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!

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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!

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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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No Peeking….You Have To Wait!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I thought I would share a little tag inspiration for the upcoming holidays! This is simple and easy to add a handmade touch to your holiday gifts! You can check out more gift packaging ideas here and here!

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This tag was created using the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Label Punch!!! This punch had me at HELLO since it is very similar to the retired Decorative Label Punch. I simply stamped the greeting in Real Red Ink and punched it out. Then using the 1/8″ Handheld Punch, I added a hole in the top. I used the New Jute Twine from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I love it!!!

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Here I added in some Designer Series Paper as decoration. For the one on the left, I used some of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper. I just added Whisper White to the back side with the stamped image and glued the two together before threading them on the twine. The tag on the right was punched into banner tips with the Banner Triple Punch. There are lots of great ways to decorate tags for any occasion. These tags are perfect for gifts, gift bags,  or even to add with some ribbon on a bottle of lotion or bottle of wine! Simple and fabulous!

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I hope you all have an amazing weekend. I am super excited because I’m spending it with family!!! My niece and nephew’s birthday party is tomorrow and the family reunion is on Sunday. There is nothing better than 100+ people gathering for a day of good food and great fun! I’ll see you all back here on Monday.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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You Mocha Me Crazy!!!

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Happy Wednesday! Here’s a little coffee to help you through the rest of the week. I am not a coffee drinker but have fallen in love with the Coffee Cafe Bundle and this adorable little pun…..You Mocha Me Crazy!!!You Mocha Me Crazy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So to be honest, since I’m not a coffee drinker, I looked at this Suite and thought that it was cute but not for me. Then I take a lot of customers talking about it and saying how they loved it so I had to get on board. I LOVE IT!!! See here’s the thing, I don’t drink coffee but everyone I know does…..and after all I make cards for them and not myself! 🙂

I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to stamp on. Then I just placed a piece of the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (1″ x 5-1/4″) at the time. I didn’t adhere it just yet….in case I messed up my stamping. Using the designer paper as a guide, I stamped the lid and whipped topping from the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink making sure to leave room for the straw. Then I stamped the cup and the straw.

I did it this way so that my spacing worked and everything fit. If I had stamped the cup first and added all the extras on top, it might be too high for the designer paper. When stamping the straw, simply place a scrap piece of paper over the lid as a mask. The straw stripes were stamped in Pear Pizzazz.

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For the coffee part, I placed scrap paper on either side of the cup and added some Early Espresso Ink with a Sponge Dauber! Now to assemble, I officially adhered the designer paper and attached it to the card base. Next, I wrapped some Black Baker’s Twine around the card and tied it into a bow. Using the little greeting from the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, I stamped it on scrap white and punched it out with the 1/2″ Circle Punch. I added those with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and a few little Rhinestones for some bling!

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This card is just super cute and ready to give to a friend for a coffee date to catch up!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Pretty Label Punch & Layered Circles!!!

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This greeting really pops with the Pretty Label Punch and layered circles! I just love how it all coordinates together!Pretty Label Punch & Layered Circles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at how that greeting just POPS! I got this idea from the talented, Mary Ellen Stites! Thanks M.E.! Let’s get started!

I started  with an Elegant Eggplant card base. Next, I took on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Layered Leaves Texture Impressions Embossing Folder. A little tip with these super deep impression folders is to spritz the paper with a little water before running it through the folder. This allows the fibers in the paper to press into the folder without having those lines and creases. I added a strip of the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and just tacked the ends on the back side!

Now for that fabulous greeting!!! I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). Here is a list of each layer I used:

1″ Circle Punch for top layer thank you greeting

1-1/4″ Circle Punch for the green wreath portion

1-3/8″ Circle Punch for the Wisteria Wonder layer

Pretty Label Punch for the wider floral layer

1-3/4″ Circle Punch for the Elegant Eggplant base layer

A few tips along the way. I ended up using a marker to color in the Thank You greeting because the 1″ Circle Punch still leaves a hint of that wreath around it when it is punched out. That seemed to bother me so I just inked up the greeting only and it worked better. Always stamp first and then punch it out so you can center it much easier! The colors I used were Elegant Eggplant, Lemon Lime Twist and Wisteria Wonder! I added Stampin’ Dimensionals between the Wisteria Wonder circle and floral Pretty Label Punch. Also, I used them to adhere the greeting to the card! To finish it off, I added some bling with the Gold Faceted Gems.

If you would like to see this all 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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All the Details for Your Birthday!!!

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It’s all in the details for your birthday that make it super special. That is exactly what makes this card special too…..the details!!!

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I love how this card turned out but I do have to admit that there are lots of details and steps for this beauty! Let’s get started!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (2″ x 4-1/4″) and stamped the greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. If you look really close, you will notice I stamped it twice in different colors. First, I used Tangerine Tango Ink and then I did a drop shadow in Soft Sky Ink. For the punched out greeting, I used the border and greeting from the same stamp set and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I added this below the birthday greeting with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now that the greeting part is done, let’s move up the card. I took a piece of Soft Sky (1″ x 4-1/4″) and stamped the squiggle in Soft Sky Ink all along it. To me, this was the hardest part because it was so repetitive. 🙂 I flipped the image so it didn’t look exactly the same each time. Now to assemble all of this. I placed the blue and white pieces together and placed the Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon over the top. I wrapped the ends around to the back side and added this entire piece to the bottom of the card front!

For the balloons, I stamped the hooray in Tangerine Tango onto the same cardstock. I stamped the dotted balloons in Soft Sky and Lemon Lime Twist. Using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. To add the strings, I placed a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the back and set a Stampin’ Dimensional on top to secure it. I added one more dimensionals on the top side of the balloon so it was smooth on the card. So there are 2 dimensionals on the back, one down low holding the twine and one up top, both in the center. I placed the greeting balloon in the middle and then placed the other 2 on either side. Since the dimensionals are in the middle on the back, it allow me to overlap the balloons a bit. To finish it off, I tied a little knot around the ends of all three strings. This can either be left flopping around or it can be secured with a Mini Glue Dot right on that knot.

There are lots of steps to this card but it really comes together so well. This card is perfect for everyone with a few color changes so be sure to save this style. If you would like to see other samples using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set, check them out here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Loving the Petal Garden Suite!!!

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I am loving the Petal Garden Suite from the moment I saw it in the New Annual Catalog a month ago. The colors are stunning and it has lots of flowers in it!

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Oh this card is just stunning. I love the color combination and different patterns and that rose! Also, is the greeting not the sweetest ever?!?!?!

I started with a piece of Pool Party as my card base. Next I layered on a piece of Rich Razzleberry (4″ x 5-1/4″) and then Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″). Then I punched out various pieces of the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. Some of the pieces I punched twice to use one circle with the front of the paper and one with the back. There are so many amazing patterns that it was hard to pick just 5.

I punched one in Whisper White cardstock after stamping the greeting from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set. Stamp first and then punch it out so you can center the image inside the punch for a perfect look! For the scallop circle, I die cut some more of the designer paper with the Layering Circles Framelits. I placed all of the circles down to figure out my spacing. Then picked each one up individually to add adhesive. This way I didn’t mess up my spacing and I had it all even!

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Now for that stunning purple rose! I stamped the rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry Ink onto Rich Razzleberry. Next, I fussy cut it out with Paper Snips. I did the same with the leaves in Old Olive. I adhered the two together overlapped and added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I added a few Old Olive Enamel Shapes for some texture and more pops of color.

If you would like to see more on the Petal Garden Suite, 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


Sending Love & Hugs to You!!!

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Isn’t this greeting just precious – Sending Love & Hugs to You!! I think it’s the perfect greeting for a card sent to a friend or family member for any occasion or just because!!! Who wouldn’t love getting this message?Sending Love & Hugs to You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a really quick and simple card that I created using lots of different colors from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. I started with a Berry Burst card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the hearts from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp! I mainly stamped them all around the middle, making sure to fall off the sides so it looks like the pattern continues. Finally, I added strips of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to the top and bottom and placed  it on the card base.

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For the greeting, I stamped it from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set in Versamark Ink onto Berry Burst. Next, I added Silver Embossing Powder and set it with the Heat Tool. Then I punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch. For the loops, I used Silver Metallic Thread and wrapped it around my fingers 5-10 times. Slide the loops off your fingers, twist in the middle like a figure 8 and place it on the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, secure the center twist and then secure the loops to be as fanned out as you wish. Then I pealed off the back and stuck it on my card front!

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Here is another samples I did using Fresh Fig!!! I love this monochromatic look. It really makes for simple cards because there is less supplies and tools used.

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Here is another sample using the Powder Pink Designer Paper and cardstock. Another option would using a different color of embossing powder? What is your favorite color of embossing powder to use?  Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month!!! Click here for more information!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – How to Use Embossing Paste!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I have a fabulous technique to today that is so much fun! I’m going to show you how to use Embossing Paste for your cards!!! This stuff is magical, dries quick, and gives amazing texture!

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Look at that cool brick background?!?! I wish you could touch it as well because it feels super cool as well! Now let’s get started!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I took a piece of Berry Burst cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed it on a piece of Grid Paper. When using the masks, it gets a little messy so I wanted to keep my work space clean! Next, I placed the brick template from the Party Pattern Decorative Masks Pack over the top. I held all of mine but if I was making multiples I would probably add a bit of tape to the top and bottom to secure it in place. Then I got out the Embossing Paste and Palette Knives. Be sure to have all of your supplies ready to go before opening up the paste and getting started. This stuff dries fast so you don’t want to leave it open long or do part of it and need to go get something in the middle of it. It’s not an instant dry but it does dry quickly. As for the tools, I don’t think I have found a favorite just yet. They all work about the same so it’s personal preference.

Just scoop some paste and smear it over the mask like buttering toast. I think this is super fun. There are different patterns you can achieve by covering it all or just swiping diagonal across, or doing just the  edge/bottom. Once you are done, pull the mask off and allow it to dry while cleaning off the mask. A simple soap and water will clean the masks off!

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By the time I was back from cleaning off the mask, it was dry. If your’s isn’t, just work on the rest of the card while is dries. For the focal point, I stamped the daisy from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Crushed Curry Ink onto Crushed Curry cardstock. Next, I punched  it out with the Daisy Punch! I created two of these and adhered them together off set to look like a nice full flower. For the greeting, I die cut an oval with the Stitched Shapes Framelits! The greeting was stamped from the Just Add Text Stamp Set in Berry Burst Ink. I added both the greeting and flower to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I wanted to make sure the adhesive stuck well on top of the brick texture. Dimensionals have give so they fall into the grooves for a secure hold. I used regular Snail Adhesive to adhere the brick piece to the card front. If it seems to have curled a lot when it was drying, a stronger adhesive like Tear And Tape or Fast Fuse might be a great option!

If you would like to see this all 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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Technique Tuesday – 2-Step Tranquil Tulips!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share with you! Today, I am playing with the 2-Step Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set! Aren’t these flowers amazing?!?!?!

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Aren’t these flowers so amazing and real looking?? The best part is I got this stamp set for FREE with Hostess Benefits! The other best part is they are super simple to 2-step stamp. There is no remembering to stamp off or lining up every side and curve. It’s amazing!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base (11″ x 4-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 3-1/4″) to stamp the tulips on. I used the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set with Berry Burst Ink and Old Olive Ink. Starting with the stems, I stamped those around the middle of my paper so that my tulips weren’t falling off the top. Next, I stamped the leaves. Then it was time for the tulips and I did the large solid image first. Next I did the more detailed smaller image right on top.

Both of these images are in full strength ink so no worries on remembering to stamp off. Since the second image is smaller, all you have to look for when stamping it is that it is close to the bottom of the solid stamped image. If it’s not, that’s okay too! The variation in color on these stamps is the texture in the stamp. How cool is that?!?! So don’t worry that your image isn’t coming out smooth or dark and solid, it’s suppose to look like this. There are 2 different sizes of flowers to play with! I love it! There are also little dot images for the center of the flower. I stamped those in Basic Gray Ink for a softer look than black.

Now that I am done with the focal point, I added it to the card base on the left side. Next I tied some Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon around the card, right over the edge of the cardstock. For the greeting, I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch. (Bundle & Save 10%) First, I stamped the decorative edge in Pool Party Ink and then the greeting in Berry Burst Ink. Next, I punched it out and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals! 🙂

I love this set so much because there are 22 images in there for just $10 in Hostess Dollars which is earned with a $150 order or party! It’s fabulous!!! Also, the ease of not having to remember to stamp off is super amazing!! Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month for every $50 you spend too!!! It’s a great time to order and have a party (in home, virtual, or catalog).

If you would like to see this all 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


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Drop Shadow Greeting!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know that means I have a fabulous technique for you today and that is creating a drop shadow greeting!!! There are so many color combinations that you could do for this card. I love it!!!

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This is a perfect Man Card and we all know I struggle with those since I love PINK! I am also loving this Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist color combination too! Perfect!!!

I started with a Lemon Lime Twist card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 4-1/4″ to use for the greeting. Using the Happy Birthday Framelit, I die cut the greeting in Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist. For adhering them onto the Whisper White, there is always the Fine Tip Glue Pen! If you find that hard to use, try out this technique. I use a Silicone Craft Mat, Sponge, and Multi Purpose Liquid Glue. Just pounce in the glue a bit and then all over the die cut image. This gives the perfect amount and nice even coverage. First, I laid down the Lemon Lime Twist greeting. Second, I added the Night of Navy greeting just a smidge down and over from the other one. This gives that drop shadow look! Be sure your greeting is up high on the cardstock so that the rest of the design doesn’t cover it.

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Now to assemble the card! I took a piece of Night of Navy (2″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. Next, I adhered this to the lower portion of the white piece, making sure it was the correct size for my card front. Then I placed a strip of Finely Woven Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist across the cardstock where they meet together. I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals! For the mini greeting, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). I punched the greeting out with the Classic Label Punch and added it to the card with Mini Stampin Dimensionals! I just love it!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! It’s great to know what all of the pieces of each flower are for! 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