Monday, June 29, 2009

2sketches4you Monday....

Scor-Pal is the main sponsor for this weeks challenge at 2s4u. So, I made a gate-fold card and added some dimension by creating frames with the scor-pal mini. I used some Cosmo Cricketness on this card....TSM for stopping by!

Here's a photo of the inside.

I would also like to wish the top 5 GL!!! I'm so excited to see who the lucky gal will be!! :D

Have a super day! SMILES~lori


Cosmo Cricket Kit: Honey Pie

Cardstock: stampin' up

Stamps: bundle of love by stampin' up

ribbob: offray

buttons: foof-a-la

pearls: the paper studio

ink: black, pixie pink by stampin' up

other: scor-pal mini, cuttlebug, twine

Just 31 days til CHA!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

A few Cosmo Cricket goodies........

We have one store in town that carries a LIMITED supply of Cosmo Cricket products (supplies listed at end of post). Even though they carry very few products. I'm happy!! The kits go a LONG way and several projects can be completed with the kits. I completed ALL these projects with 1 kit and two cardstock sticker sheets. To top it off.....I have plenty of stuff left. Now, who can beat that?! lol

I thoroughly enjoyed creating each and everyone of these projects!! I hope you don't get bored....this is a LONG post! (:

I bought this birdhouse at Wal-Mart for less $2.62. I spray painted it and covered it with Cosmo Cricket Twist and Shout PP.

These little vellum envelopes were turned into good-y bags. I used more Twist and Shout PP.
The little bunny has a "cotton tail". Also, I used some of the cardstock stickers to dress them up.

The PP and die-cuts on this card are also from the Spring 08 line. The PP in this line is Twist and Shout. It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on these little chick!!!!

This is my second favorite card I created with this kit!! I love the butterflies and the way the cardstock sticker and PP sentiment work together!! :D
Your a trooper if you've made it this far! lol I used more of those super cute cardstock stickers on this card! Cardstock stickers glam up a card in no time flat.....they take the work out or cardmaking and SB'ing. I made the flowers with some lace my mom bought for at a yardsale. Don't ya love a bargain! :)

Here's a quick and simple card using a die-cut from the Spring 08 collection......As you can see.....many projects are to be had from one kit!

This little number here has a clear base (yep, it's acetate baby). I punched out the little chicks with a circle punch and pop dotted them to the front of the card. The large panel in on the inside of the card.
For this project, I first cut the top off of a little brown bag. I then, punched holes around the top and weaved the ribbon through the holes. To dress it up. I added some PP, lace, a tag, pearls, a silk flower and lightly sponged the edges. I had some cellophane bags that will house some candy as part of my little nieces birthday present this coming weekend.
If you look closely (if you're still hanging with me lol) the notebook paper PP is handmade. I used some fine tip markers, graphed project protector paper from SU, a crop-o-dile and a ruler. It was easy.....I'm sure I'll be making more.
This card goes with the project above that I'm giving to my niece. I'll just add a birthday wish to the front of it (somewhere). lol

Supplies (as promisesd)
Cosmo Cricket Kit: Honey Pie
Cosmo Cricket Cardstock Stickers: Sweet Spring, Girl Friday
scalloped card: Bazzill
cardstock: stampin' up,
ribbon: twill from wal-mart, green by offray, pink by offray, yellow by offray, black gingham from hobby lobby, twine from hobby lobby
cream satin flowers: wal-mart
pink silk flowers: yardsale
glitter: martha stewart from wal-mart
chipboard: DCWV (?)
all buttons: foof-a-la
pearls: the paper studio
rhinestones: the paper studio
wood birdhouse: wal-mart
cosmo cricket kit: Honey Pie
cosmo cricket cardstock stickers:Girl Friday, Sweet Spring
ink: stampin' up
scalloped punch: fiskars
scalloped scissors: fiskars
flower punches: hobby lobby, looks like spring by stampin' up
other: vellum envelopes, clear acetate, scor-pal mini, pinking shears, lace, corner rounder, cellophane bag, circle punch, cuttlebug, rub-ons, spray paint
P.S. Let me know if you're attending CHA...I would love to meet my blog-o buds!! :)


Friday, June 26, 2009

gcd studios chianti collection.....

Here's a few cards I created using gcd Studios Chianti collection . I was inspired by Susan Opel to cut out the designs in the PP. I love how it looks with the chipboard!

I added some subtle score lines with my scor-pal mini ...I love the scor-pal more with each use!

The photos above is the cards bundled together with matching red envies. I shipped them of to Kent (the owner of GCD). They wanted TY cards from each DT. It's for a good cause!! :) I was happy and obliged to do so!!


Monday, June 22, 2009

2s4u Monday......

Hi seems like forevah since my last post! Getting ready for the girls b-day party last week brought my blogging to a halt! Thankfully, the weather was nice! The girls had a wonderful time! So, all the hard work was worth it! :D

Now on to Kazan's cute sketch.....This week I used three of our sponsor items on my card. Teresa Collins PP, Starving Artist Stamps and the scor-pal. All three products were fun to use. I look forward to getting the sponsor products in the mail......It's always exciting to see whats in the package!

I decided to make this card a Father's Day card. It's the card my munchkins gave to their awesome daddy. My husband is in the best dads league! He's a very active, involved and loving daddy! He plays with them, goes to school functions, shows affection, takes them shopping and so many other fun and wonderful things! I am grateful to share parenthood with him!

As the 2s4u countdown's gets more and more difficult to narrow down the entries!

GL to the top 10 this week!!!! :D

Finally, here's my card for the sketch.....

Have a wonderful week!!

P.S. I'm excited about attending CHA this summer! I've got tickets for the 31st and the 1st.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I kept this card CAS today. It's even a one layer card! Whoa, now that RARELY happens! I created this card today for SCS color challenge. Which I haven't completed in forever. So, I took a few minutes and squeezed this one in. Have a wonderful evening! TFL!


stamps: Purple Onion Designs (flowers), Upsy Daisy (stampin' UP sentiment)

ink: soft sky (SU),white pigment, real red (SU)

ribbon: red taffeta (SU)

pearls: melissa frances

other: scor-pal mini


Monday, June 15, 2009

green, black and cream card 2.....

I was so impressed with the unique color challenge this week I had to create 2 cards.....I used many of the same elements from the first card. Have a super day!! TFL!!

cardstock: very vanilla, black, garden green (SU)
stamps: bitty basics ?, upsy daisy (SU)
ink: wild wasabi, black stazon
punches: butterfly (martha stewart), window punch (SU)
other: pinking shears, pearls, rhinestones


green, black and cream 1.....

I enjoyed this color combo more than I thought possible....I'm usually not a "green" person but I liked the outcome!

This is an extremely simple card. I pulled out my Stampin Up Upsy Daisy stamp set (which I haven't used in a coons age). I also added a little scoring to the right of the ribbon to add some dimension to the card base. TFL!!


card stock: garden green, very vanilla (stampin' UP)
stamps: Upsy Daisy
ink: wild wasabi (Stampin' UP), black stazon
ribbon: black satin (wal-mart)
punches: butterfly (martha stewart), window punch ( stampin' UP)
other: corsage pin, rhinestones


2s4u Monday.....

Clear snaps is the sponsor for this weeks challenge at 2sketches4you. Our DT was graciously supplied with stamps to play with. I used the Holly jumbo wheel stamp. I created a subtle PP with red cardstock and red ink. It's hard to see the detail in the photo. But the "PP" looks lovely IRL.


Cardstock: red, kraft
ribbon: wright's
chipboard: k & company
snowflake punch: Martha Stewart
other: brown felt, buttons, silk flowers, paint, machine stitching


Friday, June 12, 2009

gift card set.....

Today has been a fun, relaxing day. Ive been trying to get caught up in the blogosphere. Like that will ever happen! lol I wish I had time to comment more but there just doesn't seem to be enough hrs in a day to get it all in. I do appreciate all of you who inspire me. Not only with your kinds words but all the wonderful cards and creations I see as I blog browse. I feel privileged to be among such talented peeps! Hugs to you all!!!

Here's a little gift project I created.....I took a regular white gift bag, decorated it. Then made a few cards to go in it. . I also decorated the envies to match the cards. The cards and envies are held together with a matching belly band. I mainly used a Melissa Frances kit I had bought off ebay to create this. The silk and velvet flowers are from Wal-Mart.

I'm itching to get back in my craft room. I've not created anything in several days. Maybe I'll get up there tonight!! Crossing my fingers!! :D


a little over the top maybe.......

I don't know about any of you.....but I have a penchant for designer handbags. I can't help it. I relish the quality and durability of designer handbags. They even smell wonderful! The rich smell of leather used to make the wallets and handbags are tantalizing to my fifth sense (that's my nose). My love affair started several years ago with Dooney & Bourke handbags. That was mainly what I bought handbag wise for several years. Well, last year I jumped on the Coach band wagon. It's my newest hand bag love affair. I got a wild hair and thought I would share my newest purchase with you. I won a little bet with my hubby and this was the result......

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It was pretty bright outside so I had some squinty eyes going on.....I should've wore my sunglasses. These photos are courtesy of my 11 yr old DD......she puts up with my craziness. lol I was also lucky enough to get an AWESOME black patten leather wristlet. It will house all the stuff I would normally put in a wallet or make-up case.

I hope to add some crafty projects today too. Have a GREAT weekend!! ~lori

P.S. I'm minus a cheesy smile in these photos because I still have braces.....I'll be glad to get them off so I can have my "smile" back.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

a few of my favorite things....

This card is a little different than my norm.....I mixed quite a few colors and patterns that I wouldn't normally put together. The large medallion is cut from G.C.D. Studios PP. I layered a K & Company sticker on top of that (with much question). The striped PP is also GCD Studios and the cardstock is Stampin' UP. I added a silk flower, red gingham ribbon, paint and some rhinestones to complete this card. I have yet to decide if I like it or not! It's future is still


We're enjoying nice weather here in the Smokies...the kids can't wait until tomorrow to find more adventure!
I hope you're having a super week!! Take care and be safe! :D ~lori


Monday, June 8, 2009

2sketches4you Monday....

I'm sure excitement is running high by now......there was a ton of awesome entries to look through! Narrowing the list to 3o took some deep thinking! :) Don't forget to stop by 2sketches4you to see the new sketch and list of of the top 30. I'm looking forward to this weeks entries as well!! Lots of luck to the top 30!!!

This week Kazan gave us a super sketch to work with!! I decided to use a few pieces of Teresa Collins PP that was so graciously sponsored to us. The baby stamp is by American Crafts. The chipboard is g.c.d Studios. And the flower is a $ store "treasure". I added some faux stitching to add texture to the main image. I guess that's a wrap! lol

We're off on a little vacation to the Smokies for a few days....but I'm taking my lappy. So I can keep up! (:


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Color Throwdown...

If I remember correctly....this is my 1st Color Throwdown challenge?! WOW!! That would mean....2 firsts in one day! lol

Here's my take using these colors.....That sweet strip pf patterned paper is g.c.d Studios! I love that collection!

cardstock:stampin up
patterned paper: g.c.d studios Cloisonne' Collection
buttons: foof-a-la
pearl: melissa frances
rub-on: melissa frances
glitter: Martha Stewart


Raspberry Suite Color Challenge

First of all....the card base is Pixie Pink or pink passion from Stampin' UP. Something happened to the colors. Whether it was the camera or the photographer.....I'll figure that out later!! :)

This also happens to be my 1st evah Raspberry Suite challenge. Woo Hoo!!

I think this little card is self explanatory so I'll just leave a list of the supplies. C:
Have a spectacular and safe weekend!! ~lori
Stamps: Purple Onion (vintage frame), Heidi Grace (sentiment)
Ink: Choc. Chip by Stampin' UP, white stazon
Patterned Paper: Au Chocolate by Stampin' UP
Card stock: Pixie Pink and Very Vanilla by Stampin' UP, Kraft from Hobby Lobby
Pearls: Melissa Frances
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart (Wal-Mart)
Other: corner rounder (to create scallops), cropodile (to create scallop accents)


Friday, June 5, 2009

Caardvarks 3-d challenge....

This is going to be another great challenge at Caardvarks!! I know there are a lot of you out there that LOVE 3-d projects. You can make a card, tin, bag etc.....The skies the limit!

For this challenge. Our Card Crew was sponsored product from Club Scrap. They have some really neat projects you can purchase and put together for almost any occasion! My project was an assignment notebook. My middle daughter loved it...she asked for days if she could have it. lol.....I may end up giving it to her eventually. Maybe I'll strike a deal with her....If she memorizes all her times tables before school starts I'll give it to her for her hard work. She's going to be in 3rd grade this fall and knowing all the multiplication facts going into third grade will be to her advantage. She loves math and has already started on multiplication...but I want her to know them as soon as she sees them. That means I better get busy making flash cards! :)

Here's a few photos of my project.......Thanks for stopping by! ~lori


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Scrap Street E-mag article....

Caardvarks was privileged to be featured at a craft e-magazine. We were to make TY cards. Here's what I came up with.....I used a lot of chipboard smothered in glitter. PP by Melissa Frances. And a flower, button, ribbon and some pearls completed this card. I woud love for you to read the article if you're interested......Have a wonderful day!! :D


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