Love With All Your Heart!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I feel like this card is so heart warming and the greeting is so powerful – Live Every Moment, Laugh Every Day, Love With All of Your Heart. This card is perfect for any occasion or day!!!

Love With All Your Heart, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Shades of pink, sweet hearts, and that amazing greeting makes me love this card so much!

I started with a Powder Pink card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped hearts on the top half. The hearts are from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set and were stamped in Powder Pink and Berry Burst Ink. Be sure to fall off the edges of the cardstock so it looks like the pattern continues. On the bottom portion, I added a piece of the Powder Pink Fresh Florals Designer Paper (2″ x 5-1/4″). Then I tied some Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding around the middle to cover up the seam of the paper.

Hearts of Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set onto Powder Pink cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I added some Rhinestones to the top and bottom of the greeting for a little bit of bling. I also die cut a few Berry Burst hearts with the coordinating Support Ribbon Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). I added the hearts with the Fine Tip Glue Pen! The die cut hearts are super necessary as I did another sample without them and loved it just the same!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Mermaids Under The Sea!!!

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Whether you like the Little Mermaid Disney Movie or not, these mermaids under the sea on this card are just adorable!!! I love the layers, texture, and fun in this card so much!!!

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There is just so much fabulous-ness going on with this card. I’ll let you continue to stare at it or you can keep reading for all the details to make your own!

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next, I took another piece of Pool Party (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Seaside Embossing Folder. I added this layer to the card front. Then, I took a piece of the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper (blue bubbles) measuring 2″ x 4-1/2″ and punched the banner tips with the Banner Triple Punch. This piece was added to the card front as well.

Swimming Mermaids, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I took the sheet of mermaids from the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper and cut out by hand 2 different mermaids. I wanted them going in different directions so that they fit on the square better. Since I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting, I just did a basic around the body and didn’t get into all the details. Next, I stamped the bubbles from the Magical Day Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay all over a Stitched Shape die cut square. Then I added the mermaids to the front and added this to a layer of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper. I liked to use Tear And Tape to add layers to glitter to make sure it has a nice strong hold.

Using the coordinating Magical Mates Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out some seaweed in Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. Then I added these along the side of the glimmer square, securing them on the back side with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off with a few more dimensionals and then added it to the card front! For the greeting at the bottom, I stamped it from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. On either end of the greeting, I added an Epoxy Dot for even more shine and texture!

I told you there were lots of layers and fun in this card but isn’t it just so magical?!?!?! I love it even if I only make 1…or maybe 2. 🙂 The Myths & Magical Suite is retiring at the end of the May which makes me sad. Be sure to stock up on these amazing products before they are gone. To see more samples using these products, click here, here, and here! Shop all of the products by clicking the items below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Coloring Embossing Paste with Sponge Daubers!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today. I’m coloring Embossing Paste with Sponge Daubers. This technique is super cool because you only use the amount needed of the Embossing Paste. When I colored some with Re-Inker in the past, I ended up making millions of cards because I colored too much paste!

Coloring Embossing Paste With Sponge Daubers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how that background adds texture to the card and gives it a fun variation in color. Also, I love love love my Sponge Daubers and while I have used them in awhile, I do enjoy it!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I took a piece of Pear Pizzazz measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ to add the Embossing Paste to it. First, I took the Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask and added color all over by pouncing a Sponge Dauber over the top. You can always use the same color (Pear Pizzazz) or go a shade darker like Old Olive or Wild Wasabi. Mixing the colors and pouncing all over would be fabulous too. After adding color in an area big enough for the cardstock, I placed the mask over the cardstock and onto the Silicone Craft Sheet. Then I added the Embossing Paste and as it swipes across the mask it picks up the color. I love it! Peel off the mask and allow it dry!

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While the Embossing Paste is drying, I worked on the floral image and greeting. Using the Petal Palette Stamp Set and coordinating Petals & More Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I stamped the flowers and greeting Memento Black Ink. Then I colored the flowers with the Old Olive and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. After coloring, I die cut the flowers out and the greeting with the frame. Now to assemble, I added some Organza Ribbon around the card and then added it to the card base. Next, I added the flowers and greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This gives the card some texture but also a nice smooth look over the Embossing Paste. To finish off the card, I added some Enamel Shapes to the greeting. I love it and it’s perfect for lots of occasions!

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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Hold On To Hope!!!

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Last week, I showed these amazing samples and here is another fabulous one. All of these use the Hold On To Hope Bundle from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

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I have really been having lots of fun with different creations using this bundle – Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits! There are just lots of great ways to use it for religious events as well as lots of other occasions and lifting up styles!

I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped all around the edge. The stamped image is from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and it was stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink. Then, I die cut the solid cross in Pear Pizzazz and the skinnier cross in Silver Foil Paper using the Cross of Hope Framelits. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I adhered these together and added them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″).

This piece was then layered onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz (3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) and added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set onto scrap white and then die cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the Cross of Hope Set. I added this across the top of the crosses.

This card is great to lift someone spirits, as a thinking of you or sympathy, and even for religious occasions like Confirmation, First Communion, etc. Going with a monochromatic look makes it easier and fewer supplies to get out. Woot Woot!

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is out and these items are while supplies last so don’t wait if there is something you need! Click here to shop the retiring items.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Coloring On Stamps With Markers!!!

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I feel like I always go through waves on using different stamp products in my craft room. I realized I haven’t used my markers in awhile so I got them out and created this beauty by coloring on stamps with markers!!!

Coloring On Stamps With Markers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning in the simplicity of it. I wondered if I should add some jewels or more stamping to fill it in but decided to go simple. Let me know in the comments if you love it as is or if you would have added more to the card!

I started with an Elegant Eggplant (retiring color) card base. Next, I cut 2 piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One is for the inside of the card and the other is for the front. Then, I took the floral image from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and colored it in with markers. I used Elegant Eggplant for the flowers and Old Olive for the greenery. After coloring it all in using the marker tip and not the pen tip, I huffed on it a bit and stamped it down. Think about eating a piece of hot food. When you put it in your mouth and it’s hot, you sort of ha ha breath with your mouth open to cool it off. That is huffing. This action will moisten the ink on the stamps to make sure it is ready to stamp. For the sample above, I actually inked it up both times but you could always stamp it once, huff on it and stamp it again. The second image will come out a bit lighter but still look fabulous!

Another option would be to create 2 cards are one time, stamp the fresh image on one piece of white and the second stamp on another. Ink it up again and do the same, then one card will be the darker images and the second card will have both of the lighter images. I’m all about getting the most bang for your buck when stamping!

After stamping the flowers, I added this layer to the card front. Then for the greeting I used the Layering Squares Framelits with Whisper White and Gold Foil Paper. I stamped the greeting from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set in Elegant Eggplant and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Basket Full of Flowers!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Hopefully this Basket Full of Flowers will help brighten your day and help you push through the week!!! It sure does help mine because you all know how much I love flowers! 🙂

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This card is such a classic because I went with neutral colors of Crumb Cake and Old Olive so that the flowers in the basket can really be any color you wish! What color would you make the flowers? All one color? A variety of colors? Pink? Blue? Yellow? Orange? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder. This item as well as the stamped basket (Blossoming Basket Stamp Set) were one of the free Sale-A-Bration items last month. Have no fear if you weren’t able to get the Basket Weave Embossing Folder, it will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out on June 1st! 🙂

Next, I tied some Old Olive Sheer Ribbon around the bottom and into a bow. Then I added this to the card front. For the flower basket, I stamped it from the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers, I colored in the basket and flowers. I went with Crumb Cake for the basket, Old Olive for the leaves, and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. For the leaves, I did a few with the dark marker and a few with the light. For the basket, I did each little line on the handle with the dark and then colored over it all and filled in with the light marker. On the bottom basket part, I colored the top weave in with the dark Crumb Cake Marker and the rest with the Light. This is how I got that variation of color for it all.

Blossoming Basket, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how Stampin’ Blends really make me feel like an artist when I totally am not a coloring artist whatsoever. After coloring, I added this piece to a layer of Old Olive and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like to use Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding layers to a embossed layer because the foam falls into the grooves of the cardstock and hold tight as well as looks smooth! Plus you all know how much I LOVE Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below what colors you would use for your basket of flowers!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Cross of Hope!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! Today, I’m showing you some ways to use the Cross of Hope Bundle and mix and match it up!

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Here these cards are very similar but I changed up a few things to fit a different occasion or recipient. I really love creating a card style that can be interchanged like this. It makes a set so much more useful! I used the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits which you can Bundle & Save 10%. Then for the greeting on the pink one, I used the Inspired Events Stamp Set.

I used Pool Party and Powder Pink for the two cards shown and the card bases. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4.” I  stamped the floral/greenery image from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set in a “S” pattern. Depending on the greeting placement and how much you want to show, you can always stamp it differently. The ink used for each card was the same as the card base – Pool Party and Powder Pink. For the pink card, I stamped the greeting in the lower left corner from the Inspired Events Stamp Set.

Baptismal Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the layer with the cross, I cut out the colored cardstock measuring 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ in the coordinating color. Next, I cut out a Whisper White piece measuring 2″ x 3″ and die cut out the cross from the Cross of Hope Framelits. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the cross to the white and layered it all together. I added the layered rectangle to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture. One the pink card, I added some Pearls down the center.

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For the blue card, I stamped the God is Love greeting onto a piece of scrap white in Pool Party Ink. Then I die cut it out with the coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits! I added this to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional on the left side and some Snail on the right side. This way it is level across the card coordinating with the popped up cross.

These cards are great for religious occasions, thinking of you, sympathy, and so much more! Change up the color or greeting to fit your needs!

If you would like to see this all in action and another fabulous sample, 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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Tips on Cutting, Tying, & Securing Ribbon!!!

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I love love love ribbon and it’s my favorite embellishment. I thought I would share some tips on cutting, tying, & securing ribbon because I get asked these questions a lot! Hopefully you find them helpful!!!

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~ Tips for Cutting Ribbon ~

Cutting ribbon off the spool can be tricky because cutting too little is a waste that you toss aside for “another project” that hopefully comes soon! Cutting too much is a waste because then so little is cut off each end and tossed. When cutting ribbon for a card or any size piece like the card on the far left in the photo above, simply wrap the ribbon across the front of the piece, around to the back, and across the front again. It doesn’t need to be exact edge to edge and in fact I usually hang off a bit on both sides. That is the amount of ribbon needed to wrap the ribbon around and tie it into a knot.

EXAMPLE: To tie ribbon into a knot around a piece of 4″ cardstock, you would need 13″ of ribbon. That’s a smidge over the edge and across the front (4″), around to the back (4″), and across the front again with a smidge over (4″).

~ Tips for Tying Ribbon ~

Now for tying ribbon into a perfect knot so that it lays flat and doesn’t look like a “t”. The video will help a little bit more on this because it is hard to explain in words. So the ribbon is wrapped around the cardstock and there is an end on the left and on the right. Cross the right side of ribbon over the left end of ribbon and around to create the first knot. Then for the second knot, cross the left side of ribbon over the right side and around. Pull tight! It is important to do the opposite the second time meaning right over left, left over right. If you do right over left, right over left, the ribbon will come out like a “t”.

The directions above can go vice versa as well – left over right, right over left. I know this may sound confusing but just focus on your left and right hand and the piece of ribbon in it. Also, I tie the ribbon with it in my thumb and pointer finger. Then using my pinkie or another finger, I press down that first knot to keep it tight and secure so my knot is tight on my project.

~Securing Ribbon On My Project ~

This is probably the biggest question I get asked. I do not use adhesive to secure the ribbon on my project before tying it. With the tips above, I can usually get a nice tight knot so I don’t have to worry about it sliding off. Also, I like not having it stuck in a spot when I’m tying it because then I can slide it to the side or up and down to re position it if needed or if I change my mind. To do this, simple squeeze the cardstock a bit to curve it and slide the ribbon around. (See the video tutorial below for more on this.)

There are a few times if I’m adding ribbon to a layer that goes on top of my card base or project where I will add Stampin’ Dimensionals over the ribbon on the back or on the ends which does technically secure it after it is tied. For example, if I have a greeting with ribbon below it and I’m going to place it in the middle of my card, I will add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back on the 4 corners. This does secure the ribbon that it won’t slide off the end because it can’t jump over the dimensional. Also, I like to use Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding a piece with ribbon because it gives a nice smooth look rather than flat adhesive.

I hope you found these tips and tricks helpful! If any of them are still confusing, feel free to reach out for clarification! If you have any tips to share, 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 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!!!

Happy Ribbon Tying

~Laura


Here’s To An Epic Celebration!!!

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I know Sale-A-Bration is over but I still have a few more samples to share so let’s party on with this one! Here’s To An Epic Celebration!!! I got the inspiration for this card from Debbie Jones!

Here's To An Epic Celebration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the color blocking and the use of the stamped images. You could always change up the colors to whatever you have lots of scraps left over or your favorite color combination!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to the front as well as to the inside so I could write my message. Using a Basic Black card base is fun but it does make it hard to write on the inside. Then I cut the follow pieces for stamping – Tempting Turquoise (1-7/8″ x 5″), Daffodil Delight (1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″), and Rose Red (1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″). Using the images from the Epic Celebrations Stamp Set and Basic Black Ink, I stamped all over. Then I puzzle pieced each piece to the card front. For the greeting, I die cut out the circles with the Layering Circles Framelits and stamped the greeting in the center. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the greeting to the center of the card!

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Since the card base is black, I added a layer of Whisper White to the inside of the card (4″ x 5-1/4″). I stamped the headphones in the corner for a little extra decoration. Do you like to add a layer to the inside of your card and decorate it?? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to see if more people do that or don’t do that. Usually I don’t add a layer because I write big and usually a lot. 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Baking Pies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m sharing with you this amazing card using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder! Let’s get started baking pies!!! The inspiration for this card came from Sheran Rigg!

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Isn’t this the sweetest?? 🙂 Okay, I’ll try to keep the puns to a minimum!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the greeting at the top from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set. I stamped the greeting in Soft Suede Ink. Then, I die cut the squares with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Whisper White and Real Red. Using the pears in the Fruit Basket Stamp Set, I stamped them in the corner. For the pears, I used Lemon Lime Twist Ink and Soft Suede. I added these to the Crumb Cake towards the bottom. Then I tied some Linen Thread around the center for a little texture and added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

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Now for that focal point of the beautiful pie!!! I die cut out a circle with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and a scallop circle with the Layering Circles Framelits. Both of these were cut in Crumb Cake cardstock! Next, I ran the stitched circle through the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and then layered it onto the scallop circle. Then I lightly brushed over it all with a Sponge Dauber and Soft Suede Ink. Be careful not to go too dark with the ink or your pie will look burnt! 🙂 Then I added the pie to the card front! Doesn’t it look super adorable and real?!?!?!

The Basket Weave Embossing Folder was a Free Item with Sale-A-Bration that ended on March 31st but have no fear if you didn’t get it then. It will be available for purchase in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out in June! A few other fun stamp sets that have “sweet greetings” and fruit include the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set!

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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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