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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge 10

Greetings to you on a wonderful Saturday morning! Have you enjoyed the outdoors lately? We've had a couple great days here & it looks like today will be the same. My dh has just left for a bike ride & I need to get to my chores, so I'll make this quick.
As you can see, today's challenge is for the terrific combo of brown & pink. I used this sweet House Mouse stamp and made a square card (5 1/2 x 5 1/2). I haven't used mulberry paper in ages, but the brown of this one was perfect for layering. The dp is from the Sweet stack by DCWV, the flower is Prima, & the flourish cutouts is a Sizzlit. In addition to the challenge Copic colors, I used the following: E44, E33, E00, YG11, YG17, RV23, BG000, B00.
Join the challenge at Artful Sentiments......I'd love to see what you can do! -- Laurie

Friday, May 29, 2009

Blessed Babies

Hi, Friends. Here is my last installment of baby cards. I decided to get out of the box when it came to colors and images. What do you think? I love these cute animals by Imaginesence. The tiger is colored with Copics and embellished with Stickles on his stripes. The panda is covered with glitter! Stamp TV & Gina K showed me how easy it is to use glitter. You can see her tutorial here. The base cards were made by stamping with a speckle stamp in my chosen colors, embossed with CB folder, then swiped with my ink pad. I added a paper stripe on the tiger card & a ribbon stripe on the panda card. Both have been outlined with a matching color. I used the same color to outline the dp used for my image background. Attached it all with popdots & have a "welcome baby" saying on the inside. Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs, Laurie

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Here's a little something I had the privilege to help on with my mom. She's been here for a few days, visiting from Indiana. She likes to stamp, has lots of "stuff," but doesn't get the chance & now can't remember what to do with it. :) Anyway, we put together this wonderful encouragement card - very easy. We ran the cs through the CB & used the Scallop Nestie for the oval. Mom cut out the butterflies & flowers from K&Company dp she found at Archivers. They are attached with popdots. The verse is from the Scriptures Set by Our Daily Bread. That's it, Friends! Have a great day --Laurie

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Babies Again :)

Two more baby cards today, Friends! My commission is for 12 boy & 12 girl cards....only one each to go after these.

The base cards are made with the largest Large Circle Scallop Nestie. I cut & folded cs for a regular 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card. I then positioned the Nestie so it was slightly off at the fold of the cs. This creates a scallop card that will fit in a regular envelope. I've used both the girl & boy baby sets by Hero Arts, a 2" flower punch, SU! cs and ink, a white Signo pen for the dots, and Copic sketch markers.

Have a wonderful Wednesday & thanks for checking in here on my blog -- Laurie

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

God's eye is on You!

Good morning! I finally had a moment to put together a card I've been working on all weekend. This wonderful set is from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. I've colored the image with Copics & layered it with the Labels One Nestie. I've also used a tag set from Spellbinders. The dp is from an old package by SU! Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs, Laurie
Edit: I'm so sorry....I forgot to list the Copic colors I used. Here they are: E55, E57, E59, G12, G24, RV00, RV02, Y19, BG000, B00

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Artrful Sentiments Copic Challenge 9

Good Saturday morning to you. When I saw the colors for today's challenge, I was a little perplexed. "Do the blues go together?" I thought. Why did I even wonder? Wait until you see the DT samples at Artful Sentiments! Each one is unique & works beautifully with these colors. Also, if you look carefully at the card I posted on Thursday, you'll see the same three colors mixed in with the others. Get your creative juices flowing & see what you can come up with, won't you? Kimm has made it super easy to post your sample to the challenge blog. Hope to see you there, Laurie

Edit: Forgot to give a big "THANK YOU" to Shawne for the wonderful stamp & ribbon used in today's card. I won her blog candy give away a couple weeks ago. You can see the rest of Shawne's Biggest Wishes set at Clear Dollar Stamps. They will be releasing more of her wonderful work soon.

Other Copics used: R24, RV00, RV02, W1, W3, B21, B23, BG11, BG13

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Graduation Float

Good morning, Friends. I trust the week has flown by for you just as it has for me. I can't believe this will be Memorial Day weekend & the Indy 500. Growing up in Indiana was great, but the tv stations blacked-out the race. We had to rely on the radio if we weren't fortunate enough to go (& I've never been to the race, just the time trials). Why I tell you this, I don't know! But if you are race fans, this is gonna be a great weekend. :)

My good friend, Crystal, & I often find that we are thinking of the same thing....have separately bought the same stamps, read the same book, etc. This cute digistamp by Tim Hunter at Hambo Stamps is no exception. She posted her card yesterday & here's mine today. I colored with Copics, added Stickles to the ice cubes & waves, attached sticky gems to the flipflops, and cut out a graduation cap. I mounted the whole thing on SU! cardstock. Thanks for stopping by today. ---Laurie

Copics: B26, BG15, R29, R24, YR000, YR00, YR02, BG000, YG00, YG03, RV04, E44, E47

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

God sends love

Happy Wednesday to you.
A quick post today.....These two cards are straight forward & simple as pie to make. I did use popdots to give dimension, but other than a little ribbon and those sticky gems, I wanted the dp to be my image. I love this phrase and didn't want to take away from it. Hugs, Laurie
Stamps: Cloud 9
CS: SU!, Heidi Grace
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Hare Heard

Hi, All. Thought I'd try a masculine card for today. Believe it or not this character is one of the first stamps I bought....way back in '92 or '93.
This card is a little weird for me. Wanted to keep it simple & geometric. It's hard because I see some space that I could easily fill with sticky gems or decorative brads or something, but am forcing myself to be done with it.
The sentiment is computer generated. The square brad is one from SU!'s Hodge Podge set of embellishments they sold a few years ago. I colored the hare with Copics & added color to the words with ink pads. I cut the frame out with a Nestie & used what was cut out for the background layer of the word image.
Thanks for stopping by.....Laurie

Stamps: Comotion CS: SU!, Basic Grey(I think)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Baby Blessings

Hello, Friends. Did you get to stamp this weekend? I didn't stamp, but I rearranged my craft room (son's old bedroom). It took two or three tries before I got it the way I wanted it, but it's looking good now. My dh helped by putting up curtain rods for my punches, a la Faith's idea. It's perfect!

I have baby cards to offer you again today. These were made with a CB folder...isn't it sweet? I carefully applied ink from the pad directly to the embossed images. I found the sparkling ric-rac at Hobby Lobby and doubled it here. The giraffe image is from SU!'s Little Hellos set. The glitter paper is something I found at Archivers. Both were cut with Nesties' Petite Oval. The last thing I did was round the corners with a great pair of scissors by Fiskars.

By the way, I'm still trying to figure out how anyone (blogger or not) can leave comments on my posts. I thought I had it last week, but I can't see the comment even though you might be able to leave one. Hopefully it won't take too long to get it going.

Have a marvelous Monday --- Laurie

Sunday, May 17, 2009

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #8

It's Saturday so there's a new challenge for those of you who are Copic users! These colors are so great together, aren't they? I'd love to see your sample on the challenge site sometime this week. Won't you please join us?

This little flower stamp is from Stampabilities & the word stamp is in Sweet N Sassy's set called His Eye is on the Sparrow. They were stamped on Neenah cs & cut with a Labels 1 Nestie. I used a sponge to carefully add color to the edge. SU! Lavendar Lace & Pretty in Pink match very well with our challenge colors. The pink cs was cut with another Nestie. I added sticky gems to the corners & Stickles to the stems & leaves of the stamped image. Each layer is attached with a popdot to give dimension. I chose the ribbon & CB folder because they are the same pattern. The ribbon color is a complementary color to the cs, making the card more interesting to the eye...well, at least it was more interesting to MY eye :) . --- Laurie

"Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord." Psalm 117

Friday, May 15, 2009

Babies & Bows

Hi, Everyone. I finally figured out a good way to have two cards in one picture! Doesn't my black sweater make a great backdrop?

These little cuties are the same stamp by Hero Arts. The blue dp is by Heidi Grace, & the pink is DCWV. The word image is by Cloud 9. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I stamped the babies twice - once on the Nestie square & once again to cut out. I am not sure where the ribbons came from, but if I had to guess I'd say Hobby Lobby. The edge punch I used is a great one from MS.

The funny thing is that these cards started out as something I was making for the Mojo challenge this week. I'm not sure what happened in my brain, but one idea led to another & now they don't resemble the sketch at Mojo at all. Oh, well. :)

Thanks for checking in with me. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the next Artful Sentiments challenge. --- Laurie

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shy Greetings

It's a lovely day in my neighborhood.....if you like rain & thunderstorms! :) Good morning, All.

I couldn't resist this little sweetheart by Great Impressions. Isn't she just too cute? I colored her with Copics, but didn't use much shading because I wanted her to be bold like the dp. My goal was to have her stand out from anything else on the card so the rest is very simple. The dp is two sided & was easy to use as a background. I used black strips of cs instead of ribbon to accent the dp & added buttons from Joanns to balance it all. I'm not sure what greeting will be on the inside....not sure to whom she will be sent.

If you are new to stamping or enjoy making cards with the same theme, Great Impressions stamps are, well, truly great! You can check out their Stamps Of The Month & also locate a store near you that carries their stamps. One store I've visited is Stamping Day & Night in Ft. Wayne, IN. If you go to their website, you can see GI monthly boards. (Click on "card samples," then "boards from companies." Choose any board by GI.)

Blessings, Laurie

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Baby Bundles

Good Wednesday morning to all. I trust your week is going well. I can't believe May is almost half over - we sign up our dd for the summer swim team tonight. Summer will be here before we know it!
Today's cards are made with Hero Arts clear stamps. "Sweetie" is separate from the baby bundle, but I stamped them close so it looks like the wee one is hanging from the word. I paper pieced the blanket & added glitter all around the edge of the very top layer. (It doesn't show up very well in the picture, though.) The pink card is made with Heidi Grace dp. On the blue one I used paper from Joanns, but don't know the name. The edges were punched with MS punches, & I ran the Nestie layer through the CB with the Swirl folder to add a little texture.
I'm off to pack lunches now....Have a great day --- Laurie

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baby Booties

Hi, Everyone. Thanks for stopping by today. Two more baby cards for you. I'm almost done with babies, but I've had a lot of fun making so many different cards.

The hardest part of what you see today was getting the ribbons laced into the shoe images. Whew! After lacing them up, I used glue dots to stick the ends to the paper doily.
The doilies were a purchase at the $1 store...there are tons of them in one package, too. Isn't it fun to find something useful for stamping at a place that doesn't usually have anything to go with our hobby?

Here are the details for you: Stamps - All Night Media, CS - SU!, dp from Joanns, sticky gems from Archivers

Hugs --- Laurie

Monday, May 11, 2009

More Babies - fllcmay

Good Monday Morning, Friends. I trust you had a good weekend. Mine was terrific! I was able to have both of my children & my daughter-in-law-to-be at church with me on Mother's Day....usually my ds works Sunday mornings.

That leads right in to my big announcement: Our ds got engaged last was quite a surprise in a lot of ways & not so much in others. Either way we are happy for him & are praying that the Lord will draw them both close.

Now to the cards. They are really very simple cards to make. The great dp is from DCWV Nana's Nursery packs. They make one for boys & one for girls. I love these sparkly papers (Although some papers are without sparkles, they're still very nice together.). For embellishments, I decided to go with buttons instead of ribbon.

I stamped the picture image twice, cutting out the angel only to popdot on top. After coloring with Copics, Stickles were added to the wings. One of my favorite "tricks" is to outline a layer in coordinating ink. I did that to both images & also used a sponge to add a little color to the white cs on the word image.

Blessings to all --- Laurie

Stamps: Cloud 9, SU!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: Blender 0, YR000, YR00, Y32, YG03, B02, BG10, BG13, BG15
Accessories: Buttons by Basic Grey, Stickles

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Good morning, Friends. Hope this Delafield flower girl gives you a smile as you enjoy a special day to celebrate moms.
'Bout all you need to know is that I colored the flowers with the same Copics I used to color the image. I love doing that!
"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!" Psalm 18:46
Have a great Sunday --- Laurie

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #7

Morning, Friends. Today's Artfelt Sentiments challenge is to use these Copic colors plus any color in orange. As you can see, I couldn't resist trying these balloons.
The layout of the card is straight forward. The eyelets were a gift a long time ago, so I don't know who makes them. The stamp is from Stampabilities & the dp is Basic Grey's Lime Ricky. The ribbon is from Archivers, & the embellishment is made with beads from my stash. I'm going to submit this for Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday challenge, too.
I hope you will join our Copic challenge today with a card of your own! Enjoy your weekend.
--- Laurie
Here are the Copics I used in addition to the challenge colors:
YR04, E35, E33, E50, E00, 0-blender

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fearfully Made - OBDB OBDBSC03

Two posts today as I'm trying to get this in for a challenge deadline. I think I missed it by 5 minutes, but that's ok. I loved the layout & didn't see the challenge until this morning. I couldn't work on a card for it until a good chunk of the laundry & cleaning were done. Why does it always take longer to do those chores than I think it will?

I used the Shepherd set from Our Daily Bread to stamp my sheep image which is colored with Copics. The verse is from ODB's Potter set. Inside is a message of congratulations on a new baby.

I wanted my words to be on scalloped cs, but ran into a problem - I don't have a skinny rectangle Nestie. I decided to experiment and like the results...I chose a Nestie rectangle that was the length size to fit my word image. I then placed it to fit along 1/2 the top, 1/2 the bottom, & down one side. After running it through the CB, this left one side straight cut. I took care of that by moving thecsto fit in the scallop grooves so that the straight side could be cut out with the scallop.

Hope that's not too's hard to put in words! Anyway, I put the Gable Green cs through the Leafy folder from CB for the base card, layered it all up, and added those bright sticky dots. Nothing fancy, but a good way to welcome a new little one. :)

Buggy Ride

More baby cards for you today....This stamp by All Night Media was the perfect image for my idea for these cards. I stamped it on white cs, colored it with Copics, & cut it out with Nestabilities Scallop & Regular ovals.
The base card is completely covered with dp by Basic Grey: Two Scoops for the girl, Urban Prairie for the boy. The buggies are paper pieced with the same papers as the backgrounds. I used another paper from the same dp set for the stripe through the middle of the card, adding ribbon. Next came the embellishments....corners from Cuttlebug, sticky dots from Joanns, & the little doodads on the buggies.
If you've never paper pieced, you really should give it a try. Here's what you do - Stamp your image (at least the part you want to piece) on dp as well as your white cs. Color the image on the cs as normal. Carefully cutout the portion to be pieced from the dp, making sure to cut right up to the outline of the image. Attach your cutout with a popdot to give the image dimension. Simple as that!
Thanks again for checking in & please keep praying for our Nation. Hugs, Laurie

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Baby Blessings

Morning, All. How's your week going so far? I've been busy with my bro-in-law in the hospital...there's surgery in his future, but thankfully he's resting at home today. Medicine is an amazing field...we know so much, yet God has kept so much a mystery!

Here are my cards for you today. You'll see more boy/girl baby cards in the next few days. I've been comissioned by a friend, so I'm having loads of fun. Too bad I don't have that cute Gina K WeeTees set. I did find some cute things at stores around here, so I'm not complaining!

The embossed words were made with a Cuttlebug folder & then colored with Copics. I also used Copics to color my white ribbons. The shaded "puddles" for my ducks were made with a clear set by A Muse rubber stamps. I'm just experimenting with those right now. Almost forgot to mention that I added a little sparkle with my glitter pen to each of the circles on the dp. Other details are below.

Thanks for stopping by to see my cards. I'm having so much fun doing this! --Laurie

Stamps: Duck by Inkadinkado, SU! Blessings, A Muse

CS: SU!, DCWV Nana's Kids

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Sketch markers: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23, R, 85, B21, YG03

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Exalting Christ Blog Award....from Crystal

How surprised I was to find that Crystal was passing on to me this award - Wow! Women to Women: Sharing Jesus is a great place to get Biblical encouragement as we live our daily lives. The web address is Here's what the Women to Women: Sharing Jesus site says:

The Exalting Christ Blog Award is given to bloggers who consistently exalt the anme of Christ on their blogs. What a joy to see crafters blend their passion for Christ & papercrafting. This award is given to bloggers who share Chrst through their posts or through their design of their artwork. We are commanded in Scripture to be "salt & light," sharing the Good News of Jesus no matter where we are (Matthew 5:13-16). This award is just a way members of Women to Women can say thanks for exalting Christ with us!

Here are the rules for the award:

1. Post the blog award in a regular post on your blog with the explanation, including the original link to WTW & the rules for passing the award along.

2.Name up to 5 people to whom you want to offer this award & link their blogs. The blogs need to obviously exalt Christ in some manner.

3. Contact the bloggers you have named to let them know they can pick up their blog award from you.

4. Invite them to permantently display the WTW blog badge&/or the award on their blogs. The badge can be obtained on the WTW Site.

Becca Freeken shares Jesus regularly on her blog, so I'm passing on the award to her.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

OCCC - MOJO84 challenges

I'm getting my post in early for tomorrow since I've been so late the past two days.
I couldn't wait to use the Wisteria paper from Basic Grey & their beautiful "Flutter" set of butterflies. Believe it or not, this is the first butterfly set I've owned! I used my purple Copic marker on a white prima flower to make it trick, huh?
I was so happy today to think that I could combine challenges today. What a bummer to find out that my Mojo message was a repeat of last week's message. Oh, well, I'm posting it....hope the Mojo group won't mind. (just take my card out of the contest since it's the wrong sketch-Sorry!)

Here's one of my favorite verses: "One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving." Ps 62:11-12

-Just wanted to remind myself & all of you, too. ---Laurie

Stamps: Basic Grey, Hero Arts

CS: SU!, Basic Grey

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Sketch markers: V09, BG000, B21, B34, B52, B97

Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, brads, Prima flower, MS edge punch

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #6 - Part 2

Did you think I forgot to post today? Gotcha! I was running errands this morning & just got my card photographed.
I started this image for the Copic challenge, but didn't get it finished in time. Here's what I finally came up with -- this one is for a girl baby while another one will have the sentiment stamped on blue for a boy baby. I changed the colors around on that one, too. I used blue for the flowers & pink for the ribbon. I'll post that one for you when it's finished...I'm waiting for the Stickles to dry. :)
I think I'm beginning to like square cards better. I am in big trouble...takes more postage, can't find ready made envelopes, etc. But it's just too much fun to fill up a bigger space with what I love to do: STAMP!
The background of this card is made by running it through the Cuttlebug with the Swirls folder. I then applied my ink directly to the cs. This gives it some natural shading because the ink pad doesn't cover evenly. The furry look of the lamb is made with Liquid Applique. It's easy to use...just dot it on & heat with your heat tool. Be careful, though, because it can be scorched if you point the tool at one spot too long.
The rest of the details are below. Hope you've had a magnificent Monday --- Laurie
Stamps: Daisy Kingdom, Cloud 9
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Sketch markers-YG11, R20, B21
Accessories: ribbon, Stickles, sticky gems, Liquid Applique

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Artful Sentiments Copic Challenge #6

Happy Sunday to all of's nice and Spring-y here. We spent a beautiful day yesterday working hard around the house, both outside & inside. It's a pleasure to relax some today.

The Artful Sentiments Copic colors this week are YG11, R20, & B21, as well as any other blue. (I'm trying to figure out how to copy Kimm's picture of the actual markers, but I'm not blog-savvy yet!)

I've stuck with the three main colors & made this baby girl card. I added color to the white layer by inking a sponge with my Sketch markers & applying it just like any other ink to various places. The bear & animal train are attached with extra thick popdots.

Come join the fun at --Laurie

Stamps: Cloud 9, SU!

CS: Bazzil

Ink: Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Petite Scallop Oval Nestie, Spellbinders Tag Trio, sticky gem

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tulip Blessings

Hope you don't mind a 2nd post today. I was looking thru cards & realized I hadn't shown you this one yet.
Again, I've kept it simple but love how this tulip has turned out.
I used a speckle stamp to embellish the border of my white base card. All the corners of each layer have been rounded. The tulip is in Flourishes' "ThankYou" set and is colored with Copics.
"Blessings" is stamped by using a marker to only color that portion of a phrase stamp by Stampendous. After adding the scalloped ribbon to both the top & bottom, I decided to stop right there.
Hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing --- Laurie

Posting late today, Friends...lots to do on a Saturday morning!

This card is for my brother for his birthday later this month. (He won't mind if I share it now...will never know, actually, 'cuz he doesn't own a computer - teehee). He's an avid year round fisherman so I thought this stamp by Fred B. Mullet was way too perfect to pass up.

I didn't want to get too fancy with his card because he just throws them away. I sat for a minute trying to think of something handsome but not overblown. I decided to use gold & embossed the fish on a neutral colored card. The rest of the card fell into place....Brilliance Galaxy Gold to the base card, a shiny gold layer of cs, and just a touch of complementary green layered in there, too. Finished it off with the birthday greeting I think is Hero Arts.

Who knows, maybe this card will be a keeper :-P ---- Laurie

Friday, May 1, 2009

Classic Cars

Good morning, All.
Today I thought I'd post samples using designer paper (dp) as my main embellishment.
My sister wanted some masculine bday cards, so I thought classic cars were perfect. But how to use them? I love adding ribbon, gems, & flowers and working with pretty paper, but none of that would appeal to the guys. Instead I decided that dp could make my card interesting but not frilly. I looked for dp with muted colors & patterns that were guy-ish...zigzags, waves, strips. I kept the bling to a minimum & happily my sister says these cards are just what she had in mind.
Hugs, Laurie

Desing Team Member for Artful Sentiments

Dear Friends,

I'm excited to let you know that I've recently been chosen as a member of the Artful Sentiments weekly Copic challenge design team. Can you believe it?

You can join the challenge each week using at least one of the Copic colors (or as close as you have) listed. The other ladies on the team are extremely talented, so check out their blogs, too. You can link to them from the Artful Sentiments blog at
The desing team samples will start May 9th, but there's a fun challenge going on this week, too. Kimm makes it easy to participate by using Mr. Linky. Hope to see your samples out there soon! --- Laurie