Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Leavin' On a Jet Plane......

Tomorrow I take off for New Jersey and Ranger U...Whoo Hoo!

I've been crazy busy getting things done before I leave and get the family ready to run somewhat smoothly while I'm gone...4 straight days of McD's won't hurt, will it? LOL!

The pattern for the Sewing/Jewelry Case is up on the website and I added more of the kits for those who want them. I will be emailing out the pattern to those who already bought the kit in the morning. All the kits will ship out soon after I get back home. All of the Ranger product will be arriving while I am gone...poor hubby has to find a place for it!

I've the May projects for Graphic 45 done and will be emailing them out in a few minutes....not sure when they will go up on the G45 blog.

I will try posting and tweeting from New Jersey as I can.

I am going to miss you all on Friday night,,,going be weird not doing the show!!!

Have an awesome weekend!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Have a Happy and Joyous Easter!

Laura and Family

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ustream Videos

I got a couple of frantic emails this morning regarding the archived Ustream videos.

They ARE there....just a couple of clicks away now.

Ustream has been at it again...making "improvements". You can get to get to the archived videos two ways.....either go to
or you can go to my channel page, click on one of the latest videos (thumbnails under the viewing screen). The archived videos will show up on the right sidebar for you to scroll though to find the one you want.

I am working on some awesome projects for Graphic 45....can't wait for you to see them!!

Have a great Thursday!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Woo Wee!

Just got word that 9...yes, NINE, boxes have shipped.... fulled with Ranger goodness for the Sewing Box kits! My vagabond is a true work horse cranking thru the hinges.....LOVE that thing!



It's official.
I have caught the cold that the rest of the family has.
Could be worse.
It could be next week when I get on an airplane for a 6 hour flight to New Jersey.
Should be good by then.
Fingers crossed.

Yesterday, I took a break from putting together kits to play and design.
Too many ideas that I couldn't settle on one.
Got NOTHING done.
Just spun in circles.
Ah well....
Working today through the antihistmine fog...
All will be good...

The Duet Mini Album and kits are up on the website. It's like two albums in one....Bo Bunny Gabrielle on one side and Bo Bunny Timepiece on the other....

We will make this album on Friday's Ustream class. We start at 7pm Pacific time. This is very similar to the Duet album I did on Ustream last year....same style and concept...just a bit bigger and a different page style. You all have been BEGGING for the pattern ever since the show last June. Finally got to it and made just enough minor modifications that we will revisit it again.

In other news, National Scrapbook Day is May 7th. I have teamed up with fellow Ustreamers Kathryn from The Scrap{beach} and Roxy with My Paper Pantry to do a Ustream Hop! We will start at Noon eastern time and run until Midnight Eastern time. I will post the line-up, times and the challenge we discussed on the last Ustream show tomorrow. It will be a blast!! Hope you can join us and also meet some of the other extremely talented ladies that do fun and amazing Ustream shows!

Off to take more cold medicine.....and maybe a nap....


Friday, April 15, 2011

Sewing Box Kits

The Sewing Box Kits are up now for PRE-order on my website:
For those who just want the pattern, it will be available by April 27th.

This kit is for sewing box similar to the one I designed and made for the Tim Holtz Ideology booth at Winter CHA 2011. This is a PRE-Order at this time. The kit price includes the pattern/instructions needed to complete the project. The instructions will be emailed to you on or before April 27th. The kits will be shipped on or before May 4. The Ustream class for this project is currently scheduled for May 13th and 15th. The instructions are for the Sewing Box only, the optional mini for the inside will be a separate kit and pattern.

Don't forget we are making the 4th page of the Heritage Mini Album tonight at 7 pm Pacific Time over on Ustream (click the logo on the right sidebar to go directly to my channel). We will also be making the alternative version tomorrow morning at 10 am Pacific.

See you later!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Basket Kits

The Easter Basket Kits are up on the website. I will post a video of the finished mini with the seed packet pockets later in the week.

The Pastel Version uses the SEI Couture Collection

I will be putting up the Duet Album and pattern as well as the Sewing Box Kit Pre-sale tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Heritage Album, Part 4

This weekend we will work on Part 4 of the Heritage Album. I will email the patterns out in the morning....a bit late because of sick hubby and kids...but still in time for class on Friday! (UPDATE: All patterns have been emailed out)

We will be making a cascading matte waterfall on the front of the page and a tag pocket on the back.
Class starts on Friday at 7pm Pacific on Friday.

Have a great rest of your week!


Thursday, April 7, 2011


...head over to the Graphic 45 Blog today.....


Playing with Tim's new stains...

...Most of today was spent crunching numbers for taxes (Eeeeeewwwww!) so I needed a break and decided to play with the new Tim Holtz stains on vellum. TOTALLY cool! They worked awesome for punched flowers with stained Kraft Glassine punched leaves. I had so much fun that I turned then into a card!!

For the card, I used Graphic 45 Curtain Call and Steampunk Debutante papers along with a Kaisercraft wood swirl that I cut into two peices. A few Tim Holtz Ideology gears added the finishing touch.

Here's how to make the flowers:

Spread the stain over the entire vellum piece. I used Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, and Wild Honey.

Mist the vellum to intermingle the colors.

Blot away excess liquid.

Crumple the vellum and highlight the raised areas with Distress ink...I used Vintage Photo.

Punch or die cut flowers. I used 3 layers of flowers.

each flower is unique because of the intermingled colors.

Stain the Kraft Glassine with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. When dry, punch leaves for flowers.

Add veining with stylus tool. They look like real leaves!!!!

Layer together and attach with a brad. Crumble petals together and manipulate the petals till you like how they look. Add a little bit of Adirondack Silver Dabber to the petal edges.

Next, I making blue ones.....

I will make a Youtube video later today...


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Winners! Winners! Winners!

I did the drawing for the 3 prizes (using G45 paper kits and the Ranger products. Here are the winners.

The winner of the Le Cirque Circus Tent kit is:

Kaye said...
My favorite G45 paper is Playtimes Past. It reminds me of happy times in my grandma's attic and all the antique toys she had there to play with. I would like to learn more about using Perfect Pearls. I've taken two classes using them now, and just can't seem to use them effectively. Congratulations, again, and thanks for the fabulous giveaways!

The Winner of the Once Upon a Springtime Fairy House kit is:

TheLastOfNine said...
My favorite Graphic45 paper is the Curtain Call collection, because it is neutral and you can add any color to accent and make it pop.
The Ranger product I would like to learn more about is their new Color Stains, they seem very vibrant and can't wait to get some.
Gloria H

Winner of the Ranger Products is:

luverlie said...
Congratulations! I can't imagine your excitement. I love the Le Cirque by graphic45. I can't wait to make your circus tent using those papers. I am anxious to learn more about the Ranger stains. All products by both companies are super fantastic and I would be 'over the moon' to win any and all.
Again, I'm so happy that you are being blessed with such recognition. Enjoy your journey.

Congrats!! Please email ( with your shipping info so that I can get these out to you!

Have a great rest of your weekend!


PS Still working on the pattern/kit for the circus tent and fairy house. Probably won't see them up before tomorrow. Thank you for your patience!!!!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Time to Celebrate!!!

I have had an awesome week here on the blog and I want to celebrate! I think it is time for a giveaway!! (NO April Fool's here!)

Next week on Ustream, we will be making not one, but two projects with Graphic 45 paper...the Fairy House (Once Upon a Springtime) and the Circus Tent (le Cirque). In honor of making the 2011 Design Team for Graphic 45, I'm giving away one of each of the kits! (the rest of the kits and the patterns will be up on my website on Saturday...lots of Mom duty this week has it delayed!)

And there is more... in celebration of heading of to Ranger at the end of April, I am giving away a group of Ranger products so that you can be ready to play along with me when I return!

Here's what you need to do:

Leave a comment with your favorite Graphic 45 paper line AND the Ranger product you want to learn how to use (or the one you love the most!) I will do the drawing tomorrow (Saturday, April 2) at 3pm Pacific Time.

Tonight we will be using punches again to make 3D flowers for seed packet pockets. We will be modifying my Life's a Picnic Mini Album pattern in to a Easter basket. Below is a PDF of the seed packet pocket I designed for this class. I will eventually be making this in to a rubber stamp....but for now, you can click on the photo and then print to 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. Please use this pocket all you want for your personal use... please don't pass it around or use it in classes, etc. The finished pocket will measure 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"

See you all tonight!


No Foolin"!!!

Check it out!

And the new Graphic 45 Design Team members for 2011 (in no particular order) are...

1 - Lynette Carroll - Braintree, MA
2 - Jane Tregenza - Australia
3 - Tara Orr - Canada
4 - Laura Denison - Maple Valley, WA
5 - Robin L. Shakoor - Fredericksburg, VA
6 - Sherry Cheever - Jeffersonville, IN
7 - Michael Jack Putman and Lesley Fisher - Mesa, AZ
8 - Nicole Eccles - Springboro, OH
9 - Nancy Wethington - St. Louis, MO
10 - Hilde Janbroers - The Netherlands
11 - Yuka Hino - Japan
12 - Melanie Forbes - Australia
13 - Gloria Stengel - Oceanside, CA

Whoo Hoo! It's exciting! I am honored to be amongst this list of very talented paper crafters!!

Thank you all so much for your confidence and support!!!