Technique Tuesday – Quilted Tree!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today is Technique Tuesday which is super exciting! I’m sharing with you this quilted tree which is perfect for Christmas time and this winter season. Quilts just scream warm and cozy! My Grandmother and Mom have made so many so they also make me think of family and love! 🙂

Quilted Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to use for the front. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits, I die cut a bunch of triangles from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. The cool thing is that the paper is double sides so you have tons of options. Another bonus is that I was able to cut 2-3 layers of paper with every crank through the Big Shot. Woot Woot!!!

Starting with the middle on the top, I placed my first triangle (red). Next, I placed the green one directly under it. I did slide my triangles a bit under each other just for a nice clean covered look. I didn’t want them to pull apart when I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. After I placed the green one directly under, I added the red triangles to either side. For the third row, I added the red triangles directly under the red triangles and then filled in with the green ones! For the stump on the bottom, I placed a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock.

Using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, I ran this entire piece through the Big Shot. I did it both ways – with the impression pressed out and pressed in. You can pick which one you prefer. I found that when I pressed the embossed image in, the triangles came up a bit on the tips where there wasn’t any adhesive. Of course, I didn’t cover the entire triangle with adhesive so the tips popped up. With the impression popped out like the sample above, it was nice and smooth! After adding this to the front of the card, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the inside of the card. The little silver star to the top from the Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little bling!

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I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside and stamped the greeting from the coordinating Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). It was stamped in Real Red!

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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Embossed Champagne Foil Paper!!!

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When I first saw the Champagne Foil Paper I fell in love and then I embossed Champagne Foil Paper and my heart exploded!!! So simple but yet very stunning!

Embossed Champagne Foil Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the colors of this card. That Fresh Fig is just stunning with the new Champagne Foil. (PS: I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and every time I type for this foil, I want to spell it Champaign. Gets me every time!!! So please forgive me if I happen to spell it that way at some point!)

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla (4-1/4″ x 11″) for a card base. Next, I cut a piece of Fresh Fig (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added it to the front. Then, I took 2 pieces of Champagne Foil measuring 1-1/2″ x  3-3/4″. Using the Big Shot, I ran them through in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. I added one to the top and one to the bottom of the card front. By placing these one first, I found that my spacing was better. Working towards the middle rather than top to bottom (or vice versa) helped with my spacing more.

For the greeting in the middle, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Using the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Fresh Fig Ink. Then using the little scroll, I stamped one up and one down to border the greeting!

This card is super simple and easy to duplicate this season. You can actually emboss 3 of those pieces of foil in the folder each crank through. So that means 2 cranks through the Big Shot for 3 cards! I’m all about getting the most out of each crank. Time is not on our side during this time of year so making the most of it is best. Am I right?? 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Front Door Is Ready For Fall!!!

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Happy Monday!!! My front door is ready for Fall…..well at least this card is!!!

Front Door Is Ready For Fall, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is a bit more detailed than I usually make but it sure is fabulous and turned out amazing!!! Change up the decorations around the door and you have a card for every occasion!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base. Next, I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. To give a little color and texture to the bricks, I lightly brushed the bricks with a Sponge Dauber and some Cherry Cobbler ink. Then I added this to the card front!

Inside Front Door, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that cute door. I stamped the door image from the At Home With You Stamp Set in Early Espresso onto the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper! Then I die cut it with the coordinating At Home Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). Be sure that the framelit that creates the open door is on the correct side. You don’t want the door to open backwards. I layered  a piece of Very Vanilla behind the door and stamped the greeting on the inside in Cherry Cobbler Ink.

Front Porch Fall Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The flowers were all stamped on scrap vanilla cardstock in Basic Gray Archival Ink. Then I used Blender Pens and ink from the ink pads to color everything! I used Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green! It turned out perfect, I think. I added these to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture! Just fabulous!!!

Do you like to color with Blender Pens or an Aqua Painter? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Creating a Glossy Greeting!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fun technique to share with you today!!! Today, I’m creating a glossy greeting using Glossy Cardstock and some ink refills! I love the striped look!

Creating a Glossy Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This simple card has a major wow factor with that glossy striped greeting! This technique is perfect for a greeting or just a background! I got the inspiration for this card from Sandy Jacobson!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Real Red (3-3/4″ x 5″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. Then, I layered it onto a piece of Emerald Envy (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed a strip of Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon across it. I secure the ends to the back side and added this to the card front!

Glossy Baby Wipe Coloring, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the greeting, I used Glossy Cardstock, a Baby Wipe, and ink refills! Simply fold up the baby wipe so it fits in your hand. Add drips of ink refill to the end. I have used both the rounded end and the layered end. The rounded end comes out more smooth and solid, whereas the other end  is more streaky. It’s all up to you! I tried Real Red and Emerald Envy but the red came out pink and the overlap of the colors turned purple. I ended up just doing Emerald Envy for this card. Check out the Video Tutorial below to see blues! When I ran it across the Glossy Cardstock, I went lightly for a more white/streaky look or I pressed hard for a fuller coverage.

Glossy Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The cool thing is that this dries quickly. I used the greeting from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set and Memento Ink to stamp the greeting. Be sure to stamp carefully as it will want to slide around if you press at an angle! I punched out the greeting with the 2″ Circle Punch. I added this to a scallop circle die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits in Silver Glimmer Paper. The greeting was then added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Glitter Greeting on Glossy Cardstock, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see 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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Strawberry Milkshake With A Friend!!!

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I totally made this card thinking coffee but it really looks like a Strawberry Milkshake, doesn’t it? A little side story about a strawberry milkshake that I just have to share. When I was a kid and my family would travel, we usually stopped at McDonald’s to eat. My Dad would get a strawberry milkshake but he called it pink milk. Well of course, us kids didn’t want milk if we could have the orange soda or whatever it was. All this time it was ice cream! 😉

Strawberry Milkshake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I stamped the “straw lines” all down the edge of the card in Night of Navy Ink. Then I die cut a large circle from the Layering Circles Framelits in Chocolate Chip cardstock and added texture with the Trellis Embossing Folder. This gives a nice back drop for the milkshake and it also adds texture to the card.

For the milkshake, I stamped the cup outline from the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set. I added the little hearts all around randomly in the same color as the cardstock – Blushing Bride. Using the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits, I die cut the cup out. For the cool whip, I stamped off once in Chocolate Chip Ink and then stamped onto Whisper White and die cut it out. This gives a little texture to the cool whip swirl without looking…..like poop. The straw was stamped in Night of Navy Ink and die cut out as well. To assemble these, I added the straw to the back of the cool whip and placed a Stampin’ Dimensional over the top to secure it. Then I placed the cool whip on the top of the cup and did the same thing, securing the overlap with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I finished off by adding a few more to the other sides to balance out and create a smooth cup on the card.

Gather with Friends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I just took 2 strips of cardstock and stamped just the Friend from the greeting in the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set. I added banner tips and secured them to the card. I used Snail Adhesive in the middle (over the cup) and added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the end to make it level! To finish off the card, I added some Wink of Stella to the cool whip for a little shine. Also, I placed some Blushing Bride Enamel Hearts around. I just love how it turned out with the pink and blue! 🙂

Want to see more samples using the Coffee Cafe Bundle?? Click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Creating an Ombre Textured Background!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means….I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! Creating this ombre textured background is perfect for any card style and the best part is that it uses up all of those scraps we tend to save!

Ombre Textured Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The texture and those masculine colors are just so fabulous! I really struggle with man cards so I love how this one turned out!!!

I started with a Chocolate Chip card base and layered on a piece of Crumb Cake measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then using scraps of various shades of greens and blue, I cut the following pieces.

1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ – Emerald Envy

1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ – Tranquil Tide

1″ x 3-3/4″ – Bermuda Bay

3/4″ x 3-3/4″ – Pool Party

Next, I took a scrap piece of white….just any long and skinny leftover piece and added adhesive all the way down it. I placed each of the pieces listed above along the white, butt up to each other. The white is to hold them all together as one. Then I placed this into the Seaside Embossing Folder. TIP: If you place it in going up and down like the sample above, it will come out as shown. Place it in sideways (the other way) and it pulls each of the pieces apart a bit. That’s great if you like this look. If you did this on accident, you can always snip each of them apart and then glue them on your card base individually. Finally, I added this piece to the card front and tied some Linen Thread around the top.

For the focal point, I used the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set and coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%)! I stamped the cup in Chocolate Chip Ink onto Whisper White. The coffee collar was die cut in Chocolate Chip as well. The lid was stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Chocolate Chip and die cut. The greeting was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink and the little heart for the stir stick was stamped in Emerald Envy Ink. I added the cup to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To get the lid connected to the cup, I simply placed it on top and added Stampin’ Dimensionals along the seam to hold them together!

If you would like to see 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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Hand Tied Bouquet of Flowers!!!

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You all know I love flower so much and makes lots of cards with them! You can check out the millions I’ve done by clicking here! This hand tied bouquet of flower is just stunning!!! I can’t get enough!

Hand Tied Bouquet of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The more I play with flower stamps, the more I love them! The possibilities are endless!

I started with a Rose Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x  5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I added this piece to the card front! Using the Layering Squares Framelits, I die cut a Whisper White square and an Island Indigo scallop square. On the white square, I stamped the greeting in Crumb Cake Ink and the flowers in Crushed Curry along the right side and top. All of these images are from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set! I adhered these two layers together and added a 1/4 of a piece of the Delicate White Doily to the bottom and added it to the card front. I love adding just a hint of the doily and being able to create 4 cards with just 1 of them!

Floral Arrangement, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that amazing bouquet. Again, all of these was created with the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set and coordinating Bouquet Bunch Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). The stems were done in Pear Pizzazz and then I added the Crumb Cake stamped hand tie. I wanted a little bit more texture so I tied some Linen Thread around it as well. For the flowers, I used Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, and Tangerine Tango. Some of the flowers were attached flat and some were added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also used a few Enamel Shapes for some more pop and texture.

This card  is perfect for any occasion….another reason I love flowers on cards!!! What do you like to use flower cards for? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Welcome Baby!!!

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This Welcome Baby Card is simple and yet precious! Change up the colors for a specific gender or to match the child’s nursery colors!

Welcome Baby, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love to soft colors and the texture from the embossing, ribbon, and scallops!

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 5″ x 3-3/4″ and embossed it. I ran it through the Big Shot in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder and added it to the card front. Using some of the Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon, I tied a knot around the card in the middle. For the greeting, I die cut out the smooth circle and scallop circle with the Layering Circles Framelits! The greeting was stamped from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight Ink. To add a little more color to the greeting, I brushed the edges of the circle with a Sponge Dauber! I layered the circles together and then added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I love the simple, clean look of this card. It is one that could be made up with a few being pink, a few blue, and a few yellow. Do you like to make multiples of cards to have on hand or make them as you need them? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pretty Label Punch & Layered Circles!!!

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This greeting really pops with the Pretty Label Punch and layered circles! I just love how it all coordinates together!Pretty Label Punch & Layered Circles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at how that greeting just POPS! I got this idea from the talented, Mary Ellen Stites! Thanks M.E.! Let’s get started!

I started  with an Elegant Eggplant card base. Next, I took on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Layered Leaves Texture Impressions Embossing Folder. A little tip with these super deep impression folders is to spritz the paper with a little water before running it through the folder. This allows the fibers in the paper to press into the folder without having those lines and creases. I added a strip of the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and just tacked the ends on the back side!

Now for that fabulous greeting!!! I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). Here is a list of each layer I used:

1″ Circle Punch for top layer thank you greeting

1-1/4″ Circle Punch for the green wreath portion

1-3/8″ Circle Punch for the Wisteria Wonder layer

Pretty Label Punch for the wider floral layer

1-3/4″ Circle Punch for the Elegant Eggplant base layer

A few tips along the way. I ended up using a marker to color in the Thank You greeting because the 1″ Circle Punch still leaves a hint of that wreath around it when it is punched out. That seemed to bother me so I just inked up the greeting only and it worked better. Always stamp first and then punch it out so you can center it much easier! The colors I used were Elegant Eggplant, Lemon Lime Twist and Wisteria Wonder! I added Stampin’ Dimensionals between the Wisteria Wonder circle and floral Pretty Label Punch. Also, I used them to adhere the greeting to the card! To finish it off, I added some bling with the Gold Faceted Gems.

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