Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hello! Is this thing on??!!!

Ooooohhhh, it is! Hello again! I hope ya'll had a terrific Thanksgiving, I sure did! Except my daughter, Mariah, went to Florida with some of her cousins for my Mom's family reunion. We really missed her the last few days. I had 4 days in a row off work, but, tomorrow is back to the old grind. The worst thing about that much time off, Monday afterwards. lol.

I am posting some of the tags that I made for our school district's silent auction gift baskets that I have been putting together the past couple of weeks. I did them all on My Digital Studio. Oh, how I love that program! It sure has saved me some time creating these tags. I spent most of Friday afternoon and then again last night working on these and finally got them all completed. What took the most time was searching for and cropping clip art. Some of these are pretty ingenious if I do say so myself!

I think I have done a total of 23 of these tags. Our silent auction is Tuesday night and I am excited to see how much money we raise. I am also kinda glad that this project is almost over! It has been worth it though, because I know in the long run, it will benefit my son, Dakota.

Today, I spent most of the day blog hopping and stumbling across some absolutely awesome bloggers! I am really into reading, or should I say looking at blogs about home decor on a shoe string budget. It is amazing what some of these ladies have created from junk. Well, maybe not really junk, but stuff that other people have discarded. On one of the blogs, I discovered a store that I have got to make a road trip for! I am so excited to have found this little gem. I will probably be even more enamored when I actually step foot in it, lol. I will have to do a post this week linking to some of the wonderful blogs that I found today. I just have to get it all sorted out. I went to so many, I've got a little backtracking to do.

Well, that's it for me tonight. I hope you all have a blessed Monday! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Here's wishing you all a very Happy Turkey Day!!! I am so thankful for all the wonderful blessings in my life, including all of you! I hope you all have a great day and don't eat too much! God Bless You All!!

Hugs and Happy Stampin'! ~Lorrie

My Digital Studio is so great....

I love using My Digital Studio right now, because, as I've said before, my supplies for doing "real" stamping and creating are packed in containers and are in so many different places in the house. It's kinda hard to find everything I need to create much. With My Digital Studio, I just need a computer and a printer. This is a birthday card I created using the new banner download. Well, I'm not sure how "new" it is, but it's new to me! I wanted to create something simple, but this was really anything but simple. There are lots of layers, they're just little layers. The top image is the front of the card and the bottom image is the inside. I really like how it turned out.

I spent all last weekend creating things like this just for me, because I knew that most of the work week would involve creating tags for a silent auction that my boss is involved in. I have had fun on that project, but a little overwhelmed at the same time. The silent auction is to raise funds for our school district's new program for middle schools. We are trying to implement "Smart Labs" here and I am excited because my son will benefit from the program. We have collected so many items and are putting together groups of like things to auction off as gift packages or baskets. There are about 25-30 tags to complete! I will post some of the cute tags that I've created this past week. I have about 15 more to make over the long holiday weekend. Some of the baskets that we have put together are awesome! If only I had the money to bid on them.... oh well. I am sure they will all be well bid on and we will makes lots of money!

So that's it for this post. Hope you all have a great week!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'! ~Lorrie

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Playing around with My Digital Studio

I have been playing around with My Digital Studio lately and this is a Christmas card that I created this week. I saw a card on Betsy's blog and had to try to recreate it using MDS. I really loved the card she made and since I can't get to all my supplies right now, I thought why not give it a try this way! The first image will be the card front and the second is the inside of the card. I think it came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I tried uploading what will be the left hand side of the inside of the card, but blogger is being touchy tonight. I loved the layers and the stitching on Betsy's card. Oh, how I wish I could set up my sewing machine and use it on cards right now. I am missing playing around with all my crafting tools and paper and inks and just creating things. The craft building is coming along very slowly and my craft supplies are in boxes strewn all over the house and I have no real place to craft. It is so frustrating pulling stuff out, work on a little and pack up again, so I just don't even feel like working on anything at all. I can at least create things on MDS, thank goodness! It's not the same as layering real papers and adding ribbons and buttons, etc, but it will have to do for now. I know that I have not posted anything in a long time and I noticed that I even lost a couple of followers, so I apologize for not posting as often as I should, it just can't be helped right now. I will post things when I can and that's all I can do at this point. As soon as my building is done and I can dedicate more time, you will probably get sick of how much I post! lol. I appreciate all you gals that have hung in there with me, it really means a lot. I do have a few other things to share that I made using MDS and will try to post the next project in the next day or so. In the mean time, check out a couple of wonderful ladies blogs that I read almost daily. They are awesome and I get such inspiration from them. The first one is Betsy that I mentioned above. The second one is Melissa who has the sweetest blog. Both of these girls are so creative and talented!
So until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Stampin'! ~Lorrie

Sunday, October 31, 2010

2 posts in 1 day! SHOCKER!!!

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This is another kind of blog I love to stalk!
Hugs and Happy Stampin'! ~Lorrie

Hey there! Sorry to be a stranger.....

Well, I've done it again. Not posted anything in a month! Sorry, it's just been weird and hectic around here. And with all these holidays and birthdays stacked up in the next couple of months, it's likely to get more than weird and hectic! Let me start by telling you a little about the first little "widget thingy" over there to the left. Taylor, at Taylored Expressions, has the neatest little online store, you gotta go visit. And she also has some great gift ideas for Christmas and has video taped them in a 12 Days of Christmas crafting series, so go check it out!! Taylor is the reason I started this blog. I happened upon her blog a few years ago and was in awe! I didn't even know what a blog was, but there she was, and I have been hooked on reading blogs ever since! Not just crafty blogs either. There are tons of different subjects out there, it seems like everyone has jumped on the blog wagon! I like to blog hop and see how other people have designed their blogs. Yes, I am a blog hopping junkie! If only I were as enthused about blogging on my own blog! I just haven't really worked on much in the crafting department lately. I'm still waiting on my craft building to be finished. We sorta ran out of mulah to get it completed. Dan is actually working on it a little bit today! Yippee Skippee! It might actually be done by March, 2011, which would be a year after we started working on it, lol. I am so ready for it to be finished, so I can decorate and get all my crafting supplies in ONE place. I would know where everything is and actually be able to get something done! Today, I am packing a few things up to go to my craftiest, best friend, Melissa's to create a little while. If my camera is working when I get home, I might actually post what we worked on. ;-)

So that's it for me right now. Hopefully I won't be such a slacker and post something again very soon! Until then......

Hugs and Happy Stampin'! ~Lorrie

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What's been keeping me busy......

I have been really busy at work creating invitations, gift cards and other miscellanious items for the boss's wife. The top invitation was my first submission to her, but she wanted a little more "mexican" flair since it is for a fiesta. I created the entire background using My Digital Studio accessories, like ribbons, designer papers, scallops and some stamps (all from the program). One thing I have learned since I started my job is that when they do invitations and cards, they like poems on them. Quippy little poems. I am so not a poet. The girl that used to come up with all these things was very poetic but so anal about it all. The poem had to have the perfect rhythm and all that poetry techno stuff, and she would spend hours on the poem alone. Me, on the other hand, I just find a card or two with the sentiment already done and kinda put them together and voila! I did have help with the wording on this one though. The second card is what she used as the final product. I got the image from Google, don't have a clue who to give credit to. My superviser emailed it to me and said "here, use this". I like both versions, but I like the first one better, because I fully created it myself from scratch and built it up to the final product. The second one is not my artwork, so I feel like I cheated. Oh, well. I did "X" out the address and phone numbers, but you still get the idea. Oh, and Alex is a girl. Not to offend anyone, but when I first read her email for the specifics, I thought mmmmmm. Alex and Trip? Then realized that it's Alexandra, Alex for short.
I have a few more things to share that I've been working on in My Digital Studio. I really like the program, but there are some things I would add or change. I will share the other projects asap!
Until then, Hugs and Happy Creating!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Very "Vintagy"

Is that a word? Vintagy? Well, it is now! I have a habit of making up words, but that's ok. That's what makes me, ME! So, this card is big and has a lot of stuff on it. At last count, it was 6 layers not including the ribbon. Do you count ribbon as a layer? hhmmmm... things to ponder. The card base is a 4x7 inch piece of Creamy Caramel. The next layers are as follows.....
1) a tea stained tag that I got at a scrapbook fair a while back
2) Tempting Turquoise card stock
3) a Polka Dot DP that was run through the Big Shot with Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then swiped it all over with Creamy Caramel ink pad
4) a Sheet Music DP that was swiped with Creamy Caramel ink pad and sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch
5) Very Vanilla CS stamped with the frame from Notably Ornate and the "amour" from Artistic Etchings and embossed the bird from Always in Black EP
6) last but not least the sweet little frame from Tattered Angels framed font that I colored with Tempting Turquise marker, swiped with Chocolate Chip ink pad and sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch.
Boy, that was a mouth full! I also embossed a couple images from Artistic Etchings on the Tag layer. The ribbon was white organza that I sprayed with Log Cabin and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch and then heat it to make it crinkly and vintagy looking. The little blue and cream accent berries were left over from some floral picks from my daughter Amber's wedding bouquet. I have a lot of them left over and am trying to use them here and there. They match the colors for this card perfectly.

I don't why, but I have been making larger than "normal" sized cards lately. Sad thing is, I don't have any envelopes for them to fit in. Besides, with as fat as this card is, it would have to be mailed in a padded envelope anyway. What is your favorite sized card to make? Regular A2 size or mega big like this one?

One thing I want to try to work on next is scrapping on canvas. Have you seen this? It is awesome! You can see what I am talking about here or on Splitcoast. I really can't do that until I have everything set up in the not yet finished craft building. I just don't have the room in the house. But soon, very soon I hope, the building will be complete and ready for me to fill to the brim with all my craft goodies! The roof was finally completed today, next up is the siding and hooking up all the electrical stuff. I am getting too excited! I hope to have some updated pics on that very soon.

Well, I think that's it for me today! Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

This is the other card I made for my cousin's baby shower. It matches the name banner. I love that designer paper! But all I can tell you is that it's from My Mind's Eye. The card base is Pretty in Pink. I distressed the edges and tore the DP to "expose" the cardstock and wrote "sweet" with a SU! marker. The E and the frame are from a Tattered Angels framed font that I colored with Copic Markers and then swiped with a Regal Rose ink pad and sprayed with SU! Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. The ribbon is light pink organza that I crinkled using the heat gun. The pink buttons are just some that I had in my button stash.

Well, I think that's it for me today. Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Emmaline's Name Banner - Full View

This is a picture of how the banner looks hanging up.

Emmaline's Name Banner

I'm back!!! Wow, two days in a row! So, as promised, this is the name banner that I made for my cousin's new granddaughter, Emmaline who is due in September. Each letter is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using the Letterpress Alphabet with Pixie Pink and rock-n-rolled with Regal Rose. The frames are from one of Tattered Angels framed alphabets. I colored each one with Copic Marker RV02 and then swiped Regal Rose ink pad and sprayed them with SU! Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. Love that stuff!! It adds a very nice shimmer, very girly! Each framed letter is adhered to a Big Top die cut from different scraps of paper, but each one has pink, green or both to make them cohesive. I decorated the bottom of each with ribbons, lace, buttons, beads or brads. I used a pink flower eyelet at the top corners so I could string each letter on a long piece of baby pink tulle and tied the ends with hot pink ribbon to make loops to hang it by.
I think I might start offering these on Etsy as soon as the craft building is done. It's slow going on that big project though. We are sort of at a stand still with the roof and siding not completed. We haven't been able to get anyone over here to finish it. Then we have to find an electrician, and then complete the inside, so there's a lot to do. But, I am confident that it will get done and I will have the most awesome space to create in! I have so many ideas in my head on how to decorate. I really should write these things down before I forget! I want to really concentrate on storage ideas especially, because I have accumulated a lot of stuff over the years.
Well, I think that I have rambled enough for today! Hopefully I will have something more to share this week. Well, actually I do, it's just finding the time to sit down and blog it!
Until then....
Hugs and Happy Stampin'!~Lorrie

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Baby Shower Card

I made this for my Mom to give to my cousin's daughter who is having a little girl in September. Emmaline is going to be one spoiled little girl!! We went to her baby shower last Sunday and she got so many adorable little outfits. Makes me really miss when my girls were babies. Now they are all grown up into beautiful young women. My oldest, Amber, will be 22 next month. My goodness where has the time gone? She's the same age I was when I had her. I guess I should be looking forward to being a grandmommy before too long. Ooohhh, then I can buy all those sweet little baby clothes!

So anyway, this is one of the cards that I made for Emmaline's shower. It's really pink and girly! I love creating pink and girly things! I also made a name banner that I will post tomorrow. Yeah, don't be shocked that I might actually post twice in a week! I have been really bad about not posting in a long while, but life just seems to throw a bunch at me at once and I have to put some things on the back burner sometimes. Hope you can understand! I can't give too many specifics about this card because I used up a lot of scraps and can't remember where I got the papers. I can tell you that the card base is SU! Pretty in Pink and I also used Summer Sun for the sentiment and the layer behind the DP. The flower was made from scraps that sorta all coordinated punched with the Scallop Punch. I crumbled each one up after they were punched and then swiped them with a Pixie Pink ink pad. I also swiped the layers and the sentiment to distress them. The ribbon is scrunched seam binding that I got from MemrieMare on Etsy. I LOVE that stuff!!! I have used it a lot and just might have to run go buy some more!
So I think that will be it for tonight. I hope the rest of the weekend is fantabulous for you all!
Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!~Lorrie

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Layers and layers of Happy Goodness!!

I finally created something!! I had to create this at my dining room table, because the craft building is not complete yet and I really have no place else to work. But that will all change soon, I hope!! The building is coming along little by little, but it will be so worth the wait. I have been really thinking about wall color and decorating choices and where I want to put everything. I even made a little space planner.

So anyway, back to the card. This card is 5-1/2 inch square. I seem to be liking the bigger sized card lately. I made the flower weeks ago and had put it aside because it never seemed to quite fit anything else I was working on, but I think it works on this card. The tree image and the sentiment are from the February, 2010 monthly kit from Unity Stamp Company called "nothin' but blue skies". The little bird image is from SU! Happy Together stamp set. The images are all stamped with Tim Holtz Tea Dyed Distress Ink and colored in with Copics.

Supply List:
Papers: SU! Certain Celery and Pixie Pink; My Mind's Eye "Mary, Mary Happy Birthday" and "Little Miss Muffet's Delight" designer papers
Stamps: SU! Happy Together and French Script background stamp (on flower); Unity Stamp Co. "nothin' but blue skies"
Inks: Tim Holtz Tea Dyed Distress Ink; SU! Chocolate Chip and Pixie Pink (on flower)
Accessories: distress tool, Sizzix Square Lattice embossing folder, SU! flower punch, button, twine, stampin' dimensionals

Well, that's all for me today. Until next time....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!~Lorrie

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I didn't realize that it's been this long since I posted. Things have been crazy busy around here and I haven't had a lot of time to craft much of anything. I did make a bunch of fabric flowers for a craft fair that my craftiest friend Melissa did last weekend. Unfortunately none of them sold. I am probably going to put them in my Etsy store. Mariah is working on taking pictures of them with her fancy schmancy professional camera, so I will post pics of them asap. A lot has happened in the last two months. Mariah was at The Art Institute in Charleston, but had to take a medical leave of absence. When she was in Charleston, I was going down there every weekend and bringing her home and then taking her back. We got to know I-26 very well. Being on the road so much did not give me a chance to do much crafting. When she moved back home, I had to pretty much pack up all my craft stuff and it's not easily accessible right now. But all of that is about to change!! Dan and my sweet brother Joel are building a big ol' craft "cottage" for me!!! I am beyond excited to have this space being built just for me! It is going to be 16x20 with a 4 foot front porch. I can not wait until it's complete so that I can start decorating it. I still can't decide what color walls I want. I love color, mostly bright and loud colors, so I am really struggling with that decision. I am almost tempted to paint each wall a different color. Then, I think maybe I should paint a neutral color on the walls and let all the accessories be the color. Oh, decisions!!! What colors do you prefer in your craft space?
Here are a few pics of the progress on the building so far. The rest of the roof is going on this week. It's been really hot here so far this summer and Dan and Joel are working so hard for me. I really appreciate them. I can't even imagine working on a roof in 100 degree weather! They are my heroes!!

Hopefully I won't wait another 2 months to post something! I'm sorry I've been such a slacker. Just haven't been in much of a crafty mood lately, but I really hope that all changes when the building is done :)

Hugs and Happy Everything'!~Lorrie

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This is the card that I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. It is so big, 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches square, that I had to make an envelope to put it in. The top photo is the envelope that I made out of a brown paper bag. I cut it down to the size I needed it for the card and stamped one of the images from Vintage in a random pattern all over the bag in Cameo Coral. I then rubbed Cameo Coral and Creamy Caramel ink pads all over it. I sewed around three of the edges with Linen Thread (I pierced the holes first). The card base is Cameo Coral with layers of Creamy Caramel and Blush Blossom, each one stamped with random images from Vintage. One of the layers of Cameo Coral was cut out using the Large Square Scallop die cut. On top of that layer is Certain Celery and then Blush Blossom stamped with Fresh Cuts, colored in with Copics and run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. I rubbed a Cameo Coral ink pad across all the raised parts. The ribbon is scrunched seam binding. The flower was made by stamping random images all over a piece of Blush Blossom paper, punching 6 Scallop Circles out and then embossing them. They were then scrunched up, then stacked and attached all together with a green jewel brad. The sentiment was stamped on Certain Celery, punched out with Oval Scallop punch and adhered with dimensionals. The frame is from a Maya Road framed alphabet chip board set that I just rubbed a Creamy Caramel and Cameo Coral ink pad over it and adhered it with dimensionals. All of the layers are distressed with the distressing tool and then sponged with either Creamy Caramel or Cameo Coral or both.

Well that's it for me tonight. Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. I know I did!

Until next time....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Grunge Board.... how I love thee......

but am still a little intimidated by you! I bought some Tim Holtz Grunge Board at a Stamp/Craft Show back in February and could not wait to make something with it, that is until I opened the package and my mind totally went blank. All of a sudden, I had no clue what to do with it. I mean, what if I cut into it and then totally screw it up?! I thought long and hard before I decided on this little what ever it is, lol. I think it would look cute hanging amongst some pictures on a wall or on a desk. I have a cute little "coat hanger" that I could hang it up with. Sorry the pic is so dark. I had a real hard time photographing it, but it is very shabby chic and textured in real life. I cut the Grungeboard out using Top Note die cut and then sponged Old Olive color on it. I stamped the leaf image and the Friends images from Vintage Vogue in Chocolate Chip. The cute little frame is from Tattered Angels. I sponged it with Creamy Caramel and then rubbed a little Chocolate Chip over it. I adhered it using dimensionals. The flower is made by stamping the same leaf image from Vintage Vogue in Creamy Caramel and the flower images in Cameo Coral on a piece of Pretty in Pink paper and then punched out eight flowers with the Flower Punch. I then scrunched each piece and then sponged with Creamy Caramel. The flowers are adhered together with dimensionals and finished off with a metal heart shaped button. I added some tulle that I sponged with Creamy Caramel to the back of the flower as well.

So that's it for me today! Until next time,

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

No stamping, but it's still cute!

One of the girls at work bought some of these from a boutique here in Lexington for our boss' wife and you know me, I absolutely had to try and make one! It is a "bib" necklace or "statement" necklace and they are so hot right now. I hadn't heard of them before she brought them in the office, but a quick Google search and a look on Etsy brought up hundreds of them. I am thrilled at how mine turned out. I have so many ideas for more, too. I made each flower with cotton material which I ripped in 1 inch wide by 12 inch long strips. I then twisted and wrapped each one until I got the rose shape. I used hot glue to hold it together as I wrapped it. All of my material was white or had a white background and after the roses were made, I sprayed them each with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist "Tattered Rose" color. The base for the necklace is black Easy Felt from Hobby Lobby. It is more rigid than regular felt. I cut out the piece using this template. I forgot to cut out a little scoop at the top so it would lay against the neck better. I will definitely do that for the next one I make. Next I added some black lace trim and also some light pink scrunched seam binding that I bought on Etsy here. I glued the roses into place and them sewed some big white pearl like beads around the flowers. I then tucked some black tulle in between the roses and glued in place. When it was all put together, I cut another piece of softer felt the same size as the base and glued a piece of black ribbon between the two pieces of felt.
I also made a pin version using the same roses, but I haven't taken any pics of that yet. Mariah has confiscated the necklace. She loves it! It was almost like I made it just for her. I think she must have been on my mind the whole time I was making it.

I know I have been really quiet on here lately, but I have a legitimate excuse, ahem, reason. Mariah started at the Art Institute in Charleston and I have spent the last few weeks a.) Moving her down there and b.) Driving back and forth bringing her home for one reason or another. She's home this weekend for a doctor's appointment tomorrow and then it's back down I-26 we go! Also, I have been super busy at work doing one crafty project after another and really didn't have any craft energy left when I got home. They sucked all my craftiness right out of me! I am slowly getting back into the crafty mood, though. This weekend I have been working on a decorated hat for my boss' wife to wear to a Kentucky Derby themed birthday party. I will definitely post pics of it this week! It really is turning out cute!
Also, Dan is in the process of building my new craft building!!! It is going to be 12 X 20 including a small front porch. I can not wait until it is done, so I can decorate it and move all my stuff into one place. I will also have plenty of room to have some friends over to scrapbook/craft with me. Now that's what I am most excited about! I will be taking pics during construction, so look forward to a post from beginning to end. I just can't decide what colors to paint the walls. I guess I have some time to decide, though. It won't be completely built for a few weeks. In the mean time, I will just have to keep crafting and creating in Mariah's bedroom and on the dining room table.

Well, that's it for me today! Until next time......

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I saw this on Splitcoast and had to try it. I don't remember who posted it though. It is a card cut out of two pieces of Barely Banana with the largest Spellbinders scallop die cut. The wings are the SU! Scallop Punch and then just cut in half and in half again at sort of an angle to make it look pie shaped. The eyes are Whisper White cs from 3/4" circle punch, Basic Black cs from the 1/4" circle punch, Barely Banana cs from 3/4 " punch and then cut in half and little googlie eyes. The beak is a square piece of Pumpkin Pie cs folded in half. I colored "cheeks" in with a pink marker The feet are from the flower punch with two of the petals cut off. The two pieces of the card are held together by punching two holes side by side at the top and then weaving ribbon through. I sponged all the edges with Barely Banana ink. I love how she turned out, even if there is no stamping.

Well that's it for me today. Until next time,
Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Saturday, February 27, 2010

This is a card that I created for my last card class. The card base is Creamy Caramel with layers of Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral. I created my own background paper by stamping the French Script background stamp in Creamy Caramel and then I stamped the flowers from Vintage Vogue in Cameo Coral and rock-n-rolled in Basic Brown. The vine, also from Vintage Vogue was stamped in Basic Brown and the leaves were stamped in Old Olive. The butterfly is a Sizzix die cut from Chocolate Chip and then run through an embossing folder (I can't remember the name of it, though). The sentiment is from Well Scripted. I purchased Vintage Vogue and Well Scripted in the new clear mount version and I LOVE them!!! Not only will they save room, they are cheaper, which means I can buy MORE stamps! I was a little skeptical at first, but Stampin' Up! always puts out a quality product, so why was I worried??!

Well, that's it for me today. Until next time, Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Sunday, February 14, 2010


This is a tear off calendar that we made in my class last weekend. The base is a 4x4 chipboard coaster covered in SU Sending Love specialty designer series paper. The flower and leaf are from the SU stitched felt Sweet Pea pack. I used heart shaped eyelets and white organza for the hanger. You could add a magnet to the back instead. The calendar part is attached with silver brads. I got the calendar template from Splitcoast Stampers and here is the link.
I was having trouble opening it before, so I hope that it works for you. This was such an easy project. I think the hardest thing was cutting out the calendar pieces to be all the same size.

Well, that's it for me today. Until next time....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Friday, January 8, 2010


I realized how long it's been since I posted anything when people started unsubscribing right and left! Sorry, it was not intentional, time has just gotten away from me. The holidays were busy with family and we were really busy at work the whole month of December. We are finally a little slow at work and I got all my Christmas decorations put away and the house almost back in order. I have also stumbled upon a new love. Cottage style decorating blogs. Yep, I'm addicted. I have always loved to see how other people decorate their homes and especially love watching HGTV shows about decorating, so this should have come as no surprise to me that I would love reading blogs as well. I just never realized they existed. Until, I started looking at the blog roll of Melissa Phillips (whom I secretly stalk on a regular basis). I love Melissa's stamp/craft style. If you've seen her work, how can blame me? If you haven't seen it, you MUST go now!! Come back to see me though ;) I'll try to do better with updating. So anyway, I have really been into reading those type of blogs for the last few weeks and am totally in awe at some of the homes I have seen. I thought, "Wow, I totally love this style and really want to decorate that way!". And then started looking around my house and realized that I already do in most ways. I always thought of my style as eclectic, a mix of old and new. Turns out, I guess I have been decorating in the Cottage/Shabby/Country style almost my whole adult life! So, if you are interested in this kinda thing, here is a list of some of the blogs I have been reading: Dear Daisy Cottage, Fresh Vintage, The Old Painted Cottage, and Cherry Hill Cottage.
So in addition to trying to post more, I am also going to be adding a blog roll again and updating it often so I can share more wonderful stamper's and decorator's blogs with you.
Above are some pics of my displays from the craft fairs that I did at the end of 2009 that I promised to show you a month ago. Yeah, I know, I'm slack! I also hope to have some projects completed this weekend to share with you. So until then.....
Hugs and Happy Stampin'/Craftin'/Decoratin'!