Faux Christmas Ornament

 Hello and welcome crafty friends. With the recent snowfall here in Ottawa, today I am sharing a technique that I saw Tina Wardell do. It is called Faux Christmas Ornament.

Faux Christmas Ornament
Faux Ornament Technique
  1. Start with Masking Paper and die cut the largest circle from the circle dies and adhere to a layer of cardstock.
  2. Use a blending brush to add ink around the inner edges of the circle to give the appearance of frost.
  3. Mask a smaller area within the circle to create the moon and use the same ink blending technique. Once done remove the smaller mask - leave the larger mask in place.
  4. Stamp an image (trees - Soft Suede) around the bottom of the circle.
  5. Use a white gel pen to create the snow effect inside the ornament.
  6. Remove the Masking Paper from the Crumb Cake layer.
  7. Place the circle die over the ornament image and trace the inside edge of the circle with a white gel pen.
  8.  Stamp the branches (Christmas Banners) in Evening Evergreen on the top edge of the ornament.
  9. Add the ornament hanger. I die cut this from gold foil paper and a retired die set (Delicate Ornament Thinlits).
  10. Add some glimmer elements (berries) - color with Real Red Stampin' Blends before adhering to ornament image.
Products Used

Cardstock: Basic White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Evening Evergreen

Ink: Soft Suede, White Craft, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Versamark

Stamps: Grassy Grove, Merriest Moments, Stars are Shining (retired)     

Misc: Gold Simply Elegant Trim, Circle dies, White Gel Pen, Pearlized Enamel Effects (red), Masking Paper, Blending Brushes, Gold Foil, Gold Embossing Powder, Sending Dies, Real Red Stampin’ Blends, Christmas Pinecone Die Christmas Banners

4 In 1 Leaves of Holly Christmas Cards

Hello crafty stampers! Today is Nov. 16, 2022 and I am sharing with you a fun and easy way to make 4 cards at once featuring the Leaves of Holly stamp set from the July to Dec mini catalogue.

As Christmas approaches, the pressure to create and send Christmas cards intensifies. So let me show you how I created the 4 gorgeous Christmas cards at one time.

Start with a piece of White cardstock cut to 10 1/2" x 8". 
Create a guide by drawing a faint line vertically at 4" from top to bottom and horizontally at 5 1/4". Start with the largest holly outline stamp and randomly stamp across the lines in Evening Evergreen. Next fill in with the solid large leaf with Soft Succulent. Add some smaller leaves - outline stamp in Evening Evergreen and fill with Soft Succulent. 
Next, randomly stamp the holly berries in Real Red. Then use the
outline stamp to add dimension to the berries with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Using the Merriest Moments stamp set, fill in the "white" spaces with the largest fern stamp and the speckles using Soft Succulent ink.  You may find that after you cut this into 4 pieces that you need a bit more of the white space filled in. I suggest you resist the urge to add more before cutting the pieces. Remember you still need to add the sentiment.

You are now ready to cut this into 4 pieces. Line up in your paper trimmer vertically and cut down the center at 4". Next line up each half horizontally in your paper trimmer and cut at 5 1/4". This will give you the 4 top layers for your cards. Depending on how much stamping of the leaves and berries that you did, you will want to play with how you to layer onto a card by rotating the layers until you get the right look. Each time you rotate the layer you get a different perspective. Decide on what make you the happiest. It is at this stage you may wish to add some more ferns, berries and or speckles to the layers.

The final step is to assemble the cards together. Start by cutting a mat to go behind your stamped layers. I cut two Cherry Cobbler at 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and 2 Evening Evergreen at the same size and adhered them together. Stamp the sentiment (Brightest Glow) in Versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Repeat 3 more times and then die cut each with the frame die from Potted Succulents. Create dimension for each sentiment by die cutting 8 more white frame  - layering 2 under each sentiment. This will add stability to the sentiment layer and lessen the chance of damage when mailing your card. 
I hope you enjoy the process of making these cards! I would love to hear how you made out.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin - Build a Snowflake

 Sometimes an idea just comes to you when you least expect it!  That's what happened when I was creating some treat boxes with the Cracker and Treat box die. This die makes adorable treat boxes - perfect for any occasion. It comes with a number of label & tag dies along with stars and hearts! But for me the coolest part of the die are the "left-over" pieces that fall out after you die cut the treat box - the 10 diamonds! After almost throwing them away the light bulb came on! What if I assembled them in a star shape. It was at that point that the second light bulb came on and that was to layer a Wonderful Snowflake on top! Eureka! A stunning snowflake that you can easily change up the colors for amazing embellishment for cards and tag!

This photo depicts how I assembled the diamond pieces. I started by using a piece of post it tape to hold the pieces in place and layered the diamonds with the pretty designs facing down. This is the back side of the snowflake. Then I punched a 3/4" circle and adhered it to the center. Once it was secured in place I removed the post-it tape and added a Wonderful Snowflake on the front and finished it off with a gem in the middle. 

Here is one of the cards I made with my creation. This card is one of the alternative cards that I made with the October 2022 Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin kit. The DSP on this card is actually from one of the envelops. I couldn't let this paper go to waste and decided to feature it on my card and snowflake! Check out my next post for another creation with these snowflakes.

Happy crafting!

Hugs, Tracie


Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Treats & Tags

Let's make some fun treats with the envelops from the Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin kit! Today I have made a Christmas Cracker with the Cracker & Treat Box die and a tag using the Tailor Made Tag dies. The white layer on the tag opens up where I stamped "To" & "From".
First up I have a non-traditional Christmas color combination. These are so easy to make with the
Cracker & Treat Box die and the Tailor Made Tag dies. And just look at that adorable Santa. The Ho Ho Ho PP kit comes with a stamp set featuring this guy and the "ho ho ho"! I have filled the Cracker Treat box are some peppermint Hershey Kisses ~ YUM! And I have added sparkle to the Santa's using 2-way glue and dazzling diamond glitter!

Next up I have used another one of the envelops from the kit to make another cracker treat box & matching tag. As I was making the crackers, I noticed the pieces that were left over from die cutting the treat box and realized that there was something that I could do with them. So, I placed them in a star formation and added a "Wonderful Snowflake" on top to make these stunning snowflakes! Ohh! I was so excited and pleased with the final result! See my next post with some screen shots on how I assembled these.
Here are a few more.

I hope I have put you in the Christmas spirit! As always, leave me a comment or reach out to me directly (go to my profile).

Happy crafting!

Hugs, Tracie

Christmas Poinsettia - 'Tis The Season

Nothing like throwing everything but the kitchen sink at this card - LOL. Today I am sharing a card that has been on and off my craft tables so many times that I can't count! The card features a mix of brands (Stampin' Up!, Pink Fresh Studios) along with both new and retired products.

So what on this card is "new"?

Lets start with the 2022 - 2024 In Color Glimmer Paper. I love the ombré coloring of this Sweet Sorbet glimmer paper - it is perfect for giving depth of color to the petals not to mention that it sparkles!

Up next is Christmas Banners stamp & dies bundle, and Wintry 3D embossing folder from Stampin' Up! The Christmas Banner bundle has quickly become one of my go to for the die cuts and sentiments. And how perfect is the coordination between the fern die cuts (Christmas Banner dies) and the Pine embossing from Wintry 3D EF? Love how Stampin' Up! coordinates products.

And finally the Geo Tiles cover plate (background) from PinkFresh Studios. I have to admit that die cutting glimmer paper with an intricate die like this was a bit tricky - it required a few passes through my die cutting machine to get all the pieces to cut - it didn't help the cause by adding an adhesive sheet to the back of the glimmer paper before running it through. None the less it looks fabulous and sparkly!

Retired items include: Poinsettia Petals dies, 3 cluster pearls & Layering Square dies. I would love to hear your thoughts on today's card design! Please leave a comment below.

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Creating a Shaped Card with Partial Die Cutting

Ever since I started following Jennifer McGuire I have really enjoyed making different shaped cards. This card uses the partial die cutting technique to create it's shape.

I started with the Charming Florals hot foil plate and created 2 silver foiled floral arrangements and die cut them with the coordinating die. Next I used the coordinating stencils and blended the blues and greens. I created the card base by using the dies to partial die cut the bottom and the hinged top of which I then layered the 2 ink blended pieces too. I am excited with how this card turned out! The final touch are some retired white enamel pieces that I colored with the dark Tahitian Tide blends marker and added to the card

The sentiment is another die (Simon Says Stamp) which I die cut 3 layers of white and 1 layer of Silver foil - adhering them all together to give dimension to the sentiment and layered it onto the Tahitian Tide shadow die cut.

I see a few more of these (in different colors) in my near future. Thanks Jennifer McGuire for your continued inspiration!

Happy foiling!

Hugs, Tracie

Hot Foiling with Pink Fresh Studios Simplest Gestures

These 2 cards were both created with products from Pink Fresh Studios - Simplest Gestures. I just love this group of product. I have used the following coordinating products to create the cards.

  • Hot foil plate - flowers & leaves
  • Stencils - coloring the flowers & leaves
  • Coordinating dies - die cut the image

I started by foiling the outline of the floral image and then I used the stencils to blend the colors on the flowers & leaves.
Next I die cut the image and adhered it to a die cut square with dimensionals. The sentiment was also created with my hot foil system with black cardstock and white foil. It was layered over the flowers. To create the background of the card front I used a "cover plate" die from Pink Fresh Studios - love this look! I layered a piece of white cardstock to the inside front flap to accentuate the detail of the cover plate. The cards were finished with some sequins.
I took the same approach with the second card, but this time I didn't layer a piece of white cardstock behind the front flap. I felt that with the card base already being white it wasn't necessary. The sentiment was also hot foiled but this time with silver foil on white cardstock.

I hope you enjoy these 2 cards. They were inspired by a video done by Jennifer McGuire - she is so awesome!
Happy foiling!

Shaker Card with Word & Shadow Dies

Don't you love it when you get 2 for the price of 1?  Well that is what get with this fun shaker card technique using a word & shadow die!

CARD # 1 - Shaker Card

I started by ink blending on white cardstock (piece measures  4 1/4" x 5 1/2" - we will cut it down later) using Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink and Tahitian Tide. I love the colors you get when you overlap the colors (my favorite is the purple that is created with the Polished Pink and Tahitian Tide)!
Next,  line up the shadow die (I used the Hugs die from Simon Says Stamp) over the rainbow of color & run through your embossing machine. Be sure to save the cut out for the second card. 
Cut your layer down to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8". Stamp the sentiment above the opening using black ink.
Next, adhere a piece of window sheet on the backside of the card to cover up the hole. Outline (on the back side) the window with foam tape and add your sequins (I think I used a few too many sequins) inside the frame. Then adhered piece of white over top to keep the sequins inside the window. Now adhere a layer of black cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") behind and then adhere to your cardbase. 
Die cut 3 layers of the words and adhered them together and then in the center of the window. Finish the card with some sequins.

CARD #2 - Using the Leftovers

Using the piece that came from card #1, create a focal point in the center of a card. First, stamp the sentiment in black ink on white and run it through your embossing machine with an embossing folder (I used Tufted - SU retired). Adhere this layer to black cardstock and then to the card base. Next, die cut 3 of the sentiment from white cardstock and adhere them together. Then adhere the sentiment layers to the "leftover" rainbow die cut from card #1. Adhere this layer to the card front. Finish you card with some sparkle - I used Dazzling Details - Silver Sparkle (SU retired).

See 2 for the price of 1!!
I hope you have fun trying this out!  Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!  Happy stamping!!

Picture This and Penguin Place

 Hello & welcome to FTLOS!  Today I find myself digging into some old(er) products to create my card. It is really therapeutic to use up "older" stuff. So today I have pulled out some retired SU DSP to create this background for the happy penguins and my Misty Moonlight ink for the sentiment. The DSP is called Penguin Playmates and I have fussy cut the penguins from this paper. The freesia background is also from the same pack of DSP. I used my Picture This dies to create the openings.

In the 3 smaller circles I used the Sale-A-Bration Silver and Gold specialty paper and the large snowflake is from the Wonderful Snowflakes laser cut pack. The smaller snowflakes were created by die cutting them from the "leftover" areas of the Wonderful Snowflake paper. I hope you enjoyed this quick post. Let me know your thoughts!

Hugs, Tracie

Christmas Scottie

 Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today's post features the Scottie Punch using some non-traditional Christmas colors.

I have chosen 2 plaids in grey, black and white (Plaid Tidings DSP - retired) to complete the look and added a few snowflakes (largest is from the Wonderful Snowflakes laser cuts. 
Happy Stamping
Hugs, Tracie


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Wonderful Snowflakes with Snowflake Specialty Vellum

Hello and welcome! Well once again I find
myself on the fence. I can't decide which I like better. I started off with the design on the right. 
All 3 cards are the exact same with the exception of the sentiment. The base layer is Starry Sky with a layer of white and the Snowflake Specialty Vellum overlaid. I used 2 of the Wonderful Snowflakes and ink blended Starry Sky over the surface and gave it some glitz and glimmer with some 2-way glue & dazzling diamonds glitter (retired) 😢. 
For the banner on card # 1, I stamped the banner using the Christmas Banners stamp set with Silver Encore ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut the shape with the coordinating Christmas Banners dies. The sentiment is from the same stamp set - stamped in Starry Sky and also embossed with clear embossing powder.
For the banner on card #2, I stamped the banner & sentiment using the Christmas Banners stamp set with white ink and embossed with white embossing powder on Starry Sky cardstock and die cut the shape with the coordinating Christmas Banners dies
The final card, (#3), I stamped the banner & sentiment in Starry Sky on white cardstock using the Christmas Banners stamp set  & die cut the banner with the coordinating Christmas Banners dies
Finally the rhinestone were colored with Starry Sky Stampin' Blends to make them match the card.  So now that I shared all my tips on these cards the million dollar question is..... Which do you like better? The card with the white banner (#1) or with the Starry Sky banner ( #2)? 
I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and let me know your preference.

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie 

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Snow Crystal Christmas Card

 Well it has been a while since I last posted. Summertime is tough - so much to do outside. But alas I took a few minutes to put together this quick Christmas card featuring Snow Crystal from the 2022 - 2023 winter mini catalog.

This card took less than 10 minutes to make. The background behind the snowflake was ink blended with Tahitian Tide. Image & sentiment were stamped in Versamark and embossed with (retired) Shimmery White EP.  

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Honey Bee Stamps - Streamers, Balloons, Stars & Confetti Shaker Cards

Honey Bee Shaker Cards
I know that these cards "may" look complicated but truly the are super easy to make!  These 3 shaker cards were created using Honey Bee Balloons & Stars stamps and dies, Honey Bee Buzz Words dies & Honey Bee Confetti & Streamer stencils. In addition, you will need some acetate / window sheet, sequins, ink, blending brushes, foam tape and some patterned paper.

To create a shaker you will need to die cut a shape and adhere the
acetate behind the opening, outline the perimeter of the shape (from the back) with foam tape and add some sequins. Then all you do is remove the adhesive backing from the foam tape and layer a piece of cardstock (white) of the sequins so they stay within the frame of the shape. 

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie