Technique Tuesday – Boxes & Boughs!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! With Christmas less than a week away, it’s all about gift packaging and last minute gifts! These boxes and boughs are sure to make things merry and bright!

Boxes & Boughs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These acetate boxes are super fun to decorate and I have put lots of different items in there as gifts – cards, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and gift certificates!

I started by popping up the Acetate Box. It’s already scored and all so just fold on the score lines and pop it up! Next, I took some Real Red cardstock and created a belly band. I have found that scoring the cardstock doesn’t work very well because the lines sometimes aren’t exact so it fits weird. What I do is just wrap it around, slide it off and press on the fold lines. This just seems to work best for me. Then I layered on a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring). The paper is black and white but I sponged on some green very lightly for a little more color! I used Tear And Tape to secure the ends of the belly band together.

Gift Packaging, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the decoration, I used a hot glue gun! First, I added the little Green Sprig and pressed it into the glue. Next, I created 2 loops with the Striped Ribbon and tied the center tight using the Black Baker’s Twine. This is much easier that tying it into a knot and it allows for the stripes to show. If you do a knot, it will make the one side backwards. This ribbon does have wire in it so you can mold it as needed! The Mini Ornament is secured to the bow with the Black Baker’s Twine as well. I hot glued this to the front as well. Be sure it is all on the belly band so it can still slide off. The tag was created with the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set (retiring) and coordinating Everyday Label Punch! Cute and simple gift packaging!

What would you put in this box to give to a friend or family member? Let me know in the comments below!

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peak to the 2018 Occasions Mini Catalog. Check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Laura’s Craft Room Tips & Tricks!!!

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Hello Stampers! We all love to craft. We all go through times where we want to throw something away because it’s frustrating! Today, I’m sharing some Craft Room Tips and Tricks of mine to help you with a few frustrations you might have! I hope you find these useful!!!

Fine Tip Glue Pen, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My first one is with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. This stuff is amazing for adhering small objects or delicate die cuts! It can be frustrating trying to put the needle back in it though. I have found that placing your find behind the tip and using that as a guide to slide the needle down into the tip helps. If you hold it up in the air and try to get it in, it takes much longer trying to get things lined up!

Clear Block Color Palette, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When you need some color to use with the Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, just press a clear block into the ink pad! Then you have some color. Many like to press the ink pad into the lid but I find that messy. Also, sometimes I don’t want the ink pad open for the entire time I’m coloring. This way I have my color and I can add drips of water to dilute the color or not. Once I’m done with the color palette, I simply run it under water to clean, use a baby wipe, or wipe it with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel!

Craft Room Tips & Tricks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The next tip is about cleaning your cleaning pad!!! I know that might sound odd but it’s true. After using the Stampin’ Scrub for a while, you might notice that cleaning your stamps on there is making them dirtier than before. That means it is time to clean the Stampin’ Scrub! Red really seems to stick to the pad so after using red a lot, it’s a good idea to clean it! Simply run it under water until the water runs clean. Sometimes I’ll add a little squirt of hand soap but it’s not really necessary! After rinsing all the color out, let it dry and it’s good as new again!

Scissor Tweezers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This tip is one that I use a lot. Sometimes it’s hard to get those little Rhinestones and Pearls on your project and perfectly placed (cough cough on that ink spot that somehow appeared). I have found that using Paper Snips as little tweezers really helps. Simply snip under the rhinestone or pearl, lift up and place it exactly where you want it on your project. Then put your finger on the top to hold it there and slide the scissors out. Of course, you could use tweezers but the bonus to this is that the Paper Snips have multiple uses and they are always on my craft table where as I have tweezers in my craft room…..couldn’t tell you where though!

Blender Pen Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It happens….no worries! The tip of the Blender Pen smooshes down into the barrel. It is not a lost cause! Simply take a pair of tweezers and pinch the end and lightly pull. This will bring the marker tip back out of the barrel and you can use the pen like normal again. I’m not sure if it’s the same pen or 2 different ones but I have had this happen twice now and this trick works  perfectly!

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Post It Notes or Post It Note Tape is your best friend with die cutting! This stuff is sticky enough to hold the die in place but not so sticky that it will rip your cardstock. I use this to hold framelits in place. It’s always super frustrating to stamp an image and then have it cut wrong. Then you have to start all over again. Another way I use it is for lining things up. For example, the quilt die was centered on my card and rather than measuring each time, I added the Post It Note Tape to either side and put a pen mark for the edge of the paper. Then I added this to each card to die cut and knew it was lined up! I can usually get 5+ cranks through the Big Shot before the piece starts to fall apart or not be sticky.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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It’s Time To Play!!!

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My Christmas Cards are done and in the mail! We decorated the tree and around the house the past few days! Christmas cookies were baked all day on Saturday. Now that I am mostly ready for Christmas, it’s time to play! My pre-order for the Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion has arrived!!!

It's Time to Play, www.LaurasStamppad.com

 

There are so many amazing pretty papers, spring colors, magical stuff, and BLING!!! I am so excited and can’t wait to start playing with everything! I’m working on my classes for January and February so be sure to check out my Upcoming Events here!

What is something that you hope is in the Occasions Mini Catalog?? Let me know in the comments below!! This catalog begins on January 3rd along with the Sale-A-Bration Promotion beginning. This is the biggest promotion of the year. Every $50 order earns you a free Sale-A-Bration item!

If you would like to see all of the items I got and get excited like me, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Stay tuned as I will be posting more videos of the Designer Paper and Kits shown in the video! 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!!!

If you would like to get these items NOW because you just can’t wait, join Stampin’ Up and you can order these items like me!!! This is just one of the amazing perks of being a demonstrator! Click here for more information or reach out to me. I’m always happy to answer questions!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Technique Tuesday – Blending Roses!!!

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

Blending Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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

Pink Pirouette Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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

Yellow Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

Red Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Embossing Vellum!!!

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

Embossed Vellum, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

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

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

Embossed Quilting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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

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

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Tips for Extending Your Wink of Stella!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. The festivities continue today and through the weekend for me! 🙂 You may have missed it yesterday so I wanted to share it here on the blog! I have some tips for extending your Wink of Stella Brush today!

Extend the Life of Wink of Stella, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love Wink of Stella because it gives that perfect hint of shimmer to your project. It doesn’t make a glittery mess when you use it and end up all over your face. Also, the fine tip makes it easy to add shimmer to small spots! It’s perfect!!! The worst part about this pen is when it runs out. 🙂

Have no fear…..I have a solution for when you pen runs out. Simply unscrew the brush from the top. Then pop off that little black cap on the end of the barrel. The little black cap has a long tube into the barrel which will be filled with glitter. Look at all of that wasted glitter if you just tossed the pen when it seemed all out. Don’t waste the glitter!!! Just add some rubbing alcohol (70 proof or less). If the proof is higher, the alcohol will start to eat through the plastic and clog the pen. Also, be sure not to add a lot because you have to put that barrel back down in there and it will overflow. TRUST ME on that one. I did it once! 🙂

Now at the black cap back on and then screw on the brush and let the shimmer shine all over again! I have added alcohol 2 times already to my pen and it’s still looking fabulous and full of shimmer. How fabulous of a tip is this?!?!?!

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 – Peek Through Quilt Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This Peek Through Quilt Card is super cute and perfect for Christmas. Change up the colors and it would be great for many other occasions too!

Peek Through Quilt Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

From the front, it just looks super cute but then when you open it, the real WOW factor is shown off!!!

I started with a Real Red card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. After folding it in half for the card base, open it back up and place it in the Big Shot with the square quilt framelit on top. This is from the Quilt Builder Framelits. I eyeballed it for placement from the top and then used Post It Notes to hold the frame in place with markings on either side to center it. Check out the video below. I did this a few times and sometimes I just eyeballed the entire placement. It still works! Just go for it!

Christmas Quilt, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the decorations on the front, I used a piece of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper on the bottom. Next, I placed just a small piece of the Delicate White Doily on the right hand side. I was able to get 3-4 of these pieces from each doily depending on how I cut it. Simply add just a hint of adhesive at the top of the designer paper and press the doily into it. Then I tied some of the Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the card front and into a knot.

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the inside where all the magic is! I placed a piece of Whisper White in the center and stamped the greeting from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) in Real Red Ink. Make sure the greeting is low enough that your greeting doesn’t get covered by the quilt square. For the quilt square, I used the Layering Squares Framelits. That scallop edge just adds even more to this warm and cozy sweet card. First, I stamped the dotted image in Real Red Ink. Then, I stamped the inserts in Pool Party and Garden Green Ink. After stamping, I added this piece to the scallop red square.

Now for the placement to the inside of the card and yet still making sure it peeks through correctly. I added adhesive to the back of the scallop and held it in front of the die cut window. Holding it there, all lined up, I shut the card and slowly pulled my fingers out. You will notice that the sample above is a hint tilted but I’m okay with that because it still lines up perfectly when closed.

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!!!

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza going on all week!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Stitched Felt Embellishments!!!

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I’m not usually a big fan of chunky embellishments but the Stitched Felt Embellishments are soft and super cute!!

Stitched Felt Embellishments, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Aren’t these the cutest?!?! I kind of like having the options of mixing and matching with the colors too! I used Real Red and Garden Green!!!

The card bases are Real Red and Garden Green. Then using the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, I cut it into 3″ x 4″ pieces. This way I was able to get 2 pieces out of each square with a nice rectangle left over to use for another project. I added this piece to the upper 1/3 of the card.

Quilted Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (1-1/2″ x 4″) and stamped the greeting from the Quilted Christmas Stamp Set. I used Real Red Ink for the green card and Garden Green Ink for the red card. Be sure to stamp on the right hand side so there is room for the felt on the left. Before adding this to the card front, I added a little strip (1/2″ x  4″) of the same color as the card base (green in the one above). I did this for a few reasons….to add a little more color and to use up scraps! 🙂

Merry Little Christmas Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the final detail, I added a Stitched Felt Embellishment to the left hand side. I found that the Multi-purpose Adhesive worked best. Hold for about 30 seconds and then set it aside. Since the glue is liquid it does take a bit longer to dry.

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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 – Quilted Tree!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today is Technique Tuesday which is super exciting! I’m sharing with you this quilted tree which is perfect for Christmas time and this winter season. Quilts just scream warm and cozy! My Grandmother and Mom have made so many so they also make me think of family and love! 🙂

Quilted Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to use for the front. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits, I die cut a bunch of triangles from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. The cool thing is that the paper is double sides so you have tons of options. Another bonus is that I was able to cut 2-3 layers of paper with every crank through the Big Shot. Woot Woot!!!

Starting with the middle on the top, I placed my first triangle (red). Next, I placed the green one directly under it. I did slide my triangles a bit under each other just for a nice clean covered look. I didn’t want them to pull apart when I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. After I placed the green one directly under, I added the red triangles to either side. For the third row, I added the red triangles directly under the red triangles and then filled in with the green ones! For the stump on the bottom, I placed a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock.

Using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, I ran this entire piece through the Big Shot. I did it both ways – with the impression pressed out and pressed in. You can pick which one you prefer. I found that when I pressed the embossed image in, the triangles came up a bit on the tips where there wasn’t any adhesive. Of course, I didn’t cover the entire triangle with adhesive so the tips popped up. With the impression popped out like the sample above, it was nice and smooth! After adding this to the front of the card, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the inside of the card. The little silver star to the top from the Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little bling!

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside and stamped the greeting from the coordinating Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). It was stamped in Real Red!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 

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Technique Tuesday – Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, I have a fabulous technique to share with you and that uses the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So of course, any technique can have its modifications so I’m going to show you my technique today. Try it out and try a few other ways to see what works best for you!

I have found that when using the stamping blends, I prefer to go Light, Dark, Light or sometimes Dark and then Light. So let’s get started on what I mean. First, I stamped the image from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Memento Ink is necessary because it won’t bleed with the alcohol marker.

Next, I took the Light Pumpkin Pie and colored in the center. Then I colored the edges with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker. Finally, I went back in with the Light and blended the colors so they didn’t look so sharp like in the middle photo. I simply color in a circular motion around the area to blend it together. You don’t want to do this for a really long time or the paper will get super saturated. If you feel this is happening, just wait a bit for it to dry completely and then go back. I also find that sometimes I need to stop and let it dry for second and then go back and look at it. Sometimes when I’m working on one, I’m not happy with the look but move on and then look at it later and wonder why I didn’t like it.

Birdie Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For these birdies, I let the stamped image guide me along. I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends for the one on the left. Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie for the one on the right. Using the dark marker, I went around the edge, dotted all of the dots, and went along all the lines on the wing. Then I filled in the entire tail with the dark. After that, I went back through and filled in with the light marker. This is one that I stopped after filling it in and did the beak and feet. Then I went back and swirled around to blend in any areas I thought looked too distinct. I stayed away from the center of his belly to keep that the lightest. Some of my birdies achieved this more than others. Each one is going to come out different just because it is handmade! 🙂

Shades of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For these flowers, I did a little blending and a little selective coloring. The middle flower was just colored in the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and then dark in those folded tips and the center. The other two flowers were blended. I did the one on the left with all edges of the petals outlined in the dark marker and then blended in with the light marker. The flower on the right was the opposite with light on the edges. That one was a little harder to stay away from the edges. I colored it with the Light first and then Dark and then back with the Light. Just have fun with it and try lots of different variations. Another fun option is mixing colors….Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight…..Bermuda Bay and Pool Party…….Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. Let me know what combination you would use in the comments below!

If you would like to see the unboxing and reveal of this kit, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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