Wednesday, February 25

Try This Sketch Challenge WINNERS!!

I've tallied up the votes and it was a heated race, let me tell you! Well, in the SU Demo's Category, it was a no brainer. Whooo's the winner you ask? Did you get my hint?! hehee

It was Entry #2 created by TRACY GEISZ!! Woo hoo! She's my upline and she lives in Illnois. My card was quick and easy because I hadn't made a card for the sketch yet and I was uploading the entries. She better watch out next month, hopefully my downlines, Melissa and Talisa, will take up the challenge!

And now for the winner of the Card Entries:

Drum roll please......

It was Entry #3 created by STEPHANIE BROERE! Congrats to you! Way to go Stephanie.
Thanks to all who participated and a bigger thanks to all who voted! I will be sending out another Try This Sketch here soon.

Monday, February 23

Missed Last Friday...

didn't I?! hehehe

I had to finish up the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) cards my girls in Greenwood wanted to make. Usually we do the 8 for $10 route, but they wanted to try a OSW. So I designed 2 different kits for them to do and they really enjoyed it! They've also decided to swap the kits and make the opposites next month! woo hoo. Less work for me!

Then I had to make 40 Baby Shower Announcements for one of them. They were Pretty in Pink & Chocolate Chip. VERY nice. I will post those later... let's see if I have a card I can post.

Here's a card I made for a Sale-a-bration swap on SUDSOL. It's similar to the purple one we made at my Open House. I really like these colors more.

Stamp Set: Botanical Blooms, Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Paper: Kiwi Kiss, WW, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Regal Rose. Acc: 1/4" Rose Red Grosgrain, circle punches.

Wednesday, February 18

Long Awaited Diaper Cake

Here's the long awaited Diaper Cake! The only thing I forgot was to add the letters of her name and have them coming down the cake. They would be attached by ribbon and just cascade down. Kind of hard to imagine, but her name is Ruby and I can't wait to meet her! hehe

LOVE this cake! I used both fake flowers, primas AND the scalloped circle punch and Spring flower punches. Ruby's nursery is chocolate chip, ruby red and coral. My MIL and I have her this cake and a high pile blanket that was on her wish list. I pulled the colors from it.

Here's a picture of the blanket. The cake really does match the blanket, it just doesn't look like it here lol. I can't tell if it's the lighting on the cake or just the picture of the blanket.

Monday, February 16

Try This Sketch Challenge Entries

Here's the Try This Sketch that I sent out in the challenge:

Anyways, here are the entries for the Try This Sketch Challenge. I have decided to divide the entries into two categories: Card Entries and SU Demo Entries. So pick which card is your favorite from both categories. You can either email me or post a comment below. I will leave the voting open for one week and close it on Saturday, the 21st. I'll announce the winners and the creators on Monday, one week from today!

Entry #1:

Entry #2:

Entry #3:

Entry #4:
Entry #5:


Entry #1:

Entry #2:

Okay... NO voting for your own card. Again, either post a comment or email me with your favorite from each category.

Friday, February 13

More Thank You Cards

Here are 3 more of the cards.

I think I forgot to mention yesterday that these cards are 3 1/2 x 5. I ordered envies once and ordered the wrong size. So now I use this size as my 'Thank You' card sizes and it has worked really, really well!
Stamp Set: Cute & Curly. Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Pirouette Pink, WW, Bella Rose DSP. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red. Acces: Scalloped Edge Punch, Curly Label Punch, Spring Flowers Punch. Non-SU: Brown Brads

The chocolate chip one in the middle is one of my favorites. I think it's because I'm not much of a rose person. But my mother-in-law mentioned the thought the roses were her favorite so those might be in her future! *Ü*

Have a GREAT day!

Wednesday, February 11

Posting Decision

Good Morning! I have decided that I will be posting pictures 3 times a week. Usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That way I won't feel so overwhelmed about it all!

I really do enjoy sharing my creations, but find it hard to juggle blogging with motherhood, pet sitting, stamping and whatnot. So this way I think I will feel better and I won't go a week without a post.

Everyone will benefit from it. I think Friday's post will be the Sketch Challenge and entries. Then next week will be the rest of the Baby Shower cards.

Have a great day!

Baby Thank You Cards

Normally when I make Thank You Cards for a Baby Shower Gift, I make the same card and just make about 16 of them. There are some times when I'm a little slower and don't get to give the cards right away. I always worry that if I made ones with a baby hand or foot or some baby image that they would already have sent out all their thank you's and be stuck with baby ones they couldn't use.

So for last weekend's Baby Shower, I decided to step away from my norm in two ways... I made regular Thank Yous AND I used scrap Designer Series Paper. Oh what fun it was! I did keep the same stamped image, but every card is different. I LOVE this and didn't want to give them up! lol.

Carrie also loved them and didn't want to use them lol. Cousin Kim went thru them all and picked out the one SHE wanted to receive. I am really happy with how these turned out. And you will HAVE to excuse the blurriness as I was putting the finishing touches on them AND taking the pictures while hubby was driving us to the shower! Once again, I work SO well under pressure hehe.

You will notice that I did follow a the same layout on a couple of them. I love these 2 layouts as they are quick and easy! The only thing I regret was that I didn't make more of them. I thought I had 20 something but only 12! I did find 2 extra and I had embossed some cs with my Big Shot for more of them, but didn't finish them. I think I will finishe them up!

Stamp Set: Cute & Curly. Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Pirouette Pink, WW, Bella Rose DSP. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red. Acces: Scalloped Edge Punch, Curly Label Punch, Spring Flowers Punch. Non-SU: Brown Brads

Tuesday, February 10

Baby Shower Card

Hey there, it's a busy day here at the Lawrence household so this will be quick & sweet. Here's the baby shower card I made for Carrie's Baby Shower this past Saturday. I will post the thank you cards over the next couple of posts and end w/the AWESOME diaper cake (if I do say so myself!).

Stamp Sets: Punches Three. Ink: Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral. Paper: WW, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose DSP. Acces: Lrg Oval Punch, Spring Flower Punch, Scalloped Edge punch. Non-SU: Brown Organza Ribbon, Prima Flower, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Brown brads.

This card matches the baby's room and the diaper cake for that matter! I cannot wait for my Texturz plates from Stampin' Up! My order should be here tonight I hope.

Okay, I'm off to cut cardstock for a 'Be My Valentine' Children's class this afternoon, a Valentine Card Making jig at MOPS in New Castle and Lgirl has a cooking class tonight at the library! woo hoo!

Monday, February 9

Sympathy Card

So let's start with the Sympathy card my hubby picked and then I'll save the others for later, how's that?
Stamp set: Close to a Memory. Ink: Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand. Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Manchester DSP, WW. Accesories: Mat Pack

Well, here's two that look fairly similar. I just picked a 6x6 pk of DSP that I received in a swap and Manchester happens to be in the current catalog also! woo hoo.

I started out making the card on the left and then proceeded to use up all the DSP scraps. I was happily surprised to see I was able to make 6 cards with it! woo hoo. I find that I am a lot more creative when I have only 1 stamp set to work with, the colors already chosen (pulled from the DSP) and patterned paper. I am amazed!

I will be posting the other cards here shortly. I need to post the cards I received for the sketch challenge I sent out. Have a GREAT Sunday!

Sunday, February 8


is how fast I've been going this past week. Sorry it's been so long but this week has been overwhelming! Monday Hubby needed a sympathy card for work. I was on a roll and made 5 or 6 cards total. Plus I made my sketch challenge card with the scraps too!

Gman and I were snowed in for 2 days (tue & wed), Lgirl actually had to take the bus home because it was SAFER than my trying to drive, can you believe that?

Then we had our MOMS club meeting postponed until Thursday, and I volunteered with Healthy Families and my friend, Jane Daw. She works at Healthy Families and asked if I could come up with some quick and easy Valentine Cards for the women to make for a local Senior Citizens Home. So Gman and I went there and spent the morning on Friday helping out. It was a lot of fun and I think the moms really enjoyed it too. Plus our MOMS Club President got to give a short talk about our club to boot!

In the evenings I had things going too. Weigh In on Wednesdays and then Stamp Club on Thursday night. We made the A2 Pizza Boxes and 4 cards to go in them. I think the girls liked it but it was a bit hectic because I let them pick their own patterned paper. So all the other stuff had to be hand cut when they wanted it. I will try and make it a bit more organized next time!

Friday night Hubby's cousin came over and I had her work on some Bridal invitations she wants for a friend and I worked on making a Diaper Cake for another Cousin's Baby Shower. Gman ended up getting sick so I had to go to bed when he woke up screaming at 11:30am.

I got up on Saturday and finished the Diaper Cake, made the Baby Shower card AND made 12 thank you cards for the mommy to be! I thought I had more made, but I didn't. I ran out of time. I was brading the flowers and dimensioning the stamped thank you's onto the cards as hubby drove us to it lol.

So... enough about my week... what do you want to see first? I always wonder if I should go chronologically (Sympathy cards) or if I should start with the Baby Shower Goodies?

Well, you know i have to stretch out the posts so I don't overwhelm you guys with too many pictures lol. I'm going to save the pics for the next post! Check for it in the a.m.!

Monday, February 2

Open House Weekend

was a hit! I had 5 gals stop by on Friday night and 8 gals on Saturday. I wanted to thank all of you for coming out in the weather. The snow was definitely NOT cooperating!

Poor Davinna got stuck in the snow on her way home, but luckily my hubby went to dig her out of that blowing snow drift. The rest of the girls got home without incident.

My Thank You Goodies for coming were packages of Homemade Cocoa. Yummmmmm.... I also gave out candie purses too. We had a great time making a beautiful card with the Sale-a-Bration set, Botanical Blooms.

All products are Stampin' Up! Colors: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Mellow Moss. I used Mellow Moss 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon.

REMEMBER... if you place an order with me by Thursday, February 5th, you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE stamp set!

Sunday, February 1


Sale-abration is here! I have been waiting patiently thru January for Sale-abration. I'm so glad it's finally here. Have you checked out the deals??

Place a $50 (your own order or a combo of orders from friends & family) order and receive a FREE item. You can choose from 2 spools of ribbon (So Saffron & Certainly Celery 5/8" poly-twill ribbon), Designer Series Paper called Definitely Dots, and 4 different stamp sets. Place a $100 order and get TWO FREE items. You can't beat that at all!!

If you host a party and your total party order is $300 (before tax and S&H) then you AUTOMATICALLY receive a FREE Sale-abration item! woo hoo.

Earn a FREE Idea Book! Place an online order by clicking HERE, then you will receive a FREE 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book for EACH and EVERY online order! Already have an Idea Book? Then give it to a friend or co-worker whom you think might enjoy it and can use the ideas... there are a lot of them in there.

What's my favorite set? I think the 'a little Yummy for your tummy' is sooo cool! Can't wait to use it for my hostess gifts!!!