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!!


~Lorrie

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!!
~Lorrie

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!!!
~Lorrie

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'!!
~Lorrie

Friday, October 12, 2007

Boo!


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!!!!

~Lorrie

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!

~Lorrie

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!
~Lorrie

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Celebrate!


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!
~Lorrie

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!
~Lorrie

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!
~Lorrie

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. http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
AGAIN, PLEASE TELL 10 FRIENDS TO TELL 10 TODAY