Grown with Love

Today’s card uses the new bundle in the Annual Catalog called Grown with Love. It  includes not only a flower pot but a watering can and wagon.  How cute is that?

I stamped the flower pot in Crumb Cake and then used the Frameliits to cut it out. The flowers and leaves were stamped in Garden Green directly onto the Whisper White base but then stamped again in Berry Burst and Daffodil Delight  so I could cut the flowers out with the Framelits.  These  Framelits actually only cut out the three larger flowers but I cut the smaller ones too with these larger dies and then trimmed them a bit. I attached the flowers with glue dots.  The flower pot is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I took three strands of Linen Thread, tied them into a bow and attached it to the flower pot with a glue dot.  


Whisper White card stock:  11″ x 4-1/4″  Scored @ 5-1/2″ and 5″ x 3-3/4″

Daffodil Delight card stock: 5-1/4″ x 4″

Berry Burst card stock:  4″ x 3-1/4″

I love hearing from you!  If you have any thoughts or questions about today’s card, please leave a comment! 

Stamping Supplies – Below you’ll find all of the products I used to create today’s card.  If you are interested in purchasing both the stamp set AND Framelits, be sure to select either the clear or wood bundle for a savings of 10%.  Clicking any of the pictures below will take you directly to my Stampin’ Up! online store.    

Glue Dots


Big Shot


To learn all about the Carols of Christmas promotion, please click here!

Carols of Christmas

Stampin’ Up! has made one of its Christmas bundles, Carols of Christmas, available before its release in the Holiday Catalog on September 1st.  The stamp set and matching framelits can be purchased separately or save 10% when you buy the bundle!

Click on the video below to learn all about this brand new bundle.  If you’re viewing this in an email, click here.

Save 10% when you buy the stamp set and thinlits together or purchase them separately.  


Tool Time Tuesday

I’m starting a new series called Tool Time Tuesday! The Stampin’ Up! catalog is filled with so many wonderful products that I thought I’d highlight a different one each Tuesday.  If there’s a product that you’ve had questions about, please email me and I’ll highlight it in an upcoming post of Tool Time Tuesday!

If you follow me, you know I love my Big Shot and use it for almost every project I make.  Another tool that I use daily is the Paper Piercing Tool!

When I first became a demonstrator this tool was primarily meant to be used to poke holes in paper to create patterns and you were able to purchase plastic templates to do just that.  We know longer carry those templates but I would be lost without my paper-piercing tool!  I use it to pick up rhinestones, pearls, enamel shapes and glitter enamel dots and then place them on my card stock. Trying to pick them off the paper they come on with your finger can be very frustrating.  Slipping the sharp pointed end under the jewel and bringing it to your paper couldn’t be easier with this tool.  

I also use it to remove glue dots from the roll they come on.  Again, so easy to slip the tool under the glue dot and onto your paper! Sometimes when using your finger to release it, by the time you bring it to your paper it’s gone!  Has that ever happened to you?  You can’t figure out where it went until you find it stuck to your elbow, arm . . . . . of course I know this from personal experience!

Another product it works wonders with is Tear and Tape.  I can’t even imagine trying to release that paper from the glue strip with my nails.  It’s something that can definitely be done but it is oh so easy with this wonderful tool.  It kind of reminds me of trying to get one of those plastic bags in the produce department open.  It can be so darn time consuming! I wish there was a tool to open those!  Ha, ha!

The paper piercer also helps with releasing all of the paper from your Big Shot dies.  Thankfully there are now tools such as the Die Brush & the Precision Base Plate that help to release much of the paper out of the dies but there are always a few that need a little encouragement to come out and the paper-piercing tool is perfect for the job!

A companion piece to the paper-piercer is the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  I find that I don’t really use the mat & piercer together very often these days.  The mat is terrific though to use as a surface to stamp on when using photopolymer stamps.  Sometimes it can be difficult to get nice coverage with photopolymer, but the mat helps to get better ink coverage on your card stock.  

As you can see, the Paper-Piercing tool is a must have in your craft room! I hope you’ll join me next Tuesday for another Tool Time Tuesday!

If you’d like to purchase any of the items I referred to into today’s post, simply click on the product below and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store! 

Glue Dots


Mini Treat Bag Using Naturally Eclectic Paper

Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was enjoyable!

Last week I shared several projects using the Stampin’ Up! paper, Naturally Eclectic and today I’m sharing one more using this beautiful paper!  

I made this cute bag using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and Emerald Envy card stock. This die makes it extremely easy to make a bag in just a few minutes!  After running it through the Big Shot, I placed it inside the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and ran it through the Big shot once more. Then,  it’s easy to add adhesive in a few spots and your treat bag is finished.  

I stayed with the theme of using a banner, again made with the Banner Triple punch.  The butterfly was cut out with the Move Me Thinlits in Basic Black.  Using glue dots, I attached the butterfly to the banner and then clipped it to the treat bag with our new Gold Library Clips. “Friend” comes from the stamp set Hello Friend.  It was stamped with Emerald Envy, punched out with the Classic Label punch and then slipped under the clip.

Tip:  When putting the treat bag together, I recommend using either Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape.  They will give you a much stronger hold.  

Stamping Supplies :  I’ve included a list of all the products I used.  To purchase any of these products, just click on any picture and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store. 

Glue Dots


Big Shot


Tracy’s Sunday Share

Happy Sunday!

This week my husband and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary.  For the first time in a long time, we went out of town to celebrate.  When I taught elementary school for years, school started at the end of July, so going away in early August was never an option.  But this year nothing was stopping us and we headed to Las Vegas. We had a great time!

My husband doesn’t care for Las Vegas but I convinced him we’d have a good time at the Wynn and we did! My daughter, Jenny, and I have gone there before and loved it and I knew Mark would too.  The hotel is so nice and so big that you could just stay there without venturing out onto the Las Vegas strip. We relaxed by the pool, had a few drinks, went to a show and ate (we especially enjoyed our Eggs Benedict)!

I like to play on the slot machines but Mark doesn’t so he worked out while I walked the casino from machine to machine.  That’s still a workout, right?  That’s what my Fitbit said!  🙂

Getting back to real life is always difficult especially figuring out what to have for dinner the day you get back. But that makes these trips even more special.

Where have you gone recently (or would like to go) to relax, unwind, or celebrate a special event?