Technique Tuesday – Creating 2 Cards with 1 Die!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share!!! Creating 2 Cards with 1 Die is the technique!!!! Today, I’m sharing one of the cards but be sure to come back tomorrow to see the other one!!! I love this because we all know time is precious so getting 2 pieces with one crank through the Big Shot is fabulous!!!

Creating 2 Cards with 1 Die, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super simple to create but has that amazing WOW factor with the embossed floral image. I used the Springtime Impressions Dies for that image. Yes, I used a framelit to emboss! How cool is that???? With the Big Shot Embossing Mats, you can now get more use out of your framelits because now you can emboss with them as well. WOWZA!!!! Then, there is also the creating 2 cards with 1 die part for this card. I love it!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Highland Heather measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then, I took a piece of Gorgeous Grape and ran it through the Big Shot with the Embossing Mat and the Springtime Impressions Die.

Embossing with Dies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are the layers for embossing with a framelit: Big Shot Platform (no tabs), White Impressions Pad, Blue Silicone Mat, Cardstock, Die with the blade facing the cardstock, and then a clear Big Shot Cutting Pad. I have found that using a newer pad works best because it doesn’t have the cutting groves in it and it isn’t curled. It’s always good to have a nice flat one available for embossing!!!

Now I have that fabulous focal point to adhere to the front of my card! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Stitched Seasons Framelits. I used the label for this card and saved the negative (outside piece) for the card I’m showing off tomorrow! Two fabulous card pieces with just 1 crank through the Big Shot and 1 die. The Stitched Seasons Framelits are super fabulous for that reason! Remember you can only get them this month! Click the photo below to order yours today!

Kindness Changes Everything, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the greeting from the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set (coordinates and Bundle & Save 10% with the Springtime Impressions Framelits), I stamped it in Gorgeous Grape! I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and finished off the card with Rhinestones. Simple and yet fabulous with that beautiful floral embossing. I love it!!!

To purchase any of the items used, click the photos below! Don’t forget the Stitched Seasons Framelits are available this month only!

Check out the Video Tutorial for creating 2 cards with 1 die below or click here to see this all in action! 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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Blooms with Happiness!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Woot woot for the middle of the week already!!! I hope your day blooms with happiness each and every day!!! This card surely would help, wouldn’t it??

Blooms with Happiness, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Yesterday, I talked about the amazing tip using the Tufted Embossing Folder and here is the card I was using it on! I just love that textured background. It’s subtle but also adds so much to the card!

I started with a Balmy Blue card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Tufted Embossing Folder. Then I added this to the card front. For the focal point, I cut a piece of Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper into a 3″ square. That means you can get 16 of these from one sheet of paper! The Whisper White piece measures 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

Tulips In a Vase, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now here comes the tricky part….but don’t worry I did the leg work for you. After four tries, I nailed it! 🙂 First, I stamped the greeting from the Varied Vases Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry. Then, I punched out the vase using the coordinating Vases Builder Punch with some scrap paper. This will be your guide for stamping the stems. Place the scrap vase on the white square above the greeting but not so high that you don’t have room for your flowers. Next, I stamped the stem and leaf in Old Olive Ink.

TIP: Since the stems and leaf are so long/big, you might need to place a scrap piece of paper down to mask the vase so that you don’t have a stem popping out the side of your vase. To achieve this, I placed a larger scrap piece over the scrap punched vase and made marks on the paper on either side of the vase lip. This helped me know that I needed to stamp the stems inside that area so that it would fall inside the vase.

Vase Masking Tutorial, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once the stems and leaf were stamped, the rest is easy. Simply stamp the vase in Balmy Blue onto scrap Whisper White and punch it out. The tulips were stamped in Grapefruit Grove and punched out. I stamped the outline in full strength and the inside image stamped off once for a lighter shade. Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added these to my project. I off set the two squares for a fun little look and finished off the card with a few Share What You Love Pearls.

Don’t forget the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series  Paper Sale going on this month. The Tranquil Textures Designer Paper that I used for this card is one of the select packs!! Click here to see them all!

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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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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Basket Full of Flowers!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Hopefully this Basket Full of Flowers will help brighten your day and help you push through the week!!! It sure does help mine because you all know how much I love flowers! 🙂

Basket Full of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is such a classic because I went with neutral colors of Crumb Cake and Old Olive so that the flowers in the basket can really be any color you wish! What color would you make the flowers? All one color? A variety of colors? Pink? Blue? Yellow? Orange? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder. This item as well as the stamped basket (Blossoming Basket Stamp Set) were one of the free Sale-A-Bration items last month. Have no fear if you weren’t able to get the Basket Weave Embossing Folder, it will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out on June 1st! 🙂

Next, I tied some Old Olive Sheer Ribbon around the bottom and into a bow. Then I added this to the card front. For the flower basket, I stamped it from the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers, I colored in the basket and flowers. I went with Crumb Cake for the basket, Old Olive for the leaves, and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. For the leaves, I did a few with the dark marker and a few with the light. For the basket, I did each little line on the handle with the dark and then colored over it all and filled in with the light marker. On the bottom basket part, I colored the top weave in with the dark Crumb Cake Marker and the rest with the Light. This is how I got that variation of color for it all.

Blossoming Basket, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how Stampin’ Blends really make me feel like an artist when I totally am not a coloring artist whatsoever. After coloring, I added this piece to a layer of Old Olive and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like to use Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding layers to a embossed layer because the foam falls into the grooves of the cardstock and hold tight as well as looks smooth! Plus you all know how much I LOVE Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below what colors you would use for your basket of flowers!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Baking Pies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m sharing with you this amazing card using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder! Let’s get started baking pies!!! The inspiration for this card came from Sheran Rigg!

Baking Pies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this the sweetest?? 🙂 Okay, I’ll try to keep the puns to a minimum!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the greeting at the top from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set. I stamped the greeting in Soft Suede Ink. Then, I die cut the squares with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Whisper White and Real Red. Using the pears in the Fruit Basket Stamp Set, I stamped them in the corner. For the pears, I used Lemon Lime Twist Ink and Soft Suede. I added these to the Crumb Cake towards the bottom. Then I tied some Linen Thread around the center for a little texture and added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

You are the Sweetest, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that focal point of the beautiful pie!!! I die cut out a circle with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and a scallop circle with the Layering Circles Framelits. Both of these were cut in Crumb Cake cardstock! Next, I ran the stitched circle through the Basket Weave Embossing Folder and then layered it onto the scallop circle. Then I lightly brushed over it all with a Sponge Dauber and Soft Suede Ink. Be careful not to go too dark with the ink or your pie will look burnt! 🙂 Then I added the pie to the card front! Doesn’t it look super adorable and real?!?!?!

The Basket Weave Embossing Folder was a Free Item with Sale-A-Bration that ended on March 31st but have no fear if you didn’t get it then. It will be available for purchase in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out in June! A few other fun stamp sets that have “sweet greetings” and fruit include the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set!

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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Lots of Lavender!!!

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Yesterday I shared a fun way to use the Lots of Lavender Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set which you can see here! Today, I’m coloring with the set!

Lots of Lavender, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love flowers and since this card doesn’t have a greeting on the front, it can be used for lots of occasions! What occasion would you use it for – Thinking of You, Sympathy, Birthday, Anniversary, etc?? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and embossed the left side with the New Petal Pair Embossing Folder. That little side border of texture is super fabulous!! Before adding this piece of the front of the card, I wrapped some Organza Ribbon around it and tied it into a knot!

Flowers Sale-A-Bration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the lavender bouquet from the Sale-A-Bration Lot of Lavender Stamp Set. It was stamped in Memento Black Ink since I used the Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers! I used Rich Razzleberry for the lavender, Old Olive for the greenery, and Bermuda Bay for the ribbon! After coloring the flowers, I added this to a layer of Old Olive cardstock and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! This gives it some more texture and a smooth look over the ribbon and embossed portion. Adding the Metallic Enamel Shapes is optional for a little bling……or necessary if you need to cover up a boo boo. I won’t say why I added them! 😉 You can guess and let me know in the comments though!

I know I love all the flower stamps but this one is super fun because it’s FREE with Sale-A-Bration and it can be colored in or stamped for color with the other images in the set! The versatility of the set is just amazing!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Mom’s Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I thought I would share my Mom’s Birthday Card that I made for her!!! I thought this little piggy was just adorable and while the card doesn’t say Happy Birthday on the front, it was the perfect greeting!

Mom's Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It was perfect and she loved it which makes it all amazing!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Crumb Cake after running it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Plank Embossing Folder. Now for the focal point of the little piggy! I stamped him…..or her from the The Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink! Using the Stampin’ Blends, I colored it all in. I used Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party. Check out this video for a tutorial on the blending!

After coloring the piggy and all, I layered it onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Next, I thought that the flower needed a cute center so I added a Clear Epoxy Jewel! Just perfect!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stamping with a fabulous group of ladies is on my to-do list which makes me happy and my heart full!!!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on so you can earn a free item for every $50 you spend! Woot Woot! Of course, there is always earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and even the January Free Stamp Set of the Month! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All the Metallics!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I thought I would share one more card before Christmas! This one is rather simple and uses up little pieces you might have! I just love mixing all the metallics!!!

All the Metallics, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is fairly basic but there are a few tricks that I would like to share. This is the first one that I created and I did more afterwards that were even more fabulous!

TIP #1: When you are embossing a big image like this Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, it is best to lightly spritz the cardstock with water. This allows the cardstock to be soft when the embossing folder pushes and pulls the fibers into the image. When I spritzed the cardstock, I had fewer creases like the one you can see a bit at the top of the card.

TIP #2: Mixing and matching metallics is so in right now so don’t be afraid! Gold, Silver, Copper, and Champagne can be mixed together!

TIP #3: I used the Silver Ribbon for this sample but after it was smashed (it happens in envelopes and my stack of samples) it did not look as good. Since this ribbon is a little more stiff, it just smashed rather than laying nicely as loops. I used Silver Sequin Trim on the others and it was even more fabulous!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I embossed with the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder in the middle! Using the Year of Cheer Washi Tape, I added copper washi tape to the top and bottom. The pack comes with copper, silver and gold so you can create lots of these using the different colors!

Snowflake Layers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using some Silver Foil Paper and the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper, I punched out circles with the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch  and 2″ Circle Punch. For the greeting, I stamped it in Basic Gray Ink from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. I used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to cut it out! With the greeting upside down, I placed the Silver Ribbon (or Silver Sequin Trim) down and added Stampin’ Dimensionals down to secure it in the fun loops! Of course I used probably 4 or 5 of them on the little circle! 🙂 You all know I’m an over-user of those things. I finished off the card with a few Rhinestones! If you use the sequin trim, you can always pull a few off and add those all over with some Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, safe travels, good times, and hearts full of joy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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