Monday, June 16, 2008

Giant Hailstones!

OMG! It just started raining down giant hailstones outside-tons of them. I kid you not. We've had freak hailstorms in the summer before, but these puppies were huge- and to top it off, it hailed a lot longer than I am used to. It is mostly rain now, but the hail lasted for quite a while. After the giant hailstones, it rained smaller ones until the lawn looked like it was covered in snow. The kids ran out before I could stop them, and Loren came back crying because two of those big hailstones had hit him on the head. I tried to warn him!

After that, Lucas got his baseball mitt out and was sticking his hand out past the porch railing trying to catch some. It was crazy!

The hailstones were starting to get smaller by the time I found the camera, but I did managae to get a few pics. I took a little video of it, too. I'm going to see if Dave can help me put it on my blog.

Now it is pouring buckets out- really coming down, and the sun is still shining.

What a crazy weather day!

Great site for templates

I was recently directed to a site called Time for Crafting that has some really great templates. I looked over the site a little, and there are also a few great tutorials, quotes, and sample galleries. You may want to bookmark it.

Enjoy!

Playing Catch-up

Sorry there hasn't been anything fun to look at. We thought my son was getting better after last week-end, but sadly that's not the case. I was running him to the doctor and for more tests last week, tomorrow we go to a specialist.
In the meantime, I thought I'd at least get a Father's day card up before Father's day. No such luck. I spent all day Friday doubled over in pain. Saturday I was much better, but the pain returned on Sunday and I had to be rushed to the hospital. I will tell you, the quickest way to be seen in an emergency roon without having to wait is to be brought it screaming in pain. Guess how I found that out?
So several hours, many tests and much pain later, the doctors sent me home with pain meds and no real clue as to what is wrong. I had three different doctors, and they sent me home with three different diagnoses. They really were just guessing by the end of the night. The first doctor was sure it was an ulcer. The second was pretty sure it was diverticulitis. Thank goodness, it's not that. My mom has it, and it's not fun. The third doctor felt sure it must be a kidney stone. Basically because she didn't know what else it could be, and I had a tiny amt. of blood in my urine.
I, on the other hand, am fairly certain it is *not* a kidney stone. I've had one before, and this was entirely different. Plus, when I asked the doctor how my worst symptom (horrible sudden bloating that made me feel like my stomach was about to expload) fit in with the kidney stone diagnosis, she said , "well, it doesn't really". I tried to explain that that was the absolute worst part of my pain, but she just shrugged it off. I guess if a symptom doesn't fit in with what you want to diagnose, you just ignore it altogether.

So now I have to follow up with my doctor, and let them figure it out. Sunday's episode was the 3rd one I've had in 2 weeks, but by far the worst. Hopefully someone can figure it out instead of just masking the pain with pills.

I am also still aggrevated with blogger that the spam blog business has not been cleared up, so I may be moving to Typepad or another blog hosting service soon.

Thanks for listening to me ramble. Say some prayers for my son Lucas, we are really getting concerned here.

Thanks!

Laura

Monday, June 9, 2008

New chat & challenge card

Just a really quick card for you today. We had a simple layout that was really quite fun and offers a lot of possiblilities if you think outside the box. My card pretty much followed the sketch that was posted because I really didn't have time to get creative. I hadn't planned on participating in the c&c, but when I saw the sketch, I figured I could come up with a quick card.
Here it is:

No stamps, just some wild wasabi card stock, soft sky double stiched ribbon, Afternoon Tea DSP, and green SU! rhinestone brads. The tags and flowers were punched from whisper white, soft sky and wild wasabi cardstock with SU! punches. The paper ribbon was made by cutting a thin strip from the dsp and carefully looping it throught he holes on the tags.

Thanks for looking!

Laura

Friday, June 6, 2008

So many cards, so little time to photograph them!

And of course, if I don't get them photographed, I can't post them, can I?
Well, part of the problem is that a lot of the work I do is for BSS. Usually I am bustin' my butt to finish them at the last minute (yes, yes, Sharon, I know, I should be working on my July class cards now, lol.)
So anyway, I never have time to take pics of them, I have to rush them right up to the store. Then, I keep reminding myself to bring up my camera, but it doesn't work. I never remember.
Well, as we were helping to move the store last month, a ton of cards that I recognized as my own kept surfacing. I kept thinking, I remember this. Why didn't I ever take a picture of it? lol.
So I am going to try from now on to at least get a scan, if not a nice picture of the cards I do for my BSS classes. We don't post full card pics until after the classes have run, but we can post sneak peeks. here's a sneak peek of one of the cards from my cuttelbug birthday class.

I probably should have cropped this one a little more, you can see about 3/4 of the card here anyway-lol. However, it is only one of 3 cards total that we are making in that class.
Here's one I made for the first Cuttlebug Birthday Card class I taught. The lighting in the old store wasn't that great, so the colors are not as bright and vibrant as they are IRL.

This one was done by inking the inside of the embossing folders. I made this card in january, before they had a tutorial for it on splitcoast, so I think I did mine a little differently. I used different kinds of ink directly on the folder from the pad. All the kinds of ink I tried worked well, including dye, craft, and chalk ink. The dye ink works best if you remember to huff on the folder as you would an inked stamp before inserting your paper and running it through the cuttlebug.
I am actually teaching this technique again in my spellbinders class, so if you missed it the first time, you may be able to catch it again.

I'm going to try to remember to take my camera up with me on Saturday. If I do, I will be posting some "blast from the past" card pics that I've done over the years for various classes. Some are techniques I haven't done in a very long time, so maybe you'll be inspired to try an old technique you haven't used in a while, or maybe learn something new- who knows?

See you soon-

Laura

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Scor-pal Ideas

If you are wondering why I haven't posted lately, well, there a couple of reasons. The biggest is that my little boy has not been well. He has some mystery symptoms that the doctors can't seem to figure out. It's getting frustrating- we're off to the doctor again tomorrow.
Also, for whatever reason, blogger's computer robots have decided that this a spam blog, and I have to type in a security code every time I post. it is a real PITA, and I thought it would have been resolved by now.

Anyway, I promised some ladies in my class the other day that I would post some projects made with the scor-pal. I didn't make these, and I can't remember the name of the person who did. These are again photos that were taken at the SCS gathering a month ago, and as I've said before, the photos could be better. they are good enough for you to get the idea, though.

I absolutely love my scor-pal, and if you are looking for projects with step-be-step directions, all you have to do is head over to the scor-pal site and click on the projects links.






I should have some new things of my own to post soon. I miss doing the color challenges; I've been so busy taking care of my son lately that I just haven't had time. I barely even had time to spend at the CK convention last week-end, but I did find some really cool stamps that I can't wait to play with!

I'm also still working on finishing up my book from last Thursday. I really want to be able to get some photos in it before I post the pictures. Here's a picture of the cover on Cari's sample:

Isn't it just the coolest thing? It was so much fun to make!

The inside pages are just as fun and beautiful, too. Tons of Primas, and lots of little owls peeking through trees. Stay tuned, I'll get it done sooner or later! (hopefully sooner).

Okay now, I'm off to bed- I have to get up really early to get Lucas ready for the doctor's appt.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura :)

Loopy Flowers Tutorial link

Someone on sudsol posted about this loopy flowers tutorial. I check it out and thought it was cool. Thought you might, too :)