Technique Tuesday – Diagonal Opening Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have  a fabulous technique to share. This one might not look cool at first but then when you open it you see the real magic. This diagonal opening card is super fun and the concept can be used for any occasion! Thank you to Margo Richardson for the amazing idea!

Diagonal Opening Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

At first, I started with an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Melon Mambo cardstock. I cut it diagonally from corner to corner using the Stampin’ Trimmer. Be sure to take out the scoring blade and then the cutting blade will be able to cut all the way to the ends. Also, I recommend starting in the middle and pushing out so you don’t crinkle the corner tips. Now that you have a giant triangle, it’s time to score. Score from the corner over to 5-1/2 and up at 4-1/4″. This will create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle in the corner and two triangle flaps to fold over as the front of the card!

Triangle Card, www.LaurasStamppad.com

Now that we have the card base complete, it’s time to decorate. For the inside, I added a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. I stamped the greeting and flower from the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set. The greeting was done in Pacific Point Ink and the flower was Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy Ink. On the left hand side, I added a little piece of the leftover designer paper after cutting for the front of the card!

Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the front of the card, I cut a piece of Pacific Point cardstock into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ rectangle and then I cut it diagonally from corner to corner. Making sure I had the piece positioned correctly for the card, I placed it into the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder. There is only one way the paper can go on the card. These weird sized triangles make that part a little tricky. Using a piece of the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, I cut it into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece and cut it diagonally as well. The greeting was stamped in Pacific Point Ink from the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set. I inked it up and then stamped three times without going back to the ink for that ombre look. This piece was layered on to a scallop square of Silver Foil Paper. I used the Layering Squares Framelits to die cut it out. When placing the greeting on the front of the card, be sure to only add adhesive to the one corner/triangle so that it doesn’t seal the card closed! 🙂

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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Ombre Birthday Greeting!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today, I’m sharing this simple and yet fabulous ombre birthday card!!! I just love Ombre…..check out more samples here! The Stampin’ Blend make creating an ombre look super easy too!

Ombre Birthday Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). This paper has so many perfect patterns for this style of card – bows, cookies, donuts, confetti, and more! I love it! Now for that fabulous ombre birthday greeting!

Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I stamped the greeting from the Birthday Wishes For You Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink onto Whisper White! Then using the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends, I colored the greeting. Starting with the “bi” using the dark Bermuda Bay marker and doing 2 letters with each color. I went from dark Bermuda Bay, light Bermuda Bay, Dark Pool Party to light Pool Party! These colors were perfect for creating that ombre look! Next, I layered this onto a piece of Peekaboo Peach and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I added a few  Bermuda Bay Enamel Shapes! This card is super simple and easy to change up the colors to the designer paper you have on hand or colors you prefer!

Half Ombre Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did this ombre look using just the dark and light Bermuda Bay and creating the ombre from top to bottom. The only problem I had with this was that the middle where I had to color more to get the blending (rather than a distinct line) bled out. When going over a spot over and over, it will bleed wider on the paper and so that is how this happened. I think maybe if I did a little bit of blending on each one and allowed it to dry more in between, I might not have had this problem!

I have really fallen in love with the Stampin’ Blends and have been having lots of fun with them! Have you tried them? What are your favorite colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Christmas Candles…..Can Later Be Used for Birthday Candles!

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Happy Friday!!! I love how the Merry Patterns Stamp Set has these Christmas Candles but they can be used all year long as birthday candles and more!!! Perfect!

Christmas Candles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Very Vanilla card base. Next I layered on a piece of the Old Olive ombre paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. Don’t forget this is one in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Paper Special this month! Then I used the Layering Ovals Framelits for the main focal point. Using the Merry Patterns Stamp Set, I stamped the outline of the candles first in Basic Black Ink. Next, I stamped one of the candles in full strength Cherry Cobbler Ink and the second one was stamped off once. This gives that variation in color. You could always pick 2 different colors for these too! The flames were stamped in Crushed Curry Ink. I layered this onto the scallop Cherry Cobbler oval and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the greeting, I used a leftover scrap piece from the designer paper and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler Ink. I cut the banner tips on both ends and added it to the bottom of the candles. Using some Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon, I tied a bow and adhered it with some Mini Glue Dots. I used the glue dots to rotate the one ribbon so it showed X’s and not the lines. I love using glue dots to make my ribbon look exactly how I want it to! 🙂

Red Candles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see more samples using this stamp set, check out this post and this one!

Don’t forget this still time to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special. Also, all order of $40 or more will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and orders of $75 or more will also earn the Free Stamp Set of the Month! You get to pick from Daisy Delight or Graceful Garden this month!!

Have a fabulous weekend! Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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You Are A Ray of Sunshine!!!

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It’s Wednesday and we are half way through the week! Here is a little something to brighten your day and help you get through the week! Just know you are a ray of sunshine! Just breath out and smile!!!

You Are A Ray of Sunshine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another fabulous blue and yellow card and I just love it. Is this my new color combination that I will be using all the time now??? Check out this card for another fabulous blue and yellow combo!

For this card, I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of Color Theory Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). I just love this ombre pattern. Next, I placed the card base opened up onto my Precision Base Plate with the scallop die along the bottom and ran it through. This die is from the Seasonal Layers Framelits. Be careful that the die is centered so it doesn’t hit the edge of the Big Shot and move or bend. I like to use a Post-It Note to hold dies in place while die cutting!

Now it is time to decorate. I stamped the little circle from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set diagonally from the lower right to the upper left corner in Crushed Curry. I stamped 3 times with each time I inked it up. This variation in color goes along with the ombre paper. Next, I tied some of the Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon around the top of the card and into a knot.

For the greeting, I used the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) and stamped it in Dapper Denim Ink. Then I punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch. I punched out a second one in Dapper Denim and cut it in half. I added one half to the top portion of the greeting and the other half to the bottom. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added it to the card front. Finally, I finished off the card with some Glitter Enamel Dots in the various shades. These things are just beautiful!!! I love them!!

What is your favorite color combination right now? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to try some new ones out!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday-Creating a Perfect Beach Scene!

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Happy Tuesday…..but feels like Monday! Today I’m sharing with you this amazing technique of creating a perfect beach scene! I am using the NEW Colorful Seasons Bundle from the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up Catalog which comes out on Thursday!!!!! Woot Woot! I so can’t wait!!!

Creating a Perfect Beach Scene, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How amazing is this card?!?!?! I just love it for that amazing greeting, the calming blues, and the relaxing chairs. Can you feel the sun on your face or cool ocean breeze just looking at this card? I think I can! Let’s get started on how I created it!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered a piece of the ombre Dapper Denim from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack onto some Dapper Denim cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I stamped the greeting, Just Breath from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set in Dapper Denim. That greeting is just amazing. I added this to the card from with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little pop!

Creating Sand, www.Laurasstamppad.com

Now for creating a perfect beach scene, it’s time to make the sand. I took a piece of Crumb Cake (2″ x 5-1/8″) and placed it in a box to spritz. Spritzing can be messy so I use a box on it’s side to spritz into. I place the cardstock laying down flat (on the side of the box since it’s sideways). Using a Spritzer with alcohol and Chocolate Chip Re-Inker, I spritzed the bottom of the box, allowing the spray of it to drop down onto the Crumb Cake. This way the cardstock just has little dots of ink all over and not a direct splatter of ink. Also, another BIG TIP is be sure to use an alcohol of 70 proof or less. If it is higher, it will start to break down the plastic in the spritzer and it will clog.

After spritzing, I ripped the Crumb Cake in half and layered it together on the bottom of the card front. Those amazing adirondack chairs are from the coordinating Seasonal Layers Framelit. I die cut them in Whisper White and added them to the card front with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I put the adhesive on the bottom rectangle piece as well as the arms of the chair. This allows the top of the chair to pop out a bit since it isn’t secured down and it looks more 3D! I just love it!!!

Just Breathe, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another version of the same card but fewer layers. This is the simple version and the stepped up version is at the top! For this card, I used a Soft Sky card base and stamped directly onto it. Then I added the sand and chairs below. Which card do you prefer – the simple or stepped up?

If you would like to see it 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!!!

Get ready for the NEW catalog on June 1st! It’s so fabulous!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Using a Sponge Brayer!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I hope you are all having an amazing week! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I am showing you how to use the New Sponge Brayer on the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper so you can get this fabulous look!!!Happy For You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am having so much fun with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Paper because it has FLOWERS and there are so many different fun ways to add color. I love it!!!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, Sponge Brayer, Ink Colors of Choice

I started with a piece of the floral image from the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper measuring 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. I didn’t want much of a border on my card front, just the beautiful flowers! I started with the lightest color – Daffodil Delight and rolled the Sponge Brayer over the ink pad. The sponge won’t pick up the ink like your are mopping up color, it will just be ever so slightly colored. Then I rolled it over the end of the Designer Paper – back and forth. The color will start to appear and you can continue until you have the desired shade. You will want to go about 1/3 of the way across the paper. Using a paper towel, you will want to wipe off any excess ink as it tends to sit on top of the embossed image. Then I changed out the sponge to a new one and did the same with Tangerine Tango. You will want to go over the top of the yellow a bit on that overlap portion so that it doesn’t look like stripes but instead like it fades into the next color. Wipe off the excess ink with the paper towel and then change out the sponge and finish off the Designer Paper with Watermelon Wonder. Be sure to go over that Tangerine Tango just a bit so your colors fade into each other! Wipe off the excess ink and you are all done!!! You can wash out your sponges with water and just keep squeezing them until they run clean and allow them to dry.

HAPPY, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To finish off the card, I added this piece to a Whisper White card base and tied some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top of the card. For the greeting, I die cut the Happy from the Hello You Thinlits. I brushed some Wink of Stella over the top for a little shimmer and added it to the card front with the Fine Tip Glue Pen! If I would have planned this card out a little better, I would have put the yellow on the top of the card and placed the greeting up there so it popped some more. I already had it adhered to the card so I just went with it! I stamped the Crushed Curry border from the Thoughtful Banner Stamp Set and added the greeting from the Crazy About You Stamp Set (it coordinates with the Hello You Thinlits). I punched out the greeting with the Classic Label Punch and added it to my card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added a little Metallic Enamel Shape for a little more bling! This card is so bright and cheery and could be used for any occasion!

If you would like to see this 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!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Amazing, Blessed, & Fun!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fun technique to share with you today! This one is super fun and simple and you can use your favorite colors!!!

Father's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Father’s Day is right around the corner!! Now is the time to start working on your cards. The New Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set is perfect for occasions like these. There are 53 images in this stamp set that you can build greetings like the card above or go simple like Hello! All of the images stamped on this card are from this stamp set!

For this card, I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Then I took a piece of Dapper Denim (5-1/2″ x 3) and Emerald Envy (4-1/2″ x 3″) and layered them down the center. With a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-1/2″, I stamped the bar image from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. I started with Dapper Denim and stamped in the middle and then moved it up a smidge and stamped again and then again. I did the same thing with the Emerald Envy. There are two reasons I did this – 1. Getting the bar lined up is easiest when you don’t take it away for more ink. Just move the stamp up a little and stamp again. 2. I like the faded look so that you can stamp some of the greetings on top of the bar without needing black. Of course, you can always use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for a perfect line up. I stamped the Have A and Blessed in Dapper Denim. I stamped Fun and Father’s Day in Emerald Envy. For the amazing, I stamped the banner image in Dapper Denim onto scrap cardstock and the amazing in Emerald Envy. I used the coordinating Duet Punch (Bundle & Save 10%) to punch it out. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It’s that simple. You can create lots of different greeting combinations and color combinations with the card style.

What colors would you use for the card style? Let me know in the comment below! I think a red, orange, yellow combination would be super fun!

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

This bundle is just one of the amazing NEW bundles in the New Catalog that I love. Have you checked out the New Catalog? Click here to see it all! Don’t forget that June is a great time to get lots of items on your wish list. As a Hostess, you can earn an additional $35 in Free Product when your party reached $350. That can be a single order, catalog party, online party, or private class with your friends. If you Want It All, you can join Stampin’ Up in June and get $125 in any product of your choice for $99 PLUS 2 additional stamp sets!!! Click here for more information!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Ombre Butterfly!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today. Creating an ombre butterfly, adding some splatters to your card and adding a hint of glitter with Wink of Stella! I love it all!!

Ombre Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just beautiful?!?!?! It is so much better in person so be sure to check out the video tutorial below to take it all in! Let’s get started on this amazing card!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Butterflies Thinlits, Gold Metallic Thread, Wink of Stella, Aqua Painter

So remember last week when we die cut the white butterfly out for that beautiful card? Today we are using that white butterfly that was created with the Butterflies Thinlits! Using your Aqua Painter, you will color the butterfly with Watermelon Wonder. I started in the middle and worked my way to the tips of the wings. I got this amazing ombre look and LOVE IT!!! Just remember that each time you grab some ink, start in the middle and work your way out! Then I brushed the butterfly with the Wink Of Stella for that perfect shine! For the card, I used Tip Top Taupe for the base and added a layer of Mint Macaron (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and added the splatter. I did this by squeezing the Aqua Painter a bit (just a bit) and picked up some Tip Top Taupe. I tapped the pen against my finger so it would splatter on the card. This is one of those techniques that isn’t going to be perfect. If you think you want a little more or some in a specific spot, don’t do it! 🙂 It might end up dripping too much water or just never hitting that spot. After all it is suppose to look messy! After your splatters, you are ready to add your washi tape. I used the It’s My Party Washi Tape and added some on the top left and bottom right. Then I stamped the greeting from the Greatest Greetings Stamp Set in Tip Top Taupe. Now you can add this piece to your card base. For the butterfly, I added Mini Glue Dots to the back down the middle. I wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around 4 fingers about 10-15 times (up to you as to how much you want). I slide the thread off my fingers and twisted it in the middle into an 8 and then placed it on the Mini Glue Dots. You can add more Mini Glue Dots to the top of the thread if you need to or just add the butterfly like that to your card! LOVE IT!

Wink of Stella, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Memories In The Making!!!

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Awesome Emboss Resist, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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


Creating a Bling-y Background!!!

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Glitter Polka Dots, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just fabulous??? That subtle bling is just perfect! It isn’t too much and you don’t have to worry about creating a huge glittery mess when you create this card! I used Dazzling Details, a Sponge Dauber and a Mask! How amazing!?!?!

I started with a Whisper White card base! I took a piece of Real Red measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and placed the Dots Decorative Mask over top of it! Then I squeezed some Dazzling Details into a old embellishment container (or any plastic surface) and using a Sponge Dauber, I pounced over the polka dots. You don’t want to add lots of glitter because it will take forever to dry and will bleed under the mask a little. Once you have filled all of the polka dots, pull off the mask and set it aside to dry. You can always use your Heat Tool to speed up the process a little!

Up Close, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once it was dried, I added it to the card front. For the greeting, I used the Berry Merry Stamp Set and die cut it with the Lots of Labels Framelits! Super cute and fabulous for the Holiday Season!!!

Glitter Ombre Stripes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card I am in LOVE with and it was sort of a mistake. After playing with the glitter, I thought what about adding some Re-Inker to it for some color. I dripped 1 (ONE) drop of Night of Navy in there and HELLO COLOR! I was really surprised at how dark it was. I started playing the stripes on some Whisper White scrap paper. Slowly I was running out of glitter so I added some more Dazzling Details and of course this only lightened the blue more. As I went along I noticed this fabulous ombre affect happening and I was in love. I will say that when you add the re-inker it gets much runnier so it bleed under the mask and wasn’t as crisp. I still love it!!! I layered this onto some Night of Navy Cardstock and then Marina Mist. I put it all onto a Whisper White card base. For the greeting, I used the Tin of Cards Stamp Set and Decorative Label Punch!

I love the subtle glittery look and I love Dazzling Details in all of the colors – Silver, Gold, Red, and Dazzling! You can check out my Video Tutorial below of by clicking here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura