Merry & Bright!!!

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It’s the Christmas Season so we should all be merry & bright……right??? We should all try at least. I know the holidays can make us all a little crazy and stressed out trying to get everything done. Thank goodness Claire is too little to know this year because I feel like that is helping me ease into this all. I promise she will have a stocking next year. 🙂

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I love the bright colors of this card and that cute little greeting. This was another fabulous card idea that I got from Vacation Stamping School. Swapping ideas with other stampers is the best!!!!

I started with a Real Red card base and added some of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper to the center. Next, I stamped the lightbulbs and punched them out with the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set and coordinating Christmas Bulb Builder Punch. I used Call Me Clover, Crushed Curry, and Real Red Inks. For the ends of the bulbs, I punched out Gold Glimmer Paper. To adhere the pieces together, I added a Mini Glue Dot to the end of the colored bulb and pressed the gold end onto it. Then I used a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional on the end and a regular Stampin’ Dimensional on the bulb.

Colored Christmas Light Bulbs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I punched out a 2-1/4″ Circle Punch and stamped the wreath image from the Making Christmas Bright in Crushed Curry Ink. Then I stamped the line in Memento Black Ink and added the light bulbs. Be sure to place them down so your words read correctly. That may sound silly but I just about had it say And Bright Merry. 🙂 I added this to the card front and finished it off with some Real Red Rhinestones!!! It’s the perfect little card for the season.

Want to make this card? Check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget that the Holiday Mini Catalog ends on January 2nd so get these items before they are gone! Click here to start shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Thumbunny Loves You!!!

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Happy Monday and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRAD!!! It’s my husband’s birthday today and you all know how much I love making him special cards. You can check out some of the past ones here, here, and here! Now that we have Little Claire, we had to make a card together!!! That’s where Thumbunny Loves You comes into play…

Thumbunny Loves You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how it turned out even if Claire’s thumb doesn’t really look like a thumb. Rotating the thumb around while holding her on your lap and sticking her hand into ink…….not easy! I do have to say there was no crazy messes with ink so I call it a win!!

I used the Make a Difference Stamp Set for the letters and it was really easy to line up the letters and stamp them. I did not line them all up and stamp as one word on the block. Instead, I stamped 2 letters (T & u) and then lined up the 2 in between (h & m). This makes your letters match up better since the photopolymer around the letters sometimes doesn’t allow for a super close stamped letter. It really wasn’t all that hard though since they are photopolymer. If anything I wouldn’t ever suggest writing much more than this greeting as it isn’t really all that quick. The hardest part was probably finding the letters on the big sheet of stamps. 🙂 I swear some letters took me 5 minutes to find. Also, making sure I was spelling it correctly since it was stamped slowly and in pieces.

Little Thumb, Big Thumb, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After stamping our thumbs in Blushing Bride, I used a Basic Black Marker to color in some of the faces. I also used the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit for the whiskers and the face on my bunny. Paper Pumpkin stamps always come in handy down the road. I have used various greetings and images from past months many time! For the ears on my bunny, I used the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch and then colored in the center with the Whisper White Watercolor Pencil. I free-handed the ears for Claire’s bunny.

Me and Me, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is the top of the inside of the card and then I wrote on the bottom of the inside of the card! Claire really didn’t want to spread that thumb out so her hand has 4 fingers and a blob. I love it though and Brad does too!!! I’m sure these will get even more crazy as the years go on! Let’s hope I can keep coming up with more ideas!

I hope you all have a wonderful day today and leave your Birthday Wishes for Brad in the comments and I’ll read them to him tonight!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Froofy Shmoofer Card!!!

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My husband names this card the Froofy Shmoofer card!!! I say that works, right?? Either way it’s a great card for any occasion, even Christmas!

Froofy Shmoofer, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Soft Sea Foam card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the greenery piece from the First Frost Stamp Set. It is stamped in Tranquil Tide Ink. I started on the side and stamped it up high, flipped it over and stamped it towards the bottom and over and over. This creates a more random pattern. Then I added a little strip of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper across the center.

Detailed Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using just a little bit of adhesive in the center of the designer paper, I then added a little bit of the Tranquil Tide Mini Ruffled. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem secure because the greeting will also help hold it in place. For the greeting, I stamped it from the First Frost Stamp Set in Tranquil Tide Ink. Then I took another greenery piece form the set and stamped it over the top in Soft Sea Foam Ink. Then, I punched a few Soft Sea Foam sprigs with the Sprig Punch. I added these on opposing corners. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This card would be a perfect for a winter wedding, Christmas, or even a just because. What occasion would you use this card for?? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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May Your Christmas Be Bright!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! I know tomorrow is Thanksgiving and here I am sharing a Christmas card. I have so many to share and Thanksgiving cards are probably already complete and ready to go so…..May Your Christmas Be Bright!!!!

May Your Christmas Be Bright, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I got the idea for this card from our team event back in August – Vacation Stamping School. The sample was a smaller card and just a little gold glimmer banner. I changed it up and made it a full size card!!

First, I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I cut a piece of the All Is Bright Designer Paper into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece. Using the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set, I stamped the lightbulbs and stars all over the background. Be sure to fall off the edges so that it looks like the pattern continues. I used Real Red Ink for the bulbs and shine. The end of the bulb was stamped in Call Me Clover Ink and the stars in Crushed Curry Ink. Then I added this to the card front!

Punched Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the greeting, I added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper across the card front. Then I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the “Bright” in Real Red Ink. Next, I stamped the “May Your Christmas Be” in Call Me Clover Ink just above it. For the final step, I stamped the wreath around the greeting in Crushed Curry Ink. All of these  are from the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set. It really helps that these stamps are photopolymer so you can line them up better. Using the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch, I punched out the greeting and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!!!

Want to recreate this card? Click on the supply list below to get started!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Detailed Deer Card #2!!!

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Yesterday I shared a fun card using the Dashing Deer Stamp Set and coordinating framelits. Today it’s Part 2 and I’m sharing this detailed deer card!!! Click here to check out yesterday’s card if you missed it!

Detailed Deer Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As you can see, this card is very similar in style to the one I shared yesterday! It also uses the same greeting banner, stamped floral image, same colors, and the die cut deer!!! This makes creating multiples for Christmas super easy!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base and stamped the floral image on the top and bottom in Merry Merlot Ink. All the images for this card are from the Dashing Deer Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Next, I added a little strip of Gold Glimmer Paper just above and just below the stamped image. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 4″) and embossed it with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder. TIP: I know this is sort of after the fact but I wanted to point out that you might want to hold the glimmer paper up to the embossed cardstock to make sure they line up correctly. While I cut the glimmer paper and white paper at 4″, after embossing it the white paper pulled in a smidge. This made the glimmer paper hang out a little on the ends and I had to trim it off.

Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the focal point, I added Stampin’ Dimensionals (and some Mini ones) to the die cut Gold Foil Deer. I used the coordinating Detailed Deer Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). Next, I added the greeting which was stamped in Merry Merlot Ink and punched with the Banner Triple Punch. It also was added with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Be sure not to put a dimensional on the spot that it sits on the deer because then it would be popped over the deer. So I just added some to the top side of the greeting and let the bottom rest on his back.

I love that I was able to cut a lot of the same dimensional and colors for 2 cards and get 2 different looks. It’s also super fabulous to not have to waste Gold Foil Paper because this deer isn’t really the easiest for minimal waste. This way I’m using the deer and the negative image for 2 cards. It’s perfect!!!!

If you would like to create these 2 cards, click on the supplies below to get started. Also, you can check out the video tutorial here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All The Shimmer & Shine!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!!! Today, I’m sharing this amazing and very simple card. It’s got all the shimmer & shine which just makes it fabulous!

All The Shimmer & Shine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Can we just stare at this card for another moment??? Isn’t it amazing? The Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper has that amazing shine to it that just makes it pop and look so pretty all on its own. I like letting the paper do all of the work!!!

For this card, I used a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. It’s really hard to pick which piece to place down because both sides are amazing. Then I took another piece of the designer paper measuring 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and placed it towards the bottom of the card. This offers a nice little contrasting piece to help the greeting stand out.

For the greeting, I stamped it from the First Frost Stamp Set in Soft Suede Ink. The greeting was stamped on Mint Macaron that was punched with the Banner Triple Punch for those perfect banner tips! I added the greeting to the card front on the right side with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture. On the left side, I adhered a little bow with Mini Glue Dots that was made with the Braided Linen Trim. This card was super quick and simple and yet stunning!

Do you prefer quick and simple cards or more detailed elaborate cards? Maybe you prefer a little bit of both depending on the day or how much time you have?? Let me know in the comments below!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Spooky Kitty!!!

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I love kitty cats and think they are just precious and fun. I don’t really feel like black cats are spooky unless it’s Halloween! Do you think this is a spooky kitty??

Spooky Kitty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Today, I’m going to share some tips on how I can create fun Halloween cards without buying lots of Halloween goodies. First of all, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a few cards to send out! Therefore, I like to purchase minimal Halloween products but still create fabulous projects. Do you like to send out Halloween Cards?

For this card, I started with a Pumpkin Pie card base. Next, I took a piece of Highland Heather cardstock and added some Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper to the bottom (4″ x 3″). Using the Black Glittered Ribbon, I tied it into a knot around the top of the designer paper because  it smooths out the transition from designer paper to cardstock. Next, I stamped the greeting which is from a past September Paper Pumpkin kit which was Halloween themed. Paper Pumpkin always has perfect holiday stuff in it that can be used over and over. I love it!!! The greeting was stamped in Pumpkin Pie Ink so it pops out on the purple.

Hat & A Cat, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Finally for the decorations, I used the Cat Punch and more Toil & Trouble Designer Paper. The spooky hat was fussy cut from one of the sheets. This was quick and it’s super cool to add an accent like this to your card even if you don’t like fussy cutting like me! The cat was added to the card front with Snail Adhesive and the hat was added with Stampin’ Dimensionals for texture.

So for this adorable card, I only purchase the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper. The Paper Pumpkin subscription stamps and the Cat Punch were items I had on hand already. If you would like to sign up for Paper Pumpkin to get fun holiday stamps for every occasion, click here!!!

I hope you enjoyed this simple and fun card!!! Hope you enjoyed this card and it gives you inspiration for your Halloween Cards this year! Click the supplies below to get yours created!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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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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