Friday, September 28, 2007

Free Clip Art

How would you like free clip art samples sent to you every week? Here's a fun thing I've been meaning to post for a while. I signed up for The Dover Sampler some time ago, and love all the free clip art samples and more that Dover has to offer on a weekly basis.

Each week, Dover Publications sends free sample pages from a different collection of book that include all styles of clip art, oragami, poetry, fine art, recipes, games, puzzles, famous quotations, great literature, craft projects, photography, coloring pages, etc.

You click the link to the samples, and save to your computer the samples that interest you. It's a very interesting source of clip art, and you never know what you might find. here's a peek at some pictures I saved this week:
(click on pic to view full-size)

The styles of clip art vary- anything from animals, to vintage, to foliage, geometric, historical images, asian, egyptian, french, african, indian, you name it. and you can download only those images that are to your liking. Very cool. Here's a link to the e-mail sign up, if you're interested.

Dover e-mail sign-up

Have Fun!

Love, Laura

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Dover Publications- just sharing some free stuff that I love and appreciate!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Truly Amazing Works of Art

Good Morning! Well, never got back to the blog yesterday- I cleaned, listed stuff on e-bay, and ripped up carpet in the living room. Well- actually David did the ripping up, I helped move stuff off. More on that later (never know what you're gonna find under the carpet....)

Anyway, here I am again, coffee, checking e-mail, etc. I decide to read one of my digests from my altered books yahoo group. Haven't done altered anything in a while, and I usually don't have much time to read digests, so I most often stick them in a folder in my hotmail and forget them.

I am so, so soo soo glad I decided to read it today!!! Even if you are not into altered books, or altered anything, you gotta check this out, you just gotta!!!

These are so truly amazing...I have never seen anything like this...took my breath away! I can't really describe these, you just have to go look:

Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

All I can say is WOW. What a lovely way to start the day :)

more later-

Love, Laura

P.S. I went back and read the comments after another look-see at the books. here are my two favorite comments:

"Doesn't it seem like this would be an excellent way to advertise/market books to encourage children and young adults to read more? It expresses visually all the excitement inside, making the books seem like boundless little universes."



"cut it out"


lol. I thought the first was perfect, and the second was just funny :D

I did notice how sad it is that some people are so against doing art with books that would otherwise simply be destroyed or wind up in a landfill. They obviously don't "get it", even though it was explained several times. This is the ultimate in recycling!

Sorry to make this longer, but I had to edit one last time to add this explanation from the artist (it's incedible):

Explanation of Book Dissections-

In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the cover of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and other surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each page while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose a book’s hidden, fragmented memory. The completed pieces expose new relationships of a book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Halloween Altered Tin

Just scoping out some of my fav blogs this morning while drinking coffee and
s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g (whatever the mystery problem is with my elbows has me really aching today!) Anyway, came across the most adorable altered mint tin that Connie made. It's frankenstein- go check him out!

If this inspires you to make an altered tin of your own, send me a pic and I'll post it, or a link to a pic on your own blog. Doesn't have to be Halloween, can be anything.

I had some great pics of the tins my friend Claudia made with polymer clay, but I can't seem to access them. The new computer isn't always as easy to use as I would like :(

However, I do have a pic of a great card that Claudia sent to my mom after her operation. here's a pic of the outside:

and the inside:

Isn't it cute? I love how the tall cat's head fits perfectly in the window!

I have lots more blogging to catch up on, so I'll post more fun stuff later-stay tuned!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Crop-a-dile Tutorials

I found a couple of tutorials on Beate's blog for using the crop-a-dile. One shows how to set eyelets, and the second one shows how to dry emboss with the crop-a-dile.

Okay, well, actually, I was referred to them on Laurie's blog.

I absolutely love Laurie's work, and I love her blog. I've added it to my list of favorite blogs, under Laurie Schmidlin.

I'm almost done with my BSS samples, so as soon as I'm done with those, I'll have stuff to post.

See you soon!


Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hubby Panic Button

Julee Ebersole has a category for certain posts on her blog called, "YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!!!" Well, that's what I thought when when I came across Veronica's Hubby Panic Button over at Veronicas Kreations.

I LMBO!! This is both ingenious and hysterical!! I love it. It's fantastic how everything on the "Gifts4Him" site brings you right back to Veronica's Blog. Very clever girl! I wish *all* stamping sites had one of those buttons :D

Sorry no card pics right now- I don't even have time for blogging, really (new class samples time again at BSS!!!), but I just had to share that. At the least, it's good for smile, and who can't use one of those?

Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Palette Hybrid Ink- Review

Okay, Sharon over at BSS just got in some of these Palette Hybrid Inks in the 4 pack of cubes. I was talking with Marty about them the other day, and I was telling her that I had a chance to use them in a class I took at CHA in 2006. I absolutely loved them, but I already have so many different ink pads already....

Enter this review from Julee over at Poetic Artistry! Just the enabling encouragement I needed to make me feel like I absolutely have to have these...(sigh!)

Acording to Julee, they work wonderfully on clear stamps, and the sample she posted to prove it is just gorgeous. Check out the rest of what Julee has to say about these inks here.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Spinner Cards Tutorial

Here is an excellent step-by-step Spinner Card Tutorial on Splitcoast by Cambria Turnbow:

I had a picture scanned of a recent class sample I made for my Summer Spinner Cards Class. Now that the classes for summer are over, I was going to publish it with this post. Unfortunately, my computer won't let me open that file. Since it was a scan and not a digital pic., I forgot to save it the right way to able to post to the blog. And, since the sample is now at the store, I can't re-scan right now. Sorry :(

Instead, how about a recent RAK I recieved from my friend Linda? She had to send me something else, so I got a hand-made card as a bonus! Thanks, Linda!

That's it for now- kids still need school supplies, so I gotta run.

Happy Labor Day, everyone!


Laura :)

Dragon Omelets, Egg-corns, and The Princess of Marilla!

This is another post for the "kidisms" category. My kids must have eggs on the brain, or something. Recently, my son Lucas kept telling me he needed to get a "Dragon Omelet" in order to advance in his Dragon Fable game. Finally I asked him, "What is this dragon omelet you keep talking about?" so he showed me on the game, and I couldn't stop laughing. Lucas asked what was so funny, so I had to tell him-"Honey, that's not a dragon omelet- it's a dragon AMUlet!"

Then, my other son Loren was telling me all about the nature walk he went on with his dad at the cottage last week. He was so excited as he told me all about the "egg-corns" thay had found. "See mommy? look- eggcorns- you can do a project with them!" haha! I told him gently that they are called acorns, not egg-corns-lol!

Also while at the cottage, we had an impromptu visit with my cousin Nicole and her younger two daughters, Sophia and Olivia. We had driven the boat over to their dock just to say hello, when a thunderstorm broke out over the lake. We went up on their porch to wait it out, and it was pouring buckets. All of the kids had been in their bathing suits, but 4-yr old Sophia disappeared inside, only to return wearing a floor length princess dress complete with crown and declare "I'm the Pwincess of Mawilla!" (Sophia lives in Marilla).

Maybe you had to be there, but can you just picture this tiny little barefoot princess with messy blond hair all dressed up in the middle of a thunderstorm? It was too precious- I totally cracked up!

Olivia had me in stiches the whole time too- especially when she told very seriously, with her eyes huge, that "Daddy and Papa are busy working on the shower in the bathroom, and you'd better not get in their way, or they'll get really mad!" Pretty sure that was the voice of experience-lol!