Guitar Card for Jason

How about a birthday card for a boy? Do you have as much trouble making male cards as I do? For some reason it's just hard for me to come up with ideas for men and boys. I'm ok with making cards for my hubby and son but anyone else is a little tougher. Well, I found this awesome card and wanted to make one for my son's friend Jason. Jason turned 12 and loves to play the guitar. This card was perfect for him. Let me know what you think.


Packing Paper Gift Wrap

Wondering what to do with all that packing paper that comes in your Stampin' Up! Orders?? How about using it to wrap Christmas gifts?? I wanted this to look a little rustic so I really crumpled the paper first. So fun.
Check back later to see the snowman ornament instructions.

Another Magnetic Board & Glitter Magnets!!

Here's another magnetic board I made today.
For instructions on how to make this board and the magnets see this post: http://lorrainerowe.blogspot.com/2011/12/magnetic-boards-for-christmas.html



Magnetic Boards for Christmas

It's Christmastime and I'm busy making some gifts for friends and family!!
These magnet boards were gifts for some of my amazing stamping friends.
They were so easy to make too. I bought some cookie sheets, sprayed them with adhesive, laid our BEAUTIFUL FABRIC over them, folded the edges back nice and neat then covered the back with felt sheets using spray adhesive also. I used the Crop A Dile to punch holes through the tops, tied ribbon through the holes and presto, chango, pretty magnetic boards to hang in your favorite room!!

I also made the magnets!! I bought some flat backed clear marbles at a craft store, washed and dried them, poured Crystal Effects on the flat side, poured our amazingly sparkly glitter on the Crystal Effects, let that dry then hot glued some magnets to the backs. So easy and quick.

I hope you like my projects today. AND, if you do, let me know. I'd love to read your comments and see what you think.



Modern Ornament

How about a pretty ornament to add to your holiday decorations? I found this tutorial and thought I'd give it a try. I didn't want to use plain white cardstock so I punched my strips with the Eyelet Border Punch. My strips were 10" long. The tutorial uses 11" strips. I also added some beads to the bottom of mine for sparkle. There are so many things you can add to this, glitter, rhinestones, pearls, punched shapes, whatever you can think of!! This would look beautiful with some of our Designer Series Cardstock too. I just wanted to try white for my first one. It only took about 10 minutes to make and that was because I punched the strips.  I could see a bunch of these hanging in our window. That is, if I get time to make them. HA!
 Here's a little tip if you want to add beads to your ornament. I cut a piece of 24 gauge wire to use as my "needle". Just fold the wire in half and thread your string through then thread the bead with the wire and pull!! So simple. There was no way I was going to get the string through the bead without the wire. You could also just use the wire to string your beads onto.

I hope you're enjoying your holiday seasoon as much as I am. Thanks for taking time to stop by and see me
Lorraine :0)




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    Raining Flowers in Melon Mambo

    Another Raining Flowers card. This time I used Melon Mambo and Old Olive with Whisper White. I added some of our beautiful satin ribbon and a greeting and here it is.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Hope you have a fabulous Friday!!


    Is it a Flower or Grapes?

    This card was created with the Raining Flowers stamp set. When I first saw this set I immediately thought of grapes and had to make this card. Even though the image is supposed to be flowers I thought they looked like grapes. So, the next time you pull out one of your stamp sets, try to look at it a little differently and see what you can come up with.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day!
    Lorraine :0)
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    Happy Mother's Day to all of you!
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    This post will remian on top until 4/6. SCROLL DOWN FOR NEWER POSTS.You're Invited to a High Tea & Card Making!

    This is going to be a fun and relaxing day and I can't wait to enjoy it with you. Come have high tea with me and we'll make some cards too. Lunch includes: - fresh fruit salad w/raspberry walnut vinaigrette topped with cottage cheese - an assortment of tea sandwiches - an assortment of tea pastries & of course, tea!! I will include all the materials to make 5 wonderful cards including envelopes. We will also have fun drawings for FREE stuff. Adhesive will be included as well. Make sure you RSVP to this fun event as seating is limited. If it fills up, I will set up a waiting list...but don't wait that long!! Lunch & Materials fee: $30 (this includes lunch, tea, materials and gratuity) Stampin' Hugs, Lorraine What: Stampin' Tea Party!! Where: Cynthia's Tea Garden 4071 Bay Street Fremont, CA When: April 9th, 2011, 1pm


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    Some Kissing Pics...

    Lydia Fiedler inspired me to do some kissing today!! Ok, probably not the kissing you were thinking of but stamp kissing! Yes, I love my stamps so much that I sometimes want to kiss them but that's not what I did this time...LOL!!!

    What I did was ink up my Ornate Blossom stamp (FREE with a $50 order) with Blushing Bride, then I inked up my swirly stamp from the Sweet Summer set (also FREE with a $50 order) with Chocolate Chip and stamped on to my Ornate Blossom stamp. So, you're stamping on a stamp, yes, that's correct. Then stamp it on to paper!! Voila! You just kissed your stamps!! Then I colored the image in with Certainly Celery and So Saffron markers.

    The inspiration for the color combo on this card came from a Yahoo group I belong to, Stampin' Up! Late Nite Stampers. If you're not a member of this group, you really should be. There are some super incredible stampers in this group and they share all kinds of AMAZING projects!!! This is one of the weekly challenges they give us. This one is for Challenge 113, it's a color challenge.-----my very first challenge EVER!!! The colors are Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and So Saffron.

    So, here's the card. What do you think? Let me know. I love to read comments you leave me so leave me some love my blog peeps!! :0)
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    Birthday Cupcakes

    Well, let me tell you...when I saw what I could do with my Petal Cone die for the Big Shot I got so excited!!! Corinne (aka Roxy) Summerville shared an oh-so-cute cupcake made with this die and boy did my wheels start turning. I was thinking of all the different cupcakes I could make, chocolate, strawberry, fluffy, swirly and polka dotty (ok, that's probably not a word), but you get the idea right? Well, here are the cupcakes that whirled around in my head. I hope you like them. :0) They almost look good enough to eat...yummmmmm!!

    Thanks for coming to see me today. Enjoy your FRIDAY!!

    Lorraine Castellon-Rowe
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    Princess Crown and a Blog Award-WOO HOO!!

    My son was invited to a birthday party for one of his good friends, Angela, so, of course, I needed to create something beautiful, sparkly and pink!! I searched the internet for a crown template and couldn't find one I liked. I wanted something unique so I created my own!! I'm sharing the template with you so, your job is to use it to create something and share it with everyone!

    Here's my princess crown...
    My son Randy and his friend, the birthday princess, Angela.My wonderful friend Rosie Gonzalez has awarded me with the Stylish Blogger Award!! THANKS ROSIE POSIE!!! What an honor it is to receive this special award again!! The rules state that I am supposed to share some unique things about me but since I've already done that on the first award I will not bore you with more uninteresting stuff about me. :0) I also need to pass this on to some other bloggers that inspire me so, here are the blogs I like to read daily to get the inspiration to create, live a happy life and be thankful for everything I have.

    Go pay these ladies a visit today, I promise, you will NOT be disappointed!!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday and hug the ones you love!

    Lorraine Castellon-Rowe
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    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯-- What can I say...I love my job!!

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