Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Holidays

I hope your holiday was wonderful, as mine was. DH and I went to his dad's Christmas Eve and then to my mom's to spend Christmas Day with her and my brother.
I ate too much, received too many gifts and laughed constantly ! (Sofa King----sorry, inside joke)
Despite DH's layoff, we enjoyed Christmas. Ü

Next holiday, New Year's Eve. We will probably just enjoy it in the comfort of our home, quietly. Probably we will hit the hay well before midnight. Why is it so much more important when you are younger to celebrate the changing year? I'm not THAT old, but it just doesn't seem as appealing to go out in a smoke filled, crowded venue and drink too many drinks and stay up way too late only to wake up mid-afternoon the next day feeling like you've been hit by a Mack truck........ Not my kind of celebration. Sorry.

Call me a wet blanket.....call me a Negative Nancy......whatever.

Maybe I can think of some "goals" for 2009.

1. Think positively, speak positively, live positively
2. see #1

(I thought 2 goals looked better than just one anyway.)

I finally have begun reading the Twilight series......OMG, I'm halfway finished with the first book and I just started last night !
I don't know what it is about that book, but it's hard to put down---it MAKES you want to read it. It's hard to explain. Read it if you want to know.

Adios 2008-----glad you're through with us.
On to 2009-----please be kind to us !!!


Monday, December 1, 2008

It's been a long, long road....

I'm sorry I have been neglecting you for so long. There have been many things going on since I last posted. I will try not to bore you with all the deets.
Hubby has been laid off from work as of today. SO, we will be penny pinching until he gets called back OR he gets something new. Oh Joy. Great timing too! =/

For some fun I will be posting my 24 days of Christmas gifts I have been sent. I was in a swap and I sent 24-ish things to my swap partner and I got sent a box of goodies to unwrap every day until Christmas!
Here is today's gift, a cute little "congratulations" stamp from Studio G.
OK, well it looks like since I had my computer worked on, the pictures I just took aren't working.....I'll have to get DH to see what's going on.....

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Card for Mom.....Because, Because

Today I came across this sentiment and thought of my mom. We have been kidding with her for awhile about her getting stuck on the word "because". She says it a couple of times when she's explaining things. She draws out the 'ause' so it sounds like this: be-cauuuuuuse, be-cauuuuuse......

I'm sure I will get picked on as time goes on.....thank goodness she's a good sport!

Monday, August 4, 2008

My AMuse Cards

Here are a few cards I've created with my new AMuse stamps and paper!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Stamp Room, Part 2

DH and I have been working on my stamp room this weekend. Friday we hung the cabinets, given to us by DH's mom (THANKS NANCY !!!). She remodeled their store and gave us the used cabinets--which look almost like our kitchen cabinets!
I love how they look on my Old Olive walls!
Saturday I loaded the room (with most of my stuff) and today I'm still working on organizing it. It's hard to decide where you want everything. I tried to think of the things I use alot and put them close at hand. I still want to hang my ink pads and punches so they're not taking up space on the counter. I want to reorganize my papers to vertical storage but I haven't found the right containers yet. So for now, the 12X12's are still in pizza boxes and the 8 1/2X11's are in paper trays. I want to spray paint my ink pad holder (wooden casette tape holder) and my ribbon and other jar lids white so they all match my other containers. I also want to velcro a white curtain to my lower corner cabinet. It had a wonky door so we just took it off. The toe kicks will be covered (the cabinets had slight water damage due to an overflowing dishwasher!). HMMM....what else.....Oh, I'm going to hang a shelf so my ribbon jars will be off of the counter and lookin' pretty all lined up. I will also reorganize my scrap paper storage so their in hanging folders in my plastic drawer/organizer thingy.
How do you organize your individual stamps? I have my SU stamps in the plastic cases in a cabinet, but I don't know how I want to do the individuals......
Thanks for looking and if you have any ideas for me, please let me know !

Wishing you Inspiration,

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Back from Biloxi

We had a fun time in Biloxi, Mississippi the past 5 days. Here's a brief rundown:

Friday- Arrived in Biloxi around 5:30pm. Checked in hotel and dropped off luggage. Drove to the beach to look at the scenery. Sat on the white sand and watched the sun go down.

Saturday- Spent some $$ at the Hard Rock Casino. Got a massage at the Rock Spa. Ate shrimp creole at Cafe New Orleans. OMG, can you say YUM-ALICIOUS????

Sunday- Beach day. Waaaaaaay too hot ! Heat index was 102. (We found that out later) No wonder it was so blankin' HOT! Won $$ at Island View and The Palace casino's.
Monday- Shopping day. Ate fresh fried shrimp at Aunt Jennie's. WOW, I never knew how much better FRESH shrimp tasted!! MMMMMMMMMMM

Tuesday- Went sailing on the Biloxi Schooner. Beautiful ship and beautiful views. Painted at a "Canvas and Cocktails" class. FUN DAY !

Wednesday- Made the 11 1/2 hour, 700 mile trip back to Indiana.
Wishing you Inspiration,

Monday, June 30, 2008

What I've Been Up To

I haven't been online for awhile because I am in the middle of redoing my stamp room !!! I did alot of "research" on colors--OK, OK, I just looked at all the postings of stamp rooms on SCS and Two Peas. Even though my favorite color is PINK, I didn't think I'd want pink walls. I decided that the rooms that had green colored walls were the ones I thought looked cozy. The color I chose is a cross between Old Olive and Certainly Celery. It's called "Sea Green" by Kilz (at Walmart). The pics show before, during (while painting the primer white color) and the first coat of the finished product.
Next step is installing the cabinets we got from DH's mom. Long story, the cabinets are used but are in good enough shape to use in my stamp room.

I am trying to decide on a name to call my room. I don't do scrapbooking, just rubber stamping/papercrafting. We thought about just calling it the "Green Room" but that's just too boring, I think. I don't know why I want to name my special room, but I do. I'm a bit odd, I know! Ü
Any cool ideas?????

Wishing you Inspiration,

Friday, June 13, 2008

Color Challenge #11 !!

I decided to make two cards since they were so small. Both are 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" So Saffron cards. On the square one I punched 3 squares, Versamarked the stars and swirls on all 3 squares and mounted them on white with pop dots to lift them up off the paper. I used black ink stamped off once and then stamped "hello". (I do not have anything gray so this was my feeble attempt.)

Cardstock: SU So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Rose Red
Stamps: Great Impressions, stars and swirls; Inkadinkado, sentiment
Ink: Versamark, SU Basic Black
Other: Pop Dots, SU Snail

The circle design card was stamped 3 times in 3 different colors of ink. Parts of the design were cut out and mounted together using pop dots. The circle in the middle was punched out and I attached a silver brad to the middle. It was adhered to the middle of the design with a pop dot.

Cardstock: SU So Saffron, Whisper White, Rose Red
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: SU Old Olive, Rose Red and So Saffron
Other: Silver brad, office supply area @ Walmart; Pop Dots, SU Snail
Wishing YOU Inspiration,

Monday, June 9, 2008

Fun Stuff !

I saw this on another blog and thought it would be fun to go through. Mine are in PINK.

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped'
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland (town)
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch (if you know what that is--inside joke)
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox.
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Random things about me.....

I saw these questions on another blog and I thought it would be fun to do!

1.WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE ? No, I am my own unique person.
2.WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Sunday, my feelings got hurt.
3.DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Handwriting, no. Printing, yes.
5.DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Not yet.
7.DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT? Not a whole lot, but I do use it.
8.DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?No, I had them and my adenoids removed whein I was 12.
10.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Malt-O-Meal's Marshmallow Mateys
11.DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I usually wear slip-ons, but when I wear tied shoes, no, I just slip them off.
12.DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? In what sense? Physically, not really. Mentally, mediocre. Smelling?, I hope NOT! Ü
13.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Right now it's Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia
14.WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? I haven't thought about it, but probably their teeth.
15.RED OR PINK? Definitely PINK!
17.WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My dad (12/14/1991)
18.WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Brown gaucho's from Land's End, no shoes
20.WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The traffic going by my house
22.FAVORITE SMELLS? My husband, Downy or Bounce dryer sheets, Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush "Slice of Heaven" scent, Baby Magic lotion on babies (I work in a childcare center), sweet food scented wax tarts.
25.HAIR COLOR? Brown with a hint of white---YIKES!
26.EYE COLOR? Brown
27.DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I did until my allergies got the best of me.
28.FAVORITE FOOD? Is chocolate considered a "food"?
29.SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Definitely happy endings.
30.LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The 40 Year Old Virgin (on TV)
31.WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? It's called Salmon--I order the work shirts for everyone, so I know the technical colors....heheee
32.SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer if it would stay in the 70's !
34.FAVORITE DESSERT? Is chocolate considered a "dessert"? heheee
35.WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I started reading "The Friday Night Knitting Club"
36.WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? It looks like crumbs. Ü
39.ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Neither, really.
41.DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Yeah, unfortunately.
42.WHERE WERE YOU BORN? In a hospital !

Now it's your turn !

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Challenge #10 Card

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It's pretty muggy outside, so I will be a cool cucumber inside. Ü

I decided to make a super simple card for the #10 challenge at Kristina Werner's blog.

To the right you can see the inspiration she chose for this week . The colors are: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, So Saffron and Not Quite Navy.

I made waves with the navy color and for the clouds I used a flower from the Die Cut Blooms kit. The squares were punched out with a paper punch and I added the letters from American Crafts Thickers. I wrote the word "have" above the letter F with just a black ink pen because my Gelly Roll pen would not work no matter how much I scribbled with it ! Ü --Any ideas how I could get it to work?

Wishing you Inspiration, Lori

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Azalea Path and Arboretum & My Card

Today we visited the new arboretum near here. It was simply beautiful. Winding paths took us to see two small lakes, a waterfall, numerous wood carvings made from trees that were downed by a tornado, beautiful rose bushes, clematis, lots of different trees, small wildlife and of course lots of beautiful blooming azaleas.

I am sharing some of the pictures I took while we strolled through this lovely nature park.

After we arrived home, I decided to make cupcakes. I used a yellow cake mix, added chocolate chips and iced them with whipped chocolate icing. Unfortunately, the chocolate chips sunk to the bottom of the cupcakes, but they still taste good.

Also I will show you the card I made for my first Inspiration Idea--RED, WHITE and BLUE.

Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Wishing you Inspiration,


Friday, May 23, 2008

Inspiration Idea #1

For my some of the challenges, I may chose not to put limits on the choices. I will choose a picture that catches my eye and present it to you. It's your turn to make your own choices of how you want to interperet the picture to create your artwork. For example, if you see a shape say, on a wall in the picture and you want to make a card with just those shapes, GO FOR IT! If you like the color combinations in the picture, feel free to use those colors.

Other challenges I may have stipulations on. I may choose the embellishments you can or cannot use, colors you are to use or maybe which kind of fold to use on your card.

Now, on to my Inspiration Idea #1 !!

For my first Inspiration Idea, I want you to make a card using the colors RED, WHITE and BLUE in honor of Memorial Day here in America. Feel free to use any designs, style, shades of these three colors, etc. that inspire YOU to grab your supplies and create your unique work of art!

Please show your artwork by adding the webpage link in the comments in this post . A photo of your card can be on a blog or in an online gallery.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hi There

Here is a circle card I made using my Coluzzle circle cutter. The scalloped green galore circle is made by cutting a circle and then by using the corner rounder (with the guide removed). I went around the circle, cutting each scallop. I used the SU marker to dot around the edge of the card and on each scallop. The ribbon is knotted. The picture only shows one tail.....there are two!

The picture makes the inner circles look uncentered. They're not. Ü


Paper: SU green galore, pixie pink and bashful blue.

Ribbon: SU chocolate

Rub Ons: American Crafts mini marks-brown

Ink: SU Stampin Write marker in close to cocoa

I will be deciding on a challenge soon.......STAY TUNED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing you Inspiration,


Monday, May 19, 2008


Ok, so it's not a chicken dinner, but you do win CANDY.......


Please email me with your name/addy. I will get the goodies out to you ASAP !

Thanks so much girls for playin'. I will definitely be posting more cards and their ingredients/measurements, etc.
I am also planning on doing more fun stuff !!!

Thanks so much for your time.

Wishing you Inspiration,


Friday, May 16, 2008

Graduation Card

My mom "commissioned" me to make some graduation cards for her. Here is my first one, made for a girl grad. The school colors are black and gold.

After I took this pic I put a little gemstone on the tassel to glam it up a tiny bit.

I had never worked with black before. It's HARD to work with, but the result looks OK I think.

Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ribbon: May Arts; Paper: Stampin' UP Summer Sun, Walmart Black, pattern, unknown; Other: Paper Studio gemstones

Wishing you Inspiration,


1000 HITS Card Candy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In celebration of 1,000 hits on Playin' With Paper, I am giving away some card candy to ONE LUCKY WINNER !!!! Everything you see in the picture will be YOURS if you are the chosen one!

But to be eligible to win, you must post suggestions of things you would like to see on my blog. I want this blog to be inspiring and fun to visit, so ideas from you are VERY important to me. I will do my best to come through for you!

I will choose a random winner on Sunday, May 18th.


Wishing you Inspiration,


Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's been a WEEK already?

Wow, this week has flown by ! Here is my Color Challenge #9 from Kristina's blog:

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Color Inspiration #8 take two

Here is the second card I just made for Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #8. Please see next post for my first card.

I really got into circles with this one....Hope you likey!

Wishing you inspiration,


Color Inspiration #8

Kristina has a fun challenge on her blog. Every week she chooses color combo's from something she's found online (usually bedding) and we get to make cards using those wonderful colors.
This week she has chosen 4 colors--whisper white, bashful blue, pumpkin pie and brilliant blue. You can go to her blog by clicking on the link on the right side ------->>>>

Here is my card. The windows beside the bed inspired me to use the circles on my card. I hope you enjoy it !

Wishing you inspiration,


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mom's Day Card

Today I worked on Mom's Day cards.

I used:

SU! Certainly Celery cardstock, petite posies paper by Karen Neuburger, SU! Rose grosgrain ribbon, SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter, SU! Polka Dot background stamp, MM big brad and fake dew drops I found in the floral department at Michael's.

Now I need to make a Birthday card for my Grandma, she's turning 97 on Mother's Day !

Wishing you Inspiration,


Citrus Colors

Today I received my Tart & Tangy and Polka Dot background stamps and I wanted to use them right away! After looking at SCS's gallery pics of the Tart & Tangy set, I decided to use the orange shape to stamp lemons, limes and oranges to use on a card. (I even saw one stamped in pink to represent pink grapefruit....COOL, huh?!?! I chose pumpkin pie, green galore and yoyo yellow as my colors. I made two versions of the same idea to see which one I liked better. Which one do you vote for??

I thought I could use them for a get well card, to remind the sick person to take their vitamin C......or to give to my friend (who is on Weight Watchers with me) to remind her to eat her fruits. I could also use these cards as a summertime "thinking of you" card.

Really, this set is very versatile and is sure to become a classic stamp set in my collection.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Hi all ! Today's card was inspired by Kristina Werner's Make a Card Monday for today. She has a tutorial on how she made it on her website under the card.


She used ribbon to weave her embellishment. It was such a cool idea, so I thought I'd try too !
I thought it turned out pretty cute. It was hard to weave all those ribbons and get them onto the square card though!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Puppy Love

Today I was in my "studio"....I quoted the word 'studio' because it really doesn't look much like one--it's a TOTAL disaster area. I am in the process of cleaning it up and fixing it up-taking all my artsy bits and pieces out, painting the walls, putting in used cabinets (given to us by DH's mom), reorganizing everything into it's logical area, and finally calling it my "studio". I have realized this might take awhile, but I know it will be well worth the effort.

Anyway, as I was saying, I was in my studio and since I have puppy on the brain, I made a "Thanks a bunch" card using a cute Art Gone Wild Puppy Basket stamp I got last weekend. The sentiment is from Penny Black. I think it turned out quite cute! Enjoy!

The Big D

My hubby is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. Always has been, always will be. Period. He has a number of caps he wears all year long. He recently got this hat and it inspired me to make a card for him. It's a simple design, but I think I like the way it turned out. He liked it too. Ü