Brightly Gleaming
Card #2 From the Christmas Card Club

Inspiration from Jacynthe Gauthier
As mentioned in my last post I have started my annual Christmas Card Club (CCC) and here is the second card that the ladies made this past weekend. In addition to the Brightly Gleaming designer paper, I have used the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing folder

Brightly Gleaming - Christmas Card Club Card

This weekend was the launch of my annual Christmas Card Club (CCC). Each month from now to December, I host 2 CCC stamp-a-stack classes. Each member makes 9 cards - 3 designs, 3 of each. This month I featured the Brightly Gleaming suite from the Holiday catalog.  I love this suite from the DSP to the tiny copper stars - just gorgeous.
My card features the Christmas Gleaming stamp set - greeting and the background design on the Night of Navy cardstock, along with the duo ornament punch pack! Can't wait for next month when I feature the Feels Like Frost suite. 

Peaceful Boughs
Holiday Catalog Swap

Sometimes I just don't know when to quit. I created this card for a swap that I participated in and think I over did it. I had to make 21 of these and with all the layers it took a LONG time! 
That said I am so pleased at how the card turned out. I hope my swap-mates like my design/creation.
Here is what I did.

  1. I started with Early Espresso card as the base and layered Soft Suede. 
  2. I stamped the ferns (Peaceful Boughs - pg 15 of the holiday catalog)  on Vanilla card first and sponged the edges of the Vanilla card with Soft Suede ink and a sponge. 
  3. Then I die cut 3 of the branches from the Beautiful Boughs dies (page 15 of the holiday catalog). 
  4. I added some Snow Accent Puff Paint (pg 19 of the holiday catalog)  and heat set to create the "snow" on the branches and I adhered them to the Vanilla card.
  5. Next I die cut 2 pine cone "bases" from Early Espresso card and 2 pine cone "layers" (both dies from the Beautiful Boughs dies). Before adhering the top layer of the pine cone to the bottom layer, I ran clear Wink of Stella over the tops to make them sparkle.
  6. I die cut 2 copper holly branches (from the Christmas Layers dies - pg 16 of the holiday catalog) and adhered 1 to each of the pine cones.
  7. The sentiment is actually ribbon - Classic Weave Ribbon (page 31 of the holiday catalog) that I "flagged" at one end and adhered under the pine cones.
All the product mentioned above will be available starting Sept. 4th. The items can be order from my online store and by contacting me (see contact me form on left side bar). 
If you don't have a copy of the holiday catalog and live in the Ottawa and surrounding area, then let me know and I will arrange to get one to you. 
I hope that you enjoy my card.

Holly Jolly Christmas

As promised yesterday, here is a card that coordinates with the Jolly Christmas dies. The stamp set is called Holly Jolly Christmas. I love the Santa image. I have colored him with Stampin' Blends markers. 
The greeting was die cut using the black foil paper (which honestly looks like patent leather). Another new product that I have used on this card is the Puff Paint - new to Stampin' Up!  If you get your "jollies" watching embossing powder heat up then wait until you see Puff Paint.  It is so cool!  Watch for my tips and tricks video on using Puff Paint coming this week.  

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*New Holiday Catalog Item*
Jolly Season Dies
A Quick & Beautiful Card

Inspiration drawn from Gail Ellis
Hello stampers!  Have you seen this new Christmas die in the 2019 holiday catalog? It's called Jolly Season and will be available starting Sept 4th! It can be bought individually or bundled with the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set.  
What I wanted to show you is that you can create amazing cards with just the dies and paper. 
In addition to the Jolly Season dies, this card also features:

Both the landscape and the Santa sleigh with reindeer have been die cut from Sparkle Glimmer paper. The landscape was created using a die from "In The Woods" (a must have die set!).
Tomorrow I plan to post a card using the coordinating stamp set - Holly Jolly Christmas. Be sure to check back! Happy stamping!

Perfectly Plaid With Wrapped In Plaid DSP

Inspiration for these cards comes from Laura Buechler
So I didn't think I "needed" this bundle but as you can see, I was wrong - LOL. The Wrapped In Plaid DSP is gorgeous - you will definitely want to add this to your Holiday catalog wish list!
This card features the Night of Navy and Shaded Spruce with a hint of Copper Foil. 
For an added touch I used one of the Star Designer Elements which is the perfect size for the tree. Oh and did I mention..... the tree is a punch! Love it!  I used the punch to punch out a tree from the DSP. This card is super easy to make and makes Christmas card making a breeze!  
I plan on using this bundle in my 2019 Christmas Card Club that starts Sept. 6/7 (spaces are still available - fill in the Contact Me on the left sidebar to register). Here is another version of the same card. This card I punched the tree through the white layer to expose the DSP below. I think I prefer this because it shows the dimension better (the white layer is adhered with dimensionals).
I am curious as to which one people like better - the navy base or the spruce? Leave me a comment - I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Let's Make A Difference - Up Coming Class To Support Mental Health Organizations

When I saw this stamp set I knew I had to have it for 2 reasons:
1. For every sale of this stamp set - Natures' Beauty - Stampin' Up! will donate $4 towards Mental Health organizations.
2. The set is stunning!

With that said, I will be holding a class featuring this stamp set to help support the Stampin' Up! efforts to support mental health organizations.
This class will include the stamp set and 4 beautiful cards with envelops. 
These cards will featuring different techniques: coloring, embossing, sponging and brayering.


Class date:  Saturday Sept 21st, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $45 (includes the stamp set)
Registration closes Sept. 9th, 2019 

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Registration fee is required to reserve your spot as I will need to purchase you stamp set in advance of the class.

Be apart of helping to make a difference! 
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Brightly Gleaming Suite

The holiday catalog is coming!  Ooolala! Just wait until you see what's in store in this catalog. 

Here is one of my favorite suites - Brightly Gleaming. This suite is stunning! The primary colors are copper and various shades of blue. I loved everything in the suite so much that I ordered it all!  And Stampin' Up! has made it so easy for us now by providing one order number for everything!!!  
So, do you want to know what the suite contains? Check it out!

  • Christmas Gleaming stamp set
  • Gleaming Ornaments punch pack - there are 2 punches!
  • A new embossing folder - Hammered Metal
  • Stunning 12 x 12 DSP - Brightly Gleaming
  • Classic weave ribbon that has "Merry Christmas" printed on it - wait until you see the card I made for a swap I am participating in - sorry you will have to wait about a week before I reveal the card - I am such a tease - lol
  • Adhesive backed faceted stars
  • Copper foil elements
So much potential with this suite. For sure this will be featured in my Christmas Card Club.
Hard to believe that I am planning Christmas cards already. But with my Christmas Card Club starting in less than 3 weeks I need to get ready.
Interested in participating the Christmas Card club? Fill in the "Contact Me" form on the left side bar. Registration is open!

Stamping Dreams August Blog Hop - Holiday Catalog Sneak Peaks

Welcome to the Stamping Dreams Aug. 2019 blog hop. You are currently visiting For the Love of Stamping (Tracie St-Louis) from Ottawa, Ontario Canada! 

Our theme this month is Holiday Catalog Sneak Peaks! You are going to love this catalog - so many amazing and wonderful items. I love that as a demonstrator I get to pre-purchase items from the new catalog a month prior to its release to the public!  New stamps, new dies, new DSP and new accessories - LOVE IT!  If you live in the Ottawa area and would like a copy of the holiday catalog, leave me a comment and let me know how I can reach you so I can send you one.

So here is what I have created for you. It features the following new items from the holiday catalog:
  • Christmas Gleaming stamp set & coordinating ornament punches
  • Christmas Layers Dies
  • Holiday Rhinestone basic jewels
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP
  • Classic Weave Ribbon (Merry Christmas)
To make this card you will also need:
  • Night of Navy, Pretty Peacock, Shimmery White & Very Vanilla card stock
  • Copper foil paper, Copper embossing powder  
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies
  • Versamark, Pretty Peacock & Mossy Meadow ink
  • Heat tool
  • Die cutting machine
To make my card, start with a navy card base and layer Pretty Peacock on top (I have stamped the holly from Christmas Gleaming in Pretty Peacock ink first).
  • Cut a stitched rectangle from vanilla card stock 
  • Stamp the greeting in Versamark and emboss with copper embossing powder --> adhere with dimensionals to card base.
  • Stamp 2 Mossy Meadow holly branches on shimmery white card stock and blend with a clear Wink of Stella - fussy cut both. Color the berries with the Wink of Stella and Pretty Peacock ink
  • Die cut the branch from the Christmas Layers Dies in copper foil paper --> adhere to top of rectangle
  • Punch 2 ornaments from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP with the the longer style ornament using the Gleaming Ornaments punch pack.
  • Adhere 1 ornament directly to the vanilla rectangle
  • Adhere the other with dimensionals to the vanilla rectangle - overlapping the bottom ornament
  • Adhere a holly branch with berries to the top of each ornament
  • Place a light blue rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels on the dot above the "j" in the greeting.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Now hop on over to the next Stampin' Dreams blog hop post by Pia Gerhardt.

Ride With Me
Christmas Card

I love participating in card swaps with other demonstrators. This allows me to receive samples of stamp sets that I have not purchased. Recently I received this card from Lesley Proper. 
She used the Ride With Me stamp set to create this adorable card? 

Dandelion Wishes - August 2019 Kre8tors Blog Hop
Color Challenge

Welcome to the Kre8tors August Blog Hop! Our theme this month is "Color Challenge Farms." We have been asked to choose at least 3 colors from this gorgeous color palette. 

These are some of my favorite go to colors - Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Petal Pink and Highland Heather.

I decided to use Early Espresso (base) with a layer of Petal Pink and an accent of Sahara Sand.

My card for this blog hop features the Dandelion Wishes stamp set. I was inspired by a card made by Lyssa Zowlanek.

I have stamped the dandelions & greeting in Memento ink on Whisper White card stock and then ran it through the die cutting machine with a new embossing folder - Brick and Mortar. This is one of my favorite embossing folders. I love how more realistic it is than the previous one Stampin' Up! had.   I layered this onto Petal Pink card stock and then onto the Early Espresso base layer.  I have cut 2 scallop square frames, one in Petal Pink and the other in Sahara Sand to frame the dandelions. To complete the card, I tied a bow using the Organdy Striped Ribbon
I hope you have been inspired with these colors!
Now click the next button for more inspiration by Janey Backer.

Sailing Home

This stamp set, Sailing Home, is a great masculine stamp set. This is the last card I got to make at Cindy's the other night.  Love the colors and the layers that this card has.
The card base is Night of Navy with a Sahara Sand and Whisper White layer. The lighthouse, ships wheel, greeting and the ropes are all dies that come in the Smooth Sailing dies and you can get the stamp set and dies as a bundle (which saves you 10%)! 
The card is finished with the anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets which has been tied with a piece of  navy/sahara bakers twine.

Free As A Bird

Today's post features the Free As A Bird stamp set and the Birch background stamp. This is the second card that I made at Cindy's the other night. How gorgeous is this design? All the pieces had been pre-cut for us so all we had to do is color and assemble. 
We each colored our birds differently. I used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Stampin' Blends. I love how these colors "pop" off the page.
The card base is crumb cake. We stamped the Birch background onto a piece of Whisper White (using Crumb Cake) and layered it behind the Stitched Rectangle frame. Next I stamped the greeting onto Whisper White (which had been pre-die cut using the Nested Labels Dies - you can purchase the dies and the Free As A Bird stamp set as a bundle and save 10%!).  
Such a pretty card - don't you think?

Play Time - Not Prep Time

It is so nice to get an invitation to just go and make a couple of cards. I seldom take the time as I am always prepping for classes (so it feels). The other night my friend/On stage travel buddy/downline had a few extra kits leftover from her open house and invited me and a few other over to just play. It was so relaxing and therapeutic!
Having everything prepared so that all we had to do was assemble was awesome and I now get it when my customers say this to me. Thank you Cindy for reminding me how much I love making cards! This is one of the designs she created for us.  I love the layout and color combination! This card uses the Daisy Lane stamp set and coordinating medium sized daisy punch. This card is gorgeous and has found a prime spot on my display board!
I will post another card tomorrow that I got to make. There were 3 and they are all stunning! Thanks again Cindy.