Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release!!!

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It’s Friday!!! It’s time to Sale-A-Brate again!!!! Today, Stampin’ Up has a Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release!!! Even more fabulous products that you can earn for FREE!!! There are items at the $50 Level as well as the $100 Level!!!

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

Stamps, Designer Paper, and Embossing Folders…..OH MY!!! I am loving it all!

At the $50 Level, you can get the All Adorned Stamp Set which has some fabulous images to create corners and more using the Stamparatus! There is also a Country Floral Embossing Folder and you all know how much I LOVE FLOWERS!!!!! (Yes, I slowly got louder and more excited as I said/typed that!) Eeeee I’m so excited!

At the $100 Level, there is a Stamp Set and Designer Paper Bundle called Painted Seasons! It;s fabulous for all year long with a pine cone, flowers, and greenery! One side of the designer paper has a fun seasonal look and the other side of each sheet is a more solid pattern! How amazing is that? LOVE IT!

Click here to see all of these items – Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release! Click here to start shopping and earning!!!

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

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


What Do You Love???

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! What do you love today?? Is it chocolate? Is it someone in your life? Is it your craft supplies? I’m going to go with the last 2 and I could exchange chocolate for a cupcake! 🙂 Today, I wanted to share what I am loving right now with Stampin’ Up!!!

What Do You Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

We are right in the middle of Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Mini Catalog and it’s been fabulous! There is so much amazing product to play with and color combinations I would have never thought to use! There is also fabulous free stuff with every $50 order and additional $25 in Hostess Goodies when your order/party is over $250. The best deal yet though is when you join Stampin’ Up and get $175 in product for just $99! That is an amazing steal! Free shipping on top of that makes it even better! Gather together with some friends and let’s stamp. Then you can use your Hostess goodies towards signing up to make it an even better deal!

Today, I’m sharing what I would pick out for my Starter Kit totaling $175!!! There is also a 2nd option to the kit to add on the Craft Carry Tote Bag for $129 rather than $99! Being the bag lady that I am, I’m going with that option!!! So that’s $175 in any product and the Craft & Carry Tote for just $129!

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If you would like to see this all, 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!!! Join my team and let’s have fun stamping together!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Garden of Lilies!!!

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My Mom is a huge gardener. She loves to do and has a yard full of gardens with flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more! Me…..not so much! My thumbs are pink (only because that’s the ink color I use the most), not green! I do enjoy going to visit and walking around the yard looking at all of the flowers though! To see all of the color variations and what is blooming at different times of year is just amazing to me! Lilies are my favorite flower so if I ever did get a green thumb, I would have a garden of lilies!

Shades of Purple Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am loving the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. It is so elegant and real looking! I also love a stamp set with images and greetings. Not just outside greetings but this set has inner and outer greetings. BONUS!!!!! I love it!

I started with this card using a Highland Heather card base. Next, I added a piece of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the lilies from the Lasting Lily Stamp Set. The center Lily was done with Gorgeous Grape Ink and the smaller ones in Highland Heather Ink. All the stems and leaves were stamped in Garden Green Ink. It’s okay if the stems and leaves look all over the place and like a mess because once you put the ribbon and greeting on, it just looks like a fabulous garden!

Garden of Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See what I mean with the crazy stems and leaves. They look all over the place and floating. I didn’t add the leaves to the center stem because I thought it would look too crowded so I just added them around the edges. Once I was finished stamping, I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and tied it into a knot. For the greeting, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits with Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape cardstock. The greeting was stamped in Gorgeous Grape as well. I added the greeting with Stampin Dimensionals. For the inside, I used a leftover piece of the designer paper along the left side and stamped a little flower and greeting! I’m all about decorating the inside of my cards lately. It’s weird because I never use to want to do that.

Shades of Orange Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did this one in Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral Ink. I am loving it! Which one is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below! Check out the supply list for these amazing cards below and remember you can earn the Lasting Lily Stamp Set for FREE with Sale-A-Bration!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Laura’s Quick Tips: Basic Card Measurements!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I am sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips today!!! It is all about basic card measurements!!! I get asked this question a lot especially at my classes since I have already done all the cutting for everyone. These measurements are stuck in my head as I use them daily. Here and there I modify and go with something different just to mix it up but otherwise 98% of my cards use these measurements!

Laura's Quick Tips Basic Card Measurements, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For a basic card base, all you have to remember is to cut a piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ in half. It could be in half along the 11″ side, making the cut at 5-1/2″. This will create a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base. This style can open up like a calendar or to the side like a book. If you cut along the 8-1/2″ side at 4-1/4″, this creates a 4-1/4″ x 11″ card. This looks more like an easel card and again it can open up or to the side. In the photo above, I have the Grapefruit Grove card on the far left opening on the left side like a book.

When it comes to layers, I like to work with 1/4″ rather than 1/8″ mostly because I like a bit of a bigger gap to allow more color/pattern to show. Also, I am not a fan of 1/8″ as I tend to get confused and it isn’t as easy to read on my Stampin’ Trimmer! For the Gorgeous Grape card in the center, I went in a 1/4″ making the Whisper White piece 4″ x 5-1/4″. The Balmy Blue card on the far right is a 1/2″ in making it 3-3/4″ x 5″. This all depends on how much of the card base you want to show!

For additional layers on your card, I tend to go in increments that divide by 6″. This is done because Stampin’ Up’s designer paper, glimmer paper, foil paper, etc. is either 6″ x 6″ or 12″ x 12″. I don’t like to waste any of these gorgeous stuff so cutting pieces like 2″ x 4″ or 3″ square or 3″ x 4″ gives me a chance to use it all up with no waste. That is perfect to me!!!

I hope you found this helpful! Let me know in the comments if this was helpful! Also, let me know if you like to work with 1/4″ or 1/8″!

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


Highlighting With Color!!!

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Do you like to color? Could you spend hours a day just snuggling on the couch and coloring? I’m with you on the snuggling but I don’t think I could color for hours. I enjoy it in little bits but those adult coloring books give me heart palpitations. The image is just so overwhelming and I don’t know what to color first. If it does that to you as well or you just don’t have a lot of long hours to give to color, check this out – Highlighting With Color!!!!

highlighting with color, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See how those butterflies pop but I didn’t color everything on the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series  Paper!!! Just a little bit of color goes a long way and it was quick to do!

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Basic Black measuring 3-1/2″x 4-1/2″. Then I took a piece of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (3″ x 4″). Using the Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencil, I quickly colored back and forth all the way around the big butterflies. Just a simple scratch scratch scratch all the way around! You could always use different colors or all the same color! Once I finished coloring, I layered this piece onto the card front.

Hello Beautiful, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I used the Layering Circle Framelits to die cut a smooth white circle and a scalloped black circle. The greeting was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. You can still purchase this stamp set even though the coordinating punch is on backorder! I’ll keep you posted when the punch is available again! For a little bit of texture and shine, I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around my fingers to create loops for the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I secured the thread and adhered the greeting to the card front. Depending on where your butterflies are the piece of designer paper that you cut, you can move the greeting around to different spots. I love it!

You can earn the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper for FREE with Sale-A-Bration!!! Bring on all things butterflies! I am loving it all this season! I’m also loving monochromatic cards lately. Not sure why, but I have noticed all of my cards have been single colors. Are you a fan or do you prefer a card with all kinds of colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Friday Favorites Of The Week!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I’m sharing some of my Friday Favorites of the Week today!!! Then let’s head into the weekend and dream of warm Spring days! Who’s with me???

Friday Favorites of the Week, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m loving Lovely Lipstick…..no shock there as I love pink! This color is just jumping out at me for every project I go to create. The Dot To Dot Embossing Folder is my favorite. It’s so classic and can be used for lots of occasions. The different sizes and patterns make it really pop! The Stamparatus Bag is my new favorite bag/tool. I have just been so impressed by this bag lately. It’s so big and can hold so much whether it is the Stamparatus or even just stamps, ink, and a project. It’s super cute and strong and has a shoulder strap as well as little handles. If you have a Stamparatus and want cute storage, I highly recommend it. If you want something to put a project in to take with you on a trip or to get your oil changed or anywhere else you want to stamp, I highly recommend it!

Then last but not least my favorite is snuggling little Claire in that gray fuzzy blanket! I bought that gray/white blanket to take to the hospital as I love a soft blanket and it would help to calm me and give me something to snuggle. It was just that and I loved it. After we got home, I used it in the chair in the nursery that I nurse Claire in. Soon after she fell in love with it and now I’m pretty sure it’s not my blanket any more. She loves it as much as I do but who wouldn’t? It’s sooooo fuzzy and soft! There is nothing better then snuggles with her and the blanket. Some days I put her down for a nap and go to my Stamp Pad to work and  other days I just hold her and snuggle. 🙂

Let me know what your favorite things are right now in the comments below!!!

Don’t forget the Free Stamp Set of the Month is the and Sale-A-Bration is still going on! That means every $50 spent earns you a Sale-A-Bration item and at $75 you will also earn the Free Stamp Set of the Month (Flowering Desert)! Woot Woot! Click here to start shopping!!! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Laura’s Quick Tips: How Much Ribbon Do I Need??

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Today, I’m sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!!! Since ribbon is my favorite embellishment for sure, I used it for almost all of my project. How much ribbon do I need is a question I get asked a lot. Let me show you my trick for that…

Laura's Quick Tips How Much Ribbon Do I Need, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The way to know how much ribbon you will need when tying a knot around something is to simply wrap it around. Take the ribbon and go across the front, around to the back, back around to the front and across. The two ends of the ribbon should be going in opposite directions across the front. Now you can cut your ribbon off the spool and tie it into a knot. There will be some excess ribbon that you will need to trim off but very minimal. Of course this may seem a bit confusing which is why I posted a video below for you to see!!!!

Want to see more on this fabulous card using the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set?? Click here to check it out!

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


January 2019 Paper Pumpkin – Be My Valentine!!!

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I always love getting the January 2019 Paper Pumpkin because it always sets me up for Valentine Treats! As always I’m going for Auntie of Year and love to spoil my nieces and nephews with fun treats for the holidays! Paper Pumpkin always has me covered!!! This year it is the Be My Valentine Kit and it is CUTE!!!!

January 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Are these not the cutest little things ever??? Those little chameleons melt my heart! Also, the greeting One in a Chameleon is just the best! These little pillow boxes hold just enough chocolate for a sweet treat but not so big that you are spending a fortune on candy! That’s the perfect amount right???

Once in a Chameleon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are 24 boxes in this kit which is a TON! I don’t have that many nieces and nephews so I am going to make a few to pass out to my babysitter, the person at the Post Office, my UPS driver, etc. Then I’m going to take the leftovers and make them into cards to use for kid’s birthdays! There are blue boxes and pink boxes depending on which side of the paper you use! The adhesive strips are best used where you peal off the paper and then press the adhesive onto the box label, then pull the plastic sheet off.

Be My Valentine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

TIP: When adding the circle or heart to the pillow box, only place Stampin’ Dimensionals in the center, going across. Since the pillow box is curved, the label will really only want to stick in the middle and not curve with the box. I will also say that I did not attempt to cut the kangaroo and stick the heart in. I was okay with the heart on his belly. 🙂

February Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Want a sneak peak into the February Kit??? Check out this video! Are you as excited as I am??? I’m pumped because there was a past kit with succulents and it was one of my favorites!!! Click here to join Paper Pumpkin even if just for the month of February! Try it out and see! It’s only $20 and you get an ink spot, stamps, and a clear block as a new subscriber. That’s on top of the project!!! Woot Woot! So worth it!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Banner Front Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This banner front card is fun and different from just a regular card! It’s also a fabulous masculine card which I struggle with! Luckily it works for Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Birthdays and Graduation. Just mix up the greeting!!! Also, a shout out to Karla Endris for the inspiration on this card!

Banner Front Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one do you like best?? Let me know in the comments below! Not only is the greeting different but I have a different color banner for each. On the Smoky Slate banner card, I stamped off once with the grease spots. For the Basic Gray banner, I stamped in full strength Smoky Slate!!!

I started with a 7-3/4″ X 4-1/4″ card base and scored it at 5-1/2″ (or 2-1/4″) depending on which way you prefer to measure). This allows for just a small flap for the card front. Next, I layered on a piece of the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper measuring 2″ x 4″. With this size, you can get 4 pieces from one sheet of 6″ x 6″. Then I die cut the gears from the Garage Gears Framelits in Real Red cardstock. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the gears to the card front!

Geared Up Garage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the grease spot stamp from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set, I stamped it along the right inside edge in Smoky Slate. You can either go full strength or stamped off once or a little bit of both! For the banner, I cut a piece of Basic Gray (or Smoky Slate) measuring 2″ x 5-3/4″. Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched the banner tips and then placed it inside the card. I closed that front flap and placed my finger along the edge as a guide. Then I added adhesive up to that edge where my finger was. This is to make sure I don’t have too much adhesive that it peaks out of the flap. Then simply close the flap over the banner with adhesive to adhere it. Using the coordinating Garage Gears Framelits, I die cut the greeting pieces and stamped it. Of course, I added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture.

All Geared Up To Celebrate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this version of the card, I stamped the greeting on a banner that is 1″ wide and used the Banner Triple Punch. Adhere the two banners together before adhering it to the card base.

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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February Free Stamp Set of the Month!!!

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Happy Monday!!! It’s February so of course that means a new Free Stamp Set! The February Free Stamp Set of the Month is…….

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

…the Flowering Dessert Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog! There are beautiful images as well as greetings. My favorite greeting is the “be your own kind of beautiful.” Who cares if someone else doesn’t think that’s the cool thing or pretty color. You do you!!! Stay true to what is in your heart.

Here’s a little side story to that and inside about me! I purchased some Krispy Kreme Donuts from my Niece for a fundraiser. Anyone else loves these as much as me??? Let me know in the comments below! Other donuts, I can pass on but a Krispy Kreme…..Mmmmm! Anyway, she needed to be paid in advance and I wasn’t going to be in town before the date of delivery. I asked her to ask her Ma (my mom) or her dad (my brother) and I would pay them back! She got it from her Dad! So donut day arrived and I was in town to pick them up those little heavenly O’s. I went to put the money in my brother’s truck but wanted to leave a little note as well. I went with a little donut pun! The note went like this….Donut you know you are loved! Thanks for paying for my donuts in advance! I just know my brother probably rolled his eyes when he read it and I don’t care.

Everyone wants to hear they are loved or they are cared about or they look nice. Why don’t we say it more often?? What’s holding up back?? If you can’t say it in person, send a card or leave a note! Make someone’s day! Make them feel special. Donut you wanna make someone smile? 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my little story and I hope you are excited about the Free Stamp Set of the Month for February! Click here to start shopping so you can earn this set for FREE as well as FREE Sale-A-Bration items all month long!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura