Creative Lull

Hello all,

It’s been a while since I have posted here on my blog. I seem to be in a creative lull, not being able to create freely. My mind seems to be too full and distracted with all that is going on. Have you all experienced this type of feeling? How did you get yourself out of it?

At the end of 2020, I felt overwhelmed with design team work in addition to my full time job so, I resigned from my Design Teams. Now I feel a lost. I have reorganized my craft space and have decluttered my craft storage. That usually gets me moving but, no. I have started projects and left them unfinished. I have an order for cards that I need to fill but my ideas are running thin.

To be honest, while I am typing this out I feel like I am just whining. And…maybe I am. This truly is the longest period of time that I have experiences a lack of creativity. So, again, how do I get past this? Any ideas? I would love to hear about your creative challenges and how you overcame them. Has there been a new product or technique that has inspired you lately? Please share!

Hoping you all are happy and healthy.

Happy day,


Imagine Crafts, Uncategorized

Joy Clair Blog Hop – Cabinet Card Scrapbook layout

Hello Blog Hoppers,

So glad that you made to my post! I have a cute and fun Mini-Scrapbook page to share with you today featuring Joy Clair stamps.

I love creating a Christmas scrapbook for each year. It is so wonderful to pull out all of the scrapbooks albums each season and display them on the coffee table. Our Friends and family really enjoy looking through the scrapbooks and revisiting all of the past Christmases.

Check out the Quick Tips Mixed Media Below for all of the step by steps.

Cabinet Card Scrapbook layout

Imagine Crafts Products:

VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Rain Forest, Shady Lane
VersaColor – Topaz, Umber, Bark, Brown, Pacific, Vanilla, Neptune, Cardinal
Delicata – Champagne, Ruby Red
irRESISTible Colored Texture Spray – Wedding Dress
Sheer SHIMMER Spritz – Frost

Joy Clair Stamps:

Joy Clair – Merry Christmoose

Other Supplies:

Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations- Cabinet Card
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments – Christmas Words
Holiday embellishments
Corner Punch
2 Whole Punch
Paper Accents – Chipboard

Mixed Media Quick Tips Video

Thanks for checking out my project with Joy Clair and Imagine Craft products. I hope you continue on with the Blog Hop and check out all of the wonderful projects from the other designers.

Giveaway Details:
Comment, like, and share on all the Imagine Crafts hop stops to be entered to win a $25 product giveaway from Imagine. Stops are all starred and labeled in the list below. Leave your comments by Midnight EST, November12, 2020. Winner will be announced on the Imagine Crafts blog ( https://imaginecraftsblog.com/ ) on November 16th. Giveaway open to US Residents only. This giveaway is not affiliated with YouTube or Google.

Blog hop links:

Martha Lucia Gomez – https://wp.me/p5TnaH-7OZ

Imagine Designer Nicole Watt – https://youtu.be/_4bJYNHisr4

Priscilla Joseph – http://nubblelightdesigns.com/?p=3679

Imagine Designer Lisa Mensing – https://youtu.be/dcp11pLPtJw

Danielle Brown – https://wp.me/p7pLPn-1fg

Imagine Designer Lori Warren – https://youtu.be/zvi3PrA4EsE

Joy Wilson – https://joywilsonink.com/2020/11/better-together/

Imagine Designer LeeAnn McKinney – https://youtu.be/QWJ1wNt6zpU

10 – Sharon Smith – https://fiddlydiddlycardsandcreations.blogspot.com/2020/11/joy-clair-and-imagine-crafts-

11 – Imagine Designer Annie Collins –https://youtu.be/2J2x133A1_4

12 – Renee Villalobos (Instagram) – https://www.instagram.com/pnwcraftgirl/

13 – Imagine Designer Jowilna Nolte – https://youtu.be/wwYU0espBp8

14 – Jennifer Holder Schoolcraft – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP9udZJOTL1h69fnoVdIJBA/videos

15- Joy Clair Designs Blog – https://joyclairdesigns.com/?p=3683

Happy day,


A Company(s) that I am affiliated with or Design for may have provided me with product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Imagine Crafts, Mixed Media, Uncategorized

New Imagine Blog Fall Projects

Hello all,

I have a couple of projects to share with you that have been featured on the Imagine Blog this month.

Fancy Pumpkins

The first project is a quick and easy way to fancy up plain white plastic pumpkins and features Fireworks! metallic sprays. Check out the quick tips video below for the step by steps!

Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Sprays add color and shimmer to any paper-crafting project. Their unique water-based formulation allows Fireworks! inks to be highly visible on both light and dark cardstock—something no dye ink spray can claim! Fireworks! are available in a wide range of colors complementary to our Memento dye ink line of inkpads and markers, so no matter how you want to color, the Memento family has you covered.
Add color with metallic sparkle and shimmer to your artwork
Fast drying on most paper surfaces
Acid free

See How to Transform Plain Pumpkins to Fancy Shimmery Metallic Pumpkins

Imagine Supplies:
Fireworks – Tangelo, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy
Walnut Ink: Cornflower Blue
VersaFine: Onyx Black

Other Supplies:
Hobby Lobby Packaged Pumpkins/Gourds
White card stock
Hot glue gun

Quick Tips Mixed Media Video

Let’s Hear it for Fall

The next project is a more intensive Mixed Media project featuring Creative Medium along other other Imagine products. There are a lot of steps to this project but each step is easy to do and combined result is a stunning fall decor piece. The Quick Tips Mixed Media Video below walks you through each step so, be sure to check it out!

Creative Medium in clear-drying Original, sparkly Shimmer and sepia-toned Vintage are quick drying mediums that can be used for collage and more.Creative Medium Metallic & Iridescent, in bold colors, are creamy pastes that can be stenciled, spread or dabbed on for gorgeous texture and color.

Imagine Supplies:
StazOn – Piano Black, Metallic Gold
Creative Medium – Clear Artist Medium
VersaFine – Onyx Black
Memento – Sweet Plum, Rich Cocoa, Potter’s Clay, Desert Sand
GlazOn – Slight Gloss Finish
Large Daubers
Stencil Brush

Other Supplies:
Art Minds – Wood sign
Fall Florals
Sheer Ribbon
TCW Stencil – TCW5002
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Pumpkin
The Paper Studio Ribbon – Vintage Small Rosette
DecoArt Enchanted – Ultra Black Basecoat, Gold & Magenta iridescent Top Coat
Art C Stamp & Cut – pumpkin
Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz collection – Skulls & Cobwebs
Hero Arts – Stamps & frame cuts
DCWV – Burlap Printed paper
Cardmaking & Paper crafts – Autumn Wonder leaf embossing plate

Quick Tips Mixed Media Video

Tsukineko – StazOn – Pigment Ink Pad – Piano Black

Tsukineko – VersaFine – Instant Dry Pigment Ink Pad – Onyx Black

Tsukineko – Memento – Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa

Idea-ology – Tim Holtz – Halloween – Mini Pumpkins

Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Halloween – Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set – Skulls and Cobwebs

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Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray 2 oz bottles in Desert Sand, New Sprout, Rose Bud, Danube Blue, Dandelion, Bahama Blue and Tuxedo Black.

I hope you will visit these other truly inspiring projects over on the Imagine Blog or YouTube page. There is a lot of wonderful material out there!

Happy day,


A Company(s) that I am affiliated with or Design for may have provided me with product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.


Up-cycling a special Gift into a Christmas keepsake

Hello all,

Have you pulled out your Fall and Christmas craft stash yet. I usually don’t until closer to October however, this year, it felt right to start early. With the drag of COVID on the usual Summer fun, I thought it would be nice to start my Fall and Christmas crafts early as it always lifts my mood and makes me happy.

So far, I have created a few Fall pumpkin pieces and a special Christmas ornament.

This pumpkin is featuring Dew Drops from The Robin’s Nest and you can find the details about this project over on the Chattering Robin’s Blog .

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I then collaged a wood pumpkin plaque (that I got from the dollar store) and mounted it to a base board treated with crackle medium.

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And, of course, I had to put out my fall decorations.

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Finally, my favorite project of late. I created an ornament from half of a walnut shell. Why is this so special? It is so very special because the walnut shell as a gift from my cute little grandson. He often gives me little gifts of things he finds (rock, walnut shell) and if he can’t find something…he will gift me his toy dinosaurs (which I gift back to him). He is just so sweet.

Here is a lava rock he collected for me while we were on a picnic earlier this year.

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I thought making the walnut shell into an ornament would be a great way to treasure and save this special memory. Every year, when I put this ornament on my tree, I will think of the day that I received a sweet gift of a walnut shell from my adorable grandson. Isn’t that what the holiday are all about?

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I hope these projects will inspire you to get started on your fall/holiday craft projects.

Happy day!


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A Company(s) that I am affiliated with or Design for may have provided me with product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.


Welcome Fall – Dew Drop Embellished Pumpkin

 Hello all,

I am over on the Chattering Robin’s blog with a great project idea to Welcome Fall.  It starts with a paper mache pumpkin that I collaged last year and then ran out ideas on how to finish it. This year, when I unpacked my Fall craft stash, I took one look at this half finished project and new exactly how I wanted to complete it – embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops and top it off with pretty Fall florals. Not sure why I didn’t think of this a year ago?  Oh well, it made for an enjoyable project this year!  Click below to be the taken to the Chattering Robin blog post the full details.

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The Robin’s Nest Products:
Paisley Mini Dew Drops

Mowed Grass Dew Drops

Dark Vanilla Dew Drops

I hope you have enjoyed this project and will spruce up your Fall projects with Dew Drops!  They really are versatile and add a nice pop of color and bling to any project!

Happy day!


A Company(s) that I am affiliated with or Design for may have provided me with product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Imagine Crafts, Mixed Media, Uncategorized

Stamping a face mask with StazOn

Hello all,

I am over on the Imagine Blog with a project tutorial on how to stamp on fabric with StazOn ink to create your own unique face mask.  If you are going to have to wear a mask, you might as well create a fabulous one!   Watch the full Mixed Media Tutorial below to get all of the details.

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Imagine Supplies:

StazOn Pigment –Piano Black

StazOn – Cherry Blosson, Caribbian Green, Saddle Brown

GlazOn – Slight Gloss Finish



Other Supplies:

Fabric, thread & elastic

Face mask pattern

Club Scrap In Stamp set

Mixed Media Tutorial Video

Hope you have enjoyed this project and will check out the wonderful world of StazOn Ink.  It is such a fun and versatile ink!

Wishing you all safety and health!

Happy day,


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A Company(s) that I am affiliated with or Design for may have provided me with product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.


Mixed your Mediums – Imagine Blog

Hello all,

I am over on the Imagine Blog today with a cool mixed media project using a variety of mediums to decorate a chipboard box.  The tutorial will walk you through each layer and use of product to create an awesome outcome.  So, hop on over the the Image Blog to get the step by step details.

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Imagine Supplies:

  • StazOn Pigment – Snowflake
  • Creative Medium – Clear Artist’s Medium
  • Goodebumps – Clear Texture Spray
  • Fireworks! – New Sprout, Bahama Blue, Lulu Lavender

Other Supplies:

    • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers
    • Stamper’s Anonymous Stencil – Tim Holtz Collection
    • The Crafter’s Workshop – Cookie Stencil TCW5002
    • The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW816 Bird and Butterflies
    • Chipboard box
    • Faber Castell Artist PITT Pen



Hope you have enjoyed this project and will give a few of these techniques a try.

Happy day!







Check out “Possibilities” over on The Chattering Robin’s blog

Hello all,

I am over on The Chattering Robin’s Blog today with a brightly colored mixed media home decor piece.  For this project, I used a variety of paper flowers, wood embellishments and dew drops to create a nice collage.  It’s a great way to use the bits and pieces left over from other projects as the original colors are neutralized with a coat of white gesso.  Be sure to check out the Mixed Media Quick Tips video below for the steps by steps for this project.

The Robins Nest

  Other Supplies:

  • Little Birdie Embellishments – Pretty bows
  • American Crafts – paper flowers
  • Recollections – paper flowers
  • Prima Marketing – flowers
  • Heidi Swapp – Wood Veneer Arrows
  • Art-C Embellishments – ruler
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology – Quote Chips, Collage Paper
  • Beacon – 3-in-1 Adhesive
  • Fireworks spray – Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink
  • Walnut Ink – Cornflower
  • StazOn Pigment – Piano Black
  • Club Scrap Ins. – Nice to See you
  • DecoArt Americana – White Gesso, Slate Gray, DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Faber Castelle Artist Pitt Pens
  • Wood panel with easel

Mixed Media Quick Tips Video

Happy day!



Rolling with the Changes…

Hello all,

If you follow me on Facebook then you will have likely have seen the announcement below:

***Important Announcement***

With a heavy heart and a sting to my never give up attitude, I announce the closure of the Loriscardsandcreations.com retail website. The cost just outweighs the benefits of running the site. So, if you are interested in any of the digital designs that are available, the site will be open until the end of July for purchases.

The good news is that my blog Confessionsofastampoholic.blog will remain active and I will move and update that site with some of the information from the Loriscardsandcreations.com site. I will also be posting my original artwork and clear polymer stamps for sale over at my old Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LorisCardsCreations). However, the digital images will not be available on Etsy as the fees for posting this type of product are just too high.

Thank you to all who have supported my endeavor to open and run the Loriscardsandcreations.com retail site. I hope you will continue to follow me on my other social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube as well as Etsy and WordPress blog @ Confessionsofastampoholic.blog).

Ever the optimist, I remind myself that as one door closes another door usually opens. So, we will see what the future holds for me as I keep an eye out for new opportunities.
Happy day to you,


Although the reality of this closure was very tough to me to come to terms with, I am doing my best to continue down my crafty path.  Maybe, the retail site just wasn’t the right direction for me and maybe there is something greater waiting for me right around the corner.  So, I am moving on and exploring my options.

The closing of my retail site was really the 2nd blow to my crafting world this Summer as COVID-19 pretty much shut down all of the art festivals and local markets.  I am sure that many of you are dealing with similar, if not more serious and scary, issues involving COVID-19.  My heart goes out to all who have been stricken down by this awful virus as well as to the friends and families who have lost loved ones.   I do realize that in the larger scheme of things, I am very lucky to have my family and my health.

With that all being said, I move on to the additional goings on my in crafty life.  As in, I am re-opening my Etsy site (as mentioned in my Facebook post) to post a sell my original artwork and clear polymer stamps.  In fact, the Mixed Media collage below, “Bloom Wildly, should be up on the Etsy site by the end of the day.

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Another step I have taken to help me through the difficult time of COVID closers and isolation, was to focus on something new.  Focusing on learning something new really helps to keep me grounded.  So. I have started exploring the use of herbs, essential oils and crystals for bath, body and medicinal purposes.  I am really enjoying researching and creating hand made products.  I am learning so much!

I have made a few products and posted them under Lori’s Cards & Creations  however, I have decided to post information about this new direction under the name “Varity Bloom“.  Thought it would be less confusing to post my traditional Mixed Media work under Lori’s Cards and my new adventures into herbalism ect…under the name “Varity Bloom“.  So, you will start to see posts from me this new title soon.

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I hope his post find you enjoying your Sunday doing something that you love to do.  Be safe and stay healthy other there!

Happy day,




A different kind of Mixed Media…

Hello all,

I have been exploring a different kind of art and craft lately using my essential oils and herbs.  It is all a part of my plan to use more natural products and limit unhealthy ingredients that I consume (internally and externally).

This post is walking you through my recipe for a “Touch of Sunshine” liquid hand soap.  This recipe was inspired by DIY Liquid Handsoap Pinterest pin by Happy Mothering.  My recipe has been tweeked a bit as I wanted to make mine more bright, cheery and full of sunshine!

Ok, so I maybe it’s a bit corny, but the root of this recipe is the infusion of sunshine.  Infusion of what?!? Yes, sunshine.  By placing my water into a jar and setting in the sunshine, I get the spirit of sunshine into my recipe.  Hey, it works for me!   And…I hope it works for you too.

Check out the recipe card as well as the Quick Tips “A different kind of Mixed Media” video below for the step by steps.

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Quick Tips “A different kind of Mixed Media” video

So, what craft things have you been up to lately?  Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Happy day!


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