Giant Textured Medallion Using Embossing Paste!!!

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Check out this giant textured medallion using Embossing Paste that I created!!! I think this would be super cool on a gift bag or something that could really show the entire thing!

Giant Textured Medallion Using Embossing Paste, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Lemon Lime Twist card base. Then I took a piece of Melon Mambo (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed it on some Grid Paper. Using the medallion from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, I placed it on top and smeared the Embossing Paste all over. There are 3 different styles of Palette Knives to use for smearing the paste on your project. I just pick the one available or my favorite one. I haven’t really found that one is better than another. Once you are done applying the paste, be sure to rinse the items so it doesn’t dry on your tools.

While the image is drying, I worked on the greeting. I used the Layering Circles Framelits in Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist. This color combination is so beautiful and makes me happy! Next, I stamped the greeting from the Just Add Text Stamp Set in Melon Mambo Ink. After layering the circles together, I added some loops of Copper Metallic Thread to the backside. Simply wrap it around your fingers, slide the loops off and twist in the center creating a figure 8. Place this on the back of the greeting and secure with Stampin’ Dimensionals. That twist is what really makes the loops fan out so nicely.

Life Is Better With Friends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now to assemble it all together. I added the Melon Mambo medallion piece to the card base. If you find your cardstock curled a lot, be sure to use a strong adhesive like Tear & Tape or Fast Fuse. Next, I added the greeting with the Stampin’ Dimensionals securing the loops! I love it!

If you would like to see more samples and a video using Embossing Paste, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Wooden Crate of Chocolate!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share and this one is a wooden crate of chocolate!!! YUM!

Wooden Crate of Chocolate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these adorable and super real looking with that Wood Textures Designer Series Paper???

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper comes in a 6″ x 6″ Stack and both sides of the paper are the same pattern. This is perfect so that the inside of  your box looks the same. I love that! I die cut out 2 of the box dies from the Wood Crate Framelits to create the box. This requires 2 sheets of  the Designer Paper but don’t worry we will be using the leftovers. 🙂 Using some of those leftover pieces, I die cut out the little tag for the treat bag.

Now for assembling the box, I scored on all of the lines and added Tear and Tape to the side and bottom tabs. I prefer Tear and Tape for this because you can apply it to the box in advance. Then reveal it as you need it without having sticky tabs in your way! Another tip for assembling the box is to press it flat to the tab rather that doing it in the air. This will make for a more square/even box and it won’t be off set.

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For the decorations, I stamped the star from the Wood Words Stamp Set in Night of Navy and Real Red. Using the Wood Crate Framelit, I die cut them out and placed them on either side with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. (Bundle & Save 10%) I wanted to make sure the sticky wasn’t peaking through the slats. Now for the chocolate, I placed it into a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied it up with some Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon. Next, I stamped the greeting onto the little tag and tied it around with Linen Thread. All of this rustic look is just precious!

Lindors in a Crate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As you can see, 2 of the Lindor Truffle Chocolates fit perfectly on the bottom of the box. These could be sitting on a table for guests to enjoy or wrapped with as a little treat!

Stay tuned to see how I use the leftover pieces to create a flat crate on a card. I’ll be posting that on Thursday!!!

If you would like to see this all in action, 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


Celebrating with Tons of Birthday Balloons!!!

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For your birthday, you should always be celebrating with tons of birthday balloons…..or at least this amazing card!!!

Celebrating with Tons of Birthday Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect for anyone who is young….or still young. 😉 This card is great for boys and girls in any color combination too!!!

I started with a Tangerine Tango card base. Next, I took a piece of Basic Black cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlit Die. I adhered that to a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Be sure to do this step before the balloons so you have enough space.

Then I started stamping the balloons all over the cardstock, falling off to really make it look full. I used the solid balloon image from the Balloon Celebrations Stamp Set, stamping off once for that lighter shade. Then I stamped full strength with the doted balloon from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. The colors I used were Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist. For the yellow balloons, I stamped them on scrap white and punched them out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I added those to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture. I added the balloon tails in Basic Black Ink. For the balloons overlapping, I punched out a balloon to use as a mask so I wasn’t stamping the tail on top of it.

Birthday Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you want to see more samples using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set and coordinating Happy Birthday Thinlit (Bundle & Save 10%), click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Rainbow Hot Air Balloon in the Clouds!!!

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I think this card is perfect for a child……or the child in all of us!!! The Rainbow Hot Air Balloon in the Clouds is so bright and colorful it will lift anyone’s spirits and make them smile!

Rainbow Hot Air Balloon in the Clouds, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next I took a piece of Pool Party cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added the clouds with Embossing Paste. This stuff is super fun and easy to use. Simply place the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks down and using the Palette Knives smear the paste over the top. I set this aside to dry while I created the hot air balloons. Don’t worry, it dries really quickly so be sure to clean off  the mask before moving on!

Hot Air Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the big balloon, I die cut out the pieces using the Up & Away Framelits. The colors used were Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, and Real Red. Next, I assembled the pieces together by pouncing some Multi-Purpose Glue on the back with a sponge and placing the pieces down. The small balloon was stamped in Emerald Envy using the Lift Me Up Stamp Set!

Now the clouds should be all dry and ready to assemble. I added the clouds to the card base and then added the balloons with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little more texture and 3D look! For the inside of the card, I added a little greeting from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set!

Cloud Nine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this all in action, 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


Technique Tuesday – How to Use Embossing Paste!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I have a fabulous technique to today that is so much fun! I’m going to show you how to use Embossing Paste for your cards!!! This stuff is magical, dries quick, and gives amazing texture!

Use Embossing Paste, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at that cool brick background?!?! I wish you could touch it as well because it feels super cool as well! Now let’s get started!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I took a piece of Berry Burst cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed it on a piece of Grid Paper. When using the masks, it gets a little messy so I wanted to keep my work space clean! Next, I placed the brick template from the Party Pattern Decorative Masks Pack over the top. I held all of mine but if I was making multiples I would probably add a bit of tape to the top and bottom to secure it in place. Then I got out the Embossing Paste and Palette Knives. Be sure to have all of your supplies ready to go before opening up the paste and getting started. This stuff dries fast so you don’t want to leave it open long or do part of it and need to go get something in the middle of it. It’s not an instant dry but it does dry quickly. As for the tools, I don’t think I have found a favorite just yet. They all work about the same so it’s personal preference.

Just scoop some paste and smear it over the mask like buttering toast. I think this is super fun. There are different patterns you can achieve by covering it all or just swiping diagonal across, or doing just the  edge/bottom. Once you are done, pull the mask off and allow it to dry while cleaning off the mask. A simple soap and water will clean the masks off!

Wonderful Things, www.LaurasStampPad.com

By the time I was back from cleaning off the mask, it was dry. If your’s isn’t, just work on the rest of the card while is dries. For the focal point, I stamped the daisy from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Crushed Curry Ink onto Crushed Curry cardstock. Next, I punched  it out with the Daisy Punch! I created two of these and adhered them together off set to look like a nice full flower. For the greeting, I die cut an oval with the Stitched Shapes Framelits! The greeting was stamped from the Just Add Text Stamp Set in Berry Burst Ink. I added both the greeting and flower to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I wanted to make sure the adhesive stuck well on top of the brick texture. Dimensionals have give so they fall into the grooves for a secure hold. I used regular Snail Adhesive to adhere the brick piece to the card front. If it seems to have curled a lot when it was drying, a stronger adhesive like Tear And Tape or Fast Fuse might be a great option!

If you would like to see this all in action, 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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All the Texture and Layers on a Card!!!

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Do you like to add texture and layers to your cards? I sure do! I feel like it makes the card come to life and have more POP!!! Check out this beauty!

Texture Layers Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is really simple to make as most of it is just layers of cardstock but it’s those layers and added texture that make it such a WOW! Embossing folders are so much fun for adding texture. They add so much to a card with a simple crank through the Big Shot.

For this card, I started  with a Fresh Fig card base. Next I added a layer of Emerald Envy (5″ x 3-3/4″) after running it through the Big Shot in the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder. Now for the focal point, I die cut the scallop square using the Layering Squares Framelits. Then I layered a piece of Crushed Curry (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″) and added these to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Texture on a Card, www.LaurasStampPad.comNext, I took a 2-1/4″ square and stamped on it with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. I love these little 2 step stamping flowers. It’s easiest to stamp the outline first in full strength and then stamp the solid image second after stamping off once. I used Fresh Fig Ink and Emerald Envy Ink. After stamping, I layered this onto the Crushed Curry square. I finished off the card with an adorable Bitty Bow in the corner.

Flowers on the Inside, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now you can’t forget about the inside of the card. Since the card base is so dark, I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to the inside. I couldn’t just leave it blank so I stamped a few flowers in the lower left corner! I love it!!!

You can check out more samples using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle by clicking here and here! I have been having so much fun with this bundle!!!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday-Golden Happy Birthday!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Happy 4th of July!!! Today I have a fabulous technique to share with you. This golden happy birthday with roses all over is just stunning! You know how I love bling with flowers and pink!!! Amazing!

Golden Happy Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning with that glimmer wording?? I love it! It was fairly simple to create as well!!

I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base. Next I layered on a piece of Berry Burst (4″ x 5-1/4″) with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since this card didn’t have a lot of dimension, I thought I would pop up a layer! Also, Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum look amazing together! Finally for the top layer, I used a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. The first step is to die cut the greeting in Gold Glimmer Paper with the Happy Birthday Framelit. I added the greeting to the card with a Sponge and Multi Purpose Liquid Glue but the Fine Tip Glue Pen works too!

Now for the beautiful roses, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%)! For the bigger rose, I used Sweet Sugarplum Ink and stamped off once for the solid image. I used full strength ink for the outline image. For the smaller rose, I used Berry Burst and the same technique! Be sure to fall off the cardstock and stamp all around so it looks like the pattern is continuous. I used Old Olive Ink for the leaves. The mini leaves, I stamped twice before going back to the ink to get that variation in color. Once I was done with the flowers, I added this to the card base!

Birthday Roses All Over, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So I thought I would share with you the first card I made which I stamped all over the background first. Then I placed the greeting on top and it just didn’t POP like I wanted. I tried again by adding the greeting first and stamping around the greeting and it worked out so much better! Just thought I would share my boo boo card as well so you could see it doesn’t always come out right the first time but we keep on trying! 🙂

If you would like to see this all in action, 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


Life Is A Beautiful Thing!!!

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Life Is A Beautiful Thing!!! It sure is and that is something we should remember every single day. This card is perfect to send to anyone. Just to let them know you are thinking of them. To brighten there day on a normal Thursday. For a special occasion that is totally worth celebrating!!!

Life is a beautiful thing, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The hardest part about this card is die cutting all those flowers but I used all 3 styles of flowers each time I cranked it through the Big Shot so it went fairly quickly!! With that amazing background, you could use any color combination for the flowers!!!

I started with a Dapper Denim card base. Next I layered on a piece of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″! I picked this color for a more neutral color so the flowers would pop but now I totally think it looks like water! Then I die cut out a circle with the Layering Circles Framelits and stamped the greeting from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. I made sure to stamp the greeting to the right side of the circle so I could layer the flowers on the left side. For all of the little flowers, I used Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, and Powder Pink. I die cut them with the Seasonal Layers Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%)! I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere all of the flowers, making sure to overlap top of them. Next, I tied a bow with the Mini Chevron Crushed Curry Ribbon and stuck it in the mix with some Mini Glue Dots as well. To finish off the card, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots! I just love how these things shine!

The Colorful Seasons Bundle is so much fun and I have made a lot of cards with it. You can check them out here, here, and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Extending the Life on Big Shot Cutting Pads!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Today, I’m sharing a tip on extending the life on Big Shot Cutting Pads! If you are like me, you go through these things like crazy. My husband makes fun of me because I tend to use them way past their prime. He thinks I could eat cereal out of them because they are so curved! So I have tried out a few ways to extend the life!!!

Extending the Life on Big Shot Cutting Pads, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have tried this a few different times and ways and the way I’m sharing today seems to get the best results most often! To me they are no longer usable anyway so it’s worth a shot to try this. If it works that’s great and if it doesn’t I’m not really out anything since it was bad already.

Extending the Life on Big Shot Cutting Pads!

  1. Place aluminum foil in a glass Pyrex Baking Dish with one Cutting Pad placed inside curved up. This helps because as it heats up it will flatten to the original form rather than into a lump.
  2. Put it into a cold oven and turn the oven on to 350 degree.
  3. Set the time for 10 minutes and it should be done. There were a few that needed a minute longer or so. When you take it out, it’s all flattened out and no more creases from all the die cutting. Allow it to cool before touching or moving it.

Sometimes they come out crazy and aren’t usable afterwords but I did a total of 6 pads this weekend and all but 2 came out perfect! One of them didn’t come out correctly because I put it into a warm oven after doing the first one. This made it melt too fast and it looked like this.

Failed at melting, www.LaurasStampPad.comAnother option that I tried was to place foil on top of it with another pan to press it down but that wasn’t necessary. It came out with impressions of the crinkled foil.

A few disclaimers to this technique – it won’t always come out perfect! Please be very careful with using the oven and dealing with hot materials. This is just an option for extending the life of your cutting pads and not necessary. You can always just buy new ones by clicking here.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Cheerful Cherry Blossoms on a Tree!!!

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This cheerful cherry blossoms on a tree card is just stunning. You all know I love flowers and the new In Color Berry Burst! Add some bling with this Glitter Enamel Shapes and I’m in heaven!!! 🙂

Cheerful Cherry Blossoms Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started this card with a Berry Burst card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper. I’m loving the designs of this paper stack so very much! Then I stamped the dots from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set just for some added color.

For the cherry blossom branch, I stamped and die cut it all using the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Framelits (Bundle  & Save 10%)! The branch was done in Soft Suede and the flowers use Pink Pirouette and Berry Burst. There are a lot of different styles of flowers in this bundle. I adhered them all together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the bigger flowers. I just loving having texture and dimension on my cards!

For the greeting, I used a scrap piece of Whisper White 1/2″ x 4″ and stamped it from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. This is a great way to use up scraps. Go with whatever size you have available. It could be wider or shorter, as long as it fits the greeting. I snipped some banner tips into the ends by cutting a straight line in the middle and then cutting diagonally from the corner to that straight line. Next, I took a Delicate White Doily and cut 1/3 of it and adhered it to the back of the greeting. When I can get 3 cards from 1 doily, I’m super excited!!! 🙂 Finally, I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots randomly around the card. That extra texture and little bit of bling is perfect!!!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! It’s great to know what all of the pieces of each flower are for! 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