Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday!!! This has been a crazy week of excitement!!! SURPRISE!!! I can’t share all the details but I have some exciting fun new to share with you all very soon so stay tuned!! Let’s get started on this week’s Friday Favorites!!!

SURPRISE, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Right now, I’m just going to say SURPRISE until I can share more details!!!! Patience, dedication, and knowing that each new day means new opportunities has really paid off! I’ll be sharing some of this good new next week I think so stay tuned! 🙂

Coke Zero……my savior! I love it and it is my pick-me-up every afternoon. I call it my Zingy. When Claire doesn’t nap, this Momma really needs some Zingy to power through the rest of the day. What is your pick-me-up? A little chocolate? Caffeine? Let me know in the comments below!

The July Paper Pumpkin worked amazing for me this week. I had all of the little cards created and waiting to be used. Since they aren’t full sized cards, I tend to not use them up very quickly. Well I had my annual well-women doctor visit this week and those came in handy. If you remember during my pregnancy, I took everyone cards and treats all the time. I love everyone in that office. Well of course I couldn’t go empty handed this week. I wrote inside the card – Have an amazing day! ~Laura. I gave them to everyone I saw. It was the perfect little pick me up to make them smile. Goal Accomplished! Thank you Paper Pumpkin for helping me out!

Audio Books are AMAZING! They make a car ride/drive go so quick. Love it. I have been listening to books for a couple years now. I always feel so accomplished too because I arrive at my destination and read a book! How amazing is that?!?!? Let me know if you like them or hate them. Also, give me your book recommendations!

Those are my 4 Friday Favorites this week with one Surprise that will be revealed soon! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’m super excited to be heading to a Stampin’ Up event this weekend with ~100 or so other demonstrators. Be sure to follow my Facebook for sneak peaks from this event!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


A Good Man!!!

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I realized I never shared with you the Father’s Day card that I created for my husband! Together Claire and I created a card for her to give him but I also wanted to give him one. Brad is an amazing father and this card/greeting fit perfectly I thought! He really is a good man!

A Good Man, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love this stamp set – A Good Man! It has wonderful line art images which are great for coloring but also look good stamped solid. The greetings are perfect too! I think it’s just a classic stamp set!

I started with a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock for my card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the image and greeting in Basic Gray. I like using this for coloring because it is softer. Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored the man and the chair. Now repeat 3 more times…..lol. The first time I used Bronze for his skin tone….too dark. Round 2, I accidentally colored the chair as part of his shirt. Round 3 was finally perfect! Using the Balmy Blue Light Marker, I went over the entire background. It looked very streaky and like a hot mess but I set it aside for a bit. When I looked back at it, it was perfect! Sometimes you need to step back and not look at the close details so much! It’s fabulous!

Next, I layered this onto a piece of Crumb Cake and tied some Linen Thread around it. I ripped the bottom edge for a little texture and beachy roughness! Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Of course on the inside I got all mushy about Brad being such a good father and such a good man. He is so amazing and I was in tears writing it. Claire and I are so lucky!

Kid's Father's Day Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is Claire’s card that she made! She had so much fun! I did video the whole thing but it was like a 20 minute video. Cutest thing ever! She helped pick colors, stamp, and color. I can’t wait for many more years of crafting with her!

If you would like to check out some past cards that I have created for Brad click here, here, and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday!!! This has been a crazy week…it went slow? or fast? I don’t even know! I have started playing with Holiday Mini Catalog goodies but yet I’m still holding on to summer as long as I can though especially with my new love Mochi Ice Cream!!! Since it is Friday, I’m sharing my top 5 Friday Favorites of the week! Be sure to let me know yours in the comments below!

Mochi Ice Cream, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m all over the place this week with my favorites!!!!

Isn’t that monster the cutest little thing you have ever seen??? Okay….besides the little flamingo booty in glitter shoes walking and crawling all over. OR the unicorn lunch bag?? So much cuteness this week, it’s almost unbearable! 🙂

The second I saw the monster stamp set, I just had to have it. It is super cute. Actually it’s just this 1 monster that I find super cute. The others are more Halloween themed and if you have been following me long, you know I’m not a huge fan of Halloween! I just knew I had to make this little monster in purple and orange. Now I’m totally seeing blue and green too so that will be up next! The Holiday Mini Catalog is AMAZING! I can’t wait to share more of it in the weeks to come!

Resolve saved me this week as it cleaned 3 blue spots out of my carpet. I noticed 1 in my stamp room and had no clue what it was. It isn’t next to my chair and I surely would have noticed when I dropped an ink pad that it made a spot. I haven’t dropped blue recently. My mind was boggled! Then one day I was in the stamp room working and Claire was…..”playing”. AKA making a huge mess and getting into everything. I hear the noise of my return address self-ink stamp being pushed. Instantly I jump up and grab it from Claire and noticed a blue spot on the carpet. Ahhh Haha! That’s how it got there! So now I have 3 spots! Resolve to the rescue!

Have you tried Mochi Ice Cream??? It is weird and amazing all in one. I love it and still feel so confused at the texture and flavor each time I eat it. Let me know if you have had it and what you favorite flavor is!!!

My little cutey wants to walk, crawl, and do steps all day long. She could live outside if we would let her. Each evening we go to the park, walk around outside, or go for a stroller ride….I wish I was the one riding sometimes! 🙂 We love her so much! At the end of the month, she is going to start a kids program that is 3.5 hours on Tuesday and Thursday. This will give me a chance to work uninterrupted and her the chance to play with other kids and with new toys and games. I’m so excited for her and this opportunity as she loves playing with kids. I’m a little worried how I will handle it though. Getting some routine into our schedule excites me A LOT! We got her a little unicorn backpack and lunch bag and they are the cutest!

Those are my top 5 Friday Favorites! Let me know yours in the comments! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura

PS: Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons from last month!!! Click here to shop! Also, the FREE Stamp Set of the Month is Verdant Garden!


Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! The first week of August and back from vacation….wowza!!! I’m still alive! 🙂 So many exciting things this month as it is my Birthday Month! Let’s start with Friday Favorites!!! Here are mine!

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We had a wonderful time on vacation. Relaxing, spending time with family, swimming, and eating fabulous food. Another bonus was I only jumped on my laptop 2 times that week and mostly used my phone for photos! It was amazing!

We came home and now have a squirrel friend who has somehow gotten up on our balcony to eat the bird seed. He’s so cute and I love watching him so I haven’t gotten rid of him yet. If he can sit there and eat with Claire playing and yelling in the kitchen, he’s a keeper! 🙂

My Stampin’ Up Holiday Mini Catalog Pre-Order has arrived and it’s sooooo fabulous! Check out the Video here! Eeeeee I’m so excited to start playing!

The final Friday Favorites is this gorgeous notebook that I got this week. As I have shared before, I’m a list maker and I like to stay organized. I got this fabulous notebook to keep me organized and like I kinda have it together. 😉 Also, doesn’t that pattern look very similar to the Perennial Essence Suite?!?!?! Stampin’ Up is so on trend with colors and patterns that are hot on the market! I love it!!!

What are your favorites this week?? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

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Don’t forget to redeem your $5 Bonus Days Coupons that you earned last month! Click here to shop!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Friday Favorites: Vacation Time!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I’m back with another one of Friday Favorites and this one is super exciting because we are going on VACATION!!! I’m super excited to spend time with our little family of 3 but also my family too!!! So of course 1 of my Friday Favorites this week is Vacation Time!!!

Vacation Time, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So while you might think that vacation is my only favorite this week, I actually have others too! This week my Top 5 Favorites are…..

~My crazy list making skills! It is probably a little overboard and Brad (my husband) thinks I need help but it works! 🙂 I have lists of lists going this week of what needs to get done before we leave and when we get home. Lists of what we need to pack and what we are getting there at the grocery store. It is never ending for sure.

~Having an amazing job that allows me to make my own schedule and enjoy family time without guilt. This is super amazing and after having a job in the past that made it very difficult, I’m super thankful now! LOVE IT! Don’t forget that you can have this amazing freedom too with Stampin’ Up! Right now there is the awesome Extra, Extra Promotion. Click here for more details!

~Hot Summer Weather!!! Spring and summer are my favorite for sure! Of course, super hot weather is…..hot and sweaty and can be dangerous but it’s summer time and I love it!!!!

~Magnolia Lane and coloring…..OMG that photo says it all! Isn’t that flower so fabulous?!?!?!

~And then of course there is Vacation Time! We are headed to the Lake and I’m pumped.

July is coming to an end as well…it’s just crazy! Only a few more days to earn the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set as Laura’s Free Stamp Set of the Month for orders of $75 or more! Also, orders of $50 earn Bonus Bucks with Stampin’ Up!!! Click here to start earning!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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


Girl’s Night Out Fun!!!

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Oh my goodness! Last Thursday was Girl’s Night Out (and morning out) and I am still on a high from it all. We had so much fun ohhing and ahhhing over the new catalog, sharing ideas, stamping, and of course enjoying treats! If you haven’t seen the New Catalog Products, check them out here!

Girl's Night Out Fun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I always have intentions to snap photos during the event of everyone but always forget. Once people start arriving, the real fun begins. Catching up on summer plans and picking out new favorite products is always the chatter! Stamping, enjoying Caramel Illini Bars, and picking out prizes is the activity!!! I had a full crowd for both the morning and evening and before I knew it everyone was gone and no pictures were taken. But sooooo much fun was had and that’s all that matters! If you want to check out the cards that we made, click here for one of them and stayed tuned till Monday for the other!

For all of you out there who aren’t local to attend the party, let me know in the comments what your favorite new products are and what you summer plans are!!!! I would love to hear from you!

The top picks at Girl’s Night Out were the Bird Ballad Suite and Magnolia Lane Suite.

This weekend I’m heading over to see my girls in Paris, IL and I can’t wait to party all over again!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend too! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Baby Is One!!!

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I can’t believe it!!! My Baby is One!!! Little Ziggy has been in our arms for 1 year! It’s crazy! Do you all remember when we called her Ziggy and thought we might forever call her that because it was stuck in our heads? Now it sounds weird to say Ziggy! We had a fabulous Birthday Party over the weekend with theme One In A Melon!

My Baby Is One, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These were actually created with an old Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set. You can check it out here! Paper Pumpkin is super fabulous for having random words and images for using on lots of different projects!

The card base is Real Red. I really went back and forth on whether to use a shade of pink or red. I went with red because I knew I could find that color in paper products, etc. for the party! Next, I stamped the Buffalo Check in Basic Black onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used the Stamparatus for this to get the perfect look and re-stamp it if I missed a spot with the ink. For the watermelon, I fussy cut them out after stamping them! Then I added 1 flat and 1 with Stampin’ Dimensionals! The greeting was stamped from another Paper Pumpkin Kit onto a Rectangle Stitched Shape with a little Call Me Clover bow in the corner!

One In A Melon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As I type this on Claire’s birthday eve and look through all these photos, my heart is full and my eyes a bit wet! I have been a bit emotional this weekend just reflecting back on a year ago. Having my water break, being in labor for 33 hours, and having a baby via c-section on Memorial Day! Seeing this beautiful baby girl in my arms and how much she has grown and learned in just 1 year! My mind is blown and my heart is full! I just love her so much and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and we will be back to New Catalog preparation tomorrow! For now, I’m off to celebrate because my baby is one!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Celebrating Mother’s Day!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!!! How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend?? I think every women should celebrate because I’m sure you have mothered someone in your life whether it is your child or a friend/family members or a fur baby! Also, to all of the women who are dreaming of having a baby in their arms, may you celebrate today too! (Hugs to you all!) As women, we have all been motherly to someone so let’s celebrate that!

Celebrating Mother's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This Mother’s Day is super special to me because I have little Claire in my arms!!! Two years ago I had just lost my 1st baby and Mother’s Day was very difficult. Last year, I was so anxious to have Ziggy arrive as my due date was just 5 days later. This year, I get to hug, snuggle, and kiss this little amazing baby girl of mine! I’m so excited!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating Mother’s Day and how amazing you are!!! You are a rockstar!

If you family is looking for the perfect gift for you, I offer Gift Certificates or you can sign up for the May Paper Pumpkin. Today, is the last day to get the amazing Shelli Kit. This kit is going to be super fabulous with 12 full size greeting cards that are elegant, Springy, and have birds! That’s all we have been told so far. Click here to try out or gift Paper Pumpkin!

See you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Does Your Stamp Room Look Like This?

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Each week my stamp room goes from clean and picked up to a hot mess…..sometimes in minutes and others a day! Then there are some weeks it never gets cleaned up and we just move into a new week and push forward. I find that cleaning up and starting fresh is always a good thing though. When it is messy, I spend more time looking for the bone folder….that is probably in my hand or right in front of me…than actually getting anything done.

Does your stamp room look like this, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am an organizational freak so I do like things all put back and everything has a place. Cleaning up the scraps or the partial projects is probably my least favorite part. They are messy and I don’t know if I should put them away or leave them out to finish. The struggle is real. I have been using 3 ring binder sleeves for all of my projects. I bought a big box of these at Sam’s a long time ago for a project. They work perfect for holding a project, pieces for a class, etc. I don’t put them in a 3 ring binder though. They just lay in the 12″ x 12″ totes. I have a tote for each class, personal project, and more. Those things are amazing!!

What part of cleaning up the craft room do you hate the most?? Is your room clean more often or messy?? Let me know in the comments below!

Here is a little video of my messy room and my cleaning it. If only I could really clean it up this fast! Enjoy watching Claire play too!!! Click 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