Laura’s Quick Tip: Punch It!!!

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Did you know that the gray, nude, and white images in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog actually mean something??? The stamp images that have a nude looking outline behind them mean that there is a coordinating Punch that matches that image. If it is gray or white behind the image, there is a coordinating die cut. Super fabulous, right! Did you know that there are tons of images that can be punched or die cut even though they don’t have that little labeling?? That what today’s Laura’s Quick Tip is all about. There are so many images that you can punch!!!

Laura's Quick Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Check out this super cute card that used lots of punches for various images! There are so many fun ways to use your punches for different images for a super cool look!

I started with a So Saffron card base. Next, I took a piece of Pool Party measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through the Mosaic Embossing Folder. Then I added it to the card front. For the decorations, I stamped the little flower in So Saffron and the mosaic flower in Terracotta Tile. Using the 1/2″ Circle Punch and 3/4″ Circle Punch, I punched them out and added them to the card. Some of them I used Stampin’ Dimensionals and others I glued on flat. This gives more texture and dimension to the card!

Layered Punches, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it in Pool Party. All of these images are from the Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set. Using the Timeless Label Punch, I punched it out of Whisper White. Then I layered a piece of Terracotta Tile that was punched out with the Everyday Label Punch. Those layer so well together! Using the Silver Metallic Thread to make some loops, I added those to the back of the greeting and added it to the card front. I finished it off with a Flower Faceted Gem!

Mosaic Card Insert, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I stamped a few of the same images on the corners to really pull it all together! It’s perfect! I hope you enjoyed this Laura’s Quick Tip and have fun with your punches! Remember you can punch it with any image!

If you would like to see this all in action and how it looks in the catalog, 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

Product List
Memorable Mosaic Bundle
$36.00
Everyday Label Punch
$18.00
1/2" (1.3 Cm) Circle Punch
$6.00
Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Flower Faceted Gems
$8.00
Silver Metallic Thread
$3.50

Technique Tuesday: Masking Technique!!

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Happy Tuesday!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today and that is the Masking Technique! Super easy to do but really gives a fabulous scenery look to your project which is major WOW factor.

Technique Tuesday: Masking Technique, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Doesn’t that Hot Air Balloon look like it is floating in the clouds? Isn’t it super fabulous? Let’s get started on how I did this masking technique!

I started with a Terracotta Tile card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Pretty Peacock (4″ x 5-1/4″). Then I stamped the greeting from the Above the Clouds Stamp Set along the left hand side on Very Vanilla (3-3/4″ x 5″). I did this part with one of the bigger greetings and it looked too wordy. A few stampers at class actually stamped the bigger greeting just once in the upper left corner. There are lots of different options for the greeting! After stamping the greeting, I layered on a piece of the Woven Threads Designer Paper (2″ x 3-3/4″) across the lower half.

Now for that fabulous focal point and masking technique! First, I die cut the circle and scallop circle with the Layering Circle Framelits. On the Very Vanilla circle, I stamped the large hot air balloon from the Above the Clouds Stamp Set. I stamped the outline in full strength Terracotta Tile and then the solid background in the same ink but stamped off once. The balloon looks so lonely so it needs some clouds. Using the Hot Air Balloon Punch, I punched out a scrap balloon and placed it over the stamped one. Then I inked up the clouds in Pretty Peacock and stamped off once and then right over the top of the balloon. This gives that fabulous cloud look without it stamping over the balloon. Once I finished stamping, I added this to the scallop circle and then to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Hot Air Balloon, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I stamped another balloons and a few clouds. Oh yeah….the basket of the balloon was stamped in Early Espresso! What color combination would you use for your Hot Air Balloon card and this masking technique!

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

Product List
Above The Clouds Bundle
$36.00
Woven Threads Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00

Noble Peacock Designer Paper!!!

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I finally got my hands on the fabulous Noble Peacock Designer Paper and boy am I excited!!! This paper is stunning and there is no debating which side to use. It is all single sided!

Noble Peacock Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This paper is just stunning with it’s bright colors in Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Pretty Peacock. It is single sided and there are 4 each of the 3 designs in the pack. That makes a total of 12 sheets of the 12″ x 12″ Paper.

There is also a coordinating Noble Peacock Foil Paper Pack with sold foil sheets of Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive and Pretty Peacock! Eeee It’s super exciting and fun! Does anyone else see a man’s silk tie in that sheet on the far left?? I totally do and think it would make a great masculine card. I can’t wait to start playing with this paper!

Don’t forget to check out some of the other Paper Reveals here, here, and here!

If you would like to see each sheet of this paper 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


Coloring Like An Artist!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! It is Tuesday. I feel like I need a giant neon sign telling me the day of the week as I am soooo off after last week. Tuesday means I have a fabulous technique to share with you! Woot Woot! I totally don’t feel like an artist but today I’m going to show you how easy it is to do! This card makes coloring like an artist possible and easy!!!

Coloring Like An Artist, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this card just stunning?!?! I can’t believe I DID IT! Like that was colored and created by me. It still amazes me. I just love how Stampin’ Blends make me feel….like an artist!

I started with a Pool Party card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″. After folding it in half for my card, I cut off 2″ from the bottom. This allows a little peekaboo to see the inside of the card! On the inside, I added a piece of So Saffron (4″ x 5-1/4″). Using the Free As A Bird Stamp Set, I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray and the flowers in So Saffron. On the upper front flap of the card, I layered Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (3-1/4″ x 4″) to some Calypso Coral (3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″).

Birds in a Bird Cage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the Free As a Bird Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Nested Labels, I created that fabulous focal point. I stamped the birds in Basic Gray because I like that lighter look for coloring rather than black!

Using various Stampin’ Blends, I started coloring. Pool Party was used for the flowers and Old Olive for the leaves. The branches were colored in Soft Suede. Now for the birdies, I colored the beaks in Dark Soft Suede. Next, I colored the top of the head to that little line at the eye in Soft Suede. Then I colored the belly and bottom most part in Dark Calypso Coral. I slowly moved my way to the center. Using Light Calypso Coral, I colored over the dark coral and up a little higher. Then using the Crumb Cake, I colored the Soft Suede and down into the coral. To finish it off, I went back over the coral and crumb cake with the Light Calypso Coral to blend it all together.

A couple tips when doing this is to give it time. After going over the colors to blend them, give it a bit to blend and dry because after a minute or so it will look better. This is better than coloring over and over and over again. I tend to color each one and then go back over each one. Another tip is sometimes I need to set it aside or walk away and then I come back and I’m like oh wow, look at that! It’s fabulous then! Just have fun coloring like an artist!

I added this piece to the card front by applying Tear And Tape just on the top half and sticking it on the bottom edge of the card front! Perfect!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the video below or click here! I will say that I did different colors….on accident but it still looks fabulous so just have fun with it! 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

Product List
Free As A Bird Bundle
$51.25
Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00

Laura’s Quick Tip: Punch Your DSP!!!

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I’m back with another one of Laura’s Quick Tips!!! This one might sound obvious but I know I tend to forget!!! Punch your DSP (Designer Series Paper)….or die cut or fussy cut!!! Stampin’ Up creates beautiful paper and there are so many ways to use it!!!

Punch Your DSP, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I tend to use Designer Series Paper for backgrounds, layering, or a decorative piece along the side. Stampin’ Up creates so gorgeous paper with images that are so hard to cut into pieces. So instead, punch your DSP!!! Get out those punches, die cuts, or even scissors. I’m not a huge fan of fussy cutting…except for this card!!!! I do love grabbing a punch quickly and going to town creating beautiful focal points for my cards.

These birdies are from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper and the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch is perfect. You can punch out blue, yellow, or gray birdies for your project. The ones on the edge can be punched/die cut with a label for the edge of your card too! There are so many possibilities!!! Check out the supplies below to get your hands on these and have fun punching out DSP!!!

If you would like to see all of this in action as well as a fun sample using these birds, 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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Creating a Double Fold Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! We are creating a double fold card and it is beautiful!!!

Creating a Double Fold Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the Perennial Essence Suite and I love how it turned out. The little flower piece opens to the right and then the designer paper piece opens to the left! It’s super fun! Also, the flower is all blingy with Wink of Stella. This photo just doesn’t show how amazing this card is!

I started with a card base of Purple Posy measuring 5-1/2 x 7-1/4. So this is like a normal card base but with a little 1-1/4″ piece taken off the front. Next, I layered on the Blackberry Bliss (5-1/4″ x 2-3/4″) and Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (5″ x 2-1/2″). For the inside piece, I stamped 3 flowers from the Floral Essence Stamp Set along the left hand side of a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″). I found that stamping the middle flower first and then the two side ones worked best for spacing!

For the 2nd fold out piece, I started with a piece of Purple Posy measuring 3″ x 6″ and I folded it in half. Next, I layered on a piece of Blackberry Bliss measuring 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″. On the 2-1/2″ square of Whisper White, I stamped another one of those big flowers and colored it with Stampin’ Blends. I used the Blackberry Bliss Dark Marker for all of the lines and accents on the flower. Then I went over it and filled in with the Blackberry Bliss Light Marker. For the center and greeting, I stamped them with Crushed Curry Ink. To finish it off, I added Wink of Stella all over it. #SafeGlitter 🙂

Floral Essence Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I layered the flower onto the Blackberry Bliss square and stamped the greeting inside the mini card. Make sure the crease of the card is on the right hand side. Then I added adhesive to the back and placed like a sandwich around the left side flap. Making sure it was centered up and down and in far enough on the side so it wasn’t hanging off, I pressed it down! Now you are done creating a double fold card.

Check out more samples using the Perennial Essence Suite here and here. Also, if you would like to make these cards, click the supply list below!

If you would like to see all of this 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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How To Get Your Spacing Right!!!

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Sometimes I just wing it and sometimes I measure and sometimes I have fun little tips like this one!!! Today, I’m sharing how to get your spacing right on stamped flowers so you can fit a greeting in the middle!!!

How To Get Your Spacing Right, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Bloom & Grow Stamp Set makes my heart happy!! I just love all the flower combinations and how they can be stamped so beautifully!

I started with a Gorgeous Grape card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) to stamp the flowers from the Bloom & Grow Stamp Set. These were stamped in Basic Gray because I like that softer look for coloring rather than the bold black look.

So now for the hot topic: How To Get Your Spacing Right?!?! I simply placed the greeting strip (Highland Heather measuring 4-1/4″ x 1″) to the side of the white cardstock and in the middle where I wanted it to be placed. Then I stamped the top flowers making sure to be at the top of that greeting strip. Ink it up again, flip it over, and stamp the bottom flowers near the bottom of that greeting strip. By placing the guide on the side, it helps get that perfect spacing where they aren’t too far apart or too close together! Simple and fabulous!

Stampin' Blends Coloring, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are the colors of Stampin’ Blends that I used for these flowers. I like to take a photo with my phone right after I am done so I know which colors were used. Then if I want to recreate it exactly, I don’t have to guess!!!

You are Simply Wonderful, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once I finished coloring, I added this layer to the card base. Then I stamped the greeting from the Bloom & Grow Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Ink. This piece was then attached to the center of the card. For a little bit of texture, I added a Baker’s Twine bow with a Mini Glue Dot and some Basic Sequins.

Simply Wonderful Card Insert, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I added a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped some greenery on the corners from the Bloom & Grow Stamp Set. Perfect coordination to complete the card! Here are some more color options for this amazing card!

Coloring Options, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see all of this 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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Fussy Cutting Frenzy!!!

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Do you like to fussy cut?? You know where you cut out an image by hand rather than having a punch or framelit! I’m not a fan of it because I don’t have the patience. Apparently the day I made this card I had lots of time because I went on a Fussy Cutting Frenzy!!!

Fussy cutting frenzy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Minus the fussy cutting frenzy that took place to make this card, it was a fairly simple card. The amazing Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper and Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set did all the hard work!

I started with a Mint Macaron card base. Next, I stamped along the side using the Memorable Mosaic Stamp Set and Mint Macaron Ink. TIP: Start somewhere in the middle with the circle image. Then stamp the twisted image on either side and fill in till it is complete. Also, make sure the twisted image is on the edge/falls off the edge. The designer paper will cover up the other end so if they aren’t all level, that’s okay! I did this same stamped image on the inside of the card too!

Next, I added the piece of Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper measuring 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Be sure it covers up all of the ends of the twisted stamped images. Then I fussy cut out the hummingbird from another piece of the Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper. This paper is so gorgeous! Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added the hummingbird to the card front!

For the greeting, I stamped it in Soft Suede Ink and punched it out with the coordinating Timeless Label Punch (Bundle & Save 10%). Then I stamped it again in Terracotta Tile Ink so I could fussy cut (hand cut it out) out the word kindness. Next, I glued the word kindness over the other one and flipped it over to add the ribbon. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals to secure the ribbon, I laid the ribbon down in a squiggle pattern and then added it to the card front.

Memorable Mosaic, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I did the same pattern of stamping along the edge and then I added some Very Vanilla cardstock to write on! This also covers up the unevenness of the twisted stamped image! 🙂

If you would like to see all of this 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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NEW Stamp Cleaning Pad Review!!!

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The New Catalog that came out last week and that means there are new products to try out!! Today, I’m sharing my honest review of the New Stamp Cleaning Pad. It sounds super interesting so I had to get it. It cleans Photopolymer Stamps!!! Woot Woot!

New Stamp Cleaning Pad Review, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So I bought this little Stamp Cleaning Pad to see what it was all about. It arrives all white/cream and clean. We all know that won’t last long….but it is okay! After all if the Stamp Cleaning Pad is clean, your stamps probably aren’t. 🙂 Am I right?

So the instructions say to clean the excess ink off of the stamp and then rub it onto the pad! I went all in and tried it out with a new photopolymer stamp and Melon Mambo Ink. Stamped onto some paper and then wiped it off on the Simply Shammy like I normally would! Of course the stamp still has a pink look to it because that’s what pinks and reds do! I lightly rubbed it on the new Cleaning Pad and pink everywhere. The Stamp Cleaning Pad is no longer clean and perfect and I panicked a bit. BUT the stamp was clean. I was super impressed. There is still a hint of pink here and there but the stamp is clear again! As long as the stamp looks fairly clean and not neon pink after 5 stamping sessions, I’m sold!

No More Pink Ink, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Check that out??? The right side has been cleaned and the left has not!!!

The Stamp Cleaning Pad does leave the stamp a bit wet with the solution so I just wiped it again on the Shammy as the final cleaning! I’m impressed and love it. Now I won’t be going through all of my stamps to clean them from the past but going forward I will!

Click here to get your Stamp Cleaning Pad so you can stamp in Pink with no fear of stained stamps! There is also a Refill Solution to add to it. I haven’t needed any yet but I’m guessing after many, many, MANY cleaning sessions, it will sort of dry up?!?! Then adding the solution back will make it fabulous again!

If you would like to see all of this in action of the New Stamp Cleaning Pad, 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’….or should I say Cleanin’

~Laura


Follow Your Art!!!

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Today, I’m sharing the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper!!! This paper is super cute and can be used for so many different projects. Kids cards for those who love to craft and create! Cards for all of your stamping, scrapbooking, and crafty friends! Use it on a scrapbook page with photos from a crop or stamping event! It would also be perfect for teacher gifts too!!! There are endless possibilities!!

Follow Your Art, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This paper has specific crafty items on one side like ribbons, pencils, hot glue gun, etc. The other side has fun patterns to use for any style of card like stripes, smears, and shapes. That is what makes Stampin’ Up designer paper so versatile. There is always at least one side you love! That 3rd sheet in has fun stitches all over it which is perfect for sewing friends!

If you would like to see all of these sheets of Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper in a full piece, 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