Tuesday, December 22, 2009

We're getting closer....

We're getting closer to Christmas and I'm excited. No, nothing special happening here this year, but still I'm like a kid about Christmas! What a wonderful time with family and friends. We have been in most of the week because of the snow we have on the ground so I have had time to stamp! I have been getting ready for my January classes. So I have some shares today.

You've all seen my polar bears I designed and shared--apparently they have become all the rage on lots of blogs. Funny, we have all thought of lots of other "critters" but not polar bears. I made some last year but didn't think to share them. Well, now my customers want to make them, but I didn't want to make a Christmas card in January--so I decided to make a winter card for Valentines. My previous bears showed a mommy and a baby bear. I decided for Valentines, I wanted a male and a female, so this time the one on the right is made larger--using the 1-3/8" circle punch, rather than the 1" circle punch. And I added hearts over their heads to show they are in LOVE. Ha! The heart is punched with the Heart to Heart punch. I stamped the I {heart} U from the A Happy Heart set. That one is my all time favorite Valentines set!!

You've seen the mouse I made earlier, too. Here he is again. Well, again my customers wanted to learn to make him but I wanted a Valentines mouse. So I designed this card (below). This little fellow is holding a heart punched with the Full Heart punch. I stamped the message "always on my mind, forever in my heart" from the Always stamp set inside a circle from the new I {Heart} Hearts set which will be available in the Occasions Mini. (You are going to LOVE the Occasions Mini!!) I just love this little mouse that Ellen Kemper and Lynn Pratt came up with!! Check out their blogs to see how to make him. (I'm sorry that I do not know how to connect a link to their blogs!! I MUST learn how to do that!)

Here's another card I made this week. This one also uses the A Happy Heart and the I {Heart} Hearts sets.

For this one I stamped the dotted heart and cut it out and mounted it on a black heart punched with the new Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit die that will be available in January from the Occasions Mini. (Did I say you are going to LOVE this mini!!) OK, the right edge on this card is alittle different--something new I learned from Debbie Henderson (debbiesdesignsblog.blogspot.com) via Lynn Pratt's blog. (Thanks, girls!!) It's a neat trick using the slit punch. Check out Debbie's blog for step by step instructions.

Well, that's it for today! Check back later for more samples! Have a wonderful wintery day!! Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You've got to love those UPS men and women!!

If you LOVE getting your packages on time, you've got to love those UPS men and women who deliver to us. My regular UPS guy is David and he's GREAT! He has even put my packages in our cab of our truck and locked it for me when we've been away several days. And he's carried really HEAVY Stampin' Up! boxes inside for me--even though they are not supposed to do that. He and I have a running joke about Oreo cookies because we both LOVE them. I used to always get him the iced Oreos that are only out at Christmas, but for the last couple of years cannot find them. I don't think Nabisco is making them any more. So anyway, this year I got him two packs of the Chirstmas Oreos, with the red filling. He told me yesterday he's already eatten one whole pack and I'm to blame if he gains weight this year (of course he's thin as a rail!). So when I saw this UPS fellow on Ellen Kemper's blog, I just had to make David a Christmas card to let him know how much I appreciate him! Here is his card:Ellen has the punches used on this little fellow listed on her blog so I won't repeat them: Blinkthinkink.blogspot.com. I think I used a few different ones. My fellow's shorts are made using the small tab punch, with the "v" cut with the star punch. And my eyes are alittle different from hers. I did the wording on my computer and punched those ovals with non-SU punches. All the rest of him is made using SU punches. The Stampin' Up! logo on the box was cut from an instruction sheet that came witih my new punches I received yesterday.

I think David will really like him. What do you think? Thanks for stopping in today!! Smiles, Laura

Sunday, December 6, 2009

This card made Stampers Showcase!

A friend told me yesterday that one of my cards made Stampers Showcase on the SU website. I had been busy with my grandchildren--shopping, crafting, and going to the Christmas parade--and I had not had time to check the Showcase for a couple of days. Actually I don't check it more than once a week or so. So imagine my surprise when I heard that this sample of mine made the Showcase yesterday!

I do love this Dasher stamp and also the snowflake stamp. I also love the wide striped grosgrain ribbon but it makes a BIG knot to try to mail. Believe me, my post office knows when I'm coming in that I need extra postage on my cards to pay for "bulk". Ha! So I need to find ways to have them not be too thick, especially with all my layers. I decided to tie the SU linen thread around this strip of grosgrain ribbon. It gives it a nice touch, don't you think?

I was very humbled to have this card make Showcase! It's my 4th sample to make it this year--which thrills me! Thanks for celebrating with me!! Smiles, Laura

I love polar bears!!!!

OK, before I tell you about my polar bears, I must tell you that my bag with the moose and Merry Christmoose on it (see my message from Thursday) won first prize at the bag judging at my stamp club Friday night. Yeah!! Thanks again to Lynn Pratt for that design. I must tell you I had some stiff competition and I think the voting was close. Thankfully I took my granddaughter with me and they let her vote. She voted for me and I probably won by one vote! Sounds "fixed", huh? But we win how we can. ha!! I hope the others forgave me!!

OK, on to polar bears.....I love Polar bears!!! Today I’m sharing with you some polar bears I made using our SU punches. I’ve seen lots of “critters” on others’ blogs, but no polar bears. I signed up to participate in challenge with one of my groups for “Using Punches” and these little fellows were what I came up with.

This first sample has a momma and two babies. Her head and body are made using the 1-3/4” circle punch. I used the large oval punch for the snout and just cut it to fit onto the head. The babies are made using the 1” circle punch (I think) and the small oval for the snout. Aren’t they cute!!
I decided to make a momma using the ornament punch for her head. I guess I like it, too, but the circle is my favorite—probably because it was my first design. And I'm not sure the ornament punch makes a large enough head.
Anyway, I love these fellows in the snow! Now, go make some yourself!! Thanks for stopping by today!! Smiles, Laura

Thursday, December 3, 2009


OK, I know you're asking—“Where have you been??” (At least I hope you are asking that and have missed me!) We have completed the renovations to our house and I’ve been back to stamping. Well, we did take a week off to go on vacation to Florida with my husband’s sister and husband—and had a delightful time. So all the going and doing is DONE and I have been back in my stamp room getting some samples ready to show you. I appreciate those of you who have not abandoned my blog! Honestly, I will try to do better and not be away so long again.

I've changed my blog picture to show one of my little dog Gabby (Taylor Gabriella) under the Christmas tree last year. She was 6 months old then and still left the tree alone! I'm so proud of her. She's still about the same size but I may snap another picture of her soon. This year's tree is safe so far, too. What a good girl!!!

Here is the first card I wanted to share with you.
This little mouse was originally designed by either Lynn Pratt or Ellen Kemper—I’m not sure which, because they both have made him, but I think Ellen. I have made some changes to mine, but basically he is their design. I used the SU Ornament punch for the head and the Snowflake punch for the tree.

Then I decided Singing Mouse needed a buddy, so I made another card with a “leaner” mouse singing with him. Aren’t they cute? The left mouse has ears made using the Butterfly punch and the right mouse used the wide oval for his head. I love these little fellows.

OK, next, I saw a Moose Lynn made and just had to make myself one of those. Here he is:
This little fellow’s nose is made using the wide Oval punch and his head is the Round Tab punch. The ears are made using the Leaves #2 die and the Big Shot. Again, I made a few changes to mine, but he’s basically like Lynn’s. Isn’t he the cutest!!

My stamping club requires us to make a “gift bag” in December for our cards to each other. We decorate a plain white paper bag and then the group members all vote on the best one. I decided this little fellow would be great on my bag this year, so here is my bag I’ll take to tomorrow night’s club meeting:
I rolled down the top of the white bag and added a red cardstock cuff and then put large grommets in it and added a ribbon handle. Of course the package the moose is carrying is “to: Laura”. I hope my bag is a winner this year!!

OK, on to another sample. This one is a direct copy of Jackie Topa’s card, but with different colors used. I just loved a card she shared with one of my groups and HAD to make me one to show my customers. This one, too, is made with punches.
These fellows have hats/heads made using the Ornament punch. The legs are the Modern Label punch and the Hearts to Heart punch makes the shoes.

OK, let’s rest from punches and others’ designs for now. I want to share a card we are making in my December classes. We are starting to work on Valentines because with ordering stamp sets and making the cards, Valentines will be here before you know it!

This card uses the “Whoo’s Your Valentine?” stamp set.

This would be a cute card for a boy. I used the Top Note die to punch the shape for the card, making sure not to cut through the top of the card. When I mounted my stamps, I cut the words out separately and mounted them on the end of the block so I could use them where I wanted. I decided to put, “Chew, Chew, I Like You” as the smoke coming out of the smokestack. Cute, huh?

Here is one for a little girl, using the same set.

I cut a 4” x 4” square and folded all four corners in to the center. Then I folded them back toward the outside, making a neat little spot for the owl! Today in class we decided this would be a great layout for a baby card, saying “peep-a-boo, I’m new” and putting a baby inside the square. Lots of possibilities for this one! I put two Modern Labels punches together to back the scalloped oval for the wording.

Well, that’s it for today. I have a lot more to share soon. I won’t be away so long, so please come back soon!! Smiles, Laura