May 2016 Paper Pumpkin – Many Manly Occasions!

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Look at these amazing Man Cards??? You all know I struggle with Man Cards because I love Pink and Flowers and Bling. The May 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Many Manly Occasions is perfect! The stamp set had lots of greetings for upcoming occasions like Father’s Day and Birthday. It also had lots of name stamps like Dad, Grandpa, Son, Brother, etc. Of course the timing was perfect with Father’s Day around the corner. I made enough of those for everyone and then I made the rest into Birthday cards!

Manly Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

All you had to do for these cards is add the Happy greeting which came in a scroll font and a block font and stamp the rest of the greeting (Father’s Day, Birthday, Name, decoration). I used the stars because they looked fun and manly. There was also a candle, arrow, cake, and hearts. These little images are perfect for the card or decorating the envelope. Once it is all stamped you can add the Pumpkin Pie corrugated background to the inside of the card. It was really easy to go and created a fun and textured look.

Happy Father's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is the block letter font for the Happy! You will also notice that there was 2 styles of the card base. One is like the above – rectangles with a straight greeting bar and the other is a diagonal greeting bar with triangles cut out!

Happy Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The kit also came with Pool Party Epoxy Stars but I didn’t use them on these cards! I just liked them as is and so I thought I would save them for a different project!

Grandpa Father's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Between my husband and I, we only have one Grandpa left. I always make sure to send cards for every occasion! 🙂

Extra Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As always, these Paper Pumpkin Kits come with plenty of goodies. I was able to create these 2 cards with the leftovers. I added the Epoxy Stars to these. I even had to add some to the inside of the one card because I got an ink smudge in there. Opps! 🙂 Cute, simple and fabulous!

If you are a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, you can purchase Refills of this kit to have lots of Man Cards! Click here to get some refills! If you would like to get the June Paper Pumpkin Kit, click here! You need to be signed up before June 10th!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Decorative Corner Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This one is super fun because it’s a Box and a Card and it still fits into a regular Medium Envelope! I think this one is super simple and fun! You can check out another box card here!

Birthday Box Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look how fabulous it is? It is so hard to show 3D in a photo so I have a few and of course a Video Tutorial!!! 🙂 I got this idea from a fellow demonstrator – Linda Yearsley at one of our Team Meetings. Linda got the idea from Debbie! A big Thank You to both ladies for the fabulous idea! Now let’s get started!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Stampin’ Trimmer, 1″ Circle Punch, Designer Paper of your Choice

There aren’t a lots of tools needed for this fun card! You will start with a normal card base measuring 5-1/2″ 8-1/2″ and you will want to score it along the 8-1/2″ side at the following measurements – 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, 6-3/8″. This will create 4 panels of the exact same size. You will fold on all of the score lines and be sure to use a Bone Folder for a nice strong crease! Now you will need your layers to decorate your panels. You will need four solid cardstock panels measuring 5-1/4″ x 1-7/8″. I used Marina Mist in this sample! Then I used some of the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper for the next layer on the panels. You only need three panels of Designer Series Paper and one Whisper White all measuring 5″ x 1-5/8″. The white panel will be on the back side for you to write on. This is like the “inside of the card.” Once all of these pieces are on your card base, it is time to seal it into a box! You will need a piece of cardstock in the same color as the card base measuring 1″ x 5-1/2″ and you will score it or fold it in half at the 1/2″ mark. Add adhesive to both panels (same side) of this small piece. You can use Tear & Tape or Fast Fuse. I used both on mine and they held together really well so it is all up to you! Now you will add one side of the strip to one end of the card base. Then lay your card flat and press the other end of the card base to the other side of the strip. I always like to lay it down and press it because then I know it will lay flat when I go to mail it.

Back of Box Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now that you have your box, it’s time for the decoration. To get it to POP out on the corner, you will need two circles using the 1″ Circle Punch in the same color as your card base! Fold the circles in half. Add a Stampin’ Dimensional to one of the halves of the circle and then use Fast Fuse on the half. With the Fast Fuse side, place it with the crease (fold) right next to the corner fold of the card. You will do both circles like this on either sides from each other and on either side of the crease on the box card.

Pop Out Box Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Then you will peel off the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals and place your greeting on top! For the greeting, I punched out a Basic Black 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle and a Marina Mist 2″ Circle! I stamped the greeting from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set in Mint Macaron and punched it out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch! I also used the star from the Tin of Cards Set to stamp the back panel as well. You could use all kinds of Punches or Framelits for your greeting piece! I love it!!

If you would like to see this all in action because I have you totally confused, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you aren’t confused after this! If so, remember you can always ask me for tips or suggestions if you need help! I am happy to help! Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Ribbon Retire

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Background Blues!!!

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Birthday Boy Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know how I struggle with a good man card because I just love flowers, ribbons and bling! Well check out this one!!!! I love it and I think it’s a perfect Man Card!!! I will be making multiples of this one to have on hand!!!

I started with a Soft Sky card base. Then I cut a piece of Night of Navy measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and White White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. On the Whisper White, I stamped the tea cup stain image from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set all over in Soft Sky and Night of Navy. Just randomly stamp and be sure to fall off the sides to make it look like the pattern continues. I adhered this piece to the Night of Navy and then wrapped some Linen Thread around the 2 pieces a few times and tied a knot (no bow since it’s a Man Card)! 😉 I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. You all know I love those things and I like to use them when there is ribbon (or something wrapped around) because it allows for it to still look smooth! For the greeting, I stamped the Happy Birthday in Night of Navy and die cut with the Deco Label Framelits. I brushed the edges with a Sponge Dauber and Soft Sky Ink and attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well! Just perfect!!!!

What do you like to use for your Man Cards? Let me know in the comments below! I always need help with Man Cards! Also, if you would like to see more samples using the Timeless Texture Stamp Set, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Project Life Retire

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In The Meadow!!!

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I really struggle with Man Cards so when I saw the In The Meadow Stamp Set, I though I need that set!!! It is the perfect masculine look. I have lots of family and friends who are outdoorsy so this is perfect!!!

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and I stamped the deer and trees with Basic Gray Archival Ink. I like the lighter look of gray over black for this card! You can always add in a little bit of the grass to fill in if you would like to. All of the images are from the In The Meadow Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. The greeting was stamped in Chocolate Chip from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set! I colored in the images with an Aqua Painter! I did the deer in Crumb Cake, the grass and leaves in Old Olive, and the tree trunk in Chocolate Chip. You can always make one of the deer a different color to off set them a little more. I’m really starting to like coloring with an Aqua Painter! I took a Crumb Cake card base and added a piece of the Corrugated Cardstock (4″ x 4″) with opposing corner touching the sides. I thought I would do an off set look rather than just layering it on there. I added the Very Vanilla to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This adds texture and dimension to the card but also makes for a smooth look on the corrugated paper. Love it!

I plan on making lots of these for Father’s Day, Birthdays, and maybe even Sympathy. If you would like to see this in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or by clicking here! Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up if you liked and be sure to subscribe if your new!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Love For Dimensionals!!!

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Birthday Boy Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know how much I love Stampin’ Dimensionals!!! Well today I am showing all the fabulous ways to use them and some of the reasons why I use them! One of the reasons is so that my cards looks smooth when I add Ribbon or Linen Thread to a card like the one above. I wrapped the Linen Thread around the cardstock three times and added it to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals rather than Snail Adhesive so it wouldn’t be all bumpy over the thread! See!!! Perfect!

So for this card, I used a Mint Macaron card base. Then I took a piece of the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog (3-3/4″ x 5″) and adhered it to a piece of Lost Lagoon (4″ x 5-1/4″). I wrapped some Linen Thread around 3 times. I think this is the perfect Man Card ribbon! 🙂 I added this piece to my card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the greeting, I used the Party Wishes Stamp Set and Lost Lagoon Ink. Also, I brushed the edges of the greeting with Lost Lagoon and a Sponge Dauber. I added the greeting to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals too! Again, I like using them when placing on top of ribbon so that it’s nice a smooth. This is a great man card in a paper pack full of flowers and other beautiful patterns!!!

If you would like to see an Up Close & Personal on Dimensionals and other ways I use them, 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 so you don’t miss any other videos!

Do you all love Stampin’ Dimensionals as much as me? Or do you think you will start using them more now?? I sure hope so! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Put Your Party Pants On!!!

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I love the name of this stamp set – Party Pants which is one of the Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn for Free with every $50 order. This promotion ends on March 31st!!! I have really enjoyed all of these fabulous Sale-A-Bration items and will be sad when it is over!!!

For this card, I started with a Cucumber Crush card base. I added some of the Silver Striped Designer Paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack to the bottom portion of the card. I stamped the balloons from the Party Pants Stamp Set in Pacific Point onto Whisper White. I punched them out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I added the end of some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the back of each balloon and attached it with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I added them to the card front and then tied the tails together with a little bit more Baker’s Twine. For the little white line/glare look on the balloons, I used the White Chalk Marker! For the greeting, I stamped Happy Birthday from the Party Pants Stamp Set. I omitted “to you” part by just coloring in the Happy Birthday portion with a marker! I punched out the greeting with the Washi Label Punch and brushed the ends with some Cucumber Crush ink on a Sponge Dauber! I added the greeting to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals too! Love it!!!

This would make a fabulous Man Card! You could always change up the colors for a girl or to match the recipients favorite colors. What colors would you use? Let me know in the comments below!

To check out more samples using Sale-A-Bration items, click here! There are only 8 more days of Sale-A-Bration!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Birthday Boy!!!

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This card is very simple, quick, and could be modified for anyone!!!! I think this card screams Birthday Boy but you could change the colors to pink and yellow for a girl. Really you could do any color combination for anyone! My favorite color growing up was blue until about high school and then I went crazy over PINK!!!! A few years ago it was purple and green but still pink. Now it is Bermuda Bay and still Pink!

For this card, I used a Tip Top Taupe card base. I took a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 4″ x 3-1/2″ and used the Corner Rounder Punch on the bottom right corner. I stamped the greeting in Cucumber Crush from the Balloon Celebrations Stamp Set. For the balloons, I used Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay. I stamped the outline in full strength and the solid balloon fill I stamped off once. I used Basic Black for the string. I adhered this to my card front and added a little piece of Cherry on Top Washi Tape! I love how quick and simple it is and you could really use this card for lots of occasions if you switched up the greeting! I just might be making lots of these with different color combinations. Believe it or not I am low on cards right now!!! Time to bulk up!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Corrugated Creation!!!

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Masculine Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So if you have been following me for even a week, you know I am IN LOVE with the Rose Wonder Bundle! I love the greetings and the flowers! You might look at it and think it’s flowers and girly. While I would agree, I like to think out of the box and see if I can create some Man Cards with it as well. I DID IT!!!

I started with a card base of Pear Pizzazz and stamped the leaf from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 15%) in Pear Pizzazz. I also die cut some of the leaves from the coordinating Rose Garden Framelits and added those to the card front. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere them. Then I added a strip of the Corrugated Kraft Paper. This paper is super fun because it adds texture to your project but it isn’t too bumpy and it cuts super easy with the Stampin’ Trimmer! It has a very masculine look to it as well! For the greeting, I stamped the label in Pear Pizzazz and the greeting in Crumb Cake and then die cut it with the Rose Garden Framelits! I added the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I have done lots of cards with this bundle, you can check them out by clicking here, here, and here! Let me know which one your favorite is in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Masculine Flowers!?!?

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Looking at the Flowering Fields Stamp Set, I start dreaming of all the beautiful colors of flowers I can create. Then I saw this fabulous sample from fellow stamper Rae Anne and thought it was amazing!!! It’s blues and greens and no foo foo ribbon or bling so that means it is a man card, right???

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. I added strips of cardstock in Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Garden Green, and Cucumber Crush. The strips measure 4″ x 1-1/2″. Each strip is stamped with one of the images from the Flowering Fields Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in the same ink color as the cardstock. I love the subtle outline. Then I took a piece of Crumb Cake measuring 5-1/2″ x 1/2″ and stamped a greeting from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set. I added my own flare with some Candy Dots since they add a little texture and fun!

What do you think – is it masculine??? Who else thinks it would be fabulous with shades of yellow, pink, red, or orange? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Memories In The Making!!!

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The Memories In The Making Project Life Card Collection is one of the items that you can earn for FREE through Sale-A-Bration!!! I thought the cards were super fabulous because many of them are window sheets with frames and borders and amazing designs. There are a few that are gold on one side and silver on the other. WOOT WOOT! I love how there is something for everyone there. The other pieces have embossed prints on them so you can have fun and add color for an emboss resist technique. Love it!!!

The card above uses one of the embossed patterns and I brushed over it with an Elegant Eggplant Sponge Dauber to give it some color. Since the card is 4″ x 6″, I had to cut it down a bit (4″ x 5-1/4″). I added some Whisper White Cotton Ribbon. For the greeting, I used the Big News Stamp Set. I layered it onto Elegant Eggplant and added it to my card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I thought it needed a little bling so I added some Dazzling Details to all of the little dots in the scroll. 🙂

Project Life Card Collection, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I didn’t want to waste that little strip that I cut off so I created this card. I took another Memories In The Making Card, stamped the greeting from the Tin Of Cards Stamp Set in Stazon Ink and added it to my card front once it dried. Be very careful when stamping on Window Sheet as it can be slick and want to slide all over. Straight up and down! This is one of those cards that the dotted wreath is gold on the back side. I’m a silver girl though! 🙂 Since you can see adhesive on Window Sheet, I just added it to the left hand side where the patterned paper is. It is held securely with Tear & Tape so I don’t have to worry about it coming off!

Awesome Ombre, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I wanted to do another one so I took another Card from the Collection that was embossed stripes. I used my Sponge Daubers to add color in this amazing ombre pattern. I used Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, and Night of Navy. I loved how it turned out. I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around a few (hundred) times on the left hand side and tied a knot. I added it to a Bermuda Bay card base and did the awesome greeting again from the Big News Stamp Set. Perfect Man Card!!!

Memories In The Making, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Then with the little strip that I had to cut off, I created this card. Again I took one of the Window Sheet Cards and stamped in Craft White Ink with the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. I adhered it on with Tear & Tape under the strip of ombre! I love how these turned out!

You can use Project Life Card Collections for greeting cards and memory keeping. They are so much fun and so versatile. You can check out a few of my Project Life Album Pages here!

To see all of the cards from the Memories in the Making Card Collection, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it.

Have you ever tried the Project Life Card Collection for memory keeping or card making? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura