Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ujjwal's Card

Have you seen this card by Ujjwal yet??? She did a scraplift of the Thinking of You Card from earlier this month. Her version so very yummy. The twine, stitching, and wooden heart are so shabby chic! I can't help but love it! See a picture of her card below, but don't forget to stop by her blog and leave some sweet comments too. She deserves it!

The deadline for the any other entries for the scraplifter of the month is this weekend, so be sure to send me your links. You know I love to share scraplifts!!! :-)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Good Morning!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Music Monday

I think I'd like to start a series called Music Monday. I'm really into finding songs that express how I feel or songs that just make me feel good. Music was such a huge part of my life growing up. I miss singing and performing so much. It's one of my few happy places. I need to find it again. Anyway, please feel free to suggest songs that make you feel good too. I don't think we can have too many, right?!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I love this little man too...

I just downloaded pictures from my camera. I had to reset the whole program for some reason yesterday. It was just another thing that was driving me nuts lately. Anyway, I think we had just come home from the grocery store here. He was sleepy and cranky, but I realized he had never seen grass. I sat him down and he ran his fingers through it over and over. Then he just looked at me with this worn out little face. Muah!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

An Anthem for Tough Times

I can't stop singing this song at the top of my lungs.

I know we all have struggles and pains, big and small.

 I am not alone.

We're in this life together.

I will be okay.

Friday, March 25, 2011

I love this man...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sweet Little Treat

I've been surfing blogs like I usually do, and I ran across this sweet little treat at the Create blog...

Didn't Hannah make an absolutely adorable scraplifted creation? Please leave her some love, and tell her I said, "Hi!" You know I LOVE scraplifts!!! :-)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Check THIS out! There's a contest going on over at the GCD Studios blog in partnership with Fiskars and Brave Girl Camp hosted by Melody Ross. The prizes are way outta control, and here's a little inside info... there are 27 prizes, but as of now there aren't even half that many entries. We can't let a free trip go to waste!!! I want one of my readers to win this thing baaaaaaaaad!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Look

Do you like the new spring look of my blog?

Yep, I even changed the title. I'm starting to let go of the "Stampin' Soldier" persona. I won't be a Soldier in a few more months, and I really don't stamp very often. I think stamping was one of those obsessive phases for me. I'm sure it will come back to my craft here and there, but it doesn't define me. I'm at a point in my life where I'm trying to rediscover, redefine, and rejuvenate myself. Have you ever felt that way???

What "re-" word would you use to describe yourself or your life right now?

Here are a few more I like...


Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Favorite Thing...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Back to School

In the publishing world it's that time of year again...
SUPPLIES: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico (apples & handwriting) & My Mind's Eye (green geo); Alpha Stickers: October Afternoon ("back"), American Crafts ("2"), Sassafras ("school"); Ink: Colorbox; Chipboard: Maya Road; Ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Brad: Sassafras; Floss: Karen Foster; Border Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Go HERE to win some fabulous giveaways, and maybe you'll see this girl...

Yep, that's me! I'm so excited to be on the GCD Studios Design Team. I can't wait to get started!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Here's a little card I forgot to share with you last week. I'm still waiting on a couple addresses from the winners, but I've already started packing those TWENTY SEVEN little boxes. I also have a BIG announcement that I hope to be able to reveal tomorrow, so be sure to come back around. I know I'm sure pumped up about it. It hasn't been easy to keep this little secret...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Seven Months

At seven months he... a bit wobbly when he sits up.
...gets his knees under him, but falls on his face when he pushes forward.
...eats three times a day with bottles just at nap times.
...might seriously need a haircut before Daddy gets home.
...wears 6-9 month clothes.
...cries when you take away something he's interested in.
...still doesn't tilt the sippy cup back when he's drinking out of it.
...sat through my entire CPR class yesterday, and even seemed fascinated by the whole thing.
...has blanched gums, but no teeth.
...twirls his wrist around when he's holding anything that makes a noise.
...loves lemons.
...reaches his arms out when he wants to be picked up.
...laughs until he can't breathe when I tickle him under the chin.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Me? Moxie Fab???

Haha! I love how the "reject card" made it to the Moxie Fab blog. Life is full of irony...

Anyway, here's a card I really think has much more moxie and is way fab to boot!
Look for this card in the September 2011 issue of CARDS Magazine!
Oh, check out the thread on this card too. It changes color from yellow to orange and back again. I bought variegated threads in a few colors. I think it might be my new addiction!

Friday, March 11, 2011

And the 100 Google Readers Celebration candy goes to....

You know, when I made the guidelines for the blog candy last week asking you to tell me why you follow my blog I really didn't expect what I ended up recieving. Some of you really sent me through a gammot of emotions.  Here are some of my favorite exerpts:

Khristen made me laugh: "Well, let's see...I came here because you are a fellow DT over at XOXO, and I follow because I just love your work :) Congrats on getting hubby to follow you! I asked my hubs to check my blog out and he was like "um, but why? You show me all you make. I don't need to see it again." Pssssh. Whatev."

I reflected with Joanne: "Laura, I found you on an old friend's blog quite some time ago. You were in A...I followed you through the street markets with your friends, watched the four of you eat...was it ice cream?, and saw your 'room' all the while praying for you and your return safely to the US. Have cried for you, laughed with you, and watched Ethan grow into the wonderful little man that he can be at 6 months. the entire time have admired you and your cards...I even remember Vince making one in Afghanistan. And they say my memory is fading!!! I love to check my emails every morning to see if you have something posted. Seeing your fabulous cards is uplifting first thing in the am. So bright and full of wonder. Yes, girl you hooked me some time ago!!! "

And Get Scrappy brought back some emotions along with a few tears too: "I found your blog after reading a comment you left on a Becky Higgins blog post. I was caught by the pictures of your tour over seas. Hit close to home with my brother-in-law being there at the same time. It was interesting to think that he was seeing the same type of things. Then when I read the post on New Years on why you joined in the first place you brought tears to my eyes. It was the most selfless thing you could have done. You are an inspiration both in life and in creative express." (She's talking about THIS POST.)

So, as you can see EVERYONE who left a comment for the blog candy is a winner. Please send me your mailing addresses so I can get your yummies to you as soon as possible. My email address is Thank you so much for sharing your time with me. It means way more to me than you know!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

And the scraplifter of the month is...

Smita's card is on the left. She did a great job representing the original card on the right. Isn't her card just perfect?  I love her layering, the mixing of patterned papers, and the faux stitching too. It's all just right.

And since I really loved the colors and patterns mixed on this next card... I decided to award an honorable mention to Julie! Her card is on the left. I love just how girly and happy it is. She really took the original, on the right, and transformed it into her own creation. Great job!

Please send me your addresses so I can send you some yummy goodies!

Okay, so another month starts now. If you'd like to play along for some fun treats just send me a link to a card you've scraplifted of mine. I'll post your creation here on my blog, and enter you in the running for next month. I can't wait to see what you make!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Didn't Make the Cut

After visiting Betsy's blog yesterday and then a few others, I get the feeling that the fad this weekend is to share publication failures from the last Papercrafts magazine call. So, here's a card of mine that didn't make the cut...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Couple of Reminders & One Card


(Click on the links to be taken straight to the details for each.)

I'm trying really hard to make some more masculine cards lately. To me that nixes a couple of my signature things: flowers & bows. It's not proving to be very easy for me. It just looks so plain. I'm a froo-froo cardmaker, and that just doesn't translate well to "masculine" to me.

Edited to add: (Yes... Ironically, I do have a card published this month in the "Cards for Men" section of CARDS magazine. Go figure!)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thinking of You Card

I've just been posting the pictures of my cards lately. I'm sure I'll have more to blog about when I'm done with exams this week. I've been exhausted more than usual. Would you be interested in seeing cutting instructions or products used or anything else of that nature, or are you just interested in seeing the picture plain and simple? :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

100 Blog Followers

Hee! Hee! Did you see who my 100th Blog Follower is? My sweet hubs! :-) LOVE HIM!!!

I think this calls for another blog candy....

Here are the details:

Just leave a comment here on this post for a chance to win. Let's try to make it interesting for me to read rather than the typical "pick me!" comments. So... tell me how you originally came to my blog and why you've decided to stick around. Also, since this celebration is especially for Blog Followers you must be a follower to receive the candy this time around. Oh, and there will be several winners. Like I said a couple days ago, I have a HUGE stash to dish out. I'll pick the random winners on Monday.

P.S. I'm still having the blog candy for the scraplifter of the month this weekend as well. It's candy-palooza!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Have you been over to CARDS Magazine's blog lately?

I've received honorable mention for their Blog-Spot segment this week. Yeah! The cards are all so great.

Keep a look out for a few of my other cards in the March issue of their magazine too. If you're a digital subscriber you can see it right now. It's filled with some super great stuff this month. I'm giddy every month waiting for the mailman to deliver my issue. I get all of the other magazines digitally too. LOL! Can you tell I'm seriously in-love with them? I bet you will be too... If you aren't already!