

     Iris fold is a technique that I came upon awhile ago.  I took a class at a local stamp store and became intrigued.  Next I went online and eventually found  Circle of Crafters,   There are many FREE patterns on this site as well as directions on how to create an iris fold .
     I have a friend who loves anything to do with water.  She even named her first son after a TV show character from the show, "Flipper".  (If you remember that show, you are showing your age!!!)  Sooo, I figure a dolphin card!  Here is the first try with the free dolphin pattern downloaded from Circle of Crafters.  Trace it onto paper and cut out by hand.   I liked this crinkle turquoise paper for the cut out layer and then chose 2 different blues for the iris folding.  Next it is layered on a corrugated paper that somewhat reminded me of waves.  
Blue paper dolphin
     Next I used the same crinkle paper to cut out the dolphin, but placed it at a different angle on the paper.  Then I chose a thin (text weight) silver paper for the iris folding.  I do like how this dolphin looks although it does not showcase the iris folding as much as the first one above.
Silver dolphin
     Well, I liked the dolphin in silver, but wanting the iris fold to show up more, I used 3 different silver papers.  If you click on the picture, you will see the different papers.  One paper is a tissue paper (very thin and a little difficult to work with), one is textured and much thicker (also hard to work with), and then a metallic cardstock.  What do you think?
Three silvers dolphin
     So now I want to experiment with a different paper to cut out the dolphin shape, and I chose a water printed paper which I think is from Michael's or JoAnn's.  I came up with another paper in my stash.....a white on white striped text weight paper (it shows up looking silver here, but click on the picture and it should look more white).  Sorry, but I do not remember where this paper is from.  This dolphin may be my favorite!  And this is the one I eventually sent to my friend.
White striped dolphin on water-print paper
     One more try, keeping the same water paper base, but now changing up the iris fold papers.  Most of the iris fold patterns I've seen usually use 3 or 4 different colors/patterns of papers, so here is my dolphin done that way. 
Multi-color dolphin
     Lastly, the center of your iris fold will usually have a small space.  Many times I've seen a small piece of holographic paper placed there.  I love hearts and thought it was neat to place a heart brad there for some of my dolphins.

     Well I also needed to send a baby card to my son's childhood friend and kept going with iris folds.  Looking at the Circle of Crafts site, I found the baby carriage.  She was having a girl, hence the pink carriage.  She thought it was a really unique card. 
Pink iris fold baby carriage
     Did you notice that I used ribbon instead of folded papers for the iris parts?  I really like using the is faster for sure.  Hope you give iris folding a try.

See you again soon!
Cheesy Sandy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2nd Birthday Cupcake

Good Morning Cyber Friends,
Today's card is the one I made for my only granddaughter, so I HAD to do it in pinks.....its my one chance to do girly!  I decided back in Florida some of the details and punched out a Martha Stewart butterflies edge punch from glossy white paper.  Also decided that I wanted to make an easel card.  Then a friend from my online stamping group was showing us how to use peel off stickers on sticker paper and she had an extra sheet of cupcakes......perfect.  Brought all of it here and this is the result.
Card closed

Found some cute pink flowered paper at Michael's and layered it onto pink card stock, then used a corner rounder punch.  Inked the edges of both papers.   The "happy birthday" is from a different sticker pack which is placed on a strip of pink with inked edges.  Two small punched butterflies with little jewels for bodies were added.

Above is the Happy Birthday sticker from Stampendous called Class A' Peel.

Glittery Cupcake CloseUp
The best part of any birthday party is the cake, right?  This one is yummy looking with all of its glittery goodness.  The black outline sticker was put onto 2-1/2 inch double sided Terr-ific Tape from Sparkle N Sprinkle (SNS).  Next, pour on the Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter, rub it in and shake off the excess.  Now use your Copic markers to color it in over the glitter.  SNS has a tutorial on its website showing how to do this Velvet Glitter technique here.  This cupcake only had one candle, but my granddaughter was two, so I added another from the sticker page before glittering.  When done coloring, remove the other protective layer from the tape and apply to some heavier weight paper; then cut around edges.  I used another one of those action wobble springs to attach the cupcake to the front of the card (see my  last post for the Car Card).  Isn't it shiny??

This is the cupcake sticker from Elisabeth Craft.  The "white" one is what was left after I removed the actual sticker.  You can see one candle sticker on the lower right that I also used.  There are 4 more cupcakes here to use, plus another one that is missing (I have glittered it and it is ready to use), so you get 6 cupcakes on one sheet.  Can you see that there are some smaller stickers that can be used as well?

Easel Card Open
Here is the card open.  The butterfly was used to hold the card open. A Sakura glaze pen was used to write the sentiment on the banner, and the area that cannot be seen here is for signing.  

Popped Up Butterfly

Here is a close up of the butterfly.  The punched out butterfly was glued onto a piece of acetate, cut out and then glitter was added with glue.
I was really happy with how it turned out and since she is only two, she will probably just love the wiggly cupcake, but her mom saves all of my cards, so maybe one day she will look at it and think of me!

I will be entering my card into the following challenges:
Catered CropPunches and dies
Hobby Cutz - Challenge 9 - anything with H (Happy Birthday)
ABC Challenge - P for Pretty In Pink
ALBC - Something Sweet (cupcake)
Animal Friends - Butterfly or Bugs (butterflies)

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for spending some time with me.
Cheesy Sandy