Big Blue Balloon!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’m starting off the week with this fun and simple Big Blue Balloon card this morning!!! I think this card and greeting are the perfect start to the day and the week!

Big Blue Balloon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I loved this idea from fellow stamper, Julie Davison and just had to recreate it. Thank you, Julie for the amazing design! I’m also loving Seaside Spray and Night of Navy together!

I started with a Seaside Spray card base and stamped the images in the lower right corner! Using the Above the Clouds Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy Ink and the balloons in Seaside Spray Ink. Next, I took a piece of Night of Navy and punched it with the Banner Triple Punch. This piece can go all the way across your card or just peak out a little bit. All up to you!

For that fabulous big blue balloon, I stamped the outline in Night of Navy and colored it in with the Seaside Spray Light Stampin’ Blends Marker. The basket was stamped in Early Espresso Ink and then stamped off once for the solid image stamp. Then, using the coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch, I punched out both the balloon and the basket. I added these with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a Stitched Oval and then added it to the card front.

If you want to make this adorable card, check out the supply list below!! Don’t forget that all orders of $50 this month will earn you $5 to spend in August!!! Gotta love Bonus Bucks!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Product List
Above The Clouds Bundle
$36.00
Stitched Shapes Dies
$30.00
Seaside Spray Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Banner Triple Punch
$23.00

Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! I’m going to start Friday Favorites for a little fun before the weekend! Each Friday, I’ll share the specials for the day/week/month as well as a few little fun tidbits about me or life. This way we can all have fun and you all can learn a little bit more about me. Not that I’m not an open book already! 🙂

Friday Favorites, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In the month of July & August, sign up with Stampin’ Up and pay just $99!!! You will get an additional $30 in product in your kit meaning you get to pick out $155 in goodies. This can be anything you want!!! Then the next month, you will get a $10 coupon to use on more product that you want!!! If you have any questions at all, reach out to me as I am always happy to chat and answer your questions! Want to get started with this fabulous deal, click here!!!

Throughout the entire month of July, all orders of $50 (increments of $50) will earn a $5 coupon to be used in August. So if your order is $50.25, you will earn $5. If you order is $120, you will earn $10. In August, these can be redeemed on anything you would like, there is no minimum purchase required but it is only offered on product and not shipping and tax.Don’t forget that you will also be earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers too!!! Click here to start shopping and earning!

Laura’s Friday Favorites this Week: Popcorn! I go on random cravings for popcorn and it happened this week. After this week, it will probably be 6 months to a year before I have more. I’m crazy like that. Seaside Spray! I finally pulled out this new Stampin’ Up In Color to use on a card and I have fallen in love. This color is perfect for sky looks and so much more. I used it a lot with the Above the Clouds Bundle! My Baby is walking! How crazy is that?!?!?! I can’t believe how big she is getting and all of the things she is learning blows my mind. She grabbed a random diaper (clean/unused) and booked it into the kitchen. We had no clue where she was going but just sat back and watched. She took it in there and threw it into the garbage. Mind blown!

Those are my Friday Favorites for the week! Tell me what you are loving or excited about this week in the comments below!!!

Have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Laura’s Quick Tip: Punch It!!!

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Did you know that the gray, nude, and white images in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog actually mean something??? The stamp images that have a nude looking outline behind them mean that there is a coordinating Punch that matches that image. If it is gray or white behind the image, there is a coordinating die cut. Super fabulous, right! Did you know that there are tons of images that can be punched or die cut even though they don’t have that little labeling?? That what today’s Laura’s Quick Tip is all about. There are so many images that you can punch!!!

Laura's Quick Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Check out this super cute card that used lots of punches for various images! There are so many fun ways to use your punches for different images for a super cool look!

I started with a So Saffron card base. Next, I took a piece of Pool Party measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through the Mosaic Embossing Folder. Then I added it to the card front. For the decorations, I stamped the little flower in So Saffron and the mosaic flower in Terracotta Tile. Using the 1/2″ Circle Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch, I punched them out and added them to the card. Some of them I used Stampin’ Dimensionals and others I glued on flat. This gives more texture and dimension to the card!

Layered Punches, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it in Pool Party. All of these images are from the Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set. Using the Timeless Label Punch, I punched it out of Whisper White. Then I layered a piece of Terracotta Tile that was punched out with the Everyday Label Punch. Those layer so well together! Using the Silver Metallic Thread to make some loops, I added those to the back of the greeting and added it to the card front. I finished it off with a Flower Faceted Gem!

Mosaic Card Insert, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I stamped a few of the same images on the corners to really pull it all together! It’s perfect! I hope you enjoyed this Laura’s Quick Tip and have fun with your punches! Remember you can punch it with any image!

If you would like to see this all in action and how it looks in the catalog, 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

Product List
Memorable Mosaic Bundle
$36.00
Everyday Label Punch
$18.00
1/2" (1.3 Cm) Circle Punch
$6.00
Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Flower Faceted Gems
$8.00
Silver Metallic Thread
$3.50

3 Panels of Beauty!!!

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I have been having so much fun with the Perennial Essence Suite! The stamps, the designer paper and even the vellum! Using designer paper in fun different ways makes it fun and fabulous! Here I created this card with 3 panels of beauty…don’t you think?!?!? Thanks to Debbie Jones for the inspiration on this card!

3 Panels of Beauty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m loving this color combination as well!!! Blackberry Bliss, Flirty Flamingo, and Petal Pink are the colors I used!

I started with a Flirty Flamingo card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. Next, I cut the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper into 1″ x 5″ pieces. I layered those onto Blackberry Bliss measuring 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhered them to the card front. It is easier to get even placement when you adhered the right and left one first and then place the center one down. Another great tip is to lay them all out as you wish and then pick up one at a time to add adhesive.

For the greeting, I die cut a Stitched Nested Label in Very Vanilla and stamped the greeting from the Floral Essence Stamp Set. I used Blackberry Bliss Ink. The greeting was added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next, I stamped the flower and leaf onto the Perennial Essence Vellum. Be sure to stamp on the dull/rough side rather than the shiny/brighter side. Also, it is probably best to stamp this first and then assemble the card. This will allow the ink to dry on the vellum as it does take a bit longer since it is a slick surface. Using the coordinating Perennial Flower Punch, I punched out the flower. Using the Leaf Punch, I punched out the leaves. Check out this post for more flower/leaf options! The flower was added with Stampin’ Dimensionals too! I finished off the card with a few Pearls and a Perennial Essence Floral Center!

Perennial Essence Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I stamped the flower on the corners of a piece of Very Vanilla to place on the inside of the card! This ties together the front of the card and inside for that perfect look! Stamp the flower on your envelope too!!!

If you would like to make this amazing 3 panels of beauty card, check out the supply list below! Also, don’t forget one of Laura’s Quick Kits uses this same stamp set!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Product List
Perennial Essence 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Vellum Cardstock
$11.00
Perennial Essence Floral Centers
$6.00
Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Floral Essence Bundle
$31.50
Leaf Punch
$16.00
Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50

Technique Tuesday: Masking Technique!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today and that is the Masking Technique! Super easy to do but really gives a fabulous scenery look to your project which is major WOW factor.

Technique Tuesday: Masking Technique, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Doesn’t that Hot Air Balloon look like it is floating in the clouds? Isn’t it super fabulous? Let’s get started on how I did this masking technique!

I started with a Terracotta Tile card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Pretty Peacock (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I stamped the greeting from the Above the Clouds Stamp Set along the left hand side on Very Vanilla (3-3/4″ x 5″). I did this part with one of the bigger greetings and it looked too wordy. A few stampers at class actually stamped the bigger greeting just once in the upper left corner. There are lots of different options for the greeting! After stamping the greeting, I layered on a piece of the Woven Threads Designer Paper (2″ x 3-3/4″) across the lower half.

Now for that fabulous focal point and masking technique! First, I die cut the circle and scallop circle with the Layering Circle Framelits. On the Very Vanilla circle, I stamped the large hot air balloon from the Above the Clouds Stamp Set. I stamped the outline in full strength Terracotta Tile and then the solid background in the same ink but stamped off once. The balloon looks so lonely so it needs some clouds. Using the Hot Air Balloon Punch, I punched out a scrap balloon and placed it over the stamped one. Then I inked up the clouds in Pretty Peacock and stamped off once and then right over the top of the balloon. This gives that fabulous cloud look without it stamping over the balloon. Once I finished stamping, I added this to the scallop circle and then to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Hot Air Balloon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I stamped another balloons and a few clouds. Oh yeah….the basket of the balloon was stamped in Early Espresso! What color combination would you use for your Hot Air Balloon card and this masking technique!

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

Product List
Above The Clouds Bundle
$36.00
Woven Threads Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00

June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!

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I’m a little bit behind on getting my June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit completed but it is done now! This kit wasn’t my favorite as I don’t have a huge need for mini cards that can’t be mailed. I still always complete the kits even if they aren’t my favorite because it gives me a reason to give out the cards. I will give one to the person at the Post Office, Dentist, neighbor, etc. Who wouldn’t love to get a little note to brighten their day! Another option might be that I put some cards in the little box and give it as a gift!

June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am excited to have a beach themed stamp set in my craft room. I don’t normally buy beach themed stuff because I’m in Illinois and I don’t feel like it applies. You just never know when you might need an image like this though for that perfect someone.

One of the tips I would give for this kit is to not worry about securing the vellum, leaves, and sand dollars as much. For those items, I put a dab of adhesive down or a glue dot and stick the piece on it. Then I made sure the greeting went over it to super secure it. Don’t stress about trying to get that little bit image so secure. Another thing that I did differently is using the linen thread. I added little bows to one set and I tied some around the card on another set. The 2 sets with palm trees don’t have any linen thread.

Beach Themed Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The little coordinating envelopes is super cute too! I love them!!! Did you like the June 2109 Paper Pumpkin Kit?? Let me know in the comments.

Unfortunately, I am posting this after the July date so I hope you got signed up for that already. If you aren’t signed up, be sure to do it now so you don’t miss the August Kit! Click here to try out Paper Pumpkin. You can try it out for 1 month or more! Cancel at any time. Be sure to follow me on YouTube so you can catch the unboxing and reveal!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


July 2019 Free Stamp Set!!!

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It’s a new month and that means a new free stamp set!!! The July 2019 Free Stamp Set of the Month is……

July 2019 Free Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this set just the cutest?!?!?! I think it will be perfect for cards for my nieces and nephews and cousins. Baby cards and even thinking of you cards can be created. I know if I got a cute bug card in the mail it would make me smile. Why not send a smile today!!!!

All orders totaling $75 or more in the month of July will earn this July 2019 Free Stamp Set for FREE. This total is before shipping and tax. Don’t forget that you will also be earning Bonus Bucks and Laura’s Loyal Stamper’s Stickers!!! Woot Woot! So many fabulous reasons to order your favorite products this month!!!

Click here to start shopping and earning!

Sign up with Stampin’ Up in the month of July or August and pay just $99!!! You will get an additional $30 in product in your kit meaning you get to pick out $155 in goodies. This can be anything you want!!! Then the next month, you will get a $10 coupon to use on more product that you want!!! The other super cool part about this is that the Holiday Mini Catalog is coming so you can spend it on that too!! Woot Woot! Super fabulous deal for sure because shipping is also free which is a 10% discount on top of all of this! If you have any questions at all, reach out to me as I am always happy to chat and answer your questions! Want to get started with this fabulous deal, click here!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I am going to see Cinderella at the St. Louis Muny tomorrow night. My Mom and I have been going to a show each summer for 22 years now. How crazy is that!?!?!?! See you back here on Monday!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Noble Peacock Designer Paper!!!

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I finally got my hands on the fabulous Noble Peacock Designer Paper and boy am I excited!!! This paper is stunning and there is no debating which side to use. It is all single sided!

Noble Peacock Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This paper is just stunning with it’s bright colors in Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Pretty Peacock. It is single sided and there are 4 each of the 3 designs in the pack. That makes a total of 12 sheets of the 12″ x 12″ Paper.

There is also a coordinating Noble Peacock Foil Paper Pack with sold foil sheets of Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive and Pretty Peacock! Eeee It’s super exciting and fun! Does anyone else see a man’s silk tie in that sheet on the far left?? I totally do and think it would make a great masculine card. I can’t wait to start playing with this paper!

Don’t forget to check out some of the other Paper Reveals here, here, and here!

If you would like to see each sheet of this paper 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


Mosaic Butterflies too!!!

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I have been having so much fun with the Mosaic Suite lately. You can check out other samples here and here! Did you know there are mosaic butterflies too?? The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set has the perfect mosaic butterfly to coordinate with this Suite!

Mosaic Butterflies too, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So simple but just stunning with that greeting, amazing paper, and mosaic butterflies too!!! I just love it!!!

I started with a So Saffron card base. Next, I took a piece of the Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″) and layered it onto Terracotta Tile cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I stamped the greeting from the Bloom & Grow Stamp Set on a piece of Petal Pink cardstock (3-3/4″ x 1″). The greeting is stamped in Terracotta Tile Ink. I layered that above the designer paper. To cover the gap between the greeting and designer paper, I added a piece of the Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon. Just place the ribbon across and secure the ends on the back side with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added more to the back and placed it on the card base!

For the butterflies, I used the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. I stamped the butterfly in Crushed Curry Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I stamped the solid butterfly image in Crushed Curry as well but stamped off once. This gives that lighter look. The centers of the butterflies were stamped in Soft Suede. Using the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch, I punched them out and added them to the card front.

Mosaic Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I added a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″)! Using a scrap piece of the designer paper that was leftover, I added it to the left hand side. This is a great way to use up those little leftover strips of designer paper! Decorate the inside of the card!!!

Check out the supply list below so you can make this beautiful mosaic butterfly card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Product List

Coloring Like An Artist!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! It is Tuesday. I feel like I need a giant neon sign telling me the day of the week as I am soooo off after last week. Tuesday means I have a fabulous technique to share with you! Woot Woot! I totally don’t feel like an artist but today I’m going to show you how easy it is to do! This card makes coloring like an artist possible and easy!!!

Coloring Like An Artist, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning?!?! I can’t believe I DID IT! Like that was colored and created by me. It still amazes me. I just love how Stampin’ Blends make me feel….like an artist!

I started with a Pool Party card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. After folding it in half for my card, I cut off 2″ from the bottom. This allows a little peekaboo to see the inside of the card! On the inside, I added a piece of So Saffron (4″ x 5-1/4″). Using the Free As A Bird Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray and the flowers in So Saffron. On the upper front flap of the card, I layered Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (3-1/4″ x 4″) to some Calypso Coral (3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″).

Birds in a Bird Cage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the Free As a Bird Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Nested Labels, I created that fabulous focal point. I stamped the birds in Basic Gray because I like that lighter look for coloring rather than black!

Using various Stampin’ Blends, I started coloring. Pool Party was used for the flowers and Old Olive for the leaves. The branches were colored in Soft Suede. Now for the birdies, I colored the beaks in Dark Soft Suede. Next, I colored the top of the head to that little line at the eye in Soft Suede. Then I colored the belly and bottom most part in Dark Calypso Coral. I slowly moved my way to the center. Using Light Calypso Coral, I colored over the dark coral and up a little higher. Then using the Crumb Cake, I colored the Soft Suede and down into the coral. To finish it off, I went back over the coral and crumb cake with the Light Calypso Coral to blend it all together.

A couple tips when doing this is to give it time. After going over the colors to blend them, give it a bit to blend and dry because after a minute or so it will look better. This is better than coloring over and over and over again. I tend to color each one and then go back over each one. Another tip is sometimes I need to set it aside or walk away and then I come back and I’m like oh wow, look at that! It’s fabulous then! Just have fun coloring like an artist!

I added this piece to the card front by applying Tear And Tape just on the top half and sticking it on the bottom edge of the card front! Perfect!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the video below or click here! I will say that I did different colors….on accident but it still looks fabulous so just have fun with it! 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

Product List
Free As A Bird Bundle
$51.25
Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00