A Card (finally) and a New Stamp Bundle

Hi Friends!

Today I’d like to share a card with you and let you know about a new stamp set  available this month with matching Thinlits!

I’ve been giving myself permission to do lots of experimenting with my craft products without the worry of having a completed project. I love the beautiful backgrounds you can achieve with ink and water and let me tell you, it can be quite addictive.  Each piece is definitely one of kind.  I can’t tell you how many backgrounds I have sitting on my craft table at the moment just waiting for me to turn them into a card!

Thinking of You Watercolor Wash

I decided to make this card sweet and simple.  To achieve the look of the background, I wet my watercolor paper and then dropped color onto it.  The water spreads the ink. I embossed my sentiment using one of our new single stamps from the annual catalog – Stylized Birthday.

Embossed Thinking of you

If you squeeze your Stampin’ Up! ink pad, you’ll find that the ink transfers to the lid.  You can pick up the ink with the tip of an Aqua Painter and then start adding color to your wet watercolor paper.  While the ink is still on the cover of the ink pad, you may need to add a few drops to mix the ink.  As I mentioned above, before you add the color to your paper, wet the entire piece of paper first with a paint brush or Aqua Painter, being careful not to saturate it too much as you’ll have a lot of warping.

Stampin' Up! Ink Pad opened

I made this panel last week and unfortunately I didn’t write down what colors I used.  If I had to make a guess I would say, Pacific Point, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight.

This really is a fun technique!  Give it a try!!

Here’s the new stamp bundle I mentioned at the beginning of my post!  It is available for purchase but only while supplies last.  You can purchase it as a bundle and save 10% or buy the stamp set or Thinlits separately.

As a demonstrator I was given the opportunity to purchase this last month and I didn’t.  I’ve seen so many cute cards using the set and I love the font used for the sentiments.  So, I placed my order and it arrived yesterday.  Can’t wait to create with it! Thoughtful Branches Thoughtful Branches stamp set Thoughtful Branches Thinlits

Product List- Below you’ll find the products I used to create my card.  Click on a product to be taken to my online store!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me:  tracy@stampingwithtracy.com

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New Products!

Hi Friends!

I’m popping in to let you know that you can now order from the Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Catalog!  I just placed my order and can’t wait to play with new stamp sets, Framelits and paper!

Stampin Up 2016-2017 Catalog

Want to take a look inside? Click on the catalog cover and see what’s new!

Click here to place an order!  Use the host code for this month and receive an extra thank you from me in the mail!

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Questions?  Don’t hesitate to email me:  tracy@stampingwithtracy.com

Party Popper

Party Popper

Party Poppers with candy

Hi Friends!

I’m back to share the directions for the Popper that I posted several days ago!  It is fairly easy to make but it can be confusing with all of the steps.  I’ve created a picture tutorial and I hope that if you decide to make one, it will be helpful!

To start out, you’ll need paper and an Envelope Punch Board.  You’ll need paper measuring 4-1/2″ x 6″. If you have a specific design on the paper that you want to be right-side up, such as my paper below, make sure that the design is going the correct way on the long side (hope that makes sense).

You’ll score it on the portrait side at 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″.

Popper scoring

Fold on all of the score lines.  Then, notice that one end of the paper has a larger section than the other.  Take the bigger end and place it at the 1″ mark on your Envelope Punch Board.

Popper step 2

Punch.  (Push that large “button” down.)

Popper step 3

This is what your paper will look like when you remove it.

Popper #4

Now flip your paper over and do the same thing to the other side at the 1″ mark.  You will always punch on the 1″ mark.

Popper 5

Your paper should look like this.

Popper 6

The next step is to fold the paper on the first score line.

popper 7

Punch and then turn your paper over and do it again on the other side.

Popper 8

Here’s what it should now look like.

Popper 9

Continue to fold your paper down and punch on both sides but STOP when you get to the last one (the small section at the bottom). (oops, not sure why this picture didn’t get rotated in the editing process!)


Add Tear and Tape (a strong adhesive) on the inside flap of that last section.

Popper 12

Now, fold that piece over just like you did the others, place it in the punch board, again at the 1″ mark, and punch on both sides.

The next step will be to remove the tape and bring the bottom piece up to the fold where the tape is.

Popper 14 jpg

Fold the top piece over and press down to get a good seal.

Popper closed last step

Squeeze one end and close it up with Baker’s Twine or ribbon.   Add a goodie (I was able to fit 3 Dove chocolates) to the inside and do the same thing to the other end (see the original photo at the top of the post).

Popper 16

Popper 17

If you have any questions, let me know!  If you make any poppers, I would love to see what you’ve created!

Below you’ll find a supply list with the Stampin’ Up! products  I used.  The paper is on the retiring list so if you want it, I would grab it quickly.  My sentiment is not part of a stamp set but a card Kit (Watercolor Wishes Card Kit).  You can place an order by clicking here or if you’d like more information on a particular product, just click the picture below.

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April Thank You Gifts

Hi Friends!

If you are someone who has ordered your Stampin’ Up! supplies from me, please know that I am always so very appreciative!

When you place an online order and choose me as your demonstrator, I’ll send some goodies your way! First, you’ll receive a thank you card made with supplies from the current catalogs.  You’ll also receive a small handmade gift, again made with Stampin’ Up! supplies (it has to be something that I can easily send via snail mail).  In addition, if you use the monthly host code (the code changes monthly and can be found on the right hand side of my blog below the Order Online button), I will send you an additional surprise. Scroll down to see what I sent out to my April customers yesterday!

First up is my thank you card!  I used the stamp set Picture Perfect which was in the Occasions catalog but I am so happy to say that it will be carried over into the new catalog which comes out in June.

Picture Perfect Thank you

Can you see the pretty shimmer?  I achieved this look using a Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (clear) .  It’s so easy – you just brush it on..

Close up of rose

Next up is the thank you gift I sent.  It is a quick and easy pouch with a few little treats inside.

April thank you gift

And here’s the gift I sent out for using the Host Code – supplies to make three Poppers.

Host Code gift

Party Poppers with candy

Over the next few days I will showcase each of these projects on my blog with directions and the supplies I used.

Click here to see all of the products that are retiring!  Accessories are while supplies last and stamp sets can be ordered until May 22, 2016.

If you’d like to place an order, click here.

If you have any questions, I’m always here to help!  Contact me at:  tracy@stampingwithtracy.com


Tracy’s Favorites

I thought I would list some of my very favorite Stampin’ Up! retiring accessories.  All of these products are while supplies last! I have linked each product to my Stampin’ Up! online store.

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Images@Stampin’ Up! Available in 5 colors

If you have any questions about any of these products, please email me:  tracy@stampingwithtracy.com


Farewell Yesterday was a whirlwind day for Stampin’ Up! and I apologize if it was frustrating for some of you.  With the release of the retirement list and orders being placed, the SU! website was overloaded and down for some time.  I believe that you should now be able to place an order without difficulties.  Again, I apologize for any and all frustration yesterday!

Here’s the link for the retired list:  Retired List PDF

I realize that the list can be a bit overwhelming.  I have gone through and marked in my catalog all of the retired products.  If you are curious about whether some of your favorites are retiring, send me an email and I’d be happy to look it up for you!

Stamps will be available until May 22nd.

Everything else (punches, ribbon, Big Shot accessories, buttons, etc.) are while supplies last.

The PDF list will be updated daily so be sure to check back.  I looked this morning and only a few items are no longer available.

Any questions, please ask!

April Host Code:  4BJ4ZJ9N   

This code can be entered at the bottom of the cart page)

Click here to place an order!

Retired List is Here!

All of the products retiring in the Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 catalog can be found here!  Some items will go very fast so act quickly if you have your heart set on something!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Click here to shop at my online store!


Retiring List Out Today

The Retiring List for the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog will be posted on the demonstrator website at noon, Pacific Time. I’ve heard that the list is very extensive but that the new catalog is awesome. Attendees of the Stampin’ Up! “convention” this past weekend were given copies and excitement is high!

I will post the list as soon as I have viewed it. If there’s anything on it that you want, I suggest purchasing it as soon as you can, as everything except stamp sets, will be while supplies last! If history repeats itself, some items will be gone today.

See you later today!

Paper! It’s Not Just for Cards

I love paper!  With each and every Stampin’ Up! catalog release there’s always one pack of paper that I fall in love with and use over and over again.  If you follow my blog, you’ve probably already guessed that Birthday Bouquet is my current favorite.

One of the ways that I like to use my paper is to place it in the cover sleeve of a binder.  The binder on the right shows one design from Birthday Bouquet and the Copic binder paper has unfortunately retired.

DSP Binders

I typed up the titles on my computer and then cut them out with the Ovals Framelits.  The largest die in the set has the scalloped edges which was perfect as a base for my title.  It’s a fun way to jazz up a binder!

I’d love to hear other ways that you’ve used paper!

Have a great day!

Product List – To purchase any of the products below, just click on the picture.  Any questions?  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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