Over Half Way Through the #40DayChallenge!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! I can’t believe we are over half way through the #40DayChallenge!!! I’m still going strong but I will say I didn’t do good on photos this week. I went to the mailbox more often and just tossed them in. Then yesterday the mailman stopped by the house with a package and I asked if he wanted my outgoing mail. I didn’t think he would want to wait for me to grab by phone for a photo first. haha 🙂

Over Half Way Through the #40DayChallenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This week I sent a Sympathy, a few cards of encouragement, birthday card to a 90 year old, and thank you notes. A lot of the cards I have sent in this challenge have come from my friends on Facebook posting that it’s their father’s birthday or their friend needs a pick-me up or something similar. I always run to get an envelope and jot down the address to send a card. After all, that’s what I do! I love to make cards and so I feel like it’s easy for me to send one off and brighten the day of those around us! This challenge has been very fun and rewarding for me to feel like I am making a difference. My next challenge will be making a cards to restock my collection before little Ziggy arrives. I noticed my box has a lot of room in it! 🙂

Ronald McDonald Donation, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I wanted to share a Ronald McDonald House update as well. Some of you might know that I collect cards and tabs to send to the local (St. Louis area) Ronald McDonald Houses for them to use with their guests. You can check out some I have sent in the past here and here! Also, I have gone and made a meal there a few times and here is my story about that! Here is my latest box of cards and tabs that were sent off this week! Thank you so much to those who donated. I greatly appreciate your kindness and I know they do too! If you are interested in donating cards or tabs, you can find a Ronald McDonald House close to you or you are welcome to send them to me for my next package!

Off to Ronald McDonald House, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here I am at the Post Office sending off the goodies and getting more stamps for the challenge!!! I hope you all are enjoying the challenge and even if you aren’t doing it for 40 days, send one this weekend or next week. You won’t regret it! 🙂

Don’t forget there are only a few days left of Sale-A-Bration and Stampin’ Up added even more goodies to redeem as your rewards for a $50 and $100 order. You can check them all out here! Orders in increments of $40 earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers too!! Orders of $75 or more will earn Laura’s Free Stamp Set of the Month which is the In The Trees Stamp Set! Woot Woot!

I hope you have an amazing weekend! I have a Baby Shower that I’m super excited about and we will be watching lots of basketball for March Madness! 🙂

See you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’



Going Strong On #40DayChallenge!!!

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Happy Friday!!! It’s been a busy week with sunny amazing days and then snow flurries. I’m keeping positive and dreaming of Spring!!! Today, I’m sharing an update on the challenge! So far, I’m going strong on #40DayChallenge and having so much fun!!!

Going Strong On #40DayChallenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As you can  see in these photos, some are bright and sunny and some are cloudy!!! I sent out a lot this week with thank you notes from our Baby Shower. NOTE: Need to make more thank you notes. I’m thinking I’ll use the Baby Bear Stamp Set for the next round…stay tuned! Also, I sent out cards for Birthdays, Anniversarys, encouraging those in my Fabulous Friends Stamp Team, and reaching out to those I haven’t stamped with in a while! Next week, I have plans for more random cards to encourage and brighten people’s days!

I did get a few responses on the cards that I have sent and they warmed my heart to know others are loving them!

“Hey, I got your card in the mail the other day and I wanted to say Thank You.” (lots of smiling face emojis)

“I just wanted to say thank you for the card. It meant a lot to me!”

To me, knowing how a simple card can make such an impact on someone’s day or life is what keeps me going. I love what I do and I’m so happy I can share it with those around me! Join in the challenge and send a card this weekend. You won’t regret it!

 Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on through the end of the month which means a free item for every $50 spent! Also, you will be earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers for orders in increments of $40.00! Click here to start shopping!

If you just want it all and would like to join in the fun of Stampin’ Up, you can join Stampin’ Up and my Fabulous Friends Team this month for just $99.00 (plus tax). You will get to pick out $125 in any product you wish as well as 2 stamp sets (any value)!!! Woot Woot!!! There are no obligations so join in the fun and see where it takes you! Click here for more information or reach out to me with any questions you might have!

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


March Free Stamp Set of the Month!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Happy March! I can’t believe it but I’m so excited to have more sun, warmer weather, less Winter, and soon longer days!!! 🙂 Today, I’m sharing the March Free Stamp Set of the Month and an update on the #40DayChallenge!!!!

March Free Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com


I have been having lots of fun with the In The Trees Stamp Set so I thought you all would too!!! Check out some samples here and here!

Place an order of $75.00 or more (before shipping and tax) thru my on-line store (click here to start shopping) between now and the end of March to earn this set! If you attend any of my events or classes, you can earn this with orders placed then too! This offer is exclusively available for orders placed through me. You will receive your Free Stamp Set in the mail and it will arrive separate from your order if placed online.

Week 2 of #40DayChallenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are some photos from this week and my #40DayChallenge! The picture on the left shows me mailing out a few cards for the challenge and then my monthly thank you notes to customers who ordered that month so they all don’t really count. It is all happy mail but I’m not counting those as part of the challenge since I do that every month! Just a little bonus for ordering from me….I like to spoil my customers! You all are amazing!!! This week I sent a large array of card types out…..just because, birthday, sympathy, and anniversary! I am still loving this challenge and it’s going really well. How are you doing with it? Let me know in the comments below! Even if you can’t do 40, send one out this weekend!!! 🙂 You won’t regret it. Promise!

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


Beautiful Shining Rainbow!!!

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I love bright colors and seeing the Sunshine & Rainbows Bundle made me super happy! This beautiful shining rainbow card is what I created for our Baby Shower Thank You Notes and I’m in love!!!

Beautiful Shining Rainbow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t it just precious??? I am loving how they turned out!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base and then I layered on a piece of Soft Sky measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and did all of the stamping!!! I used the Sunshine & Rainbows Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog for the sun and rainbow. The greeting is from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set! Since I was making multiples I did these cards in an assembly line and each piece in a section. First, I stamped the greetings in Basic Black Ink and the sun in Crushed Curry Ink. Then, using the Stamparatus, I got started on the rainbows!!! I did 2 of the…….rays? bows?…..colors at a time. I started with smallest ones first and I’m not sure if it really would have mattered whether I started with the smallest or largest!

Baby Thank You Notes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

A few tips for the Stamparatus that I want to share since I used it a lot and over and over. I put one color on the platform at the top and one at the side. Making sure I didn’t get the colors mixed up, I tried to keep one ink pad to the left and one to the right. Most of this stamping was done while watching the Olympics so I had my husband help me out. He inked up one of the rainbow rays while I did the other one and it went much faster!

While there is not a problem with getting ink all over the platform and having that end up on your cardstock, it is a problem with getting it on the magnets. I realized that when I stamped down and ink got onto the magnet, then it got onto my hand when I moved the magnet off the cardstock. This resulted in a nice red fingerprint on one of the cards. That card just has a few more clouds on it! 😉

Rainbow Glimmer Clouds, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To finish off the card, I added the clouds that were die cut using the coordinating Rainbow Builder Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). Some of the clouds I did in Soft Sky cardstock and some I did with the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper! I’m not sure sure which I like better. Some of the clouds got a little shimmer from the Wink of Stella Pen as well! Let me know which one you would use in the comments below!!! Also, the little heart in the greeting was punched out with Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and added with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Thank You Note & Envelope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added a little sun to the envelope as well!!! I was super excited with how they turned out and can’t wait to use them!

If you would like to see this all in action and my tips and tricks, 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’


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#40DayChallenge Update!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I wanted to share a #40DayChallenge update to hold me accountable and keep you motivated if you are joining in!!! So far I’m doing good and really enjoying it. I feel like at this time I’m thinking of someone to send a card to so I’m not worried who to send a card to!

40DayChallenge Update, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have sent cards for birthdays, thank yous, thinking of you, and Valentine’s Day cards!!! Some have been local and others have been out of state. It’s been a lot of fun spreading the love to those around me! At this point, the hardest part this week was the fact that it rained so much and I didn’t get to the mailbox. 🙂 Also, I have 6 packages with cards in them ready to go out but I haven’t gotten to the Post Office yet. Running errands in the rain is up there pretty high on my top pet peeves! Don’t you agree? Let me know if you do in the comments below! Surely I’m not alone!

Color Variations, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Yesterday I showed this fabulous card using the Brusho background! Here are some other color variations that I created – Yellow, Blue, and Orange. My stampers seemed to prefer orange or yellow! The blue was a delicate balance of going to dark and then I’m not sure I like the blue and black combination with banners. What is your favorite – Red (from yesterday) or one of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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


40 Day Card Challenge!!!

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Join me in this 40 Day Card Challenge!!! I will be sending out a card each day for the next 40 days!!! I got this idea from a fellow stamper in our group, Katie Senkarik! I’m so excited and  a little bit nervous.

40 Day Card Challenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is my first set of cards going in the mail!!! These are Valentine’s and Thinking of You to friends and family of mine!!! I’m so excited for this push to brighten others days for 40 days…..maybe it will last longer than that too! 🙂 We all know how much a simple card or happy mail can impact someone’s day! Spread the love!!!!

If you are thinking that you don’t know 40 people to send cards too, here are some suggestions!!!!

~Parents, Grandparents, Children

~Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

~Old school and college friends, as well as New Friends

~Someone in your Church, Mom’s Group, Quilting Group, Stamp Group, etc.

~Your favorite teacher or family friend who you remember spending lots of time with in the past and/or present

~That person on Facebook that asked for prayers or mentioned they got a new job

~Someone who might be struggling with a rough week at work

~Someone who has been sick recently or dealing with sick children or a sick elderly parent

~A person you haven’t spoken to in weeks, months, or even years

Sending a card to just about anyone would be amazing for that person but also for you! I know that when I send a card, I pop it in the mailbox with a smile on my face, thinking I hope this makes them smile as well!

I hope that you will join me in this challenge and you can follow along as I will be posting on my Instagram, Facebook, and on here to keep held accountable. If you would like to keep me updated on your progress, be sure to let me know in the comments below, on social media, or with the #40DayChallege. Together we can all make a difference!!!

Check out my little Video Tutorial about this Challenge below or click here! There is also a little Bump Picture in there too for those who want to see how big little Ziggy is getting. 🙂 Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new!

Happy Stampin’


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’


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What’s On Your $125 Wish List???

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Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites things! This is my pick for what I would get in my Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit if I signed up now during Sale-A-Bration!! It’s an amazing time to sign up! So….what’s on your $125 Wish List??

New Stamper Starter Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Do you love Stampin’ Up! products and want the best deal ever?? Now is a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! and my Fabulous Friends Team!
You get to pick out $125 in any product that you wish!
PLUS any two Stamp Sets of your choice!
PLUS free shipping on your order which is a 10% savings!
All for just $99.00 (plus tax)!

A few other perks that you get when you join:
~A discount on all of your Stampin’ goodies!
~All the stamping fun you can handle!
~Access to pre-orders and new releases of product before others!
~The fun and fellowship of the Fabulous Friends Team!
~Being a part of an amazing company that is celebrating 30 years!

If I was a New Stamper, I picked the items in the photo above because I thought they were a great start for the beginner! This totals exactly $125.00!!!

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Advanced Starter Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If I was a seasoned stamper and had a nice collection of items but decided I wanted to enjoy the discount and have fun, I would pick the items in the photo above!!! I added in some Baker’s Twine to get closer to the total which you could pick any color you wish! This kit totals $124.50!

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Wish List, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really struggled on my picks for the 2 Free Stamp Sets! Of course, the most expensive ones is the best way to go! I went with Petal Palette and then I was back and forth on Beautiful Day or Magical Day! They are both super fabulous!

What are you picks??? Let me know what you would love to spend $125 on! Let me know in the comments below!

See all these goodies in action in my Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it! I post a video every Tuesday and Thursday so subscribe so you don’t miss out out on any of them!

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me! I’m always happy to answer them!
If you would like to join Stampin’ Up and my Fabulous Friends Team, click here!

Happy Stampin’


My Mom’s Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I thought I would share my Mom’s Birthday Card that I made for her!!! I thought this little piggy was just adorable and while the card doesn’t say Happy Birthday on the front, it was the perfect greeting!

Mom's Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It was perfect and she loved it which makes it all amazing!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Crumb Cake after running it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Plank Embossing Folder. Now for the focal point of the little piggy! I stamped him…..or her from the The Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink! Using the Stampin’ Blends, I colored it all in. I used Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party. Check out this video for a tutorial on the blending!

After coloring the piggy and all, I layered it onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Next, I thought that the flower needed a cute center so I added a Clear Epoxy Jewel! Just perfect!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stamping with a fabulous group of ladies is on my to-do list which makes me happy and my heart full!!!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on so you can earn a free item for every $50 you spend! Woot Woot! Of course, there is always earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and even the January Free Stamp Set of the Month! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’


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Baby Ziggy is a….

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Happy Friday!!! We found out the gender of our Lil Ziggy right before Christmas and shared it with family! Of course I couldn’t forget about all of you. Baby Ziggy is a….

Hello Baby, www.LaurasStampPad.com


Do you know yet??? I used the Baby Moon Stamp Set and Stampin’ Blends to create this card! The greeting was punched out with the New Scallop Circle Punch from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Then I layered it onto a Pretty Label Punch. Next, I layered this onto Daffodil Delight cardstock and added some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon around the bottom. This was all layered onto a Melon Mambo card base!!!

Lil Ziggy is a, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Yep, it’s true!!! Little Ziggy is a girl and growing well!! She looks strong and healthy! We are very excited and I was surprised because everyone was guessing Boy and I was convinced!!!

For the inside of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). I added some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer Washi Tape from the Holiday Mini Catalog (retired). The alphabet set I used is also retired (sorry). I used the Sophisticated Serifs Stamp Set. Alphabet Stamp Set are fabulous and those are one thing that I don’t get rid of when they retire! Any alphabet set would work!

I had a lot of fun making this card and it is super special. If you would like to check out a little Video Clip I created from of the first half of the pregnancy, check it out below or click here!!! Give it a thumbs up if you liked it and let me know if you want me to share more about my baby crafting projects!!

Happy Stampin’


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