City of Bethlehem!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Awhile back I showed you this simple, all stamping card with the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set! Today, I’m showing this City of Bethlehem “stepped up” card using the coordinating Bethlehem Framelits!!!

City of Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning with that double layer of the city but does require a little bit more work with using the Big Shot.

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I cut two pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One piece is for the front and the other is for the inside since Night of Navy is such a dark color so writing on white is better! Before adding the white to the front, I did all of the stamping. This way if I make a mistake I can flip it over or grab another piece. First, I die cut the two villages with the Bethlehem Framelits; one in Night of Navy and the other in Silver Foil Paper. I adhered the two together and then added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to add it to the card front.

Blessed Christmas Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the stamping!! First, I stamped the star in Crushed Curry Ink and then the greeting in Night of Navy Ink. If you wish to stamp before adding the city, you can place it there as a guide, stamp, and then add it. Just go with whatever you are more comfortable with. Be sure that the greeting is low enough to add the ribbon! Next, I added this piece to the card front and tied the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding around the card. To finish it off, I added some Rhinestones for a little more bling!!!

Assemble Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did play around with this one for a while wondering what to add and my spacing. Mary and Joseph just looked so big in front of the city but I was trying to get them in there. I could have put the city up higher and it would have looked more “in the background” but I was happy with what I came up with. Do you ever have that where you spend forever trying to get the placement and idea to all come together?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, let me know if you prefer the simple stamped one or this stepped up version!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Embossing Vellum!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! We are embossing vellum!!!

Embossed Vellum, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I have been having so much  fun with this Quilt Bundle! You can check out a few more samples here and here!

I started with a Pool Party card base and stamped the little flower from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set. I stamped it in Pool Party Ink for just a subtle background look. Next, I took the dotted flower image and stamped it with VersaMark. Using White Embossing Powder, I heated the image with the Heat Tool to set it. This gives a little texture and more pop of color. Then I took a piece of Vellum cardstock (1″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. I just love how it comes out all white and textured! Amazing! Vellum can be tricky because you can see adhesive through it. I only added adhesive on the left hand side where I put the flower. Between adding the flower on top and having the greeting on the left, it was nice and secure!

Embossed Quilting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for all the decorations! I stamped the solid flower image in Blushing Bride Ink onto Whisper White scraps. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out the 2 flowers. I simply off set the 2 flowers for that fuller look on the flower. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Of course, I needed even more texture but I also wanted the flower secure over the bumps of the embossed vellum. I finished that off with a little White Accent in the middle! For the greeting, I stamped it from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. I tied a little bow of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the greeting and added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.

I love that color combination of Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist. Soft colors but also a bit of a pop too! It’s always fun to try a new color combination!

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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All Stamping For This Bethlehem Card!!!

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Sometimes I like to go with all the layers and details and sometimes it’s all stamping like in this Bethlehem card!!!

Bethlehem Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super simple because it only uses one stamp set and four ink pads. All stamping and just the one layer!!!

I started with a Dapper Denim card base. Next, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 5-1/4″) for the front and for the inside. I did this card many times and used vanilla and white. The vanilla gives a more rustic soft tone and the white gives a brighter clean look. Since the base is rather dark/deep, I used a piece for the inside to write my message on.

Of course, don’t put the piece on the front until after you stamp! Using the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set, I started with the village first in Crumb Cake Ink. I inked it up and stamped it three times without going back to the ink pad. This is how I got that variation of colors. Next, I stamped the star in Crushed Curry. Mary and Joseph were stamped in Dapper Denim Ink and the greeting in Chocolate Chip Ink. After all of the stamping, I adhered it to the card front and finished it off with some Rhinestones!

Every once in a while, I enjoy a simple card! Sometimes basic is just as fabulous! What about you? Do you like all the layers and foo foo or sometimes a simple stamped card? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Peek Through Quilt Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This Peek Through Quilt Card is super cute and perfect for Christmas. Change up the colors and it would be great for many other occasions too!

Peek Through Quilt Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

From the front, it just looks super cute but then when you open it, the real WOW factor is shown off!!!

I started with a Real Red card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. After folding it in half for the card base, open it back up and place it in the Big Shot with the square quilt framelit on top. This is from the Quilt Builder Framelits. I eyeballed it for placement from the top and then used Post It Notes to hold the frame in place with markings on either side to center it. Check out the video below. I did this a few times and sometimes I just eyeballed the entire placement. It still works! Just go for it!

Christmas Quilt, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the decorations on the front, I used a piece of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper on the bottom. Next, I placed just a small piece of the Delicate White Doily on the right hand side. I was able to get 3-4 of these pieces from each doily depending on how I cut it. Simply add just a hint of adhesive at the top of the designer paper and press the doily into it. Then I tied some of the Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the card front and into a knot.

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Now for the inside where all the magic is! I placed a piece of Whisper White in the center and stamped the greeting from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) in Real Red Ink. Make sure the greeting is low enough that your greeting doesn’t get covered by the quilt square. For the quilt square, I used the Layering Squares Framelits. That scallop edge just adds even more to this warm and cozy sweet card. First, I stamped the dotted image in Real Red Ink. Then, I stamped the inserts in Pool Party and Garden Green Ink. After stamping, I added this piece to the scallop red square.

Now for the placement to the inside of the card and yet still making sure it peeks through correctly. I added adhesive to the back of the scallop and held it in front of the die cut window. Holding it there, all lined up, I shut the card and slowly pulled my fingers out. You will notice that the sample above is a hint tilted but I’m okay with that because it still lines up perfectly when closed.

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!!!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Stitched Felt Embellishments!!!

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I’m not usually a big fan of chunky embellishments but the Stitched Felt Embellishments are soft and super cute!!

Stitched Felt Embellishments, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Aren’t these the cutest?!?! I kind of like having the options of mixing and matching with the colors too! I used Real Red and Garden Green!!!

The card bases are Real Red and Garden Green. Then using the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, I cut it into 3″ x 4″ pieces. This way I was able to get 2 pieces out of each square with a nice rectangle left over to use for another project. I added this piece to the upper 1/3 of the card.

Quilted Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (1-1/2″ x 4″) and stamped the greeting from the Quilted Christmas Stamp Set. I used Real Red Ink for the green card and Garden Green Ink for the red card. Be sure to stamp on the right hand side so there is room for the felt on the left. Before adding this to the card front, I added a little strip (1/2″ x  4″) of the same color as the card base (green in the one above). I did this for a few reasons….to add a little more color and to use up scraps! 🙂

Merry Little Christmas Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the final detail, I added a Stitched Felt Embellishment to the left hand side. I found that the Multi-purpose Adhesive worked best. Hold for about 30 seconds and then set it aside. Since the glue is liquid it does take a bit longer to dry.

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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


Deck The Halls!!!

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Are you excited about Christmas? Have you started to Deck the Halls?? We usually decorate the first week of Christmas! I like celebrating each holiday as it’s own so next up is Thanksgiving!

Deck the Halls, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Cherry Cobble card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and die cut the border piece on the left and then the right using the Card Front Builder Framelits. This was probably the hardest part of the entire card. Then using the coordinating Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%), I stamped the greeting in Crumb Cake Ink. I really struggled with my colors for this card, wondering if I wanted to stick with just a few and  is that one dark enough. Feel free to change it up if you recreate this card! 🙂

Next up, I stamped the ornaments on either side of the greeting in Basic Gray Ink. I placed a piece of scrap paper over the top border so that the strings stopped in the middle and didn’t cross over each line. Then I cleaned off the stamps and stamped the ornaments in Emerald Envy Ink and Cherry Cobbler Ink onto scrap white paper. Using the Card Front Builder Framelits, I die cut the ornaments out. Two of the ornaments are adhered flat and the other 4 ornaments were added with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love these little things! Now that the front is complete, I added this piece to a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the front, I added a few Enamel Shapes!

Holiday Ornaments, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I added a piece of Whisper White and stamped some ornaments in Emerald Envy to coordinate!!! Do you like to add a layer to the inside of the card and decorate it?? Let me know in the comments below! I don’t usually do it but like to every once in a while!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Quilted Tree!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today is Technique Tuesday which is super exciting! I’m sharing with you this quilted tree which is perfect for Christmas time and this winter season. Quilts just scream warm and cozy! My Grandmother and Mom have made so many so they also make me think of family and love! 🙂

Quilted Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to use for the front. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits, I die cut a bunch of triangles from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. The cool thing is that the paper is double sides so you have tons of options. Another bonus is that I was able to cut 2-3 layers of paper with every crank through the Big Shot. Woot Woot!!!

Starting with the middle on the top, I placed my first triangle (red). Next, I placed the green one directly under it. I did slide my triangles a bit under each other just for a nice clean covered look. I didn’t want them to pull apart when I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. After I placed the green one directly under, I added the red triangles to either side. For the third row, I added the red triangles directly under the red triangles and then filled in with the green ones! For the stump on the bottom, I placed a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock.

Using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, I ran this entire piece through the Big Shot. I did it both ways – with the impression pressed out and pressed in. You can pick which one you prefer. I found that when I pressed the embossed image in, the triangles came up a bit on the tips where there wasn’t any adhesive. Of course, I didn’t cover the entire triangle with adhesive so the tips popped up. With the impression popped out like the sample above, it was nice and smooth! After adding this to the front of the card, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the inside of the card. The little silver star to the top from the Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little bling!

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside and stamped the greeting from the coordinating Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). It was stamped in Real Red!

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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Embossed Champagne Foil Paper!!!

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When I first saw the Champagne Foil Paper I fell in love and then I embossed Champagne Foil Paper and my heart exploded!!! So simple but yet very stunning!

Embossed Champagne Foil Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the colors of this card. That Fresh Fig is just stunning with the new Champagne Foil. (PS: I went to the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and every time I type for this foil, I want to spell it Champaign. Gets me every time!!! So please forgive me if I happen to spell it that way at some point!)

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla (4-1/4″ x 11″) for a card base. Next, I cut a piece of Fresh Fig (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added it to the front. Then, I took 2 pieces of Champagne Foil measuring 1-1/2″ x  3-3/4″. Using the Big Shot, I ran them through in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. I added one to the top and one to the bottom of the card front. By placing these one first, I found that my spacing was better. Working towards the middle rather than top to bottom (or vice versa) helped with my spacing more.

For the greeting in the middle, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Using the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Fresh Fig Ink. Then using the little scroll, I stamped one up and one down to border the greeting!

This card is super simple and easy to duplicate this season. You can actually emboss 3 of those pieces of foil in the folder each crank through. So that means 2 cranks through the Big Shot for 3 cards! I’m all about getting the most out of each crank. Time is not on our side during this time of year so making the most of it is best. Am I right?? 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Smitten Mittens!!!

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This Smitten Mittens card is perfect for Christmas, Winter, Valentine’s Day, or any occasion during this entire season! I just love the soft colors and hint of bling!

Smitten Mittens, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I stamped the heart stitching at the top and bottom from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set. I used Powder Pink Ink. Then, I started the layers with Powder Pink measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″. At the top, I layered on a piece of Champagne Foil measuring 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and then Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper (3″ x  3″). Using a nice 3″ square for the Designer Paper makes perfect use of the 12″ x 12″ sheet! I love not having scraps left over because I’m not the best at using them up later.

For the greeting at the bottom, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. Next, I stamped the mittens and greeting in Powder Pink. These are all from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set. I’m not going to lie, it took me a few minutes to make sure I was stamping the mittens correctly and not backwards. 🙂 After stamping, I added this to the bottom portion of the Powder Pink. Using some Powder Pink Ribbon, I tied it around the spot where the 2 papers meet and into a knot. Then I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture!

I love the soft look of this. I think it would look stunning in Fresh Fig or Elegant Eggplant as well. It makes a great winter card for any occasion! What would you use this card for? Winter? Christmas? Valentine’s Day? Change the greeting to Birthday, etc? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Adding Snow with Embossing Paste!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! We are adding snow with Embossing Paste to create a fabulous winter scene!

Adding Snow with Embossing Paste, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m not a fan of winter….like at all but this card sure looks amazing. I would be just fine stamping winter and not actually having it happen! Do you like Winter? Let me know in the comments below!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next I took  a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped snowflakes all over in Night of Navy Ink. I used the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. Now for that amazing snow on the bottom! I simply took a scrap piece of white and tore along the top for texture. Next, I smeared a thin layer of Embossing Paste over the top. Then sprinkle some Dazzling Diamonds glitter all over the top. Right after that, I added Snail adhesive along the bottom of the snowflake stamped white piece and pressed the glitter strip onto it.

Snow on the Ground, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did this while it was still wet for a few reasons. 1. I found that adding it to the base first would allow for glitter to stick and hold around the cardstock and under it. 2. If I let the Embossing Paste dry with the glitter first, sometimes it curls and when I would press it flat, it cracks. Pressing it on while still wet gets a perfect look with minimal glitter and isn’t really not that messy. Simply wash your hands to get any excess glitter off after pressing it on!

Next, I die cut some snowflakes with the coordinating Seasonal Layers Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). I loved this bundle because there are 3 snowflakes in the set so I only had to crank through the Big Shot once for every card! I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen for adhering the snowflakes to the card. For the greeting, I stamped it with the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I punched  a second one in Night of Navy and placed that one up and down and the greeting over the top side to side. I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Just stunning!

If you would like to see 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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