Sunday, January 31, 2010

A new person to adore

I was able to take one of Donna Downey's classes while at CHA, as well as talk with her at her booth for a bit and let me tell you, she is so incredibly REAL. Her talent knows no boundaries, but I was amazed by how funny and down to Earth she was. As you probably know Donna creates for Prima and she announced that her Prima products will be featured in turquoise packaging, so it will be easier to find her great creations.  The other medium that Donna is incredibly talented in is fabric. Her fabric projects are just awesome. Even the skirt she is wearing in the photo is one she made. Super cute!!

She is such a doll!

Pieces of her class, can't wait to finish this album.

Fabulous goodies in her booth. The heart canvas is actually covered with tags and then painted!

See the spool in the right corner? Wait till you see it unfold in the last picture!!

If I had an apron this cute, I would wear it everyday.

This album was all fabric and super cool!!

I REALLY want to make one of these spool fabric albums.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Super L-O-N-G post

I figure for the next few days, my posts will be kind of on the long side, but I promise they will be packed with more pictures and less of me talking. This morning I wanted to feature one of my favorite designer lines that was debuted at CHA, Melody Ross for GCD. Melody was Chatterbox back in the day from my understanding and then she had some rough times personally, causing her to kind of disappear in the scrap world. Well, let me tell you, she is back and in incredible form. Her new lines with GCD are so much fun, I love everything about them. The one drawback I will be honest with you is they are kind of expensive in my opinion. A pack of 15 buttons for $9.00 is too pricey for me, so I am sure there are others who feel the same. Her papers are average price and some of her embellishments are reasonable. So, my advice, stock up on the papers and less expensive embellies and then hope that you can grab the others on sale.

This has one of my favorite sayings ever on it, "Creative people are seldom tidy." LOVE it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More CHA

I am going to break this up over a few days. Hoping that Miss Tabitha will share some of her photos with me. As many as I took, I still didn't take enough. Here is the first booth we went to on Sunday morning,  7Gypsies. I loved their booth, it was beautiful.

(I am SOOO excited about this tray!!)

How about some Theresa Collins? Her lines are always so elegant and her booth was a total reflection of her signature style. We also really enjoyed that she was doing mini book make and takes with a new line each day.

For tomorrow, how about some pictures of the uber-talented Donna Downey and some of the loot I gathered while there?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


WOW, WOW, and WOW!!! I seriously cannot tell you how incredible this experience was. Thank you to my favorite girls in the world for making it that much more amazing, (you know who you are!). I will post more (so many more) photos very soon, but as we got home really late last night, (thank you, LA traffic!), I am still digesting everything. But I have to be completely honest, this is the highlight of my trip. Please ignore the horrible picture of me, but it is a moment I will never forget.

I didn't realize until this morning, I looked like that, but seriously, who could look good standing next to her? I will go on record now as saying that Elizabeth Kartchner is an incredible woman. She is beautiful and genuine, not to mention talented and so very, very nice. The complete package.

Okay, enough fan gushing. I will be back later with more. But first, I should change out of my jammies.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wish I could actually find this sign.

I love it, especially what looks like bullet holes in it. That is such character and it would look le fab hanging in The Squirrel Hole, but it looks great here too. And I have to thank Miss Susan of Susan's Little Scraps for giving me this award. The deal is that I have to come up with a list of ten honest things about me. So here goes...

1. I HATE, HATE, HATE misspellings, especially when there is a misspelling while someone is trying to insult or prove their superior knowledge.
2. Double standards and being inconsiderate of those around you are probably my two biggest peeves of all time.
3. One of my favorite sayings is, "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine." And I readily apply that to myself if the circumstance calls for it.
4. I did not wear sweats or any sweats-like pants in public until one time my senior year of high school. I was so uncomfortable in them all day, I never did it again to school and STILL have a hard time wearing them in public.
5. I wait until it is almost a unibrow before I pluck. I find plucking very tedious.
6. My favorite feature is my eyes. I am actually pretty cocky about them.
7. I am not confident about my skin. I hate my skin.
8. I am also not confident about my chest size. I have always thought it was lacking and still sometimes do.
9. I would LOVE to be a movie or t.v. star or a professional singer. I think I would be good at any or all of it.
10. I have high expectations of others, which often causes me to be let down. Not because they can't live up to the expectations, but because I don't verbalize them, I just expect the other person to know what I expect of them.

Okay, so there it is, Raw Lora. I am probably better cooked to medium at least, but this is honest. Now I am supposed to pass this onto three others whose blogs I find inspiring and/or your content is brilliant. I am calling out Carol, Robyn, and Melissa. Lay it bare, girls.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Something I am VERY excited about!!!

I meant to announce this the other day, but sleep deprivation does really weird things to me. My very best good friend Daniela Costa has launched her incredible creative offerings onto the internet!!! She is the creative genius and owner of The Art Life, a place where she is inspiring creativity for a lifetime of memories. Daniela puts together fabulous project kits with tons of goodies, so many in fact, I always have some left over to use on other projects. One of my mini books was a kit of Daniela's and the finished product was recently published in the weekly inspiration email from Memory Maker's.

She also offers unique and beautiful jewelry, including awesome Twilight inspired pieces. Head over to The Art Life Shop and see all the wonderful Valentine's Day goodies she has up. (Oh, plus, she is having a sale on a lot of miscellaneous items like Tim Holtz, 7Gypsies, and Prima.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Are you kitschy?

Maybe a little? Could possibly be persuaded if the right kitschy item presented itself? How about a free download for one of the cutest Valentine's cards EVER? Head over to Danielle Thompson's blog where she is offering this super adorable free download. I love kitschy stuff, LOVE IT, so went totally gaga over this card and to make it even better, it comes with a free envelope too that is decorated with the Panda and the Fox.

I am going to print out a bunch of these and send them for Valentine's Day. For some reason, these two characters, sans the tie on the Panda, remind me of my hubby and I. Hmmm....

Monday, January 18, 2010

Inspired by the rain

It has been raining here off and on for the past few days, so it isn't surprising that my most recent layout is done in greens and blues. It could also be said that I was inspired by the content of the photos. Oregon is known for being lush and green, though on the East side of the state, my side, it is got a lot more brown, which is where the kraft paper comes in. That is because Eastern Oregon is high desert, so we get snow, frigid temperatures, and a lot of sun, but not a lot of rain.

I used mostly My Mind's Eye on this LO because it is based on the sketch from their blog. I did add some Basic Grey Pearls, some random bling and rick rack, and a Fancy Pants journaling transparency. This LO is not my usual in style or colors, which is probably why I keep looking at it. I think I like it, yet it is so far out of character, I am still surprised by it.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Back in the action!!!

And it seems back to original fabulousness. Paper Popsicles is giving away a Cheeky Radish digital image today, a very cute little skier all ready for you to print and color as you see fit. Maybe you will make something along their theme of "Chase the blues away" and make this little person in shades of blue? Head over to the BLOG to grab the image and start creating! While you are there, enter for your chance to win the Winter Blues RAK.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ms. Productive

Not sure if it is withdrawls, a new scrap space, or sheer focus, but Friday has been a good day productively. I completed the cute pink elephant shaped card I featured in an earlier post, I made another birthday card that I will add to a package tomorrow, and I created a layout based on the sketch posted on the Memory Maker's Forum in the first week of the LO challenge. And all this before 3:00 pm! Of course, I haven't really got dressed for the day and I haven't started dinner or emptied the dishwasher, but who is keeping track of those things?

In addition to all of that, I have used only things from my stash for all three projects!!! It is such a great feeling to throw away the empty packaging of another goodie I have finally used.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Such wonder...

I absolutely LOVED these photos of my niece. Every once in a while, photography kismet happens to me and this is one of those moments. She is eight months old and is like a sponge, trying to take in everything around her. I lovingly nicknamed her the "Hoot Owl" while home for Christmas, because if there was someone sitting behind her, she would do the swivel position she is in here in the two outside photos. She wanted to make sure that if they, (me, in this case), did something interesting, she was watching. 

With the light coming through the windows and picking up on that soft baby fuzz on her head, she is highlighted much like the little angel she is.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Seems things are coming in doubles

Grandma always said it should be in threes, but here lately I have been creating two layouts at a time. Now the other night, I created, (I use that term lightly here), one but it was so horrible, I refuse to post it. I was going to take a break from layouts, but was drawn back by some fabulous sketches and work out there. First there is this one, New Love.

This is my sister in law, Samantha and my niece, Cadence, obviously when she was born. I immediately fell in love with this photo, its tenderness and the love that just radiates from it. When I saw this incredible layout from Robin Latish Shakoor in this month's issue of ScrapStreet magazine, I had to lift it. Robin's layout is beautiful!

My second layout of last night is my first one of my niece and nephew on my husband's side. These two kiddies are adorable, but being in Maryland, we don't get to see them much. Also, I have blurred their facial features for privacy in this picture, so no, there isn't anything wrong with my camera or the photo. ;) I used this month's sketch from "All About Me," which since the layout isn't about me, I will have to use again on a personal layout. Here is the sketch.

And here is my layout.

I realized I have been on a snowflake kick lately. I can't promise I will reign that in. It is winter after all!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wow! That felt good!

In a house of sickies, it is nice that something feels good. DH and I have both been feeling under the weather these first few days of the new year. In fact, he stayed home today hoping it helps him get better faster. But last night I was able to complete not one, but TWO layouts! I haven't done a layout since before we left for China, so it felt great to have two ready to photograph this morning. The first one is based on this sketch by the talented Lucy Chesna for My Sketch World

The sketch.

My interpretation. I used way old paper and some new embellies to show picture of hubby and I opening our gifts to one another.

I am new to the group of MSW, but it looks like a fun and talented community to be a part of. The second layout started based on the above sketch, then morphed into it's own thing. I love Imaginisce Polar Expressions paper and embellishments. I added some American Crafts Thickers and glittered pieces, some ball trim, and a snowflake from the dollar store.

It is a photo from 2006 and of my siblings, mom, and I at Pier 39 in San Francisco when they were here for Thanksgiving.

What a great way to start the creative new year. Now, if we can work on the health part, we will be in good shape!