Rainbows, Butterflies, & Sequins….Oh My!!

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Rainbow Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know how I love bright colors and butterflies!!! This card is all of that and a little bling!!! I got the inspiration for this card from the Home Decor Frame I created a long time ago! For this card, I started with a Daffodil Delight card base and then took a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. I used the butterflies from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set which are amazing for a background since they are in various sizes. Starting in the top corner and working your way down, I used the following colors: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, and Elegant Eggplant. I inked up the butterflies and stamped them down and then stamped 1-2 more times without going back to the ink. That is how I got those various shades of color and I like how it adds depth to the card. I love it. So fun and colorful!! The greeting is from the Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set and stamped in Cucumber Crush!  I finished the card off with a little bling of Gold Sequins! TIP: I was always using Multi-Purpose Glue (green lid glue) for adding sequins but then too much would come out and it would squish out the middle of the sequin and sometimes (okay lots of times) make a mess. I started using the 2-Way Glue Pen and it works amazingly!!! Love it!!!

Do you love bright colorful things like me?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 

 


Polka Dot Perfection!!!

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Polka Dot Ombre Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how this card uses a lot of my favorites – polka dots, ombre, pink, and flowers!!!! Woot Woot! I started with a card base of Watermelon Wonder and then cut a piece of Whisper White measuring 5″ x 3-3/4″. I stamped the dots from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set in Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral. I stamped 2-3 times before going back to the ink each time, this is how I got those various shades! I love it!!! Also, when it comes to the random background stamping be sure to fall off of your paper so it looks more like a background and not just in the middle of the paper. I stamped the flower and greeting in Memento Black Ink from the You’ve Got This Stamp Set!!! Love it!!! This would be a fabulous card to make multiples of and you could do it in so many colors!!!

What color would you like to use for your polka dots??? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Hey Dude!!!

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Hey Dude Paper Pumpkin Man Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think I’m really starting to like Gray a little more lately! Do you ever have a color that you don’t use for awhile and then when you do, you find yourself reaching for it a lot??

For this card, I used a Whisper White card base. I took a piece of Bermuda Bay and ran it through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder. Then I took my Sponge Dauber and colored the raised dots a little for a darker look!!! I love sponge daubers! I added that to the card front. I used the Banner Triple Punch to create the banner tips in the gray striped paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack!!! For the circles, I used the Circle Framelits which layer so perfectly together. I stamped the Dude greeting from the April Paper Pumpkin Kit in Bermuda Bay and then stamped it a second and third time without re-inking the stamp. I love the ombre look! After stamping the Dude, I added in the Hey! Of course the circles were added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals! I thought it needed a little something more so I added the little bow with some Basic Gray Baker’s Twine! Does this mean it isn’t manly anymore?? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Watercolor Wishes Card Kit!!!

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Okay everyone, you know I like to be honest with you on Stampin’ Up’s kits…..some are hard but still rewarding and some are not my style and some are amazing!!! PS: I still have the flower bouquet in my kitchen and I love it but memories of putting it together still haunt me. Oh my that was a long process! With the new Stampin’ Up Catalog came LOTS of kits and I couldn’t wait to try them all out!!! You can check out the Tin of Cards here which was lots of fun and the tin is adorable! Then there is the Sweet Stack Kit which I have assembled and will be posting about that next week but until then you can check out this video! Then there is the Watercolor Wishes Project Kit…….I LOVE this one for a couple of reasons. 1. It includes everything you need in the kit – stamps, embellishments, and ink!!!! 2. The Stamp Set is amazing. You know I’m a sucker for a scroll-y font!!! Then I made all 20 of the cards in 65 minutes and really fell in love!!! Here they are for you to check out and fall in love! Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the provided instructions a little bit but then added my own flare on a few of them. For example, I didn’t embellish that Hello card in the middle at all. Also, I LOVE ombre so I had to do that a few times as well! I think I mixed up almost all of the die-cut stickers as well because I didn’t like one of the color combinations and so that threw them all off.

Watercolor Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so looking back at that center card, I’m even more in love. It is just STUNNING in it’s simplicity and with a little bling from the sequins! Another card that I changed up was the one on the far left. I left off the heart wooden accents because I thought it looked like a great Man Card.

Wooden Accents, Butterflies and hearts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the final set of all 20 cards…..by the way did you notice that it is 20 different cards and not X number of X style. Yeah, twenty different styles. LOVE IT!!! I did time myself just to see how long it took to do this kit and at the hour mark I still had 2 more to go so it ended up taking 65 minutes. That isn’t bad at all. The other awesome thing is look at all of these leftovers!!!!

Card Kit Leftovers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Stampin’ Up always provided so much product in each of the kits. I still have Stampin’ Dimensionals, flowers, stickers, tons of Washi Tape, wooden accents and sequins left. Also, don’t forget I still have a fabulous stamp set and 2 ink pads. LOVE IT! To see all of the goodies in this kit, you can check out my Unboxing and Reveal Video here!!!! (Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel because I’m almost at 1,000 and I will be doing a fabulous give-away when that happens)

Have you tried any of the kits? Which one is your favorite and why??? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Shades of Green!!!

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Ombre Lovely As A Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Happy July!!! I can’t believe it is July already….where does time go??

Today I’m sharing one of my “Man Cards” with you! This one is basic and could be used for any occasion for a guy! I started with a Crumb Cake base and then added a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped on it. For the ombre look, I used the image from the Work of Art Stamp Set and inked it up in Mossy Meadow. Starting at the top, I stamped it and then continued to move down and stamp again without ever returning to the ink pad. So simple and yet super amazing looking!! I also stamped the greeting in Mossy Meadow. It is from the Crazy About You Stamp Set. The tree from Lovely As A Tree was stamped in Chocolate Chip! I added the stamped piece to the Mossy Meadow and wrapped some Linen Thread around it twice and tied a knot (not a bow, since it’s a man card). I added this to my card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals!!! Simple and yet fabulous and not flowers, pink or girlie!!! Love it!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Ways to Use Your Blendabilities!!!

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I am loving my Blendabilities Markers! They make coloring so much fun and there are so many ways to use them!!!

Blendabilities Flower Shop, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How many ways did I use my Blendabilities on the card above? If you guessed 4 then you are correct! I colored my ribbon, my rhinestones, my flower and created the polka dots! How fabulous is that!

For the Ribbon, I started with a piece of Whisper White Organza Ribbon and the lightest Rich Razzleberry Marker. Start coloring on the right side to about half way in, then take the darkest marker and start on the left and color to the middle where it meets the lightest color. Now take your medium marker and color the middle section overlapping over both the dark and light shades. This gives a fabulous ombre look to your ribbon! You know how I love me some ombre! 🙂

For the Rhinestones, just color one rhinestone with each of the 3 markers! It is as easy as that!

For the Flower, I stamped this one from the Flower Shop Stamp Set with my Memento Pad. Then starting with the darkest color, I started coloring the tips of all of the petals, then I grabbed the lightest color and colored the center of the flower and a little out. Finally, take your medium marker and color the middle, overlapping both the dark and lightest colors. I have also done it where I color with the darkest and lightest marker only and use the lines in the flower to color one section light, the next dark. Once I was done coloring, I took the Color Lifter and ran it along those tight lines. The Color Lifter sorta bleaches out the area so this gave a lighter look in those areas! Of course after coloring the flower, I used my Pansy Punch to punch it out!

For the Polka Dots, I adhered my flower to the Whisper White square with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then using the lightest marker start dotting all around the flower with a few farther out. Then take your medium marker and dot around the light dots and a few father out. With the darkest marker, dot randomly farther out. This will give the look that the dots fade out. I’m not the best with random so mine doesn’t really give that illusion but some come out better than others! 🙂

I put it all together with some Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry cardstock with a layer of Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper in there! I love the bright colors and the way the flower pops! So cute! What is your favorite way to color with your Blendabilities? Leave me a comment down below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Work of Art Background!

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We all know how AMAZING this Work of Art Stamp Set is….if you don’t check out this post, this one, this one, and this one and come back! Most of the cards I have done so far have been bright and colorful! Well today I thought I would take it down a notch and create something calming and thoughtful!

Thoughts & Prayers Work of Art, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t it amazing? Very calming and thoughtful, right? Also, I love how when I use the Work of Art Stamp Set the cards give a super WOW look but they are very simple to create! My card base is Chocolate Chip and I layered a piece of Very Vanilla (4″ x 5-1/4″) on top. I stamped the Work of Art swish in Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, and Lost Lagoon (sort of an Ombre Look 😉 ) I then stamped the Tree and Greeting from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. This is an amazing stamp set because of the beautiful tree and flower branch but also the greetings are amazing. They are exactly what you want to say when you don’t know what to say! I love them!

Be on the lookout for more samples using the Thought & Prayers Stamp Set! What is your favorite stamp set that is very calming?

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Decorative Masks!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I am going to show you how to use your Decorative Masks! Also, I’ll show you how your can use your Build a Banner Masks too!!!

Ombre Polka Dot Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You know me and my love for the Ombre look (check out more here and here)! I just can’t get enough of it! I used my Build A Banner Polka Dot Mask for this one but you could use the Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask as well! Soft Sky, Marina Mist, and Night of Navy were the colors I sponged on with my Sponge Daubers (love)! I sponged a few rows of each and then when I went to the next darker color, I rubbed lightly over that last row of the lighter color to give it a blended look. The Happy Birthday is from the Remembering Your Birthday Stamp Set! I sponged the edges of the greeting as well and adhered that with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a 1-3/4 Circle Punched piece of Night of Navy! I ran the circle through the Big Shot with the Stripes Embossing Folder! For a little texture, I looped some Whisper White Baker’s Twine in there as well!

Stars Decorative Mask, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This one is very similar to the one above. I used my Sponge Daubers and the Hearts and Stars Decorative Mask Set! I layered that onto some Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey cardstock and added some Satin Stitched Ribbon in Lost Lagoon! I am really loving that ribbon and find myself reaching for it often! For the popped up stars, I used the small and medium stars from the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog! Of course, there is a Star Framelit so you don’t have to fussy cut those stars out! 🙂 Love it! You could do this in Red, White, & Blue or Navy and Silver would be fabulous too!

Of course, it is always easier, for me at least, to understand a technique when you see it in action. Here is a Video Tutorial for you see both the Ombre Background and Stars Decorative Mask. Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe to My Channel so you never miss out when I post a new video!

Happy Maskin’

~Laura


Ombre Blues!!!

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So I learned about the Ombre look a little over a year ago and have LOVED it ever since. My husband giggles because he says I say ombre in a funny way. I’m sure I do!!! 🙂

Webster’s Dictionary defines Ombre as having colors or tones that shade into each other; the color is graduated from light to dark! 

Ombre Blue Work of Art, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is my latest ombre creation – of course with the Work of Art Stamp Set! The images in that set make the ombre effect so amazing and simple! Also, I only had to get out ONE stamp pad for the look! I just inked up the image and stamped on the bottom, middle and top without re-inking! This technique really gives you endless colors with just one ink pad! So the next time you are thinking you need a lighter blue or green or pink than what you already have, just stamp off onto a piece of scrap paper and then stamp on your project!

This card uses Coastal Cabana and Whisper White cardstock! I stamped with Coastal Cabana and Basic Black! With my Baker’s Twine, I wrapped it around twice and tied a double knot. Then I took a needle and frayed the ends so they would look more full and puffy! Super Cute!

Do you like the Ombre look? Which color is your favorite to use for this technique? Leave me a comment down below! For more samples using this technique click here!

Happy Ombre-in’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Sponge Daubers!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! My Favorite Stampin’ Tool – SPONGE DAUBERS!!!! I’m sure you all knew that already! Well I’m here to show you why I love them so much and get you all to fall in love with them as well!!!

Sponge Dauber Color Swatch, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just fabulous? That amazing ombre background is perfect for any type of card! You can create the look in many different colors or in a rainbow pattern….the possibilities are endless! Of course, I created this look with my SPONGE DAUBERS!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Sponger Daubers, Ink, Cardstock (that’s it) 🙂

You always want to start with your lightest color first. I used Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green, and Mossy Meadow! Tap Tap Tap with your sponge dauber into your ink pad and then you will go back and forth over your cardstock. Be sure to go off the piece of paper so that your color goes all the way to the edge. Also, by going off the paper, you will have your darkest spots off the project and not have this darker edge, lighter center look (unless that’s what you are going for). Once you have achieved the look you want, move to the next color. You will want to overlap a little bit so that your colors blend well and you don’t have a distinct line between each color. Repeat until you have used all of your colors. How simple is that? Now you can embellish or stamp on it. I used the new Epic Alphabet Stamp Set for the name Luke! This card is for my nephew’s birthday…..no worries he is only going to be 8 and isn’t a blog follower….yet! I then wanted to add in a few birthday greetings so I used the Happy Birthday from my Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and the Wish Big from the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set! LOVE IT!

If you would like to see this in action, check out my Video Tutorial that I created using shades of purple!!! Be sure to Like and Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss out on more fabulous video tutorials!

For more ways to use your sponge daubers, check out this Northern Lights post, this post and this one! You can also put Sponge Daubers into the Search bar and see the many posts I have done using these amazing things!

Happy Spongin’

~Laura