Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pan Pastels and the Fun - Has Just Begun!

The "toys" for the Pan Pastels are "NOW" here as well - check out our website at to view them with ALL the Pan Pastel colors as well.

You will find these products under the "catalog" tab, then click on the " extra stuff" tab to view this wonder"FULL" line of pastels.

Here are some examples of of the color blocking that you can do with them.

There are VERY LARGE sized sponges so that you can double and triple load colors to make your own rainbow background - it is so much easier than a rainbow pad and a brayer with no drying wait time.

There are also SMALL and MEDIUM sized sponges and applicators so that you can paint in your detailed areas. Different shaped tips to color in every nook and cranny - or is that "granny?"

The coverage capacity and longevity of these pastels has been rated the highest in the industry. We think it's because of the creaminess - you'll think it's the amount. Regardless, it is a product that you won't regret owning for years and years to come.

Add to all that - this is practically a "DUSTLESS" pastel and you will rarely if ever need to use a fixative on it ... saving your lungs and our environment from any further harm. Although your voice may be tired from all the "yahooing" and "cheering" to your friends about them once you have tried them.

If you would like to see us in person and take these pastels for a test drive we will be in Milwaukee, WI this coming weekend, May 22 and 23rd and have added a show in Collinsville, IL on the 12th and 13th of June.

Even Bella Boo is barking up a storm and won't stop for a "paws" when we stamp!

Bugs 'n Kisses from two very excited ladies!

Laura Anne and Bella Boo

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We Are UP and RUNNING!

We are up and running! ARE YOU?

The Pan Pastel Color charts are up on our website along with "ALL" toys!

Time to check out what everyone who was at the Akron, Ohio convention already knows - these are the best pastels ever!

The "Toys" that are optional add-ons are fabulous as well.

This is going to make your stamping "technicolor" dreams come true.

I can't tell you how wonderful the response has been to these little "pots" of gold! Not only is the color coverage, deep, rich and full bodied but they last forever. A little bit goes along waaaaayyyyy here. Quality is everything and these are definetly everything an art minded gal wants.

So - check out our website at and head to the "catalog" then the "extra stuff" tabs and you will be on your way to so much fun that it may be illegal :)

Hugs from Bella and I as we wade through the backyard swamp on this fine midwestern rainy day....we both like to splash around in the puddles looking for the rainbows!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Colors Galore

This is it! The Pan Pastels that everyone is talking about!

We have the "FULL" line of all these 80 creamy dreamy pastels that are a really "just to die for" product that once you use them you will wonder how you ever did without them!

People have been e-mailing me right and left about where to get them - HERE of course!

The colors are luscious, full bodied (like any good woman should be :) with coverage that you won't believe. These are NOT your "mama's" old pastels!

There is very little, if any of that chalky powdering and you can stamp over them and even emboss over them without missing a beat or shall I say inked image?

The full color charts as well as all the tools and toys that go with these wonderful pastels will be up and running on my website and hopefully here (this is where I need my nephew Charlie's help and he is a dear to provide it for me!) as soon as I get home from my latest sojourn - middle of next week is my goal if all goes well!

I am a one woman show and sometimes life gets in the way or I get in my own way as I make things more difficult for me so that it is easier on my customers ... LOL. It's a gift.

Just ask Bella as she shakes her fuzzy little head while I try to figure out how to get this computer to do what I know it is possible of or as I run up and down the stairs with the latest box of ideas while stuffing my car with as much product as I can (so much so that 1/2 of it never even gets put out at a show due to spatial issues - LOL even more) to provide as much fun for you stampers and scrapbookers as I can.

CALL, WRITE, or E-MAIL me for more info on this terrrific chalk! Questions and answers I can handle at the moment. I would love to hear from you and get you hooked on the best pastel colors in the world!

Have a colorful day if nothing else.

Laura Anne and Bella Boo

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

RE: Grow Your Own Garden

"Plant your own garden, decorate your own soul and know that you are strong......"

These are lines from a poem I found hanging on the wall of a college office where I worked in the "80's.

The message this poem sends to those who are open to it is one that has an enduring affect long after the paper it was copied onto has disintegrated at the folds, smudged by oily chocolate chip stains with drips and drops of brown coffee saturating the words trying to hide the poem's truth.

I don't know who wrote it. It was signed by the infamous "anonymous". What I do know is that it has saved me time and time again from feeling sorry for myself, from becoming a victim of circumstance, from falling into the trap of daily female whining.

There are days when my head hurts so bad I want to crawl back into bed and succumb to sleep; there are times when the laundry basket is so high I can't see out my window (just to clarify - the basket sits on top of my machine) or when my children are struggling so hard with a difficult issue that I want to hold them, cry with them and then run away.

Instead, I choose to get up and take Bella for her walk, start sorting the underwear and just take the time to really listen to my family's problems, hoping that they know they are not alone, that they were heard and that they carry the strength within them to solve their dilemma without it turning into a full blown out drama (not pretty for anyone and much harder to reconcile gracefully later).

In each of us there is the strength to see ourselves through our days with the tools we were given. Some of us have more tools than others, but still we all have some tools or the ability to acquire them if we are open to seeing the world and our day(s) with a positive attitude. This is not to belittle those with severe depression problems, just to differentiate between a true problem and a minor blip on our life's radar screen.

I am thankful for the friends, acquaintances, and passersby that have come my way over the span of my lifetime. Some are still with me, some have gone, and some are still waiting to come into my world. These people have held my hand, have opened the window of knowledge, have given me the tenderness and sometimes the critical words to kick my butt into the next stage. Without all of them I would have been a walking, talking, whiny victim.

The colors of one's garden depends on the vision you see for yourself. Do you want to be seen as blue as the water or as sunny as a daffodil? Do you want to be strong - like red or weak like the color of a bland tea? What is your dream color? Who do you wish to be when you grow up? What is the color of your legacy when you are no longer here to physically touch those you love?

Do not wait for tomorrow. Do not wish upon your future. Instead, make today your own, "Plant that garden, decorate your soul, embellish your artwork, and smile, knowing that you are strong, that you have worth, and that you will endure....."

Good thoughts on a clear day from one beautiful woman and her adorable puppy to many others!

Laura Anne and Bella Boo

P.S. My "kids" will tell you I am really this "mushy". LOL