Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Winner of the Card Set Drawing

Congratulations Penny Hanuszak! You've won the drawing for a set of hand-stamped cards. Please email me at with your address.
Penny, if I hear from you before 3:00 Wednesday I can get them in the mail tomorrow; I'll be going out of town for 5 days, so if I don't hear from you before then, I'll mail them as soon as I get back.

I'm so sorry that Beth was not able to respond and have this card set mailed to her.  I hope I draw her name again over the next few weeks. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What's in the Candy Jar?

Isn't there something fun and tempting about a candy jar?  They just make you want to reach in and take a big ol' handful and, if you're like me, nibble away at it one piece at a time, or....if you're like my husband, jam the whole bunch in your mouth at once!

Blog candy is a little bit like a candy jar just waiting to be dipped into.  It's tempting, fun and oh so exciting when you're the one who walks away with a fistful of goodies!

I designed these cards today for the random weekly winner of a set of hand-stamped cards.  I posted the winner on Friday but, so far she hasn't gotten back with me to confirm and provide me her address.  I hate for Beth to miss out, but.....if I haven't heard from her by midnight tonight, I'll draw another name.  I'll let you know tomorrow what happens.   Remember, there will be a drawing every week until I reach 100 blog followers.  And then I'll give away 2 free stamp sets!

The Autumn Accents leaf die is so fun and isn't the polka dot scalloped ribbon delightful?

The Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper is so rich and warm, but it coordinates so well with that crazy Summer Starfruit  I really like it actually, you just have to use the right color combination.

I love this little owl.  He (or she) is so cute!  It always makes me think of a quote my aunt loved to share with me when I was a little girl.  "There was an old owl who lived in an oak.  The more that he saw the less that he spoke.  The less that he spoke the more that he heard.  Why can't we all be like that old bird?"

A HUGE ol' storm just blew in.....eeks, I hope my precious flower gardens are going to survive it.  There's heavy hail (now that's something wierd!) and thunder & lightning.  I love thunder & lightning.  My first home was an old 100 year old farmhouse with a big covered patio and a swing.  We used to sit out there, safe and cozy under the patio roof and watch the lightning majestic and powerful and amazing!

I hope you're enjoying my blog, dear friends.  I'll be ever so grateful if you shared my new venture with your friends.  Oh my's getting worse and I think the power is going just flickered a few times.  I love it!  Can you imagine what the pioneers must have felt like out here on the Kansas prairie, going through a storm like this in a sod hut or small wood cabin?  Wow!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ready, Set, Go!

Sometimes I feel like I'm running a marathon!  Do you ever have that kind of day, week, month....?  Kinda makes you want to shout, "Stop this train...I wanna get off!"  That's sorta how I feel this week, well actually, the past month or two or three.  It's all good stuff...but wow, I'd just like two days in a row where I wasn't rushing somewhere or to complete something.  I probably wouldn't know what to do.  Hmmm, maybe that would be good!

I still haven't heard from my new follower Beth....she was my random pick for the weekly card set giveaway.  Beth.....if you're out me your address!  After I get done here (and with the dusting, bed changes, vacuuming and garden watering) I'll be going down to The Studio to start creating your cards! 

Today I'm going to share with you some projects I designed for Stampin' Up! events in 2010 and 2011.  The photos are in a Facebook album, so it's easy to copy and post those here.  The laptop I'm working from right now does not have an SD card ready, which means I can't take pics and load them.  So, until I get a cable that lets me do that, I'll have to rely on past projects to tempt and delight you!  I really miss my old crashed one day, right while I was working on it.  Oh my.  That baby was  deluxe piece of laptop, let me tell you.  But it was old and pretty loaded down.  It didn't just crash.  It crashed and burned!  We got this little laptop the day after Thanksgiving last year for $170, so that lets you know how "much" it has on it.  We got it so I'd have a small laptop to travel with for internet access.  My old one was HUGE! Anyway....'til I get a cable (or new laptop...hint, hint honey....I know he checks my blog out every now and then!) I'll pull out some of these old projects.

I love this card.  The stamped heart is a retired hostess set, probably one of my all-time favorites.  
This snowflake card is so warm and cozy; I know it sounds crazy, since it's snowflakes, but it makes me think of hot chocolate!

This card was almost a total CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from the Stampin' Up! Idea Book, I think last year.

Now, it's been so long since I designed these, I could not tell you if I used another demonstrator's card as inspiration for my design.  We have so many talented demonstrators in our Stampin' Up! family, I'm so thankful for those who freely share their creativity with us!

Enjoy your day and I hope you find a little time for some creativity!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yay for Beth!

Whew!  What a busy, but fun, day!  Yesterday I promised that I would post the winner of the weekly card set drawing.  Except....I didn't count on being so busy before my class started at 11:00.  Or that I would sleep in later than I meant to...because I stayed up so late the night before...  (In case you haven't figured it out yet, I tend to be a night-owl when I'm "in the zone.")  I tried to get online but the server was down, which happens ALL the time!  What is up with THAT?!!!  So, I disconnected the router and while I was waiting decided to go do "one more thing"....  which turned into one more quick thing and one more....and then the students started showing up.  And then it was time for my workshop and, here it is, 12:30a.m.

So, you wanna know if it was you?  If your name is BETH.............congratulations!!!  I'll be creating a hand-stamped set of cards for you this week.  Send me your email Beth; as soon as I get the cards finished I'll drop them in the mail to you.  Yay!

Is this something you can relate to?  
Seriously? Four 6-foot tables and I only have a 10-inch space to work in? 
 There is something seriously wrong here!  And now you know why it takes me so long to "get ready" for a class.  What that really means is I'm trying to clean up the mess before the students show up!  (Now, please don't look at that pile of laundry in the chair.  Can you relate to that too?  Who has time for folding laundry when there's stampin' to get done!)  

Tomorrow I'll post pics of some of the swaps I've designed for Stampin' Up! events.  Are you a big swapper?  I am!  Every year I tell myself, "Tone it down sister!"  Who am I kidding?

Happy stamping!

Friday, September 21, 2012

With a Cherry on Top!

Today is an ice cream kinda day!

I love ice cream.  My favorite is Breyer's Caramel Praline Crunch.  Heaven in your mouth.  Baskin Robbins Praline's & Cream is just as yummy, but there isn't a shop close to my house.  And because I got an inkling for ice cream....I went to the grocery store on my way home (from stamping with my sweet and fun downline) and got some!

Now isn't this the right way to enjoy an ice cream cone?   This is my darling little nephew, Colten James.

While we're all waiting for this blog to gain 100 followers (for the stamp set drawing) I decided to have a random drawing each week, on Friday, for a set of hand-stamped cards.  I will do that tonight, right before I go to bed (After my big bowl of ice cream!) and I will post the winner tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, I'm stampin' it up in the studio, working on projects for a class tomorrow at 11:00 and a workshop in the evening at 6:30.  It's going to be a busy day!

Contest Reminder

Hello, my new friends!  I've been busy in The Studio alllllllll day long getting prepared for a class on Saturday as well as a workshop Saturday night.  What could be better than working all day on something you love to do?  Not many people can say they LOVE LOVE LOVE their job, but I am one who does.

Hey, I just wanted to remind order to be eligible to win my stamp set giveaway ( first blog contest!) you need to comment on the actual blog contest post, dated Sept. 22.  It is titled "Free is a very good price."  My followers jumped from 9 to 19 in 2 days, I think that's pretty good....but if you want your name entered in the random drawing you need to:
  1. Leave a comment on the "Free is a Very Good Price" post...AND
  2. Subscribe to be a follower
Be sure to leave your comment cuz you know you reeeeaaaaally want to be picked!

What would a blog post be without a little creative inspiration?  Since I haven't created anything original the past several days, I thought I'd share with you the gift I gave to my dear friend, Barbara Welch.  She is another Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Phoenix and we love traveling together.  Two weeks ago we spent the weekend in Denver at a regional meeting Stampin' Up! held for demonstrators and their guests.  It's a tradition to share gifts with your roommates and when I saw this adorable box I knew that's what I wanted to make for Barbara.  A fabulously talented demonstrator, Wendy Weixler, designed the original box.  Isn't it just yummy?  Waaaay too cute to open, I'd say!

The stamped image is retired, but I still use it all the time, it's just so delightful.  The flowers are just a large circle cut into a long spiral strip, wrapped tight and secured with a hot glue gun.  The white tag is diecut with the incredibly fabulous Apothecary Accents framelits and embossed with the new Lacy Brocade folder in the Holiday Mini.  I wanted to use the Holiday Frame folder but after 30 minutes of frantically searching high and low through the entire studio....I couldn't find it, so I finally used the other one.  (It was 2:45a.m. and I needed to get in bed because....I was leaving at 7:00a.m. to drive from Wichita to Denver...I sorta needed to be done!)  Of course, when I got home, I went into the studio and found it within 5 minutes.  I stamped in Not Quite Navy although the beautiful Comfort Cafe DSP (Designer Series Paper) is Midnight Muse from the In Color collection.  The flowers are from the, ummm, interesting Summer Starfruit.  I actually like it, it's just a unique color and needs to be paired with the right colors.  It's really more of a green, although almost everyone considers it a yellow...which is why it seems so jarring.  If you think of it as a takes on entirely different hue.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of yumminess.  While I was typing this, I polished off the lemonheads that were leftover!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"FREE" is a very good price!

OH MY GOSH!!!! I just typed 3 full paragraphs, hit ONE key and... was all gone! I am NOT going to try to remember everything I, I'll just get right to the nitty gritty! FREE. STUFF. We all love free stuff!

I promised yesterday (on my Facebook page, Laura's Paper Antics) that I would be posting a blog contest today. So, here's the 2 sentences or less, instead of 2 paragraphs!):

When I reach 100 followers, I will randomly select 2 people to win a FREE stamp set! That may sound like it will take awhile, but.....I know it won't take that long, cuz I plan to post so many fun and creative projects, you'll be telling everyone to come check me out...and POOF! before you know it....I'll have oodles more than just 100 followers!

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Become a follower.
  2. Leave a comment on this post with your name.
  3. Cross your fingers and hope it's YOU!
If you were already a follower or just became a follower in the past few days...just leave a comment and you're in!

I know this won't happen in a few days, it could even take several weeks, but won't it be exciting when I draw names and I announce your name as a winner?!!!

Let's make this even more fun! Every week, between today and when I hit 100 followers, I will randomly draw a name from everyone who leaves a comment and I will send you a package of hand-stamped cards. I'll draw 1 name every Friday. Even though there are only 3 days between now and Friday....I'll start this week!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Falling for you

This is probably my most favorite time of year. My home is overflowing with autumn and harvest decor; the colors, the smell, the feeling of fall is in the air! Rich oranges, yellows, browns & greens, garlands of leaves and acorns, pumpkins, colored corns,combined with the heavy scent of pumpkin spice in the air... Mulled spices simmering on the stove and every shelf, nook and cranny filled with pumpkins, leaves, acorns and colorful berries just say, "fall is here."

This beautiful fall wreath will add just the right touch of homemade creativity to your autumn decor. Can you just imagine the rich texture and the warm spicy colors nestled on your mantle (or piano...where mine will be) amidst a bed of berries and leaves, acorns and pinecones?

Join me on October 6, at 2:00p.m. and you will be able to not just imagine it, you'll be able to actually see it! $18 RSVP with pre-payment is required. Paypal is available for online payment.

There will be a Christmas wreath class, similar to this lovely fall wreath. If you sign up for both classes, you can take $4 off the cost of both, two classes for $28. Also, if you pre-purchase the Simply Scored scoring tool, you may take 1 class for $12. Contact me for more details.

I hope to see you in The Studio!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Teacher is in!

Don't worry, I only hand out A+'s and there are no tests! I spent the entire weekend planning some awesome classes for you. I love sharing my passion for paper crafting and it's even more fun when my studio is full of happy, crafty women. Over the years, you've gotten used to my annual Holiday Hoopla classes, but this year I'll be doing things a little differently.

Instead of having 12 classes in 2 weeks, they will spread out all season long. The first class of the holiday season will be in October; I'm spending the next 2 weeks designing all the beautiful samples. The minute I finish a project I'll post the sample here. (EEKS! That means I have to learn how to create a watermark and add that to the photo!)

I'm really looking forward to the collection of classes this year and I really am looking forward to having you join me in The Studio. Check out my classes, posted below, and don't wait to sign up!

(Early Bird registration - sign up for classes before Sept. 25 and receive $1 off registration.)

My Paper Antics Studio
offered by Laura Fernsler (artist, designer & instructor)

Sign up a friend new to the Studio, receive $1 off both classes.
Discounts available for taking multiple classes, up to $42!
Bring a friend, save up to $62!

You’ll create a wreath from 17 rosettes filled with rich, spicy color, texture and dimension and decorated with shimmery ribbons, twine, buttons and lots of hand-crafted elements. Nestled on your mantle with pumpkins, leaves and acorns or displayed on your wall, this wreath welcomes the fall season with style and creativity.
$18 Oct. 6, 2p-4:30p
• Sign up for the Fall & Christmas wreath classes and take $4 of both classes, both for $28.
• Pre-purchase the Simply Scored tool and take one class for $12. (Equivalent to a 20% discount.)

Punches, stamping, and die-cutting; glitter glass, shimmer paint, smooch spritz; buttons, brads, rhinestones & pearls – oh my! Imagine the joy and delight of your family and friends when they open one of these lovely cards, hand-crafted with love by YOU! Create 6 cards, with hand-stamped coordinating envelopes.
$14 Oct. 11 and Nov. 1, 7p-9p
• Also sign up for Cards 2 and take $3 off both classes, both for $22.
• Class fee applied to your minimum $25 order. (Only applicable when ordered at class.)
• Additional card kits available $10 each.

You’ll want to start planning your festivities the second you complete this delightful holiday planner! Filled with the joy and delight of the holiday season, this planner will help keep your gift list, card tracking and menu planning under control; along with pockets for receipts and coupons, you’ll be able to organize all the holiday chaos in one handy place and use it year after year!
$16 Oct. 19, 6:30p-9p

Filled with glitter, ribbon, buttons & bows, scallops & snowflakes, die-cuts, punches, and stamping; this 8x8 album is so festive and sparkly, you’ll want to display it all year long! You’ll complete an entire album in this class, all you’ll need to do is add your photos and a little journaling! No photos necessary. Album and all supplies included.
$40, Oct. 27, 10:00a-3:30p.
(There is a 30-min. break for lunch; bring your own or provided for $6.)

Create an incredible 3-D Christmas countdown calendar that will be a part of your holiday d├ęcor for years to come. This festive interactive calendar is filled with embellishments and delightful images behind the peek-a-boo doors.
$28, includes 12x12 decorated frame. Nov. 10, 10:30a-2:30p
(There is a 30-min. break for lunch; bring your own or provided for $6.)

You’ll have yourself a merry little Christmas with this beautiful wreath created from shimmery rosettes decorated in cheery reds and greens, sparkly tulle, rhinestones, buttons and ribbons galore. Nestled on your mantle amidst pine boughs & berries, this festive holiday wreath will fill your home with Christmas cheer all season long.
$18 Nov. 29, 6:30p-9:00p
• Sign up for the Fall & Christmas wreath classes and take $4 of both classes, both for $28.
• Pre-purchase the Simply Scored tool and take one class for $12. (Equivalent to a 20% discount.)

Bring your little elves to Santa’s workshop where they’ll create 6 cute and easy, fun and festive Christmas cards. Must be 8 years old and able to work independently.
$10 Dec. 1, 10a-12p
• Sign up 2 kids $8 each; sign up 3 kids $7 each.

An annual favorite and just as fun and beautiful this year as before! You’ll create 6 glittery and festive ornaments that will shimmer, glimmer and delight as they reflect off the Christmas tree lights. Ideal for gifts, especially when presented in a lovely hand-crafted coordinating gift box. (On display and available to purchase at class.)
$15 Dec. 1, 2p-4p

Gift giving is all about the wrapping for me. In this class you’ll create 16 gift tags, all hand-crafted and full of Christmas bling, glitz and glam!
$12 Dec. 6, 7p-9p
• Additional kits available $8 each.

Start your holiday season off with a festive fun-filled day creating holiday cheer! Molasses cookies, hot chocolate and spicy apple cider will just make your holiday craft blitz even more festive! Take one class, two or all three, and go home with a sleigh full of Christmas cheer that you will enjoy sharing with your friends and family as much as you did creating it! $25 Dec. 8
1. Tags 9:30a-11:30a $10 Create 12 holiday tags. (See description above.)
2. Gifts 12:30p-02:30p $12 Create 3 gift projects filled with holiday treats.
3. Cards 3:00p-05:00p $12 Create 6 Christmas cards. (See description above.)
• Take 1 class, pay the full class fee; take 2 classes, $2 off each class; take all 3, $3 off each class.
• There is a 30 minute break for lunch; bring your own or provided for $6.
• Light snacks will be provided between classes, for those who take 2 classes together.

Individual classes may have discounts; see each class for specific details.
Some classes may have specific discounts; a combo discount may override the specific class discount.
• Take 1-3 classes, full price. (Individual class discounts do apply.)
• Take 4-6 classes, receive 10% discount off total class cost.
• Take 7-8 classes, receive 15% discount off total class cost.
• Take all classes, receive 20% discount off total class cost.
• Combo discounts do not apply to Kids Card Class.
• Apply a $12 credit toward a minimum $25 order placed at the class. (This credit may be received each class, if a qualifying order is placed at each class.)


• Private sessions of above listed classes may be scheduled.
• Must have minimum of 4 attending.
• Private classes may be held in The Studio or a location of your choice.

• RSVP is required.
• Pre-payment is required, no exceptions.
(All supplies are purchased and kits prepared before the class.)
• Paypal is available for online payment. (
• Class fees may be credited toward a minimum $25 purchase placed at the class.
(Some exceptions may apply, see each class for specific details.)
• Additional discounts may be applied. (See each class for specific details.)
• Class space may be held for 48 hours, at which time payment is required.

• Cancellations with full refund are allowed up to 10 days in advance.
(Product must be purchased in advance to prepare your kit.)
• Partial refund is available with a 48 hour cancellation notice.
• If you cannot make the class, your kit will be available 24 hours after the class. I am prohibited by SU to pre-stamp your images. (You may arrange studio time to complete your project; personal assistance is available for a $10 fee.)

• My personal downline may take individual classes for $2 less than listed price.
• Class combination discounts may be used, but downline discounts will not apply.

Please remember, this is a small business. As with any retail location where you sign up for classes or services, my policies and procedures must be upheld, in consideration of other students and for the success of my business.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Small Blessings

Sometimes it's just the little things.

The smell of harvest spice; seeing the sparkly pumpkins, leaves and acorns tucked on shelves and in corners; cool weather; Celtic music quietly playing in the background, a song in my heart, a Psalm in my hands, a steaming cup of coffee...

It's good to be thankful. Sometimes we get caught up in feeling like we need to be thankful for the BIG, well-being, a home, a job, healthy children....all of which are most definitely blessings. We ought always to be thankful for the blessings we so often take for granted.

But for today, I want to be thankful for the little things. As I sit here in my rocker, spending a few minutes in meditation, enveloped in the warmth and coziness of my home, I am simply thankful.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I'm so excited! Well, I'm always excited about something, but this I am REALLY excited about! My blog is going to be redesigned by a PROFESSIONAL! Yeah, that's something I'm NOT! It will take awhile, there is always a waiting list, but I'm in line! I'm so happy and I can't wait to see how it all comes together.

There will be all kinds of links with all the important blah blah that a good crafting blog should have, all the links to catalogs and minis and publications from Stampin' Up! will be available and lots of other fun stuff. Most exciting for will be custom designed! YAY for me!

So hang tight, all of my 9 followers. hahaha I know there will be more, I'm determined to have a blog that you will want to read the very minute you wake up! You know you do that....wake up, get your coffee and check out your favorite blogs....I do it too! Anyway, in a few months time, this blog will be so rockin' awesome...I can't wait!

Today, I am out in the yard. Of course, it's 95 degrees today, but I just have stuff that HAS to be done, so there is no fancy paper crafting today. There is WAY too much work to do outside. My 2 gorgeous pottery planters were blown over in some random wind storm while I was gone to Denver....they both broke. I'm trying to find some equally gorgeous planters to replace them with, but the selection is pretty grim this late in the least here in Wichita.

I hope you're getting creative today!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Stampin' Up! events ALWAYS rock!

This weekend was the most fun EVER! Well, anytime spent at a Stampin' Up! is the best time ever! This weekend was no exception. We had a wonderful time seeing old friends and making new ones, laughing, staying up late, eating yummy food and what would a Stampin' Up! event be without swapping and stamping...LOTS and LOTS of stamping!

If you know me, then you know when I left for Denver I was NOT done with my swaps! That's a rule. Laura cannot attend a stamping event without being behind! My friends will think I'd been replaced with a clone if I ever come to an event ready for swapping! So, if I'm going to an event, you can count on me (and my poor, wonderful, awesome, silly friends) spending a LOT of time finishing up at the very last possible minute.

I can't post pictures right now, but by this evening I hope to remedy that. This new laptop does not have a spot (I don't know what it's really called) to plug my camera card in to download, so I must get a cable or something so I can do that. But...I will post pictures of all the gorgeous swaps I traded for in Denver.

My dear friend, Barbara Welch met me in Denver on Thursday. Of course, you know we spent the next few days laughing, shopping and stamping in our hotel room. OH MY WORD, was it the most scrumpshy hotel EVER! I think every Stampin' Up! demonstrator needs to stay at Embassy Suites. Period. (If you've ever worked on swaps in a cramped hotel room, sitting on the edge of your bed with the lid from a toilet tank as your work'd know what I'm talking about!) There were TWO comfy office chairs and HUGE table with a 2-shelf ledge next to it where we stashed ALL of our stuff! This room was meant for working on swaps! DIVINE!!!!

And the DELISHUS breakfast buffet!!!!! I had a made-to-order omelette every morning, a huge pile of crispy bacon (yes, I said huge pile) and a plateful of juicy cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. On our 2nd day, the chef greeted me with, "Ham & egg today?" Seriously? He remembered? I guess we made an impression on the hotel staff...we were presented with a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries our last morning there! Awwww, what a divine week of pampering! I guess they couldn't help but be dazzled by our beauty and sparkling personalities...nearly everyone else there were Steelers fans in town for the big Broncos/Steelers game. We were just about the only 2 who weren't dressed in yellow & black, shouting "GO STEELERS" all the time!

I'll post more about the event over the next day or two. First, I must run some errands, do some laundry and take a look at my gardens. I'm a little scared to do that, as my husband is not the best at taking care of my precious flower beds when I'm away. (I think he does it on purpose to keep me home.)

For those of you who are currently sitting in your chair with your mouth hanging open or on the phone to a girlfriend telling her she "is NOT going to believe this.....Laura posted on her blog!" just relax! I have made a vow to myself - again - that I will, really and truly, will start blogging! I just have to do it. Scared to, intimidated by it, crying cuz I can't get a picture to load or a link to work (hahaha, like I even know how to do that!)...I WILL DO THIS! Starting can expect 3 or 4 blog posts a week, at least. As soon as I really do get the hang of it, I will begin to load pictures and hopefully even someday have tutorials and albums and....well, you know, all the fun stuff you want to see!

So, stay tuned and.....every now and then give me a little encouragement. This is really, really, really, really, really a big step for me! In the meantime, I'm going to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then go out to buy a cable so I can load pictures. See you tomorrow!