Friday, January 30, 2009

Luv Bug Weekend - Word and Sweets

Hi Everyone!!! Welcome to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's 1st Valentine Blog Hop!! So sorry for the delay in getting your prizes posted. As my friend Terri, told you all yesterday my internet was out due to the Winter Storm!! Brrr! As for now all systems are a go!!

Most of you have already come and picked up the "Word" you needed and I'd like to say Thank you for all you kind well wishes and wonderful comments!! This Paper Craft Community is the BEST!!

Ok, Ok now down to the good stuff...the stuff you came here for!!! Ohhh, this is so much fun and exciting!!
"Sweets for my Sweet"

You not only get the 6 Little 3X3 Valentine Cards above, I will also make you a mug!! It can say whatever you want it to, like...."My Heart belongs to Mommy" (as seen above), or "I heart Daddy" or "I heart Scrapbooking" or "My Heart belongs to Stamps".
You get the idea...Whatever you want (as long as it can fit on he mug that is). So be sure to leave a comment and I will randomly pick a winner Sunday at 12pm est, and post the winner Monday morning!!! Good Luck and Happy Hopping!!!

Here is your word: "OR"

Now, go to the side bar and look under Jenn M for your next word.

A few reminders:

1) Luv Bug Weekend lasts all weekend, so hop back often.

2) Sunday I will have a Altered Tin Mailbox Tutorial on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!! Fun Fun!!

3) There is still time to participate in my Weave Card Challenge and WIN!! Click HERE for details!

Valentine Paper Bag Album

Wedding Couple Image is hand drawn by LORi BoYD and Copyrighted2004-2009
Do Not Copy for any reason.
Thank You!

Hi Everyone!!
Finally, I have internet (it's not working the best or the fastest, but at least for the moment it is working) Yippee!! Thank you all so so much for the wonderful comments and best wishes!! I wasn't able to get my Paper Bag Album posted on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog for my 10 am spot, so I decided to just post it here.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a Paper Bag Album - the Album itself is made of 4 to 5 Paper Bags. Ironed, then folded in half, then stacked together to make the Album!! You can then sew it at the binding to reinforce the the durability, and punch holes to add ribbons (or any other chose of embellishment, such as Cord, yard, rings, etc). Then you just got to each page and embellish as little or as much as you wish!!
Hope you all enjoyed it!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #16

Boo Hoo!! Due to the Winter Storm and No internet, I missed out on getting my card sent to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog in time for the Be Inspired Challenge #16. I will just post it here instead. As you can see I can do other colors besides Pinks and Greens (LOL) and look I can even do boyish cards!! Who would have thought!! LOL!

A Distressed Card

Bad Weather - I am Back!!!

Well, as you all (those of you with electric, cable, internet, phones) have probably seen there have been a few states dealing with a Winter Storm. Kentucky is one of those states and we experienced some complications from the weather. It is now about 10:45 am on Thursday, Jan 29th and I can now say that we have everything back, up and running (with nearly 300 emails to read)!!
I have to admit in a way it was a nice break from everything... Eric was off 2 of the days and we played puzzles, games and just had good ole' family fun!!
On a sad note, I did miss out on getting my card loaded for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Be Inspired #16 Distressed Card, so I will have to post it here (in the next post).

Here is a picture of the weather...What you can see is pretty, it's what you can't see that is so dangerous!!
This is today...NOTHING compared to yesterday!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

WOW! Card of the

Holy Moly!!
(No, Terri Not her) LOL!!

Wow!! I'm gonna faint, no can I faint when I am jumping up and down?!?!?

Here is my news...the Tutorial I did yesterday for the
Cuttlebug Challenge Blog - Saturday Sketch Hour
was picked as one of the BEST of the Week on the web!!!

The Amazing Susanna Boyd of Card of the chose my tutorial. I can't believe it and I am so honored. Not to mention it is listed right on top, the first one, LOOK.

Here is a sample of the adorable badge I get to keep on my blog now:
I'm so excited and I just can't hide!!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Look what was in the Mailbox today!!!

Hello Everyone!! Look what was in the mailbox this morning!! Yippee!! Treats for me!!

A treat for my heart...Wow!!
My blog friend, Jennifer Meyer from Jennifer's Sweet Designs (and sweet they are) sent me a card!!! I must admit, her cards are some of the finest cards I have ever seen, talking about inspiration...Go get ya some!!
She is amazingly talented and my heart is so happy!
Thanks so much Jennifer!
This really means so much to me!!

A little treat for my eyes!!
AHHH, When the kids go to sleep, you know what I'll be doing!!

And a treat for my hands...Stuff to create with later, Waahaha!!

This entire bundle was sent to me today from my upline Tami White, She is just the best upline ever! So inspiring, encouraging, supportive and giving (as you can see).
Tami, rewards her Top 3 Monthly Sales demonstrators with good stuff like this!!
Yipee, for me I was one of them for the month of December!
I have to Thank all the girls in my monthly Stamp Club for this one and Carmen!
If it were not for you girls, I would never be top 3 in sales!!
Thanks so much!!

My First Tutorial

Hello Everyone!!
I am so excited!! It is 2:30 in the morning and I can't sleep because in a few hours my very first tutorial will be featured on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

I hope that you will all hop over there and check out my tutorial!
I feel nervous, since I have never done this before I am afraid I didn't do it the way it is supposed to be done!!
Let me know what you think!!
I think I might be allowed to give you a sneak peek. So here goes:

Thanks for your support and I hope you will be inspired!!

Update: Now, that the Tutorial has posted on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog I can now show you the card...Tah-Dah!!!

Supplies were all Stampin' Up, Of course!! All the details are on the CB Challenge Blog.

I have to say the the Butterflies were inspired by my great friend Bekki, who is, as I call her the Butterfly Queen...She has done some Amazing Butterfly Cards!!
Therefore, I'd like to dedicate my first ever tutorial to Bekki!!
Thanks for Inspiring me Bek!!!

My First Tutorial - I Weave, You Weave!!!

A few weeks ago, I was putting away a pile of Cardstock Scraps (I never throw scraps away).
I was thinking, there has to be something I can do with these long strips of Cardstock. Then, I remembered a fun little craft project my class had done way back when I was in elementary school. Weaved Place mats! Remember, those? I am sure we all made one at some point!!! Excited with my idea (this may have already been done, but I haven't seen it) I got right to work and Voila!! This was the outcome of what I thought was one of my grandest of grand ideas!!
Hee Hee~!

A Weave Card
After Maggie from Cuttlebug Challenge saw the card on my blog, she asked if I would mind doing a tutorial on how I made it. Without Thinking it over or considering the fact that I have never done this before, I agreed, silly me, which brings us to where we are now!!! Hope you all like it!

A Weave Card Tutorial by LORi BOYD

Supplies you will need:
Provo Craft Cuttlebug Machine
1 to 2 Cuttlebug Folders
of your choice
Card stock or Designer Paper
Colors of your choice. Length depends on the size of card you want.
Quality is important to me so I use Stampin' Up!

Paper Cutter
For nice long neat, even cuts
Scotch Tape
Snail Adhesive
Stampin' Dimensionals
Sizzix Bigz Top Note Die

(or any other tool that would allow you to make a frame for your woven art)

Stamp Set or Embellishments
of your choice

Start your weave by lining up all the strips of one color of card stock or designer paper.

Next, alternate colors and weave. Up and over, down and under.

Keep going...

Until it is as big as you want it to be. Push the strips of paper together as tight as you desire, then place a few pieces of scotch tape on the back to hold in place.
Then, Cut off the excess with your paper cutter.

Neat, huh!?!?!
Now, it's ready to emboss, using the Cuttlebug Folder of your choice.
Simply run through your Cuttlebug machine.

Now, you are ready to assemble your card.

I used Sizzix Bigz Top Note from Stampin' Up! for my frame.
And YES!! These do work with the Cuttlebug!! Yipee!
Here is the sandwich you will need: Plate B, Die(facing upwards), Card Stock & Plate B
Works Perfectly!!!
Using your Snail Adhesive, adhere your woven art piece to a pre-cut and pre-folded piece of card stock(your card base). Then, affix your frame (can be a circle, scallop, square, etc) with Stampin' Dimensionals over the edges to hide the mess! And you are now ready to embellish!!!

Tah-Dah!!! I decided to embellish my card using the Dreams de Jour Stamp Set from SU!
I heat embossed the sentiment and the butterflies with black embossing powder, then adhered them using Stampin' Dimensionals. And topped it all off with a little loose sponging effect.
I hope you like it!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Trying Something New - Foil

I had an idea late last night and had to give it a try...Cuttlebuggin' Aluminum Foil!!
This is one thing I haven't seen before. A little difficult to photograph, but very pretty in person. What do you think?????

Provo Craft Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
Stampin' Up! Cardstock- Rose Red, Pretty In Pink and Kiwi Kiss

SU! Pretty In Pink Buttons
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder- Texture
Stampin' Up! Cardstock - Night of Navy
SU! Ribbon and Buttons

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Puppy Update: 4 days old

PUPPY Update: 4 days Old- January 20th~2009

I checked all the puppies yesterday when I took these pictures and we have...
9 girls and 1 boy!!!! Girls Rule!!!
I haven't really let the kids hold them and look at them yet. Graycie had such a rough 2 days of delivering. I have wanted her to rest and bond. Not to mention, once my four little rugrats know that the puppies are in there I am afraid I will have a tough time keeping them away from the puppies!!

Hannah is already working me, trying to get me to KEEP them!! NO way!! There is NO way we are adding the care of 10 puppies to my already overflowing list of to Dos!!
So. I will be selling them.
Girls will be $200 and the Boy will be $175
I will take them to their first Vet visit and get their first shots
One of the puppies already has a reserve on it!!
If I have it figured correctly and the vet okays it they will be ready to go to their new homes on the 27th of February!! They will be 6 weeks old then.I pray that they will go to ONLY good homes. That is SO important to me.
Golden Retrievers need lots of exercise, love and attention!!!

Click photos to enlarge

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #15

This week Be Inspired Challenge #15 from Cuttlebug Challenge Blog is to create a project using a Sketch. However, this is not just any 'ole Sketch this is a Sketch by the amazing Becky Fleck from Page Maps! Becky has written a book entitled Page Maps and Becky will pick one of your cards as card of the week. The winner will receive Becky's Book. So get started on your card, then hop over to The Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and leave a comment with the link to your project to be
entered for a chance to win!!
Good Luck and Happy Cuttlebuggin'!!!

Here is the card I made for this Challenge. To bad I couldn't have a chance to win...I'd LOVE that Book!!

Cuttlebug (Of Course)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders:
Tiny Bubbles
Swiss Dot

Cuttlebug Alphabet Dies:
Curls and Swirls
Stampin' Up! Cardstock:
Very Vanilla
Riding Hood Red
Chocolate Chip
Kiwi Kiss
Stampin' Up! Buttons:
Riding Hood Red
So Saffron
Tempting Turquoise
Stampin' Up! Punches:
1 1/4" Circle
1 3/8" Circle
Heart to Heart (from Valentine Bundle) NEW!