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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My Ribbon Storage!!!

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Happy Thursday! This week is flying by it seems. Today I’m sharing with you my ribbon storage. I recently changed it up to this style and I love it!!!

My Ribbon Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have all of my ribbons in one of these little show box plastic containers. The awesome thing about these is that they are cheap. I can typically get them from $89-$1.00. They can be found at a big box store (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) so they are easy to find! They hold a decent amount of spools in each container and stack well. One of the things I love the most is that they are clear on the bottom!

Clear Box Ribbon Storage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I can flip it over and look to see if I have a specific ribbon or to see which container it is in. They are fairly tight in there so it’s not like shaking it around will make a mess. (PS: It’s already a mess. I do have pins to put in the ribbon to keep them neat but I don’t always put them on there and sometimes the hole it creates makes it not worth the neatness.)

Shoe Box Container, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have a little label on each of my containers so I know what is inside each…..not that I can’t tell. The labels are just so pretty though! My other container has baggies of the threads and baker’s twines as well. These containers fit so much stuff! I LOVE THEM!!!

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!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

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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He or She?? What Will Ziggy Be??

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Happy Friday everyone! I thought I would do a little update and show off this cute little jar I made for everyone to guess the gender of our little one (Ziggy). Isn’t it adorable?!?!?! He or She? What will Ziggy be?

He or She? What will Ziggy Be?, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this jar just the cutest?? I took a regular mason jar and decorated it all up. First, I added some Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (retiring) around the jar. My piece didn’t go all the way around but like just about perfectly lined up with itself. So I took Tear & Tape and added it to both ends of the paper. Then I stuck it on the jar. This worked perfectly! The little gold stickers are from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers Set.

Now for the focal point!! I added a Gold Foil Snowflake (retiring) to the center, right over the spot where the designer paper meets together. I used Tear & Tape for all of these to make sure it had a nice strong hold! Then I printed the wording onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I layered the greeting onto Soft Sky and Powder Pink scallop circles. These were cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits. Some of the layers have Stampin’ Dimensionals while the others are flat with Tear & Tape!

Ziggy Gender Guess, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the ribbons, I took a piece of the Whisper White Metallic Edge Ribbon long enough to go around the jar and tie. Then using Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon and Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon, I tied knots around it. I actually did this part before I did the greeting and at that time I was thinking I would use gold, silver, and different shades of pink and blue. Then I changed my mind and decided to stick to these colors. Well then I needed to cover up the silver on the edge of the ribbon on the jar so I added enough knots around to do so! There was no way I was re-stringing those knots! 🙂 I added it to the lip of the jar!

Using the Pretty Label Punch, I punched out Soft Sky, Powder Pink and So Saffron. I will have everyone guess what they think Ziggy will be and write there name on the coordinating color. If someone just can’t decide but wants to wish us well, they can do a yellow one! 🙂 I’m thinking these will go in the baby album and be super cute! If you would like to make a guess or send well wishes, leave it in the comments below and I will write out the coordinating label for you to put in the jar!!!

Weeks 14-17, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are my weekly belly shots for Week 14-17!!! I’m 17.5 today!!! Can’t wait to see little Ziggy, hear little Ziggy, and find out whether Ziggy is a boy or girl!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!

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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Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means  I have a fabulous technique to share with you and it’s a One Sheet Wonder! I know how much you all love these!!!

Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I created these 6 cards using various pieces from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. I’m going to show you how I cut and created these as well as how you can make a lot more from this one stack! Let’s get started!

Filled with Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

You can always use the front and back of one sheet for a card like this but I went with 2 different sheets! The smaller floral piece is 3″ x 2″ and you can get 6 pieces from a full sheet of the paper with no waste!!! I layered that onto a piece of Calypso Coral measuring 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and I tied a piece of Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon. The striped piece measures 5″ x 2″ and you can get 3 of these pieces from one sheet with a small leftover piece. I layered this piece onto Pool Party (5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″). The greeting was from the Special Occasions Mini Catalog Stamp Set and I used the Everyday Label Punch for the words and the background piece! I finished off the card with a few Enamel Shapes!

Something borrowed, something blue, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The top card was created with the floral piece measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″ and the green stripes measuring 1-2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 2 cards from each sheet with this style. I added some Rich Razzleberry Sheer Ribbon. Then I used the greeting from the Specials Occasions Stamp Set and I used the Classic Label Punch.

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/4″. You can get 3 pieces of the designer paper from each sheet with this style! I used the Scallop Squares Framelits for this greeting and the same Special Occasions Stamp Set. I love the Silver Foil scallop and those little Metallic Enamel Shapes!

Foral One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up, the card on the top, I used a piece measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. While I love this big piece, you can only get 1 piece from each sheet. The 2 leftover pieces can be used in other styles! I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. I added a little Old Olive Mini Chevron bow that I created using the Fork Bow technique! The greeting was stamped from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set onto an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits!

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 3 pieces from each sheet. I layered this onto Pool Party (2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). The greeting is from the Special Occasions Stamp Set on an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I finished off the card with a few White Perfect Accents!

Happy Birthday Doily, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is another card that you could use the same sheet for both pieces. I went with 2 different sheets. If you use the same sheet, cut a piece measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and then cut it in the middle (or off if you wish for a larger piece on top or bottom). I cut the bottom piece into a 3″ x 4″ piece which you can get 2 pieces for a card like this and have leftovers. The upper piece measures 2-1/4″ x 4″. You can get 2 pieces like this from one sheet with leftovers as well. I used the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set for the greeting. The greeting uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop Circle Framelits and a Water Tea Lace Doily. I added a little ribbon using the Old Olive Sheer Ribbon. This helps to cover up the over lap of the 2 papers!

Since there are 4 sheets of each paper in the stack, you can get over 50 cards using these patterns. There are also a few sheets in the stack that I didn’t use so you could use those to create even more! How fabulous is that?!?!?! I love One Sheet Wonders because they are quick and simple and require very little supplies. I used 2 stamp sets, 5 colors of ink pads, and only a few colors of cardstock! That’s why these are my fabulous!

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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City of Bethlehem!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Awhile back I showed you this simple, all stamping card with the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set! Today, I’m showing this City of Bethlehem “stepped up” card using the coordinating Bethlehem Framelits!!!

City of Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning with that double layer of the city but does require a little bit more work with using the Big Shot.

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I cut two pieces of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. One piece is for the front and the other is for the inside since Night of Navy is such a dark color so writing on white is better! Before adding the white to the front, I did all of the stamping. This way if I make a mistake I can flip it over or grab another piece. First, I die cut the two villages with the Bethlehem Framelits; one in Night of Navy and the other in Silver Foil Paper. I adhered the two together and then added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to add it to the card front.

Blessed Christmas Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the stamping!! First, I stamped the star in Crushed Curry Ink and then the greeting in Night of Navy Ink. If you wish to stamp before adding the city, you can place it there as a guide, stamp, and then add it. Just go with whatever you are more comfortable with. Be sure that the greeting is low enough to add the ribbon! Next, I added this piece to the card front and tied the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding around the card. To finish it off, I added some Rhinestones for a little more bling!!!

Assemble Bethlehem, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did play around with this one for a while wondering what to add and my spacing. Mary and Joseph just looked so big in front of the city but I was trying to get them in there. I could have put the city up higher and it would have looked more “in the background” but I was happy with what I came up with. Do you ever have that where you spend forever trying to get the placement and idea to all come together?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, let me know if you prefer the simple stamped one or this stepped up version!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Blending Roses!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I am showing you how to create these stunning roses with the New Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!!

Blending Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This rose is so much fun!!! Some of these samples are from my amazing Stamp Club attendees and the others are ones I created! Shout out to Janet, Mary, and Kacie!!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I cut the black layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and another Whisper White layer (3-3/4″ x 5″). I didn’t assemble these layers till after I was done stamping and coloring….just in case I made a boo boo! Using the Graceful Garden Stamp Set, I stamped the rose and the greeting in Memento Black Ink! This is the ink you must use when playing with the Blends because it won’t bleed.

Pink Pirouette Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the coloring! This is where you can go simple and easy or go all out and adventurous. You will notice in some of the samples at the top I mainly just colored in the petals. I did the center with the light and did the outside with the dark. Then I added a few dark accents to the middle for a little variation of color. For the stem, I did either light or dark. Then on the petals, I did a little combination of either the center or the outside in the dark and blended it together for the rest.

For the light pink flower above and a few more samples below, I got more adventurous and really had fun with the coloring. I did the stem from the top to the leaves in dark and then blended and coloring the bottom in light. This gives the stem a little more variation in color. For the rose, I colored the edges of all the petals in the dark and then blended it in with the light! I LOVE this look! It’s so stunning and really gives the entire rose an amazing look!

Yellow Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You can see the colored petals better on this flower in Daffodil Delight and then I started coloring in with the lighter marker. After filling in the flower completely, I go back though and blend it to reduce any lines.

Red Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I feel like I have like 10 more roses to show off but I’ll stop with this one! This red rose was done basic with a light colored stem and dark leaves.  I did the rose with a light center and dark edges and accents.

After coloring, I layered the pieces the together and added some Metallic Edge Ribbon around it. Then I added this to the card front and finished it off with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes! Let me know your favorite color 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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Technique Tuesday – Embossing Vellum!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! We are embossing vellum!!!

Embossed Vellum, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I have been having so much  fun with this Quilt Bundle! You can check out a few more samples here and here!

I started with a Pool Party card base and stamped the little flower from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set. I stamped it in Pool Party Ink for just a subtle background look. Next, I took the dotted flower image and stamped it with VersaMark. Using White Embossing Powder, I heated the image with the Heat Tool to set it. This gives a little texture and more pop of color. Then I took a piece of Vellum cardstock (1″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. I just love how it comes out all white and textured! Amazing! Vellum can be tricky because you can see adhesive through it. I only added adhesive on the left hand side where I put the flower. Between adding the flower on top and having the greeting on the left, it was nice and secure!

Embossed Quilting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for all the decorations! I stamped the solid flower image in Blushing Bride Ink onto Whisper White scraps. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out the 2 flowers. I simply off set the 2 flowers for that fuller look on the flower. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Of course, I needed even more texture but I also wanted the flower secure over the bumps of the embossed vellum. I finished that off with a little White Accent in the middle! For the greeting, I stamped it from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. I tied a little bow of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the greeting and added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.

I love that color combination of Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist. Soft colors but also a bit of a pop too! It’s always fun to try a new color combination!

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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