Wednesday, June 27, 2007

NEW Catty in the house!!!

I got my catalogs today!!!! I am so excited! I love everything in it! and the format is even better, wait until you see it!!! I am throwing an ALOHA to the new catty party on Sunday for my customers and now I am even more excited!!! I just can't help myself!! Have you seen it?? If so, you know what I'm talking about! if not, wait until you do, you will be floored!!! I have never used so many exclamation points in one post before!!! The preview mini was incredible, but they have out done themselves with this catalog. I hope I have a good turnout on Sunday. Everytime I plan one of these things, no one shows up. Well, my Mom does, but she has to. lol. I have sent out those handmade invites, I have emailed everyone on my list and I have spread the word like crazy! I know for a fact that 3 people are definitely coming so that's good. I don't know why people don't come to these events, it just baffles me. I mean, it's FREE stuff and food and stamping and door prizes for goodness sakes! I'm just crossing my fingers.

I see that I am now over 3,000 hits on this blog! That's exciting, too. There are a lot of blogs that I read daily that have been blogging for a few short months like me and they alreay have like 30,000 hits. How the heck do they do that??!! I wish I had more time to devote to stamping and posting, but between work and kids and life in general, I'm doing good to get done what I do. I really appreciate all of my readers and want to thank each and everyone of you for validating me :) That is why we blog, right?! Well, I am done rambling, for now anyways. Keep your eyes peeled and be on the lookout for some blog candy very, very soon!

Thanks for stopping in today. Ya'll have a great Thursday! Lorrie

Sunday, June 24, 2007

What?????

A couple of posts back (the Dad's Day brag book), someone made a comment and when I opened it I was astonished to see it in another lanquage! Well, I didn't know what to do, but my daughter Mariah told me you can translate on Google. Boy I learn something new everyday! So I did that. My first thought was that it was in Spanish, but I found out it is actually Portugese (spelling?). So I tranlated it and I think it's just a link to their website or blog, selling custom t-shirts. The whole site is in Portugese, so the language barrier is REALLY BIG! I left a comment with the translation in that post so anyone else who sees it will kind of understand what it says!
Boy, it makes me feel like I should learn a second language, but that would take away stamp time!!! lol. Until then, I'll just use that tranlator thingy on Google!
Thanks for visiting today, hope to see ya'll again soon!
Lorrie

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I forgot....


to show you the Father's Day card that I made my Dad. I was having camera battery problems last week and forgot to download this card, but here it is. I knew I wanted to use the Wordsearch BG stamp (as I have had it for months and haven't used it yet!), but it doesn't have the word father on it, so I decided to stamp the "Father's" and punch out with the Window Punch. The Cowboy Kid and cactus is colored in with markers, cut out and adhered to the Wordsearch piece, mounted on Basic Black and then mounted on Ballet Blue card base. My Dad asked for camping equipment for Father's Day and so he got a tent, a folding chair and a folding table. He and my little brother, Joel (he's 35, lol) took Dakota camping at the pond on Father's Day night and they all had a ball! Dakota caught a 2 pound catfish that night, but by 3:00 the next afternoon, it was a 19 pound fish! Boy, he sure did learn the fish story at a young age, not to mention he probably learned from two of the best fish storytellers!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I was back and then I was gone again!


Last Saturday was the last day I posted on my blog??!!! How could it have been almost a week already?! This week has been busy at work and by the time I get home, I'm pretty much wiped out. Too tired to even stamp, such a shame. I did manage to work on plans for my "welcome new SU! catalog" party. I am doing a Hawaiian theme hence the "ALOHA" invitations that I made. These are Avery post cards that I bought at Office Depot. I used the Watercolor Joy wheel in Yoyo Yellow and then stamped "aloha" with Letterpress in Pixie Pink, Cool Caribbean and Green Galore. (The ones that I mailed have the flower stickers from the Simply Scrappin' Friends and Flowers hostess set along the bottom). I am planning on having door prizes and booking incentives and I am going to serve Hawaiian food (snacky foods) and I ordered some Hawaiian decorations from Oriental Trading, including a silk lei for each guest. Of course there will be stamping! I am having the party on July 1, so I hope everyone will be excited about the "freebie" party and actually show up! I am getting really excited about the new catalog myself, I just haven't had the extra money to pre-order anything (one of the perks of being a demonstrator!) until today and I really hope that it will be here before next weekend! I will be working on the party favors and door prizes this weekend and will post them as soon as they are ready. I have them in my head, now just have to actually get then to paper so to speak. Thanks for stopping by today! Lorrie

Saturday, June 16, 2007

I'm baaack!!!


This has been a mad crazy week!! Between running kids here and there, work, a MOMS group meeting, finalizing ATCs for a swap and a customer's Dad's Day brag book, I haven't had time to blog! But I'm here now! First up is a Thank You card I made for the ATC swap hostess. I used Lavender Lace for the card base and added the two layers of designer paper from SU! Pallet-o-Prints. I colored in all the flowers with a marker on the top piece and then added a piece of May Arts green gingham ribbon over the seam. I stamped the flowers from Doodle This on Lavender Lace cs and covered with crystal effects, when they were dry, I cut them out and adhered with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment and punched out with the tag punch and stapled a piece of the same ribbon onto it. I am getting my ATC swap package, ready to go in the mail today! I can't wait to see what everyone in my group came up with! I am so excited, because this is my first ever online swap! I hope the girls like mine. I can't post it yet, but when I receive my package, I will definetely share with ya'll!


The next thing is the Dad's Day brag book I made for a girl in my MOMS group. She and her husband were in the Army together, so I used some camouflage paper that I got from my LSS and covered two brown paper bags with the paper. I then folded the bags and stapled together to make the binding of the book and wrapped with hemp twine. I added a double mat to each page for the pictures that she and their kids will add. I made a tag to pull out of the pockets so that they can journal on those. I just added some "Army" stickers to each page. The only thing stamped is the front with DAD and his name and what the kids call him and added "our hero" also. I am getting ready to go and deliver it! I hope they like it!





Just wanted to share with you what my stamp space looks like. I used to have a space out in a storage building that we converted a part of into an office, but Dan's comic book collection (we're talking boxes and boxes and boxes!) and his album collection and his other stuff, kinda started squeezing me more into the corner. I also didn't like the fact that I felt so discombobulated from my family, sooooo I moved almost everything into the house. I still have a big counter area and shelves out in the office to store bigger things. My space in the house is smaller, but, I am in the house with the kids where I can keep an eye on things. I purchased the cubes from AC Moore and most of them I bought when they were on sale, $19.99 instead of $29.99. I love them because there is so much storage space. The desk part I had to order online and it was $35.00, but Dan said it would have cost that much if he bought the wood to make it. The paper storage is acrylic organizers I got at Office Depot. I think they were $15.00 each. Dan bought most of them for my birthday last year. I hung them with S hooks on a white peg board that we got from Lowe's. Each holds 6 colors of paper. I still have room at the bottom to add a couple more organizers. The bookshelf holds all my current stamp sets (I mark the ones that have retired, but I want to keep, with a yellow sticky dot) and then some. The CD/DVD tower holds my ribbon, hostess stamp sets and seasonal stamp sets. Eventually, I want to add maybe a wall shelf over the magnetic dry erase board and some other storage ideas are in my head, just need time and money! My area is only 5' x 9' space and is actually my front foyer, so it's pretty compact. We never use the front door anyway (we're "come on in the back door" "country" kinda people!) Well, thanks for hanging in there and not giving up on me! I will try and do better about posting more often! Thanks, Lorrie

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Oh the insanity!

I went to Michael's tonight because I had to check out the Martha Stewart line most everyone has gone gaga over and I have to say ( please don't hate me), but I wasn't all that impressed. Maybe my Michael's just doesn't have as big a selection as others or maybe the best stuff is gone now, but I find that her line is just like any other of her lines, nice but overpriced. A roll of wrapping paper was $6.00 and I think that it was only like a yard or so? and 12 pieces of tissue paper was $4.00?! WOW! My mom swears by Martha Stewart bed sheets at K-Mart and I do like some of her home decor stuff there, but I don't feel the need to pay $12.00 or more for 10 sheets of designer paper that I didn't just absolutely fall in love with at first site! I think that Stampin' Up! has spoiled me anyway, because I am very picky at stores now when I think I might buy something. If I see an item that SU! has a similar item, I stand in the store and argue with myself and then put the darn thing back on the shelf because the little SU! angel sitting on my shoulder convinced me that "our" stuff's better. lol. I used to be the sticker queen of Lexington because when I started scrapbooking, that's what was out there and that's what we all used (that's what my Creative Memories girl sold the most of anyway), and now that I have been stamping for almost 2 years and have seen so many great elements and embellishments that people are using now, my first scrapbooks look very, um, shall we say from the '80's?! Ok, enough rambling. I guess my point is, Martha still has it, but I can't really afford it. I did buy a little pack of what the label calls "bakers twine". It has 6 colors and there is 72 yards in all and it was $3.00. Not sure exactly what capacity you use colored twine in baking, but I thought that it would look cute as an embellishment on a card or scrapbook page. One thing I did see in her line that were kinda cool are these enormous, I mean like 20x20 inch, scrapbooks. They are huge, but I thought "Where in the world would you store that thing?!" so that was that. Off to the punch section! I got a Marvy Uchida Mega Scallop punch and it was 25% off! whooohoo! Now that's more like it!!! I love a good deal!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

This week's featured stamper is.....


....stamps4funinCA and this is the card I cased. Tosha's gallery is so wonderful! I had such a hard time deciding which card to do! I changed the color scheme, the sentiment and used the Office Tag punch instead of the round punch and I omitted the flower. I also made the card standard size instead of square. The main image is from Long Time Friend and is stamped on Very Vanilla, then watercolored using a blender pen directly to ink pad. The flowers and stems are colored in with markers. I added brads to each corner and mounted on Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery. I pierced both pieces. The triangle piece is designer paper from the SU! Palette O'Prints pad that I colored in the flowers and leaves with markers and mounted on Lavender Lace cs. Also, added brads to the corners of this piece. I mounted the main image and triangle piece to Old Olive card base that was stamped with Linen in Old Olive ink. I stamped the friend on the Office tag punched from Lavender Lace, stapled a piece of plain green ribbon and May Arts green ginham ribbon and then added tag to the side of the main image. I wrote "sweet" on the little tag and tied it to the the brad with a piece of hemp twine. I absolutely LOVE this turned out!!! Thanks to Tosha for such wonderful inspiration! I think this got me out of my slump!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

I love this....


I fell in love with this stamp set in the SU! winter mini and bought it, but then it sat on the shelf forever! I finally pulled it out last night and then it took me forever to figure out what to do. I gotta go to SCS and try another sketch or color challenge or maybe both, because lately, I can not get in the stampin' groove. I just received the "bracket" punch yesterday and could not wait to use it, so I had to incorporated it into the card, it just did not turn out like I had invisioned. I wanted to fold it around the card edge like a tag, but it looked funny, so I left it opened and stamped the sentiment on it. The card base is Chocolate Chip, the next layer is Pixie Pink stamped with the "steam" from Like it a Latte all over with Pixie Pink ink. I snipped the corners with the slit punch and pierced holes at each corner. The coffee cup and whipped cream was stamped on Whisper White cs with Creamy Caramel and then colored in the "peppermint" and some of the whipped cream with a pink Sakura Gel Pen. I stamped the heart, colored in with the same gel pen, cut out and mounted with a dimensional. Punched the main image with a circle punch and then mounted on a Chocolate Chip scallop that was pierced. I cut a strip of Chocolate Chip cs and added a piece of May Arts pink gingham ribbon, then added sentiment piece. I like how it turned out, just don't like the fact that it took me like 3 hours to make! To think, there was a challenge on SCS to start each day by making a card in 15 minutes!! I will have to try that one of these days. Not sure what the card would look like, but I will try it.
We had a yard sale at my parent's house today and all was going well, until the rain came. I only made $13.75, but that's more than I started with! lol. I think I actually made $14.25, but Dakota wanted to set up a lemonade stand and so I bought 2 cups. He had 2 "real" customers and the rest of us, my Mom and Dad, Mariah and my Dad's cousin Kay all bought a cup. He was happy and it was so cute. Mariah took a video of him being a good little salesman. Yard sales are funny because you never know how they will go. We had advertised it to be from 8:00 to 4:00, but between 7:00 and 7:30, we must have had 30 customers! It was crazy! I was trying to sell my queen size Rice Bed and a dining room table, but there were no takers. Those were my big ticket items. Everything else was like books and little trinkets. Oh, well, tomorrow I must pack up my stuff and bring it back home. I was really hoping to sell the bed and the table, though. My ex-husband was supposed to buy both, but kept putting it off, but when he found out I was trying to sell them at a yard sale, he said he would be by tomorrow to give me a check and pick them up in a few days. I will believe it when I see it! Sometimes he irritates me to no end, but that is too long a story!!!
Well, I am off to find a challenge! Cross your fingers and hope I do well! Thanks for stopping by. Lorrie