Over the Top Card!!!

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Recently I was asked by my friend, Jean to create a birthday card for her to give to her friend who was turning 90 years young! I was happy to do so but also nervous because this card has to be special and over the top! I know Jean would have thought any card I created was special and over the top. You all know as a crafter though how you feel put on the spot to do your absolute best. Well I created what I thought was an amazing card and Jean loved it too!!!

Over the Top Fun Fold Homemade Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I actually used a few past Paper Pumpkin Stamp Sets which came in handy for my garden themed card! The Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper was just perfect as well!!! It turned out fabulous….so fabulous that I have recreated this design many time since as well!!!

Mother's Day Heart & Home Over the Top Greeting Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I made a Mother’s Day Card for my Mom and my Mother In Law as well with this same concept! For this one I used the Heart & Home Designer Series Paper!

Handmade Mother's Day Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The next flap that opens up was just decorated with the stamped flowers from the Blessings of Home and then the final flap is decorated but also has some space for writing! If you wish to keep the front of the card and each flap clean of writing, simply add a piece of Basic White to the back of the card and you will have plenty of room!

Pansy Petal Gardening Mother's Day Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This other Mother’s Day Card that I created was very similar to the 90th Birthday one! I can’t wait to make even more!!! Eeeeee! Love it!

For all of the details on this card, check out this video tutorial!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


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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Carousel Cards!!!

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Happy Technique Tuesday!!! Wowza it’s been a long time since I have said that! I have had so much fun with these Carousel Cards!!! They are super cute and still fit into a regular envelope! BONUS! They are a work of art and the perfect display piece for anyone to enjoy!

Halloween Carousel Card, Frightfully Cute Stampin Up, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I did some for Halloween but then an all occasion one as well which you can see down below! There are 4 basic measurements for the pieces and then just decorate as you wish!

The “card base” is a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of designer series paper. Score along the 4-1/2″ side at every inch. This gives you four 1 inch panels and then 1/2″ at the end for adding adhesive. I like to use Tear and Tape for projects like these! Fold on all of the score lines and then with the piece laying flat, fold it over and adhere it together to create a long square tube. The pattern that you would like to show is the one that is on the inside of your tube. The pattern on the outside will be covered with the decorations!

Next you will need 4 pieces of cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″. These can be all the same color or different colors. As you can see in one of the cards above, I used Highland Heather and Pumpkin on it, alternating each panel! These panels will be adhered to each of those 4 sides of the square tube. All adhered on the left side with the right side hanging off. Now you have your card and it’s time to decorate!

The last 2 pieces measure 4″ x 2-1/2″ and 4″ x 1/2″ and that covers the small side panels and center panels. Then you can decorate as you wish with greetings, stamping, ribbon, die cuts, embellishments! So many possibilities are endless!

Carousel Card Using Stampin' Up Product, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This feels super confusing so I feel like it is much easier to understand via video so check it out here! I hope you try out the Carousel Cards Technique and feel free to share it with me! I would love to see what you come up with!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Stampin’ Cut & Emboss!!!

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The NEW Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is now available to everyone! Woot Woot! There are fabulous things that come with each new month! 🙂

Stampin' Cut & Emboss, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I have had mine for about 3 weeks now. Here are a few of my (honest) thoughts so far! I always want to be honest with you!

~IT IS BEAUTIFUL! I love the white sleek look with the silver accents. Hello bling! You had me at shiny! 🙂
~The machine is compact and easy to carry around without having those sides open. It will fit down in a bag or basket very easily. The baskets I take to events didn’t fit my Big Shot so it was angled in there. This will be a dream!
~It is wider than the Big Shot but the plates are the same size. I love this because that means I can have cardstock hang over or push it through a little crooked (opps) and not have it scratch up the sides. BONUS! Some of my plates look rough because of this in the past!


~It is very similar to the Big Shot and probably other die cutting machines. It all comes down to needing a machine and the small differences! One of my Big Shots crossed over the rainbow bridge earlier this year but I still have the 2nd one. It sits right next to my new machine and I still use them both! The New Stampin’ Cut & Emboss just looks prettier! 🙂
~Okay so the more I use it, the more thoughts I have. Yesterday, I was cranking away to die cut some labels and it did that thing where it sort of pops after going through the thick part. Then my hand slipped off which happens randomly and with the Big Shot it would whip around and usually hit the top of my hand/wrist/thumb. With the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss, it doesn’t swing as freely so it popped out and just moved a smidge and stopped. I was like SAVED!!!! I had to share this with you all because that’s amazing to me!

So I hope this review was just what you needed. If you are in the market for a die cutting machine or embossing machine and love bling, I highly recommend it! Click here to get your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine today!! Also, if you want to see my unboxing and reaction of this, click here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Creating An Easel Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!!! I have a fabulous technique to share with you all today!!! Woot Woot! I’m creating an easel card today that is perfect for a Wedding or Anniversary. You could always change up the colors and sentiment for any occasion though!

Creating An Easel Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I got the idea for this card from the fabulous stamper, Kim Peck at a recent virtual Stamping Event! I decided to change up the colors and the designer paper for a new look!

Pop Up Easel Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This card is super simple to create! It uses very minimal supplies actually! Any time you have leftover scraps of designer series paper, this is the perfect card to make. Add a little stamping and some embellishments to hold the easel up and you are golden! The best part is that it still folds up nice and perfectly for a regular sized envelope! Woot Woot!

Love & Laughter Forever After, www.LaurasStampPad.com

To see this Easel Card 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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Coming Soon!!!

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Today, I’m sharing the reveal of the NEW Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine! It is coming soon for all of you on September 1st!!!

Coming Soon Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I unboxed this on video and played with it and explored it on camera so everything is real! The white with silver accents is my favorite! It’s just so pretty! I can’t decide if I think it is heavier than the Big Shot or just that the suction to the table was strong. That is a good thing though because you don’t want the machine moving all over the place.

The sides pop down and fold up for easy storage or traveling! It is really easy to pop them down and they really snap back up! Assembling the handle was super easy to do as well!!!

As for the plates, I love that they are numbers and super clear as to which one is which. The instructions are on the main plate so that makes it super simple to have on hand and know what you need!

This is coming soon for all of you – September 1st!!! There is also a Mini Machine coming soon but the dates have not been announced just yet!

To see the New Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine completely, 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


Snowflake Splendor!!!

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I will play with snowflakes all day long in the stamp room but not in real life. I am not a huge fan of winter and bad weather. When I first saw this Snowflake Splendor Suite, I fell in love!!! Which is kind of odd since I just said I didn’t like snow and winter. Ehhh What are you going to do!?!?!

I think it’s those fabulous colors of blues, purples, and greens that I love the most. It’s soft but also POPS. The prints vary which gives a nice array of looks to use this paper for! I think it will make perfect backgrounds but also it’s stunning to just be the focal point! What do you think???

If you would like to see more papers from the August – December Mini Catalog, click here and here!

To see the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper completely, 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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Playful Pets!!!

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I have seen so many projects done with the Playful Pets Suite that I knew I had to get in on the fun. There are many time a friend loses a pet or gets a pet that I think to send a card for but I don’t always have the supplies. Since I don’t think I will use this all the time, I got just the designer paper to start with!

Playful Pets, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I am cat person so of course I am loving the kitty prints the most in this pack. Also, the paw prints and bowls and stuff are really cute. I feel like unless you know the breed of the dog, it could be odd to send a card with a dog on it but not the correct one. Am I wrong? Maybe dog people wouldn’t care. I feel like while there technically are different breeds of cats, to me they are all just cats! 🙂 Let me know your favorite in the comment below – dogs or cats???

Don’t forget that you can check out other designer series paper reveals here and here!

To see the Playful Pets Paper completely, 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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Gorgeous Gilded Autumn!!!

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I’m not a huge fan of Fall but I think that’s only because it means winter is coming. I hate winter. Another option could be that I’m not really a earthly tones…browns, oranges type of girl. I prefer blacks and grays and bright colors! UNTIL NOW……Stampin’ Up released this Gilded Autumn Designer Paper and I love it so much!!!

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

I have already been playing with this paper and I can’t get enough of it. It is so pretty. There are punches that coordinate with the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set as well as this paper. No need to fussy cutting the images or coloring the stamped images if that’s not your thing. Of course, if you enjoy that, go for it! The foil patterns are just stunning and add that little pop of shine. I just may be looking forward to Fall this year!!!

To see the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper completely, 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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Plaid Tidings Paper!!!

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The August to December Mini Catalog begins on August 4th and I just can’t wait any longer to share with you the amazing products!!! Today, I’m showing off the Plaid Tidings Paper because it is one of my favorites!!!

Plaid Tidings Paper, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m from a small town and my family farms! Plaid button down shirts are a major staple for most of the men in my family. When I first saw this paper, I pictured my Dad having a shirt in many of these color combinations. It really made me smile and warmed my heart. I’ll have to confirm with my Mom but I think he had shirt similar to the upper left (pink/yellow/blue) back when they were dating. Any of the other blue and green designs are for sure prints that he currently wears. I just love it all!

Plaid is perfect for the Fall and Winter season because of it’s soft, warm feeling. It also works great for many occasions! I can see using this paper for a long time and that makes me excited!!! The more versatile the paper is, the more I know I can use every sheet!!

To see the Plaid Tidings Paper completely, 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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