OnStage in Las Vegas

This past weekend I was in Las Vegas attending OnStage, a Stampin’ Up!, one day event. My husband and I arrived a day early before I headed to the convention early Saturday morning.  Stampin’ Up! really knows how to put on a good show and it was so much fun meeting new people, seeing upcoming new products and getting my hands on the new catalog (months before it’s released to the public)!  If this sounds fun, considering joining Stampin’ Up!  The Starter Kit is $99 and you can choose $125 in product.  Once you join, you’ll enjoy all the perks that I enjoy and you’ll start out with a 20% discount on everything you purchase! You’ll even be able to preorder new products, a month before the catalog goes live.

It’s Stampin’ Up!s 30th Anniversary this year so they’re celebrating in a big way.  My friend, Rita, and I took a picture together to remember the fun we had. Look at the delicious cupcakes we were treated to in the afternoon with a 30th anniversary white chocolate decoration on top! (more…)

Glitter Queens Blog Hop – Birthdays

It’s time for the Glitter Queens Blog Hop and today it’s all about birthdays! I hope you’ll hop around and visit everyone’s blog!

My birthday card is very similar to one I posted on Monday but this one has a little twist – inside there’s an envelope for a gift card! I have to credit Caro Van Der Straaten from the Netherlands for this cute idea to put an envelope inside the card using the Envelope Punch Board.

The video below will show how easy it is to create this type of card.  When I showed the card to my husband, his first comment was that it looked hard to make but it really isn’t, honest!!  I used Picture Perfect Party 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Berry Burst, Whisper White & Basic Black cardstock as well as Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon.  For the version below, I used the same products but switched out the Berry Burst for Bermuda Bay and added Bermuda Bay Stitched Satin Ribbon.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Picture Perfect Birthday. (more…)

Retiring In Colors, Get Them While You Can

Every year Stampin’ Up! releases five new colors called In Colors. The In Color collection lasts for two years and then all five colors retire.  The 2016-2018 In Colors (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum) will be retiring at the end of May. 

If history repeats itself, and I’m sure it will, most of the products in these colors will be gone very soon!! Early next week, the Last Chance List will be published and everything retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogs will be listed and the In Colors products are always while supplies last.  Ink refills for the stamp pads are always the first to go and in some years, they’ve been gone in a matter of days. Yes, hard to believe, but days!

If you love any of these colors, I highly recommend purchasing what you want today! If you already have the ink pads, be sure to stock up on the ink refills. Once in a blue moon, some retiring In Colors make it back into one of the regular collections, but it isn’t often. Speaking of blue moons, did you know we had one last week?  A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month.  My husband loves this stuff which is the only reason I know this trivia fact!

Listed below are the 2016-2018 In Color Products.  Click on any of the images and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store.


Please come back tomorrow for the Glitter Queens Blog Hop! Have a great day!

Stampin’ Up! Fruit Basket & Petal Passion

Today’s card uses the beautiful Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and the stamp set, Fruit Basket.  It was inspired by a card sketch from my team leader, Dawn Griffith.  She gives us a sketch and measurements and then we can create a card exactly like the card sketch or change it up a bit. Sometimes the sketches are really difficult for me but other times, like with this sketch, I can quickly create a card I love.

I did change the measurements up just a bit and you can find them below.

Berry Burst  

  • 11″ x 4-1/4″    Score at 5-1/2″
  • 1″ x 4-1/2″
  • (4) 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • scrap for scalloped oval

Basic Black:  4″ x 5-1/4″      scrap for scalloped oval

Whisper White:  3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″      scrap for sentiment

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper:  3/4″ x 4-1/4″              (4) 1-1/8″ x 1-1/8″

  • After gluing Designer Series Paper to each square, add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.
  • Attach the Berry Burst scallop to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Use the Banner Triple punch to easily create the two banners.
  • Use the Layering Ovals Framelits to create a Berry Burst and Basic Black scalloped oval and the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment.
  • Add several Glitter Enamel Shapes for some extra sparkle!
  • Because of the added dimension to the card, if you decide to send it, it will cost more in postage but I think it makes a big difference in the overall look of the card.

All of the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used to create today’s card are listed below.  For easy online shopping, click on any of the images and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! 


Use the Host Code when placing your online order of $150 or less to receive an extra surprise in your thank you package (orders over $150 will automatically receive it)!  If you aren’t sure how to use the host code, click here, for easy directions!

Have a great day!

Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper

Today’s card is quick & easy and the star is the Tutti Frutti 6″ x 6″Designer Series Paper. Each package of paper comes with 48 sheets with 4 each of 12 double sided designs.  Every time I look at this paper I get more excited for summertime fruit!

I used the stamp set Fruit Basket for the sentiment and cut it out with the Classic Label PunchAfter punching it out, I cut one end off, added our Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and placed it at the edge of the Tutti Frutti paper. A Brights Enamel Shape in red, finished off the card. 

  • Bermuda Bay:  11″ x 4-1/4″   score at 5-1/2″
  • Whisper White: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″      scrap for sentiment
  • Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper: 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Here’s another version of the card using the opposite side of the watermelon paper.  This time, after punching out the sentiment, I didn’t cut an end off and instead put an enamel shape on both ends.

Supply List

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please let me know.  When placing a online order under $150, use the host code below and you’ll receive a little extra surprise in your thank you package (orders over $150 will also receive the surprise)!

Joy Fold Card

Joy Fold Card

Today’s card is a Joy Fold card and I have a video too! This card is fun because it opens differently than a regular card.

The ribbon helps the card stay closed but it also adds a bit of sparkle! I used Petal Passion Designer Series Paper and the sentiments are from the stamp set Lovely Inside and Out. I used my Stamparatus to line up the word “friend” on my paper.  The Stamparatus is the new Stampin’ Up! positioning tool, due out in June, unless you were one of the lucky ones and preordered it last year. I love mine!

Berry Burst:  8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (base)         3″ x 8″ score at 4″ (inside panel)         scrap for scalloped oval

Basic Black:  2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (front piece on small panel)    scrap for scalloped oval

Whisper White:  3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (inside small panel)     2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (sentiment on front panel     scrap for sentiment

Designer Series Paper:

  • 2-3/4″ x 4 (left panel)
  • 3-3/4″ x 5″ (inside on the right side of the base)
  • 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (inside on small panel)

All of the supplies I used are listed below.  For easy shopping, click on any of the images and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Sale-a-Bration Ends Today!

Stampin’ Up!s biggest event of the year is over today! Get your orders in before the end of the day and you’ll earn free gifts for every $50 purchase.  With over 30 different items, there’s something for everyone.


During Sale-a-Bration you’ll earn a gift for every $50 purchase before shipping/tax.  Reach $100 and you’ll have a choice of (2) $50 gifts or (1) $100 gift.


Purchase the Starter Kit by the end of today and you’ll receive 2 extra stamp sets (excludes bundles and Sale-a-bration sets).  The Starter Kit is $99 but you’ll choose $125 worth of product from any of the catalogs or Clearance Rack and the kit ships for FREE.  Plus, you’ll get those two extra stamp sets.

I’d love for you to join my team! There’s no commitment and no penalty if you decide it isn’t right for you. You don’t have to sell Stampin’ Up! product but you’ll receive a 20% discount on everything you purchase. Joining has absolutely no risk but so much to gain and you might find that you love it as much as I do! If you have any questions, please email me at tracy@stampingwithtracy.com


When you place an order of $250 during Sale-a-bration, you’ll earn $25 in additional Stampin’ Up! rewards! You can use those rewards to purchase any Stampin’ Up! product such as regular catalog merchandise, host sets, Clearance Rack AND you’ll earn 5 Sale-a-bration gifts. It can even be used towards the Starter Kit.

I thought I’d share a few projects I’ve posted since Sale-a-bration began in January. Each one uses one of the Sale-a-Bration gifts you can earn. To see the original post, just click on the image of the project.  (more…)

Petal Passion & All Things Thanks

To create today’s card I performed surgery once again! Surgery on my rubber stamp that is and let me tell you, it can be pretty scary but it feels great conquering a fear, even if it’s just with a rubber stamp! I cut apart one of my stamps and honestly, the words were all so close together that I didn’t think I was going to be able to trim it and be happy with it, but I decided to just go for it.  I’m so happy I did!

I have quite a few stamps that I really like but they say more than I really want.  I love a good set with lots of different fonts saying thank you but I usually just want the words, thank you. I used a sentiment from All Things Thanks that said, thank you for welcoming our newest arrival.  I have never used it as is, but it’s certainly a sentiment that I like having.  Now that it’s been separated, I just added more value to the set! (more…)

Gift Card Holder with Pocket

Today’s card uses a Sale-a-bration gift that can be yours with a $100 order.  The Celebrate You Thinlit Dies include three words:  amazing, you and celebrate.  Very rarely do items from the Sale-a-bration catalog carry over into a catalog but these dies will be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog and I couldn’t be happier. Get them free only until this Saturday!!  After that they won’t be available again until June and they won’t be free! Click to see all of the available free gifts.

I used the Thinlits to make my card and when you open it up, there’s a pocket where a gift card can slide right on in. Check out the video below and see how quick and easy it is to create!

I used Tutti Frutti 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper to decorate my Lemon Lime Twist cardstock base. This paper is so cheerful and I though the apples on the front would be perfect to use for a special teacher.

The supplies I used to create today’s card are listed below.  Click on any of the images to place an order.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Heartfelt Blooms – Free During Sale-a-Bration!

One of the FREE Sale-a-bration gifts you can earn until this Saturday, March 31st, is the stamp set, Heartfelt Blooms. It isn’t your average stamp set! Watch the video below and see what beautiful results you can achieve!

During Sale-a-Bration you earn free gifts for every $50 purchase.  This year, there’s also a $100 category of gifts which means that when you place an order for $100, before shipping and tax, you can either choose (2) $50 gifts or (1) $100 gift.

There are so many free items to choose from this year! There are brand new, exclusive gifts and items from the catalog.  See all the $50 & $100 choices here!

Sale-a-bration ends this Saturday! If you have any questions, please let me know.

  • Visit my online store, here.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack, here.
  • Collect Bradley Points and earn a free stamp set! Click here.
  • Not sure how to use the Host Code?  Click here.
  • Earn two free stamp sets when you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration! Click here for more information!
  • Sign up for my newsletter here.

The Ultimate Bundle

The Ultimate Bundle is the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit and not telling you about it would just be wrong. I have several credit cards that when I use them, I get a discount.  I’m an Amazon Prime member and I get free shipping all year long after paying an up-front fee.  The Stampin’ Up! Ultimate Bundle is the Starter Kit for $99 and you get a discount every time you place an order. And during Sale-a-bration it’s even sweeter.

Before I tell you what you’ll receive with the Starter Kit, I want you to know that you don’t have to have parties to get your discount (unless you want to), you can just get it for discounts on what you buy.

When you purchase the $99 Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit here’s what you’ll receive:

  • $125 in Stampin’ Up! product!  You’ll go through the Occasions and Annual Catalogs and choose anything you want that equals $125. Anything!!
  • Free Shipping on the kit.  Add a Big Shot to your kit and you won’t be paying shipping!
  • A 20% discount on all future orders
  • Preorder from new catalogs a month before the catalogs go live.

When you order during Sale-a-bration you’ll also receive TWO EXTRA STAMP SETS – any stamp set, any price (excludes bundles and Sale-a-bration sets). That’s a $101 value!

I bought the Starter Kit almost nine years ago.  After my first purchase of Stampin’ Up! products, I was hooked and joined just to get the discount! I had absolutely NO interest in having parties trying to sell the product, I just wanted to get a discount on what I wanted.  That changed after about six months when I wanted to share what I was making with my friends.

The Starter Kit has absolutely no obligation.  Honest! If you decide to drop, there’s no penalty and no one will hassle you.  It really is a sweet deal! If you have questions, please contact me and I’d be happy to talk to you about the starter kit.  Remember, if you purchase it by this Saturday, March 31st, you’ll receive an additional TWO stamp sets, your choice, any price. Once you join, I’m just a phone call or email away to help you with your Stampin’ Up! journey.

When I joined I had tons of questions so if you have them, ask away! It really is a great deal and to good not to tell you about!

If think you’re ready and want to join, click this link and you’ll head over to the page to sign up:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/teacherstamper/jointhefun

Matchbox Candy Holder

Easter is almost here and today I have a little box that can you can make very quickly.  Add some candy and you have a thinking of you treat for someone! Check out the video down towards the end of the post!

I used Thick Whisper White cardstock and Springtime Foils Designer Series paper to create the box.  The gorgeous Designer Series Paper is FREE with a $50 purchase but only until Saturday, March 31, 2018!  There are over thirty different Sale-a-Bration products to choose from with either a $50 or $100 order!

  • For the bottom of the box, cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock that measures 5 1/4″ x 7. Score at 1″ along all four sides. Holding your paper vertically, cut on the score lines up to the horizontal score line. Turn your paper over and add Tear and Tape to the tabs.  Bring up the sides to create the box.
  • Cut a piece of Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper that measures 5 1/8″ x 10″. Score along the long side at 2″, 3″, 6 1/4″ and 7 1/4″. Fold on all the score lines. Add Tear and Tape to one end and then wrap the paper around the box. Update:  Score on the wrong side of the Springtime Foils paper as this will help with any “cracking” of the paper that might occur.
  • Stamp the bunny from We Must Celebrate onto Thick Whisper White cardstock using Memento Ink. Color the bunny (I used Stampin’ Blends which are currently on backorder until approximately May 2018) and cut it out using the Layering Ovals Framelits (this set includes 15 different ovals that can be layered together).  Use these framelits to also cut out ovals using Berry Burst and Silver Foil. Layer all of the pieces together and add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Berry Burst oval.
  • Wrap Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic-Edge ribbon around the box. The box can still be opened placing it as I did, but you could also wrap it up like a present. Attach the bunny to the front of the box. Add Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie to the inside of the box along with your favorite treat!

If you’d like a free PDF tutorial of today’s project, it will be in my newsletter that goes out tomorrow!  Sign up for my newsletter today so you don’t miss out!

All of the supplies I used are listed below but the this version of the box uses 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and the bunny was colored with Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends. (The Blends are currently unavailable but will hopefully be back at the end of May).

You can purchase any of the supplies I used to create today’s project by clicking the images below.  With every $50 purchase you’ll not only earn a Sale-a-Bration gift (until March 31, 2018) but a Bradley Point too!

Supply List

  • Visit my online store, here.
  • Shop the Clearance Rack, here.
  • Collect Bradley Points and earn a free stamp set! Click here.
  • Not sure how to use the Host Code?  Click here.
  • Earn two free stamp sets when you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration! Click here for more information!
  • Sign up for my newsletter here.