Saturday, December 20, 2008

ok, i'm flat-out cheating now

but desperate times call for desperate measures. last weekend i found a few leftover cards & envelopes from an old chatterbox greetings kit i used for thank you notes last year. and since i still had plenty of fussy-cut bits*...and embellishments...i decided to do stuff like this:

and these:

and this guy, here, who is my favorite of the batch:

(supplies used on all 4 cards: chatterbox cards with diecut windows; large poinsettias: imaginisce; small poinsettias & leaves: prima; cardstock and laminated diecuts: k&co; sparkly rub-ons & jewel brads: making memories; sentiment stickers: chatterbox, 7 gypsies; chipboard word: ek success; other: vintage sheet music & poinsettia pictures, colorbox inks, zig pen, foam tape)

happy weekend-before-xmas, darlings!!!

*the hand-cutting phenom is not QUITE as nuts as you think: seeing as how it is torture for us hyperactive types to just sit, this is one of the things i do during long car rides. on the way to and from the movies** the other weekend i got through a whole sheet of little ornaments and an enough monstas to menace the entire xmas tree population of new jersey!

to answer amy's cutting question: i use regular old goodish, nice-n-sharp, only-used-on-paper, full-sized fiskars. (i am 5'10" with hands & feet to match...teeny scissors DO NOT help me!) the secret to cutting small things with big scissors is to A) move the PAPER, not the scissors ...and... B) use the *fulcrum* part of the scissors--the part waaaaay in towards the handles, rather than the ends of the blades. years and years and years of practice does not hurt either. although you may well get carpal tunnel. but that's another story, kids!

**(forty-five minutes each way) (...this is not the closest theater, but it's the one closest to a good indian restaurant...and if you don't think those two things are related, all i can say is you clearly DO NOT know lovely husband jeff!!!) :)


  1. Love your "cheater pants" cards...just kiddin' they aren't cheater are being paper savvy.

    Thanks for the explanation of your fussy cutting phenomenon...we couldn't be more opposite...I'm 4'8", have hands and feet to match {in my previous life I had closets and closets full of shoes, it's hard for me to find them in "this life"} the small scissors and use the tips of that's why you DON'T see a whole lotta fussy cutting from ME!

    Happy Saturday Sista!!

  2. Love the little windows and the musical reindeer!!

  3. Not cheating...just smart! Your fave is my fave too, but they are all good. A Lauren card is enough to make anyone forget whatever Santa brought.

    5'10"? I'm 5'1". I think I'll send you the 12" of material I have to cut off when I hem pants :) Do we make a good pair of friends, or what?

  4. No cheating here dear ... just great combinations of fabulous elements producing one-of-a-kind Lauren-liciousness.

    Love them all.

  5. So? Big feet? Does this mean that when I come visit you we can go find all the shops with lovely shoes?

  6. Yep Love your `cheater` cards Lauren..
    Gotta aggree I`m a big scissor girl(only Fiskaars)....
    `Happy Holidays` to you and yours ..Have a fun filled time..loves:)~X~

  7. Love your "cheats" (although I agree with cheating here), your fussy cuts are fab! I have to say my fave is that deer too! He is rather stunning!
    Have a great weekend!

  8. these are absolutely beautiful, Lauren! i'm so happy for you being done!! have a wonderful holiday! xo


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