Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release!!!

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It’s Friday!!! It’s time to Sale-A-Brate again!!!! Today, Stampin’ Up has a Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release!!! Even more fabulous products that you can earn for FREE!!! There are items at the $50 Level as well as the $100 Level!!!

Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Stamps, Designer Paper, and Embossing Folders…..OH MY!!! I am loving it all!

At the $50 Level, you can get the All Adorned Stamp Set which has some fabulous images to create corners and more using the Stamparatus! There is also a Country Floral Embossing Folder and you all know how much I LOVE FLOWERS!!!!! (Yes, I slowly got louder and more excited as I said/typed that!) Eeeee I’m so excited!

At the $100 Level, there is a Stamp Set and Designer Paper Bundle called Painted Seasons! It;s fabulous for all year long with a pine cone, flowers, and greenery! One side of the designer paper has a fun seasonal look and the other side of each sheet is a more solid pattern! How amazing is that? LOVE IT!

Click here to see all of these items – Sale-A-Bration 2nd Release! Click here to start shopping and earning!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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: Basic Card Measurements!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I am sharing another one of Laura’s Quick Tips today!!! It is all about basic card measurements!!! I get asked this question a lot especially at my classes since I have already done all the cutting for everyone. These measurements are stuck in my head as I use them daily. Here and there I modify and go with something different just to mix it up but otherwise 98% of my cards use these measurements!

Laura's Quick Tips Basic Card Measurements, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For a basic card base, all you have to remember is to cut a piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ in half. It could be in half along the 11″ side, making the cut at 5-1/2″. This will create a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base. This style can open up like a calendar or to the side like a book. If you cut along the 8-1/2″ side at 4-1/4″, this creates a 4-1/4″ x 11″ card. This looks more like an easel card and again it can open up or to the side. In the photo above, I have the Grapefruit Grove card on the far left opening on the left side like a book.

When it comes to layers, I like to work with 1/4″ rather than 1/8″ mostly because I like a bit of a bigger gap to allow more color/pattern to show. Also, I am not a fan of 1/8″ as I tend to get confused and it isn’t as easy to read on my Stampin’ Trimmer! For the Gorgeous Grape card in the center, I went in a 1/4″ making the Whisper White piece 4″ x 5-1/4″. The Balmy Blue card on the far right is a 1/2″ in making it 3-3/4″ x 5″. This all depends on how much of the card base you want to show!

For additional layers on your card, I tend to go in increments that divide by 6″. This is done because Stampin’ Up’s designer paper, glimmer paper, foil paper, etc. is either 6″ x 6″ or 12″ x 12″. I don’t like to waste any of these gorgeous stuff so cutting pieces like 2″ x 4″ or 3″ square or 3″ x 4″ gives me a chance to use it all up with no waste. That is perfect to me!!!

I hope you found this helpful! Let me know in the comments if this was helpful! Also, let me know if you like to work with 1/4″ or 1/8″!

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


I Am A Beautiful Butterfly!!!

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Do you know what movie that is from??? I Am A Beautiful Butterfly…..if you guessed A Bug’s Life you are correct! I love that movie and the crazy little bugs. Butterflies are all I seem to want to play with right now! The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, Duet Butterfly Punch, Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper…..I want it all!!!

Today, I am honored to be a part of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!!! I created this amazing butterfly card and the other Blogging Friends used it as inspiration for their project. Be sure to check out all of their links below to get more fabulous ideas on how to use these products!

I Am A Beautiful Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card so fabulous with that POP of purple and those gorgeous butterflies??? I am love love loving it! Also, I always love playing with some back and white! The super cool thing about this card is that the butterflies were already colored for me so that was super easy!!

I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I took a piece of Highland Heather (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder. This makes such a fabulous background and gives the card a lot of texture. I added this piece to the card front! Then I took a strip of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper which is a Sale-A-Bration item and punched some banner tips using the Banner Triple Punch! The strip measures 1″ x 3-1/2″. This was added to the card front on the right side edge. For the greeting, I stamped it in Memento Black Ink from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. Then I punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch! This was then layered onto a Daffodil Delight 1-3/4 Circle. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for even more texture!

Now for those amazing butterflies that I didn’t have to color. Those were actually punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper! How cool is that??? No fussy cutting or coloring! The piece of paper has LOTS of butterflies with different color combinations to pick from. I went with these two so that I could keep with the purple theme. Another tip: the butterfly hiding behind the greeting isn’t even a full butterfly. I really loved the coloring on that one but it was at the edge of the paper so it wasn’t a complete butterfly. No need to fret, I just make it look like the butterfly was flying up from behind the greeting! It looks fabulous and you would never know! After all, we can’t waste designer paper! Am I right?

Click the blue box below to see a complete list of the other Blogging Friends in this Blog Hop and see their amazing creations!

Check out the supply list below so you can recreate this amazing card and earn the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper for FREE through Sale-A-Bration!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Sprinkled with Love!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Do you like sprinkles??? I love love love them. The little ones, the flat ones that are shaped into just about anything, and the colorful ones….they are all my favorite. I will take a cupcake or cookie with sprinkles any day!!! Of course, I had to create this Sprinkled With Love cupcake card with lots of sprinkles!!! 🙂 Thank you to Mary McCormick for the inspiration for this card!

Sprinkled with Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The card uses the Sale-A-Bration Hello Cupcake Stamp Set that you can earn for FREE with a $50 order!!!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and stamped some sprinkles across the middle of the card with Crumb Cake Ink. This gives a little bit of pattern to the card base! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and stamped the cupcake liner in Crumb Cake Ink. This needs to be fairly low on the cardstock to allow for enough space for the icing and a gap between then two for the greeting. The best way to get the spacing for the gap is to cut the cardstock for the greeting, lay it down on the cardstock and then bump it down a smidge. Using that as your guide, stamp the icing in Powder Pink Ink. I added some sprinkles, of course in Lovely Lipstick Ink as well as the little heart decoration.

Now for that greeting piece!!! I started with a 1″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Powder Pink cardstock. Then I stamped the greeting in Lovely Lipstick Ink in the center. Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched the banner tips on both ends. Just perfect!!! Layer the stamped cupcake piece onto a 3″ x 4″ piece of Lovely Lipstick and add it to the card front. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture, I added the greeting down the center. To finish it off, I added a few Enamel Shapes in  Lovely Lipstick from the Happiness Blooms Enamel Shapes! It’s just so fabulous!

Now if only I had a cupcake to enjoy! 🙂 I guess I will just have to enjoy this Free Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set instead. Fewer calories for sure! 😉 Click the supplies below to create this amazing card and start earning free Sale-A-Bration goodies!

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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A Part of My Story!!!

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Good Morning!!! Happy Monday!! If you know me even a little bit, you know I am a talker. I can talk all day and I have since I was a little girl. We always said if someone kidnapped me as a child, they would bring me back because I wouldn’t stop talking their ear off. I’m a very open person as well. I have no problem sharing the ins and outs of my life even if it’s hard to talk about. Life is hard but it doesn’t mean we don’t talk about it! I love this sentiment for this card because I feel like it fit perfectly for me. The moment someone enters my life in person or online, for a moment or for a longtime, they become part of my story!

A Part of My Story, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is the inside of the card actually. Lately I have been all about decorating the inside with a coordinating image or even putting the greeting on the inside and just a beautiful decoration on the outside. Do you like to decorate the inside of your card? Let me know in the comments below! Of course with this card being Night of Navy, I needed to put a piece on the inside to write on!

Lovely Lace, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used a lot of the Free Sale-A-Bration items for this card. The image on the front and flower on the inside are from the Lovely Lattice Stamp Set. The greeting is from the Part of My Story Stamp Set and the Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper is from the Foil Pack (Lovely Lipstick & Grapefruit Grove). We all love Free Stuff and look at this beautiful card created with it! Each of these items are at the $50 level!

I started with a Night of Navy card base. Next, I stamped the image in Night of Navy Ink onto a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. On the bottom portion, I added a piece of the Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper measuring 3-3/4″ x 3/4″. This foil paper is beyond amazing. It’s just so beautiful!!! Next, I took some Whisper White ribbon and tied it around the white piece over the foil. Then I added this to the card front. For the inside I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy and the flower in Lovely Lipstick Ink! Simple stamping and quick to assemble! This is another card that any greeting could be stamped on the inside because it is so versatile!

What greeting would you use?? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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!

Order the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set & Punch Bundle and Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper! Pick out another $4 in goodies like an ink pad, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, or cardstock and get the Ribbon for FREE with Sale-A-Bration!!! Click the supply list below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Fun on Friday!!!

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Happy Friday everyone! Who’s ready for the weekend??? My hand is up for sure! I love weekends relaxing a home with Brad and little Claire! She’s always doing something new and it’s so exciting to see. Plus baby snuggles are the best! Before we start the weekend though, I wanted to share a little Fun on Friday….after all it is Sale-A-Bration time!!

January Free Stamp Set of the Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget that the Free Stamp Set of the Month is the NEW Piece of Cake Stamp Set! Any orders of $75 or more in the month of January will earn this set. I also wanted to point out that if you order multiple times and it totals $75 by month end, that still counts! Of course with Sale-A-Bration, you will earn a Free item at $50 and $100 so there is free stuff all over the place! Click here to start earning!

Craft & Carry Tote, www.LaurasStampPad.com

With Sale-A-Bration, there are so many ways to earn goodies. As a customer, you can earn free product at every $50 spent. As a hostess, you can earn an additional $25 in Free Product when the party/order totals $250 or more. That is on top of the hostess goodies you already are earning. This can be a single order or gather some friends and combine the orders. I also do private classes where you and your friends gather for some fun stamping! Are you loving everything in the Occasions Mini Catalog and want to enjoy Sale-A-Bration to the fullest???? Join Stampin’ Up! and my Fabulous Friends Family now and get it all! When you join during Sale-A-Bration, you get to pick out $175 in any product you would like for just $99 plus tax. The shipping is free so there is a 10% savings already! Also, this year, you can add on this amazing Craft & Carry Tote to your kit and pay just $129!!! Woot Woot! I have to say this bag is amazing! I may be a bit of a bag lady but I would join again just for this bag. Click here to join in the fun with me and my stamping girls! Have some questions you would like answered first? Of course I would love to answer any and all of them so just reach out!

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

~Laura


Lovely Lasting Lily!!!

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!! We are in full swing of the Occasions Mini Catalog & Sale-A-Bration!!! Today, I’m sharing with you this lovely Lasting Lily card that I created!

Lovely Lasting Lily, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the soft look of this card and how easy it is! The greeting is perfect for thinking of you, sympathy, I’m sorry, and many other occasions!

I started with a Soft Sea Foam card base. Next, I took another piece of Soft Sea Foam measuring 5″ x 3-3/4″ and stamped the lilies from the Lasting Lily Stamp Set. This is one of the $100 level free sets you can earn through Sale-A-Bration. It has tons of greetings for both the inside and outside. The flowers and stems were all stamped in Mint Macaron Ink. Before adding this piece to the card front, I punched out a half circle on the right edge using the 3/4″ Circle Punch. This gives a little tab to secure some ribbon! I tied some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon around the cardstock and into a knot.

For the greeting, I used a piece of Whisper White measuring 1-1/2″ x 3″ and stamped the greeting from the Lasting Lily Stamp Set. Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched the banner tips. The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture!

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

For the inside of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped another lily in the corner and greeting up top! Do you like to decorate the inside of your cards? Let me know in the comments below! I didn’t use to but I have been wanting to a lot lately. #newyearnewcardstyle Just maybe! 🙂

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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