• Simon Says Stamp Store Blinkie photo SSS_09_2103_zpsc2c6b992.gif
  • Reverse Confetti

Some fun news and a textury card


Did you see this post? ACK! Yup! I am officially a Reverse Confetti Design Team member! I am part of the Confetti Crew! I am so totally and utterly stoked! In honor of this exciting news, let me share with you my first project as an official DT member.

DSC_0017 copy

Nothing like a gorgeous a fun stamp set, some crackle embossing paste and distress ink to make a bright textured card.

DSC_0024 copy

Goodies used:

Winnie & Walter Share the Love rainbow style


I just had to play along with Winnie and Walter this week! They are having a Share the Love celebration all week long and I am playing along with their rainbow challenge. They are collaborating with Simon Says Stamp this week so in order to play along, you’ve got to use something from both companies! No problem. I’ve got tons from both! I used several different Winnie & Walter sets, the Simon Says Stamp THANKS die and loads of Wow Embossing powders….. ALL the supplies I used are linked below to multiple sources so be sure to check it out….

See the stars/flash? THIS embossing powder is the bomb! Period. It is awesome! I also used THIS embossing powder as a underlying shadow for the Thanks….


Goodies used:

Paint Fusion with Sheena

DSC_0011 2

Hi there! I’m here with another post for Crafters Companion! Sheena has this Paint Fusion line, which is amazing! Today I’m using THIS STAMP SET. Now i kept this simple. With the set, you get practice sheets and instructional sheets and tips on how to paint with this set. Today, I just used Distress Inks. (Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon). I made sure that I touched a wet brush to all of the stamped images so they all would have the watercolored look. The “HEART” sentiment was made with my die cutting machine. Let’s talk about that embossed background. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS EMBOSSING FOLDER! It’s called Snowfall and it is fantastic! Sheena has an entire line of Festive Embossing folders worth taking a look at.

Be sure to head on over to Crafters Companion and check out their new products!

Frap bottle cuteness from Wplus9


Milk and cookies! And those adorable milk jars! ACK! Such cuteness! I have a collection of the Starbucks Frap bottles that I keep in the house. Some I have used as decoration, others I use as cute serving drinks for guests…. So when I saw this set from Wplus9, it was a no brainer! I was getting it. (ALL supplies are linked at the end of this post to multiple sources)…

This is a very simple card and very easy to mass produce.  I simple stamped the frap bottle, made a masked, and then stamped two more…. The cookies were stamped and die cut… The straws were selectively stamped (I put a piece of torn post it over the lid before stamping) and then I flicked on some Black soot distress ink to create the droplets of water onto her gorgeous oatmeal cardstock. Oh, and if you look closely, I put a small layer of embossing paste inside the frap bottles!


This set is adorable! No doubt about it. Thanks for popping by today! What do you have on the agenda? So far today I have cleaned floors, done laundry and showered. Yea, real glamorous! I need to get out of the house!

Goodies used:

Christmas in August with Lawn Fawn


So yes, I was in the Christmas spirit today so I took some time out of the day for myself and created this for the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting edge blog hop. This card actually took me a long time to make believe it or not, lol! But I had fun. First I stamped the images from several different Lawn Fawn stamps and colored them! Some images were then die cut while the rest were fussy cut! See the stitched panel background? That is from this Lawn Fawn set that will be available for purchase on the 28th of this month, just 3 more days! This release is amazing! I  die cut the Christmas tree from this set. I did some creative masking and decided to add some stripes to the background using this stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  I added some liquid applique to the gingerbread peeps.  And of course, I would so totally love to have that color fireplace in my house!


As I mentioned before, I am going to play along and join in on the fun over at the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge blog hop! You have until tonight to play along! If you need incentive other than fun and inspiration, there are about a bajillion prizes that can be won also.


Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):

Watercoloring flowers


I recently upgraded to the 36 count Gansai Watercolors. NOM NOM NOM! That is all I have to say….. I love the pearlescent white and the two shades of gold and the extra colors I get in between! They do offer a 12 count and a 24 count as well for a lesser price. I wanted to color some flowers! I don’t have a good flower stamp set except for this one, which is absolutely amazing, but unfortunately not available any more. The store closed its doors! But I just had to use it anyways. It’s fantastic! It’s by Deasy Designs. I thought after she closed down the clear stamp side of the business she kept the digital side open, but I can’t find it anywhere. If you are interested in the digital format of this stamp set, let me know and I’ll contact her for more information.

Back to the watercoloring, the colors just blend together flawlessly! After I colored the flowers and allowed to dry, I went in and create a sky… So easy to do, and actually quite relaxing. Watercoloring is far more forgiving than alcohol marker coloring (Spectrum Noir, Copics)…. And if you look closely, the flowers have sparkle to it. That’s because I used the pearlescent white watercolor over the top! The sentiment was heat set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, the EP that goes with EVERYTHING! LOL.


So there you have it! I am practicing at watercoloring as much as I can. I love it and want to get better at it! I have some amazing friends that are so talented so they are my muses!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):


Hi there! Sorry I’m late with posting the winner! I have had the nasty stomach bug the last few days? Only bright side? My stomach seems to be a little flatter, lol!!!!

So, I’m here today to announce the winner from my Guest CLASSroom post over at Ellen Hutson! I still can’t believe I was a guest over there! Truly, I love them! They are a class act over there! And their customer service is amazing? And their shipping? Unbelievably fast! I placed an order at 9PM and my order shipping the next day! No joke… So, here is what Ellen put together for an amazing prize pack indeed!

Laurel Beard

Using Random.org, the winner is, drumroll please…..

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 8.50.58 AM Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 8.51.30 AM

Kathy, congratulations! Please email me at laurelbeard at me dot com with your mailing address to claim your prize!

And Ellen and peeps, thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! Truly.

A Smile is the best thing you can wear

DSC_0008 copy

I love that Crafters Companion has released their own line of dies! They are so much fun! In this card, I am using the Butterflies die. I did some dry embossing with the die by simply running them thru my die cutting machine with some tan embossing mats to act as a shim. See the sparkly paper? It’s the candy red shimmering cardstock! GORGEOUS!! And of course, I can’t forget about the sentiment! It’s from this fantastic stamp set, Sentimentals: Verses. I did manage to sneak in one die cut butterfly of course! Colored her up with some distress ink (peacock feathers and pumice stone).

HO HO HO – Lil Inkers


Yup! It’s Christmas in August! And the Lil’ Inker products made this card so super easy to pull together! And see that chevron panel? It’s the leftover from this card video. How awesome is that die? LOVING those stitched lines… Yup! Love this and easy to mass produce! And I adore coloring on black cardstock. Done and done. :) Supplies linked below to multiple sources!

DSC_0009 copy 2

Have an amazing day! :)

Goodies used:

Lawnscaping Challenge: TEXTURE sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Hi there! And happy Monday! Not only is today the Lawnscaping Challenge, but also the day my son starts 3rd grade! I will be home, a mess. Crying! The only thing that will keep me sane today is my daughter…. Where does the time go I tell you…..

This week’s challenge is all about texture! I made the obvious choice and used some Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste and some of the new products from Lawn Fawn that will be available for purchase on August 28th!


All of the images from this set were colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils. I admit, this is not my most favorite project. I plan to redeem myself later in the week! BUT, the images are adorable as is the goodie bag! So this was all me! MOJO = TOILET. Hope it returns soon, lol!

The amazing Lawn Fawn is sponsoring the challenge! The winner will receive a free stamp set so please head over to the Lawnscaping blog and check out the rest of the amazing projects over there!


Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):

  • Spectrum Noir Accredited Colorist

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive new posts by email.

    Join 1,066 other followers

  • Categories

  • All content of this blog including photos, designs and text are © Laurel Beard and were created for your personal enjoyment and inspiration. Please do not copy! :)

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,066 other followers

%d bloggers like this: