Author Archives: Laura Bray

Cool2Cast Blog Hop: Gift Charms

Cool2Cast Blog Hop Gift Charms:

I was recently sent a copy of Tiffany Windsor's new ebook, Cool2Cast. This little gem of an ebook has everything you need to know about using Cool2Cast, casting medium. I have to admit that I was little nervous about using the Cool2Cast until I read the book. The easy to ready instructions and helpful tips and tricks gave me total confidence about the process. In fact, I was so inspired, that I pulled out my Mod Podge Mod Mold this morning and, within the course of a few hours, was able to make myself a bunch of cute embellishments. I'm planning to keep them on hand for gift wrapping and maybe an accessory or two.

*Disclaimer: I have a professional relationship with Cool2Cast and Bella Crafts Quarterly. I received this ebook and craft product in exchange for this post. The review is my own and reflects my true experience with the product.

Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Hop Party

Halloween Popcorn Box:

It's that time of year again! Time for Laura Kelly's annual Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Hop! Yay! This year I decided to get all modern and make a graphic, chalkboard style popcorn box. Supplies: Cardboard popcorn box Scrapbook papers Black cardstock Martha Stewart's Liquid Chalk Martha Stewart's Adhesive Silkscreens in Carolyna Script Alphabet Martha Stewart'sContinue Reading

Tips to Stretch Your Holiday Craft Budget

Tips to Stretch Your Holiday Craft

I don't know about you, but I have pretty large collection of stamps and stencils and the majority are non-holiday themes. To be honest, I don't typically buy holiday themed goodies. It seems like a waste of money and space to buy something I can only use once year. Here are some ways you canContinue Reading


Intentional Consumption by Laura Bray Designs

Yesterday, I listened to a Creative Thursday podcast that touched on a topic I've been mulling over for a long time. In it, Marisa talks about how much information is out there in the world and how it's totally un-monitored. Which is good for freedom of speech, but not so good for reliability and content.Continue Reading

Pumpkin Tags

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The gals over at the LaurasAreCool blog, are always sending other Lauras fun packages. They are filled with crafty goodies that are seasonally inspiring. I like to think of them as "Blog Posts in a Box" because I tend to sit down with my box of goodies and create something that I can share hereContinue Reading

Creative Business: Balance is a Myth

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There is no such thing as balance. For years, I have taught women to have balance in their lives. Balance between work and home, balance between self-care and the care of others.  But I was wrong. There is no such thing as balance. In today’ world, balance doesn’t exist. When you are working mom, tryingContinue Reading

Pumpkins for Fall


In my ongoing series of all things pumpkin, I thought I would share a project I did for Plaid's blog back in 2012. This is one of my most popular pumpkin projects and is perfect for those of you who don't want to do the whole Halloween thing. These pumpkins will carry you through theContinue Reading

DIY Pumpkin Door Decor with Smoothfoam

Pumpkin Door Decor::Laura Bray Designs

It's all about pumpkins around here. On Friday, I shared an elegant pumpkin project and today we're going a little silly. I love how goofy this guys looks! It's a super easy project, one that you can set-up for the kids to do. Supplies: Smoothfoam 12″ Half Ball  (you can use any size you want,Continue Reading

Elegant Pumpkins for Halloween

Elegant Halloween

Not into scary for Halloween? How making some elegant pumpkins? Here's how: Supplies: FolkArt Acrylic Paint-662 Metallic Silver Sterling, FolkArt Acrylic Paint-659 Metallic Pearl White, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2796 Hologram, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2797 Black, Peel & Stick Stencil-Architectural Fleur-30457 White and black fake pumpkins, Mini wood frames, Crystal stickers in letters, swirls and flourishes Hot glueContinue Reading

Craft Your Stash Book Review

Craft Your Stash Book Review:

My super talented friend, Lisa Fulmer, has a wonderful, new crafty book out. In the book, she intelligently deals with crafter's love of collecting craft supplies. From showing you how to organize your craft supplies to actually using them, this book has tons of ideas for playing in your stash. After all, that's what craftingContinue Reading