Kiss the Ink Pad!!!

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Today’s Technique Tuesday is all about inking up a stamp! This has come up a lot lately in my classes and I thought of a fabulous way to explain it so here it goes! Kiss the Ink Pad….don’t give it CPR!

Kiss the ink pad, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You will notice in the ink pad above that there are lighter spots all over. This happens when you press too hard with the stamp into the ink pad. Pressing harder does not give you more ink. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It presses all the ink to the side and leaves you with very little ink on the stamp. So next time you are stamping, remember to lightly kiss the ink pad for nice full coverage ink color! No need to press on it like you are doing CPR!

Check out the full tutorial to just kiss the ink pad in 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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Get Your Party Hat!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend because it’s Monday and it’s a fresh week! Let’s start it off right! Get your party hat on and let’s make this week amazing!!!

Get Your Party Hat, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have been having a lot of fun with the Birthday Bonanza Suite. So much actually that the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set is the Free Stamp Set of the Month for a $75 order or more! Woot Woot!!!

For this card, I went super simple. I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. The fold of the card base is on the left. Next, I cut some of the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper into a 4″ x 2″ strip. This even measurement means you can get 18 of these cards from 1 sheet of designer paper! Then I layered this piece onto some Bermuda Bay and ripped the right side for some texture. I added this to the left side of the card and tied some Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon around it (to the inside of the card).

Pom Pom Party Hat, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I punched out a Whisper White label using the Label Me Lovely Punch. Next, I stamped the greeting in Memento Black and the party hat in Bermuda Bay Ink. These images are from the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set. Then I punched out another label in Daffodil Delight and cut it in half. Adding one half to the top and another top the bottom, it makes the perfect layered look with the same punch! I added the greeting to the card front. Then to finish it off, I added a little pom pom with the Fine Tip Glue Pen!

Birthday Bonanza, www. LaurasStampPad.com

Of course, I had to put a little decor on the inside too! These images are from the same Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set! It’s perfect for a little kid’s birthday or even a kid at heart! 🙂

To see more fun samples using the Birthday Bonanza Suite, click here. Get your party hat on and have fun with this suite!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Pleased As Punch!!!

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Today, I wanted to share with you this fabulous Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper that got released with Stampin’ Up’s Sale-A-Bration Coordination Products!!!

Pleased As Punch, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This paper just screams SPRING and I love it!!!! The other awesome thing about this paper is all of the punches that coordinate with it. Hints the name….pleased as punch! 🙂 The Heart Punch, Umbrella Builder Punch, Tulip Punch, and Bloom Punch all can be used with this paper. I love how quick and simple it is to punch and go with a project and these images are all pretty and perfect!!! This paper is while supplies last or until the end of March so don’t wait long!

Don’t forget the other items in the Sale-A-Bration Coordination release are also while supplies last. These include die cuts for the Happy Birthday To You Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set and the Hostess Lady Bug Stamp Set. There are also dies for the stamp sets in the 2020 Mini Catalog – Positive Thoughts and Special Someone. I will have links for all of these down below so you can get them before they are gone!

Check out the full reveal of the Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper in 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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Just Cut Off The Bottom!!!

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Now this might not sound like great advice for most things in life but when it comes to stamping, try it out! Just cut off the bottom of the cardstock for a whole new look! Check out this other card that I created by cutting off the bottom too!

Just Cut Off The Bottom, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I got the inspiration for this card from the amazing Sandy Carlson! Thank you so much, Sandy for sharing this beautiful card. I loved it and had to recreate it and changed up the greeting!!!

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base (7-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). This means that I cut off 1-1/4″ from the card front of the card base. Next, I layered on some of the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper. The front piece measures 2-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ and the little piece on the bottom measures 1″ x 5-1/4″. The little piece is technically on the inside of the card!

Lily Pad Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Whisper White piece on the inside measures 2-3/4″ x 5-1/4″. I stamped the lily pad and greeting in Bermuda Bay Ink. The greeting is from the Thanks For The Laughs Stamp Set and the flower is from the Lovely Lily Pad Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set!

Lily Impressions Sale-A-Bration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the decoration on the front of the card. I started with tying some Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the front flap to add a little bit of texture. Next, I added the Whisper White die cut stitched circle. I stamped the greeting at the top of the circle and added the flowers towards the bottom. The flowers were stamped with the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set and die cut with the coordinating Lily Pad Framelits! Just be sure to add adhesive to the top portion of these so that you aren’t sealing your card shut with adhesive on the portion hanging off the circle! For the dainty pink flower, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen!!!

I just love flowers and stamping with them makes me happy! If you want to try out this fun card and cut the bottom off your next card, check out the supply list below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Golden Honey One Sheet Wonder!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today’s Technique Tuesday is the Golden Honey One Sheet Wonder!!! I know how much you all love One Sheet Wonders so I hope you enjoy this one too!!!

All 9 of these cards were created with 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ Golden Honey Designer Series Paper!!! I used both sides of the paper so no struggle for which side to use!

The first cut was at 4″ creating a 4″ x 12″ strip which I then cut into 4″ x 4″ squares! This is the first 3 cards! I used the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set for all of the greetings!

Next, I cut a 2″ strip off. This creates a 2″ x 12″ piece that I then cut into 2″ x 4″ pieces. That first card was created by cutting the 2″ x 4″ into 2″ squares. I used Stampin’ Blends to color in the designer paper for even more variability. Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather, Whisper White, and Daffodil Delight were the colors I used on all of these cards!

Then, I cut a 5-1/4″ piece off which created a 5-1/4″ x 12″ piece. I cut this one into 4″ x 5-1/4″ and used it as backgrounds for my cards. Again, I colored in the flowers with Stampin’ Blends for some added flare!

The leftover strip is 3/4″ x 12″ and I cut it into 2 pieces to decorate the inside of the 2 cards! One strip is 4″ x 3/4″ and the other is 5-1/4″ x 3/4″. Perfect way to use up every bit of the paper!

Check out the full Golden Honey One Sheet Wonder tutorial in 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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Heart To Heart!!!

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Happy Monday!!! This month is all about hearts because it’s Valentine’s….Day or Month! 🙂 Whichever you prefer to go by works for me! There is nothing wrong with sharing love all month long or all year long for that matter! 🙂 So today I’m sharing another heart to heart card!

Heart To Heart, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect because it’s not screaming Valentine’s Day! I think it would be great for wedding, anniversary, just because, or even a Baby/Wedding Shower card! What occasion would you use this card for? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base and stamped the heart image all over the background in Pool Party Ink. Then it’s just time for that beautiful layered focal point! First, I adhered a pink Heart Shaped Doily. Next, I stamped the doted heart in Pool Party Ink and the doily one in the center in Flirty Flamingo Ink. All of these images are from the Heartfelt Stamp Set and I used the coordinating punches too!

Vellum Sprigs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After punching out the stamped heart, I punched out a Pool Party scalloped heart and layered them together. Then using the Sprig Punch, I punched out some Vellum cardstock. I attached these to the back of the Pool Party one with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the card front! To finish it off I added a little bow made from Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. I used a Mini Glue Dot to adhere it on!

Baby Shower or Bridal Shower Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As I mentioned before how this card could be used for many occasions. Check out these 2 hearts with stamped greetings from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set! Replace the center focal point with one of these for a totally different card. OR do the same on the front and add the heart with the greeting to the inside! I love it!

If you would like to recreate this card, check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget that every $50 spent during Sale-A-Bration means you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Woot Woot! Also if you would like to see more samples using these stamps, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Stamping Tips for Bonanza Buddies!!!

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No one likes to get frustrated while stamping so today I’m sharing some stamping tips for Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set. Stamping should be all about fun and even therapy. Heck, stamping is therapeutic for me for sure! Let me know in the comments below if you enjoy stamping therapy!

Stamping Tips for Bonanza Buddies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have been loving the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set and playing with it a lot. Stay tuned because I will be sharing them on here! As I have been playing, I have come across a few tips that I would like to share!

The Stampin’ Pierce Mat has been my best friend recently. This mat makes stamping solid images or large images and getting a crisp nice stamped look. It may frustrate you or you may not even notice. When stamping an image and the color isn’t nice and solid but rather has white splotches on it….that’s when you need this handy dandy tool! For just $5, it’s amazing!!!

Another big tip is that while normally I stamp and then die cut, sometimes that’s not always the way to go. When I stamped the balloons in this set and then die cut them, it moved and my balloon was off. I die cut a white scrap and stamped it and NAILED IT! Now that doesn’t happen every time but I was impressed with myself. Also, remember that every piece of paper has 2 sides so you get a second chance! 🙂 Thank you paper! Another way to keep your die from moving on your cardstock while cranking it through is to use a post-it not to hold it in place!

Check out all of the stamping tips for the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set in 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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Hearts & Flowers!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Happy February!!! While this post isn’t all about Valentine’s Day, it is all about hearts & flowers!!!

Hearts & Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greeting includes the hearts and the image includes the flowers! The card is filled with love to share with someone special! (PS: Send the cards you make to share the love. Don’t hoard them all to yourself.) Also, I have to give a shout out to Monica Giberti for the inspiration for this card! Thank you, Monica! I love it!

This one I started with a Melon Mambo card base and stamped the “waves” on the background in Melon Mambo Ink. This is from the Lovely Lily Pad Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. Be sure to off set the stamped images so it doesn’t look like the same image up and down but rather a random look. Next, I layered a piece of the Lily Pad Impressions Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper onto some Garden Green cardstock. I placed this in the center of the card base.

For the focal point of the flower, I punched out a 2-1/4″ Whisper White Circle and placed it on the right side. Then using the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set and coordinating Lily Pad Dies, I stamped and die cut the image. I used Melon Mambo Ink for the outline and then flipped the stamp over and inked it in Flirty Flamingo! I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere this to the card front! The greeting is on a 1″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock. This greeting is from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set in the 2020 Mini Catalog. I love this greeting! To finish it all off, I added a few Champagne Rhinestones for some texture and bling!

Lily Pad Impression, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I stamped the lily in the corner! It’s perfect and adds a little fun to the inside! I just love the colors of this card and the fact that the Stamp, Dies, and Designer Paper are all items that you can earn for FREE!!!! Woot Woot! I love Sale-A-Bration.

Check out the supplies below so you can start earning these goodies and make a card with hearts & flowers!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Up & Down Z Fold Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! Today’s Technique Tuesday is this fun Up & Down Z Fold Card. I have shown horizontal Z folds before like this one! Check out this fun one!

Up & Down Z Fold Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You may think this is the cutest card ever by this first picture but check it out when you open it up!

Double Z Fold Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love all the bright colors and the adorable animals! It’s the perfect kid’s card…..or the kid at heart because I would LOVE to get this card! Don’t worry about not having a place to write your greeting because I have you covered on that as well!

Confetti Card Insert, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added a piece of Whisper White onto the back of the card and stamped some confetti in the corners. It is inked up once and stamped all three times for that ombre look! I also have to give a major shout out to Margo Richardson for this card idea! I just loved it so much and had to recreate it!

Lion, Koala, & Toucan, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Check out the full tutorial of this up and down z fold card in 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 Frenzy!!!

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We are one step closer to Spring because it is officially February!!! I thought I would start off the month right with some exciting news!!!! It’s a February Frenzy over here!

February Frenzy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

TOMORROW, Stampin’ Up is releasing coordinating products to the ones we already love. That’s right, no more fussy cutting!!!!! The stamps we love so much now have coordinating framelits!!!! There is also an amazing Designer Series Paper Pack that is all thing Spring and coordinates with a lot of the punches we love!

Nature’s Thoughts Dies which coordinate with the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set (floral branches, butterfly, etc.)
~Ladybugs Dies which coordinate with the Hostess Exclusive Little Ladybug Stamp Set
Special Days Dies which coordinates with the Special Someone Stamp Set (racoon, mouse, squirrel, etc)
~Sending Flowers Dies which coordinate with the Sending You Thoughts Stamp Set (greeting Sale-A-Bration Set)
Birthday Dies which coordinates with the Happy Birthday To You Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set (cake, pedestal, etc.)
~Pleased As Punch 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper which coordinates with the Small Bloom SAB Punch, Heart Punch Pack, Tulip Builder Punch, and Umbrella Builder Punch

These will all be available TOMORROW and they are while supplies last. I have posted the links for these items below but they will not work till the products are available tomorrow so mark this page and come back tomorrow to order!

February 2020 Free Stamp Set of the Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The FREE Stamp Set of the Month for February 2020 is the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set. You all know how much I have been loving this set so I picked it for the month! All orders placed this month totaling $75 before shipping and tax will earn this set for FREE from me! Woot Woot! Click here to start shopping and join in the February Frenzy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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