Crafty Collaborations - LOVE Blog Hop


Welcome to For the Love of Stamping and to the January Crafty Collaboration Blog Hop. Our theme this month is "LOVE".

If you have been following me on Facebook or even here on my blog you will notice my new found "love" for Blending Brushes

New and available from the J2J mini catalog these brushes are amazing and something that you MUST GET!!!

Blending Brush Technique, Love You More Than
My oh my do they ever work nicely!  Blending ink is super easy with a simple light circular motion. They make creating beautiful cards like this so easy!!  Once you try these brushes you won't ever use a sponge again - TRUST ME!

On my card, I have only used 2 colors - Magenta Madness and Daffodil Delight.

I started by blending the 2 colors on white cardstock and when I got the look I was striving for I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Subtle embossing folder. I then adhered a white die cut fern from Forever Flourishing

Using a scrap of white cardstock I blended only Magenta Madness on the cardstock creating an ombré look and then used the Love You More Than dies to create the sentiment on the card. 

The final touch are the Frosted Epoxy Droplets.  

Well, thank you for stopping by For The Love of Stamping. I have enjoyed creating this project for you today. Now be sure to continue your blog hop journey by clicking the links below! Happy Hopping.

Crisp and Clean

I have been playing more with the Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes and wanted to share with you this card that I created today. I love this color pallet of "blues and greens" on white - don't you?
It is crisp and clean!
Blending Brushes, Stitched With Whimsy
Making this card was relaxing. Using the new Stampin' Up! blending brushes (#153611) are my new favorite way to add color.
To make this card I started with a layer of white cardstock which I ran through my die cutting machine with the Stitched With Whimsy dies. I then began to add color starting with the lightest shade of blue - Coastal Cabana. I then applied Bermuda Bay and finished with Pacific Point resulting in an ombré look.
I punch 2 medium daisies and without "re-dipping" my blending brush into the ink pad, I merely used what was on the brush to add a bit of color to the top daisy.  The center of the daisy are 2 layers. - both were die cut using Poppy Moments
The green ferns were die cut from the Forever Flourishing dies in Granny Apple Green. Using my "green" blending brush (I have one brush for each color family) I applied some Granny Apple Green ink to the Granny Apple cardstock to give it an ombré look.
The blue fern is Balmy Blue cardstock, brushed with Pacific Point ink. I was so excited to see how this changed the Balmy Blue cardstock to Turquoise (a color that I dearly miss from the Stampin' Up! color selections).  Now I know how to create the color.
I used my Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends marker (dark) to color 5 rhinestones for the front of the card. And finally I added a greeting which I embossed in white on black cardstock. This greeting is from Approaching Perfection - a FREE SAB stamp set with a net $60 purchase. 
I hope you enjoyed my project today!  I hope you are inspired to get your hands on some Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes.

Brushed Blooms Bundle - J2J 2021 Mini Catalog

 Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. New to my blog? I am glad that you stopped by! I have a couple of cute projects for you today using a brand new stamp bundle from the Jan to June 2021 mini catalog called Brushed Blooms.  

Brushed Blooms
Inspired by Lisa Nieland - A Stamp Above
Check out the cards that I created today. I love the paint brush die cut strips. Especially because you get 5 strips each time you run it through your die cutting machine. 

Here I am using Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape. 

Brushed Blooms

My second project I cased from the J2J 2021 catalog. 

It also is based on white cardstock.  This time I used the brushstroke stamp from the Brushed Blooms stamp set to create the colorful background. The colors I used are Magenta Madness, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade and Pacific Point. 
The flower was die cut in 3 pieces, Purple Posy, Highland  Heather and white. The sentiment was stamped in white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Check out my video on how this card came together . 

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Flower & Field SAB DSP

 Some days the ideas come easy. Today was one of those days. I am sharing a card that I created using the Flower & Field DSP that you can earn for free with a net $60 order during Sale A Bration.

I love how Stampin' Up! coordinates their products from inks to paper to stamps and punches! The medium daisy punch is perfect for this project.

When I saw this DSP I immediately thought of a friend of mine that I have known for over 50 years! (Yes we were toddlers when we met). Her name is Penny and I will be sending this to her!  

Making this card is SUPER EASY!

Here is what you will need.


Cardstock: Granny Apple Green, Whisper (or Basic) White & Pool Party

DSP:- Flower & Fields (free with a net $60 order)

Dies: Floral Gallery (J2J mini), Stitched So Sweetly

Misc: Matte Black Dots (J2J mini, medium daisy punch, Tombow glue and dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Pool Party & Granny Apple Green)

Want to see how I put this together? Check out my video.

It's Sale-A-Bration Time!

 Finally! SAB is here and along with it comes a brand new mini catalog!  So many amazing new products to be had.

Today's project features the FREE SAB Oh So Ombre DSP.  On my card I am using the Happy Dies.  If you like this DSP you can order the So Much Happy Bundle and earn it for FREE!

Happy Dies, So Much Happy, Oh So Ombre

Need a catalog? Send me a request using my contact form on the left side bar. In the mean time you can view them here.

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Well Suited - Not Just For Masculine Projects

 Just 2 more sleeps and the J2J mini catalog and SAB catalog goes live!!  Who's excited???

I sure am!  So many amazing products coming. One of those is the Well Suited Suite that contains the Handsomely Suited stamp set and the coordinating Suit & Tie dies, Plus Well Suited DSP and a combo pack of twine!

Now at first glance you might think..... hmmm... that is just for masculine projects.

Well I am here to demystify that myth!  Check out these feminine projects I have made using this suite.

Well Suited

Using the V-line die I created this sexy glitzy dress, outlining the neckline and straps with pearls. 

The dress was die cut from Black Glimmer paper (carrying over from the Aug to Dec mini). 

Inspired by Maryann Hayslip
 Next up.... Pajama pants!

Using the V-Line die I die cut the PJs from Printed Blooms DSP (Free DSP with a net $60 order during SAB).

I added a drawstring using Blushing Bride Metallic ribbon and buttons - Pastel Pearls. 

The white layer has been embossed with a new embossing folder called Painted Texture 3D EF.

Well Suited
Inspired by Melva Peters

Need a little more inspiration?  How about a Purple Posy Sweater? 

Well suited

Or maybe a Merry Merlot cardigan... with Fine Art Floral DSP...

So many possibilities.... I would love to hear what you come up with.

Have I inspired you? Do you now want the Well Suited Suite? Order it here 

Item code 155983

Crafty Collaborations Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop


Welcome to my blog!  Today I am sharing with you a project that I created specifically for this SAB blog hop!  My project features the FREE (with a net $60 order during SAB) Paper Blooms DSP.
I have matted the DSP on Night of Navy and then onto the white card base. The focal point is one of the Forever Gold Accents that I flipped over and used the Blending Brushes *#153611) and Mossy Meadow ink. The sentiment is from the SAB hostess stamp set - Punch Party.  

I hope you draw inspiration from my project. Be sure to hop over to the other blogs to see more SAB projects. 

Ink Stamp Share New Year's Eve Blog Hop


Welcome to the final 2020 Ink. Stamp. Share Blog Hop!  What a year this has been. I am so thankful to have such an awesome hobby to keep me occupied and to be able to participate in this blog hop!  There are so many talented crafters and I love seeing all the different ideas that each one brings to the  blog hop! I love this craft so much.

So this blog hop is kicking off 2021 with brand new products from the 2021 Jan to June mini catalog and the Sale-A-Bration catalog. 

Today I am sharing with you a card I designed using my favorite stamp/die bundle from the 2021 J to J mini catalog - the Art Gallery bundle (# 156227 - $68.25).

I absolutely love the color pallet of the Fine Art Floral DSP (#154558) and LOVE that Stampin' Up! designed an acetate overlay for some of the sheets of the DSP.

The ribbon isn't from the Art Gallery Suite, however, it really matches well!  This is a new ribbon offering in the 2021 J to J mini catalog called Blushing Bride 3/4" Metallic Ribbon (#154283).

To create the flowers on the right side of the card, I stamped the image twice. One in Old Olive and then again in Flirty Flamingo. Then die cut them and snipped off the bottom of the Flirty Flamingo so that when I layered the 2 piece together, the olive stems showed. Under the flower are 2 pieces from the Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty paper.

Thank you for stopping by my blog on this final Ink~Stamp~Share blog hop for 2020.

Be sure to continue your hopping journey by clicking the next button to see the awesome creation by Donna Lester!

Roll Call

Sue McDonald

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Kim Price

Donna Coffman

Tricia Butts

Gez Carpenter

Jo Blackman

Alison Carter

Karen Egan

Mo Rootes

Libby Fens

Rochelle Laird-Smith

Tracie St-Louis (you are here)

Donna Lester

Susan Simpson

Jill Chapman

Dana Sullivan

Victoria Littlewood

Laura Mackie

Annette Elias

Simply Succulents Bundle - A Flare for the Dramatic!


Welcome back to For The Love of Stamping.  Todays card is a continuation from yesterday in that I am showcasing the Simply Succulents stamp set and Potted Succulents dies a bit different that what I showed yesterday (see post below). 

I do like to lean towards the dramatic and this card is no exception. 

I LOVE the effect of the black glimmer paper on top of black cardstock. - so elegant. Simply run the Potted Succulent background die through your die cutting machine and adhere with Tombow glue. 

The succulents were stamped in Memento and colored with dark Magenta Madness and finished off with a black peal (coming in the J to J 2021 mini catalog).

One technique - 2 Cards - Blending Brushes and Simply Succulents


Today I am focused on the Blending Brushes (#153611) that are coming on Jan. 5th, 2021 for an upcoming product based class.

I thought I would show you how you can make a stencil with the Potted Succulent dies (#154330) and then use your stencil as a background for a card. 

Using 3 shades of blue: Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay I created these beautiful backgrounds. 

These brushes are so easy to use and make blending inks a breeze. Once you use these brushes, you will never go back to sponges.

Check out the video I created to show you how easy these backgrounds were to make.  

Here are the cards that I made with this one technique.


 Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I can't believe how fast it goes! Our Christmas was nice - quiet but nice. 

I am looking forward to a new year for many reasons one of which is the launch of a new mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration which goes live on Jan 5th, 2021!  Over the next week or so I will be posting fun ideas and samples from both catalogs and I can't wait to show you my excitement!

 If you aren't a current customer of mine , live in Canada and you don't already have a Demonstrator, I'd love to send you the 2 catalogs.  Contact me (form on the left side) to get your copies of the mini and SAB!

So to kick it off I am featuring one of my favorite stamp sets from the SAB catalog - Darling Donkeys (free with a net order of $60 starting Jan. 5th).  I never would have thought that I would be making cards with donkeys but OMG they are cute!

DSP - Forever Greenery
Greeting - Itty Bitty Birthdays
Embellishments - In Color enamel Dots
Stamp Set - Darling Donkeys (FREE during SAB)

As always, Stampin' Up! is offering some extra goodies to the starter kit during SAB! This year it is $78.75 worth of FREE DSP paper stacks!  All 5 paper packs are brand new and will be available in the next annual catalog and will be FREE in the starter kit staring Jan. 5th, 2021.
Find out all about the Starter Kit here

Share It Sunday Blog Hop


It's hard to believe that 2020 is almost over!  Can I get a "GOOD RIDDANCE 2020!"? 

I, for one, am looking forward to 2021 and the start of a new mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration!  I have been prepping this week for the "big event" and am sharing with my customers not only the awesome catalogs but am also giving a sample card for them to send out to anyone that needs a virtual hug.  I thought that the message was fitting!  We all need some "happy thoughts" right about now.

This card features on of  the FREE 12 x 12 SAB DSP called Paper Blooms.  Anyone that places a $60 net order can get this for free. 

If you live in Canada and would like a copy of the Jan to June 2021 mini catalog and the SAB brochure, please contact me using my form on the sidebar. I would love to send you them and this card.

Enjoy the holidays everyone. Merry Christmas.

Be sure to check all the great work that other demonstrators are working on.

Coming Jan 5th 2021 - Blending Brushes!


OMG!!!! You have to get a set of these AWESOME blending brushes - Available Jan. 5th, 2021 in the Jan to June mini catalog.

Item code 153611 - comes in a set of 3 and is only $16.25!!! NOW THAT'S A STEAL!!

Get multiple packages and organize by color family - blues, reds, yellow etc. 

Purchase your Blending Brushes here on Jan. 5th, 2021

Today's card features 2 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets - Corner Bouquet & Heal Your Heart. Here I am showing you an emboss resist technique with Just Jade, Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight.

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Dec 2020 - SAB/Mini Catalogue


Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by For The Love Of Stamping! Welcome to the Dec 2020 Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop where we are showcasing new products from either the Jan to June mini catalog or the SAB catalog. I am so excited to share with you my card featuring a new set of dies and DSP coming in Jan 2021. 

The new dies are called Suit & Tie and the DSP is Well Suited.

So here is what I am liking. 

  1. The DSP is stunning!  Awesome color pallet for masculine cards consisting of Basic Grey, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Cajun Craze and Poppy Parade!
  2. The Suit & Die dies are so much fun! - 3 different ties, suspenders & buckles, pocket, buttons and a hanky.
  3. Co-ordinating stamp set.
  4. So many uses - both masculine and feminine.

Now this card isn't what it seems. I have made into a fun double slider card. This is so apropos for 2020.  Many of us, working from home, "dressed" from the waist up - lol.  

Having seen a card by The Victoria Paper Shaper where she did a flip card got me to thinking about how to make this into a slider card. It took a bit of doing to get everything aligned, but in the end it came together. PHEW! If you aren't familiar with a slider card, the intent is to hide a portion of the card so that when you pull on a particular piece it will reveal a "surprise" - such as the shorts and legs for my card.

You can see how to create a double slider card on Splitcoaststampers here. 

Supplies used to create this card:

  • Well Suited DSP
  • Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Pink cardstock
  • Suite & Tie dies

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December 2020 KBH Theme: Holiday


Welcome to the December Kre8tor's  Blog Hop! I am thrilled that this Blog Hop group has been resurrected one last time to share holiday themed projects!  

With Christmas only a few weeks away, I decided to share one of my many Christmas cards with you. 
I don't know if you saw the Gold Cards & Envelops on page 51 of the Holiday catalog, but if you haven't you need to check them out!  The are gorgeous! The front is already designed with a beautiful gold embossed trim giving instant texture and depth. And don't get me started on the envelops!  Gold with a sparkle!  Such a great deal!  You get 10 cards and 10 envelops for only $13.50!

I have chosen to keep it simple & elegant. I added a layer of the Christmas Gleaming DSP to the center of the card base.
I then used the Detailed Band dies to create the centerpiece for the card. I threaded a piece of Olive with gold (All the Trimmings combo ribbon pack) through the holes of the band.  I laid the stamped greeting (stamped in Mossy Meadow and ran it through my die cutting machine with the same die) in the center of the band. The band was popped up with dimensionals.

I would love your comments on this card. Feel free to drop a message!
Enjoy your blog hop journey.  Click the next button to see more creative holiday ideas inspired by Jo Blackman!