It’s an Egg-Stra Special Easter!!!

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Easter is just around the corner and this card is perfect!!! This is my favorite holiday of the year so to me it is an Egg-Stra Special Easter! 🙂 How cute is that greeting!?!?!? I just love it!!!
Egg-Stra Special Easter, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I don’t typically send a lot of Easter cards but I do send a few and like to make treat bags for my nieces and nephews! The Basket Bunch Bundle is perfect for Easter but I have been making SO MANY OTHERS too. Check out yesterday’s fabulous post! I have even more amazing samples coming soon too!

I started with a Wild  Wasabi card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 2″ x 5 1/2″ and stamped the grass from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set in Wild Wasabi Ink all along bottom. I stamped the Easter eggs and bunny in Basic Gray Ink so I could watercolor them and for the softer look. There are lots of great images in the stamp set to decorate your card with! The Watercolor Pencils are super fun for coloring all of these beauties! I used the Blender Pens for a nice even look of color! I just love all the bright colors!

Next, I took a piece of Rich Razzleberry (3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) and ripped the top and bottom for a little texture. Depending on how much you rip off, you could start with a 3-1/4″ wide piece or smaller.  I added this piece to the card front and tied some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around and into a bow! For the greeting, I stamped it from the Basket Bunch  Stamp Set onto Daffodil Delight and punched  it out with the Duet Banner Punch! Of course, I added the greeting to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Do you like to make Easter Cards or Easter Treats??? Another more important question…..Do you like Peeps? I feel like you either love them (ME) or hate them (my husband)? Which side are you on?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Peek-A-Boo Designer Paper!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! Today, I’m sharing the Peek-A-Boo Designer Paper Technique. I love this one so much because you can see both sides of the Designer Paper and you don’t have to pick which side to use!!! 🙂

Peek-A-Boo Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How beautiful is this card?!?!? I love that it is simple but still has a great wow factor! Love it!!!

I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base. Then for the Peek-A-Boo Designer Paper Technique, I used a piece of Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Along the long 5-1/4″ side, find the middle (2-5/8″) and cut in 2″. Now I just folded the triangles back from the corner of the Designer Paper to the that cut line! It’s as simple as that!!! I did add a little bit of Snail Adhesive to hold my triangles back and in place!

To complete the card,  I took a piece of 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White and adhered it to the back of the Designer Paper on the side with the Peek-A-Boo. Just add a little bit of Snail Adhesive to the back of the Designer Paper, place the corners of the Designer Paper on the edge of the Whisper White and press down. Now you can add this to your card base!!! You can have the Peek-A-Boo portion on the right or left or top or bottom!

That is all up to you! I added the greeting from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set in Sweet Sugarplum Ink. I thought the card  needed a bit of a pop so I stamped the flower from the Flower Shop Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink. Next, I punched it out with the Pansy Punch and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off with a White Perfect Accent in the middle of the flower! These things are perfect for flower centers! I love them!!! For the final touch, I put some Linen Thread around the card and tied it into a bow! Perfect!!!

I love how you don’t have to hide one side of the Designer Series Paper for this card!!! It’s perfect for all those amazing pieces of paper you have been saving because you love both sides! To see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here!!! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new! I post every Tuesday and Thursday on YouTube!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends this week (March 31st)! Stock up on those items and enjoy all the freebies!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!!!

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Not only does this card have beautiful flowers on it but the greeting – Happy Birthday Gorgeous is just amazing!!! I love these colors too!!! Now let’s get started!
Happy Birthday Gorgeous, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base. Then, I layered on a piece of Melon Mambo measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. For the focal point, I used a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ 5″). Using the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, I stamped the flower in Daffodil Delight Ink and Melon Mambo Ink. I stamped some of them in full strength and some stamped off. This gives that variation of color and the illusion that some are up front and others in back like a bouquet or field of flowers! I did the same with the stem and leaves in Wild Wasabi Ink. For the centers of the flowers, I used Basic Black and used the stamped off look on the lighter flowers! Another great tip is to make the images fall off the paper so that it looks like the pattern continues!

Now you can add this piece to the card front on top of the Melon Mambo layer! For the greeting, I stamped Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Basic Black from the Beautiful You Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch and punched out another one in Melon Mambo. I cut the pink one in half and added a piece to the top and bottom of the greeting for that perfect layered look. Click here for a video tutorial. Next, I placed a piece of White Organza Ribbon folded in half on the back of the greeting and secured it with some Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the card front. I am loving this card!!!

Don’t forget that you can get the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set for FREE with a $50 order till the end of March! Sale-A-Bration is an amazing time to stock up and enjoy getting those items on your wish list because you get to pick a free item with every $50 you spend. As a Hostess or with an order of $250 or more, you earn an additional $25 in Hostess Benefits too!!! If your wish list is long, joining Stampin’ Up if the way to go for sure. You get $229 in product for just $99.00 (plus tax, free shipping)! How amazing is that?!?!?!?! Click here for more information or reach out to me if you have any questions! There are no obligations once you join to do parties or sell to friends. You can do what you would like as a demonstrator! You have nothing to lose!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Doing The Smack Down!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means??? It means I have a fabulous technique to share with you and that is doing the Smack Down Technique!!! Check this out!!!

Doing The Smack Down, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I know I love flowers a lot a lot but this technique is amazing with these flowers. How can you not love this card?!?!?! I got this technique from fellow demonstrator – Mary McNeely! I love sharing ideas with others stampers!

This card starts with a Island Indigo card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) to create this masterpiece. Using the Flower Patch Stamp Set, I stamped down the largest flower (Rose Red Ink) down. Then without going back to the ink, smack down the stamp all around that original stamped flower. Just pound, pound, pound it all around. Then go back to the ink, stamp another flower and then smack down all around it. I did the next flower (pointy one) in Peekaboo Peach Ink and the smaller rounded petal flower in Island Indigo Ink. The leaves were done in Pear Pizzazz Ink. I’m telling you this card is so much fun to create and lets out any and all stress you might have. Stamping is such amazing therapy!

After stamping all the flowers, I layered this onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I wrapped some Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon around it and tied it into a knot. I added this piece to my card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals so it would be nice a smooth with that ribbon! I finished off the card with a few White Perfect Accents in the middle of the large flowers!

For the greeting, I used the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set and stamped it onto Whisper White. I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch! Next, I punched out another one in Rose Red and cut it in half to layer a piece to the top and a piece to the bottom for that perfect layered look. I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! This is my 300th Video!!! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new!!! I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Coloring Flowers to Highlight the Pattern!!!

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I have really started to love coloring especially when you don’t have to color all of it! Coloring flowers to highlight the pattern like I did in this sample is just as powerful! It makes the flowers pop and the background of black and white is fabulous too! Less coloring means more time to make multiples!!! 🙂

I started with a piece of Melon Mambo for my card base. Then I cut each piece of the Inside the Lines Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper into 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares. I punched opposite corners with the Corner Rounder Punch for some added texture. Next, I colored the flowers to highlight the pattern with the Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen. You really don’t have to use the Blender Pens. If you like the pencil look or if you want the image to stay bold and dark (if you press hard), just color and stop there! Once all of the pieces were colored, I layered the squares onto a piece of Old Olive cardstock measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Next, I added this piece to a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the greeting at the bottom in Melon Mambo Ink from the Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. Finally, this was then layered onto the Melon Mambo card base and I finished it off with some Brights Enamel Shapes (melon mambo and old olive).

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss out on future videos! I post every Tuesday and Thursday!

Do you like to color? Does it overwhelm you? Have you selected the Inside the Lines Designer Paper as one of your FREE Sale-A-Bration items? Let me know in the comments below!!! Also, don’t forget that as we come to the end of Sale-A-Bration, the items will run out so don’t wait till the last minute. The Card Tin is already gone!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Love Is In The Air!!!

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Love Is In The Air, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Ahhh, the weather has been warm and I’m loving every minute of it! Some say Spring is in the air but I say Love is in the Air!!! Spring is my favorite season. I love the new life of flowers, plants, and animals, that warm sun and cool breeze and all the bright colors!!! I can’t wait!!!

Card Instructions

For this card, I used a Calypso Coral card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the 3 different clouds all over the background from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set. Marina Mist is the perfect blue for clouds! For the hot air balloon, I used the coordinating Up & Away Thinlits Dies to die cut out the pieces with the Big Shot! You can Bundle & Save 10% when you purchase these 2 together as a bundle. I did the detailed balloon in Calypso Coral. For the strips behind it, I did Marina Mist and Mint Macaron. I am loving this color combination. It is the perfect pastel collection. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the pieces to the back of the detailed balloon piece. You can also use a sponge and lightly pounce some glue from the Multi-Purpose Glue Pen onto the back. I added the hot air balloon to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give a little texture and 3D look to the balloon!

For the greeting, I added a piece of Marina Mist measuring 1/2″ x 4″ along the bottom. I stamped the greeting from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. Using the Classic Label Punch, I punched it out and then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used some of the skinny edge pieces. I just trimmed it to the correct length and it was perfect! To finish off the card, I added a few Enamel Shapes!! It is just perfect!!!

You can purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle in Clear and add on some Enamel Shapes or pack of Cardstock to get to the $50 order! Then you can pick out a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!!! If you purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle in Wood, you already have earned a Free Sale-A-Bration item!!! Now is the perfect time to get those favorites on your Wish List or stock up on items because every $50 order, earns you a Free Sale-A-Bration Item! Who doesn’t love FREE STUFF!?!?!? Click here to start shopping!!

If you would like to see more samples using the Lift Me Up Bundle, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Sending Love!!!

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and this card is perfect! It isn’t specific lovely Valentine’s Day but yet still a warm thought of sharing your love with someone!!! I love it!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. I took the 4 heart image from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog and stamped it in Night of Navy Ink along the top and bottom of the card front. It is really easy to line up the hearts because it is a photopolymer stamp set and you can see through the stamp. Then I added a piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper to the middle of the card (2″ x 5-1/2″). You can get 3 of these cards from 1 sheet in the Designer Series Paper Stack. I have done lots of these cards but with different patterns and each one looks just as fabulous! For the greeting, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 1″ x 5-1/2″ and punched the ends with the Banner Triple Punch! You want to punch before you stamp so that you aren’t punching off part of your stamped image. I stamped the hearts in Navy and the greeting in Real Red Ink. Some of the cards, I stamped one greeting and 2 hearts and some I did 2 greetings and 3 hearts. I added the greeting banner to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little texture! I love it because it’s quick, simple, and yet created with so much love!

I did another Valentine’s Day card yesterday and did a Video Tutorial on both of these. You can check that out here! Do love Valentine’s Day as much as me? Do you send cards for the holiday? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Mom’s Frog Birthday Card!!!

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Mom's Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My Mom’s Birthday was earlier this month and this is the card I created for her! She actually fell in love with this stamp set and bought it for me so we could make cards with it. (Note to self: we still need to do that!) 🙂 I started playing with this set and the New Watercolor Pencils and knew this was the perfect set for her card!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and then I layered a piece of Old Olive cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) on top. I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and lightly brushed over it with a Sponge Dauber. I did Old Olive Ink on the bottom 1/3 and Pool Party Ink on the upper 2/3. I added a strip of Pool Party Stitched Satin Ribbon across the top and then added it to the card base. For the frog and the wheelbarrow, I stamped them from the You’re Sublime Stamp Set in Basic Gray onto scrap Whisper White.

Wheelbarrow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the Watercolor Pencils to color in a bit and then I took a Blender Pen and swirled around to move the color and fill in! Once it was all colored, I fussy cut out both images and adhered them to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Lil Froggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Number of Years Stamp Set in Old Olive Ink. I punched out the greeting with the Decorative Label Punch. Then I sponged the edges with Pool Party and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals too! I love it! I think it turned out perfectly. My Mom loves nature and has a huge garden. This was fabulous!

Do you like making cards specifically for a special someone or do you just make general cards for everyone?? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Birthday Balloons!!!

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Blue.Green Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

A new year has begun and that means Birthdays will happen!!! I love sending Birthday Cards because it is the one event that we all partake in!!! I tend to struggle with man card since I love PINK and flowers and bling but this one is perfect!!!

I started with an Emerald Envy card base! Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 3″ and punched the right side corners with the Corner Rounder Punch. I stamped the balloons from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set in Pacific Point Ink and Emerald Envy Ink. I stamped the strings of the balloons in Basic Black Ink. I made this card first but since I have made a few more and I like the squiggle string better for this card. It makes the strings not look so straight and blah. I added this piece to a Emerald Envy card base in the middle of card. Then I added a piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper measuring 1″ x 5-1/2″ along the left hand side of the card. This covers the gap between the edge of the card and the balloon piece! Then I added some Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon around the card and tied into a knot. The ribbon goes to the inside of the card! For the greeting, I stamped it in Pacific Point Ink onto Whisper White. I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. Then I punched out another one in Pacific Point and cut it in half. I put half behind the upper part of the greeting and the other hand on the lower portion of the greeting. Check out the video on how to do it here! I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Love it!!!

If you would like to get a Birthday Card this year, send me you name and address here! I would love to send out tons and tons of cards this year! #imbringingbirthdaysback

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Birthday Calendar for Every Year!!!

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Birthday Calendar, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I was asked about a Birthday Calendar from a friend of mine and was super excited to make one for her! I have one that Stampin’ Up sold many years ago. IT IS AMAZING!!! A Birthday Calendar has all the dates for each month listed on each page. You will just put the name of the person on the date of their month on the correct month – August 29th – Laura Borchert!!! 🙂 The awesome thing about this calendar is that you can use the same one each year unlike a traditional calendar that has the days of the week on it since those change!!! 

I created a Template in Microsoft Word but just adding numbers and lines, 2 columns per page. You can check it out here – Birthday Calendar Template! You will need to print 6 of these! You will then cut the Whisper White cardstock in half at 4-1/4″ and punch a hole in the upper left corner with the 1/8″ Handheld Punch! To get them all in the same spot, I punched 3 or so all together, then I took one of those and laid it on 3 others to use as a template of where to punch the next set. To put them all together, I just used a metal ring but first we have to decorate!!!

Q1, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set for all of the months and decorations! I used the banner from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. I used the coordinating Duet Banner Punch to punch them out (Bundle & Save 10%). I used Pacific Point for January, Real Red for February, and Pumpkin Pie for March!

Q2, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used Emerald Envy for April, Wisteria Wonder for May, and Crushed Curry for June! Each of the images can be mixed and match to whatever you wish to use for that month!

Q3, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For July I did the banner in Real Red and the stars in Night of Navy Ink. Of course I had to do Melon Mambo flowers for August because that’s my birthday month!!! September was done in Mint Macaron.

Q4, www.LaurasStampPad.com

October was done in Cajun Craze Ink. November was done in Cherry Cobbler Ink and December was done in Cherry Cobbler Ink and Garden Green Ink.

All the Seasons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It’s so much fun to just randomly stamp all over in different patterns! So colorful and cheerful for all year long! Now all you need to do is add in the names of all of your loved ones!!!

You should totally try this out or even make them for your friends and family. They are a great gift!! Let me know if you have a Birthday Calendar in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura