Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sweet Baby

Hi everyone! I can't believe it has almost been a week since I posted. I had some company in town and my daughter started back to school on Monday (she is on a year round schedule).

I want to share some exciting news. I submitted a card to Paper Crafts Magazine and it was accepted for the June/July '08 issue. I can barely sit still I am sooo excited. I hadn't posted the picture of the project here or on SCS, but I will be able to share it here 2 weeks before the issue is published in early May!!!

Well, on to the card for yesterday's sketch challenge. I needed a baby card for SquirlyShirley at SCS. For the DP I used Je Taime from the Tres Jolie collection from My Mind's Eye. I just love how soft it is and I love, love, love soft green for baby things. I got the Bundle of Joy set from SU! over a month ago and just now used it!

Recipe: Paper: (Tres Jolie) My Minds Eye, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Very Vanilla. Ink: So Saffron, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery. Stamps: Bundle of Joy. Other: Ribbon, cirlce punch, paper piercer, ribbon punch.

Friday, November 23, 2007


Friday means limited supply challenge at SCS. I used by CB for the background and added Fruit Punch Stickles for a little color. I stamped the sentiment in Rose Red and embossed with irredenscent ep. I just love easy cards!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe: Stamps: Wonderful Words. Ink: Rose Red. Paper: Vanilla, White. Other: Stickles, ribbon.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tea Bag Holder

Hi! This is for try a new technique Monday at SCS. I used the tag punch from Festive Favorites. Pretty straight forward today. Hope you are having a nice one!


Sunday, November 18, 2007


I just wanted to share, because it is pretty exciting for me, that I am featured in a local magazine, called 89148 (my zip code) in a monthly article called Meet the Neighbor. When the editor came to my house for the photo shoot, he noticed some of the paper projects I was working on and included them in the photo. The issue just came out yesteday! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Laura ~

CASEing Papermoon

Shelly, Papermoon at SCS, is such a fabulous designer and a wonderful person. She consistently leaves such nice comments for what seems to be everyone! I chose this card to case because the detail is simply stunning and because sadly I need a sympathy card for a friend who lost her mom. I changed the stamps and the colors slightly, but generally kept everything else the same.

Recipe ~ Stamps: Oh So Lovely, Sincere Salutations. Paper: River Rock, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Ruby Red, Watercolor Paper. Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, So Saffron, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Old Olive. Other: Paper Piercer, Twine, Daubers.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Polka Dot Birthday

For this Way to Use It Challenge we are supposed to use the fabulous brads that we hoard. Gasp! Well you only get one out of me today! I stamped the presents from MFT in black craft and embossed with clear ep. I colored it in with a blender pen and ink pads. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Recipe ~ Stamps: My Favorite Things. Paper: Wild Asparagu DP, CTMH DP, Pomegranate, River Rock. Ink: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa. Other: Brad from MM, small brads, paper piercer, frame punch, ribbon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

elegant christmas

This is for sketch challenge SC150. I bought this bronze paper the other day at Mike's and was shopping last night at Target where I was looking at Christmas stuff. They had a wonderful collection of oranaments in brown, gold, and bronze. I wanted to capture the elegance of that. I didn't add a lot of fussiness to this card so that end. For the ornament I circle cut a piece of cardstock vellem and stamped the flourish from CartePostale in versamark and then brushed over that with Sparkle Gold and Sunset Gold Pearl Ex. I used the lighter gold in the center of the ornament and the darker around the edges for some depth. I sealed it with hair spray 'cause I am out of sealer right now. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Craft Show Purses

Hi there! These are projects that I have done for craft shows. I told Trish, a fellow craft show pal, that I would post these. Sometimes I just need a little shove! For the fall paper purse, I got the pattern from aPaperCrafts Magazine from at least a year ago, I haven't found the issue yet but will update the post when I do. I included a stack of 6 fall themed note card with envelopes. I priced it at $15, I had 2 and they did not sell. I guess the price was too high. What do you think?

Now, for the altered Altoid tin. I cut paper to size and used decopage over the top. I then added the ribbon, the rhinestones (self adhesive) and the charm (from Mike's by the company Better Beads). These hold a gift card perfectly. I priced them at $3.50 and sold all that I had at the show (5) and took orders for 25 more. I just sold ten more to a friend, she is going to hang them on the Christmas tree. She asked for 5 of them to be more masculine, so I am going to make them look like a suitcase. I will post pics when I get those done.

I had been altering tins that my friends saved for me and that I had, those are gone now. I had to order a couple of cases of cinnamon Altoids. The wholesale cost of those is about $1.26. I found a site online that I can get plain tins for under $.70 so I will be doing that once I get through all the tins I have now! Tell me what you think.

Thanks for stopping by. Laura~

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Casing Stamp Owl

Happy Sunday! This is for the Featured Stamper Challenge. This week is StampOwl. She is very talented and has a wonderful gallery! I still need Christmas cards so that's why I chose to make it a holidayish. I stamped the main image on watercolor paper, embossed with clear ep and then colored it with stamp pads and a aquapen. The dp is stuff I have literally had for years. I need to use it or give it away.

Recipe ~ Paper: misc. dp, watercolor, vanilla. Ink: Close to cocoa, ruby red, burgandy, choc chip, old olive, artichoke. Other: Hodgepodge Hardware, stickles.

Thanks for stopping by! Laura~

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Hi! This is for one of the mini VSN challenges at SCS. The challenge was to use the faux linen technique. I have seen this, but not actually tried it, well I guess that is what the challenges are for! So, I stamped one of the flower clusters from Carte Postale on glossy cs with ruby red and mellow moss (stamped off on anoter sheet of paper and then stamped mulitple times) and then added the swirl in sahara sand. I then stamped the other flower image on vellem cs and then embossed it with clear ep. The background for that was another of the artistic elements stamped off once with mellow moss and then I stamped over that with Canvas BG. What do we need designer paper for anyway, right! Whew, added a few brads and some gorgeous ribbon from Jo's and there you go.

Recipe: Stamps: Carte Postale, Canvas. Paper: Glossy White, river rock, ruby red, vellum cs, watercolor paper. Other: Brads, Ribbon, Paper Piercer.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 9, 2007


This is for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I used DP from Me & My Big Ideas and stamps from MFT. This is a great layout, one I don't think of using on my own, but that is why I particularly like sketch challenges. I got the butterfly image at Target. It blends almost perfectly with the the bg paper.

Recipe ~ Stamps: My Favorite Things, Autumn Leave (butterfly). Paper: Basic Gray, Vanilla, Misc. lt gray paper. Ink: Silver. Other: Cuttlebug, ribbon, clear ep, eyelets, Creative Memories circle cutter.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Sparkly Christmas

This is for SCSC03 challenge. As I have said I am on a mission to get as many Christmas cards done as possible. Did you notice this one is not a snowman? I love this little tree. I really didn't do anything special here so here's the recipe...

Paper: DP is from Mike's, ruby red, very vanilla. Ink: Ruby red, gold. Other: rhinestones, fruit punch stickles, flower punch, ticket punch, gold ep.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Ok, so here is the correct version of the challenge from yesterday at SCS. I got so caught up in the directions yesterday that I hadn't noticed the challenge was to make a horizontal pocket card. The dp is Cosmo Cricket. The slide was made with my CB.

Recipe~Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Real Red, Choc Chip, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla. Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal. Accessories: Brad, paper piercer, Cuttlebug, stapler, ribbon, corner rounder.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pocket Thank You

This is for TLC141 at SCS. I just love this flower from My Favorite Things. I stamped it onto vellum cs and embossed it with clear ep. I just got that gorgeous ribbon from Mike's last week and the DP is from SU. This is a really simple card, but I think it is pretty and elegant.

And the winner is.......

Clapping Hands
Congratulations Amy (SCS, lay_d_shugarrose)! She is the winner of my blog bling. Thanks everyone who played, you made me laugh with some of your answers and some of them were exactly what I would choose.

One of my visitors asked if I could add email updates as an option to my blog. Well, I aim to please, so you can now be notified when I update my blog. Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Thinking of You

This is for the featured stamper challenge at SCS. This weeks FS is Jimmy. She has such a fun gallery and it was great being able to CASE her. I used dp from DCWV Posie collection. The butterfly is from Autumn Leaves. To make the oval I used a cutting system from Creative Memories. I added Stardust Stickles to the butterfly and edges of the ovals! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, November 2, 2007

Blog Bling!

Woohoo, my ticker went over 1000 and I am giving away some blog bling! I want to know a little about you. Please leave a post here answering the following questions and I will have a drawing on Monday morning! (please leave a way for me to find you...SCS name, phone number, address, blog...)

1. ribbon or sparkles?
2. rainy day or sunshine?
3. Christmas or Thanksgiving?
4. rock or country?
5. football or baseball?
6. camping or hotel?
7. wine or beer?
8. cozy by a fire or snowball fight?
9. cats or dogs?

I know they are random, but I bet I made you smile a couple of times!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!

Holiday Hello

This is for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. This sketch is so fun! I got to use my new stamps and make another holiday card. Life is good! I stamped the snowman in craft black ink and and embossed in clear ep. I used Caramel Alcohol Ink to paint the snowflake brads. Thanks so much for stopping by.

I am getting some blog bling together and will be posting a little something later to find someone to give it to! Laura~

Thursday, November 1, 2007

love you

This is for my DH and for the new challenge chasers challenge. It's for everyday event and I for one don't always think about those in my own house when it comes to making cards. I am going to put this little card (2 1/2 x 3 1/2) in my DH's car tonight! I kept it really simple, while he loves my stuff he doesn't care about all the froo froo. I did cover the little heart with Crystal Effects.

Thanks for stopping by!


Simple Snowman

This is for the limited supply challenge! It is as simple as it looks! This is a version of the 350 cards I am doing. The only difference being that the other card has a white base (printed inside) and the little rhinestone is not included. The bg is done with my Cuttlebug snowflake folder.

Thanks for stopping by! Laura~

make a wish

Hi! I am still playing with my new My Favorite Things stamps. These are so fun. I stamped the cake image on watercolor paper and used my SU markers to color. The only part I used my waterbrush pen was with the mellow moss. I added Fruit Punch Stickles and Crystal Effects to the cake. To make the frame, I drew a the shape with a pencil and cut on the line. I think I got the polka dot dp from Jo's. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Geisha Girl

Here's my DD wearing a kimono for Halloween!