Technique Tuesday – Creating a Background Frame!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m showing you how creating a background frame for your focal point is super easy and fun to do!!!

Creating a Background Frame, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know how much I love flowers……I just can’t help myself!!! 🙂 This technique can be used for any type of card though and not just flowers! Simply sponge on the frame and add your focal point!

I started with a Soft Sky card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 3″ x 5-1/4″ for the focal point. Using the Lots of Labels Framelits, I die cut out one in some of the “cardboard” that comes with Designer Paper. That thicker piece with the paper pack details on it. This will hold up better for multiple uses and I’m not wasting cardstock! 🙂 I placed the reverse image (not the label) over the cardstock and added Soft Sky Ink with a Sponge Dauber! Just fill in to the desired color!

Next, I filled in with the greeting and flowers! Using Basic Gray Ink, I stamped the greeting from the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the flowers from the Lots of Lavender Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. Then I stamped the flowers in Elegant Eggplant Ink and stems in Garden Green Ink. The bow was stamped in Crushed Curry! Next, I layered this piece onto Elegant Eggplant which I tore both ends for some texture. Using the Copper Trim, I pulled it apart a bit and added a strip along the bottom. Then I took another piece and made a bow and attached it with some Mini Glue Dots! I added this focal point to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is almost over! It ends March 31st so be sure to stock up and get those items on your wish list now so you can take advantage of the freebies!!

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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Perennial Birthday Card Kit!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today I’m sharing the fabulous Perennial Birthday Card Kit which has been super popular lately!!! I’m loving it for the colors, the organization, and cute cards!!!

Perennial Birthday Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love Birthday Calendars and always suggest them to everyone! They make great gifts as well. This card kit is a birthday calendar and card holder all in one! A birthday calendar is one that doesn’t need changed due to dates and days each year. My birthday is on August 29th so on the August Tab my name is on the line for the 29th. Looking into this box, you can see how many cards you will need each month and who to send them too! As you make more cards, add them behind the months that are still needing some. Amazing concept and look at those fun polka dots!!!

Wishing You the Best, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are 16 total cards that come in the kit – 4 each of 4 designs. I made mine with different greetings to mix it up! There are also great inside and outside greetings in the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set which is super fabulous!! The gold foil adds some bling and fun to these cards as well. Don’t forget to stamp your envelopes for some added fun in the mail!

Today Blooms for You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This kit only needs 3 ink pads – Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, and Dapper Denim. As you can see I mixed up the colors for this card to see what popped more! The little bow at the bottom was tied into a knot and then I added it to the card front with a little Mini Glue Dot!

Celebrating You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really loved the color combination and flower print of these cards in the kit! This card is great for anniversary, birthday, wedding, and so much more!! Again, for this one, I didn’t actually tie the Baker’s Twine around the tag hole because I find that my bow ends up sideways. I simply tied a bow and stuck it over the hole with a Mini Glue Dot. This was much quicker for me and came out perfect each time!

Birthday Foil Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

And because flowers aren’t very masculine, there’s always this set of cards! I love how the kit has a little bit of everything and not just all flowers or all masculine! I only added 1 little tassel to my balloons as I thought 2 was just too much. That’s all personal preference. Also, I kept all of the white background pieces together in a stack and was able to punch out the stripes all at once rather than each one individually. The envelopes were stamped with the dots in Old Olive. I just inked it up, stamped once and then a second and third time without going back to the ink.

This kit was super fun and versatile. I love the cards and the box is just so adorable! This makes a great gift or something to keep for yourself. If you would like to see all of the goodies in this kit, check out my unboxing video here! Get your kit and start creating with the supply list below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Sponging Over Petal Passion Designer Paper!!!

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You all know how I love black and white with a pop of color! Well check out this fabulous card where I did some sponging over Petal Passion Designer Paper!! It takes the plain black and white paper to a whole new level. The best part is that its super simple to do and you can pick any color you want!

Sponging Over Petal Passion Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card uses lots of fun Sale-A-Bration items like the Shimmer Ribbon and the Happy Wishes Stamp Set! Getting items for free to create amazing cards like this one makes it even more fun!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″! Next, I took a piece of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper measuring 4″ x 3″. This is a perfect measurement because then I can use every piece of the 12″ x 12″ sheet! I love that!!! Using a Sponge Brayer and Pool Party Ink Pad, I added color to the Designer Series Paper. Remember that when using the Sponge Brayer to lightly go over in the ink pad and then back and forth on the paper. Pressing harder on the ink pad doesn’t make it pick up more color. If a darker look is what you are going for, just have patience (I know, I don’t do that well either) and keep going back and forth until the desired look is achieved!

Now it’s time to assemble the card! I stamped the greeting from the Happy Wishes Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink onto Whisper White measuring 2-1/2″ x 4″. The greeting was added to the top portion of the card front and the designer paper on the bottom portion. Then I added some Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration Pack around the center overlap of papers! Using the Layering Circles Framelits, I die cut out a Whisper White and Pool Party circle. I stamped the rest of the greeting on the circle and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! There are so many different greeting options in this stamp set that there is something for every occasion.

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 – Eclipse Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share today! This Eclipse Card is super fun and has a major WOW factor!!!

Eclipse Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the subtle and double take effect you get with this card! There are also so many options for greetings with this as well!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Then I took a piece of the Bubbles & Fizz Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) and I die cut the word “YOU” in the bottom. The Large Letters Framelits make this super fun and any words could be created!

Large Letter Framelits, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To keep the letters all lined up and it was easier to move all of them around together, I added some Post-It Note tape across them. After die cutting out the words from the designer paper, I die cut out Bermuda Bay cardstock 3 more times. I totally thought I would need 5 layers but 3 seemed to be plenty for that popped up look! Next, I adhered the designer series paper outline onto the card base making sure to add in the center of the “O”. All of this layer was flat on the card. Then I added all three layers of the cardstock letters in each spot like a puzzle. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the letters. It went fairly quickly. After the cardstock layers, I added the designer series die cut letter to the top layer. Perfect!!!

Stamping Technique, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now that the focal point is complete, I needed to add the rest of the greeting and embellishments! Using the greeting from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set that ends in You, I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White. In order to omit the You, I inked it with a Bermuda Bay Marker. Next, I layered that piece on Pool Party cardstock and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture. I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top of the card because I felt like it needed a little more!

What word would you spell out with the letters? I need more fun ideas!!! Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget that if you purchase the Large Letters Framelits before the end of the month, you will earn Sale-A-Bration items as well as Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and my Free Stamp Set of the Month!!!

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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Celebrate the Good Stuff!!!

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Whether it is a Birthday, Promotion, Graduation, or Personal Goal…..Celebrate the Good Stuff!!! This card is perfect for so many different occasions!

Celebrate the Good Stuff, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am loving this color combination (Peekaboo Peach & Berry Burst) but any color combination would look fabulous for this card!!! School colors, feminine colors, masculine colors, or just whatever you have on hand!

I started with a Peekaboo Peach card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Berry Burst measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and did all the stamping first. Using the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set, I started with the noise makers! (party poppers, what do you call these?? let me know in the comments!) Starting with the base, I stamped the solid candle piece in Bermuda Bay Ink (stamped off once) and then the dots over the top in full strength. Next, I stamped the curling piece in Peekaboo Peach and then the fringe in Berry Burst. I will say that I think I could have added a little more space for the fringe so maybe I should have stamped that second instead. That’s one of those see what works best for you after trying both ways!

Party Popper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After stamping the noise makers, I filled in with the greeting and added a little decoration on the corners with the confetti. I added a strip of the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper and some Peekaboo Peach Baker’s Twine for some added texture! This layer was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for that smooth look over the ribbon!

Does anyone else think of the Kenny Chesney song when looking at that greeting? Just me? 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Birthday Bows!!!

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Doesn’t these birthday bows look so real?? I am still loving the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set and using it for so many different occasions!! Check out this beauty!

Birthday Bows, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card can be created in so many different color combinations for a masculine card, feminine card, or even matching school colors for a graduation! Don’t be scared about the 2 step stamping with the bow though! I have some create tips!

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I stamped the bow from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set all over for a background in Peekaboo Peach Ink! A few tips that I have for the bows are to stamp the smaller dark (full strength) image first and then stamp the larger, lighter (stamped off once) image second. This helps with lining up because you can see through the stamped off image easier than the full strength one. I will say try it both ways on which one is stamped first to see what works best for you! Another tip is to place the images on your clear blocks in the same direction. I like to do it where the engraved Stampin’ Up is on the top side on both images and that helps me not have to rotate it around and around each time! Also, I think the bow looks pretty fabulous without the second stamp too so that’s an option too!

Fabulous You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After stamping the background,  I added this piece to the card front and tied some Lemon Lime Mini Striped Ribbon around and into a knot. For the greeting, I die cut a Whisper White piece with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and a Lemon Lime Twist piece with the Layering Ovals Framelits! Then, I stamped the greeting in the center and layered them together. I added the greeting to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals! To finish it off, I added a few Bermuda Bay Enamel Shapes!!!

What color combinations would you use for this card?? I’m always up for trying new combinations and would love to hear your favorites. Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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This Little Piggy….

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Isn’t this greeting just precious?!?!?! This Little Piggy Loves You!! This was the card that I gave Brad for Valentine’s Day last week. Of course the inside said “little piglet loves you too.” It’s just super cute!

This Little Piggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Real Red cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added a strip of Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon to the bottom portion. Simply wrapped the ends to the backside and added it to the card front. Then, I took another piece of Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon and made a little bow. Using Mini Glue Dots, I added the bow the card front. This is a fun way to save on ribbon and still get the sweet look of a bow. Also, you can position the bow any way you would like with this technique!

The greeting was stamped in Real Red Ink from the This Little Piggy Stamp Set and then punched out with the 3/4″ Circle Punch. I layered the greeting onto a Real Red 1″ Circle Punch and then onto a Night of Navy 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added the greeting to the card front!

This Little Piggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the focal point, I used the Layering Squares Framelits for the scallop and smooth square. Then I stamped the piggy from the This Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink! I used the Stampin’ Blends to colors in the cutie!!! Pink Pirouette for the piggy. Bronze for the dirt and hooves. Old Olive for the grass! He’s just so cute!!! I layered these together and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! I just love dimensionals.

If you would like to see more samples using the This Little Piggy Stamp Set, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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New Ways I Have Started Using Ribbon!!!

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So I love ribbon and probably use it most as my embellishment of choice! I have knots and bows down to an art and I know my class attendees probably curse me every time they see ribbon…….practice does make perfect though! That is how I got good! 🙂 Lately, I have been using ribbon in other ways and I thought I would share those with you!!!

Started Using Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love adding ribbon behind a greeting to make it pop and add texture!!! It’s fun and there are no knots or bows! 🙂

Rustic Ribbon Trick, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Linen Thread is fun to use because it isn’t very bulky and it adds a little rustic touch! I like using Linen Thread for man cards a lot! For this technique, I wrapped it around my fingers a few times, slid the loops off my fingers and twisted the loops into a figure eight. By doing this, it really helps the loops flare out so perfectly! Then I place the figure eight on the back of the greeting or image and placed a Stampin’ Dimensional in the center to secure it. Next, I fanned out the loops and secured them in place with more Stampin’ Dimensionals! You all know I love those things anyway! 🙂 Check out this sample to see it used!

Sequin Trim Decoration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Who doesn’t love a little bling?? Adding loops of Sequin Trim is super simple. Start by securing the end with a Stampin’ Dimensional and then loop it around as you wish, securing it along the way with Dimensionals. TIP: Make sure that the thread side of the sequins is showing up when securing it down because when you flip the greeting over, the correct side will be showing! Here is a sample show off this style used!

Ribbon Loops, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is just a simple ribbon swoosh behind a greeting! Again, for this one, I placed the end at the top with as much as I wanted hanging off. Then, I secured it with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Next, I made a loop and placed a Stampin’ Dimensionals in V of the ribbon making sure to be touching both sides of ribbon and the cardstock in the middle. Then I did this one more time. If there is a spot that needs a Stampin’ Dimensional to help even things out, just add more! Here is a sample using this technique!

Side Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This last one is rather simple but does require a knot! I took a piece of ribbon and wrapped it around the cardstock with both ends on the right side. Then I took some Metallic Thread and tied the ends together to hold them in place.

Let me know your favorite in the comments below!

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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A Stepped Up Candle Card!!!

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Yesterday, I shared the candle creations that can be made with the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set!!! Check that one out here! Today, I’m going to show another variation of the card and a stepped up candle card version!

Stepped Up Candle Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this card, I went with more feminine colors! Also, rather than using designer paper, I added some ribbon! This is just to show how to get the same look but with whatever you have on hand!!! Also, I added wicks and a glow with Wink of Stella!

I started with a Peek-A-Boo Peach card base! Next, I took a piece of Berry Burst (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the birthday greeting along the bottom in Berry Burst Ink! Again, be sure to start the greeting falling off the ends so that the greeting looks like it continues! Just above the greeting, I tied some Peek-A-Boo Peach Striped Ribbon around it. Next, I added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! I used those so that it would look smooth since the ribbon is on the lower end!

Sparkling Candles, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Finally, I took a piece of Whisper White (4-3/4″ x 2-1/2″) to stamp my candles on. I used the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set and Berry Burst and Peek-A-Boo Peach Ink Pads. The candles were stamped starting in the middle and working my way to the edges. Also, I did them at an angle because stamping them perfectly straight and in line would have never happened! 🙂 The flames were stamped in Crushed Curry and then I added the little star burst border along the bottom in Berry Burst!

Now for the stepped up version!!! Using a Basic Black Marker, I added little wicks to each candle. Just a simple little black mark for each candle. To finish off each flame, I went over them with the Wink of Stella Pen for some shine! I love the little bit sparkle and shine it adds! Once I finished all of the stamping, I added this piece to the card front! Just perfect!!!

Which variation do you prefer?? Yesterday’s designer series paper simple candle card or today’s ribbon stepped up with wicks and shine candle card?? Let me know in the comments below!! Also, be sure to check out the Video Tutorial showcasing all the candle fun!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Lots of Lavender!!!

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Yesterday I shared a fun way to use the Lots of Lavender Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set which you can see here! Today, I’m coloring with the set!

Lots of Lavender, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love flowers and since this card doesn’t have a greeting on the front, it can be used for lots of occasions! What occasion would you use it for – Thinking of You, Sympathy, Birthday, Anniversary, etc?? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and embossed the left side with the New Petal Pair Embossing Folder. That little side border of texture is super fabulous!! Before adding this piece of the front of the card, I wrapped some Organza Ribbon around it and tied it into a knot!

Flowers Sale-A-Bration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the lavender bouquet from the Sale-A-Bration Lot of Lavender Stamp Set. It was stamped in Memento Black Ink since I used the Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers! I used Rich Razzleberry for the lavender, Old Olive for the greenery, and Bermuda Bay for the ribbon! After coloring the flowers, I added this to a layer of Old Olive cardstock and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! This gives it some more texture and a smooth look over the ribbon and embossed portion. Adding the Metallic Enamel Shapes is optional for a little bling……or necessary if you need to cover up a boo boo. I won’t say why I added them! 😉 You can guess and let me know in the comments though!

I know I love all the flower stamps but this one is super fun because it’s FREE with Sale-A-Bration and it can be colored in or stamped for color with the other images in the set! The versatility of the set is just amazing!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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