Cute cards · simple cards · Techniques · Thank you

Inspired by Carnations

I love flowers-especially carnations! And my husband loves that they are easier on the pocket book! šŸ˜¬ Seriously-they stay alive so much longer and I can enjoy them!

The Inspiring Iris set was on my “have to have” list! Irises remind me of our childhood house and how they grew along with the daffodils every spring! My mom and I both love purple too! Miss her so much!

I made this card fort Sweet and Simple class. I started with Black Memento Ink and stamped the outline of the flowers. I followed that with Garden Green to fill in the leaves. Then, to create the carnations variation, I stamped with Blushing Bride frost and then rolled the top of the stamp with Rococo Rose. I love the results!

I ran a piece of card stock with the Scripty Embossing folder to tie in the Rocco Rose. Next I added a piece of the Pretty Peacock 1/2″ Scalloped Linen ribbon. It was finished off with Wink of Stella clear! Finally, I added the cute and curved “thanks” sentiment on top of one of the flowers!

simple cards · Thank you · Vintage cards

Vintage Versailles

What a fun a crazy two weeks it has been! We loved visiting our family in upstate NY, but our travels home were challenging. Hubby woke up the morning of our flight and had severe back pain-shaking almost. I took him to the ER up there and it was a kidney stone. We got him some relief and got back a day later. He had another trip to our ER with 2 more! He has seen the specialist and had more scans….we think we are good!

I finally got to play with this gorgeous stamp set!!! I love vintage cards/creations, so this was on my first wish list! I made this card for my Sweet & Simple class and deceided to use it for club too!

The Woven Threads Trim is Devine! I used my Paper Snips to cut the bottom strings and pulled them off to create this fun fringe effect! I used Crumb Cake to stamp the verse in the background and Mossy Meadow for the leaves. I then stamped the scroll with Soft Suede. I used Tear & Tape to adhere the Woven Threads to the card and positioned it almost center the scroll. I distressed the Very Vanilla base and the sentiment with Crumb Cake. I used a die from the Perfect Parcel dies.

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Happy Stamping! Laura

Promotions · Techniques · Thinking of You · Vintage cards

Vintage Daisy Lane

My creative mojo was definitely flowing when I made this card! When I looked at what I had in my basket after I was done, I realized that I had made one of those $100 cards! LOL!

I used 4 punches, 2 stamp sets, a die, linen thread, epoxy gem, and cardstock. Now, I had a great tip from a fellow demonstrator on how to build your “sandwich” with your die cutting machine to help cut out all those little dots on the lace!

You will need your die cutting machine, multipurpose platform (that has tabs), precision plate, 1 clear standard pad, wax paper, lint roller, and die brush.

  1. Place one piece of wax paper onto the precision plate (which is on top of the multipurpose plate on tab 2).
  2. Then place your paper on top of the wax paper at an angle.
  3. Place a second sheet of wax paper on top of the paper.
  4. Place your Stitched Lace die on top of the wax/paper at and angle. (this helps keep the die from warping)
  5. Run it through the die cutting machine once for Whisper White and twice for other cardstock/thicker DSP)
  6. Use a lint roller to remove the small pieces.
  7. For the stubborn last few pieces, you can use the die brush to coax them out!

Works like a charm each time! My club girls have had no problems!!!

Use a Stampin’ Blend marker to color your Clear Epoxy Gems!!!

So now that you HAVE to make this card….or one similar, can I tell you about the GREAT deal that Stampin’ Up! is offering for the month of July?? For $99 plus local tax, you will get $155 in current items in the catalog of YOUR choice!! (normally it’s $125). PLUS a $10 coupon to spend in August!!! You will be eligible to order from the Holiday Catalog during pre-order!! You don’t have to sell either! My team is filled with out of town team members and local members that are here just for the fun, the new friends, and the discount! Click on Laura’s Stampin’ Up! website to join now!!

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I thought I would share the cute pictures of one of my fur babies, Jasper! He decided it was time to help out!

Have a blessed week! Laura

Birthday · simple cards

Soft Flowers

I love watercolor and hydrangea flowers! The Beautiful Friendship stamp set is just gorgeous!! I love the color combination with this card-but I liked the “stamped off” images better than when I tried it with full strength ink.

I made this for my Sweet & Simple card class last month. Sometimes I have a hard time not adding more and more to a card! Occupational hazard! šŸ™‚ I used the new Scripty 3-D Folder to make the Sahara Sand banner have some texture. I also used a Stampin’ Sponge (cut in 1/4 pieces) and some Sahara Sand ink to rub over the whole banner. It really made the script detail stand out!

My inspiration were from 2 cards that were in Stampin’ Up! publications. One was in the wonderful magazine we get quarterly, Stampin’ Success. (a perk of being a demonstrator) The other was in the catalog itself. I played with the colors until this combination made me smile! Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Merry Merlot, and So Saffron was the winning combination!

The new Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets are an extra “wow” factor for this card! I also used the new Story Label Punch for a quick and easy sentiment! I finished the card with the Braided Trim bow!

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Happy Stampin’!!!!

Masculine · Promotions · Techniques · Thank you

Watercolor Smoosh

I saw Elizabeth Bennett’sĀ  beautiful card on our own Demonstrator Planning Place FB page and I had to make one like it! It was our technique for our monthly stamp club too! It’s a bit messy, but it’s so worth it!

You will need the following: Stampin’ Up! Water Color Paper;Ā  Ink Refills of your choice (I used Pacific Point, Highland Heather, and Night of Navy); Frost White Shimmer Paint, plastic wrap, paper towels, and a drop cloth/paper. (protection for your craft surface).

First you want to spritz your watercolor paper on both sides to prevent curling. I placed it on a paper towel that was folded up for more protection. Then, I dropped 2-3 of each color & the Frost White Shimmer paint onto the plastic wrap. Next, spritz it with water and place your watercolor paper/towel on top. Carefully flip it over and move the inks around until you like the mix. Let dry overnight and peel off the plastic wrap! They all turned out different and stunning! If you are in a hurry, you can pull up the wrap in a few minutes and heat set with the Heat Tool. But-it won’t have the crisp lines from the plastic wrap.

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3-D projects · Techniques · Thinking of You · Vintage cards

Vintage Heirlooms

TIP: Cut out your frame prior to running it through the die cutting machine.

I am so happy to see vintage cards making a comeback! This is one style that really drew me into creating cards over 15 years ago! When the new catalog was unveiled at On Stage, I knew this would be first on my list! The Woven Heirlooms stamp set has some sincere statements and some distressed elements to compliment any card or project!

The whole Woven Threads suite is just gorgeous! AND you can order it with one code!!! The Woven Threads DSP has some beautiful patterns that are distressed! They paired some new In Colors into some unique combinations! I used a more monocromatic look for my card. The sentiment is stamped with Crumb Cake on to the paper with the vintage muslin looking design. (I tried to used Sahara Sand ink, but it was too faint). I taped it behind the frame I made from the Heirloom Frames Dies & 3D Embossing Folders combo.

TIP: Use the side of your Blends to color the Faceted Gems to be sure you don’t fray the tip.

To create the flower, I stamped the flower from the Floral Essesnce stampe set in Rococo Rose onto the DSP that had the Rococo Rose distressed design. I used the coordinating Perrennial Flower punch and the Leaf Punch for a quick flower embellishment. I then used the new Rococo Rose Dark Blend to color in the gem.

The 1/2″ Rococo Rose Gathered ribbon looks soooooo pretty in person!! It really pops off of this card! I used a strip of SNAIL and then pressed a little down, then folded a little to the right, and pressed down again to create the rouching!

I hope you enjoyed this card-I know that the girls in my stamp club loved it!

Stampin’ Hugs!

Laura

Birthday · Cute cards · simple cards

Mosaic Beauty

When we were at On Stage in April, they gave all of us a pack for the Mosiac Mood Designer Series Paper. It is gorgeous! You could just get a few dies/punches, a stamp set with a lot of differnt sentiments, and you are set! I made this one for my Sweet & Simple class last month.

I have seen so many pretty cards where people have fussy cut the roses, humming birds, and patterns out and just added a sentiment. The Mosaic Moddre is the coordinating stampe set that has a willow tree in it that is so pretty!

I used the scalloped edge die from the retired Be Mine dies. And I love the Stitched Label dies! Just look at the elegant detail! You can make simple cards that will wow your friends!!

I stamped the sentiment from the Stitched All Around stamp set onto Mint Macaron. Next, I added some pearls to the front and some gold thread to the back. All done in less than 10 minutes!

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Blessings! Laura