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!

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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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Don’t forget Bonus Days the entire month of July!!! Every $50 spent, earns you $5 to spend in August!!! I also have extended the DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers through Wednesday when you use the Hostess Code: CZHRWZ4H! Click here to start shopping!


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!!!

Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month! Every $50 order earns you $5 to spend in August! Woot Woot! Click here to start shopping and earning your Bonus Bucks…..and Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – 2-Step Tranquil Tulips!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share with you! Today, I am playing with the 2-Step Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set! Aren’t these flowers amazing?!?!?!

Tranquil Tulips Hostess Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these flowers so amazing and real looking?? The best part is I got this stamp set for FREE with Hostess Benefits! The other best part is they are super simple to 2-step stamp. There is no remembering to stamp off or lining up every side and curve. It’s amazing!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base (11″ x 4-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 3-1/4″) to stamp the tulips on. I used the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set with Berry Burst Ink and Old Olive Ink. Starting with the stems, I stamped those around the middle of my paper so that my tulips weren’t falling off the top. Next, I stamped the leaves. Then it was time for the tulips and I did the large solid image first. Next I did the more detailed smaller image right on top.

Both of these images are in full strength ink so no worries on remembering to stamp off. Since the second image is smaller, all you have to look for when stamping it is that it is close to the bottom of the solid stamped image. If it’s not, that’s okay too! The variation in color on these stamps is the texture in the stamp. How cool is that?!?! So don’t worry that your image isn’t coming out smooth or dark and solid, it’s suppose to look like this. There are 2 different sizes of flowers to play with! I love it! There are also little dot images for the center of the flower. I stamped those in Basic Gray Ink for a softer look than black.

Now that I am done with the focal point, I added it to the card base on the left side. Next I tied some Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon around the card, right over the edge of the cardstock. For the greeting, I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch. (Bundle & Save 10%) First, I stamped the decorative edge in Pool Party Ink and then the greeting in Berry Burst Ink. Next, I punched it out and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals! 🙂

I love this set so much because there are 22 images in there for just $10 in Hostess Dollars which is earned with a $150 order or party! It’s fabulous!!! Also, the ease of not having to remember to stamp off is super amazing!! Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month for every $50 you spend too!!! It’s a great time to order and have a party (in home, virtual, or catalog).

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


Perfect Purple Rose Fit For A Queen!!!

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This amazing perfect purple rose fit for a queen was made for my amazing cousin who is a QUEEN! 🙂 Oh I’m so incredibly excited for her to win our local county fair pageant! Small side note: I LOVE pageants so very much…watch them, take notes, take photos with Queens everywhere I go. Yeah, all of that! Now, I’m related to one so of course I made her a fabulous card to congratulate her!

Perfect Purple Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

While this card looks fairly simple even with all the extra details…..it took me forever to make. I really struggle when I have something in mind for someone special and try to get it just perfect. I colored 4 different roses for this one! First it was the wrong color, then I fussy cut one out and didn’t like it, and then I ruined one putting Gold Wink of Stella on top. TIP: Gold Wink of Stella comes out rather yellow. I have used the clear and love it. For this card, since I used Gold Foil, I thought I would use Gold Wink of Stella for a gold shimmer (clear with gold shimmer). I was wrong. In the end, it came out amazing and that’s all that matters!!!

I started with a Rich Razzleberry card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink. I like to use gray for that softer look! Then I colored the flower in with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens. Once it dried, I went back through with the pencil to highlight the edges for more detail!

Purple Rose Detail, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next I layered this onto a piece of Gold Foil Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Before layering on the gold, I used the Corner Rounder Punch to soften all of the edges. Using the Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon, I placed a piece across the card front and securing the ends to the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Before adding the bow, I stamped the greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry Ink. Then I took another piece to make a bow and secured that on with Mini Glue Dots. This ribbon is stunning! I love it! Try it out in my Ribbon Share! Click here for details!

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Now for the inside of the card! Since Rich Razzleberry is such a dark color, I thought I would put a piece of white in there. Well why not decorate that piece too?!?! I stamped the rose and greenery from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set. I decorated the envelope as well to match!

Rose Envelope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It all turned out so fabulous!! I love it!!! Do you enjoy making special cards for someone or do you tend to make cards and then pick the best one for people? I’m usually the second one but every once in awhile I go all out!!! Let me know which you are in the comments below!

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!!!

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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


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


PART 2: Hello Friend Daisy Card!!!

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I just love flowers and I think this Hello Friend Daisy Card fits the bill perfectly!!! This is the Part 2 to last weeks Two In One Daisy Card! You can check that out here!

Hello Friend Daisy Card, www.LaurasStampPad.comIsn’t this just heaven for all my flower lovers out there??? I love it and those soft colors of Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral are amazing!!!

I started with a Calypso Coral card base and layered on a piece of Wisteria Wonder (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″) and layered it on top. This paper is where I got my color combination inspiration. Now for the greeting, I die cut a square using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Big Shot. These are some of my favorite framelits because that added texture of the stitch gives your project so much more WOW! I love them!

I stamped the greeting from the Wood Words Stamp Set because I needed a small but bold greeting. This one was perfect. I stamped the flowers from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set. These are 2-step stamping flowers so I was able to add different colors. I used Old Olive Ink for the greenery and Wisteria Wonder Ink for the flowers. I added in some Tranquil Tide greenery on another card I created and liked that look as well.

Now it’s time to build onto the card front. I added the stamped square to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then for the large daisy flower, I used the one stamped and punched from the other card I made. I stamped and punched one more daisy out to layer them together. I used Calypso Coral Ink and the Daisy Punch. Next, I add the Daisy to my card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals too, making sure it is right next to but not on top of the greeting piece.

Now you have 2 amazing cards and using up all of the pieces. Don’t forget you can check out the Video Tutorial on both of these cards here! May no scrap, punched image, or piece of ribbon go to waste!!! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


How to Create A Two in One Daisy Card!!!

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Today I’m going to show you how to create a two in one daisy card. I used the NEW Daisy Delight Stamp Set and coordinating Daisy Punch! I love being able to use punched out pieces for a second card right away otherwise I forget I have it and it never gets used!Two in One Daisy Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is a quick and simple Note Card that uses Designer Series Paper and a simple punch! Let’s get started on this one!

I started  with a Whisper White Note Card & Envelope for this card. These things are a bit smaller than a regular sized card but quick and simple as they come together. The card base is already scored so that’s a bonus too! They come 20 to a pack. Next, I layered on a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper measuring 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″. Now for the top piece, I took a piece of Whisper White (3″ x 4-1/2″) and stamped the daisy and greeting from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink. TIP: Be sure the petal of the daisy is straight up a down, it will go into the punch super easy this way.

I kept the punched out daisy for card #2! Finally I added the punched and stamped piece to my card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals so it would have that 3D look! I finished off the card with a Gold Faceted Gem in the middle of the daisy! All done with the first card!

Daisy Punch Out Card, www.LaurasStampPad.comYou will have to stay tuned till Monday to see card #2 that uses that punched out daisy! But if you just can’t wait, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new! I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday!

Let me know in the comments below if you like to make cards like this that use one part for one card and the leftovers for another card! Do you save all of your leftovers and scraps or toss them?

Happy Stampin

~Laura


Simple Birthday Roses!!!

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You all know I love flowers and pink and this simple birthday roses card is just that! Beautiful and yet quick and simple all in one!!!

Simple Birthday Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I went very basic for this card but you could always step it up with some greenery or bling!

For this card, I used the NEW Powder Pink for the card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped the greeting from the NEW Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set in Powder Pink. I love that scrolly font! The roses stamped along the bottom were done in Melon Mambo. It is a 2-step stamping image so I stamped off once for the solid base and then full strength on top. Since it is a photopolymer stamp set, it is easy to see through the stamp to line it up. I always recommend that you get up on top of the image so you can see down through the clear block/stamp. Even if the image was a little bit off, it would look fabulous and like a watercolor look!

After I finished all of the stamping, I adhered a strip of the NEW Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon across the top. Next, I slipped another piece of ribbon under that strip and tied it into a knot. This is a faux knot for your card because the ribbon doesn’t actually go all the way around the card! You could simply tie the ribbon all the way around the card if you wish. Next, I adhered this piece to the front of the card. Now it’s all set and ready to go! I love it!

Tomorrow is the official day that the New Catalog comes out. I will be adding the links to this post once the catalog goes live so you can see the products and purchase them! Who else is super duper excited about the catalog?!?!?! Let me know in the comments below! Also, stay tuned for some fabulous offerings like Ribbon Shares and a New In-Color Share!!! I can’t wait to reveal them!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura