Sunday, August 30, 2015

More Stamp-a-faire


I have another card to share with you from the fun over at PTI's stamp-a-faire!  This time the challenge was a 'pattern' challenge, where the team shared some card sketches or patterns with us and we were to make a card using that pattern.  I loved Betsy's card she shared using her pattern, and I basically CASed it as is.  Here is the pattern I used:


And here is my card:

I used the cover plate - horizontal stripes and added some distress inks in cracked pistachio and mowed lawn.  Then I stamped and die cut the flowers from Bitty Bouquets and tucked them into the stripes.  I used my new HA ombre ink pad in pink to red to get some multi color flowers.  I also used Memento Luxe ink in lilac posies for one of the flowers.   The sentiment is from the same Bitty Bouquets set.  A black and white twine bow finishes it off.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Papertrey Ink Stampafaire


I am joining in the fun over at PTI where they are having their annual Stamp - a - faire!  It's a day dedicated to stamping fun with challenges along the way and this year's theme is Project Runway!

One of the challenges was to create a 'wedding dress' card!  No, not a card that you can wear as a dress - but a wedding card made of all white materials!  The only exception is the sentiment, which you can stamp in a light color.   Here is my 'wedding dress' card:

I used the rustic wreath die and cut several from white card stock.  Then I heat embossed in white the coordinating stamp.  My sentiment is embossed in silver and is from the wet paint set.  I rounded the corners to soften the card and compliment the wreath.

It was fun to create an all white card - I hope I have some time to play along with the other challenges as well!   Are you playing along??  All the details can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Freshly made sketches

Today I am sharing a fun summer card I made for the celebration over at Freshly Made Sketches.  They are having a great challenge with some wonderful sponsors to help celebrate their 200th sketch!

Here is the great sketch we get to work with:

Here is my card based on that sketch:

I used the Avery Elle's pineapple stamp and added some watercolor splashes.  The summertime stamp is from Impress.  This was easy peasy - but oh so fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have you joined in the fun over at FMS?


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy Camper

Hello Friends,

Today's card is one I made for my husband after we got back from our vacation to Yellowstone.  We brought our camper and had a great time camping at so many campsites along the way! I wanted to thank him for such a wonderful vacation and let him know how much fun we all had.  I think the kids will remember this trip for a long time!

I used the Lawn Fawn Happy Trails set and colored the camper and the trees with copics. The sentiment I created from Milo's ABC's.  Everything was added to a walnut woodgrain notecard.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  And my husband liked it too :)   But he always says he likes my cards!  (I've trained him well - don't you think?)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Get Well Soon


Today I am sharing a card I made for my Mother-in-law, who recently had surgery on her leg after she took a tumble.  She is recovering nicely, but it is always fun to receive happy mail in your mailbox - and this seemed like the perfect occasion!

I used a new to me set of dies from Julie Ebersole and Ellen Hutson - Wild Garden.  These flower dies are so much fun to mix and match together.  I pulled some scraps of colored cardstock out of my scrap bin, and just started cutting.  Then I played around with which colors/shapes I liked best and this is what I came up with.  The sentiment is from HA.  I hope it brings a smile to her face!  

Since I had cut so many pieces to play with, I went ahead and made a second card with some additional pieces.  

This time I used only one type of flower and leaf for a more cohesive look.  I thought the light purple rose complimented the pale blue note card nicely.  The white embossed sentiment is from PTI.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Today is Amy Tsuruta's  Birthday!!    Of course you know all about Amy and her wealth of inspiration from her blog Tsuruta Designs.  But I am honored to know her IRL and call her my friend.  She is one of the nicest, most sincere people you will ever meet. 

She hosts  fun crafty get-togethers at her house for those of us who live close, and we thought it would be fun to surprise her with this little blog hop for her birthday!

Amy and I met at our local stamp store at a class taught by Julie Ebersole, so I thought it would be fitting to use a stamp designed by Julie for Amy's card today.  The Mondo Magnolia is just so beautiful!! I love how MONDO it is and how it fills up a card to create a focal point.  I used my new Gansai Tambi watercolors to color it in.  Added mint green stripe paper to the side, and matching green splatters for some additional interest.  The sentiment is a combo of Paper Smooches and Hero Arts.

I hope you have a wonderful Birthday my friend!  I'm so glad that you are in my life.

Here is the complete list of hop participants:

Laura     <<<<<You are here
Amy     <<<<Birthday Girl

Enjoy the hop and don't forget to stop by Amy's blog and give her some Birthday love! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Well - its been a while!!  How are you?  I am back from my family vacation to Yellowstone National Park!   We had such a great time, it was amazing!  The scenery is just so beautiful there and we were able to see some wildlife up close (but not too close!).

Here are a few highlights of our trip:
Our first stop was at the Lewis and Clark Caverns in Montana.  This place was so amazing with all the beautiful formations inside the HUGE caverns!  It took 1 1/2 hours to go through the whole thing!

 My family in front of some hot springs in Yellowstone.

 One of the many beautiful waterfalls in the park!

 It was mating season for the bison, and this guy wasn't going to let his little lady get away!  He followed her everywhere and made some oh so romantic grunting noises to woo her!!

 This guy was just hanging out by the side of the road.  Nothing seemed to bother him!

 Old Faithful was just amazing!  It was my son's favorite of the whole trip!

 This little cutie was a resident of the campground we stayed at.  He would scurry out of his hole every morning to greet us!

 My kids getting sworn in as Junior Rangers at Yellowstone.  They had to fill out a book full of puzzles and questions and swear to protect the natural environment.

Wasn't it nice of them to include a sign just for us so we wouldn't get lost on our way back to our campground??   But really - the second superintendent of the Park was a man named Norris - so there were Norris campgrounds, Norris geysers, Norris hot springs, Norris museums, etc. etc.  We felt right at home :)

Thanks for stopping by and catching up with me!  Hope you have all been well.