West Hartford, CT, United States
Paper, ribbon and ink are my passions and now I pass that on to you through my paper creations.
Rubber stamping, Paper crafting, Reading, HGTV, vegan cooking
Skills and Techniques
I am a paper craft artist that concentrates heavily on rubber stamping. If there is an interesting way to use paper and ink, I give it a try.
Get to Know
Hi! My name is Laura O'Shea and I am the owner of Paper Creations by Laura. I started stamping over 20 years ago while in graduate school as a way to relax from the rigors of writing a thesis! It didn't take long for me to fall in love with creating hand stamped items and since then it has become a cherished hobby of mine. Over the years, I heard the words that so many artisans hear. "Your work is so nice. You really should be selling it." About 6 years ago, after the birth of my second child, I decided to make the dream of selling my hand crafted items a reality. I started selling at craft fairs which was a wonderful chance to meet people who really appreciate handmade items. In fact, some of my most loyal customers today found me at those very craft fairs. But doing fairs can be tough on the schedule and as my children have grown, I have found that I no longer want to give up my weekends for fairs and that's when I decided I needed to change the business just a bit. And with the coming of 2010, I have done just that. In January, I opened up my online store, www.laurascrafts.artfire.com Right away I have met so many talented and helpful artisans and feel at home in this creative community. My store had its first sale just two days after opening and I am working hard to make it the place you want to go for all your cards and gift items. I enjoy trying new techniques and playing with inks and stamps and ribbons and paper. It brings a sense of creative fulfillment to take the picture in my head and create that with paper. Some designs are clean and simple, some elegant, some cutesy and then everything else in between. Every card I make is high quality and I am my own worst taskmaster when it comes to that! Besides cards, I sell bookmarks and plan to fill my store with notepads and other fun paper gift items. I am so happy with the changes I have made in my life and I think that is reflected in my store. I truly enjoy every aspect of creating my items and hope you will stop by for a visit. Whether it is to purchase some of my items or if you just have questions about stamping, I would love the chance to meet with you. As we joke in our house, come on by and I'll start up the kettle!
One of my favorite projects. I made these for my kids to take to school one year for Valentine's Day.
A fun internet challenge that I took part in. I was sent plain brown shipping tags and challenge to make something with them. This is what I came up with. This project looks quite pretty in my daughter's room.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and we celebrate just a little bit the entire month of December with this Advent calendar.