Baby Aaha is Here!!!

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Okay so he has been here for 8 weeks now….WOW! I know I can’t believe that either! I have been feeling soooooo much better for 8 weeks now. I was so huge and so uncomfortable the last few months I was pregnant. After begging my Doctor to just take Baby Aaha out NOW, he came 2 days prior to our original plan! I took in chocolate chip cookies as a thank you for granting my wishes! LOL

Baby Aaha is here, www.laurasstamppad.com

Baby Aaha became Alex on St. Patrick’s Day!!! He was born weighing 9 pounds, 5 ounces!!!! BIG BOY!!! Although I still find him to be my tiny little ball of squish!!! I just can’t help kissing him all over and I will continue until he won’t let me anymore! 🙂 I did have another C-section and all went well. We came home and were so excited to see Claire and she is in love with Alex from the moment she saw him. She calls him her baby and always wants to hold him and see him. By “see him” she means her face just 2 inches from his because sitting nearby just isn’t enough apparently.

Everyone is doing well and I am slowly getting back into a groove. Things are still crazy since babies aren’t very routine and Claire is done with school next week so I really don’t know what my new schedule will be. I am still posting regularly on my Facebook Page – Laura’s Stamp Pad. That is the best place to see inspiration and details regularly! Email and text is always open for you to reach me with questions as well! I am still responding to those fairly quickly!

Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement, and patience with me during the pregnancy with Baby Aaha and now that Alex is here!! You all mean so much to me and I appreciate you!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


May 2021 Free Stamp Set!!!

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Happy May!!! I’m back to blogging!!! Stay tuned as I will be sharing pictures and details of little Baby Aaha this week!!! But first, the May 2021 Free Stamp Set of the Month is……drum roll…..

May 2021 Free Stamp Set of the Month, www.LaurasStampPad.com

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!

The New Annual Catalog is officially out as well! That means 256 amazing new products and 346 samples to inspire you with you craft supplies!!! There are 5 NEW In Colors – Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Evening Evergreen, Polished Pink, and Soft Succulent!! Of course I love Polished Pink because….well….it’s PINK! I have very surprised that so far I have used the 2 greens together a lot and I’m loving the soft pastels of the Papaya, Freesia, and Succulent together too! Click here to check these out and shop all the goodies that come in these colors!

If you would like a copy of the catalog, send me a message and I will get one in the mail to you!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura



Hello Dear Friend!!!

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I love All Inclusive Kits because they are perfect for gifting to someone or for a beginner stamper to get their feet wet!! They come with everything you need to make the cards except scissors. The Hello Dear Friend Card Kit is my current favorite because of the flowers and the AMAZING GREETINGS!

Hello Dear Friend Stampin' Up All Inclusive Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the greetings so much for #happymail cards or even thank you notes. My favorite actual card from the bunch is the mini purple thank you card! There is just something about the flower bunch in front of what looks like a window that I love!!!

Easy Mini Thank You Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t you think it looks like a church window or something??? I just love it and it’s super simple. TIP: Be sure to stamp the greeting up high so that it fits. As you can see in my sample, the Y cuts off a bit at the bottom!

#happymail Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is my 2nd favorite because that greeting makes me smile!!! TIP: Add adhesive to the middle and lower left corner of the vellum so it will be covered up with the flowers and greeting! The purple flower was adhered on the card flat but the pink and yellow one are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Hello Dear Friend Mini Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is quick and simple. The perfect size for a little note to drop with an item on someone’s porch, desk, or even hand it to them! Just a little something to brighten your day! Who wouldn’t love that?!?!?

Flowers & Diamonds Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I created this card with the vellum diamond both up and down. Honestly, I couldn’t really tell the difference like it should be one way or the other. It looks amazing both ways and the flower and greeting sort of take away from the fact that it’s a diamond shape!

Which one is your favorite?? Let me know in the comment below! If you would like to see me create all of these cards, check out this video! I’ll be honest evenings and this pregnancy made my stamping a bit of a hot mess but not every stamping session is perfect! LOL

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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February 2021 Paper Pumpkin!

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The February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit was super simple and fabulous! I totally messed up on a few of mine but I still love the way they turned out! Which one is your favorite??

February 2021 Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My favorite one is the bouquet card. The colors, the flowers, and that sweet greeting are just amazing! This is a greeting I can see me using on future cards as well! I will say I’m not so sure black sequins was the correct look for these cards but……I can use them on another project since I have a lot leftover!

Monthly Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Thinking of You card is my second favorite! I love that gold vellum. For the first card, I added adhesive all around the edge under the gold foil but I could still see it through. On the other 2 cards, I added adhesive on opposite corners (under the flowers) and a small day on the other 2 corners. This was more subtle and looked much better!

Thinking of You Stampin' Up Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is my least favorite and I realized I totally forgot the twine which makes it super simple and a little plain. The gold foil is stunning so really it does so much for this card and I still like it but it is plain! I don’t know what I was thinking to not add the twine. The black sequins seemed a little “dark” for the card.

Homemade Sympathy Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just love Paper Pumpkin kits because they are always keeping my card stash full with cards for every occasion! The color combinations inspire me and give me ideas! I also enjoy just creating for fun without coming up with the idea and having to cut everything for it! It’s perfect!!! If you liked this February 2021 Paper Pumpkin and would like to try out it out for a month or more, click here to sign up for the March Kit before the 10th!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


March 2021 Specials!!!

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It’s a new month and that means new specials!!! The March 2021 Free Stamp Set of the Month is…….drum roll……..

March 2021 Stampin' Up Specials, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know how much I love flowers so of course this stamp set jumped out at me. I also love the greetings and that thick scroll-y font!!!

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 if you got the Rhinestone Coupon in the mail in December, you will also get those for Free with your first 2021 order!!! Click here to start shopping!

Butterfly Bouquet Stampin' Up Bundle, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Starting TODAY, March 2nd, you can now get the Butterfly Bouquet Suite and bring Spring to life!!! There is a single stamp with 6 different sizes/styles of butterflies. Stamp once and enjoy an array of images. What’s even better??? There is a single die cut that cuts all 6 out with one simple crank through! Woot Woot! There is a coordinating Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper Pack as well as a fun woodgrain textured paper called Natural Touch Designer Series Paper!

So many fun things for March 2021 with Stampin’ Up and don’t forget that it’s BABY MONTH!!!! Our baby boy will be born this month! Bare with me as I plan to take some time off after his arrival while we figure out a routine for our family of 4. I will still be checking emails, texts, and posting on Facebook!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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3 Days Left!!!

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There are only 3 days left of Sale-A-Bration….including TODAY! Sunday, February 28th is the final day to enjoy free goodies with every $50 order. The other awesome thing is that so far none of the Sale-A-Bration items are sold out which is AMAZING!

3 Days Left to Earn the Touch of Ink Stamp Set for Free, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here I created a fun Gate Fold Card using the Touch of Ink Stamp Set! This set is one of the $100 Level Sets that you can earn for Free with Sale-A-Bration! A Touch of Ink Stamp Set has been the most popular item redeemed so far!

I started with a Night of Navy card base (4-1/4″ x 11″) and scored it at 2-3/4″ from either end. This creates that gate fold! Then I cut out all of the layering pieces which are all the same size….the right panel, left panel, and focal point that overlaps! This makes cutting and measuring a breeze. The solid cardstock layer is 2-1/2″ x 4″. Then the Paper Blooms Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper (and Basic White for the center piece) measure 2-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.

Butterfly, Hummingbird, and Flower Stamped Images, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card uses the back side of the designer paper shown above and the butterfly from the Touch of Ink Stamp Set! Stamp, embellish and assemble! There are so many fun looks that you can create with this set! TIP: Be sure when adhering the focal point that you only add adhesive to the left hand side so you don’t seal your card closed! 🙂

Simple Stamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, on the inside of the cards, simply stamp the outline image of the same one that is on the front! Simple and fabulous! I love how you can mix and match the colors, designer paper, images, and greetings for an array of different cards! It makes it super versatile!

Don’t forget that you have 3 days (TODAY, Saturday, and Sunday) to shop and earn Sale-A-Bration Free Products!!! Now is the time to get something off your wish list or stock up on basics! Click here to start shopping or check out the supplies used on these cards below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Berry Delightful

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It’s the last week of Sale-A-Bration and today I’m sharing with you a berry sweet card using the Berry Blessings Stamp Set and Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper. This is a $100 Level Sale-A-Bration item and you get both the stamps and paper! Woot Woot!

Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The colors for this card are STUNNING! Just Jade and Night of Navy are so perfect together! I got the inspiration for this card from fellow stamper, Angie L!

I started with a Just Jade card base. Next, I used the Wrapped in Texture (oppps this one retired with the Holiday Mini Catalog) Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Just Jade (3-1/2″ x 4″). I actually used a few different embossing folders for different textured looks and they are all fabulous! Of course, the one I photographed for this post is a retired one! I’m sorry about that! 🙂 #PregnancyBrain

Next, I layered the embossed piece on the upper half of the card front and a piece of the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (2″ x 4″) to the lower portion of the card. For the overlap of the 2 papers, I added a little 1/2″ strip of Night of Navy cardstock. This is a great way to use up scraps of cardstock.

Berry Blessings Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I die cut a Basic White Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies. Before popping it out of the die, I ran the large stylus from the Take Your Pick Tool around the edge, just following the metal frame. This gave the oval a bit of pop which you can see in the upper left of the photo above! Just a little added fun and texture! Then using the Berry Blessings Stamp Set, I stamped the blueberries in Just Jade and Pacific Point Ink. I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Finished off the front with a few Night of Navy Rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Pack!

Sale-A-Bration Berry Collection Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I took a piece of Basic White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped some blueberries near the bottom. For the solid background stamp of blueberries, I stamped off once for that lighter look! Then I took a piece of the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper and added it to the bottom. This is just the back side to what was used on the front! The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy!

There are still a few more days left of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn the Berry Blessing Bundle (stamps & paper) for FREE with a $100 order! Check out the supplies below if you would like to recreate this card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Favorites Starter Kit Picks!!!

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Tuesday, I shared my Beginner Starter Kit Picks and today I’m sharing my Favorites Starter Kit Picks. These are the items that I’m loving right now! If you have been stamping for a few months or even years or maybe decades and have decided to jump in and start enjoying that discount on products you love, remember you can customize your Starter Kit to anything you want. Here are my picks!

My Favorites Starter Kit Pick for Sale-A-Bration 2021, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Bundles are always a great deal because they are 10% off the individual price of the items. I’m all about getting the best deal and stacking the offers. I picked my 2 favorite bundles for this kit which I’m sure you aren’t surprised by! If you have followed me for even a hot minute, you know how much I LOVE FLOWERS!!! The Hydrangea Haven Bundle is so pretty and fabulous! Then there is the Many Messages Bundle which I have found to be so quick and simple to use and get lots of great greetings for any occasion! It’s amazing!

After those bundles, I needed a few filler items to round out my $125 in picks so I went with the Blended Brushes which are super fun and perfect for coloring the Hydrangea. Stampin’ Dimensionals because I just love those things and can’t get enough of them! Finally, I picked an embellishment to round it out! Technically I went with the Pastel Pearls which coordinate with the Hydrangea Bundle but mine haven’t arrived just yet so I popped in some Champagne Rhinestone for the photo! 🙂

These products total $124.75 which is just $0.25 under the $125 max amount you get in your kit! All of this for just $99 plus tax. Shipping is FREE!!! BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE! Now during Sale-A-Bration which ends on February 28th, you will also receive 5 packs of double-sided Designer Series Paper – Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, and In-Colors! That’s A LOT OF PAPER! Remember you can pick anything you want, these are just my favorites starter kit picks!

If you have been stamping for awhile and just love the product as much as me, think about joining for the amazing discount on items you love! Pick your favorites and get started! If you like mine click on the products below to purchase them individually or add them to your Starter Kit!!! If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out!!! When you are ready to get started, click here!

If you are just getting started, be sure to check out Tuesday’s post for my Beginner Starter Kit options!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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My Beginner Starter Kit Picks!!!

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Stampin’ Up offers an amazing deal with their Starter Kit all year long but during Sale-A-Bration it is even sweeter! Whether you are just getting started and want the best offer or you have been stamping for years and have decided that the discount would be amazing!!! I have my Starter Kit picks here in both categories so you can see my favorites and possibly an option for you if you have been thinking about it! Today, I’m sharing my Beginner Starter Kit picks. Thursday, I’ll share my favorites for someone who has been stamping awhile!

My Starter Kit Picks for A Beginner Stamper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For someone just getting started with stamping, I always recommend Stampin’ Up’s All Inclusive Card Kits! These kits are amazing because they come with everything that you need to get started including ink, stamps, clear block, and adhesive. It’s the perfect way to get your feet wet and not feel overwhelmed. This is why I picked the Hello Dear Friend All Inclusive Card Kit (upper left corner)!!!

To go along with that kit, I chose the Melon Mambo and Old Olive Ink Pads because the stamps in the kit include a flower and stem. These colors are also used in the kit so any leftover pieces can coordinate well with these colors to create even more cards with the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes! (Misty Moonlight is the ink spot in the all inclusive kit!)

The other items I picked for a beginner come from the Zany Zebra Card Kit – Zany Zebra Stamp Set, pack of Basic White Cardstock, Clear Block D (always great to have 2 clear blocks), Memento Black Ink, Watercolor Pencils, and Stampin’ Dimensionals (MY FAVORITE)!!! This gives you a little more freedom to stamp and create while not feeling overwhelmed by a million products. Black is always a good basic ink color to have as well!

Finally, I picked the Shammy because after all, you will want to clean your stamps when you are done!

This is a TON of product that totals $121.75 which means you can pick something off the Clearance Rack to round out your $125 for the Starter Kit! All of this for just $99 plus tax. Shipping is FREE!!! BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE! Now during Sale-A-Bration which ends on February 28th, you will also receive 5 packs of double-sided Designer Series Paper – Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, and In-Colors! That’s A LOT OF PAPER! Remember you can pick anything you want, these are just my beginner starter kit picks!

If you are just getting started and want the best offer our there, this is it! Click on the products below to purchase them individually or add them to your Starter Kit!!! If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out!!! When you are ready to get started, click here!

Come back Thursday to see my favorite Starter Kit Picks for someone who has some basics and just loves stamping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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