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!

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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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Madness This Month!!!

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March is here and I can tell you I’m excited!!! Spring, my favorite Holiday – Easter, Stampin’ Up! Specials, Alex turning 3, and Basketball…..to name a few. So let the madness this month begin!!!

Madness This Month Online Exclusives, www.LaurasStampPad.com

There are lots of new products that launched TODAY with the Online Exclusives! Filled with Fun Bundle is a set of stamps and dies (wagon) that are super fun for all ages with the red wagon and decorations! Check out my March Online Card Class for more details on this Bundle! The A Little Latte Suite has all kinds of products including stamps, dies, paper and embellishments! Then we have the Flowering Zinnias Suite which screams LAURA! It’s flowers and its bright colors – stamps, dies, paper, and embellishments a well! So much fun!!!

Filled with Fun Online Class, www.LaurasStampPad.com

In March, I am doing this Filled With Fun Class! It will be offered Online and In Person! Be sure to check out my Calendar of Events for all the details on dates and signing up!

Don’t forget to check out the NEW Kit Collection Kits that launched today as well! Two new kits each month makes this so much fun and exciting! These kits are all inclusive and easy for on the go, beginner stampers, or just someone who wants to try out stamping or paper crafting without a lot of supplies and commitment! Click here to shop all the kits!

As always reach out if you have any questions on anything!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Sweet Springtime!!!

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The February Paper Pumpkin Kit was called Sweet Springtime and it was just that. Bunnies, flowers, Easter greetings, and a little chick just scream Spring and I love it!!! 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.

Sweet Springtime Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is sooooo cute! You could always change up the greeting if you don’t celebrate Easter! The bunnies are precious. I love how the die cut daffodils are layered over the top of printed daffodils for a really nice layered look. Add that thin white border was tricky since it’s really thin. The provided Glue Dots work best but you could always use your favorite liquid glue as well!

Ummmm….the cutest ever! I love this card! I was super bummed that the greeting went right over the yellow flowers (same at the top of the flower ring). Putting the greeting in a different spot went through my mind but I couldn’t find a place I liked the same. Oh well, it’s still so fabulous and it’s a fun slimline card!

Easter Bunny Treat Box, Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Sweet Springtime Kit included 3 each of the cards above as well as 3 of these little bunny boxes. They are like little milk cartons and perfect for adding a little treat in it for Easter or Spring! My biggest tip is to fold and burnish each of the score lines so it pops together super easy!

If you would like to sign up for the March Paper Pumpkin Kit, click here! Sneak peak……it includes a FREE extra stamp set in celebration of Paper Pumpkin’s birthday!!!

Also, don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends on Thursday so don’t delay on stocking up on goodies and earning FREE STUFF! You can also purchase pre-paid Paper Pumpkin Kits and earn Sale-A-Bration goodies!!! Click here to shop!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Happy Houseplants!!!

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I….We recently did some upgrades to our downstairs bathroom! This is the one off Laura’s Stamp Pad! Years ago we painted it and now we redid the flooring and trim! We used a peel and stick which I’m not sure I would recommend. I also painted all of the trim and the door white which I love! It was also time to add something to walls! The Happy Houseplants Kit came out while we were doing all of this and it’s PERFECT!!!

Happy Houseplants Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I was so excited when this Kit Collection came out in January! Normally I stick to card kits but this one was perfect for the bathroom walls! It’s basic so it matches any decor. It’s really simple and quick to creates especially if you remember to put the mat in while assembling! LOL

Home Decor Succulent Frames, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Each of these plants is created with Stampin’ Dimensionals so you all know how excited I felt about that. 🙂 I love Stampin’ Dimensionals and the way they make these plants look so real is just amazing! TIP: Don’t be a Stampin’ Dimensional over-user like I am! If you use too many they overlap each other and it pops up too much! Also, be sure to put the basket or pot down first. I added the leaves first on one of them and realized it was wider than the pop and I had to pull them back off. Opps!

Also, MAKE SURE TO ADD YOUR MAT! This kit took me longer because I had to pull all the little tabs back up again and add the mats in after they were finished! Otherwise I would say it took me like 15-20 minutes so very quick!! I love it!

Click the link below to get this Happy Houseplants Kit or click here to check out all of the kits!

If you wish to see this kit and all of the supplies, check out this video!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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How Many Die Cut Pieces?!?!

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Normally I don’t like to die cut a lot. Punches are more my jam because it is quick and simple. Then a blue moon happens and I go crazy! LOL Count all the die cut pieces I used on this fabulous card! There are 14 all using the Gone Fishing Bundle.

Die Cut Pieces, www.LaurasStampPad.com

SUPPLIES & MEASUREMENTS:
Pebbled Path Cardstock – 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scrap for die cutting
Mossy Meadow Cardstock – scrap for die cutting (~4 ¼” x 5 ½”)
(2) Basic Vanilla Cardstock – 4” x 5 ¼” and scrap for die cutting

CARD INSTRUCTIONS:

Die cut Mossy Meadow Cardstock with the rounded edge rectangle one from the Gone Fishing Dies for the tackle box base and add to the card front. Die cut Basic Vanilla (4” x 5 ¼”) with the tackle box outline die and adhere to the Mossy Meadow. TIP: Use all of the vanilla rectangles for the greetings on other cards.

Stamp lures, fish, and greeting of your choice onto the scrap Basic Vanilla in Pebbled Path Ink, Calypso Coral Ink, Mossy Meadow Ink, and Boho Blue Ink. The long bobber was die cut with Pebbled Path, Basic White, and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. The hooks were done in Pebbled Path Cardstock. Adhere these to the card front in the tackle box flat or with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

While this isn’t a card I would make a lot of, it was super fun to create for someone special! If you would like to check out more cards using the Gone Fishing Bundle, check out my entire tutorial here! You can also watch the video tutorial here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy Galentine’s Day!!!

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In honor of Galentine’s Day, I thought I would share a few of my amazing Galentine’s who stamp with me!!! It has been almost 20 years that I have been a demonstrator and I have met some amazing people through the years!!!

Happy Galentine's Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Over the 20 years I have been a demonstrator, I have gone through A LOT of life changes/events. I started holding classes in my teeny tiny apartment with no overhead lights. Those who came to my classes there….you are AMAZING! It was so tight in that room and dark and the stairs to get to that apartment were a bit scary!

Next, I moved into a townhouse that was fabulous. We stamped in the kitchen. When my classes were really big, I had to get out the “kid’s table” (aka a card table) and we squished into that room and had a great time! I was always forgetting something so I had to run upstairs to my stamp room to get whatever it was. We always laughed about how many times I had to go up there.

I lost my grandparents and so many of my stampers were there for me. During one class, I got a phone call about my Grandpa not doing well and everyone said they would leave so I could go. I decided to go the next day instead but it was so nice to have such wonderful support during those times.

Brad and I got married and then came the pregnancies! Everyone was so supportive and amazing through all of them. Some knew about my first pregnancy and the miscarriage. Then we had the joy of the second pregnancy and I had so many blessings poured upon us. I felt like every class/event I did that Spring was a celebration. The surprise I got when I walked into class in Paris and at the Library from the ladies was just amazing! I also had a full blown Baby Shower thrown by 2 of my close stampers. Baby Ziggy was so loved and has so many “aunts” and “grandmas.” I got a lot of support during my pregnancy with Alex as well even though it was partially during covid times.

I could share a million stories because of course I’m a talker but also the more I type these the more I think of. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about the love, support, happiness, and fun I have had over the years with Stampin’ Up! and meeting all of you! Near or far, I love you all and you are the best Gals a girl could ask for! Happy Galentine’s Day to you today and every day!!! May we continue to love and support one another!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


2 NEW Kit Collections!

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Check out the 2 NEW Kit Collections that Stampin’ Up! launched this month!! A perfect classic birthday kit and a fun home decor kit that is perfect for any home!

NEW Kit Collections, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love this Birthday Sparkle Kit because I feel like the gold and craft look are just so classic and perfect for both masculine and feminine birthdays!!! The hint of glimmer is just the icing on the cake!!!

Happy Houseplants Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This kit has me super intrigued and stay tuned because I have ordered it and will show it off. I think these framed plants are perfect to match any home decor and colors. We are actually redoing the bathroom next to Laura’s Stamp Pad and I realized we needed something for the walls. Then a few days later, Stampin’ Up launched this kit and I thought it would be perfect. Stay tuned! Be sure to follow me on Facebook for all of the updates!

If you picked one of the NEW Kit Collections Kits, which one would you pick?!? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget that Stampin’ Up has LOTS of other Kit Collection options too. These are perfect for beginner stampers or stamping on the go or just any crafter who loves a project! Check out a few of my favorites below!

You can also earn Sale-A-Bration free items when you purchase these kits! Grab an extra one to do with a friend for even more fun! Sale-A-Bration ends at the end of February!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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