Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chalkin' It Up!

I have had this "thing" for chalkboards for several years...Now I am actually making my own!

Here are a few that I have made this past week....

This is so "me"!

This is a saying that my dad says...

And this is one that my Mammaw used to say!
I am new at this, so I hope that my creations only get better!  I know that you see these everywhere, but most of them are not "hand made".  These are 100% my doing, my hand!
Now, go create somthing!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Doing a little "catching up"!
Several weeks ago, I posted that I had won an awesome canvas from the very talented Christy Tomlinson.  I said that I would post it once it arrived...here is the beautiful creation.

Christy even signed the back of the canvas for me!  She acutally has a video posted on her blog of making this canvas.  I watched it the day it came out, but had no idea it would be on it's way to my house!

I am so excited to have this in my craft room!  Thank you to Christy!

I also said that I would let you know if I placed at the State Fair with my canvas...Unfortunately, I didn't place this year.  It is a bit of a disappointment, but I will just try again next year!

Now, go create something!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

He's Baaaccckkk!

If you are from Texas, you know who I am speaking of!  Today, Husband and I spent the day at The State Fair of Texas.  The weather was perfect.  It was so good to see this guy back on the fair grounds.

This is what happened to him at the end of the Fair last year.  Tragic.

In the hall of state, there is a video to watch the process of bringing Big Tex back in just one year...It was a major undertaking, but it was done.  There are some differences...Not sure that I love the new version, but at least he is back. I have to say....the new boots....not liking them!  They are way too big for him!  That seems so funny to say because he is BIG.  But the boots are just not right!

Welcome Back "Big Guy"!

                                         Now, go create something and I will too!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Birthday Celebration....

Yesterday, I spent some time with two of my sweet friends.  We went to lunch and did some paper crafting! 

Carolyn and Shelby both surprised me with awesome birthday gifts...take a look!

Shelby made me this Awesome Halloween frame home decoration.  It is fabulous with lots of detail!  She knows that I am ALL about the details!  Isn't it awesome?  I know you want one!  I am proud to add this to my decorations this year!

Carolyn made me this sweet pop up gift card box!

Inside was a gift card to Michael's and a bag of M & M's....uh, yeah, those are gone!  What a sweet box and awesome gift!  I know, you want one of these too!!!

Thank you to my sweet "sister" friends for making me feel special with these handmade gifts!

Now, go do something Creative!


I won!!!

August 26, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

State Fair of Texas

I have been working on a few things for the Creative Arts Dept. for the fair this year.  I first started on this canvas and didn't like where it was going so I put it down for several months.  I picked it up again a couple of months ago and this is the result.  I really love how it turned out.  I have been wanting to submit a mixed media project for this years entry, but wasn't sure it was going to happen.  I am happy to say that it was delivered to the Fair this past weekend and now I have to wait! 

I will post the result when I find out...keeping my fingers crossed!!

Now, go be Creative!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Toil & Trouble....

This is what I have been working on lately...I have a Halloween swap that I am making cards for as well as a cute treat bag to share!

This treat bag uses new craft & chevron sacks from SU!'s new Holiday catalog.  The clothespin on the top is not SU!.  This is not my original design.  I did copy this project! 

Here is a close up of the medallion that I made using several punches and our new Chevron ribbon!  Love this ribbon!

Using the treat bag for inspiration, this is my Halloween swap card.  That Toil & Trouble set is so cute and is going to get me in trouble because I have to have it!  In addition, I used Crumb Cake cardstock, doilies and the new Chevron stamp for this card.

Hope you enjoy these projects!

Now, go be Creative!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Vintage Finds....

Recently, my husband and I started the task of going through some family storage units.  This is going to be a BIG project to get done.  Baby steps, I guess!

I found these baby shower cards for my husband's arrival way back in 19, uh, well, maybe I shouldn't go there!  These cards are small, sweet and in awesome condition!  Most of them were .10,as  indicated on the back of the cards. These are the kinds of things that make me so excited when I find them at Estate Sales, but these have so much more meaning since they were for my sweet husband!  Back then, it was a surprise if you were having a boy or girl!  It looks like most people went more towards a boy with their card choices!  Lots of blue!

I even found the Thank You card that his mom sent for all of the gifts received for her sweet baby boy! 

I know husband thinks I am crazy to LOVE stuff like this, but I always have!  What a great find!

Now, go do something Creative!

Happy Anniversary!

This past week, my husband and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary!  These are the beautiful and massive vase of flowers that he sent to me.  I wasn't home when they were delivered, so I had to go retrieve them from my neighbor who almost didn't let me leave with them!!

My picture doesn't do them justice...I didn't even take the time to clear the space before taking the pic!

Happy Anniversary Honey!

Now, go do something Creative!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Vegas, Baby!

I LOVE the signs in Vegas.  Here are some of the pic's that I took while we were there last week!

Love, Love the signs of Vegas!!! 

Now, go do something Creative!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Giving Away Paper Pumpkin Kit!   **SEE WINNER OF THE KIT BELOW**

Today, I am giving a Paper Pumpkin kit to the first person who signs up to get this kit delivered to their door each month! 

The details to sign up are on my website: www.lorisouterstamps.stampinup.net

Don't be left out of receiving a creative surprise in your mailbox each month!

 Lisa M. -  I  have been notified by Stampin' Up! that you have signed up for Paper Pumpkin...You win my Free Paper Pumpkin give-a-way!  Congratulations!!!

Now, go do something Creative!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I'm Off!
Going for a few days with Husband!  Can't wait to get away!
Now, go do something Creative!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Holiday Happiness....

The new Holiday Catalog is available!  There are so many bundles that will save you 15% right off the top as well as Project sets to create fun projects for the Holidays!  Take a look and see what you think!  I would love to help you unleash your creativity for the Holiday Season!
Now, go do something Creative!

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Last night was my monthly stamp club meeting...we were missing several girls due to them being out of town!   It was a small group, but super fun!  I also enjoyed welcoming a new member to our stamp club!  Jenni joined last night and here is the card that she made as one of our projects for the evening...

We used 2 new stamp set from the NEW Annual Catalog, released June 1st.  Hello Lovely and Gorgeuos Grunge!  Didn't Jenni make an awesome card with these sets? 

The second project that we made last night was this box.....

These boxes are Tag A Bag Gift Boxes and are also new this year!  They are a nice size box and would be great to use for giving small gifts, cookies or even a T-shirt!  Yes, a rolled up T-shirt fits in this box! These come with the box base and a clear sleeve that covers the base.  With this project, we made a cover for the box and then you add the clear sleeve.  We cut out hand made feathers and did some stamping to complete it!  Super Cute!

Both of these projects were made at Convention that I can't believe was already 2 weeks ago!  I couldn't resist sharing them with my club girls!

Thanks for checking in today!  Now, go get Creative!

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Paper Pumpkin Promotion

Offer Dates: July 18, 2013 -August 31, 2013
Offer Details: Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month's worth, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit mypaperpumpkin.com to join. Make sure to add me as your demonstrator!
  • You must click "Add Promo Code" and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up on the mypaperpumpkin.com website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).
Going to the mailbox once a month can be fun!!  This is an offer you don't want to miss! 
    Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I want to share the gifts that I received from my convention roommates.  It is a tradition to make gifts for the girls that you share your space with while away from home!  Not only is it fun to receive, but it is just as fun to give!  I will share the things that I made on another post, so stay tuned.

For this post I am featuring my crafty sister, Carolyn.

This is a beautiful Cross that she made for me.  I love it and the vintageness that she added to it.  She knows what I like! 

This is a package of Card Candy that she made for a swap that she was in while at convention.  She made me one too!  These are so fun, I don't know if I can use them because I just love to look at them!  Thank you Carolyn for your awesome "roomie" gifts!  Oh, she also gave me (at the airport before we left) a goodie bag that included a journal and pen, sticky notes and treats for the trip!  I love to be spoiled and my Stampin' Sisters delivered this year!
I will have more to share so check back tomorrow!


Monday, July 22, 2013

I am back from Stampin' Up! 2013 Convention!

What a great time!  6000 demonstrators took over Salt Lake City this past week!  It was crazy, fun!

This year I celebrated my 5th Anniversary with the company.  Here is my walk across stage.  Jessica also celebrated her walk with me!
Happy to Celebrate with Jessica!  It was fun to be up on stage.  I didn't realize the floor was  so "cushy" up there !

More photos to come!
Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Happy Anniversary Stampin' Up!

I am away celebrating with 6000 women in Salt Lake City Utah! 

Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heading to Salt Lake City......
Stampin' Up! Convention starts this week!  Hopefully, I will be able to get to see some of the sites on this trip! 
I will have lots to share when I return!
Thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Exterior House Gets Painted!

So for the last several weeks, I have been working on a project!  Getting the exterior of the house painted!  I finally received bids, and choose the contractor.  Today we get started.  I am so ready for the house to have a fresh look.  Unfortunately, the power washing revealed that more wood needs to be replaced than originally thought.  It is what it is, and lets move on with this project...
Here are some before pics........
Will post pic's to show the final result!
What projects are you working on?