Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chalk N Stock October Challenge

Good day, dear friends. Today begins another challenge at Chalk N Stock where anything goes all month/every month. We were a chalk use challenge group but not everyone uses chalk in their paper crafting so we are an anything goes group now, but loved our name so much that we have decided to keep it. Spread the word and let all your paper crafting friends know that we would love to see their creations!

For our October challenge, I used a beautiful window pane digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. They have beautiful stamps as well as cute, funny and cuddly. Check them out!


I used colored pencils to color the blue background, ladybugs and flower. The leaves are colored with alcohol markers in shades of green. This is a big square card that measures 6 inches by 6 inches. I'll have to make a custom envelope for it when it's time to go in the mail.

Enjoy your fall and all the beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and brown.  Hmm, now I think I want to go make a Halloween card. Check back later this week and see if I did.

Happy days, Jearise AKA Lorby living a crafting world.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chalk N Stock September Challenge

Boy, have I got some great news to share today in regards to the Chalk N Stock monthly challenge.

Drum roll please... Chalk N Stock is now a ANYTHING GOES challenge and DON'T have to have chalk on your project to enter. That's right, anything you can create with or without chalk can be entered into the challenge.

The challenge date has been changed also and now the challenges will start on the 15th of each month and end on the 14th of the following month.

One last thing, we have new design team members who are excited to be on the team and show you what they have created in the hopes of inspiring you!

I have to show you our new design team button.

It took me some time to find a picture of myself to share but I eventually did. I'm usually the one behind the camera and not in front of it.

Now for my card, which still has a touch of chalk ink because I love using it to edge my cards.

I made this card for a dear friend whose birthday we were celebrating. I used pencils to color the digital file and the yellow around the saying "birthday girl" is chalk ink. I have found the washy tape is fun to use but I have to use to layers on cards with dark backgrounds like I did on this card.

Here is the inside of the card and the rest of the saying.
I couldn't figure out why I had a dark dot on all my photos and then realized I have a piece of fuzz on the inside of my camera lens. I hate when that happens. LOL

Now it's your turn to get creative and show us what you got at Chalk N Stock monthly challenge!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trying this out

I've been playing with my background and found this groovy design that seems to fit my heading perfectly. Do you agree?

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques - Stamping on Patterned Paper

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
We all love our stamp sets and we all love our patterned paper.  Well, this month we’re combining the two by stamping ON patterned paper for some unique projects.  It will be fun to see what stamps and papers our team decides to pair together.   And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the  blogs in the hop today.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  August 27, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to go back and check her blog to see if you are the winner!  If you would prefer to be notified, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you if you win.    The winner will have until September 9, 2017 to claim their prize.  
You should have arrived here from Wilma. If you're visiting  here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on  each blog.
This month was were challenged to try stamping on patterned paper. I enjoyed this challenge so much that I got my project done over a month before they were due. Here it is and I hope I can remember what I used to do it. That's the problem with doing a project so far in advance. LOL





Here is what I used to do the embossing: clear embossing powder, a resin bag, and Big and Bossy tinted embossing ink.

1. Run the resin bag over your card stock before embossing. This stops the embossing powder from sticking to the card stock and the powder will then only stick to where you use your ink.

2. Use lightly tinted or clear stamping ink and ink and stamp your image.

3. Pour, (yes, pour) embossing powder over the image. Have a scrap piece of paper bigger than your card stock underneath and use this to dump the excess powder off onto.

4. Lightly tap the card stock near the image without touching the image to get off an excess still clinging to the image. (Once you have done this, you can make the scarp piece of paper into a funnel and put the excess powder back into the container.

5. Turn on your heat gun and use it to melt the powder. Some people like to use the heat directly on the image while others like to use it under the paper. Either way works as long as you don't do it too long then you either burn the paper or the powder. I have found that doing it under the paper and hold the paper away from me and looking at the embossing area from the side view, I can see when the powder is melting better than look directly at the image. The powder will become glossy when it's melted.

I hope you go try this method and I love to emboss cards be it regular embossing or like we did for this hop.




Now you’re off to visit with Sandy. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!
See ya next month! Jearise AKA Lorby
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Friday, June 16, 2017

June Hop: Basic Card Folds Using Double Sided Paper

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of using double-sided paper.   
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Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps.
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We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.
You should  have arrived here from Wilma. If you're visiting  here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on  each blog.

I started out with the "curtain" fold and made a few cute everyday cards.  I watched many different videos on how to do this and different crafters use different measurements for their folds. Do a You Tube search for curtain fold card and try a few of the different measurements to see which one you like best.





I like to donate handmade Christmas cards to Veteran Homes across the United States and I start early making them so I have at least 50 to send out. I thought the curtain fold could be used to make a few cute Christmas cards. I used embossing folders for the background.


Next I tried the PEE A BOO FOLD card. I like it but it looks like the Father's Day shirt cards that were big a few years back. Just flip it around in your mind and you'll see what I'm talking about. LOL

The digital stamp is from Bugaboo Stamps and I used my color pencils to shade it.

Now  you’re off to visit with Amanda. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!
Jearise AKA Lorby :)
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bittersweet week - end to Chapter 1

I had tears in my eyes as I dropped off my fifth grader for his end of year field trip. Usually a field trip is a happy occasion for me, but this year it is bittersweet as well as this whole last week in May.

This week instead of being the typical end of year fifth grade week, it will be the last Serene Hills Elementary field trip for me, the last fifth grade graduation and the last week I will be part of the Serene Hills Elementary myself as a parent. My son is in fifth grade. My last baby. My last elementary student forever! I am ready to move on but it also is so hard for me. I will miss elementary and watching my children grown in that chapter of their lives.

I have loved this school since stepping in the doors six years ago. I have met my dearest Lakeway friends there and some of the most awesome teachers ever there. Also, I have been very involved at S.H.E. as home room parent for five out of six years and PTO board member for four years. I started out volunteering in the library my first year and getting to know my way around the school. I would highly recommend doing that to any new parent at a new school.

The whole S.H.E. experience has been wonderful and I am going to miss it, but I am now moving on to the next chapter in my children's lives and my life as we move to middle school. I know these coming years will be just as precious and I will feel the same way once my youngest baby moves on to high school.  I am already on the middle school PTO board but in a different position, trying something new and loving it so far so watch out Hudson Bend Middle School because Jearise is coming to make wonderful memories!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mr. Denbrock

I think one of my favorite teachers in school one was my band teacher, Mr. Bill Denbrock. I wasn't the best student on playing an instrument or even doing as I was told and I sure wasn't the teacher's pet.

So why did my band director leave such an impression on me, plain and simple - he had passion and expected respect for himself and his art. Most teachers just teach but Mr. Denbrock inspired by his actions and words. He loved music and he loved teaching music and it showed. I remember him standing on the podium directing us with vigor. He would get so upset when we weren't paying attention but you could tell it was because he wanted us to do our best, to be proud of what we were doing, to be proud of being part of the band and representing Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port High School.

He was old school. Respect. Respect. Respect. And I admired that about him. He came from an time when you respected your teachers and didn't talk back. I was an 80's child and part of that generation when that line of respect was starting to be pushed. It makes me sad now to say that and realize that's where we are in our thinking today - that the young deserve more respect than their elders.

Mr. Denbrock retired after many years of teaching and went on to take over as director of a big band now named the Bill Denbrock Big Band. His passion for his art continues to live on and inspire but in a different way. Hats off to you Mr. Denbrock for putting the spark of music in my heart and for living your passion your entire life.

Here is an interview with Mr. Denbrock and his wife from the Huron Daily Tribune date 2016.

 http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Bill-and-Nancy-Denbrock-have-a-musical-history-9152420.php