Saturday, December 8, 2018

Festive Farmhouse 8 x 8 Sampler


 Most paper crafters love to make "samplers" that feature a certain season of theme!  I love to make them too!

Today I am sharing an 8  X 8 framed sampler that I created for my Holiday Retreat held in October.  We spent the day crafting all sorts of  gifts for giving over the Holidays!  It was great to get a head start on holiday crafting and my customers went home with over 10 different projects - all complete and ready to give to their friends and family!



 Here's a few closeups!


Everything you see is from the Farmhouse Christmas bundle, found on page 13 of the Holiday Catalog.  See them and BUY in my Online Store HERE



 The star Designer Paper is also from the Festive Farmhouse suite, as are the Galvanized Buttons and the striped burlap ribbon and twine.  For the snowy landscape, I used shimmery white cardstock and embossed with the Swirls and Curls Embossing folder. 



I love how the sequins add some sparkle to the trees and snow!  They are from the Iridescent Sequin assortment in our Annual Catalog.  I colored the images with Stampin' Blends -  cherry cobbler, old olive, smoky slate and daffodil delight.

Quick tip for adhering the fence to the sampler -  I like to place a small amount of  Multipurpose Liquid Glue on my Silicone Craft mat - then you a sponge to pick up the glue - Sponge lightly on the back of the fence - and attach!  So easy!   When the glue is completely dry on the Silicone Mat, it just wipes right off!



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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lucy and Laura Live -Snowman Gift Card Holder





Today was the third episode of the Lucy and Laura Live on Facebook!  Lucy is my friend - we love spending time together and I have now hired her as my assistant! She is THE best! 

Today during our Lucy and Laura Live, we made a really cute gift card holder- just in time for Christmas!

Here's the video we made!  We are silly but have such fun!








 Here's an inside view:



I have created a PDF Tutorial for this Gift Card Holder with all the measurements and step by step instructions! Click HERE to Download and Print PDF


Lucy and I also made a big batch of homemade hot chocolate - it is delicious!  We put some in a jar and added a cute tag - wouldn't this make a great Christmas gift for neighbors and friends!




And Lucy and I promised that we would share the hot cocoa recipe-  it makes a large batch - perfect for sharing!








Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

10 cups dry milk
2 cups coffee creamer
1 3/4 cups cocoa
5 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl- mixing well.  Store in a large airtight container.

To make a cup of cocoa:  Place 1/3 cup of mix in a mug - add boiling water and stir.

Note: Lucy recommends adding lots of marshmallows and a candy cane!  Good idea, Lucy!


Below are clickable links that will take you to my online store!  If you'd like to make some of these gift card holders, you can purchase these supplies right from my store! 

Please let me know if you need help or would like me to enter the order for you! I'd be happy to do that!










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Monday, December 3, 2018

Feathers & Frost


 If you watched my Facebook Live last week, you met my adorable new assistant, Lucy!  We've been friends a long time and we love spending time together!  She will be making weekly appearances on my facebook lives!

Here's the card we made last week.  It is simple, but so pretty! 





The card goes together very quickly - I made several of these cards -  for some of them I just stamped using clear blocks.  But then I decided to use my Stamparatus and placed both the floral wreath image and Joy on the same plate and stamped both images at the same time. Either way is great - but it's always nice with a larger stamp to use the Stamparatus.


It is fun to "bling up" this simple card with all the different sparkly embellishments-  rhinestones, pearls and the metallic pearls.  Here's a closeup view:  






Quick and simple card - great for this time of year when we are all so busy!


Click HERE for FREE PDF Tutorial and Supply List


Here are the products used for this card.  If you'd like to create this card, please click on any image and you can shop in my online store!  If you'd prefer me to place an order for you, just send me an email! I'll be happy to assist you!  



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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Spirited Snowmen Sampler Class in the Mail



 I am so excited to offer this month's class in the mail!  This month's class is
 an 8 x 8 sampler featuring the Spirited Snowmen stamp set, that you can display throughout the winter!  It is darling and I know you will love it!  Here's a little snippet of the sampler:



The full class in the mail includes the Spirited Snowmen Clear Mount stamp set, a full jar of Dazzling Diamond Stampin' Glitter and all papers and embellishments needed for the sampler.  You will need to supply your own 8 x 8 inch frame. Also included is a step by step pdf tutorial for assembling the sampler.

This class is perfect for any level of stamper - from beginning to experienced!  All will enjoy it!

Additional supplies needed to complete the sampler but not included are: Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Stampin' Blends (or use your own favorite coloring tools); Paper Snips, and adhesives.  Everything else will be prepped for you.  

The full class in the mail is $30 for local pick up.  Add $7 for Priority Shipping if needed.

If you already own the Spirited Snowman stamp set, please substitute any product of $19 or less that will fit in a 9 x 12 envelope.  (Note - 12 x 12 paper won't fit!)

If you'd like to purchase just the PDF tutorial, this option is $15.  I'll email you the PDF within 24 hours of payment being received.

To purchase either of these options, please email me at laura@lauramilligan.com and I'll send you a paypal invoice. 

I know you will LOVE this darling sampler!  




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Friday, November 16, 2018

Wishing You Well Simple Stamping Cards




 I did a Facebook Live this afternoon with my new assistant, Lucy.  I wanted to post the projects.

The cards feature the Wishing You Well stamp set, which is a DistINKtive style stamp and I must say, it stamps beautifully!

Here's a picture of the stamp set:




 Here are the cards we made:


 We used the Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes, Granny Apple Green and Real Red ink.  I think this card is beautiful and love the bow!

Next we stamped the card the same way, but this time we cut the bow out and popped it up with dimensionals.


Again, very quick but a beautiful card, yes?

For the third version of the card, we added a punch - the Classic Label Punch.  We stamped the words on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and then punched them out and popped them up with dimensionals  We also added a little bling - by adding a rhinestone.





And to finish the cards, we stamped on the envelope!  It adds a bit of fun for the recipient!




For a free printable instruction sheet for this card, as well as supplies used, please Click HERE


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If  you'd prefer to have me enter an order for you, please send me an email at laura@lauramilligan.com and I will be happy to assist you! 

Below are the supplies we used -  click on any image to be taken to my Online Store to shop! 








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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowflake Showcase

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I used products from the Snowflake Showplace for today's card based on the above colors.

 These products are available only in November and only while supplies last! These products include two stamp sets, framelits, and darling snowflake trinkets. See all these products in my online store HERE





I used Powder Pink for my card base and stamped "Joy" with Merry Merlot ink.  I used a scrap of Powder Pink and stamped the large snowflake with Powder Pink ink to create a soft tone on tone look.  I cut this out with a large Layering Circle framelit and my Big Shot.  I cut a large scallop circle with Silver Foil paper and layered this beneath the Powder Pink circle.

I used the Snowfall Thinlet dies to cut three different sizes snowflakes with Whisper White cardstock and two sprigs with Merry Merlot cardstock.  The Precision Plate made it easy to do this.


To finish the card, I added a piece of Whisper White Silver edged ribbon and a few rhinestones for some added sparkle.


 Below are links to my Store. Click on any image and you can purchase these products and they will arrive to your door!

 You can shop my online store day or night!  If you need help placing your order, please email me at laura@lauramilligan.com and I'd be happy to assist you. 






Stamper's Dozen November 2018 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamping In My Flops
  2. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  3. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  4. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  5. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  6. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  7. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  8. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  9. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  10. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather “Bee” Stampin’
  11. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel

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Onstage Live


I'm just back from Orlando and Onstage Live where we celebrated Stampin' Up's 30th Anniversary!
What an amazing event it was!!!   There were over 7,000 demonstrators there from all over the world!

I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of the event -

My team!  Here's a photo of my team members that were at the event.   We had matching team T Shirts with our team name - "We'd Rather "BEE" Stampin' on the front!  They were so cute!!!  These are some talented and creative people and I'm thankful for each and every one of them!  For several of them, this was the first time they had attended a Stampin' Up! event and I know it won't be their last!!!





This next photo is Alycia and her two Aunts that are on our team!  How fun for them to attend Onstage together!


Alycia makes beautiful cut out cookies and made these for our team - she also shared them with others that she met at Onstage.  I know she gave one to our CEO Sara Douglass!


Aren't they adorable?  And they were delicious!!!!

When we checked in, we were given a beautiful box that held  a stamp set, pens, cute notepads and more.  We received ribbons for our achievements this past year - I was recognized for Sales, Recruiting, Leadership and for earning the Incentive Trip to the Greek Isles.



I ranked 34th in Sales for the United States ( not sure how many US demonstrators we have, but it's close to 40,000).  I ranked 59th Overall in the United States, and I ranked 114th Globally amongst over 50,000 demonstrators! That seems crazy!!

I'm honored and blessed!  A huge thank you to my team and all of you, my wonderful customers for supporting my business!  They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life - well that perfectly describes me and my Stampin' Up! business!


I was also recognized as a member of our new Demontrator Councils.  This is the first year we have had these councils and I am honored to have been selected to serve.  I had to apply for this position and had an interview -  it's been a long time since I have had an interview - probably over 30 years!


I became a demonstrator in 2000.  Little did I know then how much this would change my life!




I made Bag Tags for my team-  with little crocheted bees made my a friend:



Here's a closer look at the bees!



I gave a Sampler to my team members at Onstage, and a few close friends -  they will go in a frame to display in their crafting/stamping spaces!


I used an assortment of stamp sets and papers and ribbons to make these. 


I wanted to add a bee to go along with me team name, and this little bee from the Bee Thankful stamp set seemed to fit in well!! 



Cling Mount Stamps

The big news at convention is that as of January when our Occasions Catalog comes out, we will no longer carry Wood Mount stamps (except for the large background stamps.)   Instead we will carry Cling Mount stamps (new!!) and photopolymer.   We got to use the Cling stamps in several of our make and takes and you will love them!!!!!  More on them later!!

That's it for now!  Come back tomorrow - I'll be hopping with my Stamper's Dozen blog hop friends!   Have a great day!




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