Layering Label Me Lovely!!!

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Try saying that 5 times fast!!! Layering Label Me Lovely. LOL I just love punches and the new Label Me Lovely Punch is my new favorite!!!! Check out today’s Laura’s Quick Tips!

Layering Label Me Lovely, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Adding a greeting on a punched piece really can help make it POP. Also, if you mess up the greeting, you can just punch it again and not mess up your project! Double Bonus!!!

If you have stamp the greeting or focal point onto Whisper White and the card base is all Whisper White, it doesn’t POP! This is why layering is needed. With just this 1 punch, you can do both! Simply cut the label in half and add some to the top and bottom (or sides). With the Label Me Lovely Punch, you can also trim off some of the “bumps” for a completely different look!

Check out all of the different looks with the layering Label Me Lovely Punch in 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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Kiss the Ink Pad!!!

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Today’s Technique Tuesday is all about inking up a stamp! This has come up a lot lately in my classes and I thought of a fabulous way to explain it so here it goes! Kiss the Ink Pad….don’t give it CPR!

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You will notice in the ink pad above that there are lighter spots all over. This happens when you press too hard with the stamp into the ink pad. Pressing harder does not give you more ink. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It presses all the ink to the side and leaves you with very little ink on the stamp. So next time you are stamping, remember to lightly kiss the ink pad for nice full coverage ink color! No need to press on it like you are doing CPR!

Check out the full tutorial to just kiss the ink pad in 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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Stamping Tips for Bonanza Buddies!!!

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No one likes to get frustrated while stamping so today I’m sharing some stamping tips for Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set. Stamping should be all about fun and even therapy. Heck, stamping is therapeutic for me for sure! Let me know in the comments below if you enjoy stamping therapy!

Stamping Tips for Bonanza Buddies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have been loving the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set and playing with it a lot. Stay tuned because I will be sharing them on here! As I have been playing, I have come across a few tips that I would like to share!

The Stampin’ Pierce Mat has been my best friend recently. This mat makes stamping solid images or large images and getting a crisp nice stamped look. It may frustrate you or you may not even notice. When stamping an image and the color isn’t nice and solid but rather has white splotches on it….that’s when you need this handy dandy tool! For just $5, it’s amazing!!!

Another big tip is that while normally I stamp and then die cut, sometimes that’s not always the way to go. When I stamped the balloons in this set and then die cut them, it moved and my balloon was off. I die cut a white scrap and stamped it and NAILED IT! Now that doesn’t happen every time but I was impressed with myself. Also, remember that every piece of paper has 2 sides so you get a second chance! 🙂 Thank you paper! Another way to keep your die from moving on your cardstock while cranking it through is to use a post-it not to hold it in place!

Check out all of the stamping tips for the Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set in 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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New Year’s Resolution??

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Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Are you still going strong? I usually have one but not really this year. Sure I have goals for the year and lists of lists but that’s normal for every day/week/month/year for me. One of the things I like to do every January though is re-ink all of the ink pads!

New Year's Resolution, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Probably because I’m an OCD freak and like to do everything together or it will mess up the universe…told you I’m crazy! I like to re-ink all of my ink pads at the same time so I know they are all fresh and ready to go as of X date (aka January). Sure some of them might not need a lot or any ink but checking and inking helps keep the pads fresh and ready to go. I do re-ink pads other times throughout the year after using them a lot or to fix a color stain or something.

So gather all of your ink pads and ink refills and let’s reink all of them together now! If you don’t have the ink refills, click here to get them!

Sale-A-Bration is going on right now. That means for every $50 you spend (increments of $50) you will earn a FREE item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Now is a great time to stock up on ink refills, cardstock, envelopes, adhesive, and of course all those items on your wish list. If you order is over $150, you will earn Free stuff as a Hostess. Reach $300 and you will also get the exclusive Ladybug Stamp Set for FREE on top of everything else! How amazing is that?!?!?! Start shopping now!

But wait….there is more! As a customer of mine, there are special perks! For every $40 you spend, you will be earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers. After 10 stickers, you get a $40 gift certificate from me! Hello Shopping Spree! You will also get the Free Stamp Set of the Month when you order $75 or more in a month! Woot Woot! It’s great to be a stamper with me!

Check out the video below or click here to see tips for re-inking your ink pads! Check off that New Year’s Resolution to keep on task and organized! 🙂 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


3D Embossing Folder Plate!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I’m keeping it simple today and sharing with you the 3D Embossing Folder Plate! Many of you have been asking me why your Embossing Folders aren’t going through and this is the trick!!

3D Embossing Folder Plate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This fun blue plate has been a product that Stampin’ Up released to help us with embossing. Unfortunately since it was a product release after the Annual Catalog came out, it hasn’t been in an actual catalog. So while it is available, it’s been under the radar kind of!

The blue plate is a bit thicker than the clear plates for die cutting and embossing. When using Stampin’ Up’s 3D Embossing Folders, 1 clear plate is not thick enough and 2 is way too thick! So rather than using cardboard shims and getting super frustrated, we have the fun blue plate!!!

Check out all of this in action with the 3D Embossing Folder Plate in 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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Laura’s Quick Tips: Cutting Ribbon!!!

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Ribbon is my #1 embellishment for sure. I just love the different textures, the shine, and the ways you can use it. Tie a bow, tie a knot, lay it flat, wiggle it behind the focal point….so many options! Today, I thought I would share a Laura’s Quick Tips on cutting ribbon and getting a clean line!

Ribbon Cutting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The 2 major points is to make sure you are holding the ribbon tight on both ends of where you are cutting. This makes for a nice clean line where the scissors aren’t munching or pushing the ribbon. The next time is to have clean scissors. I clean mine often with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel! It takes off the sticky and gunk.

If you would like to watch me cutting ribbon with a nice clean line, 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!!!

Don’t forget that the Christmastime is Here Suite is still available. The products can be purchased as a bundle or individually! This is super awesome because you can go back and get more of that fabulous gold ribbon and Glittered Enamel Dots. LOVE THOSE! Click here to check it out. Click here to see samples using these products!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Paper Snips
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What Do You Stamp With When Coloring???

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Today, I have another one of Laura’s Quick Tips to share with you! This came from a question I got from my Facebook Page. The question was what do you stamp with when coloring??

What Do You Stamp With, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My answer this question is Basic Gray! That is what I prefer to use when I am coloring with Stampin’ Blends or Watercoloring. I find that Basic Gray has a soft subtle look verses a bold black look. This is just my opinion so you can use what you would like. Check out these photos to see both options! Let me know which you prefer in the comments below!

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If you would like to watch me show off the options of “What Do You Stamp With”, 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

Don’t forget about the Christmastime is Here Suite!!! These items are while supplies last so don’t wait long or they will be gone!

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Artfully Aware Cling Stamp Set
$23.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Highland Heather Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Bronze Stampin' Blends Marker
$4.50

Laura’s Quick Tips: Removing Cardstock!!!

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Happy Thursday!!! Today, I have another one of Laura’s Quick Tips for you all! This one is on removing cardstock from your framelits/dies/thinlets. Sometimes the cardstock can get stuck in there and it is frustrating and sometimes results in it ripping when you try to take it out! Here are some tips to help you out!

Removing Cardstock Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are 2 things that I like to use when removing cardstock from my dies. The first one is the Take Your Pick Tool which has a few different tips to use. My favorite is the “pancake flipper” end. When I have a die like the Stitched Nested Labels that holds the cardstock in each of those stitched holes along the edge, it can be difficult to get it out. If you punch it out quickly sometimes the stitching rips or you end up with pressure spots on the label. To help with this, I simply slide the pancake flipper under the edge all around and slightly rotate it so it’s popping the cardstock out. Keep working your way around the end die until the cardstock is out. This is much less frustrating and keeps the die cut cardstock all pretty!

The other tool I use is Post It Note tape. This is the perfect amount of sticky without ripping the cardstock. It comes out smoothly and can be used over and over. When die cutting the embossed leaves from the Gathered Leaves Dies, there are no holes in the dies to push out the cardstock if it gets stuck. Simply press the Post-It Note tape to the back and lightly tug. This will pull out the leaf perfectly intact!

I hope you found these super helpful and try them out yourself! If you have a fun tip that you would like to share, let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see the way I’m removing cardstock 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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Laura’s Quick Tip: Punch It!!!

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Did you know that the gray, nude, and white images in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog actually mean something??? The stamp images that have a nude looking outline behind them mean that there is a coordinating Punch that matches that image. If it is gray or white behind the image, there is a coordinating die cut. Super fabulous, right! Did you know that there are tons of images that can be punched or die cut even though they don’t have that little labeling?? That what today’s Laura’s Quick Tip is all about. There are so many images that you can punch!!!

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Check out this super cute card that used lots of punches for various images! There are so many fun ways to use your punches for different images for a super cool look!

I started with a So Saffron card base. Next, I took a piece of Pool Party measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through the Mosaic Embossing Folder. Then I added it to the card front. For the decorations, I stamped the little flower in So Saffron and the mosaic flower in Terracotta Tile. Using the 1/2″ Circle Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch, I punched them out and added them to the card. Some of them I used Stampin’ Dimensionals and others I glued on flat. This gives more texture and dimension to the card!

Layered Punches, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it in Pool Party. All of these images are from the Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set. Using the Timeless Label Punch, I punched it out of Whisper White. Then I layered a piece of Terracotta Tile that was punched out with the Everyday Label Punch. Those layer so well together! Using the Silver Metallic Thread to make some loops, I added those to the back of the greeting and added it to the card front. I finished it off with a Flower Faceted Gem!

Mosaic Card Insert, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I stamped a few of the same images on the corners to really pull it all together! It’s perfect! I hope you enjoyed this Laura’s Quick Tip and have fun with your punches! Remember you can punch it with any image!

If you would like to see this all in action and how it looks in the catalog, 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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Memorable Mosaic Bundle
$36.00
Everyday Label Punch
$18.00
1/2" (1.3 Cm) Circle Punch
$6.00
Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Flower Faceted Gems
$8.00
Silver Metallic Thread
$3.50

Laura’s Quick Tip: Punch Your DSP!!!

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I’m back with another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!! This one might sound obvious but I know I tend to forget!!! Punch your DSP (Designer Series Paper)….or die cut or fussy cut!!! Stampin’ Up creates beautiful paper and there are so many ways to use it!!!

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I tend to use Designer Series Paper for backgrounds, layering, or a decorative piece along the side. Stampin’ Up creates so gorgeous paper with images that are so hard to cut into pieces. So instead, punch your DSP!!! Get out those punches, die cuts, or even scissors. I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting…except for this card!!!! I do love grabbing a punch quickly and going to town creating beautiful focal points for my cards.

These birdies are from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper and the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch is perfect. You can punch out blue, yellow, or gray birdies for your project. The ones on the edge can be punched/die cut with a label for the edge of your card too! There are so many possibilities!!! Check out the supplies below to get your hands on these and have fun punching out DSP!!!

If you would like to see all of this in action as well as a fun sample using these birds, 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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