Wintry Embossing Folder Pop

 Hello stampers and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Thank you so much for stopping by. Today's card is a new technique that I will be teaching at my Stampers Tech Club this month. It features new products that are available in the July to Dec mini catalog as well as products from Sale-A-Bration and the Annual catalog.

While I can't give away all the detail on this card just yet I can share with you some of the products like the Giving Gifts and Christmas Cheer dies, Wintry 3D Embossing folder and the Be Dazzling paper from Sale-a-Bration. 

Check back next week for details on those background snowflakes.

Happy stamping!



Crafty Challenge Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping and this months Crafty Challenge Blog Hop! Our challenge this month is a card sketch.  

The blog hoppers have been challenged to use this sketch as the basis for our creations.

Theses challenges are fun because they make me think outside the box. It's not so much the shapes we need to use but the layout for our creations. 

So many things come to mind but what is really on my mind these days is prepping or my annual Christmas Card Club. My club is starting in a few weeks!!! PANIC has set in! LOL  Sometimes it is really hard to juggle a full time job and a small business at the same time!  But I do manage to squeeze in a bit of time to enjoy my craft!.

So what have I come up with for this challenge? I designed this classic white and silver card using the 3D Wintry Embossing folder, the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch, Wonderful Snowflakes, Be Dazzling paper, Word Wishes dies and Stitched Snowflake dies

There is something so elegant with a white and silver card. 

Here is how I made the card:

  1. Cut card base "tent" style.
  2. Cut layer at 4" x 5 1/4". Emboss with Wintry EF
    1. Adhere with dimensionals
  3. Cut a piece of cardstock at 3 1/4" x 6". Emboss with Wintry EF
    1. Use Rectangular Postage Stamp punch and punch out 4 
    2. Adhere with dimensionals
  4. Die cut 2 of the snowflakes from Stitched Snowflake dies. Repurpose the tiny pieces that come from the center of the smaller snowflake by adding them as shown in the picture - 3 in the upper left and 3 in the lower right punched rectangles. 
    1.  Start with the bigger of the 2 snowflakes. Adhere 1 Wonderful Snowflake on top with a glue dot.
    2. Then adhere the smaller snowflake on top of the other 2 
    3. Adhere the snowflakes to the middle of the 4 rectangle postage stamp with 2 stacked mini dimensionals.
  5. Tie a double loop bow and adhere to the center of the snowflakes.
  6. Die cut "Merry" and "Christmas" using the Word Wishes dies and the Be Dazzling paper. 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have found inspiration  with my creation! 

Happy stamping

Hugs, Tracie

Stamping With Friends Delicate Baubles


Welcome to For the Love of Stamping and the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop! This month the theme is "Blogger's Choice"!  We can showcase anything we want from any of the current Stampin' Up!® catalogs. My choice is from the July - Dec mini catalog - Delicate Bauble dies.

Delicate Baubles
I chose this die set to be able to feature the "Paper Piecing" technique.  This die set is PERFECT for it! 

I have started with a card base in Evening Evergreen and added a layer of Misty Moonlight. I then added another layer using the Tidings of Christmas DSP.  This particular sheet from the DSP pack is my favorite!

To create the center focal point you need Night of Navy cardstock (base bauble) and Misty Moonlight for the decorative outline.  I adhere the Misty Moonlight outline to the Night of Navy base with Tombow. This was adhered to the cardbase with dimensionals.

I cut a 2nd layer of the outline in Evening Evergreen for the tree and used a piece of Press n' Seal to grab the pieces from the cut out. This allows me to keep the pieces in right place and all I had to do was add some Tombow to the back and press them into place!

I then added some clear Wink of Stella to the green inserts and the Blue Backed Adhesive gems to each of the snowflakes (or are they stars?  Not sure - lol) for some sparkle.  
I hope you enjoyed my post today! Be sure to continue your blog hop journey onto  see what Libby has created!

Crafty Collaborations Music Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today I am participating in a Music Themed blog hop. My card was inspired by an idea I saw online by Susan Opel. I created this Xylophone using a number of products from both the current catalogs.

First off, a little education on the Xylophone. 
Xylophone comes from the Greek words xylon and phonē, meaning “wood” and “sound”.
It is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of graduated, tuned wooden bars supported at nodal (nonvibrating) points and struck with sticks or padded mallets.

See you learn something new everyday! LOL

To start I created a base from Soft Suede cardstock and then layered a piece of Early Espresso cardstock on top.

Next I took a layer of White cardstock and embossed a background using the new Merry Melody 3D embossing folder from the July - Dec mini.
I blended some Soft Suede ink using a blending brush over the surface of the embossing making the musical notes pop!  

Next I cut strips of In Good Taste DSP. The base of the xylophone are 2 strips 3/8"" x 4" and then 1 at 3/8" x 1- 1/2" and the other 3/8"  x 2-3/4".

I then cut 6 strips of the In Good Taste DSP and rounded the ends of each. Each are 3/8" wide. The smallest one at the top is 1 3/8" long and the longest one is 2 1/2" long. Each one was adhered with dimensionals onto the xylophone base and completed with Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots. 
To make the mallet, I used a wooden matchstick and adhered a tiny pompom to the end with a glue dot. Finally, to complete the card I have tied a tiny gold bow with Gold Shimmer ribbon and stamped the sentiment (Delightful Dahlias - SAB stamp set) in white craft ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. The ends were punched with the Banner Pick a Punch and popped it up on dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed today's Music themed post!. Be sure to continue your journey by checking out the other beautiful creations!
Happy stamping.
Hugs, Tracie

Christmas Pinecones & Painted Christmas DSP


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today's post uses new products from the Holiday mini catalog.

The beautiful DSP is called Painted Christmas. This is just one of the gorgeous sheets. I cut and layered each onto Evening Evergreen cardstock

The pinecones were die cut from Christmas Pinecone dies and layered onto and die from the same die set. It is a large background die that I used a small section of.

I couldn't resist using the SAB DSP - Be Dazzling to make the snowflake that I tucked in behind the pinecone layers. The sentiment was embossed on Evening Evergreen in white, fussy cut & adhered with dimensionals. I added a double bow (Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon) to the pinecones to finish off the card. 

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Crafty Collaborations - Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping. Today I am participating in the Crafty Collaboration SaleABration blog hop! I love the SaleABration promotion!  It is also nice to get FREE products! Don't you agree?

Be Dazzling
For this hop I am showing you the Paper Piecing technique using the new Be Dazzling 6 x 6 paper from the SAB catalog. I love the chunky, glittery, sparkly bits on this paper.  I reminds me of a disco ball.

I started with a base layer of Basic White and then added a layer of Evening Evergreen. 

On top of the Evergreen is a layer of Basic White that I ran through my die cutting machine 3 times with one of the dies from the Merry Snowflake bundle to create the background texture.

To create the focal point of the card I used the Delicate Baubles dies.  First I ran the die through with the Be Dazzling paper and then again using Soft Succulent paper to fill in the tree (paper piecing technique).

You can never have too much "bling" so I then added 3 of the blue adhesive backed gems to the snowflakes and a 2021-2023 In Color rhinestone to the tree star.

Behind the die cut is a layer of Evening Evergreen. This is another one of the dies from the Delicate Bauble dies.  I used the same technique to create the textured background as I did on the Basic White layer. 

I added some more "bling" by punching out some stars from the Be Dazzling paper and then added the sentiment to the bottoms.

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to check out the other posts for more SAB ideas!


Share It Sunday Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping! These past few weeks I have been playing with new products from the July to Dec mini catalog and SAB catalog. Today I have designed a Christmas card featuring all new items!

The color pallet for today's design is
  • Evening Evergreen
  • Soft Succulent
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Fresh Freesia
  • Rich Razzleberry
I stamped the image in Evening Evergreen and used Stampin' Write® markers to color in the white spaces. I have to admit it has been quite sometime since I used the Stampin' Write® markers.

The image is from a new stamp set called Words of Cheer. It is on page 20 of the mini catalog and is actually part of a bundle of the same name. I really love the dies that come in the bundle. There are 2 words (Happy and Cheer) that you die cut the letters and then a background layer for them!  Stampin' Up!® needs to create more of these types of dies - they are awesome!

The sentiment is another new stamp set from the July to Dec. mini called Holly Jolly Wishes (p. 29). Here I have embossed it in silver embossing powder and die cut with the Layering Circle dies. It was layered on a scallop circle die that was cut with the FREE SAB Be Dazzling paper.  I have also cut a few holly leaves from the same paper using the Christmas Cheer dies (p. 20 of the mini).

Thank you for popping in on this sunny Sunday to see what I am up to.

If you live in Canada and need a mini and or SAB catalog, be sure to reach out through my "contact me" button

Be sure to check out the other Share It Sunday creations!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Stamping With Friends Blog Hop - Sneak Peek!

Hello and welcome to my blog and the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop! Today we are sharing sneak peeks from the up coming fall/winter mini catalog.

How could one resist these adorable little cutie pies!  I sure couldn't! I have designed this card with the animal lovers (like myself) in mind. So many of my friends have family pets and I am certain that this bundle will be on their list!

This post features one of the many new bundle that I pre-ordered from the up coming fall/winter mini catalog. It is called  Sweet Little Stockings bundle. 

This bundle (found on page 30) is part of a suite call "Sweet Stockings". The suite has a stamp/die bundle, DSP, embellishments & felt - all perfectly coordinated. 

For my card I used the stamp set for the dog, cats, hat & sentiment. The animals were stamped in Memento and colored with Stampin' Blends®. The dog was colored with dark Crumb Cake. The top kitty has been colored with Ivory and Bronze. And the bottom kitty has been colored with the dark and light Smoky Slate.

The stockings were die cut from the Sweet Stockings 12" x 12" DSP.

The DSP layer on the card base, is also from the Sweet Stockings DSP pack.  To create the "windows" that the dog and kitties are looking through  I used the  Picture This dies.  I love it when everything coordinates so easily together!

I hope I have sparked your interest in this adorable suite! It won't be long before you can order it!

If you need a catalog and live in Canada please leave me a comment or use the Contact Me button at the top of my blog

  Be sure to continue you blog hop journey onto the next blog.

Roll Call

Happy stamping!



Ink~Stamp~Share Christmas In July Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to For the Love Of Stamping and the Ink~Stamp~Share Christmas in July Blog Hop!

A couple of weeks ago I participated in another "Christmas In July" blog hop for Stampin' Dreams. I shared a poinsettia card that was die cut in So Saffron with a touch of white around the edges. You can see it here.

Today I am doing a play on that card but this time using Blackberry Bliss and Petal Pink.  I love this color combo!  The Petal Pink Poinsettia has been edged with Blackberry Bliss using the Blending Brushes®. Oh this is SO PRETTY!

Once all the petals had been inked, I adhered them together with dimensionals between each layer.  The center of the poinsettia is another one of the Poinsettia dies, die cut from Evening Evergreen and completed with 7 gold metallic pearls.

Under the poinsettia I have used the Shimmery Vellum in Fresh Freesia and a new die called Christmas Pine Cone which I adhered to the  Encircled in Beauty die cut in Blackberry Bliss.

I then die cut 3 of the smaller leaves from the Poinsettia dies in Evening Evergreen and added Wink of Stella to complete the poinsettia.

The base layer is a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock with a Pearlescent paper matting that was run through my die cutting machine with a new embossing folder ~ Merry Melody 3D EF.

Thank you so much for hopping over and I hope I have inspired you to start your Christmas cards in July! Be sure to continue your journey onto Donna Coffman's blog.

If you need a catalog be sure to use the contact me button at the top of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Roll Call

Jo Blackman

Libby Fens

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Sue McDonald

Annette Ball

Joanna Barnes

Kim Price

Gez Carpenter

Kirsty Pattrick

Tricia Butts

Karen Egan

Mo Rootes

Victoria Littlewood

Tracie St-Louis You are here

Donna Coffman

Donna Lester

Angie McKenzie

Annette Elias

Linda Moore

Stacey Marsh

Cheryl Diana

Sneak Peek! Fall Mini Catalog - Delicate Baubles

Hello there! Welcome to my blog! Today I am going to share a new die set from the fall/winter mini catalog.

I really like it when you can just use dies to create a fabulous card. Here I have used  the Delicate Baubles and the Christmas Pinecone dies that are both coming in the Fall/Winter mini catalog. 

I went with more of a "non-traditional" color scheme for this card using Blackberry Bliss with gold.  The "bauble" uses 2 dies to complete the look. 

Behind the bauble is the Christmas Pinecone layer which I die cut in Evening Evergreen (2021 - 2023 In Color).  It coordinates well with the Tidings of Christmas DSP (annual catalog p. 133).

I cardbase layer is a tent fold in Evening Evergreen with a layer of Blackberry Bliss.

To complete the card I added some of the gold metallic pearls.

Stay tuned all this week as I continue to reveal some additional sneak peaks!  You don't want to miss them!
Happy stamping!

Technique Squad Blog Hop - July 2021 - Alcohol Ink Tech


Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping and the July Technique Squad Blog Hop. Our theme this month in Alcohol Ink Technique.  I love this tech because you get a different result every time.

Some time ago I created a bunch of backgrounds with this tech, knowing that one day I would use them. Today is that day!! 

In previous posts I have used the piece as a full background. Today I am changing it up to create more of a focal point on my card. The Stampin' Blends® that I used for the technique are Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Polished Pink. 

The approach that I take is to create large spots of color on the vellum. I start with one color and add the Isopropyl. I then move to the next color and repeat the process. 

Once the ink is dry I adhered it to a sheet of Vellum to a piece of Basic White using  adhesive sheets. This not only brightens up the color but it also provides stability for the die cut hearts! The hearts were die cut using the Give It A Whirl dies.

When creating my projects I tend to lay them out first to get a sense of how the card will piece together. The only problem is that I find that when I get the "perfect" layout I don't want to "mess it up". So I have the perfect solution to solve this problem and that is once I have arranged all the pieces the way I want them I will use a piece of Press n Seal Cling Wrap to keep them in the exact spot I wanted. 

Here you can see that I laid the Press n Seal over the hearts. I then gently lifted up off the white cardstock, keeping the placement of the hearts in the exact spot! The Press n Seal is perfect for this!   I love this stuff, although I do believe that it is only available in Canada.

My next step was to finish the card base by stamping the sentiment with VersaMark using my Stamparatus® and then embossing with  black embossing powder. 

You may be wondering where this sentiment comes from.... well... it is new and not yet released. That said, it will be available at the beginning of August in the 2021 Winter Mini Catalog.

The stamp set is called Heartfelt Wishes. This is strictly what I call a "sentiment" stamp set with beautifully scripted messages (10 in total) that fit many different  occasions.

I have layered this layer onto a piece of Polished Pink cardstock and then on to the Basic White base layer. 

It was now time to place my hearts, so I turned the Press n Seal over and applied Tombow to the back of all the hearts and then flipped it over and gently laid the Press n Seal back into position on the card front. 

I waited about 20 seconds for the Tombow to grab and then gently pulled the Press n Seal off the hearts - and VOILA!! Everything is in place!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Be sure to continue your blog hop journey onto Vy Tran's blog to see what beautiful creation she has come up with.

Happy Stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Whimsical Balloons In The Clouds


Hello and welcome back to For The Love of Stamping. If this is your first time here, thank you so much for popping over! 

Today's post is a colorful & whimsical Birthday card featuring a stamp from Penguin Place (balloons - July - Dec 2021mini catalog). Now the balloons as you see them here in my picture are not how they look when you stamp them. 

I wanted to give a bit of whimsey to my card so I stamped the balloons first and then traced around them with a Black Stampin' Write® marker and then punched them out with a (retired) Stampin' Up!® punch (Balloon Bouquet). I was so surprised to see that the stamp matched perfectly with the smaller balloon on the punch!  See it pays to keep some things - LOL!!

The background clouds were created using the Basic Border dies. Simply die cut the scalloped edged die and use a Blending Brush® to add the Balmy Blue clouds.

Using the Stitched With Whimsey dies, I created the border around the top layer.

Next, using the Playful Alphabet dies, die cut "H*A*P*P*Y from Coastal Cabana cardstock. Then add the black dots with a Black Stampin' Write® marker. How neat does this look!

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and emboss with White EP on Highland Heather cardstock.

To assemble the card, I started with the HAPPY letters first, centering them down the middle of the card. I then adhered the balloons with Tombow (the top one I used dimensionals). Stamp the balloon string (Penguin Place) using Memento ink and then add the "BIRTHDAY" with dimensionals. The final touch was to add some clear Wink of Stella to each of the balloons for some shimmer.

I hope you enjoyed today's post!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Be Dazzling - Adding Color


Sea Life; Layering Diorama
Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping! 

Today I am sharing with you a tip on how to add color to the new (Free SAB coming Aug. 2021) Be Dazzling specialty paper.

The paper is the beautiful chunky glitter that sparkles and dazzles and is stunning just the way it is. However, I wanted to see what would happen if I were to try to add some color with Blending Brushes!

Check out that gorgeous Sea Horse. I have blended Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody to create this multi-colored Sea Horse!  WOW that is incredible!!

To make this card I have used the Sea Life  and Layering Diorama dies. To start, die cut the sea horse from the Be Dazzling paper. Then start with Pacific Point and a Blending Brush®. Be generous with the color. Once you have completed the Pacific Point, move to the next color which is Gorgeous Grape. I have generously added this color to the right side of the sea horse. Finally on the left side of the sea horse, add Mango Melody.

Here are a few points to keep in mind when applying the color

  1. It is messy! The ink will not adhere to the glitter per say but will adhere in between.
  2. Wear gloves if you don't want ink all over your fingers.
  3. Dab the surface between colors with paper towel as to not transfer the ink to the next ink pad.

I also have used the Blending Brushes to add some Pacific Point to the Expressions in Ink DSP. The top portion of this was white, adding a wee bit of Pacific Point continues the look of underwater.

The sea coral was die cut using the Sea Life dies and the Gold & Rose Gold Specialty Paper. I used the Blending Brushes to add some Mango Melody to the gold coral to brighten up the color. Love how this turned out.

I colored a rhinestone with a black Stampin' Blends® marker and added 3 of the 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels as bubbles.

Finally I stamped the sentiment and using the Layering Diorama dies I created a unique label that I adhered over the coral. To do this you die cut the sentiment with the smallest of the dies and then run it through a 2nd time with the same die in a different position - easy peasy!

I hope that this FREE SAB item will be the first you choose when SAB begins on Aug. 3. If you live in Canada and are in need of the SAB and or the winter mini catalog, please use the contact me button at the top to let me know and I will send them out to you.

Happy stamping!



Friends Forever - Color & Contour


Color and contour
Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping.

Today I wanted to share with you this card that I created using the Color and Contour stamp/die bundle and the beautiful Shimmer Vellum.

This Shimmer Vellum comes in the 2021 - 2023 In Colors and I absolutely love working with it 

As you can see I embossed the images in white on the In Color Shimmer Vellum. I have used 4 of the 5 colors - Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Soft Succulent and Polished Pink. After die cutting the pieces I used the light blends in the matching colors to add a bit more depth to the flowers and leaves.  

The bottom of the white layer was colored using a Blending Brush and Balmy Blue ink.

The upper sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder and the lower sentiment was stamped in Memento ink.  The finishing touch are the 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels - don't you just love haw Stampin' Up!® coordinates everything?  I know I sure do.

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

You Have 15 Minutes.... GO!!


It's not too often (OK maybe never)  that my husband says to me, " I have a craft project for you. I need you to make a bookmark for me to give my mom" - AND HE GIVES YOU 15 MINUTES!!!  WHAT????


That's when you go to your craft room and reach for the "bag of odds and sods" - you know that  big bag of "extra pieces" that one day you think...... I will use these.... So I better keep them just in case....

Well finally that day arrived! Halleluiah! It was meant to be! I had all these pieces (and a ton more) already die cut and just waiting..... waiting for that day when my husband would ask me for a "craft project!" Hahaha!

If memory serves me well, the corner pieces were colored with blending brushes along with the butterflies. The die sets are Christmas Layers and Well Written. All the flowers were die cut from the Pierced Blooms and the greeting was embossed in white on black using Artistically Inked.

I have never created something so quick in ALL MY LIFE!  I guess sometimes you just shouldn't think about it and just be creative!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie