Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas is only 7 days away!!!


Did the Christmas season sneak up on ya'll like it has me? I can't believe that we only have a week to go!! At least I did get my tree up and finished all the decorating, but the buying and wrapping of gifts is not yet done. Today I spent touching up some of the decorations and just tidying up a bit. Snapped some pics of the decorations, too, so I thought I would share them with ya'll. So sit back and enjoy!!!'

I found the glittered JOY, along with some other words a couple of years ago for $1 each

Star on top of the tree with a fancy bow and swirly sticks


Some of the ornaments on my tree :)

This is my mantle. I have collected Santas forever it seams.
Some of these are old, some are new. My friend Katie made the wreath last year.

the little white elf/fairie is new, the Santa is old.


close-up of the wreath that Katie made. she is so talented!!

I hang the stockings on this old door because
we have a big ol' tv hanging below the mantel
(the fireplace hasn't worked for 20 years) I would love
to build a cabinet for the tv so I could at least
put candles in the fireplace. Maybe one of these days
Our Christmas tree.


I have had this desk and hutch since I was a little girl.
Just a hodge podge of things I have collected over the years


 

I just purchased the little ceramic ice skates this week.
I've been collecting Coca-Cola stuff for years and
love the crates that I found many years ago.

My Grandmother Harmon made this
musical snowman for me in 1973.
I treasure it so!!!

The True Meaning of CHRISTMAS!!
My Mom gave this manger scene to me several years ago.
The poor angel lost part of it's wing when I was putting
it away one year. Now I keep this in the bottom of my
curio cabinet all year instead of
packing it up and storing it.  


I don't think that I will have much to post between now and Christmas, so I will wish ya'll a very Merry and Blessed Christmas now!! I hope you all are able to spend time with family and friends and just enjoy this special time of year. I know that I have been so blessed this year and pray for many more blessings in 2012!!

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Everything!! 
~Lorrie

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Table Decorations

I finally got my Christmas decorations done! I told ya'll a couple of weeks ago that I was working on some ribbon trees and I finally got a picture of them. Well, actually Mariah took them because I could not get any decent pics of them with my camera. I set the three trees on some white tinsel and added some cupcake ornaments and other ball ornaments around them. I placed gumdrop garland around the whole thing.



Above the table, I hung an elf holding a large "lollipop" and some more ball ornaments using fishing  line. Here are a couple of close up pics of the elf and the trees.




Well, that's all I have today. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!
~Lorrie

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Amour House card


One of the blogs that I absolutely adore is Lilybean's Paperie by Melissa Phillips. That girl is some kinda talented! She sells some of her cards and other things on Etsy. A few months ago she posted some cute little houses made from material scraps and bits of lace. I had to have one! As soon as I received it I was inspired. That little house was stuck in my head and I had to create this card. Just like the original little house, I used scraps of paper that I had on my desk from other projects. The butterfly on the door has a little key as the body. I made that key out of shrinky dinks a while ago and was saving it for the perfect project. I added faux stitching with a marker on all the little pieces to make it look sewn.

It rained here today and has been overcast and almost dark anyway when I got home, so I still haven't gotten any pics of the ribbon trees yet, but hopefully tomorrow.

That's all for me tonight! Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Creatin'!
~Lorrie

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas is the Season


I love cards with lots of layers and this Christmas card has many layers! It is so cute in person, not sure the pictures do it justice. I bought the sheet of heartwarming vintage cuts that the image is from last year and then never used it. Well, I am using it now! I have many other ideas floating around in my head about how to use the other images on the sheet. They are all so sweet and nostalgic.

I have added a list of supplies at the bottom of this post :)

I finally finished the ribbon trees I have been working on! I had run out of floral pins so I was at a stand still for a few days, but Mariah braved the Walmart crouds and bought some for me last night. I have to set them up to photograph and then I will post them. They turned out so darned cute! I think I am putting them on my mantle this year. I won't know for sure until I get everything out of storage and weed out some stuff. Oh, I dread it!! It will get done on Tuesday when I have help to get it all down.

Well, that's all for me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!
~Lorrie

Supplies used to make this card:
Ruby Red, Old Olive and Kraft cardstock, Vintage Music by The Paper Studio, patterned paper from The French Country Stack, image from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cuts "Christmas Time", Sizzix medium Pine Tree die cut, Sizzix Scribbles Swirls die cut, green crinkled seam binding, fire brad, earth elements button and linen thread


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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Slight Addiction


Yeah, I think I am addicted to making Christmas ornaments! Funny, concidering I haven't even taken the Christmas decoration boxes out of storage yet. Everyone is way ahead of me on their decorating. I am such a procrastinator when it comes to changing out things for the seasons. Who am I kidding, I am just a procrastinator. Like with these ornaments that I have been posting here lately. I got so much inspiration last year from so many other blogs and put off creating my own until it seemed pointless to make them at all. I mean, who makes Christmas ornaments after Christmas? Oh, probably a lot of people, but not me. By January, I am ready for Spring to be here already! But, I digress. This is another angel ornament similar to the one a few posts back. The angel is from Crafty Secrets Heavenly Christmas heartwarming vintage sticker sheet. I mounted her on a Tattered Angels framed font frame that I painted pink, added irredescent embossing powder and rubbed a brown ink pad on the edges. I don't think that they make these frames anymore because I couldn't find it on their website. I wish I had ordered more of them because I have used the heck out of them. I mounted the frame on a coaster that has two layers of patterned paper from The French Country paper stack by DCWV. I added the lace behind it and mounted that on a square coaster that has another layer of paper from the same paper stack. For the hanger I just glued a strand of pearl beads and I also added some decorative beads to the bottom. This ornament is about 10 inches long from the top of the hanger to the bottom of the beads. It is also very pink and shimmery! Who doesn't like pink and shimmery? Here is a close up.


I have also been working on some Christmas decor that I will share in the next day or so. I am not quite finished with them yet. There are also some other ideas swirling around in my head. I have so many projects that I have started and not finished yet, too. Maybe one day I will get my rear in gear and get it all done!

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


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Ornaments......

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I sure did. Nothing better than spending time with family and eating lots of great food! I spent a couple of days in the craft building and made some more Christmas ornaments. Friday morning I braved the traffic and crowds to take advantage of a 30% off my entire purchase at Michael's and AC Moore. I bought a bunch of the clear glass ornaments so that I could make them pretty. Here is a couple of different things that I did to them......
these pink ones were made with mod podge and pink
glitter poured into the ornamennt, then added a shimmery
pink ribbon for the hanger

these have vintage sheet music inside and a piece of silver
ribbon wrapped around the tops with a piece of
silver cording for the hanger

Sorry for the poor picture quality. I couldn't get very good pics of them because 1. I had to use my phone and 2. I took them at night. I should use a light box. A couple years ago, I made one out of a posterboard folded in a box shape with the front open and then I used my Ott light to light it up, but I have no earthly idea where I put the darn thing and my Ott light needs a new bulb.  Maybe I should make a new one and buy a bulb. Like how hard could that be instead of continuing to take crappy, dark pictures, lol.
In my last post I said that I was going to print the card and add some embellishments to it. Well, I haven't yet, but I will soon.
That's it for me tonight. Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!
~Lorrie


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Inspiration Challenge


I ran across this photo on Nicole Heady's blog for the Papertrey Ink Inspiration Challenge this week. I don't have a lot of Papertrey Ink products yet, but I really liked that photo! I was already working on something in My Digital Studio so I decided to use the photo as my inspiration for a Christmas card. Well, besides the colors of green and red, I love the ice skates (although I have never ice skated before) and the patterns in the chair and the gifts.

front of card

I created the card front and continued the patterns to the inside and even the back of the card. I am thinking about adding some glitter to the card after I print it to just give it some added dimension. I usually add something to my digitally made cards. I can't help it. I like layers, it's an illness I think, lol.

left side of inside of card
right side on inside of card

back of card
It's getting a little too late tonight to print the card and add some embellishments, so I think I will start fresh in the morning and hopefully it will be ready to post the end results tomorrow night.
Does this picture inspire you to create something? I would love to see what you come up with!!

Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

~Lorrie


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

First Christmas Ornament this Season!


I have been so inspired by all the Christmas ornaments I have seen on other blogs, so I cleaned off my desk to have room to create this little beauty. I really love how it turned out! It's vintage, sparkly and so sweet. Makes me want to put my tree up already! But that ain't happenin' this week for sure. Too many other things to get done and with Thanksgiving and Mariah's birthday being Thursday, I dare to say I will be somewhat busy the next few days. I have a few other ornament ideas in my head and can't wait to be able to carve out a little time to work on them, too. But in the mean time, feel free to drool over this one. You're welcome, lol :)



That's it for me today. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!
~Lorrie


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sing

I love to blog hop and I absolutely L.O.V.E. the linky parties. I lose all track of time looking at all the creative ideas on the web. I have several blogs that I stalk, read everyday. Can't help it. I get so excited to see what  awesome things these wonderful women have created. One blog that I read daily is Flamingo Toes and every Sunday she hosts a linky party that I would absolutely die if I missed it! So, today I was looking at all the links and went to one blog where I was totally in awe.  The blog is Sandy's Space and to say that this woman has talent is an understatement. I mean, OH EM GEE, her creations are adorable!! I could not help but look at her past posts. One that blew me away was from August and I knew immediately that I had to create something based on the items that she created in that post. They are that good! Go HERE to see the project that I could not take my eyes off of. It is fabulous! I was so inspired by all three of the little boxes that she made, but the "sing" one was what I really wanted to re-create. She made hers using papers and stamps I am sure, but I wanted to do something in the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio program. Looking at her project I knew that I had images and papers in the program that would give the same feel. This took me a couple of hours to create because I wanted to get it just right. I think that I did! Of course I changed some elements and added others, but the basic idea and layout is the same. What do you think? I can see this as a coaster or even print it out and frame it. Thanks so much to Sandy for the inspiration and I will definitely be looking at her blog often.


Well, that's all for me today. I am off to read some more awesome blogs!!
Until next time......
Hugs and Happy Creatin'! ~Lorrie

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Owl Frame

There I go again going weeks without posting anything! I have been such a bad blogger and I apologize again for being such a slacker. I've been busy working in the craft building trying to get things organized, which is so hard to do when you have more stuff than you know what to do with. I have no clue how all of the stuff I have in there ever fit into my house! I guess because I didn't have everything in one place or room, it did not seem like it was as much as it is having it all in one space. Trying to come up with some creative storage ideas has also been some of the things that have been keeping me busy. This frame is one of the things that has been on my list to complete. Today, I finally just jumped right in and got it done!! I think it turned out cute! You like?

This is the beginning stage of putting the frame together. I cut a piece of foam board down to the size of the frame opening and then covered it with a piece of an old baby blanket for added cushion. Then I wrapped my fabric around that and taped it in place. The ribbon is from Stampin' Up! It took me forever it seems to get it the way I wanted. After I got the ribbon in place, I stapled the cross sections and then hot glued buttons to make it pretty. I like that little touch.
Close up of the owl fabric. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby for $3.95 a yard. Love it!!
Finished Frame!! Isn't it cute?!
Next on my list of things to make is storage for all of my punches made from rain gutters. Yes, you read that right, rain gutters. I've seen these shelves made from gutters for a while now. I've almost got them completed and will show you that as soon as I get the right size end caps for them. The craft building is slowly but surely coming along. I know I've been talking about it forever, but it's a work in progress. I'll get something completed and then not like how I have things arranged and have to move stuff around again. One of these days, it will be all organized and cleaned up and I will do a photo spread of the entire space for you to see! That's all for me tonight! Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!

~Lorrie