Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tea Bag Holders ...

Hi there! Happy International Coffee Day! I am enjoying a cup of coffee right now, but I want to show you a fun tea bag holder project, I've created yesterday. I did some blog hopping, and I found this lovely gift idea. Thanks Marian! For instructions to make this project, you can go to Marian's blog:
Have a wonderful weekend! For our son and daughter, a junior and a freshman at high school, it is a very special one: Homecoming Weekend! Yesterday was the Homecoming football game and tonight is the Homecoming Dance.
Hugs, Laura
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Mixed Bunch" and Close To My Heart "Tea Time"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red and Lucky Limeade
6 x6 Designer Paper Pad: My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist" and "Stella and Rose" 

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Thank You Card ... Tim Holtz' Gears

Hello! Happy Friday!  Today I have a "Thank You" card to share. For this card I used  the Tim Holtz' Gears, the Tim Holtz printed cardstock "Tattered Time", Ranger's Acrylic Paint Dabber (silver) and two Stampin' Up ink pads: Early Espresso and Soft Suede.   
Thanks for stopping by and take care! I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend! Enjoy the beautiful colors of the season!
Hugs, Laura

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Fall ... het door Carla gewonnen kaartje

Hallo allemaal! Vandaag kan ik het kaartje laten zien dat door Carla is gewonnen. Dit is haar mooie blog: en ze heeft ook een leuke site op Hyves met leuke challenges. Het is inmiddels bij haar aangekomen en daar ben ik heel blij mee, want er gaat helaas wel eens wat mis bij de post.
Voor het maken van dit kaartje heb ik de "stamp set of the month" van Close To My Heart gebruikt. De vogelverschrikker en de pompoenen zijn ingekleurd met Derwent Colorsoft Pencils.
Een hele fijne dag!
Groetjes, Laura  
Hieronder wil ik jullie nog graag een foto laten zien van een mooie herfst quilt, gemaakt door een vriendin, Uschi Scholz. Ik vind het zo knap gedaan en ik moest het gewoon even aan jullie laten zien. I love PUMPKINS!
 ... and Cooper wants to say: "Hi!" too.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thinking of you ... a Lili of the Valley card and a tea bag holder

Hallo allemaal! Het is alweer maandag, het begin van een nieuwe week. Hebben jullie een leuk weekend gehad? Vandaag weer eens een berichtje in het Nederlands. Ik kan het niet laten en heb weer een "tea themed card" gemaakt, dit keer ook een tea bag holder erbij. Deze schattige Lili of the Valley stempel kwam weer goed van pas. Ik hou wel van een lekker kopje thee, al kan ik ook erg genieten van een kop koffie (het liefst een Cappuccinootje of een Senseootje) en als het kan met wat lekkers erbij, lol!
Ik hoop dat jullie een leuke dag hebben gehad. Hier is het nu tijd voor het avondeten, het tijdsverschil met Nederland is 7 uur (het is hier 7 uur vroeger). Bedankt voor het bezoekje aan mijn blog en tot de volgende keer!  
Groetjes, Laura
    The tea bag holder:
(Stempels: "Tea Time" van Close To My Heart"
Cardstock and ink: Stampin' Up, Cherry Cobbler)


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Just because ... a Lili of the Valley card

Hi there! Just a quick post of a card made using one of my favorite Lili of the Valley stamps.
Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend everone, whatever you're doing! Hope you'll to find some stamping time ...
Hugs, Laura

Friday, September 21, 2012

HAPPY FALL! ... Stampin' Up! French Foliage set

Hello and welcome to my Blog! Yeah, Friday is here again ... Here's a Happy Fall card with the Stampin' Up! "French Foliage" set. I hope you like it. With the temperatures dropping (and soon the leaves will start to change colors), it can only mean one thing: it's time to decorate the house and our front door for Fall. I bought my first pumpkins already ... this year at the supermarket, lol! Gone are the days where we travel as a family (our kids are teenagers now) to go to the pumpkin farm, selecting pumpkins and enjoying the fine Fall weather.
That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs, Laura
Stamps: Stampin' Up! "French Voliage"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Elegant Eggplant

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Another Tea Party invitation ...

Hi there and welcome to my Blog! You'd better get a cup of tea right away, lol! Sorry, here I am AGAIN with a Tea Party Invitation. I really couldn't stop myself creating this one! Sometimes you have this great idea in your mind, and you want to start immediately. This morning, I woke up really early to get it done, and let me tell you that I am normally not a morning person.
Just love this color combination: Stampin' Up!'s Rich Razzleberry and Basic Gray cardstock and ink combined with the silver ribbon + tulle ribbon and doily, and the stamp set: Close To My Heart "Tea Time". I do love a good cup of tea, and it doesn't matter what time it is! Don't you think this invitation gives you a feeling of a High Tea celebration?
By the way, did you enjoy your cup of tea, lol? Thanks for stopping by! Take care and have a lovely day!
Hugs, Laura
If you want, you can click on the picture for a better view.
Stamps and supplies:
Stamps: Close To My Heart "Tea Time"
Ink and Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry and Basic Grey
Tools: Stampin' Up! Vintage Wallpaper Folder and Punch

Monday, September 17, 2012

Birthday Cards ...

Hi there! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.   
Today, I want to share these birthday cards. I chose the color after our visit to a garden center on Saturday. Yes, this time we were on a mission: picking out a couple of Mums for in our backyard. We wandered through rows and rows of beautiful flowers and plants.There were so many Mums to choose from, all sizes and so many colors! They also had lots of pumpkins. Isn't this a beautiful photo? Just LOVE the hanging baskets!
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Laura
We ended up buying two of these: 

 Stamp set: Stampin' Up! "Mixed Bunch" and "Vintage Vogue"
Ink, punches and cardstock: Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Crumb Cake

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tea Party ... You're Invited

Hi and welcome to my blog!
I got some time in my craft room this morning. That always makes me happy, especially when I have a new stamp set to play with, lol! This time it is a "Close To My Heart" stamp set, called: "Tea Time". It's is such an adorable set, just perfect! I love tea, and I love teapots too, who doesn't? And what do you think of my card? Are you coming to my TEA PARTY, You're Invited!
Have a lovely day!
Hugs, Laura
Stamps: Close to my Heart "Tea Time"
Ink, Cardstock, Punch: Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze and Lucky Limeade
Designer Paper: Lilybeedesign "Double Dutch"

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Today is the day: the 1st Anniversary of my Blog, and the winner is ...

 Hello! Hopefully, you're having a fabulous weekend! Yep, today is THE day of the 1st Anniversary of my Blog, and it's time to announce the winner of my little giveaway. Congrats to:


 Carla, please let me know your address, and I will send you one of my creations. It will be card, made especially for YOU!
Now is a perfect time to let you, my Blog followers and stamping and scrapbooking friends, know that all of your visits and comments are  (and have been) very appreciated! Thank you so much!
Are you looking forward to the Holidays? I am! How can I not after admiring all these beautiful decorated Christmas trees at Hobby Lobby, one of the stores I visited this week. I try to make one Christmas card per week, so here is another Christmas gift set I want to show you! I hope you like it! All the supplies I've used for this project are Stampin' Up! This was such a fun card to make, maybe I am gonna make a couple more of these.
Gotta go now, it's time to celebrate! Take care and thanks again for stopping by!
Big Hugs,


Friday, September 14, 2012

FRIENDS ... a scrapbook layout

 "Life is like a camera.
Just focus on what's important and capture the good times,
develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, just take another shot."
Hi and welcome to my blog! Happy Friday! Today I'd like to share this scrapbook layout with you. For creating this I've used a Recollections 12" x 12" Paper Pad called: "Portobello Road" and the Stampin' Up! stamp set: "Vintage Vogue".
Last week I joined a crop night at Shannon's house. She is so lucky to be a Creative Memories consultant. She prepared a delicious dinner and a fantastic dessert for all of us, and after that we had to start working on our scrapbook pages. The one I am showing you is one of the layouts I finished during the crop night. It is so much fun to hang out with good friends and work on our photo albums at the same time! Thank you so much Shannon for organizing these Creative Memories crop nights, AND the scrapbook weekends!
Well, that's all for now ... Thanks for checking my blog today and wishing you all a wonderful weekend wherever you are. I hope you'll enjoy some stamping or scrapbooking time!
Big Hugs and greetings from the USA, Laura
If you'd like to see the details more closely just click on the photo to open a larger view.

Guess what? It is almost the 1st anniversary of my blog, woohooo! (14.000 page views already!!!) If you want you can leave a comment below, you could win one of my creations! What can be more fun than getting a handmade card in your mailbox? Tomorrow, September 15th, I will let you all know who won. Good luck!



Don't you love that smell of a fresh baked cake in your house? This Dutch apple pie just came out of the oven ... image a piece of this with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream ... Yeah, let's celebrate the 1st anniversary of my blog!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Hello Blogger friends and followers! Just a quick post today. I'd like to share this SWEET SIXTEEN card (using My Mind's Eye designer cardstock paper: "Lost & Found" and the Stampin' Up! Trim Pompom) with you. The birthday girl is our niece Famke, who will celebrate her 16th birthday soon.  This is the very first time I used my sewing machine for creating a card. I am so happy with the way this card came out.
Thanks for visiting today and have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Laura

Guess what? It is almost the 1st anniversary of my blog, woohooo! (14.000 page views already!!!) If you want you can leave a comment below, you could win one of my creations! What can be more fun than getting a handmade card in your mailbox? On September 15th, I will let you all know who won. Good luck!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A vintage style wall hanging ...

Hello from the USA! Tuesday is here! How is your week going? As you might have noticed, I am experimenting with creating wall hangings lately. It is a wall hanging (instead of a b-day card) for my aunt who will celebrate her birthday next month. The picture shows my dad (he passed away more than 3 years ago, and we all do miss him a lot) and his sister.
Sorry, I gotta go now, making another wall hanging, lol! This time for my grandma. There are so many birthdays coming up the following months, I'd better hurry up and start creating more cards! First, I need a cup of coffee and a piece of the vanilla cake (with slices of apple on the bottom) I baked yesterday ... mmmmmmm ...
Thanks for stopping by! Take care and have a lovely day!
Hugs, Laura

Guess what? It is almost the 1st anniversary of my blog, woohooo! (14.000 page views already!!!) If you want you can leave a comment below, you could win one of my creations! What can be more fun than getting a handmade card in your mailbox? On September 15th, I will let you all know who won. Good luck!