And the winner is.....


Alison said...
I am in Denver, CO . Congratulations on 10,000 hits.

Thank you ALL for entering for the chance to win and just so you don't forget I just want to say it again...I sincerely appreciate all of you and thank you so much for your support! Thanks also for all of your wonderful comments and congratulations. Those of you that sent your blog links, I have been going through them all and so far they are all FANTASTIC! Also, a special thank you to those of you that sent your picture too! I love the one of the doggy!!

Ok, Alison in Denver, Please email me with your mailing address and I'll get your candy out today or tomorrow!! Ltrain26@aol.com

Oh, by the way, here's what Alison won!

Stampin' Up! Friendship Blooms Sale a Bration stamp set. Which is already die cut for you!!

Mat Stacks from Die Cuts With A View - Includes 27 sheets each of 4 different colored patterned paper, 6 sheets each of 4 different colored solid cardstock and 6 sheets of white cardstock! That's 138 pieces of 6 1/2 x 4 1/2" paper which is acid & lignin free and archival safe!

30 self adhesive, decorated, chipboard pieces

7 polka dot flowers

5 yards of Art Accentz 1 1/16" Terrifically Tacky Tape

And a Decorated Jumbo Binder Clip for holding a photo.

Thanks again for giving me the chance to give away this blog candy! Happiness and hugs to you all!! Lorraine


10,000 Hits Blog Candy

OH MY GOODNESS!! I can't believe I've had almost 10,000 hits on my blog!!! I would like to send a super special THANK YOU to all of you that read my blog and share your comments with me. Not only am I flattered that you all come here to visit me but I am so honored that you take the time to send me your comments too! You are the reason I have this blog and I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you. SO....how about some blog candy??? You ALL deserve some blog candy but unfortunately I haven't won the lottery yet so I can't send you all a special treat. But, one lucky winner will win and I'm so happy that I can offer that. I'm not exactly sure what the candy will be right now but I do know it will have a Stampin' Up! Sale A Bration Stamp set in it! When I get it together I will post a picture. For now, I would love to know what state/country you are in. I'm just curious to know where all my friends are. So, all you have to do to be entered in this blog candy giveaway is leave me a little comment telling me where you are. Please leave me your name too (first name is all I need) and if you have a picture of yourself that would be totally awesome to see but not mandatory. Also, if you have a blog or website I'd love to know that address so I can go and check out all of your wonderful art work. Ok, that's it. I will choose a winner as soon as my hit counter hits 10,000!! Good luck to you all and I promise you won't be disappointed with the candy you can win! Thank you all again and I hope you all have a wonderful day! Lorraine


RAK for a 90th Birthday

Here's a card I made for a gal on Stampin' Up! with Beate's group. Her Mom is turning 90 on Monday, March 3 and she requested RAK's. She is hoping to get 90 cards to give her Mom! I couldn't pass that up. I don't know too many people that have turned 90 so I totally wanted to try to make her day special. You can see the original request and all the information below the picture. If you have time today it would be a wonderful little gift if you could send a card too. Thanks for stopping by and hug the ones you love!

Supplies are all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: So Much stamp set

Cardstock: Only Orange, Real Red and Watercolor Paper

Ink: Real Red, Only Orange, Summer Sun and Pink Passion Classic Pads, Whisper White Craft Pad

Accessories: Aquapainter, Love & Happiness Rub Ons (Sale A Bration), Detail White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Yellow Ribbon from my stash, SNAIL Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots to hold ribbon in place.

Original RAK Request:

Hello to all of you rubber stampers out there who regularly do RAKs when they are requested. My mom will be celebrating her 90th birthday on March 3rd. I am still trying to get everyone out there to send her a special handmade card so that I can present her with 90 cards -- total. Since I am counting & hoping for 90 -- I need to hear from you that you will be sending her a card. Mom lives with us & I always get the mail at our curbside mailbox, so mail the cards to her & I will stash them & give them all to her on her big day. Her name & our address (hers & ours) follows.

Theresa Kuban

2497 Powderhorn

Boulder, CO 80305

Thanks for helping to shower mom with 90 special birthday greetings.


Email: qbee803052000@yahoo.com

Decorated Forget Me Not Keeper

Ok, I totally cased this idea from Card Maker Magazine March 2008 edition. There is a Forget Me Not Keeper decorated by Alicia Thelin of Stampin' Up! on page 46 that I totally love!! It's decorated with orange, red & green flowers & ribbon. I didn't decorate mine exactly like hers but I did steal the idea from her! Thank you so much Alicia! I think these would look totally cute on the shelves of my white bookcases in my stamp room!! But that would take some organizing and I'd rather stamp! LOL!! Alright ladies, call me to get this cute little Forget Me Not Keeper so you can decorate it and keep all your special Forget Me Nots in it! Anyway, here's the picture. Have a wonderful day!

Monthly Demo Meeting Make & Takes

Here are the make & takes we made at our meeting this month. We didn't have a theme this month so that usually makes for some really unique projects. As usual the girls didn't let me down! They are all fabulous artists and I'm so proud to show what they designed. Of course my stamping and assembling could use some work. LOL!! Thank you to my wonderful friends for being so creative and sharing that gift with me. There is one more not pictured here. If you look at the last post you'll see what Pat Zahn designed-a 6x6 layout-too cute!
Designed by Emy YowDesigned by Gina Cardera
Designed by me :O)


The Bridal Gown

Last October my Mom, Sis and I went on our second trip looking for my Sister's bridal gown and that was the day we found the absolute perfect dress. As soon as I saw my Sister walk out of the dressing room tears just started rolling down my face! Then my Mom started crying and then of course my Sis started crying. We ALL knew that this was the dress! She was absolutely glowing. I can't wait to see her walk down the aisle in this beautiful dress.

Recipe: All Stampin' Up!

Stamps: So Many Scallops

Cardstock: Pretty In Pink, Whisper White

Paper: Pretty in Pink Prints Pack Designer Series Paper (Hostess Level 1)

Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Pad, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker


Love and Happiness Rub Ons (Sale a Bration), Poly Twill Ribbon-Chocolate Chip (Occasions Mini), Pretty In Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware-Styled Silver (Occasions Mini), Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals & SNAIL Adhesive

Page layout designed by Pat Zahn. Created by Lorraine


My Beautiful Sister

Another scrapbook page completed!! WOO HOO!! This is a picture of my Sis and I at our first bridal show. If you've been following my blog for a while you might remember that my Sis is getting married in August. Occasionally I'll post something having to do with her preparation. This is one of those posts. I just think my Sis looks so beautiful in this picture that I wanted to make sure it was front and center of this layout. She is so happy and I am so happy for her. She is marrying a wonderful man and I am so excited about the whole thing! Oh, and by the way...this page took me 2 HOURS TO COMPLETE!!! Yes, I am the slowest scrapbooker in the world!! I just don't know how some of you can go to an all day crop. I couldn't even begin to know what to bring!!! I would need my whole stamp room. I go from my stamp desk to my computer desk and back and fourth. Not to mention I'm grabbing paper after paper to see how they look, then there's the Cricut. I've got to see if there's an image I might want to use. See what I mean, I'm just all over the place when it comes to scrapbooking. I never know what I'm going to make until it's done. WHEW, that was really long winded...sorry about that. Ok, ok, here's the picture!! LOL :0) Hugs and Happiness to you all!Supplies are all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Tempting Turquoise
Designer Series Paper: Petals & Paisley
Stampin' Around Jumbo wheel Spunky Spots with Pretty In Pink Cartridge
Accessories: Cricut 8 1/2" and 8" Star
Pretty In Pink computer font Berlin Sans FB at setting: R-250, G-181, B-201

Double Pocket Purse

I don't know the official name for this little purse but Double Pocket Purse sounded good to me because it's got 2 pockets for special notes or gift cards. This was demonstrated at Oakland Regionals and I've been wanting to make one ever since. Well today was the day! I hope you like it. Thanks for checking in and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!SUPPLIES ARE ALL STAMPIN' UP! UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED:

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery

Designer Series Paper: Petals & Paisley

Accessories: Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Marvy Giga Scallop Punch, Cricut 4" and 3 " circles, Sale A Bration Love & Happiness Rub Ons, Green Rhinestone.


my best friend

Here's a scrapbook page!! I can't believe it either. I haven't made a scrapbook page (on my own)in at least 5 years!! As you can tell I'm a little rusty. But, I think I'm really enjoying the scrapbooking thing right now so don't be surprised if I make more. :0) Happy scrappin' to all my friends!

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Wild Wassabi

Paper: Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints

Letters and Ampersand: Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Font

Words: Britannic Bold


Secret Sister Cards

Here is a Secret Sister cards I made for Nicole Cooke. I wanted to wait until the big reveal before I posted these of course I couldn't wait on all the others so you've already seen them. I don't know what I was thinking. She probably figured out who I was in week 1 of the swaps...LOL! Anyway, it was so much fun sending Nicole special treats and she was so grateful. What a nice lady she is!

Valentine's Day Cards

I know Valentine's Day is over and you're all thinking about the next holiday but I just remembered that I never showed you my Valentine's day cards. I hope you all had a super special "love day"!
Here are the cards:

The first one is the card my son (4 years old) made me. (I cut the heart out and he did the rest)
This next card is the card he made his Daddy! Lot's of sparkle on this one in real life!This is a card I received from my wonderful friend Edra Jandro! Isn't she the sweetest??!! Thanks so much Edra, you really made my day!And...here's the one I made my love of my life, my chicken man...And here's the one I made my other love of my life, my son...

Oakland Regional Make & Takes

Here are the projects we made at the Stampin' Up! Oakland Regional Seminar. The stamp set used for all of these projects was So Much. We just happeded to get that set for FREE for attending the seminar too!! I had "so much" fun at this event I can't wait 'til the next one...CONVENTION!! WOO HOO!!

Inside of above card.
Inside of above card. Great pocket fold!

Oakland Regional Swaps

Here are the swaps I made for our Stampin' Up! Oakland Regional Seminar. Now, this is only the second time I've EVER made swaps. The first time was at Leadership and I only had time to make 12 or so. This time I made 60!! Yesserreee, 60! It was so much fun I will never go to another event without swaps again! Anyway, I hope you like them! Oh and in case you didn't notice, I changed the slide show to the left. I added the Oakland Regional displays and swaps I got in return for mine! HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TO SEE ME!

Here's another NEW TOY!

This is the Big Bite Cropadile! I was at my LSS, you know the one, Scrapbook U ::: "The Best Little Store Around" :: Fremont CA! Well, Monica (the owner) just received a shipment (I knew this because I saw the FedEx guy hauling in some boxes!!) of these Big Bites and I just asked her how much they were and she told me the price BUT if I bought the case and all it's goodies inside, I could get a 15% discount!!! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! I jumped on that deal like a kid in a bounce house!! Dude, that's the best price I've ever seen for the Big Bite AND the case filled with all the goodies!! The total came to $45.03 (less tax)!! If you have been wanting one of these I suggest you call Monica RIGHT NOW! She had a few but I'm not sure how many. Here's her phone number in case you want one. I'm sure she'd be happy to ship you one too if you want to pay the shipping charges...510/490-5065! SCRAPBOOK U AND MONICA TOTALLY ROCK!!


Well, I finally got my Cricut Expressions!! WOO HOO!! I've wanted this since last Thanksgiving but just didn't want to fork over the money! Well, we were at Wal Mart the other day and guess what??!!?? It was only $289.95!! That's the absolute lowest price I've ever seen so I just had to get it! It did take a week or so of pursuading my hubby to let me get it but I knew all along that he'd say yes. Thanks my love chicken!!! Well when we got to Wal Mart and saw that price I felt even better about getting it! It came with the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge which I really love. So, here's what I've done with it so far...
I made the shamrock by cutting 2 petals off of the flower and then folding it over and adding a hand cut stem. I'm going to make one of these for my son's preschool class too! I just want to cut everything! I'm so excited!

Here's a box I cut out of really thin chipboard then covered in the SU! designer series paper.


Valentine's Day Treats for School

Here are the treats we made for my son's preschool class. They were super easy and oh so quick to make. The three on the bottom of the picture are Mrs. Fields Chocolates for the teachers. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU ALL and thank you for stopping by to see me!Front of the suckers.Back of the suckers.


WOO HOO!! I've been Tagged Again!
I was tagged again by my blogging friend, Courtney Fowler!! Thanks so much Courtney! Now, all of you... go check out her blog. She is one talented chick and her family stories will definitely make you laugh!!!

First of all is the "Spread the Love" award. That is truly one sweet special treat Courtney. Thank you with all of my heart!
Next is: list a fact about yourself using the letters from your middle name. Well, I don't have a middle name so I'll use my first name.
L - LOVE ALL of my new friends I've met through Blogging and Beate Johns Fresh & Fun
stamp group!
O - OH MY GOODNESS...It's almost Valentine's Day and I still haven't bought my love of my life
his gift! Better get on that!! LOL
R - REALLY happy that I decided to start my own blog because if I didn't I would have never
met all of you wonderful people!
R - READING all of your blogs and posts to Beate's group have really made me thankful that I
have all of you for your awesome inspiration and friendship!
A - ALWAYS willing to help a friend. I am one of those people that will do anything for my
friends and family. I'm always here for you all and I'm am happy to be here for you all!!
I - IN LOVE with my husband of almost 15 years!! I am so in love with the man I married and
so thankful to have him. He's the absolute best husband and father! Love you my chicken
N - NOT always the most organized person. I really try to be, considering I have OCD
(Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) but my medication is really working and has given me the
power to let things go!! That's a really good thing for me!
E - EACH and EVERY day I thank God for giving me my healthy family to love and cherish!!
I hope that helped you to learn a little bit about me. NOW, I want to learn more about some of you!! Here goes...
Nicole Cooke The Stampin' Librarian


2 Quick Cards and a Jar

Here are a couple of cards I made tonight. These are 2 of the quickest cards I've ever made! They both use the same colors, Rose Red, Old Olive and Barely Banana cardstock. Purely Pomegranate Classic Pad, Black Staz On Pad, Old Olive Classic Pad. I used Purely Pomegranage Satin Ribbon on one and Purely Pomegranante Double Stitched Ribbon on the other. I used our Anchored Rub ons from our Spring & Summer Catalog and the Love & Happiness Old Olive Rub ons from the Sale A Bration Mini catalog. (You can get the Love & Happiness Rub Ons for FREE with a $50 order!!) The stamp sets I used are: Baroque Motifs, All Through The Year and Happy Everything. I also used the Slit Punch to create the scallops on the Happy card (my first time trying the scallop thing. I'll definitely be doing this again!! It was SOOOOOOOOOO EASY PEASY STAMPIN' BREEZY!!) I also used the Horizontal Punch to thread the ribbon through the top of the It's the Little Things card. Ok, I hope you like them and try the scallop/slit punch thingy, it's way too cool to pass up! Have a great weekend and thanks again for stopping by to see me. Huge hugs and happiness to you and your loved ones!

Oh, I almost forgot this funky little jar. I was playing with the rub ons and thought I'd try some glass. I'm still new at rub ons so it isn't perfect. That's why I'll be keeping this little mistake. It came out ok but I really don't like the little halos you get from rub ons. Way easier than stamping on glass though! I'll probably put a little tea light in there just for fun.

So Full of Love

Ok, as promissed, here's the board book I made at a class at Scrapbook U ::: "The Best Little Store Around" :: Fremont CA, my local scrapbook store. Our instructor was Amber. If you haven't had a chance to take one of Amber's classes, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!!?? She's one of the best teachers around and I promise you'll love her work! Ok, enough talking, here's what you're here for...the pictures!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. It really means a lot to me that you're here!

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