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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Stained Glass Perfection!!!

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Have you tried out the Stained Glass technique recently?!?! It is super fun and fairly easy. Although it is one of those techniques that no 2 will come out the same….that’s always hard for me!

Stained Glass Technique, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To do the stained glass technique, you will need vellum, Stampin’ Blends, and Rubbing Alcohol (the higher the number the better). I found that the darker colors of Stampin’ Blends worked better. When I used light Pool Party, it was barely visible. Color random splotches all over the vellum. This can be messy and all over but be sure to cover the entire piece of vellum. I used Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, and Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends! Now for adding the alcohol there can be various ways to do so! Using a Water Painter, Paint Brush, Wink of Stella or simply just dripping it.

For mine, I started by lightly dabbing around the edge of each color with the Water Painter (filled with 91% alcohol). Starting with the darkest color and finishing that one before moving to the next lighter color. Once I finished that, I dripped a few times with the alcohol as well as Wink of Stella! I love the random glitter spots! It’s just perfect! Also, remember that part of the look will be covered up with the Angel so it’s okay if there is a weird spot or it just doesn’t look right. It’s all good!!

For the focal point, I used the Angels of Peace Stamp Set and Night of Navy Ink! The cardstock colors used were Night of Navy and Balmy Blue! The greeting is popped up with the Timeless Label Punch!

Angels of Peace Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I hope you try out this Stained Glass Technique because it is super fun! Check out this video if you want more of a visual on how it works! It would be great for a water theme with fishes or mermaids or even a snowy look! Fall colors and using it with leaves and trees would be fabulous too! So many possibilities! Check out the supplies listed below for what I used!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Color & Contour!!!

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Pink is my favorite color and I just love flowers so this card makes me super happy! The Color & Contour Stamp Set has been on my desk a lot lately. This card could be made in every In Color with the supplies I used!!! Check out the list of items below so you can make some too!

Color & Contour Stampin' Up Stamp Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Basic White thick cardstock base! When I create a card with the base of white or vanilla, I like to use the Thick Cardstock! Next, I took a piece of the In Color Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″) and wrapped some Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon around it. This ribbon comes in all 5 of the in colors! Adding just a small piece across the card front adds a little texture and fun to the card but no need for a bow and only uses a small amount!

For the focal point, I die cut one of the scallop rectangles from the coordinating Scalloped Contour Dies. LOVE THESE!!! The greeting was stamped in Polished Pink and then I added it to the card front!! The flower image was stamped in Memento Black Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends! Then I die cut it out with the same Scalloped Contour Dies and added it to the label with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals!

2021-2023 Stampin' Up! In Colors, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the inside of the card, I added a little leftover strip of the designer paper to the left hand side. Then using the little dots of the Color & Contour Stamp Stamp Set, I stamped them in the right hand corner. To get a little variation of color, I inked it up and stamped 3 times, moving the stamp around a bit.

I love this Color & Contour Bundle so much because it’s super versatile. This card could be created in any color you like too! Check out the supplies listed below to see what I used! If you want them all, click ADD ALL TO CART for quick and simple shopping!

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! 🙂

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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Summer Flowers!!!

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I’m going to hold onto Summer as long as I can. Last week, Fall tried to creep in with it’s 50/60’s over night though. Not today, Fall! Today, I’m sharing some summer flowers because they brighten my day!!!

Summer Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You all know how much I love flowers and the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set is so up my alley! Add in that cute mason jar and I’m hooked. Plus the jar is a punch so it’s quick and simple!

I started with a Misty Moonlight card base. Next, I added a strip of Just Jade that I embossed with the Greenery Embossing Folder. This gives the perfect amount of texture and I love it! Then I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 3″ x 4-1/4″ for the focal point. You can use any of the flowers in the set which makes this card even more versatile. Be sure to stamp the flowers close to the top of the cardstock so there is plenty of room for the jar below. I used Memento Black Ink to stamp the flowers and then the stems below it. The stems don’t have to match up exactly with the flowers since the jar covers up the overlap part.

Now it’s time to color! Again with the soft blues and greens in the base, you can really color the flowers any color you wish! I went with Stampin’ Blends – Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, Daffodil Delight, and Just Jade. Be sure to color the stems as well!

Now for that fun jar, stamp the vellum cardstock with the jar and let it dry completely before you punch it out. Since vellum is a slick surface, it can take a bit longer to dry than regular cardstock. Place the jar over the flowers to see exactly where you need to stamp your water then scoot it over to the side out of the way but still as a guide. I stamped my water in Misty Moonlight stamped off once for a lighter look! After stamping it down, I added the jar over the top with Mini Glue Dots. The baker’s twine was actually added before I adhered down the jar but you can always adhere the bottom portion down first. This will help it hold still for you a little more.

I hope you all enjoyed this Summer Flowers card as much as I did! If you want to recreate it, check out the supplies below. For more inspiration using the Jar of Flowers, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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A New Take…

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So I had some leftover pre-cut cards that I played with the other day! I decided not to create the same exact card as the original. You can check that out here! Here is a new take on the card using different stamps!

A New Take on an Old Look, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I used the same Seaside Spray card base. Then some of the cards used both the Whisper White and Pacific Point cardstock and some only used one. For ink colors, I played with Basic Gray, Pacific Point, and Seaside Spray! Some of the flowers I even colored in with Stampin’ Blends to add a pop of color! Each card looks totally different and I really like it. The stamp set that I used was the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set! It was perfect for all of the different looks!

Different Shades of Blue Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here I stamped the left flower in Seaside Spray and then colored it in. It came out looking super soft! The middle flower was stamped in Basic Gray and then colors in with Seaside Spray and it has a much bolder look. The flower on the right is stamped in Pacific Point and colored in with Seaside Spray. I think that one is my favorite. Which one is your favorite??? Let me know in the comment below!

Check out all of the supplies listed below. If you want to see me create these cards, I did it on a Facebook Live a few weeks ago. Check it out here!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Bundle of Sunflowers!!!

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Happy Monday!!! This card was created for a large virtual demonstrator event that I was apart of and I really fell in love with it! The bundle of sunflowers are just so fun and fresh! The greeting speaks volumes and the layout is a new one I haven’t used before (or at least in a long time)!

Bundle of Sunflowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For this card, I started with a Misty Moonlight card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. Before stamping on this piece, I placed the Bumblebee (1-1/2″ x 4″) on the right hand side as a guide for where my flowers should be stamped. Since I used Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers, I stamped the images in Memento Black Ink! Be sure to leave a little bit of space between the flowers and the stems so your bow fits perfectly in that gap!

The piece of Bumblebee was actually created with the lined images from the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set. I stamped it diagonally and just stamped once around the middle of the cardstock and then worked my way out. Just follow along in that same diagonal pattern and you are golden. No need for perfection as it is a small piece and the greeting covers a lot too. After stamping, add it to the far right edge. Then using some of the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper, I cut a 1/2″ x 4″ piece and placed it over the edge of the Bumblebee. This gives a smoother look between the two papers.

Coloring Sunflowers with Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After coloring the flowers and assembling all the pieces, I added the greeting on and the little ribbon bow. I used a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow! For the greeting, I used the Label Me Lovely Punch which is my favorite right now! <3

If you would like to recreate this bundle of sunflowers card, check out the supplies listed below. If you want to see more samples using these fun products, click here and here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Is there such a thing???

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You all know how much I love stamping with flowers, right??? Is there such a thing as too many flowers???

Is there such a thing, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I created this card and I love it but I also think it might be too much! Let me know what you think in the comments below! I did change this up and went with a similar but different look! Stay tuned as I will post that card soon!

I started with a Misty Moonlight card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and stamped the flowers from Jar of Flowers on either side at the top. Since I colored the flowers with Stampin’ Blends, I stamped the flowers in Memento Black. The Blends that I used were Rococo Rose, Soft Seafoam, Daffodil Delight, and Seaside Spray! I, also, stamped another set of the flowers on scrap paper and fussy cut them out!

Using the diagonal strip image from the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set, I stamped a piece of Bumblebee cardstock with Bumblebee Ink. Don’t worry if this isn’t perfect. Just start with an angle and keep going. It will be just fine and adding the greeting over the top helps to hide any imperfections!

Jar of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now to assemble it all together. I added the fussy cut flowers in the center with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give some texture and make the flowers pop more. Then I added the Bumblebee stamped cardstock on the lower half of the cardstock. Using Misty Moonlight Ribbon, I placed a strip across the card where the paper overlaps! This gives a nice smooth look between the two paper! Now you can add this to your card base. Then I placed a little bow that I created with the same ribbon in the center using a Mini Glue Dot.

For the greeting, I used one from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and the Label Me Lovely Punch. Here is a video tutorial for you to see how I layered the label punch! You can always use the greeting of your choice. I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So let me know if you are loving this card or if you think it’s too much….if there is such a thing! 🙂 If you would like to recreate this card, check out the supplies below! If you would like to see more in this Flowers For Every Season Suite, click here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Cow’s It Going?!?!

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Another month of staying at home! Now is the time to make sure you are reaching out to friends and family. Send some happy mail and let others know you are thinking of them! Check out this cute “Cow’s It Going” card I made using the retiring stamp set Over the Moon!

Cow's It Going, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Aren’t these the cutest things ever?? I created them on my “Daily Dose of Stampin Therapy” on a Facebook Live! Click here to go check those out!

These are just quick and simple cards using the retiring In-Colors of Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, and Grapefruit Grove. The card bases are 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and the designer paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″! Some of them I added an additional layer of cardstock and then layered designer paper measuring 3-3/4″ x 5″. Then I just stamped and decorated with the Over the Moon Stamp Set!!!

You're Udderly Fantastic, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cows are just the cutest ever. I colored them with Stampin’ Blends. The cow doing the splits has crazy spots so when I colored that one in black she lost an eye. Check out the cards in the middle in the top photo for my little eye patch cows!

I have now sent all of these Cow’s It Going cards out as Happy Mail to friends and family to spread some happiness during this time of uncertainty. I urge you to do the same. Join me for Stampin’ Therapy on Facebook each week day! Get inspired and make some cards to send out!

Also, don’t forget about the retiring products that are while supplies last! Click here to check those out and start shopping!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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