OK maybe more like 3 days late!

This will be chatty! You can tell I haven’t blogged in a few days. Its like I was cut off from the world!

PS I do have my own template challenge DONE-I just need to photograph it!

I am SO late posting my Papertrey Ink release stuff! Having the newsletter in there and then my weekend festivities, really threw me off there. Plus now I sick! I like scratch sore throat, sinus infection sick! BLECH!

I always use these little sayings like above

A day late and a $1 short

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Called him on the carpet

things like that, and it drives my husband INSANE! He’s never heard most of the sayings I use, and I think thye are universal. He things I’m the weird one, but I think HE has been living under a rock.

SO help me win the argument and tell me you heard these, and please share others YOU use!! Maybe they are some I use and he can see Im not crazy 😀 AND by YOU volunteering them he will know you aren’t just agreeing with me :D! LOL! Plus I’d love to learn some new ones to make him more crazy 😀

OK moving on-CKC was fun! I think I like hanging with my girls more than the shopping 😀 OK maybe its the us shopping and enabling together?! LOL!  NO! I didn’t bring my camera. How would I shop with my big hinkin camera hanging on my neck?

I went with my best girls Paulette, MollyB, Traceyand her MOM, who I like to call mom, cause I love her to death! She is just the sweetest person ever. AND I think she is more of a private person so I won’t go giving out her address and stuff! LOL! JK! Some of our other friends from last year were missing :C But maybe next year! Yes I go every year!

There weren’t a lot of “sales/deals” KWIM? I figured with the economy there would be.

I got some of the PRETTIEST paper. I swear I go there just to spend ALL my $$ on paper! Good grief! I alway promise myself I WON’T do it. Actually me and my friends had a pact to NOT buy so much paper. Before you know it we are making each other get paper from here, there and everywhere! Good friend we are. Just a bunch of enablers. How are we suppose to resist the PULL of some of the prettiest patterned paper all in ONE place, at out fingertips, ready to go home with us? Obviously we can’t! I will say we did help each other if one said do I really need X, usually one of us was strong enough to say NO! you don! WALK AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will say I spent WAY less than usual. I honestly don’t have the $$ to go all out KWIM? I brought CASH and told myself I would NOT use my card-once the cash was gone-it was gone, and you know what-I had money left over! GO LAUREN!! I was pretty reserved 😀

We got some nestabilities that were on SALE for like $18!! All of them! Now that was the TRUE test. It was hard not to go wild. I want SO many.

I did also get some cool alterable stuff which I’m just bouncing over because you KNOW how I am with alterable and gift making-its my favorite thing, got some SUPER buttons  and brads OH! and 2 stamp sets that I didn’t need but they had butterflies, so I had to get it, along with stamp singles. I also got a SLICE cartridge for my SLICE machine-Ill share more about that later 😀 YES! I have a SLICE. YES! I have played with it-NO! Haven’t actually USED it in a project-YET! But its cool. It was suppose to hold me over from getting the Cricut Expression-and so far its workin because I haven’t hardly used it, so I had no business getting that till I get my $$ worth from my SLICE! The cartridges were on SALE-which at M’s you can’t use a coupon so that justified that.

While shopping I was stopped my lots of my blog readers who were also shopping and stopped to say HI! I think that is so sweet to get to meet people who come visit me everyday!! SO HI!!

OK now moving on to the PTI release 😀 You got to see some of the peeks through the week-so scroll down to older posts, for more ideas 😀

I have to be honest before I share-I have a VERY hard time-switching from template mode to card making mode! I don’t know what it is, but I get into the ZONE with templates so working with a flat surface gets to be challenging. I have SO MANY templates designed its INSANE-and I still have about 16 ideas sketched out on my desk that Im totally ITCHING to make into reality! Its crazy. OK who cares! I know!!

So that being said this month we released 2 templates: Let’s Do Lunch, and Ready, Set Wrap! I had (and am still having FUN with those!)

More sample to come 😀

OK ALL supplies from Papertrey Ink—>Click here<—-to see whats NEW!

Background Basics-Text Style


With Sympathy

Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Background Basics :Text Style, Mega Mixed Messages
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow
Ink:Sweet Blush, Smokey Shadow
Satin sweet blush ribbon
Adhesive flower by Prima
Butterfly punch by ek success, scallop punch

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I ADORE this background! HOLY MOLY! Its beautiful. Oh and Fancy Flourishes-must have!! I love how the swirl makes a flutter trail and just looks elegant under the sympathy sentiment. I find these cards the toughest to create. I think I need to make an entire set with this design to keep on hand.

 I stamped the sentiment on my card base, then punched the layer with my butterfly, and laid it over it, with dimensionals


Can you tell Im loving the flowers that are on my lawn? I was going to KILL Jason when he ran over them with the lawnmower yesterday! GRR!! What am I going to do now for NO FUSS photo props?! MEN! They just don’t get it sometimes :D)

 I needed a sympathy card for my friend, who’s grandmother died the same day as Jay’s-creepy huh?!

I ALWAYS have to include a butterfly in my sympathy cards. Its just this thing I have. I think the Smokey Shadow with Sweet Blush was a great combo for it too.

Reach for the Stars


Reach for the Stars

Stamps: Star Prints
Cardstock: White, Aqua Mist, Navy, Pumpkin
Ink: Aqua Mist, Navy, Pumpkin, Lemon Tart
Ribbon from American Crafts
Star Punch XL Fiskars

OK I love Star Prints! I so would have done more if I had time-so plan on seeing this more in the future. The sentiments ROCK! I just loved this clean and simple design 😀

This next one used Day at the Beach


A totally fabulous set that I did NO justice to, because of my card funk! SORRY!! Trust me Ill be using it more once my mojo for cards returns. Im still in template mode

Supplies: Bottoms Up

Stamps: Day at the beach
Cardstock: White, raspberry Fizz, summer sun, tempting turq.
Ink: gray,raspberry Fizz, summer sun, tempting turq, lemon tart, celery
ribbon from American Crafts


You can’t tell by my horrific photo-that all the glass rims have “salted” or AKA glittered rims 😀

I love the set and how the cocktails gasses can be EASILY layered. WAY CUTE!! The whole set is fabulous.

Next up is Lisa’s set-Let Freedom Ring



My Timeless Template: Let’s Do Lunch
Stamps: Let Freedom Ring
Cardstock: white, pure poppy, spring rain
ink:pure poppy, spring rain, snow white
ribbon: Spring Rain grosgrain, white bitty dot, poppy stiched grosgrain
Punch: Fiskars XL Twinkle punch, circle punch, EK Success pinking shears border punch
Other-purse handle

Inside are Hershey Chocolate Stix!

I used my Let’s Do Lunch template. I can’t tell you how much fun I have had putting that one together!

Anywho-I filled this one with Hershey Milk Chocolate Stix! They are the perfect fit! YUMMY and not too high in the calorie department 😀

Here is a top view


My handles are purse handles I found at Michaels for $2! LOVE them!!

Detail photo


I made my own patterned paper using Lisa’s set. I love how you can make the border circle and the star 2 separate colors-easlily! I went with the red, white and blue for a festive 4th of July gift giving idea.

I think its cute 😀 Plus a great BOY option!! Change the colors and its a GIRLY option.

Lisa featured ALL our designs on her blog—> HERE! Seeing them all grouped together is really cool, I think.

OK that is all I got for ya today! I’m finishing up some designs and gifty stuff to go into my Etsy shop! This lunch box will be going there too. Im excited about everything, so I hope YOU will be too. (I’ll be updating it later-Ill keep ya posted) On another note: ALL recent orders have been shipped 😀

Have a great day! And as always thanks for stopping by