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

I am so tired!

Amber and I left Friday morning about 8:15 and got to Mars Hill around 10:45, stood in line to register and finally got to her dorm room around 11:45. Her dorm is on the third floor and it took us (with some help) four trips , but we finally got everything in her room and then went to the Caf (college short name for cafeteria), ate lunch and back to her room to put stuff up. Amber had a meeting at 2:30 so I stayed in her room and finished unpacking for her. Her roomate is on the clogging team so she has been there since Wednesday and had all the furniture set up already. Their room and bathroom are TINY and they share it with two other girls. They call this a suite. It's sure not like any suite I've seen! I hope these girls all get along, because I know it's hard sharing a bathroom with other people, especially people you don't know all that well. I got to stay in her room Friday night, slept on a air mattress, which wasn't bad, except the party that was going on right outside her window. There is no airconditioning, so of course the windows were open and we could hear the party like it was in the room with us. But, this is college, so it's normal! Yesterday morning, we met Amber's boyfriend Jon Ryan downstairs (his dormitory is right next door) and walked around the campus until time for breakfast. Everywhere you look in Mars Hill are flowers! I love this town! It's beautiful and everyone is friendly. The only downside is that it's very hilly. It is a walking campus, so they won't be driving much. These kids are gonna probably lose that "freshman 20" instead of gain it! My Mom, sister in law Lisa and Mariah came to pick me up at around 1:30. We unpacked the stuff that they brought for Amber's room and visited for a little while. Amber and Jon Ryan had a 2:30 meeting, so we said our goodbyes and headed to Maggie Valley for a little shopping. I didn't even cry when we left. I can't believe I didn't cry. I think it all happened so quick that none of us had a chance to get emotional. On our way home, we stopped at Cracker Barrell to eat. We finally got home at 9:15 last night and I'm pooped! The pics above are from our walk around the campus. My favorite one is the picture of Jon and Amber walking in front of me in the alley. I'm going to print it and send it to the kids.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see ya'll really soon!
P.S. Be on the lookout for some more blog candy!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Love this color combo!

This is another CASE, this time from Stamp4sale on SCS. I loved her color combination! So bright and happy! Purely Pomegranite is the card base, with a layer of Only Orange stamped with the Canvas BG in Only Orange. Next layer is Purely Pomegranite and then Wild Wasabi stamped with the dots from Polka Dots & Paisley. The flowers are from Offfice Accoutrement stamped on Only Orange and Purely Pomegranite with the same inks and embossed with Iresdescent Ice and added a brad to the center. The sentiment is from Simply Said stamped on Whisper White, punched out with the small Tag punch and layered on Purely Pomegranite punched with the large Tag punch. I stamped a small flower in Purely Pomegrantite on both sides of a short piece of twill tape and stapled it to the tag. If you're wondering how I got the tags longer, I used a little trick. Have you seen this? If not, let me know and I will try my hand at a short tutorial. It's really easy and I always try to demonstrate it when I use the Tag punches.
My card is a little different because I did not have the same BG stamp and I didn't have the designer paper or the Purely Pomegranite ribbon, so I improvised.
Tomorrow, I am taking Amber to Mars Hill College and I'm so nervous! My baby is leaving me!!! It's really starting to sink in. I am not ready for this! Wish me luck and pray that I don't totally lose it and cry all weekend!
I'll see ya'll again later this weekend. Thanks! ~Lorrie

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hoppy Birthday!

I really needed some ideas for a workshop, so of course I went to Splitcoast! I wanted to use the Unfrogettable stamp set, so I went to the gallery for that stamp set and this immediately caught my eye. The colors are so vibrant, just what I love! I took the image with the layers and made a card instead of the bag. I also used Wild Wasabi for my card base, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Whisper White for the layers. I absolutely LOVE these colors together, so HAPPY! The frog is stamped first, masked and then stamped the mushroom. I colored with pencils and a blender pen. Everything is CASED because I thought it was perfect, so why mess with perfection, right? Well, I did use a different green, but I wanted to be able to demo the new In Colors. So with this one card, I have a chance to upsell the Flower punch, the Spiral punch, the Word Window punch and the In Colors! I love it!!! A bonus, too! I found a new blog to stalk daily! Lynn Put at The Queen's Scene or Justbehappy is what she goes by on SCS. Check out her blog, it's so cool! Thanks Lynn for the cutest ideas!
I have another card that I worked on for my workshop (that got postponed due to a funeral, but will be rescheduled soon I hope!), so I will share that with ya'll tomorrow.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Try this!

Dawn did this over on her blog:

Your Name: Lorrie
Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Lorrie Morgan (country singer - and she spells her name like me!)
4 letter word: lose
Vehicle: Lexus (no, I don't own one!)
TV SHOW: Laugh-in (old I know, but it's still fun to watch!)
City/Town: Lexington
Boy Name: Lonnie
Girl Name: Lisa
Occupation: Lawyer
Something you wear: lei
Celebrity: Larry the Cable Guy
Food: lettuce
Something found in a kitchen: lunch
Reason for Being Late: lost
Cartoon Character: Linus
Something You Shout: Look out!

Now it's your turn! Leave a comment when you do this on your blog or post yours in the comment. Have fun! Some of them aren't easy, really makes you think!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Flower Power!!

This is another flower square for the project I'm working on. I think that I'm going to call it (the project) a "Paper Quilt" because it kind of reminds me of watching my Grandmother putting a quilt together with a group of ladies from church. I was only about 7 years old and I remember her whole living room set up with this huge quilt on a frame that was held up by all of her dining room chairs. Each square was different in it's own unique little way and they each had their own story. I remember crawling underneath it and sitting under it like it was my own private little fort. This "Paper Quilt" reminds me of each of those little squares put together to make that quilt. I started out with a piece of harlequin scrapbook paper, added a layer of vellum with the words learn, risk, dream, explore in different shades of gold and held the two pieces together with an antique brad in each corner. For the flower, I used a piece of glossy cs and colored with copper, caramel and pearl Adirondack inks. I stamped the Big Blossom on the backside of the glossy cs and cut out. I ran the gold Zig Painty pen around the edge of each petal. The center is an old earring that has been sitting in my jewelry box for about 15 years, waiting for it's other half that was never found. The earring is actually where I got the idea for this flower square. It's not a bright colored square as I had originally envisioned for the overall project, but I loved the vellum layer with the words so much that I just went with the muted and tone on tone look of it. I'm not sure how it will all come together as a whole, but I am optomistic that it will all work out. Just like the words on the vellum... learn, risk, dream and explore!

Now I am off to a surprise birthday party for my daughter's boyfriend! He's 21! Oh to be 21 again!!!
Thanks for stopping in today! See ya'll later!

A very sweet thankyou card!

This came in the mail yesterday! It is from Patty who won my blog candy and it is so sweet! I love it! Everything about it! Thanks so much, it is just so sweet!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Paper, Scissors, Crop!

This article is in this month's Mary Engelbriet Home Companion magazine. The artist is Michelle Bernard-Harmazinski and she is amazing! This is just so awesome and I had to create my own version of this. Hers is a canvas with 4-inch squares in a grid. She used really unique items and each square is it's own work of art.

I am not using a canvas for my version, just paper and I am using 5-inch squares. Each one will be different and I am planning on using pictures of my kids for the centers of some of the flowers, just like Michelle did (she used pics of her husband). I also plan on using some of my old jewelry pieces that are no longer functional for jewelry, but I thought that this would be a neat way to display them instead of sitting in a box. These are the first two that I did. I want to add something to the first one, but I think the second one came out really well. I love very bright colors, so each piece will be bright and happy. There are so many things that can be done with this concept. I am so excited to work on this! I plan on framing the finished piece and hanging it in my living room. I will share each square as I finish them and then the finished piece. Hopefully, I can work on atleast one square every few days.

Thanks for visiting me again! See ya'll soon!


I dissapeared!

For some reason, I dissapeared from the Stampin Top 50 thingy! Not sure why, but I was at something like 246, but I had to sign up again and now I'm at 316! I don't know what happened and now I'm beginning to second guess why I should even be on there?! Does it really matter what # I am? I know I'll never be up at the top like Taylored Expressions or Cambria, but it feels good to see that number creep up every once in a while. But, then I got to thinking, what does it really mean? I started this blog as a "public diary" of the stuff I stamp and everyday normal (or with me sometimes not so normal) everyday things and it is nice to see the sweet words that other great artists like yourselves leave on here. It is an extention of my SCS gallery. It's also a record of the things that I create so I can look back to see them all. So exactly why do I worry about what my number is? I'm not sure. I read someone else's blog (can't remember who right now) a while ago and she said that she was getting rid of the Top 50 thingy because it distracted her from what was really important, her readers. They were what really mattered. I find myself looking at that darn thing before I do anything else on here, which I see now is a little self absorbing maybe. Yes, I think that I will do away with the Top 50 thingy. What do ya'll think? Is it an important part of your blog? Do you find new blogs through it that you may not have otherwise found? Should I or shouldn't I? That is the question!

BTW. Took pics of the project I'm working on last night. They all came out blurry, gotto re-do tonight, so I will share those with ya'll later. Until then, have a great Tuesday!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007


To all my blogger friends for the well wishes and sweet comments! You are all so wonderful!
I got to stamp today! I was cleaning my stamp area this morning and ran across this image that I stamped at Vacation Bible School over a month ago. This image is from a long ago retired SU! set that my friend Andrea has. I think that it is from 1998, but I'm not sure. I just love the cute little bird sitting on that stump. I stamped the image twice for a project that we were working on at VBS but I never finished it. I colored the bird red on the other one, but I like the blue better. I colored the image with water color pencils and then sponged the Bashful Blue and River Rock. Mounted it on River Rock and pierced holes and faux stitched with a copper pen. I mounted that on Old Olive that was stamped with the "lattice" from Looks Like Spring with Old Olive and rounded only the two corners. The card base is Bashful Blue stamped in the same with Linen BG. The sentiment is from Circle of Friendship stamped on River Rock, punched out with the 1-3/8" punch and adhered to Ballet Blue punched with the new SU! scalloped punch, pierced holes and mounted to card with demensionals. The final touch is the ribbon (not sure where I got it) tied in a bow around the Old Olive piece. I heated the ribbon with the heat gun to wrinkle it and give it extra texture. I really like how this turned out! I also started on an art project that I saw in this month's Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine. I will share what I've done so far with you tomorrow.
Our shopping trip was exhausting, but we got a lot done, plus we got to eat at The Olive Garden! It has been so long since I have eaten there and it was great! All four of us got the Seafood Alfredo with the endless salad and bread sticks and it was so good!
Well, ya'll have a great Monday and I'll see ya'll soon!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Fire! brads that is....

This didn't quite turn out how I had imagined which happens to me a lot. I knew that I wanted to use the new SU! fire circle brads for the flower centers and that the layout is what I wanted, but the rest of it came together differently than what my brain had in mind. Like I said in my last post, I am having a hard time with color combos, but I think that these colors are happy together! I used Ruby Red, Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie. After I had it all together, I thought that the Purely Pomegranate would have been better than the Ruby Red. Anyway. I stamped the flowers from Double-Line Doodles, added Iridescent Ice EP, cut out and layered with the brads in the centers. Adhered with demensionals. On the Pumpkin Pie piece, I stamped the dots background from Polka Dots & Paisley and the sentiment from Friend to Friend. I distressed the edges on the Summer Sun piece. I doodled on each layer to add a little depth. Overall, I like it.

I had planned on getting some stamp time in this weekend, but since this is a tax free weekend, I am going shopping with my Mom, sister-in-law and oldest daughter tomorrow. I am not a big shopper, but those three are and I will probably be gone all day! We are trying to get Amber everything she needs before going off to college, so the tax free will help the pocket book a little. She has a list a mile long, what fun! The good thing is that Amber looks at the prices and tries to pick out things on sale. She is a little more frugal than her sister, who doesn't care how much stuff costs as long as someone else is buying! We always joke with Mariah that she better marry into money because she has expensive taste. My two girls are like night and day in almost every way possible. Amber is the serious, somewhat quiet, shy and cautious brunette. Mariah is the comedian, loud, boistrous, blonde. They are both sweet, loving (they get that from me!), sometimes have a quick temper (they get that from their Dad) and are both turning into strong, beautiful young women! I am so proud of both of them!

Well, wish me and my poor feet luck for all that shopping tomorrow and I'll see ya'll very soon!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

YES!!! I stamped!

Not all that thrilled with how this turned out, but atleast I stamped!!! I started a second card last night, but didn't finish quite yet. I've got to get on the schtick soon, because I have a workshop next week and it's my turn to come up with two cards for the card ministry at church. I have been color challenged lately, so I really should go to SCS and check out the color combos again. I have several sketches that I have come up with in the last couple of weeks, so I need to do something with those, too. Well, about this card... I started with the Old Olive card base that I had already stamped with the On the Spot BG stamp in Old Olive. I stamped the coffee cup and steam from Like it a Latte in Closed to Cocoa and wrote the "heart" 2 stamp by hand. I knew that I was going to mount it on the Old Olive and Chocolate Chip circles, but it looked plain, so that's when I decided it needed some bling, so I added the Irredescent Ice EP. Did a little doodling (my favorite thing to do lately) on the Old Olive circle and mounted with dimentionals. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Polka Dots and Paisley. I think it needs something, but I have a really bad habit of adding too much and then screwing up the whole thing! So I will leave well enough alone!

On the homefront, finally Amber (my almost 19 year old daughter) got her driver's license today! I am really happy because she is going off to college 2 1/2 hours away in 15 days and I was really getting worried! She has been so timid about driving and kept putting it off and now that she has it, I can't keep her home! She's already making shopping and lunch plans with friends before she leaves. She has always been a go-go girl and now there's no stopping her! When she was little, if you mentioned "go", even if it was to go to the trash dump, she would want to go! My Mom said she won't be driving too much when she's the one paying for the gas! and gas is higher in NC than it is here. I heard that SC has the lowest gas prices in the country right now! I filled my car up yesterday and it still cost me $41.00! It was $2.74 a gallon for mid-grade. I hate to think what it would be say in NY or CA?! How much is gas where you live?