Friday, January 30, 2009


Over at SCS, today's challenge was to create a CAS (clean and simple card). Here's my simple creation....

The card base is whisper white. White usually generates a clean and simple look to cards. The PP is a Creating Keepsakes (ALL IN ONE KIT). Instead of using stamps. I decided to use rub-ons. Rub-ons are so fun and easy to use! The butterfly was punched in two different types of PP. I taped one of them to the card and the other one is adhered to it. Also, I ran the butterflies through the CB. I added twine instead of ribbon and a few brads. I hope this fits the simplicity bill! :D Have a great weekend!!

YEEPS! I heard a bunch more snow is headed our way! ~Lori


Fri. Jan. 30, 2009 Winter Storm Update

Yipee! We got our electric back on yesterday around 1:00 pm! What a relief!! I'm glad it was only for a couple days! Not everyone will be so fortunate! Thankfully, a friend of ours that lives in our community works for the electric company. He works on the power lines so we get A-1 service!! :D We are grateful for good friends! Here's a couple photos. Although, they don't capture an ounce of the sparkling beauty we are experiencing right now! It's breath taking!! This is across the road from us. My IL's barn.

This is on our front walkway. I haven't measured....But there's a lot of snow piled up there!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wed. Jan. 28,2009 WINTER STORM

I may not be posting for a couple days. We're under several inches of ice and snow. We haven't had electric for over 12 hrs. DH is running the generator right now but that is just temporary. I hope the electricity is back on SOON! Til' then! Have a great week!!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 Whimsey Guest DT Call

I apologize for not having any Whimsey stamps. But I wanted to jump at the chance to possibly acquire some!! :D So, I'm barely squeezing this one in! You can too if you hurry!! :) You have until 11:59 Eastern time to post your card HERE (you must follow the guidelines posted on Whimsey's blog).

My Supplies

Stamps: SU sentiment, Autumn Leaves

Paper: ALL Stampin' UP (riding hood red, confetti cream, certainly celery, Washington Apple PP)

Ink: black stazon, stampin' pastel chalks

Tools: Cuttlebug, flower punch. paper piercer

Accessories: brads, ribbon


Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 ~2sketches4u #18 Birthday Dream

I love this sketch! It is so whimsical and cried for soft colors! :) If you wish to play along here's the LINK .

I used a foof-fa-la kit on this card and an autumn leaves bird stamp. I added some pearls, little primas, lace ribbon, lots of cuttlebugging, and a fiskars lace punch edge. I also, decorated the inside but couldn't get a good photo of it! :O I hope it inspires you to play along!! Have a great evening! ~Lori


Monday, Jan. 26, 2009

Today's challenge at SCS was to create a card using pleats. Here's what I came up with. Thanks for stopping by!! :D
I had fun creating these two cards! They measure 4 x 4 and 4 x 3 1/4 . I Cuttlebugged parts of the cards before adding anything else. I like the dimension and texture the CB adds to a card! I paper pieced the bird in two different kinds of paper. For the most part, I think the rest is fairly self explanatory. :D


Paper: Stampin' UP card stock ( pink passion, certainly celery, white)
Stamps: Autumn Leaves (Mindy's Zoo)
Tools: Punches, nestabilities, Cuttlebug
Accessories: brads, rub-ons, flocked flower brad, velvet ribbon


Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 CCEE Valentine Treat Bag

Here's another Valentine treat for you. They are so simple and inexpensive to make! I simply cut the top half of a regular sized, white gift bag. Stamped the polka dots on it. I cut out the hearts by hand with scalloped scissors and ran some of them through the cuttle bug. The hearts are adhered with pop dots. The handle is a small strip of white Card stock stamped with the dots And simply adhered with a tape runner. I added a little bow just to sweeten it up a little bit! :D
My mother will love this......she needs an inexpensive Valentine treat for a church function. I think this will be perfect!
Paper: Stampin' UP card stock (red, pink passion, white)
Ink: Stampin' UP (red, pink passion)
Stamps: Stampin' UP
Other: Heart Brads (making memories), Gift bags (wal-mart), shredded paper (wal-mart)


Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 Monkey Fun (2sketches4u) #18

I have to take my girls to a birthday party...So, I'll be adding details later. Finally..... Here's some deets. This FUN summery card is a little out of my comfort zone! It took me awhile to figure out how I wanted to incorporate all the elements together to create a tropical theme. I had just bought this new Autumn Leaves (Mindy's Zoo) set and wanted to try it out. As I looked at the sketch. The idea to use the Palms hit me. I stamped them in brown Stazon, colored them with a blender pen and stampin' pastel chalks. Cut them out. Then added brads for the coconuts. Somewhere in that same thought process. The idea to use raffia ribbon to create the side panel emerged. To do that. I cut a piece of CS and applied red sticky tape vertically to the CS. Next I cut and added small pieces of raffia ribbon pressing it down firmly to ensure that it didn't fall off. I then trimmed the edges to fit. To add extra texture to the raffia panel. The sewing machine came in handy. I straight stitched over the panel. I made three straight vertical stitches. The raffia below the monkey was adhered the same way minus the stitching. Mr. Monkey was colored with blender pens and pastel chalks. I cut him out and hung from the palm tree. The buttons were added last. Raffia ribbon is threaded through the buttons.

Just a a close-up of Mr. Monkey

Sketch # 18- You still have until midnight Jan. 24th to enter
Paper: Stampin' UP Card Stock (riding hood red, white), Not sure about the PP
Stamps: Autumn Leaves (Mindy's zoo)
Accessories: raffia, brads, buttons, epoxy word sticker (miss elizabeths)
Tools: sewing machine, blender pen, chalks


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 XO Valentine

I'm sure none of you are surprised to see that I've made another Valentine's Day card. The colors just jump out at me and are SO easy to work with !!! And since I'm mostly a girlie girl sort of girl :) .....These kind of cards are usually what my girlie girl side wants to create!!

Details..... Cut brown CS and run through CB. Cut red CS smaller than the brown and layer the Bella Rose DP onto the red. Adhere to card base with pop dots. Cut another piece of red CS smaller than the existing bella rose DP. Cut polka dot DP to fit the red CS. Adhere and add to card using pop dots. Cut small square panel from red CS and cut pink DP to fit. Add the ribbon and adhere square panel. To make the hearts. Fold the white CS and cut out the heart starting on the fold line using scalloped scissors. Run through CB. Repeat making the second heart smaller. Stamp sentiment cut out using word window punch. Adhere with pop dots. Cut a small heart add a brad to the center and adhere over sentiment with pop dot. Adhere buttons. Punch out centers with circle punches and adhere. Make a corner tab run through CB and adhere.


Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 Double Duty

This card is doing DOUBLE DUTY! I made this using 2sketches4u l/o's and altered them to fit today's WT202 challenge at SCS today (customizing DP).
I had a difficult getting the light colors of this card to show up . The tones in the photo are very weak! This card was fairly quick and simple to make!!

  1. Directions:

  2. 1. Cut Cardstock. This card is 5 1/2 by 5 1/2.

2. Run card base through CB. Cut and punch lace border before adding trimmed DP. Adhere trimmed rose DP and slide lace border behind rose DP.

3. Punch 5 butterflies. Sponge, add pearl and adhere.

4. Use the medium oval nestabilites die cut with the white cardstock. One punched out. Run it through the CB. Use the next oval in size with the bella rose DP . Adhere to card using pop dots.

5. Cut the largest rose out of the Bella Rose DP and add layers by cutting out the layers of the other roses and adhereing them to the first rose that was cut out. Sponge edges. Apply stickles. Adhere to oval using pop dots.

6. Embellish with bow. Add pearls to card base.


Paper: DP Bella Rose (stampin' UP), CS pretty in pink, white

Ink: pretty in pink (stampin' UP)

Tools: heart lace punch (fiskars), oval nestabilities (spellbinders), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Cuttlebug

Accessories: pearls, ribbon, stickles


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tues. January 20, 2009 I'VE BEEN TAGGED

I got a post that I have been tagged by DEBHORST. Yeah!! So I am going to follow along with this and pay it forward.

Here the rules as I read them on Deb's blog.

1)Link the person who tagged you (which I did above)

2)Mention the rules (which I am listing out right now)

3)Tell 6 things about myself (they will follow below)

4)Tag 6 other bloggers by linking to them--they are: Betty (gbedwright), Angie (fivekids7), Jessie (knightrone), Silke (sparklegirl), Kelly (atomicbutterfly), Amy (pickletree)

5)Go to each person's blog and leave them a comment letting them know they have been tagged.

Now, here are 6 things about me:

  • I am known for being hard to get IN bed at night and hard to get OUT of bed in the morning! I inherited that trait from my grandmother. (See, I can't help it)

  • I love sweets! Chocolate, of any size, texture or color! Cookies, chewy candy, pastries, candy corn, ice cream, etc., etc., (get the idea)?! :D

  • My Mother and I are great friends! We share an awesome relationship.

  • I'm currently getting addicted to Mario Bros. on my daughters DS (help!!! All I don't need is ANOTHER addiction)! LOL !!

  • We have a 2 yr. old boxer named Duke. Our children love having a house pet!

  • Last but not least, I have a personal relationship with the Lord! He is a part of my life everyday!


Jan. 20, 2009~ FLOWERED THANKS CC202

This sweet little flower card was made for today's Color Challenge found here . You are welcome to play along! :)

I decided to go shabby chic with this one! I added a lot of machine stitching, PP and CBing to add a lot of texture and detail.

The flower is stamped twice. Once on white CS and again on the PP . I then cut out flower stamped on the PP and adhered to flower stamped on the white CS.

The large scallops are nestabilities (which I lOVE). I ran them through the CB to add texture.

I found these adorable brads at the grocery store. I HAD to take them home with me!! I stamped and sponged the images and sentiment with Bravo Burgandy ink.


  • Paper: Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, White, Basic Gray PP
  • Stamps: Autumn Leaves
  • Brads: Making Memories
  • Ribbon: Martha Stewart
  • Tools: Nestabiliteies, Cuttlebug, small hole punch, scalloped scissors, sewing machine


Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday 16, 2009 Valentine Combo

I had a blast making this little combo!! It's simply a tin I bought at Hobby Lobby for 1.50. I added valentine rub-ons. Some ribbbon. Put some paper shreds on the inside and made a super simple card to match. This combo could be used for several things! I have more blank ones I plan to decorate and add later!!


Friday, 16 2009 Framed Fruit

I went nestabilities crazy with this card! :D Wow! I LOVEem'!!! They are so easy to use and have such a beautiful crisp finish!! Now for a few details.........
Card Front.....Not a lot of frou frou on this one
Inside of card........I tried to carry the front of the card through to the inside.

Upclose of card front.....
I basically made a frame using the nestabilities and added smaller ones to the center. I ran all the cut outs throught the CB and adhered them with pop dots. I colored the Fruit Stand stamp with chalk and a blender pen. I cut it out and adhered it with pop dots. Added some piercing and then added some of the same details to the inside of the card.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

1-14-09 Blog change.....

I'm in the process of switching out my template (cutest blog on the block is down right now). So, this might look weird for a couple of days! Have a great day! ~Lori


Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I'm going to be published in the June 2009 Card Trends magazine!!

I bet you can't tell this will be my first publication!!?? I've only submitted 1-2 things before and that was quite a while ago........So, I'm very excited!

Now that I have that off my chest, I hope you have a great day!! ~Lori


Monday, January 12, 2009

Clear Bulbs Decorated with Paint and Rub-Ons

If you've been to our home during Christmas you'll know that I love a decked out, loaded to the hilt tree!! I'm always on the look out for different ...... and ....... That has played a part in inspiring me to create these...... using ....... The skies the limit with this one!! :)

I recycled this B&BW clear container for this photo.

Above is a photo of the list of supplies I used.

  1. rub-ons

  2. rhinestones

  3. paint

  4. black marker

  5. rub-on stylus (comes with rub-ons)

  • Directions:

  • Apply rub-ons where desired on ....... Adhere rhinestones to rub-ons.

  • If the lines on the rub-on image don't line up you can connect them with the black marker.

  • Remove metal cap from ornament and fill with a small amount of paint (you want enough paint to swish around, but not too much either). If you pour too much paint into the ......simply pour it back into the paint container.

  • Swish paint around until there is no more clear spots showing through. Pour any excess paint back into paint container. Replace metal cap.

  • Finish embellishing as desired.

The......... only take about five minutes from start to finish (per .........).If you decide to make these........ I hope you enjoy decorating them as much as I do! GL! Have a great day!! ~Lori


Friday, January 9, 2009


Verve stamps is hosting sketch challenges this month on SCS. This is for the second week challenge. I needed a boy b-day card for a party tonight. This sketch came in handy! :) Hop on over and take a peek at the VERVE challenge. They would love to see you participate!

Sorry, No deets on this card tonight!! I'll have to post it later!! :) TFL! ~Lori


I Heart U

This card was created for this weeks sketch challenge at SCS this week (located on my sidebar).
I truly enjoy stamping around the different holidays!! It keeps stamping fresh and fun!! I love pink and red together! It looks so crisp, vibrant and yet soft at the same time. So far, Valentines is my favorite time to make cards! What is your favorite holiday card to create? I would enjoy hearing about it!

Card Size: 5 1/2 by 5 1/2
Card Stock: red, white (Stampin' UP)
PP: Bella Rose (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Cuttle Bug, brads, ribbon(martha stewart)
Stamps: Retired Stampin' UP
Ink: pink and red

This card is very simple to recreate.

  1. Cut card stock. Fold to make card base.
  2. Stamp card base.
  3. Apply first panel and layer with PP.
  4. Run bottom edge of card base through CB folder.
  5. Next, stamp hearts on red card stock and adhere to narrow panels. Stamp I heart U sentiment on white scrap paper. Cut and adhere. Add brads to this panel before adhering.
  6. Stamp on scrap card stock. Cut out hearts and adhere with pop dots over red hearts.
  7. Tie ribbon around panel then adhere both narrow panels with pop dots.
  8. Add brads to card base above panels if desired.

TFL!! ~Lori


Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I will have to upload this card later...Blogger is not letting me upload right now. Sorry! ~Lori


Thursday, January 1, 2009

I've been enjoying stamping around the different holidays. This card is very simple and easy to recreate! TFL! ~Lori

Card size 5 1/2 by 4 1/4
paper: white card stock Stampin Up
Embellishments: Heart stickers (Martha Stewart) Ribbon (hobby lobby) brad (small parts)
Stamps: Heidi Swapp
Also used: CuttleBug
  1. Cut and fold white card stock to create card.
  2. Run edge of card stock through the cuttlebug .
  3. Apply hearts.
  4. Add ribbon to front of card.
  5. Stamp sentiment and embellish to taste.


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