A Friend Is Thinking Of You!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you are ready to tackle the week. Sometimes Monday can seem like a fresh start, back on routine from the chaos of a weekend, and I’ve got a superwomen attitude! Then there are the weeks that I’m ready to crash from a busy weekend, my to-do list for the week isn’t created so I wander around wondering what to work on first. Those are the days that a simple smile from a stranger at the grocery store, a random text from a friend, or happy mail in the mailbox mean the most!!! Everything is quickly turned around and superwomen comes back! So today, I just want to say, “A friend is thinking of you and you got this!!!”

A Friend is Thinking of You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a quick and simple card that can be created in any color scheme and with any designer series paper. Perfect to create and have some on hand all the time!

I started with a Highland Heather card base and added a strip of the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper (2″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the adorable huggers in Gorgeous Grape Ink. This is from the Artfully Aware Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog!! I love the images and greetings in this set as they are so heartwarming and perfect!

Then I layered this piece onto a layer of Gorgeous Grape. The greeting in the corner was stamped from the Part of My Story Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink. Before adding the focal point, I laid down a strip of the Flax Ribbon. The Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the focal point help to hold the ribbon in place!

Part of My Story, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another similar version. I created this one portrait rather than landscape and I left off the ribbon. The card uses a different image and greeting but again using the same stamp sets! For this card, I colored in the image using Stampin’ Blends. I did use some of the Gingham Gala Sequins on both for a little extra flare.

Which one is your favorite??? If you want to recreate these cards, click the supply list below and remember there are only a few days of Sale-A-Bration left!! Every $50 in orders earns you a FREE item!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Using Both Sides of the Paper!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! We are using both sides of the paper from the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper to create 2 cards!

Using Both Sides of the Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one is your favorite – the left or the right?? Let me know in the comments below!! To be honest, I don’t know that I could pick. I really had a lot of fun with this card style……as you can see below with all the different options I just had to try out!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper (5-1/2″ x 2-3/4″) and tied some ribbon around the card. I used the Gorgeous Grape Striped Ribbon and the Granny Apple Green/Coastal Cabana Reversible Ribbon. Check out the same below where I even mixed those up and used the reversible ribbon on the purple dotted paper. The paper is the same piece for both cards just the left card using one side and the right card using the other!

Gum drops in the candy jar, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set. I used the same images for the focal point too. I stamped the candy jar in Coastal Cabana and die cut it with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Then I really had fun with the different candy options in the Sweetest Thing Stamp Set. Gum drops, hard candy, jelly beans, gummy bears, and chocolates….YUM!!! Using Stampin’ Blends, I colored them in!

Sweetest Thing Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After coloring, I layered the oval onto a scalloped oval of Coastal Cabana and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added some Glittered Enamel Shapes to some for a little pop of texture and glitter.

So many fun looks and combinations with this amazing bundle. Click the supply list below so you can get started on creating your favorites!!! Which is your favorite??? 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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Using All The Happiness Blooms Paper!!!

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I love designer paper and my biggest struggle with it is that one side must be covered up in order to enjoy the other side. Today, I’m sharing a card using all of the Happiness Blooms Paper….both sides!!!

Using All The Happiness Blooms Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love it and there is no right or wrong way to do this. Thank you to Mary Ellen Stites for the inspiration on this card! Also, this is a great way to use up those little leftover scraps of designer paper!

I started with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Next, I took a piece of Call Me Clover measuring 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and layered on the strips of Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper. The designer paper is cut into 3-1/2″ x 3/4″ strips. Since one paper pack has so many options front and back, it is super easy to just mix and match the patterns. Once I had all of the pieces on, I tied some Calypso Coral Satin Ribbon around it and then added it to the card front.

For the greeting, I stamped it in Night of Navy Ink from the Well Said Stamp Set. This set is super fun because there are so many mix and match greetings and something for the inside of the card as well. After stamping the greeting, I punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. Then using the Bloom By Bloom Stamp Set, I added a few flowers around the greeting. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card with a few Happiness Blooms Enamel Shapes over the flowers.

How do you like to use your designer paper?? Let me know in the comments below. Also, you can check out some of my One Sheet Wonders which are great for using designer paper. Also, check out the supply list below for you to make this card too!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Faux Embossing with Punches!!!

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Happy Technique Tuesday!!! You all know what that means!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you all today! I’m not really sure if there is an official name for this so I’m calling it Faux Embossing with Punches!!

Faux Embossing with Punches, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look how fabulous that white panel looks with those butterflies all over. The awesome thing about this technique is that 1. it uses up scraps and 2. you can do it with any of your punches.

I started with a Grapefruit Grove card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2″ x 5-1/4″ and placed a lot of punched butterflies all over it. I punched the butterflies out of scrap white cardstock using the Butterfly Duet Punch. Don’t worry! For those of you who haven’t had a chance to order this yet, it will be available again soon. The butterflies can be placed straight up and down or angled all over. Be sure to allow the butterflies to fall off the edges so it looks like the pattern continues.

Once you have all the butterflies in place, simply turn it over and use the edge of the cardstock as a guide to trim off the butterflies hanging over the edge. Then I added this to the card front and tied some ribbon around it. Using the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in the lower right corner

Butterfly Duet Punch, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 For the butterflies, I stamped the outline in Grapefruit Grove full strength.  Then the solid image was stamped off once for that lighter look. The centers and antennae were done in Memento Black Ink. TIP: To get the antennae in the right spot, place the butterfly where you would like it, then move it down a smidge. Stamp the antennae above the butterfly. Then attach the butterfly to the card correctly placed on the antennae. This is much easier than trying to stamp the antennae after the butterfly is placed down and hoping they look attached.

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


#SimpleStamping

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Happy Monday!!! Simple or Intricate??? Sometimes the difference is due to personality, time, or supplies! While sometimes, I enjoy creating a card that is to the max…..all the layers, bling, details, details, details. Those cards always blow even me away and I think WOW I did that. Then there are those cards that I stamp a little, add some ribbon, and of course some dimensionals and call it done! That’s what we call #SimpleStamping

#SimpleStamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card was super quick and simple and yet still has that cute factor and made with love!!! Do you like it as is or would you add to it? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Balmy Blue card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″ to stamp all over. Using the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, I picked one of the butterfly styles and stamped it in Balmy Blue Ink. Since the butterflies are connected then lining up the butterflies is a breeze. They stack perfectly! Then I used the greeting for the same set which there are a few to pick from for different occasions! I thought I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy Ink but then in class that seemed much darker than my sample. I must have used Pacific Point Ink. You could always go with any shade of blue or even any other color!

I added some of the Sale-A-Bration Ribbon. You all loved this ribbon so much it flew off the shelves so you can use any of your favorite ribbon from the Annual Catalog! Next, I added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture! If you really like texture, you could also add some of the Butterfly Elements from Sale-A-Bration.

Check out the supply list below for these amazing products and don’t forget that you can earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item and there is a Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release too!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Garden of Lilies!!!

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My Mom is a huge gardener. She loves to do and has a yard full of gardens with flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more! Me…..not so much! My thumbs are pink (only because that’s the ink color I use the most), not green! I do enjoy going to visit and walking around the yard looking at all of the flowers though! To see all of the color variations and what is blooming at different times of year is just amazing to me! Lilies are my favorite flower so if I ever did get a green thumb, I would have a garden of lilies!

Shades of Purple Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am loving the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. It is so elegant and real looking! I also love a stamp set with images and greetings. Not just outside greetings but this set has inner and outer greetings. BONUS!!!!! I love it!

I started with this card using a Highland Heather card base. Next, I added a piece of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the lilies from the Lasting Lily Stamp Set. The center Lily was done with Gorgeous Grape Ink and the smaller ones in Highland Heather Ink. All the stems and leaves were stamped in Garden Green Ink. It’s okay if the stems and leaves look all over the place and like a mess because once you put the ribbon and greeting on, it just looks like a fabulous garden!

Garden of Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

See what I mean with the crazy stems and leaves. They look all over the place and floating. I didn’t add the leaves to the center stem because I thought it would look too crowded so I just added them around the edges. Once I was finished stamping, I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon and tied it into a knot. For the greeting, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits with Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape cardstock. The greeting was stamped in Gorgeous Grape as well. I added the greeting with Stampin Dimensionals. For the inside, I used a leftover piece of the designer paper along the left side and stamped a little flower and greeting! I’m all about decorating the inside of my cards lately. It’s weird because I never use to want to do that.

Shades of Orange Lilies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did this one in Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral Ink. I am loving it! Which one is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below! Check out the supply list for these amazing cards below and remember you can earn the Lasting Lily Stamp Set for FREE with Sale-A-Bration!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Laura’s Quick Tips: How Much Ribbon Do I Need??

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Today, I’m sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!!! Since ribbon is my favorite embellishment for sure, I used it for almost all of my project. How much ribbon do I need is a question I get asked a lot. Let me show you my trick for that…

Laura's Quick Tips How Much Ribbon Do I Need, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The way to know how much ribbon you will need when tying a knot around something is to simply wrap it around. Take the ribbon and go across the front, around to the back, back around to the front and across. The two ends of the ribbon should be going in opposite directions across the front. Now you can cut your ribbon off the spool and tie it into a knot. There will be some excess ribbon that you will need to trim off but very minimal. Of course this may seem a bit confusing which is why I posted a video below for you to see!!!!

Want to see more on this fabulous card using the Lasting Lily Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set?? Click here to check it out!

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


Laura’s Quick Tips: Did My Stamp Just Move??

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a little bit of a Technique Tuesday and a little Laura’s Quick Tips today! If this has happened to me, surely it has happened to you. I have my Stamparatus all lined up and ready to go. After stamping a few, I line up the next one and just as a go to stamp it down, I realize it is not lined up correctly. Did My Stamp Just Move???

Did My Stamp Just Move, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Nope!!! The stamp didn’t move but the grid/scrap paper did or the foam mat did. My mind has been boggled so much on this and wondering how it moved and I could have thought I lined it up correctly. Then after looking at it more, I realize the paper or foam moved and it’s like Ahhh Hah!!! So when you think the stamp moved……check your paper and foam mat! 🙂

This fabulous card was created using the Stamparatus for that 2 step stamped image of flowers! The Stamparatus makes that image a breeze. One plate holds the folders for a fun color of your choice and the other plate holds the greenery piece! Boom Boom and you have a fabulous stamped image…..just make sure your grid and foam mat are in place!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and then added a 2″ strip of the All My Love Designer Series Paper. I punched the bottom of it with the Banner Triple Punch to get those banner tips! Next, I added a piece of the All My Love Ribbon by just putting a little bit of Snail Adhesive down the banner and pressing the loop into it. It won’t feel secure at this time but when you place the stamped floral image over the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals, that will secure it better. For the floral piece I used Soft Sea Foam and Lovely Lipstick Inks.

Wishing You a Lovely Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the Forever Lovely Stamp Set in Lovely Lipstick. Can I say Lovely any more in one sentence?!?!? Then I punched it out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch! For a little texture, I die cut some of the greenery pieces from the coordinating Lovely Flowers Framelits. One of the framelits is actually a 2 for 1 piece. There are 2 of that greenery piece in the 1 framelit. I die cut the 3 framelits in Soft Sea Foam and got the 4 pieces to use around the greeting! The greeting piece was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well! Just lovely! (I had to do it.)

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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So Glad We Are Friends!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Do you follow someone on social media and you feel like you really know them? When talking to someone, you say oh yeah my friend recommends this or my friend did this but really you have never met that person. This happens to me all the time. I have lots of friends like that. If I am your friend that way, give me a shout out in the comments and know I would LOVE to be your friend online and maybe even some day in person! This card says it all….So Glad We Are Friends!!!

Grapefruit Grove Foil Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How fabulous is this card?? The Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove color combination is amazing and oh that shiny foil! YUM!!!

I started with a Grapefruit Grove card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. It opens like a book. Next, I took a piece of Lovely Lipstick and ran it through the Big Shot in the NEW Dot To Dot Embossing Folder. I layered this onto the card front! Then using the Stitched Rectangles Framelits, I die cut some of the Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove Foil Paper and Whisper White cardstock.

So Glad We Are Friends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greeting is from the Incredible Like You Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I stamped  it in Lovely Lipstick Ink towards the right side. Then I layered the white rectangle onto the foil piece. Then using the Lovely Lipstick Ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Pack, I looped a knot and placed it on the rectangles. Then I simply secured the ends on the back with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finish off adding more dimensionals so it’s even and I added this to the card front!

 

Stitched Rectangles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I finished off the card by adding a few Enamel Shapes from the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots. It’s just perfect! I had to share all of these photos so you could really see how fabulous that foil paper is and the ways it shines! Earn this foil paper for FREE through Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order! Click the supplies for this card listed below to start earning!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Let’s Talk About Spring!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! It’s the calm between 2 storms….or so they say! We had a snow all weekend this past weekend and supposedly rain and snow are coming this weekend. Who’s ready for Spring??? 63 More Days….not that I’m counting! In the meantime, being stuck inside means more time for cuddles and crafting, right? What do you do when you are stuck inside from a winter storm? Let me know in the comments below – Bake, Watch Movies, Craft, Clean, Nap??

Let's Talk About Spring, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am loving Butterflies right now! They are so fun because they look fabulous in every color. I think they are the perfect sign of Spring which I can’t wait for! They are also so uplifting and beautiful which makes them perfect for any occasion. As you can see here I used the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and coordinating punch! The inspiration for the colors came from the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper and Sale-A-Bration Ribbon Pack. These have Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, and Lemon Lime Twist in them. So much coordination to make it super easy!

I started with the card base in the 5 colors mentioned above. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhered a strip of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 2″. Then using the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in the lower portion. Some of them I stamped in the lower right corner and others I stamped under the designer paper. I used the coordinating ink color with the designer paper and ribbon. You could always mix and match colors for even more options!

Yellow Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the butterflies, it is super easy to create lots of them because each time you stamp and punch you are getting 2 butterflies. The stamps are connected featuring both a big and small butterfly. I simply stamped twice for each card. The stamped image lines up perfectly in the punch as well. Each card has 4 butterflies – 3 on the outside and the 4th one on the inside! Some of the cards, I put a piece of Whisper White on the inside (4″ x 5-1/4″) and then placed the butterfly on it. This makes it pop more and also white to write on.

Orange Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Also, I mixed an matched the butterflies. Some of the cards have 2 little on the front with 1 big butterfly and others have 2 big and 1 little! It’s so much fun to play with these and get different looks with the same stamp set. There are also 4 different types of butterflies in the set too! I love it!!! Bring on all of the butterflies!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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