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….

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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’

~Laura

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Happy 2018!!! Let’s Make It a Good One!!!

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Happy Monday! Happy 2018!!! Let’s Make It a Good One!

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It always seems like a new year is a new start! While that is true, do know that you can start anything at any time. There is never a perfect time to start something so why not now or in 3 months or in 2 weeks. I would like to share a few of the things I hope to start, continue, enjoy, and do in 2018!!!

~Sending out cards is always special to me. I love making them and using them! Still to this day, it surprises me at how much a simple note in the mail (happy mail) can mean so much to someone! I plan to continue sending out Birthday Cards and Anniversary Cards to friends and family. Also, I hope to send out more “thinking of you” or “you got this.” Another thing to consider, while a sympathy card is great. Don’t forget to check in on the person a few months later too!!

~I love what I do!! While it doesn’t always feel like work because I enjoy it, sometimes I feel like I am always working! I’m hoping to set more time to focus on just work so that I’m not spending as many evenings and weekends working on things to get caught up. We shall see how this one pans out with our little one coming in May! I might just be working evenings and weekends or when I get a chance. 🙂

~I love taking pictures, making memories, and spending time with family! This is always something I hope to continue each year!!!  Taking time for vacations, trips to the zoo, and relaxing on the front porch at my parents house need to be scheduled in now!!!

~Last but not least, I hope to continue having a safe and healthy pregnancy the next few months! I hope to have a good delivery and a healthy baby! Can’t wait to hold our little bundle of joy!

What are some of your hopes, dreams, goals, or wishes for 2018?? Let me know in the comments below so I can cheer you on! Reach for the stars!

Happy 2018! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Merry Christmas From All of Us!!!

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Happy Monday and Merry Christmas From All of Us – Brad, Me and lil Ziggy!!!!

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I just wanted to send out a little message to all of you whether you celebrate Christmas or not! I hope you have an amazing day today filled with love and laughter! If you are traveling today or in the next few days, please be careful and have safe travels. May you have a good times with friends and family making memories that will last a lifetime!

We spent the weekend with Brad’s family and are spending today with mine! The reveal of Lil Ziggy’s gender is making this year even more magical! Stay tuned as I will reveal to all of you later this week! If you have any guesses, just leave them in the comments below! I have a little jar with everyone’s guess in it on either a pink or blue label. I can put your guess in there too! 🙂 Of course a little fun that will go in Ziggy’s scrapbook!!

Don’t forget that if you got some Christmas Cash this year there are lots of fabulous deals right now with the Holiday Mini Catalog ending on  January 2nd. Many of the items retiring are on sale as well! Click here to start shopping! All orders in increments  of $40 will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers which don’t expire at the end of the year! Also, orders of $75 or more, will earn the Free Stamp Set of the Month from Me which is the Little One Stamp Set! The Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion begin on January 3rd!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura And Brad and Ziggy!


My Cards Are in The Mail!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you had a fabulous week! Mine has been super busy with Holiday prep as well as all the regular stuff! Our tree and decorations are up and my cards are in the mail!!! I’m feeling accomplished!

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I sent out 193 Christmas Cards this year to Friends, Family, and all of those that ordered from me this year!!! I love spreading holiday cheer with happy mail in the mail box! It felt great to have all of these all out and in the mail! I hope they arrive well. If you would like a card from me, send me your address and I’ll get one in the mail to you!!! Click here to send your address. I wish you all the most amazing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or December. However you wish to celebrate, I wish you all the best! I can’t believe that 2017 is coming to an end soon but I am so excited for a fabulous 2018!

Don’t forget that I have Gift Certificates available if you need a gift at the last minute. Just let me know what you need and I can send a Paypal invoice and mail the certificate to you! Let your family and friends know too! Just pass my information along to them! You can also fill out the MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass that out to family and friends.

Every order this month of $75.00 or more (before shipping) will earn My Free Stamp Set of the Month which is Little One!!! It won’t come with your order but instead it will be sent separately.

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

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Brad’s Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Yesterday was Brad’s Birthday and so today I’m sharing his Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

Brad's Nintendo Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think it turned out really cute and Brad loved it. It’s not exactly like a controller due to some things I couldn’t really recreate but it’s pretty close. I had to write the A & B and Nintendo on the gray because it wouldn’t show up on the black. Also, I wasn’t able to put the gray area down the center because spacing was difficult. Trying to scale things correctly is probably my hardest part of making these cards! You can check out some of my past creations here, here, and here!

I started with a piece of Whisper White for my card base and made it s 5″ x 7″ card! I knew I needed a larger card for this concept or those little pieces would be even smaller. 🙂 Next, I took a piece of Real Red (4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″) and layered it on top! For the controllers, I used Smoky Slate as the base and Black Baker’s Twine as the cord! For all of the decorations, I hand cut them out except the red circles and hearts which were punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I really wish I could have punched more out but the pieces were so oddly shaped. Thank goodness for my Stampin’ Trimmer to get those small pieces though! The greeting was stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Brad's Birthday 2017, www.LaurasStampPad.com

He loved it and that’s all that matters!!! I don’t always make custom cards but when I do it is fun and makes it even more special! Do you like to make custom cards for family and friends?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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We Have Big News!!!

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I’m so excited to share that we have big news!!!! 🙂 Check out the Video below!!!

That’s right!!! We have another little stamper coming May 2018!!!! My husband and I are very excited to share this news with all of you and what better way to do that than with a card!!! I made these cards as the announcement for all of our Aunts and Uncles and family. Of course, we told our immediate family in person. We were able to see everyone over the Thanksgiving Holiday so that’s when we shared our news. It was so fun and exciting!

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A little bit about me and baby Ziggy! That is the name that Brad gave the baby as soon as we found out and it has really stuck! We are both doing amazing! Thank goodness for working from home and being your own boss because that means daily naps! 🙂 I haven’t been a fan of the foods I was eating all the time. So now it’s time to mix it up and try new things or eat those things, I don’t normally have but love! We have see our little one on a sonogram and heard the heartbeat twice now! It’s the most precious thing ever! At our last appointment, little Ziggy had hiccups or was kicking because we could hear the heartbeat and then a thud. I’m still not feeling any movement yet but can’t wait to do so! We will find out the gender at Christmas time!

What does this mean about stamping and my blog?? At this time there we be no change! I am hoping to continue to blog 5 days a week as I have been. I plan to schedule posts in May! I will say there may be a day or so that a post might not happen and I apologize in advance but will do my best to make it seamless! The same goes with the 2 weekly videos on my YouTube Channel! I will probably take a little time off on local classes and events but plan on getting back into it when I’m ready! I’m so excited to share this all with you and hope you are as well!

Thank you for all of your love and support with me and my Stampin’ Up! business! I look forward to continuing to help you with your stamping needs and providing inspiration and creativity!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Stamping With Those I Love!!!

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I love to stamp and I really love stamping with those I love too! Every year, I get together with my Mom to create her Christmas cards! I love stamping and chatting and creating together!!!

Stamping with Those I love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On Sunday afternoon, I took all the supplies to my parents house to make 75 Christmas Cards!!! My Mom picked 2 different samples – this one and a variation of this one! Of course, I had my husband join in the fun! Together, we had a wonderful afternoon of stamping, working together, chatting, and of course laughing!! We had a nice assembly line going on and quickly finished the stamped Bethlehem card. Then we got started on the deer in a sweater card but didn’t have enough time to finish. I also didn’t have enough ribbon for all of them!

Family Christmas Card Creation, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since, we needed to finish up the cards, I brought the goodies back on Thanksgiving! I got to stamp with my Sister and Nieces. I was tying the ribbons. The little girls were taking all the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals off and my sister was adding it to the card front and trimming the ribbon. Working like a team really make it go quickly. I just love sharing my love of stamping with those that I love!

Do you love stamping with friends and family or do you prefer to stamp alone? Let me know in the comments below! Most days I’m stamping alone and enjoy listening to music or having a movie going on in the background. I enjoy those days for sure but I really love stamping with others. That is probably because I love talking so much!!! 🙂

Tomorrow is the last day to earn the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set for FREE with a $75.00 order! In December, I’ll have a new stamp set picked out….stay tuned! If you have a favorite you would like it to be, let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Friday Fun!!!

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Happy Friday!!! We all have gotten through our first week of falling back for Daylight Savings. The worst part for me is how early it gets dark. How many more days till Spring Forward?!?! Today, I have some Friday Fun for all you!

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As I was grocery shopping this week, I realized there are a few items in my Stamp Room that make seem a little odd. Here are a few of mine: Baby Wipes, Rubbing Alcohol, and Post It Notes (or Post It Note Tape).

I use all of these items almost daily in my stamp room. The Baby Wipes I use for excess ink on a clear block and cleaning up messes. 🙂 There are also a few techniques that use them too like this one and this one! The Rubbing Alcohol is used for cleaning scissors and clear blocks. It gets the sticky and ink off so easily! Cleaning with 70+ proof makes it super easy but using less than 70 proof is fun for using on projects like spritzing. Check out a sample here!  Now for the Post It Note Tape, I use that to hold my framelits in place so they don’t move as I crank it through the Big Shot. What are some items you have in your craft room that you pick up at the grocery/big box store?? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Don’t forget that the November Free Stamp Set for orders of $75.00 or more is Basket of Wishes!!! Any order of $75 or more placed within the month of November will receive this stamp set from me. It won’t come with your order but arrive separately. Click here to start shopping!

Make sure Santa brings you exactly what you want!!! Fill out MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass it around to friends and family!! There is also a bonus in there for you as well. Earn $5 for every order of goodies placed by a family or friend of yours. Woot Woot!!! If your wish list is SUPER long or time is a big factor, I also offer Gift Certificates for you to spend with me on anything you wish. Just let your friends and family know they can contact me!!!

I’m off to Paris (Illinois) to stamp with a fabulous group this evening. Then, I have my Holiday Card Class at the local Library here on Saturday. It’s a weekend full of stamping and fun! I am sooo excited. Thankful for all of you who make my life so fun and fabulous!!! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you back here on Monday!

~Laura


My Paper Scrap Storage Tips!!!

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Today, I’m sharing with you my Paper Scrap Storage Tips! A few of you have asked me about this and how to use up scraps so I hope you will find this useful or inspirational to store and use up your scraps! I do have to say this has changed for me over the years many times before I got to this point. I have found this to be the best….although isn’t that how we always feel till the next idea comes along! 🙂

Paper Scraps Storage Tips, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so this is my cardstock paper storage. I got these from Stampin’ Storage and I love them! They are super sturdy and each color is in an individual spot. Click here to check them out and get 10% off! In the past, I had all the colors from one family lumped together and it was much harder to see and I would run out of a color and not know it because the stack still looked big. This way I can see it all so much easier!

Cardstock Scraps, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Then in each slot above the full sheets of cardstock, I have a cellophane bag with all of the scraps for that color. I love having it right there with the full sheets because it makes me use that up first. Also, it’s super easy to grab that and just pull the whole bag out to see what options I have! Before I had the scraps in bags but off to the side in a box and there were many times I didn’t even look there first. Having it front and center really helps!

Specialty Paper Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up is my specialty paper storage. These are just 12″ x 12″ plastic drawers. I love having each category in it’s own drawer because it’s so much easier to find. I also don’t have to rifle through all of it to find a piece so there is less beat up corner or glitter everywhere. Also, if you can’t tell……I love my label maker! 🙂

Glimmer & Foil Scraps, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Again, I have a baggie of scraps at the top of each drawer with the little pieces from each category. I think it works fabulous for the foil and glimmer papers. As for the designer paper…….I’m just not the best at using up scraps, not going to lie. I do have lots of great ideas for scraps like this card style!!!

If you have any storage or organization tips, let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear them!!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video 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


Alaska Here We Come!!!!

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I still can’t believe it but….Alaska here we come!!!! I earned my 2nd Grand Vacation in my Stampin’ Up! Career this week! We will be taking an Alaskan Cruise next summer and it’s so exciting!!!

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I want to take a moment to give a bit shout of to all of you! Thank you for following me on this blog or my other social media (YouTube, FaceBook). I really appreciate your comments, likes, and shares. Thank you to all of my customers! You are amazing and I’m happy to help you get the products you love! I enjoy helping all of you get the supplies you need to create that amazing project whether it is holiday cards, all occasion cards, gift packaging, or a gift for someone! You are all so amazing and I couldn’t have done this without all of you!!! Thank you!!

Flowers for Me, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at these beautiful flowers I got from my upline, Meg who is super fabulous! I can’t thank her enough for asking me to join Stampin’ Up! I love what I do and I get to do it every day!!! If you are waiting for someone to ask you, here it is! I’m asking you to join me and my Stampin’ Up! team. Let’s have fun and enjoy what we do together!!! Click here for more information!

Pick a Pumpkin Free Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you earned the Pick a Pumpkin Stamp Set this month, it is on it’s way to you!!! There is still a chance to earn this stamp set for FREE by placing a $75 order (before tax and shipping). Click here to start shopping! You have till the end of the day tomorrow!

Stay tuned to hear about all the amazing Specials for October on Monday! I will also be revealing the October Free Stamp Set that you can earn!

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

~Laura