Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! The first week of August and back from vacation….wowza!!! I’m still alive! 🙂 So many exciting things this month as it is my Birthday Month! Let’s start with Friday Favorites!!! Here are mine!

Friday Favorites, www.LaurasStampPad.com

We had a wonderful time on vacation. Relaxing, spending time with family, swimming, and eating fabulous food. Another bonus was I only jumped on my laptop 2 times that week and mostly used my phone for photos! It was amazing!

We came home and now have a squirrel friend who has somehow gotten up on our balcony to eat the bird seed. He’s so cute and I love watching him so I haven’t gotten rid of him yet. If he can sit there and eat with Claire playing and yelling in the kitchen, he’s a keeper! 🙂

My Stampin’ Up Holiday Mini Catalog Pre-Order has arrived and it’s sooooo fabulous! Check out the Video here! Eeeeee I’m so excited to start playing!

The final Friday Favorites is this gorgeous notebook that I got this week. As I have shared before, I’m a list maker and I like to stay organized. I got this fabulous notebook to keep me organized and like I kinda have it together. 😉 Also, doesn’t that pattern look very similar to the Perennial Essence Suite?!?!?! Stampin’ Up is so on trend with colors and patterns that are hot on the market! I love it!!!

What are your favorites this week?? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

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

~Laura


For the Love of Felt!!!

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Stampin’ Up does some amazing Project Kits! These are perfect for gift giving because some some all inclusive meaning all you need is scissors. Some are more detailed and some require the purchase of additional supplies like stamps and ink. The awesome thing about the ones that don’t come with stamps and ink is that you can purchase multiples to make for gifts and not end up with 5 stamp sets. All inclusive are good to give the entire thing and the others are perfect for making and gifting or enjoying yourself! The For the Love of Felt Kit is fun to make and give!

For the Love of Felt, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This kit is super cute with 3 designs of cards, 4 each. The envelopes have a pretty green pattern on the back lip and the front has a cute box to write the address or name in! All of this fits into a little card box that coordinates. It scream gift box! Actually I think the box looks like a cute recipe box but either way I love it!

Felt Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This was the hardest card of the set I think! There are lots of details and layers and flowers! I would almost suggest doing this one last because it also has a ton of pieces. I did it first and was counting out all the pieces to make sure I wasn’t using them all up. If it was the last set, you wouldn’t have to worry about that. First, I stamped the leaves on all 4 corners. Then I built up the outside and worked my way to the big flower in the middle. This means I did the little blue and yellow ones at the top and the coral and blue off to the left and then slowly worked my way to the main focal point. For the leaves, I used Mini Glue Dots to secure them.

Stampin' Up Project Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card was the easiest one. I whipped these 4 together really fast. Stamp, stamp, glue, glue! For the felt flowers, I used Multipurpose Adhesive Glue.

Bouquet of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cards I did a little different for each one….a little on purpose! So, the first card I did (top left), I finished it and realized I forgot the thread. So I nailed it on the second card (top right) and wasn’t so sure I liked it. The thread went right over the coral flower. For the next card, I did the thread vertical (bottom left) and really liked that one. On the last card, I thought I might as well try another option just to see so I went with a little bow. Following the direction is fun but doing your own thing is even more fun!

Which card is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below. Also, let me know if you like getting handmade greeting cards for a gift or giving handmade greeting card as a gift.

If you would like to see the For the Love of Felt Project Kit, 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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No Coloring Necessary!!!

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I have been playing with the Bird Ballad Suite a lot lately. Check out these samples here and here! Then I wanted to do a card that was easy with no coloring necessary. After all, I’m not always a big fan of coloring and sometimes time doesn’t allow it. Check this out!!!

No Coloring Necessary, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Super simple to make and oh so beautiful! Change up the colors to your favorite one….or the color you have on hand!!! What color would you use?? Let me know in the comments below!

First, I started with an Early Espresso card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Bermuda Bay measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I cut out 2 pieces of Very Vanilla measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. One is for the front and the other for the inside. Using the Free As A Bird Stamp Set, I stamped the birdies in Early Espresso Ink and the greeting in Bermuda Bay Ink. For the inside, I used the larger single bird and stamped him in the corner!

Free As A Bird, www.LaurasStampPad.com

That is all the stamping. Now to assemble and embellish!!! I added the Very Vanilla layers to the card. Then I tied some of the Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim into a knot around the top of the card. To finish it off, I added some of the Noble Peacock Rhinestones for some bling and texture.

If you want to create this simple and fabulous card with no coloring necessary, check out the supplies listed below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Framed Wiggle Worms!!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You all know what that means!! I have an adorable card to share with you today. These little framed wiggle worms are super fun and perfect for a kids card (or a kiddult)!!!

Framed Wiggle Worms, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this the cutest thing ever?? I love it!

First, I started with a piece of Basic Black (4″ x 5-1/4″) and punched 3 holes in it with a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. I did these in a “random” pattern which for me is a triangle pattern! 🙂 Next, I made 3 scallop rings for each of the holes. This was done by punching out the colored cardstock with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch and then layering the scallop circle from the Layering Circle Framelits over it. I used a post-it note to hold it in place. This is much easier than cutting the scallop circle and then trying to line it up in the punch correctly!

Scallop Circle Frames, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since these little frames are so delicate, I have found this little technique to adhere them on. Of course the Fine Tip Glue Pen would work too! Take a little bit of Multipurpose Glue and put it on the Silicone Mat. Then using a sponge, dab on just a little bit of glue all around the frame. This gives just enough glue to hold but not too much to have it squish out the sides.

Now for the bugs, I simply stamped them in Basic Gray onto Whisper White, added the details and then colored them in with Stampin’ Blends. Once they are all ready to go, I cut them a part from each other and secured them to the back of the black. Be sure to not cut too close to the bug or you won’t have enough white to cover the open circle. I added just a bit of adhesive to the back side of the black and then pressed the bug over it. If you have white hanging over the edge, simply trim it off.

Happy Birthday Little Bug, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set. The “happy” and “birthday” were stamped by just inking the word needed on the edge of the ink pad and stamping it down. Then clean it off and do the next word and color. Using the Classic Label Punch, I punched out each one. Some of the words, I placed on the edge with only 1 arrow end and some I placed father in for both arrow ends. This is all up to you! Another option is to add grass like the sample above. The grass if from the coordinating Wiggly Bugs Dies. Of course I stamped a little bug on the inside as well!

If you would like to see this Framed Wiggle Worms card 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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You Mean the World to Me!!!

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You Mean the World to Me! This greeting is so amazing. It is perfect to send to a friend you miss. This card would work for a Mother’s Day card or even a birthday card! Get Well or Thinking of You would work too. It just all depends on what you put on the inside! It’s so beautiful!

You Mean the World to Me, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super simple because the amazing Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper does all the hard work for you. I’m so in love with these colors and those beautiful flowers and birds! The pattern is perfect for any occasion.

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Daffodil Delight measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I layered on a piece of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. It is as simple as that!

Now it is time to embellish and add a greeting! I went with some of the Whisper White Flax Ribbon that I attached with a bit of adhesive. Then I made sure the Stampin’ Dimensionals secured it well with the greeting. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink. I used the coordinating Nest Stitched Labels to die cut it out. These labels are perfect for greetings and that stitching adds so much extra to it. I love it! To finish off the card, I added a few Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins for texture and a pop of shiny color!

Simple Stamped Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I went with a few simple stamped flowers in Daffodil Delight on the inside. These flowers are from the Free As a Bird Stamp Set too!

If you want to make this card, check out the supplies listed below! Click here to see more samples using these products too! Also, always remember that you mean the world to me. Thank you for reading my blog, following me on social media, and watching my videos! I appreciate it so much!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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It’s The Last Day of July!!!

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It’s the last day of July….which means my Birthday Month starts tomorrow! LOL No, actually I wanted to remind you of a few things that are ending today before they are gone!

It's The Last Day of July, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Today is the last day to earn $5 Bonus Bucks for every $50 spent. This is for increments of $50 so you can earn as many $5 Bonus Bucks Coupons as you want! Once you place your order, an email will come with the coupon code. This is your $5 Bonus Bucks that you can use starting tomorrow, August 1st. Click here to start shopping and earning!

Wiggle Worm Stamp Set, Last Day of July, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Also, today is the last day to earn the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set for Free when you order $75 or more! These stamps are super cute and fun to play with!!! I have some fabulous projects and a video tutorial to share with you using this set so stay tuned. My nieces and nephews are going to love getting these bug cards!!! Eeee I’m so excited about it!

I hope you all have a wonderful day as this last day of July! I am enjoying my vacation and time with family this week!!! We arrived on Saturday and are enjoying Fun in the Sun!!! I just love summertime even though it is HOT! 🙂

~Laura


Friday Favorites: Vacation Time!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I’m back with another one of Friday Favorites and this one is super exciting because we are going on VACATION!!! I’m super excited to spend time with our little family of 3 but also my family too!!! So of course 1 of my Friday Favorites this week is Vacation Time!!!

Vacation Time, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So while you might think that vacation is my only favorite this week, I actually have others too! This week my Top 5 Favorites are…..

~My crazy list making skills! It is probably a little overboard and Brad (my husband) thinks I need help but it works! 🙂 I have lists of lists going this week of what needs to get done before we leave and when we get home. Lists of what we need to pack and what we are getting there at the grocery store. It is never ending for sure.

~Having an amazing job that allows me to make my own schedule and enjoy family time without guilt. This is super amazing and after having a job in the past that made it very difficult, I’m super thankful now! LOVE IT! Don’t forget that you can have this amazing freedom too with Stampin’ Up! Right now there is the awesome Extra, Extra Promotion. Click here for more details!

~Hot Summer Weather!!! Spring and summer are my favorite for sure! Of course, super hot weather is…..hot and sweaty and can be dangerous but it’s summer time and I love it!!!!

~Magnolia Lane and coloring…..OMG that photo says it all! Isn’t that flower so fabulous?!?!?!

~And then of course there is Vacation Time! We are headed to the Lake and I’m pumped.

July is coming to an end as well…it’s just crazy! Only a few more days to earn the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set as Laura’s Free Stamp Set of the Month for orders of $75 or more! Also, orders of $50 earn Bonus Bucks with Stampin’ Up!!! Click here to start earning!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin!!!

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I have been seeing these amazing die cut card fronts and wondering where in the world it came from. It is the Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin! They are just stunning!!!

Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at that amazing detail in those laser cut cards!!! That is the front of the card with a solid white card back. There are 12 total. There are so many ways to use these cards. Adding designer paper to behind it or even just cardstock would make it POP. Simply add adhesive along the edge and press in on the back side. Other options are to add color to the doily with a spritzer, sponge brayer, sponge dauber, or even a marker! I love it. Also, did you notice that fun scallop on the envelope?

All of these cards and envelopes come in this cute little tin that is Petal Pink and Gold. Honestly I had to check on the color of the leaves because I thought they looked a bit like Old Olive in some light and Copper other times. Apparently it is Gold. Either way it is gorgeous and can be used for many different things. Create some cards and put them in for a beautiful gift. Enjoy the cards and make a sweet treat to put inside. Another option is to keep it for your craft room or anywhere in the house to hold something and display it. I will be keeping mine in my craft room as I’m a “Stampin’ Up Tin Hoarder.”

If you would like to see the Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin, 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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Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin
$18.00

5 Layer Bow!!!

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I know many of you may hate tying bows but they make a card look so fabulous! Practice makes perfect too so keep trying! People always ask how I do it and get it to come out so well. Practice, Practice, Practice! Every time I help someone make a bow….that’s more practice! This 5 layer bow really POPS off the card and I just used 5 strands of Linen Thread!

Thank You Birdie Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See how this card just POPS with that fun bow….and those gorgeous birdies! Check out this video tutorial to see how simple punching out designer paper is!

I started with a Calypso Coral card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and ran it through the Woodland Embossing Folder for that fun tree background. Before adding this layer to the card front, I added a piece of the Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across it, securing the ends on the back side. Then using the Layering Circles Framelits and a Circle Punch, I punched out some of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. These images are super fabulous and fit perfectly in a little circle. You can punch out tons of images for one sheet of 12″ x 12″ to create lots of different cards. It’s super fun! I layered those together and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

5 Layer Bow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greeting was stamped from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set onto the coordinating Stitched Nested Framelits! I added this to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals too! The dimensionals help secure an image on a rough surface like an embossed one or one with ribbon! It also gives a nice smooth look to the card because the dimensional pops in and out of the grooves!

Now for that fabulous 5 layer bow, I took 5 strands of Linen Thread all stacked together and tied them into a bow. For a free standing bow like this one, I create 2 loops (bunny ears) and then tie a knot with those 2 loops just as if they were a single strand. Push and pull to get the perfect size loops and tails for your bow that you wish. Then I secured it to the card front with a Mini Glue Dot!!!

Flowers on the corner, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course I had to decorate the inside of the card too! I added a few flowers from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink! I just love decorating the inside of the cards now! How about you??? Let me know in the comments below!!

If you want to create this card, check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget Bonus Bucks this month for every $50 you spend!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Woodland Embossing Folder
$8.50
Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon
$8.00
Linen Thread
$5.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Free As A Bird Bundle
$51.25
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50

Floating Hot Air Balloon Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! Check out this fun floating Hot Air Balloon Card!!! I love how Window Sheets can create so much illusion on a card!!!

Floating Hot Air Balloon Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

All the beautiful Hot Air Balloons floating in the sky. I have been to St. Louis to the Hot Air Balloon Race and it was amazing. I would love to go to the one in Arizona!

This card has a Seaside Spray card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11. I started by stamping the clouds and small hot air balloons all over the center of the card front. I used the stamps from the Above the Clouds Stamp Set. The clouds were stamped in Seaside Spray and the balloons in Basic Gray. Be sure to stay in the middle of the so that your images aren’t coming out the sides from your frame. I placed a scrap piece over the edge if I wanted an image near the edge.

Stitched Rectangle Frame, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I die cut the Stitched Rectangle frame by placing the 2 framelits down and securing them with a Post It Note so I could create multiples and they would stay in place. I added a piece of Window Sheet to the back of the frame and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Rainbow Hot Air Balloon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To finish off the front of the card, I added a Hot Air Balloon flat on the Window Sheet for that floating Hot Air Balloon look. There are 2 different styles of balloons in the Above the Clouds Stamp Set as you can see in the photos above. Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored them in and punched them out with the coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch. The baskets were both stamped onto Basic Gray and punched out. I thought the border needed a little something so I tied a little bow with some Whisper White Baker’s Twine and secured it with a Mini Glue Dot.

Let Your Dreams Sore, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course, I had to stamp on the inside with a few clouds and balloons and that fabulous greeting! I think this will be a perfect card for my nieces and nephews!

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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Stitched Rectangle Dies
$35.00
Above The Clouds Bundle
$36.00
Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine
$3.50
Window Sheets
$5.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00