Mixed Medallions Card Kit!!!

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In preparation for the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion starting tomorrow, I’m not doing Technique Tuesday today! Instead, I’m sharing with you the Mixed Medallions Card Kit that can be earned for FREE with a $50 order tomorrow through the end of March!

Berry Burst, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I was super excited to see a kit like this again this year! The kit requires no stamping and it’s quick to assemble. I created these cards within minutes. Fun, pretty, and ready to use in no time at all!

First, I folded on all of the score lines to create this gate-fold card. The only tip that you need to know is that you don’t seal the card shut with the decorations!!! The greeting goes in the center and there are various flower combinations to add all around!

Crumb Cake Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Crumb Cake, Berry Burst, and Calypso Coral combination is subtle and fabulous! Also, have you noticed how the inside color peaking through is solid?? Stampin’ Up thought of everything with this kit!

Mixed Medallions Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There is a panel popping down from the top that covers up the written greeting on the inside. How fabulous is that?!?!?! This way you have that perfect clean look from the outside with the color peaking through. You don’t see your stamping or writing peaking through! I love that. It’s perfect!! Do you like quick and simple card projects like these or do you prefer the more detailed kits? Let me know in the comments below!

You can check out the unboxing and reveal of this kit below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you are excited about this kit as much as I am! Be sure to subscribe to my Channel it you are new because I have lots of other products from the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion to share. Also, Technique Tuesday will return next week!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Deer In the Forest!!!

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One last Christmas card that I never got a chance to share. This deer in the forest card could be used for a great man card. Just change up the greeting and you are all set!

 

Deer In the Forest, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a piece of Whisper White measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″ for the card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Tranquil Tide from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to the bottom portion. The trees and deer use the Carols of Christmas Bundle (Bundle & Save 10%). Be sure to stamp the deer before die cutting it with the Card Front Builder Framelits. It is always easier to line up the framelit rather than stamp in such a small area! The deer was stamped in Chocolate Chip and the trees were cut in Tranquil Tide.

Stitched Shapes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I added the double trees to the card right above the designer paper. The single tree off to the right was placed up higher so it wasn’t all covered by the greeting. Next, I layered on a small strip of Gold Glimmer Paper. This is a great chance to use up some scraps. Feel free to put a piece that is thin or rather wide. It’s all up to you! Then I tied some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around to the inside of the card. I added the little deer just above the glimmer paper. For the greeting, I die cut a circle with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and stamped the greeting in Fresh Fig Ink. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Just change up the greeting to Happy Birthday for a great man card. If the gold glimmer is too much, Foil Paper would work too! Let me know if you would use this as a man card in the comments below! If you would change it up, let me know the changes as well!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Even Pigs Can Fly!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! This is a technique I have shared before but I have some more fabulous samples to share! The Stampin’ Blends are super fun to color with and easy to get lots of cool shading!! Check out these adorable little pigs….even pigs can fly!

Even Pigs Can Fly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How cute is this little piggy?!?! Adorable! And the best part is that the wings have Wink of Stella on them so the perfect little shine!!! Eeee Thank you, Janet, for this amazing idea! I love what my stampers come up with during Stamp Club!

I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I stamped the images from the This Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Then, I colored in the piggy with the Stampin’ Blends. I used Pink Pirouette for the pig, Smoky Slate for the wings and Crumb Cake for the feet!

Coloring the Piggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the coloring, I always start with the dark Stampin’ Blends Marker and do an outline. Next, I fill in with the Light Stampin’ Blends Marker. Then I go around the overlap edge and swirl in a circular pattern till it blends together. If you stay away from the center, then you will get that light center and darker edges look. Don’t worry this takes a little practice and each one will always come our differently. Also, it’s all based on your preference too!! Just play with it and have fun!

Glitter Wings, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at that amazing Wink of Stella on the wings!!! Isn’t it just stunning? I love it!!! After coloring, I layered this piece onto Daffodil Delight. Then I added a little loop of Night of Navy Crinkle Seam Binding to the edge under Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the card front!!!

Happy Piggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which little piggy card is your favorite – Happy Piggy or Sparkle Wings? Let me know in the comments below!!! Also, if you would like to see Stampin’ Blends in action, check out this video!

Today, I am sharing one of the new kits from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog on my YouTube Channel! You can check out the unboxing and reveal before or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you are excited about this kit as much as I am!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All the Metallics!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I thought I would share one more card before Christmas! This one is rather simple and uses up little pieces you might have! I just love mixing all the metallics!!!

All the Metallics, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is fairly basic but there are a few tricks that I would like to share. This is the first one that I created and I did more afterwards that were even more fabulous!

TIP #1: When you are embossing a big image like this Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, it is best to lightly spritz the cardstock with water. This allows the cardstock to be soft when the embossing folder pushes and pulls the fibers into the image. When I spritzed the cardstock, I had fewer creases like the one you can see a bit at the top of the card.

TIP #2: Mixing and matching metallics is so in right now so don’t be afraid! Gold, Silver, Copper, and Champagne can be mixed together!

TIP #3: I used the Silver Ribbon for this sample but after it was smashed (it happens in envelopes and my stack of samples) it did not look as good. Since this ribbon is a little more stiff, it just smashed rather than laying nicely as loops. I used Silver Sequin Trim on the others and it was even more fabulous!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I embossed with the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder in the middle! Using the Year of Cheer Washi Tape, I added copper washi tape to the top and bottom. The pack comes with copper, silver and gold so you can create lots of these using the different colors!

Snowflake Layers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using some Silver Foil Paper and the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper, I punched out circles with the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch  and 2″ Circle Punch. For the greeting, I stamped it in Basic Gray Ink from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. I used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to cut it out! With the greeting upside down, I placed the Silver Ribbon (or Silver Sequin Trim) down and added Stampin’ Dimensionals down to secure it in the fun loops! Of course I used probably 4 or 5 of them on the little circle! 🙂 You all know I’m an over-user of those things. I finished off the card with a few Rhinestones! If you use the sequin trim, you can always pull a few off and add those all over with some Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, safe travels, good times, and hearts full of joy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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The Warmth of Christmas!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Here in Illinois you never know what the temperature is going to be for Christmas….it could be cold or warm. Either way this card makes it cozy with the warmth of Christmas!!!

The Warmth Of Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Then I cut to pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ (one for the inside and one for the outside). Next, I stamped the larger snowflake from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set in Night of Navy Ink on the corners. The smaller snowflakes are from the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere them to the card.

Snowflakes This Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set in Night of Navy Ink. This stamp set has some amazing greetings! I love it! Next, I die cut the circle with the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I layered it onto a circle die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits! I added the loops of Silver Metallic Thread to the back for a little texture and bling. To do this, I wrapped it around my four fingers 8-12 times, slid the loops off my fingers and twisted them into a figure eight. Then I placed the loops on the back of the greeting and secured them with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Just place a dimension in the spot you want the thread loop to be! I added the greeting to the middle of the card and finished it off with a few Rhinestones!

This card would be perfect for winter as well, just change up the greeting!!! Do you make winter birthday cards with a winter theme or similar to cards all year long?? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Oh Joy!!! The Holidays are Here!!!

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Happy Monday!!! It’s the week before Christmas and some may be saying Oh Joy!!! That might be an exclamation or a sarcastic remark, either way, this card is super fabulous and the Holidays are here! Whether you are ready or not, it’s here!!

Oh Joy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the bling on this card the most and that greeting is so simple and yet powerful!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Then I added a piece of the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (retiring) measuring 4-1/4″ x 5″! After, placing the designer paper down, I added some gold washi tape on either end from the Year of Cheer Washi Tape pack. There is silver and gold in the pack so you could pick either one! Next, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top of the card and tied it into a bow. Before the final bow, I slide on one of the Year of Cheer Embellishments!

Joy of Snowflakes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that fabulous greeting! I took a piece of Whisper White 1-1/2″ wide and punched the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray Ink from the Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set. The little snowflakes are from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set and I stamped off once before stamping on my project for a lighter look! Then I took a piece of Gold Foil Paper 2″ wide and punched it with the Banner Triple Punch too! Before, layering these together I added 3 little bumps from the Foil Snowflake (retiring) to the bottom! Then I added this all to the card front. I love the little bits of bling and how that washi tape looks just as fabulous as foil paper but much cheaper and thinner! Perfect!!!

Don’t forget that many of these items are retiring on January 2nd. Some of these are on sale which is super fabulous! Get them before they are gone. Start shopping here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Let It Snow……Or Not!!!

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I am not a fan of snow so while some may say let it snow……I am not saying that! 🙂 While it’s super pretty and I enjoy it coming down, I wish it would melt and be gone quickly! Do you love snow? Let me know in the comments below!

Let it Snow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Soft Sky card base. Then I placed a piece of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) in the middle. I actually used some from this pack and some from the Merry Music Designer Series Paper Pack as well. Any black snowflake design will work! Next, I took a piece of Silver Foil Paper (1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″) and added a piece of Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon down the center. I just wrapped the ends to the back side of the foil paper and then added it to front of the card!

For the greeting, I used the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). I stamped the greeting in Basic Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I punched it out. Remember it is always best to stamp first and then punch it out because it is easier to line up the image in the punch than it is to line up the stamp on a small punched image. Of course, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the greeting to the card front. You all know I love those things but I also like how it looks smooth over the ribbon and all as well.

Enamel Shapes or Not, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So then I had a thought……is this card good or does it need a little more? A few Enamel Shapes in Soft Sky or another color? The struggle was real and I finally just did 2 cards, one with and one without. In my classes, some used them and some did not!

This card is great for Christmas but also for any Winter occasions! Let me know what you would use it for in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means  I have a fabulous technique to share with you and it’s a One Sheet Wonder! I know how much you all love these!!!

Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I created these 6 cards using various pieces from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. I’m going to show you how I cut and created these as well as how you can make a lot more from this one stack! Let’s get started!

Filled with Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

You can always use the front and back of one sheet for a card like this but I went with 2 different sheets! The smaller floral piece is 3″ x 2″ and you can get 6 pieces from a full sheet of the paper with no waste!!! I layered that onto a piece of Calypso Coral measuring 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and I tied a piece of Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon. The striped piece measures 5″ x 2″ and you can get 3 of these pieces from one sheet with a small leftover piece. I layered this piece onto Pool Party (5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″). The greeting was from the Special Occasions Mini Catalog Stamp Set and I used the Everyday Label Punch for the words and the background piece! I finished off the card with a few Enamel Shapes!

Something borrowed, something blue, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The top card was created with the floral piece measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″ and the green stripes measuring 1-2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 2 cards from each sheet with this style. I added some Rich Razzleberry Sheer Ribbon. Then I used the greeting from the Specials Occasions Stamp Set and I used the Classic Label Punch.

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/4″. You can get 3 pieces of the designer paper from each sheet with this style! I used the Scallop Squares Framelits for this greeting and the same Special Occasions Stamp Set. I love the Silver Foil scallop and those little Metallic Enamel Shapes!

Foral One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up, the card on the top, I used a piece measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. While I love this big piece, you can only get 1 piece from each sheet. The 2 leftover pieces can be used in other styles! I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. I added a little Old Olive Mini Chevron bow that I created using the Fork Bow technique! The greeting was stamped from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set onto an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits!

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 3 pieces from each sheet. I layered this onto Pool Party (2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). The greeting is from the Special Occasions Stamp Set on an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I finished off the card with a few White Perfect Accents!

Happy Birthday Doily, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is another card that you could use the same sheet for both pieces. I went with 2 different sheets. If you use the same sheet, cut a piece measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and then cut it in the middle (or off if you wish for a larger piece on top or bottom). I cut the bottom piece into a 3″ x 4″ piece which you can get 2 pieces for a card like this and have leftovers. The upper piece measures 2-1/4″ x 4″. You can get 2 pieces like this from one sheet with leftovers as well. I used the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set for the greeting. The greeting uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop Circle Framelits and a Water Tea Lace Doily. I added a little ribbon using the Old Olive Sheer Ribbon. This helps to cover up the over lap of the 2 papers!

Since there are 4 sheets of each paper in the stack, you can get over 50 cards using these patterns. There are also a few sheets in the stack that I didn’t use so you could use those to create even more! How fabulous is that?!?!?! I love One Sheet Wonders because they are quick and simple and require very little supplies. I used 2 stamp sets, 5 colors of ink pads, and only a few colors of cardstock! That’s why these are my fabulous!

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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City of Bethlehem!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Awhile back I showed you this simple, all stamping card with the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set! Today, I’m showing this City of Bethlehem “stepped up” card using the coordinating Bethlehem Framelits!!!

City of Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning with that double layer of the city but does require a little bit more work with using the Big Shot.

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I cut two pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One piece is for the front and the other is for the inside since Night of Navy is such a dark color so writing on white is better! Before adding the white to the front, I did all of the stamping. This way if I make a mistake I can flip it over or grab another piece. First, I die cut the two villages with the Bethlehem Framelits; one in Night of Navy and the other in Silver Foil Paper. I adhered the two together and then added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to add it to the card front.

Blessed Christmas Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the stamping!! First, I stamped the star in Crushed Curry Ink and then the greeting in Night of Navy Ink. If you wish to stamp before adding the city, you can place it there as a guide, stamp, and then add it. Just go with whatever you are more comfortable with. Be sure that the greeting is low enough to add the ribbon! Next, I added this piece to the card front and tied the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding around the card. To finish it off, I added some Rhinestones for a little more bling!!!

Assemble Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did play around with this one for a while wondering what to add and my spacing. Mary and Joseph just looked so big in front of the city but I was trying to get them in there. I could have put the city up higher and it would have looked more “in the background” but I was happy with what I came up with. Do you ever have that where you spend forever trying to get the placement and idea to all come together?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, let me know if you prefer the simple stamped one or this stepped up version!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Blending Roses!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I am showing you how to create these stunning roses with the New Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!!

Blending Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This rose is so much fun!!! Some of these samples are from my amazing Stamp Club attendees and the others are ones I created! Shout out to Janet, Mary, and Kacie!!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I cut the black layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and another Whisper White layer (3-3/4″ x 5″). I didn’t assemble these layers till after I was done stamping and coloring….just in case I made a boo boo! Using the Graceful Garden Stamp Set, I stamped the rose and the greeting in Memento Black Ink! This is the ink you must use when playing with the Blends because it won’t bleed.

Pink Pirouette Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the coloring! This is where you can go simple and easy or go all out and adventurous. You will notice in some of the samples at the top I mainly just colored in the petals. I did the center with the light and did the outside with the dark. Then I added a few dark accents to the middle for a little variation of color. For the stem, I did either light or dark. Then on the petals, I did a little combination of either the center or the outside in the dark and blended it together for the rest.

For the light pink flower above and a few more samples below, I got more adventurous and really had fun with the coloring. I did the stem from the top to the leaves in dark and then blended and coloring the bottom in light. This gives the stem a little more variation in color. For the rose, I colored the edges of all the petals in the dark and then blended it in with the light! I LOVE this look! It’s so stunning and really gives the entire rose an amazing look!

Yellow Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You can see the colored petals better on this flower in Daffodil Delight and then I started coloring in with the lighter marker. After filling in the flower completely, I go back though and blend it to reduce any lines.

Red Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I feel like I have like 10 more roses to show off but I’ll stop with this one! This red rose was done basic with a light colored stem and dark leaves.  I did the rose with a light center and dark edges and accents.

After coloring, I layered the pieces the together and added some Metallic Edge Ribbon around it. Then I added this to the card front and finished it off with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes! Let me know your favorite color in the comments below!

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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