Thursday, January 31, 2008

How to Refill SU! Markers

So- I have been trying to decide if I should try to refill my Pretty in Pink marker, or just buy a new one. My PIP is probably about 6 or 7 years old, and it is not dry at all- not even a little bit! However, the color seems to have changed a bit on me. It seems too bright and even a little "fluorescenty". I'm not complaining, I think having a marker for that long that is still nice and juicy is awesome. I just know I need to do something about the color change. So- by luck, while looking at Karen Thompson's Blog, I came across a great little tutorial on how to refill the markers. I already knew how to do this, but I get questions on it all the time, so I thought I'd post the link.

I think I will order a new PIP, and once I have it, I will try refilling my old one, just to see what happens.

I have an order going in tomorrow, so I'll have it soon, and I'll let you all know how it turns out.
Oh, and BTW- my order that is going in tomorrow should arrive next Friday, so if anyone needs anything before next week-end, please LMK before tomorrow morning. Sale-a-bration starts tomorrow, too (YAY!)- order $50.00 or more, and choose a SAB set for free! If you have not received your SAB brocure in the mail yet-let me know so I can get it right out to you! You know the drill- call or e-mail me. All info. (including a link to our online catalog) can be found on my Stampin' Up! Website.

If you haven't peeked in a while, there have been some major changes- take a look see, and tell me what you think!

Have a great day!

Love,

Laura :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Priceless Valentine

This one was inspired by a chat & challenge sketch on Sudsol.

The sketch was used with permission from Angel at http://angelosity.blogspot.com/2008/01/only-you.html. Check out her blog to see the sketch.
Anyway- I didn't get the card posted during the challenge because I was having trouble getting it to look how I wanted. There seemed to be too much "blank space" around the center panel, but I felt if I stamped the background, it would be too busy. I wound up sleeping on it, and when I woke up in the morning, it was the first thing I thought of (really-before I was even out of bed, lol!)
Anyway, I decided to just cut down the card to 4-1/4" square, and that did the trick. At least, I think so, anyway.
I wasn't even going to do the C&C because I really didn't have the time, but I never get to do these, so I thought- "what the heck, I'll just use what's already out on the table".
So that is why I used the colors and sets that I did- they were already out.

STUFF I USED: (all SU!)
Chocolate Chip ink & cardstock
Purely Pomegranite & and cardstock
Priceless set
So Swirly stampin' around jumbo wheel
Holidays & Wishes set
Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Antique brass hodgepodge Hardware
Word Window Punch
**the little heart brads are not SU!, but they were so cute, and they matched, and they were there, so I just had to use them

Now, I have to mention, the Word Window punch was too short for the "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp that I used. I really wanted to use it, though, so I cut a longer window.

Basically, I cut a strip of paper to just shy of 3/8" wide. I sliped it half-way into the punch, and punched the rounded end. then I stamped my phrase. After that, I slipped the other end of the strip into the punch, and rounded the end where I needed it. Here's a photo tutorial:






Hope you like the card- I was so happy to finally do a C&C, even if it is more than 24 hrs later-lol.

love,

Laura

Finally, something new!

I made this card for my friend Deb for her birthday. Well- not this exact card. I forgot to take a picture, and I had all the stuff around still, so I recreated it. The original was a bit better- I cut the center panel too small for this one, so it's a bit tight, and I didn't have room for the bottom photo corner. You get the idea, though.

Don't know what I'm going to do with this one, now. I made it special for Deb, so I can't see giving it to anyone else.
I really loved the Basic Grey paper (which went great with the SU! cardstock I used, Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink), and I thought it went great with these stamps (Stampin' Up! True Friend set), so there you have it. Something pretty for you guys to look at, anyway.

Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Need to Vent

Sorry. I know it has been over two weeks since I posted anything, and now I'm just complaining at you. But...

How do you copy someone's work almost exactly, post it somewhere as your own, and not give the person who you copied from credit? This has just happened to me *again*, and it is really frustrating. I did a class locally using non-SU! products at our area stamp store. Another local demo posted an almost exact copy of one of the card designs to the private demo list I belong to. The card design was too unique to be a coincidence, it was simply re-made using Stampin Up! products.

While I am flattered that she liked the design enough to CASE** it, it does make me feel bad that she posted this idea as if it were own. I guess it is possible that the person didn't know who made the original card, and just saw it up at the store, except that I'm pretty sure this person knows we're on the same list, and that I teach up at the store. Or, even if she doesn't have a clue that it was my card, my thing is, she could have at least acknowledged that she saw the design somewhere else. I guess then I would feel like I could comment and say- hey, yeah, that was me, glad you liked my card (or something like that). But I would feel funny posting a comment like that, after she posted the idea as her own. Then it would sound sarcastic, y'know (great card- glad you liked my design?)

fyi **(CASE = Copy And Share Everything, or Copy and Steal Everything, or?? there are some other versions of what this means. Usually it means you copy someone's card or project design, or maybe change it up just a little, but it's still the same design you got from someone else. Then, if you post your card somewhere, or it is published it is customary to give the CASEE credit as your inspiration for your CASE'D card. At least, that's my understanding of the term)

Some people will probably think I am making too much of it, and I probably am, but I do feel bad about it. I work really hard designing my samples. And yes, sometimes (okay, often!- all the time, in fact) I also take inspiration from others, or CASE other people's work, but I also really try to give credit where credit is due, because I think it's important.

Anyway, I just needed to get that off my chest.

Thanks for listening!

Love,
Laura

Why I love Stampin' Up!

This is just one of the many reasons I love working for Stampin' Up!

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Shelli is awesome.