Decorated Tiny Treat Boxes!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Today I’m sharing a cute gift packaging with the Tiny Treat Boxes!!! You can add some chocolates or other candy in there and so much more! Cute little gift for a hostess or at each spot at a party!

Tiny Treat Boxes,

Isn’t it adorable??? It’s super simple to create as well. Mix up the designer paper for any occasion too!

I started by popping up the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. Next, I took a piece of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (1-3/4″ x 10″) and wrapped it around the box. I started with the end in the middle of the bottom of the box. This makes the overlap on the bottom to seal it together. After wrapping it around, I slide it off and used my Bone Folder to create a strong crease on each edge. I prefer doing this over scoring it because I find it fits around the box better. When I score, sometimes it’s a little too big or a little too small. Be sure not to adhere the paper to the box or you won’t be able to open the box. If you adhere it around like a belly band, it just slides right off!

Be Merry Treat Box,

For the decoration, I used the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out Whisper White and stamp the To/From. I layered this one onto a Silver Foil Circle punched out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch! Using the Handheld Punch, I added a hole and tied on the box with some Silver Tinsel Ribbon. I finished it off with a little Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bow! These bows come in green, red, and white so there are lots of options to mix and match with other papers!

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Don’t forget that the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set is the November Free Stamp Set from me for orders of $75 or more this month! Of course, all orders over $40, earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up opened up the reservations for the New Stamparatus and they were sold out in less than 20 minutes! I knew this item was HOT but I didn’t know it was going to go that fast. The next reservation date is December 5th!!! If you would like one, stay tuned and be ready on December 5th!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. See you back here on Monday! Happy Monday!


Stitched Felt Embellishments!!!

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I’m not usually a big fan of chunky embellishments but the Stitched Felt Embellishments are soft and super cute!!

Stitched Felt Embellishments,


Aren’t these the cutest?!?! I kind of like having the options of mixing and matching with the colors too! I used Real Red and Garden Green!!!

The card bases are Real Red and Garden Green. Then using the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, I cut it into 3″ x 4″ pieces. This way I was able to get 2 pieces out of each square with a nice rectangle left over to use for another project. I added this piece to the upper 1/3 of the card.

Quilted Christmas,

Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (1-1/2″ x 4″) and stamped the greeting from the Quilted Christmas Stamp Set. I used Real Red Ink for the green card and Garden Green Ink for the red card. Be sure to stamp on the right hand side so there is room for the felt on the left. Before adding this to the card front, I added a little strip (1/2″ x  4″) of the same color as the card base (green in the one above). I did this for a few reasons….to add a little more color and to use up scraps! 🙂

Merry Little Christmas Tree,

For the final detail, I added a Stitched Felt Embellishment to the left hand side. I found that the Multi-purpose Adhesive worked best. Hold for about 30 seconds and then set it aside. Since the glue is liquid it does take a bit longer to dry.

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If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial 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!!!

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Deck The Halls!!!

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Are you excited about Christmas? Have you started to Deck the Halls?? We usually decorate the first week of Christmas! I like celebrating each holiday as it’s own so next up is Thanksgiving!

Deck the Halls,

I started with a Cherry Cobble card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and die cut the border piece on the left and then the right using the Card Front Builder Framelits. This was probably the hardest part of the entire card. Then using the coordinating Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%), I stamped the greeting in Crumb Cake Ink. I really struggled with my colors for this card, wondering if I wanted to stick with just a few and  is that one dark enough. Feel free to change it up if you recreate this card! 🙂

Next up, I stamped the ornaments on either side of the greeting in Basic Gray Ink. I placed a piece of scrap paper over the top border so that the strings stopped in the middle and didn’t cross over each line. Then I cleaned off the stamps and stamped the ornaments in Emerald Envy Ink and Cherry Cobbler Ink onto scrap white paper. Using the Card Front Builder Framelits, I die cut the ornaments out. Two of the ornaments are adhered flat and the other 4 ornaments were added with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love these little things! Now that the front is complete, I added this piece to a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the front, I added a few Enamel Shapes!

Holiday Ornaments,

For the inside, I added a piece of Whisper White and stamped some ornaments in Emerald Envy to coordinate!!! Do you like to add a layer to the inside of the card and decorate it?? Let me know in the comments below! I don’t usually do it but like to every once in a while!

Don’t forget that all orders of $75 or more placed in the month of November will earn the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set from me!!! Click here to start shopping!

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Technique Tuesday – Quilted Tree!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today is Technique Tuesday which is super exciting! I’m sharing with you this quilted tree which is perfect for Christmas time and this winter season. Quilts just scream warm and cozy! My Grandmother and Mom have made so many so they also make me think of family and love! 🙂

Quilted Tree,

I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to use for the front. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits, I die cut a bunch of triangles from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. The cool thing is that the paper is double sides so you have tons of options. Another bonus is that I was able to cut 2-3 layers of paper with every crank through the Big Shot. Woot Woot!!!

Starting with the middle on the top, I placed my first triangle (red). Next, I placed the green one directly under it. I did slide my triangles a bit under each other just for a nice clean covered look. I didn’t want them to pull apart when I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. After I placed the green one directly under, I added the red triangles to either side. For the third row, I added the red triangles directly under the red triangles and then filled in with the green ones! For the stump on the bottom, I placed a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock.

Using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, I ran this entire piece through the Big Shot. I did it both ways – with the impression pressed out and pressed in. You can pick which one you prefer. I found that when I pressed the embossed image in, the triangles came up a bit on the tips where there wasn’t any adhesive. Of course, I didn’t cover the entire triangle with adhesive so the tips popped up. With the impression popped out like the sample above, it was nice and smooth! After adding this to the front of the card, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the inside of the card. The little silver star to the top from the Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little bling!

Merry Little Christmas,

I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside and stamped the greeting from the coordinating Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). It was stamped in Real Red!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial 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!!!

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Embossed Champagne Foil Paper!!!

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When I first saw the Champagne Foil Paper I fell in love and then I embossed Champagne Foil Paper and my heart exploded!!! So simple but yet very stunning!

Embossed Champagne Foil Paper,

I love the colors of this card. That Fresh Fig is just stunning with the new Champagne Foil. (PS: I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and every time I type for this foil, I want to spell it Champaign. Gets me every time!!! So please forgive me if I happen to spell it that way at some point!)

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla (4-1/4″ x 11″) for a card base. Next, I cut a piece of Fresh Fig (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added it to the front. Then, I took 2 pieces of Champagne Foil measuring 1-1/2″ x  3-3/4″. Using the Big Shot, I ran them through in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. I added one to the top and one to the bottom of the card front. By placing these one first, I found that my spacing was better. Working towards the middle rather than top to bottom (or vice versa) helped with my spacing more.

For the greeting in the middle, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Using the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Fresh Fig Ink. Then using the little scroll, I stamped one up and one down to border the greeting!

This card is super simple and easy to duplicate this season. You can actually emboss 3 of those pieces of foil in the folder each crank through. So that means 2 cranks through the Big Shot for 3 cards! I’m all about getting the most out of each crank. Time is not on our side during this time of year so making the most of it is best. Am I right?? 🙂

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Friday Fun!!!

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Happy Friday!!! We all have gotten through our first week of falling back for Daylight Savings. The worst part for me is how early it gets dark. How many more days till Spring Forward?!?! Today, I have some Friday Fun for all you!

Friday Fun,

As I was grocery shopping this week, I realized there are a few items in my Stamp Room that make seem a little odd. Here are a few of mine: Baby Wipes, Rubbing Alcohol, and Post It Notes (or Post It Note Tape).

I use all of these items almost daily in my stamp room. The Baby Wipes I use for excess ink on a clear block and cleaning up messes. 🙂 There are also a few techniques that use them too like this one and this one! The Rubbing Alcohol is used for cleaning scissors and clear blocks. It gets the sticky and ink off so easily! Cleaning with 70+ proof makes it super easy but using less than 70 proof is fun for using on projects like spritzing. Check out a sample here!  Now for the Post It Note Tape, I use that to hold my framelits in place so they don’t move as I crank it through the Big Shot. What are some items you have in your craft room that you pick up at the grocery/big box store?? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Don’t forget that the November Free Stamp Set for orders of $75.00 or more is Basket of Wishes!!! Any order of $75 or more placed within the month of November will receive this stamp set from me. It won’t come with your order but arrive separately. Click here to start shopping!

Make sure Santa brings you exactly what you want!!! Fill out MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass it around to friends and family!! There is also a bonus in there for you as well. Earn $5 for every order of goodies placed by a family or friend of yours. Woot Woot!!! If your wish list is SUPER long or time is a big factor, I also offer Gift Certificates for you to spend with me on anything you wish. Just let your friends and family know they can contact me!!!

I’m off to Paris (Illinois) to stamp with a fabulous group this evening. Then, I have my Holiday Card Class at the local Library here on Saturday. It’s a weekend full of stamping and fun! I am sooo excited. Thankful for all of you who make my life so fun and fabulous!!! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you back here on Monday!


My Paper Scrap Storage Tips!!!

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Today, I’m sharing with you my Paper Scrap Storage Tips! A few of you have asked me about this and how to use up scraps so I hope you will find this useful or inspirational to store and use up your scraps! I do have to say this has changed for me over the years many times before I got to this point. I have found this to be the best….although isn’t that how we always feel till the next idea comes along! 🙂

Paper Scraps Storage Tips,

Okay so this is my cardstock paper storage. I got these from Stampin’ Storage and I love them! They are super sturdy and each color is in an individual spot. Click here to check them out and get 10% off! In the past, I had all the colors from one family lumped together and it was much harder to see and I would run out of a color and not know it because the stack still looked big. This way I can see it all so much easier!

Cardstock Scraps,

Then in each slot above the full sheets of cardstock, I have a cellophane bag with all of the scraps for that color. I love having it right there with the full sheets because it makes me use that up first. Also, it’s super easy to grab that and just pull the whole bag out to see what options I have! Before I had the scraps in bags but off to the side in a box and there were many times I didn’t even look there first. Having it front and center really helps!

Specialty Paper Storage,

Next up is my specialty paper storage. These are just 12″ x 12″ plastic drawers. I love having each category in it’s own drawer because it’s so much easier to find. I also don’t have to rifle through all of it to find a piece so there is less beat up corner or glitter everywhere. Also, if you can’t tell……I love my label maker! 🙂

Glimmer & Foil Scraps,

Again, I have a baggie of scraps at the top of each drawer with the little pieces from each category. I think it works fabulous for the foil and glimmer papers. As for the designer paper…….I’m just not the best at using up scraps, not going to lie. I do have lots of great ideas for scraps like this card style!!!

If you have any storage or organization tips, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear them!!

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!!!

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Smitten Mittens!!!

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This Smitten Mittens card is perfect for Christmas, Winter, Valentine’s Day, or any occasion during this entire season! I just love the soft colors and hint of bling!

Smitten Mittens,

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I stamped the heart stitching at the top and bottom from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set. I used Powder Pink Ink. Then, I started the layers with Powder Pink measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″. At the top, I layered on a piece of Champagne Foil measuring 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and then Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper (3″ x  3″). Using a nice 3″ square for the Designer Paper makes perfect use of the 12″ x 12″ sheet! I love not having scraps left over because I’m not the best at using them up later.

For the greeting at the bottom, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. Next, I stamped the mittens and greeting in Powder Pink. These are all from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set. I’m not going to lie, it took me a few minutes to make sure I was stamping the mittens correctly and not backwards. 🙂 After stamping, I added this to the bottom portion of the Powder Pink. Using some Powder Pink Ribbon, I tied it around the spot where the 2 papers meet and into a knot. Then I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture!

I love the soft look of this. I think it would look stunning in Fresh Fig or Elegant Eggplant as well. It makes a great winter card for any occasion! What would you use this card for? Winter? Christmas? Valentine’s Day? Change the greeting to Birthday, etc? Let me know in the comments below!

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Technique Tuesday – Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, I have a fabulous technique to share with you and that uses the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Blends,

So of course, any technique can have its modifications so I’m going to show you my technique today. Try it out and try a few other ways to see what works best for you!

I have found that when using the stamping blends, I prefer to go Light, Dark, Light or sometimes Dark and then Light. So let’s get started on what I mean. First, I stamped the image from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Memento Ink is necessary because it won’t bleed with the alcohol marker.

Next, I took the Light Pumpkin Pie and colored in the center. Then I colored the edges with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker. Finally, I went back in with the Light and blended the colors so they didn’t look so sharp like in the middle photo. I simply color in a circular motion around the area to blend it together. You don’t want to do this for a really long time or the paper will get super saturated. If you feel this is happening, just wait a bit for it to dry completely and then go back. I also find that sometimes I need to stop and let it dry for second and then go back and look at it. Sometimes when I’m working on one, I’m not happy with the look but move on and then look at it later and wonder why I didn’t like it.

Birdie Blends,

For these birdies, I let the stamped image guide me along. I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends for the one on the left. Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie for the one on the right. Using the dark marker, I went around the edge, dotted all of the dots, and went along all the lines on the wing. Then I filled in the entire tail with the dark. After that, I went back through and filled in with the light marker. This is one that I stopped after filling it in and did the beak and feet. Then I went back and swirled around to blend in any areas I thought looked too distinct. I stayed away from the center of his belly to keep that the lightest. Some of my birdies achieved this more than others. Each one is going to come out different just because it is handmade! 🙂

Shades of Flowers,

For these flowers, I did a little blending and a little selective coloring. The middle flower was just colored in the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and then dark in those folded tips and the center. The other two flowers were blended. I did the one on the left with all edges of the petals outlined in the dark marker and then blended in with the light marker. The flower on the right was the opposite with light on the edges. That one was a little harder to stay away from the edges. I colored it with the Light first and then Dark and then back with the Light. Just have fun with it and try lots of different variations. Another fun option is mixing colors….Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight…..Bermuda Bay and Pool Party…….Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. Let me know what combination you would use in the comments below!

If you would like to see the unboxing and reveal of this kit, check out the Video Tutorial 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!!!

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October 2017 Paper Pumpkin – Pining for Plaid!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Halloween is over and now it’s time to focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The October Paper Pumpkin Kit gave me a great head start on Christmas with these cute shaker cards. Pining for Plaid was the theme…..and the November Kit coordinates. I can’t wait to see what it is. Click here to get your kit for just $19.95!

Pining For Plaid,

Aren’t these just adorable?!?! Shaker cards are so much fun….even more when they come in a kit all die cut and ready to assemble. I just love Paper Pumpkin!

Evergreen Shaker Cards,

Tip #1: Take note that the evergreen tree circle is much larger than the ornament circle. I even read the directions and it wasn’t mentioned in there. There are also 2 sizes of window sheets. I totally used the large ones for the ornament with plenty or excess all around. Then I went to do these and was only left with the small window sheets that JUST BARELY fit perfectly. It still worked so all is well, but I thought I would pass that along.

Ornament Shaker Card,

So of course since there are 2 different sizes of circles, there are different sizes of circle dimensional borders to create the shaker part. Just make sure you don’t use all of the outside (largest circle) on the ornament cards. Another tip is be sure that you take note of which side is up and which is down on your card so you don’t end up putting the greeting or trees over the shaker pieces upside down! I did all of mine in an assembly line of the first 5 and then the next 5. This helped me move quicker and use up the shaker pieces more evenly without having tons left for the last few!

Plaid Envelope Liner,

The coordinating envelopes with that plaid liner are just adorable too! I’m so excited to see what the November Kit is going to be! Check out the reveal of this one here! Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you can see the reveal of the November Kit when it arrives. Want to get the kit with me?? Click here to get signed up before November 10th!

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