Saturday, May 31, 2014

Congratulations Shaker Card

Made a fun graduation card for a friends open house tomorrow.  Super simple!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Glitter Dust Napkins

Napkin-CardHello there!  It's Lorrie here and I wanted to share with you a fun way to use your Thermoweb Heat n Bond.  Did you take a look at those cards above?  Can you guess what they are made of?  They are made from paper napkins!   I simply applied Heat n Bond to the back side of the paper napkins, then adhered them to cardstock.  Pretty nifty, huh?!!
After, I finished applying the Heat n Bond to the Napkins and Cardstock, I blasted them with Glitter Dust.. and oh my goodness!  Talk about a WOW factor!?!?!
Napkin12The card above was sprayed with Glitter Dust in Gold.  I just love how it brought out the gold tones in the feather and really finished off an otherwise very simple looking card.
bnaThis card was sprayed with Glitter Dust in Iridescent.  Just enough shimmer to make we swoon!
I wanted to share the "How To" with you, so I made a video which walks you through all the steps.

Hope you enjoyed this technique!  Thanks for watching.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Love Your Selfie

Have you been playing along with Heidi Swapp's Love Your Selfie Challenge?  Check it out on Heidi's blog.  Basically, she's challenging people who are usually behind the camera to get in front of the camera and capture you!  The real you!  I have to admit... I do make sure I am in photos.  I learned when I lost my mother several years ago, the value of being in the photos.  I inherited boxes and boxes of photos and my mother was in maybe a dozen or less.  Most of the photos she was in were when she was younger, before she had kids.  They were not the mom I knew and loved.  She was very vain, never wanted her wrinkles to show, self conscience about her round cheeks, and little button nose... I thought she was beautiful!  I wish I had photos to show you the mom I remember.  Which brings me to my point.  I really don't have a problem getting into the photos... BUT.. I do know photoshop and am quite guilty of editing a wrinkle or five out, smoothing my aging skin, or fixing a blemish.  That is what this is all about.  Embracing your self, just as you were intended to be.  My kids won't notice the wrinkle on my forehead just above my nose, they won't care that my hair looks flat or that I have wrinkles under my eyes.  They will see me, Mom, the one who was there for them when they needed me, the one who taught them to ride a bike, or bake a cake.  So... get in front of the camera.  Take the photos!  It is so important and I think it's just wonderful that Heidi has been encouraging the journey.  It really is important!

By the way, I used Heidi Swapp's Digital Dreamy Collection for the layout above.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thermoweb - Never Been Stitched - No Sew - Placemat Pillows

When we were asked to participate in a fabric low-to no sew project, I have to admit... I was hesitant.  I don't sew.  I mean, at all, as in never.  I'm always up for a challenge, so I raised my hand and said... "Me, Me, Me!  I'll do it."  Then the book came, and as I browsed through Amanda Carestio "Never Been Stitched" book, I thought... I just might be able to do this!
Never Been Stitched coverAs I thumbed through the pages, there were lots and lots of fun, creative projects.  I specifically chose one that said "NO SEW". 
I decided upon pillows made from placemats!  How clever is that?!?!
And here is my NO SEW Pretty Placemat Pillow!  I did it!  I made something with fabric and it looks pretty darned cute!

Check out the Thermoweb blog for details on how to make these super simple throw pillows!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Graduation Card/Gift Idea with Epiphany Crafts and the Silhouette

Hello!  It's graduation season across the country and the invitations to graduation parties have started coming in.  I have a couple of really great friends who have kids graduating high school this year, my son just graduated college and it seems like I can't make enough graduation cards to stay ahead.
I made this fun interactive card using my Silhouette and of course the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Hexagon tool, bubble caps and charm to add the 2014 to the tassle.  The bottom of the cap doubles as a box for the charm bracelet I made for this particular graduate.
This is an all in one card, gift box and she can add the 2014 charm to her bracelet if she wants.
The top of the cap opens for the greeting.  Here I simply used the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Star tool to punch out a few stars from silver glitter paper.
I made her a charm bracelet as part of her gift.  What girl doesn't love a little bling?  DSC_0005
Simply use any of the Epiphany Crafts Shape Tools, Epoxies and Charms to create unique charms to fit your graduates needs.  Add them to a charm chain bracelet with a simple O-ring.
For the above charm, cut out a small heart from book paper and add it to the paper before adding the bubble cap.
This is the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 14 tool, charm and bubble cap.  Simply use a small piece of pattern paper in your shape studio tool.
Don't forget to use your Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tools to personalize your graduation cards and gifts!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Let's Just Do Today

Let's just do today.  Sometimes, that's all we need to focus on.  Today, right now.
The message is simple.  Let's just do today.

Products Used:

Imaginisce:  Little Princess (Pattern Papers, gems, button), Perfect Vacation (Camera stamp)
Silhouette Die Cut Machine, Kerri Bradford Cut File (Title)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Watercolor Cards!

 I've been taking an online watercolor class for cardmakers.  I LOVE it!  So out of my element, but so much fun!!  Today was an unexpected day off work due to a power outage at the office, so I had a chance to play.
 All of the cards were made using distress inks, stamps, water and a few little extras here and there.
The class teaches you several ways to achieve water color effects. 
 The above card was one of my favorites.  It looks very involved, but was actually pretty quick and easy once you get the hang of it.
This is the first card I made. I'm working on my shading.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flower Card Tutorial with Lori Whitlock

Hello there.  I have a fun video tutorial for you using the Silhouette and a Lori Whitlock cut file from the Silhouette store

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Shape Card for Mother's Day with the Silhouette

This is a super fun card made using the Silhouette template by Lori Whitlock.  I just love shape cards.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lori Whitlock Blog Hop - Echo Park We are Family

Welcome to Another Lori Whitlock Blog Hop!

I don't know if you noticed, but we've moved the blog hops to the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Today I used some exciting new products!


I added a matching little gable box from the same We Are Family Collection

First, I started off with the  Hot Air Balloon Shaped Card

Next, I used the Echo Park We Are Family Papers and the new coordinating Die/Stamp sets - All Designed by Lori Whitlock.  Be sure and read all the way to the end of this post for a chance to win the We are Family Collection!!!

I squealed when I saw the Die/Stamp sets!  I mean, how cute are these!?!?!

We have a freebie for you!  Click here to download, it's available until midnight tonight.

Now I have a little gift from Lori Whitlock to share with you.  How about a 30% coupon code you can use to purchase anything in her shop!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure and check out the rest of the blog hop, you are certain to be inspired!

Be sure and stop by Lori Whitlock's blog to register to win the We Are Family Collection!!

Lorrie  (You are here)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Watercolors for Cardmakers

I've been taking an online Watercolor for Cardmakers class and I am loving the techniques they are teaching.  I've been super busy and haven't been able to participate in actually making them yet, but this morning I got up extra early because I couldn't wait to try this.  I have to say... I kinda love it!!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy National Scrapbooking Day - Heidi Swapp Classes

Are you playing along with Big Picture Classes 10K challenge?  The challenge is to get 10,000 layouts posted with the hashtag "#NSD10K" today.  So fun!   I made a couple of cards, and only 1 layout.

This layout celebrates the classes I took taught by Heidi Swapp just last week.
Have you ever taken one of Heidi's classes?  If you haven't you should!  There is not only a ton of creative, awesome Heidi ideas jammed into the class, but a heartfelt message as well.  I've taken a total of 5 classes (2 different 2-day sessions) and walked away inspired to be a better person after each class.

One of the things I love about Heidi's classes is being surrounded by other Heidi groupies.  I've come to know quite a few of fellow fans through social media.  At this particular class I had the honor of meeting a few of the girls I've met through InstaGram.   Jill (who lives just a few miles from me) and Laura.  I made another friend, Joyce who I got to know in class.  It seems to me that Heidi has some of the sweetest, genuine and fun fans!  I'm sure you see sweet Maggie in the photos too.  She and Sara were so helpful and fun.  Donella was another friend that we made last year at another Heidi Class.  She is so sweet.   I also got to meet several other girls, but didn't get  a chance to get photos -   We were super busy trying to take in all of Heidi's amazing ideas.
So, keep an eye out for a Heidi class near you.  It's worth the drive, I promise you!  Oh.. and don't forget papertowel... you're going to use a lot of it!!  :)  It ain't easy making "Pretty Stuff".

Friday, May 2, 2014

Color Inspiration week at Epiphany Crafts - Pinwheels!

Hello there!  It's Lorrie here again today with a second post.  This one is for Epiphany Crafts.  We were given the challenge to use the above color inspiration to create a project using out favorite Epiphany Crafts products.

Ta Daaaa!  I  Love Color Challenges and usually don't go quite so literal, but as soon as I saw the photo, I knew I wanted to make pinwheels.
I used the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 14 tool, bubble caps and brads to connect the centers of each of my pinwheels.

 I love, love, love how these turned out!

Stop by the Epiphany Crafts Blog today to find out how to make these fun pinwheels and I've included a template there for you so you can make your own!!

Ruby Rock-It Week at Epiphany Crafts

Hello, it's Lorrie here with a fun partner project with Ruby Rock-It and Thermoweb!  This week on the Thermoweb Blog Ruby Rock-it and Thermoweb have teamed up to create some amazing projects!  Be sure and check them out all week.

 I'm excited to share this layout of my daughter and son-in-law enjoying their very first dance as man and wife.  They danced to Ray LaMontange "You are the best thing".
RUBY1For my project, I am using the Ruby Rock-It East Coast Collection including the 12 x 12 Paper Collection, Finishing Pack, Foundation Cards and Small & Large Calendar pack along with my favorite Adhesive Runner the Thermo-Web XL Runner, the Thermoweb GlitterDust Photo Corners and the icing on the cake... Thermoweb Gold Glitter Dust.
First begin with one of the yellow sheets of 12 x 12 Ruby Rock-it Paper. Spray liberally with Thermoweb Gold Glitter Dust, stand back and be's ok if you shed a tear at the shear beauty of it.  I mean, seriously, look at that shimmer!
Next using a digital die cut machine cut out a honeycomb background.  Using various pieces from the East Coast Collection begin cutting several different patterns of the honeycomb shape to fill in behind the background.  Carefully adhere the patterned honeycomb pieces using the Thermoweb XL tape runner.  Next adhere the background piece using mini glue dots or adhesive runner.  It's not necessary to cover the entire thing with adhesive, just a few strategic spots.  Now using several of the large 4 x 6 cards prepare photomats and adhere with the xl tape runner. 
Ruby3 Finish up by cutting a few banners and use the word letter stickers from the Ruby Rock-It East Coast Finishing Pack.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to order some Gold Glitter Dust. I am not kidding when I tell you, it's AMAZING!!
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