Sunday, February 25, 2007

Updated Website

I just updated the art gallery on my Stampin' Up! website. In case you missed it in the butterfly card post below, I've added at least two pages of punch art samples.

I would love any referrals to more interesting out of the box punch samples. Please share!

Laura ;)

Monochromatic Embossing

I love the clean and classy look of black and white, and I think when you emboss in the same color as the paper, it makes a really strong statement. Here are two examples that I love.

The first is a card using the Heartfelt Thanks set, created by Juliana Carlson. the card color is actually eggplant, but since it is very dark, it gives that black on black look. Also notice the bleached out area around the word friendship. Tres cool!

The second sample is a 6x6 scrapbook page created by Deborah Whitt. It uses the set Roses in Winter, and the embossing is actually vanilla on white instead of white on white. Also very classy looking. I love how the embossed white mat around the photo mimics the material covering the cat's head. Paying attention to details can really make a simple design shine. And the cat is just adorable to boot!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Butterfly punch card

I believe this was a sample from one of Stampin' Up!'s Regional Seminars, so I don't know who to credit for the work. Really creative use of punches, though.
Punches used on this card:
Large Oval Punch
Small Oval Punch
Word Window Punch
Wrought Iron Corner Punch
See my website for more punch samples:
They should be available to view until at least mid-March.

Karma Truck

I tend to be one of those women who wants to be a nurturer, and can be giving to a fault. I know many other women like this. It seems to be a trait a lot of women have that has been handed down for generations, from a time when women were expected to always put her husband, kids, and everyone else first and herself last.

Today, on one of my e-mail groups, someone posted an opinion that really hit home. What it was in reference to doesn't even matter. It was the sentiment that I really appreciated. This person was talking about helping others, and how fulfilling that can be, but how she "couldn't feel that way" if she were to "help others" take advantage of her. How true!

But here's the part that really got me. She then wrote:
"I am responsible for me and for my actions, no one else's. And I am only going to get run over by the Karma truck if I throw myself out into the road to protect another person from their own consequences."

Something definitely worth thinking about.


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Address Book Project

One of the blogs I visit has a tutorial on it for covering the front of the new art journal along with a .doc template for printing the pages for an address book. It addresses the problem with the first hole of the punch being too close to the top.

This lady also has alot of other samples to view on her site. I'm getting there- I'm still learning some of the technical stuff. I will be posting new sample pics at least 2-3 times a week. It's a start!

Anyway, if you are interested in doing this project in stamp club or at a class or home workshop, let me know by replying to this post. To reply to the post, just click "comments" at the bottom of this post. I'd love to hear from you!

Laura :)

Too Funny

Gotta love the things kids say- like this doozy from my son Lucas today: We were listening to a book on tape in the car, and when we got home, I turned it off. The boys protested ("turn it back on, turn it back on!"), so I turned it back on, and Loren says, "Mommy, put it back where it were." Lucas says to Loren (in all seriousness) "It's put it back where it was, Loren. What, are you speaking Canadien or something?" I just cracked up. Way too funny.



oooohhhh! If you are the least bit interested in stamping or scrapbooking, you simply must check this out! Okay, I'm a little behind on things over at SCS, so you may have seen this already, but if not, you simply must! The girls over at SCS attended CHA last month, and posted a blog about it. They've included really nice pictures, and great descriptions of lots and lots of new things. They also posted links to many sites to check out. So much fun! I think they did a really great job with nice sharp, up-close pics of products, and I haven't even had time to read all of the descriptions, but enjoyed what I did read. Here's the link:

have fun!

Love, Laura :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cheap craft pan idea

I came across a really inexpensive idea for an all-purpose craft pan the other day. I was shopping for a new litter pan for the cats (1 cat+3 semi-grown kittens=need for more than 1 litterbox). Anyway, Target has mini size litter pans for only $2.00. I was thinking it was the perfect size for the kids to use to play with their moon sand, play dough, etc. and not get it all over. Then I realized, it was also a perfect size for doing messy background techniques, etc. in. It's almost as cheap as a dollar store disposable aluminum pan, but re-usable, more durable, and easy to clean. It's big enough to hold whole sheets of 8.5 x 11 cardstock, but not much bigger. It's also deep enough to hold a few inches of liquid, or shaving cream, or whatever, but not as deep as a full size litter pan- so easier to store.
If anyone else has seen any good dollar store-type items for stamping lately, please share. Just click reply to post at the bottom of this post. Speaking of which- I also noticed that the stampable mugs are on sale at AC Moore this week for only 59 cents.

Happy Stamping!

Stampin' Fun!

I just love this set! No, I didn't stamp this myself, but the demo who did did a great job. I love it! The layout is really fun and easy. Layering without measuring. Gotta love that. In addition, the circles really put emphasis on the focal point. She just looks so cozy stamping inside her little circle :)
This card is made with a Stampin' Up! set called Stampin' Fun for everyone.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Web site updated

I updated my Stampin' Up! web site- specials page and art gallery- check it out!

Craft Critique...check it out!

I saw this on another stamper's blog...
A very cool new blog... Craft Critique one you MUST check out! They are currently calling for feedback from readers and you will have a chance to win FREE STUFF!

Saturday, February 3, 2007



Welcome to my new blog. I plan to use this space to share stamping and scraping tips, and hopefully post photos from time to time of card and scrapbook pages. I may also throw in family and kitten updates as the mood strikes.

Right now, I am working on fun stuff for stamp club in February, the kittens are actually staying out of trouble, and the boys are playing a board game together, which they've been at for over an hour (amazing!)

Don't be too disappointed if there aren't alot of bells and whistles at first- the scanner is still being very finicky, and I'm not exactly a whiz at adding graphics, etc. Still, it's a start, and I'm pretty excited about it. Thanks for checking it out.

Love, Laura