Surprise #2!!!

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So a few weeks ago, I said I had some exciting things! One of those was earning Maui! Surprise #2 is………

Surprise #2, www.LaurasStampPad.com

We are buying a house and moving!!!!! This is super exciting for us…..and very nerve-wracking! We had been looking for awhile and not finding anything even close to a possibility. A little 1 year old has quickly taken over our current house and I just didn’t think we could make it through Christmas. If we did, she was getting money for her piggy bank because we are out of room. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then, a random Monday 3 weeks ago, I took Claire to the Splash Pad one afternoon and then stopped by Brad’s work for a quick visit on the way home. Brad mentioned a new house hitting the market that sounded amazing but there were no pictures. We went to see it that evening and put an offer on it the next morning. Wednesday afternoon the offer was accepted. And since then everything has gone that fast with appointments, paperwork, and chaos. I never know what day it even is anymore.

In 2 weeks, we will be closing and moving. Don’t worry if you are one of my local stampers……we are just moving to Edwardsville!!! The other exciting thing is that I will have the entire basement for my stamp room! Woot Woot! More details coming soon.

I would also like to throw it out there that my October classes at Laura’s Stamp Pad might be all over the place/not happening. There is also a chance that I won’t get a blog post up every day of the week, Monday – Friday! Please bare with me. Also, let me know what you would like to see in this fun and crazy process and I’ll share! You all know I’m super open about things and love to share!

Off to go pack some more and make sure Claire didn’t toss in her current snack. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

PS: Don’t forget the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale this Month!


This Is Why…

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Happy Friday everyone! Today, I have lots of fabulous deals to share with you. First, I wanted to share with you why I do what I do. Why do I make handmade cards? Why am I a Stampin’ Up demonstrator? This is why…

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This card right here brought tears to my eyes. My niece, Anna sent me this card and I love it. You may feel like you have seen this card before and you have. It was a card I shared a few months back and Anna attended one of my classes and made it! She loves coming to my classes and making cards. Of course that right there makes this Auntie super happy. Then to receive this card with those sweet sweet words. I love it! That right there is why I do what I do. The cards I send her mean a lot to her and this card means the world to me. Those smiles, those warm hearts, those thoughts that someone is thinking of you……that’s why I make and send cards.

I challenge you to send a card this weekend. You may think it isn’t pretty or there is a mistake but I PROMISE you that only you know of that mistake. I also promise you that it is wonderful and will make that person smile and feel loved. That is the whole reason we send cards anyway so do it!!!

Not only is the Holiday Mini Catalog finally out now but check this out! Stampin’ Up is having their Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale. One of the paper packs in this special is a Specialty Designer Series Paper ($14.50 value) so you can really enjoy the savings. Click here to shop the Designer Paper!

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

~Laura


Going to Maui!!!

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Happy Friday!!! It’s been a crazy week and a busy one for sure!!! There are a few things that have powered me through! My BIRTHDAY was yesterday and I got to celebrate with friends and family. Also……we are going to Maui!!!!

Going to Maui, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am so excited and can’t wait till next July when we will be going! Stampin’ Up has an incentive trip each year that can be earned. If you have followed me for awhile you know that I have earned the past few years. Due to wanting to start a family, we missed those. We are super excited because this trip we are not going to miss!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Aloha!!!

Birthday Stamp Class, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Each year, I love having a Birthday Stamp Class either on my birthday or a day around it. I make all of the cards based off of my favorite things like bling, pink, flowers, and whatever I’m loving! What birthday party is complete without cake and presents??? Each stamper gets a cupcake and a gift from me! I just love celebrating my birthday with friends and family….and cupcakes!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a fun week with my birthday and finding out we are going Maui but I can’t wait for the long Holiday weekend too! A few things before we head into the weekend and September….
~Make sure you have used your Bonus Bucks Coupons before midnight tomorrow, Saturday! Click here to start shopping and using your coupons!
~September 4th – the Holiday Mini Catalog comes out! Woot Woot!!!
~The Free Stamp Set of the Month for August is Verdant Garden for orders of $75 or more!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!!! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday!!! This has been a crazy week of excitement!!! SURPRISE!!! I can’t share all the details but I have some exciting fun new to share with you all very soon so stay tuned!! Let’s get started on this week’s Friday Favorites!!!

SURPRISE, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Right now, I’m just going to say SURPRISE until I can share more details!!!! Patience, dedication, and knowing that each new day means new opportunities has really paid off! I’ll be sharing some of this good new next week I think so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Coke Zero……my savior! I love it and it is my pick-me-up every afternoon. I call it my Zingy. When Claire doesn’t nap, this Momma really needs some Zingy to power through the rest of the day. What is your pick-me-up? A little chocolate? Caffeine? Let me know in the comments below!

The July Paper Pumpkin worked amazing for me this week. I had all of the little cards created and waiting to be used. Since they aren’t full sized cards, I tend to not use them up very quickly. Well I had my annual well-women doctor visit this week and those came in handy. If you remember during my pregnancy, I took everyone cards and treats all the time. I love everyone in that office. Well of course I couldn’t go empty handed this week. I wrote inside the card – Have an amazing day! ~Laura. I gave them to everyone I saw. It was the perfect little pick me up to make them smile. Goal Accomplished! Thank you Paper Pumpkin for helping me out!

Audio Books are AMAZING! They make a car ride/drive go so quick. Love it. I have been listening to books for a couple years now. I always feel so accomplished too because I arrive at my destination and read a book! How amazing is that?!?!? Let me know if you like them or hate them. Also, give me your book recommendations!

Those are my 4 Friday Favorites this week with one Surprise that will be revealed soon! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’m super excited to be heading to a Stampin’ Up event this weekend with ~100 or so other demonstrators. Be sure to follow my Facebook for sneak peaks from this event!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday!!! This has been a crazy week…it went slow? or fast? I don’t even know! I have started playing with Holiday Mini Catalog goodies but yet I’m still holding on to summer as long as I can though especially with my new love Mochi Ice Cream!!! Since it is Friday, I’m sharing my top 5 Friday Favorites of the week! Be sure to let me know yours in the comments below!

Mochi Ice Cream, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m all over the place this week with my favorites!!!!

Isn’t that monster the cutest little thing you have ever seen??? Okay….besides the little flamingo booty in glitter shoes walking and crawling all over. OR the unicorn lunch bag?? So much cuteness this week, it’s almost unbearable! ๐Ÿ™‚

The second I saw the monster stamp set, I just had to have it. It is super cute. Actually it’s just this 1 monster that I find super cute. The others are more Halloween themed and if you have been following me long, you know I’m not a huge fan of Halloween! I just knew I had to make this little monster in purple and orange. Now I’m totally seeing blue and green too so that will be up next! The Holiday Mini Catalog is AMAZING! I can’t wait to share more of it in the weeks to come!

Resolve saved me this week as it cleaned 3 blue spots out of my carpet. I noticed 1 in my stamp room and had no clue what it was. It isn’t next to my chair and I surely would have noticed when I dropped an ink pad that it made a spot. I haven’t dropped blue recently. My mind was boggled! Then one day I was in the stamp room working and Claire was…..”playing”. AKA making a huge mess and getting into everything. I hear the noise of my return address self-ink stamp being pushed. Instantly I jump up and grab it from Claire and noticed a blue spot on the carpet. Ahhh Haha! That’s how it got there! So now I have 3 spots! Resolve to the rescue!

Have you tried Mochi Ice Cream??? It is weird and amazing all in one. I love it and still feel so confused at the texture and flavor each time I eat it. Let me know if you have had it and what you favorite flavor is!!!

My little cutey wants to walk, crawl, and do steps all day long. She could live outside if we would let her. Each evening we go to the park, walk around outside, or go for a stroller ride….I wish I was the one riding sometimes! ๐Ÿ™‚ We love her so much! At the end of the month, she is going to start a kids program that is 3.5 hours on Tuesday and Thursday. This will give me a chance to work uninterrupted and her the chance to play with other kids and with new toys and games. I’m so excited for her and this opportunity as she loves playing with kids. I’m a little worried how I will handle it though. Getting some routine into our schedule excites me A LOT! We got her a little unicorn backpack and lunch bag and they are the cutest!

Those are my top 5 Friday Favorites! Let me know yours in the comments! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura

PS: Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons from last month!!! Click here to shop! Also, the FREE Stamp Set of the Month is Verdant Garden!


Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! The first week of August and back from vacation….wowza!!! I’m still alive! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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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Don’t forget to redeem your $5 Bonus Days Coupons that you earned last month! Click here to shop!

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

~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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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


Friday Favorites!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! I’m going to start Friday Favorites for a little fun before the weekend! Each Friday, I’ll share the specials for the day/week/month as well as a few little fun tidbits about me or life. This way we can all have fun and you all can learn a little bit more about me. Not that I’m not an open book already! ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday Favorites, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In the month of July & August, sign up with Stampinโ€™ Up and pay just $99!!! You will get an additional $30 in product in your kit meaning you get to pick out $155 in goodies. This can be anything you want!!! Then the next month, you will get a $10 coupon to use on more product that you want!!! If you have any questions at all, reach out to me as I am always happy to chat and answer your questions! Want to get started with this fabulous deal, click here!!!

Throughout the entire month of July, all orders of $50 (increments of $50) will earn a $5 coupon to be used in August. So if your order is $50.25, you will earn $5. If you order is $120, you will earn $10. In August, these can be redeemed on anything you would like, there is no minimum purchase required but it is only offered on product and not shipping and tax.Donโ€™t forget that you will also be earning Lauraโ€™s Loyal Stampers Stickers too!!! Click here to start shopping and earning!

Laura’s Friday Favorites this Week: Popcorn! I go on random cravings for popcorn and it happened this week. After this week, it will probably be 6 months to a year before I have more. I’m crazy like that. Seaside Spray! I finally pulled out this new Stampin’ Up In Color to use on a card and I have fallen in love. This color is perfect for sky looks and so much more. I used it a lot with the Above the Clouds Bundle! My Baby is walking! How crazy is that?!?!?! I can’t believe how big she is getting and all of the things she is learning blows my mind. She grabbed a random diaper (clean/unused) and booked it into the kitchen. We had no clue where she was going but just sat back and watched. She took it in there and threw it into the garbage. Mind blown!

Those are my Friday Favorites for the week! Tell me what you are loving or excited about this week in the comments below!!!

Have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Girl’s Night Out Fun!!!

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Oh my goodness! Last Thursday was Girl’s Night Out (and morning out) and I am still on a high from it all. We had so much fun ohhing and ahhhing over the new catalog, sharing ideas, stamping, and of course enjoying treats! If you haven’t seen the New Catalog Products, check them out here!

Girl's Night Out Fun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I always have intentions to snap photos during the event of everyone but always forget. Once people start arriving, the real fun begins. Catching up on summer plans and picking out new favorite products is always the chatter! Stamping, enjoying Caramel Illini Bars, and picking out prizes is the activity!!! I had a full crowd for both the morning and evening and before I knew it everyone was gone and no pictures were taken. But sooooo much fun was had and that’s all that matters! If you want to check out the cards that we made, click here for one of them and stayed tuned till Monday for the other!

For all of you out there who aren’t local to attend the party, let me know in the comments what your favorite new products are and what you summer plans are!!!! I would love to hear from you!

The top picks at Girl’s Night Out were the Bird Ballad Suite and Magnolia Lane Suite.

This weekend I’m heading over to see my girls in Paris, IL and I can’t wait to party all over again!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend too! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Baby Is One!!!

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I can’t believe it!!! My Baby is One!!! Little Ziggy has been in our arms for 1 year! It’s crazy! Do you all remember when we called her Ziggy and thought we might forever call her that because it was stuck in our heads? Now it sounds weird to say Ziggy! We had a fabulous Birthday Party over the weekend with theme One In A Melon!

My Baby Is One, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These were actually created with an old Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set. You can check it out here! Paper Pumpkin is super fabulous for having random words and images for using on lots of different projects!

The card base is Real Red. I really went back and forth on whether to use a shade of pink or red. I went with red because I knew I could find that color in paper products, etc. for the party! Next, I stamped the Buffalo Check in Basic Black onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used the Stamparatus for this to get the perfect look and re-stamp it if I missed a spot with the ink. For the watermelon, I fussy cut them out after stamping them! Then I added 1 flat and 1 with Stampin’ Dimensionals! The greeting was stamped from another Paper Pumpkin Kit onto a Rectangle Stitched Shape with a little Call Me Clover bow in the corner!

One In A Melon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As I type this on Claire’s birthday eve and look through all these photos, my heart is full and my eyes a bit wet! I have been a bit emotional this weekend just reflecting back on a year ago. Having my water break, being in labor for 33 hours, and having a baby via c-section on Memorial Day! Seeing this beautiful baby girl in my arms and how much she has grown and learned in just 1 year! My mind is blown and my heart is full! I just love her so much and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and we will be back to New Catalog preparation tomorrow! For now, I’m off to celebrate because my baby is one!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura