Queen for a Day … sneak peek!

I’m doing a swap with my upline’s team.  This swap is using some of the upcoming goodies from the Occasions Mini catalog (which goes live Jan. 4th) and Sale-a-Bration (beginning Jan 24th), so here is a sneaky peeky of some upcoming stuff.

My hubby’s lens is in the shop, so I just grabbed my point-and-shoot.  I’ll swap out the picture with a better one if I get a chance later on. :)   Anywho … can you tell we’re having a super snowy day outside?

For that card I used 2 new upcoming stamp sets and a brand new punch!

The center of the flower has some dazzling diamonds, but you can’t see it in this picture.

If you don’t have a copy of the new mini catalog yet, let me know!  I’ll send ya one.


Laura :)

digital family trees, Valentines, n’ more

Bunches of new digital stamps are now available to download.  (and some shapes, too)

Click on any image below to download from my store.

Bold Branches, $7.95

Next in Line, $7.95

Filled with Love, $5.95

Tasteful Trim shape 1, $0.95

Tasteful Trim shape 2, $0.95

Tasteful Trim shape 3, $0.95

And a few that are older but I never posted — these are fun. :)

Extreme Snowboard, $0.95

Extreme Dirt Bike, $0.95

Extreme Guitar, $0.95

Extreme Skateboard, $0.95

Extreme Surfboard, $0.95

Lap of Luxury, $4.95

Click here to see all available downloads.

Let me know if you have questions! :)


fortune teller … cootie catcher …

What did YOU call these things when you were a kid?? :)   Brian Pilling shows us a great little twist on this to make a cute treat basket.  Take a peek!

Clever and easy, right?  Fun!  Visit my online store to view or purchase any of those supplies.

(Click any link below to view products directly)

Sunny Garden paper (or any designer paper pack)

bone folder (ideal for crisp folds)

dotted scallop ribbon border punch

bitty buttons (you can get these FREE right now – click here)

glue dots

linen thread

corner rounder punch

tiny tags stamp set (clear mount or wood)

markers – any color

whisper white cardstock (any color)

jewelry tag punch


Laura :)

December card club

Our cards for December card club were some of those that I lovingly replicated from others I have seen around the web, magazines, blogs, etc — and now that it’s been a few weeks, I need to remember where I found the originals.  Eeps!  Here we go. :)

This first one is very simple with lots of layers.

It’s a pretty basic layout, easy to put together.  Always a good thing. :)   In card club we added a rhinestone to the tip of the tree for a little bling.

For this one we used the vintage wallpaper embossing folder, and brayered over it with cherry cobbler ink.  I’ve seen this technique all over the place lately, but I believe I saw it on Patty’s blog first.

This layout was partly inspired by a birthday card from my cute friend Jen.  Are you reading this, Jen?? :)   And I HAD to use my dasher stamp somewhere!  I love this one!!  It’s a single stamp (not sold in a set), and a favorite for sure.

Again, some rhinestone bling. :)   I’m a little addicted to those.  They are so inexpensive and easy to stick here and there.  (Love the pearls, too.)

Our 3rd project was this cute gift.  This one was copied very directly from the cute Ms. Becky.  I even used the same snowman inside from Punch Pals, since he’s so darn cute.

This one is fun because it can be either a gift card holder or just a cute card.

And see this little trick I figured out?  If you need a quick faux button, use your 1/16 hole punch to make 2 bitty holes side by side in a scrap.  Then center those holes in your small flower punch (picturing this w/out a photo??), and you have this button-ish shape.  Add a little crystal effects for that button shine, of course. :)

Phew, busy day, must sleep!  Tootle-oo!

Visit my store to view any products, or my website for more samples. :)

Laura :)

Personalized Snuggie?!?

Bwah ha ha, this was so funny.  My hubby needed a white elephant gift for his company party, and decided he wanted to make a Snuggie with the company logo on it.  So, of course, his handy dandy crafty wife with her crafty tools helped out! :)

Using the Big Shot machine, some white felt, iron-on adhesive, and alphabet dies, we made this.


The letters really are on straight, even if it doesn’t look like it there while it’s on the lovely model there. :)

(And lookie, our girls are peeking in the photo.  Hi girls!  That picture is from this same photo shoot, if it looks kinda familiar.)

Just had to share our Snuggie silliness.  Ta ta!


How did I miss these?

The digital downloads from November 30th slipped by me somehow. :)   So in addition to the awesome new photo cards and all from yesterday, here are a few more to check out.

Click on the any below image to download it.

Candy Cane designer buttons, $2.95

Glimmer brads, $3.95

Year in Review digi pack, $9.95

CD/DVD label pack, $1.95

Fun stuff. :)   Ta ta!


photo card templates

Aw, I love when things are easy. :)

The new digital downloads released today are designed to make life easy during this busy month – yay!

Photo card templates to make your Christmas cards in a second, cute desk calendars, etc.  Here’s what’s new:

(click on any image below to download it)

2011 Notable Desktop Calendar, $14.95

Calm and Bright Photo Card Template, $1.95

Holiday Greetings Photo Card Template, $1.95

Good Cheer Photo Card Template, $1.95

Serene Snowflakes stamp set, $1.95

Blueberry Crisp dsp, $4.95

Woodgrain stamp, $1.95

Woodland Walk dsp, $4.95

Just Believe stamp set, $5.95

Curly Cute stamp set, $3.95


Laura :)

I love freebies! :)

I didn’t know Stampin’ Up goodies were coming today!!  My daughter saw the box hidden on my porch when we got home, yippee!!!  (“That UPS man is so sneaky, huh mom?” she said — hee hee, love that 4-year-old.)

These are all products that Stampin’ Up sent me absolutely FREE!

I had no idea how much demonstrators were spoiled with awesome products before I became one! :)   I earned this product bonus from a promotion.  Fun, no?

There are some sneak peeks in there that I can’t show you quite yet.  TEASE!! :) Most of these are items from the upcoming Occasions Mini catalog that begins January 5th and our Sale-a-Bration fun that starts at the end of January.  (Demos can preorder typically about a  month or so early.)

This is what I have in that stash:

*That cardboard on the bottom is the back side of some awesome fun new paper! (Do you like my handwriting from a laptop with no mouse?  Hee hee!)  I just can’t show you the other side yet.  A hint – *it’s sparkly* :)

*A new punch!

*8 stamp sets!!  6 are clear-mount, and 5 of those are new. :)   (One coordinates with that punch!  Cute!)  1 of the wood stamps is new, too. (the 2 stamp sets you see are from the current annual catalog – Style Beautiful and For You Flower.)

*Bunches of glitter!  I have been meaning to get this for a while, so I added it to my freebies. :)   This is the fine galaxy glitter pack in the regular catalog, also.

*Some cute little bitty embellishments – hee hee!

Just had to share, I’m excited to play with this stuff and can’t wait to show you more of it!  Tootles!

Laura :)

p.s.  my photoshop-savvy husband is going to die when he sees this improvised mess. :)   Hee hee hee.

Vinyl & bleach trickery

This is fun. :)   I’d never tried it before so this attempt is a bit sloppy, but I’m excited to try it again!  I think I saw this first at Convention (?), and we recently reminded that I want to try this when I saw Carrie’s blog.

Here’s what my 4-year-old and I did.

First, cut some vinyl or use some pre-cut cute stuff (in any color) and apply it to a t-shirt.  Make sure it’s on there really good.

We cut the snowflakes using chocolate raw vinyl, through my Big Shot machine with the Northern Frost decorative strip die.

Make sure you have a piece of cardboard (or something sturdy) inside the shirt for this next part so the bleach doesn’t seep through.

I was too busy trying to keep bleach off my clothes to remember to take any pictures of this next part. :)

Once the vinyl is on, fill a spray bottle with 1/2 bleach, 1/2 water, and spray it all over the shirt.  *NOTE* Unfold your shirt if you don’t want a distinct line of bleach on there! :)   Um, oopsie.

I waited for a few minutes, rinsed the shirt, removed the vinyl, and we had this.

So fun!  See that distinct line on the right side?  Don’t do that. :)   (In my defense, the shirt was on the back deck in the snow, and I was inside leaning out the door.  Ha!) But for a $3 shirt at Wal-Mart, this was a fun experiment for us.  She’s so excited to wear it!

Here’s a little of the detail.

So next time?  We’ll spray a bit more evenly :) , watch out for the cardboard line, and play again!  So fun. I really recommend trying this out.