Floating Strips Technique - Paradise Palms


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    Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I was inspired to share with you the Floating Strip technique featuring various shades of blue. This technique really is fun technique and a great way to use up your strips of cardstock. The blue variations from top to bottom I have used are
  • Night of Navy, 
  • Brilliant Blue (retired SU color), 
  • Pacific Point, 
  • Tahitian Tide (new 2022 - 2024 In Color) & 
  • Balmy Blue
    I started by die cutting a circle (3") from Window Sheets. Next I layered the strips in an ombré fashion using liquid adhesive. Once it was dry, I trimmed (from the back) the strips around the circle. This was adhered with dimensionals to the white card layer.
    Next, I have die cut from black cardstock the palm tree and the landscape from Palms dies and adhered them to the card as shown above. The birds (On The Horizon) were stamped in black directly on the card layer and the sentiment was stamped and fussy cut. I then finished the card with some blue rhinestones to complete the look.
    Thank you for stopping by. I hope you give this technique a try. Feel free to leave me a comment below.
Happy stamping!

2022 - 2024 In Colors - Diagonal Strip Birthday Card


Hello Stamping Friends!
Welcome to For the Love of Stamping. Today's post is a card I created using the new 2022 - 2024 In Colors - Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis & Parakeet Parade.  WOW!  These colors are awesome and coordinate so well!
I thought it would be fund to show off these colors by creating a background of diagonal strips in these 3 colors. I started by cutting the strips with a die from Pretty Pink Posh that cuts 5 different widths of the cardstock at once and then played around with them to create this fun background. 
I then die cut 3 clouds using Give It a Whirl dies from Stampin' Up! and ink blended Tahitian Tide around the outer edges with a blending brush. The balloons were punched out from 2022 - 2024 In Color glimmer paper from Stampin' Up!  Love this glimmer paper - it ombré. The clouds and the balloons were adhered to the card towards the top of the card to leave room for the sentiment. 
The "celebrate" die cut is by Honey Bee Buzzworthy dies.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Stamping With Friends - Retiring Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping and todays Stamping with Friends blog hop. This hop is featuring retiring products from the 2021 - 2022 annual catalog.

I thought I would share a panel card using Expressions in Ink DSP (retiring)  layered onto Cinnamon Cider cardstock (retiring). Each panel measures 1 1/4" x 5 3/8".
I have then layered a white die cut using Artistic dies and gold foil pieces that I punched out with the Bough punch
Under the sentiment which was stamped on a die cut from Tasteful Labels (retiring) using Artistically Inked stamp set is a piece of gold shimmer ribbon. 
The final touch are Champagne rhinestones.  
It's always sad to see some of my favorite things retire, but that just means more wonderful things are coming.
The new catalog launches May 2022! Contact me for a copy (Canadian residents only).
Happy stamping!

Sneak Peak - 2022 - 2024 In Color Glimmer Paper - Birthday Balloons

 The new 2022 - 2024 Stampin' Up! In Colors are so pretty and the products available in these colors are fantastic!  

Today I am sharing my first card using these colors. I have die cut one balloon in each color using the Glimmer Paper (159246). What I didn't know until I got the paper in hand, is that the glimmer is ombré! How cool is that?

Front row: Parakeet Party, Orchid Oasis & Sweet Sorbet.

Back row: Tahitian Tide & Starry Sky.

Because of the size of the balloons (Honey Bee Stamps - exclusive edition from 2022 Crop & Create) I created a 5" x 7" card so that the balloons wouldn't looked squished on the card. The next layer is Tahitian Tide (I think I will be using a lot of this color) (4 7/8" x 6 7/8"). On top of that is basic white that I created clouds using the Basic Border dies and blending Tahitian Tide ink with a blending brush.

Each balloon  has been popped up on dimensionals and finished with a double loop metallic bow using the in colors 1/8" Metallic Woven ribbon.

The sentiment (Biggest Wish) is was stamped in black ink (Gina K - Black Onyx).

Stay tuned for more sneak peaks! Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie.

Kitty Balloon Slimline Card


Slimline Card
Slimline cards are so trendy right now! And how adorable is this Kitty Balloon stamp from Whimsy!  I just could resist buying it!

Slimline cards come in various sizes. There are die available on the market but really you don't need one. I took a piece of Stampin' Up! Real Red cardstock and cut it to 8 1/2" x 7" and then scored it on the 7" edge at 3 1/2". Easy peasy!

The next layer is Basic White cardstock that I die cut using Scrapbook.com Slim Nested Stitched Scallop dies. This die set is a perfect match to Stampin' Up! Stitched So Sweetly dies which, unfortunately, will be retiring at the end of April 2022 (you can purchase them here). On this layer I have used the Basic Border dies to create a template for the clouds. I used Balmy Blue ink and a Blending Brush. 

The Connected Bubbles are a slimline die from Whimsy Stamps which I used glitter paper to create the layer.

All the coloring on the images are done with Stampin' Blends. For the kitten I used light & dark Pale Papaya, SU400 & SU600. The balloon was colored with light & dark Poppy Parade. 

For the present and balloons I used light and dark: Poppy Parade, Highland Heather & Bermuda Bay.

Finally the sentiment, which comes with the balloon/present stamp (Photo Play) was embossed in white on Real Red cardstock.

I hope I have inspired you today. I would love to hear what you think of my slimline card. Please leave me a comment below!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Sneak Peek! 2022 - 2023 Uniquely Artistic

Uniquely Artistic

 Sneak peek at a new stamp set coming in the 2022 - 2023 annual catalog - Uniquely Artistic.

I have stamped the images in Fresh Freesia and Soft Seafoam.  The sentiment is from Artistically Inked - embossed with White on Fresh Freesia - then fussy cut.

Rhinestones were colored with dark Highland Heather Stampin' Blends.

I am looking forward to the new catalog ESPECIALLY the new In Colors. Have you seen them yet? Check them out here!

Aren't they great? Interested in getting them all over time? Check out my 2022 - 2024 In Color Club!

Happy stamping!



Pink Fresh Studios - Simplest Gestures


Stenciling is such on trend these days and such an easy technique with a beautiful result. 

I love the freshness of the colors I used on this card - turquoise and yellow - screams spring don't you think?

Using the coordinating stamp set and dies I created this look (designed by Laura Bassen) with various shades of blue. First the image was stamped and embossed in silver. 

Next the ink was blended by laying the coordinating stencil over top.

Finally the image was die cut and popped up on dimensionals.

The sentiment is also Pink Fresh Studios - Scripted Greetings. 

Quick Tip - Creating Dimension with Stacked Sentiments


Here is a quick tip Creating dimension can be super easy when you stack die cuts. Both the Thanks Friend and Thank You So Much cards feature this technique. Not only does it give dimension but I have added different colors of cardstock to add more interest.

One thing to note is, if you want to mail these types of cards, you may have to add some additional postage - be sure to check your with your post office!

Hope you enjoyed the quick tip of the day!
Happy stamping!

Sweet Birthday Wishes - Pink and Main


Oh how the colors pop on this card I made with Pink and Main - Hey Honey stamp/dies and stencils. This was one of the exclusive sets provided and the Crop and Create virtual event that took place this past weekend.  The honey comb were stenciled and the other images were stamped and colored with Stampin' Blends alcohol based markers. I have to admit.... those little bees are adorable!
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Lawn Fawn Hooray Birthday Cards


How stinkin' cute are these cards. I made these this past weekend during a 3 day virtual crop & create event. At first, when I saw the samples I was on the fence - so many super tiny pieces, lots of layering and ink blending - but I am super happy that I endured and created these cards! Here is a closer look at each one

I love all the colors on this card! There are 13 die cuts and at least 13 different colors on this card!

Check out the sparkle on the top of the "HOO" and "RAY"!  First time using Stickles! 

There are 11 die cuts on this card!

How funny! It looks like the deer is juggling the cupcake! Love the turquoise and purple color combo on this one!

And ONLY 6 die cuts on this card!

Such a fun event and am looking forward to the next one in the fall!

Happy stamping!




Daisies Forever - Gina K Designs

 I had a super busy weekend! I attended a virtual card making event that wasn't for the faint of heart!  It was all day for 3 FULL days and I tell you I am exhausted. That being said I can't believe the wonderful designs and designers that made up the line up of this awesome event. 

One of the designer was Gina K. What an amazing person. Her cards featured Daisies Forever stencils. All the daisies and leaves were stenciled! Just amazing! 

This is a top fold card.

This card uses a combination of stenciling and stamping. 

I stamped the centers of the daisies directly onto 2 the top and bottom daisies.

For the middle daisy I stamped the image on a piece of white cardstock and then die cut it from the Forever stamp set.

My third card is a landscape fold featuring PINK daisies (my favorite color)! Again all the daisies were stenciled!

We sure did get an upper body workout with these cards!

I absolutely love how they turned out. It will be hard to let go of these!

Happy stamping!




Waves of the Ocean Shaker Card


Hi Stamping Friends
Well let's just say that it has "been a minute" since I last made a shaker card.  This was a lot of fun as I am using the Waves of the Ocean bundle, foil & DSP.  Love the shades of blue!
I found some old beads that my daughter once used to make bracelets and no longer uses (she is 24 after all - LOL).
I won't get in to the details on how to make a shaker card - there are tons of tutorial out there already.
I will, however, mention the supplies and measurements here.


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

2.     Cut a white layer @ 3 ¾” x 5”

3.     Die cut frame for the shaker using rectangle stitched dies & Waves
    of the Ocean DSP (2 largest dies)

4.     Cut a piece of acetate at 3 ¾” x 5

5.     Cut a strip of white at ¼” x 2 ½”

6.     Cut a strip of teal foil at 3/8” x 2 5/8”

You will need some 1/4" Tear Tape to adhere the DSP frame to the acetate along with foam adhesive strips for the shaker layer.

Happy Stamping!