Shades of Pink Washi Tape!!!

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If you know me even a little, you know I love all shades of PINK!!! The Washi Tape Basics Pack 1 is just that and I’m in love! Don’t worry, Basics Pack 2 is shades of green and Basics Pack 3 is shades of blue. Recreate this card with any of those for lots of fun!

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I started with a Berry Burst card base and layered on a piece of Flirty Flamingo measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and added the washi tape from the Basics Pack 1. There are 5 rolls in the pack and each are a different shade, pattern, and width which makes this even more fun. I used all 5 but using just 2 or 3 would be cool too! I found that starting in the middle and working my way out was best for spacing. Ripping the ends of the washi tape made this quick and simple too!

Washi Tape Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The washi tape layer was added to the card front and then I worked on the greeting. For the greeting, I die cut the Whisper White with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Flirty Flamingo with the Layering Ovals Framelits. I used the greeting from the Jar of Love Stamp Set and stamped it in Berry Burst Ink. Then I placed the greeting upside down and placed some Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon on one end with a little bit peaking out. I added a Stampin’ Dimensional to hold it in place. Then I took it across and looped it on the opposite side of the oval and secured it with another Stampin’ Dimensional. I did this until I had two loops and the ends on opposite sides. I added a few more Stampin’ Dimensionals to even things out and make sure I had it all secure. I’m an over user of those things anyway! Then I added the greeting to the card front and finished it off with some Rhinestone bling!!!

What Pack of Washi Tape would you use the most – Pinks, Blues, or Greens?? Let me know in the comments below!

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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You Are The Best!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Today’s I’m sharing this “You Are The Best” card which is perfect for Valentine’s Day without being all lovey dovey! It can also be used any time of the year!!!

You Are The Best, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card was super simple and with the fabulous Sale-A-Bration Happy Wishes Stamp Set you can mix and match greetings! This is one of the stamp sets that you can get for FREE with a $100 order. This set has 16 stamps in it. There is a large “best” and “happy” and then lots of greetings that coordinate. I love it! Stamp the large greeting in black or gray and color it in or just stamp it in any color!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. The fold is on the left hand side and I went with this style so that I could tie the ribbon around the left side. This way I used less ribbon than if I wrapped it around the 5-1/2″ part of the card. I used the Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon and tied it around to the inside of the card and into a knot on the front! Next, I layered on a piece of the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper measuring 4″x 3″. With this size divisible by 12″, I got 12 of these pieces out of one sheet.

For the greeting, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits. The scallop circle was cut in Melon Mambo and the the smooth oval in Whisper White. Then, I stamped the greeting from the Happy Wishes Stamp Set in Fresh Fig Ink. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! I love being able to mix and match the greeting to create lots of different styles of cards like this. Another fun change, I used Gold Metallic Ribbon and Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon on other samples! I love having the ability to mix and match!

Want to check out more samples using the Painted With Love Designer Paper, click here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Deer In the Forest!!!

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One last Christmas card that I never got a chance to share. This deer in the forest card could be used for a great man card. Just change up the greeting and you are all set!

 

Deer In the Forest, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a piece of Whisper White measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″ for the card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Tranquil Tide from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to the bottom portion. The trees and deer use the Carols of Christmas Bundle (Bundle & Save 10%). Be sure to stamp the deer before die cutting it with the Card Front Builder Framelits. It is always easier to line up the framelit rather than stamp in such a small area! The deer was stamped in Chocolate Chip and the trees were cut in Tranquil Tide.

Stitched Shapes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I added the double trees to the card right above the designer paper. The single tree off to the right was placed up higher so it wasn’t all covered by the greeting. Next, I layered on a small strip of Gold Glimmer Paper. This is a great chance to use up some scraps. Feel free to put a piece that is thin or rather wide. It’s all up to you! Then I tied some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around to the inside of the card. I added the little deer just above the glimmer paper. For the greeting, I die cut a circle with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and stamped the greeting in Fresh Fig Ink. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Just change up the greeting to Happy Birthday for a great man card. If the gold glimmer is too much, Foil Paper would work too! Let me know if you would use this as a man card in the comments below! If you would change it up, let me know the changes as well!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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The Warmth of Christmas!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Here in Illinois you never know what the temperature is going to be for Christmas….it could be cold or warm. Either way this card makes it cozy with the warmth of Christmas!!!

The Warmth Of Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Then I cut to pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ (one for the inside and one for the outside). Next, I stamped the larger snowflake from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set in Night of Navy Ink on the corners. The smaller snowflakes are from the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere them to the card.

Snowflakes This Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set in Night of Navy Ink. This stamp set has some amazing greetings! I love it! Next, I die cut the circle with the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I layered it onto a circle die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits! I added the loops of Silver Metallic Thread to the back for a little texture and bling. To do this, I wrapped it around my four fingers 8-12 times, slid the loops off my fingers and twisted them into a figure eight. Then I placed the loops on the back of the greeting and secured them with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Just place a dimension in the spot you want the thread loop to be! I added the greeting to the middle of the card and finished it off with a few Rhinestones!

This card would be perfect for winter as well, just change up the greeting!!! Do you make winter birthday cards with a winter theme or similar to cards all year long?? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Laura’s Craft Room Tips & Tricks!!!

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Hello Stampers! We all love to craft. We all go through times where we want to throw something away because it’s frustrating! Today, I’m sharing some Craft Room Tips and Tricks of mine to help you with a few frustrations you might have! I hope you find these useful!!!

Fine Tip Glue Pen, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My first one is with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. This stuff is amazing for adhering small objects or delicate die cuts! It can be frustrating trying to put the needle back in it though. I have found that placing your find behind the tip and using that as a guide to slide the needle down into the tip helps. If you hold it up in the air and try to get it in, it takes much longer trying to get things lined up!

Clear Block Color Palette, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When you need some color to use with the Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, just press a clear block into the ink pad! Then you have some color. Many like to press the ink pad into the lid but I find that messy. Also, sometimes I don’t want the ink pad open for the entire time I’m coloring. This way I have my color and I can add drips of water to dilute the color or not. Once I’m done with the color palette, I simply run it under water to clean, use a baby wipe, or wipe it with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel!

Craft Room Tips & Tricks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The next tip is about cleaning your cleaning pad!!! I know that might sound odd but it’s true. After using the Stampin’ Scrub for a while, you might notice that cleaning your stamps on there is making them dirtier than before. That means it is time to clean the Stampin’ Scrub! Red really seems to stick to the pad so after using red a lot, it’s a good idea to clean it! Simply run it under water until the water runs clean. Sometimes I’ll add a little squirt of hand soap but it’s not really necessary! After rinsing all the color out, let it dry and it’s good as new again!

Scissor Tweezers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This tip is one that I use a lot. Sometimes it’s hard to get those little Rhinestones and Pearls on your project and perfectly placed (cough cough on that ink spot that somehow appeared). I have found that using Paper Snips as little tweezers really helps. Simply snip under the rhinestone or pearl, lift up and place it exactly where you want it on your project. Then put your finger on the top to hold it there and slide the scissors out. Of course, you could use tweezers but the bonus to this is that the Paper Snips have multiple uses and they are always on my craft table where as I have tweezers in my craft room…..couldn’t tell you where though!

Blender Pen Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It happens….no worries! The tip of the Blender Pen smooshes down into the barrel. It is not a lost cause! Simply take a pair of tweezers and pinch the end and lightly pull. This will bring the marker tip back out of the barrel and you can use the pen like normal again. I’m not sure if it’s the same pen or 2 different ones but I have had this happen twice now and this trick works  perfectly!

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Post It Notes or Post It Note Tape is your best friend with die cutting! This stuff is sticky enough to hold the die in place but not so sticky that it will rip your cardstock. I use this to hold framelits in place. It’s always super frustrating to stamp an image and then have it cut wrong. Then you have to start all over again. Another way I use it is for lining things up. For example, the quilt die was centered on my card and rather than measuring each time, I added the Post It Note Tape to either side and put a pen mark for the edge of the paper. Then I added this to each card to die cut and knew it was lined up! I can usually get 5+ cranks through the Big Shot before the piece starts to fall apart or not be sticky.

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!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means  I have a fabulous technique to share with you and it’s a One Sheet Wonder! I know how much you all love these!!!

Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I created these 6 cards using various pieces from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. I’m going to show you how I cut and created these as well as how you can make a lot more from this one stack! Let’s get started!

Filled with Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

You can always use the front and back of one sheet for a card like this but I went with 2 different sheets! The smaller floral piece is 3″ x 2″ and you can get 6 pieces from a full sheet of the paper with no waste!!! I layered that onto a piece of Calypso Coral measuring 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and I tied a piece of Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon. The striped piece measures 5″ x 2″ and you can get 3 of these pieces from one sheet with a small leftover piece. I layered this piece onto Pool Party (5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″). The greeting was from the Special Occasions Mini Catalog Stamp Set and I used the Everyday Label Punch for the words and the background piece! I finished off the card with a few Enamel Shapes!

Something borrowed, something blue, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The top card was created with the floral piece measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″ and the green stripes measuring 1-2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 2 cards from each sheet with this style. I added some Rich Razzleberry Sheer Ribbon. Then I used the greeting from the Specials Occasions Stamp Set and I used the Classic Label Punch.

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/4″. You can get 3 pieces of the designer paper from each sheet with this style! I used the Scallop Squares Framelits for this greeting and the same Special Occasions Stamp Set. I love the Silver Foil scallop and those little Metallic Enamel Shapes!

Foral One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up, the card on the top, I used a piece measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. While I love this big piece, you can only get 1 piece from each sheet. The 2 leftover pieces can be used in other styles! I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. I added a little Old Olive Mini Chevron bow that I created using the Fork Bow technique! The greeting was stamped from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set onto an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits!

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 3 pieces from each sheet. I layered this onto Pool Party (2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). The greeting is from the Special Occasions Stamp Set on an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I finished off the card with a few White Perfect Accents!

Happy Birthday Doily, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is another card that you could use the same sheet for both pieces. I went with 2 different sheets. If you use the same sheet, cut a piece measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and then cut it in the middle (or off if you wish for a larger piece on top or bottom). I cut the bottom piece into a 3″ x 4″ piece which you can get 2 pieces for a card like this and have leftovers. The upper piece measures 2-1/4″ x 4″. You can get 2 pieces like this from one sheet with leftovers as well. I used the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set for the greeting. The greeting uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop Circle Framelits and a Water Tea Lace Doily. I added a little ribbon using the Old Olive Sheer Ribbon. This helps to cover up the over lap of the 2 papers!

Since there are 4 sheets of each paper in the stack, you can get over 50 cards using these patterns. There are also a few sheets in the stack that I didn’t use so you could use those to create even more! How fabulous is that?!?!?! I love One Sheet Wonders because they are quick and simple and require very little supplies. I used 2 stamp sets, 5 colors of ink pads, and only a few colors of cardstock! That’s why these are my fabulous!

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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City of Bethlehem!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Awhile back I showed you this simple, all stamping card with the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set! Today, I’m showing this City of Bethlehem “stepped up” card using the coordinating Bethlehem Framelits!!!

City of Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning with that double layer of the city but does require a little bit more work with using the Big Shot.

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I cut two pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One piece is for the front and the other is for the inside since Night of Navy is such a dark color so writing on white is better! Before adding the white to the front, I did all of the stamping. This way if I make a mistake I can flip it over or grab another piece. First, I die cut the two villages with the Bethlehem Framelits; one in Night of Navy and the other in Silver Foil Paper. I adhered the two together and then added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to add it to the card front.

Blessed Christmas Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the stamping!! First, I stamped the star in Crushed Curry Ink and then the greeting in Night of Navy Ink. If you wish to stamp before adding the city, you can place it there as a guide, stamp, and then add it. Just go with whatever you are more comfortable with. Be sure that the greeting is low enough to add the ribbon! Next, I added this piece to the card front and tied the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding around the card. To finish it off, I added some Rhinestones for a little more bling!!!

Assemble Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did play around with this one for a while wondering what to add and my spacing. Mary and Joseph just looked so big in front of the city but I was trying to get them in there. I could have put the city up higher and it would have looked more “in the background” but I was happy with what I came up with. Do you ever have that where you spend forever trying to get the placement and idea to all come together?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, let me know if you prefer the simple stamped one or this stepped up version!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Peek Through Quilt Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This Peek Through Quilt Card is super cute and perfect for Christmas. Change up the colors and it would be great for many other occasions too!

Peek Through Quilt Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

From the front, it just looks super cute but then when you open it, the real WOW factor is shown off!!!

I started with a Real Red card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. After folding it in half for the card base, open it back up and place it in the Big Shot with the square quilt framelit on top. This is from the Quilt Builder Framelits. I eyeballed it for placement from the top and then used Post It Notes to hold the frame in place with markings on either side to center it. Check out the video below. I did this a few times and sometimes I just eyeballed the entire placement. It still works! Just go for it!

Christmas Quilt, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the decorations on the front, I used a piece of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper on the bottom. Next, I placed just a small piece of the Delicate White Doily on the right hand side. I was able to get 3-4 of these pieces from each doily depending on how I cut it. Simply add just a hint of adhesive at the top of the designer paper and press the doily into it. Then I tied some of the Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the card front and into a knot.

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the inside where all the magic is! I placed a piece of Whisper White in the center and stamped the greeting from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) in Real Red Ink. Make sure the greeting is low enough that your greeting doesn’t get covered by the quilt square. For the quilt square, I used the Layering Squares Framelits. That scallop edge just adds even more to this warm and cozy sweet card. First, I stamped the dotted image in Real Red Ink. Then, I stamped the inserts in Pool Party and Garden Green Ink. After stamping, I added this piece to the scallop red square.

Now for the placement to the inside of the card and yet still making sure it peeks through correctly. I added adhesive to the back of the scallop and held it in front of the die cut window. Holding it there, all lined up, I shut the card and slowly pulled my fingers out. You will notice that the sample above is a hint tilted but I’m okay with that because it still lines up perfectly when closed.

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!!!

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza going on all week!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Deck The Halls!!!

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Are you excited about Christmas? Have you started to Deck the Halls?? We usually decorate the first week of Christmas! I like celebrating each holiday as it’s own so next up is Thanksgiving!

Deck the Halls, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Cherry Cobble card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and die cut the border piece on the left and then the right using the Card Front Builder Framelits. This was probably the hardest part of the entire card. Then using the coordinating Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%), I stamped the greeting in Crumb Cake Ink. I really struggled with my colors for this card, wondering if I wanted to stick with just a few and  is that one dark enough. Feel free to change it up if you recreate this card! 🙂

Next up, I stamped the ornaments on either side of the greeting in Basic Gray Ink. I placed a piece of scrap paper over the top border so that the strings stopped in the middle and didn’t cross over each line. Then I cleaned off the stamps and stamped the ornaments in Emerald Envy Ink and Cherry Cobbler Ink onto scrap white paper. Using the Card Front Builder Framelits, I die cut the ornaments out. Two of the ornaments are adhered flat and the other 4 ornaments were added with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love these little things! Now that the front is complete, I added this piece to a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the front, I added a few Enamel Shapes!

Holiday Ornaments, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I added a piece of Whisper White and stamped some ornaments in Emerald Envy to coordinate!!! Do you like to add a layer to the inside of the card and decorate it?? Let me know in the comments below! I don’t usually do it but like to every once in a while!

Don’t forget that all orders of $75 or more placed in the month of November will earn the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set from me!!! Click here to start shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All Kinds of Shutter Cards!!!

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Back a few months ago, I posted this Shutter Card! Since then I have made all kinds of shutter cards in different patterns and for different occasions! Check them out here! For the directions and video tutorial, click here!

All kinds of shutter cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This one was created with the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. I used the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set and coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits for the front decoration! Bundle & Save 10%

Life Happens Coffee Helps, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This greeting fits like JUST PERFECTLY so you really have to hold the shutter open real tight. You can stamp the greeting in the middle of the circle before adding the shutters too! Just make sure it is centered!

Anniversary Shutter Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This one uses the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper. The greeting and decoration is from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set!

Fresh Florals, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This set is perfect because of the coordinating greeting for the outside and inside. Also, be sure if you front decoration is in the center, only place adhesive on the left side so you aren’t sealing your card shut! 🙂

Star of Wonder Shutter Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course, I had to do a Christmas Card. I used the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper. The greeting was stamped using the Star of Light Stamp Set on the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the ribbon as the belly band!

Christmas Shutter Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one is your favorite??? Let me know in the comments below! I think mine is the last one but it’s a tough decision! If you would like to make one of these, here are the direction!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura