Friday, April 17, 2009

All projects on hold until further notice

Just a quick update on my move into my new room. It is on hold....
On a whim I booked a flight to go to Florida and spend a week with my sisters while they were visiting my father. I had a fabulous time with them. We laughed together all week long. But while I was away there was an accident in my house. The bathroom on my third floor flooded, and with no one being home all day the water was extensive. Water travels down and it leaked through the floor into my daughters bedroom all day. When my husband arrived home her bedroom was in ruins. Her bed, mattress, box spring, bedding and everything underneath the bed had to be thrown away, including the umpteen $$$$$ rug that was under her bed! But that's not the end of it. The water then traveled from her bedroom down and damaged my kitchen ceiling. So, I am under construction right now, repairing walls, floors and ceilings. This is what I was greeted with when I arrived home! ugghhh, that will teach me to go away for a week and enjoy myself! The repairs are coming along fine, but before I move my craft room from my dungeon I really have to get my daughter back into her bedroom. she has taken over my guest room and I am not happy with her cleaning habits in that room. So please stick with me. When I come back I will be back with a vengence!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Betty Bombshell

Do you love huh? I think that she is just sublime! I made this for my niece who just turned 20 and is so depressed because she thinks that she is now officially old. I told her to just wait until she starts pushing 50! If I had an image of Peter Pan I would have used that! lol
Click on the image for a closer look. I spritzed some gold glimmer mist on a sponge and sponged where the sand should be. Looks gorgeous irl!

image...Stampingbella, Betty Bombshell or Bombshell Betty
paper...pixie pink, summer sun, black, white, not quite navy, K&Company Que Sera Sera
ink...momento black, Su markers, tim holtz distress inks (sponged around the image)
embellishments...ribbon, prima center kiss, su scallop border punch, gold glimmer mist

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Messy messy messy

Embellies, HM Stampsm reinkers, embossing powders, misc items

more stuff, no room on desk or under desk!

embellie cart

desk, ink, ribbons, prima flowers, papers, markers, etc

more paper, thread, sewing machine

desk, need I say more? ugghhh!

my card rack

Could you work like this? I ask you!? I just can't do it anymore. I used to love going into my
dungeon and stamping. But I am just not enjoying the process anymore. My room is out of control! By looking at this mess you would never believe that I am usually a neat and organized person. I just have too much stuff! Between the sewing projects and the stamping I am just out of room in my little dungeon area. So I will be moving my stamp room into another room that will be just for my stamping stuff. It's going to take me awhile to do it. Right now I am in the basement and I will be moving my things into a study room that we have on the 3rd floor. It's a great room with wonderful natural light. It will really be a beautiful area for me to stamp in. I really can't wait to move everything into the study. I will be so happy there. The one draw back is that i have to clear out that room before I make the move. This is going to take me a long time! You'll be seeing less of me while I am making changes. But once I am moved I will be back with a vengence!
April is a crazy month for me with birthdays, and anniversarys so I will be making a few things here and there. I'll post as I make them.
thanks to all of you who continue to visit me and see what I am up too. I really appreciate you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lovely As a Tree

I made this card for my father in law. My husband is traveling tomorrow to go see his dad in Florida. He had surgery last week and is still recovering and will be for awhile.
His birthday is on Friday. so this will be packed in my husbands suitcase.
The image is from SU, Lovely as a Tree as was heat embossed. I messed up while spritzing with Shimmerz. Oh well, I really don't have time to redo.
I hope you are all well!
I'll be back!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I'm packed and ready...

Hi, Sorry that I haven't been posting this past week. I have been suffering from Pink Eye. The first drops I used made my condition worse. I am allergic to them.
I am leaving tomorrow for California. See you all when I get back!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Potted Shamrocks

Here's another St. Patty's Day card that I made using images from The Cutting Cafe. I only have a few more cards to make for the Big Green Day so please put up with me.
It's funny, but when I was younger and other kids would ask what nationality I was I would say that I was only Italian. I don't know why I wouldn't say that I was Irish too! I think that I thought if you were more than one nationality the other kids would consider me a mutt! Now, I am proud of all my heritage...I am 1/4 Irish and 3/4 Italian, American
We do it up on St. Patrick's Day, starting with Green Eggs and Ham in the morning. I do make Corn Beef and Cabbage for dinner, but I have to admit that the cabbage is Italian style, sautéed with potatoes, onions and garlic!
I'll be in California again this year for St. Parick's. Which is great, because I get to celebrate the day more than once!
Here are some deets on the card.
I printed the images on Whisper White and printed the images again onto some dp. I sponged the image panel with certainly celery, old olive and more mustard. I cut out the flowers and added crystal effects to the petals of each flower. I added a bauble to the center of each flower before the CE dried. It's great adhesive! I paper pieced the pot , sewed the main panel on with a zig zag stitch and added a Heidi Swapp flower. And then when I was all done I decided to use an Ornare stencil to finish it off. Let me know what you think! I love the feedback!
Have a great day.
Smiles :)

Image...The Cutting Cafe St Patrick's Day
paper...Whisper White, More Mustard, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Old Olive SU DP
embellishments...ribbon, baubles, heidi swapp flower, nesties, crystal effects, Ornare stencil
techniques...sewing on paper, paper piecing, paper piercing

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sweet Cupcakes

I am trying to catch up with everything from yesterday. As I thought the kids didn't have school and they were in and out all day long with all their friends. I think at one point there were over 20 teenagers here. They kept tracking in the snow...I kept cleaning it up and then at some point I just gave up.
My niece, Christie is having a birthday soon and I wanted to work on a card for her today. She's going to be 23 on the 10th of March. I'm still playing with my printable images from The Cutting Cafe and decided to use one of their cupcake stamps. They are so adorable!
I am not affliated with this company in any way, I'm just enjoying my printable images and want to share the info with you!
I printed out the image on some Whisper White card stock. I then colored in the image using SU markers. The frosting on the cupcake was made using fabric applique. I used some Prima center kisses and some stickles to bling it up a little.
I love using my little bow maker to jazz up a card. I also added a little heart charm to the bow. The glitter heart is a ghost shape from Heidi Swapp.
Thanks for looking.
I hope you're having a sweet day!
Smiles :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Luck of the Irish

I have been on the hunt for some St. Patrick's Day images. While browsing the gallery over at SCS in the St. Patrick's Day gallery I found an image that I totally fell in love with from the Cutting Cafe. Very cute images that you can download onto your computer and then print as needed. I am not so savey on the computer but was able to figure out how to put them into a file and print them! I am still figuring out how to print a single image.
Here's a card that I made using one of the images from the collection called St. Patrick's Day.
I used an ornare border stencil...I'm totally in love with this technique! I hope that you can see it in the picture. It really gives the card such an elegant look.
I made the bow using my mini bow maker and added a prima center heart shaped kiss.
We're expecting lots of snow. They say a foot or so...ugghhh I know that these kids will be home from school and will drive me crazy! lol
I am so sick of the snow! I know that March comes in like a Lion, but this is ridiculous!
Smiles :)
This card measures 5 1/4 inch square.

Images...From the Cutting Cafe
paper...Handsome hunter, white, black, handsome hunter
embellishments...ribbon, white gel pen, Ornare border stencil, prima center kiss

Friday, February 27, 2009


I thought this bunny was just so cute. I found him at Michaels. I was searching for some UTEE, I know that I bought some from Joannes and I just can't find it...that is so irritating to me! ugghhh! I couldn't find the UTEE but couldn't resist browsing the stamp isle. I was on a hunt for a St. Patricks Day image and couldn't find any, and this bunny hopped into my basket.
I colored him in with Copics. The dp is from K&Company, Que Sera Sera.
Thanks for the visit.
I have a busy weekend ahead so I probably won't be posting or making anything new. I'll hopefully be back on Monday.
Smiles :)

Image...Stamps Happen, Butterbean with Carrots
paper...K&Company DP Que SEra Sera, Bashful blue, certainly celery, blush blossom
ink...Momento Black, Copic Markers
embellishments...Baubles from StampingBella String of Pearls, May Arts sheer polka dot ribbon, SU sheer ribbon, prima flowers

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Candy for Gabby

To get the winner I cut up strips of paper with numbers on them. I threw them up in the air and my daughter picked one up off the floor...

Gabby said...
Happy Birthday Lorraine! Hope your day is awesome and get some nice birthday goodies! :)

Gabby, please email me your info and I will get this package out to you!


and here are some pics of the two lovely homemade cards I received.
Thank you, Nancy Ruth! I just love this card. So whimsical and fun!

This is from my sister, Marlene. I so appreciated getting this on my birthday! Thanks honey!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Where's My Villa???

Our vacation started off on very shakey circumstances. When we got to the resort they were so over booked that they gave our villas away. We were all so pissed off! I think everyone who checked into the resort that day was pissed off. There were so many angry people in the lobby it wasn't even funny. We never got into our villas, they put us into 9 Hotel rooms, not a good thing when you need to chase teenagers around a resort to make sure that they are staying out of trouble...OMG! We did manage to have a great time...being with family and friends is what it's all about...
As usual there are really no pictures of me in my camera...I'll have to wait until my friends email them to me!

Thank you for all of your birthday wishes! I received a lovely brak from Nancy Ruth. I've got to take a picture and post it! It's so cute and was a pleasure to receive.
I had a lovely birthday. I spent it in bed...on the beach!
I was actually very sick and two days before my birthday I had to go see a doctor in the Dominican Republic. I ended up getting an iv full of antibiotics for Bronchotis and strep. I was negotiating with the doctor to let me have some drinks. No alcohol! ugghhh.... at least the beds were very comfortable.

Still recovering from the Bronchotis...we're all sick! lol And I have a serious headache from all the coughing! I'm peeling and need to find a place in the sun again, real soon...California here I come!
I'll be back tomorrow with the blog candy winner!
I hope that you are all having a great day!
I'll try to post more pictures tomorrow!
Smiles :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Birthday Blog Candy!

Whose birthday you ask! Well it's mine!!!
Up for grabs is some blog candy, some Prima Rhinestone Flourishes, they stick right on to your projects and some lovely Prima Center Kisses. I've used both of these items in some of my latest projects. Go back a post and you'll see what I'm talking about! Just leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner one week from today, February 26th.
I hope you are all having a great day.
Smiles :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hearts, Flowers and Ships...

What a crazy day today has been. I'm running around like a chicken without a head trying to get everything ready before we leave bright and early tomorrow morning. We are a group of 22 people traveling. This is going to be a blast. My sister is coming with us and I can't wait to spend some relaxing time with her.
This first card is for my son, Stephen. I didn't have a clue as to what image to use. Somehow I don't think he would have enjoyed a frilly card. So out came the TAC ship collage. I used the sketch from Wednesday's challenge SC215. I stamped happy valentines day directly onto the dp in black and it didn't show up so I went over the stamped sentiment with a white gel pen. I think that he will like this! The dp is from Target. I combined it with black, riding hood red and basic gray...added some jumbo eyelets and was done!

This is the card that I made for my sister. I had just come back from getting my nails done and I ruined my manicure! It's a single layer card using Gina K 120 pure luxury card stock. If you don't have this paper yet, I have to tell you that it is absolutely wonderful!
I stamped happy valentines day with rose red. the sentiment is from a set offered by Gina K called Just Hippy. I used some Prima rhinestone flourishes...these are fab...they are sticky on the back and you can cut them up to use on your projects! I used two Heidi Swapp flowers and then added a Heidi Swapp ghost shape...this is where I ruined my nails. The HS ghost shape is clear so to give it some color I loaded it up with Versa Mark, then I sprinkled heat and stick on the shape, and heated to make it sticky. I then used dazzling diamonds. My nails are a mess! But I really like this card. I usually don't do single layer cards but had so much fun making this one that I made one more!

This last card is the card that I made for Zoe. I love it, even if I do say so myself! lol
Again I used Gina K 120 pure luxury paper and glued some Prima Heart Shapped Kisses to the card. I then drew stems in old olive from the bottom of each heart, and then added a little red ribbon. I stamped the sentiment in real red. So how do you think I did. I do good under pressure!
Well I'm off to fix my nails.

Have a great weekend and a lovely, romantic, fabulous Valentines Day!
I'll be back in a week with lots of pictures to share!
Smiles :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Boho Valentine

I made this card for the sketch challenge on SCS, SC215. It's an easy sketch and great for using up some scraps of paper.
This one is for my daughter, Chelsea.
You can't see it in the picture but the heart image was popped up using foam dots. I used my mini bow dazzler to make the bow and added a heart charm to the bow.
One more day until vacation time! 2 more cards to make before I leave! That means double trouble tomorrow. I'll probably use this sketch again!
Thanks for looking!
Have a wonderful day!
Smiles :)

stamps...MFT Boho Blossoms
paper...real red, vanilla, retired SU Cerise dp
ink...real red
embellishments...ribbon, charm, brads, Swiss dot cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sealed with a Kiss

I'm on a roll! lol
I made this for my husband for Valentines. It will go in my suitcase and I will give it to him at dinner when we are in the Dominican Republic! I am so looking forward to this trip! I can't wait to get my feet into the sand and the ocean! We are traveling with 3 other families so our kids are so happy that they all have someone to hang out with. It should be a great time. Am I packed you ask. Not yet! shouldn't take me that's all very casual.
I wanted to make my husband something a little different. It's not what I started out to make at all, but it progressed into what it is and I am happy with it.
The dp is from Gina K and is called Alabaster ( I think). The sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michaels and the lip stamp is so old I have no idea where it is from. I added some bling, these really cool rhinestone flourishes that I purchased from Prima, and some stickers, a little ribbon with a ribbon slide and some brads.
I think that Steve is going to like this one!
Thanks for the visit!
Smiles :)

Revised 2/11...The lip stamps is from Stampabilities and is called Kiss!

May Arts Ribbon

May Arts Ribbon
A few of my favorite things