Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas photos

It was hard to get a good shot of the kids because they kept goofing around. Even though this one is blurry, it was the best one of the morning:

This is Pinky playing Santa (the boys dressed her up in their build-a-bear's Santa outfit- she wasn't too thrilled about it!)

And this is Sissy (the mamma cat) on Christmas Eve, all snuggled in among the prsents:

Last but not least here is a little preview of something I am working on, half finished. You are looking at the individual flowers of an origami project that I'm pretty excited about. Hopefully I'll get it done by tomorrow and I can post the finished project along with a link to instructions.

That's it for now!

have a safe & happy New Year's Eve everybody!

Lots of love,

Laura

ETAJuly 24, 2009: this is one of those projects that got set aside, but I'll work at them this week at the cottage & hopefully post the following week!

Friday, December 26, 2008

New Year's Greetings?

If you were late (like me) in getting all of your Christmas Cards made, but you don't want your family & friends to think you forgot them or that you just don't care, why not send out grettings for a Happy New Year?
I found this in among my convention swaps, and I think it is a perfect wintery card to send. I love it because it works for any type of a winter greeting card, and you can make it with pretty much any snowflake stamp you may have.

This card was made by Karen Yeomans.
The set & paper used come fromt he retiring Level 3 hostess bundle Holiday Happenings. (you still have time to earn this set if you host a workshop/that qualifies for level 3 hostess benefits before January 18th!)
Karen embosssed the main image in white. The 3 snowflakes on the side were stamped in Baja Breeze ink and highlighted with dazzling diamonds glitter.
The glitter doesn't show that great in the pic, but it is very sparkly IRL.

I'm off to have a relaxing holiday afternoon with my family and give my sore finger a break. Back soon with some Christmas day photos & a couple more projects I worked on this past month.

Take care,
Laura

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve in the ER

Well, just a little post to say Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you all have a very blessed & joyous Christmas.

I can't type too fast because I did something **really** stupid last night. I stapled a 1/2" long staple gun staple right through the middle finger of my left hand! Oh I so wish I had thought to have Dave grab the camera on the way out the door to the hospital- you just wouldn't believe it. The staple went right through my finger one side of the bone, and the other prong of the staple hit the bone & buckled, but it went in so hard that it was tightly embedded in my finger- skin was bulging out on either side of the staple! OwwwwwCH!


So anyway, Dave was going to pull it out with pliers, but when he felt that the prong was poking out the backside of my finger, he thought we should go to the ER in case it needed x-rays, which they did. That was about all they did though, AFTER the doctor pulled it out with a pliers, just like David was going to do. I've had a couple of people tell me they could have come by & pulled it out for me. My friend Mark called it "the $1000 staple".

Funny thing was, it didn't hurt *too* bad or even bleed until it was yanked out- then it was instant blinding pain, which thankfully subsided to just 7 or 8 on the pain scale after a few minutes. After that it just throbbed all night, and it never really bled at all. I have two prong marks on my middle finger & it's all swollen & sore, but that's about it. Looks like a vampire bit me-lol.

I know you are all wondering how the heck did I even do it, but that's a whole 'nother story!

Enjoy your holiday!

With love from Laura & family

ps. got a great shot of Sissy snuggled in among all the presents under the tree- will share tomorrow!

Pss. Can't believe I am posting this but thought you might get a kick out of it. I found this polaroid which I scanned into my computer. It is me on Christmas when I was about 11 or 12. Go ahead- laugh, I did ;)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Lucas update

Well, this morning went great, once we actually got to the hospital. The drive in was terrible! Our truck that has 4 wheel drive decided not to start this week-end, so I had to take the car with the bad tire that is aweful in the snow. The 33 and the 198 were a mess, and Delaware Ave going in to the hospital was actually worse. Thankfully we made it there & back just fine.
So many people had cancelled due to the weather conditions that the doctors were practically dying for something to do when we got there. It went really quick. The doctor was really nice (and totally hot! -he could give McDreamy & McSteamy both a run for their money-LOL).
Lucas did awesome. He was done with the procedure & awake from anesthesia within a half hour of going into the room. He was SO sick this morning, he looked just aweful. I asked the doctor if the anesthesia would take away any of his pain, and he said no, it shouldn't make him any better or any worse than before the procedure. Well, happily, he was dead wrong. Lucas went into that room crying in pain and looking terrible, poor baby, but when he woke up, he was like a whole new person!
It was amazing. He was smiling, no pain what-so-ever, and he looked well rested and happy. He was chatting and going on & on about the anesthesia- he said after the doctor put the mask on everyone turned into cartoon characters and then the room started spinning. (lmao!)
I asked him how he felt and he said good! It was really incredible. Sick as a dog one minute, bags under his eyes, face all pale & grayish looking and crying in pain, and 1/2 hour later he was all pink & rosy, smiling and feeling fine.
So far he is still feeling well, so I am crossing my fingers he can make it in to school tomorrow!

Keep praying- it must be working!

Thanks-

Love, Laura

Snowflakes & Christmas Cards

Hey guys! I have to make this quick- I'm pretty exhausted, and I have to take my Lucas to the Hospital in just a few hours. We are buried under a ton of snow, all the schools are closed, and I don't get to sleep in!. What a bummer! If we make it downtown & back safely, I'll be happy though.
It's looking pretty Christmas-y around here, so I thought I'd share a little. Loren and I made these snowflakes the other day. He got distracted after making 2. He's usually up for a half-dozen or so, but when I get going, I can cut away for an hour or more. It's addicting & tons of fun, but let me warn you, it can get pretty messy with all the little tiny clippings. Here's some we came up with:

(Sorry they're all wrinkly, they still need to be ironed flat. You can click the pic for a larger view).

Next I'd like to share a couple of hand stamped Christmas cards that my friends sent me. This one is from Elisabeth- isn't it gorgeous? I absolutely adore it!

This one is from my friend Sara in the UK. I just love it! I was so excited to recieve it, and I love the color combo that she used. LOVE those pink ornaments with the baby pearls in the centers ;)
Sara sent a message along for stamp club, which included Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2009- Love from Sara. Sara- we miss you too!

Last is a card that we made at a recent Stamp Club meeting. I case's the layout from Beate's stained glass tutorial on SCS. I used the die cut bird from a sizzix die instead of the Christmas Cardinal stamp, though, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Hope you like it!

That's it for now. I'll post an update on Lucas when we get back from Children's. He's getting general anethesia for the first time. Also, he doesn't know that they will be putting a tube down his throat, so I'll have to explain to him when he wakes up why his throat is sore. Generally I am for telling him everything & keeping him informed, but the doctor thought that knowing what the procedure was in this case would just stress him out unnecessarily, since he'll be asleep for the whole thing anyway, and this time I agree with her.
I'm sure he'll do fine, but prayers are always welcome :)

Have a great day!

Laura

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tag Card

Remember those tags? Well, I wound up with not as much time to play as I thought I'd have, but I did manage to play around with them a little. here's one of the cards I came up with:

Here are a couple of other fun & easy projects. The Rudolf box was designed by Samantha Parisi, isn't it adorable? The only thing I changed was to add the die cut swirls for the antlers- Samantha did hers a little differently. Mine also happens to be chocolate chip instead of close to cocoa. That's only because I was out of close to cocoa at the time I made my sample. We did these in stamp club this month using the Cocoa and they came out great!

There is a tutorial for these boxes on splitcoast- I'll add the link to this post tomorrow. In the meantime, you can just search "triangle box" on SCS. I used different measurements than Beate's. I used cardstock cut to 4.25 x 11. You can follow Beate's directions from there.

Next up is an easy little gum holder I made. My girlfriend gave me the directions for these a while ago. They are also very simple & easy to make. It was harder to find the right size gum packets than to actually make the holder! (btw- I found the gum at Target in the candy section- it comes in packs of 8)

Here's the open view:


I have lots more to post tomorrow- including the beautiful Christmas cards I recieved from Elisabeth and Sara- wait til you see!

TFL!

Laura

Saturday, December 20, 2008

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

My friend sent this to me, I thought it was so cute!

I know it's been going around SCS, so I'm sure some of you have seen it, but for those who have not, here ya go:

Twas the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls
Should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,
And now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look
In this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
As he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"


Too funny. Dave said yep, that's you! LOL!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pretty Tags & Tippy Cat

Check back later today to see what I am making with these pretty tags:


And just for fun, I thought I'd introduce you to Tippy the cat. He may have made an appearance on this blog in the past- (can't remember right now)- but this is definately his first appearance as Santa. We rescued a pregnant stray a couple of years ago, and Tippy was one of Sissy's babies. However, the papa cat was HUGE, and so is Tippy! He weighs in at 18 lbs, but he's not overweight, according to the vet. He is just one huge, strong, muscular cat. His head is about 3 x's the size of Pinky's. (Pinky will make her debut here soon!).


Anyway- Merry Christmas from me & Tippy!

Don't foget to check back for those tag creations ;)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Quilted Washi Paper Cards

last year I took a washi paper class from Sharon At Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. Below are some washi paper cards that I made. The first one is the Christmas card I sent to my in-laws last year.

Here are some others. The Poinsettia was the hardest, but really, none of them are difficult to make, just a little time-consuming.


This was of course, the easiest design, but I love the simplicity of it:


I'll be posting back a little later with the stamp club samples from this month. I need to get them uploaded first!

Thanks for looking!

Laura

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quick update on Lucas

Just quick update on Lucas, for those of you who are wanting to know. He is doing slightly better. By that I mean, he is making it to school more often than he did in october & November, but not by a lot. He definately seems to be having more good days than he was, though.
We still do not know anything concrete. All of the doctors who have been working on his case had a meeting at Children's Hospital last Friday to review all of his tests & scans & confer with each other. I haven't really heard anything much about it, though. So far, they have nothing new to tell me.

On Wednesday, I am taking him to Children's to have an endoscopy. If that comes back negative, then they will be sending him for a psycological evaluation to see if he pain stems from somthing emotional. All of the Doctors have expressed to me that they belive he is having very real severe pain, and that the cause of the pain may very well be from an actual physical condition but that the physical condition causing his pain might have been caused by stress.
All I can do at this point is wait and see what the test results show next week. In the meantime, please keep praying!

Oh- something I forgot to mention in my pinecone ball post, below- once you have the pieces cut & folded, pinning them onto the ball to make the ornamnet is perfect activity for sitting in hospital waiting rooms- or even just while watching tv, for those of you who don't spend your days running frm doctor to diagnostic testing facility to hospital ;)

Thanks again for all of your prayes & concerns for Lucas- we most definately appreciate it!

love,

Laura

Pinecone Ball Ornaments

Well, I'm back. I've been too busy in the mornings to post, and too tired in the evenings. The good news is, though, that not only have I been busy cleaning like a mad woman & running kids around, I've also been busy creating, so I will have lots of good stuff to share all week long.
I'm addicted to making these pinecone ball ornamnents. I just think they are so pretty, and I have a lot of fun picking out papers that I think will work well.
Here are some I have finished up from last year:

Click here for a tutorial.
Here's another I did last year but never posted. Sorry it's a little blurry:

I used the retired Cerise paper from Stampin Up! I really loved that paper- I was so sad to see it retire. I have a whole pack left, but now I'm always afraid to use it because then it will be ALL GONE! lol. Isn't that silly? Especially when there are so many, many beautiful papers. ( I should know, I have a HUGE stash of them ;)
I will note that although I absolutely love SU! papers, there are some others on the market that are easier to use for this project. Double sided is nice, because then you have coordinating solid or pattern to overlap with your first pattern, but lightweight papers are much easier to fold crisply and precisely. I am working on one now that uses Chatterbox scrapbook walls paper. The Chatterbox paper is perfect because it is light weight, double sided, and folds beautifully. They also have a lot of papers that have smaller patterns, which work well for these ornamnets.
Another company that makes this weight paper is Daisy Bucket.

I have a couple more I have done with current SU! dsp, and when I finish the chatterbox ornament, I will post them all together.
However, I do have lots of other good stuff to post in the meantime, as promised, so keep an eye out!

Take care!
Laura

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Flip Book Pictures

Someone who had taken pictures of my flip book before it went missing was kind enough to e-mail them to me. Here are a just a couple of them- a little better shot of the cover & a couple of the inside pages. I can't post pictures of all the pages until the class has finished running, but this will give you an idea of how cute this book is! I used papers & die cuts from My Minds Eye, they were a joy to work with :)



If you don't know what a flip book is, I have a post with pictures of another I did last year here. Take a peek, it will give you an idea of why it is called a flip book!