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

Birthday Trio Dies - Gina K

 Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today I am sharing a couple of cards I made based on a design by Maggie Eggen. The card features a die by Gina K - Birthday Trio dies and stencils by Honey Bee Stamps - Confetti Layering Stencils.

Gina K Birthday Trio Dies

I started with a 4" x 4" piece of white cardstock and ran the background birthday die though my die cutting machine. Keeping the pieces together (the die cut piece and the 4 x 4 piece of cardstock) I then blended 5 colors of ink to create a rainbow effect. Once the ink blending was done I took the die cut piece and the "HAPPY" die and ran it through my die cutting machine again - making sure to save all the pieces including the itty bitty pieces of the "A" and "P's". I then die cut 3 more of the background in white and layered them together before adhering the rainbow colored layer on top. I have used black glossy cardstock for the "Birthday" and adhered it with mono liquid glue. The streamers and confetti where ink blended with the same color palette - Magenta Madness, Daffodil Delight, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide and Orchid Oasis. The final touch are some iridescent rhinestones.

Gina K Birthday Trio

The second card sentiment is the negative (HAPPY from the first card. Everything else is the same from the ink blending to the color choices.

Which of these do you prefer?  I would love to hear you thoughts so please leave a comment below.

Tthanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!  

Hugs, Tracie 

Dog Lovers - OOPS! OOPS! OOPS - Scottie Punch Belated Birthday Card

Amazing Phrasing and Scottie punch
Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping!  Here is a cute idea for a belated birthday card for dog lovers. It features the new Scottie punch from the July - Dec 2022 mini catalogue and the Amazing Phrasing  stamp set and Silver & Gold DSP set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. 

I have lined up the "oops!" stamp on my Stamparatus to achieve even spacing between the stamped words. Such a great tool to achieve the perfect alignment and to be able to re-stamp the sentiment to get a really dark & crisp impression.

The die cut stars and grass are done in the 2022 - 2024 glimmer paper and Parakeet Party cardstock using the dies from Elephant Parade bundle (love the versatility of the Stampin' Up! products!).

I completed the inside of the card with the a sentiment from Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired) by stamping the sentiment in Memento on Basic White cardstock.

I don't know about you, but I am often in need of a belated birthday card and this "fits the bill".

Happy stamping! 



Hippest Hippos Picture This Birthday

Hippest Hippos, Picture This
 Hi and welcome to my blog. I have been in a craft mood lately and
today is no exception. Yesterday marked the start of SAB that is running for the months of July and Aug. 2022. It is the best time to get your hands on FREE product like the Hippest Hippos and matching Hippo dies

I cannot take the credit for this design ~ Yvonne Konopka is the crafty genius of this design. I loved her card and just had to do this for myself. It is the first time I have tried "doodling" on a card - not sure it is that great but it was my first attempt!

This white tent card has 2 layers. The top layer was die cut with the Picture This dies and the circles that popped out were stamped with the different hippos and flowers. The top layer has been adhered with foam strips to give it lift off the card base and the circles (after stamped and colored) were inset back into the openings. The tiny flowers are part of the Hippo die set and the centers are the Matte Black dots.

Join me at my SAB Party on July 9th and we will make this card and more!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Tree Lot Retirement

Tree Lot dies
Inspired by Ine van den Eijinden
I love the versatility of this die set that is FREE with a $120 net order during SAB July - Aug 2022)!! The set is called "Tree Lot" and it coordinates with a stamp set from the July to Dec mini catalog called Trees for Sale.   

These dies can be used for many occasions - this time I am using it for a retirement card ~ stay tuned for more ideas to come!

I am using Tahitian Tide and Silver as the base layers and popped up the sentiment in white embossed on black cardstock. 


  1. Die cut a circle on the layer of the card, first. 
  2. Ink blend Tahitian Tide with a Blending Brush on inside of card so that it is visible through the circle cut on the front of the card.
  3. Die cut the camper in silver foil.
  4. Die cut the top and bottom pieces of the camper in Tahitian Tide and adhere.
  5. Center camper in the die cut circle and adhere to inside of card with dimensionals.
  6. Die cut 2 outline trees from Tree Lot dies - 1 medium and 1 small from 2022 - 2024 In Color Glimmer paper.
  7. Die cut the tree outline layers in Tahitian Tide - adhere to coordinating tree.
  8. Pop the larger one on dimensionals and adhere as shown in picture.
  9. Adhere the smaller tree to the bottom right corner as shown above.
  10. Stamp sentiment "Adventure Awaits " - from Let's Set Sail and emboss with white EP on black cardstock - cut sentiment apart and adhere as shown in picture.
  11. Stamp "Happy Retirement" (Seniors Moments - retired) and emboss with white EP on black cardstock - cut sentiment and adhere as shown in picture.
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Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Tree Lot Sunset

Tree Lot dies
Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping! Today is Canada Day and I am sharing a card with you that takes me back to my childhood and spending my entire summers camping! I have so many fond memories camping at Brown's Bay campground and then in my early teens on Graham Lake. I really do miss those days. The smell of the campfire, swimming in the St. Lawrence River and learning how to water ski on Graham Lake - such great memories.  Sunsets were my favorite time of the day. So, today's post is in memory of those amazing sunsets! 

This new Sale-A-Bration die set is called Tree Lot (camper & spruce trees) and is FREE with a $60 net order between July & August 2023. It has so much potential - everything from Retirement to Christmas! I decided to match this up with Grassy Grove dies (silhouette frame).  I love the look of the silhouette on the sunset. To create the sunset I ink blended the background with Mango Melody, Polished Pink and Magenta Madness inks using a Blending Brush. This was adhered to the silhouette frame (die cut in black) and then popped up on black foam strips. The camper and the top layer of the spruce trees were die cut from black glimmer paper to give the card some sparkle. Finally I  heat embossed the sentiment (Let's Set Sail) & fussy cut. Next time I would stamp and emboss directly on the silhouette frame for a cleaner look.

Happy Canada Day & happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Elephant Parade - Sweet Little One

 Inspiration can come from anywhere. Take today's post for example. Last week I was at the dollar store looking for some gift bags when I spotted  this cute bag.

I immediately thought of the new Elephant Parade stamp/die bundle in the 2022 - 2023 annual catalog. 

Elephant Parade Baby Card
Card details:

  1. Start with a base layer in Basic White (tent fold).
  2. Cut a white layer - 4" x 5 1/4".
  3. Die cut the clouds from the Basic Border dies.
  4. Ink blend Tahitian Tide with a Blending Brush to create the clouds - adhere to base layer.
  5. Punch 2 clouds (cloud punch) and ink blend around the edges with Tahitian Tide.
  6. Adhere together as shown and adhere to cloud layer with dimensionals.
  7. Stamp, color (Grey Granite Stampin' Blends) and die cut the elephant.
  8. Adhere to clouds with dimensionals
  9. Die cut a cloud from Give It a Whirl and stamp sentiment in Memento ink - adhere with dimensional.
Like I said - inspiration can come from anywhere! Where do you get your inspiration from?

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie



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Sending Smiles Parakeet Party

Sending Smiles, Parakeet Party
Today I wanted to create a bold card using Parakeet Party. I landed on
pairing it with black. I really like the "shock-factor" of this card.  The Parakeet Party pops off the black!


  1. Start with a Basic White tent fold card. 
  2. Cut a piece of the 2022 - 2024 In Color DSP at 4" x 5 1/2". 
  3. Die cut the right edge with Slim Card dies (item # 157965 - retiring June 30 2022 & on sale for 50% off!)
  4. Adhere to left side of card base
  5. Die cut the mosaic strip from the Slim Card dies in black and adhere to card as shown.
  6. Die cut a large circle and stamp sentiment in black (Sending Smiles).
  7. Die cut "Sending" in Parakeet Party
    1. Die cut the shadow in Basic Black 
    2. Adhere two pieces together
    3. Pop up with black dimensionals and adhere to die cut circle as shown in picture
    4. Adhere layer to card front
  8. Place some Parakeet Party Matte Decorative Dots & Matte Black Dots to the card as shown.
I hope you give this card a try!  I would love to hear what you think of today's project.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie