One of A Kind!!!

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Happy December!!!! It’s been one heck of a year and here we are in the last month. This year is one of a kind and staying connected with family and friends is sooooo important. Whether it’s a Christmas Card, Birthday Card, or Just Because card, remember to share your love of stamping with those around you by sending a card.

One of A Kind, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card makes for the perfect #happymail card this season! It has the winter theme and that sweet greeting!!

I started with a piece of Pacific Point as the card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and stamped the greeting on the bottom right corner in Pacific Point Ink. Then I layered on a piece of Silver Foil Paper (4″ x 4″) and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″) up top. Before adding this to the card base, I tied around some Whisper White Faux Linen Ribbon from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Pack. This gives the card some texture and also softens the transition from the designer paper to the greeting!

I added this layer to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then finished it off with a few Basic Rhinestones!!! A card is just so much better with a little bit of bling.

Check out the supplies listed below to recreate this One of A Kind Winter Card! Change up the designer paper for each season and you have a card for all year long!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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When Making Multiples…

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I make over 150 cards to send at Christmas time. They all vary because I enjoy making different cards. Some (very few) are very detailed and many are easier cards. When making multiples, I like to go with an quick, easy look! That is where this card comes in!

When making multiples, go with an easy look, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think this card would look great with a variety of colors. Let me know in the comments what colors you think would look good in place of the Misty Moonlight.

I started with a Misty Moonlight card base. Next, I took a piece of Crumb Cake and stamped the manger scene from the Peaceful Nativity Stamp Set in Early Espresso Ink. I suggest stamping the “barn” first and as high as possible. Next, fill in with the Joseph and Mary and the animals on the side. I added this piece to a piece of Whisper White with just a bit showing at the top. This seems to make it really POP! On the bottom, I stamped a greeting from the For Unto Us Stamp Set in Misty Moonlight. Then I tied some Misty Moonlight Ribbon around the cardstock before adding it to the card front.

Peaceful Nativity Christmas Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On the inside of the card, I added a few animals and a greeting! Just a little fun to pull it all together.

Nativity Christmas Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like a more detailed manger scene, check out this card. I colored the scene with Stampin’ Blends and die cut them out with the coordinating dies. I make only a few of these and LOTS of the simple version up top!

If you would like to make either of these, check out supplies listed below. Also, let me know which style you prefer when making multiples – simple or more detailed?? Enjoy making them and sending them this season! ๐Ÿ™‚

Merry & Bright, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Today only Stampin’ Up is having their Online Extravaganza!!! 10% off almost everything in the Annual Catalog…….that includes BUNDLES!!!! Which means it’s like a 20% discount on those since they are already 10% off! Woot Woot! Click here to start shopping! Remember it is today only!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Embossed Trees!!!

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The moment I saw the Evergreen Embossing Folder, I saw Christmas beauty. Simple, elegant and fabulous! These embossed trees have so much texture that just makes you stare at it forever! I did this card in Real Red with Gold Foil but I think Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy and Merry Merlot would be amazing as well as other foils! Let me know your pick in the comments below!

Embossed Trees, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is beyond simple and oh so fabulous! You could crank out multiples in no time at all. I also used a 4″ x 4″ piece of Gold Foil Paper so not an inch goes to waste!

I started with the following supplies: Real Red Card Base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″), 2 pieces of Whisper White (4″ x 5-1/4″), Gold Foil Paper (4″ x 4″) and Real Red Satin Ribbon (approx. 12 inches). That’s it!!!!

First, I embossed the Gold Foil Paper with the Evergreen Embossing Folder and then added it to the Whisper White cardstock. Next, I stamped a greeting on the bottom from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set. I did a few others with the For Unto Us Stamp Set and there are many more options you could go with! Then I wrapped the Real Red Satin Ribbon around the cardstock and tied it. This helps the transition from gold foil to the white look more seamless! Then add it to the card front!

Evergreen Embossing Folder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I decorated with another greeting and some fun corner images from the Banner Year Stamp Set. I only used the 1 ink pad for this entire card – Real Red! See, I told you this was fabulous and simple! Embossed Trees are just so elegant for Christmas time but also all year long. I think this card would be perfect for a masculine card as well!

Inside Christmas Card Greetings, www.LaurasStampPad.com

REMINDER: Christmas is right around the corner. Let your friends and family know what you want with a Stampin’ Up List! Fill this out and pass it out to anyone who asks! All of my contact information is on there for them to reach out and place an order for you or order online! I have already had fun being an elf this year and helping some with early shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Layered Snowflake!!!

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So many of my friends are posting pictures of snow and I’m over here freaking out in my flip flops! I am so not a fan of Winter. I don’t snub it completely and still make cute wintery cards! Check out this beautiful layered snowflake card using the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper!!! It’s also on sale this month!!!! Only a few more days!

Layered Snowflake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The different shades of blue and that hint of sparkle just make this card POP! I love it! It’s really a fairly simple card to create too which is a bonus since I make a lot of Christmas Cards!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Did you know that Stampin’ Up! has THICK Whisper White and Very Vanilla??? It is perfect for card bases to hold up a bit more and ink doesn’t bleed through! I love it! I stamped the greeting on the bottom in Balmy Blue from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set! Next, I stamped one of the bigger snowflakes onto a scrap piece of Thick Whisper White and die cut it out! Normally, for a layering piece I wouldn’t use the Thick Whisper White but since snowflakes can be delicate, I thought this would be perfect and help it hold up better when popping it out of the die and handling it!

Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Taking a piece of regular Whisper White measuring 4″ x 4″, I embossed it with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. This is super subtle but yet adds that texture and dimension to the card. Next, I layered a piece of the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (2″ x 3″) onto the embossed piece and added it to the card.

For the focal piece, I added a small strip of Snowflake Splendor Ribbon across the center with a small dab of adhesive in the middle. Just enough to hold there for now because the snowflake will also be holding it in place! Then I took that die cut stamped snowflake and added it over the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals! For some bling, I die cut another snowflake from the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper and layered it on the snowflake with the Fine Tip Glue Pen! For some final bling, I placed a few Blue Adhesive Backed Gems on the card front!

Simple and fabulous! This card could be used for Christmas or even Winter birthdays and events. If you would like to recreate this Layered Snowflake card, check out the supply items below and there is even an Add All To Cart Button for simple shopping! The Designer Series Paper Sale ends Saturday so get it now!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Snowflake Wishes!!!

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I am in love with the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper!!! I’m even more in love with the fact that it’s 15% off this month too! STOCK UP!!!! Check out this beauty and stayed tuned for more fabulous samples too!

Snowflake Wishes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay first of all the greeting on this card is THE CUTEST ever!!! I love it! It is from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set!!! In fact, all of the products used on this card are from the Snowflake Splendor Suite!!!

Pacific Point is the card base and then I layered on Coastal Cabana and Whisper White! Each of the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper pieces measure 1″ x 3-3/4″. I find that the best way to space these evenly is to place them all down and then pick one up at a time to adhere. Another option is to do the outside ones first and then work your way in! Really any of the paper in the pack would work wonderful for this card so you could make TONS of this card with the whole pack!

Christmas Card with Snowflakes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I added a dab of adhesive in the center and pressed the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon into it. This ribbon is gorgeous but also a bit stiff so it’s not really something you would easily create knots and bows with. This little strip gives some texture and bling without having to worry about that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t worry about the dab of adhesive not being enough because the greeting with go over the top and secure it some more!

For the greeting, I used a 1″ x 4-1/4″ strip of Whisper White cardstock and punched both ends with the Banners Pick a Punch for those cute banner ends. Then I stamped the greeting from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set in Pacific Point Ink. I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! To finish it off, I added a few Adhesive Backed Snowflakes!

If you would like to recreate this card, you can click any of the supplies listed below. OR you can now click right here to have all of the items right in your cart and ready to go! Anything you already have or don’t need, simply uncheck the box next to that item! It’s as simple as that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, don’t forget that the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper is on Sale this month!!! WOOT WOOT!

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Which Color Do You Like?

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There are so many colors and options for card making! It really makes it fun but also could be difficult to pick your favorite! That is what happened with this project! So I ask, “which color do you like?”

Which color do you like, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I got the idea for this card from the fabulous stamper, Laurie Krauiss. I just had to recreate it. Her card was created in Merry Merlot. I created mine in Misty Moonlight and Bumblebee as shown above but keep scrolling….

Celebrate Sunflowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is another one in just Misty Moonlight. Do you like making monochromatic card or do you prefer lots of color? Let me know in the comments below!

I used the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set to just create my own designer paper and stamped all over. Remember to stamp off the edges so it looks like the pattern continues. For the greeting, I used one from the Here’s A Card Stamp Set and just punched it out with some Circle Punches! You could always use any style of punch!

Sunflowers of all colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which color is your favorite? Top Left to Right: Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight and Coastal Cabana. Bottom Left to Right: Balmy Blue, Real Red, and Misty Moonlight/Bumblebee combo Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to recreate these and try out different colors, check out the supplies listed below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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A Beautiful Fall Day!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! I can’t believe this is the last week of September. Where did it go?!?! I got nothing!!! Either way, today is another beautiful Fall day. I guess I have to say that now that Fall is officially here. Just don’t remind me when Winter is coming. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Beautiful Fall Day, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have been loving the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper SOOOOOO much! It’s just stunning and the colors are fabulous and I’m so drawn to it. For this card, I let the paper do all of the work!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base. Then I layered Early Espresso (4-7/8″ x 3-1/2″) with Crumb Cake (3-3/8″ x 4-3/4″). Using any greeting of your choice that fits, stamp the greeting in Early Espresso on the bottom. I used the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set! Next, I layered on the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper on the upper portion. Each of those measure 1″ x 3-1/2″. I suggest laying them out and then grabbing each one individually to adhere. Another option is to start on the outside with the left and right and then center the middle one!

Gilded Autumn Fall Designer Series Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To finish it off, I tied some Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon around the cardstock. This helps give a nice smooth transition from the designer paper to the greeting! Then I added this complete set of layers to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! It is so simple and yet so stunning!

If you would like to recreate this card, check out the supplies listed below or click here for a simple one click shopping experience! All of the items are in your card when you click this link and you can purchase them all or just un-check the box next to the item you don’t need or already have! It is so simple! Also, check out more fun Fall cards here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Christmas Gift Idea!!!

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I think I have found the fabulous Christmas Gift idea for this year. It is the Purple Posies Card Kit!!! This card kit has 16 total cards in it and the box is super cute and fabulous! Create these cards and give it as a gift to anyone this holiday season!!!

Christmas Gift Idea 2020, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these cards beautiful?!?!?! And look at that fabulous gold foil and decorated box!!! I love it all and think I will enjoy crafting these kits and giving them as gifts!

Get Well Purple Posies Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is my favorite card. That ribbon wiggled back and forth under the greeting is super cool and it was easy to do!

Homemade Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is my second favorite card because I love the detail on that greeting banner. It’s so detailed and really makes it pop! I think I could have passed on the ribbon behind the greeting but I followed the directions as is!

Greeting Card Craft Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is just stunning with all of the flowers and that fabulous gold foil bling! I found that putting the purple twine bow below the greeting made it pop more without getting in the way!

Give the Gift of Cards, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Just because I’m posting these cards last doesn’t mean I don’t like them. I love them all. I did 2 of these cards with the twine behind the greeting and 2 without. I’m honestly not sure which one I prefer. Mixing it up is always fun though! What do you think?

If you are looking for great Christmas Gift Ideas, take a look at card kits! You can gift them all created or gift all inclusive kits so the recipient can enjoy crafting too. Better yet, give the gift with a certificate of time with you to create it together. Spending time together, talking, laughing, and making memories is the best gift of all…..in my opinion! Click here to get this Purple Posies Card Kit and check out all Stampin’ Up kit here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Squirrel!!!

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Distracted by cute things? Yeah me too! Squirrel….I might not be that bad but I do think they are super cute! I was so excited to use one in this adorable Fall card too!! Hilarious side story for you! When I was attending the Leaders Summit, the Leadership Team was all together on a video and they were sharing about their position with the company and stories. One of the questions was who gets off topic the most and they all agreed it was the Finance Guy and they even have a stuffed animal squirrel that they bring out when he goes off on a tangent. I laughed so hard and immediately thought of this post!

Squirrel, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card uses the Free Stamp Set of the Month for September – Banner Year!!! It’s so easy and super cute!!!

Each little square is 1 inch and I stamped various images from the Banner Year Stamp Set into each one. For the leaf, I used Mint Macaron and stamped the leaf twice without going back to the ink. The acorn was stamped in Crumb Cake, full strength for both. Then for the pumpkin, I used Cajun Craze and Early Espresso. That one is a 2 step stamped image. Finally, on the squirrel, I inked him up completely in Crumb Cake and then before stamping him down I inked just the tail in Early Espresso. There is enough gap between his tail and head to lightly touch the edge of the ink pad and ink just the tail!

Fall Card with the Banner Year Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When layering the squares onto the Crumb Cake square, place them all out and then pick up one at a time to adhere down. This helps with spacing. Then I layered that onto a piece of the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper. This all goes onto a piece of Very Vanilla that I stamped the greeting on the bottom in Early Espresso Ink! There are a couple different greeting options in this set that work perfectly! For the ribbon, I used the Mint Macaron Basket Weave Ribbon which is so amazing! For the top card, I wrapped the ends to the back side. In the card above, I forgot to add the ribbon till the end so I just trimmed the ends for a diagonal look!

Wooden Elements for Fall, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To finish off the card, I added a little wooden element from the In Good Taste Elements pack. There are lots of options in the pack so no worries about only having a few. You can make lots of these cards! Check out all of the supplies listed below to make your adorable Squirrel card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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