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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Elephants on Parade

Here's a quick & easy card for you today, Friends.
I used the masking technique to stamp these wonderful elephants in
different blues. They are in a Basic Grey set that goes with their
Marequesh (sp?) paper which is used as my background.
Even though bold images are easy to smear on glossy cardstock, I took the chance because I wanted the colors to be vibrant.

I stamped the Our Daily Bread verse at their feet, then used a sponge to daub blue around them to soften the white. It's mounted on a piece of pumpkin cs and attached to the card with popdots. Simple!

I'm off on a road trip today with a friend...going to see her niece compete in an equestrian competetion. YeeHaw!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mother's Day Part 3

Here's another Mom's Day card sample for you. This sweet girl was so much fun to color....I actually made two - one pastel & one bold. (You'll have to check back in a day or two to see the bold one.)

I used Rectange Nesties to make the background matte. The extra embossed line around the scallop adds something to the layering, doesn't it? To get this effect using the Cuttlebug, you simply run the cut out through the machine a second time using a rubber mat between it & the top acrylic pad. I also have to use a piece of cardboard from the back of a paper pad as a shim to make the fit just a bit tighter.

Coloring with Copics is so much fun especially when there's a variety of flowers in the image. That's a good thing for me because I love all the colors & like to see them all together. :) Have a blessed day --- Laurie

Stamps: Dellafield, Studio G


Ink: Memento, Copic Sketch Markers

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mother's Day Part 2

Hey, it's Tuesday! We're back to cooler temps & cloudy, windy weather, but it is still the day that the Lord made so I choose to be glad & rejoice - join me?
Here's the second Mom's day card I made. Doesn't this Pink Cat
Studio owl make you smile? She sure does that for me. Brown &
pink has been in style for a while, but for some reason it's my favorite color
combo right now.
On this card I reversed the layering order of the Nesties. Normally I have the scallops be my bottom layer but wanted the "frills" to really stand out this time. I like using different shapes, too. Putting this little lady in a circle that just fits around her makes her seem so important.
The brown strip under the heart is just that. A brown strip of
cs. I added it because the card needed something to balance it after I had
attached the heart. I wish I could show you a pic of before &
after. I know you'd agree with me that the strip makes a big difference in
pleasing the eye.
Also, I stamped the word image an the cs before running it through the Cuttlebug.
Have a lovely day, Girls --- Laurie
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio, Studio G
CS: SU! pinks, Bazzill brown
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black, Copic Sketch markers
Accessories: sticky gems, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mom's Day Cards Part 1

Hi, Everyone. Is it too early to show you Mother's Day cards? Sure hope not. :)

Here's one I made by stamping the flower images on a white piece of card stock that I used as my backdrop. I then stamped the petal parts and the leaves on sperate white cardstock. I colored everything & cut out the extra petals & the leaves, attaching them to the backdrop flowers with popdots.

I always like the look of having a black mat around my images. This one worked just the way I'd hoped. I used a gray ink to make the background on red cardstock in order to soften the card & help eyes focus on the main image. I wanted the words to stand out as well as the flower image, so I used black pigment ink & embossed them.

I love honoring my mom & mother-in-law on their special day even if the card, flower, & candy companies benefit from it. Whoever thought of it had the right idea! Hope this card helps you get in the mood to honor your mom or a special lady in your life. Enjoy your day --- Laurie

Stamps: Flourishes' Poppies, Magenta


Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoke Gray, Copic Sketch Markers

Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Good morning, Friends. Please join me in wishing my dear friend, Crystal, a Happy Birthday today! You can give her your good wishes at

We celebrated her birthday during our monthly stamping day gathering last week, so I'm allowed to post her card now. :-)

I had fun using the paper piecing technique on this one. It's quite simple to do. Stamp an image on cardstock & color it in. Stamp the same image (at least the part you want to piece) on designer paper. Cut those pieces out and attach to your colored image with popdots. I also thought I'd make a square card for a change. The dp is layered onto the card as well as the cutouts with my image. To add the finishing touches, ribbon & pretty pink sticky gems were placed just so.

Have a marvelous Friday --- Laurie

Stamps: Flourishes' Sweat Pea

Paper: Basic Grey's Two Scoops dp, SU! cs

Ink: SU!, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic sketch markers

Accessories: Spellbinder's Petite Oval & Label 1 Nestabilities

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Find Joy

Good evening, All. I'm sneaking in tomorrow's post early again. I finally have the cupcakes baked & iced....almost 100 of them! I keep thinking of more for my "to do" list. Yikes! As my dd says, I need to quit freaking out. :)
I didn't realize it when I was making this card, but it's a Hero Arts card. All the stamped images are by Hero. Isn't that funny? (The word stamp is in a clear set while the flower & swirl are both wood-mounted.)
I used Copics to color the flower, cut it out and mounted it with popdots to a piece of black cs. The dp used for the frame has been in my collection for a couple of years. I mounted it over the flower/cs with double popdots so it would have even more dimension. The cord was another great find at Hobby Lobby, and somehow it all just came together.
May you find joy everyday, Laurie

Stamps: Hero Arts

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, SU! Tempting Turquoise

CS: SU!, unknown dp

Accessories: Cuttlebug, cord

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Magenta Flowers

Hello, Sweet Stampers. I know in actuality this is a second post for today, but let's call it my Wednesday post. Can we?

I will be super busy tomorrow getting ready for my dd's Sweet 16 birthday bash. I can't believe my baby is going to be 16! Oh, sorry, I was temporarily phased by images of her as a baby, toddler, little tomboy, and young lady going to homecoming rushing through my mind. Anyway, I'm not sure I will get to the computer tomorrow, so I thought I'd post this card tonight.

If you have Copics or are interested in trying them, Magenta makes great stamps for beginners. Their stamps are made with shadows, so it is almost like coloring by number. I colored the image with some bright colors and found I had matching ribbon when I put the card together. The Lord truly blessed us with all the wonderful colors & shades of colors He painted into His creation.

Sweet dreams --- Laurie

Stamp: Magenta
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Sketch markers
Accessories: Cuttlebug, sticky gems, ribbon

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Quick & Simple Project


You know what I like about stamping (besides everything!)? I like that even simple layouts can be eye-catching. Great imagination & talent wasn't needed to make this bday card....just a little texture thanks to the Cuttlebug folder, a little ribbon, and voila! -- A birthday card is ready to send.

Because the party flamingo was already colored, I was able to choose cardstock & ribbon colors fairly quickly. This was a commissioned card for my sister, and since I didn't know if she'd want to send it to a male or female, I didn't add any glitter, bows, flowers, or gems. It's not a flashy card, but I think it will do a good job of sending birthday wishes to a special person.

Thanks for checking in with me today. May the Lord bless you.......Laurie

Stamps: SU!
Cardstock: SU!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Sketch markers

Monday, April 20, 2009

Springtime Bird

Good Monday morning! I can hear those birds chirping us into a new week even though it's rainy. Birds are good examples of perserverence, aren't they? Hope you all had a good weekend.
This card is made by completely covering a base card with BasicGrey dp from
their Infuse set. I then stamped and colored the branch & bird from
Flourishes. The bird is cut out & added with a popdot. You can't see it too well in this pic, but the image is layered onto green cs, leaving a very small frame. To finish it off, I sponged green around the edges & embossed the SU! word image directly to the dp.
Hope he helps you think Spring!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Finally able to post!

Oh, Friends, it has been a long and productive week here. My wonderful hubby has put in new flooring in our familyroom (where the computer is hooked up). He faithfully came home from work every night & put in another 4 to 5 hours on our project. Is that sweet or what? Then I was off to my hometown for a up at 6am Saturday morning for the 3 1/2 hour trip, went to the wedding Sat. night, & up this morning at 6am again to drive home for church. Whew!
The sample cards today are a set I made by repeating the same
basic pattern. It's a wonderful way to make a bunch of cards at one
time. My sister wanted cards on hand & masculine ones are always the
hardest. We both agreed that simple was the best way to go because most of
the guys toss their cards after reading them quickly. :-O
Have a great end to your weekend ........ Laurie
I borrowed the stamps from a friend & forgot to write down who made them...they are wonderful, aren't they? The cs & ink are from SU! The word stamp iused on the sideways tags from Bugawumps. I used a small alpha set to stamp out Happy Birthday on the longways tags.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Good morning, Friends. It feels good to be back in the craftroom again.

Although it doesn't say anything about Easter, the inspiration for this card is from the resurrection of our Lord. I am able to rejoice because I have a living Saviour! WooHoo!!

While on vacation, I was blessed with some additions to my growing Copic Sketch marker collection. This is a little something I did with some new ones. The flower set is called Delight, an oldie from SU! I used the masking technique to make an arrangement, stamping only the outline stamps in the set with Tuxedo Black by Memento. I cut around the image with the Labels 1 Nestie from Spellbinders, glued it to the dp, and outlined it with a black Zig Painty. After adding the little cutouts from a MS edge punch & the sticky dots, I mounted the whole thing to a square card with thick popdots.

See the little "ALWAYS" in the bottom, righthand corner? Well, it's covering up a mistake I made when I outlined the dp on the base card. I couldn't bring myself to scrap the whole project so I found a Stampabilities stamp, embossed the image, & cut out the word I needed. The Sonlight Impressions "Rejoice" image is also embossed. Oops - I almost forgot to mention that the dp is Offbeat by BasicGrey.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Prayer needed

Dear Friends:

Would you be willing to pray for my cousin's daughter? Her name is Molly, & she is 6 years old in first grade. The circumstances of her birth are now playing a role in her physical well-being.

Molly was born without any blood. I know, I never heard of that before either. The best guess of the doctors is that a leak in the umbilical cord developed during her birth. They did not give Chad & Christine much hope when Molly arrived. In fact they were told that if Molly did survive there would be severe developmental problems because they had no idea how long her brain had been deprived of oxygen.

As so often happens, the Lord had other plans. Molly not only survived, she thrived. She hit all the developmental stages at just the right times, & her tests showed miniscule "dark spots," almost unworthy to mention.

Within the past 18 months, Molly has developed seizures. At first they were few & far between and didn't last too long. In the past 4-8 weeks, though, they have become more unpredictable, coming more often & lasting longer. After some testing, Chad & Christine were told that they may be coming because of scar tissue in Molly's brain.

Here are the prayer requests:

Molly's doctor is out of the country for three more weeks. Pray that another doctor will be able to see her & make changes in medication that will stop the seizures.

Pray that the medication's side affects will be minimalized. It's so scary to give your child something that might cause long-term damage.

Pray that Chad & Christine will have strength & wisdom and will continue to cling to their Heavenly Father when they feel so helpless to help their daughter.

Pray that Molly will know beyond a shadow of doubt that she is surrounded and wrapped up by the love of God. I'm so thankful that Jesus told us that faith of a little child is what it takes!

Thanks so much for your prayers...please feel free to forward this request to others whom you know will pray......Laurie

Back from Vacation

Hello, Everyone. It's nice to be home, but vacation was wonderful! Here's a snapshot of a marvelous sunset...we had a few cloudy days, but the afternoons were sunny & warm. The other picture is to show you how high the waves were. My dh is about 6ft tall, but those waves were over his head...we had so much fun! Oh, you probably would like to know where we were....Indian Shores, Florida between Clearwater & St. Pete.
Can't wait to get back to stamping & posting. Hopefully soon, Laurie