Golden Hearts are Best!!!

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Happy Monday!!!! These golden hearts just make me happy. Look at that bling and shine!!!

Golden Hearts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the simple greeting on this card that makes it not so lovey dovey for Valentine’s Day! You can check out a few others I have done here and here! Valentine’s Day is a holiday I love to show how much someone means to me but I don’t always want it to be all mushy!

For this card, I started with a Whisper White card base. Then I layered a piece of Rich Razzleberry (4″ x 5-1/4″) and a piece of the Painted With Love Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″)! Simple and easy to assemble!

For the greeting, I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). I stamped the greeting in Melon Mambo Ink onto Whisper White. Then I punched it out with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch. Next, I layered that onto a Melon Mambo circle punched out with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. Finally, I added this to a piece of Calypso Coral that was stamped with the detailed label in Rich Razzleberry Ink and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch. All of these layers were put together with Snail Adhesive. Next, I flipped the greeting over and added loops of Gold Sequin Trim and secured them in place with Stampin’ Dimensionals! I added this to the lower right corner of my card!

Label Me Pretty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card was really easy to create so it would be perfect for making multiples! The Painted With Love Designer Paper has lots of different prints that you could mix and match as well. Want to see all the sheets on a full scale? Check out this video!

Are you a big fan of Valentine’s Day or not really? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 

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Girls Night Out Stampin’ Fun!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! Last week was my big Girls Night Out Stamp Event which is always a hit and lots of fun! The weather changed some of that and made the evening session a little trickier! Boo Winter! When Stampin’ Up! comes out with a new catalog, I like to have one of these events to show everything off!!!

Girls Night Out Stampin' Fun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love having this event each time. There is so much fun and excitement and its a great way for me to spoil my stampers!!! Starting in the living room, I have a table with cards on display, upcoming class samples, and the new kits! The Perennial Birthday Card Kit and the Lots of Happy All Inclusive Kit were both on display! I love love love the Perennial Kit because it’s so beautiful and the box is super handy and cute!

On the TV, I have photos of the samples cycling through. If you watch the TV long enough, all of the samples will show. Of course, touching and feeling the samples is totally different! 🙂 There are catalogs on the coffee table as well as the famous prize baskets! Everyone gets an item for coming! Did I mention I love spoiling my stampers?!?! When someone orders, books a party, joins Stamp Club, or joins Stampin’ Up, they get a second item from the blue basket or they can upgrade to one item from the purple basket. There are stamps, designer paper, scrap bags, (filled with designer paper, cardstock, and ribbon), ribbons, and more in the prize baskets!

Then moving into the hallway, there is a table with lots of product on display. I have designer paper showing. If you would like to see any of the Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Paper on a full scale, check out my videos I did here! The Stamparatus and Brusho Crystal Colour were on display to play with and check out too!

Then for the final treat…..the kitchen! Of course there are yummy sweet treats!!! There is also a table for creating the 2 make-and-take projects! One of them was a Birthday Card and the other said You’re the Best which is great for Valentine’s Day or any occasion!

Now for everyone that doesn’t live nearby or couldn’t attend due to the weather, I have a little treat for you!!! THIS WEEKEND (ending on Sunday at midnight), you can earn double Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers. Click here to start shopping!

Happy Stampin’! Have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

~Laura


Black & White With A Pop of Red!!!

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Last week, I showed off the NEW Brusho Crystal Colour and ways to color with it!!! This fabulous black & white with a pop of red was created using the Brusho Crystal Colour as well! That vibrant background

Black & White With A Pop of Red, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Silver Foil  Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″). This can all be done while waiting for the focal point to dry! 🙂

 Red Brusho Crystal Colour, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using a piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 3-3/4″ x 3″, I wet the entire thing with an Aqua Painter. Then I tapped the Red Brusho Crystal Colour over the top. A little bit goes a long way…..trust me. I love bold vibrant colors and like 8 drops of the powder is perfect! At this point, I used the Aqua Painter to color in the entire piece of paper. If you wish to have a more swish swish look or just the dotted looked, leave it as is. It really is fun how many different ways it can be used! After allowing it to dry, I stamped the dots from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark all over. Then I poured Clear Embossing Powder over the top and set it with the Heat Tool. This is how I got those shiny dots!

Spot the Dot, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I added some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon around the card and tied the two ends on the right hand side with a little bit of Silver Metallic Thread. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Basic Black  Ink. I used the Pretty Label Punch to get those nice rounded ends. After stamping the greeting, just turn the punch upside down and slide the greeting in from the top so only one side is in the punch. Punch and then rotate to do the other side. I added the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals and used them to add the watercolor paper to the card front!

Check out the Post & Video I posted last week to see more on Brusho Crystal Colour and tips and tricks!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Blending Butterflies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m blending butterflies with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen and oh how stunning do they look……

Blending Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t you think this looks super real and gorgeous?? I love it! Then I did the blue/purple one for the video and fell deeper in love!!! There are so many ways to color stamped images and while the latest one is fun, sometimes its great to play with your favorite. I have colored this butterfly with the New Brusho Crystal Colour (see here) and now I did this one. Honestly, I think I prefer Watercolor Pencils! I try to mix things up and try it all to show you!

The card base is Daffodil Delight. Then, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″) and stamped  the butterfly and greeting from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog! I used Archival Black Ink since I am watercoloring. Next, I used the Watercolor Pencils and just added in some color. I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight for this card!

Using Blender Pens, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After adding all the color, I started with the lightest and blended with the Blender Pen. I kept the yellow in place in the center. Then I blended and smeared around the Pumpkin Pie. Making sure to clean the pen tip in between so the color didn’t super mix together. Then I blended the red starting on the outside and then smearing with the orange in middle. I just love how it turned out!

Tri Color Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I layered this piece onto some Basic Black measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. I tied some Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around it between the butterfly and greeting for a little pop and texture. Then I added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!!!

Blue Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the finished card from the one I did on the video below! I used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry for this one! LOVE IT!!! Which one is your favorite – Yellow/Red/Orange or Blues/Purple?? Let me know in the comments below!

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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Valentine’s Day Card Ideas!!!

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Today, I’m sharing with you some Valentine’s Day card ideas!!! I love Valentine’s Day because I feel like it’s a great chance to show your love, happiness, appreciation (whatever it may be) to those around you. I’m not a fan of the roses and chocolates but the CARD is a must!!!

Valentine's Day Card Ideas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is a great concept using the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog! It’s not super lovey dovey but still shows love!

I started with a Melon Mambo card base. Next, I cut 2 pieces of the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper measuring 5″ x 2″ and 3″ x  2″! I used the same sheet of 12″ x 12″ from the pack but used one side for one piece and the other side for the other piece! The larger piece is layered on Rich Razzleberry measuring 5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″. The smaller piece is layered on Gold Foil Paper measuring 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″. I just love how this designer paper has those gold flecks in it. It is just stunning! Before adding the rectangles to the card, I stamped the greeting from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry Ink. The greeting is a bit tight so it’s best to stamp it first. Next, I layered on the piece to the left. The smaller piece has some Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon wrapped around it and tied into a knot. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture. I finished off the front with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Hugs & Happiness, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the second piece of the greeting on it.

If you would like to see this all in action as well as a few other Valentine’s Day cards, 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!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Stay tuned as I will be posting the other cards in the video next week!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Quick & Simple Birthday Bow!!!

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Birthday cards are the most needed for me! Sometimes I need one now so quick and simple is good! This birthday bow card is just that!!

Birthday Bow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The other super cool thing about this cards is your can change up the colors to what you like the best or what you have on hand! There are endless possibilities with this card style.

I started with a Peek-A-Boo Peach card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ and added a strip of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper along the right side (1″ x  3-3/4″). The awesome thing about this is that you can get like 8 pieces from one sheet of the 6″ x 6″ designer paper. Woot Woot! For the stamping, I used the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog! The greeting was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink and the bow in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. For the bow, I stamped the large portion of the bow first and after stamping off once. Then I stamped all the little pieces in full strength Lemon Lime Twist. Since the stamp set is photopolymer, it is pretty easy to line up and stamp the second image!

Do you like quick and simple cards like this or one with more layers? What would you add or change to this card to step it up? Let me know in the comments below! I did think about adding some ribbon or stamping more bows but then I thought less is more maybe!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Series Paper!!!

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Today, I’m sharing with you the Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Series Paper!!! The catalog just doesn’t do this amazing stuff justice!!! Here you will see it on a bigger scale and each piece front and back!!!

Painted With Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and has gold foil on one side of each piece! I love the shades of pink, purple, coral, and gold! The hearts are great for Valentine’s Day too! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Myths & Magic, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and one side of each sheet has a fabulous glitter image. The glitter is on the mermaids, wizards, unicorns, and other designs. This paper is super fun and will make amazing kid/teen cards! I love it!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Occasions Mini Catalog Designer Series Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and all black and white. I love black and white paper that I can add a pop of color with cardstock, ribbon, or embellishments. This paper is fun to color with Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Blends, Markers, or the Sponge Brayer!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Sweet Soiree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and has a silver foil design on one side of each sheet! These pastels and floral prints are great for the transition from Winter to Spring! I just love flowers! Also, there are cakes and other fun images that are perfect for Weddings, Bridal Shower, and more! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

True Gentleman, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The True Gentleman Designer Series Paper is 12″ x 12″ and perfect for man cards! I love the color scheme and prints. I always struggle with man cards but I think this paper will make it super easy!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Picture Perfect Party, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper Stack is 6″ x 6″. I love the bright colors and fun designs of these sheets. Birthday cards are my most used and this stack screams birthday!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Tutti Frutti, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper Stack is 6″ x 6″! These bright colors and fun fruits are perfect for Spring and Summer! Those are my favorite seasons so I love this stack!!! Check out the Video of each sheet here!

Which one is your favorite?? My favorites are the Painted with Love and Picture Perfect Party!!! Let me know yours in the comments below! Also, let me know if you like this display of the designer paper so you can really see it. Do you find it helpful? If so, I’ll be sure to do it for every new catalog release!

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!

Graduation Polka-Dots, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Pop & Twist Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today’s technique is this amazing Pop & Twist Card. It’s one of those super WOW cards that you won’t really make tons of them but making at least one is super fun!!! Don’t worry, I did a video tutorial too to help out!

Pop & Twist Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay, so the front looks pretty simple but that’s because the inside is the major WOW for this card!!! I got the idea for this card from LeeAnn Greff and made a few changes with the way I created it! Thank you, LeeAnn! Now let’s get started on this beauty!

I started with a Pacific Point card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. For the front, I used a piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper (5″ x 3-3/4″). This designer paper is retiring and on sale!!! Woot Woot! I wrapped some Emerald Envy Ribbon around the card and added a little Party Animal Embellishment with some Whisper White Baker’s Twine! I stamped the greeting from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set in Pacific Point Ink.

Side View - Pop & Twist, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the inside…here’s the tricky part! 🙂 Don’t worry! I will walk you through it all. I found it best to create a template using normal printer paper because then you can practice without wasting cardstock. It was easier to create some of the folds with the printer paper and use them as a guide on cardstock as well. So with the printer paper (or your actual cardstock for the card), I made the following score lines:

Along the 11″ side: Score at 4-1/4″, 5-1/2″, and 6-3/4″

Along the 8-1/2″: Score at 2-1/4″, 4-1/4″, and 6-1/4″

Next, these scores create rectangles in each corner of the cardstock so I cut those off. I was left with a sort of cross looking template that was wide going up and down and little going side to side. I folded on the score lines but not each of them, just in half going both ways! The next 2 folds are the tricky ones because you will be folding diagonally. This fold is not corner to corner, it is actually line to line. With the thick/wide piece at the bottom/closest to you, fold  the right hand (small piece) diagonally down. Go down to where the middle score line of the small piece lines up with the middle score line of the wide piece. This will create a diagonal line with the center, in the middle of your folded cross lines from scoring above. You will notice that the diagonal line doesn’t go corner to corner but just past it. That is correct! Next I rotated it 90 degree and folded diagonally again, creating an X. All red lines in the photo below are the lines I folded on.

Pop & Twist Template, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now I used this template for all of my card inserts. I just found it much easier to place on the top of the cardstock, score diagonally and fold than it was to try to get the cardstock to fold correctly the first time without the template. To finish the insert, I popped in the sides (small pieces). Mountain on that middle score line and valley on the sides. This will create a house look to the cardstock. Next, place it in your Stampin’ Trimmer with the point of the house at 5-1/4″ and trim off the extra. It should be about a 1/4″. This is so it fits into your card base perfectly and helps even things out on your little house.

Using Fast Fuse or Tear And Tape (a strong adhesive), outline one side of the house! I placed it inside the card, centered and sticky side up and then pressed the top closed to adhere it. Flip it over and repeat! Don’t try to place the sticky part on the card without closing it because then it might not close correctly. It could be off set a bit and you will want it to close and lay smooth. Now I can add my decoration pieces to either side. I used a piece of Party Animal Designer Paper (3″ square) to the left side and Whisper White (3″ square) to the right side so I could write my message.

Technique Tuesday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up is the amazing pop out piece! I cut a piece of Crushed Curry measuring 2-3/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2-3/4″, 5-1/2″, and 8-1/4″. This creates four 2-3/4″ squares. I placed pieces from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper onto each square. Just be sure that all of your patterns go in the same direction, up and down. To add this, I like to use Tear & Tape because you can place it down and then reveal the sticky later! I placed a small piece in the upper left corner and lower right corner of the small pieces sticking out the sides (see template above). This is because the insert (Crushed Curry piece) will adhere to the top of one panel and the bottom of the other, making it twist sideways!

I placed the insert in there to make sure that my patterned pieces were going to twist right side up when I opened the card. Then I peeled off one of the pieces of tape and attached it. The piece will line up (on top of) the white or designer paper you placed down above. If it is centered on that and to the edge, you are golden. You don’t want the insert in too deep or our too far. Making sure the other adhesive side is on the opposite, reveal the sticky and press your card closed to adhere. Now it Pops & Twists! I found the first few times, you have to help it close up as it’s still a little stiff!

Of course to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new!

All of these items in the Party Animal Suite are retiring at the end  of the month and many of them are on sale! Get them before they are gone by clicking here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Loving these Anniversary Lace & Hearts!!!

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First of all, I just love this card! The anniversary lace & hearts is just so elegant and soft looking which is perfect for such an occasion!!! <3

Anniversary Lace & Hearts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this card, I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next I layered on a piece of Flirty Flamingo (4″ x 5-1/4″) and a piece of Falling in Love Designer Series paper (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″). I loved this paper because it’s has soft beautiful patterns. Unfortunately it is sold out already!

Now for the greeting, I used the So Detailed Framelits (on the retired list and on sale) to die cut the banner with the hearts it in. I used Very Vanilla cardstock! The greeting was stamped in Crumb Cake Ink with the So In Love Stamp Set (also on the retired list and on sale). To attach this to the card, I added adhesive to the far left, the middle spot where the greeting is stamped, and the little end tab. Then I took some Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon and tied a bow. I attached it to the card with a Mini Glue Dot.

So Detailed, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the simple and yet elegant look. This card could be used for a baby card, wedding card, or anniversary card because it is soft and simple. You could mix up the designer paper and go with any occasion.

Of course, 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!

Some of the items used for this card are retiring as well as a lot of others. You can check out the complete list here:

2017 Retiring List – Excel

2017 Retiring List – PDF

Of course, these items are all while supplies last and some are sold out already! You can start shopping here! Less than a month till the New Catalog is out!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura