Build A Wreath Platform Card

Arrange a Wreath, Platform Fold, Stampin' Up!

Hello crafters! Welcome to For The Love of Stamping, Canada. Thanks for popping by! Today I am sharing with you my card for The Spot Creative Challenge. A couple of weeks ago I invented a brand new fun fold card that I have called a "Platform Fold". It uses an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock, scored at 2-1/2" & 8". The bottom section is folded back to create the platform that holds the card up. 
I have been playing with this fun fold a lot and have created this blue and white Christmas Wreath card. I love blue and white Christmas cards! So pretty and elegant!
So here is what I have done to make this card. 
As you can see the top layer of the card is smaller than the bottom layer. I have adhered a Navy scallop trimmed border along the bottom edge (using the Be Mine Stitched dies). The top flips up to provide you with all kinds of space to write your special Christmas message.
Arrange a Wreath Stampin' Up!The top layer of the card has been decorated using the Wreath Builder dies from Stampin' Up!  I have fallen in love with these dies and can't stop using them. There are 2 different wreaths in this set, which I have used both. The bottom wreath has been die cut in Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper and the top wreath in Silver Foil. I adhered 3 Beaded Pearls to the wreath along with a couple of tiny flowers with a Blue Adhesive Backed Gem in the center of each. I tied a small bow using Pool Party Shimmer ribbon (colored over with Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends) and adhered it with a glue dot. To finish off the card I embossed the greeting with white embossing powder and fussy cut around the sentiment.
I hope you give this new Platform fold card a try!

So excited!  My card was chosen as The Spot Challenge #127 as the winner!!

Thanks for visiting. I welcome your comments!
~Tracie  xo ~

Snowflake Splendor - Up Coming Class

One can never have enough snowflakes. This new stamp set, Snowflake Wishes has to be one of the best for snowflakes that Stampin' Up! has ever come out with during my time as a demo (will be 15 years in Feb!). The set has 17 stamps (9 images, 6 sentiments) and has a coordinating set of dies. The bundle has a suite of coordinating products that include gorgeous Balmy Blue Glimmer paper (snowflakes), Blue Adhesive Backed Gems (center of snowflakes, Snowflake Splendor DSP (background of my card) and the most gorgeous embossing folder - So Many Snowflakes - a MUST HAVE!!
This card is one of the 3 that will be part of my Snowflake Splendor class on Sept. 19th. All the details for this class can be found here:

Class details
Date: Sept. 19th
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: My home

Joyful Holly

Joyful Holly
Doesn't this just scream "Christmas!"? I created this card with "traditional" Christmas colors - Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce & a touch of gold.
The holly images in this 2 step stamp set - Joyful Holly - are stunning. They are perfect size and given the set is photopolymer, it is a breeze to line up. Even the little holly berries stamp, that comes in the set, line up perfectly. 
The greeting was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and layered onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock using the Label Me Fancy punch. 

Warm and Toasty Polar Bear

Warm and Toasty
This adorable Polar Bear comes from the Warm & Toasty stamp set. It is one of my favorite new Christmas stamp sets. There are 6 cute images and 4 sentiments that will provide you with a multitude of creative possibilities. 
The primary color in my card is Balmy Blue. It is a fantastic color for Christmas cards. I have used Stampin' Blends, glimmer paper and cardstock in this color. Another favorite item from the holiday catalog is the Winter Snow EF. A gorgeous array of stunning snowflakes makes a beautiful background for this winter Christmas card.

Plaid Tidings Card Holder Box

Today I have created this cute card box to hold all my Platform Fold Cards. 
The box will hold 3 Platform Fold cards and envelops or 5 regular cards and envelops easily.
The box was created using Whisper White & Real Red thick cardstock &  Plaid Tidings DSP. 
I have used the Gift Wrapped bundle for the bow and the tag. Using the dark Real Red Stampin' Blends marker I colored segments of the bow and topped it off with clear Wink of Stella. To make the ribbon I used Real Red cardstock and the Be Mine Stitched dies. 
To create the box, start with a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock and score on the 11" at 1", 7" & 8". Then on the 8.5" score at 1", 2", 6-1/2" & 7-1/2". 
Then trim off the corners to the folds & assemble the box.   

Platform Fold - A New Fun Fold Card

Gift Wrapped
So the other day I created and posted a brand new fun fold card that I had devised. I was kind of proud of myself for coming up with this. 
The Platform Fold is a take on an Easel card in that it is held up by a support mechanism. 
Depending on how "top heavy" your card is - meaning how many layers and embellishments you use - you may or may not require the support mechanism.
As promised I have created a video. 
I look forward to seeing what others come up with!

Ink-Stamp-Share August 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Ink~Stamp~Share August 2020 Blog Hop. This month's theme requires us to create a project using anything from  the new holiday mini catalog. I have chosen the Gift Wrapped stamp and punch bundle to create this special fold.  I wanted to make something different - something I had never seen before. So I invented a new special fold which I am calling a "Platform Fold" card.
Gift Wrapped Platform FoldAs you can see my card isn't your typical format. The card front is  shorter than the card back. To create this fold you will need a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4 x 11", scored it at 2-1/2" and 8". The 2-1/2" section forms the platform base (folded back) and the 3" section forms the card front. My card has been designed to look like a present but I can see this style of card used for other applications such as a dress where the top layer forms the collar or even a shirt with the top as a lapel. 
Gift Wrapped
To create the Pretty Peacock triangle, I started with a 4" x 2-3/4" piece of Pretty Peacock and marked the center of  the 4" edge @ 2". Then cut from the mark to the top corners to form the triangle. I repeated this with the Brightly Gleaming DSP, but used a piece of DSP a quarter inch smaller (3-3/4" x 2-1/2") and then layered it on top of the Pretty Peacock triangle.  The bow, was stamped and punched out using the Gift Wrapped bundle and then colored with Stampin' Blends and finished with clear Wink of Stella. The trim along the bottom edge of the top of the card was die cut with Be Mine Stitched dies in copper foil
Now to support the card, I have made a
"mechanism" using a piece of thick white cardstock measuring 1/2" x 4-3/4" of which I scored at 1/2", 2 1/2", 4 1/4" and adhered one section (2" section) directly to the back of the card. The other piece has been left loose so that you can fold down the card and put into an envelop. If you find that the support mechanism doesn't stay in place then use some re-positional adhesive on the 1/2" section.
Gift WrappedJust for fun here is another version - this time using Cherry Cobbler for Mrs. Claus' dress. I hope you have enjoyed my new fancy fold card!  I will be posting a video soon! Be sure to check back in the next couple of days.
Now please continue hopping onto the next blog. Kirsty Pattrick is up next.

Roll Call

Snowflake Splendor - Up Coming Class

One can't go wrong with snowflakes! The Snowflake Splendor suite is STUNNING!  If you haven't seen the suite of products be sure to check it out here. This is by far my favorite item in the Aug. to Dec. holiday catalog and I plan of getting really good use out of it.
Each of my cards features the Snowflake Wishes bundle (stamp set & dies), Balmy Blue glimmer paper and the blue adhesive-backed gems. The cards have been designed with the Avid crafter in mind as each card has many layers and intricacies.  But don't let this deter you from joining my special class on Sept. 19th. I will guide you through every step of the way!

Check out the details of this class. 
Registration closes Aug. 31st!
Register here:

Class Options:
Option #1 $95 - Best option - biggest bang for your buck! 
Choose this option and the class will include:
  • Snowflake Wishes bundle (stamp set and coordinating dies)
  • Make the 3 cards for free
  • Envelops included.
Option #2 -  $30 (Just the class) 
Choose this option and the class will include: (Stamps and dies are not included.)
  • Attend the class at my home - limited spots available. 
  • You will make the 3 cards. 
  • Envelops are included.

Gift Wrapped Bundle

Gift Wrapped
Here is the new Gift Wrapped Bundle - a fun stamp set an punch bundle.  I have been wanting to play with this for some time now and finally got around to it!
I thought it would look awesome with the Plaid Tidings DSP but I couldn't bare to not show both sides. So, I created a "collar fold" and layered a piece of white cardstock behind so that I could stamp the greeting (Pretty Peacock). The bow was stamped on white and colored with Stampin' Blends. For a little extra texture I punched out another bow from the remaining bit of the DSP and a few gold sprigs using the Sprig punch. The final touch was to add a few of the Gilded Gems & some gold twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Pack. I hope you like my card. Be sure to leave me a comment below!

All these products are available through my online store.

Don't forget that during the month of August 2020 I am running a contest to win a Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine. Click the image below for all the details on how to enter. Good luck!

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - August 2020 - Holiday Catalog

Welcome to the August 2020 Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. This month our theme is based on anything from the new Holiday catalog. Oh boy! Decisions, decisions, decisions!  There is way to many nice things that it is hard to pick just one thing. So, I finally decided to create a project with the new "Warm & Toasty" stamp set. Oh my these images are adorable and my favorite is the cute reindeer. 
My project is a fun fold card called "Faux Shadow Box".  It is a fun 3D card that folds down flat to fit into a standard envelop. 
To make this card you will need 2 pieces of card stock - one neutral and one contrasting. I am using Balmy Blue as the background and White with a layer of Snowflake Splendor DSP adhered over the top. I tried to avoid getting adhesive in the center of the card so that I could die cut it with the Stitched Shapes and use the white layer to stamp and color my image which I then adhered to the background layer (Balmy Blue). This creates a "peek-a-boo" look to the card.
The snowflakes inside the circle are suspended with window sheet to give it the effect of floating.  These have been die cut with the So Many Snowflake dies and Balmy Blue Glimmer paper. The center of each snowflake has a Blue Adhesive Backed Gems
Here is another look at my card showing the "Faux Shadow Box" & the suspended snowflakes. Such a cool effect!
The greeting was stamped in Memento and I used the new Banners Pick a Punch to flag the ends of the cardstock. The greeting has been popped up with dimensionals.   
I hope that you have enjoyed my Faux Shadow Box card. 
Like I said earlier, there are so many wonderful products in the new Aug. to Dec. holiday catalog. If you don't have a copy of this catalog and live in Canada, please use my "Contact Me" form on the left and I will send you one. 

Also don't miss out on my contest. 
Now please continue your blog hop journey and check out all the other amazing projects featuring products from the Holiday mini catalog.

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Kre8tors August Blog Hop - Anniversary

Welcome to the August Kre8tor blog hop. Our theme this month is  "Anniversary", which is perfect timing for me as I celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary on the 6th! No travel plans this year!  So glad that my hubby and I were able to go to Las Vegas last year for our 25th!  
Have A HootHere is the card that I created for my hubby for our Anniversary. It features a new stamp bundle from the Aug. to Dec holiday catalog. The stamp set is called Have a Hoot and it really is a "hoot".  Such adorable images!
I got a little creative with the greeting as the actual stamp reads, "Owl I want for Christmas is you." What I did, was stamp the greeting and then use the Classic Label punch to capture only what I needed for my greeting. The sky was sponged with Balmy Blue ink and glycerin  to give a smooth finish.
Have A Hoot
Here is what I used to create the card.
Cardstock & DSP: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, In Good Taste DSP, Balmy Blue
Ink & Blends: (Ink) Memento, Balmy Blue, (Blends Combo) Ivory & Bronze
Stamps: Have a Hoot
Dies: Peek-a-Hoot, Stitched Be Mine
Other: Classic Label, Flowers for Every Season Gems

Well I hope that you have enjoyed my "Anniversary" card. Please continue your journey by clicking the next button to go to Angie McKenzie's blog. 

Roll Call List

Have A Hoot - Faux Shadow Box Card

Having some fun with the Have A Hoot Bundle from the Au
g. - Dec Holiday mini catalog. I had the pleasure of attending a Zoom call this past week with demonstrators from all over the world!  The organizer ran a "Mystery Card" challenge. We were told only the measurements of cardstock to have ready along with some stamps, inks & dies. Ultimately we ended up making a Faux Shadow Box card and although this is not the card I made during the Zoom call (will be posted at a later date) I did create this card after the call.  

Have A Hoot
I love the different levels & dimension to this type of card! There are layers in the foreground, middle and background!
So many amazing products used on the card. Including Black Glitter paper (Yay! It's back!), Have A Hoot Bundle, Snowflake Splendor DSP, Adhesive-Backed Snowflakes

Nothing's Better Than

Nothings Better Than
Such a quirky stamp set ~ Nothing's Better Than. With the hot weather here these days (Ottawa) I felt that this card was screaming for bright bold colors!  So I have used the new Magenta Madness with Daffodil Delight!  The die cut in the center is from the Love You More Than set that coordinates with the stamp set. 


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Arrange A (Christmas) Wreath Class Aug. 22, 2020

Upcoming class featuring the Arrange A Wreath bundle and some wonderful new products from the Aug. to Dec. Holiday mini catalog. 
I will be opening up my home for the first time since March for this class and will only be accepting 4 participants at a time. Depending on demand, I may hold additional classes.  I will send out guidelines to the attendees that we will follow while at my home. I want everyone to feel safe and comfortable. 

This class is for the "avid" stamper.
Date: Saturday Aug. 22, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Register here
Class fee is required to secure your spot
Registration closes Aug. 12th

Class Options:
Option #1: $80
This class will include three cards with envelops and the Wreath Builder dies.
Location: My home.

Option #2: $95
This class will include three cards with envelops and the Arrange a Wreath bundle.
Location: My home.
**Best option as I am not charging for the cards**

Option #3: $30
Just the class. I will provide you with the supplies (cardstock & embellishments) and an instruction .pdf file for you to create the cards on your own. You will need to have the Arrange A Wreath bundle to complete the project
Location: Your home