40 Day Card Challenge!!!

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Join me in this 40 Day Card Challenge!!! I will be sending out a card each day for the next 40 days!!! I got this idea from a fellow stamper in our group, Katie Senkarik! I’m so excited and  a little bit nervous.

40 Day Card Challenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is my first set of cards going in the mail!!! These are Valentine’s and Thinking of You to friends and family of mine!!! I’m so excited for this push to brighten others days for 40 days…..maybe it will last longer than that too! 🙂 We all know how much a simple card or happy mail can impact someone’s day! Spread the love!!!!

If you are thinking that you don’t know 40 people to send cards too, here are some suggestions!!!!

~Parents, Grandparents, Children

~Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

~Old school and college friends, as well as New Friends

~Someone in your Church, Mom’s Group, Quilting Group, Stamp Group, etc.

~Your favorite teacher or family friend who you remember spending lots of time with in the past and/or present

~That person on Facebook that asked for prayers or mentioned they got a new job

~Someone who might be struggling with a rough week at work

~Someone who has been sick recently or dealing with sick children or a sick elderly parent

~A person you haven’t spoken to in weeks, months, or even years

Sending a card to just about anyone would be amazing for that person but also for you! I know that when I send a card, I pop it in the mailbox with a smile on my face, thinking I hope this makes them smile as well!

I hope that you will join me in this challenge and you can follow along as I will be posting on my Instagram, Facebook, and on here to keep held accountable. If you would like to keep me updated on your progress, be sure to let me know in the comments below, on social media, or with the #40DayChallege. Together we can all make a difference!!!

Check out my little Video Tutorial about this Challenge below or click here! There is also a little Bump Picture in there too for those who want to see how big little Ziggy is getting. 🙂 Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy 2018!!! Let’s Make It a Good One!!!

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Happy Monday! Happy 2018!!! Let’s Make It a Good One!

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It always seems like a new year is a new start! While that is true, do know that you can start anything at any time. There is never a perfect time to start something so why not now or in 3 months or in 2 weeks. I would like to share a few of the things I hope to start, continue, enjoy, and do in 2018!!!

~Sending out cards is always special to me. I love making them and using them! Still to this day, it surprises me at how much a simple note in the mail (happy mail) can mean so much to someone! I plan to continue sending out Birthday Cards and Anniversary Cards to friends and family. Also, I hope to send out more “thinking of you” or “you got this.” Another thing to consider, while a sympathy card is great. Don’t forget to check in on the person a few months later too!!

~I love what I do!! While it doesn’t always feel like work because I enjoy it, sometimes I feel like I am always working! I’m hoping to set more time to focus on just work so that I’m not spending as many evenings and weekends working on things to get caught up. We shall see how this one pans out with our little one coming in May! I might just be working evenings and weekends or when I get a chance. 🙂

~I love taking pictures, making memories, and spending time with family! This is always something I hope to continue each year!!!  Taking time for vacations, trips to the zoo, and relaxing on the front porch at my parents house need to be scheduled in now!!!

~Last but not least, I hope to continue having a safe and healthy pregnancy the next few months! I hope to have a good delivery and a healthy baby! Can’t wait to hold our little bundle of joy!

What are some of your hopes, dreams, goals, or wishes for 2018?? Let me know in the comments below so I can cheer you on! Reach for the stars!

Happy 2018! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Merry Christmas From All of Us!!!

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Happy Monday and Merry Christmas From All of Us – Brad, Me and lil Ziggy!!!!

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I just wanted to send out a little message to all of you whether you celebrate Christmas or not! I hope you have an amazing day today filled with love and laughter! If you are traveling today or in the next few days, please be careful and have safe travels. May you have a good times with friends and family making memories that will last a lifetime!

We spent the weekend with Brad’s family and are spending today with mine! The reveal of Lil Ziggy’s gender is making this year even more magical! Stay tuned as I will reveal to all of you later this week! If you have any guesses, just leave them in the comments below! I have a little jar with everyone’s guess in it on either a pink or blue label. I can put your guess in there too! 🙂 Of course a little fun that will go in Ziggy’s scrapbook!!

Don’t forget that if you got some Christmas Cash this year there are lots of fabulous deals right now with the Holiday Mini Catalog ending on  January 2nd. Many of the items retiring are on sale as well! Click here to start shopping! All orders in increments  of $40 will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers which don’t expire at the end of the year! Also, orders of $75 or more, will earn the Free Stamp Set of the Month from Me which is the Little One Stamp Set! The Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion begin on January 3rd!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura And Brad and Ziggy!


My Ribbon Storage!!!

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Happy Thursday! This week is flying by it seems. Today I’m sharing with you my ribbon storage. I recently changed it up to this style and I love it!!!

My Ribbon Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have all of my ribbons in one of these little show box plastic containers. The awesome thing about these is that they are cheap. I can typically get them from $89-$1.00. They can be found at a big box store (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) so they are easy to find! They hold a decent amount of spools in each container and stack well. One of the things I love the most is that they are clear on the bottom!

Clear Box Ribbon Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I can flip it over and look to see if I have a specific ribbon or to see which container it is in. They are fairly tight in there so it’s not like shaking it around will make a mess. (PS: It’s already a mess. I do have pins to put in the ribbon to keep them neat but I don’t always put them on there and sometimes the hole it creates makes it not worth the neatness.)

Shoe Box Container, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have a little label on each of my containers so I know what is inside each…..not that I can’t tell. The labels are just so pretty though! My other container has baggies of the threads and baker’s twines as well. These containers fit so much stuff! I LOVE THEM!!!

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!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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He or She?? What Will Ziggy Be??

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Happy Friday everyone! I thought I would do a little update and show off this cute little jar I made for everyone to guess the gender of our little one (Ziggy). Isn’t it adorable?!?!?! He or She? What will Ziggy be?

He or She? What will Ziggy Be?, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this jar just the cutest?? I took a regular mason jar and decorated it all up. First, I added some Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (retiring) around the jar. My piece didn’t go all the way around but like just about perfectly lined up with itself. So I took Tear & Tape and added it to both ends of the paper. Then I stuck it on the jar. This worked perfectly! The little gold stickers are from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers Set.

Now for the focal point!! I added a Gold Foil Snowflake (retiring) to the center, right over the spot where the designer paper meets together. I used Tear & Tape for all of these to make sure it had a nice strong hold! Then I printed the wording onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I layered the greeting onto Soft Sky and Powder Pink scallop circles. These were cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits. Some of the layers have Stampin’ Dimensionals while the others are flat with Tear & Tape!

Ziggy Gender Guess, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the ribbons, I took a piece of the Whisper White Metallic Edge Ribbon long enough to go around the jar and tie. Then using Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon and Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon, I tied knots around it. I actually did this part before I did the greeting and at that time I was thinking I would use gold, silver, and different shades of pink and blue. Then I changed my mind and decided to stick to these colors. Well then I needed to cover up the silver on the edge of the ribbon on the jar so I added enough knots around to do so! There was no way I was re-stringing those knots! 🙂 I added it to the lip of the jar!

Using the Pretty Label Punch, I punched out Soft Sky, Powder Pink and So Saffron. I will have everyone guess what they think Ziggy will be and write there name on the coordinating color. If someone just can’t decide but wants to wish us well, they can do a yellow one! 🙂 I’m thinking these will go in the baby album and be super cute! If you would like to make a guess or send well wishes, leave it in the comments below and I will write out the coordinating label for you to put in the jar!!!

Weeks 14-17, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are my weekly belly shots for Week 14-17!!! I’m 17.5 today!!! Can’t wait to see little Ziggy, hear little Ziggy, and find out whether Ziggy is a boy or girl!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Cards Are in The Mail!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you had a fabulous week! Mine has been super busy with Holiday prep as well as all the regular stuff! Our tree and decorations are up and my cards are in the mail!!! I’m feeling accomplished!

My Cards Are In The Mail, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I sent out 193 Christmas Cards this year to Friends, Family, and all of those that ordered from me this year!!! I love spreading holiday cheer with happy mail in the mail box! It felt great to have all of these all out and in the mail! I hope they arrive well. If you would like a card from me, send me your address and I’ll get one in the mail to you!!! Click here to send your address. I wish you all the most amazing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or December. However you wish to celebrate, I wish you all the best! I can’t believe that 2017 is coming to an end soon but I am so excited for a fabulous 2018!

Don’t forget that I have Gift Certificates available if you need a gift at the last minute. Just let me know what you need and I can send a Paypal invoice and mail the certificate to you! Let your family and friends know too! Just pass my information along to them! You can also fill out the MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass that out to family and friends.

Every order this month of $75.00 or more (before shipping) will earn My Free Stamp Set of the Month which is Little One!!! It won’t come with your order but instead it will be sent separately.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Brad’s Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Yesterday was Brad’s Birthday and so today I’m sharing his Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

Brad's Nintendo Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think it turned out really cute and Brad loved it. It’s not exactly like a controller due to some things I couldn’t really recreate but it’s pretty close. I had to write the A & B and Nintendo on the gray because it wouldn’t show up on the black. Also, I wasn’t able to put the gray area down the center because spacing was difficult. Trying to scale things correctly is probably my hardest part of making these cards! You can check out some of my past creations here, here, and here!

I started with a piece of Whisper White for my card base and made it s 5″ x 7″ card! I knew I needed a larger card for this concept or those little pieces would be even smaller. 🙂 Next, I took a piece of Real Red (4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″) and layered it on top! For the controllers, I used Smoky Slate as the base and Black Baker’s Twine as the cord! For all of the decorations, I hand cut them out except the red circles and hearts which were punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I really wish I could have punched more out but the pieces were so oddly shaped. Thank goodness for my Stampin’ Trimmer to get those small pieces though! The greeting was stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Brad's Birthday 2017, www.LaurasStampPad.com

He loved it and that’s all that matters!!! I don’t always make custom cards but when I do it is fun and makes it even more special! Do you like to make custom cards for family and friends?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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We Have Big News!!!

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I’m so excited to share that we have big news!!!! 🙂 Check out the Video below!!!

That’s right!!! We have another little stamper coming May 2018!!!! My husband and I are very excited to share this news with all of you and what better way to do that than with a card!!! I made these cards as the announcement for all of our Aunts and Uncles and family. Of course, we told our immediate family in person. We were able to see everyone over the Thanksgiving Holiday so that’s when we shared our news. It was so fun and exciting!

We Have Big News, www.LaurasStampPad.com

A little bit about me and baby Ziggy! That is the name that Brad gave the baby as soon as we found out and it has really stuck! We are both doing amazing! Thank goodness for working from home and being your own boss because that means daily naps! 🙂 I haven’t been a fan of the foods I was eating all the time. So now it’s time to mix it up and try new things or eat those things, I don’t normally have but love! We have see our little one on a sonogram and heard the heartbeat twice now! It’s the most precious thing ever! At our last appointment, little Ziggy had hiccups or was kicking because we could hear the heartbeat and then a thud. I’m still not feeling any movement yet but can’t wait to do so! We will find out the gender at Christmas time!

What does this mean about stamping and my blog?? At this time there we be no change! I am hoping to continue to blog 5 days a week as I have been. I plan to schedule posts in May! I will say there may be a day or so that a post might not happen and I apologize in advance but will do my best to make it seamless! The same goes with the 2 weekly videos on my YouTube Channel! I will probably take a little time off on local classes and events but plan on getting back into it when I’m ready! I’m so excited to share this all with you and hope you are as well!

Thank you for all of your love and support with me and my Stampin’ Up! business! I look forward to continuing to help you with your stamping needs and providing inspiration and creativity!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Stamping With Those I Love!!!

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I love to stamp and I really love stamping with those I love too! Every year, I get together with my Mom to create her Christmas cards! I love stamping and chatting and creating together!!!

Stamping with Those I love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On Sunday afternoon, I took all the supplies to my parents house to make 75 Christmas Cards!!! My Mom picked 2 different samples – this one and a variation of this one! Of course, I had my husband join in the fun! Together, we had a wonderful afternoon of stamping, working together, chatting, and of course laughing!! We had a nice assembly line going on and quickly finished the stamped Bethlehem card. Then we got started on the deer in a sweater card but didn’t have enough time to finish. I also didn’t have enough ribbon for all of them!

Family Christmas Card Creation, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since, we needed to finish up the cards, I brought the goodies back on Thanksgiving! I got to stamp with my Sister and Nieces. I was tying the ribbons. The little girls were taking all the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals off and my sister was adding it to the card front and trimming the ribbon. Working like a team really make it go quickly. I just love sharing my love of stamping with those that I love!

Do you love stamping with friends and family or do you prefer to stamp alone? Let me know in the comments below! Most days I’m stamping alone and enjoy listening to music or having a movie going on in the background. I enjoy those days for sure but I really love stamping with others. That is probably because I love talking so much!!! 🙂

Tomorrow is the last day to earn the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set for FREE with a $75.00 order! In December, I’ll have a new stamp set picked out….stay tuned! If you have a favorite you would like it to be, let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Happy Thanksgiving From Me to You!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! You all are so amazing and I appreciate you very much!!!

Happy Thanksgiving From Me to You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that it is simple, low key and the main focus is food and family! That’s what I am all about. I don’t need presents and all the decorations. Just simple time spent together counting our blessings. I love having that extra reminder to think about the many blessings in our lives. Here are a few of mine!

~My family and friends and the love we have for each other

~A place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear

~A job doing what I love and loving what I do

~My health and the ability to take an adventure here and there

Of course I could go on and on because I truly feel blessed through and through! There are days where we struggle with frustrations of things around us or going on with us. Those are the days that I like to remind myself that while that thing might not be going well but that there are so many other blessings. Count your blessings today and every day!!!

I hope you all have an amazing day today! We are spending today with my family and then my husband’s family comes to town for the weekend! Let the festivities and family time begin!!!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Stampin’

~Laura