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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Artfully Layered!!!

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This card uses the Artfully Layered Stamp Set but I also feel like it is artfully layered in technique as well! So it is a double duty title!!!

Artfully Layered Stampin Up Stamp Set - www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card actually uses Just Jade which is one of the retired colors. I didn’t get a chance to share it before the color officially retired. I still wanted to share the sample because I think it is fabulous and I think it would look amazing in Calypso Coral, Night of Navy or even Bermuda Bay! What color do you think it would look amazing in?!?!

Card Instructions Using Artfully Layered Stamp Set:

I used a monochoromatic look so it uses minimal products! The card base measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and then I cut 2 pieces of Basic White measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. One of the pieces is for the front and one for the inside. Next, I took a 3-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Just Jade (same as the card base) and stamped the greenery piece from Artfully Layered all over it. Be sure to fall off the piece of cardstock so the pattern looks continuous. Then along the 4″ side, cut it into 1″ x 3-1/2″ strips! You will have 4 pieces now! I layered those onto the Basic White and added it to the card front! Now it’s time for a simple greeting also stamped in Just Jade Ink. Before adding the greeting to the card front, I die cut out a greenery piece in Basic White and attached it to the back of the greeting. This way I don’t have to add adhesive to the delicate die cut! Simple and fabulous for an everyday #happymail card!

I hope you try out this Artfully Layered card and let me know which color you use!!! Check out all of the supplies listed below for quick and easy shopping!

Also, be sure to join me at 10:00 a.m. CT on Facebook for my Stamp Garage Sale TODAY!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Heartfelt!!!

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You all know how much I love to do the heart hands on my videos! I am not really sure when or how that started but I love doing it. Somehow Claire has picked up on it and wants to do heart hands with me now and that just warms my heart. So sweet! When I saw that image in the Here Together Stamp Set, I had to have it just for that image and this heartfelt card!

Heartfelt Here Together Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Blushing Bride card base. Next I layered on a piece of the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper. I love how the back side of this paper isn’t Valentine’s Day specific and can be used all year long for amazing cards like this one! Then I added a strip of Blushing Bride and Basic White. On the white, I stamped the greeting Heartfelt in Real Red Ink. This image is from the Lovely You Stamp Set. It’s so simple and fabulous and makes this card perfect for so many different occasions!

Here Together Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I stamped the heart hands in Memento Black Ink onto scrap Basic White and punched it out with the smooth heart punch. Then I layered it onto a Real Red scallop heart punched piece. This I added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card with some Polished Dots. There are pale pink and clear ones and honestly either one would work for this card!

On the inside of the card, I added a piece of Basic White and a leftover strip of the Sweet Talk Designer Paper along the left side. I can’t wait to send this card out for some fun #Happymail. Would you use the Heartfelt greeting or a different one for this card? Let me know in the comments below!

If you wish to make this card, check out the supplies for easy shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Gingerbread Cookies!!!

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Have you ever made Gingerbread Cookies!?!?! I actually have not….I’m not even sure I have eaten one! I do love the smell of those gingerbread/cinnamon ornaments that you make for the tree though!

Gingerbread Cookies Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have had so much fun with the Frosted Gingerbread Suite this year! It’s super cute and there is so much versatility with it! Check out other projects I made by clicking here!

For the card above, I used an Old Olive card base and then added lots of the Gingerbread and Peppermint Designer Series Paper. There is a strip of it, a square of it layered on Basic White, and the star and bell are die cut from it as well! See how amazing this paper is!?!?! For the greeting, I punched out some Basic White with the Everyday Label Punch! The greeting is stamped in Real Red Ink using the Frosted Gingerbread Stamp Set! The star and the greeting are popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals for some texture! Then I added some Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes.

For the inside of the card, I stamped some of the lace trim for the same stamp set in Old Olive ink on the bottom. Then I added the greeting in Real Red ink.

Here is another quick and simple card I created using more paper from the Gingerbread & Peppermint Designer Series Paper! I used the dies to cut out the circles from the designer paper and used the Everyday Label Punch again for the greeting!

These cards are super fun and could use any print from the designer paper pack which makes it even more fun and versatile! I love it! If you would like to make these cards, check out the supplies listed below! Don’t forget these items are retiring soon!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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A Grateful Heart!!

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Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful but I have a grateful heart every day! There are so many blessings in my life that I can’t even count them all. I find that on hard days it is best to think of as many as I can! One of them is Stampin’ Up and all of YOU!!! You mean so much to me and have allowed me to enjoy my job so much and stay home with my 2 little blessings too!

Grateful Heart Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On this crazy busy holiday week, I thought I would share a quick and simple card that you could whip up in 3 minutes or less!!! Time it!

I used a Blackberry Bliss card base. Next, I cut a piece of the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece and added it to the card front. Then for the greeting, I used the Double Oval Punch! I love that it’s a 2 in 1 punch for the perfect layered greeting! The scallop was punched in Gold Foil Paper. The smooth oval is Gray Granite! I stamped the greeting in Blackberry Bliss Ink. The greeting as well as the image on the inside of the card is from the Banner Year Stamp Set! The greeting was added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals…of course!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Banner Year Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Then for the inside of the card, I used Gray Granite cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped the corners! Just a little decoration to pull it all together! DONE!

How long did that take?!? You could even make it simpler by stamping the greeting on the front directly to the designer paper! Quick, simple, and made with love is perfect for this time of year! After all, it is the message and the thought that means the most!

Wishing you all a wonderful week! If you are feeling overwhelmed with the holidays and to-do lists, stop and think of your many blessings for just a minute with a grateful heart! Smile and power through! You got this! Remember that you mean so much to me and I appreciate you! HUGS!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Treat Yourself!!!

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How often do you treat yourself to something wonderful?!?! It might be ice cream or a massage or a nap or maybe a new purse or outfit!!! No matter what it is be sure to do it as often as you can because you deserve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Treat Yourself Stampin' Up!, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I wanted to create a card with the Sale-A-Bration Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper that wasn’t winter or penguins! Here is what I came up with and I love it!!! This shows you that this paper can be used all year long for any occasion. I think this makes a fabulous birthday card but it would work for a baby card too!

I started with a Misty Moonlight card base and then added on some Penguin Playmates Designer Paper (2-1/2″ x 4″) and Soft Sea Foam cardstock (2-3/4″ x 4″)! If you would like an even split you could always do that but I sort of like the uneven look where the cardstock is bigger than the designer paper. Next, I layered together more Penguin Playmates Designer Paper (2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″) onto Misty Moonlight cardstock (2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″). This layer is added to the card front flat as well because I popped up the focal point with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Using the Scalloped Contour Dies, I die cut a rectangle in Basic White and stamped the greeting in Misty Moonlight Ink. Then I stamped the ice cream from the Sweet Ice Cream Stamp Set in Soft Sea Foam onto Soft Sea Foam cardstock and punched it out with the coordinating punch! For the cone, I stamped off once with Cinnamon Cider and then onto the cardstock with the triangle. For the waffle cone lines, I went with full strength Cinnamon Cider! I added this to the left of the greeting on the card front and finished it off with some Playing with Patterns Resin Dots!

On the inside of the card, I took a piece of Basic White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped Happy Birthday in Misty Moonlight Ink. Then I took some of the dots and stamped them in Soft Sea Foam. All of the images are from the Sweet Ice Cream Stamp Set! I love it!!! If you would like to recreate this card and don’t have all of the supplies, check them out below. Go on, treat yourself and have fun!!! Don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration still too so Stampin’ Up will treat you too!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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It’s A Sheep Party!!!

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It’s a Sheep Party for my Birthday!!!! My birthday was actually this past weekend but I like to celebrate all month long. Today is the last day of my birthday month. Lucky for you Sale-A-Bration continues through the end of September!!!

Sheep Party Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really love Z fold Cards because they show off so many layers and fun just like these cute sheep! They are totally having fun! I used the Counting Sheep Stamp Set which is a Sale-A-Bration FREE Item and the coordinating Sheep Dies are ALSO a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Woot Woot! That means if you spend $100 or 2 orders of $50 during Sale-A-Bration, you can select these!

I started with a Pacific Point card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″ and folded it in half at 5-1/2″. Then I took the card front and folded it back in half to create the Z (at 2-3/4″). Next, I stamped one sheep onto a piece of Basic White (4″ x 5-1/4″) in Memento Black Ink and added it to the inside of the card. I also stamped another sheep onto a piece of scrap Basic White and die cut it out. There are 3 sheep to pick from so have fun with it! I colored the legs, ears, and face with Ivory Stampin’ Blends and the hooves with Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends!

Counting Sheep Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The front panel of the card has a layer of Basic White (2-1/2″ x 4″) and then layer of Granny Apple Green (2-1/4″ x 3-3/4″). Using the grass stamp from the Counting Sheep Stamp Set, I stamped randomly all over in Granny Apple Green! This just adds a little more fun to card! For the greeting, I used the Double Oval Punch and added it to the card with adhesive only on the left hand side so it could hang off a bit.

TIP: The dies come with a balloon and a flag! To reduce die cutting all day long, I die cut both of them at the same time in Real Red scraps. Some of my cards had a flag in the sheep’s hand and other’s had a balloon! Two for the crank of one! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL

Check out all the supplies I used below so you can create a Sheep Party card for your next birthday celebration!! Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration ends September 30th and these freebies are while supplies last!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Perfectly Elegant?!?

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It’s never to early to get started on your Christmas Cards and this perfectly elegant card is quick and simple for making multiples! Have you gotten started yet? Already done? Or wait till it gets closer to Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

Perfectly Elegant, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have been loving the Simply Elegant Designer Paper because it is just that. So beautiful and I think it will be perfect for holiday cards!!! Here I used a 4″ x 4″ piece so that means I got 9 cards from one sheet of 12″ x 12″ designer paper and no waste! Woot Woot!!!

I actually created this card before the Mini Catalog went live so I had to use a stamp set from the Annual Catalog. Perfectly Plaid has beautiful trees and greetings in it and I loved it! The tree fits perfectly on the Elegant Tag Punch and it slips under the Real Red Satin Ribbon for a seamless look!

Perfectly Plaid Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to recreate this perfectly elegant Christmas Card, click on the supplies listed below! Need them all and want a quick shopping experience, simply click ADD ALL TO CART! Don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration time too so you will earn FREE product for every $50 you spend!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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So Sweet Of You!!!

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I am always in need of Thank You cards because I am a firm believer in sending them out for every gift we receive. Lately with Alex being born, his baptism and Claire’s birthday, I’ve been sending out a ton. I also send them out each month to everyone who orders from me that month! This strawberry card is perfect and I love the coordinating inside greeting – So Sweet Of You!!!

Sweet Strawberry Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card I created uses Poppy Parade and Whisper White cardstock. The Poppy Parade card base measures 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and the 2 pieces of Whisper White are 4″ x 5-1/4″. One of the pieces of white is for the front and one for the inside of the card!

Using the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set, I stamped 2 of the leaves and flowers in Memento Black Ink and colored them with Stampin’ Blends. I used Daffodil Delight for the flower centers and Granny Apple Green for the leaves. You can stamp these images as close together or far apart as you wish. It all depends on your greeting panel in the center or preference on how much of the white you want covered!

Next, I stamped some strawberries onto Whisper White in Poppy Parade Ink. The outline image was stamped full strength ink and the solid background stamp was stamped off once (or twice if you want an even lighter look or a variation in color)! Using the coordinating punch, I punched them out! Then I took Granny Apple Green cardstock and stamped some leaves in Granny Apple Green. I used 2 leaves on the front and 2 leaves on the inside of the card!

For the greeting, I just used some scraps of Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock to stamp the greeting. The Thank You greeting is thinner but the Happy Birthday greeting is wider. I love how you can easily adjust this piece of cardstock to create either card. When I went to assemble, I added the strawberries first and held the greeting over the top to help with placement. The strawberries and greeting all have Stampin’ Dimensionals!

So Sweet of You, Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On the inside I used the greeting That Was So Sweet Of You and I love it! I also stamped the strawberries onto the cardstock but added punched out leaves. This was a bit of an accident to have my strawberries “standing up” or upside down or however you want to see that. Apparently I kept thinking of a pear. I did actually stamp another card with them the other way and it really looks just the same so I think I like this mistake one better! See no mistake in stamping is bad, just an alternative! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you would like to recreate this strawberry card, check out the supplies listed below! Purchase just the ones you need or click Add All To Cart!!! Either way, have fun and enjoy!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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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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