Happy Mother’s Day & A Ziggy Update!!!

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I would like to wish a BIG Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women out there. I feel like this is a holiday that all women should celebrate because we are all mothers. Whether it is to a pet, a child we gave birth to, married into, adopted, took under our wing, long and hope for, we are all motherly. Therefore we should all celebrate and know that we make a difference.

Happy Mother's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It is crazy to think that last year I wrote this Mother’s Day post and revealed that I had just lost our sweet little angel and here I am a year later 39 week pregnant. I am very emotional this year…..probably more than last year because of it all. I will never forget our first little angel and I’m so excited to hold this one very soon……hopefully very very soon. This momma is super uncomfortable and ready to go……come on Ziggy! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and know that I wish you all the best in whatever situation you might be in. Stay strong through the tough times, cherish the sweet moments, make memories to last a lifetime, and know you are not alone in anything you do! Hugs to all of you!

Here is a little Ziggy update and photo!!! It is CRAZY how last week the trees were still sticks and this week its all green! I’m feeling absolutely giant. Going to bed at night is no longer the best thing ever because I just can’t seem to get comfortable. Everything else is going great though. I’m still working out and feeling good! Ziggy is growing strong and kicking harder than ever.

38 Weeks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Have an amazing weekend! Happy Mother’s Day! I’ll see you back here on Monday!

~Laura


Guess Ziggy’s Arrival Date!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! Let’s have a little fun today and guess Ziggy’s arrival date!!!! Today, I’m 37 weeks today and here is last week’s bump photo!

Guess Ziggy's Arrival Date, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to play along and place a guess on her arrival date, click here to share you guess! I can’t wait to see what you all think. There will be a winner too!!! The person who guesses the correct date (or closest) will win a fabulous Stampin’ prize! There will also be a prize for closest or correct weight! 🙂

All is still going well with my pregnancy and Ziggy is growing healthy and strong. I greatly appreciate all of your love and support and comments over the weeks. It really warms my heart! We are really excited and can’t wait to hold her in our arms. I’m such a planner so it is killing me that I don’t know when she will arrive! Here’s hoping it is safely and quickly!

Last Chance Items, www.LaurasStampPad.com

A few reminders before we head into the weekend:

The Last Chance items are out for the Annual Catalog & Occasions Mini Catalog. These items are while supplies last so don’t wait too long. Some items are already gone! Click here to start shopping or view the items!

All orders of $40 or more will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and all orders of $75 or more will earn my Free Stamp Set of Month which is the Watercolor Wash Stamp Set. Stay tuned for the reveal of the May Free Stamp Set coming next week!

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

~Laura


My 14th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up!!!

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Today is my 14th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up and I just can’t believe it!!! That is a long time and I have loved every minute of it. In fact, I almost feel like it just keeps getting better and better! The more people I meet, the more lives I touch, and the more fun I have makes it so much fun and fulfilling! In honor of my 14th Anniversary, I’m sharing my 14 Favorite Stampin’ Up Products right now!

My 14th Anniversary with Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These are my 14 Favorites right now! Of course you can check out my past anniversary favorites here and here! I try not to pick the same items each year but there is some similarity because I love brights and flowers! 🙂

Beautiful Day Stamp Set – I am loving the big bold butterfly and flower for coloring and the full focal point on your card. These images are large and make the perfect focal point and all you need! Here and here are some samples using this!

Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set – I send lots of birthday cards and this set is super fun! I love how you can build candles and so much more. Also, that bow is super fun. Candles are great for all ages too! Love it!!! Here and here are some samples using it!

Berry Burst – This is my favorite color right now. I just love the deep pink and all the colors that coordinate so well with it!

Crinkle Seam Binding – This is a ribbon that I am so surprised I love because I hated normal seam binding in the past. I love the hint of shine and that texture of the crinkle. Also, this seam binding doesn’t fray as much as the old seam binding did. Here and here are some samples of me using this!

Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon – I just love bling and this white ribbon is perfect for any project. Add color with Stampin’ Blends or re-inker and you have any color! AMAZING!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper – I love black and white designer paper and flowers! You can color this paper with Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Blends, or leave black and white! This paper is fabulous! Here and here are some samples using it!

Myths & Magical Designer Series Paper – I have super fallen in love with this paper because its super fabulous! Use it as a background or fussy cut out the little mermaids or unicorns for a focal point. Also, one side of each sheet has a glitter bit on it! Here and here are some samples using this paper!

Stampin’ Blends – I’m not a huge fan of coloring and I don’t really consider myself an artist but these markers make it fun and easy! I love the beautiful color, no streaks, and blending ability! Have no fear as they will be back in stock soon! 🙂 Here and here are some samples using Stampin’ Blends!

Layering Ovals, Layering Circles, & Stitched Shapes (3) – I find that I use one or multiples of these for almost each project. Layering a Stitched Circle with a Scallop Circle is just amazing! I can’t put these down. Scroll through my blog and you will see I use this ALL THE TIME!!!

Everyday Label Punch – While I love framelits, I still find punches so handy because punch punch punch and you are golden. It is so much faster than a crank through the Big Shot. This one is perfect for greetings and punch a second one, cut it in half, and layer with it. LOVE IT! Check that out here!

Perennial Birthday Card Kit – This kit is so fabulous because the box is adorable. It comes with 16 all occasion cards inside and the amazing birthday calendar dividers. This kit is perfect to give as a gift too! Click here to see it all!

Stamparatus – This thing is a miracle tool for multi-step stamping. It makes it such a breeze. I have also been using this for when I stamp on a plastic table at different events. Plastic tables have give in them and so sometimes you don’t get a nice solid image because of this. Using the Stamparatus is perfect because it’s so hard and solid. Perfect! Also, have you ever stamped in black but the image didn’t come out perfect and solid? Using the Stamparatus makes it easy to stamp it, ink it again and stamp it for a more solid smooth look! If you didn’t get this in a pre-order, don’t worry. It is coming June 1st!!!!

Those are my 14 favorites right now! Are any of them your favorites as well?? Let me know in the comments below if we share some favorites or what some of yours are. I would love to hear from you! Check out all of this in my Video by clicking here or the video below! There is also a Bump Shot in the video of little Ziggy! Enjoy! 🙂 Be sure to give the video a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future videos and Ziggy when she arrives!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Baby Ziggy Update!!!

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Our little Ziggy….no longer a zygote….is growing healthy and strong! Today, I thought I would do a little Baby Ziggy update as I have had some questions and we are getting closer and closer to arrival date!!!! 🙂

Baby Ziggy Update, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are some of the pictures from the past few months. Today, I am 35 weeks and feeling big. I really don’t know how my belly can grow any further out or I might fall over. All is going well with her and I. I’m feeling great and enjoying my naps between stamp events, class prep, and all.

Also, I wanted to let you all know how much you all mean to me. I can not believe the outpouring of thoughts, kind words, helpful gestures, baby gifts, sweets, love and hugs I (we) have received throughout this pregnancy. It has truly meant the world to me. Your comments on my blog posts, social media, and YouTube Videos from people near and far. Seeing you in person and getting hugs, asking if I need help, and throwing showers for Ziggy and I has all been so incredibly amazing. When I left my full time job in an office over 5 years ago, I thought I could never work from home because I would miss the interaction with others. I think I interact with even more people now than I did back then and you are all so much more amazing! I really appreciate all of you so very much!

34 Weeks Pregnant, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Before I start getting all emotional while writing this, I’ll share another fun bump photo from last week! 🙂

If you are local, I have a few more classes left on the calendar before her arrival. If you aren’t local, hopefully not much will change for you. I am still planning on blogging and doing my YouTube Videos! Be sure to keep coming back so you know when she has arrived and her official name! 🙂

Also, there is so much going on right now with the Retired Lists out and NEW Catalog coming on June 1st! Eeeee Super exciting stuff! Click here to shop the Retiring Items! 

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

~Laura


Final #40DayChallenge

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Happy Friday!!! I can’t believe its the final #40DayChallenge although I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep it up a bit. I have really enjoyed sending out cards randomly to brighten people’s day! It just warms my heart!

Mr Rogers Stamps, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I had to make a run to the Post Office this week for more stamps and picked up these cute Mr Roger’s Stamps. Picking out stamps is fun for me and I always like to get pretty ones or cute ones. There has been lots of love stamps lately so I’m ready for something new and fresh! I sent out a huge stack of Thank You notes to all my customers who ordered from me in March as well as some more baby Thank You Notes. There were a few birthdays and thinking of you mixed in there as well. I shipped out 2 packages of fun mail with cards in them too! Of course I was reusing a Stampin’ Up box that came to me with goodies in it. 🙂

Final #40DayChallenge, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This last photo is the current stack of cards that I’m taking with me when I go out later today. It’s been raining FOREVER it seems here in Illinois this week so I have only gotten out a few times. Running errands or activities in the rain is the worst for me. This last stack of cards includes some Thank You, Birthday, Thinking of You and an Easter Card to Brad’s Grandma with some bump photos in there! 🙂 While the challenge is coming to an end, I will still be sending out tons of cards because we all need more happy in the world! Also, I’m not going to stop stamping cards so I might as well share with others too! 🙂

I recently participated in a challenge for crafty/stamping limericks. This isn’t really my thing but my husband is super creative and came up with these so I thought I would share! Enjoy!!!

There once was a lady quite crafty
Her stamp room was often quite drafty
She took all her scraps
Filled in all the gaps
And now she’s no longer unhappy

There once was a girl with a Big Shot
Her husband forever did boycott
She tried to convince him
The outlook was quite grim
So now she cranks dies like a hot shot

There once was a girl who used rhinestones
Stuck on everything like a cyclone
Where you least expect
Where ever you check
They’re even affixed to your foot bone

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends TOMORROW, Saturday, March 31st! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing promotion. Every $50 order earns you a FREE ITEM. Click here to see all of the items you can pick from! Also, I’m offering DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers on all orders placed today and tomorrow! Woot Woot! Double Bonus!!!

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

~Laura

 


Cards For All Occasions!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone! Spring is here and we have had some sunshine this week so I am PUMPED! Too bad the weekend forecast is all rain. Boo! Anyway lets talk about cards for all occasions to be sent out for #40DayChallenge!

Cards for All Occasions, www.LaurasStampPad.com

An update on my #40DayChallenge: This week was a bit of a struggle as I had a busy week and Baby Ziggy made me super exhausted. I did get out Baby Shower Thank You Notes, Birthday Cards, and a few cards for Just Because. It has really been fun and moving for me to do this!!! I got another message from a card recipient this week say, “Got you cards today!! So sweet – I loved it and totally needed it today after feeling blah all day.” The power of a hand-stamped card is strong for sure!

Happy Mail, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another set of cards waiting to go in the mail today! I worked on these last night while watching March Madness Basketball! Is your bracket busted like mine or are you still good? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Different Colored Hammocks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I also wanted to share these fun variations of the Hammock Card I created. You can see the full post on this card here! Do you like to create a card with slight variations like this or do them all the exact same?? My favorite is the Bermuda Bay hammock on the far right. Which one is yours?

Only 1 week left of Sale-A-Bration. Be sure to stock up now on all your favorites! Love Paper Pumpkin, get the pre-paid subscription and enjoy Sale-A-Bration freebies! Check out all of the goodies you can pick as your free item here!

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

~Laura


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’

~Laura

 


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’

~Laura


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’

~Laura


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’

~Laura

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