Monday, March 30, 2009

TPE- Challenge #8

The Pink Elephant Challenge # 8
Woo hoo!! This challenge...I definitely had fun with!!! I didn't make a card this time around.
I decided to do somethings that were a little more fun.
In honor of the Easter Theme this week...I made Candy Holders and Bunnies!!

Candy Holders
For the first bag of candy,
I filled a really neat cone shaped plastic bag (sent to my from Jennifer Meyer) with fun colorful Easter candy. Tied the top of the bag, then added a pretty ribbon. Then, used Stamps and Smiles Stamps to embellish tags. I think the little eggs in this adorable little Easter Set work perfectly!!
The second bag, is embellished with a topper made from the Stampin' Up! Top Note Die folded over and then decorated using the SAS set once again. You can't go wrong with these stamps!!
BTW, there is a sale at SAS!! Have a peek!!

Punch Bunnies
I kept thinking today ... I need to try and make a bunny using the SU! punches!!
Well, I sat down and here they are:

Lots of Yummy Stampin' Up! Cardstock and Designer paper!! I love it!!
Punches: Large Oval, Small Oval, 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1/2" Circle
Markers to draw their faces and Liquid Applique for there tails!!
I had fun!! I will certainly be making more of these little things!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

OCC - Color Challenge

Good Saturday Morning Everyone!!
This week at the OCC, we have a Color Challenge for you.
The colors are: More Mustard, Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy.
You can use any designer papers that you would like and if you don't have Stampin' Up! card stock then feel free to substitute for colors that are similar.
We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

SAS - Sketch Challenge 8

This is my Stamp and Smiles card this week.
I made it for their Weekly Sketch Challenge, but after I assembled it and got ready to take a picture...I noticed that I had it backwards. It opened the wrong way.
I went ahead and photographed it anyway, but then decided to fix it, here it is corrected.


Monday, March 23, 2009

SAS Fun News

Whew! What a weekend!! The Blog Hop was a blast!! The feedback amazing!! The participant absolutely Top Notch...So kind and appreciative!! Wow was I impressed!! Thank you all for a great Blog Hop!! It would not have happened with out you!!

Well, It's a new week and that means new stuff to post!!

First up, Jennifer Meyer at Stamps and Smiles is offering a 15% off discount on all her
SAS Easter Stamp Sets for a limited time!! Woo Hoo!!
All you have to do is enter this code when checking out:


I have had so much fun working with these adorable stamps this month and I know you will too!!
Here are a few of my SAS creations:
As an extra bonus...for everyone who places an order and uses this code, I will enter you into a drawing for a $ 5 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate.

Yipeeeee! Now...Go fill up your cart!!


TPE- Challenge #7

The Pink Elephant Challenge #7 - It's Sketch Time

Our Sketch this week was created by Robin Willis. It's simple yet so fun!! Right after a full weekend of creating I needed something simple!!! Thanks Robin!

Hop Over to TPE to join in the fun!!!

Stamp Set: Pun Fun - Stampin' Up!
Card stock: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White
Tools and Accessories: SU! Scallop Edge Punch, Crop-a-dile (for circle punches), SU! Marvelous Markers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Tiny Mosaic, Misc. Orange Buttons, Misc. Orange and white Gingham Ribbon,

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Top Note Tag Book Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Well the time has come...the last tutorial of the last day of our very first Spring/Easter Blog Hop at The Pink Elephant!!
Thanks You all for an amazing turn out and all your participation!!
The followers of TPE totally know how to HOP!!

Here is a peek at my Tag Book

To see all the photos and for a chance to win a $5 Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate...hop over to
The Pink Elephant!

There is still time to enter for a chance to win my Blog Candy click here.


Ella's Easter Egg Scramble

Hi Everyone!
Ready for another fun game at The Pink Elephant? Hope you are having tons of fun and have enjoyed all the tutorials so far.
There is still a whole day of fun coming your way on

The Pink Elephant!

Tutorial Schedule
Me (LORi BOYD) - 8 am
Ann Cutts - 12 pm
Angela - 4 pm
Me (LORi BOYD) - 8pm

Today, we are also playing a word scramble game.
You were to hop around to each blog and get a scrambled word(s) that relates to
Easter or Spring.

My words are:

ylejl sabne

Now that you have gotten my scrambled word, write it down and unscramble the letters.
After you have hopped through everyone's blog and picked up their scrambled words, email all 8 unscrambled words to with the subject line
"Ella's Easter Egg Scramble" by Sunday at midnight EST.
The subject line is VERY important so we are able to easily find your entry! If you didn't get here from
Trudi's Blog then you might want to hop to TPE to start at the beginning!!
All correct answers will be eligible for a random drawing for some fabulous prizes!
Thanks for all your participation and hope you all have had bunches of fun so far!!

Be sure to hop to or scroll down to My Blog Candy for a chance to win here at
By LORi Designs!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

OCC - Sketch Challenge

HEllO all you OCC Fans!!

This week at Our Creative Corner the Challenge is a Sketch!!
Our March hostess, Kim Teasdale and her sketch is a great one.
I hope you will be able to join us!!

Keep Scrolling down for Pink Elephant Fun!! Games, Prizes, tuts and my

Find Ella!!!

It's game time at The Pink Elephant Blog Hop!!!

Our first game is
Find Ella

Let's go on a little Easter hunt!
This game is all about finding Ella.

You will need to hop from blog to blog and look for a picture of Ella that looks like this:

The picture will also have a letter in the bottom right corner. It will be somewhere on the first page of each blog, so it doesn't require a lot of digging. Once you find the picture, write down the letter and hop to the next blog. Each design team member will tell you whose blog to go to next.

After you have went to all 8 places and have your letters, unscramble them to form a word.
Send that word with the subject line "Find Ella" by Sunday at midnight EST. The subject line is VERY important so we are able to easily find your entry! All correct answers will be eligible for a random drawing for some fabulous prizes!

Hope you all are having a great time at The Pink Elephant's First Ever Spring Blog Hop!!!
Be sure to scroll down for a chance to win my blog candy!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Get "Springy" with it!!!

Hello and Happy First Day of Spring!!
Guess it's safe to say...It's time to get "Springy" with it!! So that is just what I did!!
I made a very quick and super simple Easter Bucket for Hannah (I'll make one for Ella, Landon, McCoy and Jussie later). When I was little my Mom ALWAYS made the 4 of us Easter Baskets, decorated and filled with lots of candy and treats. They would be waiting on our coffee table or the old floor model T.V. for us on Easter Morning. We could tell whose was whose, since the treats she put in the baskets were very personalized...using our favorite colors, candy, coloring books and toys.
That is one family tradition if have carried on to my children.
I decided this year to make all my 5 little candy monsters a smaller version of my normal Easter morning surprise. This year I will make them all their own little miniature bucket.
Less, Candy for them...Less work for me!! Hee Hee!!!

Here is a peek at Hannah's Little Easter Bucket!!

Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite Easter Basket treat was when you were a child was and I will enter you for a chance to win my Spring Blog Candy!!
On Sunday at Midnight, I will close the blog candy contest and announce the winner
Monday on The Pink Elephant Blog!!

SU! SAB Stamp Set - Congrats
2 Small Paper Bag Albums
Making Memories - Spring/Easter themed Epoxy Shapes
Baggie of SU! Sizzix Naturally Serif Alphabet Die Cut Letters - 26 in Pretty in Pink
and 26 in Bashful Blue

Don't forget The Pink Elephant is also
welcoming the First Day of Spring... with our very first Blog Hop. Lots of games (first one starts tonight at midnight), a mini challenge (that just started and will run all weekend), tutorials, and bunches of prizes!!!
I have to admit, I have done very little to help with this Blog Hop.
Robin on the other hand is another story!!! She has planned and organized it all!! I must send a very special Thank You to her!! Robin you have been amazing!! You have taken our ideas and made them reality!!
I have been crazy busy with life and all it brings and you "hopped" in and made it happen!!
Thanks from the bottom of my heart!!
You are the BEST blog partner in the world!!
Love U Friend!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SAS - Sketch Challenge 7 & Pink Elephant Tutorial

Hello Everyone!!
Hope you are all having a fabulous week!! We have had a couple of warm days here in KY!!
I can't wait for Spring to get here and stay here!! Speaking of Spring...Don't forget the First day of Spring is this Friday (tomorrow)!! Do you remember what else happens on Friday?
Yep, you're right...The Pink Elephant's 1st Blog Hop!!
Be sure to join us for lots of fun, games and prizes!! It all begins at 7 pm est!!

Well, it's Thursday and that means tutorials at The Pink Elephant and a Sketch challenge at Stamps and Smiles!!!

Here is the end result of my Pink Elephant Tutorial

For the whole Sha-Bang, hop over to TPE Blog!!

I hope you all have been having as much fun as I have been with the wonderful
Stamps and Smiles Sketches!!
Also, that you have been able to get your hands on some of Jennifer Meyer's new stamp sets!!
This week is Sketch Challenge 7 and it just might be my favorite so far!!
Thanks Mercy for all your great sketches!! They so Rock!!!

Stamp Set: SAS Egg Hut
Stampin' Up! Card Stock: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, whisper white and just a bit of Pink Pirouette

Tools & Accessories: SU! Pink Pirouette Ribbon, SU! Sizzix Bigz Die - Scallop Circle, Crop-a-dile, Cuttlebug folders - Swiss Dots, ?,?, SU! Heat Gun, Black embossing powder, SU! Marvelous Markers, SU! White Gel Pen and SU! Paper Snips

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge #6

The Pink Elephant Challenge #6
is here and boy did I enjoy this one!!
It's a Theme Challenge and I chose Buttons!!
Yipppeeee!! I am crazy for buttons!!

This is certainly one of my favorite Pink Elephant Challenges!!

Since I desperately need a new journal/notebook for cute little words that come out of my sweet babies mouths, life giving scriptures I can peek at during my hectic days, little reminders of this and that, a quick design thought and much more...I decided to get a good ole' dollar composition notebook from Walmart and embellish away!! As you can see...I didn't hold back!
I love my NEW notebook!!!

This is one of Stampin' Up! Super Cute Stamp sets ~ All in the Family!! Email me if you'd like to order it!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Wedding Invitations

Here are some Wedding Invitations I have done for my friend Sherry!! Her sister is getting married and Sherry is making the invitations, but wanted me to design a few for her!!! Here are 2 designs I came up with....

Friday, March 13, 2009

OCC - Limited Supply Challenge

Hi Everyone!!
It's OCC Challenge time!!

Our Challenge Hostess this week is Kim Teasdale, the challenge she has created for
all of us is... Limited Supply Challenge!! Now this really was a challenge!
Here are the rules: You may use any paper including designer papers but are only able to use a maximum of 3 layers (including your stamped image), 1 type of embellishment (buttons or brads or ribbon, etc), any stamps that you like and sentiments are optional.

Hop over to the OCC to join the fun!!

Stamp Set: Stampin' Up! On the Fly
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (of course, the best) Pacific Point and Kraft
Tools: Heat Gun, Glassy Glaze Enamel, Versa Mark, Black Embossing Powder, SU! Marvelous Markers, SU! Paper Snips, Stampin' Up! Jumbo Pewter Eyelets, SU! Cutter Kit (for distressing) and Stampin' Up! Crop-a-dile

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SAS - Sketch Challenge 6

Happy Thursday!!

I am so excited to bring to you another great Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge!!!
I have had so much fun with these sketches created by Mercy for Jennifer at SAS!!
I can't believe that just a short month or so ago, I had never done a sketch & was afraid of them...and now, I am having a blast with them!! You really can learn something new everyday!!!
Wanna know what I learned today?

1. I am still CRAZY for this adorable little cupcake stamp...Cuppy!!!!
She is just too cute!!

2. The Stamps and Smiles Stamp Line is so versatile. I am amazed at how easy it is to interchange the stamps from one set and use them with the stamps from another set and it REALLY WORKS!!
In this card, I actually used Cuppy Love, Egg Hunt and Mama Bunny Loves You!!
I love it that Jennifer designed some smaller pieces like the eggs I used to stamp my own "designer paper"!

Jennifer Meyer, owner and designer for her stamp line, Stamps and Smiles has SO much in store for us. I feel so blessed to get to help spread the word that SAS Stamps are just so cute!! Seriously, if ya haven't hopped over to the SAS Store and purchased your own set...Well, I hope you do soon as you are really gonna love them!!

Hope you will all join us for the SAS Sketch Challenge 6 on the SAS Blog!!

Tu-Tu Tutorial Thursdays at TPE

Woo Hoo!!
Good News...The Pink Elephant is now doing Tu-Tu Tutorials every Thursday!!
Robin Willis has prepared a fantastic tutorial on How to make your own stamps!! This is a really fun tutorial and I know I can't wait to give it a try!! Hop over and see what I mean!!

Please meet Ella's friend, Shelby the Mouse... when you see her, you know it's
Tu-Tu Tutorial Time!!

Images Copyrighted 2004-2009 ByLORiDesigns~LORi BOYD

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge #5

Hi all you Pink Elephant Lovers!!!
It's time for our
5th Challenge at The Pink Elephant!

The Challenge this week is a Color Challenge:

Pink, Green and Brown

This is one of my favorite Color Combos, so as you can see I got a little carried away and made 2 cards instead of one!! I made them in 2 different styles for dual inspiration!! I used the exact same size Kiwi Kiss base on each card, but embellished them differently... one in an elegant, shabby, antique design and the other in a more cutesy style!!!
I hope you like them!!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss & Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: SU! Au Chocolat
, Making Memories - Sabrina (pink strips)
Accessories: SU! Pewter Library Clip, SU! Rub-On Sentiment, Spare Parts Hardware Brad, Making Memories Sabrina Printed blossoms, SU! Chocolate Ribbon, Misc. Dotted Choc. Ribbon and Brown pigment sponge

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss & Very Vanilla
Designer Paper: SU! Au Chocolat,
Misc. Pink Gingham
Accessories: SU! Stamp Set, SU! Rub-On Sentiment, SU! Pink Pirouette Ribbon, SU! Pink Beads, Misc. Dotted Choc. Ribbon, buttons, chipboard button and Brown pigment sponge
Tools: Friskers Tread Water Punch, SU! Heat Gun, Clear Embossing Powder

Saturday, March 7, 2009

OCC - Add a Doodle

Hello Everyone!!
Hope you all had a wonderful week and that you are ready for some fun this week at the
OCC Challenge Blog.

The Challenge this week is to Add a Doodle to your card/project!!
Something in your own hand... it could be writing a word or adding some hand drawn stitches, anything just have a blast!!
When you hop over to the OCC you will notice we have a few new faces, we have some new additions to the Design Team~ Robin Willis, Frances Byren, Jenny Gropp, Loretta Lock and Vicki Garrett!! Welcome Girls!! We are so excited for you to join us!! I have to say that already in just the few short days we have been working together is has been so fun and feels so right!! I can already tell that this is gonna be one fine Design Team!! Woo Hoo...Go OCC!!

I was torn about putting my hand drawn image on my card, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you know that it is a dream of mine to one day create my own stamp line. I have a great desire for this, but I only want it IF it is God's Will for me and my family and only when He says the time is right, so until then I will continue to doodle and dream. I was actually a little scared to put my images out there as for when I do I know that I am allowing others to view them and possibly steal the idea and part of or all the image that I have designed. I decided to go ahead and place my hand drawn image on my blog as well as the OCC Blog, because my images are copyrighted and I trust that what is meant to be will be!!
Therefore, without further card and image!! Tah-dah!!!

Image: By LORi Designs ~ Copyrighted04/2009 LORI BOYD
SU! Cardstock: So Saffron, Bashful Blue & Whisper White
Designer Paper: Chatter Box
Ribbon: Stampin' Up! So Saffron Ribbon

Tools: Cuttlebug, CB Embossing Folder Swiss Dots, SU! Double Rectange Punch (for border)
What I doodled:
I hand wrote the sentiment Baby BOY, added the plaid on the sentiment oval and drew the image of the baby, which is 100% property of & copyrighted by LORI BOYD 2004~2009.
Please DO NOT Copy!!
Thank You!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SAS - Sketch Challenge 5

Hi Everyone!!
I am so excited for Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge #5.
If you haven't hopped over to Jennifer Meyer's New Blog or visited the Stamps and Smiles Store, then you just must, you are gonna LOVE her new Stamp Line, not to mention all the fun and inspiration on the SAS Blog!!

If you have been a follower of the OCC Blog, then you might recognize a few faces on the SAS Blog, they are just the Best of the Best and I am honored to be on their Team!!

I hope you will all find time to join the SAS Sketch Challenge!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

TPE - First Blog Hop

Look what we are getting ready to hop into...The Pink Elephant's First Ever Easter/Spring Blog Hop!! We are advertising now because this is gonna be a jam packed weekend of fun, fun, fun and we don't want you to miss it!!
Tutorials, Games, Prizes, Inspiration and a lotta fun!! We will start the event of with a Mini-Challenge that will be announced at "hop" off time...Friday @ 7pm est!!

So put The Pink Elephant on your calendars and be sure to meet us there!!

P.S. Robin took my Ella the Pink Elephant drawing and a little bunny I drew and created an awesome banner!! Great Job Robin!! I am throwing you a GREAT BIG Thanks!!
Feel Free to post the banner on your own blog with a link to TPE!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge #4

It's so exciting to be on Challenge #4 at The Pink Elephant!!!

When we started a month ago, I was just hoping someone would find TPE fun and inspiring. I knew I would be satisfied if even only 1 person was happy with the blog, never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be this accepted and liked so soon or even at all!! Thank all of you for all you do to help make TPE such a fun place to be apart of!!!

The Challenge this week is a Recipe Challenge.
The Recipe is to create something...anything using:
Ribbon and a Die or Die Cuts

Die Cut: Stampin' Up! Sizzix Pillow Box, Provo Craft Cuttlebug Alpha Set-Hippie Chick
Tools: SU! Scallop Punch, SU! 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Mics. Ribbon and Designer Paper