Artfully Layered - A New Technique - Black Light Technique

 Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. My name is Tracie St-Louis and I am from Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 16 years! It's funny because when I first got my starter kit I never imagined still going strong after 16 years!  

I am feeling a bit dramatic today and thought I would put that feeling on paper (or should I say a card). I feel like I am a bit behind in my stamping posts but am happy to share this card that I designed. I think I have created a new technique and am calling it Black Light Technique. It uses a new stamp/die bundle called Artfully Layered. This bundle gives me all the feels for a sunny hot vacation with the ferns and palm-like leaves.  I am enjoying playing with it.  If I had to categorize this card I would put it in the intermediate to avid crafter category. 

Here are the list of supplies that I have used on this card.

  1. I started with a base in Gorgeous Grape (8.5" x 5.5" folded in half)
  2. I embossed a layer of black cardstock with the Stitched Greenery die and adhered it to the card base.
  3. I die cut 2 outline leaves and 2 of the leaf sprays from Tropical Layers dies.
    1. Paper piece the green into the center of the purple outline piece and do the same with the purple into the outline of the green leaf.
  4. Die cut 2 solids leaves from the Tropical Layers dies
    1. Flip the solid leaves over and adhere the layers from step 3.1
  5. Assemble all the leaves on the card as shown in the picture above.
  6. Adhere purple rhinestones (retired Noble Peacock rhinestones) on the card as shown above.
  7. Emboss sentiment on black cardstock with white ink and embossing powder.
    1. Fussy cut and adhere with black dimensionals to card front
  8. Tie a bow with the Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon and adhere to card as shown above with a glue dot.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to make this card. All the supplies can be found here.
Happy stamping!

Kre8tors Blog Hop - Jan. 2022

Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping and the Kre8tors January 2022 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is to create anything we want with only current Stampin' Up! products.

So that being said, I have chosen to use the  Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Awesome Otters, which with a $60 net Stampin' Up! order, anyone can earn for free (SAB runs until the end of Feb. 2022). 

My design is geared towards the avid crafter. "Avid" doesn't necessarily mean that it is more difficult to make. It means that it takes more products than a beginner or casual crafter card requires. I have to admit, designing this card was a bit more time consuming than I thought (sometimes I fuss too much - yes I can be my own worst enemy - lol). 

So about the card. I knew that I wanted to show off the stamp set but I wanted to make it look like the otter was under water and just laying the stamped image on top of the Simply Marbleous designer series paper just wasn't "cutting the mustard" for me. 

So how did I achieve the "under water" effect? 

Let me share that with you. But first, here are the list of supplies you will need. Each is hyperlinked to my store to make it easier for you to purchase.


  1. Cut the card base at 8.5" x  5.5" and fold in half to make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.
  2. Cut a White layer @ 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". Adhere to card base.
  3. Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. 
    1. Using the Layering Diorama dies (3rd largest), cut in the center of this layer.
    2. Then emboss with the Splatters EF.
  4. Using the same size of Layering Diorama die from step 3, cut 1 more from Simply Marbleous DSP.
    1. Using the same piece of DSP die cut a "frame" using the next size (2nd largest) of the dies. Just lay the die over the opening you created when you cut the layer in step 4.
  5. Adhere the blue Simply Marbleous die cut on the white layer of the card front. 
    1. To ensure you have it lined up properly, place the Balmy Blue layer from step 2 on the card front first and place the Simply Marbleous layer  inside the opening of the Balmy Blue layer. 
    2. Adhere the frame from step 4.1 around the opening of the Balmy Blue layer - set aside for now. We will attach this to the card front later.
  6. Using the Layering Diorama dies from step 3, cut 1 window sheet  and emboss with the Splatter 3D EF. Set aside for now.
  7. Die cut 2 Supple Shimmer (blue) and 1 Simply Marbleous (Bumble Bee) sea plants (Smooth Sailing dies).
    1. Adhere one of the Supple Shimmer to the Bumble Bee layer (off-set) and then adhere to the left side of the blue Simply Marbleous layer (on the card front).
  8. Adhere the Balmy Blue (top) layer (from step 5.2) to the card base.
  9. Stamp the otter and color with Stampin' Blends (Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight).
    1. Fussy cut the otter and adhere as shown in picture.
  10. Adhere the window sheet layer with glue dots to the opening, giving the illusion of under water.
  11. Adhere the 2nd Supple Shimmer sea plant to the right side of the card as shown in picture. 
  12. Stamp greeting on Bumble Bee Simply Marbleous DSP and die cut with the Layering Diorama dies (smallest die) - I have die cut the greeting twice to make the area around the greeting smaller.
    1. Adhere with dimensionals as shown in picture.
  13. Add the Faux Sea Glass shapes as shown in picture.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoy my tutorial and would love to hear from you if you gave this card a try.
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Amazing Silhouettes - Free Tutorial

Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping!  Are you new to card making and not sure where to start? Or are you in a "card maker block" - not sure where to begin? I know sometimes it can be overwhelming to get the juices flowing. Today I wanted to share a card this is quick and easy to make  that will wow  any recipient!  

Today I am playing with the new stamp/die bundle called Amazing Silhouettes.  It is a beautiful set that is easy to use and is (what I like to call) multipurpose. You can make birthday cards, thank you cards, sympathy cards and more with this one bundle. When investing in stamp bundles you want to get the most out of it that you can and this bundle delivers on that!

The images have a watermark halo around each of them that makes it appear  that you spent hours to create but in reality only takes a minute to stamp! I just love the beautiful results. This bundle is paired with some fantastic word dies . 

Check out this affordable bundle here 

Here is the card I am sharing with you today. This card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator.

Amazing Silhouettes
This card was inspired by Mary Deatherage.

To make this card you will need the following:



  1. Cut card base at 8 ½” x 5 ½” – fold in half 


  1. Cut Smokey Slate cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” 

  2. Cut White cardstock at 3 7/8” x 5 3/8”

    1. Stamp image in Blushing Bride in the center of the white layer

    2. Emboss with Tasteful Texture 3D EF 

    3. Adhere to Smokey Slate cardstock and then adhere these layers to the card base.

  3. Die cut “Thanks” from black – trim off the “s” 

  4. Die cut the shadow from Smokey Slate – trim off the area where the “s” would be. 

    1. Adhere to the black “Thanks” to the shadow.

  5. Die cut “you” and adhere as shown in picture

  6. Add some champagne rhinestones to the card as shown as a finishing touch.

Download my free tutorial

On The Horizon Card Class - Saturday Feb. 5th, 2022

We all struggle with masculine cards. The beautiful pattern paper used in this class makes it easy. If you are a beginner stamper with some basic card making skills this is the perfect class to take your card making to the next level. That being said all level of stampers are welcome at this class.

Using the On The Horizon bundle and coordinating designer paper we will be making 4 masculine greeting cards. The pattern paper and die cuts are perfect for pairing to create these masculine cards. Click the image below for more info about this class.

This class includes the stamp set, dies and a full package of the designer series paper. 

Don’t wait to sign up. Click the contact me button above to register. Registration closes Jan. 23rd 2022.

Class prepayment is require to reserved your spot.  Class details here

Crafty Collaborations Jan - June Mini Catalog Blog Hop

 Happy New Year and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today I am participating in a blog hop featuring products from the Jan - June 2022 Mini Catalog. 

I have chosen to use the On the Horizon bundle found on page 42-43 for my post today. 

I cased this card from the image found on page 42. Because I don't have the designer series paper, I created my own background and "water" using white cardstock, a blending brush and Misty Moonlight ink..

Here are the supplies used to make the card

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to check out the other fabulous projects by clicking the links below.
Happy Stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

NEW!! New Horizon Suite

 Here is one of my favorite new suites in the mini January to June 2022 catalog ~ New Horizons. Check out this great video that outlines all the wonderful components of this suite.

New Catalogs for 2022

 The new 2022 Mini Catalog & Sale-A-Bration catalogs are available!!

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Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Merry Christmas

I can't believe how fast this year passed by. So many things happened this year! I am

actually truly happy that the holidays are coming because I seriously need some down time!

I am happy to be participating again in blog hops. I took a bit of a break after the passing of my dad.

Today I am featuring a clean and simple card using only Night of Navy and Whisper White.

To make this card here is what you will need.


  • Night of Navy & Whisper White cardstock
  • Merriest Frames dies & Hybrid Embossing Folder
  • Holly Jolly Wishes stamp set
  • Rhinestones
  • Navy Stampin' Blends or Sharpie

  • Cut cardbase at 8.5" x 11". Score and fold in half to make an 8.5" x 4 1/4" card.
  • Cut white layer at 4-1/8" x 5 3/8"  & emboss with the Merriest Frames Hybrid EF. 
  • Adhere to navy base
  • Die cut the Merriest Frame from white cardstock and adhere to base with dimensionals
  • Cut navy layer @ 2-1/8" x 2-7/8"
  • Die cut white layer using the stitched rectangle from the Merriest Frame dies
  • Stamp sentiment in Night of Navy & adhere to navy layer
  • Adhere sentiment layers to center of base with dimensionals
  • Color rhinestones with Navy Stampin' Blends and adhere to card as shown

Merriest Moments Tutorial

Giving Gifts - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

The other day I posted a similar card in Black and Blue. Today I changed up the color - using 
Blushing Bride and White.

Which do you prefer?

Non-Traditional Black and Blue Christmas Card

Talk about non-traditional Christmas colors - black and blue! I have be wanting to play with the Giving
Thanks dies and until now I have not had time. 

Here I have cut the card base from Misty Moonlight and added a layer of black embossed cardstock (used Wintry 3D).

 I have die cut the Giving Gifts die from Black glimmer paper for some sparkle.

The sentiment was embossed in black embossing powder of Misty Moonlight cardstock and die cut using one of the frames from the Potted Succulent dies.

I have finished the card with some blue adhesive backed gems.

Coloring Shimmer Embossing Paste

 I loved this card when I saw it on Mitsou Crafts facebook page and had to make it myself. 

  • Start with a dollop of the Shimmer Embossing paste 
  • And add 1 drop of reinker. 
  • Mix it well. 
  • Place the decorative mask over the navy cardstock and spread the shimmer paste over the surface. Be sure to get good coverage of all the snowflakes.
  • Remove the mask and set aside to dry
  • Once dry layer your greeting and Wonderful Snowflakes to the center of the card
  • Finish with Blue Adhesive Backed gems
I hope you enjoy making this card as much as I did!

Thank you Jay and Barry for your inspiration!

Whimsy & Wonder Bay Window Card


One of my favorite new designer papers is the Whimsy & Wonder currently available in the July to Dec. Mini catalog. 

I have used this DSP to make this fun fold card - Bay Window card. I have also used the Words of Cheer bundle and the Encircled In Beauty dies.

'Tis The Season

Making Christmas cards can be really easy when you have designer paper like the Whimsy & Wonder. The DSP is just beautiful. 


1.     Cut card base at 8 ½ x 5 ½” – fold
2.     Layer 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8” piece of Polished Pink c/s
3.     Layer 4” x 5 ¼” pc of Whimsy & Wonder DSP
4.     Die cut 2 of the “Tis the Season” – 1 in Balmy Blue Glimmer and 1 in Basic Black
a.     Offset and adhere together
b.     Adhere to card base
 Add 3 Blue Backed Adhesive gems to card