Technique Tuesday – Memorial Day & Summer!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means….I have a fabulous technique to share. Awhile back I showed off my Welcome Frame (check that out here) and today I’m sharing some Memorial Day & Summer decor.

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I love this flag decoration because it’s perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July! Woot Woot! Let’s get started on how I created those amazing stars and stripes.

I started by die cutting Silver Foil with the Layering Circles Framelits. The bling and added texture of the scallop really made the flag pop, I thought! Next, I took the Swirly Scribbles Framelits and die cut out some Real Red for the stripes. I added this to a piece of scrap Whisper White that was big enough for the final circle to be die cut. The Fine Tip Glue Pen works wonders for small delicate images like this.

Then, for the stars, I tried two different ways. First, I stamped the stars from the Wood Words Stamp Sets in Night of Navy Ink all along the top of the white. Then I die cut out the circle. I thought it looked a little simple and wanted to step up my game with some silver bling! I took a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and stamped the stars in VersaMark Ink. Next, I heat embossed the stars in Silver Embossing Powder. Then to get that curve in the navy to match with my stripes, I used the outside edge of the Swirly Scribbles Framelit. Simply place it on the edge and run it through the Big Shot. It won’t come out perfectly the same but it gives a little swoop rather than being straight across. Check out the video below for more details on that as it’s a bit hard to explain! 🙂

American Flag, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once I had the stars ready, I adhered them to the Whisper White and then die cut all of it with the Layering Circles Framelit. I did the circle at the end so that everything was cut out perfectly (the stars, stripes, and white base). Also, it was much easier than cutting the circle and trimming each piece that I layered on top!

Welcome to Summer, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m so excited that Summer is right around the corner. Eeeee I just love summer! This decor was super simple and just required lots of circles die cut to get each layer. First, I started with a Daffodil Delight circle die cut with the Laying Circles Framelits. Then I die cut out a Bermuda Bay one and snipped off the top to allow my sun to show through. I showed in the video how I used a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay which die cut out more like a strip with rounded edges. That works too as long as you have enough “ocean water” showing. Layering the ocean onto the sunset with the same curve of the circle.

Summer on the Beach, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Finally, for the sand,  I spritzed some Crumb Cake cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink refill mixed with rubbing alcohol. This gives a nice speckled, textured look for my sand. Then I die cut out a circle and ripped it along the top to look like a rough edge of the beach. This gives some texture to the scene! Then I added the die cut Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers Framelits with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I only added glue to the bottom rectangle and the arms of the chair. This allows the top (back) of the chair to not be glued down for a more 3D look. I love it!

Welcome Frame & Decor, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the amazing decor pieces I have created so far. Click here to see more details on the frame, Spring decor, and Birthday decor. Click here to check out the adorable box to store all the pieces in. Stay tuned for more decor pieces to come as we move throughout the seasons and holidays of the year!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Hope!!!

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This week seems to be flying by kind of…..anyone else out there think so? I always feel like some weeks fly by and others so go slow when really they are all the same. I find that super crazy! If your week is going slow…..this Hope card will give you the strength to power through to the weekend! 🙂

Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card could be created in many different colors. I know that different ribbon colors stand for different types of cancer and diseases. Also, the fun floral pattern can be colored any way you wish for any type of thinking of you card! I love it!

I started with a Pink Pirouette card base. Next, I die cut out the letters in Rich Razzleberry from the Large Letter Framelits. Rather than using an “O”, I used the ribbon from the Support Ribbon Framelits Dies. I die cut out 3 ribbons in Bermuda  Bay and then stamped the floral image from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set onto Whisper White. I stamped the ribbon in Memento Ink and colored it with Stampin’ Blends. Most of the images were so small that I didn’t blend much but just colored light and dark in spots.

Ribbon of Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now it is time to assemble it all. First, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the background. After placing the letters and ribbon on it, I realized it looked too plain. Using the flower from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, I stamped it all over the background. When I did this in class, one of the ladies used Pink Pirouette for the little flowers rather than Rich Razzleberry like me. I think I liked her’s better because it filled in but was more subtle.

Layered Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the letters and layers of the ribbon. The extra layers really made the ribbon pop and I loved that look and texture! The hardest part of this card is just the spacing and making sure the letters all fit. I find it best to place them down and then pick up one at a time to glue down.

What color(s) of ribbon would you use for your card? Let me know in the comments below! Also, to purchase any of these items used for this card, just click the photos below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Welcome Home Decor Frame!!!

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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 this Welcome home decor frame! It is super fun and the interchangeable decoration keep it fresh every season/occasion!

Welcome Home Decor Frame, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a frame measuring 12.5″ x 7.25″ which I got off of Amazon. It was actually a sports frame for an individual photo on the left and a team photo on the right. It was the perfect long shape for what I needed though! 🙂 I cut a piece of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock down to fit. Using the Large Letters Framelits, I die cut out the letter in Basic Black and glued them on with Fine Tip Glue Pen. When I did this in class some did it straight across, some diagonal left to right, and some up and down like mine. TIPS: Make sure you allow enough space for the decoration since it’s bigger than a letter. Also, be sure to stay away from edge enough for the frame to fit in since there is a bit of a lip.

Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For Spring, I did these beautiful butterflies using the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set. I started with a Pool Party scallop circle die cut from the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I stamped the butterfly in Calypso Coral (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice)! Using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits (both retiring), I die cut out the butterflies. I added them to the scallop with Stampin’ Dimensionals and put a magnet on the back!

Strawberry Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I made Birthday decorations to display the month, week, or day of someone’s birthday. Here is the strawberry cupcake which I stamped in Flirty Flamingo Ink (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice). I used the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set and coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits (both retiring). For the liner, I used Soft Suede Ink, Crumb Cake Ink (full strength) and Crumb Cake Ink (stamped off once).

Sweet Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added the cupcake with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a scallop circle die cut from the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. YUM! Can’t wait to display this in August for my birthday!!! Also, don’t forget to add the magnet to the back!

Chocolate Cupcake for Birthdays, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is a chocolate cupcake too! I’m more of a white cake girl over chocolate any day but thought I would do one of each. I used more Myth’s & Magic Glimmer Paper for the base. The cupcake was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice) and the same liner as the Strawberry one! Don’t forget to add the magnet to the back!

Chocolate Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This one will go up in December at our house because Brad loves chocolate and his birthday is then! 🙂

Stayed tuned for tomorrow where I will show the adorable little box to store all of these in and I’ll be making more decorations as the year goes on. Feel free to give suggestions in the comments below of some good ones for holidays or seasons. I would love to hear what you think.

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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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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Technique Tuesday – Coloring Embossing Paste with Sponge Daubers!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today. I’m coloring Embossing Paste with Sponge Daubers. This technique is super cool because you only use the amount needed of the Embossing Paste. When I colored some with Re-Inker in the past, I ended up making millions of cards because I colored too much paste!

Coloring Embossing Paste With Sponge Daubers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how that background adds texture to the card and gives it a fun variation in color. Also, I love love love my Sponge Daubers and while I have used them in awhile, I do enjoy it!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I took a piece of Pear Pizzazz measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ to add the Embossing Paste to it. First, I took the Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask and added color all over by pouncing a Sponge Dauber over the top. You can always use the same color (Pear Pizzazz) or go a shade darker like Old Olive or Wild Wasabi. Mixing the colors and pouncing all over would be fabulous too. After adding color in an area big enough for the cardstock, I placed the mask over the cardstock and onto the Silicone Craft Sheet. Then I added the Embossing Paste and as it swipes across the mask it picks up the color. I love it! Peel off the mask and allow it dry!

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While the Embossing Paste is drying, I worked on the floral image and greeting. Using the Petal Palette Stamp Set and coordinating Petals & More Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I stamped the flowers and greeting Memento Black Ink. Then I colored the flowers with the Old Olive and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. After coloring, I die cut the flowers out and the greeting with the frame. Now to assemble, I added some Organza Ribbon around the card and then added it to the card base. Next, I added the flowers and greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This gives the card some texture but also a nice smooth look over the Embossing Paste. To finish off the card, I added some Enamel Shapes to the greeting. I love it and it’s perfect for lots of occasions!

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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Hold On To Hope!!!

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Last week, I showed these amazing samples and here is another fabulous one. All of these use the Hold On To Hope Bundle from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Hold On To Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have really been having lots of fun with different creations using this bundle – Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits! There are just lots of great ways to use it for religious events as well as lots of other occasions and lifting up styles!

I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped all around the edge. The stamped image is from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and it was stamped in Pear Pizzazz Ink. Then, I die cut the solid cross in Pear Pizzazz and the skinnier cross in Silver Foil Paper using the Cross of Hope Framelits. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I adhered these together and added them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″).

This piece was then layered onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz (3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) and added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set onto scrap white and then die cut it out with the coordinating framelit in the Cross of Hope Set. I added this across the top of the crosses.

This card is great to lift someone spirits, as a thinking of you or sympathy, and even for religious occasions like Confirmation, First Communion, etc. Going with a monochromatic look makes it easier and fewer supplies to get out. Woot Woot!

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is out and these items are while supplies last so don’t wait if there is something you need! Click here to shop the retiring items.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Coloring On Stamps With Markers!!!

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I feel like I always go through waves on using different stamp products in my craft room. I realized I haven’t used my markers in awhile so I got them out and created this beauty by coloring on stamps with markers!!!

Coloring On Stamps With Markers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning in the simplicity of it. I wondered if I should add some jewels or more stamping to fill it in but decided to go simple. Let me know in the comments if you love it as is or if you would have added more to the card!

I started with an Elegant Eggplant (retiring color) card base. Next, I cut 2 piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One is for the inside of the card and the other is for the front. Then, I took the floral image from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and colored it in with markers. I used Elegant Eggplant for the flowers and Old Olive for the greenery. After coloring it all in using the marker tip and not the pen tip, I huffed on it a bit and stamped it down. Think about eating a piece of hot food. When you put it in your mouth and it’s hot, you sort of ha ha breath with your mouth open to cool it off. That is huffing. This action will moisten the ink on the stamps to make sure it is ready to stamp. For the sample above, I actually inked it up both times but you could always stamp it once, huff on it and stamp it again. The second image will come out a bit lighter but still look fabulous!

Another option would be to create 2 cards are one time, stamp the fresh image on one piece of white and the second stamp on another. Ink it up again and do the same, then one card will be the darker images and the second card will have both of the lighter images. I’m all about getting the most bang for your buck when stamping!

After stamping the flowers, I added this layer to the card front. Then for the greeting I used the Layering Squares Framelits with Whisper White and Gold Foil Paper. I stamped the greeting from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set in Elegant Eggplant and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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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Technique Tuesday – Cross of Hope!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! Today, I’m showing you some ways to use the Cross of Hope Bundle and mix and match it up!

Cross of Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here these cards are very similar but I changed up a few things to fit a different occasion or recipient. I really love creating a card style that can be interchanged like this. It makes a set so much more useful! I used the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set and coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits which you can Bundle & Save 10%. Then for the greeting on the pink one, I used the Inspired Events Stamp Set.

I used Pool Party and Powder Pink for the two cards shown and the card bases. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4.” I  stamped the floral/greenery image from the Hold On To Hope Stamp Set in a “S” pattern. Depending on the greeting placement and how much you want to show, you can always stamp it differently. The ink used for each card was the same as the card base – Pool Party and Powder Pink. For the pink card, I stamped the greeting in the lower left corner from the Inspired Events Stamp Set.

Baptismal Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the layer with the cross, I cut out the colored cardstock measuring 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ in the coordinating color. Next, I cut out a Whisper White piece measuring 2″ x 3″ and die cut out the cross from the Cross of Hope Framelits. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the cross to the white and layered it all together. I added the layered rectangle to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture. One the pink card, I added some Pearls down the center.

God Is Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the blue card, I stamped the God is Love greeting onto a piece of scrap white in Pool Party Ink. Then I die cut it out with the coordinating Cross of Hope Framelits! I added this to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional on the left side and some Snail on the right side. This way it is level across the card coordinating with the popped up cross.

These cards are great for religious occasions, thinking of you, sympathy, and so much more! Change up the color or greeting to fit your needs!

If you would like to see this all in action and another fabulous sample, 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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Here’s To An Epic Celebration!!!

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I know Sale-A-Bration is over but I still have a few more samples to share so let’s party on with this one! Here’s To An Epic Celebration!!! I got the inspiration for this card from Debbie Jones!

Here's To An Epic Celebration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the color blocking and the use of the stamped images. You could always change up the colors to whatever you have lots of scraps left over or your favorite color combination!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to the front as well as to the inside so I could write my message. Using a Basic Black card base is fun but it does make it hard to write on the inside. Then I cut the follow pieces for stamping – Tempting Turquoise (1-7/8″ x 5″), Daffodil Delight (1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″), and Rose Red (1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″). Using the images from the Epic Celebrations Stamp Set and Basic Black Ink, I stamped all over. Then I puzzle pieced each piece to the card front. For the greeting, I die cut out the circles with the Layering Circles Framelits and stamped the greeting in the center. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the greeting to the center of the card!

Headphones, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since the card base is black, I added a layer of Whisper White to the inside of the card (4″ x 5-1/4″). I stamped the headphones in the corner for a little extra decoration. Do you like to add a layer to the inside of your card and decorate it?? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to see if more people do that or don’t do that. Usually I don’t add a layer because I write big and usually a lot. 🙂

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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