Challenge #29 at StampInkPaper

I love the challenges at StampInkPaper for a lot of reasons but primarily because they get me out of  crafty funk - they are mojo inspiring!

This week's is fun, the sketch is nice and simple and I needed that this week : )

Here is my card -

Try your hand at their challenge this week, and then share your beautiful creation!

Cya next time, Lorri


Wanna see my first Junk Journal?

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I hope this new year is amazing for everyone reading - filled with prosperity for all you attempt and success in abundance too : )

Now on the the Junk Journal!

I know, I have made many albums and even a journal or 2 but never a JUNK journal!

I absolutely love the thought of recycling what might have been trash into my crafts... you know I am just an old tree hugger : )

I used up most of my Prima Romance Novel scraps, some of my 12x12 collection and killed a lil 6x6 pad I had some of - I am happy to have used up some paper!
I made the base from a file folder and I made some coffee stained paper to make the signatures from - for more info please watch the video.

I also did a follow up video showing how to make a gusseted pocket if that interests you : )

In the subject box you will find a link to original designer of the mini - I just copied her and added my own twist to it... 

Here is the video showing the bones of the JJ

 if you watch the videos and like them please subscribe and give me a thumbs up : )

Cya next time ~Lo


SIP Challenge #25!

Bored? Looking for something to challenge yourself with? Go over to Stamp Ink Paper and make a card! : )
This week's challenge is a fun one because it can be anything you want!

I finally got to use my Tim Holtz Boughs of Holly die, I love those on the edge dies! I don't know who makes the background die so I won't try to guess... I also used the Tim Holtz Festive Ephemera pack, ribbon from Joanns and beautiful Flavours brand Thai Basil card stock (green) and Stardream brand metallic jupiter cardstock (red) - the card base is Royal Sundance Linen 80lb cardstock in the color natural and of course, as almost always, all my paper choices can be purchased at CutCardStock.com and they are all on sale this week!

The cardboard on the front is just packing material! Save your interesting packing material and see if you can't recycle it into a project : )

Ok I showed you my awesome, wonderfully festive card - now get off my blog and go get crafty or bake something : )

til next time, Lo


SIP Sketch Challenge...

Hi! Hope this wonderful tuesday finds you well! And warm and cozy 'because here in north dakota it is bbbbbrrrrr cold and just going to get colder tomorrow! EKKkkkk I am not ready for winter!

...but thankfully I have toys to keep my mind off old man winter...

Today I played along with the SIP (Stamp Ink Paper) Challenge #23) for the first time - I also played with my new november paper pumpkin kit from stampin up - I like this little kit so much this month! Even the inside of the envelopes are cute!

Ok - this is the sketch you start with - 

This is what I made from it - 

and a peek at the inside : )

ok so it you like the sketch go and play along!

Bye guys, cya next time ~ Lo


Chunky charms and cards to show!


I have been feeling 'fallish' I think summer may be over for us in north dakota, we have had fall weather for the past week and it is delicious! Those few 90+ degree days were rough!

I have been passing the evenings crafting, as usual, this week I made some chunky charms and also a couple cards... funny thing, I made the cards upside down! too funny - just remounted them and they are fine : )

Chunky charm share first - there is not infor to share as far as the beads or charms - they are just random from my stash and the chains and hardware are just findings from my stash too...

I really like how they turned out!

Ok now the cards - 

the first cards are fall themed, my favorite season : ) I at first thought they were too plain but Larry said they look fine... lol, I will trust him on this : )

and then the halloween, I love the halloween one, I just like halloween I think : )

both the main character of the cards - the monster and the pumpkins are lawn fawn dies and the houses and fences come from sizzix on the edge dies... the spooky cemetery and the border pumpkins are Martha Stewart punches. All solid paper involved comes from cutcardstock.com and the patterened paper is CEI. The trim is called 'In The Loom' It came from a destash I bought so I don't know where is came from... and all the leaves on the table are cut from a paper smooches die called Leaves1,  yes just leaves1...

Jennifer told me I needed to make my photos have more 'curb appeal' lol, I hope this is what she meant... if not the next ones I will go out side and take ; )

It is august 24th and it is 43 degrees outside... my feet are so cold!

I hope it is a nice 72 degrees (what I feel is the perfect temp) wherever you, my readers may be with a nice warm southerly breeze just barely blowing the corner of your beach towel... nope, subliminal imagery did not work, my feet are still cold!

Cya! ~ Lorri : )

PS my next share will be my 'LoDori'... LOL, don't miss it!


Real quick card share

I saw a card on Brandys Youtube (but I am linking you to her blog : ) the design of the card was so cute! So I cased it!

Isn't the design unique? I think so!

This is for the card swap in Stampin Addicts on facebook, one of my most favorite swap groups.
This swap was for the generic one, a stamp set you had not been inspired to use yet.

the stamp and die set I used is from Paper Smooches and it is called Super Hero.
I also used the Paper Smooches Space set for the stars.
The card stock is all the Basis Brand, go find it at cutcardstock.com
the twine is Lawn Fawn.

that's all folks : )
See ya next time, same place, different date and time : )


I had a revelation... why my mojo fled.


This week I have been creatively constipated... that's what I will call it... cause I really wanted to create, be productive but try as hard as I might I just couldn't force it... lol, great analogy, right?

I figured it out - as I was watching delygirl1962 over on youtube show off her newest journal it hit me... I am forcing myself to work with bright colors, PINK, and I do not like them, most especially I do not like PINK, I hate the whole style of what I am forcing myself to make and I am doing it just to 'fit in'... we all know I do not ever compromise myself to 'fit in' so I had to question myself why I was doing it now... I had to sit and think... I am doing it because it is something I bought and I just hate to not use it... I love the designer who sent me this kit, she is an amazing person... and I will finish this album, gift it to someone who likes these repulsive colors (hahahahaha) and move on to something grungy and dirty and be me again! And it has GOLD in it, lol, yes bright GOLD... not coppery gold, not beautiful brassy gold, but bright gold... lol, UUUGGGGG....

this is a preview of how far I have got and a sample of what I will tag and embellish with... oh the cheerfulness of it all is disturbing!

Now on to more positive things, the previous week I really did accomplish some stuff... I made some bookmarks - they are so cute!

and yesterday... no maybe it was friday...hhhuuummmmm I do not recall, anyhow I played with Lamekas stamp set 'Besties' I am not sure if it is her newest but it is so cute, it is one I wanted to have! You can get her stamps over at pinkbowties.biz

 and the Stamps set - so cute!

so to close this post I will add - I am going to go on a spending freeze, I have so many new things and have had no desire to play - so for the next few weeks I am going to shop my stash and play that way.

Next time you find your mojo has left the building, try and determine why... maybe you're stifling yourself!

Have a great week and get your crafty groove on!