New Website: Please resub

HE HE! I finally took the plunge and create a self hosted blog! So now, I can be found here, at www.laurelbeard.org! (My www.laurelbeard.wordpress.com account will no longer be updated)…….

Please make sure you resubscribe here by either re-adding me to your blog reader or adding your email to the right so you will receive all new posts via email!    This is the  first theme I’ve ever had professionally designed. They even made me a custom Pinterest button and signature!!! It’s the little things people, the little things!!!!!!

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Avery Elle Inks Colors and Comparison Video

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Hi there! Today I’ve got a super quick video showing you some of the Avery Elle Pigment inks I just purchased this week. I stamped each of the colors out and compared it to the other inks I have. After I purchased these, I realize they released some new colors so yup, I’ll be picking up some of those colors soon too!! You can watch the video right here or over on my youtube channel in HD!

HERE is the link to Jennifer McGuire’s ink swatch download post as promised and a big thank you to Jennifer for providing these downloads to her readers free of charge. I incorporated her entire swatch storage organization (shown in her video)…. She has the BEST organizational tips of any crafter I know….

Have an awesome day!
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Snowman Tag

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Hi everyone! Today I’m over at the A Jillian Vance Design blog showcasing this adorable snowman… Meet Sam E. Snowman. He is not an ordinary die. He is a shaker die, which makes it oh so easy to create your own shakers with him. I didn’t use the shaker part of the dies today! I wanted to show you how versatile he is. I created my own tag by cutting down a piece of Desert Storm cardstock and trimming the top corners with my scissors. All the little images from the snowman come in the die set. The eyes, notes, jolly, hat, buttons (although I used enamel dots today) and so much more. I think there are 14 dies in the set… The snowflake background came from this Winter Wonderland set and I stamped them with Gathered Twigs distress inks and also added some shading to to Sam.

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Be sure to head on over to the A Jillan Vance Design blog for more details and information!

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Believe

Hi there! Today I’m here with a somewhat elegant and very unlike my usual style card using some of the stamps from the new Essential by Ellen line…. Gold and me, well we just don’t get along… But I desperately had this idea in mind and wanted to see what I could make of it. I love these two dies from the release! They are just fantastic and high quality and out of this world awesome. I paired it with an awesome sentiment from this set and some gold watercolor flicks here and there from this watercolor set and voila….

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I love you smore

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Quick post today! I made this card a while ago and thought today was the perfect day to post it. The colors make me smile this morning….. I’m heading over to my parent’s new house to help paint! I hate painting, but I love my folks! :)

Don’t forget I have another giveaway going on here! And I had a video up yesterday here!

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Milk and Cookies – Copics, Die Cutting and Calorie Free WITH VIDEO

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Hello Hello! It’s Tuesday!!!! Any big plans? Today is my Dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday Dad. No he doesn’t read my blog… But I still love him anyways! HE HE!

Today I’ve got a fun card to share with you pack full of color, technique and sparkle! And I’ve got a video to boot! Go me, lol! Yesterday was a good crafty day! Lily napped! A brief one, but hey, I’ll take it… All of the supplies used are linked to multiple sources at the end of this post!

I wanted to show a close up from the sparkle I achieved in the background by laying down some pigment ink and then applying some sparkle embossing powder over the top! The colors I chose to go with are Christmas colors from this fab paper pack by Lawn Fawn, but you could easily change up the colors and patterns and omit the Santa note from this stamp set and have a year round style card.

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So here’s the video!!!!  You can watch it right here on the blog or you can watch it over on my youtube channel in HD!!!

Have an awesome day!

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Lawnscaping Challenge: Halloween sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Hi there! Welcome to another Lawnscaping Challenge. This challenge is all about Halloween but if you don’t celebrate it, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve got a color combo you can use as well!!!  Here’s a looksie at my project:

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Sparkly monsters all over the place. Just perfect right? As long a they are cute monsters like these!  To creat the sparkle and shine on all of the monster, I turned to my trust Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen.  I’m getting ahead of myself.. See the stitched rectangle panel? That’s from this die set! It’s fantastic! I inked it up with some distress ink and then did some water flicking with my fingers over the top for some added texture! I also coated the card base with some distress inks as well….  I love me some distress inks! I thought adding the line of trees was a nice finishing touch to tie the scene together!

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I love the Monster Mash stamp set! It is so fun! One of my all time favorite Lawn Fawn stamp sets….  And it can be used any time of year!! Now for once, I decided to stamp on the inside of the card too! I also forget about the inside but to be honest, most of the time even if I thought about it I would stamp on the inside because I like the solid space for writing.. But in this case, I love it! All of the monsters were colored with my Copic Markers. OH, the boo??? That was die cut with THIS die set.

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A big huge thank you to Lawn Fawn for sponsoring this challenge!!!!

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Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and check out what the rest of the designers created!!!! I do hope you will play along with us! You’ve got 10 days to get your craft on for this challenge! Spit spot! Get to it! :)

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Giveaway: Distress Ink MINI Kit #3

It’s time for another giveaway! Why you ask? Because I am here. I’ve relocated here to www.laurelbeard.org. My other blog (www.laurelbeard.wordpress.com) is no longer active! And I want to make sure you are all still following me… So I thought I’d need a bit of incentive, lol! You can just enter your email address over there on the sidebar to the right. See it? Yea, right there! Enter your email and you will have subscribed to my blog via email. There are other ways to follow (reader, RSS, Bloglovin’), etc.. You would just copy/paste my blog (www.laurelbeard.org) into whatever reader you use and voila, you are subscribed!

I love you all as much as I love distress inks! LOL! You guys know I love me some distress inks so this giveaway is perfect! You’ve got a week to enter!

So purdy please, follow me. Resubscribe! Or hello and welcome to any new subscribers! HE HE HE! If you already made the switch and are following me, THANK YOU! And yes, your bet you can enter the giveaway!

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Introducing The INK Road, 4 projects PLUS DISCOUNT

Hi there. I am here today with FOUR projects featuring products from The Ink Road. What’s The Ink Road you ask? It’s this amazingly cute Etsy store that sells lots of goodies! Stamps, Dies, Distress Products, Gelatos, patterned paper collections, stickers, wooden veneers… She carries Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle and Neat and Tangled stamps just to name a few.  Oh just go check it out for yourself! She really has an amazing collection of product! And the shipping time is fast, the price is out of this world and the owner is a sweet as can be! And if you want something she doesn’t carry, let her know! SHE LOVES CUSTOM ORDERS! Here’s a few projects I made using goodies from her shop….

First is some Sakura Puffy Pens….. When you color with them, as they dry,  they dry slightly raised leaving a 3d effect. It is very subtle.. The colors are super fun! She just sold out of them but if these are something you are interested in, let her know and she will get them for you!

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Next up is this gorgeous sentiment from Neat and Tangled. I love it and it’s a large sentiment so it can be the focal point of your prject! I did some light watercoloring, heat embossed the sentiment, added a washi tape strip to the side and some little embellishment I literally found in my desk drawer as I was stumbling around looking for some enamel dots…

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Next up is this adorable tag from this Neat and Tangled set. It’s a great set that will create amazing tags as well as fun layers for your cards. The set is filled with little images to create super fun and unique tags….

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And lastly, this fun tag featuring the stamp stamp set as above.  I paired it with some adorable alpha stickers from her shop. And went with a Pink/Black color combo! Why not, right?

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I hope you will pop over to The Ink Road, check out her shop and say hello to Lara. Oh, and her packaging is super duper cute too, just like her…… AND as a thank you, she would like to extend all of my readers a 15% discount! Just use “LAUREL” at check out! Have an awesome day!! :)

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Quick card tip and giveaway winner

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Hello there! I am here with the easiest of easiest cards…. Quite simple. Grab some patterned paper, layer it onto a card base, add some kind of embellishment and voila. Cards don’t always have to be about a lot of stamping and technique. Most of the time, what you have lying around will create the cutest of cards….

I’m also back to announce the winner of my giveaway in celebration of me moving over here to this blog that was sponsored by the amazing folks at Inlinkz! The winner has been email! THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE!

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Warmest Christmas Wishes

10 hours left to enter my giveaway!

Hello there! Today I’m here with another card from the Essentials by Ellen release! I’m using the Merry & Bright stamp set and combined it with Wow and Zing Embossing powders to create this.

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 I did some heat embossing on the blue panel and then decided to do some multi heat embossing on the fireworks…. I just poured different colored embossing powders carefully onto the firework before heat setting and I just love how it turned out. Some liquid applique for the cool whip in the mug was a nice finishing touch! I love cool whip! The real stuff. Not the stuff out of the bottle! LOL

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That’s all for today! I hope you are having a great hump day!!!! Tonight I am going to a place called Painting with a Twist! I am painting an anchor design. Let’s see what it turns out looking like…. :)

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