Awesome Otter!!!

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You all know I LOVE flowers when it comes to stamping. What about animals?!? Are you a big fan or not? I do thing the Awesome Otter Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set is pretty cute and it’s FREE with a $50 order!

Awesome Otter Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Come on, you can’t tell me that that face isn’t adorable!!!! And the Party Hat!!! I love it! I also will say that I don’t think this card is specific to really little kids either! What do you think?! Let me know in the comments below! I was inspired to create this card because of a swap card I received from Laura Mulligan so shout out to her! Thank you!

For this card, I started with a Thick Basic White card base and stamped the party hat all over on the top in Pool Party Ink. Next, I added a strip of the Sunshine & Rainbows Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper. Then I stamped the greeting on the corner of a strip of Basic White, added more Designer Paper and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I die cut some of the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Paper. You can use whichever size circle you would like. Then I stamped the adorable otter onto a piece of Basic White in Memento Black Ink. After coloring him with Stampin’ Blends, I used that same circle die and cut him out. This gives that same rounded look on the bottom. For the top half, I fussy cut out the otter and layered it onto the designer paper circle! For the party hat, I simply stamped it onto some of the designer paper in Memento Ink and then fussy cut it out! This circle was then added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Sunshine& Rainbows & Awesome Otter Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you need just a general #happymail card, you can always change up the greeting to this one! OH and don’t forget the final touch of Iridescent Rhinestones for some bling!

If you would like to recreate these cute cards using the Awesome Otter Stamp Set, click on the supplies listed below! Don’t forget it is Sale-A-Bration time till the end of February so you can earn FREE stuff for every $50 you spend! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Senior Years!!!

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I make a LOT of birthday cards for those of all ages and while I love flowers and nature, I thought I would mix it up a little. The Senior Years Stamp Set is super cute and has great greetings for birthday and even retirement greetings!

Senior Years Stampin Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You might remember that this look is similar to those I posted on Tuesday! That is because it is the exact same layout and dimensions just with a different stamp set. I used the Senior Years Stamp Set and colored in with Stampin’ Blends!

MAJOR QUESTION: When making these cards, I couldn’t help but feel like I needed to color the person as if they were the recipient getting the card. Now that is in no way correct because not everyone has this hair cut or would wear a purple dress. Then I feel like will the person getting this card think, does she think that looks like me?!?!? Or will they just think this is a cute card?!?!? Let me know in the comment below!

Candles on Your Cake Homemade Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This greeting for the inside of the card is AMAZING! I love it. Honestly as I have gotten older, I have started using the number of candles for both numbers. So rather than adding 31 candles to a cake, I would add 3 in a row and then 1 spaced over from that to represent 31. After all 31 candles could create a cake going up in flames and that would be a tragedy. LOL

Happy Birthday Old Man, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the guy version of this card! I just had so much fun with this card style and getting masculine birthday card, feminine birthday cards and then all those beautiful butterfly cards out of it! If you would like to recreate these Senior Years cards, check out the supplies listed below and don’t forget that every $50 earns you a Sale-A-Bration item! Woot Woot!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Simply Marbleous!!!

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One of the Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn for FREE with a $50 order is the Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper! This paper is classic! Perfect for backgrounds, to stamp over the top, and so much more! I create the same card with each sheet from this paper pack just with the different colors.

Simply Marbleous Designer Paper Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It was super simple to cut all the same pieces and just use the different inks! The colors were easy to pick because I just used the ones listed on the paper pack! Pick your favorite stamp set and greeting and then it’s all about assembly!

The colors I used are Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight, Blushing Bride and
Flirty Flamingo, Bumblebee and So Saffron, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party, and Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather. The card base measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Next, I cut the Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper first at 4″ and then I cut that 4″ x 6″ piece down to 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the card front. With the leftover 4″ x 3/4″ piece I used on the inside of the card as a little decoration to pull it all together! The 2″ x 6″ piece I will use for another project!

Amazing Silhouettes Stampin Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I cut the coordinating cardstock color into 3-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ pieces. Finally, I cut Basic White measuring 3″ x 2-1/2″ for the front and 4″ x 5-1/4″ for the inside. Stamp and assemble is all there is left! I used the Amazing Silhouettes Stamp Set for the butterfly and the greetings are from the Special Moments Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set! I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray Ink!

Special Moments Sale-A-Bration Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cards could have a large variety of greetings like thinking of you, birthday, sympathy, and hello. The perfect card style to create a stash of cards. There are 48 sheets in the Designer Series Paper Pack. I created 48 cards and still have that 2″ x 6″ strip to create another 48 cards! How amazing is that?!? And the designer paper was FREE with Sale-A-Bration! Check out the supplies listed below to earn your Free Paper and recreate that cards! Also, check back on Thursday for more samples just like this but using a different stamp set!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Penguin Playmates!!!

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The Penguin Playmates Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper is beyond cute and so fun to play and create with! Check out this cute gift box that holds 3 little cards! It is so adorable but I can’t take the credit for this amazing idea. I got it from my upline, Meg Loven!

Penguin Playmates Designer Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This would be a fabulous little gift to give a neighbor, co-worker, teacher, or friend! The little cards are 3″ x 6″ of Misty Moonlight with a 2-3/4″ square of the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper on the front. Then using some scraps of the designer paper and Basic White, I created the greeting. The greetings, stars, and presents are all from the Penguin Place Stamp Set! I stamped the images in Fresh Freesia and Misty Moonlight!

The little acetate box just has more designer paper wrapped around it and then one of the polar bears fussy cut out. How cute is he?!?! There are many images you could fussy cut out of the paper to add as your focal point!

Homemade Card & gift box, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Get started now on your Christmas Cards, Winter Birthdays, or even gifts for those you love with this adorable little set! All of the items are listed below and don’t forget that the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper is FREE with a $50 order till the end of September! Only 2 more days left!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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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! 🙂

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! 😉 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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3 Days Left!!!

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There are only 3 days left of Sale-A-Bration….including TODAY! Sunday, February 28th is the final day to enjoy free goodies with every $50 order. The other awesome thing is that so far none of the Sale-A-Bration items are sold out which is AMAZING!

3 Days Left to Earn the Touch of Ink Stamp Set for Free, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here I created a fun Gate Fold Card using the Touch of Ink Stamp Set! This set is one of the $100 Level Sets that you can earn for Free with Sale-A-Bration! A Touch of Ink Stamp Set has been the most popular item redeemed so far!

I started with a Night of Navy card base (4-1/4″ x 11″) and scored it at 2-3/4″ from either end. This creates that gate fold! Then I cut out all of the layering pieces which are all the same size….the right panel, left panel, and focal point that overlaps! This makes cutting and measuring a breeze. The solid cardstock layer is 2-1/2″ x 4″. Then the Paper Blooms Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper (and Basic White for the center piece) measure 2-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.

Butterfly, Hummingbird, and Flower Stamped Images, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card uses the back side of the designer paper shown above and the butterfly from the Touch of Ink Stamp Set! Stamp, embellish and assemble! There are so many fun looks that you can create with this set! TIP: Be sure when adhering the focal point that you only add adhesive to the left hand side so you don’t seal your card closed! 🙂

Simple Stamping, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, on the inside of the cards, simply stamp the outline image of the same one that is on the front! Simple and fabulous! I love how you can mix and match the colors, designer paper, images, and greetings for an array of different cards! It makes it super versatile!

Don’t forget that you have 3 days (TODAY, Saturday, and Sunday) to shop and earn Sale-A-Bration Free Products!!! Now is the time to get something off your wish list or stock up on basics! Click here to start shopping or check out the supplies used on these cards below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Berry Delightful

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It’s the last week of Sale-A-Bration and today I’m sharing with you a berry sweet card using the Berry Blessings Stamp Set and Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper. This is a $100 Level Sale-A-Bration item and you get both the stamps and paper! Woot Woot!

Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The colors for this card are STUNNING! Just Jade and Night of Navy are so perfect together! I got the inspiration for this card from fellow stamper, Angie L!

I started with a Just Jade card base. Next, I used the Wrapped in Texture (oppps this one retired with the Holiday Mini Catalog) Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Just Jade (3-1/2″ x 4″). I actually used a few different embossing folders for different textured looks and they are all fabulous! Of course, the one I photographed for this post is a retired one! I’m sorry about that! 🙂 #PregnancyBrain

Next, I layered the embossed piece on the upper half of the card front and a piece of the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (2″ x 4″) to the lower portion of the card. For the overlap of the 2 papers, I added a little 1/2″ strip of Night of Navy cardstock. This is a great way to use up scraps of cardstock.

Berry Blessings Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the focal point, I die cut a Basic White Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies. Before popping it out of the die, I ran the large stylus from the Take Your Pick Tool around the edge, just following the metal frame. This gave the oval a bit of pop which you can see in the upper left of the photo above! Just a little added fun and texture! Then using the Berry Blessings Stamp Set, I stamped the blueberries in Just Jade and Pacific Point Ink. I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Finished off the front with a few Night of Navy Rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Pack!

Sale-A-Bration Berry Collection Stampin' Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I took a piece of Basic White (4″ x 5-1/4″) and stamped some blueberries near the bottom. For the solid background stamp of blueberries, I stamped off once for that lighter look! Then I took a piece of the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper and added it to the bottom. This is just the back side to what was used on the front! The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy!

There are still a few more days left of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn the Berry Blessing Bundle (stamps & paper) for FREE with a $100 order! Check out the supplies below if you would like to recreate this card!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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This Is All You Need!

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Lately, it seems I have zero time. I know we all have 24 hours in a day and it’s how we decide to use it. It is totally not my decision to sit/sleep/rest as much as I am right now but I know my body needs it! This too shall pass! Until then, I need quick and simple card ideas!!! Ones that use minimal supplies are my favorite because then there is more time for creating and less time for picking up! 🙂 Check out these cute cards and all you need is stamps, ink, and paper!

All you need is stamps, ink, and paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How cute and simple are these little 3″ x 3″ cards!?!?!? I pulled out the Touch of Ink Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, 3 ink pads (Basic Gray, Misty Moonlight, and Crushed Curry) and some cardstock (Basic White and Misty Moonlight). Technically, I guess adhesive and a Bone Folder were used as well but those are already out on my table anyway! 🙂

A Touch of Ink Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really love this butterfly image because it’s so real looking. It’s not all perfect and symmetrical but rather a natural look. There are 2 images in the set. One of them is the outline which I did in full strength Crushed Curry Ink and then the solid background image to “fill in” which I stamped off once before stamping over the outline. You can see on the envelope I stamped just the outline and that alone is stunning!

Hummingbird Mini Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card I created the same way with Misty Moonlight and stamping off once for that solid background image. Notice that the solid background image still has spots of no color on the face and wing to really show off texture and dimension on the bird. It’s those fine details that make such a big difference!

Which card is your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below! Remember all you need is stamps, ink, and paper to create a stunning card! It’s that simple! The Touch of Ink Stamp Set is one of the $100 level stamp sets for Sale-A-Bration and it’s SOOOOO worth it. Stock up on inks and paper and maybe even a few embellishments to get this set for FREE. It’s amazing!

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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