Wednesday, April 29, 2009

6x6 Recipe Swap Pages

How about some more 6x6 recipe pages? These are from the SCS gathering I attended last week-end- so much fun! I'll indicate the name of the person who created the page whenever I can. If you did not sign your work but would like recognition for you page, just e-mail me ( or post a comment and I'll be sure to add it.
Beautiful work ladies, and I can't wait to try some of these great recipes, esp. the Tequila Cookies! (oops- not posting that one til tomorrow, guess you'll have to wait for that one, sorrry!!)

This one is jut awesome. When you open the 'oven door' the chicken pops out- very cool. Created by Michele Moran (SCS Tillyhead)

I don't know why these are called pink beach pancakes, but I love the page- I must get that sand castle border punch! This one was created by Elizabeth Jedynak (SCS ejedynak)

I'm loving all the pink-lol. This one is created by Lynn Englehart:

If you click the photos you will get a better view of the recipes. Read all the way to the bottom of the popcorn chicken. Too funny!

The kids want to go to the park- I'll post more later-Stay tuned!

Laura :)

Cat stamps for a Cause

I was surfing one of my favorite blogs today, Understand Blue, and I saw these awesome cat stamps that were designed & are being sold for a fundraising project over at A Place to Bark. Here's more info, (which you can also find here along with the stamps if you want to purchase them):

"Thank you for your support of artist Bernie Berlin's "A Place to Bark" fundraising project. The stamp images were designed by Claudine Hellmuth (white cat), Suzi Blu (girl with cat) and Lydia Fiedler (black cat). 100% of the stamp sales, will go to helping Bernie finish off the cat house (kittys need a place of their own) along with the dog house."

I just love all of these stamps, and they are for a great cause!

Why don't you hop on over & check them out?


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Photo Holder for Shoebox Swap

This is the project I made for my shoebox swap at the WNY SCS gathering last week-end. I got my inspiration from this adorable project.

(sorry for the weird Camera angles.)

I copied Mara's almost exactly but I couldn't find 2" cubes that were in decent shape so I had to cut my stamped flower smaller. (They carry 2" cubes at all of the craft stores around here- Michael's, Jo Ann's, Hobby Lobby and Ac Moore, but at EVERY store the cubes were either all cracked or crooked, or just generally yucky and certainly not worth $1.00 a piece.)

I finally came up with 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inch cubes by purchasing whittler's kits that include pieces of 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 4" basswood, and had David cut them to 1-3/4" lengths so I wound up with 1-3/4" cubes. I got 6 cubes from each kit. The kits are $10.00 full price, but I used 50% off coupons to purchase mine, so they are very affordable. (The kits I bought are made by Walnut Hollow & available at pretty much all of the above mentioned craft stores.)

I sanded the cubes lightly with sanding blocks & painted just the edges white. The rest was pretty much all punching & layering. I used a double thickness of 3/8" wide red line tape (same as Sticky Strip)to attach the office clip to the top of the cube.
You need a double thickness because the bottom of the clips are slightly concave & won't come into full contact with the block otherwise.

Project Materials:
(all supplies are SU! except woodblocks & clips)
1-3/4" (or 2") sq. wood blocks
1" wide binder clips
CS: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
DSP: Sweet Slumber Specialty paper
Stamps: Seeing Spots, One of a Kind
Accessories: Designer Label punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Circle punches: 3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/4" , Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Appricot Appeal 1/4" grosgrain.

Thanks for looking!


6x6 Recipe Swap - Hawaiian Wedding Salad

This is the 6x6 recipe page I made for recipe swap at the WNY SCS gathering last week-end. It's not the most creative thing I've ever made, but I was running out of time & needed to get them finished. Hopefully I made up for my lack of creativity with neatness & choice of recipe-lol.

I will say that I made this salad to bring to the event & came home with an empty bowl, so I'm assuming people enjoyed it. It is a personal favorite of mine & my whole family loves it.

I have the recipe along with some very helpful hints on making it posted here.

Page details:
(all supplies are SU!)
CS: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Stamps: SU! Welcome Home set
Ink: So Saffron Craft Ink
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch,Spiral punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/2" circle punch, Word Window punch, Lots of Tags sizzlets set.

Stay tuned for my showbox swap post!

Laura Albertson

Cool Copic Tip

Did you see what Kutis did recently with his Copic Markers?
Check it out.
Cool, huh? Gotta love those Copics. I recently attended a Copic Marker Certification class with Sharon & Marty from Buffalo Stamps & Stuff & got certified. I was transfixed by Marianne's artwork that she had brought for us to browse through. She showed us some of the new stamp sets she recently designed that have not yet been released. She had an adorable set of monsters that she drew & I am (im)patiently waiting for them to be made into stamps. They were so dang cute!

More fun stuff later today!


Monday, April 27, 2009

April Club Samples

Here are the pictures of the projects we made in my hostess stamp club this month.

I learned how to make the star card from one of the presenters at the London, ont. regional last month. I didn't catch the name of the person who came up with & presented the idea. If anyone knows, pls e-mail me with that info. so I can credit her for the idea on my blog.
The cover design was cased exactly from Sue Selfridge (conv 2008 sample).

The second project was the flowerpot card that has been so popular on all of the stamping groups I frequent (SCS, Sudsol, and LNS). You can find the directions here.
I used the Garden Greetings set from Stampin' Up! (I love this set & it is only $21.95 you can get your own by contacting me {} or clicking here to shop now)
I wanted stamped flowers rather than just die cuts so they would have more detail & curled them up & layered them for more dimention. The centers are drops of Crystal Effects mixed with Dazzling Diamonds glitter (home-made stickles- I love this because it dries SO much faster than stickles & keeps it's dimention better. The glitter is also a little finer, which I like better)

The Flowerpot was done in Creamy Caramel cs and inked using the DTP technique with a Really Rust Craft ink spot.

**100% of materials on these projects are by Stampin' Up. All images © Stampin' Up!**

Stars Card:
CS: Whisper White, Real Red Night of Navy
Ink: Night of navy
Stamp: Jumbo Classic Stars Wheel
Accessories: Lg & Sm. star punches, real Red striped ribbon, window sheets, sticky strip

Flower Pot Card:
CS: Creamy Caramel, So Saffron, Pale Plum, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink: So Saffron, Pale Plum, Regal Rose, Really Rust, Certainly Celery
Stamps: Garden Greetings, Bella's Bloom
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, 5 petal flower punch, mat pack, hobby blade, scoring tool, Crystal effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, retired (SAB) So Saffron Ribbon

Thanks for Looking!

Have a great day- it's beautiful here!



Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm Twittering

okay- I finally did it. I'm finally on Twitter, I'll let you know how it goes :P
you can find me here.

"Super Fantastic" Never ending Card for Christopher

About 3 weeks ago, SCS had a technique challenge to try making a never ending card. I made one once a long, long time ago when I saw it done on Carol Duvall. Way back then, I mostly worked with just stamps & ink, and not so much with scrapbooking papers or die cuts, etc. So I wasn't so happy with my plain white very simply stamped card that I made forever ago, and never made another. When I saw the challenge at SCS, though, my interest was renewed & I have tons of ideas for more cards like this.

The timing was perfect, since my brother Christopher's birthday was the same week as the challenge.
For Christopher's card, I wanted a masculine feel and I also was short on time, so I used a retired Simply Scrappin' kit from Stampin' Up. I knew that if I used a Simply Scrappin' kit, all the paper, die cuts & card stock would already be coordinated for me and all I'd have to worry about was design layout & assembly. I think it worked out great. Chris must have really liked it too, cuz he said it was "super fantastic".

I did not have great lighting to take the picture, and it was hard to keep the card flat, so it actually looks better in person, but you'll get the idea.

Here's the front view:

View 2:

View 3:

View 4:

What do you think?

While I'm at, check out the super cool cake that my SIL Nicole made for Chris:

She hand-painted all the "comics" on rolled fondant, and used shimmery glittery gel for the Happy birthday although you can't tell in the pic. the weird out-of place looking rice crispy creatures are actually dinosaurs, and they looked great IRL, it's just kind of hard to tell from the camera angle what they are. Apparently those were at Christopher's request-lol. He can be pretty funny, you'd think he was still 10 sometimes, and Nicole indulges him so he gets away with it :)
The funniest part was that Nicole had grouped the candles so close together we thought they they were going to start a fire- the flames were so close that they combined & started a little blaze before Chris could get them blown out. He had to blow them out so fast, Mom didn't have time to go into her eins, zwei, drei, vier routine- I was laughing so hard & yet a teensy bit worried that the house really would start on fire-LOL!!

ANYWAY, if you want to try a never ending card, HERE are the instructions. Dawn did such a great job with the video that it's worth watching rather than trying to follow written instructions.
The construction of this card is SUPER easy. The hard part is coming up with ideas to decorate 4 pages with the folded panels. Have fun!



More Cuttlebug sneak peeks!

Okay, so this is pretty old news if you've been following the Cuttlebug Challenge blog, but I've obviously been away from my computer and hence my blogging has slipped again. Anyway... if you haven't already seen the second sneak peek of the newest cuttlebug folders, LOOK HERE.

There is a snippet of the A2 Flourish folder, and a picure of the Border Embossing Folder Flourish! Both look very cool to me. Check'em out.

Even tho' you can't tell from my blogging (or lack thereof), I have been SUPER busy. I have lots & lots to share- if I can only get some pictures taken & uploaded. Saturday I will be gone all day at the Splitcoaststampers Western NY gathering- I can't wait! David's job Saturday afternoon is going to be taking pics of my class & club samples & uploading them for me. Then on Sunday I am hoping he will take photos & upload all of the wonderful swap samples I'll be coming home with on Saturday night. Meanwhile, I'll be at a stamp convention in Ohio taking lots more pictures. Wonder which one of us should have the good camera?? LOL.

Looking forward to getting back to my blogging. I have stuff all set up to do another video, too. Just need to find the time to do it :)

Happy Friday!