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Friday, March 30, 2012

Becky's Sweet Creations Weekly Challenge- BLING!!

Hello and welcome to my post for Becky's Sweet Creations DT! This week our challenge was to use BLING on our card! Now you will probably guess that I will be using Stickles?!?!?! WRONG!! Warning***No Stickles were used in this project!!*** GASP!!!

Ok so instead I used real glitter!! Ha Ha!! "Real Glitter"??? (As opposed to FAKE glitter???) Anyway...I have seen this product hanging in the store I work at and couldn't wait to try it!!
You just peel & stick, then add you glitter....So here it is!!
I like the card but honestly??? I think I will stick to my Stickles!! :) I used some Stampin Up DSP for the background. The new monthly stamp set from Stamps of Life and some dollar spot ribbon from Jo-Anns!

Hope you enjoyed the card today and I hope everyone has a super weekend!! :)

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hey Chickie

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!! I am so glad you had the chance to stop by and see my post today for the DT at Joy's Life! This week the DT is making cards/projects that move! There have been Action Wobbles, Slider Cards and so much more! I decided to do a wobble card with "Hey Chickie" from Lots of Puns stamp set! 
There is so much I want to talk about with this card, so sit back, relax and I really hope you enjoy the card & everything that went into it! First, I used Cricut "Birthday Bash" to cut the postage stamp card base (I love this cut!!!)  I used a white gel pen for the accents on the base. Then I used a purple layer and ran that through the "Spots & Dots" CuttleBug folder and distressed it just a little to let some white show through. I then added a white layer and on that I sprayed this new, amazing, cool mist I found at Jo-Anns called "GooseBumps" It is SO cool!! It adds shimmer AND texture to your cardstock!! If you click on the pic you can see some the texture & shimmer! LOVE it!! Ok, then I cut my chick from (what else??) "Create-A-Critter" at 3.2" and the eggshell at 3.5". Now the fun part...I found a YouTube video explaining how to make home-made wobbles HERE It is so easy and just adds so much "life" to your card! I wish I could capture the wobbling on the picture but...anyway!! I put my sentiment from Joy's Life on the bottom eggshell and then tied my bow with this scrumptious, beautiful ribbon (it is a crepe ribbon) I got from work! (Have I mentioned how much I LOVE working there???) (PS...for those who don't know, I just started working at my LSS last month!) and on top of the bow I placed a green gem brad!

I am really pleased with how this turned out! Please head on back to Joy's Life to see so much more from the rest of the DT!!

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hangin' with my Gnomies!

Hello! And welcome to my weekly Joy's Life DT post! This week our challenge was to make a card using a "cool fold"! I love doing out-of-the-ordinary cards, although I don't do them as often as I would like! But as soon as I heard this challenge, I knew which card I wanted to do! I chose to do a Tri-Shutter card...you can find the complete directions HERE! I have done a couple of these cards before and love doing them! There are so many variations and different ways to decorate these! 


Here is the front...
And a couple of other views...


The sentiment "Hangin' with my Gnomies" (LOL!! I just love that!!) is from the set You're so Punny from Joy's Life! I LOVE this set!! SOO many great puns! :) I found some gnome stickers the other day and just had to have them for this sentiment! I used some K&Company paper for my designer paper.......I added some really pretty fibers I had for some texture and some lt green pearls! I really love how this card came out...if I don't say so myself!! He He!! :) :) 


Here is a great close-up of the sentiment....
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Have a great day and don't forget to go to Joy's Life DT blog & see what some of the other DT members have done this week! :)


Until next time... 
♥ Laura ♥

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Becky's Sweet Creations Weekly Challenge- Embossing

Happy Happy Wednesday!! :) Today is my day to show you a card for Becky's Sweet Creations! This week our challenge is to use embossing on our card/project...it could be any kind of embossing so I chose embossing folders!!
I used the "Floral Frame" folder from CuttleBug and cut "Celebrate" on my Cricut...I inked the embossed piece with Tempting Turquoise and added some Turquoise Stickles! (Of course!!)

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Tomorrow I will be doing a "special fold" card for Joy's Life DT, so be sure to come check it out! :)

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Joy's Life DT Blog Hop!



Hello! And welcome to Joy's Life DT St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop!!  If you are just stopping in, you might want to start at the beginning at Joy's Life...if you came from the amazingly talented Julie, then you are in the right place! 

This weekend, Joy is releasing some BRAND NEW AMAZING stamps, so be sure to go check them out HERE! There is FREE 1st class shipping AND a pre-order bundle PRE-ORDER all 4 new sets and save 10%!!!! 
Price: $53.96 + Free 1st Class Shipping!! How amazing is that???


For my card today, I chose to use "Lucky Me Having You In My Life" from the You're So Punny stamp set! I, of course, knew I just HAD to use a shamrock for my card, so I chose the shamrock from Cricut "Paper Dolls". I cut it out twice in two different papers (I used the new Bo Bunny Vintage Dot....LOVE this paper!!!)   



The background paper is also Bo Bunny Vintage Dot, just the reverse side...I used some green fibers on the edge and lined my shamrock with Stardust Stickles! And I stamped my sentiment in Always Artichoke from Stampin Up....


For my ***BLOG CANDY***, I have decided to do a fun grab bag full of goodies! Just be a follower & leave a comment with a way to get a hold of you should you win!! 

Next, head on over to the super talented Lori to see what she has made! :)  

Here is the full line-up in case you get lost along the way! 

Laura: http://www.laurascraftsandmore.com/ <---You are here!!
Lori: http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/ <-----Go here next!! 


Until next time... 
♥ Laura ♥

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Some Bunny Loves You

Hello! And welcome to my weekly post for Joy's Life DT!! Hope everyone is having a great week so far! It's Spring Break here, so the kids are loving their time at home! They both have plans at different times during the week, so they will be plenty busy!! :)

This week the DT was asked to create anything using Wild Life Puns and/or You're So Punny...I chose to use "Some Bunny Loves You" from Wild Life Puns! Let me take a minute to tell you how much I love using Joy's stamps! The quality is AMAZING and you get a clean, crisp image everytime! If you haven't tried them out yet, I strongly encourage you to order some HERE and try them for yourself!

Ok now to my card...
I just love all these bright, Springy colors!! (Although I did NOT like "Springing Forward" with the time change!! YUCK!! =/) I used Create-A-Critter to cut my rabbit at 3.5". I found some "Fun Fluff" in my black hole drawer that I didn't even know I had! It is like flock but I think it may be a little thicker...anyway, I added some to his belly & ears! I used some pom-pom ribbon from Stampin Up (Thanks Tammy!) and used my Viva Decor Pearl Pen to make black "pearls" on the corners...

Be sure to come back by this weekend...I am in a blog hop with the DT from Joy's Life and I just KNOW there are going to be some AMAZING projects!! :) :)

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Becky's Sweet Creations Weekly Challenge- Color Scheme

I think it has been *forever* since I posted for Becky's DT! But I'm glad she is so supportive and understanding about life getting in the way!! :) I hope to be back on a regular schedule REAL soon!! And I am glad I chose this week to come back!! I really love this challenge! I like doing color challenges even though I didn't think I would like them!

Our challenge was to use ONLY 3 papers...no more, no less! Now THAT was hard!! And here is the color palette we had to work with...

And here is my card! I do love the purples and blues! And I used the set "Everyday Occasions" from Joy's Life...this is a great set to use because you can mix-n-match the words to create your own sentiments! And I used my butterfly die and added some pearls to the centers!
Hope you enjoyed the card today! Come on back tomorrow for a DT post for Joy's Life! :) And head on over to Becky's Sweet Creations to see what the rest of the DT has come up with this week!

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Some ramblings....

Just wanted to take a few minutes and let everyone know why I have been incognito the last few weeks! I told Hubby last week that it was amazing how our lives can change in just one month! Let's see...

I started my new job at Stamp Antonio Arts...which BTW, I LOVE!!! This week will be a challenge for me though! The boys are on Spring Break and I have to work =/ BUT the way I look at it is...MONEY!! :) Mo Money to spend on MO Crafting supplies!! :) :) :)

Then a couple of weeks ago my father-in-law moved in with us!! At first, it was def a MAJOR adjustment...but now that we have all settled into it, it seems to be working out just fine! We def need to make him his own room though! Not only does he need it but I think we do too!! He is diabetic, on dialysis & has heart problems...so watching the diet is a must! Before he came here he was hardly walking, couldn't put his own shoes on, and not looking to good. But now he is very active! I know the home cooked meals help and just being around us, I'm sure is good for health! He now has someone here to help him, if needed and someone to talk to!

And my BEST news so far...I got a BRAND NEW CAR!!!! :) :) Look at my new baby!!!
She is a Ford Fiesta and the color is "Lime Squeeze"!! I just LOVE it!! Now, first, understand that Hubby said he would NEVER buy a brand new car...and technically he didn't! My FIL saw how old my van was and said that I needed something more reliable and with better gas mileage! Well boy howdy this one does! 29 city/39 hwy!! I was on 1/2 a tank on Friday so I filled her up and it cost me $17.00!!! For a half a tank???!!! With $17, my van would be at MAYBE a quarter of a tank! Talk about a gas guzzler! But the van served it's purpose for over 10 years!! SO I went from this
We thought the size would be hard to get used to, but it is just wonderful! Perfect for me to zip around town! LOL!!

Well, I am getting settled into my job, learning how to manage my crafting time better and now getting used to FIL being around! So I hope to start posting more regularly! In fact, ready for this??? I have a post ready to go for tomorrow, Thursday AND the blog hop this weekend!! Yay me!! :) :)

So stay tuned for more crafty fun!

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥

Friday, March 9, 2012

I wish you love....

Good morning!! TGIF TGIF!! :) AND it's also Spring Break here too! One whole week of no alarms...well no EARLY alarms! Good enough for me! :) I want to start off by saying I am so sorry that I have been slacking on my blog lately =/ It has been a whirlwind of events over here and I really hope to be posting regularly next week! 

BUT as for today...it is my turn to post for Joy's Life DT! I am so happy to be a part of this DT, it has been such a "joy" (He He!!) to work with these talented ladies! :) Ok enough mushy stuff! 


This week at Joy's Life we are featuring the
 Everyday Occasions Stamps and the Holiday Occasions Stamps. SO I chose to use "I wish you love..." from Everyday Occasions. These stamps are AMAZING because not only are they super quality stamps but this set is SO versatile! There are so many different ways to use these 2 sets! 

I used some gorgeous paper I got from work and it has like an opaque finish to it...simply gorgeous!! I ran that through a CuttleBug embossing folder (Framed Tulips) ...used "Simply Charmed" to cut my cake image (3")...added some lace & pearl trim....some Stickles to the cake and you have a beautiful, simple wedding card! 

Head on over to Joy's Life DT blog to see the wonderful projects using these two sets! There are some amazing projects there this week! :)

I am actually planning on staying home tomorrow to get caught up on cleaning & blogging! I can't wait to share some exciting news and updates with all my blogger friends! Thanks for sticking it out with me! :) 


Until next time... 
♥ Laura ♥

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Oopsy Daisy!

Welcome to my very first post as part of Joy's Life DT!! I am so super excited to be a part of this team and work with some super talented ladies! :) :)

For my card today I decided to use "Oopsy Daisy" from Joy's set "You're so Punny"...I just love this saying! It reminds me of one of my favorite movies "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts & Hugh Grant!


Now on to my card....I used DCWV "Lemon Flower" for my background and added a Dasiy flower with a yellow spotted brad for the center...I also sponged some yellow on the petals. I  On the bottom corner I put some of new favorite Viva Decor Pearl Pens!! I am IN LOVE with these things!! :)


 I hope you enjoyed my card today....be sure to go to Joy's Life DT page to see much more form the DT this week! :)

Until next time...
♥ Laura ♥
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