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.
Love this card? You can order the products I used to make from my online store or click any of the links above. 

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



How To Order

  • If you have an order that is $100 net or greater then you can place your order here and your order will be delivered right to your door.

  • If you have an order that is less that $100 net, then please email me your order by 6pm June 21st and I will combine it with other orders in order to qualify for the free shipping. I will notify you when the order arrives.

Happy Shopping!!

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

Whiskey Business Father's Day Card

Whiskey Business
 Whiskey Business is such a classic stamp sets. It features the whiskey
decanter and rock glasses. Super easy to color with Stampin' Blends. 

Stamp images in Memento ink and color with Cinnamon Cider and Mango Melody.

The sentiment is from Celebrating You.

Elephant Parade Sleeping Mouse

Sending Smiles, On the Horizon, Elephant Parade
You know those cute photos that people share on FB of a tiny field mouse inside a flower? Well I took that idea and created this cute card using Elephant Parade & Sending Smiles bundles

The card base is Parakeet Parade with a layer of Basic White that was run through my die cutting machine with Stitched Greenery die. The flowers and the the stems are from Sending Smiles (Tahitian Tide and Parakeet Party inks were used and the Stamparatus) and popped up on dimensionals.

The mouse (colored with Stampin Blends in Smokey Slate and Flirty Flamingo), butterfly (colored with Stampin Blends in Flirty Flamingo and Parakeet Parade)  and grass blades were created using the Elephant Parade stamp/die bundle. 

I thought the sentiment from On The Horizon suited this card perfectly! I embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and fussy cut before adhering to the card with dimensionals. 

The final touch are the 2022 - 2024 glossy dots

Happy stamping!



Hippest Hippos - Let's Par-Tay!

Hippest Hippos
Sometimes you come across a stamp set that just inspires you to be
creative. Hippest Hippos is one of those sets for me. This stamp set and coordinating dies will be available for free during Sale-A-Bration that runs between July & Aug. 2022. 

Today I am showing you how to create depth and texture on a single layer card.  Start with a stencil, blending brush and ink. Begin with your color in one corner and continue to add more color. Here I have created an ombré look to the bricks. The pop of Tahitian Tide gives the card a whimsical look - definitely a fun play on color and image - quite different than the typical brown/grey bricks. 

Add more depth by creating a shadow under the hippo to make it look like the ground surface. Here I chose to use light grey, again keeping with the same ombré theme that I created with the bricks.  You will need a piece of paper, masking tape or post-it tape to create the look. You will blend the ink below the edge of the masked off area with a blending brush. Keep your blending soft and try to avoid harsh edges or "splotches" by starting your blending of the edge of the paper and blend inwards.

For more depth on a single layer card you can die cut images and pop them up using dimensional foam pieces. I have done this with the Hippo, butterflies, balloons & sentiments.

My final tip for dimension is to heat emboss your sentiment in white on black cardstock as I have done here.

Here is a list of the products I used to create this card. You can order these by click on the links

I hope yo will give these tips a try on your next single layer card.

Happy stamping!



Hippest Hippo Sending Smiles

Hippest Hippos, Elephant Parade
 I can't put this adorable SaleABration stamp and die set down! This little hippo is so darn cute! Making this card is super easy. All you need is Blending Brushes, some ink (Memento, Highland Heather & Tahitian Tide), some Stampin' Blends (Grey Granite and SU 1000) and some cardstock (white and Tahitian Tide).

I started with a card base of Tahitian Tide and then created some clouds on a piece of white cardstock. I punched out 3 clouds using the cloud punch and used the same colors on these as the background. I stamped, colored and die cut the hippo and attached with dimensionals. The balloons were die cut from the new 2022 -2024 In Color glimmer paper and adhered with dimensionals to the card front.

I embossed the sentiment (Sending Smiles) in white on black cardstock and adhered to the bottom right corner of the card.

I think this is one of my favorite SAB sets that I have seen in a long time! Be sure to check back soon - SAB starts in July and runs through to end of August.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Hippest Hippos - SAB

Hippest Hippos
Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. My name is Tracie
St-Louis and I have been an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator for over 16 years! Over the years SU has offered many Sale-A-Bration promotions and coming in July & August is the next one. With that in mind I wanted to share with you a couple of the products that you can earn for free with a net $60 order. There are 2 free items that I am using on my card - Hippest Hippos and Hippo dies. These images are super cute and easy to color. 

I created a background with Sunshine dies (Hello Bluebird) using So Saffron cardstock and ink blended Mango Melody around the edges of the sun and sunrays. Using the same die I cut out some clouds (Basic White) and added a touch of Mango Melody along the top edge. These were layered onto Basic White which I had first ink blended the background with Balmy Blue ink.


  • Adhere the sun, rays and clouds to the card base
  • Die cut a rectangle frame for the card using Rectangle Stitched dies and adhere with foam tape.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink
  • Die cut the blades of grass (Parakeet Party - Elephant Parade bundle) for the bottom edge of the frame & adhere with Tombow glue
  • Stamp & die cut the hippos (Hippest Hippos) & butterflies (Elephant Parade).
  • Color with Stampin' Blends & pop them up on dimensionals.
  • Position on your card.

Thank you for stopping by!

Hugs, Tracie

Elephant Parade Slimline - Floating in the Cloud Birthday Card


Elephant Parade
I have to admit that I really like the look of a slimline card. They are so easy to make - all you need is a piece of cardstock cut at 8.5" x 7" and score in half at 3.5".

I layered basic white that I ink blended to make the clouds (Highland Heather & Tahitian Tide) using the Basic Border dies. the elephant, mouse, balloons, butterflies all come from the Elephant Parade stamp/die bundle

For some additional dimension, I punched to clouds from basic white cardstock and ink blended them as well with the same colors as the cloud background and used dimensionals to pop them up on the card.

The sentiment is a new stamp/die bundle as well. The dies do the "fussy cutting" of the sentiment for you - LOVE THIS! The bundle is Charming Sentiments - a MUST HAVE!

The butterflies and balloons were colored with new 2022 - 2024 in colors - Parakeet Party, Orchid Oasis & Tahitian Tide.

If you haven't tried your hand at a slimline card you should give it a go!

Happy Stamping!



Elephant Parade Birthday

Elephant Parade
Hi and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today's post features a new 2022 - 2023 stamp/die bundle - Elephant Parade and Parakeet Parade (in color).  With the cost of stamp/ die bundles (for me) on the expensive side, when deciding I look for versatility - something that has many uses. That's why I like this bundle because it can be used for a few different occasions such as birthday, birth of a baby, baby shower and even thank-you or thinking of you cards. 

Here is one of the first cards that I made with this bundle. The card base is Balmy Blue cut at 8.5" x 5.5" & scored at 4.25" & the layers are Parakeet Parade and then Basic White (embossed with Stitched Greenery

I stamped, colored (Stampin Blends) and die cut the elephant (Smoky Slate & Flirty Flamingo), the leaves (Parakeet Party) and the butterfly (Flirty Flamingo & Parakeet Party) from the stamp/die bundle and adhered them to a stitched circle. 

The ferns are also from the Elephant Parade bundle and have been die cut in Parakeet Party. 

I hope I have encouraged you to look for versatile bundles - you will save yourself money in the long run. 

Happy stamping! 



Bottled Happiness Bundle - 2 Looks


Bottled Happiness

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today I wanted to share the Bottled Happiness bundle with you featuring Tahitian Tide & Parakeet Party.  Love these new in-colors.

Both cards feature: 

For texture I used the Stitched Greenery die on the white card and Stitched With Whimsy dies on the Tahitian Tide card.

Hope you enjoyed today's post!
Happy stamping,
Hugs, Tracie

Floating Strips Technique - Paradise Palms


Paradise Palms
I need to be here!
    Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I was inspired to share with you the Floating Strip technique featuring various shades of blue. This technique really is fun technique and a great way to use up your strips of cardstock. The blue variations from top to bottom I have used are
  • Night of Navy, 
  • Brilliant Blue (retired SU color), 
  • Pacific Point, 
  • Tahitian Tide (new 2022 - 2024 In Color) & 
  • Balmy Blue
    I started by die cutting a circle (3") from Window Sheets. Next I layered the strips in an ombré fashion using liquid adhesive. Once it was dry, I trimmed (from the back) the strips around the circle. This was adhered with dimensionals to the white card layer.
    Next, I have die cut from black cardstock the palm tree and the landscape from Palms dies and adhered them to the card as shown above. The birds (On The Horizon) were stamped in black directly on the card layer and the sentiment was stamped and fussy cut. I then finished the card with some blue rhinestones to complete the look.
    Thank you for stopping by. I hope you give this technique a try. Feel free to leave me a comment below.
Happy stamping!