Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stamping Green

Today I came across this great post by Penny Peterson. I thought it was very interesting & informative, so I decided to share it here.
I wonder if there is anywhere around here that we could donate our scrap rubber to? I'll have to look into it-it's a really great idea.
This reminded me of the playground that Patty posted last year at the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility in Kanab, UT when she went to Founder's Circle last year. I thought that was so cool. (You have to scroll down a few pics to see the playground).

Hopefully I'll be back to post again later today with some pictures. Poor Loren is home sick with either the flu or food poisoning. Not sure which, but it's nasty. The poor kid is sooo sick.

Later!

Laura

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cool Artsy Brad Storage

OMG- I love this idea! I was browsing Allison's Blog when I cam across THIS totally awesome brad storage idea. It knocked my socks off, so I just had to share.

Then, I read the post and wound up at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I absolutely loved their color inspiration archives, so I permanently linked it in my sidebar under Color Inspiration. Make sure you check out Kris's Color Stripes, too if you haven't already. Or even just if you haven't in a while. So much inspiration there!

Wow- looky me with the 3 posts in one day. I accomplish so much more when I am well!

Be sure to scroll down for the other posts.

Have a good one!

L.

Baby Boy Onsie

Hi everyone. I made this for a Mystery hostess party m&t last month. It was inspired by one I saw on splitcoast last year. I changed it just a little to make it 100% Stampin' Up! I've done tons of the girl onsies (see my conv 08 swap here), but this was my first boy onsie. I love how it turned out!

The tutorial for this came from Lauren Meader, and you can find it here. I also have it permanently linked on the right hand side of my blog since it is an oft requested link.

Here are the details of this onsie:
Baja Breeze & whisper white cs
white gel pen
white eyelets
1-3/8" circle punch
scallop circle punch
lg oval punch
Buttons #2 sizzlets die
crop-a-dile

Sizzix Sizzlets tip

A discussion came up recently on sudsol about some people having trouble with sizzlets cutting all the way through. Specifically, we were talking about the little leaves die, but this would apply to any of the more intricate dies such as the swirls scribbles, snowflakes, etc.
I posted to the list that I was having the same trouble with my little leaves die. Not all the time, but often enough that I decided to do something about it. Now mind you, we are not talking about a defective die. It's more of a shimming problem. To correct the problem, I taped a piece of card stock the same size as the die (about 2" x 2.5") to the back of the die so that I don't always have to look for a shim, it's semi-permanently attached to the back of the die. It will easily come off if I need to remove it, but in the meantime I don't have to worry anymore if my leaves will cut all the way through.
That's it! Very simple tip, I know, but I figured I'd share in case anyone else was having trouble with their die and hadn't thought of it yet. I've sold a lot of this beautiful die & want to make sure everyone is able to use it easily and doesn't become frustrated with the leaves sticking or not cutting all the way through.

Have a great day!

Laura

Sunday, March 29, 2009

More Cards






These are not from swaps, but from the display boards at the regional seminar. Getting to go to the Stampin' Up! training events is one of my favorite perks of being a demonstrrator. I love looking at all the sample boards. I took tons of pics, but some came out better than others due to low lighting & me not getting along well with the camera at times. They'll just have to do.
Check out how well the kraft taffeta ribbon matched the kraft cardstock on the best wishes card. I love that stuff!

Well, thanks for popping in!

Love & hugs,

Laura Albertson

Friday, March 27, 2009

New OWL Cuttlebug Folder Sneak Peek!

OhMyGosh! I am so excited- I just saw a sneak peek of one of the NEW yet-to-be-released cuttlebug folders (coming this July), and it has an owl on it- so cute!

You can find the sneak pic here.

You'll need to scroll down to see it.

You'll also notice that there is a quick survey from provo you can take regarding cuttlebug products. It's really quick & I encourage you to take it. Maybe we can impress on the provo people that we want more CB folders realsed more often.

If you continue down that post & leave a comment, you have a chance to win some great CB products.

Good Luck!

Laura

More swap photos


More of my Regional seminar swaps. Enjoy!





Thanks for looking- hope you have a great day!

Laura Albertson

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Swap Cards

Wow! I've been neglecting my blog again, but I didn't realize how long it has actually been. Time gets away from you when you are sick twice in one month. I'm so sorry! I'm better now, and I can make it up to you with lots of pictures.

I went to the London, Onterio Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar this month. I brought my friend Debbie as a guest, and we had a lot of fun. Debbie had so much fun she decided to sign up. YAY! I'm so excited about that!

So- how about those pictures? The first one is designed by me. Debbie helped me put together about 30 or so of these to swap. I wanted to make about double that, but I didn't get started early enough. That's because I was sick the first time. (March is not my favorite month- seems I get sick about this time every year-ick.)
Still, I was pretty happy with what I(we) got done and very happy with what I got in return.

Here's my swap:


and here are a few that I got in return:





Thanks for stopping by!

Love & Hugs,

Laura Albertson

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Thanks! and a Quickie Treat Project

Thanks to everyone for all the kind comments about the video. I'm really glad it was a help to so many of you, and knowing this has inspired me to try another one. I have a workshop tonight & everyone there is getting to make a card with the new Sticky Cuts. This week I plan to try another quick video with a couple of tips on the easiest way to use this fun product!

Now, on to the quickie (no, no! not that kind!) I have a couple of quick projects to share with you:

We made this cute topper at a Mystery Hostess Party I held in February, using the Top Note Die, Yummy set(SAB stamp set I got for FREE!) and the small flat cello bags from Stampin' Up!

I wanted to do the same project at my Feb. Hostess Club meeting, but it was after Valentine's day, so I switched the colors & used the Boho Blossoms Stamp set with the coordination punch.
I loved how easy it was to make this quick & easy project for two different holidays with a just a quick switch of colors & embellishments. I love the Yummy set, and I can see it getting a lot of use around here :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura Albertson