Double Z Fold Candy Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique for you! With Easter around the corner, let’s bring on ALL THE CANDY!!! Easter is my favorite holiday and Easter candy is AMAZING! Jelly Beans, Peeps, and Reese’s Eggs are just a few of my favorites. What is your favorite! Okay back to this fabulous technique of a Double Z Fold Candy Card!!!

Double Z Fold Candy Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t it beautiful???? I am loving the fun colors. Hello, Lisa Frank! Am I right? Eeee It just makes me so happy. This card uses all the goodies in the How Sweet It Is Suite!

First, I started with a Coastal Cabana card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11. That is right, this is a regular card size! Simply fold in half like you normally would for a card and then fold that front piece back (in half) to create your first Z. You can also score it if you wish at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″. I added a piece of the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper the the inside of the card (stripes ~ 4″ x 5-1/4″) and another piece to the left side front flap (polka dots ~ 4″ x 2-1/2″).

Birthday Treats, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that second Z on our card, I used Gorgeous Grape (3″ x 9″) and scored it at 3″ and 6″. This creates three 3″ squares. Fold it to create a Z and add adhesive to the back square making sure the next square is on the left side. Place it down on the striped paper. Next, place the top Z on the polka dotted paper with the card all folded and laying flat. Place your fingers at the edge of the purple 3″ square as a guide to know how much adhesive you will need for that flap (video explains better). Lift the 3″ purple square and add adhesive to the polka dots. It is typically 2 lines of Snail Adhesive. Once your adhesive is down, place the Z over it by pressing flat. Don’t hold the card up to connect it or it might not close flat.

Candy Jar Die Cuts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now it is time to decorate!!! Using the Jar of Sweets Framelits, I die cut out the candy jars from the How Sweet It Is Stamp Set. I love that these coordinate and line up perfectly. I also die cut the candy pieces with the framelits. Using the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set, I stamped the greetings to coordinate. Don’t forget you can bundle and save 10% when you get the stamps and framelits together! The Whisper White layers measure 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″! Just have fun with all the possibilities!!!

Birthday Z Fold Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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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A Friend Is Thinking Of You!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you are ready to tackle the week. Sometimes Monday can seem like a fresh start, back on routine from the chaos of a weekend, and I’ve got a superwomen attitude! Then there are the weeks that I’m ready to crash from a busy weekend, my to-do list for the week isn’t created so I wander around wondering what to work on first. Those are the days that a simple smile from a stranger at the grocery store, a random text from a friend, or happy mail in the mailbox mean the most!!! Everything is quickly turned around and superwomen comes back! So today, I just want to say, “A friend is thinking of you and you got this!!!”

A Friend is Thinking of You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a quick and simple card that can be created in any color scheme and with any designer series paper. Perfect to create and have some on hand all the time!

I started with a Highland Heather card base and added a strip of the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper (2″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the adorable huggers in Gorgeous Grape Ink. This is from the Artfully Aware Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog!! I love the images and greetings in this set as they are so heartwarming and perfect!

Then I layered this piece onto a layer of Gorgeous Grape. The greeting in the corner was stamped from the Part of My Story Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink. Before adding the focal point, I laid down a strip of the Flax Ribbon. The Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the focal point help to hold the ribbon in place!

Part of My Story, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another similar version. I created this one portrait rather than landscape and I left off the ribbon. The card uses a different image and greeting but again using the same stamp sets! For this card, I colored in the image using Stampin’ Blends. I did use some of the Gingham Gala Sequins on both for a little extra flare.

Which one is your favorite??? If you want to recreate these cards, click the supply list below and remember there are only a few days of Sale-A-Bration left!! Every $50 in orders earns you a FREE item!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Friday Fun!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! I hope you are having a wonderful week and adjusting to Daylight Savings!!! Let’s have a little bit of Friday Fun before heading into the weekend!!!

Friday Fun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Little Miss Claire (aka Ziggy) is 9 months! Here are some photos of 41 weeks in and 41 weeks out. It is CRAZY how time flies! She is getting so big, rolling all over, pulling up, and belly scooting. Crawling and walking are close but not yet. She “talks” so much and it is crazy how it seems she says certain words after we do. Brad and I are always like, “did you hear that?” My belly may have gone down but my heart has grown so much!!! With her first birthday around the corner, would you like to guess the theme??? Let me know in the comments below. First correct guess will earn a Stamp Set/Framelit Bundle!!!! Feel free to guess multiple times!

Bloom By Bloom, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set is the FREE Stamp Set of the Month for orders of $75 or more!!! This is an exclusive offer through me!

Sale-A-Bration is still going on till March 31st! Some items are selling out so don’t delay!!! Also, don’t forget the Sale-A-Bration Coordination items! The Lily Framelits and Blended Seasons Framelits are still available as well as the punch and stamp set. Click here to check it all out!!! You can check out samples using Sale-A-Bration items here, here, and here!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Laura’s Quick Tips – Textured Stamping!!!

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Good morning!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day to start out with! Today, I wanted to share another one of Laura’s Quick Tips! This one is showing you how to get that perfect textured stamping. Many of Stampin’ Up’s stamps have that amazing texture to the image that makes it look so real. If you ink pads are too juicy though, it just comes out like a splotch!

 Textured Stamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

All you need for this tip is a plastic spoon. I prefer to use this because it is easy to clean and cheap/disposable if I forget to clean it. It is also gentle on your ink pad so it won’t tear the foam pad.

If you are stamping a detailed image and it comes out all splotchy, I can help you! I’m using the lily in the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. First, rub the back of the spoon over the ink pad to move some of the ink over. If the ink pad is too wet/inked, then too much ink gets on the stamp and doesn’t allow for that texture to shine through. By moving some of the ink over, it allows for the stamp to be inked just enough and show off that perfect texture! Then stamp your image! If it is still splotchy, rub a little more ink over.

Too Much Ink, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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


February 2019 Paper Pumpkin!!!

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My February 2019 Paper Pumpkin got delayed in the mail and I just got around to creating it. It was amazing as usual with the black and white look and fun use of plants. Quick and simple cards to put together and enjoy with a ton of supplies or time. That’s my kind of stamping sometimes!!!

Cactus, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cards were super cute and easy to put together! I love the greetings and the rustic look with a little bit of bling. The color combination is perfect too with the greenery and then pops of Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist.

I took this kit with me the other day when I traveled to my hometown for a Stamp Class. I knew I would have have some time to kill between set-up and actual class so I put this kit together! It was perfect!

February 2019 Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My favorite card is the one on the far left with the YOU. I just love the look of it and that little bit of string and a few bling! I used the fun images in the stamp set for each of the envelopes to coordinate with the card. It turned out perfect. There are so many fun images and greetings in this stamp set!

If you would like to try out Paper Pumpkin, click here to join in the fun! You can try it out for 1 month or several. It is all up to you. Just cancel any time before the 10th of the month.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Using Both Sides of the Paper!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! We are using both sides of the paper from the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper to create 2 cards!

Using Both Sides of the Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one is your favorite – the left or the right?? Let me know in the comments below!! To be honest, I don’t know that I could pick. I really had a lot of fun with this card style……as you can see below with all the different options I just had to try out!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper (5-1/2″ x 2-3/4″) and tied some ribbon around the card. I used the Gorgeous Grape Striped Ribbon and the Granny Apple Green/Coastal Cabana Reversible Ribbon. Check out the same below where I even mixed those up and used the reversible ribbon on the purple dotted paper. The paper is the same piece for both cards just the left card using one side and the right card using the other!

Gum drops in the candy jar, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set. I used the same images for the focal point too. I stamped the candy jar in Coastal Cabana and die cut it with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Then I really had fun with the different candy options in the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set. Gum drops, hard candy, jelly beans, gummy bears, and chocolates….YUM!!! Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored them in!

Sweetest Thing Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After coloring, I layered the oval onto a scalloped oval of Coastal Cabana and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added some Glittered Enamel Shapes to some for a little pop of texture and glitter.

So many fun looks and combinations with this amazing bundle. Click the supply list below so you can get started on creating your favorites!!! Which is your favorite??? If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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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May The Rest of Your Lives…

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Happy Monday!!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! While the card I’m sharing today is an anniversary one, this greeting could be for anything. May the Rest of Your Lives…..Be the Best of Your Lives!!!

May The Rest of Your Lives, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have recently gotten into decorating the inside of the cards. I know, I know….I’m super late to the party but I’m here now!!! Isn’t this card just fabulous?? It’s the inside, just wait till you see the front!

Bloom By Bloom, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers…..make me happy!!! These colors also make me happy! I am loving this combination of Night of Navy, Grapefruit Grove, and Calypso Coral. Yum!

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then, I took a piece of Whisper White (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) and stamped the flower from the Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set. Be sure to stamp the flower first and then the stem to ensure your stem isn’t too high/too far over that your flower doesn’t fit. The flower was stamped in Calypso Coral Ink and the stem in Call Me Clover Ink. Then I took the smaller flower from the set and stamped it in Grapefruit Grove. I fussy cut out that flower and layered it onto the bigger one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Next, I layered this onto a piece of Calypso Coral (3″ x 3″) and added a little loop of Calypso Coral Satin Ribbon to the corner. Securing the loop with Stampin’ Dimensionals gives a smooth and secure look! Add more Stampin’ Dimensionals around the piece and add it to the card front. For the greeting, I stamped it in Night of Navy Ink from the Well Said Stamp Set. Simply cut around the stamped images and add them to the card. If you wish to stamp directly onto the card next to the flower, you can do so. This just gives an extra pop and allows the greeting to fall off a bit.

If you would like to recreate this card, click the supply list below! Don’t forget if you order is over $75 before tax and shipping, you will earn Laura’s Free Stamp Set of the Month which is the Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Sale-A-Bration Update!!!

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Happy Friday!!! There is so much going on right now so I thought I would give a Sale-A-Bration Update!!!

Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31 so we only have a few weeks left!!! While you may have heard that some items are no longer available, there have been more added as well! Click here to see all of the original Sale-A-Bration items still available, the 2nd Release Items, and the catalog product that you can earn!!! There are goodies at the $50 and $100 level!!!

The items no longer available include the Parcel Post Card Kit, Grapefruit Grove/Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper, Ribbon Pack, and Butterfly Elements.

Sale-A-Bration Update, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There is also some fabulous Sale-A-Bration coordinating products available to purchase this month only (while supplies last). No more fussy cutting!!!! Woot Woot! Stampin’ Up has framelits for the Sale-A-Bration Stamps – Frogs (So Hoppy For You), Lilies (Lasting Lily), Cupcakes (Hello Cupcake), and Blended Seasons!!! UPDATE: The Frogs (Hop Around Framelits) are SOLD OUT!!! You can really make your project pop when the image is die cut out and layered onto your project!!! There is also a fabulous stamp set and a new punch. Click here to see all of these items! Don’t forget that when you purchase these items you are also earning more Sale-A-Bration goodies. YEAH!!! Get these before they are gone because they are going fast!

I hope you are having fun with all this Sale-A-Bration! I know I am!!! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! I’m heading off to Paris to stamp with an amazing group tomorrow morning. (Paris, Illinois that is.) Have stamps, will travel! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Laura’s Quick Tips: 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper!!!

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Today, I am sharing another fabulous one of Laura’s Quick Tips and it’s all about 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper!! I don’t like wasting designer paper because it is so pretty and I don’t like to waste. Creating cards using specific measurements makes little to no waste and lots of fabulous card creations!!!

Laura's Quick Tips: 6" x 6" Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m sharing samples using the Gingham Gala Designer Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Actually you can use any 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. In fact, you can even cut your 12″ x 12″ pieces down to create these same projects!!!

One way to use up all of the 6″ x 6″ piece is to cut as follows. First, cut at 4″ creating a 6″ x 4″ piece. Then cut that into 2″ x 4″ pieces resulting in 3 pieces of that size. The leftover piece measures 2″ x 6″ so cut another 2″ x 4″ piece. This leaves a 2″ square leftover. This is perfect for punching out a piece to layer behind a greeting or save up 4 of these for a 2″ x 4″ four square grid. Here is a fabulous sample using the 2″ x 4″ pieces!

The other way to use up all of the 6″ x 6″ piece is as follows. First, cut at 4″ creating a 6″ x 4″ piece. Then cut that one at 5-1/4″ creating a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece which is perfect for laying on the front of a card base. The little 3/4″ x 4″ piece leftover is perfect to place on the inside of the card for some fabulous coordination and decoration. Then there is a leftover 2″ x 6″ piece that can be cut at 2″ x 4″ and a 2″ square like the one above. Another option would be cutting it at 2″ x 5-1/2″ for a side strip down the edge (or middle) of a card front. Here is a fabulous sample using that!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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


Did You Know???

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Today, I’m going to chat with you about Paper Pumpkin. Some of these things you may know but some might be new. Here we go, Did you know…

Paper Pumpkin 6th Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Paper Pumpkin is celebrating their 6th Birthday in March! Woot Woot! The box is going to be super cute and that always makes me excited. I love to use the fun, pretty boxes in my craft room for storage like Stampin’ Blends, etc.

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin boxes, did you know that you can turn the box inside out, pop it back together, and use it for mailing. No need to peel off labels or anything, it’s a perfect clean box. You can even write on it with a Sharpie since it’s more cardboard like rather than slick on the inside.

Did you know that you can store Paper Pumpkin stamps in Clear Mount Stamp Cases. Click here to purchase some! Stampin’ Up also sends out a stamp case insert each month for the set. This comes in the Paper Pumpkin Email. Here is the insert for the February Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set.

The March Paper Pumpkin Kit is going to come with TWO stamp sets!!! If you haven’t tried out Paper Pumpkin, March is the month to do it. For $19.95 (plus tax, no shipping), you will get 2 stamp sets, 1 stamp spot, a clear block, and all the supplies for making the card project! We have been told it will be cards and they will “POP”. I can’t wait to see it. All of those goodies are totally worth it! Click here to give it a try! You can try it out for 1 month, 2 months, 8 months, forever! Just keep getting it as long as you enjoy it!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura