Technique Tuesday: Sponging Butterflies!!!

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Happy Technique Tuesday, everyone!!! You all know I am loving butterflies right now! I also know that you all are loving them too because the Butterfly Duet Punch flew off the shelves like magic. Wowza there were so many sold so quickly, Stampin’ Up couldn’t keep up and trust me they were ordering more just as fast as we were buying. So for those of you who have this amazing bundle, check this out. For those of you still waiting, Pin This or save it for later! Sponging butterflies is soooooo much fun and endless color options! A big shout out to Patty Bennett for the fabulous inspiration!

Sponging Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Are these not the most stunning things you have ever seen??? LOVE IT!!!!! It is super easy to do too which is just icing on the cupcake!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I layered a piece of the Botanical Butterfly Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″) onto a piece of colored cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). I used Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody for the samples above! Before adding this layer to the card front, I tied some Black/Silver Striped Ribbon around the bottom. I love the little hint of shimmer in this ribbon but still sticking to a black and white with pops of color theme!

Orange Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Also, since the card base is black, I had to add a piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card. Using the Well Said Stamp Set, I stamped the coordinating greeting from the front on the bottom of the inside. The 4th little butterfly that is punched out fits perfectly on the inside as well for a fabulous look!!! The greeting on the front was just stamped, trimmed around and layered on to coordinating cardstock to really make it POP! I added the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the card above, I used Pumpkin Pie on the greeting!

Color Combinations, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay now for sponging butterflies to make them look stunning! Simply stamp your favorite butterfly style from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set in Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then using a Sponge Dauber, add some color down the center. For the big butterfly, I was able to just dauber up and down. For the little butterfly, I had to sort of tilt it to the side to only add a little bit of color. If I used the full dauber, it would have covered the whole butterfly. As you can see, I used Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay for one of the butterflies and Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody for the other. After the centers are complete, take the second color and brush the edges, making sure to blend into the center color a bit. Don’t worry, it will look a bit messy but once you punch them out. AMAZING!

Purple Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you are dying to recreate this and don’t have the Butterfly Duet Punch yet, you can always fussy cut the butterflies! Which color combination is your favorite?

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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#SimpleStamping

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Happy Monday!!! Simple or Intricate??? Sometimes the difference is due to personality, time, or supplies! While sometimes, I enjoy creating a card that is to the max…..all the layers, bling, details, details, details. Those cards always blow even me away and I think WOW I did that. Then there are those cards that I stamp a little, add some ribbon, and of course some dimensionals and call it done! That’s what we call #SimpleStamping

#SimpleStamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card was super quick and simple and yet still has that cute factor and made with love!!! Do you like it as is or would you add to it? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Balmy Blue card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ to stamp all over. Using the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, I picked one of the butterfly styles and stamped it in Balmy Blue Ink. Since the butterflies are connected then lining up the butterflies is a breeze. They stack perfectly! Then I used the greeting for the same set which there are a few to pick from for different occasions! I thought I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy Ink but then in class that seemed much darker than my sample. I must have used Pacific Point Ink. You could always go with any shade of blue or even any other color!

I added some of the Sale-A-Bration Ribbon. You all loved this ribbon so much it flew off the shelves so you can use any of your favorite ribbon from the Annual Catalog! Next, I added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture! If you really like texture, you could also add some of the Butterfly Elements from Sale-A-Bration.

Check out the supply list below for these amazing products and don’t forget that you can earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item and there is a Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release too!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Garden of Lilies!!!

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My Mom is a huge gardener. She loves to do and has a yard full of gardens with flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more! Me…..not so much! My thumbs are pink (only because that’s the ink color I use the most), not green! I do enjoy going to visit and walking around the yard looking at all of the flowers though! To see all of the color variations and what is blooming at different times of year is just amazing to me! Lilies are my favorite flower so if I ever did get a green thumb, I would have a garden of lilies!

Shades of Purple Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am loving the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. It is so elegant and real looking! I also love a stamp set with images and greetings. Not just outside greetings but this set has inner and outer greetings. BONUS!!!!! I love it!

I started with this card using a Highland Heather card base. Next, I added a piece of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the lilies from the Lasting Lily Stamp Set. The center Lily was done with Gorgeous Grape Ink and the smaller ones in Highland Heather Ink. All the stems and leaves were stamped in Garden Green Ink. It’s okay if the stems and leaves look all over the place and like a mess because once you put the ribbon and greeting on, it just looks like a fabulous garden!

Garden of Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See what I mean with the crazy stems and leaves. They look all over the place and floating. I didn’t add the leaves to the center stem because I thought it would look too crowded so I just added them around the edges. Once I was finished stamping, I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and tied it into a knot. For the greeting, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits with Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape cardstock. The greeting was stamped in Gorgeous Grape as well. I added the greeting with Stampin Dimensionals. For the inside, I used a leftover piece of the designer paper along the left side and stamped a little flower and greeting! I’m all about decorating the inside of my cards lately. It’s weird because I never use to want to do that.

Shades of Orange Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did this one in Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral Ink. I am loving it! Which one is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below! Check out the supply list for these amazing cards below and remember you can earn the Lasting Lily Stamp Set for FREE with Sale-A-Bration!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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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!

Laura's Quick Tips Basic Card Measurements, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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


Highlighting With Color!!!

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Do you like to color? Could you spend hours a day just snuggling on the couch and coloring? I’m with you on the snuggling but I don’t think I could color for hours. I enjoy it in little bits but those adult coloring books give me heart palpitations. The image is just so overwhelming and I don’t know what to color first. If it does that to you as well or you just don’t have a lot of long hours to give to color, check this out – Highlighting With Color!!!!

highlighting with color, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See how those butterflies pop but I didn’t color everything on the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series  Paper!!! Just a little bit of color goes a long way and it was quick to do!

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Basic Black measuring 3-1/2″x 4-1/2″. Then I took a piece of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (3″ x 4″). Using the Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencil, I quickly colored back and forth all the way around the big butterflies. Just a simple scratch scratch scratch all the way around! You could always use different colors or all the same color! Once I finished coloring, I layered this piece onto the card front.

Hello Beautiful, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I used the Layering Circle Framelits to die cut a smooth white circle and a scalloped black circle. The greeting was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. You can still purchase this stamp set even though the coordinating punch is on backorder! I’ll keep you posted when the punch is available again! For a little bit of texture and shine, I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around my fingers to create loops for the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I secured the thread and adhered the greeting to the card front. Depending on where your butterflies are the piece of designer paper that you cut, you can move the greeting around to different spots. I love it!

You can earn the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper for FREE with Sale-A-Bration!!! Bring on all things butterflies! I am loving it all this season! I’m also loving monochromatic cards lately. Not sure why, but I have noticed all of my cards have been single colors. Are you a fan or do you prefer a card with all kinds of colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Banner Front Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This banner front card is fun and different from just a regular card! It’s also a fabulous masculine card which I struggle with! Luckily it works for Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Birthdays and Graduation. Just mix up the greeting!!! Also, a shout out to Karla Endris for the inspiration on this card!

Banner Front Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one do you like best?? Let me know in the comments below! Not only is the greeting different but I have a different color banner for each. On the Smoky Slate banner card, I stamped off once with the grease spots. For the Basic Gray banner, I stamped in full strength Smoky Slate!!!

I started with a 7-3/4″ X 4-1/4″ card base and scored it at 5-1/2″ (or 2-1/4″) depending on which way you prefer to measure). This allows for just a small flap for the card front. Next, I layered on a piece of the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper measuring 2″ x 4″. With this size, you can get 4 pieces from one sheet of 6″ x 6″. Then I die cut the gears from the Garage Gears Framelits in Real Red cardstock. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the gears to the card front!

Geared Up Garage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the grease spot stamp from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set, I stamped it along the right inside edge in Smoky Slate. You can either go full strength or stamped off once or a little bit of both! For the banner, I cut a piece of Basic Gray (or Smoky Slate) measuring 2″ x 5-3/4″. Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched the banner tips and then placed it inside the card. I closed that front flap and placed my finger along the edge as a guide. Then I added adhesive up to that edge where my finger was. This is to make sure I don’t have too much adhesive that it peaks out of the flap. Then simply close the flap over the banner with adhesive to adhere it. Using the coordinating Garage Gears Framelits, I die cut the greeting pieces and stamped it. Of course, I added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture.

All Geared Up To Celebrate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this version of the card, I stamped the greeting on a banner that is 1″ wide and used the Banner Triple Punch. Adhere the two banners together before adhering it to the card base.

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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I Am A Beautiful Butterfly!!!

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Do you know what movie that is from??? I Am A Beautiful Butterfly…..if you guessed A Bug’s Life you are correct! I love that movie and the crazy little bugs. Butterflies are all I seem to want to play with right now! The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, Duet Butterfly Punch, Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper…..I want it all!!!

Today, I am honored to be a part of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!!! I created this amazing butterfly card and the other Blogging Friends used it as inspiration for their project. Be sure to check out all of their links below to get more fabulous ideas on how to use these products!

I Am A Beautiful Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card so fabulous with that POP of purple and those gorgeous butterflies??? I am love love loving it! Also, I always love playing with some back and white! The super cool thing about this card is that the butterflies were already colored for me so that was super easy!!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I took a piece of Highland Heather (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder. This makes such a fabulous background and gives the card a lot of texture. I added this piece to the card front! Then I took a strip of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper which is a Sale-A-Bration item and punched some banner tips using the Banner Triple Punch! The strip measures 1″ x 3-1/2″. This was added to the card front on the right side edge. For the greeting, I stamped it in Memento Black Ink from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. Then I punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch! This was then layered onto a Daffodil Delight 1-3/4 Circle. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for even more texture!

Now for those amazing butterflies that I didn’t have to color. Those were actually punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper! How cool is that??? No fussy cutting or coloring! The piece of paper has LOTS of butterflies with different color combinations to pick from. I went with these two so that I could keep with the purple theme. Another tip: the butterfly hiding behind the greeting isn’t even a full butterfly. I really loved the coloring on that one but it was at the edge of the paper so it wasn’t a complete butterfly. No need to fret, I just make it look like the butterfly was flying up from behind the greeting! It looks fabulous and you would never know! After all, we can’t waste designer paper! Am I right?

Click the blue box below to see a complete list of the other Blogging Friends in this Blog Hop and see their amazing creations!

Check out the supply list below so you can recreate this amazing card and earn the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper for FREE through Sale-A-Bration!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Sprinkled with Love!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Do you like sprinkles??? I love love love them. The little ones, the flat ones that are shaped into just about anything, and the colorful ones….they are all my favorite. I will take a cupcake or cookie with sprinkles any day!!! Of course, I had to create this Sprinkled With Love cupcake card with lots of sprinkles!!! 🙂 Thank you to Mary McCormick for the inspiration for this card!

Sprinkled with Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The card uses the Sale-A-Bration Hello Cupcake Stamp Set that you can earn for FREE with a $50 order!!!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and stamped some sprinkles across the middle of the card with Crumb Cake Ink. This gives a little bit of pattern to the card base! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and stamped the cupcake liner in Crumb Cake Ink. This needs to be fairly low on the cardstock to allow for enough space for the icing and a gap between then two for the greeting. The best way to get the spacing for the gap is to cut the cardstock for the greeting, lay it down on the cardstock and then bump it down a smidge. Using that as your guide, stamp the icing in Powder Pink Ink. I added some sprinkles, of course in Lovely Lipstick Ink as well as the little heart decoration.

Now for that greeting piece!!! I started with a 1″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Powder Pink cardstock. Then I stamped the greeting in Lovely Lipstick Ink in the center. Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched the banner tips on both ends. Just perfect!!! Layer the stamped cupcake piece onto a 3″ x 4″ piece of Lovely Lipstick and add it to the card front. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture, I added the greeting down the center. To finish it off, I added a few Enamel Shapes in  Lovely Lipstick from the Happiness Blooms Enamel Shapes! It’s just so fabulous!

Now if only I had a cupcake to enjoy! 🙂 I guess I will just have to enjoy this Free Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set instead. Fewer calories for sure! 😉 Click the supplies below to create this amazing card and start earning free Sale-A-Bration goodies!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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So Glad We Are Friends!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Do you follow someone on social media and you feel like you really know them? When talking to someone, you say oh yeah my friend recommends this or my friend did this but really you have never met that person. This happens to me all the time. I have lots of friends like that. If I am your friend that way, give me a shout out in the comments and know I would LOVE to be your friend online and maybe even some day in person! This card says it all….So Glad We Are Friends!!!

Grapefruit Grove Foil Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How fabulous is this card?? The Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove color combination is amazing and oh that shiny foil! YUM!!!

I started with a Grapefruit Grove card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. It opens like a book. Next, I took a piece of Lovely Lipstick and ran it through the Big Shot in the NEW Dot To Dot Embossing Folder. I layered this onto the card front! Then using the Stitched Rectangles Framelits, I die cut some of the Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove Foil Paper and Whisper White cardstock.

So Glad We Are Friends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greeting is from the Incredible Like You Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I stamped  it in Lovely Lipstick Ink towards the right side. Then I layered the white rectangle onto the foil piece. Then using the Lovely Lipstick Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Pack, I looped a knot and placed it on the rectangles. Then I simply secured the ends on the back with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finish off adding more dimensionals so it’s even and I added this to the card front!

 

Stitched Rectangles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I finished off the card by adding a few Enamel Shapes from the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots. It’s just perfect! I had to share all of these photos so you could really see how fabulous that foil paper is and the ways it shines! Earn this foil paper for FREE through Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order! Click the supplies for this card listed below to start earning!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All Kinds of Butterflies!!!

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Do you love butterflies??? I find them to be so beautiful, fun to watch, a sign of hope, and Spring!!! Today, I’m going to show you all kinds of butterflies that you can create with the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch!

All Kinds of Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set has 4 styles of butterflies that are each intricate and stunning. They look amazing stamped in 1 color on white or colored cardstock. You can also color them in with Watercolor Pencils, Blends, or other watercolor tools. Another option is to stamp the solid butterfly stamp to fill in the butterfly with color. This can be done in the same color but stamped off once for a lighter shade or it can be in a different color. I love how the butterfly images are a big one and little one combined. This way they go into the punch perfectly and you can make multiples really fast! I love it!!!

If you would like to see all of these butterflies 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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