Christmas Lights With All The Colors!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! Yesterday in class I did a poll on whether you prefer white or colored Christmas Lights. It was about 50/50. So now I’m asking all of you! Christmas lights with all the colors or just white lights??? Let me know in the comments below!

Christmas Lights With All The Colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This was another fabulous card idea that I got at our Vacation Stamping School event in August! I changed it up a smidge and LOVE IT!!! There is a little technique on this card that I just wish you could see it better. Each of the lights have a bit of twinkle to them. I watercolored them with Wink of Stella! Yeah! That’s a thing. Just pick up the ink with the brush like you would an Aqua Painter and paint on the color and shimmer at once! Amazing!

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the string of lights from the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set. It was stamped in Stazon Black Ink since I watercolored the bulbs. Using the Wink of Stella Brush, I dabbed it into some ink and then brushed on color. A little shimmer and a little color all in one!

Christmas Wreath, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I added a strip of the All Is Bright Designer Series Paper. Then I punched out a 2-1/4″ Call Me Clover circle. Using the wreath image from the Making Christmas Bright Stamp Set, I stamped it in Call Me Clover Ink. To get that full look, I stamped it, inked it again and stamped a little to the left of the first one. Then I stamped again but a little lower than the first one and a little to the right from the first one. This makes the wreath look full! I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Coloring with Wink of Stella, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I stamped the greeting onto Whisper White and then punched it out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and added it to the wreath. Don’t forget to stamp Bright on the inside of the card! To finish it off, I added some Red Rhinestones for holly berries and a little knot of Real Red Mixed Satin Ribbon! All the shimmer and shine!!!

Want to create this card? Check out the supply list below! Don’t forget that all orders of $75 or more will earn the Buffalo Check Stamp Set for FREE from me!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Copper Leaves!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! This has been one heck of a busy week and it’s only Wednesday! Seeing all the back to school photos is making my head spin….how is it that time of year already?!?!

Copper Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really struggled with this card and all of the different options. Did I like the Copper Foil with the rustic Copper Trim? Did I want to color in the leaves or leave them alone? Was the greeting piece to plain or too much?

I started with a Crumb Cake card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Cajun Craze measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla (3-3/4″ x 5″) and stamped the leaves from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Ink. Using the NEW Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, I colored in a few leaves with the Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler Pencils.

Texture & Shine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I die cut out a label with the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits. (Save back the outline/negative to use for another project like this one.) On the back of the label, I placed some pieces of the Copper Trim on the edge and secured them in place with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added this piece to the card front.

For the center greeting, I took a scrap strip of Very Vanilla and slide in the back of the Pretty Label Punch to get those rounded edges. Next, I stamped the greeting from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Ink. Now that I know how long my greeting piece needs to be, I slide the other end into the punch and rounded those corners as well. This is just another fun way to use your punches on different sized greetings. I die cut out the Copper Foil leaves with the Stitched Seasons Framelits and added those around the center greeting!

Don’t forget that the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits are only available this month (August) and while supplies last so don’t wait long. You can check out more samples using it here and here! Click the photos below to shop for the items used in this card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Holly Berries & Stitched Labels!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! This week is kind of going fast it seems!!! Just like this summer has gone fast and the holidays are right around the corner it seems. Don’t blink! Today, I’m sharing this fun card with holly berries & stitched labels!!!

Holly Berries & Stitched Labels, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the NEW Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%). These products are available this month only so get them before they are gone! The stamps are perfect for any occasion and season and the framelits are amazing with the double stitching!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Old Olive measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then, I took a piece of Very Vanilla (3-3/4″ x 5″) for stamping and Cherry Cobbler (3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″) for die cutting. Using the Stitched Seasons Framelits, I die cut the label out of the center of the Cherry Cobbler. Stay tuned to see how I used the label on another card. Using the negative border image as a guide, I stamped the greeting in Cherry Cobbler and the holly berries in StazOn Black ink.

Stitched Seasons Framelits, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the NEW Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, I colored in the holly berries. I used the Old Olive from the current Watercolor Pencils Assortment 1 and then added in accents by going down the center with Garden Green. The berries were colored with Cherry Cobbler. After coloring, I used the Blender Pens to soften and smear the color around. Once I was done coloring, I added the vanilla piece to the card front. Then I added the Cherry Cobbler frame with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card with a few Gold Faceted Gems.

Don’t forget that the Blended Seasons Bundle is only available while supplies last this month only. Click the supplies below to get yours today! If you want to check out all the products in the Bundle, check out my Video Tutorial here!

Happy Stampin’
~Laura
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Technique Tuesday – Blending Fall Colors!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you!!! While I’m loving summer and I’m not ready for it to leave, today I’m showing you all about blending Fall colors!!!

Blending Fall Colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These colors are just amazing using the New Watercolor Pencils!!! They are the perfect fall look and I love how the leaves look like they are blowing around.

I started with a Crushed Curry card base. Next, I took a piece of Cajun Craze and ripped the top and bottom for some texture on the card. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla and did the same. Using the NEW Blended Seasons Stamp Set, I stamped the leaves and greeting in StazOn Black Ink. I used StazOn because I did some blending of the colors with Blender Pens and I don’t want the ink to bleed.

Blended Seasons Fall Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the coloring, I used the NEW Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and Pumpkin Pie from the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 1. The red leaf was done with Cherry Cobbler & Pumpkin Pie. The yellow leaf was done with Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze. Green leaves were done with Garden Green and Granny Apple Green. I simply went down the veins with one color, added a little in between with the other color and then swirled the colors together with Blender Pens. I love how the colors came out! Let me know your favorite leaf in the comments below. Mine is the red one!

Don’t forget that the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits are only available while supplies last this month!!! Click the photos below to order yours today!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Tip for Your StazOn Black Ink!!!

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Today, I’m sharing a tip for your StazOn Black Ink. First one is don’t throw away that little clear lid!

Tip for Your StazOn Black Ink, www.LaurasStampPad.com

StazOn Ink smells AMAZING. Does anyone else love the smell of it like me? Let me know in the comments below….surely I’m not alone here. Right? I love it! It also works fabulous for watercoloring because it’s a permanent ink. StazOn for watercoloring and Memento for Stampin’ Blends!

My Tip: Don’t throw away that little clear lid on the inside of the ink pad. That is needed to keep a nice seal on the ink so it doesn’t dry out easily. Since it can get in the way or you might lose it, simply add a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to the lid. That little clear lid with attach and stay perfectly.

Stazon Lid Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now the ink pad is ready to use after just removing the black lid. It all comes off together and saves inky fingers. I love when something so simple really makes life easier!

StazOn Ink also has it’s own cleaner since it is a strong ink. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t use StazOn Cleaner very often. I clean my stamps with the Simply Shammy or Stampin’ Scrub and let them stain. Sometimes, when I’m done with the project, I’ll go back and use the cleaner. This is all personal preference. I know it’s best to get that ink off but it’s also a pain and I just like stamping more. It is odd because I’m such a freak about organizing and cleaning in other aspects but this I let slide. It’s okay though!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! I hope you found this super useful. 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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Lots of Happy Card Kit!!!

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Today, I’m finally sharing the Lots of Happy Card Kit. I got this kit months ago as you can see in the unboxing and reveal video here! I finally completed one each of the 5 designs. Yes, just 1…..there is a lot of coloring in this kit and I just don’t have the patience. LOL The cards are super stunning though!

Lots of Happy Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I mean look at these beauties. They are amazing and the envelopes have a fun black and white strip to them. But again let me just say…..it was way more coloring than I thought or I’m just slow. The kit comes with Exclusive colors of Watercolor Pencils – Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry. Simply coloring with the pencils works or you can also use a Blender Pen to get some fun color variation. I did that with a few but it slowed me down even more! 🙂

Floral Sheet Watercolored, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After finishing this sheet of coloring, I realized this was only 1 each of the 5 designs and there are 3 more sheets to go. I do love flowers and pinks though!

Flowers & Gold Foil, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think this is my favorite card because of the fun shape and design. Another thing I will point out is that I feel like some of the colored flower weren’t necessary for each card and I would use on another project. For example, see those two little flowers on either side of the greeting? They are hard to notice and cover up the gold foil banner. I think for the rest of the cards, I will add one to the inside of the card or use on another project.

Flowers Make Me Happy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is my second favorite card! Again, there are 2 lavender pieces overlapped for a nice full arrangement but I really don’t think it is necessary. Most of my fabulous coloring is covered up. I could create another card with some Crumb Cake as a card base and the other extras from the kit!

Always Here For You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I do love the little vellum leaves in the background. They are subtle but also add a fun pop to the card! Vellum is one of those things I always forget about….maybe because it’s almost clear. lol Adhering vellum can be a struggle but I just adhered it at the stem/base and let it peak out.

Sending Lots of Happy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This little card is super cute and perfect for a gift topper or to attach to some homemade goodies to deliver! I was sad that the greeting covered up a lot of my coloring though. Can you tell I worked hard on that coloring and was sad to see it not showing. 🙂

Vellum Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the final card! Did you notice that fun Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon? I love it!!! It’s so bright and cool looking! More little vellum leaves for this card too!

So  that is the entire Lots of Happy Card Kit. This kit is an all inclusive kit which means it comes with the supplies, ink, clear block, and colored pencils. This makes the kit easy to gift or to grab and go. I really did love the kit but it was a lot of coloring which isn’t really my favorite! I do love flowers and pink though! 🙂 This kit also comes with the option to buy refills meaning you get all the consumables to make more cards. Click the photo below to get your kit today!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Little Blue Bird!!!

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My husband sent me a photo of robins all over the ground outside his work and he said, “Spring is coming!” I’m not sure if robins on the ground mean Spring is coming but I’ll take it. I love the colors of Spring with birds, flowers, trees, and grass all gaining their color!!! Just like this cute card with a little blue bird!!!

Little Blue Bird, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Soft Sky card base and layered on a piece of Night of Navy measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5) and stamped the dots from the Petal Palette Stamp Set along the bottom. I stamped them in Night of Navy Ink starting at the bottom and then 3 more times without going back to the ink pad. This is how I got that variation in color. I also moved a little back and forth with each stamp to fill in and not just stack them all going straight up.

Petal Palette Stampin' Up Bundle, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I started adding all the layers and texture. Using the coordinating Petals and More Framelits, I die cut out all the pieces. The greenery in Old Olive, the lattice in Silver Glimmer Paper, and the label in Soft Sky! Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the lattice and the greenery. Then I stamped the greeting from the Petal Palette Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) onto the label in Night of Navy Ink and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This gives some dimension to the project and the foam dimensionals adhere well between all the bumps of the cardstock in the die cuts!

Now on to that little blue bird! I stamped him from the Petal Palette Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink onto Whisper White. I like the more subtle look of the gray verses black. Then I made a little color palette on a clear block with some water and the Brusho Crystal Colour. Using an Aqua Painter, I colors in the birdie and once it was dry, I die cut it with the Petals and More Framelits! Then I added him to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I think this card would look fabulous with a little yellow bird and maybe layers of yellow and coral. What are some birdie colors you would create?? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget that if you purchase the Petal Palette Stamp Set & Framelit Bundle this month, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration goodie as well!!! Woot Woot. Click here to purchase it in Clear Mount or here for Wood Mount!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Life Is Better With You!!!

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Life Is Better With You In It…..that is just the sweetest greeting ever! This card is great for any occasion and even more for a random note to a friend or family member!

Life Is Better With You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of Basic Black measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and added a strip of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to the left side. Using the greeting from the Petal Palette Stamp Set, I stamped it in Real Red Ink on the upper right side. Then I added this to the card front!

Watercolor Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that fabulous floral focal point!!! I stamped the image from the Petal Palette Stamp Set in Archival Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then creating a color palette on my clear block with the Brusho Crystal Colour, I colored in the flowers and leaves! Check out a Video Tutorial on that here! Just tap the powder onto a clear block and add water with the Aqua Painter. Then start coloring your image!! I really love how the flowers turned out with the color variation…..probably won’t be able to do that again! 🙂 After coloring it and allowing it to dry, I used the coordinating Petals and More Framelits to die cut out the flowers! I added the flowers to the card front with some Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture! To finish off the card I added some pops of color with some Enamel Shapes!

Purchase the Petal Palette Bundle (stamps and framelits) and save 10% AND get a Free Sale-A-Bration item! Add a little more to get to $75 and you will get the Free Stamp Set of the Month from me!!!! For February it is the Fruit Basket Stamp Set and for March it is the In The Trees Stamp Set!!! Click here to start shopping! 

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Brusho Background With Banners!!!

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This card uses lots of fun new stuff from the Occasions Mini Catalog! The Brusho Background is super fun and colorful and then those perfectly placed banners with the Stamparatus!!! Love it!

Brusho Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Watercolor Paper (3″ x 5-1/4″) and brushed some water over it as a base with the Aqua Painter. Then I tapped on some Brusho Crystal Colour and mixed it and brushed it side to side with the Aqua Painter. I would recommend adding just a bit of color because it is easier to add more than it is to take some off when it’s too dark. A little bit goes a long way with Brusho as well. It’s super vibrant! If you have no patience (like me), drying it with the Heat Tool really speeds things up, otherwise just set it aside to dry.

Once it is dry, I placed this piece in my Stamparatus and added the banners from the In The Trees Stamp Set. Using the Stamparatus, for that perfect swag/ I just love how the hinges of the Stamparatus make it so easy to go down the cardstock. I did one swag 3 times skipping a hinge each time and then rotated the image the other direction and stamped twice! Next, I added this to a piece of Real Red cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) down the center. Since it is Watercolor Paper and tends to curl, I like to use Tear And Tape for a nice strong, secure hold onto my cardstock. Using the Pick A Pattern Washi Tape pack, I added a little strip to either side of the Watercolor Paper and then added this to the card front!

Sequin Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the In The Trees Stamp Set by stamping the happy first, cleaning it, and then the birthday. Next, I punched it out with the NEW 1/8″ and 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punches. Then I laid some Silver Sequin Trim on the back in a “S” shape and secured it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added this piece to the card front and using the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add a few loose sequins!

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!!!

Stay tuned as I have played with a few other colors with this and I’ll be sure to share those soon! What color would you use?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you pre-ordered the Stamparatus back in November (during the first opening), you should have received an email yesterday to finalize your order. I’m so excited to start getting these things in your hands. For those in the 2nd pre-order period, yours are coming real soon!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Brusho Color Palette!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I’m showing your how to create a Brusho Color Palette!!! I prefer to have more control and precision with my crafting so I love coloring with Brusho like this!!!

Brusho Color Palette, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the rustic look of this card with that metal shine from the silver embossing and bold color from the Brusho Crystal Colour. Let’s get started!!

I started with a Island Indigo card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. For the greeting, I took a strip of Pear Pizzaz cardstock and stamped the greeting from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog. The greeting was stamped in Island Indigo Ink. Then I took some Linen Thread and wrapped it around my fingers to create the loops. I slid the loops off my fingers and placed them on the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I secured the loops all over the back and made sure the ends were held tight. The greeting was placed on the far right side of the card!

Rustic Flower, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that stunning flower and amazing technique using the Brusho Crystal Colour. I stamped the flower from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark Ink onto Watercolor Paper. Then I added Silver Embossing Powder and set it with the Heat Tool. Be sure to firmly stamp the flower since the watercolor paper is textured but of course don’t press so hard that you rock or end up with Versamark Ink all over. 🙂 It’s a delicate balance.

For the color palettes, I took a clear block, tapped a little Brusho Crystal Color onto it and added some drops of water from an Aqua Painter. Then I used the Aqua Painter to color the flower. I used the Brilliant Blue, Moss Green, and Yellow! To be honest, I prefer to use the green in this way because of the color combination used to create the green. I find that when I tap it on the purples and yellows pop too much and I prefer a more green look. After coloring the flower and allowing it to dry, I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed it on the left hand side of the card!

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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