Technique Tuesday – Wooden Crate of Chocolate!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share and this one is a wooden crate of chocolate!!! YUM!

Wooden Crate of Chocolate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these adorable and super real looking with that Wood Textures Designer Series Paper???

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper comes in a 6″ x 6″ Stack and both sides of the paper are the same pattern. This is perfect so that the inside of  your box looks the same. I love that! I die cut out 2 of the box dies from the Wood Crate Framelits to create the box. This requires 2 sheets of  the Designer Paper but don’t worry we will be using the leftovers. 🙂 Using some of those leftover pieces, I die cut out the little tag for the treat bag.

Now for assembling the box, I scored on all of the lines and added Tear and Tape to the side and bottom tabs. I prefer Tear and Tape for this because you can apply it to the box in advance. Then reveal it as you need it without having sticky tabs in your way! Another tip for assembling the box is to press it flat to the tab rather that doing it in the air. This will make for a more square/even box and it won’t be off set.

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For the decorations, I stamped the star from the Wood Words Stamp Set in Night of Navy and Real Red. Using the Wood Crate Framelit, I die cut them out and placed them on either side with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. (Bundle & Save 10%) I wanted to make sure the sticky wasn’t peaking through the slats. Now for the chocolate, I placed it into a 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied it up with some Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon. Next, I stamped the greeting onto the little tag and tied it around with Linen Thread. All of this rustic look is just precious!

Lindors in a Crate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As you can see, 2 of the Lindor Truffle Chocolates fit perfectly on the bottom of the box. These could be sitting on a table for guests to enjoy or wrapped with as a little treat!

Stay tuned to see how I use the leftover pieces to create a flat crate on a card. I’ll be posting that on Thursday!!!

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


Rainbow Hot Air Balloon in the Clouds!!!

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I think this card is perfect for a child……or the child in all of us!!! The Rainbow Hot Air Balloon in the Clouds is so bright and colorful it will lift anyone’s spirits and make them smile!

Rainbow Hot Air Balloon in the Clouds, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next I took a piece of Pool Party cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and added the clouds with Embossing Paste. This stuff is super fun and easy to use. Simply place the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks down and using the Palette Knives smear the paste over the top. I set this aside to dry while I created the hot air balloons. Don’t worry, it dries really quickly so be sure to clean off  the mask before moving on!

Hot Air Balloons, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the big balloon, I die cut out the pieces using the Up & Away Framelits. The colors used were Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, and Real Red. Next, I assembled the pieces together by pouncing some Multi-Purpose Glue on the back with a sponge and placing the pieces down. The small balloon was stamped in Emerald Envy using the Lift Me Up Stamp Set!

Now the clouds should be all dry and ready to assemble. I added the clouds to the card base and then added the balloons with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little more texture and 3D look! For the inside of the card, I added a little greeting from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set!

Cloud Nine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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


Technique Tuesday – How to Use Embossing Paste!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I have a fabulous technique to today that is so much fun! I’m going to show you how to use Embossing Paste for your cards!!! This stuff is magical, dries quick, and gives amazing texture!

Use Embossing Paste, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at that cool brick background?!?! I wish you could touch it as well because it feels super cool as well! Now let’s get started!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I took a piece of Berry Burst cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and placed it on a piece of Grid Paper. When using the masks, it gets a little messy so I wanted to keep my work space clean! Next, I placed the brick template from the Party Pattern Decorative Masks Pack over the top. I held all of mine but if I was making multiples I would probably add a bit of tape to the top and bottom to secure it in place. Then I got out the Embossing Paste and Palette Knives. Be sure to have all of your supplies ready to go before opening up the paste and getting started. This stuff dries fast so you don’t want to leave it open long or do part of it and need to go get something in the middle of it. It’s not an instant dry but it does dry quickly. As for the tools, I don’t think I have found a favorite just yet. They all work about the same so it’s personal preference.

Just scoop some paste and smear it over the mask like buttering toast. I think this is super fun. There are different patterns you can achieve by covering it all or just swiping diagonal across, or doing just the  edge/bottom. Once you are done, pull the mask off and allow it to dry while cleaning off the mask. A simple soap and water will clean the masks off!

Wonderful Things, www.LaurasStampPad.com

By the time I was back from cleaning off the mask, it was dry. If your’s isn’t, just work on the rest of the card while is dries. For the focal point, I stamped the daisy from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Crushed Curry Ink onto Crushed Curry cardstock. Next, I punched  it out with the Daisy Punch! I created two of these and adhered them together off set to look like a nice full flower. For the greeting, I die cut an oval with the Stitched Shapes Framelits! The greeting was stamped from the Just Add Text Stamp Set in Berry Burst Ink. I added both the greeting and flower to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I wanted to make sure the adhesive stuck well on top of the brick texture. Dimensionals have give so they fall into the grooves for a secure hold. I used regular Snail Adhesive to adhere the brick piece to the card front. If it seems to have curled a lot when it was drying, a stronger adhesive like Tear And Tape or Fast Fuse might be a great option!

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

Bonus Days, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget Bonus Days the entire month of July!!! Every $50 spent, earns you $5 to spend in August!!! I also have extended the DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers through Wednesday when you use the Hostess Code: CZHRWZ4H! Click here to start shopping!


Organizing with the Love Today Project Planner!!!

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The Love Today Project Planner Kit is so beautiful and perfect for anyone who likes to plan and organize their days/weeks/months/year!!! The Navy, Gold, and Roses are just stunning! Check it out!!!

Love Today Project Planner, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the album with the 3 stacks of Post-It’s that match! The front cover is very hard and sturdy with gold corners! The inside has each of the months with daily/weekly inserts to plan everyone out perfectly! Here you can see there is a plastic divider that can be placed in the current week so you can flip to it quickly!

Pocket Pages, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These 2 pocket pages are perfect for dropping in notes, receipts, photos, or other fun things! Since the planner is a ring binder, these can be moved to any location in the book!

Monthly Planner Pages, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the pages for each month! The first page has the tab with the month on it. This page is rather thick and glossy and has a fabulous pattern on each one. Each month is different! I love them all! The next page has little boxes with grids, lines, and more for you to jot down notes, drawings, ideas, or goals for the month!

Next is the full month calendar. These calendars don’t have the numbers on there so they can be used for any year. You could start in August and go through to next year! I love that! After the full 2 page calendar, there is a double page spread for each of the weeks in the month! This has a spot for each day including the weekend to put appointments, meal planning, and any other notes!! The final page of the month is the lined page. This is perfect for notes on how the month went or extra spot for a to-do list or goals!

Decoration Pages, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is a photo of the cover! I promise it is Navy even though that photo makes it look brighter blue. Also, there are decorations for the planner! There are 4 of these pocket pages that can be used for decoration, ticket stubs, photos or anything you wish! There are also lots of sheets of stickers including those amazing gold foil ones. I love it!!!

This planner is so pretty and useful! Also, the best part is there are Refill Packs for the planner so you can use it for more than one year! 🙂

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


Technique Tuesday – 2-Step Tranquil Tulips!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know that means I have a fabulous technique to share with you! Today, I am playing with the 2-Step Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set! Aren’t these flowers amazing?!?!?!

Tranquil Tulips Hostess Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these flowers so amazing and real looking?? The best part is I got this stamp set for FREE with Hostess Benefits! The other best part is they are super simple to 2-step stamp. There is no remembering to stamp off or lining up every side and curve. It’s amazing!!!

I started with a Pool Party card base (11″ x 4-1/4″). Then I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 3-1/4″) to stamp the tulips on. I used the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set with Berry Burst Ink and Old Olive Ink. Starting with the stems, I stamped those around the middle of my paper so that my tulips weren’t falling off the top. Next, I stamped the leaves. Then it was time for the tulips and I did the large solid image first. Next I did the more detailed smaller image right on top.

Both of these images are in full strength ink so no worries on remembering to stamp off. Since the second image is smaller, all you have to look for when stamping it is that it is close to the bottom of the solid stamped image. If it’s not, that’s okay too! The variation in color on these stamps is the texture in the stamp. How cool is that?!?! So don’t worry that your image isn’t coming out smooth or dark and solid, it’s suppose to look like this. There are 2 different sizes of flowers to play with! I love it! There are also little dot images for the center of the flower. I stamped those in Basic Gray Ink for a softer look than black.

Now that I am done with the focal point, I added it to the card base on the left side. Next I tied some Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon around the card, right over the edge of the cardstock. For the greeting, I used the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Label Punch. (Bundle & Save 10%) First, I stamped the decorative edge in Pool Party Ink and then the greeting in Berry Burst Ink. Next, I punched it out and added to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals! 🙂

I love this set so much because there are 22 images in there for just $10 in Hostess Dollars which is earned with a $150 order or party! It’s fabulous!!! Also, the ease of not having to remember to stamp off is super amazing!! Don’t forget about Bonus Bucks this month for every $50 you spend too!!! It’s a great time to order and have a party (in home, virtual, or catalog).

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


Technique Tuesday-Golden Happy Birthday!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Happy 4th of July!!! Today I have a fabulous technique to share with you. This golden happy birthday with roses all over is just stunning! You know how I love bling with flowers and pink!!! Amazing!

Golden Happy Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning with that glimmer wording?? I love it! It was fairly simple to create as well!!

I started with a Sweet Sugarplum card base. Next I layered on a piece of Berry Burst (4″ x 5-1/4″) with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since this card didn’t have a lot of dimension, I thought I would pop up a layer! Also, Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum look amazing together! Finally for the top layer, I used a piece of Whisper White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. The first step is to die cut the greeting in Gold Glimmer Paper with the Happy Birthday Framelit. I added the greeting to the card with a Sponge and Multi Purpose Liquid Glue but the Fine Tip Glue Pen works too!

Now for the beautiful roses, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%)! For the bigger rose, I used Sweet Sugarplum Ink and stamped off once for the solid image. I used full strength ink for the outline image. For the smaller rose, I used Berry Burst and the same technique! Be sure to fall off the cardstock and stamp all around so it looks like the pattern is continuous. I used Old Olive Ink for the leaves. The mini leaves, I stamped twice before going back to the ink to get that variation in color. Once I was done with the flowers, I added this to the card base!

Birthday Roses All Over, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So I thought I would share with you the first card I made which I stamped all over the background first. Then I placed the greeting on top and it just didn’t POP like I wanted. I tried again by adding the greeting first and stamping around the greeting and it worked out so much better! Just thought I would share my boo boo card as well so you could see it doesn’t always come out right the first time but we keep on trying! 🙂

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


Cheerful Cherry Blossoms on a Tree!!!

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This cheerful cherry blossoms on a tree card is just stunning. You all know I love flowers and the new In Color Berry Burst! Add some bling with this Glitter Enamel Shapes and I’m in heaven!!! 🙂

Cheerful Cherry Blossoms Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started this card with a Berry Burst card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper. I’m loving the designs of this paper stack so very much! Then I stamped the dots from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set just for some added color.

For the cherry blossom branch, I stamped and die cut it all using the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Framelits (Bundle  & Save 10%)! The branch was done in Soft Suede and the flowers use Pink Pirouette and Berry Burst. There are a lot of different styles of flowers in this bundle. I adhered them all together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the bigger flowers. I just loving having texture and dimension on my cards!

For the greeting, I used a scrap piece of Whisper White 1/2″ x 4″ and stamped it from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. This is a great way to use up scraps. Go with whatever size you have available. It could be wider or shorter, as long as it fits the greeting. I snipped some banner tips into the ends by cutting a straight line in the middle and then cutting diagonally from the corner to that straight line. Next, I took a Delicate White Doily and cut 1/3 of it and adhered it to the back of the greeting. When I can get 3 cards from 1 doily, I’m super excited!!! 🙂 Finally, I added the greeting to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots randomly around the card. That extra texture and little bit of bling is perfect!!!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! It’s great to know what all of the pieces of each flower are for! 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


Technique Tuesday – Creating a Drop Shadow Greeting!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know that means I have a fabulous technique for you today and that is creating a drop shadow greeting!!! There are so many color combinations that you could do for this card. I love it!!!

Creating a Drop Shadow Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a perfect Man Card and we all know I struggle with those since I love PINK! I am also loving this Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist color combination too! Perfect!!!

I started with a Lemon Lime Twist card base. Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 4-1/4″ to use for the greeting. Using the Happy Birthday Framelit, I die cut the greeting in Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist. For adhering them onto the Whisper White, there is always the Fine Tip Glue Pen! If you find that hard to use, try out this technique. I use a Silicone Craft Mat, Sponge, and Multi Purpose Liquid Glue. Just pounce in the glue a bit and then all over the die cut image. This gives the perfect amount and nice even coverage. First, I laid down the Lemon Lime Twist greeting. Second, I added the Night of Navy greeting just a smidge down and over from the other one. This gives that drop shadow look! Be sure your greeting is up high on the cardstock so that the rest of the design doesn’t cover it.

Layered Birthday, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now to assemble the card! I took a piece of Night of Navy (2″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder. Next, I adhered this to the lower portion of the white piece, making sure it was the correct size for my card front. Then I placed a strip of Finely Woven Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist across the cardstock where they meet together. I added this piece to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals! For the mini greeting, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). I punched the greeting out with the Classic Label Punch and added it to the card with Mini Stampin Dimensionals! I just love it!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! It’s great to know what all of the pieces of each flower are for! 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


2017-2019 In Color Bookmarks!!!

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I have had a lot of requests to do a video on my 2017-2019 In Color Bookmarks after showing them in the Up Close & Personal video that I did. I love hearing from you on what you would like to see so here you go!!!

2017-2019 In Color Bookmarks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these just beautiful? I made 50 of them for each Annual Catalog release and they go out with the first 50 catalogs. I love spoiling my stampers! 🙂

These are super easy to make especially when making them in bulk because assembly line it. First, I created my template in Word with all of the names of the 2017-2019 In Colors as well as a little Stampin’ Up logo and contact information. I was able to get 5 bookmarks per sheet. You can download that template here – In Color Bookmarks 2017! I left it in a Word Document so that you can change it up for your favorite colors or last years In Colors or even next years. Next I printed them out and cut them apart (2-1/4″ 7″). Then I stamped the flower from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set in each color. I used the New 2017-2019 In Colors for my flowers! Again, I did this in an assembly line and stamped all of one color on each of them and then moved to the next color.

Now that the insert is all complete, I slide it into the Bookmark Sleeve. I picked these up on Amazon. You can check them out here! Sometimes they can be a little sticky when sliding it in the first time as the sleeves are static cling a bit. This is another reason I cut my bookmarks to be a bit smaller than the sleeve so they slide in well. Finally, I added some ribbon to the top loop. I used the Finely Woven Ribbon which comes in each of the In Colors. I used about 5-6″ of  ribbon, folded it in half and pushed that fold through the hole from front to back. Then I pulled the ends through that loop that was created and pull tight. This gives that nice little ribbon accent without tying a knot or using adhesive.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and subscribe if you are new. Also, let me know in the comments below if there is something you would like to do on the next Video – a product up close and personal, a technique, answer stamping questions, stamping tips, etc! I would love to hear from you!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday-Layering the Eastern Palace Suite!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! Today’s technique is all about laying the Eastern Palace Suite!!! I used the Eastern Medallion Framelits, Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, and Gold Vinyl Stickers for this amazing card! Isn’t it beautiful?!?!

Layering Eastern Palace Suite, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The layers and details of this card just give such a WOW factor. I know this isn’t a card I would make every day for every occasion. It’s always fun to go above and beyond for that one special card sometimes. Let’s get started!

I started with a Tranquil Tide card base and layered on a piece of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of Very Vanilla (3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″) and die cut out the circle in the upper left corner. I used the small circle and the next layer up circle from the Eastern Medallion Framelits. There are lots of different cut out creations you can make. Then I stamped the circle from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) in Fresh Fig Ink. Now it’s time to put on the Gold Vinyl Sticker. The sticker will fall off on the left side and maybe the top depending on where the die cuts were placed. It’s important to do these layers in this order because otherwise this happens…..

A Note for You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Notice how the stamped circle is messy and missing a portion on the left hand side, that’s because I stamped after the sticker. The circle fits like just perfectly or doesn’t fit just perfectly so stamping afterwards is not a good deal. Some of the stamped image went onto the sticker and then just smeared off. By stamping first, it is underneath the sticker and peaks through perfectly no matter what! I stamped the greeting from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set after adding the sticker so I knew it would be placed at the edge of the image!

Now it is time to assemble! I layered the stamped vanilla piece onto a piece of Tranquil Tide (3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″) flush with the upper left corner with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The dimensionals give that nice little peekaboo for the die cut potion. Next, I layered this onto the card base, again placing it flush with the upper left corner. To finish off the card, I tied some Vanilla Baker’s Twine around the card and added 2 of the Mini Tassels.

Gold Vinyl Inside, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since I didn’t want to waste that little piece of Gold Vinyl Sticker that I trimmed off. I placed it on the inside of the card for a little decoration piece! I love it!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new! I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday! Also, check out more samples using the Eastern Palace Bundle here, here, and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura