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!

Love,

Laura

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!

Love,

Laura

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.)

Enjoy!

Laura

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.

TIPS:

**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!

love,

Laura

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!

Laura

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:


Enjoy!

Laura

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~

Laura

Way tooo cute!

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



LOL!

have a great day~
L.

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~

Laura

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.

http://bts.convio.net/goto/elsas_vikings

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.

Truly,
Michael Rosenwald
Click here to visit my personal page.


Click here to view the team page for Elsa's Vikings


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!

Laura

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 :)

Laura

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 (inkerbel@hotmail.com) and I will get it ordered for you right away!

Thanks for looking!

Laura

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!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Big Shot Materials Swap & Big Shot Special

My friend Julie has a swap going on over at splitcoaststampers right now for the 50 types of materials you can use with the Big Shot. It is for demo's only, and you have to be a member of the demo side of splitcoast, but I thought I would post the info. here to try and help her fill the swap.
The materials swapped out will be used to make sampler rings to show all the materials you can cut with your Big Shot- it will be a great business tool to have when demo'ing your Big Shot!

Look here for details.

So..did you know there were this many different materials you can die cut using the Big Shot and the steel rule Sizzix dies?

Here's a list:

50 types of materials you can use with the Big Shot!

Brass (.055)
Light weight steel
Aluminum (.016)
Tin (.008)
Aircraft plywood (1/64")
Basswood (1/16")
Balsa (3/32")
Paperwood
Mat board (adhesive or none)
Chipboard
Fabric
Silicone
Foam with chipboard (.1)
Corrugated pad
Adhesive-backed cork
Fine sandpaper (.00)
Strene
Extra thick template plastic
Template plastic
Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
Bubble wrap
Sheet foam
Friendly (jewelry) plastic
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Ruffleboard
Static cling vinyl
Warm & natural batting
Fusible fleece
Quilt batting
Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
Heat n' shrink plastic
Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
Pop-up sponge
Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
Iron-on fabric
Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
3-D illusionary plastic
Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
Suede paper
Funky fur
Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
Shaggy plush felt
Canvas
Vinyl flooring
Shelf lining
Placement
Embossing rubber
Thin leather
Gasket material



I'm also running a SPECIAL for the entire month of September on the Purchase of the BIG shot Special Edition Starter kit!

Purchase the Starter Kit and recieve a FREE BIGZ Die of your choice- a $19.95 Value!

You will also qualify to receive a FREE Hostess ONLY level 1 stamp set
AND
$20.00 in FREE catalog merchandise!

Contact me for more info. or to place an order!

**Side note- with the kids stating school tomorrow- I am back on track and will be updating my blog regularly again! I did finally get all my pictures uploaded (had a bit of trouble with the computer, but it's all good now!) So I have lots of fun pictures to start posting again.

Oh- I almost forgot!! I have a Big birthday coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for some AWESOME blog candy in October- trust me, you won't want to miss it :D

thanks for stopping by!

Laura