Take Your Pick!

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The Take Your Pick Tool is one of those super handy tools to have on your crafting space all the time. I even have more than 1 because I lose mine in the mess….and for when I have classes! 🙂 Do you have one?

Take Your Pick Tool, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Reason I love it / Tips:
~It’s small and easy to have in a cup next to your craft space.
~There are lots of different ends for lots of different uses!
~My favorite is now the putty end to put jewels on your project. It’s just so easy to press the putty on the side of a jewel to pick up and then set on your project! Just put your finger on the jewel and pull the putty away! So quick and easy and better than a fingernail! You can get putty refills as well!
~The stylus end can be used to make a fabulous edge around your die cut image for a little extra texture and dimension. Simply leave the cardstock in the die and run the stylus around the metal edge! Click here to see that video!


~I used the pointy tip for various things like popping out a die cut, pocking out cardstock that doesn’t come out with the die, holding cardstock while I heat emboss and more!
~Also, did you know there is a Brush Attachment that you can use to pop die cut bits out of your image???
~The pancake flipper end is used to get under a project to pop it up, slide adhesive under in a spot I missed, and sometimes for jewels.
~The only con I have is that it gets buried in the mess on my desk and I can’t find it. LOL Good thing I have more than one!


Do you have a Take Your Pick Tool? Do you love it? How do you use your tips? Do share! I would love to hear more.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Absolutely Amazing!!!

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I’m all about the quick and simple cards lately. I just don’t have the time to craft and create like I did in the past. It makes me kind of sad but I also keep telling myself it’s just a season and soak up all the baby/toddler time I can. This Absolutely Amazing card is super uplifting and beautiful!

Absolutely Amazing Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I created this card with the Color & Contour Stamp Set which I am super loving lately! Polished Pink & Basic Gray are the ink colors I used so it was minimal supplies that I had to get out! This card was also created on a Note Card & Envelope set! No cardstock cutting or anything! Ribbon is my go-to embellishment so of course I had to add some of that. You could also add some bling too! There are lots of ways to add to this card for a more detailed look or a simple one!

This card is a perfect one to send as #happymail any time. It could simply be to brighten someone’s day or you could even send it as a birthday card! I love sending #happymail! The impact of a handstamped card is amazing! With all the bills and junk mail that arrive daily, seeing that little envelope with your name on it and maybe even a decorated envelope is sure to brighten your day!

I wish I could send you all some happy mail because you are truly amazing and mean so much to me. You all fill my heart and soul with happiness and gratitude! Thank you for following me here on my blog, watching my Facebook Lives or YouTube videos, and interacting with me! I love the community I have built and feel like we are all family! THANK YOU!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Hope Box!!!

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We all need hope sometimes….all the time even! Hope that the kids take long naps. Stay safe and healthy is another hope. Hope that we wake up to see another day. There are so many blessings in our lives but yet we still have hopes and dreams! The August Paper Pumpkin Kit is a Hope Box to keep us all going strong!

Hope Box - Paper Pumpkin August 2021 - www.LaurasStampPad.com

The colors and the butterflies make me super giddy and excited! I can’t wait for this box to arrive! This kit comes with stamps, an ink spot, and all the supplies to create 9 regular sized cards. Now that Stampin’ Up wraps the boxes in cellophane for shipping, it comes clean and perfect to use as a hope box…..or a gift box! The coordinating colors are Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade. Eeee This color combination has me squealing! Beware that when it arrives and I do my unboxing and reveal, there will be lots of excitement!!!!

Sign up for this August Paper Pumpkin Kit here!!! You can enjoy Paper Pumpkin for just August or continue for as long as you wish! One of the things I LOVE about Paper Pumpkin is that it provides greetings for all year long. If you subscribe for a year, you will be getting Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Thankful, and Christmas stamps. You will also get a few varieties of birthday, thank you, thinking of you, to/from and more. It’s a perfect collection! If you would like to see the past Paper Pumpkin Kits to get an idea of the kits, click here! Also, you can skip a month at any time if you are busy or aren’t interested in the kit that month.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Enjoy The Moment!!!

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Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them!!! The Enjoy The Moment Stamp Set has images that some may think are weeds or a nuisance but they makes some pretty fabulous cards!!

Enjoy the Moment Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I needed some cards…..like REALLY BAD! My stash was getting really low since I wasn’t stamping as much after the birth of Alex! I got out this stamp set because I hadn’t played with it yet. It probably isn’t something I would have picked out myself but I got it free from Stampin’ Up at one of the events last year. Fabulous demonstrator perks!!!

Bakers Twine Essentials Pack, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used a Very Vanilla card base, Soft Succulent layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and then Very Vanilla layer (3-3/4″ x 5″). All of the stamping is in Early Espresso which makes this card quick and simple – one ink pad and one stamp set!

The first one was just layered and simple. The second one I added a little bit of the twine from the Bakers Twine Essential Pack! Then for the third card, I added in even more with some Stitched Rectangles, twine, and Tasteful Textiles Embossing Folder! Which one is your favorite??

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Textiles Embossing Folder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Honestly, I started out with this 3rd one and slowly made it more and more simple! I actually like the simplest one the most! There is just something about the colors and layers that I love! I love it so much I made a 20 more in various colors – Mossy Meadow, Just Jade, and Night of Navy!!! I love them all and now I have a good masculine card stash!

Masculine Birthday Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Click the items below so you can make these cards using the Enjoy The Moment Stamp Set! Have fun making them just like me!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Color & Contour!!!

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Pink is my favorite color and I just love flowers so this card makes me super happy! The Color & Contour Stamp Set has been on my desk a lot lately. This card could be made in every In Color with the supplies I used!!! Check out the list of items below so you can make some too!

Color & Contour Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Basic White thick cardstock base! When I create a card with the base of white or vanilla, I like to use the Thick Cardstock! Next, I took a piece of the In Color Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) and wrapped some Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon around it. This ribbon comes in all 5 of the in colors! Adding just a small piece across the card front adds a little texture and fun to the card but no need for a bow and only uses a small amount!

For the focal point, I die cut one of the scallop rectangles from the coordinating Scalloped Contour Dies. LOVE THESE!!! The greeting was stamped in Polished Pink and then I added it to the card front!! The flower image was stamped in Memento Black Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends! Then I die cut it out with the same Scalloped Contour Dies and added it to the label with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals!

2021-2023 Stampin' Up! In Colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I added a little leftover strip of the designer paper to the left hand side. Then using the little dots of the Color & Contour Stamp Stamp Set, I stamped them in the right hand corner. To get a little variation of color, I inked it up and stamped 3 times, moving the stamp around a bit.

I love this Color & Contour Bundle so much because it’s super versatile. This card could be created in any color you like too! Check out the supplies listed below to see what I used! If you want them all, click ADD ALL TO CART for quick and simple shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Pocket Style Card!!!

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Sometimes I just get bored with a regular card. It’s like I need something new to mix it up and make it fun. This pocket style card is just that. Super cute and different from the traditional card. I love it and plan to make a lot more with this style!

Pocket Style Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Smoky Slate card base measures 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 and I scored it at 2″ from one side and 2-1/2″ from the other side. So this is actually a 4″ x 5-1/2″ card which is just 1/4″ smaller than usual but it creates that nice overlap for the pocket! On the bottom portion, I used Tear And Tape along the sides to secure the pocket. I just like that stronger adhesive to ensure the pocket will stay together as a piece of paper slides in and out of it. Then I added a piece of the Simply Elegant Designer Series Paper to the bottom piece (5-1/4″ x 1-3/4″).

Next, I used the Elegantly Said Stamp Set for all of the images. The corner image was stamped in Basic Gray and the flower stamped in Cherry Cobbler. For the inside card, I stamped the flower image off twice and then onto the cardstock for that super subtle look. You don’t want it to overpower your greeting! I love getting images and greetings out of one stamp set!!

Elegantly Said Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The front focal point was stamped on Basic White (2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″) and layered onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″). The inside card measures 3″ x 4-1/4″ layered onto Cherry Cobbler measuring 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.

Elegant Pocket Style Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to recreate this pocket style card, check out the supplies listed below that you need or select ADD ALL TO CART and then you can always delete the items you don’t need. Easy, quick ordering!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Expressions In Color Kit!!!

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The June 2021 Paper Pumpkin arrived and I was super excited because the box was splattered with pinks and purples! The Expressions In Color Kit included 2 ink spots – Evening Evergreen & Bumblebee which super surprised me. Also, I can’t say this was my favorite kit. Although nothing compares to the April Kit right now! That one was AMAZING!

Expressions In Color Paper Pumpkin Kit June 2021, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My favorite card of all of these is actually the yellow one in the upper left hand corner! I just love how that “greenery” is so foofy and jumps off the card making it look so fabulous! The greeting “sending hugs” warms my heart too!

In all of my crafting, I’ve never really loved vellum. There are times I like it and think I should use it more and then there are times I’m just like….it’s not my thing. Today, it’s not my thing. I feel like the vellum on the green and purple cards isn’t bold and bright enough for me. You know me and my love for bold images and how I break crayons because I press too hard. Welp, this vellum just doesn’t do it for me. What about you? Do you love vellum?

Still a fun kit and cards added to my collection! Can’t wait to see what the July Kit is going to be. Click here to join the Paper Pumpkin fun and get signed up!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


July 2021 – Turtle Friends!!!

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A new month means a NEW Free Stamp Set of the Month! The July 2021 Free Stamp Set of the Month is……drum roll…….TURTLE FRIENDS!!!

Stampin' Up! Turtle Friends Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think this set us so super cute! Claire came home from school the last day and had this adorable turtle paper that she colored and it says, “I turtley love you, Dad!” as a Father’s Day goodie. It was so super cute for her school to do that in advance knowing the kids are out of school in June. (heart melting) Then I saw this stamp set and the greetings and just had to have it! There is a coordinating punch that goes with it too!

All orders of $75 or more (before shipping and tax) will earn this set for FREE from me! This is an exclusive offer that I run as a way to spoil my customers! Also, don’t forget about Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers too!!!! Click here to start shopping!

Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Sale, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Stampin’ Up is having their annual designer series paper sale this month!!! From July 1st to August 2nd, you can get select designer series paper pack on sale for 15% off! Woot Woot! My favorite is the Beauty of the Earth but I plan on getting some Bloom Where You’re Planted and Tidings of Christmas because it’s on sale after all!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


So Sweet Of You!!!

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I am always in need of Thank You cards because I am a firm believer in sending them out for every gift we receive. Lately with Alex being born, his baptism and Claire’s birthday, I’ve been sending out a ton. I also send them out each month to everyone who orders from me that month! This strawberry card is perfect and I love the coordinating inside greeting – So Sweet Of You!!!

Sweet Strawberry Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card I created uses Poppy Parade and Whisper White cardstock. The Poppy Parade card base measures 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and the 2 pieces of Whisper White are 4″ x 5-1/4″. One of the pieces of white is for the front and one for the inside of the card!

Using the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set, I stamped 2 of the leaves and flowers in Memento Black Ink and colored them with Stampin’ Blends. I used Daffodil Delight for the flower centers and Granny Apple Green for the leaves. You can stamp these images as close together or far apart as you wish. It all depends on your greeting panel in the center or preference on how much of the white you want covered!

Next, I stamped some strawberries onto Whisper White in Poppy Parade Ink. The outline image was stamped full strength ink and the solid background stamp was stamped off once (or twice if you want an even lighter look or a variation in color)! Using the coordinating punch, I punched them out! Then I took Granny Apple Green cardstock and stamped some leaves in Granny Apple Green. I used 2 leaves on the front and 2 leaves on the inside of the card!

For the greeting, I just used some scraps of Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock to stamp the greeting. The Thank You greeting is thinner but the Happy Birthday greeting is wider. I love how you can easily adjust this piece of cardstock to create either card. When I went to assemble, I added the strawberries first and held the greeting over the top to help with placement. The strawberries and greeting all have Stampin’ Dimensionals!

So Sweet of You, Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On the inside I used the greeting That Was So Sweet Of You and I love it! I also stamped the strawberries onto the cardstock but added punched out leaves. This was a bit of an accident to have my strawberries “standing up” or upside down or however you want to see that. Apparently I kept thinking of a pear. I did actually stamp another card with them the other way and it really looks just the same so I think I like this mistake one better! See no mistake in stamping is bad, just an alternative! 🙂

If you would like to recreate this strawberry card, check out the supplies listed below! Purchase just the ones you need or click Add All To Cart!!! Either way, have fun and enjoy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Free Shipping Today!!!

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I love free shipping! I’ll be honest, I’m one of those who shops and fills my cart up and then I get to checkout and walk away due to shipping costs. That’s me!!! If that’s you too, today is your day to shop because there is free shipping today only!!! Click here to enjoy free shipping on orders of $50 or more!

Free Shipping Today, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Who wants FREE STUFF??? I have some fabulous goodies that I want to give YOU! You all know how I’m an organizational freak and don’t like to have extras and stuff laying around! Well, I found out I have a few duplicates and extras and I just got to get rid of them so that’s where YOU come in!!!

Let’s do what we love and gather with friends and family, stamp our hearts out, chat and laugh!!!! All you have to do is pick a date, have your friends and family pick out a kit, and we can stamp together online!!! BONUS: You can stamp with those who live near and far this way!! Invite your college friend who you haven’t visited with in forever. Invite your Aunt who lives on the west coast! Don’t forget your mom friends who need adult interaction every once in awhile (we can always plan it after bedtime or during naptime.) I will place the order for the kits for each person and you enjoy the hostess benefits and get these extra goodies I have! Some of the items include In-Color Ink Pads, Blending Brushes, and Stamp Set!!! Message me for more details or with some date options and we can get started!

If you would like to see some of the kit options, click here, here, and here!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura