Saturday, February 28, 2009

Almost Spring Photo Shoot

Lately, I've been in the mood to take photos of my children. Although, come to think of it.....I do this about every year when Springtime rolls around. This photo shoot evolved after I photographed a card. I realized the light streaming through the dining room window was PERFECT for picture taking. So, I had a couple of the kids jump in the dining room chair and snapped a few pictures. Unfortunately, my oldest daughter wasn't home.....I'll have to grab her soon and get a few photos of her. The photos of my middle daughter were taken on her birthday last week.~Our almost 6 year old boy~

~Our 3 1/2 year old youngest child~

~Our 8 year old~


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Summer Fruity, Sweet 'n' Juicy

Summer is something I look forward to every Winter! Although, I enjoy the wonders of Winter and the fun it brings. I miss being able to sit outside on the porch, run around without a coat, boots, gloves and a scarf just trying to stay warm! Thankfully, warmer weather will soon be here to stay....... Here's a few cards I popped out today! They're very uncomplicated and MUCH cuter IRL! It was cloudy today. Which made it difficult to get a clear photo.


All Paper Stampin' UP

Embellishments and Rub-ons: K & Company

Ribbon: Wal-Mart, Joanne Fabric, Dollar Tree Brands, Twine

Tools: Corner rounder, 1/4 circle punch, Cuttlebug, square punch, 1 3/8 circle punch

Trim: Joanne Fabric (by the yard)

Button: Foof-fa-la

I also, received this award today from Laura . TY for thinking of me!! I'll try to pass it on..... :D It's getting late and I've got to tuck my kiddos in for the night. Hopefully, I can pass it on tomorrow! Here's who I shared it with CHAT , Angela , Robin , LORi and Cammie .


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Something Simple

Here's a card I thought I would share with you today. I used my new Damask stamp....I Love it!! It is very easy to use and incorporates well with many different styles. I actually, threw this card together last night. Thankfully, it didn't take very long from start to finish. I enjoy card making so much more when ideas seem to flow right out of me! I bought a book of K & Company PP last week.....It seems like I've been using it on every project!! The PP is double sided which leaves open so many possibilities! It's easy to fall in love with paper that beautiful!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!! Sorry, for such a short post!! So far, my week has been super busy !! TFL and all your sweet comments!! ~Lori


Saturday, February 21, 2009


I stumbled across this challenge blog today....I couldn't resist playing! :) You're welcome to join the fun CP#3.Here's my interpretation....... TFL!! Details

The heart and key are from an old SU set (Antique Collectibles) I may have used it one time. I decided it would work with this paper from K & Company. The heart and key are heat embossed, cut out and colored in with markers. The bow on the heart is paper pieced. Some stitching, sewing, and sponging added to the antique look. The sentiment and flourish are from an embellishment pack. I also, used the only fiskars punch I own to create the border. I may end up wearing it out before I get a different border punch! :) I guess I should make buying a new one a priority! The ribbon is Wright's. I like to buy it by the yard. The texture is amazing. To keep it from fraying I add a small amout of clear paper glaze to the edges. The brown, velvet lacy ribbon is also bought by the yard. I bought it at Hobby Lobby.

Card Stock: (SU) Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: K & Company
Stamp: (SU) Antique Collectibles
Ink: (SU) River Rock, Close to Cocoa
Button: Foof-a-la
Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Fiskars Border Punch
Ribbon: Wright's, Hobby Lobby, Twine


Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Quintuplet Challenge~Cuttlebug Challenge (mellow yellow), Pink Elephant (bling), Timeless Tuesday (flowers), Cuttlebug Spot (bling), Sketch This

WOW! What a workout!!!!! I didn't think I could do it. At first, it wasn't my original plan to combine all of them into one card. Now that it's done. I'm glad it worked out that way!! I bought the large Damask stamp at HL yesterday on clearance! I was SOOOO excited to get it so cheap! They're the rage right now ya know!! :D I stamped the damask flourish in yellow and heat embossed it. The grey PP is Martha Stewart that was on clearance after Christmas. I colored in some of the design with a yellow SU marker to give it a little more depth. The large scallops were punched from a 1 3/8 circle punch. I simply layered them behind the grey panel and stitched over it. That also helps hold them in place.

To fit the CBC I ran a small part of the left side of the card through the CB using the Swiss Dots folder. I think I use the Swiss Dots more than any other CB folder!! I LOVE the versatility of it!

The bird is a rub-on. It's on yellow card stock. The prima is one I've had in my stash for a long time!! I just added a rhinestone the center of it. The "dream" sentiment and flourished border are from the same rub-on pack as the bird. I think that about covers it! :D TSMFL!!


Stamp: Stampabilities (Vintage Flourish)

Card Stock: Barely banana

Patterned Paper: Martha Stewart

Rub-ons: the Paper Studio

Prima: Creative Elements

Other: Cuttlebug, 1 3/8 circle punch, fibers, yellow marker, sewing machine, clear embossing powder


WT206 SCS Ways to use it

This is a super easy monogram card! I used Creating Keepsakes paper, Wright's Ribbon, foof-a-la buttons, rhinestones, CB, SU scalloped punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, rub-on and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. This card takes only a few minutes to create. I plan to be back later with more projects. I got some new goodies yesterday. Can't wait to dig into them! :D


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2sketches4you #20

Hi, to all my bloggy buds!! :) I hope you all are having a wonderful week!! DH has been home (he's a sweetie). So, my schedule has been a little different. Here's a card I managed to squeeze in..... If you would like to play too. Here is the LINK

I've been digging deeper into my SB stash and came across this Foof-a-la SB kit. SB kits are WONDERFUL for card making! Especially, if you don't like to stamp a lot. I love to stamp but don't always have the right stamp. That's when I pull out the SB'ing stuff . I can usually find an embellishment, rub-on, prima or sticker to make me happy! So, this card was created with the SB kit. Minus, the CS, buttons and ribbon. The apple embellishment was hand drawn (as you can probably tell, I'm NOT an artist!) I ran it through the CB and added twine for the stem. The leaf was drawn by my almost 8 yr old DD (she is a budding artist, she LOVES to draw and is very good at it!) She even impresses her art teacher at school! :) I can see her growing up and becoming a book illustrator or comic writer. In her free time, you will usually find her drawing. Ok, enough tooting!

Kazan's Sketch


Card stock: Stampin' UP (wild wasabi, barely banana)
Patterned Paper: Foof-a-la
Ribbon:Hmm...I'd have to look
Buttons: Foof-a-la
Other: Cuttlebug, twine


Saturday, February 14, 2009


TESTING: Please bear with me while I adjust my blog to fit the new season........ I'm sad to see the three column template go! I hope to get it back soon! Til then....I'll have to deal with only having the 2 columns! Thanks for all your comments and support!! I {heart} you all!! :-D


Thursday, February 12, 2009

~2sketches4you #19 , FTTC#2 (buttons), SWEET CAKES

My daughters are getting ready to have a Valentines' Day party and sleep over tomorrow. So, I've baked several dozen cupcakes today. That may be why I've got cupcakes on the brain!! :D What is it about cupcakes that are so enticingly cute!? To me, Cupcakes cards are among the most fun to create! I had a FABULOUS time with this one!! It was a little time consuming cutting out and piecing all the cupcakes together. The pieces are very tiny and hard to hold onto!

The cupcakes were stamped directly onto the CS and then stamped again on Patterned Paper . I cut the cupcakes out of the Patterned Paper and adhered them to the stamped CS image with tiny pop dots. The tray was stamped and cut out the same way. The buttons are simply stuck together with glue dots. I added twine to the heart button. TSMFL!! Have a GREAT evening!! ~Lori

Here's a couple close-ups.

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes (Stampin' UP)
Patterned Paper: Foof-a-la
Cardstock: Stampin' UP, sage shadow, very vanilla, pretty in pink, creamy caramel, bashful blue
Buttons: Foof-a-la
Heart Lace Punch: Fiskars
Ribbon: Sage Shadow (Stampin' UP), Cream Satin (Michaels)


Monday, February 9, 2009

OCC challenge (use your favorite embellishment)

Ribbon is easily my FAVORITE embellishment!! I buy ribbon ALL the time!! The ribbon was bought at Wal-Mart. I fell in love with it's sweetness as soon as I saw it!!

I also, bought the embellishments at good ol' Wal-Mart.

If you want to play here's the PLACE. TFL!! Have a great evening! ~Lori


Monday Feb. 9 2009 CPS Sketch Challenge

After all of our frigid, cold weather...I'm ready for SUMMER!! Summer is one of my favorite seasons!! I enjoy sitting outside on the front porch swing, listening to the sounds of summer. Two sounds that quickly come to mind are....Birds chirping and lawn mowers. Honestly, I enjoy both! Ok, ok, enough chatter!! :)
I have fallen in love with this paper. The paper is from a CK scrapbook kit ( I bought it on sale for practically nothing!!). I have used it SO many times! One thing that's great about it is.... It's quite versatile and CUTE!!
First, I started out with a mostly square card and rounded the edges. From there I created the large circle with my Martha Stewart circle system (bought at wal-mart for around $15.00). Next, I layered the scalloped nestie circle sponged and added the ribbon. Now for the tricky part. The ice cream cone was an embellishment that I had to enlarge about 3 times to get the desired size I needed for the card. I then, simply traced the enlarged pattern onto my PP and than cut it out twice and adhered it. To top it off, I added some stitching and sponging. TFL!! ~Lori


Monday Feb. 9, 2009 2sketches4you (post a photo of your S.O.)

This is my Hunka Munka......We've been married for 14 yrs.......He's not as slim and trim as he used to be :D but he's still a great husband and father!!


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sat. Feb. 7, 2009 Paper Trey Sketch Puzzle Challenge

Paper Trey has a ton of challenges going on right now.......A relative of mine has won two of their challenges today!! How cool is that!!?? This one appealed to me today. It's a sketch you have to print out and connect the dots to complete the sketch. I had a blast making this card! The sketch really got my creative juices flowing! :D You can play along too!! HERE The tree washed out in the photo but I think you may still be able to see that I added micro beads to the flourishes. IRL the tree looks super cute!! :D I used a foof-a-la scrapbook kit to create this card and the stamp is actually a holiday stamp from wal-mart that I got on clearance after Christmas. The ribbon is from HL and it's bought by the yard ribbon. I love to buy ribbon by the yard. The variety you can get for the $ is amazing! TSMFL!! I enjoy all your comments and feedback!! ~ Paper Wishes (Lori)


Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 Dog Gone Stamps new release

Dog Gone stamps released a new line of dog stamps.....Check them out HERE.



Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 Happiness Always WT204, CBI #17 and FTCC1

This card has evolved into a triple challenge card, SCS WT #204 and CBI #17. and FTCC1... I will be back later to leave details. TFL! Have a great day! ~Lori


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tues. Feb. 3, 2009 Jillie Willie

While blog hopping today. I came across this little contest HERE. Melissa Phillips is a creator of fun, whimsical style cards and projects. I couldn't resist the challenge! You're welcome to play along! :)
This card is sort of eclectic. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Lots of funky colors and very playful. I started out with the polka dotted paper and went from there. The PP is the Paper Studio and a Creative Keepsakes SB kit.

I finished the inside too. I couldn't resist! :D


Card stock: Stampin' UP

PP: the Paper Studio, Creative Keepsakes SB kit

Stamps: Autumn Leaves

Ink: black stazon

Brads: Memory Makers

Ribbon: Paper TrendsRhinestones, Spare Parts


Tues. Feb. 3, 2009 HOUSEFUL of WISHES FTCC1

Today I decided to create a card with a build-a-house scene. It was a learning experience for me! A little trial and error goes a long way! :) The card kind of evolved as I went along. I didn't have a l/o in mind so it took longer than I would've liked! This also fits the Flourishes FTCC1. I started with a smaller piece of CS. For the house frame and roof. I cut the CS and layered the PP on the cut CS. The window base is PP cut in a small square and the panes are also small pieces of PP. The door and chimney are another small piece of PP. I added rhinestones and flower rub-ons to complete the house. The tree trunk is a piece of CS that I ran through the CB. For the tree top, I used a nestabilities scalloped circle and then ran it through the CB. I added a sentiment and bird to the tree top. It's easy to recreate, but time consuming due to all the pieces and layers that have to be cut.

Card Stock: Stampin' UP

PP:the paper Studio, K & Company

Stamps: k*i memories, Autumn Leaves

Rub-ons: K& Company

Rhinestones: the Paper studio

Tools: 1/4 circle punch, Cuttlebug, nestabilities


Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday Feb. 2, 2009 1st OCC Challenge and Dog Gone stamps TONS of LOVE

I recently became a DT member for Dog Gone stamps. This elephant and love sentiment are just a couple of stamps she sent my way. My daughter loved the elephant image! I'll be adding more Dog Gone stamp projects for the next 6 months. So, you'll be seeing more playful and fun images.
Today is a milestone for me. I'm a first timer at MOJO MONDAY and OCC. (I have links in my sidebar). This card is for OCC. The challenge is to use more than two hearts on your project. Since I love Valentine cards. This was fun and easy breezy! :D TFL! Have a great evening!! ~Lori

P.S. Don't freak y'all....It's only 2009. Not 20009 :D


Cards stock: Basic gray (SU), Very Vanilla (SU), water color paper

PP: (SU) Washington Apple

Stamps: Dog Gone

Brads: Making Memories

Accessories: Ribbon, rub-ons

Tools: Cuttlebug, chalks, blender pen


Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 My 1st MOJO MONDAY Challenge

This morning I was sharing some love over at Teresa's blog. I spotted her Mojo Monday challenge card and it inspired me to play along today. Not to mention, I received some new rubber today from the great ladies at CCEE. The brand is Rubber Soul! It's a set of approx. fifteen stamps. Of course, I had to use the new rubber!!
At first, this looked like a pretty quick card to create. Once I got started. I found out differently! Although, it looks fast and easy. It isn't! All in all, it's a great sketch. I think I'd make another one?! :D


Card stock: White, SU

PP: the Paper Studio

Stamps: Rubber Soul

Brads: Spare Parts

Ribbon: Wal-Mart

Embellishments: Clover, Wal-Mart

Tools: Scalloped Punch (SU), !1 3/8 circle punch (SU), Cuttlebug


Monday Feb., 2 2009 Playing Catch Up

I've been tagged by 2 fellow bloggers, Pam and Deb ( so sweet of you ).....Here's the deal. Go to your 6th file and find the 6th picture. Here's mine. This is my nephew who visited from Arizona last summer (2008).

I've received this badge from a fellow blogger TYSM! This is something we all need sometimes!
I also, want to thank all of you for the warmth and kindness I've received! Your kind comments and feedback, make my day! Blogger Buddies are AWESOME!! :OD

Last but not least! I've been accepted as a DT member for Doggone Stamps and a Guest DT for My Stamp Box (April) . One of my goals this year was to become a DT member. Thankfully, it happened quickly! I truly enjoy sharing my passion for paper crafting with others! I'm looking forward to the experience and hope there's more to come!! :D

I hope to have some creations posted SOON! Have a wonderful day!!! ~Lori


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