Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sunshine


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......

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? my Grandmothers
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? last week
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? it's ok
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Lebanon Bologna
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? three, Amber, Mariah and Dakota
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? SURE!!!
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? yes
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yes
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? no
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cinnamon Life
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? most of the time
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Strawberry Cheesecake
14. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? smile
15. RED OR PINK? Pink
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? my teeth.
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
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Color Splash on HGTV
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? lavender
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? apple pie candle
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My MOM
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
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No
30. FAVORITE FOOD? my Mom's roast rice
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? happy endings
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Spongebob Squarepants
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? purple
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
39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? nothing
40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Vegas
41. FAVORITE SOUND? birds chirping early in the morning before the kids wake up!
42. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles.
43. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Ohio
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!



~Lorrie

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!
~Lorrie

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!
~Lorrie

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!
~Lorrie

Saturday, September 8, 2007

PAY IT FORWARD!


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!
~Lorrie

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'!!!!

~Lorrie

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Hello!

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!
~Lorrie