September card club

I’m posting the cards from my September club a little early, so the club girls may get a sneak peek. :) If you don’t want a “spoiler,” avert your eyes!


Isn’t that paper cute?  I got the cute little bib idea from this cute card here.

(Though my daughter insisted it is a swing, not a bib, so if you couldn’t tell either I won’t hold it against you. :) )


There are some fun techniques on that card.  This is my 1st time dying the flowers from the Pretties Kit.  So easy!  There are many methods, but I used an aqua painter and reinker.  Also, the swirlies in the background are heat embossed.  Love the embossing.


And why not a little Halloween 3×3?  :)


Laura :)


Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes, Priceless, Hello Again, Eat Drink & Be Scary, Holiday Blitz

Ink – rich razzleberry ink refill, versamark, basic gray, rich razzleberry, orchid opulence, lovely lilac

Paper – Cottage Wall dsp, old olive, cameo coral, kraft, rich razzleberry, orchid opulence, whisper white, pumpkin pie, basic black, lovely lilac

Supplies – Pretties Kit, aqua painter, rhinestone brad, dimensionals, scallop edge punch, heat tool, clear embossing powder, stamping sponge, 1 3/8″ circle punch, scallop circle punch, 1″ circle punch, pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, crop-a-dile, silver eyelets, eyelet border punch, pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon, small tag punch, tag punch, mini envelope

$85 mini starter kit – QUICKETY QUICK :)

Just a reminder, the $85 mini starter kit is only available through tomorrow! (Monday night)


I realize that picture is small and hard to see, so here is a list of what you get:

(and remember, everything can be customized — ink and paper colors and stamp set)

  • For All You Do stamp set
  • In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads (6)
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″)
  • In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″)
  • Business forms & tools

This is a great time to start your own business for an extremely low/no risk.  Think maybe you want to give it a shot w/out paying for the regular starter kit?  Quick, you have until Monday. :)

Or not into the business side of things?  A great time to get a bundle of goodies and a 20% discount on anything you buy! :)

(No obligation to sell or recruit, and no penalty for dropping)

Another option, if you are ready to start your own biz, the regular starter kit ($199) is also available right now with a BONUS.  During this promotion (so ending Monday night), the regular starter kit includes (a $43.65 value) –

  • all 6 of the in-color stamp pads
  • one pack of in-color assorted card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″)

So if you’re thinking about it, don’t hesitate.  Email me with any questions, and I promise to be absolutely honest with any questions or concerns you may have.  I’m not shy.   And join my team, and I’ll make one of these for you, among the other oodles of benefits you already get.


You won’t regret a decision to join my team — lots of fun! :)   (And hey, some extra cash never hurt.)


Laura :)

August card club

1st of all, I have to apologize for the quality of these pictures.  My husband took off with the lens I use, so I took these with my point-and-shoot.  How dare he take his own equipment to use, right? :) Tee hee.

These are the 3 projects we made for our last card club.


We used the kissing technique on that one.  Basically, stamp a solid image in a light color, and stamp directly onto that stamp with a darker color ink.  Okay, I’m tired and that wasn’t explained very well. :)   Take a look here.


You can’t see it very well, but we used crystal effects on those flowers.


And a simple bag o’ treats is never a bad idea. :)




Stamps – Petal Pizzazz, Little Flowers, Thoughts & Prayers, Great Friend

Ink – bermuda bay, crushed curry, mellow moss, brocade blue, pretty in pink

Paper – Thoroughly Modern dsp, very vanilla, basic black, regal rose, brocade blue, Tea Party dsp, pretty in pink, whisper white

Supplies – ticket corner punch, build-a-brad, dimensionals, paper snips, 1/2″ circle punch, trio flower punch, crystal effects, brocade blue 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon, regal rose 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, Big Shot machine, Top Note die, mellow moss marker, non-SU plastic bag, chocolate, snail

Just a thought …

I was just taking a peek through our Definitely Decorative catalog, trying to decide which piece of vinyl would look good on my laptop.

So why not this?? :) But maybe in black?


That way, if anyone asks what I’m doing when I’m playing on the computer, I won’t be lying when I answer “laundry.”  Eh?  Eh?

K bye. :)


p.s. that image is from a display at the Leadership Convention

Convention Bag

I had a question about what we got in our Convention bag this year, so I took a quick picture.


Wheeeeeee fun treats! :)   Okay, so the stamps sets are: Hello Again, Sweet Season (I’ll be using this for Christmas neighbor gifts!!), Things I Love, Tree Trimmings, and the Retro Remix wheel.  Then of course we got a catalog, a mini catalog (available September 1st, and I’m sooooo excited), a cutie pen, and there is my little “My 1st Convention” pin. :)

As I was trying to get a quick picture, I had a little someone in the room that wanted her picture taken.  Can you tell?


She cracks me up, the little monkey.  What can I say, her dad is a photographer so she likes a camera in her face.

Anyway, so that’s our bag this year!  A cute bag too, no?  And reversible, too!  I’ll make good use of it.  And the stamps, of course. ;)

If you want to be with me at Convention next year, don’t forget there is still about a week left for the $85 mini starter kit!  Or, the regular $199 kit is still available right now, plus a bonus (a $43.65 value) of all 6 in-color stamp pads and a pack of in-color paperContact me for any questions.


Laura :)

1st Birthday!

My baby just turned 1!!


I only have a minute (since little birthday girl herself just woke up), but I want to show you my quick crafty doo-dads that I made for her party.

1st, and a bit ridiculous :) , I decided last minute that I wanted her little cake on a pedestal of some sort.  After a quick rummage, I grabbed a tupperware bowl and figured that was good enough.  And let’s not be silly, you know I covered it in some designer series paper that matched the frosting. :) (I used Tea Party dsp.)


To save money on quick decorations (it was just a small family party), I pulled out a tablecloth that we had from my older daughter’s birthday party.  I took a peek at it and realized, “hey lookie, daisies!”  You know where I’m going with this, right? :)


Yup, my good ol’ Big Shot machine!  I grabbed some paper in colors that matched the tablecloth, my Daisies Flower die, and ran them through my machine a bunch of times.  Yay for quick and easy … and inexpensive!!  Yay!  I put these flowers on the table and door and all around.  I would have had more, but I ran out of that sticky tack stuff that I was using to put them on the walls.  Oopsie.

Don’t look too close at that cake … umm, I had 2 cranky kids at my ankles while I tried to frost it, if that is any excuse. :)

Happy birthday to my little lady!

Season of Thanks

I’m not trying to make summer move along any faster … it’s going WAY TOO FAST already!  But, let’s face it: I am in serious need of cute, inexpensive home decorations.  So I made myself a little treat for the Thanksgiving season. :)


Not to toot my own horn, but kinda cute, eh?

(And really, why have a blog if not to toot one’s horn?? :) )

This was super simple, and I actually put it together really fast.  The idea is from Convention 2008 (which I didn’t attend but saw many pictures of) and is just a cheap shadow box from a craft store, some silk flowers, and our Season of Thanks vinyl.  The background is our cute Autumn Traditions designer series paper.

I’m excited to have one more thing to get out in November!

Home again, home again …

Okay, I technically never left “home” for Convention, since I am from Salt Lake, but I am back at my house. :)   It was an uber chaotic week of switching between mommy & demonstrator.  I’d leave the convention center and come home, so while others were resting their tired bodies in their hotel rooms or over dinner, I was making dinner, giving baths, singing bedtime songs, staying up late and waking up early … and you know what??  I can’t WAIT to do it again next year!  It was SO WORTH IT!!! :) It would have been impossible without some help from our fabulous family willing to babysit.

Hold on to your hats, I have a lot to share here!

I did stay downtown 1 night, since the entertainment didn’t end until about 11:30 pm.  If you don’t know, I am married to one of the Stampin’ Up photographers, so I had a room to stay in for the night.  Man, you should have seen the looks we got when we walked back to our room together!  Ha!!  Some scandelous rumors began, I’m sure. :) And do you know what I just realized??  The whole time at Convention, I never got my picture taken with my husband!  Ah!  What?!? :( Well duh, that would have been fun to have, especially from my 1st convention.  (Click here to see an example of how all the other demos got their picture with him. :) ) Oh well, here we are around Christmas time. :)

Dirk & Laura 2008

I did remember to get a picture with my upline, though! :) This is Max.  Love her — and you have to hear her accent!  So fun!


So remember my swaps that I showed you?  Swaps are just what they sound like … you swap your card for someone else’s.  Look what I came home with!

swaps 2009

It’s been so fun to rummage through those!  They aren’t all swaps, though.  For example, see the matching little packages in the top left corner? Those are darling little shirts for my girls from our good friend Carrie.  Sooooo cute!!!  Are we spoiled or what??

I surprised myself by actually not taking a lot of pictures at Convention.  Well, not of people, anyway.  I’ll have to do that more next year.  But I did take a lot of product photos, since we were surrounded in every direction by inspiration.



Did you notice the cute wreath at the top of that display?

One of the new exciting things we have available starting in September (in our Holiday Mini Catalog, whee!) is a whole line of Build-a-Bear products!  Excited?  Just wait, you’ll be even more excited when you see these.  I sure was!! :) p8080004That is a metal board with magnetic bears to play with!  Looks complicated, right?  Not … at … ALL.  I was amazed.  In fact, I made some of these this morning for my 3-year-old!  (I’ll take pictures of my own to post soon.)  Those were simply made with our Big Shot dies cut out of magnets.  The clothes were cut out separately (also on magnets), so kids can play dress-up with them.  Can we say quiet church idea?? :)

Here is another idea that I plan to use very soon.

p8080006So how much does a box of crayons cost right now with back-to-school sales?  About $.025 or less, right?  So all they did here was cut out the bears (again, with the Big Shot and dies, super fast & easy) on iron-on material (Wonder Under), ironed them onto a bag from a dollar store, prettied it up with some ribbon, and added a box of crayons.  Then they stamped a few images from one of our Build-a-Bear stamp sets (Beary Best Friends), put them on a ring, and voila!  Cute bag and coloring pages!  I’m totally going to use that idea for a cheap gift for my daughter’s friends, so act surprised if you get this from me. :)

I fell in love with this stuff, can you tell? :) Here are a few more shots.p8080007





p8080029Can’t you see yourself giving someone that cute gift bag?  I know I will — and unless they see my blog, they’ll ooh and ahh and think I spent a lot!  Bwaa ha haaa!p8080031

p8080044Okay, you get the idea … the cuteness factor is outta control, and the possibilities are endless.

So what else is new?

You need to click on this Halloween shot to see all the cute details.p8080019

These are some magnet boards that Shelli demonstrated.  Love them.  Easy and cheap for holidays!


Do you see the cute jewelry in there, too?

I don’t even know where to begin with this next one.  This is HUGE.  My Digital Studio.  Yup, digital.  Our software will be coming on this fall.  Did you know this?  Holy schmoly!!  And not just scrapbooking, but cards, calendars, all sorts of stuff!!  Wow!


Those are all digitally made!


So picture this.  You print off this card, quickity quick, easy peasy.


You stick a button on the front over the picture of one, or maybe some dazzling diamonds glitter on that stem, and voila!  You have a darling 3D card that will make someone grin.  Cool, eh?


You can print single pages, send them to our printer for bound books, etc, etc.  This software (for Mac or PC) is awesome, and I’ll get into more details later.  Oh, I almost forgot a calendar picture.


I told you there was a lot of fun stuff here! :) Look at these awesome butterflies mixed & matched?


Those are vinyl from our Definitely Decorative catalog.

Or just a simple way to use our punches!  This is a great idea.  This is our Jumbo Snowflake punch, simply punched in different colors (could even be scraps of paper), and adhered to a piece of fabric and framed.  Easy, inexpensive, darling holiday decor!  I love easy. :)


I had a great time.  I hope I have more of my friends there with me next year to run around like crazy ladies!  Oh, speaking of which, if you are thinking of signing up to do what I do, right NOW is an awesome time.  Our starter kit is usually $199 (an amazing deal with I think $335 worth of product?), and you can sign up anytime for that price.  Honestly, you can pay off your initial investment very quickly.  BUT get this … right now, through the end of August, there is a mini starter kit available for only $85.  You can start your business, do what I do, get a discount on your favorite products, etc, etc, for $85.  85-starter-kit

Dude!  Why WOULDN’T you do this?  There is, literally, no risk here.  I’ve never seen a deal like that!  Where was that deal when I signed up?? :)   If you are thinking of making a little extra money, getting to know amazing people, getting to preorder goodies (at a discount), and other benefits that I could go on and on about, contact me.  I’ll answer any questions you may have.

So fun!  I love my job!!

Laura :)



Wow, I am exhausted from the 1st day of Convention!  I think that is my own fault and due to lack of sleep and dehydration, but tonight I’ll rest! :) Such a fun day!

I look forward to a few more days, and I’ll return to the blog before long! :)

Laura :)

Convention Swaps

The Stampin’ Up convention is here!  The rest of the week will be a crazy juggling of family and convention, back and forth.  Bring it on, I am planning on a fun week! :)

I showed a sneak peek of my swaps earlier.  I made 3 different kinds.




I have a lot more to do to get ready, so bye for now!

Laura :)

Ingredients: (click on any link to view the product in my store)

Stamps – Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Polka Dot, Great Friend, Falling Leaves

Ink – Versamark, basic black, melon mambo, soft suede

Paper – perfect plum, basic black, pumpkin pie, melon mambo, close to cocoa, certainly celery, so saffron, kraft, old olive, very vanilla

Supplies – black 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon, white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, movers & shapers die, stamping sponge, melon mambo polka dot ribbon, Birds & Blooms sizzlits, dimensionals, close to cocoa marker, eyelet border punch, linen thread