Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kristina's Color Challenge 6

Time for Kristina's Color Challenge again!
Here's the inspiration picture:

I didn't like these colors-I guess I just don't like the Sahara Sand with these colors-so I wasn't going to do the challenge as my time is limited this week anyway. But then I thought of using the cuttlebug folder with the white ink to highlight it, so I guess I was inspired after all. I'm not in love with this card, but what the heck- I'm posting it anyway:

If you are wondering where I got Wild Wasabi brads from, I just inked some matte brads with Wild Wasabi ink. The matte brads are by Lasting Impressions, and I get mine from my LSS, Buffalo Stamps n Stuff.

Below is the original card I came up with, but it looked too plain once I scanned it. The sun came out while I was "fixing" my card, so I was able to take the above picture outside, although I was in a hurry, so it could be better.

While revising the card above, I got inspired to try something else, so I may be back to edit in one more. I did notice, while looking at some of the other cards submitted for the challenge that my favorite ones used more wasabi. I think I would have liked this combo if it were So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, and just a little Sahara Sand. And I would love it if you dropped the Sahara Sand altogether and used white instead, but then I guess it wouldn't be as challenging, right?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
Laura

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Something worth checking out

Okay, you all know by now that I follow Kristina Werner's blog. Recently she came across a couple of cool videos on youTube that she shared on her blog, a 2-part tutorial for a big button/ribbon embellishment on a card. The button/ribbon thing was cute, but I've seen that done before, so mostly I just enjoyed the music. What really caught my attention was something in the second video- something I've never seen before. A card-sized reverse mask was used to help decide on a color combo/layout for the card. You really need to check it out, because I can't really explain it, and I don't know if it's something she came up with herself, or what. I imagine she just cut a 4.25" x 5.5" rectangle out of a 12 x 12 piece of black cardstock.
Very cool idea.

You can view the video here.

enjoy!

Laura

Claudia's Artwork!!!!

My friend Claudia had some of her artwork added to the gallery over at www.faeriesong.com!

Here are just some of her cards- go take a peek in the gallery at the rest!





These are fantastic, Claudia, great job!

TFL,

Laura

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mother's Day Bella's

LOOK at what Lauren did with the Bella's for her mother's birthday card. Just look!
What a fantastic idea-Lauren, this is pure genious!
Lauren's card for her mom reminded me of my son Loren's mother's day card for me last year.
Loren gave me a card he made at school with all different hats in a pocket, and a little saying about how moms wear so many diffrent hats. There was a nurse hat, taxi driver hat, chef hat.. etc. It was rally cute. I (of course!) have it saved somewhere- I'll have to dig it out and take a picture of it.

I think that Lauren's Bella card would be perfect as a Mother's day card, don't you?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Color Challenge cards

I was checking some of the links on Kristina's color challenge, and thought I'd post a few here for you to look at. Kristina hasn't done the round-up yet, but here are (just some!) some of my fav's.

Krystal
Pam
Becky
Sanisi
Katie
Anna
Carrie
Jaime
Stephanie
Natasha
Shona

I didn't check out every single link- kind of hopped around, so don't feel bad if I didn't post yours. There were too many fantastic ones- no idea how Kristina is just going to pick 10. These are ones that just happened to pop out at me or were different- and like I said, I didn't even look at all of them. (Oh- and I skipped the first 10 posted, since those will definately be in Kristina's round-up).

Hope I'm not stepping on Kristina's toes- I just know that some of my friends won't go check out all the links on the color challenge, and I wanted to show them how different everyone's take on it can be.

I really am trying to encourage some of my stampers to break out of their comfort zone a bit and try some new things ;)

Edited to Add: Kristina finished the Roundup, guess who made it in the top 10? She also posted the cool card she made with the challenge colors-here's the link.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kristina's Color Challenge #5

Can't believe it's been so long since I posted. more on that later. Here's the inspiration picture and colors:

Colors are:

Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa

Here's my card:


I had to scan, since it's late and the lighting is bad. As I've mentioned, the quality of the picture would be much better with my camera, but you get the idea.

I'll edit to talk more about my card tomorrow. Right now I am too tired and frustrated about it. If I didn't run into a bunch of problems, I probably would have been in the first 10 to link my card. And after all that, I'm not really lovin' the way it turned out. I thought it needed something in the corners, so I added the brads, but I don't think they are quite right. I probably should have left it alone. Too tired to care, right now- the birds are actually starting to chirp!

more tomorrow (really!)

Love,

Laura

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sorry again that I haven't posted. I have not been able to play with my SU! stuff yet- my poor baby boy has been very ill. I took him to the Doc today- $99 down the drain for nothing, and poor Lucas was screaming from stomach pain again tonight. It is so stressful hearing your child in pain and not being able to help much. Hopefully he will get better soon- it's been a week already.

Well- just so I am actually putting something up here, I'll intoduce you to my brother Jasen. I don't have a really great pic of him handy, but this is him at my Dad's on Christmas:


he was probably pretty well lit by the time this was taken, but still a fairly decent, normal looking guy, right?

Well- look what the idiot went and did to his head!! This is Jay with his girlfriend Shannon on Easter-lol:

What is really sad, is that somewhere I have a picture of my dad with a mohawk at about the same age- must be a male mid-life crisis thing or something.

Yeah- that's right Jasen-38 is too old to be sporting a mohawk!!

LOL- mostly I am posting this because when I took that picture on Easter I told him I was gonna put it up on my blog for all the world to see :D

While I am at it, I should probably send out a Happy Birthday to my brother Chris who turned 27 today. (OMG that can't be right- my baby brother Chrissy is 27 already??). Anyway- I should, but I won't because he said my blog was boring and he doesn't read it anyway. Oh well- I guess stamping just isn't his thing ;)

Look for a card tomorrow- I PROMISE! I have a great one all ready to post (non-SU though-sorry SU! fans). I can't post it tomorrow because I don't want the person it is for to see it before she gets it.

thanks for stopping!

love,

laura

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spitzer Card- Funny

**Just a note- I thought this was funny, but it could be considered in poor taste. If you are very easily offended you might want to skip it, but really-imho he totally derserves it.

I saw this on splitcoast this morning, and just had to post the link. If you are from NY you will really appreciate this:
Eliot Spitzer Card

If you don't know who Eliot Spitzer is, or if you don't "get" this card, you need to read this first.

Flip Book

Sorry I've been absent. I've had a migraine and sick kids for days. I just started to get a bit of relief from the headache this evening. I was hoping to blog something fun for April Fool's Day, but with the migraine, I was too sick to care. (sorry). Instead, I will say a quick happy birthday to my cousin Diana, who is an April Fool's baby. Happy Birthday, Diana!

Today I thought I'd share some pictures of the very first flip book I made. This one was for a class at BSS. It's just about done running, so I figure it's safe to share the pictures here now.

This is the front cover. The patterned paper was so pretty, I didn't really feel it needed anything else. All the patterned paper and the clear acetate overlays are from My Mind's Eye.

This next picture is the inside of the front cover, and the facing page. The felt flower trim is available at Buffalo Stamps n' Stuff- It is Queen & Co's Felt Fusion in floral white. It is self adhesive, which I loved. I think journaling in a white gel pen on the lower half of the right hand page would look cool.

This is the book fully opened to the middle, with the flaps opened out.

Left side flaps closed.

Right side flaps closed.

Inside of the back cover and the facing page.

Outside of the back cover. it folds completely into the book, so I figured it should be embellished. When the book is closed, the outside of the very center page turns into the actual back cover, and that one is blank. Sorry for the lousy picture, but you get the idea.

Here's a top view of the whole thing:


I'm glad I got to share something with you today-hope you liked it!

I just got some new SU! stuff to play with, so for all of you SU! stampers, I'll have some Stampin' Up! love for you tomorrow. See you soon~

Love,

Laura