March Paper Pumpkin – May Good Things Grow!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today, I’m sharing all the details on the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit – May Good Things Grow!!! Don’t forget that if you want to try out Paper Pumpkin, you can for half price for TWO MONTHS!!!! Click here to try it out and use the Promo Code: SAVEFIFTY0418

May Good Things Grow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This set of cards is my favorite by far! I love the color combination and that detailed corner stamp and flowers!!! I will be using that detailed corner stamp on future projects for sure! 🙂 If you notice the two cards on the right I stamped on the vanilla side for the greeting and the left on the white side. I honestly don’t know which side was supposed to be used but I did notice the stamped image came out more bold on the white.

Seed Packet Envelopes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are the envelopes for the amazing cards or you could add a little note card to these stunning envelopes and use Whisper White envelopes for the stunning cards! These envelopes were already printed and stunning so just adding the little accents make it perfect!

March 2018 Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The second set of cards have lots of layers and details. A few tips on this one is to go through the greeting with about 6-8 inches of Baker’s Twine on one end. Then wrap the twine around twice, going back through the greeting each time around and then tying the knot on the right side. Also, I added the greenery flat and using dimensionals on the just the greeting!

Birthday Envelopes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are the stunning envelopes for the second set of cards. I honestly feel like these envelopes are so fabulous, I’ll stamp a little on some Whisper White piece of cardstock. I’ll use those for these envelopes rather that to use on these detailed cards! This way I’m getting 16 fabulous projects rather than just 8! Woot Woot!

I really loved this kit and it came with wooden elements as a FREE gift for Paper Pumpkin’s 5th Birthday! I will be using those for another project. If you want to see those and all the pieces, check out my unboxing and reveal video here!

Don’t forget to try out Paper Pumpkin in April and May for half price with the Promo Code: SAVEFIFTY0418  Be sure to sign up before the end of the day tomorrow, April 10th! Click here to join now!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


April Free Stamp Set of the Month!!!

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Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a great week and have an even greater weekend planned! Today, I’m sharing my April Free Stamp Set of the Month. Drum Roll Please……….

April Free Stamp Set of the Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Lately, I have been using the Watercolor Wash Stamp Set and so I thought it would be a great one for my Free Stamp Set of the Month! Remember this fabulous sample from Sale-A-Bration?? That pink  background was created with this fabulous stamp! It gives that perfect watercolor look each time since we all know actual watercoloring comes out different each time! 🙂 Large background stamps like this can be intimidating but I find that stamping the paper to the stamp works best. Simply, place the stamp face up on the table, ink it all up and place the cardstock over the top. Then place a scrap piece of paper over the top and press all over to get a nice smooth image (without inky fingers). Next, remove your cardstock and you have a fabulous stamped background! Check out this video tutorial to see it in action!

To earn this stamp set for FREE in April, all you need to do is place a $75 order (before shipping & tax) within the month! This can be done online or at one of my events. The stamp set will come from me and not with your order if ordered online. This offer is exclusively available for orders placed through me. Click here to start shopping online! PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you will automatically qualify for the free stamp set, Watercolor Wash, as well as earn Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards. Woot Woot!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and stay safe here in the midwest with another snow storm coming though. Yeah….that’s right….more snow in April! I’m so not a fan but perfect staying in and stamping! I’ll see you back here on Monday!!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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

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

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~ Tips for Cutting Ribbon ~

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

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

~ Tips for Tying Ribbon ~

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

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

~Securing Ribbon On My Project ~

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

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

I hope you found these tips and tricks helpful! If any of them are still confusing, feel free to reach out for clarification! If you have any tips to share, let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear them!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Ribbon Tying

~Laura


Here’s To An Epic Celebration!!!

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

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

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

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

Headphones, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Baking Pies!!!

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

Baking Pies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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

You are the Sweetest, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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It’s Monday, Let’s Celebrate!!!

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Happy Monday! Let’s Celebrate!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and survived April Fools Day! 🙂 I still have a few more Sale-A-Bration samples to share with all of you so bear with me. Sale-A-Bration is over but these are just too fabulous not to share! I got the idea for this card from fellow stamper, Karla E. Thanks for the beautiful card idea! Let's Celebrate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have really been loving Berry Burst lately and this card just adds in a few other favorites of mine too! Loving the color combination for sure!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Berry Burst (4″ x 5-1/4″) and a piece of Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper (1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″) to the left side. Then I die cut out the squares for the greeting using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Squares Framelits! Using the Amazing You Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, I stamped the sun burst in Peekaboo Peach Ink. Then I stamped the greeting over the top in Berry Burst Ink.

Celebrate with Sequins, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I layered the squares together and added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture. Then, I made a bow with the Peekaboo Peach Crinkle Seam Binding and stuck it on the corner with Mini Glue Dots. To finish off the card, I added a few Tutti Frutti Sequins! These things are fabulous because they come with adhesive on the back already! Woot Woot!

Don’t worry if you don’t have the Amazing You Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, you can always swap out the greeting for your favorite! The card concept is still a fun one to play with!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Final #40DayChallenge

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Happy Friday!!! I can’t believe its the final #40DayChallenge although I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep it up a bit. I have really enjoyed sending out cards randomly to brighten people’s day! It just warms my heart!

Mr Rogers Stamps, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I had to make a run to the Post Office this week for more stamps and picked up these cute Mr Roger’s Stamps. Picking out stamps is fun for me and I always like to get pretty ones or cute ones. There has been lots of love stamps lately so I’m ready for something new and fresh! I sent out a huge stack of Thank You notes to all my customers who ordered from me in March as well as some more baby Thank You Notes. There were a few birthdays and thinking of you mixed in there as well. I shipped out 2 packages of fun mail with cards in them too! Of course I was reusing a Stampin’ Up box that came to me with goodies in it. 🙂

Final #40DayChallenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This last photo is the current stack of cards that I’m taking with me when I go out later today. It’s been raining FOREVER it seems here in Illinois this week so I have only gotten out a few times. Running errands or activities in the rain is the worst for me. This last stack of cards includes some Thank You, Birthday, Thinking of You and an Easter Card to Brad’s Grandma with some bump photos in there! 🙂 While the challenge is coming to an end, I will still be sending out tons of cards because we all need more happy in the world! Also, I’m not going to stop stamping cards so I might as well share with others too! 🙂

I recently participated in a challenge for crafty/stamping limericks. This isn’t really my thing but my husband is super creative and came up with these so I thought I would share! Enjoy!!!

There once was a lady quite crafty
Her stamp room was often quite drafty
She took all her scraps
Filled in all the gaps
And now she’s no longer unhappy

There once was a girl with a Big Shot
Her husband forever did boycott
She tried to convince him
The outlook was quite grim
So now she cranks dies like a hot shot

There once was a girl who used rhinestones
Stuck on everything like a cyclone
Where you least expect
Where ever you check
They’re even affixed to your foot bone

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends TOMORROW, Saturday, March 31st! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing promotion. Every $50 order earns you a FREE ITEM. Click here to see all of the items you can pick from! Also, I’m offering DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers on all orders placed today and tomorrow! Woot Woot! Double Bonus!!!

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

~Laura

 


A Wizard with a Crystal Ball!!!

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I have been having so much fun with the Myths & Magic Suite. You can see other samples here, here, and here! Now, today, I’m sharing a wizard with a crystal ball card!!!

Wizard with a Crystal Ball, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the color combination of Fresh Fig and Pool Party. Also, all of that bling and shine is just amazing and makes this card even more magical!

I started with a Fresh Fig card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. Next, I took a piece of the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) and die cut an oval in the middle (side to side) and towards the bottom (to allow for the greeting up top). I used the Layering Ovals Framelits! Then, I took a piece of Whisper White big enough to cover the hole and stamped the 2 star images from the Magical Day Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink. I stamped the larger star in full strength and the smaller cluster of stars was stamped off once for a lighter look! Then I added this piece to the card front!

Crystal Ball, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the amazing wizard and his crystal ball!! I stamped him onto Whisper White in Memento Black Ink and colored him with Stampin’ Blends. I actually used the Light Bermuda Bay and Dark Pool Party.  These colors just seemed to be the right darkness/brightness I was looking for. Smoky Slate was used for the hair and Ivory for his face and hands! Using the coordinating Magical Mates Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut him out and added him to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. His crystal ball was punched out with a circle punch and the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. This can be redeemed as a Free Item for Sale-A-Bration so you can get all of these goodies!! I added the crystal ball with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well!

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Magical Day Stamp Set in Basic Gray near the edge of a piece of Pool Party cardstock. Then using the banner in the Magical Mates Framelits, I die cut it out. If you are worried about it moving as you put it through the Big Shot, just add a little post it note to hold it in place. Then I stamped the greeting again on a piece of scrap Whisper White (mostly just the top part of the greeting). Next, I cut it out on the sides and top freehand and left the extra on the bottom portion so that I could use that to help me line up the greeting with the Pool Party one. I placed them together and used Stampin’ Dimensional to secure them together and add it to the card front! I love the dual color for the greeting! It really makes it pop! To finish it off, I added some Epoxy Shapes to the corners of the greeting!

Get the Magical Day Bundle and these fun products and enjoy a FREE Sale-A-Bration item before it all ends on Saturday! Click the product list below to start shopping!

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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Party Pandas!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Today, we shall celebrate the middle of the week wit Party Pandas!!!! This is one of the Sale-A-Bration Stamp Sets that you can earn for FREE but there are only a few days left (ends March 31st)! Thank you to the fabulous stamper, Rachel for the inspiration on this card!

Party Pandas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I feel like these cards can be done with any greeting down in that corner. So many different options and super cute for kids and kids at heart!

I started with Whisper White cardstock as the card base. Next, I took a piece of Pool Party (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the greeting in the bottom right corner in Memento Black Ink. If you are using Stampin’ Blends to color the hat, be sure to use Memento Ink. If you would like to use markers, use Basic Black Archival Ink. Then, I added this piece to the card front and added a 1-1/2″ x 5″ piece of Bubbles and Fizz Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper to the left side. For the focal point, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits. Using the same black ink, I stamped the panda in the middle. I love using 1 ink pad and 1 stamp set for a card – Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. I added the ovals to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and finished it off with a few Tutti-Frutti Sequins.

Birthday Love Panda, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another version I did using Berry Burst as the background and a different panda from the set. I love how this card can be mixed up and see look amazing!!! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends on Saturday so you don’t want to miss out on earning free items with every $50 you order. You will also be earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!! Woot Woot! Click here to start shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Spritz with Care!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I also have a warning…….spritz with care! 🙂

Spritz with Care, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So this happened at stamp class and yes I did scream when I did it. The ladies all thought I saw a bug or something…..which I would have screamed over that as well. I spritzed and it was not pointed out but instead up and went all over my finger/hand/arm and all. Somehow I did save my clothes though! 🙂 All is good and it cleaned up very well!

Spritzed Daisy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this background super fabulous??? I just love flower and this cool background looks like it has texture and all.

I started with a Crushed Curry card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed it in a box for spritzing. I punched out 2 flowers with the Daisy Punch using the thicker cardboard stuff that comes in a pack of Designer Paper. It’s that white backing piece! I used this because then I’m not wasting cardstock and it holds up well for doing multiples. The 2 punched daisies were glued together in the center and off set to create this full beautiful flower. I placed one flower up high and one down low and spritzed with Night of Navy (Night of Navy and Alcohol mixture 70 Proof or less). Now the background is complete and once it was dry, I added it to the card base.

White Daisy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I tied some Night of Navy Crinkle Seam Binding around the center. For the centers of the flowers, I took a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock and spritzed with a little Daffodil Delight and a little Pumpkin Pie. Then I punched out the circles. I love how that little bit of spritzing adds so much to the center to make it come to life! For the greeting, I used the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the Pretty Label Punch. For that added layer of Crushed Curry to the greeting, I simply punched a second one and cut it in half, adding half to the top and half to the bottom.

My Video Tutorial below shows this all in action as well as a few “mistakes” or things that I didn’t think worked as well. 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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