Masculine Card Using Eastern Beauty Stamp Set!!!

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I feel like saying I made a masculine card using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set is like an oxymoron. This card is super fabulous and that set is so much fun and versatile! Check out other samples using this set here, here, and here!Masculine Card Using Eastern Beauty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Man cards are fun to make using Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim Ink! I am loving this look!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. Next I took a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added a strip of Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper (2″ x 4″). This is a great measurement because it uses up an entire sheet of 12″ x 12″ Paper. You can make 18 of these cards with 1 sheet! Now for adding the Linen Thread, I wrapped it around three times and tied it into a knot. If you would like to do a bow, you can or you can place the knot under the greeting so it looks more seamless. I stamped a few of the diamond images from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set in Tranquil Tide Ink. Then I added this piece of the card base!

For the greeting, I stamped the circle in in Dapper Denim Ink and the greeting in Tranquil Tide Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. All of these are from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set! Using the Layering Circles Framelits, I die cut out the greeting and die cut a scallop circle in Tranquil Tide. Next, I layered the two together and added them to the card from with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This adds some texture and since it’s over the top of the thread it lays flatter. All done!

I really struggle with Man cards because I love flowers and pink and bling. I get super excited when I come up with an awesome man card style! This card will be easy to make multiples of quickly!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Loving the Soft Saying All Inclusive Card Kit!!!

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Stampin’ Up! has a NEW All Inclusive Card Kit called Soft Saying and it’s fabulous!!! The thing I love the most is that it’s perfect for the beginner because it includes everything. It’s perfect for the seasoned stamper because it’s so beautiful and fun!

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Look at all of these beautiful cards! The color scheme isn’t one that I would pick on my own but I do love it. Of course there are flowers in there so I’m happy! There are 20 total cards in this kit with envelopes. The stamp set is perfect for all occasions and it’s always great to have another clear block and Basic Gray Ink!

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Here are the 2 sets of mini cards in the kit for a total of 4 cards! These cards are 3″ squares. The card bases came printed with that watercolor wash. I added the Washi Tape and stamped the greetings and some leaves/flowers! Next, I added the die cut leaves with a little bit of Fine Tip Glue Pen. Many times though, I just placed a Stampin’ Dimensional over the ends to secure it and placed the greeting on top.

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These are the note card size and there are 8 total in this size! I love the colors of the flowers and gold but also the simple more masculine cards as well! Again, you can see that I used the Washi Tape to secure the die cuts and used very little Fine Tip Glue Pen. It made putting these cards together very quickly!!! My favorites here are the gold rose in the upper left corner and the gray strips in the lower left corner!

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These are the large cards and there are 8 total! Of course, my favorite is the floral die cut and pin in the upper left corner. I loved that the floral die cut had a large enough border that I could put the adhesive there. It was super simple! The greetings are amazing and my favorite is “I’m happy you’re in my life.” I will say there was Lemon Lime Twist Baker’s Twine in the kit and I just didn’t care to use it. I did add it here and there following the instructions in the kit but there are a few I didn’t use it. It’s all about adding in your own flare and I know I’ll use that twine in other projects!

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Next up I wanted to show off all the leftover pieces that can be used on future projects! I have leftover labels (or extras if you make a mistake), twine, and washi tape. Then there are the non-consumables – stamps, ink, and clear block that can be used many many times over! I love it! There is also a Refill Kit that you can purchase to make even more cards! The refill kit comes with all of the supplies in the full kit minus the stamps, ink, clear block, and striped box.

If you would like to see the complete unboxing and reveal of this kit, check out my 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


Doing the Graduation Polka-Dots!!!

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Tis the season of Graduation and for many they are doing the Graduation Polka…..Dots!!! Teeeheehee! I know when I graduated….10 years ago!….I was doing all the dances. You couldn’t pay me to go back to school so graduation was a big celebration!!! As it should be!

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This card is perfect to have on hand for any occasion even Graduation!!! I have done this card in boy colors like this and in girly colors like this sample! Not let’s get started on this fun debossed card!

I started with a Pacific Point card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder in the middle. I have found that stamping over the top of the de-bossed image turns out the best when you stamp on top of the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. This mat has some give for the cardstock to press into rather than a hard surface like the table. I used the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set to stamp the polka dots all over and make the greeting pop! I went with Pacific Point Ink and Cucumber Crush Ink. I stamped the dots all over the cardstock, some in full strength and some as the stamped off shade of ink.

For this card, I highly recommend going back to the ink pad each time and if you want the lighter shade, then stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper rather than on the card. The reason for this is because if you fall half off the cardstock, it makes the second stamp image have a line on it. Also, if you stamp over the celebrate greeting, the second stamp will have the letters in a darker ink so to avoid this, just go to the ink pad each time! 🙂 My favorite part of stamping with photopolymer, is that you can see the ink and paper touch! It’s so cool! Be sure to stamp the dots with firm even pressure so that your ink hit the cardstock around each piece!

Now that the focal point is complete, I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around it and secured the ends to the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since it is a Man Card, I didn’t want to go all out with ribbons and bows but a little thread is perfect! I added  more Stampin’ Dimensionals all over to raise this layer up from the Cucumber Crush layer (4″ x 5-1/4″). Finally, I added this piece to the card base! Perfect!

I love Graduations but they always make me cry. Just that amazing accomplishment and moving on to the next step in life is so fabulous and makes me emotional! It’s still crazy to think I graduated 10 years ago! How many years since your last graduation? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Tempting Techniques – T-Shirt Builder Bundle!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you using the T-Shirt Builder Bundle from the Occasions Mini Catalog! I love how this set is perfect for all ages and both men and women!!!

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This card is perfect for Father’s Day or change up the greeting and make it a Birthday Card!!! Either way, it’s the perfect Man Card and I really struggle with those! Let’s get started!

I used the T-Shirt Builder Bundle for this entire card! Starting with the shirt, I stamped the men’s shirt, buttons down the front, and the collar. All of them are stamped in Basic Black onto Pear Pizzazz. I stamped the tie in Basic Black onto Whisper White. Using the T-Shirt Builder Framelits, I die cut the shirt, collar, and tie. I thought the tie needed a pop of color so I colored in every other stripe with the Pacific Point Marker.

For the card, I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base. Next, I took a piece of Pacific Point cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the tie on the background in Pacific Point Ink. This gives the background a some pattern. After stamping the background, I adhered it to the card base. Then I took a piece of Crumb Cake (4″ x 2″) and ripped around the top edge for a little texture. I stamped the greeting from Custom Tee Stamp Set. The set actually says RAD DAD but I omitted the Rad part but just inking Dad. I stamped it below the #1! Then I adhered it to the bottom of the Pacific Point on the card . Then I added the shirt. The actual shirt was added flat to the card but I added the collar with a Stampin’ Dimensional to make the shirt look more real!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my 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. I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday! Check back tomorrow as I will be posting another sample using the T-Shirt Builder Bundle!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Marbled Background!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a super fun technique to share with you – creating a marbled background!!! Check this out!!

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Isn’t the background super cool?? It is super easy as well. All you need are ink pads and baby wipes!!! I got this technique from fellow demonstrator, Sandy Jacobson! I love sharing ideas!!!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Ink Pads, Baby Wipes

For creating the marbled background, I started with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. You can use regular Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock if you wish! It works the same with all but I liked the little hint of shimmer! Next, I took a wet baby wipe and balled it up and very lightly tapped it into an ink pad and then pounced all over the cardstock. I used Bermuda Bay Ink, Cucumber Crush Ink, and Pumpkin Pie Ink. You can pounce with each color as little or as much as you wish. It’s as simple as that! Super fun and comes out different each time. You can mix and match any color combination!

To finished the above card off, I placed it onto a Bermuda Bay card base. I stamped the birthday greeting in the lower right corner from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set. The die cuts came from the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Cucumber Crush and a t-shirt from the T-Shirt Builder Framelits in Bermuda Bay. I stamped the front of the shirt with the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set. Next, I added the t-shirt to the square with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it look a little more 3D. I added loops of Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the back of the square, securing it with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then adding it to the card front! Perfect Man Card!

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I used Wisteria Wonder Ink and Rich Razzleberry Ink for this one. For the decoration, I stamped the lady from the Beautiful You Stamp Set in Basic Black and her dress in Rich Razzleberry. The greeting was done in Wisteria Wonder. I went over her dress with a Wink of Stella Pen which added a little shine and blended it together a bit. I used the leftover bit of ink on the tip to color in her hat. Then, I layered this piece onto Silver Foil Paper and added it to the card front. To finish it off, I added a few White Perfect Accents. Love it!

If you would like to see this 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! I post every Tuesday and Thursday!

Have fun trying this out yourself! What color combination will you use? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Coloring With a Chalk Marker!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Today we are going to be coloring with the White Chalk Marker! These markers are fun to use on black cardstock for that chalkboard look but you can use them for other projects like this one too!!! I love getting out tools and using them for more projects than the typical use! So get out that Chalk Marker and let’s play!!!

For this card, I used a Crumb Cake card base! Then I took a piece of Cucumber Crush (5-1/4″ x 4″) and ripped the top and bottom. You just want to do little tears all along, rather than one long rip!  Then I took another piece of Crumb Cake (5″ x 2-1/2″) and ripped the top and bottom of this piece as well. I stamped the Happy greeting from the Happy Celebrations Stampin’ Up Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Ink. After stamping the greeting, I used the White Chalk Marker and drew lines down each of the letters. I’m not the best at drawing and free-hand stuff so a simple line was enough for me but you could always decorate with dots, squiggles, or another design! I adhered this piece to the Cucumber Crush piece and then stamped the “Birthday to You” in Cucumber Crush Ink in the lower right corner! Then I added this piece to the card front! To finish it off, I wrapped some Linen Thread around the top and tied it into a knot. Linen Thread is the perfect embellishment for a man card!!! Simple and fabulous!!!

You could always mix up the colors to match the recipients favorite color or based on the gender! If you would like to check out other samples using the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set by clicking here and here! If you would like to see more ways to color with the Chalk Marker, click here and here!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on till the end of March! You can pick out a FREE item for every $50.00 that you order! You will also be earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and after 10 stickers you will get a $40 Gift Certificate! Now is the perfect time to stock up on all the stamping goodies!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Birthday Balloons!!!

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A new year has begun and that means Birthdays will happen!!! I love sending Birthday Cards because it is the one event that we all partake in!!! I tend to struggle with man card since I love PINK and flowers and bling but this one is perfect!!!

I started with an Emerald Envy card base! Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 3″ and punched the right side corners with the Corner Rounder Punch. I stamped the balloons from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set in Pacific Point Ink and Emerald Envy Ink. I stamped the strings of the balloons in Basic Black Ink. I made this card first but since I have made a few more and I like the squiggle string better for this card. It makes the strings not look so straight and blah. I added this piece to a Emerald Envy card base in the middle of card. Then I added a piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper measuring 1″ x 5-1/2″ along the left hand side of the card. This covers the gap between the edge of the card and the balloon piece! Then I added some Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon around the card and tied into a knot. The ribbon goes to the inside of the card! For the greeting, I stamped it in Pacific Point Ink onto Whisper White. I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. Then I punched out another one in Pacific Point and cut it in half. I put half behind the upper part of the greeting and the other hand on the lower portion of the greeting. Check out the video on how to do it here! I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Love it!!!

If you would like to get a Birthday Card this year, send me you name and address here! I would love to send out tons and tons of cards this year! #imbringingbirthdaysback

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Fall is in the Air!!!

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Fall is here and there is no denying it! Let’s just hope it stays Fall and doesn’t become the next season…..oh how I don’t like winter at all. In the mean time, I’m trying to enjoy the sun, warm fall days, crisp morning, and the beautiful colors of trees!!! This card is made with the Totally Trees Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog which has every type of try for every location and occasion! It is super fun and perfect for a man card too! If you would like to see more samples, check them out here and here!

I started with a Cajun Craze card base. This color is one that I only really use during the Fall. It’s the perfect fall color. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the trees along the bottom from the Totally Trees Stamp Set. I did the base in Chocolate Chip and then the circles in Garden Green, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Crushed Curry. I wanted a more subtle look so I stamped off once with each of them before stamping onto my cardstock. This gives a lighter look so it isn’t so bold. I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon along the top. I added a bit of adhesive in the middle to hold it down since I knew the greeting would cover any sticky that might come through. I placed some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back side to hold the ends down. I really like using dimensionals when I have ribbon on the back side of my cardstock because the dimensionals give it a smooth look rather than a bumpy one when using Fast Fuse or Snail. Since the ribbon is wide, I just used the dimensional border and placed a long piece over the top. I added more dimensionals along the back and adhered it to the card base. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. Then I punched another one out in Garden Green and layered it behind by cutting it in half and placing one piece above and one below for a nice layer. You can check out this video on how to do that here. I added the greeting to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well….again for that smooth look and because dimensionals sink into the ribbon and around it rather than just sitting on top! Now you have the perfect fall card!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend enjoying the Fall weather and don’t some of your favorite things! See you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Sail Away On A Sailboat!!!

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The Swirly Bird Stamp Set is so versatile and fun with all of the crazy images! I created these little sailboats with that stamp set to make the perfect Man Card! This could be for birthdays, Father’s Day, or just any occasion. You could always change up the colors for a more feminine look. I mean technically these colors would be perfect for either gender as well but you know how I love my pinks!!! 🙂

This card is fairly simple but can get a little confusing with colors. You will need 4 Whisper White squares measuring 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″. One each of the squares, you will stamp the boat bottom from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Ink. You will want to stamp fairly close to the bottom of the square for a good fit. There is also a little bitty flag for the top of the sail that you can add on as well. If you use the little flag, stamp REAL close to the bottom so you have plenty of room. Now for the sails, there is the large sail on the right side in solid and stripes and then there is the small sail on the left side. Here is where it can get confusing with colors. I did 1 solid and 1 strip of Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. I did the opposite color for the small sail on the left. Once you have all of your boats complete, you will need 4 squares measuring 2″ x 2″. I did 2 in Dapper Denim and 2 in Emerald Envy. Adhere those together and then place on a Crumb Cake card base. You can do all 4 towards the bottom with the greeting up top, all 4 at the top with the greeting at the bottom or split like I did. It is all up to you!

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Once you have your sailboats in place, wrap some Linen Thread around your card a few times and tie a knot. For the greeting, I used the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and coordinating Duet Banner Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). I stamped the banner in Dapper Denim and the greeting in Emerald Envy and punched it out. I added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I have had so much fun with the Swirly Bird Stamp Set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (Bundle & Save 10%), you can check out more samples here, here and here! AND when I was teaching this class, I found ANOTHER fabulous image from the framelits…..a Pumpkin! I can’t wait to use it in the Fall for that!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Irresistibly Floral Fun!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! The many different ways to emboss resist (the easy way)! The Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ white paper that is embossed in clear with a design – flowers, stripes, dots, and more! It is stunning paper and you can add color to use and really make the images POP!!!

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How fabulous is this card??? It would have been perfect for Father’s Day! It’s just screams Man Card!!! Love it!!!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Irresistibly Floral Designer Paper, Sponge Daubers, Ink of Choice

I cut a piece of the stripes Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece. For this one, I used Sponge Daubers to color the stripes. I felt like I had more control and the sponge dauber is about the width I wanted in color! I started in the middle and worked my way to the sides. I just went up and down with the dauber adding as much color as I wanted. Once I was done with each color, I wiped off the excess ink with a paper towel! You can do a rainbow of colors or pick any amount of colors you wish! I used Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. Then I added this piece to a Emerald Envy card base and wrapped some of the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine around the card. It really gives this card a nautical look, doesn’t it? For the greeting, I die cut a label from the Lots of Labels Framelits with the Big Shot. I stamped the greeting from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set and added a few of the Stars from the In-Color Enamel Shapes Pack. I added the greeting piece to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It is a big bumpy over the ribbon so you will for sure want to use Dimensionals or you can always place the greeting below the ribbon!

You can always change up the colors or even add color in other ways like with Markers, Stamping, Spritzers, and Sponge Brayers. There are endless possibilities.

If you would like to see all of the paper in the Irresistibly Floral pack and the different ways to color it, 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. I post every Tuesday and Thursday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura