Laura’s Quick Tips: Removing Cardstock!!!

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Happy Thursday!!! Today, I have another one of Laura’s Quick Tips for you all! This one is on removing cardstock from your framelits/dies/thinlets. Sometimes the cardstock can get stuck in there and it is frustrating and sometimes results in it ripping when you try to take it out! Here are some tips to help you out!

Removing Cardstock Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are 2 things that I like to use when removing cardstock from my dies. The first one is the Take Your Pick Tool which has a few different tips to use. My favorite is the “pancake flipper” end. When I have a die like the Stitched Nested Labels that holds the cardstock in each of those stitched holes along the edge, it can be difficult to get it out. If you punch it out quickly sometimes the stitching rips or you end up with pressure spots on the label. To help with this, I simply slide the pancake flipper under the edge all around and slightly rotate it so it’s popping the cardstock out. Keep working your way around the end die until the cardstock is out. This is much less frustrating and keeps the die cut cardstock all pretty!

The other tool I use is Post It Note tape. This is the perfect amount of sticky without ripping the cardstock. It comes out smoothly and can be used over and over. When die cutting the embossed leaves from the Gathered Leaves Dies, there are no holes in the dies to push out the cardstock if it gets stuck. Simply press the Post-It Note tape to the back and lightly tug. This will pull out the leaf perfectly intact!

I hope you found these super helpful and try them out yourself! If you have a fun tip that you would like to share, let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see the way I’m removing cardstock in action check out the video 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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Season of Thanks!!!

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Tis the Season! The Season of Thanks! I am LOVING these blues and greens together and feel like I’ve fallen in love! Stampin’ Up really nailed it with the Come to Gather Suite!!! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Season of Thanks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am so in love with this card. It is elegant, Fall, and full of love! That’s perfect in my opinion!

I started with a Soft Sea Foam card base. Next, I took a piece of the Come To Gather Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and layered it onto the front. Then I added a dab of adhesive in the center and pressed the strip of ribbon into it. This ribbon is from the Come to Gather Ribbon Pack. It is always best to add the adhesive to the cardstock than to the ribbon, it just sticks better that way!

Gather Together Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Gather Together Stamp Set in Pretty Peacock Ink. Be sure to stamp it on the far right side so there is room for the leaves and pumpkin on the left. This was stamped on a Very Vanilla Stitched Label! Those things are so beautiful and I love using them for all different styles of cards. On the left hand side, I adhered 2 textured leaves that were die cut from the coordinating Gathered Leaves Dies. Then I stamped the pumpkins in Soft Sea Foam and die cut those out as well. I added this entire piece to the card front over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish it off, I added a few Basic Sequins for some bling!

Come to Gather Suite, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I added some pumpkins and another greeting from the Gather Together stamp set! It’s just perfect!!!

If you would like to make this Season of Thanks card, click on the supplies listed below to get started! Also, a big thank you to all of you for checking out my blog and following me on this crafting journey! Hugs to you all!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Boo To You!!!

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Halloween is right around the corner so now is the time to start working on your Halloween Projects. That might be treat bags, cards, tags, or home decor. Today, I’m sharing with you a cute Boo To You card with little monsters!!! Thank you to Tamra Davis for the inspiration for this card!

Boo To You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Just a little scary….and hairy…but also super cute!!! There are 3 monsters in the Boo To You Stamp Set so you can really have lots of fun with this card!

I started with a Terracotta Tile card base. Using the Boo To You greeting and the Terracotta Tile Marker, I inked up just the word “Boo” and stamped it all over the background. You could also stamp the entire image if you wish. Next, I die cut out a square Stitched Shape in Smoky Slate. Then I stamped the monster in Basic Gray and colored him with Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Highland Heather and Pumpkin Pie but you can do any color!

Creepy Monster, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Per my husband since I’m not a monster aficionado, I left the finger tips white and then added some Glitter Crystal Effects. Also, I added some to the eyeballs and teeth! Once complete, I layered this piece onto Black Foil Paper measuring 3″ x 4″. Next, I took a piece of Terracotta Tile Scallop Trim Ribbon and colored down the center with a Black Stampin’ Blends. This changes the ribbon completely for a fun spooky look. I love it. TIP: The color does bleed on the ribbon so be gentle and swipe close to the scallop trim and allow it to bleed to fill in. I added this to the bottom of the foil paper securing the ends of the ribbon on the back side with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added it to the card front.

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Boo To You Stamp Set and punched it out with the 1″ Circle Punch. Next, I layered it onto a Scallop Circle of Smoky Slate and added it to the card front.

Monster Card Insert, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I stamped another cute monster and stamped the other greeting in the set. Aren’t they just precious?!?!?! If you would like to make a Boo To You card for the little monsters in your life, click the supplies listed below. Also, check out this fun sample too!

Don’t forget that orders of $75 or more will earn the Beauty & Joy Stamp Set for FREE as a special offer through me!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday: Adding A Scallop Ribbon Border!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today and it’s super simple! Check out this adorable scallop ribbon border on this card. The cool thing about this is that you can get 2 cards for every 5 inches of ribbon. I cut the ribbon in half!!!

Scallop Ribbon Border, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super simple and perfect for making multiples!! The pack of Brightly Gleaming Designer Paper has so many great prints that would all work in this same color scheme.

I started with a card base of Pretty Peacock measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I cut 2 pieces of Very Vanilla measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ (for the front and inside). Then, I cut the Brightly Gleaming Designer Paper into 4″ x 4″ squares. That means you can get 9 cards from 1 sheet of designer paper with no waste. YEAH!! I added Tear And Tape along the bottom of the designer paper and since it’s a perfect square it doesn’t matter where the bottom is. Then taking the Pretty Peacock Scallop Trim Ribbon, I cut it in half so I could get 2 cards for every piece. Press the half piece of ribbon into the Tear And Tape on the edge and trim off the extra on the ends.

Brightly Gleaming Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After adding adhesive all around the other sides of the designer paper, it is then added to the Very Vanilla piece. Next, I stamped the greeting from the So Many Stars Stamp Set in Celestial Copper Ink on the bottom. I am loving this shiny copper ink. With the coordinating Star Framelits, I die cut a star in Copper Foil Paper. You could also use the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements! The Fine Tip Glue Pen is amazing for adhering delicate items like this.

Christmas Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this Scallop Ribbon Border in action, check out the video 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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Flying Away!!!

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I’m writing this blog after dropping Claire off at a Stay & Play for the first time. I’m so excited for her to play with other kids and new toys and have fun. There is also the excitement that I have dedicated time to work without interruptions. Then there is that little pull on my heart that misses her already and is wondering what is she doing and does she miss me. It’s like she’s already flying away from me. 🙁 But just like this card says, Let Your Dreams Soar!!!

Flying Away, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect for this time of the year. Send it to someone who is heading off to college. Someone heading to a new job would love a card like this too! There are so many wonderful uses for this card that is sure to put a smile on their face and some warmth in their heart!

I started with a Pretty Peacock card base. Next, I took a piece of 4″ x 4″ Terracotta Tile and embossed it with the Subtle Embossing Folder. This gives just the perfect amount of texture! This piece was added on the left hand side of the card front. Then, I took a piece of the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper and stamped hot air balloons all over in Pretty Peacock. All of these images are from the Above the Clouds Stamp Set. Then I added this layer to the card front.

Subtle Embossing Folder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the flying away balloon focal point and the greeting! I die cut a Stitched Circle in Very Vanilla! Then on a piece of scrap Very Vanilla, I stamped the Hot Air Balloon and greeting in Basic Gray Ink. Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored the balloon! I went with Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral. For the basket, I actually stamped in Basic Gray onto Smokey Slate cardstock. I added these to the circle with regular Snail Adhesive but then I popped up the full circle on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Off to the right, I added a little banner strip with the other greeting stamped in Terracotta Tile Ink. I finished off the card with a few Faceted Dots in Pretty Peacock!

If you would like to recreate this Flying Away card, check out the supplies listed below. You can also check out other samples using this set here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Pale Pink Birdies!!!

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You all know I love the color pink. This card inspiration came from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper and I was super excited to use pink for a birdie card. These pale pink birdies are perfect for a card for any occasion. What occasion would you use this look for?? Let me know in the comments below!

Pale Pink Birdies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just precious with the soft colors, beautiful flowers, and little birdies???

I started with a Petal Pink card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. This size works well when tying ribbon around the card because then you use less ribbon. 🙂 Next, I layered a piece of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper onto Soft Suede cardstock! Before adding it to the lower half of the card front, I stamped a few leaves from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set in Petal Pink Ink. This adds a little decoration to the top solid portion but without being too bold.

Stitched Labels Dies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After laying on the designer paper, I tied some Very Vanilla Scallop Lace Trim around the card front and into a knot. Then for the focal point, I die cut out a label from the Nested Stitched Label Dies. These are the Bundle & Save 10% dies that go with the Free As A Bird Stamp Set. Using that stamp set, I stamped the greeting and the birdies in Basic Gray. Next, I colored in the branch and birdies with Stampin’ Blends Markers!

Coloring birds with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added the pale pink birdies to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture and so the image was smooth over the ribbon! To finish it off, I added a few Rhinestones for some bling!

Pink Petal Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the leaf image and then the little flower. Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored them in for the perfect coordination!

If you want to recreate this card, check out the supply list below! If you want to see more samples using the Free As A Bird Set, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Cute As A Bug!!!

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Last week, I showed off a fun bug card with scallop frames and today I’m going with a quick and simple card. This one is still cute as a bug but takes less time and can be created in any color you wish!

Cute As A Bug, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral for this bug card! It could be done in blues, greens, or even purple too!

I started out with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Using the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set, I stamped 2 of the bugs all over in Calypso Coral Ink. I angled them differently and made sure to fall off the edge for a complete look. Then I added this to the card front!

Banner Triple Punch, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the cute as a bug focal point of the card! Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched all 3 of the banners for layering this greeting. The biggest layer was done with a piece of the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper, then Grapefruit Grove and then Whisper White. The greeting comes from the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set too! I layered all of these one with Snail Adhesive. Then I stamped one of the bugs on a piece of Whisper White and colored it in with a Stampin’ Blends Marker! Using the coordinating Wiggly Bugs Dies, I die cut out the bug and added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish it off, I added some enamel shapes from the Happiness Blooms Pack.

Coral Bugs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On the inside of the card, I added some Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the greeting and another bug! I love coordinating the inside with the front of the card!

If you would like to create this card, check out the supplies listed below!!! Also, don’t forget to use your Bonus Bucks that you earned last month!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Framed Wiggle Worms!!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You all know what that means!! I have an adorable card to share with you today. These little framed wiggle worms are super fun and perfect for a kids card (or a kiddult)!!!

Framed Wiggle Worms, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this the cutest thing ever?? I love it!

First, I started with a piece of Basic Black (4″ x 5-1/4″) and punched 3 holes in it with a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. I did these in a “random” pattern which for me is a triangle pattern! 🙂 Next, I made 3 scallop rings for each of the holes. This was done by punching out the colored cardstock with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch and then layering the scallop circle from the Layering Circle Framelits over it. I used a post-it note to hold it in place. This is much easier than cutting the scallop circle and then trying to line it up in the punch correctly!

Scallop Circle Frames, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since these little frames are so delicate, I have found this little technique to adhere them on. Of course the Fine Tip Glue Pen would work too! Take a little bit of Multipurpose Glue and put it on the Silicone Mat. Then using a sponge, dab on just a little bit of glue all around the frame. This gives just enough glue to hold but not too much to have it squish out the sides.

Now for the bugs, I simply stamped them in Basic Gray onto Whisper White, added the details and then colored them in with Stampin’ Blends. Once they are all ready to go, I cut them a part from each other and secured them to the back of the black. Be sure to not cut too close to the bug or you won’t have enough white to cover the open circle. I added just a bit of adhesive to the back side of the black and then pressed the bug over it. If you have white hanging over the edge, simply trim it off.

Happy Birthday Little Bug, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Wiggle Worm Stamp Set. The “happy” and “birthday” were stamped by just inking the word needed on the edge of the ink pad and stamping it down. Then clean it off and do the next word and color. Using the Classic Label Punch, I punched out each one. Some of the words, I placed on the edge with only 1 arrow end and some I placed father in for both arrow ends. This is all up to you! Another option is to add grass like the sample above. The grass if from the coordinating Wiggly Bugs Dies. Of course I stamped a little bug on the inside as well!

If you would like to see this Framed Wiggle Worms card in action, check out the video 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 Mean the World to Me!!!

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You Mean the World to Me! This greeting is so amazing. It is perfect to send to a friend you miss. This card would work for a Mother’s Day card or even a birthday card! Get Well or Thinking of You would work too. It just all depends on what you put on the inside! It’s so beautiful!

You Mean the World to Me, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super simple because the amazing Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper does all the hard work for you. I’m so in love with these colors and those beautiful flowers and birds! The pattern is perfect for any occasion.

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Daffodil Delight measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I layered on a piece of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. It is as simple as that!

Now it is time to embellish and add a greeting! I went with some of the Whisper White Flax Ribbon that I attached with a bit of adhesive. Then I made sure the Stampin’ Dimensionals secured it well with the greeting. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink. I used the coordinating Nest Stitched Labels to die cut it out. These labels are perfect for greetings and that stitching adds so much extra to it. I love it! To finish off the card, I added a few Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins for texture and a pop of shiny color!

Simple Stamped Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I went with a few simple stamped flowers in Daffodil Delight on the inside. These flowers are from the Free As a Bird Stamp Set too!

If you want to make this card, check out the supplies listed below! Click here to see more samples using these products too! Also, always remember that you mean the world to me. Thank you for reading my blog, following me on social media, and watching my videos! I appreciate it so much!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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5 Layer Bow!!!

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I know many of you may hate tying bows but they make a card look so fabulous! Practice makes perfect too so keep trying! People always ask how I do it and get it to come out so well. Practice, Practice, Practice! Every time I help someone make a bow….that’s more practice! This 5 layer bow really POPS off the card and I just used 5 strands of Linen Thread!

Thank You Birdie Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See how this card just POPS with that fun bow….and those gorgeous birdies! Check out this video tutorial to see how simple punching out designer paper is!

I started with a Calypso Coral card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and ran it through the Woodland Embossing Folder for that fun tree background. Before adding this layer to the card front, I added a piece of the Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across it, securing the ends on the back side. Then using the Layering Circles Framelits and a Circle Punch, I punched out some of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. These images are super fabulous and fit perfectly in a little circle. You can punch out tons of images for one sheet of 12″ x 12″ to create lots of different cards. It’s super fun! I layered those together and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

5 Layer Bow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greeting was stamped from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set onto the coordinating Stitched Nested Framelits! I added this to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals too! The dimensionals help secure an image on a rough surface like an embossed one or one with ribbon! It also gives a nice smooth look to the card because the dimensional pops in and out of the grooves!

Now for that fabulous 5 layer bow, I took 5 strands of Linen Thread all stacked together and tied them into a bow. For a free standing bow like this one, I create 2 loops (bunny ears) and then tie a knot with those 2 loops just as if they were a single strand. Push and pull to get the perfect size loops and tails for your bow that you wish. Then I secured it to the card front with a Mini Glue Dot!!!

Flowers on the corner, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course I had to decorate the inside of the card too! I added a few flowers from the Free As A Bird Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink! I just love decorating the inside of the cards now! How about you??? Let me know in the comments below!!

If you want to create this card, check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget Bonus Bucks this month for every $50 you spend!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Woodland Embossing Folder
$8.50
Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon
$8.00
Linen Thread
$5.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Free As A Bird Bundle
$51.25
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50