Wednesday, April 29, 2009

a little birdie told me.....

This little number is for KWERNER#50 . If you haven't checked it out should. She has some great prizes up for grabs!!

When I have down time (like, hardly ever) I sometimes sit and sketch out card l/o's. This card is a product of one of those sketches. I used scrap card stock to create the base. The circles are various sizes I created using circle punches. I used K & Company PP and Stampin' UP card stock. The little birdie is Green Stack chipboard from DCWV.

The colors aren't "true" due the lighting. It was cloudy when I took the photo today. I'm sorry about the quality of the photo.

Ink: choc. chip
stamp: Heidi Grace
card stock: Stampin' UP (white, tempting turquoise, riding hood red, so saffron)
patterned paper: K & Company (Baily)
circle punches: 1", 1 3/8", 1 3/4 "
chipboard: Green Stack (DCWV)
Button: yellow (foof-a-la)


butterfly trio....sitting in the sun....

My sweet daughters went in Dollar Tree a week or so ago and came out with these darling butterfly stickers. They had bought them for me.....I thought they had pretty good taste and couldn't wait to use them. The perfect opportunity came along when I noticed Card Patterns current sketch.....I thought these butterflies fit the bill!!

The card stock is summer sun , black and basic gray (Stampin' UP). The butterflies are from Dollar Tree. The rub-ons are from g.c.d Studios. Pretty pearls are from Melissa Frances. The scalloped and circle punch are from Stampin' UP.


a big star....

I know I say it all the time....but I thoroughly enjoy 2sketches4you challenges. This week was no different! I love the large star as the focal point!! I used the star from the George Cricut template. It was a perfect fit for a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 square card. I used Greenstack chipboard from DCWV. It is such a cute line! The PP is g.c.d Studios (Schooled collection). If you haven't used any of their PP. Go for it! I LOVE it!! The little HB sentiment is Heidi Grace!
I hope all of you are having a happy Wednesday......mine consisted of cake baking and icing making for two of my munchkins b-day party coming up Friday. It's a frazzling and large ordeal. But the kids enjoy it. And we do too! DH went to pick up the hog tonight to roast for the party. is soooo good.....


Monday, April 27, 2009

chocolate for mom.....

I enjoy making chocolate candy. So, when I spied this MOM candy mold at the cake store I had to buy it. I made one for my mom and one for my MIL. The chocolate is white almond bark. It melts perfectly! The almond bark is also inexpensive and it goes a long way!
The box only cost 99 cents. But I had to create the window. The lid of the box was solid so I had to cut the top out of it. I recycled the window sheet from an embellishment pack.
If you haven't bought any g.c.d Studios PP. You should! I LOVE it! The texture and quality are amazing! This box is lovingly "wrapped" in it! It is one of the designs g.c.d Studios sent me. I must say...I'm hooked! :)

The embellishments are by K & Company. I bought this 3-d pack off ebay. I love shopping ebay for supplies I can't get around here!

I'm off to put my munchkins to bed.....g'night !


a card, gifts 'N' more...

Today is such a beautiful Spring day! The sun is shining, there's a brisk breeze blowing and the smells are glorious!! It makes me anxious to get outside and work in the flower beds! But before I head outside...I wanted to share these creations with you......

At the Pink Elephant this'll be challenged with this fun sketch. (You'll notice I flipped mine vertically.) I hope you find time to play this week! There's a gift certificate up for grabs. I can't wait to see what you create!


I had so much fun making the pillow I posted previously that I thought I'd make a couple more....One reason I enjoy making them so much is. They come together in about 30 minutes (each). That's completely finished and ready for a photograph. This material is 1.50 a yrd at Wal-mart. I love the texture of it. It's soft but crisp looking. The flowers are felt cut outs. I have a couple cans of them laying around. So, I thought using them on these pillows would be perfect. My oldest daughter loved them....I'll have to let her make one for her room. In pink of course!
They would also make cute Mother's Day

I don't know about you....but I love my house to smell yummy! So, it's full of Bath and Body Works smelly goods! I bought an oil diffuser several months ago and wasn't to enthralled with it's plain jane looks. So, one day I got a brilliant idea.....I decided to decorate it. Now it matches my living room decor perfectly. This would also, make awesome gifts. I've seen a ton of different oil diffusers in all shapes and sizes. But none of them were "cute". This is the perfect way to jazz them up for a friend or relative. Who wouldn't love this decorated oil diffuser to match their decor?! :)

My mom (like most mothers) loves gifts made by her children.....This is one of her Mother's Day gifts from me. I took a 2.00 frame (Wal-mart) and added some buttons, trim, ribbon, roses and viola`....this hanging frame was born. I have to admit....I couldn't wait til Mother's Day. I had to show it to her. Needless to say, she loved it. And insisted that in itself was enough. Of course, I will be getting her something else besides the frame. I'm thinking about a gift card from HL. She's started getting into paper crafting a little bit lately.

I hope you all have a great day! I'm planning to......I'm SO thankful for all the blessings I receive each day from above!!
P.S. I have another fun Mother's Day gift planned. I hope to get it posted today.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

umbreallas + mother's day = love

Mother's Day becomes more special with each passing year. Our little brood has increased to 4 over the last few years. As our children are getting older.....I realize that this is the most critical time of motherhood. What they learn now will shape them into the adults they will too soon become! It is important to me. To spend enough time with my children. So that when they're grown and gone and our nest is empty....our little broad will want to come home from time to time and spend time with us. Here is a little something I created for Mother's Day.....

I mostly used Cosmo Cricket goodies here. The card stock is stampin' up. I think the border is Heidi Grace. The sentiment is a cheapy and the little primas are making memories.

EDIT: the umbrella is in the Cosmo Cricket kit. it's a die cut. but be sure I'm going to use the negative to make my own!! :)


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

stamping and sewing....

I've been busy this week working on different projects.....I had a so much fun creating this hand stamped decorative pillow. This is a 30 minute project and $1.00 a yrd. material! So, this is a SUPER inexpensive yet stunning gift for a friend or relative . I just bought some more ink, ribbon and material. I'm anxious to pop out a few more!! :)

Not a long boring post.....I just wanted to share this home made good-y with you! ~Lori

Edit: The material is like a black denim.....but it's lighter on one side. I stamped the image with stazon.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

cupcakes, butterflies and soccer balls.....

Tomorrow is our sons 6th in honor of his special day. I done the mom thing and made cupcakes to take into his class tomorrow. No, these butterfly aren't for him!! Long story short...DD was sick with strep on her birthday and missed out on getting her little birthday party at school. So, I made hers along with his today. I can truthfully say, I enjoyed this baking adventure. All 40 something butterflies, cupcakes and soccer balls!! I gotta add the 2lbs of icing I made...Since I haven't baked anything cool lately. I usually make their birthday cakes in a theme they choose. I must be getting geared up for that! lol

My sweet little helper worked beside me with her 3 yr. old sized apron on......she cracked all the eggs for me and put all the baking cups in the pans. We had such a happy time!

The butterflies are made out of melted chocolate. They look difficult but they're very quick and easy to make!

I found these baking cups at Wal-Mart and thought it would be cute to use soccer ball from the Sporting Goods stamp set by Stampin' UP to make picks to coordinate with the soccer baking cups. To make the picks. (1.) I stamped the soccer ball. (2.) Embossed it. (3.) Punched it out. (4.) Applied hot glue to the back of the soccer ball. (5.) Placed toothpick in the glue. They're ready to use in just a few minutes!

We're headed to town...gotta run! Have a happy evening!! :) ~Lori


Monday, April 20, 2009

trees if you please.....

Happy Monday to all!! I have a few things to share with you! C: Before I start rambling...Here's the cards I created for the challenge...Please scroll down for all the info.

WOW!! It's time again for another Caarvarks spectacular!! Time flies when you're having fun!! :)
Taylored Expressions is the sponsor for the current challenge. You definitely don't want to miss this!! All you have to do is create a card with a tree of any make, year or model......and post it on the Caarvarks site via Mr. midnight APRIL be eligible for the prize. Remember, the entries will be voted on. So, let us see what you got!! C:

This is the set the lucky winner will receive.

Don't forget to check out the Card Crew's talented creations. You will see some FABULOUS eye candy and you'll get some serious inspiration!!

Supplies for Daddy Card
card stock: SU, black
patterned paper: K & Company, Basic Grey
Stamp: stampin' UP (lovely as a tree)
Ink: black
ribbon: Wright's: Nesties, Label 1, circle scallop
Other: clear embossing powder, brad, paper piercing
Supplies for birdie card:
card stock: kraft
chipboard: DCWV (Green Stack)
borders: Cosmo Cricket
Other: twine, pinking shears, cuttlebug, rhinestones


roosters and bumble bees...

At the Pink Elephant this week...the challenge is celebrating Earth Day. That means dig around and find something recycled and "use it". An old hair piece, broken jewelry, recycled packaging. That's only a few! I'm sure you all will come up with some amazing ideas!! My recycled item is from a broken pony tail holder. I usually hang on to all the fancy fun stuff like that!

I used some fun Tuscan style paper on this card. The PP and die cuts are from g.c.d Studios. I love their paper packs! They come with a page of die cuts, stickers and a clear overlay! Yummy stuff I tell ya!!
~ Lori


Saturday, April 18, 2009

digi kit delights

This probably won't impress you card makers very much but here's my FIRST ever digi scrapbook page. I'm over the top excited that I actually figured out how to do it! :D So, you will be seeing more of these from me! I created this in PhotoScape (free download) using Rhonna Farrer's Spring Frippery and vintage text mini digi kits. The kits are from Two Peas in a Bucket. I love how inexpensive and quick digi scrapping is!

I hope your weekend is super fabulous! ~ Lori


Friday, April 17, 2009

porcelain blue and yellow......

I didn't get to the sketch last week. So, I made it a priority for this week.......and here it is. This card literally took about 15 minutes to create. Nothing fancy here.....but I like the sweet simplicity of it!

The stamp in the "window" is by Heidi Grace. The flowers I bought at Joannes. A pack of 5 for a dollar. The ribbon is from the $ Tree and so are the large pearl pins. The punches and CS are from SU. Last but not the least....the patterned paper (Provence) is from g.c.d Studios. I have completely fallen in love with their paper!! It's also sturdy and has rich tones and texture!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!! ~ Lori

P.S. I'll be posting some more projects this weekend..... :D


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

guest DT for My Stamp Box

These bright and happy projects were inspired by the stamps Bettina sent for being the guest DT at My Stamp Box this month. For the l/o. I combined the He Says She Says stamp set with Cosmo Cricket PP and card stock stickers. The medallion rub-on is K & Company.

I loved working outside the box to create these cards!

One of the neat things about My Stamp Box sets is.....they come in a CD type case. It makes storing and organizing them so simple. That alone is a plus for me!
Be sure to stop by My Stamp Box.....I don't think you'll be disappointed in their products.
I also want to thank Bettina for this great opportunity to use her products! It was a great pleasure to work with her! ~Lori
main stamps: Splash Me A Lot (alphabet), He Says She Says by My Stamp Box
cardstock: Stampin' UP
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket
ribbon: Offray
heart brads: Making Memories
scallop: Cosmo Cricket
other: ric-rac, labels 1 nestabilities, cuttlebug, button, rhinestone, pinking shears, glitter


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

easter photos

Easter...... The time of year when our family celebrates the resurrection of our risen Lord. I just recently watched The Passion of Christ......what a heart wrenching film!

On a lighter's a few photos I took as we enjoyed the holiday. This year we all wore yellow. So, when I edited the photos I added some hints of yellow.

I have to share this.......My husband and oldest daughter went to trade days (like a large outdoor flea market) over the weekend. They went empty handed. But came home with a Holland Lop eared rabbit. You can imagine what that started! Three other munchkins wanted rabbits too! So, the next day. Their daddy took them and let them all get one. One rabbit turned into five!! And who knows how many five will turn into!!!??? Yikes! They can mate and have babies in a month! I'll definitely keep you all updated! lol


Monday, April 13, 2009

Pink Elephant Challenge #10

This week at The Pink Elephant the challenge is to use light green, light pink and light yellow The Greeting Farm was gracious and passed along somw printable stamps. I chose this 50's couple. To create this..... I used an assortment of paper and silk flowers. I added some Martha Stewart glitter and lightly sponged the edges of the card. I created a frame with an ovals nestie die and popped it up with pop dots. The paper and card stock sticker are by K & Company. The butterfly is by Stickabilities.
I hope you all had a safe and blessed Easter!!


Friday, April 10, 2009

a train of cards....

Here's the scoop.....I stayed up LATE (until 1:30) last night creating to my hearts content. Here's a few of the cards from my endeavor.....I started out making this card....
Then I TOTALLY switched gears and popped out this 5 minute cutey.
Then this little 10 minute number was born....
I switched gears again and came up with this....
And lastly....this fun and cheerful creation...

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! If you have any questions...feel free to ask.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Easter weekend! God Bless you! ~Lori


Thursday, April 9, 2009

My 1st scrapbook page in eons

I actually completed this project several weeks ago....and have never posted it. These photos are from Easter last year. I guess, Better late than never...... {o:
The paper is by Creating Keepsakes. The flowers are from a punch I bought at HL. The flower centers are punched from a small circle punch. I added some cuttlebugged photo corners, a couple trees by Stampin' UP a pearl and a bow. It's a very basic l/o and a little old school. But hey, I haven't scrapped in months and months!! :)


Monday, April 6, 2009

My Announcement

EEK!! I was picked to be a card girl for g.c.d Studios. You can check it out here .


TPE #9 (Recipe challenge)

This week at's a Recipe challenge. Hop over there and check it out!! We would love to have you play!! The link is in my sidebar.

I'm sorry this post is SOOO short!! It's REALLY getting late. So, I hope you'll forgive me! :)
~Lori R


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Caardvarks Challenge (Fantasy)

EDIT: Blogger is not cooperating with this post!!!! It's not working like it should. So, the post body has some weird stuff embedded in it!! Blogger was acting up when I created the post but I didn't realize how much until today!!!

This past week has been extra exciting for!! One of the reasons is.....I was invited to join Caarvarks design team!!!! Can you believe it?! Little ol' me!! Jenyfur invited us to play along this week if we wanted to. it is! This weeks challenge is Fantasy. BELIEVE want to make sure you play this challenge!! There's an AWESOME prize this round!! It's hosted by Two Spotted Dogs. This is how I interpreted the challenge....Check Spelling

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As some of you know. I've been out of state all weekend. So, it's made getting everything posted a little more difficult! If this post doesn't make a lot of sense. Well, I'll blame it on the time and being tired! :)
Also, You'll be seeing more posts than normal this week....I have some exciting news to share Monday and the Pink Elephant challenge posts Monday... Stay tuned! :D


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