BEEP BEEP! Free Shipping!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! It’s a fabulous day because Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING!!! Beep Beep UPS is bringing fabulous goodies to your house for Free! This offer is today only though!!!

Beep Beep Free Shipping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

All orders of $75 or more will earn FREE SHIPPING today only! This is like a 11% savings. I know I walk away from an online shopping cart due to shipping costs so I totally get it. Today is your day to enjoy though. You can always ask a friend if they need anything too so you can combine your orders and earn the Free Shipping! If you are local to me, send me your order and I can put them all together so everyone can enjoy Free Shipping too!!! Click here to shop and enjoy!

Best Offer This Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget that if your wish list is over $100, you might want to think about joining Stampin’ Up! This month you get to $125 in any product you would like and it’s just $99 and free shipping! BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE…..this month only you also get $82 worth of NEW In Color Products too – ink pads, cardstock, markers, and designer paper!!! Woot Woot! I’m telling you, these In Colors are stunning! I’m loving them soooo much!!! No obligations, just a great deal with fabulous perks! Click here to join now!!!

We all love seeing the UPS truck pull up with that Stampin’ Up! box and now it’s even better with Free Shipping!!! Beep Beep! Order today and get your goodies with free shipping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Filled With Fun!!!

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I just have to share this fun Stair Step Card that I created using the Filled With Fun Bundle. This is still available as an Online Exclusive so be sure to grab it before it is gone!

Filled With Fun Stampin' Up! Bundle, www.LaurasStampPad.com

SUPPLIES & MEASUREMENTS:

  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock – 4 ¼” x 9 ½”, scored at 1”, 2”, 3” and 4”
  • Basic White Cardstock – 4” x 5 ¼” and 4 ½” x 3 ¼” and 3 ¾” x 2 ½” and scrap for die cutting
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock – 4 ¾” x 3 ½”       
  • Azure Afternoon Cardstock – 4” x 2 ¾”
  • Basic Black, Poppy Parade and Smoky Slate Cardstock – scrap for die cutting

Card Instructions:

Using a ruler and a pencil, place a mark 1 ¾” down from the top on the 1” score line. Place a mark 1” down from the top on the 2” and 3” score line. Cut from the edge straight across to that 1 ¾” mark. Then cut diagonally up to the 1” mark. Next, cut straight across to the next 1” mark. Then cut diagonally up to the 4” score line/top of the card. Zig zag fold these score lines to create a tiered banner look on the left side of the card.

Stair Step Technique, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Stamp and decorate each panel as you wish. NOTE: Be sure to stamp your images for the center panel low enough that it won’t peek out from behind the front panel. It’s not a huge deal but you can see in my sample the greeting shows over the presents in the wagon. Adhere each layer to the stair step Granny Apple Green on the “straight across” fold.

If you would like to see this card and others using the Filled With Fun Bundle, check out my video tutorial below!

You can also get the entire PDF Tutorial for instant download on my Etsy Shop! Each Class Tutorial contains color photos, measurements, and step by step directions! Click here to shop Tutorials!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


May News!!!

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Wowza it’s a crazy month with everything going on!!! If you have younger children, I’m sure you understand. Although honestly, I think everyone is super busy! End of School, Graduations, Recitals, New Stampin’ Up! Catalog, warmer weather, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, and sooooo much more! So I thought I would do a little May News post to share some details of what’s going on with me and Stampin’ Up!

May News Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The New Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is officially here! That means amazing new In Colors too! I AM LOVING THESE COLORS! So far, my favorites are Petunia Pop and Peach Pie! How about you?!?! Let me know in the comments. If you are loving the In Colors like me, I have thee best offer for you! You can get them all for FREE!!!! When you join Stampin’ Up! in the month of May, you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like and it’s just $99 (and free shipping).

BUT wait there is more…..you also get the New In Color Bundle (inks, cardstock, markers, and designer paper in each of the 5 colors all for FREE. That’s an $82 value! Woot Woot!!! As a demonstrator, you can do as much or as little as you wish. It’s all about what you want! Click here to join now and get these colors!

I have been getting tons of questions about my Stamp Sale that I always have after a retiring catalog. That sale is happening!!! On Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m. CT on a Facebook Live!!! It will be a Buy One Get One Sale this year! You will select retired product that you want and then purchase that same amount from the NEW Catalog and I will then give you the retired goodies you picked! So essentially you are getting the retired products for FREE!!! Join the Facebook Group for all of the details and the Live Event! Feel free to invite friends to join the group as well! Everyone loves a good deal so share share share!

I hope you have a wonderful month and remember to take a deep breath. One day at a time! Stay tuned for more May News as the month goes on!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Exciting Day!!!

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Happy Wednesday!!! It’s an exciting day with the launch of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!!!

Exciting Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This catalog is so beautiful and has a fun textured cover! I found this catalog to be more than just something to shop from but an actual resource for paper crafting. There are color combinations, card layouts, samples, and so much more in this catalog! I found myself ready to go create after looking through it!!! In all honesty, the layout isn’t my favorite in the back. I really enjoyed going to the back and finding all of the inks, papers, punches, dies, etc. That is something I will have to get use to! Start shopping here! Message me your address if you would like a copy of the new catalog!

2024-2026 Stampin' Up! In Colors, www.laurasstamppad.com

Now for the NEW 2024-2026 In Colors…..YUM yummy as my son would say! I am in love with these colors. So far, Petunia Pop is my favorite and what I keep grabbing for! The bright and fun shades are just so much fun and I’m excited. Last year, I wasn’t a huge fan but now I’m ready to create and enjoy these colors! Which is your favorite?!?! Let me know in the comments below! Shop the In-Colors here!

I hope you have an exciting day like me whether it’s celebrating the New Annual Catalog or just getting through another day! Cheers!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Delicate Wings Paper Pumpkin Kit!

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Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit with a craft project and everything needed to create it all in a small box. These kits are typically cards but sometimes include treat boxes, home decor, etc. The April 2024 Kit was called Delicate Wings and it was gorgeous!!!

Delicate Wings Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This was probably the easiest card in the kit but it is my favorite! I love how the wings pop forward and the stunning gold!! Of course the greeting melts my heart and I just love that too. This card would be perfect for a sympathy card or just a card sent to a friend or family member letting them know you care.

April 2024 Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is my second favorite because I love the the colors. Again, the greeting warms my heart and I feel like I could send this to a lot of different people in my life. A friend who’s husband is traveling for work and she’s single parenting the kids all week. Friends who have a kid graduating high school and worried about that next step. Someone who is looking for a new job. That person who recently lost a loved one. Someone who has recently found out these have been diagnosed with something. I’m telling you, nothing beats a handmade card knowing someone cares about you.

Subscription Card Kit Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

While this is the last one I’m sharing, it certainly is not my least favorite. I honestly LOVED this kit very much! I love the gold accents (and I’m technically a silver/white gold girl)!! Butterflies are so beautiful and uplifting in my opinion! These greetings are ones that I will hold out and use often! They are just so heart warming!!!

Claire's Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Of course, Claire and I did this kit together and here are her cards that she created! She is almost 6 years old and she enjoys Paper Pumpkin as much as I do! These kits are really amazing for all ages!

What did you think of the Delicate Wings Paper Pumpkin Kit?!? Let me know in the comments below!

Remember that you can order refills AND there is an exclusive Die Cut set that coordinates with this kit! Check out the links below!

If you would like to sign up for Paper Pumpkin and enjoy the fun crafty kits that arrive right at your door each month, click here to sign up for May! They make great gifts too!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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20th Anniversary!!!

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Today is my 20th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! I am so surprised and emotional about this because Stampin’ Up! has changed my life so much and added so much joy to my life!!! I can soooo thankful for going to that workshop in college!!!

20th Anniversary with Stampin' Up!, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I signed up in college after attending my first workshop that a college roommate invited me too. She said, “you are a scrapbooker, let’s go!” I was game for any way to procrastinate on school stuff. My mind was blown on all of the goodies. I fell in love with alphabet stamps because then I would have endless letters rather than having to buy sticker sheets. My first product was my Starter Kit! I wanted the discount. Throughout college, I mostly bought for myself but sold to a few fellow scrapbookers too!

When I graduated college, I moved to Edwardsville and reached out to the local library. I started doing classes there and my business really took off from there. Craft fairs (which I no longer do), library classes, classes in my apartment (and now home), and various other events along the way kept me active and loving what I was doing. I had a full time job at a hotel during this time but that went south after while. After a year or so I looking for another job, I finally threw in the towel and we decided it was best for me to quit that job but keep looking. During this time, I started doing classes and events during the day and eventually I quit looking for another job! And now here I am still doing Stampin’ Up! full time!!!

I love the creative outlet it gives me. The flexibility that I have had through the moves, life changes, kids, etc. has been amazing! It’s crazy to see how much Stampin’ Up! has changed and also how much I have changed over the years! I’m loving what I do and sharing what I love! You can check it all out on my YouTubeFacebook, Pinterest, Etsy Page, and here on my blog!!!

Be sure to follow me for inspiration, fun, and details about upcoming events!! I would love to stamp and share creativity with you for the next 20 years! Also, if you are interested in joining Stampin’ Up!, click here to join the fun! You can also celebrate with me by placing an order with the Hostess Code: CHJXMVEB to get a 20th Anniversary Special from me. You will also get the Free Gift if your order is over $75!!! Click here to shop!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Retreat Recap!

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WOWZA! I had my Spring Retreat this past weekend and it was amazing! Not as many people this Spring as we had in the Fall but still a wonderful time! Here’s a little retreat recap!

Retreat recap, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So the theme for the Spring Retreat was SWEETS! I used the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle. The Lighter Than Air Designer Paper (retiring soon) and all of the embellishments (ribbons and dots) were the perfect Spring colors for a fun and fresh look! I love how the images and greetings in the Ice Cream Swirl set fit perfectly for my treats too! Each place setting had a cookie, a name tag, and the Rainbow Gems! I used the greeting “Hope Your Day Is Sweet” as a tag on the gems/cookie! The details on the die cut cone are pretty fabulous too! I love how those turned out and I used various colors for the ice cream!

For the “big prizes” each person got a reusable grocery bag with a tag saying “Make A Wish” and there was a donut on the backside! Inside the bag was the NEW CATALOG!!! That greeting was perfect in many different ways! 😉 They also got their choice of an item (stamps, embossing folder, dies, paper).

I probably should have used the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle for the Make and Takes too but I went with new In Colors and Product instead. Just a little sneak peak for the attendees and I couldn’t resist!

We all enjoyed the day together working on various crafts – coloring, card making, scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, and more! I took a few projects and felt like I did a little bit of all of them and finished none of them. Oh well, I had a wonderful day out of the house with my friends! It was perfect!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 9th which is when the Fall Retreat will be!!!! Hope to see you then!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Layered Squares!!!

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So many times we create a project and end up with leftover scraps. If you are like me….and most crafts, you don’t throw away scrap designer paper or scraps of anything for that matter. Am I right?!? Here is a fun way to use those scraps in these fun layered squares cards!

SUPPLIES & MEASUREMENTS:

  • Thick Basic White Cardstock – 11” x 4 ¼”
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock – 8 ½” x 5 ½”
  • Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper – (3) 1 ½” x 1 ½” squares and (2) 2” x 2” squares

CARD INSTRUCTIONS:

Stamp greeting and decoration as you wish. I used Night of Navy Ink for all. Adhere squares of designer paper in any pattern that you like! For darker card bases, stamp greeting onto Basic White scrap and punch out with the Lasting Label Punch (or punch/die cut of your choice). Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the card with twine, simply wrap the twine around your fingers to create loops and then place on the backside of the punched greeting, securing with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Embellish as desired. Feel free to decorate the inside of the card with stamping or additional scraps of the paper!

For more fun cards using scraps like this layered squares card, check out the video tutorial here or get the card tutorial!

Shop the supplies listed below so you can create quick and simple cards too!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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March Paper Pumpkin

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Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit with a craft project and everything needed to create it all in a small box. These kits are typically cards but sometimes include treat boxes, home decor, etc. The March Paper Pumpkin Kit was just beautiful and the cards have greetings that I can use right away!

March Paper Pumpkin 2024, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think this card is my favorite from the Memorable Meadows March Kit because it shows off the beautiful flowers so well! The greeting is perfect for a #happymail card to send any time. Pop this card in the mail to a friend, a relative you haven’t seen in awhile, your mom, your co-worker, your neighbor. Just a little note to brighten someone’s day!!!

Memorable Meadows Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super fabulous because honestly it could be for a man or a woman. That wooden accent really adds a fun element of texture without being bulky on the card! While the colors do include purple, it’s a beautiful sky/scenery look and I just love it!!! Plus you know how I feel about a scrolly font…..LOVING this one!!!

Heartfelt Thanks Paper Pumpkin Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love this card too but honestly I was super sad to cover up so much of the scenery with the greeting and wooden element! It’s just so beautiful! It’s all good though! I use a lot of Thank You cards for my amazing customers so I’m sure this one will be used right away! Teacher Appreciation is also coming up soon and I have 3 teachers to spoil so this just might go to one of them!

Claire and I really enjoyed putting this March Paper Pumpkin kit together! I think she gets more excited about Paper Pumpkin arriving then me. It is always a wonderful time that I get to stamp with her. Keeping the mess somewhat to a minimum is nice since the kit comes with everything we need! Crafting with her is super special and something I look forward to! Be sure to sign up for the April Paper Pumpkin Kit so you can enjoy the fun craft either alone or with a friend or family member! Click here to sign up now!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Easy Shaker Card!!!

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I will be honest and say that shaker cards scare me when it comes to making them……until I saw this new and fun Easy Shaker Card idea! No worries about leaking confetti or anything! It’s so simple to just fill the clear envelope and seal it up! Check out this fun tutorial!

Easy Shaker Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

SUPPLIES & MEASUREMENTS:
Lemon Lolly Cardstock – 8 ½” x 5 ½”
Bright & Beautiful Designer Paper – 4” x 5 ¼” and scrap for die cutting
Basic White Cardstock – 4” x 5 ¼” and scrap for die cutting
Bubble Bath Cardstock – 1 ¾” x 3” and scrap for die cutting
Lemon Lolly and Azure Afternoon scrap for die cutting
Clear Medium Envelope

CARD INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Slide Designer Paper (4” x 5 ¼”) into the Clear Envelope. Die cut scrap Designer Paper with the confetti Die and add confetti to the envelope. Then, die cut stars in Lemon Lolly, Azure Afternoon, and Bubble Bath scrap paper to add to the envelope as well. Fill it as much or as little as you wish! Fold the envelope over to be 4” x 5 ¼” and secure with Tear And Tape. Adhere to the card front with Tear And Tape. This is your shaker card part! How easy was that?!?!
  2. Die cut out the label and decorate the front of the shaker card as you wish!

I hope you enjoyed this easy shaker card card tutorial! You can check out more cards using the Beautiful Balloons Bundle here or watch this video tutorial!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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