Friday Updates & Excitement!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I’m have so many fabulous updates and excitement to share with you that I thought I would make it an entire blog post!!! Are you ready???

Friday Updates & Excitement, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Last Friday, I did the drawing for the Ink Pad Giveaway and it was Sheila!!!! I’m so happy for her and she selected the Subtles Collection. Little funny side note: I took the picture of her name with my ink pads before telling her she won. Yet, somehow I did it in front of the Subltes Collection and that’s what she picked. Hehehe I love little things like that!

Speaking of Giveaways, let me know in the comments below what you would like the new giveaway to be. I have done the Big Shot and now the Ink Pad Collection. Would you like a repeat of those or something different?? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

Food Trucks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So even though Sale-A-Bration is over and you can’t get the adorable Tasty Trucks Stamp Set, I just had to share these. I had some leftover cards already cut so I created them! Coloring with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens is just so much fun!!! Eeee I love them all!

Sun is Setting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retired List is out and items are selling out fast! You can check out the complete list here:

2017 Retiring List – Excel

2017 Retiring List – PDF

Some of these items are sold out already so you can just start shopping here! Not only do you get to enjoy getting some great products before they are gone (and at a discount for some), you will also be able to earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!

And another fun announcement……I have handed out my FIRST $40 Gift Certificate for Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!! Congratulations Vickey M. for earning the first one!!!! Woot Woot!!! Will you be the next one?!?!?!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Baby Bunny is just Adorable!!!

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This baby bunny is just precious and I used Basket Bunch Stamp Set which is Easter themed! I love using a stamp set in out of the box way! To see a few other samples with this set, click here and here!

Baby Bunny, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You could always create this little baby bunny card in pink, blue, or even yellow. Go with the color that you enjoy the best!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Next I die-cut a scallop oval and smooth oval using the Layering Ovals Framelits. With the smooth oval and the card base, I pounced the Embossing Buddy over the top to reduce any static on the paper before heat embossing. Next, I stamped the greeting from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set and bunny from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set in Versamark Ink. I poured Gold Embossing Powder over the top and heated it with the Heat Tool. Oh how I love watching the powder melt! It’s so magical every time! Check out this Video for the basic on Heat Embossing!

Now that the heat embossing is all complete, it’s time to add color! I stamped the dotted splatter on the background twice in Melon Mambo Ink using the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set. To color in the bunny, I used some Melon Mambo Ink and an Aqua Painter. I love how the embossed image acts like a little barrier to keep the ink/water in! To assemble the card, I layered the bunny oval onto the scallop oval. Then I took some Gold Thread and wrapped it around my fingers a few times (10-12), slid the loops off my fingers and twisted in the middle. Next, I placed this on  the back of the scallop oval and secured it with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I always like to add more dimensionals to really make my gold thread fan out just so. Peel the backs off of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the card! It’s just so precious!!!

I know today is Thursday and I normally do a Video on Thursday but I did a special one yesterday for my Stampin’ Anniversary. You can check that out here!

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retired List is out and items are selling out fast! You can check out the complete list here:

2017 Retiring List – Excel

2017 Retiring List – PDF

Some of these items are sold out already so you can just start shopping here! Not only do you get to enjoy getting some great products before they are gone (and at a discount for some), you will also be able to earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy 13th Anniversary to Me!!!

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I just can’t believe it is my 13th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! today! How crazy is that?!?!?! Thirteen years seems like a long time but yet this has been an amazing and fun journey! I have enjoyed every moment of it!!! In celebration (and tradition), I am doing my 13 Favorite Stampin’ Up! items right now today!

13th Anniversary, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My 13 Favorite Stampin’ Up! Items!!!

~Enamel Shapes – I love the shape of these and the little POP of color they add to a project!

~Perfect White Accents – I honestly just found out about these things and I’m in love! They are flat and smooth and perfect for a card!

~Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper – Simple Navy and White look is just stunning for every occasion! Check out this One Sheet Wonder I did!

~Beautiful You Stamp Set – The ladies are beautiful but the greeting are even more amazing! Check out some samples here, here, and here!

~Lift Me Up Stamp Set – I just love these greetings. Sending Smiles Across the Miles is my favorite. You can check out samples here, here, and here!

~Watercolor Pencils – My new favorite coloring tool! These things are amazing. Check out some samples here, here, and here!

~Blender Pens – Since I have been playing with the Watercolor Pencils so much, these work perfectly to blend the colors for the perfect look like in this sample and this one!

~So Detailed Framelits – The details and beauty of these are just AMAZING! Check out my favorite card right now here!

~Brights Collection – I had a stamper tell me she owned the color collection I recommended….I knew exactly which one that was!

~Stitched Shapes Framelits – These are the perfect shape (circles, ovals, squares) with amazing detail!

~Grid Paper – This stuff is amazing to use when stamping for when you stamp off the paper, stamp off for a shade lighter, or just practice stamping!

~Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon – I love this color and the texture of the ribbon is perfect on so many projects!

~Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon – I love pink and this ribbon has a fabulous texture and it’s easy to use. There isn’t a big knot when you use it on a card!

Are any of these your favorites?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new. I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday (or when my Anniversary falls on a Wednesday)!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Beautiful Reflection!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous beautiful reflection technique to share with you today! I am super loving the Beautiful You Stamp Set. Check out more samples here, here, and here!

Beautiful Reflection, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning? It’s beautiful and peaceful! I just love it so let’s get started!

I started with a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) cardstock and stamped the greeting from the Beautiful You Stamp Set at the top. I did it after the fact in mine but it helps to do it first! Next, I stamped the girl from the same stamp set in Basic Black Ink onto the cardstock and then onto a piece of Window Sheet. Be careful when you stamp on the Window Sheet because it is slick! Then I flipped the Window Sheet over and placed it on the cardstock, matching it with the black squiggle on the bottom. Press over the window sheet to make sure the ink transfers to the cardstock. I love how it looks foggy and incomplete because that is how it would look as a reflection. Also, it helps make your card still look good when it doesn’t come out perfect! 🙂

For coloring, I used the Watercolor Pencils to color her dress and umbrella (Bermuda Bay & Rich Razzleberry). I used the Blender Pen to blend the color around! Then I went back through and added accents with the pencils. I didn’t trust myself to get the perfect watercolor wash for the puddle so I used the Watercolor Wash Stamp Set and Pool Party Ink. I stamped off once for a lighter look!

I really wanted a piece of Designer Series Paper for the left hand side but didn’t have any that was Rich Razzleberry. Then I realized I could make my own with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper. Using the Sponge Brayer and Rich Razzleberry Ink, I colored the Designer Paper to match! Be sure to wipe off any excess ink to really make the embossed design pop! I added this piece to the left hand side of the card and tied some Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon around it! Next I adhered this piece to a Rich Razzleberry card base! I just love it!!!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new. I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


All My Love for These Lace Doilies!!!

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These Lace Doilies are so amazing and I’m super sad to see them retiring. They are perfect because they are white on one side and vanilla on the other side!!! LOVE IT!!!

Lace Doilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a So Saffron card base. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 5-1/4″) and adhered some Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (2″ x 5-1/4″) to the left side. I really feel like the flowers have a hint of yellow in them and this card really made it pop! For the greeting, I used one of the Lace Doilies (retiring in May) in the center. I adhered it with a little bit of Snail Adhesive in middle. Then I die cut a scallop circle using the Layering Circles Framelits and stamped the greeting from the So In Love Stamp Set.

Just for You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added the scallop greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I added a few So Saffron Enamel Shapes for some random pops of color! A simple and elegant card for any occasion. The perfect one to always have on hand!

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retired List is out and items are selling out fast! You can check out the complete list here:

2017 Retiring List – Excel

2017 Retiring List – PDF

Some of these items are sold out already so you can just start shopping here! Let me know in the comments what items you are sad to see go! These Lace Doilies are high on my list! Another item that I am sad to see go is the Decorative Label Punch.

Not only do you get to enjoy getting some great products before they are gone (and at a discount for some), you will also be able to earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!! Just one way for me to show my appreciation to you!!! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Fill Your Basket of Colorful Flowers!!!

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Easter is almost here and some may be filling their baskets with eggs while others fill a basket of colorful flowers!!! I love these colors and Spring look!!! Spring is my favorite Season and Easter is my favorite holiday!!!
Basket of Colorful Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base! Then I took a piece of the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (5-1/4″ x 4″) and placed it on the card front diagonal. The look is super fun but sometimes I wonder if it just looked like I messed up and make it crooked. 🙂 I’ll take it!

Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (5″ x 3-3/4″) and adhered 2 pieces of grass die cut from the Basket Builder Framelits. When I placed the grass down, I just left the gap in the middle where I planned on putting the basket so you can’t actually see it! As for adhesive, I just ran some Snail along the bottom of the grass and stuck it down! I stamped the greeting in the upper left corner from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set. I used Basic Gray Ink and stamped twice before going back to the ink pad for that shadow look. Next, I added this to the card front diagonal and worked on the focal point!

For the focal point, I stamped the basket, flowers, and leaves (from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set) in Basic Gray Ink onto Whisper White scraps. I like to use gray for that softer look! I die cut out all of the pieces with the coordinating Basket Builder Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). Die-cutting out the pieces before coloring is best so that if you cut them incorrectly, you haven’t wasted coloring time! For the coloring, I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens!

For the basket, I placed the handle on the back and secured  the ends with a Stampin’ Dimensional on either side and one at the bottom. Don’t place a dimensional in the middle because you will want to stick your greenery down in the basket! I wrapped some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the basket and and tied it into a bow and placed it on the card front! Now it’s time to assemble the flowers and greenery using Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals. You can fill the basket as much as you want!

This card could be created for any occasion or season just by changing the greeting and colors! What is your favorite flower? Let me know in the comment below! Mine is a Peony but I do love all bright flowers! They make me smile!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


The Stunning Glimmer Floral Lace!!!

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This card is just stunning with that glimmer floral lace detail using the So In Love Bundle!!! I think this card is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and so much more. It is just amazing!!!

Glimmer Floral Lace, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Very Vanilla card base! Next, I layered a piece of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″). I placed this on the card front! For the amazing glimmer floral lace detail, I used the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and the So Detailed Thinlits. It is best to place the thinlit on the backside of  the glimmer paper to run through the Big Shot. When I did this I found that I could use the Big Shot Die Brush to pop all of the pieces out. If I run it through face up and use the brush, it scruffs up the glimmer and sometimes makes it come off! This  is the perfect solution.

Die Cut Pretties, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love how all of the pieces popped out and look so amazing! Now it is time to adhere it to the card front. I put it on the left hand side and used the Multi-Purpose Glue to adhere it. Just use a sponge and some of the glue to pounce all over the details for that perfect amount of glue without any messes! I love it!!! Next, I added some Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon around the card and into a knot.

Floral Lace, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits and the So In Love Stamp Set! I added the greeting to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Oh how I am just in love with this card and this bundle! Don’t forget that you can purchase the So In Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits as a Bundle and you will save 10%. Stay tuned as I have a lot more samples coming soon!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new. I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday!

Today is the last day to get entered into the Ink Pad Giveaway! I will be drawing a name for a Color Family of Ink Pads (10 total) tomorrow!!! Click here for all the details!!!

Ink Pad Collection Giveaway, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


I Love Bright Spring Flowers!!!

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These bright Spring flowers on this card scream Spring!!! I just love it! It’s my favorite season for sure! Flowers are always my favorite to stamp on cards!!! This card is just so amazing!

Bright Spring Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 4″) and stamped the flowers from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink. I like using gray for the more subtle look! Using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens, I colored in the flowers! After blending the color, I went back in with the pencil and added some accents! I have really been loving the Watercolor Pencils! You can check out so more fun samples here, here, and here!

Now that I have the flowers colored, I layered this onto a piece of Melon Mambo measuring 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ and added it to the top of the card base! For the greeting, I stamped it in Basic Gray from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set. Then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch! I added the greeting with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since the greeting is so skinny, I used some of the dimensional border and trimmed it to fit! To finish off the card, I wrapped some Old Olive Baker’s Twine around the card and tied it into a bow. TIP: Tie it into a double knot first so it is nice and tight around the card before tying the bow!

Do you love bright Spring Flower too or do they make your allergies flare up?? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to get in the Ink Pad Giveaway!!! Click here to learn more and click here to start shopping with the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF. I can’t wait to draw the winners name on Friday!!! I’m so excited!!

Ink Pad Collection Giveaway, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday: The Baby Wipe Technique with Butterflies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you – the Baby Wipe Technique!!! I have done this many times before but each time it looks so amazing! Just playing with different stamp sets makes it so much fun! I just love it!!!

Baby Wipe Technique, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Butterflies are just so uplifting and beautiful! While I would love to make them in reds, yellows, and oranges, I thought I would branch out and use different colors! Now let’s get started on this super cool, easy technique – the Baby Wipe Technique!

I took a wet baby wipe and folded it a few times. Be sure the size is still bigger than the image you are going to stamp on it. Then I took a few ink refills and randomly dripped dots of ink on the baby wipe creating a big inky blob. The colors I used were Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush, and Soft Sky. This is now what I used as my ink pad for my butterflies!

Using the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set, I stamped the image into my “baby wipe ink pad” and then onto Whisper White scraps. Sometimes it takes a few stamps to get the colors to mingle together and then you get fabulous ones! You don’t have to worry about cleaning the stamp before going back to the “ink pad” because it’s not like you are going to ruin it. In fact, it will only make it more fun!! After stamping the butterflies, I die cut them with the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits! I did not stamp the center part of the butterfly until I die cut it out. I have found that I usually stamp too high or low and it get cut off so doing it afterwards is best!

Butterflies Baby Wipe, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now to assemble the card, I started with a Pacific Point card base. Then I took a piece of Soft Sky (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the three dots from the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set all over the background using my “baby wipe ink pad.” I adhered that to the card front and placed my butterflies on the card (no adhesive yet) and stamped the antennas. Then I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the butterflies and placed them right next to their stamped antennas! For the greeting, I took a piece of scrap Whisper White 3/4″ wide and stamped the greeting from the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink. I added those three little dots as well for an extra pop. Next, I cut the banner tips on the end and cut it as long as it needed to be for the greeting and dots. This can vary card to card. I layered it onto Pacific Point 1″ wide and long enough to layer. The greeting is on the lower left hand side of the card!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new. I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday!

Only 2 more days to get entered into the Ink Pad Giveaway! I will be drawing a name for a Color Family of Ink Pads (10 total) on Friday!!! Click here for all the details!!!

Ink Pad Collection Giveaway, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


The Sun is Setting on These Items….

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The Sun is setting on some of the Stampin’ Up! items we all love. While it is sad to see some of our favorites retire, it just means that there are TONS of fabulous new ones coming! These items are all while supplies last so don’t wait long!

Sun is Setting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You can view the Retired List in two way – PDF and Excel Spreadsheet!

2017 Retiring List – PDF

2017 Retiring List – Excel

Again, the items are while supplies last so if you see something on this list but aren’t able to order it, it is because it is gone! 🙁 Click here to start shopping!

Let me know in the comments below which items you are sad to see go. I was close to tears when I saw the Decorative Label Punch. 🙁 That’s my favorite and if you have followed me on here for even a week, you know how much I use and love that punch!

Ink Pad Collection Giveaway, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget that if your order is $50 or more and you use the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF, your name will be entered into a drawing for an entire Color Family of Ink Pads (10)!!! Woot Woot! This offer ends on Thursday at midnight with the winner’s name being drawn on Friday! Click here for all of the details!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura