Technique Tuesday – Securing Chicken Wire to Your Card!!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fun technique!!! We are securing Chicken Wire to your card….well not real chicken wire! Instead Stampin’ Up has created this fun Chicken Wire Element that is super cute and easy to add to your project!

Securing Chicken Wire to Your Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving! I’m loving the colors and elements so much from the Country Lane Suite!

I started with an Old Olive card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the cotton floral image from the Country Home Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. I used the Stamparatus so I had even spacing side to side and the images didn’t overlap. Not having to stress about stamp placement is amazing! Using the Stampin’ Blends, I colored the flowers. For the white cotton, I used the White Watercolor Pencil. It worked perfectly! Next, I added this piece to the card front.

Harvest Blessings, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it in Pumpkin Pie from the Country Home Stamp Set. I made sure to stamp it on the right hand side so I had room for my ribbon and bow on the left. Next, I layered this onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. For the bow, I actually added a small piece of Braided  Linen Thread to the end, wrapping the ends to the back side and securing with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I took another piece to tie a bow and secure it on with a Mini Glue Dot. This faux bow look makes it look like it is wrapped around but yet the bow is not sideways! It’s perfect!

Before adding this on, I placed the Chicken Wire Element on the bottom of the Crumb Cake cardstock. I didn’t actually use adhesive on that piece but secured it with the Country Lane Designer Paper. Be sure to place the greeting piece off to the side as a guide for how low the designer paper needs to go so you aren’t covering up the designer paper or all of your stamped flowers. After securing the designer paper, I added the greeting on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals!!!

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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Comfort & Joy!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Comfort & Joy….those are 2 things we all need in our lives especially during the Holiday Season. Sometimes I feel like we get all into the hustle and bustle of it and then we don’t enjoy it. This year I wish you all the comfort and joy!!! Get a head start on your cards now and work on them just a little bit each night or each weekend. You will be done in no time and not feel stressed about it all!

Comfort and Joy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is really easy to create and with a few simple steps you can recreate it and have yours done in no time! I’ll list the steps to create this into batches so you can do one step each time you have a moment to create.

  1. Create Whisper White card bases measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and fold in half.
  2. Cut Dashing Along Designer Series Paper (or paper of your choice) into 4″ x 5-1/4″ rectangles. Add this to the front of the card bases.
  3. Cut Garden Green cardstock into 2″ x 5-1/4″ rectangles. Add this to the front of the card in the center.
  4. Cut 3 Whisper White pieces as follows: two 1-1/2″ squares and one 2″ x 1-1/2″ rectangle.
  5. On the rectangle, stamp the greeting from the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set in Garden Green Ink.
  6. One the squares, stamp the poinsettia flower from the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set in Real Red Ink.
  7. Add these to the card front by adding the squares on either side flush with the edge. Then place the greeting in the middle. This works best for spacing.
  8. Finish off the card with some bling in the centers. I used the Frost & Clear Epoxy Droplets. Before placing them on the card front, I added the yellow with a Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Blends Marker!

Colored Epoxy Droplets, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In 8 simple steps, you can have lots of these cards created. I have listed the supplies below so you can get started! The Dashing Along Designer Paper is FREE this month only for orders (or parties) of $250 or more. See if your friends need to order some goodies and combine them together to earn this for FREE or stock on some basics for another project.

Spread comfort and joy this season!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Pitcher of Flowers!!!

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While I love a vase of flowers, it’s always fun to mix up the container every now and again. This gorgeous pitcher of flowers is just stunning!!!

Pitcher of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The flowers so all the work for this simple card. While coloring takes a little bit of time, this card is super simple otherwise. You could always stamp a few of these and color a few evenings while watching TV and then assemble them all one of the evenings. I used basic colors for the base so that the flowers could be just about any color. This makes it easy to mix it up!

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I added a layer of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (2″ x 5-1/2″). For the focal point, I stamped the pitcher and flowers in Memento Black Ink and colors using the Stampin’ Blends! I am soooooo proud of myself for how this turned out. Stampin’ Blends really make you feel like an artist! Trust me, I am not an artist at all. That little swatch for the shadow is just that…..a little swatch…but it looks amazing!  I used Light Crumb Cake for the shadow. The other colors I used were Dark Pool Party and Light Bermuda Bay for the pitcher. The cattails were done in Bronze. I used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive for the greenery and artichoke. Isn’t that what that is??? Let me know in the comments below if it’s not! Daffodil Delight was used for the little beady things.

Creating a Shadow with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For a little more fun, I used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners before adding it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The little greeting on the bottom was stamped with the Country Home Stamp Set too! I stamped it onto Bermuda Bay and then punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. After adhering it on the card, I trimmed off the right hand edge.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are a few of the samples from those in my classes. I just love the different color combinations everyone used! Which one is your favorite?

Click the supplies below so you can color this fabulous pitcher with flowers!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Birthday Month Has Begun!!!

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Happy Wednesday! Happy August 1st!!! That means that my Birthday Month has begun and it’s time to celebrate!!! I love celebrating all month long! Stampin’ Up must have known because they have released a NEW bundle for this month only!!!

My Birthday Month Has Begun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card makes me sooooo happy. I love the greeting but more importantly those amazing flowers. I’m telling you, I’m not an artist or good at coloring but Stampin’ Blends prove me wrong. Coloring with those make you feel like a rockstar!!

I started this card with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. I went with this dimension because I wasn’t sure which way I wanted to have my card. With a smaller greeting from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set, the card could go vertical. With this amazing longer greeting, it needed to go horizontal. Also, you can save on ribbon when you go around the 4-1/4″ side of a card verses the 5-1/2″ side.

Next, I layered on a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then for the focal point, I cut a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″). I stamped the flowers and greeting from the NEW Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. I couldn’t wait to try out the new colors of Stampin’ Blends – Lovely Lipstick and Granny Apple Green. They are amazing and beautiful. I color with the darker marker first in the centers and along the lines of the stamped image. Then I go back in with the lighter marker and color all over in a circular motion. Making sure to go over the dark color as well to really blend the colors together. I used the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends for the centers.

Coloring Flowers with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After coloring, I added this piece to the card front and tied some Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon along the left side. I really struggled with what color of ribbon to go with – Black, Lovely Lipstick, White, Silver?? Let me know if you think I picked a good one or if you would have went with something different!

If you would like to see more on this New Blended Seasons Bundle, check out this Video from yesterday! If you would like to purchase the items for this project, click the photos below. This stamp set is only available this month!!!

Happy Stampin’
~Laura

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Coloring with the Accented Blooms Stamps!!!

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Today, I’m coloring with the Accented Blooms Stamps! This set is so much fun because I love the flowers and how the greeting fits right in. You can also use the greetings alone for another project. This set coordinates with the Tailored Tag Punch!

Coloring with the Accented Blooms Stamps, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I stamped the leaves along the edges in Old Olive Ink. Be sure to go close to the edge so that your focal point doesn’t cover up the leaves when you go to add that on. Then I stamped the floral image in Memento Black Ink and colored it with Stampin’ Blends Markers. I’m so excited to have even more colors of Blends in this New Catalog! 🙂

Once the flowers were all colored, I stamped the greeting in the middle. If you are afraid that you might mess that part up, you can always stamp it first. I know I did mine after the fact because I couldn’t decide which color to use! My husband said go with Bermuda Bay. Another great way to get that image perfectly lined up is to use the Stamparatus! That tool is amazing and works perfectly every time! I added this layer to Old Olive cardstock. Then to attach it to the card front, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals. On the right side, I added a loop of Burlap Ribbon. To attach it, I simply placed the loop down and added Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top. It stayed nice and secure!

What colors would you use for the flowers?? Let me know in the comments below! Want to recreate this card? Click the items used in the photos below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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NEW Colors of Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I am so excited that the NEW Colors of Stampin’ Blends are now available!!! There are tons of colors to pick from now and it’s just heavenly!

NEW Colors of Stampin' Blends, www.laurasstamppad.com

I really love the Stampin’ Blends. They make me feel like an artist which I totally am not. Shading, shadows, and blending make me have a blank look on my face thinking I have no clue. With the Stampin’ Blends and Stampin Up’s amazing stamp designs, it’s so easy. I usually follow the lines of the image with the dark marker and then color in circles all over with the light marker. AMAZING! It’s that simple! Now of course, if you know all about shadows and shading, go for it! You are a rockstar! Either way these markers are perfect for everyone!

Now with even more colors…..like PINK….you can color and enjoy so much more! I’m most excited about Flirty Flamingo and Lovely Lipstick as well as Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green! You all know I love pink so I’m excited about those but also for a brighter/darker pink since before it was just a super light one. More shades of greens are fun for flower bouquets too! You can purchase the Stampin’ Blends individually (light and dark) or in a Combo Pack.

Let me know what color you are most excited about! Click here to start shopping Stampin’ Blends!

Happy Blendin’

~Laura


Stuffed Animal Sweetness!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today, I’m sharing this adorable card that is fulled with stuffed animal sweetness. Aren’t these little things just precious?!?!?

Stuffed Animal Sweetness, www.LaurasStampPad.com

While this card did require some coloring, it was a fairly quick and simple card to make multiples of! Probably out of the 3 different baby Thank You notes, this one was the easiest. You can check out the others here and here!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Powder Pink patterned paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring) measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. For the focal point, I stamped the stuffed animals from the Baby Moon Stamp Set (retiring) in Memento Black Ink. Using the Stampin’ Blends, I colored the little ones in. I didn’t really do any special blending, just colored and had fun. I did use both the light and dark marker on the bear for his face. Then I stamped the greeting below the animals from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set (retiring). Finally, I layered this piece onto a piece of Powder Pink and added it to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. You know I need a little texture on my card and I just love Stampin’ Dimensionals. 🙂

Moon Baby, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since I made a lot of these, I needed lots of the designer paper. The Fresh Florals pack is perfect because there are lots of sheets in each of the In Colors so I just picked out all of the Powder Pink sheets and used the different designs. Which one do you like best – more Powder Pink with the fan pattern or more Whisper White with the floral pattern? Let me know in the comments below!

Baby Thank You Notes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Many of the items I used for this card are retiring at the end of the month. Don’t wait too long or they will be sold out. Some of the retiring items are even on sale up to 50% off! Woot Woot! Click here to check out all of the items and shop!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Hope!!!

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This week seems to be flying by kind of…..anyone else out there think so? I always feel like some weeks fly by and others so go slow when really they are all the same. I find that super crazy! If your week is going slow…..this Hope card will give you the strength to power through to the weekend! 🙂

Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card could be created in many different colors. I know that different ribbon colors stand for different types of cancer and diseases. Also, the fun floral pattern can be colored any way you wish for any type of thinking of you card! I love it!

I started with a Pink Pirouette card base. Next, I die cut out the letters in Rich Razzleberry from the Large Letter Framelits. Rather than using an “O”, I used the ribbon from the Support Ribbon Framelits Dies. I die cut out 3 ribbons in Bermuda  Bay and then stamped the floral image from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set onto Whisper White. I stamped the ribbon in Memento Ink and colored it with Stampin’ Blends. Most of the images were so small that I didn’t blend much but just colored light and dark in spots.

Ribbon of Hope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now it is time to assemble it all. First, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the background. After placing the letters and ribbon on it, I realized it looked too plain. Using the flower from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, I stamped it all over the background. When I did this in class, one of the ladies used Pink Pirouette for the little flowers rather than Rich Razzleberry like me. I think I liked her’s better because it filled in but was more subtle.

Layered Ribbon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the letters and layers of the ribbon. The extra layers really made the ribbon pop and I loved that look and texture! The hardest part of this card is just the spacing and making sure the letters all fit. I find it best to place them down and then pick up one at a time to glue down.

What color(s) of ribbon would you use for your card? Let me know in the comments below! Also, to purchase any of these items used for this card, just click the photos below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My 14th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up!!!

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Today is my 14th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up and I just can’t believe it!!! That is a long time and I have loved every minute of it. In fact, I almost feel like it just keeps getting better and better! The more people I meet, the more lives I touch, and the more fun I have makes it so much fun and fulfilling! In honor of my 14th Anniversary, I’m sharing my 14 Favorite Stampin’ Up Products right now!

My 14th Anniversary with Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These are my 14 Favorites right now! Of course you can check out my past anniversary favorites here and here! I try not to pick the same items each year but there is some similarity because I love brights and flowers! 🙂

Beautiful Day Stamp Set – I am loving the big bold butterfly and flower for coloring and the full focal point on your card. These images are large and make the perfect focal point and all you need! Here and here are some samples using this!

Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set – I send lots of birthday cards and this set is super fun! I love how you can build candles and so much more. Also, that bow is super fun. Candles are great for all ages too! Love it!!! Here and here are some samples using it!

Berry Burst – This is my favorite color right now. I just love the deep pink and all the colors that coordinate so well with it!

Crinkle Seam Binding – This is a ribbon that I am so surprised I love because I hated normal seam binding in the past. I love the hint of shine and that texture of the crinkle. Also, this seam binding doesn’t fray as much as the old seam binding did. Here and here are some samples of me using this!

Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon – I just love bling and this white ribbon is perfect for any project. Add color with Stampin’ Blends or re-inker and you have any color! AMAZING!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper – I love black and white designer paper and flowers! You can color this paper with Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Blends, or leave black and white! This paper is fabulous! Here and here are some samples using it!

Myths & Magical Designer Series Paper – I have super fallen in love with this paper because its super fabulous! Use it as a background or fussy cut out the little mermaids or unicorns for a focal point. Also, one side of each sheet has a glitter bit on it! Here and here are some samples using this paper!

Stampin’ Blends – I’m not a huge fan of coloring and I don’t really consider myself an artist but these markers make it fun and easy! I love the beautiful color, no streaks, and blending ability! Have no fear as they will be back in stock soon! 🙂 Here and here are some samples using Stampin’ Blends!

Layering Ovals, Layering Circles, & Stitched Shapes (3) – I find that I use one or multiples of these for almost each project. Layering a Stitched Circle with a Scallop Circle is just amazing! I can’t put these down. Scroll through my blog and you will see I use this ALL THE TIME!!!

Everyday Label Punch – While I love framelits, I still find punches so handy because punch punch punch and you are golden. It is so much faster than a crank through the Big Shot. This one is perfect for greetings and punch a second one, cut it in half, and layer with it. LOVE IT! Check that out here!

Perennial Birthday Card Kit – This kit is so fabulous because the box is adorable. It comes with 16 all occasion cards inside and the amazing birthday calendar dividers. This kit is perfect to give as a gift too! Click here to see it all!

Stamparatus – This thing is a miracle tool for multi-step stamping. It makes it such a breeze. I have also been using this for when I stamp on a plastic table at different events. Plastic tables have give in them and so sometimes you don’t get a nice solid image because of this. Using the Stamparatus is perfect because it’s so hard and solid. Perfect! Also, have you ever stamped in black but the image didn’t come out perfect and solid? Using the Stamparatus makes it easy to stamp it, ink it again and stamp it for a more solid smooth look! If you didn’t get this in a pre-order, don’t worry. It is coming June 1st!!!!

Those are my 14 favorites right now! Are any of them your favorites as well?? Let me know in the comments below if we share some favorites or what some of yours are. I would love to hear from you! Check out all of this in my Video by clicking here or the video below! There is also a Bump Shot in the video of little Ziggy! Enjoy! 🙂 Be sure to give the video a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future videos and Ziggy when she arrives!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Basket Full of Flowers!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Hopefully this Basket Full of Flowers will help brighten your day and help you push through the week!!! It sure does help mine because you all know how much I love flowers! 🙂

Basket Full of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is such a classic because I went with neutral colors of Crumb Cake and Old Olive so that the flowers in the basket can really be any color you wish! What color would you make the flowers? All one color? A variety of colors? Pink? Blue? Yellow? Orange? Let me know in the comments below!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder. This item as well as the stamped basket (Blossoming Basket Stamp Set) were one of the free Sale-A-Bration items last month. Have no fear if you weren’t able to get the Basket Weave Embossing Folder, it will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog coming out on June 1st! 🙂

Next, I tied some Old Olive Sheer Ribbon around the bottom and into a bow. Then I added this to the card front. For the flower basket, I stamped it from the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Using the Stampin’ Blends Markers, I colored in the basket and flowers. I went with Crumb Cake for the basket, Old Olive for the leaves, and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers. For the leaves, I did a few with the dark marker and a few with the light. For the basket, I did each little line on the handle with the dark and then colored over it all and filled in with the light marker. On the bottom basket part, I colored the top weave in with the dark Crumb Cake Marker and the rest with the Light. This is how I got that variation of color for it all.

Blossoming Basket, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love how Stampin’ Blends really make me feel like an artist when I totally am not a coloring artist whatsoever. After coloring, I added this piece to a layer of Old Olive and then added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I like to use Stampin’ Dimensionals when adding layers to a embossed layer because the foam falls into the grooves of the cardstock and hold tight as well as looks smooth! Plus you all know how much I LOVE Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below what colors you would use for your basket of flowers!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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