All the Metallics!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I thought I would share one more card before Christmas! This one is rather simple and uses up little pieces you might have! I just love mixing all the metallics!!!

All the Metallics, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is fairly basic but there are a few tricks that I would like to share. This is the first one that I created and I did more afterwards that were even more fabulous!

TIP #1: When you are embossing a big image like this Winter Wonder Embossing Folder, it is best to lightly spritz the cardstock with water. This allows the cardstock to be soft when the embossing folder pushes and pulls the fibers into the image. When I spritzed the cardstock, I had fewer creases like the one you can see a bit at the top of the card.

TIP #2: Mixing and matching metallics is so in right now so don’t be afraid! Gold, Silver, Copper, and Champagne can be mixed together!

TIP #3: I used the Silver Ribbon for this sample but after it was smashed (it happens in envelopes and my stack of samples) it did not look as good. Since this ribbon is a little more stiff, it just smashed rather than laying nicely as loops. I used Silver Sequin Trim on the others and it was even more fabulous!

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. Next, I embossed with the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder in the middle! Using the Year of Cheer Washi Tape, I added copper washi tape to the top and bottom. The pack comes with copper, silver and gold so you can create lots of these using the different colors!

Snowflake Layers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using some Silver Foil Paper and the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper, I punched out circles with the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch  and 2″ Circle Punch. For the greeting, I stamped it in Basic Gray Ink from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. I used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to cut it out! With the greeting upside down, I placed the Silver Ribbon (or Silver Sequin Trim) down and added Stampin’ Dimensionals down to secure it in the fun loops! Of course I used probably 4 or 5 of them on the little circle! 🙂 You all know I’m an over-user of those things. I finished off the card with a few Rhinestones! If you use the sequin trim, you can always pull a few off and add those all over with some Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, safe travels, good times, and hearts full of joy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Boxes & Boughs!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! With Christmas less than a week away, it’s all about gift packaging and last minute gifts! These boxes and boughs are sure to make things merry and bright!

Boxes & Boughs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These acetate boxes are super fun to decorate and I have put lots of different items in there as gifts – cards, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and gift certificates!

I started by popping up the Acetate Box. It’s already scored and all so just fold on the score lines and pop it up! Next, I took some Real Red cardstock and created a belly band. I have found that scoring the cardstock doesn’t work very well because the lines sometimes aren’t exact so it fits weird. What I do is just wrap it around, slide it off and press on the fold lines. This just seems to work best for me. Then I layered on a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring). The paper is black and white but I sponged on some green very lightly for a little more color! I used Tear And Tape to secure the ends of the belly band together.

Gift Packaging, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the decoration, I used a hot glue gun! First, I added the little Green Sprig and pressed it into the glue. Next, I created 2 loops with the Striped Ribbon and tied the center tight using the Black Baker’s Twine. This is much easier that tying it into a knot and it allows for the stripes to show. If you do a knot, it will make the one side backwards. This ribbon does have wire in it so you can mold it as needed! The Mini Ornament is secured to the bow with the Black Baker’s Twine as well. I hot glued this to the front as well. Be sure it is all on the belly band so it can still slide off. The tag was created with the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set (retiring) and coordinating Everyday Label Punch! Cute and simple gift packaging!

What would you put in this box to give to a friend or family member? Let me know in the comments below!

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peak to the 2018 Occasions Mini Catalog. Check out the Video Tutorial 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!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Oh Joy!!! The Holidays are Here!!!

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Happy Monday!!! It’s the week before Christmas and some may be saying Oh Joy!!! That might be an exclamation or a sarcastic remark, either way, this card is super fabulous and the Holidays are here! Whether you are ready or not, it’s here!!

Oh Joy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the bling on this card the most and that greeting is so simple and yet powerful!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Then I added a piece of the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (retiring) measuring 4-1/4″ x 5″! After, placing the designer paper down, I added some gold washi tape on either end from the Year of Cheer Washi Tape pack. There is silver and gold in the pack so you could pick either one! Next, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top of the card and tied it into a bow. Before the final bow, I slide on one of the Year of Cheer Embellishments!

Joy of Snowflakes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that fabulous greeting! I took a piece of Whisper White 1-1/2″ wide and punched the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray Ink from the Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set. The little snowflakes are from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set and I stamped off once before stamping on my project for a lighter look! Then I took a piece of Gold Foil Paper 2″ wide and punched it with the Banner Triple Punch too! Before, layering these together I added 3 little bumps from the Foil Snowflake (retiring) to the bottom! Then I added this all to the card front. I love the little bits of bling and how that washi tape looks just as fabulous as foil paper but much cheaper and thinner! Perfect!!!

Don’t forget that many of these items are retiring on January 2nd. Some of these are on sale which is super fabulous! Get them before they are gone. Start shopping here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Let It Snow……Or Not!!!

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I am not a fan of snow so while some may say let it snow……I am not saying that! 🙂 While it’s super pretty and I enjoy it coming down, I wish it would melt and be gone quickly! Do you love snow? Let me know in the comments below!

Let it Snow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Soft Sky card base. Then I placed a piece of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) in the middle. I actually used some from this pack and some from the Merry Music Designer Series Paper Pack as well. Any black snowflake design will work! Next, I took a piece of Silver Foil Paper (1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″) and added a piece of Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon down the center. I just wrapped the ends to the back side of the foil paper and then added it to front of the card!

For the greeting, I used the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). I stamped the greeting in Basic Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I punched it out. Remember it is always best to stamp first and then punch it out because it is easier to line up the image in the punch than it is to line up the stamp on a small punched image. Of course, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the greeting to the card front. You all know I love those things but I also like how it looks smooth over the ribbon and all as well.

Enamel Shapes or Not, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So then I had a thought……is this card good or does it need a little more? A few Enamel Shapes in Soft Sky or another color? The struggle was real and I finally just did 2 cards, one with and one without. In my classes, some used them and some did not!

This card is great for Christmas but also for any Winter occasions! Let me know what you would use it for in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Brad’s Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Yesterday was Brad’s Birthday and so today I’m sharing his Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

Brad's Nintendo Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think it turned out really cute and Brad loved it. It’s not exactly like a controller due to some things I couldn’t really recreate but it’s pretty close. I had to write the A & B and Nintendo on the gray because it wouldn’t show up on the black. Also, I wasn’t able to put the gray area down the center because spacing was difficult. Trying to scale things correctly is probably my hardest part of making these cards! You can check out some of my past creations here, here, and here!

I started with a piece of Whisper White for my card base and made it s 5″ x 7″ card! I knew I needed a larger card for this concept or those little pieces would be even smaller. 🙂 Next, I took a piece of Real Red (4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″) and layered it on top! For the controllers, I used Smoky Slate as the base and Black Baker’s Twine as the cord! For all of the decorations, I hand cut them out except the red circles and hearts which were punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I really wish I could have punched more out but the pieces were so oddly shaped. Thank goodness for my Stampin’ Trimmer to get those small pieces though! The greeting was stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Brad's Birthday 2017, www.LaurasStampPad.com

He loved it and that’s all that matters!!! I don’t always make custom cards but when I do it is fun and makes it even more special! Do you like to make custom cards for family and friends?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Decorated Tiny Treat Boxes!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Today I’m sharing a cute gift packaging with the Tiny Treat Boxes!!! You can add some chocolates or other candy in there and so much more! Cute little gift for a hostess or at each spot at a party!

Tiny Treat Boxes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t it adorable??? It’s super simple to create as well. Mix up the designer paper for any occasion too!

I started by popping up the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. Next, I took a piece of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (1-3/4″ x 10″) and wrapped it around the box. I started with the end in the middle of the bottom of the box. This makes the overlap on the bottom to seal it together. After wrapping it around, I slide it off and used my Bone Folder to create a strong crease on each edge. I prefer doing this over scoring it because I find it fits around the box better. When I score, sometimes it’s a little too big or a little too small. Be sure not to adhere the paper to the box or you won’t be able to open the box. If you adhere it around like a belly band, it just slides right off!

Be Merry Treat Box, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the decoration, I used the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out Whisper White and stamp the To/From. I layered this one onto a Silver Foil Circle punched out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch! Using the Handheld Punch, I added a hole and tied on the box with some Silver Tinsel Ribbon. I finished it off with a little Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bow! These bows come in green, red, and white so there are lots of options to mix and match with other papers!

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Don’t forget that the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set is the November Free Stamp Set from me for orders of $75 or more this month! Of course, all orders over $40, earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up opened up the reservations for the New Stamparatus and they were sold out in less than 20 minutes! I knew this item was HOT but I didn’t know it was going to go that fast. The next reservation date is December 5th!!! If you would like one, stay tuned and be ready on December 5th!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. See you back here on Monday! Happy Monday!

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Adding Snow with Embossing Paste!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! We are adding snow with Embossing Paste to create a fabulous winter scene!

Adding Snow with Embossing Paste, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m not a fan of winter….like at all but this card sure looks amazing. I would be just fine stamping winter and not actually having it happen! Do you like Winter? Let me know in the comments below!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base. Next I took  a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped snowflakes all over in Night of Navy Ink. I used the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. Now for that amazing snow on the bottom! I simply took a scrap piece of white and tore along the top for texture. Next, I smeared a thin layer of Embossing Paste over the top. Then sprinkle some Dazzling Diamonds glitter all over the top. Right after that, I added Snail adhesive along the bottom of the snowflake stamped white piece and pressed the glitter strip onto it.

Snow on the Ground, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did this while it was still wet for a few reasons. 1. I found that adding it to the base first would allow for glitter to stick and hold around the cardstock and under it. 2. If I let the Embossing Paste dry with the glitter first, sometimes it curls and when I would press it flat, it cracks. Pressing it on while still wet gets a perfect look with minimal glitter and isn’t really not that messy. Simply wash your hands to get any excess glitter off after pressing it on!

Next, I die cut some snowflakes with the coordinating Seasonal Layers Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). I loved this bundle because there are 3 snowflakes in the set so I only had to crank through the Big Shot once for every card! I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen for adhering the snowflakes to the card. For the greeting, I stamped it with the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I punched  a second one in Night of Navy and placed that one up and down and the greeting over the top side to side. I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Just stunning!

If you would like to see this in action, check out the Video Tutorial 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 Thankful For You!!!

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I have been having so much fun with these sunflowers. You can check out more sample here and here! This greeting, I Am Thankful For You, if great for all year long and especially for Thanksgiving!I Am Thankful For You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I layered together a piece of Tangerine Tango (3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″) and the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (3″ x 4″). I added this to the center of the card. For the greeting, I used the Painted Harvest Stamp Set. I took a piece of scrap white and stamped the greeting in the middle in Early Espresso Ink. Next, I added the sunflower to the top and bottom with Crushed Curry Ink and Early Espresso Ink. Using the 2″ Circle Punch, I punched it out with the greeting in the middle.

Layering a Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I took a piece of Early Espresso and punched it with the Everyday Label Punch. In order for it to pop out on either side of the circle greeting, I cut it in half to extend it out. Before adding the label pieces, I cut two piece  of Burlap Ribbon and placed them on the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals securing them on top. Then I added the label pieces and added Snail to the back. I placed this on the card front in the lower right corner of the designer paper!

Painted Autumn Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After cutting all the pieces of designer paper for the front, I had these small pieces left over. Rather than saving them for a “future project” that I will totally forget about, I just added them to the inside of the card for a little pop of color! I love it!

Don’t forget the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special! Click here to start shopping. Ends October 31st!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Gather Together & Give Thanks!!!

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Gather together & give thanks…..that greeting warms my heart. I love spending time with family and friends and we always need a reminder to give thanks for the amazing blessings we have in our lives. This is just another reason Thanksgiving is my 2nd favorite holiday behind Easter!

Gather Together & Give Thanks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card has been a big favorite at all of my classes and of course it is….it has a flower!!! 🙂 You all know I love flowers!

I started with a Crushed Curry card base. Next I took a piece of Early Espresso (5-1/4″ x 2-1/2″) and ripped along one edge for a rough look. Be sure to rip slowly in small amounts and not just one full rip down the entire piece. I layered on a piece of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (5-1/4″ x 2″). I added this piece to some Very Vanilla measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″. Next I stamped the greeting from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set in Old Olive and the dots in Lemon Lime Twist. You could stamp the dots at the end after putting it all together or you can do it now. Next, I added this to the card front!

Sunflower, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the focal point of that amazing flower! I used the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and coordinating Leaf Punch (Bundle and Save 10%). The flower was stamped in Crushed Curry Ink (full strength both time) and Early Espresso for the center. I did fuzzy cut the flower which isn’t my favorite but sure looks amazing! The leaves were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist first and then Old Olive on top. Using the Leaf Punch, I punched them out! For adding it to the card front, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to secure the leaves to the back of the flower and then to the front of the card! To finish off the card, I added a few Crushed Curry Enamel Shapes! I just love it!!!

Don’t forget you can get the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper as part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special this month!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Trick or Treat Kitty!!!

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I love kitties (insert….soft kitty, warm kitty, purr purr purr) so when the Cat Punch came out I knew I wanted it. I’m not a huge Halloween person but this Trick or Treat Kitty is cute!!! I decided to get the punch and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper and use those items for a few Halloween goodies!

Trick or Treat Kitty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This quick and simple card is perfect for Halloween!

I started  with a Very Vanilla card base. I added a strip of Basic Black (4-1/4″ x 2-1/4″) to the left side. Next, I layered some of the Spooky Night Designer Paper on top (4-1/4″ x 2″). There are 2 sheets of the designer paper with kitties all over them in black and orange so I punched those out! It was super simple! Some of the kitties aren’t a full one but you could always use those on another project with him peaking out from a doorway or from a potted plant or on the side of a card!

Spooky Night Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since some of the kitties are orange and others are black, I used the 2″ Circle Punch to punch out orange and black circles to alternate! This is a great way to use the same concept and all the kitties! I added the kitty to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture. The greeting was stamped in Pumpkin Pie Ink from the Seasonal  Chums Stamp Set. I simply stamped the middle one first and then above and below without going back to the ink. To finish it off, I added some Pumpkin Pie Enamel Shapes!

Halloween Kitty, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

The card will be perfect for my nieces and nephews for Halloween this year!!! I love that I can use the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper for non-Halloween occasions as well because  the other side of the paper is more generic prints. Very versatile for all your crafting needs and for those who don’t like Halloween as much!

Do you like Halloween?? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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