Thursday, November 4, 2010

Royal Blog Tour

Welcome to the next stop on your journey through the Royal Blog Kingdom. As one of the princesses, I must say I am thrilled you decided to accept the invitation to visit my special spot in the castle. As you stroll through this beautiful countryside, you are sure to see many wonderful sites. I really hope you enjoy this one.

I am very excited to share my creations with you in my first ever blog tour. When I was asked to pick a Stampin' Up! set to use, I decided to challenge myself by choosing one that was somewhat out of my typical stamping mode so I choose Countryside. This set has a masculine flair and lends itself well to water coloring. I spent many hours sketching ideas, stamping, and starting over so here is what made the final cut. Enjoy each of the samples and make sure you sign up for some blog candy after the last one.

It is so good to finally have fresh water available in the castle. This next sample uses the water pump image, and it made me think of pumping water from a well so why not make a Get Well Card. The right side with the image on it opens up as does the real red piece of card stock on the left. I used the Curvy Verses set on the inside to convey a get well message.

Now I might want to give the handsome prince a gift card for all his hard work around the castle so I used the top note die cut along with the Woodland Walk Designer Series paper to make this next sample. I used cajun craze measuring 4 1/4" by 6 1/2" (scored at 2" on each side). I used my markers to color in the image and fastened it shut with a circular velcro dot.

Some princesses follow the rules all the time, but I sometimes need to think outside the box a bit and that prompted me to create some "diva chickens" to display on a faux film strip. Who said chickens need to be traditional colors anyway!

I hope you enjoyed your stop at this end of the Countryside. This definitely challenged my creativity, but we all need to step out of our comfort zone once in a while. I am giving away some blog candy for U.S. residents visiting this tour and in order to qualify for it, you must
1. provide me with your name and email address so I can contact you if you are
    the winner by emailing me (see email me on the right side of my blog) or
2. leave a comment with your name and email address

Now it's time to travel to the next stop on the Royal Blog Tour. Happy Traveling!


  1. Lucky me to see your cute cards first. You did a really nice job with that stamp set.

    Patrice Herrera

  2. I love the pump card and the gift certificate holder. What great guy cards!

    ~Wendy Hawkinson

  3. Laura, I love your cards. The rooster one would have to be my Fav.


  4. Hi Laura, great job with your stamp set I love your projects

  5. i love the old fashion look! Your projects are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!

    SuAnn Guynn

  6. The waterpump sure is nice. I like your coloring on the roosters.
    Sharon L

  7. Wonderful cards! Gotta love that rooster. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win blog candy.
    kit_marie09 at yahoo dot com

  8. Your cards are so lovely as is that stamp set. You used it well!! TFS!!

    Cindy Marchant

  9. Love the "diva chickens"!

    Kathy S.

  10. BEAUTIFUL! Its always difficult for me to make masculine cards but you are a PRO! Love all your projects...Thank you for being a Princess, sharing your artwork and a chance at blog candy.
    Marisol Gutierrez
    atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

  11. Great projects, I really like your style :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Jessica Davis

  12. Loved all your cards. The waterpump was especially nice. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win some candy.

    Bsbe O'Mara

  13. I'm a snowbird living in the US but I don't think that qualifies me for your blog candy, so I'd just like to say how much I enjoyed your tour of the castle and various projects. The Diva Chickens really rock!

  14. I love the stamp set you used for all your cards on this royal blog hop. Really like the way you used the well pump for a get well card. Wonderful idea. deborah345 dot 2 at gmail dot com

  15. That pump is gorgeous! Looking at that stamp set in a whole new way! Very creative!~
    Sharon Field - RBT HQ Crumb Cake Castle



  17. I just love the double fold front of that get well card and the other cards are just as beautiful. You have such a flare for showing off this gorgeous set and now you've inspired me to think twice about this set, too!

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!
    Joni Kelly <><

  18. I like the manly card in the beginning of your sample projects. It is so hard to come up with a nice card for a man! Bravo!
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~nancy r. in Illinois

  19. I like the get well card the best, but you did a good job with all of them. Thanks for sharing!

    ekick01 at gmail dot com

  20. What a great set! I have never noticed it before. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

    joyfuljan at bellsouth dot net

  21. I was thrilled to see the great stuff you made from this set. It is definitely worth looking at again. Thanks.


  22. I love all the projects but the gift card holder has to be my favorite! Thank you for sharing your time and talent!
    Mary Bridges

  23. Laura: Your projects are absolutely wonderful. And you did a fabulous job on the coloring. Thank you for being part of the tour.

  24. Really like the truck!!

    Susan W

  25. Love the gift card idea. I need to score some points with the DH...Thanks for a great blog and idea.

  26. now I need to order that set...thanks for sharing the creative uses for it.


  27. LOVE those Diva Chickens!!!

  28. Your cards are great - fabulous job on coloring them. I like the rooster card the best.
    Barb Slaughter (FL)

  29. Welcome to your first blog tour!

    The coloring on all your cards is gorgeous.

    Thanks for the blog candy offer.

    lisawhs808 at aol dot com

  30. Great cards. Loved them! TFS

    brenda h
    brendah1951 at gmail dot com

  31. I love your rooster birthday card. My kitchen is decorated with roosters. Thank you for the chance to win blog candy.
    Sue Deane

  32. I LOVE The chicken card. Thanks for sharing


  33. Chickens do NOT have to be traditional colors. Loved them! Thanks for sharing.

    Martha Haddock
    stampinmartha at

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  35. I like all of your projects, but I think your chickens are the cutest!

    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy

    carlson_susan at hotmail dot com

  36. Great job! Loved all the projects, great ideas!
    Thank you for a chance to win the blog candy!

    Ilene (iebyrne at yahoo dot com)

  37. I love the gift card holder.... all of your creations are gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for sharing & the chance to win!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  38. Your coloring is awesome!! I love to color and you did such a nice job!!

    Rosemarrie Gonzalez

  39. Beautiful detail, fancy folds and bright colors all show off your Countryside stamp set. You really nailed this one! Please count me in for a chance to win your blog candy ~ thanks!
    Kathy Mc
    bdlakebum at yahoo dot com

  40. Glad you thought out of the box with the chickens/ They are great and so are your others!

  41. I love your projects especially your psychedelic chickens! What fun:-) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    Inky hugs,
    Janet Swofford

  42. Laura, I love the colors and how you use your stamps. Hugs and blessings. Martha Lucia Gomez

  43. Love your blog and your ideas! How clever of you to make a filmstrip for your card. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for the chance to win blog candy!
    Sue Stevens

  44. Love your projects! The truck and the rooster are my favs, but they are all great! Thanks for sharing your time and talent to make this RBT such a great success!

  45. Love all your cards, they are all so manly man and I don't have must in the way of that theme. Thank you for offering blog candy, it is always fun dreaming of winning a prize. Beautiful work.

  46. Lovely ideas Laura and the out of the box thinking was terrific! Now I finally "get" all the Well image get well cards I've been seeing lately. Having my own well I'm thinking maybe I need to get this set! Love the gift card holder too. Thanks for explaining to this sometimes dense demo!

    Thanks too for offering such wonderful blog candy. Love that ribbon!

    Jean Fitch
    jlfstudio at

  47. Great Job! Love them all Thank YoU for Sharing and Thank YoU for being on the Tour