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


Countdown to SAB & Fall Mini Catalog

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

Be Cool Penguin Place


Penguin Place
Well how excited am I? I recently got the Fall mini catalog and placed an order for some new products! I fell in love with this adorable penguin from the stamp/punch bundle called Penguin Place. 

Today I have created this adorable card to show him (or her) off. I started with a Basic White base and layered Pacific Point on top.

Using another piece of Basic White I used the Layering Diorama dies, a Blending Brush and Pacific Point ink to create the mountains in the background. 

I used one of the (new) "Wonderful Snowflakes" behind my penguin. These snowflakes are available as of August from the Autumn catalog. They have a pearlized iridescent shimmer to them - so pretty. The nice thing is that they come on a sheet and there is extra paper that surrounds them. This allowed me to die cut the stars at the top of the card.

Behind the penguin and snowflake is some of the Metallic Mesh ribbon (I am finding all kinds of uses for this ribbon!). I thought that this ribbon makes it look like ice behind the snowflake. Because this ribbon is quite wide, I cut it into strips and laid them in a star formation behind the snowflake. Love the sparkle!

To finish my card I embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and cut it into sections to place around the penguin.

I hope you enjoyed your visit at my blog today. I currently have a small supply of the new mini catalogs, so if you would like one and live in Canada, please send me a note using the "Contact Me" at the top of my blog. 

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Christmas in July


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping! Today you are joining me on the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Christmas in July!.  I KNOW!!  Christmas cards already? Well it can never be to early to start!
Where do I begin? Let's start with the base - a new 2021 - 2023 In Color - Evening Evergreen. A perfect shade for Christmas! Layered on top of the base is the Pearlescent paper. This paper just adds a gorgeous shimmer to the card.

I used the Encircled In Beauty dies to create the wreath base in Evening Evergreen and added some clear Wink of Stella on the wreath. I just love how it not only adds shimmer but also darkens the cardstock.  On top of the wreath are some gold holly that I die cut using the Poinsettia dies.

The poinsettia was die cut in So Saffron and then sponged with white craft ink and "glitterized" with a Wink of Stella! Each layer was popped up on dimensionals. 

I added a bow using 2 different ribbons (Open Weave Evening Evergreen)  and finished the card off with the sentiment embossed in gold (and of course more Wink of Stella - you can never have too much sparkle!).

I love how this turned out!  All the products are from the current catalog. Which reminds me.... the July to Dec catalog will be out soon! 
If you wish to purchase the products to make this card the you can by clicking this link

You definitely will want a copy of it and the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Contact me if you would like them.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have enjoyed today's post and continue your stamping journey onto Rachel Macleod to see what she has dreamed up for this Christmas themed blog hop!
Happy stamping!
Hugs Tracie

Technique Tuesday - Blending Brushes Ink Technique


Welcome to For The Love of Stamping and the Technique Tuesday Blog Hop. Our theme is "Ink Techniques" and my go to are Blending Brushes.
Ombre Blending Brush Technique

I love using the Stampin' Up!®  Blending Brushes. Not only are they super soft but they make blending ink a breeze. If you don't have some YOU NEED to get them!

Last night as I was falling asleep this design popped into my mind and I knew that I wanted to make this card for this hop today. 

The card base is Basic Black with a layer of Basic White (4-1/8" x 5-3/8").

I started with Basic White cardstock (4" c 5-1/4") and chose shades of purple and a navy as my color pallet. The base color is Fresh Freesia followed with Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and finally Night of Navy. 
Once the color dried I added the die cuts from the Artistic dies (I can't seem to put these down!). I die cut from Black Glimmer paper which is returning in the Autumn/Winter mini catalog - SO EXCITED about this!.

I stamped the sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set in Craft White on Basic Black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder. I fussy cut the sentiment and popped it up on dimensionals.  I love how it pops off the card.  I added some black sewing thread behind the greeting and colored some rhinestone in with a Black Stampin' Blends. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope I have inspired you to use the blending brushes to create amazing backgrounds. Be sure to continue your blog hop journey to see other fabulous creations with ink!  
Happy stamping!

Stamping With Friends Card Challenge - Slimline Card

 Hello! Welcome to For The Love Of Stamping and Stamping Friends  Slimline Card Challenge!
Today is my birthday and how fitting is it that for this blog hop I am doing a Birthday card!
I love the Slimline card design. Given that it is not your typical size it needs a business size envelop.
I have chosen to use the new Expressions in Ink DSP from the Expressions in Ink suite for my card. This paper is so beautiful. It features a water washed look with gold accents. 

Every sheet is stunning!.

The Expressions in Ink suite includes a stamp/die bundle and a Ephemera pack (gold die accents) and the stunning Expressions In Ink DSP.

The finished  card measures 8” x 3 1/2".

To create the card start by layering a piece of Just Jade measuring 3-3/8" x 7-7/8" cardstock on the card base (8" x 6" - folded to 8" x 3").
Cut a piece of the DSP at 3-1/4" x 7-3/4" and adhere to the Just Jade layer.
Next layer a die cut of gold foil using the floral spray from the Artistic dies and adhere this  directly on the Just Jade layer. 

Next, stamp the greeting in Evening Evergreen and die cut using the new Tailor Made Tags dies. 
Add a piece of the Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon through the hole in the tag and pop it up on dimensionals. Place a gold Gilded Gem over the hole of the tag. 

The final touch is to add some new in color jewels (also Evening Evergreen).

I hope you have enjoyed my Birthday card (to myself - lol).

Be sure to continue your blog hop journey and thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy stamping!

Just Saying Hello With Artistic Dies

Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping.
Today's creation uses the Artistic dies with the Gold Metallic Specialty Paper.  This paper is so pretty!  It has a matte metallic finish to it that is really unique.
Creating this card was so enjoyable. The colors were applied to Basic White cardstock with a Blending Brush in both Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight.

I have used the Curvy Dies to die cut the smooth edge of the front of the card. I then colored a number of pearls with a Black Stampin' Blend marker to give it definition.

I die cut 2 of the floral spray with the Artistic dies using the Gold Metallic specialty paper and aligned one on the front and one inside - cutting away any excess.

The 2 butterflies were die cut from Black Glimmer paper (shhhhhh... It is coming back in the July - Dec mini catalog - WOOHOO!) using the Meadow dies.
The butterfly on the front has been given a "fancy" layer of wings and tail that I created using 2 of the new 2021 - 2023 In Color open weave ribbon. 

I continued the blending of the colors on the inside of the card and stamped the greeting in Black ink to coordinate with the black and gold (layered under the black) butterfly.

I am so pleased with how this card turned out and I know just who I am going to send it too!
I hope you have enjoyed your visit on my blog today and look forward to you stopping back again!
Happy stamping!