August 2018 Free Stamp Set of the Month!!!

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It’s a new month so that means a new FREE Stamp Set! The August 2018 Free Stamp Set of the Month is…………

August 2018 Free Stamp Set of the Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Around the Corner Stamp Set from the Annual Catalog is the August Free Stamp Set with a $75 order (before shipping & tax). That means that any online or in person order placed in the month of August totaling $75 earns you this amazing set. I love the cool features of the corner greetings and images. They really add a perfect little touch to your project. Stay tuned for more samples using this stamp set!

Bonus Bucks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month for every $50 you spend this month too! You will earn a code for $5 off your order in September when you spend $50 in August (before shipping & tax).

Click here to start shopping and earning all the amazing goodies!! Who doesn’t love a good deal?!?!

Happy Shoppin’

~Laura


Tip for Your StazOn Black Ink!!!

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Today, I’m sharing a tip for your StazOn Black Ink. First one is don’t throw away that little clear lid!

Tip for Your StazOn Black Ink, www.LaurasStampPad.com

StazOn Ink smells AMAZING. Does anyone else love the smell of it like me? Let me know in the comments below….surely I’m not alone here. Right? I love it! It also works fabulous for watercoloring because it’s a permanent ink. StazOn for watercoloring and Memento for Stampin’ Blends!

My Tip: Don’t throw away that little clear lid on the inside of the ink pad. That is needed to keep a nice seal on the ink so it doesn’t dry out easily. Since it can get in the way or you might lose it, simply add a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to the lid. That little clear lid with attach and stay perfectly.

Stazon Lid Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now the ink pad is ready to use after just removing the black lid. It all comes off together and saves inky fingers. I love when something so simple really makes life easier!

StazOn Ink also has it’s own cleaner since it is a strong ink. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t use StazOn Cleaner very often. I clean my stamps with the Simply Shammy or Stampin’ Scrub and let them stain. Sometimes, when I’m done with the project, I’ll go back and use the cleaner. This is all personal preference. I know it’s best to get that ink off but it’s also a pain and I just like stamping more. It is odd because I’m such a freak about organizing and cleaning in other aspects but this I let slide. It’s okay though!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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My Birthday Month Has Begun!!!

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Happy Wednesday! Happy August 1st!!! That means that my Birthday Month has begun and it’s time to celebrate!!! I love celebrating all month long! Stampin’ Up must have known because they have released a NEW bundle for this month only!!!

My Birthday Month Has Begun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card makes me sooooo happy. I love the greeting but more importantly those amazing flowers. I’m telling you, I’m not an artist or good at coloring but Stampin’ Blends prove me wrong. Coloring with those make you feel like a rockstar!!

I started this card with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. I went with this dimension because I wasn’t sure which way I wanted to have my card. With a smaller greeting from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set, the card could go vertical. With this amazing longer greeting, it needed to go horizontal. Also, you can save on ribbon when you go around the 4-1/4″ side of a card verses the 5-1/2″ side.

Next, I layered on a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then for the focal point, I cut a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″). I stamped the flowers and greeting from the NEW Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. I couldn’t wait to try out the new colors of Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick and Granny Apple Green. They are amazing and beautiful. I color with the darker marker first in the centers and along the lines of the stamped image. Then I go back in with the lighter marker and color all over in a circular motion. Making sure to go over the dark color as well to really blend the colors together. I used the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends for the centers.

Coloring Flowers with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After coloring, I added this piece to the card front and tied some Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon along the left side. I really struggled with what color of ribbon to go with – Black, Lovely Lipstick, White, Silver?? Let me know if you think I picked a good one or if you would have went with something different!

If you would like to see more on this New Blended Seasons Bundle, check out this Video from yesterday! If you would like to purchase the items for this project, click the photos below. This stamp set is only available this month!!!

Happy Stampin’
~Laura

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Specials Coming & Going!!!

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It’s the end of July and that means that there are some Stampin’ Up Specials that are Going…..

Buy 3 Get 1 Free, www.LaurasStatmpPad.com

The Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special ends TODAY! Click here to see what packs are in this special and get yours before it’s over.

Also, the Starter Kit promotion ends today. This is a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up because you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like AND a color family of ink pads all for just $99. Not only is that an amazing deal but Stampin’ Up is celebrating their 30th Anniversary and lots of fabulous things are coming up in celebration. Plus it is always more fun stamping with others and making new friends. Click here to join my team and join in the fun!

Color Your Season, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Coming in August is an amazing Bundle of goodies! There is the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits. This set is perfect for every season and the framelits are AMAZING. Stitching on this inside and outside so you can use the frame (negative) after die cutting the label. How cool is that?!?! Stampin’ Up is also releasing a NEW set of Watercolor Pencils which are super fabulous!

Check out all of the goodies in the Video below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel as I will be posting more on this bundle and others.

Stampin’ Up has Bonus Bucks coming in the month of August as well! Stay Tuned!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Polka Dots & Stripes!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I just love Polka Dots and Stripes and the In Color Designer Series Paper Stack is just that. It’s amazing for any style of card!!! Last week I showed off the One Sheet Wonder with this 6″ x 6″ stack and today I have more samples.

Polka Dots & Stripes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this card, the stripes make the card so cheerful. Sending this out to a friend is sure to brighten their day!! The card above uses the 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Designer Paper. I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and the greeting from the Accented Blooms Stamp Set. The greeting was punched out with the coordinating Tailored Tag Punch.

Decorate the Inside, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So I wasn’t wasting any pieces, I placed the little 4″ x 3/4″ piece on the inside as a little decoration. I feel like it really pulls the card together!

Dots of Thanks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The other piece was used on this simple card! This piece measures 5-1/2″ x 2″ and I simply stamped the greeting directly to the card base! You could always stamp this on Whisper White and punch it out to give the card a little more texture!

6x6 One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the template for cutting the Designer Paper for these cards!!! I just love One Sheet Wonders!!! Also, if you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial.

Let me know what designer series paper you would use for this One Sheet Wonder in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Friday Fun!!!

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Let’s have some Friday Fun today!!! I can’t believe we are at the end of July already. Is your summer flying by as well or am I just because of this little one….

Claire Collage 7.26.2018, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Just precious!!! She already is getting tired of Mommy taking her picture. 🙂 Also, she really enjoys Monkey Daycare and she likes to talk to them!!! Have I mentioned how I love monkeys….sock monkey, stuffed animal monkey, any kind of monkey!

Okay, I have more fun for you all too!!! Let’s do DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers this weekend! That means you will earn 2 Stickers for every $40 (before shipping and tax) order you place (increments of $40). This will run from now till Sunday night at midnight!!! Click here to start shopping!

Don’t forget about Stampin’ Up’s amazing deals this month as well!!!

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special – click here to check out all of those included in this offer!

Join Stampin’ Up this month and you get to pick out a Color Family of your choice in Ink Pads! That’s over a $75 value! It is also in addition to the $125 in product of your choice that you get to pick out! All of that for just $99 plus tax. Shipping is even FREE! This is one of Stampin’ Up’s best deals for joining! Also, you just can’t put a price on the fun and friendships you will gain! 🙂 Click here for more information or feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! I’m super excited because we have a family gathering and Claire gets to meet them all! Weekends are all about family time! 🙂 See you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Graceful Glass Designer Vellum!!!

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Check out the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum! This paper…or vellum has beautiful prints to use as is or for coloring to really make the images POP!

Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the floral sheets and the stained glass window sheets. Those will be the first ones I started coloring using the Stampin’ Blends! I’m super excited to use the new colors of Stampin’ Blends too. I can not put down Lovely Lipstick and Highland Heather. Eeeee Loving them! This is paper that you don’t want to waste any of it so check out some of my One Sheet Wonders. This way you can make the most of the paper! Click here to check out my One Sheet Wonders!

I will be posting samples using this paper soon so stay tuned!!

If you would like to see all of the sheets as a full sheet rather than the little swatch in the catalog, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Blooms with Happiness!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Woot woot for the middle of the week already!!! I hope your day blooms with happiness each and every day!!! This card surely would help, wouldn’t it??

Blooms with Happiness, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Yesterday, I talked about the amazing tip using the Tufted Embossing Folder and here is the card I was using it on! I just love that textured background. It’s subtle but also adds so much to the card!

I started with a Balmy Blue card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Tufted Embossing Folder. Then I added this to the card front. For the focal point, I cut a piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper into a 3″ square. That means you can get 16 of these from one sheet of paper! The Whisper White piece measures 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

Tulips In a Vase, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now here comes the tricky part….but don’t worry I did the leg work for you. After four tries, I nailed it! 🙂 First, I stamped the greeting from the Varied Vases Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry. Then, I punched out the vase using the coordinating Vases Builder Punch with some scrap paper. This will be your guide for stamping the stems. Place the scrap vase on the white square above the greeting but not so high that you don’t have room for your flowers. Next, I stamped the stem and leaf in Old Olive Ink.

TIP: Since the stems and leaf are so long/big, you might need to place a scrap piece of paper down to mask the vase so that you don’t have a stem popping out the side of your vase. To achieve this, I placed a larger scrap piece over the scrap punched vase and made marks on the paper on either side of the vase lip. This helped me know that I needed to stamp the stems inside that area so that it would fall inside the vase.

Vase Masking Tutorial, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once the stems and leaf were stamped, the rest is easy. Simply stamp the vase in Balmy Blue onto scrap Whisper White and punch it out. The tulips were stamped in Grapefruit Grove and punched out. I stamped the outline in full strength and the inside image stamped off once for a lighter shade. Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added these to my project. I off set the two squares for a fun little look and finished off the card with a few Share What You Love Pearls.

Don’t forget the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series  Paper Sale going on this month. The Tranquil Textures Designer Paper that I used for this card is one of the select packs!! Click here to see them all!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Tufted Embossing Folder Tip!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today, I have a super cool Tufted Embossing Folder Tip! When I realized this cool little tip, I was super excited….maybe too excited! It’s the little things in life! 🙂

Tufted Embossing Folder Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When I was using the Tufted Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create a card, I noticed this line! At the bottom of the folder, there is a line straight across. If you line up your cardstock with that line, your embossed image will be straight on your cardstock. How cool is that?!?!?! MIND BLOWN! This little line made it really easy and quick to pop in the cardstock and go.

Simply place the cardstock into the folder. Line up the edge of it with that line and squeeze the folder on the other end. This will hold the cardstock in place as you pull your fingers out. Place it in the Big Shot and crank crank crank! Since this is one of the Textured Impressions Folder, the layers are as follows:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

I hope you found this super helpful!! Let me know if you get excited by the little things like this! Also, let me know if you have found little tricks to your favorite stamping tools. 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! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Words Are Never Enough!!!

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I think this is why I’m a hugger….words are never enough. 🙂 Hand shakes are weird for me. I just prefer to hug! Also, there is nothing better than a hug to warm your heart and make you smile. That is unless it’s from a complete stranger or lasts too long and then it can get a bit awkward. We have all been there!

Words are never enough, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect for when you want someone to know you care but you just don’t know what to say. Change up the greeting and it would make a great man card too. I love the simplicity of the trees and twine.

I started with a Crumb Cake card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and started stamping the trees from the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I started at the top with stamped off once Mint Macaron and did 5 across. Be sure to stagger the trees so it looks more random and like a forest. Then I did full strength Mint Macaron. After that I did the same with Tranquil Tide – stamped off once first and then full strength. You could always stop there and add a greeting. I wanted a little bit of texture on the card so I popped a few trees up. Simply stamp a few on scrap cardstock and die cut them out. I used the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). I popped these up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thinking of You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greetings, I stamped them in Early Espresso Ink. Both the front greeting and inside greeting came from the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I thought a few trees on the inside of the card would look cute too! After adding the Whisper White piece to the front of the card, I tied some Linen Thread around the card and into a bow. I love the rustic look of this thread and it passes for masculine cards. My husband says foo foo ribbon and bows is not considered masculine. Sometimes I still sneak it in with navy or green colors otherwise I stick to Linen Thread.

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in this card, click the items listed below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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