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!

I adore you, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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


To Think Of You Is To Smile!!!

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To Think Of You Is To Smile is the perfect greeting for any occasion greeting card! I would love to get a card like this on a special occasion or just a random day!!! Wouldn’t you?!?!

To Think Of You Is To Smile, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Also, I’m loving the color combination of Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party. Isn’t it perfect together?

I started with a Melon Mambo card base and adhered a strip of Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper across it. IMPORTANT TIP: Only add adhesive on the outside edges of the designer paper since the middle will be die cut. Next, I used the Eastern Medallion Framelits to die cut out that fabulous image. I placed the framelit in the middle of the designer paper strip. After die cutting, I snips the edges of the designer paper to take it off the design and reveal the Melon Mambo. This is why it is easier if there isn’t adhesive in the middle! 🙂

Now it is time for the greeting! Using the Layering Circles Framelits, I die cut out one in Whisper White and one in Lemon Lime Twist. Next, I stamped the circle and greeting from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set onto the Whisper White circle and layered them together. Bundle the Stamp Set and Framelits together and save 10%! Using the Gold Metallic Thread, I wrapped it around my fingers about 10-15 times. Then I pulled the loops off my fingers, twisted into a figure 8, and placed them on the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I secured the thread exactly where I wanted it to flare out! Then I peeled off the backing and place it in the center of my card!

For the final step, I placed a piece of Pool Party cardstock (4″ x  5-1/4″) on the inside front panel of the card. Be sure to only add adhesive around the edges of the cardstock so there isn’t any adhesive peaking through the die cut image.

Are you in love with the Eastern Palace Suite like I am? Let me know in the comments below. If you aren’t, check out these samples here, here, and here and then you just might be!!! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Favorite Card Right Now!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I just have to share with you my favorite card right now! I don’t know what it is about this card but when I first saw it, I fell in love so hard. The idea is from the amazing, Sara Douglas and I just had to recreate it. It’s so amazing!!! I hope you love it too! My Favorite Card Right Now, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning with all the images coming together to make this masterpiece?? I’m loving it so hard right now!!! I really need to try different color combinations to really see what I can come up with! Let me know some combinations to try in the comments below!

I started with a Tranquil Tide card base. Next I took a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 4-1/4″) and die cut out the pieces in the circle with the Eastern Medallion Framelits. There are 2 different ones in the set and I just picked one; either would work! Then I started stamping with the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). First, I stamped the circle in the center and the greeting! Second, I stamped the 3 dots between each of the double triangles. I found that rotating the cardstock for each stamped image was best. When I tried to angle around myself, I ended up with the dots a little diagonal. Finally, I stamped  the triangle of dots between each of the row of dots. While it does look pretty intimidating, just do each section and take your time, it will all come together and look amazing!

Collage Stamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love how the more you stamp, the more it evolves into this cool image! Now it is time to assemble. I wanted the die cut portion to really pop out so I added a square of Tranquil Tide (3″ x 3″) to the center of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). I added some Gold Ribbon around the stamped Vanilla piece with a Mini Tassel tied into the bow! Next, I added the stamped Vanilla piece to the Designer Paper with Stampin’ Dimensionals, securing the ribbon under the Dimensional. Using the Gold Vinyl Stickers, I added a border piece above and below the Vanilla stamped piece. I just love it!!!

I hope this gives you more inspiration for ways to use the Eastern Palace Suite. You can check out other samples here, here, and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday-Layering the Eastern Palace Suite!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today’s technique is all about laying the Eastern Palace Suite!!! I used the Eastern Medallion Framelits, Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, and Gold Vinyl Stickers for this amazing card! Isn’t it beautiful?!?!

Layering Eastern Palace Suite, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The layers and details of this card just give such a WOW factor. I know this isn’t a card I would make every day for every occasion. It’s always fun to go above and beyond for that one special card sometimes. Let’s get started!

I started with a Tranquil Tide card base and layered on a piece of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of Very Vanilla (3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″) and die cut out the circle in the upper left corner. I used the small circle and the next layer up circle from the Eastern Medallion Framelits. There are lots of different cut out creations you can make. Then I stamped the circle from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) in Fresh Fig Ink. Now it’s time to put on the Gold Vinyl Sticker. The sticker will fall off on the left side and maybe the top depending on where the die cuts were placed. It’s important to do these layers in this order because otherwise this happens…..

A Note for You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Notice how the stamped circle is messy and missing a portion on the left hand side, that’s because I stamped after the sticker. The circle fits like just perfectly or doesn’t fit just perfectly so stamping afterwards is not a good deal. Some of the stamped image went onto the sticker and then just smeared off. By stamping first, it is underneath the sticker and peaks through perfectly no matter what! I stamped the greeting from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set after adding the sticker so I knew it would be placed at the edge of the image!

Now it is time to assemble! I layered the stamped vanilla piece onto a piece of Tranquil Tide (3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″) flush with the upper left corner with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The dimensionals give that nice little peekaboo for the die cut potion. Next, I layered this onto the card base, again placing it flush with the upper left corner. To finish off the card, I tied some Vanilla Baker’s Twine around the card and added 2 of the Mini Tassels.

Gold Vinyl Inside, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since I didn’t want to waste that little piece of Gold Vinyl Sticker that I trimmed off. I placed it on the inside of the card for a little decoration piece! I love it!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure 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! Also, check out more samples using the Eastern Palace Bundle here, here, and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Berry Burst and Gold Were Made For Each Other!!!

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Okay so I know I love pink so Berry Burst makes me happy but I really think Berry Burst and Gold were made for each other! I’m also more of a silver girl that gold too but this card is just stunning!!! 🙂

Berry Burst and Gold Were Made For Each Other, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning?!?! It is super simple to create too which is just icing on the cake….cupcake! Let’s get started on this beauty!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base. Next, I took a piece of Berry Burst measuring 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and die cut the flower image from the Eastern Medallion Framelits in the center. Then I placed one of the flowers from the Gold Vinyl Stickers pack in the center. One other thing that I did before layering this onto the Gold Foil was pop each of the petals forward. Of course this will lay flat again once they are in an envelope but this helps make them shine a bit more! Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I popped up this layer on Gold Foil Paper measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Next, I added this to the card base centered at the top!

For the greeting, I really struggled with popping it up and going all out or doing something simple. I went with simple and I like it! I stamped the greeting from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set in Berry Burst Ink. The card did need a little more than just that greeting so I added some more Gold Vinyl Stickers. Gold Enamel Shapes would probably look fabulous as well!

This card is simple and stunning! I just love the colors and texture! What color combination do you like to use with Gold? Or Silver? Let me know in the comments below! I love Silver and Navy!

Don’t forget about the Double Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers for all online order this week using the Hostess Code: 2GH4Z9WH. This offer ends on Friday! Click here to start shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Creating a Partial Front Peek Through Card!!!

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I fell in love with this card style when I got a swap card last November at Stampin’ Up! OnStage. The partial front peek through is just so cool because you can see the inside of the card! Check this out!!!!

Partial Front Peek Through, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See how the front of the card is only on the top, bottom, and left hand side. The inside of the card is peeking through on the right hand side! Super fun and cool and goes perfectly with the Eastern Palace Suite. Check out these cards for more ideas using this Suite. So let’s get started!!!

I started with a piece of Fresh Fig measuring 6-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ and scored it at 5-1/2″ to create the card base. Next I cut another piece of Fresh Fig measuring 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ for the bottom portion. The middle section that connects the top and bottom is Tranquil Tide (1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″). I layered on some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper with that gold foil! Tip: Be sure that the pattern goes in the same direction on the top and bottom!

Since I didn’t want the front of my card to fall apart, I used Tear And Tape, which is super strong, to attach the front. The Tear And Tape is the perfect slim amount too! I placed that on the top and bottom of the Tranquil Tide and pealed off the top. The sample above wasn’t done like this but I found that in the others I created it was best to line up the edge of the Tranquil Tide with the edge of the Designer Paper and place it on the top portion just enough to cover the tape. Next, place the bottom portion of the card lined up on the bottom of the card, peel off the adhesive and close the card to adhere it to the bottom.

Eastern Medallion, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now that the partial front is complete, let’s stamp. I took a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and stamped the greeting and decoration using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set. All the little decoration pieces in that set are super fun! Afterwards, I added that to the partial front piece. For the inside, I took a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and placed it inside the card. I didn’t adhere it just yet, just in case I made a boo boo.

Medallion, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Closing the front of the card, I stamped the flower image in the opening. This way I knew it would be peaking through in the right spot! After stamping the first flower, I was all set to stamp the rest of the images so I pulled the cardstock out. For the flower, I inked it up again and stamped it over the top of the other one but rotated around just a bit. Then I filled in with the other fun images!

Lime & Berry, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This was the sample I created in the video!!! I love the colors and it was super fun to create! If you would like to see it all in action, check out the 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!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


A Sneak Peak at the Eastern Palace Suite!!!

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Would you like a sneak peak at some of the NEW In-Colors coming in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog? Would you like to see some of the new products as well?? You are in luck because Stampin’ Up! is releasing an entire product Suite in May!!!! Woot Woot!!!!

Sneak Peak, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these items just FABULOUS?!?!?! The three ink pads are 3 of the 5 New In-Colors coming out in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Lemon Lime Twist is a neon green/lime color! It will be perfect for Summer time!!! Fresh Fig is a deep purple similar to the retired Blackberry Bliss we all loved! I think it is a smidge lighter in shade though! The third one is Tranquil Tide which is a forest green/blue green. Can’t wait to share the other 2 colors!!!!

Eastern Beauty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Eastern Palace Suite includes the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and coordinating Eastern Medallions Framelits. While it may look like it is just random images, they build together to make amazing images. I have played with a few and fallen in love with the endless possibilities. Also, I love a good greeting and image stamp set all in one! The Framelits are so detailed and amazing. No worries about poking out all of the pieces, just make sure you have the Big Shot Die Brush on hand! 🙂

The Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous! There are 2 pieces that have fabulous gold foil on them! A lot of the pieces are peacock inspired and the color combination is amazing!!! I have played with this paper on a One Sheet Wonder so stay tuned for that!

The embellishments include some Tassels and Gold Vinyl Stickers!!! These items coordinate perfectly with the stamp set and colors! I do have to say that the tassels are super soft and not as bulky as I thought that would be. Tassels seem to be so in right now too! I love it!!!

You can purchase these items starting on May 1st! There are 2 different options to get these goodies.

Starter Bundle is $60.50 (US) and includes the following:

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!) FREE!

Click here to purchase this bundle!

Premier Bundle is $103.50 (US) and includes the following:

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!

Click here to purchase this bundle!

Or you can purchase each item individually but you have to wait till June 1st!!!! Don’t forget that you will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers for any type of order you place – online or by sending  it to me! You can also earn Hostess Benefits when your order reaches $150!!! Make that wish list and be ready on May 1st!!!

To see these items in action, check out my unboxing and reveal of the Eastern Palace Suite below or click here! Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe as I post every Tuesday and Thursday!!!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite New In-Color is!!!! Mine is the Lemon Lime, I think…..maybe!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


February 2017 Paper Pumpkin – Many Happy Birthdays!!!

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February Paper Pumpkin 2017, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How fabulous is this February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit?!?!?!?! I love the pull tab concept and the beautiful candle look with that gold glimmer flame! Love it!!! You can see the entire reveal of this kit on my video here!

This kit came with all of the goodies shown above – 2 ink spots (bonus), stamps, 9 envelopes, adhesive, and supplies for the 9 cards. The only thing included but not pictured above is the invitation inserts. The kit included little cards that said Date, Time, Place, Etc to use these cards as birthday invitations. Since I just did all birthday cards, I have those to use on future invites or as a white card using the back side!!!

Of course the instructions came with the kit as well. TIP: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! I did not as I am more of a visual person and I thought while I was watching a video, I would fold and assemble all of the candle bases. After this was done, I read the instructions for the rest of the card and realized I was suppose to stick the flame in each one before sealing it closed. Opps! Crisis averted when I used my Paper Snips to open the little tops and slide in the candle flame! It was easy!

Many Happy Birthdays, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I actually pulled out my Crushed Curry Ink Pad as well for some more color! I really had fun decorating each of these and the envelope flaps! Also, there are little grooves so you can add a gift card or note! Super fun!!!

Did you get the February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit? Do you love it? Let me know in the comments below!

Did you know that you can get a 3 month subscription for Paper Pumpkin for $4. off AND you get to pick out a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE! Woot Woot! That means you will get 3 ink spots, 3 sets of stamps, 3 different projects and a Sale-A-Bration item all for $55! That’s 3 months of fun! Click here to purchase the subscription today and get started this month!!! Want to pay as you go with Paper Pumpkin and cancel at any time, click here to get started!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Ruffle Dress!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today using the Watercolor Pencils. We will be creating a Ruffle Dress!!! Check out this beauty!!

Creating a Ruffle Dress, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love this dress because it is PINK (of course) but it is also so big and beautiful! I went to my Junior year Prom in a huge baby blue Cinderella ball gown and it was amazing! Now I can create that amazing dress on the beautiful women in the Beautiful You Stamp Set! Love it!!! Thank you to Tandra Boyer for this amazing idea!!!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Beautiful You Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Ink, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. Next, I inked up the top portion of the lady from the Beautiful You Stamp Set with Basic Black Archival Ink. I used this ink because it won’t bleed when you watercolor. If you aren’t comfortable inking up just the top half of the stamp, you can always ink it all up and then mask over the bottom half with a piece of scrap paper! After stamping her, I took the Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and make swirly lines starting at her waist and going down. Just keep adding squiggly lines until it looks full. I added a little bit of color along the lines of her shirt as well. Then I took the Aqua Painter and traced over the top of the swirly lines, allowing the color to bleed. Just keep swirling along each of those lines and color in the top as well. If it seems to get rather wet, you can always stop and allow it to dry a bit and then come back in with some some more color to accent or create shadows. You can make the skirt as full or straight as you wish! Just have fun with it!!

Purple Dress, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I created this ruffle dress with the Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil! It is just so beautiful!

To finish off the card, I used a Melon Mambo card base and a strip of Gold Foil Paper along the left side (1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″). I stamped the greeting from the Beautiful You Stamp Set in Basic Black in the upper right corner and then added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I liked the added texture of the dimensionals and it hold the paper on real well since it can curl a bit after the watercoloring. To finish it off, I added a few Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes! I just love it!!! I might do the purple one with silver! 🙂

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! I post every Tuesday and Thursday!!!

If you would like to see more samples using the Watercolor Pencils, click here and here! Have fun playing with the Watercolor Pencils!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura