Saturday, July 26, 2008

Color Inspiration

Hi Everyone!

I haven't been able to participate in Kristina's Color challenges for some time now, and I just missed the last one. The Inspiration picture and colors are so gorgeous, though that I just had to post it. Hopefully it will inspire one of you!

Once I get home from convention, I will have tons of fun stuff to post. I have still been taking my Lucas to the doctor with no luck as to a diagnosis, but his symptoms are not easing up at all. It is heartbreaking to see my poor boy miserable and in pain with no way to help. We go to the liver specialist Monday morning, so maybe I will come home with good news.

In the meantime, be sure to hop over to Kristina's blog in the next day or two to see the round up for this color challange. I've seen some already and they are gorgeous! (just follow the links in the comments.)

take care!


Friday, July 25, 2008

My Mosaic

Saw this on someone's blog, so I decided to do one. It's a pretty cool idea. if you look at the photo mosaic you can learn a little more about me:

These pictures answer these questions...
What is your first name?
What is your favorite food?
What high school did you attend?
What is your favorite color?
Who is your celebrity crush?
What is your favorite drink?
Where would you go on your dream vacation?
What is your favorite dessert?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What do you love most in life?
Choose one word to describe you?
Your Blog name?

My Answers: Laura, lobster, Lancaster Central, pink, Matt Dillon, Margarita, Paris, Creme brulee, artist, mykids, introspective, inklings

If you want to make one, here is how...
Answer each of the questions below.Surf over to Flickr (set up an account if you don’t have one–it’s quick and easy) and type your answers (one at a time) into the search bar. (I guess you could search google photos if you wanted...)

From the choice of pictures shown only on the front page, click on the one that moves you.

Once the page with your picture opens, copy the URL.

Surf over to the Mosaic Maker, set up your mosaic, and paste your URLs.Click “Create!”

Links to the shots I chose...
1. FINALVIII (for lauras myspace), 2. spring lobster, 3. Rainbow over Lancaster NY, 4. tulip, 5. Chillin' like Matt Dillon!, 6. Wasted away in Margaritaville, 7. Eiffel Tower, Paris, 8. Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, 9. Little Artist, 10. Product Of Our Parents, 11. Introspective, 12. inkling

Had to use 'inklings' instead of 'inkerbel' for the last one, because nothing came up on flickr for inkerbel, but the photo I found under inklings is way cool!

Also found this while searching the creme brulee pics:

Link to Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee Recipe-Yummy!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Barn Stars

A big thanks to my friend Deb for sending me these pics. Now at least I have something new for you all to look at. These are stars that Deb is selling at a craft fair this week-end in West Seneca:

Deb, these are fantastic!! Love them- thanks for sharing the photos.



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

4th of July card

I had hoped to get this posted last Friday, on the 4th, but we were running late for the parade. Then a bunch of crazy stuff happened at our 4th of July party (what's new!-more on that in a bit). We were gone all week-end, and the last 2 days I had unexpected company, so here it is 5 days late:

If you frequent BSS you may have seen this one already- it is a card I made using the gamsol technique for a Paula Best class a couple of summers ago. It actually looks better in person- the dang scanner picks up all the imperfections that are not noticable to the naked eye!
I love this stamp image, since you can use it for any occasion. I have another one of her images that is similar in style- they are a lot of fun.

So- what happened on the 4th this year? The first thing was when I got wacked full force in the neck with a baseball bat. It was an accident, of course, but it took my breath away and scared the heck out of me. It's still swollen on the inside, but fortunately there wasn't any major damage.
I was just recovering from that when my brother's friends showed up and told me to call the paramedics since they thought Jay was having another heart attack! SO we had to call an ambulance and off they went to the hospital. Thank God, it was not another heart attack, but he does have a myocardial infection. Not good.
All this happened just before dusk. After the ambulance left, my other 2 brothers began setting off all the fireworks they had purchased out of state. Every year we have a big party on the 4th and do off fireworks, and no one has ever called the cops. This year, they showed up not once, but twice! I thought for sure Nick was going to get arrested the second time, but he lucked out. The cop was none too happy, though!
Our family rarely makes it through a holiday without at least a little drama and we weren't disappointed this time, either.
I'm still having attacks of stomach pain and my son is doing about the same, but we are hanging in there. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday. I'll be back tomorrow with some new stuff.

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Decor Elements Video

View the new VIDEO on how to use, apply and remove our new Decor Elements vinyl wall decor!

e-mail me at to order and request a brochure!

The brochure can also be viewed online here.

Hodgepodge hardware 25% Off!

Copper, brass, and pewter Hodgepodge Hardware is retiring! Stock up now while Stampin’ Up! is offering 25% off (no limit!). But don’t wait too long—this offer is only good while supplies last!

You an view the Hodgepodge Hardware in the catalog HERE.

E-mail me at to order!

Baby Onesie

This is a card we made in club a couple of months ago. I'ts been hanging around, so just ignore the dirty marks it's picked up. The tutorial for this is on my blog in the upper R corner, if you haven't seen it already. I'm thinking of doing this as one of my card fronts for convention swaps. What do you think?

It's nice and sunny today, so I'll be taking pictures of more recent work to upload this evening.

back in a bit,

Laura :)

ETA: hmm- now that I look at it here, I really should re-take the pic with a dark background. I think you can get the idea, though. TFL!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I'm back!

Well, sort of. At least, I'm getting there. We are still trekking to the doctor a couple of times a week, every week. Last week Lucas got a CT for the spot on his liver, but we haven't heard anything yet. His urologist is going out-of-town for vacation for 3 weeks, so I am looking to get referred to a different one. I don't want my kid suffering for the next month just because the doc is vacationing!

This week, we thought we'd get a break from doctors, but guess what?? Loren fell and cracked his tooth on Sunday, so now we are running to the dentist! Plus, I had another one of those mystery attacks on Saturday, so I'm trying to take it easy.

I'd also like to take a moment to thank all of you who've been praying for us, and sending your kind thoughts and words. It means a lot to me, and is very much appreciated.

All this means that I still don't have any new pictures for you to look at. However, I do have new, fun links for you to check out!

First, check out Stampin' Up!'s new product line, Decor Elements. It's a line of vinyl wall decor that matches our exclusive stamp images- very cool! There are images, letters, numbers and phrases that stick right to your wall without adhesive, and then remove in a snap when you want to take them off.

Here are a couple more:

Look what Dannie Graves did with the flower fusion felt flowers-awesome idea, Dannie!

Linda McClain put together a fabulous list of stamping resources. Check it out here:
Catered Crop's Little Black Book
{that should keep you busy for a while!}

I forgot to mention- I'm also happy because it appears that blogger finally decided that this isn't a spam blog-lol. That will take the frustration out of posting again.
I promise to be back tomorrow with some pictures, barring any problems with illness or dental emergencies :D

Take care everyone-