Using Up the Pieces!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today, I wanted to share a card I created by using up the pieces I had leftover from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper. It’s October so Halloween is almost here and I just had 1 sheet of the paper left. Here is what I came up with.

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I tend to cut my designer paper into 4″ x 3″ rectangles a lot because this uses up every inch of the 12″ x 12″ sheet. I like when I can use it all up with no scrap left behind.

Pumpkin Pie is the color I used for the card base. Then I layered on the piece of Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper (4″ x 3″) to the bottom portion of the card front. I tied some Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the card for some texture. While it is a bit see through, it still softens the transition from the cardstock to the designer paper. For the greeting, I used the Everyday Label Punch and the Painted Harvest Stamp Set. I stamped it in Soft Suede Ink. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I thought about adding bling or some sort of embellishment around the greeting but decided to just go simple. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, if you would like to check out more samples using the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, click here, here, and here! I had so much fun with that set last year and was excited to get it out again this Fall!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Eeeek It’s Halloween…..Well Not Yet!!!

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Happy Monday!!!! Eeeek It’s Halloween!!! Okay, not today but it sure is coming upon us fast. This is the last week of September and of course I can’t share Halloween samples with you on the day….it’s too late by then! So I’m sharing this one early!!!
Eeeek It's Halloween, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so if you have been following me for awhile, you probably know I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I easily get scared and I just don’t feel like growing up it was that big of a holiday so I’m just sort of meh about it! It seems people are either SUPER in love with Halloween or in the same boat with me! Which one are you??? Let me know in the comment below!

Since I’m not a huge fan, I bought the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalog and that’s it! I have created a few fun cards using that cute paper because after all I do still need a few Halloween Cards. Paper Pumpkin is my other savior because it always has goodies for the holidays. In fact, this greeting is from the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit! I love it and might just use it again next year! 🙂

I started off with a Whisper White card base. Then I cut the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper into 2″ x 2-5/8″ rectangles. That is 2-1/2 and then 2 more little marks past. LOL Normally, I don’t do eighths but sometimes it’s required. These rectangles were placed using with opposites patterns. You could always recreate this card using the back sides of both pieces for another fun look. It’s always fun when you have options with both sides! Next, I added some of the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon around the top and tied it into a knot. Have you seen this ribbon? It is stunning…bling bling!!!

For the greeting, I stamped it from the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit in Gorgeous Grape and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. Then I punched out another one in Pumpkin Pie. Cut the Pumpkin Pie one in half and add one half to the left side of the greeting peaking out as far as you wish. Then add the other half to the other side. This gives a fabulous layered look! I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture!

This card is super simple and could be used with lots of different papers and greetings! I hope you enjoyed it and have an idea for getting your Halloween cards ready to go early this year!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Galvanized Metallic & Tin Tile!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Yesterday, I shared the Tin Tile Embossing Folder and all the cool looks with foil paper. Today, I’m sharing a sample I created using the Galvanized Metallic & Tin Tile Folder!!!

Galvanized Metallic & Tin Tile, www.LaurasStampPad.com

That Galvanized Metallic Paper goes together so well with Rich Razzleberry, don’t you think??? I love it!!!

I started with a Mint Macaron card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Then I cut a piece of the Galvanized Metallic Paper (4″ x 3″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder. I just love how detailed and fabulous that folder is. Check out yesterday’s post to see more on this folder. Also, I cut a piece of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (4″ x 3″). Next, I added these to the card front, overlapping them in the center. You can decide which one you want to show more.

So Grateful For You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I started by adding some Tear And Tape all along the overlap of the papers. Then, I pressed some Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon into it and trimmed the ends flush with the edge of the cardstock. Normally I wrap the ribbon around to the back but I thought I would try something new this time since this ribbon is a little more bulky and I didn’t want it to cause a bump.

The greeting was stamped in Rich Razzleberry from the Country Home Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Using the Everyday Label Punch, I punched it out and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a smooth look over the ribbon and they press into the embossed image better. To finish it off, I added some Frosted Epoxy Droplets to the ends. The frosted look goes well with the rustic paper! It’s just perfect!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’m super excited because it’s our Annual Family Reunion and I just love weekends full of family time!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Pitcher of Flowers!!!

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While I love a vase of flowers, it’s always fun to mix up the container every now and again. This gorgeous pitcher of flowers is just stunning!!!

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The flowers so all the work for this simple card. While coloring takes a little bit of time, this card is super simple otherwise. You could always stamp a few of these and color a few evenings while watching TV and then assemble them all one of the evenings. I used basic colors for the base so that the flowers could be just about any color. This makes it easy to mix it up!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I added a layer of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (2″ x 5-1/2″). For the focal point, I stamped the pitcher and flowers in Memento Black Ink and colors using the Stampin’ Blends! I am soooooo proud of myself for how this turned out. Stampin’ Blends really make you feel like an artist! Trust me, I am not an artist at all. That little swatch for the shadow is just that…..a little swatch…but it looks amazing!  I used Light Crumb Cake for the shadow. The other colors I used were Dark Pool Party and Light Bermuda Bay for the pitcher. The cattails were done in Bronze. I used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive for the greenery and artichoke. Isn’t that what that is??? Let me know in the comments below if it’s not! Daffodil Delight was used for the little beady things.

Creating a Shadow with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For a little more fun, I used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners before adding it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The little greeting on the bottom was stamped with the Country Home Stamp Set too! I stamped it onto Bermuda Bay and then punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. After adhering it on the card, I trimmed off the right hand edge.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are a few of the samples from those in my classes. I just love the different color combinations everyone used! Which one is your favorite?

Click the supplies below so you can color this fabulous pitcher with flowers!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Duplicate-able Holiday Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique for you today! This one is a super easy duplicate-able holiday card. I know this time of the year can be super crazy but we still want to send out a card made with love. Also, there is nothing like a little stamping therapy! 🙂

Duplicate-able Holiday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This simple yet fabulous card with a little bit of bling is perfect for the Holiday Season! The other bonus to this card is that if you get them done early or late, it still applies because it says season. 🙂 Right?!?!?!

I started with the Suite Seasons Designer Washi Tape which has Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red in it. Since Garden Green can be used with both reds, I used that as my card base. Then for the middle layer which is 4″ x 5-1/4″, I used Real Red or Cherry Cobbler based on which washi tape I used.

Filled with Happiness, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Whisper White layer measures 3-3/4″ x 5″. I added the Suite Season Designer Washi Tape on each of the pieces. I like to start in the middle and work my way out. This seems to work best for spacing. Typically I like to go at a bit of a diagonal with the washi tape as well. There is no way I am going to get it perfectly straight so why not just angle it on purpose!

Suite Season Designer Washi Tape, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are lots of different color combinations that you can create with the 5 rolls of washit tape in this pack. Three of the rolls have a foil shine in them as well – copper, silver, and gold! I love the little bit of bling!

Holly, Jolly, and Bright, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I used the Pretty Label Punch and 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. The greetings are from the Joyous Noel Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog but you could use whatever greeting will fit in the punch! All of the greetings were stamped in Garden Green Ink. This way I could use them on both the red and cherry cards. I layered the punched pieces together and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture.

Washi Tape Holiday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To finish off the cards, I added a few Rhinestones for some bling. Also, I used some of the Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

I was able to create a lot of cards in no time at all and with minimal supplies. I love that I could get different looks but not have to use tons of different products. This is perfect for making multiples. How many Christmas or Holiday cards do you make each year? Let me know in the comments below!

If you are loving this look and want to make these to send out to your family and friends, click the supplies listed below to get started!

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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Simply Thankful For All The Good Things!!!

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Happy Monday!!! This greeting – Simply Thankful For All The Good Things is perfect for Thanksgiving but also all year long!

Simply Thankful For All The Good Things, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Country Lane Designer Series Paper is sooooo pretty. You all know I love floral prints but this one is floral and rustic and just perfect for Fall.

I started with a Mint Macaron card base. Next, I took a piece of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the background. Using another piece from the same pack of paper (2″ x 4″), I punched the banner tips with the Banner Triple Punch. For the greeting, I layered Whisper White (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) onto Blackberry Bliss (2″ x 3″). The greeting is from the Country Home Stamp Set and stamped in Blackberry Bliss Ink. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture. To finish it off, I tied a little bow in Linen Thread and adhered it with a Mini Glue Dot.

Designer Paper is so stunning that sometimes you don’t need much more than a simple greeting. This makes for a fabulous quick and simple card! I love it! Click the supplies listed below to recreate this beauty!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Stamping a Perfect Row!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I am stamping a perfect row of vases today!!! No worries or panic that you will get them all straight or you have nailed it and now for the final vase and…..boo you messed up. The Stamparatus makes it quick and easy!

Stamping a Perfect Row, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I love the colors in this card. They are so bright and cheery and go so well together – Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry! First I’m going to start with a little set-up tutorial for the Stamparatus before getting into the full details of this card.

First, I lined up all three vase outlines on my cardstock spaced out and what seemed lined up straight. Then I shut the Stamparatus plate to pick up each of these vases. Using the grid lines on the clear plate, I made sure the vases were in fact straight and then I stamped a practice round onto scrap paper to verify. Next, I took the solid vases and placed them on the scrap stamp piece and then shut the other plate. Now I have my outlines on one plate and the solids on the other plate. When I decided to do the vases in different colors, I realized I couldn’t have them all on the same plate because it was difficult to get color on that middle vase without making a mess on the other 2. So I took the middle vase out and stamped that one by hand. Then I inked the other 2 vases with their colors and stamped them with the Stamparatus.

Keeping the vases in place, I flipped both Stamparatus plates over and stuck the scallop trim on one and the greeting on the other. Again I used a scrap piece of paper till I got it lined up correct. For the scallops, I placed the paper down, stamped, flipped the paper around, and stamped again. This gave me that top and bottom border.

Now for the card details. I started with a Coastal Cabana card base. Next, I worked on each of the focal points starting with the vases. Using a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 3″, I placed it in my Stamparatus and stamped all 3 of the vase outlines from the Varied Vases Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Then I stamped the solid vases in Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, and Melon Mambo Ink. Next, I stamped the flowers in Memento Black and colored them in with the Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Blends.

Varied Vases, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To add a little more fun to this piece, I rounded 2 opposing corners with the Detailed Trio Punch and tied some Black Baker’s Twine around the left end. After tying the twine, I placed Stampin Dimensionals over it to secure it in place.

Next up is the greeting which was stamped on a 1″ strip. After stamping it in Coastal Cabana and Memento Black, I placed it on the card front and trimmed off the extra. This way I didn’t have to use such a small piece for stamping. Then I added the 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Garden Impressions Designer Paper along the left edge. Finally, I added those fabulous vases with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture.

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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You Are My Sunshine!!!

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You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine! Are you singing it too or is that just me? This greeting is perfect for this beautiful butterfly card! It is so bright and cheerful!

You Are My Sunshine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Blue and yellow go so well together, don’t you think?? I love these colors – Pacific Point and Pineapple Punch!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Pacific  Point (4″ x 5-1/4″) and embossed the butterfly from the Springtime Impressions Framelits. This is a framelit that I used to emboss with the Embossing Mat. Check out this post and this post on how to emboss with framelits. Also, I die cut a full butterfly in Pineapple Punch. Don’t layer this onto your card front just yet because we need to do that greeting and wrap the ribbon around to the back.

Layered Punches, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the greeting, I used a few different punches. First, I punched out a white label with the Pretty Label Punch. Next, I punched out a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch in Pacific Point. Then I stamped the greeting from the Stitched All Around Stamp Set in Pineapple Punch and punched it out with the 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. For the layering, I added them all together with regular Snail Adhesive. For those little ribbon slider holes, I used the Detailed Trio Punch. In order to line it up in the correct spot, I punched out a scrap one, placed it in the desired spot and pressed with my scissors to make a mark. Then I slid it into the Detailed Trio Punch and punched the hole. I did that on both sides and slid the ribbon through securing it on the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added this to the bottom of the embossed Pacific Point piece. Wrap the ends of the ribbon to the back and add this piece to the card front!

Impressed Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now it is time to finish off with that die cut butterfly. I suggest putting this on last so that you don’t put it too low and in the way of your greeting. Using Mini Glue Dots, I adhered it and then added a few Rhinestones down the center for some bling! I love it! This is a great card to have on hand to brighten someone’s day.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here to see this all in action! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Copper Leaves!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! This has been one heck of a busy week and it’s only Wednesday! Seeing all the back to school photos is making my head spin….how is it that time of year already?!?!

Copper Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really struggled with this card and all of the different options. Did I like the Copper Foil with the rustic Copper Trim? Did I want to color in the leaves or leave them alone? Was the greeting piece to plain or too much?

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Cajun Craze measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the leaves from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Ink. Using the NEW Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, I colored in a few leaves with the Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler Pencils.

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For the focal point, I die cut out a label with the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits. (Save back the outline/negative to use for another project like this one.) On the back of the label, I placed some pieces of the Copper Trim on the edge and secured them in place with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added this piece to the card front.

For the center greeting, I took a scrap strip of Very Vanilla and slide in the back of the Pretty Label Punch to get those rounded edges. Next, I stamped the greeting from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Ink. Now that I know how long my greeting piece needs to be, I slide the other end into the punch and rounded those corners as well. This is just another fun way to use your punches on different sized greetings. I die cut out the Copper Foil leaves with the Stitched Seasons Framelits and added those around the center greeting!

Don’t forget that the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits are only available this month (August) and while supplies last so don’t wait long. You can check out more samples using it here and here! Click the photos below to shop for the items used in this card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Fixing Your Broken Punch!!!

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It’s okay! It’s not really broken! Today, I’m showing you how we are fixing your broken punch!!! Have you ever had that little plastic release button in the back pop out??? No worries, that doesn’t mean your punch is forever broken!

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Have you ever had this happen?? That little plastic piece in the back of your punch pops out. This happens when it is slid into the locked position and you go to punch something. It gets pushed out when that happens. Keeping it in the unlocked position while using it is best. I feel like I have some punches that always pop out and others that never had. Who knows…but I do know how to fix it and I’m sharing that with you!

All you need to do it gently pop that plastic piece back into the slot in the back. It will need pressure to get it back in and it will sort of snap back in. Be sure to put it in with the notch closer to the outside edge of the punch. If you pop it in the other way, it won’t slide closed/locked because it will hit that notch. No worries, just pop it back out and flip it around!

Let me know in the comments below if you have had a punch do this!!!

Check out the Video Tutorial below or click here to see this all in action because it makes more sense seeing it than reading about it, I’m sure! 🙂 I hope you found this super useful. 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