Copper Leaves!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! This has been one heck of a busy week and it’s only Wednesday! Seeing all the back to school photos is making my head spin….how is it that time of year already?!?!

Copper Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really struggled with this card and all of the different options. Did I like the Copper Foil with the rustic Copper Trim? Did I want to color in the leaves or leave them alone? Was the greeting piece to plain or too much?

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Cajun Craze measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the leaves from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Ink. Using the NEW Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, I colored in a few leaves with the Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler Pencils.

Texture & Shine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I die cut out a label with the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits. (Save back the outline/negative to use for another project like this one.) On the back of the label, I placed some pieces of the Copper Trim on the edge and secured them in place with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added this piece to the card front.

For the center greeting, I took a scrap strip of Very Vanilla and slide in the back of the Pretty Label Punch to get those rounded edges. Next, I stamped the greeting from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Ink. Now that I know how long my greeting piece needs to be, I slide the other end into the punch and rounded those corners as well. This is just another fun way to use your punches on different sized greetings. I die cut out the Copper Foil leaves with the Stitched Seasons Framelits and added those around the center greeting!

Don’t forget that the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits are only available this month (August) and while supplies last so don’t wait long. You can check out more samples using it here and here! Click the photos below to shop for the items used in this card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Trees & Leaves for Any Occasion!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Today, I wanted to share with you this simple card that can be used for so many different occasions with just a switch of the greeting!!! These trees & leaves for any occasion make the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set so versatile.

Trees & Leaves for Any Occasion, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card was not my original idea. I got this from the talented, Cindy Murphy and just fell in love and had to recreate it. Thank you so much for the amazing idea!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Tranquil Tide measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the leaves from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set. The large leaf was stamped in Mint Macaron and the 3 leaf set was stamped in Tranquil Tide. The other leaf was stamped in Soft Suede and I did it a few times to get various shades of that leaf and not have all of them so dark. After adding this to the card front, I ran a little strip of Snail Adhesive down the center and stuck the Burlap Ribbon over top. Don’t worry if it’s not super stuck on there because the focal point will also hold it on.

Textured Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the focal point, I die cut out a Soft Suede circle using the Layering Circles Framelits and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I made sure they went over the ribbon to hold it in place as well. Next, I stamped the tree stump from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set in Crumb Cake ink onto scrap white and fussy cut it out. It was really easy to cut out since it’s fairly round but not perfectly so no worries if you are a bit off. I stamped the greeting in Tranquil Tide Ink.

Before adding this piece to the card front, I die cut and embossed the leaves using the coordinating Nature’s Root Framelits. These are super cool because you can get so much out of this set. First, I die cut the leaves with the outline image in Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake. Then I laid the coordinating embossing piece over the leaf and ran it back through the Big Shot to emboss it. To make sure it doesn’t move on you, simply place a Post It Note over the top or a piece of Washi Tape. Simple and fabulous for adding texture to your project. I added those to the lower left of the circle and then placed the greeting on top!

What would you use this card for – birthday, thinking of you, thank you??? It does make a fabulous man card which I really struggle with so I might make up some more for birthday cards!! Let me know what you think in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Tufted Embossing Folder Tip!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today, I have a super cool Tufted Embossing Folder Tip! When I realized this cool little tip, I was super excited….maybe too excited! It’s the little things in life! 🙂

Tufted Embossing Folder Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When I was using the Tufted Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create a card, I noticed this line! At the bottom of the folder, there is a line straight across. If you line up your cardstock with that line, your embossed image will be straight on your cardstock. How cool is that?!?!?! MIND BLOWN! This little line made it really easy and quick to pop in the cardstock and go.

Simply place the cardstock into the folder. Line up the edge of it with that line and squeeze the folder on the other end. This will hold the cardstock in place as you pull your fingers out. Place it in the Big Shot and crank crank crank! Since this is one of the Textured Impressions Folder, the layers are as follows:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

I hope you found this super helpful!! Let me know if you get excited by the little things like this! Also, let me know if you have found little tricks to your favorite stamping tools. I would love to hear them!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Technique Tuesday – Layering Embossing Folders!!!

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous Technique to share with you! Today, I’m sharing the basics of embossing folders and the difference between regular and dynamic ones! It came be frustrating figuring out the layers for each so you don’t break your Big Shot or drive yourself crazy! Been there before which is why I thought I would do this post! 🙂

Layering Embossing Folders, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Both folders in the photo above look very similar and create a stunning embossed image. You might notice that when you order a folder, some are super thick and different from ones you have received in the past. These are the folders with a SUPER long name – Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (right side)! The Garden Trellis Embossing Folder is on the left side! The regular folders are much skinnier whereas the dynamic folders are thick. This makes a big difference when running them through the Big Shot. It can be frustrating trying to figure out the perfect layering. Sometimes you run it through and it isn’t thick enough to emboss and then you try another layer and it’s so tight you just might pull a muscle or break your Big Shot. I’m here to solve that frustration!!!

Layering for the Regular Embossing Folders:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

In the video tutorial below, you will see that I also mention the Precision Base Plate. The majority of the time, I have the Precision Base Plate out for framelits and all so you can replace one of the standard cutting pads with the Precision Base Plate. This would mean Multi-Purpose Platform as described above, Precision Base Plate, Embossing Folder, and then Standard Cutting Pad. Again, I just do this when it’s already out and layered up rather than putting that aside and pulling out more items to layer. 🙂

Layering for the Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

Multi-Purpose Platform – if it is the older style with the hinges, open up Tab #2. If it is the newer style, leave off the Adapter layer.

Embossing Folder with cardstock inside

One Standard Cutting Pad (clear plate)

Due to the thickness of the folder, this layering only requires one Standard Cutting Pad. Another TIP for these folders is to spritz the paper ever so lightly with some water. This will moisten the fibers of the cardstock and allow for them to press into the folder without leaving creases in the cardstock. Many times I just grab my Stampin’ Mist because it’s right there and it works just as well! 🙂 You can always add some water to a Stampin’ Spritzer too!

Debossed Images, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In the photo at the top of the post, the images are Embossed and I lightly went over them with a Sponge Dauber to add color so you could see the image better. In this photo here, I flipped over the image to reveal the Debossed image and added some color. Both images are stunning so keep that mind when creating your next project. There are lots of ways to use embossing folders!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Technique Tuesday – Memorial Day & Summer!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means….I have a fabulous technique to share. Awhile back I showed off my Welcome Frame (check that out here) and today I’m sharing some Memorial Day & Summer decor.

Memorial Day & Summer, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love this flag decoration because it’s perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July! Woot Woot! Let’s get started on how I created those amazing stars and stripes.

I started by die cutting Silver Foil with the Layering Circles Framelits. The bling and added texture of the scallop really made the flag pop, I thought! Next, I took the Swirly Scribbles Framelits and die cut out some Real Red for the stripes. I added this to a piece of scrap Whisper White that was big enough for the final circle to be die cut. The Fine Tip Glue Pen works wonders for small delicate images like this.

Then, for the stars, I tried two different ways. First, I stamped the stars from the Wood Words Stamp Sets in Night of Navy Ink all along the top of the white. Then I die cut out the circle. I thought it looked a little simple and wanted to step up my game with some silver bling! I took a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and stamped the stars in VersaMark Ink. Next, I heat embossed the stars in Silver Embossing Powder. Then to get that curve in the navy to match with my stripes, I used the outside edge of the Swirly Scribbles Framelit. Simply place it on the edge and run it through the Big Shot. It won’t come out perfectly the same but it gives a little swoop rather than being straight across. Check out the video below for more details on that as it’s a bit hard to explain! 🙂

American Flag, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once I had the stars ready, I adhered them to the Whisper White and then die cut all of it with the Layering Circles Framelit. I did the circle at the end so that everything was cut out perfectly (the stars, stripes, and white base). Also, it was much easier than cutting the circle and trimming each piece that I layered on top!

Welcome to Summer, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m so excited that Summer is right around the corner. Eeeee I just love summer! This decor was super simple and just required lots of circles die cut to get each layer. First, I started with a Daffodil Delight circle die cut with the Laying Circles Framelits. Then I die cut out a Bermuda Bay one and snipped off the top to allow my sun to show through. I showed in the video how I used a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay which die cut out more like a strip with rounded edges. That works too as long as you have enough “ocean water” showing. Layering the ocean onto the sunset with the same curve of the circle.

Summer on the Beach, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Finally, for the sand,  I spritzed some Crumb Cake cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink refill mixed with rubbing alcohol. This gives a nice speckled, textured look for my sand. Then I die cut out a circle and ripped it along the top to look like a rough edge of the beach. This gives some texture to the scene! Then I added the die cut Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers Framelits with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I only added glue to the bottom rectangle and the arms of the chair. This allows the top (back) of the chair to not be glued down for a more 3D look. I love it!

Welcome Frame & Decor, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the amazing decor pieces I have created so far. Click here to see more details on the frame, Spring decor, and Birthday decor. Click here to check out the adorable box to store all the pieces in. Stay tuned for more decor pieces to come as we move throughout the seasons and holidays of the year!

If you would like to see all of this 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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Hope!!!

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This week seems to be flying by kind of…..anyone else out there think so? I always feel like some weeks fly by and others so go slow when really they are all the same. I find that super crazy! If your week is going slow…..this Hope card will give you the strength to power through to the weekend! 🙂

Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card could be created in many different colors. I know that different ribbon colors stand for different types of cancer and diseases. Also, the fun floral pattern can be colored any way you wish for any type of thinking of you card! I love it!

I started with a Pink Pirouette card base. Next, I die cut out the letters in Rich Razzleberry from the Large Letter Framelits. Rather than using an “O”, I used the ribbon from the Support Ribbon Framelits Dies. I die cut out 3 ribbons in Bermuda  Bay and then stamped the floral image from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set onto Whisper White. I stamped the ribbon in Memento Ink and colored it with Stampin’ Blends. Most of the images were so small that I didn’t blend much but just colored light and dark in spots.

Ribbon of Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now it is time to assemble it all. First, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the background. After placing the letters and ribbon on it, I realized it looked too plain. Using the flower from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, I stamped it all over the background. When I did this in class, one of the ladies used Pink Pirouette for the little flowers rather than Rich Razzleberry like me. I think I liked her’s better because it filled in but was more subtle.

Layered Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the letters and layers of the ribbon. The extra layers really made the ribbon pop and I loved that look and texture! The hardest part of this card is just the spacing and making sure the letters all fit. I find it best to place them down and then pick up one at a time to glue down.

What color(s) of ribbon would you use for your card? Let me know in the comments below! Also, to purchase any of these items used for this card, just click the photos below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Welcome Home Decor Frame!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today and it’s this Welcome home decor frame! It is super fun and the interchangeable decoration keep it fresh every season/occasion!

Welcome Home Decor Frame, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a frame measuring 12.5″ x 7.25″ which I got off of Amazon. It was actually a sports frame for an individual photo on the left and a team photo on the right. It was the perfect long shape for what I needed though! 🙂 I cut a piece of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock down to fit. Using the Large Letters Framelits, I die cut out the letter in Basic Black and glued them on with Fine Tip Glue Pen. When I did this in class some did it straight across, some diagonal left to right, and some up and down like mine. TIPS: Make sure you allow enough space for the decoration since it’s bigger than a letter. Also, be sure to stay away from edge enough for the frame to fit in since there is a bit of a lip.

Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For Spring, I did these beautiful butterflies using the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set. I started with a Pool Party scallop circle die cut from the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I stamped the butterfly in Calypso Coral (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice)! Using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits (both retiring), I die cut out the butterflies. I added them to the scallop with Stampin’ Dimensionals and put a magnet on the back!

Strawberry Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I made Birthday decorations to display the month, week, or day of someone’s birthday. Here is the strawberry cupcake which I stamped in Flirty Flamingo Ink (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice). I used the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set and coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits (both retiring). For the liner, I used Soft Suede Ink, Crumb Cake Ink (full strength) and Crumb Cake Ink (stamped off once).

Sweet Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added the cupcake with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a scallop circle die cut from the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. YUM! Can’t wait to display this in August for my birthday!!! Also, don’t forget to add the magnet to the back!

Chocolate Cupcake for Birthdays, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is a chocolate cupcake too! I’m more of a white cake girl over chocolate any day but thought I would do one of each. I used more Myth’s & Magic Glimmer Paper for the base. The cupcake was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice) and the same liner as the Strawberry one! Don’t forget to add the magnet to the back!

Chocolate Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This one will go up in December at our house because Brad loves chocolate and his birthday is then! 🙂

Stayed tuned for tomorrow where I will show the adorable little box to store all of these in and I’ll be making more decorations as the year goes on. Feel free to give suggestions in the comments below of some good ones for holidays or seasons. I would love to hear what you think.

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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Mermaids Under The Sea!!!

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Whether you like the Little Mermaid Disney Movie or not, these mermaids under the sea on this card are just adorable!!! I love the layers, texture, and fun in this card so much!!!

Mermaids Under The Sea, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There is just so much fabulous-ness going on with this card. I’ll let you continue to stare at it or you can keep reading for all the details to make your own!

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next, I took another piece of Pool Party (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Seaside Embossing Folder. I added this layer to the card front. Then, I took a piece of the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper (blue bubbles) measuring 2″ x 4-1/2″ and punched the banner tips with the Banner Triple Punch. This piece was added to the card front as well.

Swimming Mermaids, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I took the sheet of mermaids from the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper and cut out by hand 2 different mermaids. I wanted them going in different directions so that they fit on the square better. Since I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting, I just did a basic around the body and didn’t get into all the details. Next, I stamped the bubbles from the Magical Day Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay all over a Stitched Shape die cut square. Then I added the mermaids to the front and added this to a layer of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper. I liked to use Tear And Tape to add layers to glitter to make sure it has a nice strong hold.

Using the coordinating Magical Mates Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out some seaweed in Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. Then I added these along the side of the glimmer square, securing them on the back side with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off with a few more dimensionals and then added it to the card front! For the greeting at the bottom, I stamped it from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set onto Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. On either end of the greeting, I added an Epoxy Dot for even more shine and texture!

I told you there were lots of layers and fun in this card but isn’t it just so magical?!?!?! I love it even if I only make 1…or maybe 2. 🙂 The Myths & Magical Suite is retiring at the end of the May which makes me sad. Be sure to stock up on these amazing products before they are gone. To see more samples using these products, click here, here, and here! Shop all of the products by clicking the items below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Coloring Embossing Paste with Sponge Daubers!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today. I’m coloring Embossing Paste with Sponge Daubers. This technique is super cool because you only use the amount needed of the Embossing Paste. When I colored some with Re-Inker in the past, I ended up making millions of cards because I colored too much paste!

Coloring Embossing Paste With Sponge Daubers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how that background adds texture to the card and gives it a fun variation in color. Also, I love love love my Sponge Daubers and while I have used them in awhile, I do enjoy it!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I took a piece of Pear Pizzazz measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ to add the Embossing Paste to it. First, I took the Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask and added color all over by pouncing a Sponge Dauber over the top. You can always use the same color (Pear Pizzazz) or go a shade darker like Old Olive or Wild Wasabi. Mixing the colors and pouncing all over would be fabulous too. After adding color in an area big enough for the cardstock, I placed the mask over the cardstock and onto the Silicone Craft Sheet. Then I added the Embossing Paste and as it swipes across the mask it picks up the color. I love it! Peel off the mask and allow it dry!

From the Heart, www.LaurasStampPad.com

While the Embossing Paste is drying, I worked on the floral image and greeting. Using the Petal Palette Stamp Set and coordinating Petals & More Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I stamped the flowers and greeting Memento Black Ink. Then I colored the flowers with the Old Olive and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. After coloring, I die cut the flowers out and the greeting with the frame. Now to assemble, I added some Organza Ribbon around the card and then added it to the card base. Next, I added the flowers and greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This gives the card some texture but also a nice smooth look over the Embossing Paste. To finish off the card, I added some Enamel Shapes to the greeting. I love it and it’s perfect for lots of occasions!

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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Hold On To Hope!!!

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Last week, I showed these amazing samples and here is another fabulous one. All of these use the Hold On To Hope Bundle from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Hold On To Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have really been having lots of fun with different creations using this bundle – Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits! There are just lots of great ways to use it for religious events as well as lots of other occasions and lifting up styles!

I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped all around the edge. The stamped image is from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and it was stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink. Then, I die cut the solid cross in Pear Pizzazz and the skinnier cross in Silver Foil Paper using the Cross of Hope Framelits. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I adhered these together and added them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″).

This piece was then layered onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz (3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) and added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set onto scrap white and then die cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the Cross of Hope Set. I added this across the top of the crosses.

This card is great to lift someone spirits, as a thinking of you or sympathy, and even for religious occasions like Confirmation, First Communion, etc. Going with a monochromatic look makes it easier and fewer supplies to get out. Woot Woot!

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is out and these items are while supplies last so don’t wait if there is something you need! Click here to shop the retiring items.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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