Monthly Archives: August 2012

Organization-A glimpse into “The Den.”


A request for suggestions from a fellow OWHer about storage prompted this long over due post on organization.  If you can’t find it, you won’t use it!  For me, if I don’t see it, I forget I have it.  I have reorganized my stuff so many times, I have finally found what works for me, as well as the space I have.

I love looking at other peoples work areas to get ideas.  Here is my “den.”

I am fortunate to have a guest bedroom with a murphy bed.  I work on both my desk as well as a large folding table.  To accommodate company, I simply fold up the table and put it in the craft closet.

My craft closet is a regular bedroom closet with the doors removed.  I replaced the doors with curtains, so I can close it off.  My husband built me a counter height surface for my paper cutter and my die machine.  He also installed removable dowels for my ribbon.  I installed a work light, a small fan and cubicles from Target.  The cubicle configurations create storage under the counter, above the counter as well as to the side of the counter.  I can see everything.

Next to my desk I have a cabinet with overhead storage, a middle surface and drawers.  Next to that is a book shelf holding 12×12 paper storage cubes, some vertical, some horizontal.  I supplemented the area with Cropper Hopper vertical holders as well as plastic 12 x 12 envelopes.  I installed a curtain on a small tension rod so I can “hide it.”  I store my inks and markers next to where I work.

I store my acrylic stamps, my punches and my small dies in drawers.  The room has a television, a computer and a place for my cats to hang out while I work.

Basically, the stuff I use the most is right where I can get to it without even having to get up!  (c0uld explain the weight gain!)

Hope you get some good ideas.  Have a happy Labor Day.


It’s Spooktacular!


You only have four more days to sign up for the Howl-o-ween Spooktacular Stampin’ Up!  new demonstrator kit!

For  only $99.00 you get your customizable kit (the stuff you want), and all of the supplies shown to create this printer tray project, a $60 value.  Yes, the printer’s tray is included.

Note: new recruits who earn a kit will be able to order it with their first demonstrator order beginning September 1. Demonstrators and new recruits will have until October 31 to redeem their free project kit.

You don’t have to sell products.  Hobbyists are welcome.  I became a demonstrator for the discount and the additional free swag I get from the amount I order.  You can cancel at any time with no additional obligation or penalty.

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Christmas Tree Bling – OWH Sketch #135


Howdy All.

It is Sunday, which means a new sketch challenge from Operation Write Home.

Sketches are like inkblot tests.  Everyone sees something different in each sketch.  It is fun to see what all the card makers come up with.

The card recipe is below.  All supplies used unless otherwise indicated are from Stampin’ Up! and are currently available at my online store.  When you purchase from my online store, you get preferred pricing (10% off) and the products are shipped directly to you, normally within 3-4 days.

Card Stock and Designer Series Paper:  The white card stock is from Papetrey Ink.  The Designer Series Paper is Stampin’ Up! “Be of Good Cheer,” the red card stock is “Cherry Cobbler.”

Stamps: I used the “Chock Full of Cheer” set for the ornament top, and “Ornament Keepsakes” for the ornament.

I used White Embossing Powder for the ornament, and Clear Embossing Powder to highlight the tree.  The tree was stamped in “Wild Wasabi,” using a stamp I have had for several years from Inkadinkadoo.

To embellish, I used “Jewels Basics” diamonds, and a piece of silver elastic.

“Beau – ti-ful” Baby Friends-OWH Midweek Throwdown


Howdy All.  Feeling good, just got another box of cards in the mail to the Heroes.  Now, time to start over again.  This time I can concentrate on winter and Christmas.  I have gotten so used to thinking two months ahead, I tend to lose track of my own time line.

August is birthday month for our family and friends.  I think there are more events in August than any other month of the year.

Since today’s OWH Midweek Throw Down challenge was a “supply challenge (”  This week card makers were challenged to make cards that used the following supplies:

Pattern Paper(s), dies and paper punches.  Since I am working on using up scraps, this was a great challenge.  A little bit of pattern can go a long way.

I promise to retire the “Beau Chateau” paper postings after this, but couldn’t resist.  Love this kitten and Puppy.

The Beau Chateau paper is a retired Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papaer.  I used Crumb Cake and Marina Mist card stock.  The stamp set was Storybook Friends.  The only ink I used was crumb cake.  The doilies were cut from the Perfect Pennants die, using the Big Shot, and the lace edges were created by using the Scallop Trim border punch.

Pattern Paper, check; die cuts, check, paper punch, check!

Send Some Bunny Love – Rabbit


Seems like every organization needs a little help these days.  If you are like me, spare cash is not readily available, but paper crafting supplies are!  Most charities have auction fund raising events from time to time.  You can help your favorite charity by donating some of your creations for auction.

A long-time girl friend who lives in Tacoma, saw my “Beau Chateau” cards on the blog and thought they would make wonderful cards for a charity auction.  Since she always had plenty of animals around while growing up, I was not surprised when I found out the charity was a shelter organization for unwanted and mistreated rabbits.  Rabbit Haven is a non-profit organization in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Check out the bunnies and send them some love @

Send 150 Smiles

For all you from whom I have purchased fundraising candy and “crap” over the years to help your school kids, here is how you can pay back.


Our soldiers risk their lives for you every day. You can show your appreciation and say “thanks,” for a nominal amount.

Did you know this small amount sends approx. 150 hand made greeting cards to our nations deployed military personnel so they can write home to their families.

Go now, don’t wait to
Or, click on the “donate” via paypal button on the right side of my blog.
Feel free to donate more. (love you all) Lori


Craft Paper Challenge-OWH


What is craft paper, you ask?  Craft paper is a brown paper that looks like a supermarket bag, or khaki’s.  Todays MWT (Midweek Throwdown) challenge for OWH (Operation Write Home), was to make a card of craft paper with a few other colors.  I have never made a card where craft paper was the “star.”

This wasn’t too hard to design, because “Crumb Cake” is my all time favorite card stock.  I use it with most of my cards.  It goes with everything!  The embossing makes the top piece stand out while highlighting the sentiment.

I am happy to report all of the supplies used ARE Stampin’ Up! and are currently available 24/7 at my online store.

So, here goes, the recipe is below:

You’re Amazing Crumb Cake

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse

Inks:  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler and Summer Starfruit

Stamp Set:  You’re Amazing, from the World Spectacular Suite  (I love this suite!).

Tools:  Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelit, Big Shot, Paper Piercing Tool, Essential Paper-Piercing Pak, Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  You will notice the piercing mat matches the design of the Framelit.

Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, silver mini brads.

Beau Chateau Girl


Happy Crafting All.

I have buried myself into my card-making again.  Hoping to finish another 50 cards prior to the Fall OWH deadline of Aug 31.  Then it will be time to work on Christmas.  Time goes much faster when you are working two months ahead!  I am concentrating this month on cards for deployed soldiers to send to their children.

When I sit down to design, I have some idea of what I want to do.  I wanted to make cards for girls, tween to teen, and  young girls.  I knew I wanted something pink, to start.  Later I will concentrate on “non-pink” girl cards.  Not every little girl loves pink.

As always, the supplies I used are available online, unless otherwise specified, 24/7 through my Stampin’ Up! store.  When you purchase online, you get a 10% discount, and you help me continue to support OWH, by making cards for soldiers.

I searched through my papers and found a retired set, “Beau Chateau.”  When I bought this paper, I had no idea what to do with it.  It is kind of French Country, and has roosters and chicken wire in shades of pink and blue…hmmmm.  As a whole, the paper is beautiful.  I fell in love with several papers, but alone, I thought the papers were a “little much” to stand on their own.  Sometimes a little bit of paper goes a longer way than a lot of paper.   After a little tweaking, I completed three different cards with three different looks.  By making small changes, you can create cards that are more or less vintage, depending on the amount of “aging” you do.  The best part of “vintage,” is that it has no season.

Card #1 is a combination of sweet, vintage sophistication.  I thought this was a lovely card for a tween, who wants to feel a little grown up, or the teen princess.  To go from sophisticated young lady to little girl, the sentiment contains a bunny instead of a tiara.  Card #2 is for a story book princess, a young girl.  Card #3 is a vintage story book princess.  Okay, I confess, I ran out of Polka Dot Paper, but I think I love this more!

The recipes are below.  Which look do you like best?




Card Stock and Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette and Beau Chateau DSP (designer series paper), retired and First Edition DSP (card 1).

Stamp Sets and Ink”  Loved Ones -retired (card one), and Story Book Friends (card two and three).  The only ink I used, was Crumb Cake.

Tools:  Scallop Trip Border Punch (card 2 and 3), Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die (to create the doilies on Card 1 and 2), 1 75″ Scallop Circle Punch, and 1.75″ Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (card 3) with Crumb Cake Ink  applied with a brayer.

Embellishments:  Card – 1 -Victoria Crochet Trim and First Edition DSP (both were tea-stained), Linen Thread and pink Twitterpated button (retired).  Card – 2 – Soft Suede 1.5″ Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon (sadly retired – it’s my favorite for vintage cards).  I used “diamonds” from the Rhinestones Basic Jewels pack.
Hope this has left you with some new ideas.  Craft Happy!

You Amaze Me – OWH Sketch 133


Well, vacation is over and I am back in the paper-crafting groove.  Working on the next box to mail to the heroes.  Today’s sketch challenge is from the OWH Sketch Library, sketch #133.  When I saw this sketch, I immediately saw a use for a stamp set I had not used before.  The card recipe is below the photos.  As always, all supplies listed are currently available at my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Card Stock Used:  Real Red, Whisper White and “Polka Dot Parade,” a new this catalog, Designer Series Paper

Stamp Set and Ink:  “Totally A-maze-ing” (retired) stamp set, “Soft Suede,” and Pewter embossing powder with the heat tool.

Tools:  2.5 inch circle punch, small heart punch and Stampin’ dimensionals.

Thanks Hero! Sketch #132


Hello.  After a ten day break, I am back in the craft room.  What did I learn during my ten days relaxing in the mountains?  Don’t take a laptop!  Being the addict that I am, I was checking the OWH site daily to see what challenges, etc… I was missing.  When I got back I decided I needed to catch up on all the challenges, but then I realized I could just start with the currents and not regret entering the ones I missed.  The most important card challenge is the “Our Daily Bread (ODB) Challenge.”  For every 50 cards submitted for the challenge, “Our Daily Bread” will donate the cost of shipping two boxes of cards to our heroes.  What deal.  The August challenge was to make a masculine card.  I found a new sketch to try (sketch challenge), the Midweek Throwdown was for Thank you Cards for heroes, and then someone mentioned the Olympics.  Sooooo, I caught up my challenges with one card!  The card recipe is below the photos.

Card Recipe: All products are currently available 24/7 on my Stampin’ Up! site, unless otherwise indicated.

Sketch #132 OWH Library

Just a reminder, if you need ideas or help with design layout, OWH is one of the few websites that includes the measurements on the card sketch.

Paper:  Nearly Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Naturals White

Embellishments:  Hodgepodge Hardware (retired), 3/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Navy/White 1.25 ribbon (retired).  Cuttlebug star embossing folder and red star where purchased from a craft supply store.

Stampin’ Up Current Offers/Promotions


Dates:November  1 – December 16, 2012

Promotion Details: New demonstrators who join the Stampin’ Up! family during the promotion period will received a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads–they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals! It’s INK-redible!

Current Stampin’ Up Promotion

But that’s not all–as the recruiter, you’ll receive the brand-new Chalk Talk Stamp Set from the 2013-2014 annual catalog. What better reason to talk about Stampin’ Up! with everyone you know than a FREE stamp set?