Laura’s Craft Room Tips & Tricks!!!

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Hello Stampers! We all love to craft. We all go through times where we want to throw something away because it’s frustrating! Today, I’m sharing some Craft Room Tips and Tricks of mine to help you with a few frustrations you might have! I hope you find these useful!!!

Fine Tip Glue Pen,

My first one is with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. This stuff is amazing for adhering small objects or delicate die cuts! It can be frustrating trying to put the needle back in it though. I have found that placing your find behind the tip and using that as a guide to slide the needle down into the tip helps. If you hold it up in the air and try to get it in, it takes much longer trying to get things lined up!

Clear Block Color Palette,

When you need some color to use with the Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, just press a clear block into the ink pad! Then you have some color. Many like to press the ink pad into the lid but I find that messy. Also, sometimes I don’t want the ink pad open for the entire time I’m coloring. This way I have my color and I can add drips of water to dilute the color or not. Once I’m done with the color palette, I simply run it under water to clean, use a baby wipe, or wipe it with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel!

Craft Room Tips & Tricks,

The next tip is about cleaning your cleaning pad!!! I know that might sound odd but it’s true. After using the Stampin’ Scrub for a while, you might notice that cleaning your stamps on there is making them dirtier than before. That means it is time to clean the Stampin’ Scrub! Red really seems to stick to the pad so after using red a lot, it’s a good idea to clean it! Simply run it under water until the water runs clean. Sometimes I’ll add a little squirt of hand soap but it’s not really necessary! After rinsing all the color out, let it dry and it’s good as new again!

Scissor Tweezers,

This tip is one that I use a lot. Sometimes it’s hard to get those little Rhinestones and Pearls on your project and perfectly placed (cough cough on that ink spot that somehow appeared). I have found that using Paper Snips as little tweezers really helps. Simply snip under the rhinestone or pearl, lift up and place it exactly where you want it on your project. Then put your finger on the top to hold it there and slide the scissors out. Of course, you could use tweezers but the bonus to this is that the Paper Snips have multiple uses and they are always on my craft table where as I have tweezers in my craft room…..couldn’t tell you where though!

Blender Pen Tip,

It happens….no worries! The tip of the Blender Pen smooshes down into the barrel. It is not a lost cause! Simply take a pair of tweezers and pinch the end and lightly pull. This will bring the marker tip back out of the barrel and you can use the pen like normal again. I’m not sure if it’s the same pen or 2 different ones but I have had this happen twice now and this trick works  perfectly!

Post It Note Tape,


Post It Notes or Post It Note Tape is your best friend with die cutting! This stuff is sticky enough to hold the die in place but not so sticky that it will rip your cardstock. I use this to hold framelits in place. It’s always super frustrating to stamp an image and then have it cut wrong. Then you have to start all over again. Another way I use it is for lining things up. For example, the quilt die was centered on my card and rather than measuring each time, I added the Post It Note Tape to either side and put a pen mark for the edge of the paper. Then I added this to each card to die cut and knew it was lined up! I can usually get 5+ cranks through the Big Shot before the piece starts to fall apart or not be sticky.

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!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

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Tips for Extending Your Wink of Stella!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. The festivities continue today and through the weekend for me! 🙂 You may have missed it yesterday so I wanted to share it here on the blog! I have some tips for extending your Wink of Stella Brush today!

Extend the Life of Wink of Stella,

I just love Wink of Stella because it gives that perfect hint of shimmer to your project. It doesn’t make a glittery mess when you use it and end up all over your face. Also, the fine tip makes it easy to add shimmer to small spots! It’s perfect!!! The worst part about this pen is when it runs out. 🙂

Have no fear…..I have a solution for when you pen runs out. Simply unscrew the brush from the top. Then pop off that little black cap on the end of the barrel. The little black cap has a long tube into the barrel which will be filled with glitter. Look at all of that wasted glitter if you just tossed the pen when it seemed all out. Don’t waste the glitter!!! Just add some rubbing alcohol (70 proof or less). If the proof is higher, the alcohol will start to eat through the plastic and clog the pen. Also, be sure not to add a lot because you have to put that barrel back down in there and it will overflow. TRUST ME on that one. I did it once! 🙂

Now at the black cap back on and then screw on the brush and let the shimmer shine all over again! I have added alcohol 2 times already to my pen and it’s still looking fabulous and full of shimmer. How fabulous of a tip is this?!?!?!

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!!!

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Friday Fun!!!

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Happy Friday!!! We all have gotten through our first week of falling back for Daylight Savings. The worst part for me is how early it gets dark. How many more days till Spring Forward?!?! Today, I have some Friday Fun for all you!

Friday Fun,

As I was grocery shopping this week, I realized there are a few items in my Stamp Room that make seem a little odd. Here are a few of mine: Baby Wipes, Rubbing Alcohol, and Post It Notes (or Post It Note Tape).

I use all of these items almost daily in my stamp room. The Baby Wipes I use for excess ink on a clear block and cleaning up messes. 🙂 There are also a few techniques that use them too like this one and this one! The Rubbing Alcohol is used for cleaning scissors and clear blocks. It gets the sticky and ink off so easily! Cleaning with 70+ proof makes it super easy but using less than 70 proof is fun for using on projects like spritzing. Check out a sample here!  Now for the Post It Note Tape, I use that to hold my framelits in place so they don’t move as I crank it through the Big Shot. What are some items you have in your craft room that you pick up at the grocery/big box store?? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Don’t forget that the November Free Stamp Set for orders of $75.00 or more is Basket of Wishes!!! Any order of $75 or more placed within the month of November will receive this stamp set from me. It won’t come with your order but arrive separately. Click here to start shopping!

Make sure Santa brings you exactly what you want!!! Fill out MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass it around to friends and family!! There is also a bonus in there for you as well. Earn $5 for every order of goodies placed by a family or friend of yours. Woot Woot!!! If your wish list is SUPER long or time is a big factor, I also offer Gift Certificates for you to spend with me on anything you wish. Just let your friends and family know they can contact me!!!

I’m off to Paris (Illinois) to stamp with a fabulous group this evening. Then, I have my Holiday Card Class at the local Library here on Saturday. It’s a weekend full of stamping and fun! I am sooo excited. Thankful for all of you who make my life so fun and fabulous!!! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you back here on Monday!


Technique Tuesday – Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, I have a fabulous technique to share with you and that uses the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Blends,

So of course, any technique can have its modifications so I’m going to show you my technique today. Try it out and try a few other ways to see what works best for you!

I have found that when using the stamping blends, I prefer to go Light, Dark, Light or sometimes Dark and then Light. So let’s get started on what I mean. First, I stamped the image from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Memento Ink is necessary because it won’t bleed with the alcohol marker.

Next, I took the Light Pumpkin Pie and colored in the center. Then I colored the edges with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker. Finally, I went back in with the Light and blended the colors so they didn’t look so sharp like in the middle photo. I simply color in a circular motion around the area to blend it together. You don’t want to do this for a really long time or the paper will get super saturated. If you feel this is happening, just wait a bit for it to dry completely and then go back. I also find that sometimes I need to stop and let it dry for second and then go back and look at it. Sometimes when I’m working on one, I’m not happy with the look but move on and then look at it later and wonder why I didn’t like it.

Birdie Blends,

For these birdies, I let the stamped image guide me along. I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends for the one on the left. Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie for the one on the right. Using the dark marker, I went around the edge, dotted all of the dots, and went along all the lines on the wing. Then I filled in the entire tail with the dark. After that, I went back through and filled in with the light marker. This is one that I stopped after filling it in and did the beak and feet. Then I went back and swirled around to blend in any areas I thought looked too distinct. I stayed away from the center of his belly to keep that the lightest. Some of my birdies achieved this more than others. Each one is going to come out different just because it is handmade! 🙂

Shades of Flowers,

For these flowers, I did a little blending and a little selective coloring. The middle flower was just colored in the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and then dark in those folded tips and the center. The other two flowers were blended. I did the one on the left with all edges of the petals outlined in the dark marker and then blended in with the light marker. The flower on the right was the opposite with light on the edges. That one was a little harder to stay away from the edges. I colored it with the Light first and then Dark and then back with the Light. Just have fun with it and try lots of different variations. Another fun option is mixing colors….Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight…..Bermuda Bay and Pool Party…….Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. Let me know what combination you would use in the comments below!

If you would like to see the unboxing and reveal of this kit, 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!!!

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Color Me Happy Project Kit!!!

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The Color Me Happy Project Kit just became available on November 1st. It is super fun and fabulous. This kit uses the NEW Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!

Color Me Happy Project Kit,

These cards are super cute and a great way to get started with Stampin’ Blends. I love how the images help me with shading and coloring. Also, I have to say that the envelopes in this kit are like beyond amazing. They are colorful and gold trimmed! Amazing!!!

Purple & Pink Flowers,

Okay, so of course this is my favorite because it has flowers. I colored some Rich Razzleberry and some in Pink Pirouette. I simply colored all around the borders of the petal with the dark marker and then blended and filled in with the light color. That gold trim has a sticky back which makes it super easy to use but be careful with wrinkles!

Paper Lanterns,

This card is my second favorite because I think it looks like a great Man Card and I love those colors! The paper lanterns were super fun and easy to color. TIP: Be sure to stamp a lantern in the place of the popped up lantern so you still have the string and tail. (opps on my first one!) Another tip would be to stamp rather high up so that your string hits the string going side to side. Of course, if you are a bit off, you can always draw it in with a marker! 🙂

Party Line of Lanterns,

Again with these lanterns, I simply colored the outer edge with the darker color and then blended and filled in with the lighter color!

Color Me Happy Stamp Set,

This card I super love because that greeting is fabulous and scroll-y and has a drop shadow. There are so many coloring options for that. You could color it the same color in light and dark or mix and match. Eeeee So much fun and you all know I send lots of thank you cards each month. (Anyone who orders from me each month receives a card from me.)

Thank you,

That gold trim around the greeting is so fabulous and the color combination for this card is just amazing!

Little Birdies,

I love this little birdies on this card but that greeting was a pain in the rear. Thank goodness, Stampin’ Up gives you extra labels. Since it is a solid image, be sure to ink it up really well and stamp on a piece of scrap a few times. This helps rough up the stamp and allow for the ink to cover the stamp much better.

Colored in Birdies,

For the birdies, I colored in dark all around the edge and on each dark mark. Also, I colored in the tail with the dark. Then I took the light marker and colored in the center and blended it all together. These birdies are just beautiful and would make a fun love birds card for a wedding, anniversary, engagement, etc.

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

If you would like to see the unboxing and reveal of this kit, 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!!! Stay tuned for more videos on Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special!!!

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October is full of lots of specials!!! There is the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special and World Card Making Day Deals!!!

Designer Series Paper Special,

I love that there is such a variety of papers from the Annual and Holiday Mini Catalog! There are also 6″ x 6″ Stacks as well as the regular 12″ x 12″ packs! My favorites are the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, Petal Garden Designer Paper Stack and Color Theory Designer Paper Stack! That is if I only picked 3! 🙂 Let me know what your favorite 3 are in the comments below!

World Card Making Day,

As if that isn’t enough, we are celebrating World Card Making Day with about Stamp Sets at 15% off. Guess what?? They all coordinate with the Designer Series Paper which is SUPER fabulous! I love love love so many of the sets on this list! Check out the complete list of discounted items here – World Card Making Day Specials. If I can only pick 3 favorites, they would be Coffee Cafe, Colorful Season, and Graceful Garden!!! Everyone needs the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set in their collection because it’s super amazing all year long. Check out some samples here, here, and here! Also, stay tuned as I have more coming showing off Fall and Winter! Remember these specials are only available through the 10th so don’t wait!

Now what you all have been waiting for…..the reveal of the November Free Stamp Set with a $75 order (before tax and shipping). This month I’m doing your pick of either the Graceful Garden Stamp Set or the Daisy Delight Stamp Set! Be sure to let me know which one you prefer after placing your order! Click here to start shopping all of these amazing specials!

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Organizing with the Love Today Project Planner!!!

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The Love Today Project Planner Kit is so beautiful and perfect for anyone who likes to plan and organize their days/weeks/months/year!!! The Navy, Gold, and Roses are just stunning! Check it out!!!

Love Today Project Planner,

Here is the album with the 3 stacks of Post-It’s that match! The front cover is very hard and sturdy with gold corners! The inside has each of the months with daily/weekly inserts to plan everyone out perfectly! Here you can see there is a plastic divider that can be placed in the current week so you can flip to it quickly!

Pocket Pages,

These 2 pocket pages are perfect for dropping in notes, receipts, photos, or other fun things! Since the planner is a ring binder, these can be moved to any location in the book!

Monthly Planner Pages,

Here are all of the pages for each month! The first page has the tab with the month on it. This page is rather thick and glossy and has a fabulous pattern on each one. Each month is different! I love them all! The next page has little boxes with grids, lines, and more for you to jot down notes, drawings, ideas, or goals for the month!

Next is the full month calendar. These calendars don’t have the numbers on there so they can be used for any year. You could start in August and go through to next year! I love that! After the full 2 page calendar, there is a double page spread for each of the weeks in the month! This has a spot for each day including the weekend to put appointments, meal planning, and any other notes!! The final page of the month is the lined page. This is perfect for notes on how the month went or extra spot for a to-do list or goals!

Decoration Pages,

Here is a photo of the cover! I promise it is Navy even though that photo makes it look brighter blue. Also, there are decorations for the planner! There are 4 of these pocket pages that can be used for decoration, ticket stubs, photos or anything you wish! There are also lots of sheets of stickers including those amazing gold foil ones. I love it!!!

This planner is so pretty and useful! Also, the best part is there are Refill Packs for the planner so you can use it for more than one year! 🙂

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!!!

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Check Out My Ribbon Share & In Color Share!!!

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I have some fabulous product share offerings for you today!! Check out my Ribbon share and In Color Share for your chance to try out fabulous product without buying a full pack!!! There are 3 different shares that you can purchase!!! Check out all of the detail below!
My Ribbon Share,
There are 2 different ribbon shares with the same styles of ribbons in both but different colors. This allows you to sign up for both without getting duplicates! There are 10 types of ribbon in each share and you will get a total of 5 yards of each ribbon! The shares are $40.00 each or both for $70.00! There is a $4.00 charge for shipping!

3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon ~ Bermuda Bay
3/8″ Striped Grossgrain Ribbon ~ Peekaboo Peach
1/2″ Gingham Ribbon ~ Night of Navy
1/4″ Double Stitched Ribbon ~ Cherry Cobbler
1/4″ Ombre Ribbon ~ Island Indigo
3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon ~ Whisper White
1/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon ~ Old Olive
1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon ~ Fresh Fig
3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon ~ Powder Pink
3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon ~ Silver

3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon ~ Old Olive
3/8″ Striped Grossgrain Ribbon ~ Dapper Denim
1/2″ Gingham Ribbon ~ Smokey Slate
1/4″ Double Stitched Ribbon ~ Daffodil Delight
1/4″ Ombre Ribbon ~ Calypso Coral
3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon ~ Soft Sky
1/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon ~ Rich Razzleberry
1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon ~ Berry Burst
3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon ~ Basic Black
3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon ~ Gold

In-Color Product Share,

 For the In Color Share, I have the amazing Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, Finely Woven Ribbon and Mini Bows! The share includes 80 (6″ x 6″) squares of Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper (8 pieces each double sided pattern). There are 5 yards of each color in the Ribbon and 2 bows in each color! These bows are just precious and even have adhesive on the backs already for you to use! The In Color Share is $35.00. There will be a $4.00 shipping charge.
To sign up, please email me at with the following information to reserve your share spot:
1. Name
2. Email Address
3. Mailing Address (U.S. only)
4. Which share(s) you would like to reserve – In Color Share, Ribbon Share #1, Ribbon Share #2
I will place orders as each share fills and send you a Paypal invoice when I place the order. Please allow two weeks for delivery since I need to order the product, cut and divide it up and then send it to you.

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!!!

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Extending the Life on Big Shot Cutting Pads!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Today, I’m sharing a tip on extending the life on Big Shot Cutting Pads! If you are like me, you go through these things like crazy. My husband makes fun of me because I tend to use them way past their prime. He thinks I could eat cereal out of them because they are so curved! So I have tried out a few ways to extend the life!!!

Extending the Life on Big Shot Cutting Pads,

I have tried this a few different times and ways and the way I’m sharing today seems to get the best results most often! To me they are no longer usable anyway so it’s worth a shot to try this. If it works that’s great and if it doesn’t I’m not really out anything since it was bad already.

Extending the Life on Big Shot Cutting Pads!

  1. Place aluminum foil in a glass Pyrex Baking Dish with one Cutting Pad placed inside curved up. This helps because as it heats up it will flatten to the original form rather than into a lump.
  2. Put it into a cold oven and turn the oven on to 350 degree.
  3. Set the time for 10 minutes and it should be done. There were a few that needed a minute longer or so. When you take it out, it’s all flattened out and no more creases from all the die cutting. Allow it to cool before touching or moving it.

Sometimes they come out crazy and aren’t usable afterwords but I did a total of 6 pads this weekend and all but 2 came out perfect! One of them didn’t come out correctly because I put it into a warm oven after doing the first one. This made it melt too fast and it looked like this.

Failed at melting, www.LaurasStampPad.comAnother option that I tried was to place foil on top of it with another pan to press it down but that wasn’t necessary. It came out with impressions of the crinkled foil.

A few disclaimers to this technique – it won’t always come out perfect! Please be very careful with using the oven and dealing with hot materials. This is just an option for extending the life of your cutting pads and not necessary. You can always just buy new ones by clicking here.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!! See you back here on Monday!

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My Top 5 Must Haves From the New Catalog!!!

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Today, I thought I would share my Top 5 Must Haves from the NEW 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! Okay this is going to be really tough to pick just 5 but here we go!

Top 5 Must Haves New Catalog,

So the first 3 items are ones that I have already and can’t seem to stop playing with! They are…

The 5 NEW 2017-2019 In-Color Ink Pads  ~ My favorites are the Berry Burst because I love PINK! Also, Lemon Lime Twist because it’s bright and perfect for summer months! When you purchase them as a bundle, you save $5.00 which is almost like getting one ink pad for free!!!

The Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack  ~  This paper is so fabulous and easy to use on any projects! I am on my 3rd pack already! The colors include Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Dapper Denim. The ombre look is my favorite in each color!

The Colorful Seasons Bundle  ~  This bundle includes the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Framelits which are both amazing! Of course when you purchase them together in the bundle, you will save 10%! Woot Woot! The amazing greetings in a beautiful scroll font make me super happy. Also, I love all of the images for each season. Check out my beach scene card here! Doesn’t that look so relaxing?

Now for the other 2 items on my list, these I ordered just yesterday so they haven’t arrived yet but I’m super excited!

Ribbon of Courage,

The Ribbon of Courage Bundle  ~  This bundle includes the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set and Support Ribbon Framelits. This set really drew me in because of the amazing greetings, the flower, and the ribbon! I think this set will be perfect for so many different occasions and I can’t wait to play with it!

Mini Stampin Dimensionals,

The Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals  ~  Okay, come on, you all knew these would make the list! Aren’t they the cutest thing you have ever seen? I can’t wait till they arrive! I love Stampin’ Dimensionals and use them on almost every project. Now I will have minis to use on smaller pieces! Woot Woot!

Are these some of your favorites? What is on your Wish List? Don’t forget that if you use the Hostess Code: 2GH4Z9WH and you will earn Double Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!! Click here to start shopping!

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