Sale-A-Bration Second Release!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week! I’m enjoying the Olympics but I sure wish they were on at a more normal hour so I can still get my sleep! 🙂 Before we head into the weekend, I wanted to let you know about the Sale-A-Bration Second Release of goodies!!!

Sale-A-Bration Second Release, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Today, Stampin’ Up has brought out more items to pick from for your Sale-A-Bration freebies. There are $50 options as well as a $100 option item. You can check them out here – Second Release Sale-A-Bration 2018!

The Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper looks really fun and blingy! I think it’s super elegant as well for some wedding cards for this upcoming wedding season. It’s fabulous for lots of other occasions too though!

The Blooming Basket Bundle is for the $100 level. This bundle includes the basket/floral stamp set which you all know I’m excited about because I love flowers. Also, I’m not wanting to put down the Stampin’ Blends lately. Bring on some coloring!!! The bundle also has that basket embossing folder which is just fabulous! Perfect texture and background for a full card or cut into a basket piece. LOVE IT!!!

The Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set has some cool background images as well as great greetings for every day cards!

Which one is your favorite??? Let me know in the comments below! Mine is the bundle! Can’t wait to start playing with it!

Don’t forget that all orders of $40 (every $40 increment) will earn you Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers! I love awarding my customers for the loyalty! My way to give back to you!

February Free Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course the February Free Stamp Set of the Month for every order of $75 (before shipping & tax) will earn you the Fruit Basket Stamp Set as well! So much to celebrate this month!

Click here to start shopping and earning!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Big Shot Broke!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! The Olympics have started and I couldn’t be more excited! I just love them and have moved my office into the living room for the next 2 weeks! Today, I wanted to share with your how my Big Shot broke…..and got fixed!!!

My Big Shot Broke, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is my first Big Shot that I bought back in 2008 and have used so much all of these years. I can’t even begin to count how much  I have used this Big Shot for die cutting and embossing! I’m super impressed it lasted this long. While using the Big Shot and pushing through the plates with the die, I heard a pop and rattle and thought…..that’s not good! The handle then cranked smooth in one spot. I was still able to use it this whole time! It just slipped at that spot each time. If you notice in the photo above, what happened  was that the cogs were breaking off. Then one day, more little cogs popped and rattled and I knew it was over. I was sad that my first Big Shot was shot! My husband said if it is broke, I can’t break it more so let’s see if I can fix it!

New Cogs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After taking the Big Shot apart and seeing that I just needed another cog and it would work again, my husband called Sizzix to see if we could buy the part! They said they would send a new part for free and took our address down! How amazing is that?!?! Due to the age, I was not expecting that at all. A few days later a new cog set arrived and my husband installed it!

Big Shot pieces, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the parts of the Big Shot before my husband put it all back together!!! If you have any specific questions about this process, I would love to ask my husband for you and answer them for you! He was amazing and fixed it completely with the help of the new parts from Sizzix!!

Like New Again, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It’s like new again!!! I’m so excited!!! I can’t be more thankful to Stampin’ Up for carrying such amazing products and partnering with excellent companies. Love it!!!

If the Big Shot has been on your wish list for awhile now, I think you need to get one NOW! I love love love mine so much and couldn’t live without it. It does so much for each of my projects! Also, right now you will be earning Sale-A-Bration freebies as well! Woot Woot!

I hope you all have any amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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New Ways I Have Started Using Ribbon!!!

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So I love ribbon and probably use it most as my embellishment of choice! I have knots and bows down to an art and I know my class attendees probably curse me every time they see ribbon…….practice does make perfect though! That is how I got good! 🙂 Lately, I have been using ribbon in other ways and I thought I would share those with you!!!

Started Using Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love adding ribbon behind a greeting to make it pop and add texture!!! It’s fun and there are no knots or bows! 🙂

Rustic Ribbon Trick, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Linen Thread is fun to use because it isn’t very bulky and it adds a little rustic touch! I like using Linen Thread for man cards a lot! For this technique, I wrapped it around my fingers a few times, slid the loops off my fingers and twisted the loops into a figure eight. By doing this, it really helps the loops flare out so perfectly! Then I place the figure eight on the back of the greeting or image and placed a Stampin’ Dimensional in the center to secure it. Next, I fanned out the loops and secured them in place with more Stampin’ Dimensionals! You all know I love those things anyway! 🙂 Check out this sample to see it used!

Sequin Trim Decoration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Who doesn’t love a little bling?? Adding loops of Sequin Trim is super simple. Start by securing the end with a Stampin’ Dimensional and then loop it around as you wish, securing it along the way with Dimensionals. TIP: Make sure that the thread side of the sequins is showing up when securing it down because when you flip the greeting over, the correct side will be showing! Here is a sample show off this style used!

Ribbon Loops, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is just a simple ribbon swoosh behind a greeting! Again, for this one, I placed the end at the top with as much as I wanted hanging off. Then, I secured it with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Next, I made a loop and placed a Stampin’ Dimensionals in V of the ribbon making sure to be touching both sides of ribbon and the cardstock in the middle. Then I did this one more time. If there is a spot that needs a Stampin’ Dimensional to help even things out, just add more! Here is a sample using this technique!

Side Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This last one is rather simple but does require a knot! I took a piece of ribbon and wrapped it around the cardstock with both ends on the right side. Then I took some Metallic Thread and tied the ends together to hold them in place.

Let me know your favorite 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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February Free Stamp Set of The Month!!!

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Happy Friday and Happy February! I’m excited because the Olympics are this month!!! Woot Woot! Let me know in the comments if you are a big Olympics fan too!!! Today, I’m sharing the February Free Stamp Set of the Month…..drum roll……

February Free Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Fruit Basket Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog is the February Free Stamp Set!!! I thought this little set of fruit was just adorable and makes me think of Spring and Summer! It can’t get here fast enough! All orders placed this month (online or at one of my events) totaling $75 or more before tax and shipping will earn this set for Free! This set will come separate from your order if you place the order online! Click here to start shopping and earning!

There are lots of fabulous deals going on this month!!! Sale-A-Bration is still going on all month long which means a free item for every $50 spent! My favorites and customer favorites so far have been Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set, Shimmer Ribbon, and Lots of Lavender Stamp Set. If you would like to see some samples using those click here, here, and here!

Don’t forget about Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers too for orders in increments of $40.00! I had 4 fabulous stampers earn $40 Gift Certificates in January….perfect timing for Sale-A-Bration! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! If you are a football fan….enjoy! If not, happy crafting while everyone else watches! I think I will be stamping a kit while having it on in the background! 🙂 See you all back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


January Free Stamp Set of the Month!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I realized I never did the reveal of the January Free Stamp Set of the Month!!! This month it is…….drum roll…….

January Free Stamp Set - www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

The Birthday Wishes For You Stamp Set is one of the NEW sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Birthday cards are something I am making all the time and this set is going to coming in handy!!!

PLACE an order of $75.00 or more (before shipping and tax) thru my on-line store or at one of my events (click here to start shopping) between now and the end of January! When you do this, you will earn the NEW Birthday Wishes For You Stamp Set that is in the Occasions Mini Catalog for FREE.  This offer is exclusively available for orders placed through me. You will receive your Free Stamp Set after your order is placed. It will arrive separate from your order placed online.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you will earn Hostess Rewards and you will automatically qualify for the free bonus stamp set, Birthday Wishes For You Stamp Set.

Of course don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is going on now till the end of March as well. Every $50 order (increments of $50) will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from the brochure. This year there are even 2 special items for the $100 level so you can pick one of those with a $100 order or 2 of the $50 level items! There is something for everyone including stamps, ribbon, card kits, and more!

Click here to start shopping and earning FREE stuff! Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Series Paper!!!

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Today, I’m sharing with you the Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Series Paper!!! The catalog just doesn’t do this amazing stuff justice!!! Here you will see it on a bigger scale and each piece front and back!!!

Painted With Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and has gold foil on one side of each piece! I love the shades of pink, purple, coral, and gold! The hearts are great for Valentine’s Day too! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Myths & Magic, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and one side of each sheet has a fabulous glitter image. The glitter is on the mermaids, wizards, unicorns, and other designs. This paper is super fun and will make amazing kid/teen cards! I love it!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Series Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and all black and white. I love black and white paper that I can add a pop of color with cardstock, ribbon, or embellishments. This paper is fun to color with Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Blends, Markers, or the Sponge Brayer!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Sweet Soiree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and has a silver foil design on one side of each sheet! These pastels and floral prints are great for the transition from Winter to Spring! I just love flowers! Also, there are cakes and other fun images that are perfect for Weddings, Bridal Shower, and more! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

True Gentleman, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The True Gentleman Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and perfect for man cards! I love the color scheme and prints. I always struggle with man cards but I think this paper will make it super easy!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Picture Perfect Party, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper Stack is 6″ x 6″. I love the bright colors and fun designs of these sheets. Birthday cards are my most used and this stack screams birthday!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Tutti Frutti, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper Stack is 6″ x 6″! These bright colors and fun fruits are perfect for Spring and Summer! Those are my favorite seasons so I love this stack!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Which one is your favorite?? My favorites are the Painted with Love and Picture Perfect Party!!! Let me know yours in the comments below! Also, let me know if you like this display of the designer paper so you can really see it. Do you find it helpful? If so, I’ll be sure to do it for every new catalog release!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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


The NEW Stamparatus!!!!

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The New Stamparatus has arrived and I’m so excited to get to start playing with it! I was on the team that worked with Stampin’ Up! to create this tool and it has been a long 2 years! Together I think we have come up with an amazing tool!!!!

The New Stamparatus, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My first thoughts when I first opened it:

~It has some weight to it….more than I thought. I was thinking it would be light and plastic but there is a little weight to it which makes it feel strong and sturdy! When I say weight, I don’t mean it weighs 5 pounds or anything.

~While I have watched a few videos from Stampin’ Up using it, I felt that just looking at it, it seemed fairly user-friendly.

~It is clean, sleek, and I love the grid lines!

~The magnets are SUPER STRONG!!!!! Be careful that they don’t snap together. It would be hard to pull them apart and if they snap together hard enough they could chip or break.

Stamp Positioning Tool, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After playing with it a little here are my thoughts:

~I LOVE IT!!!! This tool is super fabulous and solves the following problems! Rocking or having the clear block leave a mark on your project because it has ink on it. No worries because this tool doesn’t go down enough to touch your paper due to the magnets! Woot Woot! If you don’t get a portion inked up or stamped evenly, no worries because you can just ink it up again and stamp. It’s already perfectly lined up….even with the clear mount stamps that you can’t see through!

~The hinge moving ability is AMAZING! If you wanted to stamp an image all the way down you project, just stamp, move down a hinge, stamp, and so on. How fabulous is that?!?!?!

Stamp Perfect Everytime, www.LaurasStampPad.com

~See how those banners are perfectly lined up and with the same amount of swag for each one. That wasn’t luck….that was the Stamparatus and just moving it down 1 hinge each time. PERFECT!

~The “You make me so happy” was stamped all at once in Melon Mambo Ink even though it is 2 separate stamps. Creating lot of cards at once will be super easy with this tool. Just ink and stamp, place a new piece of paper down, ink and stamp! I am in love!!!

~A few things I have to get used to include using the magnets and positioning my paper in a memorable spot. A few of the times I was using it, I didn’t place the magnets down and just got too excited and stamped. This isn’t the end of the world but your paper could move. Also, take note as to were you position your paper so that you know how to line up the next one! Using a Post It Note on the edge of the line would make it super easy when making multiples!!!

Okay, I feel like I could go on and on about this tool. I will leave you with a little Video Tutorial and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss future projects using this tool! If you have any questions, just reach out or leave a comment below! If you would like to reserve your own Stamparatus, click here! This  is just to reserve it for a shipment date of April/May! You will enter your credit card to reserve it but the card will not be charged till it’s available to ship. At that time you can add to your order, not order, or continue forward!

Enjoy the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up it you liked it!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

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!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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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, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura