Sunday, December 28, 2008


We made it through Christmas Day!!! I don't know why we make it so stressful on ourselves. The hustle and bustle, shopping, cooking, on and on. And then it's over, just so quick! I think my biggest problem is that I procrastinate and then I feel hurried to get it all done. I think for next year, I'm going to order stuff online instead of going to the mall or Walmart. After over a month of asking tons of questions Dakota now knows the truth about Santa (and the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy), so although it's kind of sad, it will be much easier next year. We have always emphasized the birth of Jesus is what Christmas is all about, but to a small kid it's hard to get away from all the Santa stuff with gifts as the big thing. I hope next year will be easier and more relaxed.

I have been wanting to share this with ya'll since I made it. Don't laugh, yes I am crazy! If you haven't figured out from my blog banner, I like pink flamingoes. This is kind of a new obsession of mine, but I have been collecting pink flamingo ornaments for the past couple of years. Well, I felt like they deserved a special display all to themselves, so I found this white pre-lit wreath and ta-da!! I did add some colorful fish and the cute little blue beach chair, along with pink netting instead of ribbon, some bright green sparkly fern like plants and some green balls. I love it!! This is going to go in my stamp room (when Mariah goes to college, part of her room is going to be my stamp room!!), but for now, it's just hanging in the dining room window. I am going to pack it up with the rest of my Christmas decorations until I get the room all set up. It really does not go with the rest of my Christmas decor.
I am kind of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decorations. I have a 7 foot, pre-lit tree with the multi-color lights (didn't use to like that, but the tree was on sale for $30.00, so I have learned to live with them, lol), decorated with every Christmas ornament that I have been collecting since I was in 5th grade. My mantle is decorated with garland and ribbin and stocking holders. I have two Christmas villages on display, one on top of the tv cabinett and the other on my sofa table. Something new I added this year is a louvre door decorated with garland and lights. It was originally going to be used to display only cards, but after Dakota pulled down two of the stocking holders on the mantle and broke one of them, I decided to hang the stockings on the door.
I got that I idea from my bestest crafty friend Melissa. Thanks Mel!!

So I hope you all had a very good Christmas and that you have a very Happy New Year! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

This is the second Faux Mosaic picture frame that I made for my bestest crafty friend Melissa. I am so happy to say that she loved it!! It is made to hold a 12x12 scrapbook page to display. I made it the same way as the smaller one from my last post, except I did not make a border for this one. The paper is just a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper. I chose this paper with the roses on it because it matches Melissa's living room. I just cut the pieces randomly. I have enough paper left from the 12x12 sheet to make another project. I think that the next thing I work on will be a cigar box. I have one all ready to alter!

I hope ya'll had a terrific Christmas and that Santa was good to you all!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Paper Mosaics

This is a plain wooden picture frame that I got from Michael's for $1.00. I used the faux mosaics kit from Tera Leigh to turn it into this now beautiful frame. I am so pleased with how this turned out. This one is for my cousin Stephanie for Christmas. I really hope she likes it! But I mean really who wouldn't?! I made another frame also and will show it to you maybe tomorrow if the craziness of Christmas Eve allows. So the first step is to paint the frame with the faux mosaic "grout" which is the consistency of paint with fine play sand in it. After it dries, you glue pieces of paper that has been cut into different shapes with the faux mosaic glue. This is where you can really get creative and do a fancy design or keep it simple. While you are gluing the pieces onto the frame or whatever you are altering, brush a thin coat of the glue over the top of each piece of paper. After it dries completely, you apply the sealer to each piece of paper only. This usually takes atleast two coats. The more coats of the sealer, the more depth it has and more reallistic it looks. I took this frame to work and no one could believe that it was paper.
Thanks for checking in today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas ornaments

I made these for the girls the building where my Mom works. Each one has the same image of an Old World Santa on a music sheet background, but the embelishments are different. I am so pleased with how they turned out, so now I have to make myself some! I used coasters from Chili's restaurant for the base (and yes, I asked the waitress if I could have them!). I started with the musical note paper glued to the coaster. The santa is from a clip art website that I printed off, cut to size and glued. I embossed the whole piece with Irredescent Ice ep. Each one has an SU! Pewter Jumbo Eyelet with a piece of 7/8" Ivory Organdy Ribbon for the hanger. The holly leaves are silk and embossed with Irredescent Ice ep. My friend Melissa made the silver snow flakes using her Cricut and then dipped the pieces in silver ep melted in a melting pot. The poinsettia is from Season of Joy stamped with Ruby Red on Very Vanilla cs and embossed. I used buttons, beads, burgundy organza ribbon, fibers, silver chord and other various ribbon pieces. I only have two or three coasters left, so I might have to go and have dinner at Chili's to get some more!!
Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. I have done a lot of craft fairs recently, a kid's birthday, getting ready for the holidays, oh the list could go on and on. I have not made any cards lately, just trying to get all the craft fairs done, so I had been focusing on altered stuff. While I was scouting around in Michael's for some deals, I ran across a book on altered picture frames. One that caught my eye was one that was made using a kit by Tera Leigh. It's called Faux Mosaics and I had to order the kit to try it out! In the next couple days, I will share the two frames that I made last week.

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gingerbread House

I created this gingerbread house with the SU! Bigz Top Note die cut and numerous punches.

The "house" is the Top Note die cut out of Close to Cocoa and Whisper White papers. For the snow covered roof and ground, I punched the scallop border with the Scallop Border punch. The door is Real Red punched out with the Curly Label punch. The candy is Real Red punched with the Word Window and the 1" punch. I doodled the lines and swirls with a white gel pen. Every thing is covered in Irredescent Ice ep. The door knob is a pearl flat bottom button. The sentiment is a rub-on from the SU! Season of Cheer set. The card base is Bashful Blue. The idea for this card came to me in a dream at about 3:00 this morning. I kept dreaming about it until I finally got out of bed at 6:00 and I got to work making it. There are a few different ways I thought of making this and so I'm going to play now! Hope you have a good weekend! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

This is a perpetual calendar made with a cookie sheet as the base. I painted it and covered it with pretty papers from SU! Rose Cottage Simply Scrappin' kit. Each month is stamped with Chocolate Chip on River Rock textured cardstock and each number is stamped on Soft Sky textured cardstock that came in the kit. I cut each one down and used the corner rounder and then put a magnet dot on the back of each one (well two on some of the months). The days of the
week are stamped on the same River Rock paper and punched out with the Round Tab punch and glued in place. I punched a hole in the sides with the Crop-a-dile and tied ribbon through them for the hanger.
All the extra pieces that are not in use (the months and any extra numbers) are stored on the inside of the pan. I really like how this turned out, even though it's not my normal colors. It is a little more elegant than I usually go for, lol. I think I might make a bright, colorful one next! I also wanted to try my hand at an Advent Calendar.
My friends Melissa and Mary and I went to the Carolina Christmas Classic this afternoon and saw the most awesome handcrafted items! In case you don't know what the CCC is, it is the most awesome craftsmans show. Crafters and artisans from all over the country come and sell their creations in two huge buildings located at the SC State Fairgrounds. Oh my, some of those crafters are so talented. I was in total awe with some of the things I saw. The only thing I purchased was a little reindeer made from clay with real sticks from a holly bush for antlers! He is the cutest darn thing! I'll have to take a pic and post it. One thing I saw and really wanted, but am too broke to buy right now, where some earrings, but they weren't just your run of the mill earrings! They wrap around the lobe and don't pinch or hurt, you can barely tell they are there, but they stay on your ear very securely. And they also sell the little dangly colored crystals that you can remove from the earring and change out with different colors to go with your wardrobe. They were so awesome!! My next good paycheck, after Christmas that is, I'm going to order a pair. And the best thing is, the couple that created them don't live too far from my town.
So, my day was long and tiresome, but so worth it!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wooden Cigar Box

Sorry for the not so great picture. This is a wooden cigar box that I covered with pretty paper. I used 2 complimentary pieces from a paper pack and Mod Podged layers of the flowers that I cut out. The trim is a piece that I got on one of my trips to Asheville when Amber was in school in NC. I love that trim, but it was too blue so I rubbed it through a Close to Cocoa ink pad and low and behold, it turned green! Hey, it works! I glued big wooden beads on the bottom for feet. It's one of the items I made for the craft fairs that I'm doing. So far, I haven't done very well at them, but I have another one this Saturday, so cross your fingers for me!! Next time I want to share something very special with ya'll. It's something that I sort of came up with from another idea I saw and so I adapted it for my needs. That's all I'm saying about it right now. So until then, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bella Birdie

I love this paper, don't you?! I have used it so much that I'm almost out. Gotta get some more!! For this card, I used the colors from the pape, Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red. Love these new In Colors, too! The card base is Kiwi Kiss with a layer from Bella Rose paper pack. I tied a piece of Silver Chord around this piece before adhering it to the card base. The square is a piece from the same pack mounted on Riding Hood Red. I cut out roses and leaves from some scraps and mounted them with dimentionals. The bird is stamped with Riding Hood Red on the same green dp from the first layer and glued down. The sentiment is from a retired set.

I never get rid of sentiments when they retire. I don't have a lot, so I hang on to them. Some stamp sets I keep because I can't bear the thought of letting them go! Someone asked me how I labeled my stamp sets that have retired. I use those little round colored dots that you find at Office Depot or Office Max where the labels are. I like to use the yellow ones because you can write on them, it shows up better. I also do this for each of the hostess sets that I earn by putting an "H" and the year and the Sale-A-Bration sets with SAB and the year.

Hope ya'll have a great Sunday! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Monday, September 29, 2008


very girly, dontcha think? This is another covered
lunch tin for the craft fairs that I have coming up. I painted it pink and Mod Podged the designer paper (retired SU!). I stamped "hair bows" with Spunky Alphabet in Pixie Pink and covered the whole piece with Irredescent Ice dp. It is very sparkly in real life. The last thing I did was tied a bunch of different types of ribbon.

Today is Dakota's birthday, so I'm gonna get off of the computer and spend a little more time with him before bed time.

Ya'll have a terrific Tuesday and I'll see ya soon!
Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My apologies...

for not being here for a couple weeks. I have been dealing with some family issues and blogging got put on the back burner. I haven't had much fun time stamping lately either, but I did get an afternoon of stamping in last weekend and did get a couple things done. I have two craft fairs coming up in the next couple weeks, so I am working on packing everything up. I definitely need to get some Christmas cards made this week, because that's one of the things they put on the list that I would be offering. Nothing like procrastinating!! I think I'm the Queen of Procrastination! So anyway, here is one of the items I worked on last weekend.

It's a name frame for my cousin who is getting married in 2 weeks. Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but I'm using it for my first craft fair as a sample to maybe get some custom name frame orders. I know, I know, I'm bad! I started with a piece of designer paper from My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus paper pack for the background. I stamped the letters from Letterpress Alphabet in Old Olive on Very Vanilla cs and doodled around each one with Old Olive marker. Each letter is mounted on Close to Cocoa. The bottom tag part is Spunky Numbers and Alphabet stamped on Old Olive with Chocolate Chip. I doodled around it with Chocolate Chip marker. I punched a circle from Close to Cocoa, folded in half and added the clip with a brad. The final touch is the green ribbon tied to the clip. I hope that Leslie and Trey like it.

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow, I will try to post a lunch box that I decorated. Until then, Hugs & Happy Stampin'!


Monday, September 8, 2008

This frame used to be.....

UGLY!!!! But, after a little paint, some Tim Holtz Adorondak alcohol inks and Lumierre, it turned out beautiful! I stamped the two images from Long Time Friend (retired) together on Very Vanilla cs and colored with pencils and blender pen. After it was all colored, I stamped Linen BG (also retired) over the image with Creamy Caramel. Layered main image on More Mustared and Old Olive that were ink distressed and the bottom layer is a green floral paper from Wild Asparagus paper pack from My Mind's Eye. This is one of the items that I made for an upcoming craft fair.
Thanks for checking in with me today!! I'll see ya'll again real soon.
Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Kinda Shabby Chic

I'm still lovin' this little bird from the Always stamp set. He's just so sweet looking. Or is it a girl since it has flowers on it? haha. Either way, it's pretty darn cute! I had the idea for this card in my head and it took about 4 hours to make, because I played around with it so much. I finally got it close to how I imagined it. I started with the DP from the Bella Rose pack (love that paper!!). The first thing I did with that piece was cute out the inside to make a frame and I tore the edges inside and outside the frame. I wadded it up and distressed it with Close to Cocoa ink on a sponge applicator. The piece inside the frame is Very Vanilla cs stamped with Linen BG and French Script BG (both retired, but I just can't part with them). The heart and bird are stamped with chocolate chip on the opposite side of the DP from the frame. The heart is popped up on demensionals. The card base is Kiwi Kiss, one of the new In Colors (love it!!), stamped with Linen BG in Kiwi Kiss. The strip across the bottom is a piece of Close to Cocoa and a strip of the same DP. The bird is glued on top of that strip. The sentiment is stamped on another scrap of the DP, punched out with the Round Tap punch and tucked behind the strip. The buttons are from Earth Elements Button set glued to the card.
So, I have a few more things to share with you that I've been working on for the last couple of weeks and will post them over the next few days. I really want to start blogging more again, now that I am getting my new work routine down better. I love my new job!! It's just a little mentally tiring. I am used to that, but with this job, I stay busy all day. Not really a lot of down time. For a quick explanation of what I do, we do the indexing for real estate documents filed of public record in counties for a specific state. Basically, I do data entry, which I never thought that I would like, but I really enjoy it.
So that's all for now. See ya'll real soon! Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sorry it's been so quiet...

on my blog, but my life has been nothing but quiet lately. I've been trying to get into the routine of my new job, the kids started school (yeah, 3rd grade homework!), life in general has just been busy. I have worked on a couple of new things and will post those maybe later today and tomorrow. For now, I'm going to share a cute email a friend of mine sent to me. It's really funny, hope you enjoy!


Women over 50 don't have babies because they would put them down and forget where they put them.

A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills.... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care.

One of life's mysteries is how a 2 pound box of chocolate can make you gain 5 pounds.

My mind not only wanders... it sometimes leaves completely (this is me sometimes, haha).

The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

The nice part about living in a small town is that if you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight because by then, you and your fat are really good friends.

Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today. (this is me a lot lately!)

Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.

I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers.

Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrings 2 sizes!

Skinny people irritate me. Especially when they say thing like, "You know sometimes I forget to eat." .... Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!!

Have a great LABOR DAY!!!! See ya'll again soon!
Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, August 16, 2008


I'm sad to see some of these go, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! I am like flat broke and I won't get a pay check from my new job for a month! So, feel sorry for me and buy something!!

I accept credit cards and checks, but the check must clear before shipping. I will ship priority mail and you should receive your item in 2-3 days, depending on where you are in the US. (US customers only, please). (prices do not include shipping) All sales are final. No refunds.

So here goes.....

So Very - wood slightly stained - $5.00
Lots of Thoughts - only one stamp used - $5.00
So Many Scallops - mounted, never used - $5.00
Event Full - onlu one stamp used - $8.00
Sweet Dreams - used once- $8.00
Snow Flurries - barely used - $6.00
The Snow Flake Spot - wood on one stamp stained- $12.00
Bud Basics - wood on one stamp stained- $12.00
Long Time Friend - very well loved stamp set! - $10.00
Greetings Galore - wood stained - $18.00
Best of Cluck - wood slightly stained on 2 stamps - $15.00
Polka Dots & Paisley - some rubber and wood stained - $10.00
Big Pieces - some wood staining- $16.00
Little Pieces - wood stained - $10.00
Artfully Asian -rubber and wood stained- $11.00
Big Blossom - wood stained - $10.00
Dotted (background) - rubber slightly stained - $10.00

Blossoms & Bugs (small wheel) - $3.00
Daisy Field (small wheel) - $3.00
Flitting By (jumbo wheel) - rubber stained - $4.00
Leaves a la Carte (jumbo wheel) - used once - $5.00
Speckled (jumbo wheel) - used once - $5.00
Basics Outline - never used - $5.00

I think that's all. If you want a picture of anything, I'll be happy to email you.
Please send me an email for the item(s) you want and I will put them aside. I will let you know how much the postage will be when you give me your zip code. My email address is



Sunday, August 10, 2008

Look familiar?

I know, I know, I've used this paper again!! I just love it! I can't help it, when I found this a piece of pretty paper, I just had to use it. Which is really weird, because I am normally a paper hoarder, lol. Most of my craft area is pretty organized, except for all my designer paper, it is every where! I don't have enough paper storage containers for it all. It's stuck in every nook and cranny in my storage cubes. One day I will have my very own room, but I'm patient because the only room that can be my craft room is Mariah's room when she goes off to college. I'm not ready for that yet! She is a senior in high school this year, so I'm cherishing everyday! I pick on her shamelessly about it though! I say things like, "When Mariah goes to college, I'm painting her room and moving my stuff in it". She knows I'm just kidding with her. I want to hold on to her for as long as I can. Moms tend to want their babies to stay babies, so that we can keep them safe. The older they get, the bigger their world is. Moms don't like that, do we? So anyway, about the card. The base is Certainly Celery and the DP is mounted on Close to Cocoa with Chocolate Chip wide grossgrain ribbon tied arount it. The sentiment is stamped on More Mustard and is from Sweet Dreams -a level 1 Hostess Set that is retiring today :( - I just got it a few weeks ago. I think I'll keep it because it has the cute scallop border frame that I stamped on Certainly Celery. Isn't it cute? The More Mustard piece is cut out to fit inside the scallop frame and then layered on Close to Cocoa. The flower is also from the Sweet Dreams set, stamped on More Mustard with Really Rust, cut out and mounted with dimensionals. So, I only have a few scrap pieces of this designer paper left, but you know you'll see them in something again!!
Until next time ya'll. Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sock Monkey!!

Ain't he cute? I knew that I had to have this set when it was first shown. You know those stamp sets that just scream "BUY ME"!! If there ever was one, it would be this one, lol. And of course I had to use some new "In Colors". The card base is Kiwi Kiss, next is Baja Breeze with the sentiment stamped on this piece. The next piece is Riding Hood Red that is punched with the Word Window Punch. The monkey is stamped on Very Vanilla with Timber Brown Stazon and colored in using the blender pen and the Kiwi Kiss and Riding Hood Red stamp pad and the body is colored in with Creamy Caramel marker. The cupcake was stamped on Very Vanilla with Timber Brown Stazon, colored in with blender pen and Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red stamp pads. I cut the cupcake out and glued it down and then added stickles with some fuzzy glitter. The last thing I did was punch the right edge of the card with the new Scallop Edge Punch and added dots with the Chocolate Chip marker. Like I said before, ain't he cute?!
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Love this bird!!

I really do! The designer paper was still sitting on my desk from making the shadow box and the flowers reminded of this bird from Always. I stamped the bird on the paper with Versamark and embossed with black ep. The flowers in the bird's mouth are rub-ons. The main image is mounted on Basic Black and layered on Bashful Blue that I ran through the Cuttle Bug using the Birds and Swirls embossing folder. That is also mounted on Basic Black. The ribbons are black, green and blue gingham. The tag punch is Certainly Celery with a rub-on applied. The card base is Certainly Celery.

On a very happy note, I got my catalogs today!!!! I am so excited! I've already skimmed through it a couple times. I will pour over it this weekend and make lists. A wish list and a reality list, lol.

I start a new job on Monday and am excited and nervous at the same time! I really did not want to get another job, but our office has been really slow with hardly anyone purchasing homes or refinancing existing mortgages. My boss has always been worried about me not having benefits and when he decides to retire in a few years, it will be harder for me to find something (because I will be so old by then, haha). So now is the best time to go. I am sad because I have worked with my Mom for 12 years and I will really miss being with her everyday. I'll still see her everyday because I live behind her, but it's not gonna be the same. So I'm done with my pity party now! Wish me luck with my new job!!

Thanks for stopping by todau and I'll see ya'll again soon! Until then, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Monday, July 28, 2008

What I've been working on...

This used to be a cigar box. Now, it is a pretty shadow box! I love how it turned out! I bought a bunch of these at the cigar store, most for about $2 to $3 each, and they gave me a few, too. I have a few ideas for altering these, just need to find the time to work on them. For this one, first I painted it a light blue and added a coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Then I covered the outside with the blue and orange flower paper from Crate Paper's Brunch Collection. For the inside, I started with a designer paper from Foof-a-La called Fall Bouquet. Next is a layer of Certainly Celery along with designer paper from Foof-a-La called Golden Tones and then the sentiment piece, that is actually a sticker from Bo Bunny's Friend cardstock sticker pack. This piece is raised with thick pop dots. The flower is SU! From the Garden and is stamped three times, colored with water color pencils and a blender pen. Then each one is cut out and attached with thick pop dots. For each of the flower layers, I omitted a portion to give it more depth.

Thanks for checking in on me today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Sweetest Thing

I so love being a mom to my three beautiful kids! I caught the scrapbooking bug about 11 years ago. I have always been a "crafty" person and when I was invited to a crop, I was intriqued and a little intimidated. But, I loved the idea of capturing these great moments of my kids. I have been perpectually behind since I started, but I really enjoy it! When I was introduced to stamping almost 3 years ago, I thought how wonderful to buy alphabet stamps to incorporate into my scrapbook pages instead of constantly buying stickers and never having enough of one letter. Well, when I started making cards, it was such instant gratification that I literally put my scrapbooks on the back burner. Recently, I caught the scrapbook bug again!!

This page is of my daughter Mariah. She hates this picture, but I think it's beautiful! The dp is Karen Foster Design called Orange Twist that I got from my LSS. I mounted the picture on Whisper White, River Rock and Tempting Turquoise. On the Tempting Turquoise piece, I stamped swirls and swiped the Craft White ink pad on the edges. The journaling is on Barely Banana mounted on Whisper White. I added rub-ons from SU! Eastern Elegance in black and white. The tag is from K&Company's Blue Awning Tag Pad, with another rub-on and a Prima Flower with an Ice Brad.

I have finished a couple more pages and will share those with you soon!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Yes, I am over a week behind on this sketch challenge, but I finally finished it! I started it before I hurt my back, but at least I finished it! Last week was crazy, with my back pain, my friend having her surgery and then I found out that one of my downlines had some tragic news in her family. Then Thursday, we had family in from out of town through the weekend for a reunion and that was very stressfull with all the kids running around. But, I survived it all!!! lol. Hopefully I can get some good stamping time in this week. I'm crossing my fingers!

So anyway, on to the card!! I also used the SCS Color Challenge for last week, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery and Purely Pomegranite. The card base is Wild Wasabi, the next layer in Purely Pomegranite with a piece of green gingham ribbon tied around it. The polka dot paper is SU Prints Sampler from last year. The image is from Inkadinkadoo and is stamped on Whisper White with Chocolate Chip. I colored the animal (not sure what it is, but isn't he cute?!), with SU! markers. I added the googlie eyes and stickles to the cupcake top. Last, but not least, I added the white heart shaped eyelets. You can find the sketch here.

Well, it's late, so I'm heading off to bed. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Monday, July 7, 2008

Hey ya'll!

Sorry I've been MIA for a few days. I pulled a muscle in my lower back and for the last 3 days I haven't been able to stamp or get on the computer :( I will try to post something tonight. See ya'll later!!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

I am sad today...

I found out earlier today, that my best friend since the 5th grade has breast cancer and will be having a double mastectomy on Tuesday. I did not know what to say to her. Well, nothing I could say would make this better. She has a 5 year old son who is her world and I know that she is so scared. I am scared for her. I have no idea how I would handle this if it happened to me. She sounded so strong on the phone. I don't think that I would be so strong. She seems really optimistic so that's how I will have to be, too. Please say a prayer for Janice that she comes through surgery okay and that the doctors get all of the cancer.

While I was browsing my email, I got an email from the girl that used to my second level upline, Jami. Now, until today, I have never really been close to someone with breast cancer, and what do you think Jami's email was about? (this gives me goosebumps). She is selling most of her stamp stuff to raise money to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Just how timely is this? I think that I am just going to send a donation instead of buying anything. It's just so strange that I got the email after I found out about Janice. I can't help to think that if I got the email at any other time, would I have paid as much attention to it? I was sitting here thinking about what could I do to maybe make a difference and then I got that email. So, I will start making a small difference by making a donation to Jami's Avon Walk. That is the least I can do in honor of my bestest friend.

If you would like to make a donation, here is the link to Jami's Avon Walk site. If you can't make a donation (Iknow finances are tight for everyone right now), please say a prayer for Janice and one for Jami on her walk, too! Thanks and as Jami says, "Big PINK Hugs"!


Sunday, June 29, 2008


Over at Taylor's blog, there is a great sketch challenge, go check it out! I really love this sketch!! Of course the top part looks like a canopy, or atleast it does to me, and it makes me think of a little cafe, so that's where I went with this one. The first time I saw the Sassy Suzie stamp set in the current mini catalog, I had to have it. I love this image! I think she looks so cute in the little "window". All the paper is from the SU! Special Delivery Girl Simply Scrappin' Kit. I stamped, colored and added stickles to Suzie and then stamped the "floor" from Looks Like Spring. The Apricot Appeal piece is cut out to look like a window. The base is textured Groovy Guava from the kit. The canopy is the DP from the kit cut with scallop decorative scissors. The bigger scallop border is done with the slit punch on a piece of DP from my LSS. The ribbon is from AC Moore. The circle is from Circle of Friendship stamped on Apricot Appeal layered on Groovy Guava and stickers from the kit and adhered with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

New Blog Banner.....

compliments of Mariah!! My kid rocks! I can not believe how good she is with all this computer stuff. I told her what I wanted and she delivered! I keep telling her she needs to do this professionally, but she still wants to be a math teacher! She's only 17 and will probably change her mind 10 times before she's out of college. I have always told my kids that they can do anything they set their mind to do. So I guess if she wants to be a math teacher, she'll be the best math teacher there is! Until then, she can create computer graphic stuff for me!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vacation Fund

I made this for a friend's daughter who is saving for a tropical vacation. Vacation, vacation. I remember those! I am actually taking a vacation this year, too! We are going to Orlando in July. I really wanted to go to the mountains, but Dan booked his time share a little late, so Orlando it is. Don't get me wrong, I love Florida, it's just so darn hot in July! Most of my Mom's family is in Florida and we usually go down in the summer, so I'm used to the heat (I live in SC and it's really hot and humid here too), I just wanted a little change this year. Oh well, hopefully, we can go to the Outerbanks in NC next year!
So, anyway, about this bank. It's one of those freebies I got from my electric company several weeks back. I covered it with some very pretty tropical flower paper from my LSS. The "vacation fund" is Whimsical Lower Alphabet stamped in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and mounted on Pumpkin Pie. The flowers are SU! Die Cut Blooms. The flip flops and palm tree are buttons. The vacation ribbon came in a combo pack from AC Moore. I adhered the ribbon with silver and Fire and Ice Brads.
I really hope that my friend and her daughter like it!!
Thanks for checking in today. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hey all! I'm still around and have been working on a lot of different things. I got out my camera Saturday to take pics and they all came out really dark and then my battery died! Just my luck! So it is charged again and I will try again tonight and hopefully get something posted. Some of the things that I have done in the last week are so darn cute! Can't wait to share!
Until then, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wedding Memory Box

I made this for that craft fair that I did a couple of weeks ago. It is a large lunch box tin. I painted the top a taupe acrylic paint and Lumiere. The paper is from my LSS and is so beautiful in real life. It shimmers! There is ribbon around the top and bottom edges and wrapped around the handle. I did not put anything on the front yet so it could be customized. I make these for weddings and baby showers to store things to remember those special times, like the first baby booties or the wedding garter belt. I have given them as gifts and I have sold a few. (BTW, this one is for sale!!) I'll show you the other wedding memory box that I made in a couple of days. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Thinking Positively!

I have had too much negativity in my life lately and I am on a personal quest to surround myself with positive people and situations. I know that every moment of the day can't be a great one, but I can control how I react to those moments. I have always tried to be a glass half full kind of person. A lot of not so great things have happened in my life, but I think that those things have made me a stronger person. In the last few weeks, I have gotten emails from a website that focuses on the positive and I wanted to share something that was posted on there last week:



1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul


1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness


1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another


1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another


1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends


. . . Pass it on!!!!

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Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

This is a small top load lunch tin that I made for last week's craft fair. Bummer it didn't sell, but I think I'm going to change the name on the front to "Stampin' Buddies" and keep a card with information about each of my downlines (BTW, I signed two girls up for SU! last week, so I am officially an upline!!!!) and customers. Although, I do have a cousin getting married in October, so this might be a good wedding gift. MMMM, now I'm gonna have to make another one for myself!! lol. I painted the top with acrylic paint and added a coat of Mod Podge to seal it. I got the paper from my LSS (don't remember who made it). "Recipes" is stamped on Old Olive cs with the Whimsical Lower Alphabet in Timber Brown Stazon. This is adhered with Mod Podge and then a couple of coats all over. The ribbons are misc. from different companies. I really love how this turned out, a little retro and oh so cute!

I'll see ya'll later! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Dad's Golf Bank

This is another bank that I made from the free container I received from my electric company. I covered this one in green paper and golf related stickers. The only stamping is the "Dad's Golf Fund". I made the top for the money slot to look like a golf ball going into the hole. I really like how it turned out and I got two orders at the craft fair, I just need to find two more of the freebie banks.
I have a few more things to show you that I worked on all last week instead of blogging! I made two Wedding Memory tins and the cutest little recipe box. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

This was kind of ugly before I covered it with this beautiful paper!!! My electric company (Mid-Carolina Coop here in Lexington, SC) mailed every member this container with two of the energy efficient light bulbs. (My parents got three because they have different accounts for their greenhouse business besides their house, so I got their's, too.) Looking at it closer, I noticed that it is a bank. It is so cute! It is roughly 6 inches tall and about 5 inches wide and is oval in shape. You may recall, several posts back, the "shoe money" bank that I made out of a Crystal Light container? Well, these are even better! I made another one that has golf stuff on it and I'll show you that one when it is competely finished. The paper is from my LSS and I can't for the life of me remember the company that made it. The little chipboard flowers are from K & Company. The green ribbon is SU! and the pink ribbon is from Sweet Petites. The paper on the top is Pretty in Pink. The big K & Company flower has a slit cut out of it for the coin hole. This was so much fun to make! I am going to try to sell these at an upcoming craft fair, so wish me luck!!!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Life's been nuts!!

Since my last post, things have been so crazy around here. Mariah went to the prom on May 3 and at After the Prom (at Frankie's Fun Park), had an asthma attack and ended up in the emergency room! Bet she'll never forget her Junior Prom, lol! That Sunday morning, we drove to Mars Hill and moved Amber's stuff home. I did not really have a weekend that week. Amber had exams on that Monday and drove home that night, so I was a nervous wreck the whole day. That Tuesday, I chaperoned Dakota's class trip to Riverbanks Zoo. We have the best zoo! I have been trying to get things ready for an upcoming craft fair, too. So life has just been crazy nuts here! Here is a picture of Mariah in her prom dress. She was so beautiful, and no, I am not biased!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Weekend Sketch Challenge #45

Well, that's last weekend's sketch challenge! Yes, I know, I'm behind again. Actually I did make these two cards earlier in the week, but there's been a teenager on the computer and I haven't felt like kicking her off and listening to the teenage whine. This sketch challenge can be found here. So anyway, on to the cards!
The first one is also for Kwerner's Color Inspiration Challenge #6 and you can find that here. The colors we were to use are Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Sahara Sand and Wild Wasabi. My card base is Pumpkin Pie. The Sahara Sand piece was embossed with the CB Swiss Dots folder. The main image is Bud Basics stamped on So Saffron in Pumkin Pie and Wild Wasabi and mounted on Pumkin Pie. The strip is So Saffron and the ribbon is SU! striped grossgrain in Wild Wasabi with two pieces of "generic" orange and light yellow ribbon tied onto it. I finished it off by stamping the sentiment (don't know what stamp set) onto Wild Wasabi and punched out with the Word Window.
For the second card I used scrap papers left over from the Leland name frame. The card base is Certainly Celery with a layer of Brocade Blue and DP from Crate Paper. The flower is from Office Accoutrement stamped on Very Vanilla in Really Rust with the center punched out of the same DP (just the other side) with the Three Flower Punch. The flower is mounted with dimensionals onto a piece of Very Vanilla that was embossed with CB Swiss Dots and mounted on Brocade Blue. The setiment is from Lots of Thoughts (SAB 2008) that I just colored the Many Thanks with a Chocolate Chip marker and punched out with the Round Tab punch. The cording is from a pack that I bought for jewelry making, but I think it works better on cards concidering how much jewelry making I've been doing lately.
Thanks for checking in on me today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!~Lorrie

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Baby Leland Name Frame

This is the name frame that I made for the girl that works in my building. Baby Leland is due at the end of May. This picture is dark, but is the best picture I could get.
The BG paper is called Conversation from Crate Paper's Brunch Collection.
The letters are from Letterpress Alphabet (retired) stamped on Whisper White in Chocolate Chip. Each letter is double mounted on Certainly Celery and Brocade Blue. I added doodles with Really Rust pen on the Certainly Celery pieces. It's very simple, but doesn't it look great?!! Cyndi and Chris really loved it.
A while back, a few people asked me where I get my frames. I get most of them (this one, too) from Walmart and they are $3.00 each! Can't beat that. However, they are not in the frame section, they are always in an isle display and it seems that they move it around sometimes. Sometimes it's near the bedding section and the last time I went, it was near the toy section. Go figure! Seems like they know when I'm coming to wipe them out, so they try to hide it from me! lol. Sometimes you can find really neat frames for altering at the Dollar Tree or Family Dollar, but usually for these name frames, I stick with the Walmart ones.
Thanks for checking in today. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Fuzzy Puppy Card

I made this for a girl that works in my building. She is pregnant with her first baby and her baby shower was today. The nursery is decorated with puppies, so I wanted to make a puppy card for her. I found the polka dot paper at my LSS. It is flocked and is so soft and fuzzy! I stamped the puppy from October Afternoon acrylic stamps (my very first time stamping with acrylic!) on the Very Vanilla CS and on the flocked paper and paper pieced him together. The puppy image and the DP pieces are mounted on Close to Cocoa. The card base is Close to Cocoa with a layer of Bashful Blue. The sentiment is from So Very. The sweet is stamped in Close to Cocoa and punched out with the Word Window punch. The blue ribbon is a narrow satin ribbon that I got at Michael's for $1.00 a while back. The puppy feels almost real!! He is so cute! She loved the card. I also made her a name frame for baby Leland. I will post that tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

This is really cool!
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Featured Stamper #63

is Sparklegirl and this is the card I cased. I kept the layout the same and pretty much kept the same color scheme, except I used Pretty in Pink instead of Groovy Guava. I changed the main image and instead of piercing, I embossed the background on the So Saffron piece. I also used an organdy ribbon instead of her yummy Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon (note to self: gotta order some of that ribbon!) and I also did not use a sentiment. The main image is from Artfully Asian and is colored in with SU! markers and then added stickles. I love that stuff! The brads are Fire and Ice stuck through Flower Eyelets. The card base is Chocolate Chip, a layer of Pretty in Pink, a layer of So Saffron embossed with the Swiss Dots CB embossing folder. The main image is stamped on Whisper White and double mounted on Pretty in Pink and So Saffron and then mounted on Chocolate Chip that was cut out with scallop decorative scissors. Go check out Sparklegirl's Splitcoast Gallery, it is great!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bad Blogger

That's me this week. I meant to post a couple of pics on Sunday, but I was lazy. Monday I spent 3 hours after work looking for a prom dress with Mariah. Tuesday we finally found the perfect prom dress and then I went to my MOMS & More meeting (check us out on my side bar - we are awesome! if I do say so myself!) Finally tonight, I'm here!!! This is a card that I made for my Dad for Father's Day. I usually stick with SU! stamps, but the Hannah Stamps stamps are so cute!! This is "Riley", isn't he adorable?! I stamped Riley on Whisper White and colored him in with SU! markers. The clouds and ground are colored using a Blender Pen. He is double mounted on Garden Green and Summer Sun. The sun is a Sizzex die cut from Summer Sun. The sentiment is from Cowboy Kid stamped in Basic Black. The card base is Garden Green. I wanted the card to be like John Deere because my Dad has a John Deere tractor and collects the little die cast tractor figures. It came out how I envisioned it!
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ya'll don't freak out....

since this is the second post today!!!! I received my goodies from my Card Makin' Mamas Secret Sis. I am a member of this online group on CafeMom. There is a link on my side bar if you're interested in checking us out!!! I signed up for a Secret Sis swap and got all these goodies from my SS!! I have wanted to buy some of those little mouse stamps, but never see the ones I want in the stores. Well, my SS sent me a bunch of the images and I could not wait to use one!! They are all so cute! I also love the little charms and that ribbon is adorable!! Thanks to my CMMSS!!! This card was so much fun to make. The image is colored with SU! pencils and a blender pen. I mounted it on Apricot Appeal and layered it on top of a piece of designer paper that came in a kit that I've had forever and have no clue what company it's from. The card base is Brocade Blue. Simple card but oh so cute!!! Who can go wrong with these mouse images? They scream cuteness! (yes I know that I am a DORK!)

So I hope you didn't freak out too much with my second post! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


I was on a roll......

After I finished the Featured Stamper card, I had some left overs from it that I didn't use, so I made this card with them. I love that designer paper! I usually go for the bold bright colors (if you haven't noticed, lol), but this patterned paper is so pretty and rich looking that I couldn't help myself! The card base and the layers are the same, Chocolate Chip card base, Really Rust, River Rock and K & Company DP layers. The main image is from True Friend stamped on River Rock using markers to color and the gold embossed flower petal is on Really Rust (it was a left over from the other card) and adhered with dimensionals. I clipped the corners off with the Slit Punch (I just eyeballed it to try to get them all the same :)) and mounted on Really Rust. I added dots in the corners with the Gold Zig Painty pen and tied the wide Vanilla Organdy ribbon. I thought that I had a gold toned ribbon but could not find it. That's a sign that I need to get more organized. I did spend most all last Sunday rearranging my stamp area, but did not get to really organize my papers and accessories yet. I really need to get that done so I can find all my stuff and actually use some of it!

I have a couple more things to post in the next day or so, so until then, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!