Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas photos

It was hard to get a good shot of the kids because they kept goofing around. Even though this one is blurry, it was the best one of the morning:

This is Pinky playing Santa (the boys dressed her up in their build-a-bear's Santa outfit- she wasn't too thrilled about it!)

And this is Sissy (the mamma cat) on Christmas Eve, all snuggled in among the prsents:

Last but not least here is a little preview of something I am working on, half finished. You are looking at the individual flowers of an origami project that I'm pretty excited about. Hopefully I'll get it done by tomorrow and I can post the finished project along with a link to instructions.

That's it for now!

have a safe & happy New Year's Eve everybody!

Lots of love,


ETAJuly 24, 2009: this is one of those projects that got set aside, but I'll work at them this week at the cottage & hopefully post the following week!

Friday, December 26, 2008

New Year's Greetings?

If you were late (like me) in getting all of your Christmas Cards made, but you don't want your family & friends to think you forgot them or that you just don't care, why not send out grettings for a Happy New Year?
I found this in among my convention swaps, and I think it is a perfect wintery card to send. I love it because it works for any type of a winter greeting card, and you can make it with pretty much any snowflake stamp you may have.

This card was made by Karen Yeomans.
The set & paper used come fromt he retiring Level 3 hostess bundle Holiday Happenings. (you still have time to earn this set if you host a workshop/that qualifies for level 3 hostess benefits before January 18th!)
Karen embosssed the main image in white. The 3 snowflakes on the side were stamped in Baja Breeze ink and highlighted with dazzling diamonds glitter.
The glitter doesn't show that great in the pic, but it is very sparkly IRL.

I'm off to have a relaxing holiday afternoon with my family and give my sore finger a break. Back soon with some Christmas day photos & a couple more projects I worked on this past month.

Take care,

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve in the ER

Well, just a little post to say Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you all have a very blessed & joyous Christmas.

I can't type too fast because I did something **really** stupid last night. I stapled a 1/2" long staple gun staple right through the middle finger of my left hand! Oh I so wish I had thought to have Dave grab the camera on the way out the door to the hospital- you just wouldn't believe it. The staple went right through my finger one side of the bone, and the other prong of the staple hit the bone & buckled, but it went in so hard that it was tightly embedded in my finger- skin was bulging out on either side of the staple! OwwwwwCH!

So anyway, Dave was going to pull it out with pliers, but when he felt that the prong was poking out the backside of my finger, he thought we should go to the ER in case it needed x-rays, which they did. That was about all they did though, AFTER the doctor pulled it out with a pliers, just like David was going to do. I've had a couple of people tell me they could have come by & pulled it out for me. My friend Mark called it "the $1000 staple".

Funny thing was, it didn't hurt *too* bad or even bleed until it was yanked out- then it was instant blinding pain, which thankfully subsided to just 7 or 8 on the pain scale after a few minutes. After that it just throbbed all night, and it never really bled at all. I have two prong marks on my middle finger & it's all swollen & sore, but that's about it. Looks like a vampire bit me-lol.

I know you are all wondering how the heck did I even do it, but that's a whole 'nother story!

Enjoy your holiday!

With love from Laura & family

ps. got a great shot of Sissy snuggled in among all the presents under the tree- will share tomorrow!

Pss. Can't believe I am posting this but thought you might get a kick out of it. I found this polaroid which I scanned into my computer. It is me on Christmas when I was about 11 or 12. Go ahead- laugh, I did ;)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Lucas update

Well, this morning went great, once we actually got to the hospital. The drive in was terrible! Our truck that has 4 wheel drive decided not to start this week-end, so I had to take the car with the bad tire that is aweful in the snow. The 33 and the 198 were a mess, and Delaware Ave going in to the hospital was actually worse. Thankfully we made it there & back just fine.
So many people had cancelled due to the weather conditions that the doctors were practically dying for something to do when we got there. It went really quick. The doctor was really nice (and totally hot! -he could give McDreamy & McSteamy both a run for their money-LOL).
Lucas did awesome. He was done with the procedure & awake from anesthesia within a half hour of going into the room. He was SO sick this morning, he looked just aweful. I asked the doctor if the anesthesia would take away any of his pain, and he said no, it shouldn't make him any better or any worse than before the procedure. Well, happily, he was dead wrong. Lucas went into that room crying in pain and looking terrible, poor baby, but when he woke up, he was like a whole new person!
It was amazing. He was smiling, no pain what-so-ever, and he looked well rested and happy. He was chatting and going on & on about the anesthesia- he said after the doctor put the mask on everyone turned into cartoon characters and then the room started spinning. (lmao!)
I asked him how he felt and he said good! It was really incredible. Sick as a dog one minute, bags under his eyes, face all pale & grayish looking and crying in pain, and 1/2 hour later he was all pink & rosy, smiling and feeling fine.
So far he is still feeling well, so I am crossing my fingers he can make it in to school tomorrow!

Keep praying- it must be working!


Love, Laura

Snowflakes & Christmas Cards

Hey guys! I have to make this quick- I'm pretty exhausted, and I have to take my Lucas to the Hospital in just a few hours. We are buried under a ton of snow, all the schools are closed, and I don't get to sleep in!. What a bummer! If we make it downtown & back safely, I'll be happy though.
It's looking pretty Christmas-y around here, so I thought I'd share a little. Loren and I made these snowflakes the other day. He got distracted after making 2. He's usually up for a half-dozen or so, but when I get going, I can cut away for an hour or more. It's addicting & tons of fun, but let me warn you, it can get pretty messy with all the little tiny clippings. Here's some we came up with:

(Sorry they're all wrinkly, they still need to be ironed flat. You can click the pic for a larger view).

Next I'd like to share a couple of hand stamped Christmas cards that my friends sent me. This one is from Elisabeth- isn't it gorgeous? I absolutely adore it!

This one is from my friend Sara in the UK. I just love it! I was so excited to recieve it, and I love the color combo that she used. LOVE those pink ornaments with the baby pearls in the centers ;)
Sara sent a message along for stamp club, which included Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2009- Love from Sara. Sara- we miss you too!

Last is a card that we made at a recent Stamp Club meeting. I case's the layout from Beate's stained glass tutorial on SCS. I used the die cut bird from a sizzix die instead of the Christmas Cardinal stamp, though, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you like it!

That's it for now. I'll post an update on Lucas when we get back from Children's. He's getting general anethesia for the first time. Also, he doesn't know that they will be putting a tube down his throat, so I'll have to explain to him when he wakes up why his throat is sore. Generally I am for telling him everything & keeping him informed, but the doctor thought that knowing what the procedure was in this case would just stress him out unnecessarily, since he'll be asleep for the whole thing anyway, and this time I agree with her.
I'm sure he'll do fine, but prayers are always welcome :)

Have a great day!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tag Card

Remember those tags? Well, I wound up with not as much time to play as I thought I'd have, but I did manage to play around with them a little. here's one of the cards I came up with:

Here are a couple of other fun & easy projects. The Rudolf box was designed by Samantha Parisi, isn't it adorable? The only thing I changed was to add the die cut swirls for the antlers- Samantha did hers a little differently. Mine also happens to be chocolate chip instead of close to cocoa. That's only because I was out of close to cocoa at the time I made my sample. We did these in stamp club this month using the Cocoa and they came out great!

There is a tutorial for these boxes on splitcoast- I'll add the link to this post tomorrow. In the meantime, you can just search "triangle box" on SCS. I used different measurements than Beate's. I used cardstock cut to 4.25 x 11. You can follow Beate's directions from there.

Next up is an easy little gum holder I made. My girlfriend gave me the directions for these a while ago. They are also very simple & easy to make. It was harder to find the right size gum packets than to actually make the holder! (btw- I found the gum at Target in the candy section- it comes in packs of 8)

Here's the open view:

I have lots more to post tomorrow- including the beautiful Christmas cards I recieved from Elisabeth and Sara- wait til you see!



Saturday, December 20, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

My friend sent this to me, I thought it was so cute!

I know it's been going around SCS, so I'm sure some of you have seen it, but for those who have not, here ya go:

Twas the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls
Should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,
And now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look
In this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
As he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"

Too funny. Dave said yep, that's you! LOL!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pretty Tags & Tippy Cat

Check back later today to see what I am making with these pretty tags:

And just for fun, I thought I'd introduce you to Tippy the cat. He may have made an appearance on this blog in the past- (can't remember right now)- but this is definately his first appearance as Santa. We rescued a pregnant stray a couple of years ago, and Tippy was one of Sissy's babies. However, the papa cat was HUGE, and so is Tippy! He weighs in at 18 lbs, but he's not overweight, according to the vet. He is just one huge, strong, muscular cat. His head is about 3 x's the size of Pinky's. (Pinky will make her debut here soon!).

Anyway- Merry Christmas from me & Tippy!

Don't foget to check back for those tag creations ;)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Quilted Washi Paper Cards

last year I took a washi paper class from Sharon At Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. Below are some washi paper cards that I made. The first one is the Christmas card I sent to my in-laws last year.

Here are some others. The Poinsettia was the hardest, but really, none of them are difficult to make, just a little time-consuming.

This was of course, the easiest design, but I love the simplicity of it:

I'll be posting back a little later with the stamp club samples from this month. I need to get them uploaded first!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quick update on Lucas

Just quick update on Lucas, for those of you who are wanting to know. He is doing slightly better. By that I mean, he is making it to school more often than he did in october & November, but not by a lot. He definately seems to be having more good days than he was, though.
We still do not know anything concrete. All of the doctors who have been working on his case had a meeting at Children's Hospital last Friday to review all of his tests & scans & confer with each other. I haven't really heard anything much about it, though. So far, they have nothing new to tell me.

On Wednesday, I am taking him to Children's to have an endoscopy. If that comes back negative, then they will be sending him for a psycological evaluation to see if he pain stems from somthing emotional. All of the Doctors have expressed to me that they belive he is having very real severe pain, and that the cause of the pain may very well be from an actual physical condition but that the physical condition causing his pain might have been caused by stress.
All I can do at this point is wait and see what the test results show next week. In the meantime, please keep praying!

Oh- something I forgot to mention in my pinecone ball post, below- once you have the pieces cut & folded, pinning them onto the ball to make the ornamnet is perfect activity for sitting in hospital waiting rooms- or even just while watching tv, for those of you who don't spend your days running frm doctor to diagnostic testing facility to hospital ;)

Thanks again for all of your prayes & concerns for Lucas- we most definately appreciate it!



Pinecone Ball Ornaments

Well, I'm back. I've been too busy in the mornings to post, and too tired in the evenings. The good news is, though, that not only have I been busy cleaning like a mad woman & running kids around, I've also been busy creating, so I will have lots of good stuff to share all week long.
I'm addicted to making these pinecone ball ornamnents. I just think they are so pretty, and I have a lot of fun picking out papers that I think will work well.
Here are some I have finished up from last year:

Click here for a tutorial.
Here's another I did last year but never posted. Sorry it's a little blurry:

I used the retired Cerise paper from Stampin Up! I really loved that paper- I was so sad to see it retire. I have a whole pack left, but now I'm always afraid to use it because then it will be ALL GONE! lol. Isn't that silly? Especially when there are so many, many beautiful papers. ( I should know, I have a HUGE stash of them ;)
I will note that although I absolutely love SU! papers, there are some others on the market that are easier to use for this project. Double sided is nice, because then you have coordinating solid or pattern to overlap with your first pattern, but lightweight papers are much easier to fold crisply and precisely. I am working on one now that uses Chatterbox scrapbook walls paper. The Chatterbox paper is perfect because it is light weight, double sided, and folds beautifully. They also have a lot of papers that have smaller patterns, which work well for these ornamnets.
Another company that makes this weight paper is Daisy Bucket.

I have a couple more I have done with current SU! dsp, and when I finish the chatterbox ornament, I will post them all together.
However, I do have lots of other good stuff to post in the meantime, as promised, so keep an eye out!

Take care!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Flip Book Pictures

Someone who had taken pictures of my flip book before it went missing was kind enough to e-mail them to me. Here are a just a couple of them- a little better shot of the cover & a couple of the inside pages. I can't post pictures of all the pages until the class has finished running, but this will give you an idea of how cute this book is! I used papers & die cuts from My Minds Eye, they were a joy to work with :)

If you don't know what a flip book is, I have a post with pictures of another I did last year here. Take a peek, it will give you an idea of why it is called a flip book!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Retiring SU! stamp sets on sale

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a safe & happy Thanksgiving!

I just want to quickly point out that there are a few retiring stamp sets included in the Holiday Extravaganza sale. Click the flyer to the right and you will see the list of bundled items that are on sale for a limited time only.
Some of the stamp sets have a small asterisk (*) next to them. Those items are going to be included in the retired list for the current catalog- meaning they will no longet be available when the current catalog ends on January 18, 2009.
Hope this info. is of use to someone. I'd hate to see someone miss out on a deal if they are planning to buy a set before it retires anyway. Better Hurry- the sale ends Dec. 1, 2008, and the sale items are only avaialble while supplies last!

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions (

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Have you seen my Christmas Flip Book? - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more This is the cover of the Christmas flip book I made for Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. It was the class sample, and took a lot of time and effort to make. It was really cute. I had to teach my class last Saturday without the sample, because the book has gone missing. I am just sick about it. If you've ever made one of these, you know how long they take to put together, not to mention the miles of adhesive and red line tape it takes to put it together.

We've looked all over the store for it several times, but so far it hasn't turned up. I am really hoping that the book is just missing and was not taken. It's also quite possible that it was picked up by mistake along with someone's class supplies or purchases. If anyone has seen the flip book, or perhaps finds it mixed in with their things, please let us know asap. This is not the easiest sample to re-create, and I really need to have a sample in the store so that people can look at it when they sign up for the class.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the book other than the cover. I brought my camera in to photograph the book on Saturday- figured I'd do it after the class, but by then the book was missing :(

Thanks for listening!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

C&C card and Lucas update

I managed to squeeze in time for a chat & challenge- must've been like two weeks ago already, just no time to blog. I was lucky I had the time for the C&C. Actually, I just stole some time to myself even though I didn't have it to spare- I really needed it.

I'm still running back and forth to different doctors and the hospital for Lucas. We still don't know anything. We saw the only other pediatric urologist in the area, Dr. Williot. He is Doctor Greenfield's partner, and the two are like night and day. Man, what a difference! We loved Dr. Williot. He was awesome, but couldn't really tell us anything new. Monday we saw Anita at Dr. Bakers office, and she is sending him for an endoscopy. I'm waiting for Children's Hospital to call and set it up. Hopefully this will tell us something.

We've also been to the surgeon and had another sonogram on the liver to determine if anything had changed with the spot they found. That is looking good so far. No change in the spot. It hasn't shrunk or gone away, but hasn't grown or changed either, so they've decided to call it an incidental finding.

Luke managed to make it in to school 2 days last week, would have made 3 but of course, one of the days he felt well was Veteran's Day. This week he has been home all week, but was able to make it in for the state social studies testing, which was a good thing. We're very lucky he is such a bright kid, otherwise he would really be falling behind right now.

So that's about it. I hope to start blogging again more, I do have stuff to show, just no time to share it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Holiday Decor Video

Hi Everyone,

My son is still very ill and I just haven't had time to blog in between taking care of him at home and running him to the hospital for tests.
I've been feeling very guilty about not posting anything new, though. You may have seen this already, but for those who haven't here is a great video featuring Stampin' Up! CEO Shelli Gardner and some fabulous Holiday place settings that she created using SU! products.

It's about 7 min. long, so grab a cup of coffeee or tea (or hot cider- yum!) and kick back for a few minutes.

Holiday Place Settings



Monday, October 6, 2008

Hawaiian Wedding Salad

After numerous requests from family and friends, I am finally posting my recipe for Hawaiian Wedding Salad.

The orignial I use was copied by mother from my grandmother. (My mom has great handwriting). I posted a picture of the front of it below, so you can see how well-loved it is. You'll see a little note on the original recipe card from my mom to "make 1/2 batch for Guzdek's at a time". I'm guessing that means my dad's side of the family doesn't care for this as much as the rest of us because even though this recipe will fill a whole Tupperware Thatsabowl (holds 36 cups), when I make this for a party, there is never any left over. If there is, it doesn't last more than a day past the party.

Here's the recipe. If you follow it exactly, it should turn out great. Just be sure to watch the custard very closely.

Hawaiian Wedding Salad

3/4 C sugar
2 eggs
6 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 lb. Rosa Marina #37 pasta (also called Orzo)
2 cans pineapple chunks in juice
1C mandarine oranges
marachino cherries cut in 1/2 and drained
1 (12oz) or 2 (8oz) containers of cool whip

1. Drain oranges & pineapple in a colander over a bowl and reserve the liquid.
2 Cook noodles & drain, rinse well & cool.
3. In a med. sauce pan mix sugar, flour, salt & beaten eggs.
4.Pour juices slowly while stirring into sugar mixture.
5. Cook over med. heat until it boils, stirring constantly. It will look like a custard. Let cool.
6.Mix custard mixture with pasta, oranges & pineapple.
7. Put in bowl and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
Next Day
8. Mix cool whip with previous mixture; top with cherries and keep cool until served.

Here are a few tips from me:

•I usually beat the eggs right in the saucepan, then add in the dry ingredients. (saves cleaning an extra bowl). Turn the heat on after the eggs and dry ingredients are mixed, and start adding the liquid immediately.
•We were never sure if the mandarin oranges were supposed to be one cup, or one can. I use two small cans- works great.
•You may need to sprinkle in extra flour if you don't think the custard is getting thick enough, although it will thicken upon cooling.
•If your not sure how the custard is supposed to look, think about the consistancy of the custard in a custard donut.
•The custard takes forever to cool off, so make it early. I usually get it out of the hot pan asap and into a bowl. Then I will periodically stir it to help it release the heat.
•You don't need to chill overnight if you don't have time, but at least plan on a couple of hours.
•I like it best with only 12 oz of cool whip, so if you buy 8 oz containers, only use 1- 1/2.
• If you can't find marachino cherries past the holiday baking season, look where the drink/cocktail mixes are. That's where I found them this summer.
• If you have an Aldi market nearby, you can get all of the ingredients you need there with the exception of the orzo pasta. It will cost you about 1/2 as much at Aldi than at a regular supermarket. However, if you want the pineapple cans with a pop-top so you can alter them, you will have to look elsewhere. Most large supermarkets have them, but they are often cheapest at Target. Sometimes they are even on sale at Target.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Stamp Club Projects

These are the projects I did with my stamp club this month.

I cased the ides for these from various places, and I got the pattern for the box in a bag from Paula Goff's blog.

Here is the link to directions for the bag in a box

GTG- have a great day!



Thursday, September 25, 2008

Update on Lucas

I've had a few inquiries as to how my son is doing. I haven't posted anything lately because I was hoping to be able to post good news. I don't have too much of that, with the exception that we don't have to go see Dr. Greenfield, the ped. urologist anymore. If you are in the area and need a pediatric urologist, find someone else if you can!
I have heard repeatedly that he is brilliant but his bedside manner sucks. Well, all I have to say is that his bedside manner is beyond sucky, and you would never know that he works exclusively with sick children by the way he treats them. I would say that you'd think he works with dogs and not kids, but every vet I've ever met has more compassion than this guy. And as far as being brilliant, he basically gave up when he couldn't figure out what was wrong with my son, so I have my doubts there, too. This is only my opinion, based on only 2 visits with the man, but there you have it.

Anyway- in the past week I have taken Lucas for more blood work and x-rays, and we have appointments with a surgeon for the spot on his liver and a GI specialist for his on-going acute abdominal pain. He had some tests done to rule out celiac disease, but it was inconclusive (so far). His IgA antibodies are a little low, and so far that is all we know. I imagine the GI doc will order further blood work, even if it is at my insistence.

We are so thankful for all of your concern and prayers. Hopefully I will have better news soon!



Monday, September 22, 2008

Card for today

This is the card I made for SUDSOL Chat & Challenge 135:

I sadly do not have the A Rose is a Rose set from Stampin' Up!, so I cut the main image out of the Bella Rose dsp. This paper is just gorgeous- I love every pattern in this pack of paper.
The sentiment is from the level 1 Hostess set Best Yet.

I also used:
Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White
SU! tag punches & corner rounder
1/2 pearl from Pretties kit
Retired old olive twill (because that's all I had to match, but the Kiwi satin ribbon would work great instead.)



Monday, September 15, 2008

Die Cut Star

More fun with the sizzix 5-point 3-d star die. This one was done using the .008 tin that is on the 50 approved materials list for the Big Shot & sizzix dies.

My original thought was that I would be able to bend the star on the score lines and make a 3-d star like this one, only in the tin.

No such luck. The tin is too stiff to bend easily by hand without distorting the shape or the star points. If I had a mini brake, I could bend it perfectly. I asked my husband about it, and he made some suggestions. I'll be playing around with the idea again when I have more time, and let you all know what I figure out.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the flat tin star I wound up making:

Even though it is not 3-d, it is still gorgeous, and will make a very sturdy and durable holiday decoration for years to come.

I used Baroque Motifs again, and silver embossing powder to emboss the image on each point of the star separately before assembling the star.


**Use an alligator clip tool or clothespin tool to hold your tin pieces as you emboss them. The tin gets very hot and you will get burned if you try to emboss them while holding them in your bare hands.

**Make sure the tin is clean and free of fingerprints before stamping and embossing. The ep will stick to fingerprints on the tin otherwise.

**I used the color spritzer tool to blow away the stray bits of embossing powder before embossing. It worked beautifully, and was much easier than trying to use a paintbrush with this intricate design.

**I haven't done it on mine yet, but the cropodile wil easily punch a hole in the top of the star so I can thread some pretty SU! ribbon through it and hang it.

**Cut away the flap on one side of each point, and then glue the flap on the other side under the piece next to it to create the star. (I am realizing I should take some pictures for a tutorial maybe...but it will have to wait until Wednesday).

All images © Stampin' Up!

All products to make this project (except the tin)can be purchased through me- click here. Choose "shop now" to order online, or "contact me" to e-mail me.

I hope you enjoyed this project! I plan to be busy making many more fun holiday projects this fall, so stay tuned!

Have a great day!



Saturday, September 13, 2008

Punch Art

These are 2 of my favorite swaps from Convention.

I love punch art, and this clown is just adorable:

It was created by Landa Cartwright.

This next one, I really love the simplicity of the card, yet it is still a wow. I love the use of scraps paired with the punchies, and I also like how the image was stamped on the card first, so that all the stars and swirls are still around the rocket, right over the stripes. The rocket was stamped a second time on a scrap of white cardstock, then colored and only the rocket cut out and popped up over the original image.

Really cute card, too bad there wasn't any info. on the back so I have no idea who made it.

All products on both of these cards are by Stampin' Up!
stamped images © Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking!


Cuttlebug Flower Card

Okay ladies, here's the picture of the card, like I promised:

This another card I made for my cuttlebug birthday card class.

Here's the flower on the inside corner of the card:



p.s. Nancy: Try e-mailing me again- I'll keep a watch for your e-mail. L.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Order Stampin' Up Online !

Online ordering is here! I'm so excited- the new interactive catalog is so easy to use, and the pages load very quickly- I'm psyched!

All you have to do is click here (or use the pink button in the upper right corner of my blog)and you will be linked to my SU! website. Click the SHOP NOW button, and start shopping!

That's it! Well, what are you waiting for... go check it out! It's so much fun!
(can you tell I'm just a little excited!! LOL)

Thanks for stopping by-be sure to stop back soon for more fun projects :D

Have a great day~


Way tooo cute!

I got this in an e-mail today, and it was just way too cute, so I had to post it:


have a great day~

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Order Stampin Up Online !

Online ordering is here! I'm so excited- the new interactive catalog is so easy to use, and the pages load very quickly- I'm psyched!

All you have to do is click here (or use the pink button in the upper right corner of my blog)and you will be linked to my SU! website. Click the SHOP NOW button, and start shopping!

That's it! Well, what are you waiting for... go check it out! It's so much fun!
(can you tell I'm just a little excited!! LOL)

Thanks for stopping by-be sure to stop back soon for more fun projects :D

Have a great day~


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cuttlebug Birthday Card

This is one of the cards we'll be making in my cuttlebug birthday card class Saturday at Buffalo Stamps n Stuff.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Elsa's Vikings

I'm posting this to help support my cousin Michael and his wife Elsa.
This is a letter from Michael:

Dear Friends and Family,

Almost one year since Elsa was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.
We will be participating in the Brain Tumor Society's Race for Hope - Philadelphia on Sunday, November 2, 2008. We have formed a team to help with the fundraising effort, and we set a goal of $2000.

Will you join our team? You can join as a virtual walker if you live far away. The Race for Hope - Philadelphia is a 5K run/walk and is both a fun and inspirational event.

We need your help to raise critical funds for brain tumor research and support services, so please either join Elsa's team or make a donation. The links are provided below.

Please note that the deadline for online registration is October 20th at 5 p.m. or you can register at the event.

Thank you so much for all of your support and I hope to see you at the Race for Hope - Philadelphia!

I want to personally thank all of you for the support, encouragement and love you have shown Elsa and the whole family. You have helped us in ways you can never know.

Michael Rosenwald
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I'm adding this note from Aunt as well:

Thanks for reading. If you cannot or choose not to donate, I ask that you please pray for Elsa & Michael and their family. Prayer works!

Blessings, and much love to you all,
John & Victoria/Judy

Thanks for listening!


Thursday, September 4, 2008

They grow up so fast!

First day of school, September 2006:

First day of school, September 2008:

I must have 2007 pics somewhere- we take one every year. I'll have to look for it. maybe I'll do a scrapbook page of these pics one of these days!

Have a great day :)


Look what you can do

...with the sizzix 5-point 3-d star die!

I used So Saffron cardstock, die cut the pieces, and then stamped each piece with the scroll stamp from Baroque Motifs. I used More Mustard craft ink and embossed it with irridescent ice ep. it was a very fast and easy project.

If you would like to own this or any other of the Sizzix dies that Stampin' Up! carries, contact me ( and I will get it ordered for you right away!

Thanks for looking!


Me at the SU! Convention

Julie, me and Mara:

This is a picture of me with my friends at the SU! Convention in Utah last month. We are standing in front of a display with a sneak peek at the new 2-step and 3-step Decor Elements! These are so cool- they will be coming out this fall. You can see all the Decor Elements that are currently available here, and you can order any time!

Julie and Mara were two of my roommates at the Convention. We had a great time swapping and taking photos of each other's swaps- here a couple of pictures I took of Mara's swaps:
This was done by Robin Griffin, and it uses the serigraph technique. Hard to see well because it is in a cello envelope, but it is just stunning in person.

I am in love with this patchwork heart card. The info is included in the picture below the card:

I thought this button bracelet was so cute! I have seen the rhinestone brad bracelets, but I hadn't seen them done with the buttons before this:

The crazy girl joined 14 splitcoast convention swaps in addition to her regular floor swaps, so I have many pictures of Mara's swaps- she did beautiful work herself, and recieved many beautiful things in return. I have tons more to post, so stay tuned!