Sunday, October 20, 2019

October's Paper Pumpkin & Alternative

Hello and happy Sunday!  Christmas is only 9 weeks away!!  This month's Paper Pumpkin kit contains 10 beautiful cards to help us get ready for the holidays.  

The card on the left is made exactly as per the kit instructions.  The white trees and snowy base are slightly sparkly and are die-cut and pop-dotted so they really stand out. 

The card on the right is my alternative card made with the bird, snow and sentiment stamps from this month's PP kit, along with the new moose punch, all-around wreath dies, and buffalo check bg stamp, all from Stampin' Up!  I was inspired by a card on Pinterest by Rutabagapiedesigns

Next month's Paper Pumpkin kit is 24 Christmas tags that will coordinate with this month's cards and will include some exclusive product as well.  If you'd like to order PP or any other SU! products, please send me an email and I'm happy to place an order for you!  

You can view the catalogs online at 

Have a wonderful week 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Apples of My Eye

My friend Deanne has started a NEW scrapbook challenge blog called "Scrapbooking ABC's with Dea" and this month is her very first month open!  So we start with A - is for apples or Autumn!

Here is my (digital) scrapbook page I titled ... "Apples of my Eye" - my daughters ♥ 

I made this with a FREE kit over at pixel!  They have an amazing selection of scrapbooking kits, and individual elements.  I've been a member over there for years .. it's FREE to sign up and you'll get points to spend on free stuff every day!  So if you like to scrapbook, whether it's digital or physical, come check out Dea's new challenge blog!

ALSO:  check out the Saturday Paper A La Mode Challenge over at the Outlawz site!  The current theme is "TREES" 

ALSO:  check out the Sunday Songs and Rhymes Challenge at the Outlawz!  The current theme is:  "The FRUITS song"

Thanks for visiting!  :) 

Monday, September 02, 2019

Sponsoring Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge & Monday Greetings

You will not want to miss September's Progressive Freebie Challenge over at the Outlawz this month!!  I'm sponsoring September's challenge with not just one image, but 4!  I'll show you what you get in a moment but first, here is my easel card using one of the images in the set....

Participants will receive the outline version of this set, "Lorie's Mocha for all seasons".

I'm also sponsoring the Monday Greetings Challenges  the month of September which has a new theme every 2 weeks.  The current theme at Monday Greetings Challenge is...
"LoTs of LAYERS"

My card incorporates the freebie challenge and the Monday Greetings themes.

You might also like this fabby COFFEE SENTIMENTS set available in shop here:

Come on over and play along - lots of challenges to enter and lots of prizes to be won!

Sunday, September 01, 2019

New Wonders x3

Today I'm sharing 3 cards made with the new "Distinctive" Host set, "New Wonders" by Stampin' Up!  When you have a workshop totaling $150 or more, you can use your host points to get this adorable stamp set FREE, pg. 207.  There are actually 3 various fairies in the set, I've only used one of them to make 3 cards for my daughter and her 2 roommates to start off  a new chapter in their college life. 🌹  If you have any questions about Stampin' Up! or would like to place an order or just peruse our online catalog, click  HERE!  

Which card style is your favorite of these 3?  Leave me a comment below 😊

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Wiper Card - Lifting You in Prayer

Hi - I tried another "new to me" fancy fold technique called a WIPER CARD!  And are these ever cute!  When you pull the sides of the card out, a "wiper" pops up revealing a sentiment!  In this case, I stamped my sentiment onto a cloud (cut with a die) and added a li'l red heart.

I've also seen some that are DOUBLE WIPER CARDS.  I only did one for my first try... You can find tutorials by Googling "wiper cards".    For this card I used my own digi set called "Love Lifts You" and the sentiments on banner and clouds are from a "Inspired Stamps" which I believe has sadly closed.

If you LIKE Imagine That Digistamps, please consider supporting my online store by popping over and making a purchase soon!  I'd hate to be one of those soon-to-be-closing shops that so many have unfortunately announced recently.  I don't make a living with my li'l digi shop... it's really more of a hobby but unless I can earn enough to pay my shop fees and other costs with running it, I just might have to make that unfortunate announcement at some point.  I appreciate all your support ♥ 
Thank You!!

Paper-Pieced, Double Gate-Fold Card

Here's a fun fold card I made a while back - I'm just now getting it posted to my blog.  I can't seem to find the tutorial now for this one, so I'm not 100% sure it's called a Double Gate-Fold, but that's what's popping in my mind as I type this out.   I stamped this cute li'l girl from The Craft's Meow (shop now closed) called, "Little Frieda's Daisy" and I paper-pieced her dress with the same dp I used for the top flap of card.  Colored the rest with Copics.

I stamped a simple "Thank You" and a heart flower from Taylored Expressions on the inside and left place to write my note. Hope this inspires you to try something new! 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

April's Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative

Today's share is a card I CASE'd from an SU demonstrator, Kathie Zaban using this month's Paper Pumpkin kit.  The stamp included in this set is a beautiful 'Distinktive' stamp which is "photo-realistic"... a patent-pending process that's new to Stampin' Up, and I just LOVE it! 

The kit included a Grey Granite Stampin' Spot which I used to stamp all the roses and leaves onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used my Copics to color it in although this was an issue of its own as the colors I wanted to use I was out of (markers ran dry and have no refills yet for them).  So they turned out darker than I wanted, but still pretty.  For the roses I used R22, R35, and R59; the leaves I used Y11 and YG25; Y11 for the centers of roses, and the blue bg is B05.  I then used a black permanent marker for the dots.  Oh, I did use a dark warm grey to outline around the images, can't recall which color that was. 

The label, sentiment and twine were all included in this kit as well.  :)   Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Altenew: Peony Dream 3D Messy Watercolor

 Hi friends :)  I've been getting back into making cards lately which has really helped my mood, and it just feels really good to have a physical product at the end of the day that came from the heart and I can give someone who needs a smile.

Today I'm sharing a card I made this weekend using Altenew's Peony Dream 3d Die set.  Little did I know it was going to go on sale 40% OFF today (Sunday) only!!  What a great deal guys!!  It's gorgeous and comes with more dies than I used on this card.  I believe there are 5 layers for this one flower, or you can make 2 sizes of flowers!  This was my first time watercoloring the die-cut white cardstock and I had fun with watercoloring the background piece as well.  This card was inspired by the Oh-So-Talented Erum Tasneem's card HEREMy card turned out WAY different than hers (Turns out I'm not so good at watercoloring?) but I still love the outcome.

I did use a very cheap white cardstock for cutting my flowers and leaves and then used a water pen and picked up ink to lay down color.  As I went on, it really got pretty saturated and blended a li'l too much, not the effect I wanted.  When I was done and it had dried, I did go over them by sponging ink directly onto the blooms for a deeper color.  I then added some lines with my gold sparkly gellyroll pen to the purple flower.  (although i didn't like that part, and still don't)

For the background piece, I used my water pen and ink and laid down the blue.  Then I picked up some gable green and caribbean blue and spattered ink onto the wet blue piece.  I like how it brought other colors and gave it a more interesting look.

Have a CRAFT-astic Day!!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Butterfly Easel Card - Outlawz Color Challenge

Hello and happy Thursday!  Since I am stuck at home this week due to all the snow that dumped on us, I've had some crafty time, yay!  And since I am sponsoring the Tuesday Color Challenge at the Outlawz for the next 2 weeks, I thought I'd take the challenge myself.  The color theme is:  Blue, Lilac, Purple and the Twist:  add a flourish!

I used my Butterfly dies from Serendipity Stamps to make this easel card.  The paper I cut the die from is white with a bit of blue and pops of gold foil, it's so much prettier IRL!  I also added some touches of sparkly gold gellyroll pen to the tiny butterflies that I punched out of coordinating c.s.  And of course, the flourish!  I love this one, and I actually cut out 2, and layered the purple one behind the white.   I also cut out the "hello" phrase from an old die that had several sentiments on it (sorry, I can't remember where it was from) and I cut out 4 "hello"s out of white and layered them on top of each other with glue to make it more substantial and stand out more.  The lattice border punch at the bottom is a Martha Steward punch from Wal-mart.  ;)

If you decide to join in this challenge, you could be the winner of a $12 coupon to spend in my digi shop!  Take the challenge HERE!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sunday Songs & Rhymes - Doggy in Window

Happy Sunday everyone!

I participated in the Sunday Songs & Rhymes last month over at the Outlawz challenges and my card was picked as their fave, so I was invited to come back as a Guest Designer for this next 2-week challenge 😃

The Song for the next 2 weeks, and what players need to create with inspiration from, is....

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie's for sale
I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog, he won't be lonesome
And the doggie will have a good home
How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie's for sale

and here's my card using "Dachshund Party"

I printed the black/white versions of dog and sentiment and colored with Copics and a li'l bit of white gel pen highlights.  I also paper-pieced her cute sweater with DSP, and the paper bow was created using the Envelope Punch Board. :)  

Thank you for having me Sunday Songs & Rhymes Team!! 

and now, here's a couple pics of my own cutie pie...


In the first photo (click to view it full size), I used a FREE app called "Bible Lens" which is really COOL, imho!  It searches your photos on your phone (or you can manually choose just one) and it will quickly search for Scripture that matches your photo and give you several fonts and arrangements for the overlay and then you just click save!  Easy peasy and it's SO FUN!!  Do try it out :)   P.S.  She sleeps with her tongue out cuz she's missing her front teeth as li'l dogs do.  She's a Pom-Chi (Pomeranian - Chihuahua)

You have 2 weeks if you'd like to go enter their challenge HERE.... or any of their challenges on their site.  I am a monthly site-wide sponsor, so good luck, you could win one of many prizes, including a $12 coupon to