Tips for the Perennial Essence Suite!!!

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Today, I’m sharing some tips for the Perennial Essence Suite because I’m loving it so much!!! After all it does have flowers and words in a scroll-y font! 🙂

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Let’s start with tips for using the flower stamp and coordinating punch!! For each flower, you will need to stamp and punch 2 of them. They overlay in the center to create a beautiful 6 petal flower. There is a leaf stamp in the set that coordinates with the Leaf Punch in the Annual Catalog too! This can be used to layer with the flower but if you don’t have the Leaf Punch don’t worry. Simply stamp the flower in green or onto green and punch it out with the Perennial Flower Punch and use that as the leaves.

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Some more tips for the Perennial Essence Suite are with the flowers. There are 3 other flowers in the set as well which can be stamped alone or layered on top of each other a completely different look. I stamped the bigger flower off once for a lighter look and then the smaller flower on top in full strength ink. I just love flower stamp set because there are so many fabulous looks! There are also 3 different flower centers, one to match each flower! The largest circle center would make a fun polka dot background too!

If you would like to see all of these ideas in action as well as a sneak peak of samples, check out the video 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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Laura’s Quick Tips: Saving Ribbon!!!

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I know it is Tuesday and I usually do Technique Tuesday but instead we are doing one of Laura’s Quick Tips! This is kind of a technique! It’s a great way to use less ribbon off the spool and possibly use those little scraps you have laying around!

Laura's Quick Tips: Saving Ribbon,  www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a fairly simple card to create. The fabulous colors, designer series paper, and fun greeting make it amazing! To create a bit of texture, I added in the ribbon!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the greeting and fun corner images with Stamparatus. These images are from the Amazing Life Stamp Set (retiring soon). The Stamparatus makes those corner images fit perfectly into place. Using the Poppy Parade Dark Stampin’ Blends Marker, I colored in the word Cake! I love how it makes it POP!

Life's Too Short To Say No To Cake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

One the images were stamped, I layered it onto a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock and flipped it over to add ribbon! Rather than adding one long strip of ribbon that starts at the top, loops across, back across, and comes out the bottom. It was over 12 inches of ribbon I would have needed. Instead, I laid the first piece down, secured it with Stampin’ Dimensionals and trimmed it off. Next, I cut a small loop and secured it to the other side with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I did this with another loop and another end piece. By only using small pieces of ribbon, I saved over 6 inches of ribbon. You could also use ribbon scraps that you have laying around!!

Ribbon Saving Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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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Laura’s Quick Tips: Ink a Spectrum Pad!!!

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Happy Thursday!!! Today, I’ve got another one of Laura’s Quick Tips. I’m going to show you how to ink a Spectrum Pad. I have been playing with these a lot lately and LOVING IT!!! You can check out those projects here and here!

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It is really simple to do and all you need are 5 of your favorite colors of Ink Refills! I used Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, and Real Red in this sample. I have also done Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay. Another one I created in a rainbow color scheme. I have 2 more to ink up and I can’t decide. Let me know your suggestions of colors in the comments below – 5 total colors!

Be sure that the ink pad is opened up; each color pad is separated from the one next to it. This is also how you will want to store the pad so that the colors don’t bleed together. Take the ink refill and just squirt on ink until it looks saturated. Just a light coating is not enough because you need to fill the little sponge and soak it. Also, don’t go overboard or it will start to run down in the tray. Remember it is easier to add more but not so easy to remove ink.

For the little label on the front, I took a file folder label and pressed it into the ink pad to pick up each color. Then I just wrote the name of the color below it and stuck it on the front of the ink pad. Now it is time to stamp and have fun!!!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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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How To Layer Using An Embossing Mat!!!

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Today, I am sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!! I am going to be showing you how to layer using an Embossing Mat!!! The embossing mat makes your framelits twice as valuable. Now you can emboss and die-cut with them!!! Woot Woot!!!

How to Layer Using An Embossing Mat, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Embossing Mats are used with the Big Shot in the same way you use your die-cutting pieces and embossing folders. Just layer up the plates and crank it through the Big Shot. Here are the layers you will need:


Big Shot Multi-Purpose Platform (no tabs), White Impressions Pad, Blue Silicone Mat, Cardstock, Die with the blade facing the cardstock, and then a clear Big Shot Cutting Pad

If you are using an older version of the Multi-Purpose Platform, simply open up all of the tabs and use just the base. For the new version, just leave the additional layers off.

It will be very easy to crank it through the Big Shot as it is just pressing into the cardstock and not cutting it. If you crank it through and back again sometimes it will crease the paper or cut a bit in spots. I recommend just cranking it through once. Also, if your image is detailed and cracks the paper, just lightly spritz the paper with water before running it through. This allows the paper to soften and stretch better.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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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Laura’s Quick Tips: Assemble Cling Stamps!!!

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Hello stampers!!! Today, I’m sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!! I had some customers the other day at class watch me assemble a stamp set and they were in awe. They said to do that again because it wasn’t how they did it and this was much easier. If they are asking, I’m sure all of you are wondering as well! Here we go…

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Time to get those stamp sets and assemble them so they are ready to go when you need a card quickly or when you want to just sit and play. In fact, put on a movie or your favorite show and work on a few stamp sets tonight! This quick and simple trick makes it go fast!

Peel off the sticker from the back of the rubber stamp. Next, peel off the sticker back from the sticker sheet. DO NOT PULL THE STICKER OFF. Leave the sticker on the sheet. Then starting with a detailed side of the stamp, place it down on the sticker, guiding it around to make sure it lines up perfectly. Be sure not to bend, squish, or force the stamp so that it lands on the sticker nice and smooth and flat! Now just pick up the stamp and you are golden!

For some stamps, especially small ones, the sticker wants to come off the sheet once you pull off one side. Try your best to keep the sticker on the sheet. As long as 1 side of the backing is removed, place the stamp down like I mentioned above. It will stick to one side and the label is on the other side. That is okay and at least we know that it is secure and correct one half of the stamp. Now simply hold the sticker back and peel off the other side of the sticker. Now lay the stamp down and press over the top to secure that second half. This may sound confusing so I did a video tutorial below!

I hope you find this useful and enjoy getting all of your stamps ready to go for your next project. Let me know in the comments below if you liked this tip and if you are enjoying Laura’s Quick Tips. If you have a question that you would like answered, just ask and I will do my best to share the answer in the next episode of Laura’s Quick Tips!

To see this all in action, check out the video 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


Laura’s Quick Tips – Textured Stamping!!!

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Good morning!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day to start out with! Today, I wanted to share another one of Laura’s Quick Tips! This one is showing you how to get that perfect textured stamping. Many of Stampin’ Up’s stamps have that amazing texture to the image that makes it look so real. If you ink pads are too juicy though, it just comes out like a splotch!

 Textured Stamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

All you need for this tip is a plastic spoon. I prefer to use this because it is easy to clean and cheap/disposable if I forget to clean it. It is also gentle on your ink pad so it won’t tear the foam pad.

If you are stamping a detailed image and it comes out all splotchy, I can help you! I’m using the lily in the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. First, rub the back of the spoon over the ink pad to move some of the ink over. If the ink pad is too wet/inked, then too much ink gets on the stamp and doesn’t allow for that texture to shine through. By moving some of the ink over, it allows for the stamp to be inked just enough and show off that perfect texture! Then stamp your image! If it is still splotchy, rub a little more ink over.

Too Much Ink, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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


Laura’s Quick Tips: 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper!!!

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Today, I am sharing another fabulous one of Laura’s Quick Tips and it’s all about 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper!! I don’t like wasting designer paper because it is so pretty and I don’t like to waste. Creating cards using specific measurements makes little to no waste and lots of fabulous card creations!!!

Laura's Quick Tips: 6" x 6" Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m sharing samples using the Gingham Gala Designer Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Actually you can use any 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. In fact, you can even cut your 12″ x 12″ pieces down to create these same projects!!!

One way to use up all of the 6″ x 6″ piece is to cut as follows. First, cut at 4″ creating a 6″ x 4″ piece. Then cut that into 2″ x 4″ pieces resulting in 3 pieces of that size. The leftover piece measures 2″ x 6″ so cut another 2″ x 4″ piece. This leaves a 2″ square leftover. This is perfect for punching out a piece to layer behind a greeting or save up 4 of these for a 2″ x 4″ four square grid. Here is a fabulous sample using the 2″ x 4″ pieces!

The other way to use up all of the 6″ x 6″ piece is as follows. First, cut at 4″ creating a 6″ x 4″ piece. Then cut that one at 5-1/4″ creating a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece which is perfect for laying on the front of a card base. The little 3/4″ x 4″ piece leftover is perfect to place on the inside of the card for some fabulous coordination and decoration. Then there is a leftover 2″ x 6″ piece that can be cut at 2″ x 4″ and a 2″ square like the one above. Another option would be cutting it at 2″ x 5-1/2″ for a side strip down the edge (or middle) of a card front. Here is a fabulous sample using that!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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


Laura’s Quick Tips: Using Dental Floss for Card Making!!!

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Today, I have another one of Laura’s Quick Tips! This one is used in my craft room/stamp class about once a week. It has been a lifesaver….okay maybe not that dramatic. Using Dental Floss for card making might sound crazy but it totally works!!!!

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All you need is some dental floss to fix your crooked placement of cardstock. Pull out a piece that is plenty big so it will go the length of your cardstock and have enough on both ends to hold on to. Place the floss under between the cardstock layers and just shimmy it down. Sometimes I pull a lot on the left and then a lot on the right but sometimes I just work it back and forth evenly. It will slowly break the seal of the adhesive so you can position it. The awesome thing about this trick is that it doesn’t rip the cardstock or curl it like when you pull it off from one corner.

I hope you found this helpful and let me know in the comments if you have tired this before or if you will be trying it soon!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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


Laura’s Quick Tips: Basic Card Measurements!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I am sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips today!!! It is all about basic card measurements!!! I get asked this question a lot especially at my classes since I have already done all the cutting for everyone. These measurements are stuck in my head as I use them daily. Here and there I modify and go with something different just to mix it up but otherwise 98% of my cards use these measurements!

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For a basic card base, all you have to remember is to cut a piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ in half. It could be in half along the 11″ side, making the cut at 5-1/2″. This will create a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base. This style can open up like a calendar or to the side like a book. If you cut along the 8-1/2″ side at 4-1/4″, this creates a 4-1/4″ x 11″ card. This looks more like an easel card and again it can open up or to the side. In the photo above, I have the Grapefruit Grove card on the far left opening on the left side like a book.

When it comes to layers, I like to work with 1/4″ rather than 1/8″ mostly because I like a bit of a bigger gap to allow more color/pattern to show. Also, I am not a fan of 1/8″ as I tend to get confused and it isn’t as easy to read on my Stampin’ Trimmer! For the Gorgeous Grape card in the center, I went in a 1/4″ making the Whisper White piece 4″ x 5-1/4″. The Balmy Blue card on the far right is a 1/2″ in making it 3-3/4″ x 5″. This all depends on how much of the card base you want to show!

For additional layers on your card, I tend to go in increments that divide by 6″. This is done because Stampin’ Up’s designer paper, glimmer paper, foil paper, etc. is either 6″ x 6″ or 12″ x 12″. I don’t like to waste any of these gorgeous stuff so cutting pieces like 2″ x 4″ or 3″ square or 3″ x 4″ gives me a chance to use it all up with no waste. That is perfect to me!!!

I hope you found this helpful! Let me know in the comments if this was helpful! Also, let me know if you like to work with 1/4″ or 1/8″!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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


Laura’s Quick Tips: How Much Ribbon Do I Need??

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Today, I’m sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!!! Since ribbon is my favorite embellishment for sure, I used it for almost all of my project. How much ribbon do I need is a question I get asked a lot. Let me show you my trick for that…

Laura's Quick Tips How Much Ribbon Do I Need, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The way to know how much ribbon you will need when tying a knot around something is to simply wrap it around. Take the ribbon and go across the front, around to the back, back around to the front and across. The two ends of the ribbon should be going in opposite directions across the front. Now you can cut your ribbon off the spool and tie it into a knot. There will be some excess ribbon that you will need to trim off but very minimal. Of course this may seem a bit confusing which is why I posted a video below for you to see!!!!

Want to see more on this fabulous card using the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set?? Click here to check it out!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video 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