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! 🙂

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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!

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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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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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Hang Your Stockings!!!

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Warm and cozy is how I would describe this card!!! These little stockings are just so cute and I love the soft, warm colors. I used the Hang Your Stockings Bundle (Save 10%) for this one and it was super simple!

I started with a Wild Wasabi card base. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through the Big Shot in the Festive Embossing Folder. You could use any folder you wish but I thought this one was cute. I added this piece to the card front. For the greeting, I took a piece of Very Vanilla (5″ x 3/4″) and stamped the greeting from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink. I needed a long and skinny greeting and that one just went with the cozy theme of this card! I layered this piece onto Chocolate Chip cardstock (5″ x 1″) and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like to use dimensionals when adhering things to embossed images because they sink into the grooves and give a smooth look to your card….and I just love them!!! For the stockings, I used the Hang Your Stocking Stamp Set and stamped one in Marina Mist, one in Wild Wasabi, and one in stamped off once Cherry Cobbler. I wanted a more subtle red look so I just stamped off once and then onto my Very Vanilla and got the perfect look. I used the coordinating Christmas Stocking Thinlits (Bundle & Save 10%) to cut out the stockings. I added each of the stockings to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well. To finish it off, I added a little Enamel Shape to the corner to look like a little peg holding them up. You can use the hearts, stars, or dots for your cards……or mix and match to use them up!

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

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Reverse Watercoloring!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!!! I hope you have survived the fabulous turkey feast and shopping craziness! Now it is back to the craft room to prepare for the next holiday!!! This technique is super fabulous for Christmas Cards and cards all year long!!!

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I just love the shades of blue this card has and, without the snowflakes, I can dream of blue water and white sand on the beach! I said I can dream…..I know that doesn’t exist in Illinois especially this time of the year!!! Let’s get started on this amazing technique!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Shimmery White Cardstock, Aqua Painter, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, VersaMark, Stamp Set of your choice and embellishments

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base. Then I took a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and went over the entire piece with the Aqua Painter to wet it down a little. This will help the color bleed and sort of prime the paper. You don’t need to soak it but just a little brush of water over the top. Now pick up some Bermuda Bay Ink and watercolor wash over the paper. You can go to the edge or leave a border. That is all up to you! Now allow this to dry by setting it aside or using the Heat Tool!

Side Notes while it dries……I use Shimmery White cardstock because of the fabulous shimmery look but also because it is a little bit thicker than Whisper White but not as thick and textured as Watercolor Paper. Watercolor Paper has too much texture so it won’t get a nice stamped image for clear embossing. Also, when you are using the Aqua Painter, you can either press your ink pad into the lid and use that as your color palette or you can press a clear block into the pad and use that. I prefer using the clear block because it isn’t as messy and I can easily clean it up. You could also drop re-inker onto the clear block and do it that way as well!

Once it is dry, you will stamp all over in a solid image stamp set with VersaMark Ink. I used the snowflake from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. Apply Clear Embossing Powder over the top and set it with the Heat Tool. You can see a tutorial on Heat Embossing here. Now that your embossed image are set, they will hold the color underneath. Using your Aqua Painter, you will gently brush over the entire cardstock like you did in the beginning but this time with no color on your brush. You are just adding water which is lightening the watercolor wash that you applied earlier. The color is still being held under the images so they are popping more now. That is the Reverse Watercolor Technique!!!

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Once your watercolor is dry, you can add it to your card base. I used Fast Fuse for a strong hold since the cardstock is warped a little. For the greeting, I used the Tin of Tags Stamp Set and stamped onto Whisper White. Using the Layering Circle Framelits, I die cut the greeting as well as a scallop in Bermuda Bay. I adhered these together and added loops of Metallic Silver Thread to the back and then placed it on the card front. For the Metallic loops, just wrap it around your finger as many times as you wish (8-12 times). Then twist the loops in the middle to create a figure 8 and place it on the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals to secure it to the back of the greeting and then add it to the card front! I still thought it needed a little bit more bling so I added some Rhinestones all over! Love it!!!

Be sure to check back tomorrow as I will be sharing another sample using this technique! Tomorrow’s sample is a card for any time of the year!

If you would like to see this 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


Be Joyful!!!

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This greeting is so perfect and I love using it. I have reached for it so much! It is from the Merriest Wishes Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set! It is perfect to use all year around too!!! Change up the colors and washi tape and you have the perfect card for any season!

I started with an Emerald Envy card base. Then I layered on Cherry Cobbler (4″ x 5-1/4″) and Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″). Using the Presents & Pinecones Designer Washi Tape, I added 3 strips in the middle. I just laid them down and ripped the ends for that torn look and it’s easier! 🙂 There are 5 different patterns/rolls in the set so you can have fun mixing and matching them when making multiples! For the greeting, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits in Whisper White and Mint Macaron. I am loving the Layering Ovals and Layering Circles. There is something about that small scallop that I just love and it really makes a greeting pop! I used the greeting from the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler Ink. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture! Simple and fabulous!

If you wanted to make this card even more simple, you could leave off the Cherry Cobbler layer or create the card base with Whisper White! You can do as much or as little as you wish! Love it!!!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Little Gingerbread Man!!!

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Isn’t he adorable? I love the little gingerbread from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set! This is one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Mini Catalog! You can check out more samples here, here, and here!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base! Then I took a piece of Real Red cardstock measuring 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and placed a piece of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (4″ x 4″) on the lower portion. I stamped the greeting from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White cardstock (1-1/2″ x 4″). I attached the greeting to the top portion of the Real Red. Then I used some of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape to place over the overlap of the greeting and designer paper. I just wrapped the ends around to the back side. Now you can add this piece to your card front. For the little gingerbread man, I stamped him in Chocolate Chip Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I punched him out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). I also stamped the bow in Real Red and punched it out with the same punch. I added the bow to the gingerbread man with a Mini Glue Dot and I added the gingerbread man to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card with a little heart to share a little more love in the card. I used the Real Red Enamel Shapes for the little heart! Love it!!!

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Happy stamping and shopping!

~Laura