Birthday Bash Recap!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day whether you have today off or not! I thought I would do a Birthday Bash Recap!!! It was such a wonderful day…..month!!!

Birthday Bash Recap, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 I had a wonderful Birthday complete with unicorn cupcakes, gifts, cards, and amazing people! Each year, I like to have a Birthday Stamp Class and this year the 2 happened to fall on the same day! We all enjoyed laughs, cupcakes, and presents! These amazing ladies really know how to make me feel special!! My online special was a bit hit as well. I’m glad all of you were able to celebrate with me. Thank you so much for your sweet comments!!! I really appreciate each and every one of you!

Lil April, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course I have to share the card that my husband made for me!!! You can see some of his past creations (and my April version) here, here, and here! If you know me well, you know I LOVE (big puffy heart love) monkeys. Brad got me this little Beanie Boo this past spring and we named it April! I think it looks just like her! He used various Circle Punches! The greeting was stamped with the No Bones About It Stamp Set for the means! I thought he was super clever to find that! Handmade cards have so much love in them! This card melts my heart! 🙂

With the Holiday Mini Catalog out, I thought I would do a fun party showcasing all the amazing-ness! I’m doing this party online so that those who live near and far can participate! Check out the Holiday Mini Catalog here and check out the party on Facebook where I will be showcasing lots of samples, products, and fun! The party started today and will run through Wednesday. Click here to join in the fun!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy Birthday to ME!!! Let Us All Celebrate!

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Today’s MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Let Us All Celebrate together with some fabulous specials!!!

Birthday Bags, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Are you ready for all of this fabulous-ness!?!?!?

TODAY ONLY…..every order of $40 (before tax and shipping) will earn a FREE Gift from me as well as 1 Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers! I have tons of great prizes to give! Check them out! Click here to start shopping and enter the Hostess Code: A3AR6VYH when you are checking out!!!

Let Us All Celebrate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are just a few of the goodies – Embossing Paste, Blender Pens, Ink Pads, Glitter Enamel Dots, Chalk Marker, Designer Series Paper Stacks, and more!

But wait there’s more……If you order $75 (before shipping and tax), you will get a Free Gift, One Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers, AND the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set for Free! This set is coming out in the Holiday Mini Catalog so you can earn it before it even comes out! Woot Woot!  Click here to start shopping and enter the Hostess Code: A3AR6VYH when you are checking out!!!

Not sure what to order or just getting started with stamping or just want to check it out……Paper Pumpkin is HALF PRICE for September for new subscribers. Click here to sign up and use the Promo Code: HALFOFF0917  (zero nine one seven). If you sign up TODAY, you will earn a Free Gift as well!

Birthday Gift Bags, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These gift bags were super fun to make with Embossing Paste! I got them at the dollar store, smeared some embossing paste over the template randomly. Since I had a ton of Berry Burst paste left over, I just did it over tons of scraps. Once it was all dry, I added those scraps to some tags and added the tag to the bags with Finely Woven Ribbon! I love how they turned out!

If you would like to see these items and ME, 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!!!

Have a wonderful day because it’s a Fabulous One!!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Family Time at the Lake!!!

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We have been home from our annual family time at the lake for a week now. I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things!!! Here is a little sneak peak of the wonderful time we had!!!

Family Time At The Lake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This year my entire immediate family was all able to attend! I’m still surprised we got a great group photo with everyone basically looking at the camera! That’s  a win for sure! The weather was amazing and on the cool side. I still got a little sun on my legs one more really early while on the Paddle Board. By the way, if you ever get a chance to play with one of those, I highly recommend it. It is super easy and lots of fun to paddle around on. We (adults and kids) had lots of fun on it!

Lake Vacation, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The sunrises and sunsets are just stunning at the Lake! It is so calming and amazing! I love it! Lots of selfies took place throughout the week since I’m the only one who is snapping photos all of the time! I spent one afternoon on the dock reading. It was amazing and peaceful especially when it started to rain lightly! My fabulous husband went to an ice cream shop and he knows me so well. I could care less about ice cream but a waffle cone is totally my jam! YUM!

We had a wonderful time relaxing and making memories! Now I’m home and excited to get started on Holiday Cards. The Holiday Mini Catalog is coming out on September 1st and I’ve received my Pre-Order already!!! If you would like to check out all the fabulous goodies, check out the video below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and let me know in the comments which item you are most excited about!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Road Trip around Southern Indiana!!!

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Today, I’m going to share with you some of the fun I had last week during a little road trip around Southern Indiana! While a lot of my stamper friends were enjoying Thailand (Stampin’ Up’s Incentive Trip), I chose to not go on that one. I’m not a huge fan of flying, let alone that long! This road trip was part of my little treat to myself instead! Not the same views as they had but it was a real treat for sure!

Road trip around Southern Indiana, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My Mom, my husband, and I headed out on our adventure last Sunday! We stopped at different small towns along the way. Our first stop was New Harmony, Indiana which was super cute. We enjoyed a gold cart ride around town, stopping at shops and seeing the sites. It was really fun when the girls suggested we turn right with the golf cart to go down a “hill”. Luckily our wonderful driver, Brad saw that it was steps and not just a hill. 🙂 Good times and great adventures happened for sure!

Next stop was Frenchlick/West Baden Springs. We stayed at the castle that night and it was amazing! The grounds were beautiful and it was so cool. The center of the hotel has a giant dome which was the largest freestanding dome. Now we have sports stadiums that have since taken it’s spot. At night the ceiling lights up different colors. It was so beautiful. I wanted to take that lounge chair home with me. It was so comfortable and watching the colors change on the ceiling made it amazing! We stopped by the casino and put in a dollar for about 5 minutes of fun! I loved the front porch of the hotel with it’s swags, flags, and flowers.

Southern Indiana, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Our next stop was Louisville, Kentucky! We went to a cute Mom and Pop candy shop and watched them make candy. It was lots of fun and we got to try a warm cinnamon drop candy. They said each candy has difference levels of cinnamon and I think mine was HIGH! I bit into it rather than sucking on it and thought I might die. Wowza, it was hot! Also, we did a distillery tour where they made Brandy. It was very interesting to see and we got a tasting. I’m so not a drinker and just touching my lips to 2 different ones was more than enough for me. I’m still for sure not a drinker after that. We stopped by Churchhill Downs for a quick peak as we were running out of time.

After Louisville, we headed over to Madison, Indiana. We enjoyed the Ohio River, Clifty Falls, and lots of hiking in the woods. It was beautiful, fun, and HOT! Of course, we couldn’t pass by Bloomington, Indiana and not stop and seeing the largest brain. 🙂 We all expected it to be bigger! We enjoyed some more falls, covered bridges, and walks around state parks before getting caught in a storm and heading home. Last up was Casey, Illinois where we saw many of the World’s Largest items like a rocking chair, mailbox, knitting needles, wind chimes, pencil, and more. Also, if you ever wondered how short I was….I can still go through the Kid’s Entrance, with room to spare!

One of the other things I wanted to mention was my love for smashed pennies. I love getting smashed pennies and take photos with each of them. Any other penny smashers out there? If you are planning a trip to Southern Indiana, feel free to reach out or ask in the comments. I’m happy to share more information on any of the locations we went! We had an amazing time. I’m back to the Stamp Room now and playing with new stamps coming out in the Holiday Mini! Stay tuned!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Bonus Days, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget Bonus Days all month! Every $50 order, earns you $5 in rewards!!! I also have extended the DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers through Wednesday when you use the Hostess Code: CZHRWZ4H! Check out more details on that here and start shopping here!


New Stamp Set & Paper Storage!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today I’m sharing with your my NEW Stamp Set & Paper Storage. I had mentioned about 2 months ago getting 2 new pieces of furniture for my stamp room. You can see the first one here and today I’m sharing the second one.

New Stamp Set Paper Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here it is!!! I can’t believe how much the white brightens up the room! There is a window directly to the right of this photo so these pictures have a bit of a shadow from that light. The room in general is so much brighter from these 2 pieces of white furniture. It’s crazy! My stamp table is to the left of the photo and I sit right in front of this while stamping. I love having everything so close to grab and go. I will say that the middle section that looks all cleaned off right now….it’s not normally like that! 🙂

Stamp Set Shelf, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the top section which holds my Stamp Sets! I only have 2 Stamp Sets in the old clam shell cases (Teeny Tiny Wishes & Thoughts & Prayers). I have already filled the shelf of stamps so I might have to make another row below next to my ribbons. We shall see. I have my inspiration/loves/reason for doing what I love in the photos at the top! <3 The shoe boxes on the right side have all of my ribbons in them. Finally my Enamel Shapes, Thread, and some of the Baker’s Twine is on the left side.

Drawer For Tools, www.LaurasStampPad.comThe little drawer in the middle has some of my tools in it – Stampin’ Scrub, Stampin’ Trimmer, Embossing Paste, Embossing Knives, and Watercolor Pencils! By the way, I am loving the embossing paste so stay tuned to lots of samples and tutorials using it! 🙂

Stamp N Storage Paper Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up is the bottom section of paper storage! There are actually doors to this bottom section. We decided to leave them off since opening them would be hard with me sitting so close by. I purchase Stamp N Storage Paper Storage for all of my cardstock. You can check them out and get 10% off by clicking here! I love these things. They are super sturdy and allow me to really see what I have. While they are pricey, I know that they aren’t going to break or sag like some of my past paper storage has. I think these are about my 3rd or 4th piece of paper storage and these are AMAZING!

I have each color in a tray and a cellophane bag with scraps in there as well. This helps me use my scraps and clean up really quickly. See that little box on the floor on the right….that’s what I use to put scraps in. It would get out of hand and I would hate to dig so I just tossed pieces in there and it was a mess. I still have a few colors in there while I wait for more cellophane bags to arrive! I just love it! The drawers on the left side hold my embellishments like Pearls, Rhinestones, Doilies, and Washi Tape.

I hope you enjoyed this little post on how I store my craft supplies close to me for easy use. It’s probably time I do another Stamp Room Tour now that I have these 2 new pieces of furniture. You can check out the latest one here!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


So Much Fun at Girls Night Out!!!

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Last Saturday, I headed to Paris for a Girls Morning Out and yesterday I had my Girls Morning & Night Out at my place launching the New Catalog!!! All of these events were so much fun! I just love gathering together to stamp, gush over the new product, and catch up with everyone! My heart is full for sure!! 🙂

Much Fun Girls Night, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are some photos of the displays, goodie baskets, cupcakes and set-up at the Girls Morning/Night out that I had yesterday! I love to spoil my customers because they are all so fabulous! I sure hope they love cupcakes because that’s what I always make for these events! 🙂

Paris Girls Morning Out, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are some photos from the event in Paris! I’m super excited I remembered to take some photos! The little ones are my nieces who love to stamp and I see them stamping for many years to come! We had a fabulous time stamping together! I love catching up with these ladies since I only see them a few months out of the year. I always do my Paris Events as a Mystery Hostess so the items can be shipped over there. The Hostess this time got over $80 in Hostess Benefits! Woot Woot!

Girls Night Out Event, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are some photos from the event at my place in the evening. Totally forgot to take photos at the morning event! I was so excited when I remembered at the evening one but after these 3, I set my phone down and didn’t take any more. I had such an amazing time at all of these events. Catching up with these amazing ladies, stamping, and sharing our love of Stampin’ Up! product just makes me so very happy! I love it!

You can check out all these new product online here. If you would like a catalog, send me your address here and I’ll get one out to you! I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I’ll be back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Top 5 Blog Posts From the 2016-2017 Catalog!!!

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I thought I would go through and see what the Top 5 Blog Posts are from the past year – 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!!!! I wonder if they are some of my favorites?!?! Do they include items that are retiring?!?!?!

Something Borrowed Card Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Something Borrowed One Sheet Wonder Set! Well I am not surprised to see this was #1!!!! I know that you all love this One Sheet Wonder so very much and look at this post a lot, everyday!

Top 5 Blog Posts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

December 2016 Paper Pumpkin – This one surprised me a bit because I posted 12 Paper Pumpkin Kits in the past year and this was the best. I think it was because I did an alternative to what the kit actually was intended for. I made cards rather than a mini album!

Flower OSW, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Flower Bouquet One Sheet Wonder – not surprised to see another One Sheet Wonder! Also, this paper was just stunning! I loved it so much because you all know how much I love flowers and all the color!

Work of Art Wreath, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Work of Art Holiday Cards! The Work of Art Stamp Set is so versatile and amazing! I’m excited this is one that you all love too! This set is not retiring which is super fabulous!

Fishy Shaker Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Fishy Shaker Card! This card is super cute and fun! Shaking all of the pieces around and seeing those little fish makes this card a major WOW!!!

The next few posts that were favorites included more of the One Sheet Wonders! I know how much you all love those. (SNEAK PEAK: I have another one coming next week!!!) 🙂

Let me know which of these is your favorite in the comments below! If your favorites wasn’t listed above, let me know which one it is! I can’t wait to share lots of samples with the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! Until then, don’t forget that there are lots of retiring items in the current catalog. Some are even on super sale! Click here to start shopping!

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

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy Mother’s Day to Each and Every One of You!!!

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Happy Mother’s Day to Each and Every One of You! Yes, I mean you! I honestly think every women should celebrate Mother’s Day and I wish you the best day ever!

HappyMothersDay, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Happy Mother’s Day…

…to all of those who have given birth!

…to all of those who have step-children!

…those of you with fur babies!

…to all of those who are wishing and hoping for a baby!

…to all of those who have lost a baby!

…And most of all to those who act motherly to those around them!

Each and every one of you falls into one or more of these categories! This year Mother’s Day is going to be rather difficult for me because I fit into 3 categories – the last 3. The last couple of months have been rather an emotional roller coaster with finding out we were pregnant and then finding out we would lose our baby. The whole time I really struggled with the thought of Mother’s Day coming up. While I am a Mother to my baby in Heaven, not everyone knows that or understands that. I really wish I had my baby in my belly or in my arms but it’s just not the case with this one. So I am back in the wishing and hoping for a baby category! So while I have always believed we should all celebrate Mother’s day, I really do this year because you just never know what someone is going through!

I wish you all a wonderful day celebrating YOU! Thank you for being kind, caring, and motherly to those around you and those you encounter! It’s not easy being a Mother but it is very rewarding! May you have all the rewards today and every day!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!

~Laura


My New Big Shot Station!!!

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I got a new piece of furniture for my Stamp Pad and now I have a new Big Shot station!!! I am loving it. The white seem to have really lightened up the room and I love that I can have both of my Big Shots available to use! I can do embossing on one and framelits on the other or 2 sets of framelits.

New Big Shot Station, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I moved out 3 pieces of furniture and replaced it with this one piece! It’s the perfect fit!

Big Shot Station, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On the top, I have my 2 Big Shots as well as all of the Embossing Folders and Dies. It is so nice to have plenty of room to use the Big Shot without having to move it side to side to allow the placed to slide through. On the shelf below, I have the Simply Scored Tool and the Big Shot Plates! Did you notice the catalogs on that shelf too??? It’s the NEW Catalog!!!

Cabinet Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In the cabinet below, I have all of the supplies that were in the old cabinets. One the left side, I have 12″ x 12″ containers holding Heat Embossing Tools, Re-Inkers, and miscellaneous tools. On the bottom is various creations and table clothes. My greeting card containers are on the right side as well as a container with my business cards, paper pads and Paper Pumpkin Stamp Sets. My trusty label maker has it’s own spot on the shelf as well! The Cameo Silhouette is on the bottom shelf. Everything fits perfectly!

Before & After, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is a before and after photo! I am loving my new buffet cabinet in my stamp room! You can see an entire room tour with the piece before here!

Let me know in the comments below what you favorite part of your stamp/craft room is!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Brad’s 6th Anniversary Card!!!

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Today I’m sharing with you the card I made for Brad for our 6th Anniversary! I just love making cards for him that are super special! You can see some of the past ones I have made here, here, and here!

Brad's 6th Anniversary Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so maybe this should have been a card for me since I’m the one who loves Monkeys but he loved it too!!! Brad got me that little Monkey Boo just last week to add to my collect. Her name is April, by the way! I decided that would be my inspiration for my card! 🙂

I started with a Whisper White card base and rounded all the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch for a soft look. Next I layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip (4″ x 5-1/4″) rounding the corners before adhering it on. I used the Layering Circles Framelits and Crumb Cake to create the face. At first, I overlapped all of them but thought it looked too bulky. To solve that, I laid the two circles for the eyes over top of each other and traced the portion of the circle overlapped. I could have cut it with scissors but since I wanted a smooth look, I slide it into a Circle Punch and lined it up. That worked perfectly. I added the two circles and overlapped the third one. Using the Early Espresso Marker, I created the adorable little nose and mouth.

For the eyes, I die cut the circles with the Layering Circles Framelits in Perfect Plum cardstock. I added some glitter with the Silver Dazzling Details. For the center of the eye, I used the 3/4″ Circle Punch to punch out Basic Black cardstock. Next, I added these to the eyes with a Stampin’ Dimensional. So that the eyes would look all glossy, I added lots of Fine Tip Glue Pen glue to the black centers. Once all of this was dry, I added the eyes to the card front. Now the little monkey has a face!!! For the ears and hands, I punched out Perfect Plum with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch. I cut the circles in half and adhered them to the card front. For a little sparkle like April’s, I brushed over them with the Wink of Stella Pen. Isn’t it just the cutest?!?!?!

I love coming up with a new idea for cards for my husband! It usually involves lots of punches as I am not the best with free-handing it. Do you like to make special cards for those in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura