Dainty Flowers!!!

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Have you seen the Dainty Flowers Designer Paper that is one of the $50 Level Sale-A-Bration items?!?!? It is so beautiful! I know I am a flower girl already but this paper is just amazing! It is also perfect for making quick and simple cards too!

Dainty Flowers Designer Paper Sale-A-Bration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The colors of this card (Blushing Bride & Starry Sky) are a beautiful combination. Add the layer of Dainty Flowers Designer Paper for a quick and simple card. All I did next was add a greeting with some Linen Thread for texture and then some Brass Butterflies. This card could be used for many different occasions! Which occasion would you use it for?!?!?

Linen Thread Loops for Texture on A Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For those Linen Thread Loops, I simply added a dab of adhesive to the middle of my card. Then I wrapped some Linen Thread around 4 fingers. I try to end my loop around the same spot as where the starting end is. Then slide the loops off your fingers and twist into a figure 8. This makes the ribbon fan out a bit. Then place this down with the center of your figure 8 on that dab of adhesive in the center of your card. Add the greeting over the top of the loops with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Feel free to pull the loops a bit to fan them out for more texture! This can be done with Baker’s Twine and other thin threads and ribbon! I hope you will try it out too!

Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th so don’t wait to place your order and earn lots of Free Sale-A-Bration goodies. The Dainty Flowers Designer Paper has been a popular one so I could see it running out perhaps!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Evergreen Trees!!!

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Evergreen Trees come in all shapes and sizes which is why this card is super fun! I used the 3 different sizes of trees from the Trees For Sale Stamp Set and 3 different color combinations! Check it out!

Evergreen Trees Trees For Sale Stampin Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You might look at this card and think WHOA with the colors but there are some trees out there that are rather blue looking instead of green! I also love the color variations with this card! It does get rather tricking having 5 ink pads out on your craft table though. Be very careful which ink pad you are tapping the stamp into! LOL

Evergreen Trees Color Options:

Shades of Blues & Greens, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the largest tree, I used Soft Sea Foam for the base and Pear Pizzazz for the detailed image. Next, I used Pool Party for the base of the medium tree and Coastal Cabana for the detailed image. On the small tree, I used Soft Succulent stamped off once for the base and full strength for the detailed image. You could also pair Soft Succulent with Evening Evergreen! TIP: Start with the largest tree first and work your way down. This way you have plenty of room for the big tree and can fill in with the smaller ones.

Christmas Evergreen Tree Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another sample of the card but I didn’t stamp the background of the card base with the little snowflakes. In a way, I like it because the other card seems very busy but then I also kind of think this one looks a little plain. Which one do you prefer – snowflake background or not?!? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to make this Evergreen Trees card, check out the supplies listed below! Want to see this in action? Check out this video!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Christmas Gift Tags!!!

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Is it all about the gift or the gift packaging?!?! For my regular presents, I don’t tend to add a decorated tag. In fact, I usually write the name in the fold on the end and have no tag. BUT I love to create fun Christmas Gift Tags for neighbor gifts and teacher gifts!

Christmas Gift Tags Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Stampin’ Up! Christmas Gifting Kit is super cute and simple. It makes 3 each of these 3 tags and there are tons of supplies leftover. These tags have a little pocket on the backside. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what that pocket is for. Is it for money? A Gift Card? Seems a little small for a gift card. Thoughts?!?!

Christmas Gifting Kit Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My favorite thing about these tags is the whole peek-a-boo look with the die cut tree, star, and deer and then the printed pocket tag in the bag peeking through. I love it! BONUS: Those die cut images can then be used for additional tags.

Alternative Christmas Gifting Kit Options, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look what I created with the leftover pieces and some Basic White Cardstock. I used the Very Best Trio Punch for some added detail and a slot for the ribbon! How amazing is that?!?! So the Christmas Gifting Kit creates 9 tags but I easily created an additional 9! Woot Woot!

Click the links below to create these amazing Christmas Tags for your holiday gift packaging!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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All the Fall Colors!!!

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The Fall colors this year are just stunning. Those shades of yellow and green into oranges and then the POP of red! I love it all!!! Here I did a little Fall coloring with Blending Brushes!

Ombre Fall Colors with Blending Brushes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

First, start with the lightest color and blend the Crushed Curry on the bottom and up about 1/2 way. Next, take Pumpkin Pie and blend in the middle. Work you way down into the Crushed Curry and up about 3/4 of the way! Finally, using Cajun Craze blend from the edge into the Pumpkin Pie. TIP: Always start your blending brush off of your project and then slide onto it. Work in a circular motion

Fall Leaves Thinking of You Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once you have the background complete, simply stamp an image over the top in Memento Black Ink! I used a few leaves and a greeting on the bottom! You could always add in some acorns and different types of leaves. You could also do this same design with other colors and stamp flowers, animals, party hats, etc. This card design is perfect for all year long and any occasion!

If you would like to see this Fall Colors Blending Technique in action, check out my video tutorial below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Halloween One Sheet Wonder!

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I’m not a huge Halloween fan but I do like to make a few cards to send to family. This Halloween One Sheet Wonder is perfect for creating just enough cards and using every inch of the Designer Paper!

Halloween One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added Glimmer Washi Tape in every other strip of the Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper for a fabulus background! Add the Washi Tape to the full sheet of 12″ x 12″ and then cut it into 4″ x 12″ strips. Then take each strip and cut it into 2 pieces measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then cut the leftover piece in half to use as a decoration on the inside of the card! BAM Used every inch of the paper – One Sheet Wonder!

Halloween Spiders Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greeting and spider stamp are from the September Paper Pumpkin Kit! Since I’m not a huge fan of Halloween I like to use the Paper Pumpkin stamps rather than purchasing another Halloween Set! I hope you try out this Halloween One Sheet Wonder so you can whip up some cute cards to send out this month!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Rustic Harvest!!!

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I am still a bit surprised it is September already. Harvest hasn’t officially started yet at least with my family farm so I think that is why! It seems that begins later and later each year. When I was kid, it always started at my birthday which is the end of August! Either way Fall is here as the temps are dropping and the leaves are changing so I have started playing with the Rustic Harvest Suite!

Rustic Harvest Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is one of the cards that we will be creating for the September Online Card Class. There is a total of 5 cards all using the Rustic Harvest Suite from the July – December Mini Catalog! The detail in the pumpkins and that fun floral piece are what makes me love this Suite! I used lots of Linen Thread on this class too! It’s just the perfect thing for a rustic Fall look, don’t you think?!?! Be sure to get signed up for this class here!

September Online Card Class!

Fall Pumpkins September Online Card Class, www.LaurasStampPad.com

One of my other favorite things about the Hello Harvest Stamp Set is the fun little images like the line and dots image above. How cute and fun is that to decorate the inside of the card, the envelope, or even the border on the front of the card!?!? It’s so simple and easy but adds so much to the project. Also, if you are thinking…ohhhh how do I get it straight or I would mess that up…..STOP right there. I thought those same things but just went for it and yes it is off but it also doesn’t matter. It looks fabulous and it’s not noticable. BONUS! I love images like that!

Remember that you can watch the Online Card Class for FREE on YouTube or Facebook LIVE on Friday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m. CT. If you would like to stamp along you can always purchase the PDF Tutorial and/or the pre-cut card packet! Click here for all of the detail and how to get signed up! See you there for the Rustic Harvest Online Stamp Class!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Simple, Moderate, or Stepped Up!

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There are so many different ways to create a card at any level! Whether you are new to stamping or have stamped for many years….whether you have tons of supplies or just a handful of items, you can create a beautiful card made with love. Which one are you – Simple, Moderate, or Stepped Up?!?! I’m all 3 but probably moderate the majority of the time!

Simple, Moderate, or Stepped Up Note Card & Envelopes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used Note Cards and Envelopes for these cards which are fun and easy because they come pre-scored and ready to go! They are also a notecard size (5″ x 3-1/2″) so it isn’t as big and daunting if you are just starting out! Note Cards & Envelopes come in a pack of 20 and there is a white or vanilla option!

Simple Homemade Note Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this simple card, I took a piece of Basic White (4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″) to do all of the stamping on. This made it less intimating for making mistakes. If I made a mistake on the card front, that’s the entire card. This way it’s a fun layer to add texture to the card while also making it “safer”. LOL I just randomly stamped the grass in Parakeet Party Ink and then added the flowers on top. Some of the flowers are stamped with the big flower in the upper left and some in the lower center. This gives the field of flowers a random look where each flower isn’t the same! The flowers were stamped in Sweet Sorbet Ink and Orchid Oasis! Then I added a greeting and it was all set!

Step It Up!

Homemade Thank You Note Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To step up the card a bit, I simply added a layer of Sweet Sorbet cardstock to make it POP more! The Sweet Sorbet cardstock measures 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and then the Basic White measures 3″ x 4-1/2″. To mix it up even more I created this card in landscape rather than portrait. There are so many fun ways to create this card! To step it up even more, you can punch out the greeting with your favorite label punch (or die cut) and add a little ribbon behind it or jewels! So many ways to decorate this card!

Which card style do you prefer – simple, moderate, or stepped up?!? It’s okay to be all 3 too!!! If you would like to recreate these cards, check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget that it is Sale-A-Bration time right now so you can earn FREE goodies when you order $50!!! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Christmas in July!

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WHAT?!?!?!?! I am so not ready for Christmas but that is why this is called Christmas IN JULY! It’s never to early to get started on your holiday cards after all! The July-December Mini Catalog launched this month and my Online Stamp Class is Christmas in July – Lights Aglow!

Christmas in July, Lights Aglow, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This stunning cards uses products from the Lights Aglow Suite! It is one of the 5 cards that I will be making in the July Online Card Class! This class takes place on Friday, July 22nd at 7:30 p.m. CT on Facebook and YouTube Live! Anyone can watch for FREE! In fact, you can check out past Online Card Classes here! Share with all of your friends because I love chatting and stamping with everyone as if we were all in the same room together!

If you would like to stamp along with me there are 2 options for you to pick from! You can purchase the PDF Tutorial for instant download and cut the cardstock and supplies yourself OR you can purchase a card kit and I will mail it all out to you! No die cut/punched images or stamped images will be provided. You will need the Lights Aglow Bundle or stamp set of your choice! Click here for all of the details and to get registered!

The In Person Class for this one has filled up fast so I’m super excited to do it online with all of you as well! Save the Date for the Christmas in July – Lights Aglow Online Stamp Class on June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. CT!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Father’s Day Cards!!!

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Father’s Day is this coming Sunday so let’s be sure to spoil all of the men in our lives as we honor them for their love, guidance, and support! This card is awesome for any designer paper you might have. It also works for many different occasions too!

Father's Day Cards, Artfully Composed, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this the perfect look for a Father’s Day card?!? Even a birthday or retirment card! The strips of Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper measure 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ and there are endless options with double sided paper! You could use 2 different sheets of paper from the pack or 4 different sheets. This is also the perfect card for when you love both sides of the paper and just can’t decide which one to use! Just use both sides!

I stamped off for the leaves in Pear Pizzazz Ink and used Evening Evergreen Ink for the greeting so it would POP! I did the same on the inside with some leaves in the corner and Happy Father’s Day in the center! You could always flip flop the greetings if you wanted to!

Check out the supplies listed below if you would like to recreate these cards! This video tutorial has all of the details and measurements so be sure to check that out as well! Also, another big shout out of Happy Father’s Day to all the men this weekend! Enjoy your day and know that you are appreciated!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Light the Candles!!!

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Stampin’ Up!’s Kit Collection is one sale this month with Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% off! This is perfect to get 2 kits so you can share with a friend or family member. Also, it’s PERFECT for this week because here in the midwest it is HOT! It was real feel of 107 this morning at 10 a.m. One of the kit options is this Light the Candles All Inclusive Card Kit!

Light the Candles Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I send out LOTS of birthday cards each month so I’ll never turn down a birthday card kit! This one is also super fun for kids and adults alike. I love the bright colors, cool pop up look, and fun stamps. The kit comes with everything you need to create it – stamps, ink, pre-cut/die cut cardstock and envelopes. There are detailed instructions on how to make the cards as well. It is perfect for stamping at all ages!

Stampin' Up All Inclusive Kit Collection, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I decorated the inside for even more birthday fun! Also, don’t worry about the greetings because Stampin’ Up provides extras in case there is a mistake or just so you can create more fun cards with the leftovers! Either way it puts me at ease. I feel like when there is an exact amount, I’m bound mess at least 1 up. If I have plenty, I seem to nail each one! It’s probably a mental thing!

All Inclusive Card Kits!

Birthday Greeting Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

With the special going on this month, I actually got 2 more of these Light The Candles kits. I can’t decide who I want to create this kit with! Who would you love to stamp together with – in person or even from afar?!?!

Check out all of the kits on sale here! There are card kits but also craft kits like treat boxes, decorative notebooks and more! Snag a few kits for yourself (I won’t tell) or get a few to share with friend and family!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura