Sunday, February 27, 2011

New card design

A little confession: I love to make cards, but I never send any of them out! They are always so cute that I want to keep them all to myself like little works of art. Does anyone else do this?

One thing that is great about making cards is that you can use products that are cute but you never knew how to use them before on a layout. For example, I have some really cute French-themed Creative Imaginations paper and stickers that I won at a crop. I never had an opportunity to use them on any layout so I thought, "What about using them on a card?"

Well, here's the new card I just made using the products and I think it's pretty adorable! Plus I got to "shop my stash" and not buy a single thing to make it.


Supplies used--
Card base:  Die Cuts with a View
Patterned papers and dress form sticker: Creative Imaginations
Letter stickers: Sticko
Flowers: Heidi Grace for Fiskars and Prima
Adhesive pearl: unknown
Adhesives: Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac and Mini Adhesive Squares, EK Success Pop Dots
Ink: ColorBox Chalk Ink (Charcoal)

Monday, February 21, 2011

New "Better Living Through Scrapbooking" post is up!

My latest design team layout is up today on Better Living Through Scrapbooking!

Our challenge this time was to create a layout without words... no title, no journaling, nothing! I was totally apprehensive about how it would turn out since I always include at least a title on my layouts, but once I began working on it, it wasn't too bad. It really allowed the picture to be the focus, and it made me want to kick up the photo a notch so I experimented with making the pic black and white with just one little part left in color.

So head on over to the site and look at all of the design team's layouts. All of the my fellow team members are so talented and have such different styles so I am sure you will find something that will inspire you. And remember that if you enter your layouts in the February challenges, you will be entered to win a gift certificate from Queen Kat Stamps!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A free font for you

I changed the look of my blog a few weeks back. If you look at the sidebars, you will see the headings of each section (as well as my blog button) have a nice little handwritten font. Well guess what? That font is my handwriting and I want to share it with all of you!

I love using my computer to do my journaling for scrapbook pages, but I like the idea of having things in my own handwriting, so this is the best of both worlds!

Just click on the link below and download my handwriting for free (scroll to the bottom of the page to the button that says "Download Now with Filefactory Basic"). Then you can install the font to your computer and use my font! Hope you like it!

Lorrie's Hand

Monday, February 7, 2011

February challenge is up!

The new February challenge is up at Better Living Through Scrapbooking! Our fearless leader, Elizabeth, will be posting each of the design team's responses to the challenge throughout the day so you can see our takes on winter.

I want to encourage everyone to come join us for this month's first challenge. If you post a layout, you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Queen Kat Designs Stamp Co.

If you have never looked at the QKD site, you are missing out. There are some adorable stamps over there!

Adorable stamps from QKD! Very SQUEE-licious!

So head on over to Better Living Through Scrapbooking and get inspired!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Review of "CHA Live" with Scrapbook Royalty

As you may or may not know, it is one of my big dreams to actually go to a CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show. The thought of all of those scrapping companies and all of that new stuff just makes my heart go pitter-patter, but so far I have not been able to attend one. Just when I was feeling sad about missing CHA Winter 2011, I read about being able to watch it LIVE with Scrapbook Royalty!

So what is Scrapbook Royalty? Scrapbook Royalty is a volunteer-run non-profit organization (now under the umbrella of that helps crafters raise money for various causes. The group hosts and sponsors scrapbooking events all over the country to raise money for charities such as Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Clubs, Autism Speaks, and more. The CHA Live event raised money for Crops of Luv, a charity that makes scrapbooks for terminally-ill children who have been granted wishes through groups such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This year, Elena Etcheverry (founder of Scrapbook Royalty) and her team of talented ladies took on the daunting task of broadcasting live from CHA for all of us who couldn't attend the event. For three-and-a-half days, Elena did interviews with vendors and crafting "celebrities", ran all over the floor to show cool booths and products, and had fantastic make-and-takes that we could do at home (at-home participants got a BIG goody box with TONS of product!). We got to "chat" with other participants, ask questions to the vendors, and enjoy CHA without the hurting feet! There were minor technological glitches related to the site that was being used for the chat room, but Elena's enthusiasm and the opportunity to see so much of CHA more than made up for it.

I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this event. It was great to "virtually attend" CHA and the new products and websites that I learned about will keep my wallet empty well into the year! I can't say enough good things about Elena and all of the wonderful volunteers at Scrapbook Royalty for their time, dedication, and enthusiasm for this event.

Also thanks to Nikki Sivils, Flower Soft, Unity Stamps, Westcott, Clear Snap, Bazzill, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Prima Marketing, Faber Castell, Maya Road, Mod Podge, and Copic Markers for donating products included in the "swag bag".

P.S. All of the vendors that Elena spoke with were more than happy to donate some of their products for eBay auctions to further benefit Crops of Luv. So head on over to eBay (Seller name: princesslanie) and bid on the cool things that are being auctioned for a great cause.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Busy, busy, busy!

Hello lovies! Just wanted to stop in and let y'all know that I haven't forgotten about my lovely readers.

I have been busy as a little beaver this past week. I watched CHA Live via the Internet thanks to Scrapbook Royalty (and it was FANTASTIC! I'll blog more about that this week.), I began my new job, and I've been applying to some more design teams and magazine calls!

 Can't wait to fill everyone in on all that's going on!
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