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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Color Me Happy Project Kit!!!

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The Color Me Happy Project Kit just became available on November 1st. It is super fun and fabulous. This kit uses the NEW Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!

Color Me Happy Project Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cards are super cute and a great way to get started with Stampin’ Blends. I love how the images help me with shading and coloring. Also, I have to say that the envelopes in this kit are like beyond amazing. They are colorful and gold trimmed! Amazing!!!

Purple & Pink Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay, so of course this is my favorite because it has flowers. I colored some Rich Razzleberry and some in Pink Pirouette. I simply colored all around the borders of the petal with the dark marker and then blended and filled in with the light color. That gold trim has a sticky back which makes it super easy to use but be careful with wrinkles!

Paper Lanterns, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is my second favorite because I think it looks like a great Man Card and I love those colors! The paper lanterns were super fun and easy to color. TIP: Be sure to stamp a lantern in the place of the popped up lantern so you still have the string and tail. (opps on my first one!) Another tip would be to stamp rather high up so that your string hits the string going side to side. Of course, if you are a bit off, you can always draw it in with a marker! 🙂

Party Line of Lanterns, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Again with these lanterns, I simply colored the outer edge with the darker color and then blended and filled in with the lighter color!

Color Me Happy Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card I super love because that greeting is fabulous and scroll-y and has a drop shadow. There are so many coloring options for that. You could color it the same color in light and dark or mix and match. Eeeee So much fun and you all know I send lots of thank you cards each month. (Anyone who orders from me each month receives a card from me.)

Thank you, www.LaurasStampPad.com

That gold trim around the greeting is so fabulous and the color combination for this card is just amazing!

Little Birdies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love this little birdies on this card but that greeting was a pain in the rear. Thank goodness, Stampin’ Up gives you extra labels. Since it is a solid image, be sure to ink it up really well and stamp on a piece of scrap a few times. This helps rough up the stamp and allow for the ink to cover the stamp much better.

Colored in Birdies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the birdies, I colored in dark all around the edge and on each dark mark. Also, I colored in the tail with the dark. Then I took the light marker and colored in the center and blended it all together. These birdies are just beautiful and would make a fun love birds card for a wedding, anniversary, engagement, etc.

Which one is your favorite? Let me know 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!!! Stay tuned for more videos on Stampin’ Blends!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Front Door Is Ready For Fall!!!

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Happy Monday!!! My front door is ready for Fall…..well at least this card is!!!

Front Door Is Ready For Fall, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is a bit more detailed than I usually make but it sure is fabulous and turned out amazing!!! Change up the decorations around the door and you have a card for every occasion!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base. Next, I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler (4″ x 5-1/4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. To give a little color and texture to the bricks, I lightly brushed the bricks with a Sponge Dauber and some Cherry Cobbler ink. Then I added this to the card front!

Inside Front Door, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that cute door. I stamped the door image from the At Home With You Stamp Set in Early Espresso onto the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper! Then I die cut it with the coordinating At Home Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). Be sure that the framelit that creates the open door is on the correct side. You don’t want the door to open backwards. I layered  a piece of Very Vanilla behind the door and stamped the greeting on the inside in Cherry Cobbler Ink.

Front Porch Fall Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The flowers were all stamped on scrap vanilla cardstock in Basic Gray Archival Ink. Then I used Blender Pens and ink from the ink pads to color everything! I used Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green! It turned out perfect, I think. I added these to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture! Just fabulous!!!

Do you like to color with Blender Pens or an Aqua Painter? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Quick & Simple Watercolor Christmas!!!

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This quick & simple Watercolor Christmas card is perfect for making multiples and yet super adorable and made with love!

Quick & Simple Watercolor Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with an Old Olive card base. Next, I took a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. I stamped the greeting and trees from the Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set. The greeting was stamped in Cherry Cobbler Ink and the trees in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I like the softer look of gray than black. Then, I took the Old Olive Watercolor Pencil and added color to each tree. Using the Blender Pen, I smeared the color around and filled in the trees. Once I was finished with the trees, I added it to the card base. To finish it off, I added some Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon around the top. See how simple that was? This card is perfect for making multiples this season!

Don’t forget there are only a few days left of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special. Also, orders over $75 will earn the Free Stamp Set of the Month from me. This month you get to pick from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set or Graceful Garden Stamp Set. You will also earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers once your order hits $40!

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 – Spinner Cards!!!

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Happy Tuesday!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today and it’s a major WOW!!! This spinner card is just soooo cool. Be sure to watch the video to really see it in action!

Spinner Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Traditional red and green and just so precious with that little reindeer!!! Thank you to Jessica Ingold for this amazing idea! Let’s get started!!!

I started with a Garden Green Card Base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) and layered on a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″). Be sure to only put adhesive around the edges and then you can use your cut out ovals for another project. Next, I layered Cherry Cobbler (3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″) and a piece of the Be Merry Designer Paper (3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″) together. Using the Layering Ovals Framelits (3rd largest), I die cut an oval in the center. I placed this on top of my card base in the center and traced with a pencil around the middle of the oval. This helps to line up the oval on the card base layers. Be sure to open the card up when running the base through the Big Shot with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Again using the 3rd largest oval for this piece as well.

Be Merry Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now let’s work on that little reindeer spinner part. I stamped the reindeer from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Next, I colored him with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen. Using the coordinating Seasonal Tags Framelits, I die cut them out. Since I don’t need the tag portion, I snipped off the string hole and the fold. Now there are 2 separate reindeer. I added Fast Fuse to the back of both reindeer. Next, I placed some Silver Metallic Thread down the center and pressed it between the 2 reindeer.

Spinner Card Tutorial, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now to assemble the spinner. I added a small strip of Fast Fuse to the top and bottom of the oval (cherry cobbler layer). Next, I pressed the thread into it, making sure it was nice and tight. (Be sure your reindeer and designer paper are both in the same direction so your trees aren’t upside down.) Then I took some Tear And Tape and placed it over the thread and covering the Fast Fuse strip. Now it is time to assemble the card! I added Stampin’ Dimensionals all around the Cherry Cobbler layer and placed it on the card base, lining up the ovals.

Layering Ovals Framelits, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside, I die cut the 2nd largest oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits and placed  it in the center to give a nice background for the reindeer! Now just wind up the reindeer and close the card! When the recipient opens the card, the little reindeer will spin and twirl around!!!

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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July 2017 Paper Pumpkin~Positively Picturesque!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Today I’m sharing with you the July 2017 Paper Pumpkin Positively Picturesque!!! I love the soft colors and the nature scenes of this kit! Also, I was super surprised with a name like this I was thinking it would be a photo frame or album. I prefer cards so I was excited!

July 2017 Paper Pumpkin Positively Picturesque, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these cards just fabulous? There are a total if 8 cards in the kit with adorable lined envelopes. Of course I had tons of Washi Tape left over as well as the stamps and TWO ink spots. Soft Sky and Tranquil Tide were the ink colors this month!

 

You're The Best, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know I love flowers so this one is my favorite. I love how the little scene of flowers peaks through the heart cut out. Also, the heart cut out is used in the other cards. I love when you can use up all of the pieces to create multiple styles of cards. Notice in the card in back, I trimmed my grass to be different heights for a cool look. 🙂

Love You Hearts, www.LaurasStampPad.comWith the heart cut outs, I added some washi tape and the wooden accents to make these two cards. Perfect!

Hello Friend, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The next set has a die cut circle for this amazing mountain scene! Those little clouds in the background are adorable. I didn’t put my mountains down far enough on the one card but that’s okay! The bottom has a strip of Washi Tape to coordinate together and give that front piece a little design.

Washi Circle, www.LaurasStampPad.comThe punched out circles were used for these cards! Do you see them? They are covered in Washi Tape and back the greeting so perfectly. I loved the idea of placing Washi Tape all over the circle to create a whole new look. Love it!

Cut Out Scenes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 Here’s another photo of those cut out pieces showing a scene through the hole. Isn’t that just fabulous?!?! I love it!

I am super excited about the August Kit because I just don’t know what it might be. Also, it’s my birthday month so I’m hoping its something with flowers and bling! 🙂 Be sure to get signed up before August 10th so you can have fun with me! Click here to sign up! Try it out for a month. Enjoy it for a few months. You can cancel at any time or even place a hold on getting it if you know you have a busy month or just don’t want it one month. My favorite part is the surprise and how it feels like a present each month! I also love doing a product for fun and just stamping rather than having to come up with the idea. Can’t wait for the August Kit!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Perfect Purple Rose Fit For A Queen!!!

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This amazing perfect purple rose fit for a queen was made for my amazing cousin who is a QUEEN! 🙂 Oh I’m so incredibly excited for her to win our local county fair pageant! Small side note: I LOVE pageants so very much…watch them, take notes, take photos with Queens everywhere I go. Yeah, all of that! Now, I’m related to one so of course I made her a fabulous card to congratulate her!

Perfect Purple Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

While this card looks fairly simple even with all the extra details…..it took me forever to make. I really struggle when I have something in mind for someone special and try to get it just perfect. I colored 4 different roses for this one! First it was the wrong color, then I fussy cut one out and didn’t like it, and then I ruined one putting Gold Wink of Stella on top. TIP: Gold Wink of Stella comes out rather yellow. I have used the clear and love it. For this card, since I used Gold Foil, I thought I would use Gold Wink of Stella for a gold shimmer (clear with gold shimmer). I was wrong. In the end, it came out amazing and that’s all that matters!!!

I started with a Rich Razzleberry card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink. I like to use gray for that softer look! Then I colored the flower in with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens. Once it dried, I went back through with the pencil to highlight the edges for more detail!

Purple Rose Detail, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next I layered this onto a piece of Gold Foil Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Before layering on the gold, I used the Corner Rounder Punch to soften all of the edges. Using the Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon, I placed a piece across the card front and securing the ends to the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Before adding the bow, I stamped the greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry Ink. Then I took another piece to make a bow and secured that on with Mini Glue Dots. This ribbon is stunning! I love it! Try it out in my Ribbon Share! Click here for details!

I adore you, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the inside of the card! Since Rich Razzleberry is such a dark color, I thought I would put a piece of white in there. Well why not decorate that piece too?!?! I stamped the rose and greenery from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set. I decorated the envelope as well to match!

Rose Envelope, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It all turned out so fabulous!! I love it!!! Do you enjoy making special cards for someone or do you tend to make cards and then pick the best one for people? I’m usually the second one but every once in awhile I go all out!!! Let me know which you are in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


April 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit – A Sara Thing!!!

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I love the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit – A Sara Thing because I love watercolor pencils and black & which with a pop of color!!!! It was super fun to put this kit together! Look at all of the goodies. You can see the complete unboxing of this kit here!

April 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit - A Sara Thing, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the little mini Colored Pencils and I can always use these for future projects as well! To be honest, I actually used an Aqua Painter rather than a cup of water and the provided brush! Less mess and I tend to make lots of them! 🙂 Here are all of the cards completed!!!

A Sara Thing Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at all of that beautiful color! This picture just makes me so happy and look at all of those cards from one kit! Amazing! Now let’s focus on each card set!

Diamond Watercolor, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so did you also notice that the envelope have that fabulous label and each set has a different inside pattern! How fabulous?!?!? So this set I had a little problem with it….can you guess? I stamped the greetings on the white panels and didn’t realize it needs to be placed low or high so the diamond doesn’t cover it. Oops! The lower right corner one is a little covered but I think it will be okay! I simply scribbled over each diamond with the pencils and then blended the colors together with the Aqua Painter! Next, I wiped off the top with a napkin to get any excess ink off the embossed portion. The flowers are a little chunky but I loved how they accented the card so I added them on!

Acrylic Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This pattern was super fun to color with. My favorite one is the lower left corner. I just love it! The Black and White Washi Tape is the perfect accent on the bottom of the watercolor paper! Love it! The flowers add a little bling and texture too!

Watercolor Wash Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These were the most fun and my favorite set because it’s so easy to just swish back and forth to watercolor. Blending the blue and yellow to make green was super fun too! I love the little random dot stamp too! Another tip is that there are few greetings that fit on the banner because the “You” doesn’t fit. I just stamped the “You” onto the watercolor paper! It turned  out perfectly!

Leftover April Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Another reason I love Paper Pumpkin is because look at all of these leftovers I have to use on other projects!! I forgot to put the little paint brush in the photo as well! I just love Paper Pumpkin!!!

Which card set is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you get Paper Pumpkin, what is your favorite part of it? I can’t wait to see what you say!

If you would like to join in the fun, be sure to sign up for your Paper Pumpkin Kit before May 10th! Click here to get started! For just $19.95 (plus tax), you get a complete kit with stamps, ink and supplies. Your first kit comes with a clear block! I think it’s worth every penny!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Friday Updates & Excitement!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I’m have so many fabulous updates and excitement to share with you that I thought I would make it an entire blog post!!! Are you ready???

Friday Updates & Excitement, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Last Friday, I did the drawing for the Ink Pad Giveaway and it was Sheila!!!! I’m so happy for her and she selected the Subtles Collection. Little funny side note: I took the picture of her name with my ink pads before telling her she won. Yet, somehow I did it in front of the Subltes Collection and that’s what she picked. Hehehe I love little things like that!

Speaking of Giveaways, let me know in the comments below what you would like the new giveaway to be. I have done the Big Shot and now the Ink Pad Collection. Would you like a repeat of those or something different?? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

Food Trucks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So even though Sale-A-Bration is over and you can’t get the adorable Tasty Trucks Stamp Set, I just had to share these. I had some leftover cards already cut so I created them! Coloring with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens is just so much fun!!! Eeee I love them all!

Sun is Setting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retired List is out and items are selling out fast! You can check out the complete list here:

2017 Retiring List – Excel

2017 Retiring List – PDF

Some of these items are sold out already so you can just start shopping here! Not only do you get to enjoy getting some great products before they are gone (and at a discount for some), you will also be able to earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!

And another fun announcement……I have handed out my FIRST $40 Gift Certificate for Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!! Congratulations Vickey M. for earning the first one!!!! Woot Woot!!! Will you be the next one?!?!?!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy 13th Anniversary to Me!!!

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I just can’t believe it is my 13th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! today! How crazy is that?!?!?! Thirteen years seems like a long time but yet this has been an amazing and fun journey! I have enjoyed every moment of it!!! In celebration (and tradition), I am doing my 13 Favorite Stampin’ Up! items right now today!

13th Anniversary, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My 13 Favorite Stampin’ Up! Items!!!

~Enamel Shapes – I love the shape of these and the little POP of color they add to a project!

~Perfect White Accents – I honestly just found out about these things and I’m in love! They are flat and smooth and perfect for a card!

~Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper – Simple Navy and White look is just stunning for every occasion! Check out this One Sheet Wonder I did!

~Beautiful You Stamp Set – The ladies are beautiful but the greeting are even more amazing! Check out some samples here, here, and here!

~Lift Me Up Stamp Set – I just love these greetings. Sending Smiles Across the Miles is my favorite. You can check out samples here, here, and here!

~Watercolor Pencils – My new favorite coloring tool! These things are amazing. Check out some samples here, here, and here!

~Blender Pens – Since I have been playing with the Watercolor Pencils so much, these work perfectly to blend the colors for the perfect look like in this sample and this one!

~So Detailed Framelits – The details and beauty of these are just AMAZING! Check out my favorite card right now here!

~Brights Collection – I had a stamper tell me she owned the color collection I recommended….I knew exactly which one that was!

~Stitched Shapes Framelits – These are the perfect shape (circles, ovals, squares) with amazing detail!

~Grid Paper – This stuff is amazing to use when stamping for when you stamp off the paper, stamp off for a shade lighter, or just practice stamping!

~Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon – I love this color and the texture of the ribbon is perfect on so many projects!

~Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon – I love pink and this ribbon has a fabulous texture and it’s easy to use. There isn’t a big knot when you use it on a card!

Are any of these your favorites?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget 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 (or when my Anniversary falls on a Wednesday)!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura