Sunday, December 30, 2007

1st card I've made in a while

Such a shame that I'm been so busy making gifts and getting craft fair orders done that I haven't made any cards lately. I finally got my area cleaned enough to get to my desk so I could play! I really need to get some birthday cards made so I started with this one. It took me a long time to get this done. It's not what I really had in mind, but this is how it turned out and I'm okay with it. I started with the Old Olive card base. I stamped the large flower from Fabulous Flowers in Old Olive on the background piece and one on Very Vanilla cs with Lovely Lilac. I also had stamped it on a piece of Lovely Lilac and cut the center flower portion out and layered it on top using a SU! Fire Brad. I mounted this on a square piece of Elegant Eggplant and "stitched" around it with my white gel pen. The Birthday Wishes from Sincere Salutations is stamped in Lovely Lilac and mounted on Elegant Eggplant and "stitched" again with the white gel pen and Elegant Eggplant marker. The piece of twill tape is stamped with a small flower from Little Pieces and stapled onto the sentiment square. The last thing I did was doodle around the card base with the white gel pen and Elegant Eggplant marker. Now that I can actually get to my craft desk, I'll be able to play again tomorrow! Hope ya'll have a fabulous Monday and New Year's Eve!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Look what I scored!!!

Dan AKA my boyfriend works at Target and I told him months ago that when and if he saw these that I wanted a bunch! He unloads the trucks and stocks shelves so he saw these when they came off the truck. I am so excited! Now I've got to clean my stamp area so I can play with these!!

My baby got engaged Christmas Day!

I don't feel old enough to have a daughter who's engaged! I've been told I don't look old enough to have a daughter who's engaged! But here we are, Amber is engaged! Last week, Jon Ryan came to my office and asked for my permission to marry my daughter, so I wasn't surprised when he asked her on Christmas Day. He is such a sweet boy and Amber is very lucky to have found someone that truly loves her. They are going to wait a couple of years to get married. They want to finish school, so I'm glad about that. Amber is so happy and that makes me very happy. This was the best Christmas ever! Hope ya'll had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2007

# 1 Carolina fan

I made this for my brother for Christmas. Here in South Carolina, we have two colleges that are big rivals, the Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers. My brother is a really big Carolina fan. I had made a smaller version of this and also one for Clemson, to sell at craft fairs. I was sure they would sell, but they didn't, so I gave them to friends of mine, one a big Carolina fan and the other loves Clemson. I really wanted to make one for my brother using the "Cocky" figure, so here it is! I got the background paper and the Carolina stickers from my LSS. The words are stamped in Black Stazon with Letterpress and Pure and Simple alphabets and Spunky Numbers. The #1 is punched out with 3/4" circle punch and mounted on Basic Black piece punched with the scalloped punch.
Someone left a comment on the last post and asked where I get my frames. I usually get them at Walmart, not the frame section, but there is always a display in the isles, you just have to look for it. The frames are usually $3.00 to $5.00.
Well, I'm off to finish wrapping presents! I know, I know, I'm such a procrastinater. Ya'll have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Last two

name frames for Christmas orders are finally done!!
McKenzie is 17 years old and her mom said her room is turquoise and almost a lime green and that she liked more sophisticated than girly, so this is what I came up with. Each letter (SU! Letterpress Alpha) is stamped in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White and cut into a block, then mounted on Green Galore and Chocolate Chip. I added a white heart shaped eyelet to each and strung them together with some shimmery white organdy ribbon. The background is a piece of designer paper from my LSS.
The Kristen name frame was made for Glenda in my MOMS group. Her daughter is a girly girl like Mariah. She loves pink and flowers so that's what she got! The background is designer paper from my LSS and it has a little sparkle to it, but you can't see that in the photo. Each letter (SU! Letterpress Alpha) is stamped in basic black and mounted on Pixie Pink and then on Basic Black. I added the black eyelets and strung them together with shimmery white organdy ribbon. The flowers are light and dark pink Primas doubled up and mounted with SU! Fire Rhinestone Brads.
I hope the girls really enjoy these.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Crashed, in more ways than one

It's been a terribly long week and isn't over yet. Today was especially a long day, as we had a late purchase closing scheduled and didn't get out of the office until almost 6:30. Then on my way to the grocery store to get stuff to make Green Bean Casserole for tomorrow's office Christmas party, I was sitting at the stop light across from the store and the Escalade in front of me backed into me. This is the second time in a year someone has backed into my car. People pull out in front of me all the time too. I think my car must be invisible. What's worse about this particular incident, is that it was a 16 year old girl driving. Her mother told her that she was too far into the road and told her to back up, in which she proceeded to do so, right into me. I honked my horn but she kept on coming. Her mother jumped out of the car and started yelling at me that I was too close and that I came out of nowhere. Well, first of all lady, I was atleast 8 feet behind her and second, I was sitting still behind her for atleast 20 seconds. The girl told the police officer that this was her first time driving that vehicle. Well, there's the answer there, but, having a teenager that just recently got her license, this is how I think it happened. Her mother said, you are too close to the road, back up a little. She then put that sucker in reverse and backed up without looking. I think this because when you are a new driver and the person teaching you to drive tells you to do something, like backup a little, that's what they do. They don't think about other steps to take. You have to tell them, you need to back up and be careful to look before you go. Atleast that's how I had to do with Amber. I had to tell her each step. Something that comes second nature to me was so foreign to her. So anyway, the police officer sighted her as the one at fault, so now I have to give the forms to my insurance agent and let him handle the rest. I have the most wonderful agent in the world. He has never steered me wrong and has always been there when I need him. Since it's been such a long week and a very long day and my Green Bean Casserole just came out of the oven, I'm gonna go "crash" in my warm, soft bed! I will share a couple of pics with you tomorrow of the last name frame orders that I had to fill before Christmas. Hope ya'll have a great night.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Baby Memory Box for Victoria Grace

My cousin's baby is being Christened today and I made this for her. It's for them to put those special baby memories in that are too bulky to scrapbook. The back ground paper is from my LSS (don't remember company). The name is Whimsical Alpha Upper and Lower stamped in Green Galore on Whisper White cs, mounted on Green Galore, then embossed with Irredescent Ice and Glassy Glaze. It's very sparkly IRL. The ribbons are all different brands that I've picked up here and there. The flower is from S.E.I. I hope they like it. My Mom took it with her to Florida for the Christening so I won't know if they like it until later, maybe tonight. I wish I could have gone, but I just didn't have the money right here at Christmas. I haven't even done a lot of Christmas shopping yet. I am such a procrastinater! I think that will be my New Year's resolution, to not to put things off until the last minute. I think that would make my life a lot less hectic. I also need to get on a budget and keep track of how much money I spend. Maybe then I can actually afford the things that I want for stamping and scrapbooking. I really want a Scor-pal, but everytime I think about it, I don't have the money to buy it at that time. I would really like to get the Bind it All. That would really come in handy to make gifts. Well, I gotta go get ready for a family Christmas get together. I'll be baaaaackkkkk!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Mom's Kitchen

I made this for the craft fairs that I've been doing lately. They are the reason I haven't been on here lately. I got orders for some of the kid's boxes and name frames and I've also been trying to get stuff ready for the fairs. I have participated in 6 craft fairs since October and I'm exhausted! This hasn't sold yet and I'm not sure it will. People just arent't spending a lot of money, well atleast not at the fairs that I've been in. Oh well. You can never tell. I have gotten custom orders for stuff, just haven't sold the stuff that's already made! This is pretty straight forward. The Mom's kitchen was stamped, layered on cardstock and added ribbon. The rooster block is from a piece of scrapbook paper. Everything is doubled mounted on SU! papers. I got the frame at Walmart for $5.00.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


to Mary Anne in NJ for playing it forward! I guess I didn't have any more takers! Mary Anne, I will get those out to you asap. I am working on that other Wedding Memory Box you wanted and will finished with it very soon. I will email you and let you know the details!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Of coarse we ate too much, but with all that great food, who could blame us?!

I know I've been a really bad blogger lately. It has been one of those "life got in the way" kinda months for me so far. I have participated in 3 craft fairs so far and have 4 more to go. Mariah has been to the doctor every week or so and we finally went to a heart and lung specialist last Friday to rule out any serious life threatening problems. Turns out, she has reflux. That's what is causing her chest pains. Which kind of makes sense now because stomach problems run in both sides of the family. So she's on meds and hopefully this will help. Amber has come home from school every weekend for the last month and a half and so on Saturdays we go shopping. I hate shopping. I hate the trafic and the rude people running through the mall. I hate trying on clothes. I hate waiting on my daughters trying on clothes. When we go shopping, we also go to lunch and the last couple of times, we have gone to Olive Garden. I like the food there but apparantly so does everyone in the area because we always have to wait for a table. I hate waiting. I am a pretty patient person and it's a good thing, because I spend half my time waiting somewhere for something. I know that there will be a line at the Pearly Gates when I get there! Dakota has been pretty good lately. He's just a typical boy. He gets rambunctious at times, but sometimes it gets him in trouble. He was really glad to have a break from school. I was too. He spent the night at my brother's Thursday night and so yesterday I got to work on the Memory Box orders that I've gotten without a lot of interuption. He just can't stand it when I'm doing something without him. Usually I have to stop and play match game or color or pick a sticker. He loves stickers and thinks that everyone should where atleast one everyday. We go through stickers like crazy around here. Thank goodness for the dollar store!

On a business note, check out what Stampin' Up! is offering! This is a super great deal and I'm definitely getting the wrapping paper and ribbon! Call or email me today to get in on this deal before it's gone!

Hope ya'll have a terrific weekend and hopefully (crossing fingers) I will post something tomorrow!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Need two more!!

Ok ladies!! I need two more people for "Pay if Forward"! Big thanks to Mary Anne for hopping aboard to play! I have some really cute goodies to send, but they are a surprise so you'll have to wait to get them if you decide to play Pay it Forward! So come on, don't wait! Post a reply that you want to play, then after you get your goodies, you do the same, pay it forward to 3 people with some goodies! Mary Anne, can you email me your address and I will get your goodies sent out to you asap. Thanks again for playing!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Look what came in the mail yesterday!!!!!

This FREE stamp set from SU! AND "Pay-it-Forward" goodies from Kathy! Thanks Kathy!! Great goodies!!! There are 1/4 sheets of very pretty paper, a Santa sleigh stamp, a set of Christmas clear stamps, some paper flowers and a roll of very pretty ribbon! And what a sweet card! I can't wait to use everything! Now, it's my turn to "Pay-it-Forward"! The first three people to leave a message will get some goodies from me, as long as you agree to do the same!!! Thanks in advance for playing!
I really like this SU! stamp set. It's called Time Well Spent and I really need to mount it and get to stamping! My desk is such a wreck that I'll have to clear it off before I can do any stamping though. When I'm trying to get things made for craft fairs, I tend to just pile things up instead of putting away like I should. What a mess my area is in right now!
I have done pretty well at the craft fairs that I have done so far. I have about 4 more to go. I was so busy this past week that I was too pooped to post anything! I got orders for 6 boxes so I've got to get to working on those. I do have a couple of things to post that I had not gotten a chance to last week, so those will go up some time tomorrow. Unit then, happy stamping to ya'll!


Saturday, November 10, 2007

You gotta have faith.....

another Dollar Store find. I painted this a light brown and then rubbed Lumiere over the paint. I then covered the front of each letter with a designer paper from my LSS. I also got one that says "believe" and will work on making it prettier in the next few days.
Today's craft fair was pretty good. I got some orders for some custom items and sold some things, too. I am doing another craft fair Monday and hopefully it will be good as well. I was so tired this afternoon when I got home. Who knew it was so tiring just sitting?! Monday will be really long and tiring because I will be there for almost 9 hours! I should have asked for Tuesday off to recuperate!
Thanks for stopping by today!! See ya'll again very soon!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Cute, huh?!

This is a small lunch box tin covered in dp (not sure what company). I stamped "hair bows" on whisper white with Doodle Alphabet, colored with markers and mounted on Pixie Pink cs. I covered it with Iredescent Ice EP and it's really sparkly even though you can't tell by this pic. The little chipboard flowers are from K & Company and added a small Fire & Ice brad to the center. The top of the box is painted with pink acrylic paint and sealed with Mod Podge. The ribbons on the handle are different brands. I have several craft fairs coming up and I hope (fingers crossed) that I can sell some of these. I have also altered some other little boxes that I made last year, but they did not sell. They were "kid's card kits" (got the idea from Taylored Expressions). I am changing the names on them so instead of kid's card kits, one has the pirate boy from Ahoy Matey on it and it will read "my treasure" and the other one I dismantled all together (which was not what I planned, but I ruined the paper that was on it) and I covered it with dp that I got at my LSS that has the characters from the movie CARS on it. It's really cute!!! I'll have to show them to you when I get done with them. I am still altering other items and have a couple more name frame samples to do. Why I procrastinate I will never know! I'm starting to get stressed trying to get things ready. I think that will be my New Year's resolution, stop procrastinating!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Here's the other frame

from the Dollar Store that I covered with designer paper. This paper is called "Tan Eye Oval & Swirls Frothed" from K & Company. It has raised areas and is very pretty IRL. The flowers are also from K & Company. I really like how it turned out, too. I kinda wish I would have bought more of these frames. I have one more to alter and will share that when it's done. I also have a little tin lunch box that I altered and will share that with ya'll tomorrow. Now I'm off to work on that other frame! Thanks for stopping by and I'll see ya'll later!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Shabby Chic Frame

I found this frame at the Dollar Store and it was really ugly! That is before I covered it with this gorgeous paper from K & Company!! It's called "Teal Floral & Newsprint". After I covered the frame, I swiped a Creamy Caramel ink pad over the edges. The ribbon is SU! organdy and was white, but I colored it with Creamy Caramel re-inker and heated to age it a bit. I really like how it turned out!

I covered another frame and have one more to cover also. I will share those with you tomorrow!! Thanks for stopping by today!

While I work on some stuff to show you.......

Watch this, it's hilarious!!!! I will post some new creations tonight!!! Thanks for stopping by.

Grace and Peace!

Friday, November 2, 2007

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and All in the Family is another SU! promotion for November! I have been wanting this stamp set since I first saw it in the new catalog and now I just HAVE to have it! Do you want one, too? Contact me today to order these terrific products!!! But hurry! These specials are only good through the month of November!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Family Tree

I found this at the Dollar Store! It's demensions are 9-1/2 X 7-1/2 inches and it's made of balsa wood. It came with that little gold cord on the top and I took that off because it stands on it's own, so not sure why it has a hanger on it. I painted the entire piece with gold metallic paint and then covered the front with SU! Recollections DP. I stamped the "family" using the Spunky Alphabet on Sage Shadow with Chocolate Chip. The ribbon tied around the tree is SU! Close to Cocoa. I sponged Close to Cocoa ink around the edges to distress a little more. For the other one that I bought I thought I would use a pink DP that I found at my LSS and stamp "friends" on it. Is there such a thing as a "Friend Tree"? I think it'll work, don't you?

I also found a couple other things at the Dollar Store to alter, so be on the lookout for those in the next couple of days. Until then, Happy Stamping!!


Saturday, October 27, 2007

I survived!

but just barely! Mariah's Halloween party was last night. We had about 17 teenagers here until 11:00 pm and 7 of them spent the night. There was a little teenager drama, but all in all it was a good party. I'm still tired though. I was up almost all night, so I took a nap this afternoon. One of the things that made me so happy that I can trust my kid is the parent's comments when they dropped their kids off. A couple of the parents made comments like, "If they give you any lip, let me know and they'll be grounded", and one guy acted like his daughter was going to cause me trouble and gave me the third degree about me being the only chaperone. I didn't like that very well. I mean, I might look like a complete idiot, but I've been a mom for 19 years and have already gotten one kid through those mean, rotten, talk back, teenager years! Mariah is worse than Amber ever thought about being with the smart mouth and I'm still standing! Geeesh. The other Mom was complaining that her daughter has such a smart mouth to her, and I told her that teenagers are like that because they know that Mom and Dad are going to love them no matter how they act, and that they are usually not mouthy with other adults. That's my observation anyway. I don't think that my girls have ever had a friend of their's smart off to me. Mariah will smart off to me, but I know she won't to another mom. (one, because she knows that she's gonna get it if she does, and two, I think that I've raised her to be pretty respectful of other adults). I also heard some of the kids talking about how their parents don't trust them because of something that their older siblings did at their age, so their parents automatically think that the younger kid is going to be the same way. My girls are like night and day and would never think that oh just because Amber did this at that age, Mariah will, too. That's absurd! I think the problem with some teenagers today is that their parents are too busy to spend any time with them and the kids are left alone too much. Kids are given too much stuff to make up for the lack of time spent with them. Some parents are too selfish with their time. I love spending time just me and Mariah. Sometimes we go to Michael's or AC Moore and shop for craft things to work on together. I think kids need our time and attention more than they need the newest gadgets. I think that the kids that are causing their parents all these problems are really begging for attention, any kind of attention that they can get from their parents. Oh goodness! Sorry I turned into a child psycologist for a minute there!! My point is, boy do I feel blessed to have such great kids!!! Just when I think that no kid could be as smart mouthy or sassy as Mariah, I get a reminder that I've got it pretty good! She's not such a bad kid, she's just a normal teenager and this too shall pass. Thanks for listening to me babble today! I promise I will have something good to show you tomorrow! Until then, Hugs and Happy Stamping!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Do not adjust the color on your screen!

This is supposed to look black and white or I guess sepia toned! It is a Wedding Memory Box that I made as an example for an upcoming craft fair. I wanted it to be very neutral and I think that's what I got! It looks like an old photograph, doesn't it? There is no stamping on this :( but could easily stamp the bride and groom's name on it. The paper is by Reminisce and the flower cutouts are Anna Griffin.
The ribbon is from SU! The "Love" is flocked and is from Anna Griffin. I painted the top of the box with a taupe acrylic paint and added Lumiere to make it shimmery like the paper. I really like the idea of these boxes to be used to hold things from a wedding or baby "firsts", things that you want to keep, that won't fit in a scrapbook, but you want something nicer to put them in. Dan says that it looks about as good as you can make a metal lunch box look. Men!!! I don't think that they quite get it!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Memory Box

This is a baby memory box that I made for my friend, Glenda, to give to an expectant mommy! I made one of these last year for a friend of mine at church and haven't really thought about making them to sell, but Glenda had seen the other one on my blog and asked me to make one. Which got me thinking about offering them at upcoming craft fairs I will be doing. The thought behind these boxes is to keep baby items like first shoes, rattle, ect., that are too bulky to put in a scrapbook. I also thought about making some for wedding memories.
For this box, Glenda requested pastels and the baby's name will be Kailee. First, I painted the lid with a yellow acrylic paint. Then added the pastel striped paper called Sweetstripe by Sonburn that I got from my LSS. I traced the "K" from a piece of SU! chipboard onto Lavender Lace, cut out and covered in Irredescent Ice EP. I layered three pink Primas and added a Fire and Ice brad to the center and adhered to the "K". I stamped the rest of the name onto Pretty in Pink in Lavender Lace and mounted on Lavender Lace, then covered in Irredescent Ice EP. The ribbons around the top and bottom came from my LSS, also. The little chipboard flowers on the sides of the box are from S.E.I. The ribbons on the handle are miscellaneous brands.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Custom Name Frame

This is the name frame that I made for a customer from the craft fair I was in last weekend. Joshua will be born in January! His nursery is the colors blue, yellow and sage with an animal theme. I thought that the zoo animals in Zoofari would be perfect. The letters are stamped in Brilliant Blue on Whisper White and mounted on Certainly Celery. I doodled around each layer, also. The animals are stamped, colored with markers and cut out. The background color is Brialliant Blue stamped with Cheesecloth BG stamp. I really hope Joshua's Mommy likes it!
I also got an order for a Baby Memory Box and have to get started on that tomorrow. I'll post it as soon as it's done! See ya'll soon!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

True Friend Flowers

This is another card that I did for the
last workshop I did. Again, a very simple layout. For this, I demo'd the "rock-n-roll" technique and they really loved how the image turned out. The card base is Chocolate Chip with a layer of Cameo Coral stamped with Linen in the same ink and then dragged the edges in the ink pad. The River Rock strip is stamped with the same ink with the diamond shape bg from Looks Like Spring. I colored the flower from True Friend with markers on Barely Banana and distressed the edges. The big flower (or whatever it's supposed to be) is stamped in Cameo Coral and then rock and rolled in Chocolate Chip, cut out and adhered with a demensional. See, very simple!! (Edited to add that the sketch is a reverse sketch of the Mojo6 Challenge shown here!)

Yesterday, I did the craft fair that I told you about a couple of weeks ago. I was kind of bummed that the pumpkin flower arrangements didn't sell, but I sold a lot of cards and coaster sets AND I got orders for custom name frames! I have another craft fair coming up the first week in November and I think that I'm going to focus on cards, coaster sets and name frames, since that seems to be what people buy more of. Last year, I made some coaster sets with the palm tree from Balmy Breezes, one with a cornucopia, and one with the Lilacs from Blossoms Abound. All of the ones with the palm trees sold and the others did not. So this time I made more with the palm tree and again took the other two and all of the palm trees were sold and no one touched the other two! I think the whole reason that people here like the palm tree so much is because the Palmetto Tree is the symble on the South Carolina flag and the palm tree looks like that Palmetto Tree. So I think that I will only stamp that palm tree for coaster sets from now on. I know that Balmy Breezes is a retired stamp set, but I can't part with it. Partly because the image is such a big hit at craft fairs, but mostly because my upline named our group the "Balmy Breezer Stampers". I can't get rid of the stamp set that we are named after now can I?

Well, I'm gonna get off of the computer now and go try my hand at a snowflake ornament that I saw on someone else's blog! I'll post it and link the directions here when I'm done!
Until then, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!!

Friday, October 12, 2007


Happy BOO to you! I love that saying in the Booglie Eyes stamp set. This is a card that I did for a workshop last night. The ladies at the workshop had never stamped before, so I wanted the projects to be simple and easy to stamp. I usually do more involved stamping with techniques and lots and lots of layers, but didn't want to bombard them with a lot of stuff to do and learn their first time stamping. Anyway, for the card, I started with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of basic black cs and added a 10-3/4 x 4 inch piece of Pumpkin Pie cs. The Blue Bayou and DP strips are from the Hostess Simply Scrappin' Kit. I stamped the spider from Booglie Eyes on Whisper White and punched out with the Small Tag Punch, then mounted on a Basic Black piece punched out with the Large Tag Punch. I stamped the "Happy Book to You" and taaadaaa! There you have it, simple but very cute!

On a more personal note, Amber is home for Fall Break! Just in time for the South Carolina State Fair! I love the fair, the food and exhibits the most! Amber and I are going tonight to eat and look at all the art exhibits and Mariah is going to Scarowinds. That's Carowinds at night during the month of October. It's really fun, but the last time I went, I chaperoned a bunch of 11 year old girls and they ran into the haunted house and one of them got so scared, she hyperventilated, so we spent most of the night in the infirmary. Wasn't too fun after that.

Tomorrow, I am doing a craft fair and hope I have everything ready for that! Wish me luck! I will try to post some stuff tomorrow night! Until then, ya'll have a terrific Friday!!!!


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Happy Autumn!

These are the two flower arrangements that I have made for the craft fair I am in next Saturday. AC Moore is selling these for $75.00 each!!!! Can you believe that????! I bought everything for about $20.00 (for each). I am really loving the one with the scarecrow. Isn't he adorable?! I am really happy with how they turned out.

I will share some other things I am working on with ya'll tomorrow!


Saturday, October 6, 2007

12 x 12 page swap

These are the pages that I got at our group meeting last week. Aren't they great? This is what sort of gave me a kick in the butt to start scrapbooking again. Mariah and I went to AC Moore last night and I bought some great scrapbook pages and can't wait to use them. However, the rest of the week is already dedicated to work on projects for the craft fair I am doing next Saturday. I have decided to offer items other than just things that are stamped. Since I love all kinds of crafts, I am going to start gearing towards crafts in general for craft fairs. And instead of using "Stampin' Up!" as the vendor name, I am going to use "Lorrietori's Craftin' Spot". I wanted to use a couple of other names, but there was already a website or other business using those names and I do not want to get into legal troubles doing that, so that's why I am going with that name. I mean, really, how many other Lorrietori's have you ever heard of? The only other name that I really concidered that was not already taken was "Which Craft?" and really like it but I live in a really conservative part of the country and didn't want people to think "Witch Craft", if you know what I mean?! You know how crazy people can be, so I went with the "safe" name. So anyway, I am really excited about a couple of the items that I will be offering. One of them is a flower arrangement and it is so cool! I will take pics and share them tomorrow as my camera battery is charging right now. So until then, ya'll have a great Sunday and will see ya soon!

Thursday, October 4, 2007


This is a card that I CASED from this month's Stampin' Success. The only stamp set used is the Season of Joy. The card base is Real Red with the poinsettia stamped in Real Red and the Bashful Blue layer is stamped with the snowflake. The main image is colored with markers and then stamped on Very Vanilla. In the Stampin' Success, they used ribbon for the green strip, but I didn't have any ribbon, so I just used a strip of paper. I also added an Ice Brad to the center of the "O" in Joy. It is a very simple card and I really like how it turned out.
Well, that's all for now. Ya'll have a fantastic Friday! See ya again soon!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Spooky 12X12

When I first was introduced to stamping, "I was a scrapbooker". I was skeptical that I would even like stamping and card making because "I was a scrapbooker". Oh, I didn't think it would be for me because "I was a scrapbooker". That's just it, before I became a stamper, I WAS a scrapbooker. Ask me how many scrapbook pages I have done in the two years I've been stamping, go ahead, ask. I can count on one hand how many, that's how many. And what a shame, because I have been seeing some really great pages on blogs, in magazines and on SCS. Well, Monday night, my upline had a group meeting and we were to make a 12 x 12 page to swap. I fretted over this for 3 days! It had been so long since I was in scrapbook mode that I almost made myself sick over what to do. Well, this is what I finally came up with. Whew, I am so glad that's over with! Although, it did jump start my desire to start scrapbooking again on a regular basis. I want to try and start a monthly scrapbook class/club and this is exactly what gave me that push I so despirately needed! The only Halloween stamp set that I have is Booglie Eyes and I knew I wanted to do a Halloween theme. I kept picturing the Booglie Eye creatures creeping alongside a graveyard. I probably actually saw something similar on SCS, but it was probably a mixture of 2 or 3 things I saw and my brain just added them all together. I know that I saw the gravestones using the tag punches on SCS by several people. And I love the tree from the Spooky Skyline jumbo wheel, but I didn't have that. Dan said that the bat would be cute hanging upside down from a tree, so that's how I came up with the big tree. I sketched it out with a pencil and then cut it out. The moon was also Dan's idea, but the witch flying in the "moonlight" was mine. The other characters are pretty explanatory, just stamped, colored and cut out. The pumpkins are just three circles punched out and put together and did the shading with markers. I hand drew the faces on the pumpkins also. And of course all of the Booglie Eye creatures have real "Booglie Eyes"! Aren't they just so darn cute? I really love how the page turned out. The actual page that I swapped with the group had only the tree, black strip at the bottom, the moon and the gravestones on them. I stamped the Booglie Eye images and gave those with each page so that they can color and cut out and then put them wherever they want on the page. I couldn't do anymore cutting after the first one I made! I will add the little spider hanging from the picture when it is added to the page.
All the pages that I got from the swap are great also. I will have to take pics of those and post them. I also have a couple of cards to share with you so be on the lookout for that, too. I will try my best to be a better blogger!
I hope to see ya'll tomorrow!

Bad Blogger!

I have been a really bad blogger lately and I so apologize for it. Life has gotten in the way again. We've had doctor's appointments, Parent-Teacher conferences, a workshop, another School Conference, a kid's birthday, a kid coming home from college for a kid's birthday, oh the list just goes on and on....... I know ya'll know how that is. Anyway, I have some things to share as long as I can run a teenager off the computer tonight, so stay tuned. And if you happen to still be reading my blog, I apologize to ya'll for not being so entertaining lately! I'll try to do better. Thanks for sticking it out with me!
Happy Stamping Hugs!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

For a Great Cause!

Favor to ask, it only takes a minute.... Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on 'donating a mammogram' for free (pink window in the middle). This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising. Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I made this card a couple of weeks ago, but didn't post it until now because this is the card that I sent to Heather for the Pay it Forward challenge. I'm really tired and hear my bed screaming my name, so I'm just going to list the recipe. Hope ya'll have a great Wednesday!
Card Recipe:
stamps: True Friend, Boho Friend wheel, Friend to Friend
card stock: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranite, Whisper White
inks: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranite
Accessories: Distressing tool, markers, white gel pen

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I got tagged!

Kathy tagged me! So here goes, it's kinda long......

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? three, Amber, Mariah and Dakota
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? most of the time
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Strawberry Cheesecake
15. RED OR PINK? Pink
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my grandparents
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? bluejean crops and barefoot
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? slaw dog and onionrings
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? apple pie candle
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? yes, never met in person, but sweet blogger friend!
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? figure skating
27. HAIR COLOR auburn.
28. EYE COLOR? green
30. FAVORITE FOOD? my Mom's roast rice
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Spongebob Squarepants
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? summer (why couldn't it be Spring?? lol!)
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? cheesecake
38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? not reading any right now
41. FAVORITE SOUND? birds chirping early in the morning before the kids wake up!
44. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can whistle through my teeth so you can't tell it's me whistling, haha.
45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Jacksonville, Florida

Whew!! I got through it, did you?? haha! I'm not sure who to tag, so consider yourself tagged if you dare! Thanks Kathy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My first Christmas card of the Season!

Woohoo! I've had this in my head for a while now and finally got to stamp it last night! It took me a long time to figure out how to make the top to the ornament, but I finally got it. The ornament is Real Red cs punched out with the Marvey Uchida Giga circle punch. I stamped the swirl and little poinsettia image from Season of Joy in Versa Mark and embossed with Gold EP. Then I covered the whole thing with Glassy Glaze to make it really shiny. The ornament top started out as a piece of Real Red Gold embossed, then punched with the Scallop Punch, then cut a portion out and punched a slit out to make the opening. I mounted the ornament on a piece of Whisper White cs stamped with the sentiment from Season of Joy and also embossed the edges with Gold EP. I added the Real Red wide organdy ribbon to the ornament with Crystal Effects. The card base is Basic Black with a snowflake from The Snowflake Spot embossed with Gold EP. And that's it! I love how it turned out! I thought about making this the card I would send out this year, but my goodness it took a long time, so I'm not so sure. I still have some other ideas floating around in my head, so I gotta get those done and then I will choose.

I have a Craft Fair coming up on October 13 and am excited about that, but I don't have a lot of things made yet. So far, I have thought of doing cards (of course), candles, coasters, Christmas ornaments and recipe boxes. Do ya'll have any suggestions for other items I could make? Thanks!


I made a mistake.....

I feel so stupid! I made a mistake about the winner to the blog candy. :(
The actual winner was Renee who guessed 650. But don't worry, Betty, I have already sent your package AND since Renee lives in my area (she actually works at Dakota's school :) ) I have sent her something extra special also! I hope you enjoy the alternative blog candy. My apologies to Betty and Renee for I am so sorry for my mistake. I am a dork! So anyway, I hope you both enjoy your goodies!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

And the WINNER IS...........

Betty! She guessed 650! The actual amount of pop tops in the container is 858! Can you believe that?! It took me forever to count them! My daughter Amber actually guessed the closest, but I told her that she couldn't win the blog candy! I told her I would send her something special, though. As you probably know, she is away at college so she was not here when I counted them, but she has seen the container in person and she knows how long we have been saving them and how much soda we actually drink! lol. Betty, please email your address to me and I will get that package out to you! Thanks to everyone who participated!
See ya'll again real soon!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Health Alert!

This was an email my Mom sent to me and felt like it was important to share. It's kinda gross, so don't read while you're eating!

Subject: Handbags

This is a lengthy article but well worth reading. Who would have thought? Have you ever noticed ladies who sit their handbags on public toilet floors - then go directly to their dining tables and set it on the table? Happens a lot! It's not always the restaurant food' that causes stomach distress. Sometimes "what you don't know 'will hurt you"!
Read on...
Mom got so upset when guests came in the door and plopped their handbags down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up food. She always said that handbags are really dirty because of where they have been. Smart Mom!!! It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know what's inside our handbags, do you have any idea what's on the outside?
Shauna Lake put handbags to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your handbag. Women carry handbags everywhere from the office to public toilets to the floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their handbags, but did you ever stop to think about where your handbag goes during the day?
"I drive a school bus, so my handbag has been on the floor of the bus a lot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car, and in toilets." "I put my handbag in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of the toilet while changing a nappy," says another woman "and of course in my home which should be clean."
We decided to find out if handbags harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake , and then we set out to test the average woman's handbag. Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their handbag. Most said at home they usually set their handbags on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared. Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their handbags were at least a little bit dirty. It turns out handbags are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked. Microbiologist Amy Karen of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the handbags tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria. Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcusaurous can cause serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the handbags could make people very sick. In one sampling, four of five handbags tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. "There is fecal contamination on the handbags," says Amy. Leather or vinyl handbags tended to be cleaner than cloth handbags, and lifestyle seemed to play arole. People with kids tended to have dirtier handbags than those without, with one exception. The handbag of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. "Sometype of feces, or possibly vomit" says Amy.
So the moral of this story - your handbag won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat.
Use hooks to hang your handbag at home and in toilets, and don't put it on your desk, a
restaurant table, or on your kitchen countertop. Experts say you should think of your handbag the same way you would a pair of shoes. "If you think about putting a pair of shoes onto your countertops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your handbag on the countertops" - your handbag has gone where individuals before you have sneezed, coughed, spat, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! Do you really want to bring that home with you? The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a handbag will help. Wash cloth handbags and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather handbags. THIS IS WORTH SHARING!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Scratch-n-Sniff Card

Have ya'll seen this? This technique was shown in the Stampin' Success magazine that SU! demonstrators get each month. I can't remember which month that it was in off the top of my head. Anyway, you add an unsweetened dry drink mix with embossing powder. It has to be unsweetened mix because if it has sugar or artificial sweetner, it will burn when you heat it (trust me, I found out the hard way!) I used Orange Koolaid and Irredescent Ice EP (I also added a little Cinnamon). I know you probably remember this card from a few posts back, but this is the card that I designed for a workshop that got postponed until last night and my hostess wanted to use the Scratch-n-Sniff technique, so this is the card we made last night. It is slightly different than the one before. The Scratch-n-Sniff portion is only the flower. I stamped the flower in Versamark and used the Heat-n-Stick, heated and then added the Koolaid/EP mixture and heated again. Too, bad there isn't "smellavision" because it smells so good, but you'll just have to take my word for it. Or you can make your own and really see for yourself. The ladies at the workshop were floored! They were coming up with all kinds of ideas for this technique. I am definitely going to show this at more workshops!

Thanks Kathy!!!

This is the card and the stamped images that I received from Kathy for Pay it Forward! Thanks so much Kathy, love the images and the card is darling!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

First Response

Heather was the first to respond to the "Pay it Forward" post! Heather, please email your address to me and I will get your card and stamped images to you. Let me know what kind of images you like (flowers, cutesy, ect.) Thanks, Heather!
Hugs and Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 8, 2007


I saw this on Kathy's blog. The first person who responds to this, I will send you a card and also some stamped images. The only catch is that if You are the one I am paying it forward to, you must post this on your blog and keep the chain going. Pretty cool, huh? So hurry up and be the first one!!!!
Hugs and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

As promised......

BLOG CANDY!!!!!! All you have to do is guess how many pop tops are in the container and the closest guess wins!!!! The blog candy consists of an SU! small ribbon keeper, 4 blank coasters, a little note pad, some left over card candy, a small SU! container full of little beads, a prima flower, and a bunch of little scrapbook shapes and frames. I think that's all. You have until next Friday at 6:00 pm, EST, to put in your guess. (one entry per person, please). So get to guessing! Good luck!

Pretty little candles

These are the little votive candles that I made for our MOMS group project. We are a networking group of Mom Entreprenuers and get together twice a month and share ideas. (link to our group is on the side bar labeled MOMS - Mothers Offering Magnificent Service - check us out!!) We are offering a basket full of our products to local realtors and mortgage companies to purchase for their new clients moving into our area and state. These candles are what I put in the basket. Tonya (our feerless leader!) makes the most AWESOME gift baskets! and she is the one who actually puts everything together for our group. She is so talented and her baskets are very reasonably priced. She personally shops and hand picks everything for the baskets so they are truly "custom" gift baskets. No two are alike. For the candles, I used the scented Martha Stewart votive candles from K-Mart. They are "fresh linen" and smell so good. I stamped the flower images on tissue paper using black Stazon, then colored in with SU! pencils, cut out and wrapped with wax paper and heated until the wax melted the tissue paper into the candle. These small candles are a little more difficult to do than the bigger ones, because if you're not careful, you will burn your fingers!

Well, ladies, I've got some blog candy ready to share with ya'll! I will post that tonight! Until then, Happy Stampin'!!!!


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sunday, September 2, 2007


from Mars Hill! I came up to visit Amber. She is very homesick, so I had to come. I could not stand the sound in her voice. It broke my heart. So here I am. Sitting in her dorm at 8: 45 am trying to type on her laptop. Folks, it ain't easy! I thought about getting a laptop myself, but I'm not liking it. Very hard to get used to. This past week has been a bad one for me. Monday, one of my really sweet friends commited suicide and his funeral was Thursday. Tuesday, had to take Mariah back to the doctor. She's been having skeletal muscle spasms which scare her so she has small panic attacks and has shortness of breath, so now she has an underlying asthma. She is now using an inhaler, which is so not fun. Thursday, Amber called me all distraught and wanted to drive home by herself at 10:00 pm! Thank goodness we stopped her. She's only been driving by herself for a little over a month, so you can imagine my panic over that one. Hence why I'm here! Typing on her lousy laptop! Friday, Dakota was at the doctor's office. He has been going to the bathroom very often and the doctor said that little boys sometimes tend to not completely finish when they go, so they go more often. Well, his teacher doesn't like that explanation, so back to the doctor to see if it's more than that. I think that he just gets in a hurry and doesn't finish, so he goes more often. He's been checked for diabetes and he's not diabetic. So, I hope they can figure out what the problem is and that it's not real serious. I love being second guessed as a parent, don't you? I mean, every time there is a problem at school, and I try to give an explanation, either the teacher or the school nurse thinks I'm an idiot. This drives me completley insane! I have only been the kid's mom for close to 8 years and I think that I know a little about him. His likes, his dislikes, what makes happy, angry, sad, confused, ect. So why is it they act like they know better than me? Just ranting really. Made me feel better! Thanks for listening to my problems. I know everyone has them, but it makes me feel better to talk about them and so thanks for being here and a friendly ear!
I will be home tonight and I can post the last little project that I worked on. Ya'll have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

True Friend

I told you I would have something to share! Sunday night, after I cleaned to stamp area, I actually stamped!!! I had this idea in my head ever since I saw this challenge on SCS, Paper Tole. Stamping an image a few times (in this case three), cut out main image and layer them on top of each other. I stamped the flower from True Friend in Wild Wasabi on Very Vanilla and then three more times in Purely Pomegranite. Cut out the three flowers and layer them with demensionals. I doodled around the image and mounted it on Purely Pomegranite, then distressed the edges. The card base is Wild Wasabi stamped in the same with the Canvas BG and wheeled the Boho Friend. The sentiment is from True Friend in Purely Pomegranite, punched with the small Tag Punch, doodled around the edges, mounted on a piece of Purely Pomegranite punched with the large Tag Punch (I did that little trick that I told ya'll about last week). I punched a hole in the tag and added a piece of organdy ribbon. And there you have it!
Well, I woke up this morning with a wicked head cold, so I think that I'm gonna hit the hay now! See ya'll soon!!!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

This is embarrasing.....

This is the reason I have not stamped in almost a week and have not posted anything. This is very embarrassing, but this is what happened this week. I was so busy with kids starting school, a MOMS group meeting and not one but TWO Premier Jewelry parties to attend this weekend, that my stamp area got really neglected and stuff never got put up where it belongs. Work was hopping again (I work for a real estate attorney and we had a lull in business for about a week, but then the contracts started pouring in again!), and having to get up at 6:00 am again is NO FUN! I think we are about to get into our routine, so things will be a little less hectic at home anyway. So maybe I can get some stamping in, AFTER I clean the disastrous area! I have to get on the ball, because I have to stamp some little sample giveaway items for the MOMS group, I have a workshop, I am trying to schedule a stamp camp and I have signed up for two craft fairs coming up soon. So, I'm off to clean that desk off and stamp a little bit before I have to go to the second jewelry party! See ya'll real soon, I promise!

Sunday, August 19, 2007