Beauty of the Earth!!!

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Lately I have been so drawn to nature images and trees. It is kind of shocking me but with the stunning images in this Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set and Beauty of the Earth Designer Paper, I’m going with it!

Beauty of the Earth Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is fairly simple with just a little bit of stamping and layering!!! I started with a Basic White card base and layered on a piece of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I took a piece of Basic White (1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the tree and greeting! I used Old Olive and Early Espresso Ink Pads! Then I layered this onto Old Olive cardstock (2″ x 5-1/4″). Before adding it to the card front, I wrapped a bit of twine around the bottom with the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. This pack is perfect for all of your neutral looks! Pop that onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and you are all set!

If you want to get into the nature look with me, check out the supplies listed below and let’s get started! Want to see more samples with these products, click here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Enjoy The Moment!!!

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Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them!!! The Enjoy The Moment Stamp Set has images that some may think are weeds or a nuisance but they makes some pretty fabulous cards!!

Enjoy the Moment Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I needed some cards…..like REALLY BAD! My stash was getting really low since I wasn’t stamping as much after the birth of Alex! I got out this stamp set because I hadn’t played with it yet. It probably isn’t something I would have picked out myself but I got it free from Stampin’ Up at one of the events last year. Fabulous demonstrator perks!!!

Bakers Twine Essentials Pack, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used a Very Vanilla card base, Soft Succulent layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and then Very Vanilla layer (3-3/4″ x 5″). All of the stamping is in Early Espresso which makes this card quick and simple – one ink pad and one stamp set!

The first one was just layered and simple. The second one I added a little bit of the twine from the Bakers Twine Essential Pack! Then for the third card, I added in even more with some Stitched Rectangles, twine, and Tasteful Textiles Embossing Folder! Which one is your favorite??

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Textiles Embossing Folder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Honestly, I started out with this 3rd one and slowly made it more and more simple! I actually like the simplest one the most! There is just something about the colors and layers that I love! I love it so much I made a 20 more in various colors – Mossy Meadow, Just Jade, and Night of Navy!!! I love them all and now I have a good masculine card stash!

Masculine Birthday Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Click the items below so you can make these cards using the Enjoy The Moment Stamp Set! Have fun making them just like me!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Beauty of Friendship!!!

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I really struggle with masculine cards but I have found that the Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set has so amazing images for man cards! What about you??? Do you struggle with man cards? Let me know in the comments below!

Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set Stampin' Up!, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the Note Cards and Envelopes for these cards which makes them even more quick and easy! First, I stamped the more solid tree image from the Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set in Soft Succulent. I stamped this one first because I didn’t want to stamp the trunk and then realize I went to high on the card and the tree doesn’t fit. Next, I stamped the second detailed tree image in Evening Evergreen. Add the trunk and greeting in Early Espresso and boom you are all done stamping! How easy is that?!?!?

My original card used the Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon (far left) but then I ran out. Then, I went with some Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon and really liked that look but thought it looked a smidge more elegant. Since I struggle with man cards, I decided to make multiples for my stash and even tried out the Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon. When I did a poll the Evening Evergreen was the winner by far. Which is your favorite??

If you would like to make this card using the Beauty of Friendship Stamp Set, check out the supplies used below! Need it all, simply click the Add All To Cart button for an easy shopping experience!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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May 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!

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Finally I’m back on my routine…..a bit! I never got a chance to complete the March and April Paper Pumpkin kits and post them. Stay tuned as I hope to get them completed soon because I need cards! The month the May 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit arrived and I opened it and assembled it all in one sitting! You can check out the video of that here!

May 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The Kit contained supplies for 9 cards – 3 each of 3 designs and this one is my favorite. I love pinstripe baseball pants. There is just something about them that makes them so cute! So I made one for Brad for Father’s Day since it’s my favorite. The other 2 will probably be used as birthday cards for some of my baseball fan family members!

Baseball Greeting Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This set was super simple and fun! I did one with Dad on it and one of the 3rd set with Dad on it so Brad and I can use them for our Dad’s on Father’s Day! As for the other 2, probably more birthday cards for boys! Not that a girl couldn’t get one of these cards but I struggle with masculine cards so I need all the ones I can get. Thank you Paper Pumpkin!

These are super cute and probably my 2nd favorite! I have 1 Brother so I plan to use this card for his Father’s Day card! It’s perfect and fun! The little red and yellow dots really make these cards pop more and give great texture! I love it!

June Paper Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Be sure to sign up for the June Paper Pumpkin Kit which includes not one but TWO ink spots! Woot Woot! Also, these beautiful colors are enough to make my heart jump! Paper Pumpkin is a great activity to do with the kids this summer too! Sign up and try it out for a month or more! Click here to get your June fun!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Simple Masculine Card!!!

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Claire woke up early the other morning and then went back to bed. Me and the little one jumping in my belly did not go back to bed. I started thinking of things and crafty ideas so I went downstairs to play! I needed simple masculine birthday cards because my stash is getting low! Here is what I created!

Simple Masculine Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I pulled out the Corner Bouquet Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set and thought it looked like the perfect background, sort of a grass or wheat look.

I started with a Mossy Meadow card base and then went with Sahara Sand as my neutral color. Since it is a light color, I used it for the inside of the card as well!! Next, I stamped the smaller corner image on opposing corners of the Sahara Sand 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of cardstock. I played around with various color options – Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy and Sahara Sand.

Corner Bouquet Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the same color as the card base is really pretty but even the tone on tone with Sahara Sand is fabulous too!!! For the greeting, I used the Label Me Lovely Punch for both the color and the Sahara Sand, simply trim off the top and bottom of the stamped one. I love getting a layered look with just 1 punch! Then for some texture on the card, I added loops of Linen Thread and even a small piece of Denim Ribbon behind the greeting. Check out how I create the loops in this video tutorial!

Greeting Card Inserts, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The greetings for the front of the card and inside are from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set! I just love the font in that set! I stamped the inside greeting the same as the card base. The leaf image is another one from the Corner Bouquet Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set. I had fun with the different looks and colors used with that leaf! Which is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to recreate this simple masculine card or even change the colors to make it more feminine, click on the supplies listed below! Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration runs through the end of the month so you can earn this Bouquet Corner Stamp Set for FREE only a little while longer!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Create Fall Colors!

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Happy Tuesday……Technique Tuesday at that!!! Fall is in full swing and one of the amazing things about it is all of the beautiful colors! Today, I’m going to show you how to create Fall colors in your stamping projects too!!!

Create Fall Colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card uses the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set but really any stamp with leaves, trees, or any Fall image would work!! The technique is super fun and simple but note that each time it will come out differently….kind of like watercoloring! That part sometimes drives me nuts as I love the look and want to do it again but it comes out a bit different!

To get started you need to place your image on the table face up! Next, pick out your favorite Fall colors. I used Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, and Early Espresso. I found that inking up the entire image in the lightest color (Crushed Curry) helped give the stamp a nice all over coverage and you didn’t have to worry about missing a spot. Then, using a Sponge Dauber, I lightly dabbed ink in each of the other colors randomly on the stamp. Starting with Early Espresso on the tree trunk as well as 2 little spots with branches up in the tree. This kind of gave a green look on the stamped image but that still works!

Continuing on with each of the other colors, dab a little bit of ink all around. I did find that I needed to really focus on where I was dabbing each time so I didn’t always hit the same spot. This is what happens when you talk while stamping or try to multi-task. LOL Once you have all of your colors on, it’s time to stamp it down onto the cardstock.

Fall Colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Like I mentioned before, each time you stamp it will come out differently! Also, be sure to clean the stamp after each time since you won’t want to contaminate your Crushed Curry Ink Pad. The card below was actually stamped quickly a second time which resulted in a fabulous look just a bit lighter. This made all the hard work I did for the one image work for me again! 🙂

Fall Card Creations, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used greetings from the same Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and layered this piece on Cajun Craze or Cherry Cobbler! The card bases are all Crumb Cake! To add some texture to the cards, I used some of the Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon and some of that soft cheesecloth type ribbon from the Forever Greenery Ribbon Pack. I love them all even though there is just a bit of difference in each!

I hope you try out this fun technique to create Fall colors on your next project! If you would like to see the list of supplies I used, check that out below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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You’re a Classic!!!

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Father’s Day is around the corner and this card would be perfect!!! It also makes a great birthday card too!!!

You're a Classic, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is a fun and simple card that could be done in various color combinations! I did use one of the retiring color – Lemon Lime Twist!!

I started with a Lemon Lime Twist card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) and adhered it down the center. Using a piece of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, I sponged Blueberry Bushel Ink onto the back for some color. Be sure to allow it to dry a bit or you can use the Heat Tool to set the ink. Once it was ready, I adhered it to the left side!

For the focal point, I stamped the car and greeting onto a Whisper White rectangle measuring 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″. These were stamped in Blueberry Bushel Ink. They are from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set!! Next, I layered them onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist measuring 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. This layer was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture!!!

Click the supplies listed below to make this You’re A Classic card!!! Some of these items are retiring so get them before they are gone! What color combinations would you use?

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Banner Front Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This banner front card is fun and different from just a regular card! It’s also a fabulous masculine card which I struggle with! Luckily it works for Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, and even Birthdays and Graduation. Just mix up the greeting!!! Also, a shout out to Karla Endris for the inspiration on this card!

Banner Front Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which one do you like best?? Let me know in the comments below! Not only is the greeting different but I have a different color banner for each. On the Smoky Slate banner card, I stamped off once with the grease spots. For the Basic Gray banner, I stamped in full strength Smoky Slate!!!

I started with a 7-3/4″ X 4-1/4″ card base and scored it at 5-1/2″ (or 2-1/4″) depending on which way you prefer to measure). This allows for just a small flap for the card front. Next, I layered on a piece of the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper measuring 2″ x 4″. With this size, you can get 4 pieces from one sheet of 6″ x 6″. Then I die cut the gears from the Garage Gears Framelits in Real Red cardstock. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the gears to the card front!

Geared Up Garage, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using the grease spot stamp from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set, I stamped it along the right inside edge in Smoky Slate. You can either go full strength or stamped off once or a little bit of both! For the banner, I cut a piece of Basic Gray (or Smoky Slate) measuring 2″ x 5-3/4″. Using the Banner Triple Punch, I punched the banner tips and then placed it inside the card. I closed that front flap and placed my finger along the edge as a guide. Then I added adhesive up to that edge where my finger was. This is to make sure I don’t have too much adhesive that it peaks out of the flap. Then simply close the flap over the banner with adhesive to adhere it. Using the coordinating Garage Gears Framelits, I die cut the greeting pieces and stamped it. Of course, I added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture.

All Geared Up To Celebrate, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this version of the card, I stamped the greeting on a banner that is 1″ wide and used the Banner Triple Punch. Adhere the two banners together before adhering it to the card base.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the video below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’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!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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I Made This!!!

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I’m so excited to share this card because I made this one and I super struggle with Man Cards!

I made this, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is quick and simple and simple and masculine. I just love bling, ribbons, and pinks so much that I struggle with masculine cards a lot. When I create a good one, I tend to make LOTS to use all year long.

I started with a Mossy Meadow card base. Next, I took a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Paper (3″ x 4″) and stamped the tree from the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I used Mossy Meadow Ink for all of the images on this card. Then, I placed (NOT adhered…yet) this onto a piece of Crumb Cake measuring 4″ x 4″. I stamped the greeting from Picture Perfect Birthday along the top and bottom. I really really wanted my Stamparatus to work for the greeting and just notch the platform down for each greeting but the greeting was too long and the spacing was odd. Soooooo I just thought I would wing it and it was fabulous but this is also why I suggest not adhering it till after your greeting is stamped. Simply place the stamped designer paper on it so you can line things up. Then hold your breath and stamp. Just kidding it’s only 3 times and it’s okay if they aren’t perfectly straight across or evenly spaced. Mine sure aren’t and it’s still fabulous! Also, always remember there are 2 sides to every piece of paper! 😉

After stamping the greeting, added the stamped designer paper and adhere it to the card front! For the finishing touch, I tied some Linen Thread along the spine of the card, looping around 3 times. Since linen thread  is so thin, I always double knot it before tying the bow! This way it is nice and tight around the card and if you think bows are not masculine, you can leave it as a knot.

Check out the supply list below to recreate this card for all of the men in your life! Also, if you purchase all the supplies to make this card, you will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Woot Woot!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Birthday Star!!!

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Happy Monday!!! The Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper may look all pretty, floral, and feminine but check out this fun Birthday Star card that is rather masculine.

Birthday Star, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Mossy Meadow measuring 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and layered on a piece of the Frosted Floral Designer Paper. This paper is beautiful because it is printed on shimmery paper. I love it!!! The Designer Paper measures 4″ x 3″ which is perfect for using up every inch of the 12″ x 12″ sheet. I love when I don’t have to waste any of it!

For the greeting, I cut a piece of Mossy Meadow measuring 2″ x 3″ and layered on a piece of Whisper White measuring 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″. The greeting was stamped from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in Soft Suede Ink. This stamp set has greetings for every occasion and a coordinating greeting for the inside. For a little decoration, I added a strip of Burlap Ribbon to the left hand side. On the top, I folded the ribbon to the back side and secured it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then placed some Tear And Tape down and pressed the burlap into it. Using the All Is Bright Paperclips, I added the little star which also secured the ribbon. The greeting was then added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Do you think this card looks masculine? Let me know in the comments below! You could also recreate this card with a more floral piece from the same pack of paper for a feminine look or even a different occasion than birthdays!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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