Friday, February 25, 2011

Customer Blog Hop at C&Co.

Hello and Welcome to Claudia and Company's first ever Customer Blog Hop!
We’re so excited to have you join us!
Today Claudia and Company is celebrating all of US; their dear friends and customers and that includes YOU!

If you’ve just joined the fun, be sure to pop over to the Claudia and Company Blog to start the hop and get all the deets!

Hannah Lollipop
Hannah Lollipop©Lori Boyd

Be sure and leave a comment on each of today’s fabulous posts, to be eligible for the prizes that are up for grabs! You'll have until Monday, February 28, 12pm EST to comment. Winners will be announced on March 1, during their Release Day Showcase.

Here is the complete list of stops on the Hop! 
Thanks for joining us and happy hopping!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Love You Friends

Hello my sweet and loving and caring and supportive friends!!
I know it's been awhile since I posted.
I really (more than you know) appreciate all your emails, messages and even a few treats via snail mail.
Each one filled with love and encouragement.
I won't bore you with all the details, so I will be fast & make a long story short...
I haven't been feeling well since mid summer. 
I just haven't felt like myself and my energy level went on vacation.
I have struggled with having no desire to create or design...or much else. 
After finding a lump in my breast several months ago and ignoring it, as I was too busy (cards to make...hee hee) and don't have insurance...It got bigger and painful.
I finally made an appointment at my local Health Dept.
They are wanting to say that the mass on my mammary ridge is a fribro-cystic mass, but 
more testing will show for sure. 
Although, I will have to redo the tests and exams for breast cancer in the next several weeks...
I did get some results yesterday from my blood work on Friday.
My thyroid is very very low functioning and I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
This explains my low to no energy everyday...the extreme fatigue, etc, etc, etc.
My triglycerides are super high, along with my blood pressure.
Although, we still don't have an answer about the lump I am Praising God for standing 
beside me, for carrying me when I need it and for helping them find the things that the 
blood work did bring to our attention.
I plan on using this as a wake up call and making some lifestyle changes...changes that will help 
me to live a long healthy life with my wonderful husband and sweet babies!!
I know without a doubt, that NO MATTER what happens God will be holding me 
in his arms and all will be well.  I can't imagine life 
without my Heavenly Father, my Lord and Savior...the King of my Life.
Right at this time, as we are walking through issues with my health...we are also praying for a situation within our extended's been heart breaking and very worrisome, but every time the devil tries to lie to me about how big this is, how things will never be the same...when he reminds me of my heartache and my loved ones who are also experiencing great heartache...I am able to stop him in his tracks and remind him that he has NO POWER, NO VICTORY in this.  
I even say it out loud sometimes..." are nothing"!!
God IS in control and all things are worked together for good, for those who love HIM.
He will never give us more than we can handle, He will be right there with us.
I give these issues to God (sometimes several times a day) and know without a doubt that I am His child and He loves us ALL so much...more than we can comprehend.
All we have is because of Him...He is Amazing. 
Life is too short to be concerned with anything, but Our Awesome God, the reason we are 
here, our family and loving one another.
I wanted to write to you all to not only let you know I am still here, just needing 
a bit of rest and prayer.

I also want to encourage each of you wonderful friends to pay attention to the signs that your 
body is giving you, do regular self breast exams and remember to "put yourself on the list".
You family won't have you if you don't take care of you!!

I also want to say that we can't do this thing called life without Jesus!!
I can't imagine not having Him at the center of this storm.
All the peace, strength and hope I have is in and from Him!!
My heart goes out to anyone who tries to got it alone.
If anyone reading this is not 100% sure that when you die you will 
spend eternity in Heaven...Please think about this question, see your pastor, speak to a 
Christian friend or even email me with any questions!!
I love you all and God loves you more that anything!!

Thank You for your love and care!!

Love and Blessings -

Here are a few worship songs I have been filling my home with:

Monday, February 21, 2011

President's Day Sale!!!

Hi Everyone!!!

Happy President's Day!

I have a SALE for you...just a little something to help celebrate all our 44 Presidents!!
You can get all this...
all 20 Images shown below + the Little Talks Sentiments and the Sweet Treats Accessories

Not for the $73 Value, but for only $44!!

YAY...the sale will last until Saturday at Noon EST!!

President's Day Bundle

Have a wonderful and blessed day!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

By LORi Designs Challenge - BLDC3

Challenge Time Again at BLD!!
Here is my card.
I used  
Spoonfuls - Millie

Here's our challenge:

You can find the challenge, the challenge details and all the 
super SWEET cards the Lollipop Girls designed HERE!!
Please use BLD Images only!!
You can purchase images HERE at the By LORi Designs Shop
hugs - LORi

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Claudia and Co. February Release

Hi Everyone!!
Did you like the hop??
What did you think of the new images??

This month's release is bittersweet for me!!
It's been 1 year January 4th since I drew the first Puddle Jumper.
It was my husband's birthday and while he drove out of town, I doodled with my feet up on the dashboard!!  By the time we made it to CiCi's Pizza 
(the kids got to pick for Eric's Birthday...hee hee) 45 minutes away...the Puddle Jumpers were born!!

The reason it is a little sad as well is because this will be my last hop with Claudia and Company.  It's time to move on and give my attention to my family, homeschooling and of course, By LORi Designs Digi Shop. It feels like just yesterday, I was sitting on my couch chatting and brainstorming with Claudia about her new stamp company!!  I even named it...I suggested Claudia and Company!! Claudia for of course...Claudia and I said Company could be a number of people: her family, her DT members and even her amazing customers!! I had been saving that name for myself one day...but who else better to offer my "and Company" name to, than my good friend, Claudia.  
Actually, I think Claudia & Co. flows better than Lori and Company anyway!! Hee hee!!
Congrats on Claudia and Company, Claudia!!
I wish you nothing but the best of all the things you deserve!!
Thanks for letting me be apart of your business venture and for 
your friendship that meant so much to me!!
That you ALL for loving the Puddle Jumpers as much as i do and for all your amazing support!!
Love you wonderful friends!!!

Ok, enough about's time to let you see the cards I made and introduce to you the last 2 Puddle Jumpers who will call Claudia and Company home!!! Boo hoo!!

Please meet...

Charlotte and Ezra Puddle Jumper
They are all dressed up in their Sunday Best ready to hunt some eggs!!
I used the adorable October Afternoon Papers in their 
Ducks in a Row line sold at Claudia and Co.
You were introduced to the new C&Co. Artist, John Grutta, last month.
Well, he has gone and done it again...another elegant image!
Have a look at 
"Easter Basket"
Isn't it a pretty and fun image!?!?!?
I used Ducks in a Row paper on this card too!!

Be sure to check out the Claudia and Co. store and all the new goodies in the 
NEW IN FEBRUARY section of C&Co.

Here is the hop order in case you landed her first:

Happy Hopping-