Technique Tuesday – Perfectly Line Up the Poinsettia!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know that means I have a fabulous technique for you!!! Today, I’m going to show you how to perfectly line up the Poinsettia for die cutting with the Carols of Christmas Bundle! (Stamp Set and Framelits, Bundle and Save 10%)

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I am loving the Tranquil Tide deep green look of this card with that little bit of gold bling! Yet, I still did a Very Vanilla base so you can write on the inside easily with any style of pen!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base and layered on a piece of Tranquil Tide measuring 4″ x  5-1/4″. Next, I took 2 strips of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper (1″ x 3-3/4″) and added them to the top and bottom. Now for the greeting, I used a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 3-3/4″ x 3-1/4″. I stamped the greeting and leaves in Tranquil Tide Ink from the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set. For the leaves, I rotated each one around so they looked different for each flower! Next, I added this piece to the card front in the middle!

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Now for the poinsettia flowers, it is important to stamp them all in the same direction to make it easier to die cut them. This took me awhile to get it all lined up so here are my tips.

Lining Up the Poinsettia, www.LaurasStampPad.com

First, I lined up the actual stamp with the one on the stamp case. I noticed that the arrow on the stamp was not in the same place as the lined up image. At least it isn’t where I would have lined it up at. So I took a Sharpie Marker and added a dot. Now each time I stamp, I make sure that blue dot is at the top of my paper. When stamping the flowers, be sure to leave a little bit of space between each one. The framelit is rather wide and it will cut into the next one if it is too close. Since there are 2 corner poinsettia framelit, I placed one on the stamp case and lined it up. Then I made 2 little marks with a Sharpie Marker on the top and bottom petal so I knew which one to grab for. This has made it so much easier to use!!!

After stamping the poinsettia in Real Red and die cutting them out, I added them to the corners of the greeting on top of the leaves. I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to give some texture and pop to the card!

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!!! If you would like to see more samples using the Carols of Christmas Bundle (Save 10%), click here and here and stay tuned for more!

Happy Stampin’!

~Laura

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Don’t forget you can get the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set for FREE with a $75 order placed before August 31st!!! Click here for more details!


Will I Need Mittens in Alaska!?!?!

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Will I need Mittens in Alaska?? This is a question I have been pondering lately as I am getting closer to earning the Stampin’ Up! 2018 trip to Alaska! It is also one of the adorable stamp sets coming in the Holiday Mini Catalog next month!!!
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It’s time for another Birthday Celebration Special! After all I love celebrating my Birthday all month long so celebrate with me!!!!
~  FREE SMITTEN MITTENS STAMP SET!!!  ~
PLACE an order of $75.00 or more (before shipping and tax) thru my on-line store (click here to start shopping) between now and the end of August and enter the host code QXXYSDB7 in the lower left corner when looking at your Shopping Bag! When you do this, you will earn the NEW Smitten Mittens Stamp Set that is coming out in the Holiday Mini Catalog for FREE. This offer is exclusively available for orders placed through me. You will receive your Free Stamp Set in the mail in September. It will arrive separate from your order placed online.

NOTE: If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you should NOT enter the code.  You will automatically qualify for the free Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, as well as earn Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards.
I picked this stamp set because I’m super close to earning the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Alaska. I thought the mittens were super cute and cozy looking! With your help, I hope to earn the trip and will be needing these cozy mittens while I’m there in 2018!!!
You will also earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers for this order!!! Woot Woot! I just love my Birthday Month!!!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Have fun shopping and thinking about ways to use your adorable mitten stamp set!
Happy Stampin’
~Laura

Family Time at the Lake!!!

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We have been home from our annual family time at the lake for a week now. I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things!!! Here is a little sneak peak of the wonderful time we had!!!

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This year my entire immediate family was all able to attend! I’m still surprised we got a great group photo with everyone basically looking at the camera! That’s  a win for sure! The weather was amazing and on the cool side. I still got a little sun on my legs one more really early while on the Paddle Board. By the way, if you ever get a chance to play with one of those, I highly recommend it. It is super easy and lots of fun to paddle around on. We (adults and kids) had lots of fun on it!

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The sunrises and sunsets are just stunning at the Lake! It is so calming and amazing! I love it! Lots of selfies took place throughout the week since I’m the only one who is snapping photos all of the time! I spent one afternoon on the dock reading. It was amazing and peaceful especially when it started to rain lightly! My fabulous husband went to an ice cream shop and he knows me so well. I could care less about ice cream but a waffle cone is totally my jam! YUM!

We had a wonderful time relaxing and making memories! Now I’m home and excited to get started on Holiday Cards. The Holiday Mini Catalog is coming out on September 1st and I’ve received my Pre-Order already!!! If you would like to check out all the fabulous goodies, check out the video below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and let me know in the comments which item you are most excited about!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Only 3 More Days of Christmas In July!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Can you believe this month is almost over? That means there are only 3 more days of Christmas In July Promotions!!!

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Every $50 order, earns you $5 Bonus Bucks to spend in August! This is every increment of $50 too so you can earn as many of these as you want. Then in August, you can enjoy a discount on something or get something completely FREE. There is no minimum order requirement in August to spend you Bonus Bucks. How fabulous is that?? Click here to start shopping!!! You will also be earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!

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Do you have a long wish list?? Now is the time to get it all!!! When you join Stampin’ Up in July, you will get a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper SnipsSNAIL AdhesiveGrid Papertwo D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. ($52 value) That’s not all though, you will also get the NEW Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog coming out in September! Woot Woot!!! That’s another $20 value! So an extra $72 in goodies on top of the $125 you get to pick out. All of this for just $99 plus tax. There is always free shipping on your kit!

I have been playing with this stamp set and it’s super fun! Here are a few sneak peaks to samples I have created with it!

As always, there is no obligation to have parties or classes. You can be any type of demonstrator that you wish! You can enjoy the discount, share with friends, have parties, or do anything. It’s all about you and what you want to do!!! Let me know if you have any questions!!! I am always happy to answer anything! My Team – Fabulous Friends would love to have you join us!!! Click here to join now!

Don’t forget this all ends at the end of July! Just 3 more days! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin!

~Laura


Stitching & Stamping!!!

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I know that Christmas was yesterday but I realized I never shared this fabulous card!!! It was a bit time consuming with all of the stitching but it is super amazing and as always made with love!!! Many of the items used in this card are on SALE right now too!

I started with a Garden Green card base. I stamped the ornaments from the Festive Season Stamp Set in Real Red and Delightful Dijon Ink. Then using the coordinating Festive Stitching Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%) to add all of the little holes which make it super simple to stitch. Then I spent the next 10+ minutes…..okay probably more like 15 minutes…..stitching the ornaments with the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack!

I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the ends of the thread to secure them and double as adhesive to add to my card! I used the same Framelit set to die cut the ornament tops in Gold Foil Paper! I added the gold Baker’s Twine through the ornament top and secured it on the back. Then I tied little bows with the twine and added them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The greeting is actually from the Star of Light Stamp Set! I stamped it in Delightful Dijon Ink. That is so not my favorite color but I really like how it looks golden and that’s fabulous for this time of year. Love it. This is one that you will only make a few of…..or you can get started now and will have tons completed by next Christmas! 🙂

Check out all of the items on the Year End Closeout here! Many items are up to 60% off. The Holiday Mini Catalog ends on January 3rd so get these items before they are gone!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


All of the Ornaments!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Can you believe that Christmas is in 13 days?? That’s crazy!!! Here is a fabulous card that you could create with all of the ornaments on there using the Merriest Wishes Bundle (Save 10%)!!!!

I started with a Cherry Cobbler card base. Then I took a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp all kinds of ornaments on it from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set. I used Cherry Cobbler Ink and Garden Green Ink. Using the Merry Tags Framelits, I die cut out all of the ornaments. To keep with the theme of the colors, I used the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack which has Gold, Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green Baker’s Twine in there. I tied little knots around the loops of the small ornaments. For the large ornaments, I placed the Gold Baker’s Twine through the loop and secured it on the back with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Then I tied a small bow with the Gold Baker’s Twine and attached it with a Mini Glue Dot. All of the ornaments were attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give that 3D look! I wrapped the tops of the twine around the top of the Very Vanilla cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and secured it to the card front!

Merriest Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com      I love the traditional colors and amazing look of this simple card! The greeting is one of the ornaments so no need to save room for one! Super fun!!!

Are you Christmas Cards in the mail yet? Do you still need inspiration? Check out all of my samples this season here! Reach out if you need help with anything as I am happy to assist you! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Shaker Card Ornaments!!!

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Shaker cards are so much fun so why not combine shaker cards with holiday ornaments and create lots of FUN! The color combination, the fun greeting, and the shaker card magic make this card so wonderful!!!

I started with a Rose Red card base. Then I took a piece of Night of Navy (4″ x 5-1/4″) and Whisper White (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″) for the next layers. I stamped the greeting from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set in Rose Red Ink on the bottom right corner. I used the dotted image from the same set and stamped it in Night of Navy Ink twice along the top to look like snow falling….or just a cool background! For the ornaments, I used various images from the same stamp set. I stamped the large circle in Night of Navy Ink onto Night of Navy cardstock and die cut with the circle frame from the coordinating Merry Tags Framelit Set (Bundle & Save 10%). I stamped the large circle image (the one without a center) in Night of Navy Ink onto Rose Red cardstock. You can either punch these out or use your Layering Circles Framelits to do the center and the outside circle. Be sure to keep that inside circle though!!! Die cut out the large ornament from the Merry Tags Framelits and place the stamped circle over top of it. Place the punched out center back in the middle of the ring you created. Now remove the ring but hold the middle circle in place. You should be left with the middle circle in the middle of the large ornament. This is so you can find the spot on your ornament for the shaker pieces so you don’t have to flip it over later when the sequins are inside. Now you will want to trace the punched out circle with a pencil. I lightly trace out farther rather than close to the circle so I am wide enough and the adhesive doesn’t show in the window. Now that you have your traced circle you can remove it and place some Foam Adhesive Strip around your pencil mark. If you traced right next to the circle, make sure your adhesive strip is out farther than that circle. Next I filled the open hole with all the sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment.  You can use punched pieces, sequins, or silica gel colored to match your project. It is all up to you. You can see other samples using those items here and here as well as Video Tutorials! Now that you have your goodies in there, I placed a circle of Window Sheet over the top to seal in the sequins. You can use the same punch or Framelit you use for the larger circle. Then I added the ring that I stamped and punched out over the top as decoration!

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For the ribbons attached to the ornaments, I used Gold Ribbon and adhered the end behind the ornament and then wrapped it over the top of the cardstock. I tied little bows and added those on top with a Mini Glue Dot. Now you can add this layer to the Night of Navy and the card base!!! Fun little holiday card with non-traditional colors!!!

Today I did an Up Close & Personal look at the Layering Circles and Layering Ovals Framelits, you can check that out below or click here! I have been loving these for greetings and so much more. The scallops are just perfect for adding a little pop of fabulousness! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new! Let me know in the comments below if there is a product you would like to see Up Close & Personal and I will do my best to make it happen!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Star of Light!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!!! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far! Today I have a fabulous card to share with you! It’s odd that this was the first Holiday card I made this season and yet I have waited this long to share it with you!! This card is also part of my Cut For Christmas Special Offer!!!
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I made this card with the Star of Light Bundle (Save 10%) and I loved it so much I put the set back away and moved on to the next set I had. It was like I had made the perfect card and didn’t need to make more. I have since pulled this one back out and played with it some more!! 🙂

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, VersaMark, Star of Light Bundle, Silver Metallic Thread

I started with a Whisper White card base. Then I took a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and brushed it over with the Embossing Buddy to reduce any static before embossing. I used the large swirl image from the Star of Light Stamp Set and inked it up in VersaMark. I stamped at an angle from the left bottom corner up and the top right corner down so that it looks like it is going across your card. After stamping the swirl, pour the Silver Embossing Powder all over it and then heat it with the Heat Tool to set the powder. Remember to focus the heat on one section until it melts and then move it around rather than swinging it all over the entire image. When you do that, it just disperses the heat and takes longer. Once it is all set, you can take a paper towel or your shirt (like me) and wipe over the top to take off an extra powder from the Embossing Buddy! I stamped the greeting from the Star of Light Stamp Set in Dapper Denim in the lower right corner and added this to my card base. Next up, I stamped the large star image from the Star of Light Stamp Set onto a piece of Whisper White and die cut it out with the coordinating Starlight Thinlits. Then I took some of the Metallic Silver Thread and wrapped it around my fingers a few times. I usually do it about 8-10 but I forget about half way through so it can be as many times as you wish! Slide the loops off of your fingers and twist them in the middle to create a figure eight. Now place the loops onto the back of the die cut star and secure in the middle with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Fan out the loops and add more dimensionals securing the loops in the desired location. Now you can add this to the card front and you are all set!

That silver embossing shine and the texture of the metallic thread but makes this card POP! Plus, I always love silver and dark blue whether it be Dapper Denim or Night of Navy. If you would like to make these for your holiday cards, you can get a head start by having me do all of the cutting. Check out my Cut For Christmas offer as this is one of the cards in the selection!!

If you would like to see this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to subscribe if you are new and be sure to click the Like button!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Golden Stockings!!!

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gold-purple-stockings, www.LaurasStampPad.comFor some reason when I first saw the Hang Your Stocking Bundle (Save 10%), I saw rich, elegant stockings that had to be done in gold and purple! I’m not really sure where that came from but this was the result!!! While it isn’t my favorite card this holiday season, I really like how it turned out!

I started with an Elegant Eggplant card base. Then I took a piece of Perfect Plum measuring 4-1/4″ x 5″ and rounded the bottom 2 corners with the Corner Punch. I liked the soft look of the rounded corners and I picked this length because it was the same as the Noel Thinlit. For all of the pieces, I used the Christmas Stockings Thinlit Set. I die cut the Noel, stocking top, heel, and toe, and the swirly overlay in Gold Foil Paper. Then I did 2 solid stockings and the stocking top in Elegant Eggplant. I adhered all of the pieces to build the stocking with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I added a little loop of Gold Thread from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack to the corner of the stockings and secured it on the back under a Stampin’ Dimensional. I added more on the heel and toe to help secure the stockings to the card. Now to add all of this to the card front, I slide the loop of gold thread over the Noel die-cut and added that to the card front with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Then I pulled the backs of the dimensionals off and placed the stockings down.

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Since the Elegant Eggplant is such a dark color, I added a Whisper White piece (4″ x 5-1/4″) to the inside. I rounded the corners with Corner Punch and stamped the greeting from the Hang Your Stocking Stamp Set on the inside. That is the only stamping I did on this card! Love it!!!

You can check out more samples using the Hang Your Stocking Bundle by clicking here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Baby Bears!!!

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These little bears are just so cute and cuddly!!! Who didn’t look at this card and not go, “Awwww”??? You know you did!!! I have been loving the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). It is just so much fun and the images are so adorable!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base! Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the greeting from the Greatest Greetings Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay Ink. Then I adhered it to the card front. I stamped the teddy bear from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay Ink once for the darker full strength bear and then again without going back to the ink for the lighter bear. I stamped the face in Basic Black Ink and then punched him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I stamped the ears the same way and fussy cut those out but leaving them connected together down underneath them. This way the spacing is correct and I have something to add adhesive onto to stick to the back of his head. You can see this in action here! I added the bears to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little 3D look and because I love dimensionals. I finished off the card by creating a bow with the Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon and adding it to the card front with a Mini Glue Dot. Just precious for a baby boy!!!

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Of course I just had to do a baby girl card as well! I used Blushing Bride for the card base and Melon Mambo for the teddy bears. I stamped once in full strength and then again without going back to the ink pad. I used the Melon Mambo Stitched Ribbon for the bow! It would be perfect to make a few of each of these up to have on hand for sending out throughout the year!!! Just precious!

You can check out more samples using the Cookie Cutter Bundle here, here, and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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