Coloring Shimmer Embossing Paste

 I loved this card when I saw it on Mitsou Crafts facebook page and had to make it myself. 

  • Start with a dollop of the Shimmer Embossing paste 
  • And add 1 drop of reinker. 
  • Mix it well. 
  • Place the decorative mask over the navy cardstock and spread the shimmer paste over the surface. Be sure to get good coverage of all the snowflakes.
  • Remove the mask and set aside to dry
  • Once dry layer your greeting and Wonderful Snowflakes to the center of the card
  • Finish with Blue Adhesive Backed gems
I hope you enjoy making this card as much as I did!

Thank you Jay and Barry for your inspiration!

Whimsy & Wonder Bay Window Card


One of my favorite new designer papers is the Whimsy & Wonder currently available in the July to Dec. Mini catalog. 

I have used this DSP to make this fun fold card - Bay Window card. I have also used the Words of Cheer bundle and the Encircled In Beauty dies.

'Tis The Season

Making Christmas cards can be really easy when you have designer paper like the Whimsy & Wonder. The DSP is just beautiful. 


1.     Cut card base at 8 ½ x 5 ½” – fold
2.     Layer 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8” piece of Polished Pink c/s
3.     Layer 4” x 5 ¼” pc of Whimsy & Wonder DSP
4.     Die cut 2 of the “Tis the Season” – 1 in Balmy Blue Glimmer and 1 in Basic Black
a.     Offset and adhere together
b.     Adhere to card base
 Add 3 Blue Backed Adhesive gems to card

Wintry Embossing Folder Pop

 Hello stampers and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Thank you so much for stopping by. Today's card is a new technique that I will be teaching at my Stampers Tech Club this month. It features new products that are available in the July to Dec mini catalog as well as products from Sale-A-Bration and the Annual catalog.

While I can't give away all the detail on this card just yet I can share with you some of the products like the Giving Gifts and Christmas Cheer dies, Wintry 3D Embossing folder and the Be Dazzling paper from Sale-a-Bration. 

Check back next week for details on those background snowflakes.

Happy stamping!



Crafty Challenge Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping and this months Crafty Challenge Blog Hop! Our challenge this month is a card sketch.  

The blog hoppers have been challenged to use this sketch as the basis for our creations.

Theses challenges are fun because they make me think outside the box. It's not so much the shapes we need to use but the layout for our creations. 

So many things come to mind but what is really on my mind these days is prepping or my annual Christmas Card Club. My club is starting in a few weeks!!! PANIC has set in! LOL  Sometimes it is really hard to juggle a full time job and a small business at the same time!  But I do manage to squeeze in a bit of time to enjoy my craft!.

So what have I come up with for this challenge? I designed this classic white and silver card using the 3D Wintry Embossing folder, the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch, Wonderful Snowflakes, Be Dazzling paper, Word Wishes dies and Stitched Snowflake dies

There is something so elegant with a white and silver card. 

Here is how I made the card:

  1. Cut card base "tent" style.
  2. Cut layer at 4" x 5 1/4". Emboss with Wintry EF
    1. Adhere with dimensionals
  3. Cut a piece of cardstock at 3 1/4" x 6". Emboss with Wintry EF
    1. Use Rectangular Postage Stamp punch and punch out 4 
    2. Adhere with dimensionals
  4. Die cut 2 of the snowflakes from Stitched Snowflake dies. Repurpose the tiny pieces that come from the center of the smaller snowflake by adding them as shown in the picture - 3 in the upper left and 3 in the lower right punched rectangles. 
    1.  Start with the bigger of the 2 snowflakes. Adhere 1 Wonderful Snowflake on top with a glue dot.
    2. Then adhere the smaller snowflake on top of the other 2 
    3. Adhere the snowflakes to the middle of the 4 rectangle postage stamp with 2 stacked mini dimensionals.
  5. Tie a double loop bow and adhere to the center of the snowflakes.
  6. Die cut "Merry" and "Christmas" using the Word Wishes dies and the Be Dazzling paper. 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have found inspiration  with my creation! 

Happy stamping

Hugs, Tracie

Stamping With Friends Delicate Baubles


Welcome to For the Love of Stamping and the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop! This month the theme is "Blogger's Choice"!  We can showcase anything we want from any of the current Stampin' Up!® catalogs. My choice is from the July - Dec mini catalog - Delicate Bauble dies.

Delicate Baubles
I chose this die set to be able to feature the "Paper Piecing" technique.  This die set is PERFECT for it! 

I have started with a card base in Evening Evergreen and added a layer of Misty Moonlight. I then added another layer using the Tidings of Christmas DSP.  This particular sheet from the DSP pack is my favorite!

To create the center focal point you need Night of Navy cardstock (base bauble) and Misty Moonlight for the decorative outline.  I adhere the Misty Moonlight outline to the Night of Navy base with Tombow. This was adhered to the cardbase with dimensionals.

I cut a 2nd layer of the outline in Evening Evergreen for the tree and used a piece of Press n' Seal to grab the pieces from the cut out. This allows me to keep the pieces in right place and all I had to do was add some Tombow to the back and press them into place!

I then added some clear Wink of Stella to the green inserts and the Blue Backed Adhesive gems to each of the snowflakes (or are they stars?  Not sure - lol) for some sparkle.  
I hope you enjoyed my post today! Be sure to continue your blog hop journey onto  see what Libby has created!

Crafty Collaborations Music Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today I am participating in a Music Themed blog hop. My card was inspired by an idea I saw online by Susan Opel. I created this Xylophone using a number of products from both the current catalogs.

First off, a little education on the Xylophone. 
Xylophone comes from the Greek words xylon and phonē, meaning “wood” and “sound”.
It is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of graduated, tuned wooden bars supported at nodal (nonvibrating) points and struck with sticks or padded mallets.

See you learn something new everyday! LOL

To start I created a base from Soft Suede cardstock and then layered a piece of Early Espresso cardstock on top.

Next I took a layer of White cardstock and embossed a background using the new Merry Melody 3D embossing folder from the July - Dec mini.
I blended some Soft Suede ink using a blending brush over the surface of the embossing making the musical notes pop!  

Next I cut strips of In Good Taste DSP. The base of the xylophone are 2 strips 3/8"" x 4" and then 1 at 3/8" x 1- 1/2" and the other 3/8"  x 2-3/4".

I then cut 6 strips of the In Good Taste DSP and rounded the ends of each. Each are 3/8" wide. The smallest one at the top is 1 3/8" long and the longest one is 2 1/2" long. Each one was adhered with dimensionals onto the xylophone base and completed with Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots. 
To make the mallet, I used a wooden matchstick and adhered a tiny pompom to the end with a glue dot. Finally, to complete the card I have tied a tiny gold bow with Gold Shimmer ribbon and stamped the sentiment (Delightful Dahlias - SAB stamp set) in white craft ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. The ends were punched with the Banner Pick a Punch and popped it up on dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed today's Music themed post!. Be sure to continue your journey by checking out the other beautiful creations!
Happy stamping.
Hugs, Tracie

Christmas Pinecones & Painted Christmas DSP


Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping. Today's post uses new products from the Holiday mini catalog.

The beautiful DSP is called Painted Christmas. This is just one of the gorgeous sheets. I cut and layered each onto Evening Evergreen cardstock

The pinecones were die cut from Christmas Pinecone dies and layered onto and die from the same die set. It is a large background die that I used a small section of.

I couldn't resist using the SAB DSP - Be Dazzling to make the snowflake that I tucked in behind the pinecone layers. The sentiment was embossed on Evening Evergreen in white, fussy cut & adhered with dimensionals. I added a double bow (Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon) to the pinecones to finish off the card. 

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Crafty Collaborations - Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to For the Love of Stamping. Today I am participating in the Crafty Collaboration SaleABration blog hop! I love the SaleABration promotion!  It is also nice to get FREE products! Don't you agree?

Be Dazzling
For this hop I am showing you the Paper Piecing technique using the new Be Dazzling 6 x 6 paper from the SAB catalog. I love the chunky, glittery, sparkly bits on this paper.  I reminds me of a disco ball.

I started with a base layer of Basic White and then added a layer of Evening Evergreen. 

On top of the Evergreen is a layer of Basic White that I ran through my die cutting machine 3 times with one of the dies from the Merry Snowflake bundle to create the background texture.

To create the focal point of the card I used the Delicate Baubles dies.  First I ran the die through with the Be Dazzling paper and then again using Soft Succulent paper to fill in the tree (paper piecing technique).

You can never have too much "bling" so I then added 3 of the blue adhesive backed gems to the snowflakes and a 2021-2023 In Color rhinestone to the tree star.

Behind the die cut is a layer of Evening Evergreen. This is another one of the dies from the Delicate Bauble dies.  I used the same technique to create the textured background as I did on the Basic White layer. 

I added some more "bling" by punching out some stars from the Be Dazzling paper and then added the sentiment to the bottoms.

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to check out the other posts for more SAB ideas!


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

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