A Bikini for my Sister

My Mom and Sis came over today and we went to pick up my Sister's wedding dress. OH MY GOODNESS...this has to be the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen. When my Sister tried it on last October, all they had was a champagne color dress. It looked spectacular then but she wanted white so they ordered one for her. It's been at the store for about a week now and let me tell you, it was the hardest thing to not go and see it. But, I wanted to wait so I could see it for the first time on my Sis. Well, it was worth the wait. She looked absolutely gorgeous! Now, my Sis is about 5' 7" tall and she's totally skinny. The whole time she was saying I need to loose this blubber here and this blubber there. My Mom and I thought she was crazy! She's got the perfect body. The beautiful skin, the perfect skin tone, absolutely no fat! Well, she thought she looked fat in her dress. Ok, not enough to be upset or anything but she wants to lose more weight. She told us that she wants to be able to wear a bikini on her honeymoon in Hawaii. Now, she is crazy...she CAN absolutely wear a bikini! I would kill for her body! So, that brings us to the card I made her. I hope it makes her smile because I love her so very much and I just want her to know that I think she is perfect just the way she is!. I hope you all have a wonderful day or evening, depending on when you are reading this, and please let your loved ones know that they are perfect just the way they are! Hugs and happiness to you all!

This is an 8 1/5 x 5 1/5 card.

All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Itty Bitty Background (doesn't that name just fit perfect for a bikini card? LOL!)

Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Brocade Blue, Whisper White

Paper: Flowers For You Designer Series Paper

Ink: White Craft Pad, Close to Cocoa Classic Pad, Creamy Caramel Stampin' Write Marker (for belly button), Printer ink set at Brocade Blue: R-135 G-176 B-219 OR H-150 S-137 L-177

Accessories: Coluzzle Cutting System, Scallop Circle Punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive

Easy to add Signature

Would you like to add an automatic signature to your blog? Well, I've found a super easy tutorial here: Stampin' When I Can: Want to add your signature automatically? Allison explains, step by step, how to do this. It took me like 2 minutes. Totally cool! Thanks so much Allison!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!


Tart & Tangy Card Class

What a fun day this will be!! On April 20th, a nice relaxing Sunday morning, we're going to make this adorable card box, complete with 10 cards and envelopes. The Tart & Tangy Stamp Set will be featured, along with Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. The cards are 3 1/2" x 5" and we'll make 2 each of 5 designs. It's such a cute little set to give to your Mom, a friend or to keep for yourself! If you'd like to join me for all the fun, email me at Ltrain26@aol or call me at 510/573-7693 to reserve your spot! I'm located in Fremont near Ohlone College in the Mission San Jose area right off of 680. The class fee is only $35 which includes ALL materials. Space is limited for this class so contact me today.


First Cuttlebug Card

Well, I did it...I finally went out and got the Cuttlebug. Let me tell you, I am lovin' it! I got a few of the embossing folders and only one set of die cuts. I think I'll be using it primarily for embossing and for cutting with my Sizzix dies. The Sizzix dies are bigger and the Cuttlebug dies seem to all be pretty small for my taste. The Cuttlebug takes the Sizzix Bigz dies perfect as well as their embossing templates. It also works with the Fiskars Embossing templates only the impression varies a little. Some of the Fiskars templates aren't etched as deep as the Cuttlebug folders and the Sizzix embossing templates are right in between those two. So, The Cuttlebug embossing folders are the best. Then the Sizzix come in second and the Fiskars are third. If I can figure out how to get a deeper embossed look I will let you know. I'm still playing around with this new toy. Anyway, here's my very first Cuttlebug Card. If you have any questions, just let me know. Also, if you know of any special techniques for the Cuttlebug, I'd love to know those too. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great evening!

Recipe: All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: None

Ink: None

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White

Paper: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (Occasions Mini Catalog)

Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder Bloom Dots, Sizzix Bigz-Flower, Build a Flower, Bold Brights Buttons, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, Mini Glue Dots, Tombow Glue, SNAIL Adhesive, White Floss and Cardboard scraps for the flowers.


Easter Banner

Here's an Easter banner I made for my son's preschool class. I used Stampin' Up! card stock for the background and some dollar spot papers from Target for the letters, eggs and embellishments. I also used the Scallop, 5 Petal Flower and 1/2 " punches. The card stock colors are Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose and Barely Banana. And I used our Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon to tie it all together. I hope you like it and I hope you all have a wonderful Easter with Family and Friends! Lorraine


Stampin' Up! Meeting Cards

Here are the make & takes we did at my upline's meeting this month.

Stamp Camp XXI

These are the projects we made at Stamp Camp last weekend! The designers are Gina Cardera, Debbie Colbacchini and me.

Criss Cross Star Card
Happy Everything Stamp Set
Classic Background Stamp Set
Wild Wasabi Card Stock
Tempting Turquoise Card Stock
Real Red Card Stock
East Coast Prep Designer Series Paper
Basic Black Classic Pad
Tempting Turquoise Classic Pad
On Board Simon Upper Chipboard
Anchored Rub Ons
Round Tab Punch
Large Star Punch
Star Punch
Sanding Blocks
Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
Linen Thread
Bold Brights Colored Buttons
Mini Glue Dots
Sticky Strip
Stampin Dimensionals

Summer Card Holder
Tart and Tangy Stamp Set (Occasions Mini Catalog)
Celebrate Everything Stamp Set
Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (Occasions Mini Catalog)
Real Red Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Bashful Blue 12 x 12 Card Stock
Real Red Classic Pad
Old Olive Classic Pad
Real Red Stampin Write Marker
Old Olive Stampin Write Marker
Real Red 5/8 Grosgrain Ribbon
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Two Way Glue Pen
Stampin Sponge
Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade
Bone Folder
Scallop Punch
1 3/8 circle Punch
Sticky Tape
Stampin Dimensionals

Dude Card
So Cool Stamp Set
Mellow Moss Classic Pad
Creamy Caramel Classic Pad
Brocade Blue Classic Pad
Basic Black Craft Pad
Mellow Moss Card Stock
Creamy Caramel Card Stock
Brocade Blue Card Stock
Glossy White Card Stock
Black Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy
Powder Pal
Heat Tool
Wild Wasabi Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon
Horizontal Slot Punch
Coluzzle Cutting System
Stampin Sponge
Craft Medium Envelope

Happy Card
Think Happy Thoughts Stamp Set
So Many Scallops Stamp Set (Sale-A-Bration Mini Catalog)
Whisper White Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Regal Rose Card Stock
Rose Red Card Stock
Rose Red Classic Pad
Regal Rose Classic Pad
Old Olive Classic Pad
Scallop Punch
¾ circle Punch
1 ¼ circle Punch
1 3/8 circle Punch
Old Olive Poly Twill Ribbon (Occasions Mini Catalog)
Styled Silver Hodge Podge Hardware (Occasions Mini Catalog)
Stampin Dimensionals
Whisper White Medium Envelopes

Embrace Life Card
Embrace Life Stamp Set
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Cameo Coral Card Stock
Certainly Celery Card Stock
Rose Red Card Stock
Basic Black Card Stock
Basic Gray Classic Pad
Garden Green Classic Pad
Cameo Coral Classic Pad
Rose Red Classic Pad
Barely Banana Stampin Write Marker
Blender Pens
Black Grosgrain Ribbon
Very Vanilla Medium Envelope

Enjoy Card
Enjoy Every Moment Stamp Set
Taken With Teal Card Stock
Certainly Celery Card Stock
Apricot Appeal Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Bali Breezes Designer Series Paper
Taken With Teal Classic Pad
Basic Black Classic Pad
Ticket Corner Punch
Horizontal Slot Punch
1/16 inch Circle Punch
½ Circle Punch
Pewter Build A Brad
Stampin Dimensionals
Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon
Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon
Whisper White Medium Envelope

Birthday Card
Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set
Happy Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel
Bashful Blue Card Stock
Gable Green Card Stock
Pixie Pink Card Stock
Apricot Appeal Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Bashful Blue Classic Pad
Gable Green Classic Pad
Pixie Pink Classic Pad
Apricot Appeal Classic Pad
Pretty In Pink Class Pad
Bashful Blue Jumbo Ink Cartridge
Jumbo Handle
Ticket Corner Punch
Chunky Essentials Glitter
Light Blue Gingham Ribbon
Tombow Multi Purpose Glue
Whisper White Medium Envelope

Easter Card
A Good Egg Stamp Set
Old Olive Card Stock
Lavender Lace Card Stock
So Saffron Card Stock
Confetti White Card Stock
Old Olive Classic Pad
Lavendar Lace Classic Pad
Staz-On Black Pad
Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Slit Punch
Large Oval Punch
Designer Label Punch
Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon
Confetti White Medium Envelopes

Birthday Magnet

This is a birthday card I made my upline Colleen Becker. The B is actually a chipboard magnet for her fridge. I used my Cricut to cut the chipboard B and then a piece of Lovely Lilac to cover it. Then I used the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to attach the chipboard and Lovely Lilac then covered that with the Tombow and added the Orchid Fine Cosmo Stampin' Glitter to that. The background cardstock is Elegant Eggplant and Certainly Celery. The ribbon is retired from SU! I think I'll be making one of these for my fridge too! It will be a R though. :0)

A bracelet and a Teacher Thank You

This is a copy of a bracelet I saw in my Paper Crafts magazine. I used these brads from Making Memories and a piece of Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon from Stampin' Up! Now it's a little rough still. I am going to get real jewelry findings to attach to the bracelet for a more professional look. Then I will sew another piece of ribbon to the back of this one so the brad prongs don't stick me. What a cool idea, don't you think? I think these would be so cute on a little girl. This card is what I came up with the other day while playing around with my stuff. I will be giving this to my son's teacher for teacher appreciation day in May. I used all Stampin' Up! products unless otherwise noted:
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Sage Shadow
Designer Series Paper: Flowers for You
Rub Ons: Love & Happiness (Sale a bration) and Eastern Elegance
Pretties Kit Flowers with Regal Rose Classic Ink on medium flower
Brad from Making Memories

Cards from Friends

Here are a couple of cards I received from some friends. The first one is from my good friend Julie Beck. She sent me this card along with her payment for stamp camp. Now get this, Julie lives in COLORADO!! Yes, she flew in for the weekend to spend time with her friend Kim and they both came to stamp camp! What a wonderful treat it was to spend the day with them both! Thanks so much Jules, I miss you chickie!
This pretty card came from my Secret Sister!! She was my SS from Lorie Ames Live-Love-Laugh-Create Secret Sister swap earlier this year. She had a fire in her home and couldn't send anything during the swap so she sent me this card last week!! What a super special surprise! Thank you so much my SS! I can't wait to find out who you are.


Non Stamping but totally worth it!

You have got to see this!! An 18 month old reading!!
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I've got some other things for you to see but I'll have to post those later. Just really busy right now getting ready for stamp camp. Stay tuned for some cool projects and have a wonderful evening!

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