City of Bethlehem!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Awhile back I showed you this simple, all stamping card with the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set! Today, I’m showing this City of Bethlehem “stepped up” card using the coordinating Bethlehem Framelits!!!

City of Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning with that double layer of the city but does require a little bit more work with using the Big Shot.

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I cut two pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One piece is for the front and the other is for the inside since Night of Navy is such a dark color so writing on white is better! Before adding the white to the front, I did all of the stamping. This way if I make a mistake I can flip it over or grab another piece. First, I die cut the two villages with the Bethlehem Framelits; one in Night of Navy and the other in Silver Foil Paper. I adhered the two together and then added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to add it to the card front.

Blessed Christmas Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the stamping!! First, I stamped the star in Crushed Curry Ink and then the greeting in Night of Navy Ink. If you wish to stamp before adding the city, you can place it there as a guide, stamp, and then add it. Just go with whatever you are more comfortable with. Be sure that the greeting is low enough to add the ribbon! Next, I added this piece to the card front and tied the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding around the card. To finish it off, I added some Rhinestones for a little more bling!!!

Assemble Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did play around with this one for a while wondering what to add and my spacing. Mary and Joseph just looked so big in front of the city but I was trying to get them in there. I could have put the city up higher and it would have looked more “in the background” but I was happy with what I came up with. Do you ever have that where you spend forever trying to get the placement and idea to all come together?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, let me know if you prefer the simple stamped one or this stepped up version!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Cards Are in The Mail!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you had a fabulous week! Mine has been super busy with Holiday prep as well as all the regular stuff! Our tree and decorations are up and my cards are in the mail!!! I’m feeling accomplished!

My Cards Are In The Mail, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I sent out 193 Christmas Cards this year to Friends, Family, and all of those that ordered from me this year!!! I love spreading holiday cheer with happy mail in the mail box! It felt great to have all of these all out and in the mail! I hope they arrive well. If you would like a card from me, send me your address and I’ll get one in the mail to you!!! Click here to send your address. I wish you all the most amazing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or December. However you wish to celebrate, I wish you all the best! I can’t believe that 2017 is coming to an end soon but I am so excited for a fabulous 2018!

Don’t forget that I have Gift Certificates available if you need a gift at the last minute. Just let me know what you need and I can send a Paypal invoice and mail the certificate to you! Let your family and friends know too! Just pass my information along to them! You can also fill out the MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass that out to family and friends.

Every order this month of $75.00 or more (before shipping) will earn My Free Stamp Set of the Month which is Little One!!! It won’t come with your order but instead it will be sent separately.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


It’s Time To Play!!!

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My Christmas Cards are done and in the mail! We decorated the tree and around the house the past few days! Christmas cookies were baked all day on Saturday. Now that I am mostly ready for Christmas, it’s time to play! My pre-order for the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion has arrived!!!

It's Time to Play, www.LaurasStamppad.com

 

There are so many amazing pretty papers, spring colors, magical stuff, and BLING!!! I am so excited and can’t wait to start playing with everything! I’m working on my classes for January and February so be sure to check out my Upcoming Events here!

What is something that you hope is in the Occasions Mini Catalog?? Let me know in the comments below!! This catalog begins on January 3rd along with the Sale-A-Bration Promotion beginning. This is the biggest promotion of the year. Every $50 order earns you a free Sale-A-Bration item!

If you would like to see all of the items I got and get excited like me, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Stay tuned as I will be posting more videos of the Designer Paper and Kits shown in the video! Give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

If you would like to get these items NOW because you just can’t wait, join Stampin’ Up and you can order these items like me!!! This is just one of the amazing perks of being a demonstrator! Click here for more information or reach out to me. I’m always happy to answer questions!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


November Paper Pumpkin Kit – Back in Plaid!!!

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Today, I’m sharing the adorable November Paper Pumpkin Kit – Back in Plaid! This kit is super cute but I will be honest and say I’m not always a big fan of gift packaging stuff. Tis the Season though and I’ve made mine up and I’m excited to pass them out! Check out the reveal of this kit here!

Back in Plaid, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these adorable??? Super simple to create and super cute. I am going to add some chocolate….everyone loves chocolate! I’m going to take some to my appointment for Baby Ziggy and give them to the nurses and doctors! I’ll take some to the Post Office next time I go and leave them for the UPS guys! In a way I’m excited that this Paper Pumpkin kit has pushed me to make little treats for others this season!

November Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I created this kit in less than an hour! I stamped all of the greetings on the tags. There were a million tags in the kit – blank white tags and 2 sheets of these with trees and snowflakes. Now I have more to use on gifts this year too! After stamping the greeting, I layered the red banner on the back. Using the glue dots from the kit, I added the greenery. I simply added one dot to one of the leaves and stuck it down!

Merry & Bright, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the Baker’s Twine, I slide it through the hole on the clothespin and then tied it into a bow! Then I clipped the tag on! Simple and quick! What ideas do you have for these little stockings?? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to get your own December Kit?? Click here to get signed up before the 10th to enjoy Paper Pumpkin with me! Paper Pumpkin is also a great gift to give this season. It comes with everything you need to create the kit so no need to have the supplies on hand or make sure you have everything. Its perfect for any one or any age! There are also pre-paid subscription options as well. Click here to check those out! Always happy to help with that shopping list!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Blending Roses!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I am showing you how to create these stunning roses with the New Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!!

Blending Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This rose is so much fun!!! Some of these samples are from my amazing Stamp Club attendees and the others are ones I created! Shout out to Janet, Mary, and Kacie!!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I cut the black layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and another Whisper White layer (3-3/4″ x 5″). I didn’t assemble these layers till after I was done stamping and coloring….just in case I made a boo boo! Using the Graceful Garden Stamp Set, I stamped the rose and the greeting in Memento Black Ink! This is the ink you must use when playing with the Blends because it won’t bleed.

Pink Pirouette Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the coloring! This is where you can go simple and easy or go all out and adventurous. You will notice in some of the samples at the top I mainly just colored in the petals. I did the center with the light and did the outside with the dark. Then I added a few dark accents to the middle for a little variation of color. For the stem, I did either light or dark. Then on the petals, I did a little combination of either the center or the outside in the dark and blended it together for the rest.

For the light pink flower above and a few more samples below, I got more adventurous and really had fun with the coloring. I did the stem from the top to the leaves in dark and then blended and coloring the bottom in light. This gives the stem a little more variation in color. For the rose, I colored the edges of all the petals in the dark and then blended it in with the light! I LOVE this look! It’s so stunning and really gives the entire rose an amazing look!

Yellow Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You can see the colored petals better on this flower in Daffodil Delight and then I started coloring in with the lighter marker. After filling in the flower completely, I go back though and blend it to reduce any lines.

Red Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I feel like I have like 10 more roses to show off but I’ll stop with this one! This red rose was done basic with a light colored stem and dark leaves.  I did the rose with a light center and dark edges and accents.

After coloring, I layered the pieces the together and added some Metallic Edge Ribbon around it. Then I added this to the card front and finished it off with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes! Let me know your favorite color in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Brad’s Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Yesterday was Brad’s Birthday and so today I’m sharing his Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

Brad's Nintendo Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think it turned out really cute and Brad loved it. It’s not exactly like a controller due to some things I couldn’t really recreate but it’s pretty close. I had to write the A & B and Nintendo on the gray because it wouldn’t show up on the black. Also, I wasn’t able to put the gray area down the center because spacing was difficult. Trying to scale things correctly is probably my hardest part of making these cards! You can check out some of my past creations here, here, and here!

I started with a piece of Whisper White for my card base and made it s 5″ x 7″ card! I knew I needed a larger card for this concept or those little pieces would be even smaller. 🙂 Next, I took a piece of Real Red (4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″) and layered it on top! For the controllers, I used Smoky Slate as the base and Black Baker’s Twine as the cord! For all of the decorations, I hand cut them out except the red circles and hearts which were punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I really wish I could have punched more out but the pieces were so oddly shaped. Thank goodness for my Stampin’ Trimmer to get those small pieces though! The greeting was stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Brad's Birthday 2017, www.LaurasStampPad.com

He loved it and that’s all that matters!!! I don’t always make custom cards but when I do it is fun and makes it even more special! Do you like to make custom cards for family and friends?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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December’s Free Stamp Set!!!

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Happy Friday everyone! Happy December!!! I still can’t believe it but here it is!!! Let’s start out with the reveal of December’s Free Stamp Set…….drum roll……

December Free Stamp Set of the Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Don’t forget that every order of $40 (or increments of $40) earns you a Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers. Don’t worry, I keep track of these each month and will let you know when you have earned a Gift Certificate. Another added bonus is that I have decided they don’t expire so no worries about starting the new year fresh!!!

November Laura's Loyal Stampers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I had lots of Gift Certificates to pass out in November! Hmmm will they enjoy some Christmas Gifts or wait till Sale-A-Bration to start in January! We shall see. I know a few of them have talked about the Stampin’ Blends being on their wish list so I see coloring in their future!!! I always get so excited to write out these each month and see the surprise on the recipient’s face! It truly warms my heart!!! If you are ever wondering how many Stickers you have, just reach out to me!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!! I’ll be off baking cookies all day tomorrow! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


We Have Big News!!!

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I’m so excited to share that we have big news!!!! 🙂 Check out the Video below!!!

That’s right!!! We have another little stamper coming May 2018!!!! My husband and I are very excited to share this news with all of you and what better way to do that than with a card!!! I made these cards as the announcement for all of our Aunts and Uncles and family. Of course, we told our immediate family in person. We were able to see everyone over the Thanksgiving Holiday so that’s when we shared our news. It was so fun and exciting!

We Have Big News, www.LaurasStampPad.com

A little bit about me and baby Ziggy! That is the name that Brad gave the baby as soon as we found out and it has really stuck! We are both doing amazing! Thank goodness for working from home and being your own boss because that means daily naps! 🙂 I haven’t been a fan of the foods I was eating all the time. So now it’s time to mix it up and try new things or eat those things, I don’t normally have but love! We have see our little one on a sonogram and heard the heartbeat twice now! It’s the most precious thing ever! At our last appointment, little Ziggy had hiccups or was kicking because we could hear the heartbeat and then a thud. I’m still not feeling any movement yet but can’t wait to do so! We will find out the gender at Christmas time!

What does this mean about stamping and my blog?? At this time there we be no change! I am hoping to continue to blog 5 days a week as I have been. I plan to schedule posts in May! I will say there may be a day or so that a post might not happen and I apologize in advance but will do my best to make it seamless! The same goes with the 2 weekly videos on my YouTube Channel! I will probably take a little time off on local classes and events but plan on getting back into it when I’m ready! I’m so excited to share this all with you and hope you are as well!

Thank you for all of your love and support with me and my Stampin’ Up! business! I look forward to continuing to help you with your stamping needs and providing inspiration and creativity!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Stamping With Those I Love!!!

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I love to stamp and I really love stamping with those I love too! Every year, I get together with my Mom to create her Christmas cards! I love stamping and chatting and creating together!!!

Stamping with Those I love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On Sunday afternoon, I took all the supplies to my parents house to make 75 Christmas Cards!!! My Mom picked 2 different samples – this one and a variation of this one! Of course, I had my husband join in the fun! Together, we had a wonderful afternoon of stamping, working together, chatting, and of course laughing!! We had a nice assembly line going on and quickly finished the stamped Bethlehem card. Then we got started on the deer in a sweater card but didn’t have enough time to finish. I also didn’t have enough ribbon for all of them!

Family Christmas Card Creation, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since, we needed to finish up the cards, I brought the goodies back on Thanksgiving! I got to stamp with my Sister and Nieces. I was tying the ribbons. The little girls were taking all the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals off and my sister was adding it to the card front and trimming the ribbon. Working like a team really make it go quickly. I just love sharing my love of stamping with those that I love!

Do you love stamping with friends and family or do you prefer to stamp alone? Let me know in the comments below! Most days I’m stamping alone and enjoy listening to music or having a movie going on in the background. I enjoy those days for sure but I really love stamping with others. That is probably because I love talking so much!!! 🙂

Tomorrow is the last day to earn the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set for FREE with a $75.00 order! In December, I’ll have a new stamp set picked out….stay tuned! If you have a favorite you would like it to be, let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Technique Tuesday – Embossing Vellum!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! We are embossing vellum!!!

Embossed Vellum, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I have been having so much  fun with this Quilt Bundle! You can check out a few more samples here and here!

I started with a Pool Party card base and stamped the little flower from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set. I stamped it in Pool Party Ink for just a subtle background look. Next, I took the dotted flower image and stamped it with VersaMark. Using White Embossing Powder, I heated the image with the Heat Tool to set it. This gives a little texture and more pop of color. Then I took a piece of Vellum cardstock (1″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. I just love how it comes out all white and textured! Amazing! Vellum can be tricky because you can see adhesive through it. I only added adhesive on the left hand side where I put the flower. Between adding the flower on top and having the greeting on the left, it was nice and secure!

Embossed Quilting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for all the decorations! I stamped the solid flower image in Blushing Bride Ink onto Whisper White scraps. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out the 2 flowers. I simply off set the 2 flowers for that fuller look on the flower. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Of course, I needed even more texture but I also wanted the flower secure over the bumps of the embossed vellum. I finished that off with a little White Accent in the middle! For the greeting, I stamped it from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. I tied a little bow of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the greeting and added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.

I love that color combination of Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist. Soft colors but also a bit of a pop too! It’s always fun to try a new color combination!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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