Double Z Fold Candy Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique for you! With Easter around the corner, let’s bring on ALL THE CANDY!!! Easter is my favorite holiday and Easter candy is AMAZING! Jelly Beans, Peeps, and Reese’s Eggs are just a few of my favorites. What is your favorite! Okay back to this fabulous technique of a Double Z Fold Candy Card!!!

Double Z Fold Candy Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t it beautiful???? I am loving the fun colors. Hello, Lisa Frank! Am I right? Eeee It just makes me so happy. This card uses all the goodies in the How Sweet It Is Suite!

First, I started with a Coastal Cabana card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11. That is right, this is a regular card size! Simply fold in half like you normally would for a card and then fold that front piece back (in half) to create your first Z. You can also score it if you wish at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″. I added a piece of the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper the the inside of the card (stripes ~ 4″ x 5-1/4″) and another piece to the left side front flap (polka dots ~ 4″ x 2-1/2″).

Birthday Treats, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that second Z on our card, I used Gorgeous Grape (3″ x 9″) and scored it at 3″ and 6″. This creates three 3″ squares. Fold it to create a Z and add adhesive to the back square making sure the next square is on the left side. Place it down on the striped paper. Next, place the top Z on the polka dotted paper with the card all folded and laying flat. Place your fingers at the edge of the purple 3″ square as a guide to know how much adhesive you will need for that flap (video explains better). Lift the 3″ purple square and add adhesive to the polka dots. It is typically 2 lines of Snail Adhesive. Once your adhesive is down, place the Z over it by pressing flat. Don’t hold the card up to connect it or it might not close flat.

Candy Jar Die Cuts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now it is time to decorate!!! Using the Jar of Sweets Framelits, I die cut out the candy jars from the How Sweet It Is Stamp Set. I love that these coordinate and line up perfectly. I also die cut the candy pieces with the framelits. Using the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set, I stamped the greetings to coordinate. Don’t forget you can bundle and save 10% when you get the stamps and framelits together! The Whisper White layers measure 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″! Just have fun with all the possibilities!!!

Birthday Z Fold Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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A Friend Is Thinking Of You!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you are ready to tackle the week. Sometimes Monday can seem like a fresh start, back on routine from the chaos of a weekend, and I’ve got a superwomen attitude! Then there are the weeks that I’m ready to crash from a busy weekend, my to-do list for the week isn’t created so I wander around wondering what to work on first. Those are the days that a simple smile from a stranger at the grocery store, a random text from a friend, or happy mail in the mailbox mean the most!!! Everything is quickly turned around and superwomen comes back! So today, I just want to say, “A friend is thinking of you and you got this!!!”

A Friend is Thinking of You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a quick and simple card that can be created in any color scheme and with any designer series paper. Perfect to create and have some on hand all the time!

I started with a Highland Heather card base and added a strip of the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper (2″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the adorable huggers in Gorgeous Grape Ink. This is from the Artfully Aware Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog!! I love the images and greetings in this set as they are so heartwarming and perfect!

Then I layered this piece onto a layer of Gorgeous Grape. The greeting in the corner was stamped from the Part of My Story Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink. Before adding the focal point, I laid down a strip of the Flax Ribbon. The Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the focal point help to hold the ribbon in place!

Part of My Story, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another similar version. I created this one portrait rather than landscape and I left off the ribbon. The card uses a different image and greeting but again using the same stamp sets! For this card, I colored in the image using Stampin’ Blends. I did use some of the Gingham Gala Sequins on both for a little extra flare.

Which one is your favorite??? If you want to recreate these cards, click the supply list below and remember there are only a few days of Sale-A-Bration left!! Every $50 in orders earns you a FREE item!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Using Both Sides of the Paper!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! We are using both sides of the paper from the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper to create 2 cards!

Using Both Sides of the Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one is your favorite – the left or the right?? Let me know in the comments below!! To be honest, I don’t know that I could pick. I really had a lot of fun with this card style……as you can see below with all the different options I just had to try out!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper (5-1/2″ x 2-3/4″) and tied some ribbon around the card. I used the Gorgeous Grape Striped Ribbon and the Granny Apple Green/Coastal Cabana Reversible Ribbon. Check out the same below where I even mixed those up and used the reversible ribbon on the purple dotted paper. The paper is the same piece for both cards just the left card using one side and the right card using the other!

Gum drops in the candy jar, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set. I used the same images for the focal point too. I stamped the candy jar in Coastal Cabana and die cut it with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Then I really had fun with the different candy options in the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set. Gum drops, hard candy, jelly beans, gummy bears, and chocolates….YUM!!! Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored them in!

Sweetest Thing Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After coloring, I layered the oval onto a scalloped oval of Coastal Cabana and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added some Glittered Enamel Shapes to some for a little pop of texture and glitter.

So many fun looks and combinations with this amazing bundle. Click the supply list below so you can get started on creating your favorites!!! Which is your favorite??? 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

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May The Rest of Your Lives…

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Happy Monday!!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! While the card I’m sharing today is an anniversary one, this greeting could be for anything. May the Rest of Your Lives…..Be the Best of Your Lives!!!

May The Rest of Your Lives, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have recently gotten into decorating the inside of the cards. I know, I know….I’m super late to the party but I’m here now!!! Isn’t this card just fabulous?? It’s the inside, just wait till you see the front!

Bloom By Bloom, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers…..make me happy!!! These colors also make me happy! I am loving this combination of Night of Navy, Grapefruit Grove, and Calypso Coral. Yum!

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then, I took a piece of Whisper White (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) and stamped the flower from the Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set. Be sure to stamp the flower first and then the stem to ensure your stem isn’t too high/too far over that your flower doesn’t fit. The flower was stamped in Calypso Coral Ink and the stem in Call Me Clover Ink. Then I took the smaller flower from the set and stamped it in Grapefruit Grove. I fussy cut out that flower and layered it onto the bigger one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Next, I layered this onto a piece of Calypso Coral (3″ x 3″) and added a little loop of Calypso Coral Satin Ribbon to the corner. Securing the loop with Stampin’ Dimensionals gives a smooth and secure look! Add more Stampin’ Dimensionals around the piece and add it to the card front. For the greeting, I stamped it in Night of Navy Ink from the Well Said Stamp Set. Simply cut around the stamped images and add them to the card. If you wish to stamp directly onto the card next to the flower, you can do so. This just gives an extra pop and allows the greeting to fall off a bit.

If you would like to recreate this card, click the supply list below! Don’t forget if you order is over $75 before tax and shipping, you will earn Laura’s Free Stamp Set of the Month which is the Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Memories & More Card Collections!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! Have you ever heard of the Memories & More Card Collections?? Did you know that you can scrapbook and make cards with these? They are like a kit that is super quick and simple but there are lots of ways to use them!

Memories & More Card Collections, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This fabulous card has no stamping on it at all. I used the large card from the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Collection. Simply add that to the Happiness Blooms Cards & Envelopes and you are all done. I embellished a bit with some punched flowers from the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack and Happiness Blooms Enamel Shapes from the Suite. How fabulous is that??

Happiness Blooms Cards & Envelopes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another fabulous card using the other size of the Card Collection and the Cards & Envelopes in the pack! For this one, I didn’t stamp at all. I just simply added a few Enamel Shapes!

Scrapbook with Memories & More, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Memories & More Card Collections can also be used in scrapbooking for quick and simple pages. Just drop in the cards for a fabulous look or greeting or embellish it as you wish! I’m just so impressed at how fun and versatile these Memories & More Card Collections are. I challenge you to check them out and use them for cards and scrapbooking! Check out the supplies below!

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

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Using All The Happiness Blooms Paper!!!

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I love designer paper and my biggest struggle with it is that one side must be covered up in order to enjoy the other side. Today, I’m sharing a card using all of the Happiness Blooms Paper….both sides!!!

Using All The Happiness Blooms Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love it and there is no right or wrong way to do this. Thank you to Mary Ellen Stites for the inspiration on this card! Also, this is a great way to use up those little leftover scraps of designer paper!

I started with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Next, I took a piece of Call Me Clover measuring 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and layered on the strips of Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper. The designer paper is cut into 3-1/2″ x 3/4″ strips. Since one paper pack has so many options front and back, it is super easy to just mix and match the patterns. Once I had all of the pieces on, I tied some Calypso Coral Satin Ribbon around it and then added it to the card front.

For the greeting, I stamped it in Night of Navy Ink from the Well Said Stamp Set. This set is super fun because there are so many mix and match greetings and something for the inside of the card as well. After stamping the greeting, I punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. Then using the Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set, I added a few flowers around the greeting. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card with a few Happiness Blooms Enamel Shapes over the flowers.

How do you like to use your designer paper?? Let me know in the comments below. Also, you can check out some of my One Sheet Wonders which are great for using designer paper. Also, check out the supply list below for you to make this card too!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Faux Embossing with Punches!!!

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Happy Technique Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you all today! I’m not really sure if there is an official name for this so I’m calling it Faux Embossing with Punches!!

Faux Embossing with Punches, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look how fabulous that white panel looks with those butterflies all over. The awesome thing about this technique is that 1. it uses up scraps and 2. you can do it with any of your punches.

I started with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2″ x 5-1/4″ and placed a lot of punched butterflies all over it. I punched the butterflies out of scrap white cardstock using the Butterfly Duet Punch. Don’t worry! For those of you who haven’t had a chance to order this yet, it will be available again soon. The butterflies can be placed straight up and down or angled all over. Be sure to allow the butterflies to fall off the edges so it looks like the pattern continues.

Once you have all the butterflies in place, simply turn it over and use the edge of the cardstock as a guide to trim off the butterflies hanging over the edge. Then I added this to the card front and tied some ribbon around it. Using the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in the lower right corner

Butterfly Duet Punch, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 For the butterflies, I stamped the outline in Grapefruit Grove full strength.  Then the solid image was stamped off once for that lighter look. The centers and antennae were done in Memento Black Ink. TIP: To get the antennae in the right spot, place the butterfly where you would like it, then move it down a smidge. Stamp the antennae above the butterfly. Then attach the butterfly to the card correctly placed on the antennae. This is much easier than trying to stamp the antennae after the butterfly is placed down and hoping they look attached.

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


You are Amazing!!!

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It’s Monday and while that is a bit of a bummer that the weekend is over. It means a new start to a week and let’s make it a good one! After all it is the last week of February and one step closer to Spring! So put on a smile this Monday and know that you are amazing!!! Thank you to Jean Noellsch‎ for the inspiration for this card.

You Are Amazing, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Surely this beautiful bright card is going to make you smile!!! I just love flowers and bright colors. I’m also loving the Dot To Dot Embossing Folder right now too. It’s just so classic and goes with everything!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Pineapple Punch (4″ x 5-1/4″) that was run through the Big Shot in the Dot to Dot Embossing Folder! Using a strip of the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper and the Banner Triple Punch, I created the floral banner for the left hand side. Then using that same patterned piece, I die cut an oval with the Layering Ovals Framelits to back the greeting! The greeting was stamped from the Incredible Like You Stamp Set. To finish it off I added a few Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for texture as well as the fact that they hold better on an embossed surface.

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I couldn’t decide whether it needed this little knot of ribbon or not. What do you think – knot or not?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to recreate this card, check out the supply list below! Don’t forget that orders of $50 earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Hot Hawaiian Pink!!!

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You all know how much I love PINK! I’m super loving this hot Hawaiian pink flower too! It had me dreaming of warmer weather, sunny days, and all the flowers blooming!!! Of course, being in Hawaii is a whole other dream! 🙂

Hot Hawaiian Pink, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I created a very similar card to this one a few months ago. I had some leftover card pieces already cut but wanted to use some of my new stamps! Here is what I came up with using the Humming Along Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog!!!

I started with a Shaded Spruce card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ and stamped the greeting and flower from the Humming Along Stamp Set! Since I colored using Stampin’ Blends, I stamped in Memento Black Ink! For the flowers, I just played with various colors and shades and had fun with it. As always, I color with the dark marker first and then blend and fill in with the lighter marker.

Humming Along, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below!

For a little extra texture on the card, I used the Detailed Trio Punch for the corners. I rounded two of the corners and punched the floral image on the other two! This layer was added to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture and to allow the color and light to pop through those punched corners! Quick and simple! #SimpleStamping

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday: Sponging Butterflies!!!

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Happy Technique Tuesday, everyone!!! You all know I am loving butterflies right now! I also know that you all are loving them too because the Butterfly Duet Punch flew off the shelves like magic. Wowza there were so many sold so quickly, Stampin’ Up couldn’t keep up and trust me they were ordering more just as fast as we were buying. So for those of you who have this amazing bundle, check this out. For those of you still waiting, Pin This or save it for later! Sponging butterflies is soooooo much fun and endless color options! A big shout out to Patty Bennett for the fabulous inspiration!

Sponging Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Are these not the most stunning things you have ever seen??? LOVE IT!!!!! It is super easy to do too which is just icing on the cupcake!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I layered a piece of the Botanical Butterfly Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″) onto a piece of colored cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). I used Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody for the samples above! Before adding this layer to the card front, I tied some Black/Silver Striped Ribbon around the bottom. I love the little hint of shimmer in this ribbon but still sticking to a black and white with pops of color theme!

Orange Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Also, since the card base is black, I had to add a piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card. Using the Well Said Stamp Set, I stamped the coordinating greeting from the front on the bottom of the inside. The 4th little butterfly that is punched out fits perfectly on the inside as well for a fabulous look!!! The greeting on the front was just stamped, trimmed around and layered on to coordinating cardstock to really make it POP! I added the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the card above, I used Pumpkin Pie on the greeting!

Color Combinations, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay now for sponging butterflies to make them look stunning! Simply stamp your favorite butterfly style from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set in Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then using a Sponge Dauber, add some color down the center. For the big butterfly, I was able to just dauber up and down. For the little butterfly, I had to sort of tilt it to the side to only add a little bit of color. If I used the full dauber, it would have covered the whole butterfly. As you can see, I used Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay for one of the butterflies and Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody for the other. After the centers are complete, take the second color and brush the edges, making sure to blend into the center color a bit. Don’t worry, it will look a bit messy but once you punch them out. AMAZING!

Purple Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you are dying to recreate this and don’t have the Butterfly Duet Punch yet, you can always fussy cut the butterflies! Which color combination is your favorite?

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

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