Hexagon Pop Up Fold - Kit To Go


Beautiful Balloons Hexagon Pop up fold
Do you like to make different and fun 3D cards? Have you tried this style? It is a Hexagon Pop Up fold and it features all new Stampin' Up! 2023-2024 products including:

  • Beautiful Balloon suite
  • Countryside Inn dies
  • Wanted to Say dies
  • Alphabet a la Mode dies
  • Holographic Trio cardstock
Making standard sized cards are enjoyable but teaching this style of card making is a passion of mine!!  

My technique club is designed to teach this style to my members. I always welcome new members so if you are interested then please join us. Even if you can't make it in person often I will create kits to go for out of town members. In fact this kit is available now. 

This kit to go includes all of the pieces and step by step instructions to make this card. Email me to purchase your kit. Kit cost is $15 which includes mail out. 

Spring Pop Up - Countryside Inn Suite

There’s nothing like strolling through the countryside and seeing fields full of flowers, which is exactly what the
Countryside Inn Suite Collection is all about! This suite has multiple floral patterns in the Designer Series Paper, the embossing folder, and the stamp set. All of the products are beautifully coordinated, allowing you to mix and match and create an array of beautiful florals. There is no limit to what you can do!
These shaped dies will be used a lot. They make a perfect frame for layering images & sentiments. Here I have used the frames for layering and for the sentiments. 
Do you see the embossed layer behind the front layers?  This is the new Countryside Blossoms EF - so pretty!
Countryside Inn
This card has been created with paper springs. They lift up the layers to give the card a 3D look and feel. Such a fun technique that I will be teaching at my next technique club (May 27). If you are interested in learning how to make this card, leave me a comment. When you buy the Countryside Inn Suite, I will give you the instructions to make this card!
Happy stamping!

Below you can see all the stamp images and dies that come in the Countryside Inn bundle.

Stampin' Up! Colour Coach


The Stampin’ Up! Color Coach is here!!

Yay!!  Stampin’ Up! has an the awesome Color Coach to help us find colors that easily coordinate with each other for our projects!
Click the image above to open a printable PDF copy of the Color Coach for the 2023 Core Family Color Refresh and the 2023-2025 In Colors and 2022-2024 In Colors!

Ooo-La-La - Darling Details


Darling Details
It's spring and everything is in bloom! How delightfully cheery are the colours on this card? Wouldn't you love to see how this was made? The Darling Details bundle and a few inks is all you need! Check it out!

Shop Online https://s.tamp.in/BrO4_u 

Darling Detail stamp set comes with florals, greenery, and sentiments

Darling Detail dies include 2 frames, 1 border and coordinating floral and greenery.

Happy Stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Cheerful Daisies Trellis Card


Have you tried your hand at a Trellis card? It is such a unique card design where the front panel of the card is merely 6 strips of cardstock adhered in place only at the top (back side) of the card!

The Cheerful Daisies bundle comes with a number of flowers and the matching shadow layers along with fern and leaves. I die cut the trio of daisies and shadow layer from white cardstock and used blending brushes with Lemon Lolly and Flirty Flamingo ink - overlapping the inks to create a beautiful orange in the center of the daisies.

Enjoy my video tutorial I created for this card.



Playing in the Rain - Diagonal Joy Fold Card

Here's a little twist on a Joy Fold card where there are 2 layers that open up to reveal the
sentiment inside the card. I was inspired to try this fold after seeing one that Tami White created. I love fun fold cards and really like the play on this one. I am using the Playing in the Rain Bundle and the matching Rain or Shine DSP. 

The base color is Balmy Blue with Silver Foil and Rain or Shine DSP. Creating the triangle layers is super easy. Just cut your layers 1/4" smaller than the base layer and then cut on a diagonal from upper left to bottom right corner. It is important to note that if you are using directional DSP where there is clearly a "right side up" then be sure to double check before you actually adhere the DSP to the layering levels - ask me how I know - LOL.  Oh well, not a big deal to have to tear the layer off and then adhere the right one - oops!

The bunny was die cut from the DSP and the puddle underneath his feet was fussy cut from the DSP. The clouds were stamped in Versamark and embossed with silver EP. The sun is a die from Around the Bend. I don't have a sun stamp & or die so I improvised.  I think it turned out ok!

Here is what the card looks like when you open the layers. 

I have added a layer of Lemon Lolly (a new color coming May 2) and then a layer of white.

The sentiment is from the February Paper Pumpkin kit - it works perfectly with my card!

Well I hope you enjoy today's post and give this card a try!

Happy stamping,

Hugs, Tracie

Altered Diorama Card with Playing in the Rain Suite

Playing in the Rain Diorama Card
Here is a fun twist on a Diorama card. Instead of looking through the front into the card, it features the scenery above the base. The card measures 5"w X 4 1/2" H (but could easily be made to fit a A2 envelop simply by lowering sun). For mine I will make an envelope to fit the card.

The card is free standing and 3D. I have used the Playing in the Rain Suite of products to make the card. I created the bridge rails by layering three together for stability and then adhered one set of rails to the front of the card and one set of rails to the back. I used the cluster of flowers to give support to the bridge posts to hold the bridge in place.

The bunny and the front of the diorama card are using the Rain or Shine DSP from the suite. The frog, sun and sentiment are from the Feb. Paper Pumpkin kit - Sunshine and Smiles. The sentiment was die cut with the Cracker and Treat die.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Pop Up Flip Card Technique

Let's Set Sail

Let's Set Sail

Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping. Today's post is all about interactive fun fold cards. Here we have a Pop Up Flip card technique that I learned from a post by Sam Calcott. The fun is all in the center piece that when you open the card it pops down through the center and turns the card into a easel card!  How fun is that?!?
I decided to use a bundle that hasn't had a lot of love since I bought it. The bundle is Let's Set Sail. It comes with a photopolymer stamp set and punch. 
It can be tricky to line of the stamps with the punch so I thought I would share with you a little trick. All you need to do is take a scrap piece of cardstock and the punch to create a template. Once you have create the template all you need to do is place the stamps inside the coordinating opening and place a block on top. And voila!  Perfectly aligned.
The sunset was created with ink and blending brushes - overlapping the pink and yellow to make a coral color.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Spinning Pinwheel Card Technique

Here is a pretty easy card to make that will WOW your friends.  It is a spinning pinwheel card. It is an interactive card where the center piece rotates while the base and sentiment remain still. Inspiration for this card came from Sam Calcott

Here are the cardstock measurements for the card






Basic White

Highland Heather

Hues of Happiness

Basic White

Highland Heather

Hues of Happiness

Dandy Designs

6” x 12”

5 ¾” x 5 ¾”

5 ½” x 5 ½”

3 ½” x 3 ½”

3 ¼” x 3 ¼”

1 ½” x 1 ½”

1 ½” x 1 ½”

1 piece- score in half.

1 piece to mat the front.

1 piece to layer on top.

2 square pieces for the base star shape

2 square pieces to layer on top.

4 pieces for the pin wheel.

4 pieces for the pin wheel.

Here are the measurements for the envelope






Dandy Designs DSP

8 ½” x 11

1. Score on 8 ½” edge @ 1” & 7 ½”
2. Score on the 11” edge @ 6 ½”
3. Trim corners

4. Burnish score lines.
5. Add adhesive to rectangle section as shown here.


Fresh Freesia

6 ”  x 5”

1. Score on 5” at 3”
2. Apply adhesive to back side in the 2” section
3. Use a decorative border punch along 6 ” edge of 3” section.
4. Slide the 2” section into the base aligning to score line of the flap piece with the top edge of the base.

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Key to My Heart - Alternative Paper Pumpkin Card

So if you know me, I tend not to follow instructions and can't help myself to change things up. Case in point, check out this completely see through card I made with the Key to my Heart Jan. 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit!

When I first received the kit in the mail I was a bit disenchanted with it. It didn't quite fit "my style". And what is funny is that I thought that I had suspended the Jan. kit - but obviously I was mistaken. Well you know what they say, when you are given lemons... make lemonade.... and that is what I have done.

Here is are the sample ideas that come with the kit.

The kit contains enough supplies to make 9 cards with envelops.

There is a spool of twine and a Fresh Freesia ink spot (I do LOVE this color) along with some die cuts to make the cards. 

Key to My HeartWith my love for purple I was immediately drawn to the Fresh Freesia & gold card base - so pretty! 

Recently I stumbled across a fun card idea called "Completely See Through" card technique and was inspired to create this card using the Key to My Heart kit.

I started with the card base and die cut through the front and the back in one pass with my die cutting machine and the stitched sweetheart die from in the Love and Happiness bundle (retired). 

Next, I cut a white layer for the inside and line it up in the card and die cut a matching heart.

I then added a layer of window sheet to the inside bottom panel and covered it with the layer of white. This gave my a place to add the "Love you" die cut (Nothing Better Than bundle). I finished the card with a double Fresh Freesia bow, some tiny hearts (die cut from the Cracker & Treat dies) and some gold sequins. 

Here is a view of the card that shows that it is see through. 
This was such a fun card to make. I really love that you can see through the card and that the die cut words look like they are floating freely. 

I hope I have inspired you to look passed the instructions and venture out to create something magical!

I am looking forward to next month's paper pumpkin kit as it coordinates with the Playing in the Rain bundle from the Jan - April 2023 mini catalogue.


Happy stamping!

Ink Blending Tips and Tricks

Hello and welcome! Today I am sharing with you the Ink Blending technique. I love ink blending backgrounds and seeing what colors appear as you mix different ones together. Here I have experimented with Tahitian Tide (top) and Highland Heather (bottom). The color they create is this really pretty purple (center). 

Ink Blending Tips and Tricks
Now one thing to keep in mind is the more intense you apply the colors (i.e. the heavier your hand) the more intense the intersecting colors become. Here I have used a fairly light hand to apply the 2 base colors because I wanted to then overlay a stencil and use the same colors with a much heavier hand to make the dots pop.

Something else I want to share with you are a couple of tips I do when blending ink.

  1. I like to blend on a glass surface - a plastic surface works as well.
  2. Always start off the paper when you begin blending.
  3. Using a glass surface will allow you to minimize ink wastage. What I mean by that is that the ink stays on the surface of the glass and as you blend your ink you can pull that excess onto the card. That being said, however, be careful not to drag your hand through the ink. 
  4. Once your are finished blending, wipe up the excess from your glass mat.
I hope these tips help you!

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Love Cats - Sending Hugs

Love Cats
I love this image from the Love Cats stamp set (Jan - April 2023 mini). So playful and adorable. 

Every once in  while it is nice to know that someone is thinking of you and this card sends a hug in the mail. 

I have used the Love Cats stamp set to stamp the cat. To get the black super crisp I used the Stamp-A-Ratus and stamped twice (inking in between). This little cutie was fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals. 

The sentiment is from Peek-a-boo Friends and the DSP is Dandy Designs (free SAB with a net $120 qualifying order). 

Happy stamping! Stay warm!

Hugs, Tracie

Playing in the Rain Magical Marquee Card

Hello and thanks for stopping by! Today's post features a cool interactive card!

Interactive cards are always fun and can be challenging to make. They take patience, especially if you are changing up the measurements. Getting it just right may take several attempts, but in the end, the effort is totally worth it. It's that moment that after you have tweaked, ripped apart, reassembled and tweaked again that it finally comes together that you feel vindicated!

I first saw this technique back in 2009 and I followed the instructions to a tee. The result (at the time in my mind) was mind blowing. Well now 14 years later, I have decided to re-do this technique but change it up by changing the size of the window that is revealed as you open the card as well the design. Over the years my abilities as a crafter have evolved. I create way more elaborate, more intricate, more layered, more advanced projects. I can't help it..... I am an avid crafter!

So today, I have stepped up my 2009 card and created this version of the magical marquee card. I have used the Playing in the Rain suite as the basis for the card and included other products to make it complete.

I am very pleased with how this turned out and am feeling accomplished! And now the next attempt at this card will be much easier and take less time.


Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Adorable Owls Slimline - I Love Hanging With You

Hello and welcome!  With Sale-A-Bration under way, I am excited to share with you today's card. It is a slimline card featuring the Adorable Owls stamp set from the Jan/Feb. Sale-A-Bration catalog. I absolutely love this stamp set.
Adorable Owls
This past week, I participated in a global virtual catalogue party as part of the Crafty Collaborations group. Today I am sharing with you the card that I presented during the launch. I will post the video below.

To make this card I have used the following supplies

Cardstock: Fresh Freesia, Basic Black, Basic White, 2022 - 2024 In Color Glimmer Paper & Dandy Designs DSP
Stamp Sets: Adorable Owls, Love Cats (sentiment)
Dies: Playing in the Rain, Basic Borders
Stampin Blends: SU Medium Blends, Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, Black, So Saffron
Ink: Tahitian Tide, Highland Heather, White Craft

Please enjoy my video tutorial for this card.

You can order all the supplies for this card here  

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Playing in the Rain Sunshine to Brighten Your Day

Playing in the Rain
Hello and Happy 2023!! I would like to wish you the best for an amazing new year. EEKK! Have you seen the new Playing in the Rain Suite in the Jan. - April mini catalog?

OMG!!! So stinkin' cute!! Just look at the expression on the bunny's face!  He looks so happy! What follows rain??? A rainbow!  I just had to create a card with one to complete the look of this card.

So here is how I made this card
  • Card base is white with a shadow layer of black and another layer of white for the working layer.
  • I die cut the rainbow (Rainbow Builder die set - retired) in white and colored with Stampin' Blends (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, Highland Heather and finally, Orchid Oasis).
  • I created a cloud template using Basic Borders dies and Tahitian Tide. 
  • I die cut the clouds from the Rain or Shine DSP 
  • The bunny was stamped from Playing in the Rain and die cut with the coordinating dies. I colored him with Stampin' Blends - Highland Heather, Neutral Stampin' Blend SU1000 and Smoky Slate. 
  • The bow tie was die cut from the Playing in the Rain dies - 2022 - 2024 In Color Glimmer Paper
  • The flower field at the bottom of the card is one of the sheets in the Rain or Shine DSP pack
  • Finally the sentiment is from Sending Smiles bundle
How can you resist not getting this adorable suite? Order it all here
Happy stamping, 
Hugs, Tracie