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,

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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’


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,

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

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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,

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’


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Bye Bye 2020!

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Happy New Year’s Eve!!! How are you celebrating and saying Bye Bye 2020??

Bye Bye 2020

Sometimes I feel a little sad on New Year’s Eve because another year has gone by but this yeah I’m waving real big and happy to say good bye! I’m sure a lot of us are feeling that way! I’m excited about 2021 because that means Baby Aaha is coming! That means hopefully all the chaos of 2020 is left behind and we have a fresh new start!!!

As for my plans for tonight…..sleep!!!! I’m not sure I can stay awake till midnight and still get up and function with a toddler and being pregnant! We shall see! ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t wait to stamp, share, and connect with all of you in 2021!!! Here’s to a new year of stamping fun!

Happy Stampin’ Bye Bye 2020!


Merry Christmas to All!!!

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Just wanted to write a quick post to say Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

Merry Christmas to All,

I just wanted to take a chance to to wish you and your family a wonderful and safe holiday season!

We will be celebrating today with a nap and our traditional supper of homemade chicken nuggets with roasted potato wedges. This has just been a meal we have made years ago and just keep coming back to it. It’s not the perfect tradition. Tonight, Brad and I will be building a kitchen for Claire while watching Christmas Vacation! Wish us luck that it actually goes together okay and we aren’t up so late that Santa skips over our home! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Stampin’


Leaders Summit!!!

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to “attend” an event that Stampin’ Up! put on for their leaders. Leaders Summit was technically suppose to be held in New Orleans but due to the pandemic it got moved to a virtual event. Thank goodness since Hurricane Laura (I promise I had nothing to do with that) came through the south last weekend!

Leaders Summit Stampin Up,

This event was AMAZING. Even though it was virtual, we were able to network with people all around the world, hear amazing talks, training, and enjoy a toast in Tiffany & Co Champaign Glasses! Stampin’ Up really knows how to spoil us and make us feel genuinely loved and appreciated! I am so proud to say I work for/with Stampin’ Up as it is an amazing company!

This event, as most Stampin’ Up events do, brought so many smiles, tears, laughs, deep thoughts, and all the good feels! It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday weekend AND I got to stay home and be with my family too! The breaks in between were perfectly timed that I got to eat with Brad and Claire and help with bedtime routine!

A few quotes that I loved and want to share with all of you are the following: “YOU ARE ENOUGH!” and “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can change the sails to still get in the direction I need to go!” I really thought about the I am enough quote all weekend and it honestly chokes me up each time. We are always wanting to do more and wishing we could do XYZ but really, we are enough. We are amazing and are perfectly perfect! Remember that. Repeat that. Know that you mean the world to me as a you are reading this! As for the other quote, life is messy and we can’t control everything. We can control our attitude and our outlook. Yeah, it’s a rainy day and we can’t play outside but we can make forts to snuggle in and watch movies all day. Okay, maybe that’s just me with a toddler…..who won’t watch movies all day but still! ๐Ÿ™‚ There is always positive in every situation. You just have to see it!

Okay I’m going to stop talking about Leaders Summit before you all fall asleep or think I’ve gone off my rocker again! ๐Ÿ™‚

NOTE: See that photo of Sara Douglas, CEO at Stampin’ Up! with the heart hands!!! Who did it first????? Did she steal that from me?? If you watch my Laura’s Dose of Stampin’ Therapy, you know I do that each time!!! She loves all of us as much as I love all of you!!! <3

One last comment…..if you want to join in the fun and be a part of this amazing company, there is a fabulous Promotion right now for new demonstrators. Click here for more details or stay tuned as I will have more details here next week!

Happy Stampin’


Claire Turned 2!!!

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Happy Monday, everyone!!! I wanted to share some pictures of Claire’s birthday party since I have talked about it so much lately! I still can’t believe Claire turned 2. Check out her Elmo Invitation here!

Claire Turned 2,

The Elmo t-shirt was not easy to find and this one came in an XS. Even with a hot wash, it was still rather large on her but that just means she can wear it for a LONG time! ๐Ÿ™‚ The little tutu was super cute but didn’t stay on for long because she jumped in her little pool after cupcakes!!

I made the Elmo Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches which turned out great. The only problem was some of the red icing bled into the white eye ball candies for a rough looking Elmo!

It is still crazy that Claire turned 2 last month when it also seems like I was huge and wondering when she was ever going to come! If you all remember those crazy days you have been following me for a while now! Thank you for coming along on this fun and crazy journey with me! I appreciate all of you!

Back to New Catalog product tomorrow!!! Happy Stampin’


16 Favorite Products!!!

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Happy Tuesday! To keep the celebration of my 16 years with Stampin’ Up going, I’m sharing my 16 Favorite Products!!! This has been an annual tradition for a few years now and I find it so interesting to see what they are! You can check out past years here and here!

16 Favorite Products,

These are my favorite products that I’m loving right now! What are some of yours?? Let me know in the comments below!

~Stampin’ Shammy – I use this so much and it’s AMAZING!!!
Champagne Rhinestones – Bling Bling in a fun, fabulous shade!!!
~Peaceful Moments Stamp Set – I love the greetings and that fabulous font!!!
Under My Umbrella Stamp Set – It’s perfect for Spring! Beautiful!!!
~Umbrella Builder Punch – Of course you have to get the coordinating punch!!!
Best Dressed Designer Series Paper – The flower side is just stunning!!!
~Take Your Pick Tool – This thing is so handy and makes crafting easy!!!
Ornate Style Stamp Set – That corner image is perfect for ALL Cards!!!
~Ornate Layers Dies – These are perfect for greetings, decoration, and more!!!

Lovely Lipstick & Daffodil Delight – These are my 2 favorite colors right now!!!
~Label Me Lovely & Label Me Fancy Punches – I grab for these for almost every card! Layering them and cutting them is super fun!!!
Stampin’ Blends…..ALL OF THEM! I am really starting to enjoy coloring because of these amazing markers!!!
~Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon & Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon – Both of these are so beautiful and fun to use for any card occasion!!!

To see this all in action, check out the video below orย click here. Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and donโ€™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!!!

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16 Years of Fun!!!

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Officially my anniversary was yesterday but that’s the weekend so let’s keep the celebration going all week long! After all it’s been 16 Years of Fun so let’s continue on!!!

16 Years of Fun,

Each year that my Stampin’ Up Anniversary comes up, I like to reflect on it all. First off, it’s crazy that I’ve been stamping for 16 years or doing anything that long! The more amazing thing is that I still love it after 16 years. I enjoy the creative aspect even though I really don’t feel that creative. A good copier is what I like to think I am! ๐Ÿ™‚

The biggest part of Stampin’ Up that keeps me going is the LOVE!!! Oh geez I may get emotional….good thing this isn’t a video! The people that I meet at stamping events and classes become like family to me. They/You have been there through the ups and downs of my life. They/You are part of my village for raising Claire and let me tell you, this village is amazing! I couldn’t do it without all of you! The smiles, tears, advice, and encouragement that I receive as well as others receive at my stamp classes, clubs, and events is AMAZING! Then there is the love that is mailed out or handed out that puts a smile on someone’s face. I can only hope they cherish that card and feel the love.

Stampin’ Up is not just a hobby or a job for me. It is so much more and I am happy that I jumped in with both feet after 1 workshop I attended. I didn’t order anything that night but took the catalog home. Flipping through it daily and thinking I need it all! Boy did I ever need it all!

So I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you for being a part of my 16 years and making it so special. Here’s to another 16 and more!!! I will have a few specials going on this week so stay tuned!

Today, I’m starting 1 special which is DOUBLE LAURA’S LOYAL STAMPERS STICKERS! Use the Hostess Code: DWN2SQVV when placing your order online or send me your order and mention this offer!!! This offer is valid till Friday, April 24, 2020 at noon!!! Click here to start shopping and earning!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my TOP 16 Favorite Products right now and of course my Daily Dose of Stampin’ Therapy on Facebook each week day! Let’s continue celebrating 16 years of fun!

Happy Stampin’


What Would You Get With $125?

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What would you get for $125 with Stampin’ Up??? That is the question of the day!!! Today, I’m going to share my picks of what I would get as a beginner stamper and avid stamper. These are some of my favorites right now!

What Would You Get with $125,

Right now is the best time to join Stampin’ Up because the Starter Kit is amazing! I mean it’s always amazing but NOW you get 3 extra goodies that really make the fireworks go off!!!

For just $99, you get……
~$125 in anything you want
~Mini Paper Cutter
~6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler Pack
~Any Stamp Set of your Choice (go for the expensive one!!!!!)
~Free Shipping

And that is just the beginning!!! After all of that you get to be on my Fabulous Friends Team which is a wonderful group of stampers. We share stamping ideas, business tips, and our lives with each other. These ladies are like family to me! You also get a discount on future Stampin’ Up product, information on new products coming out, the opportunity to pre-order items before everyone else, and TRIPS!!! This year alone you can go to New Orleans and Salt Lake City to Stampin’ Up Events! Once you join Stampin’ Up, it’s all about you and what you want out of it. There are no obligations to do anything! Click here to join the fun!

Check out my video below to see all of these items and why I selected each one. Click here to view the video if it’s not working here. Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and donโ€™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!!!

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