January 2016

Ombre Birthday With Balloons

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I created this card to experiment with the ombre technique using Copic Sketch markers. I used a very light color ink on the Stampin' Up sentiment so I could ombre it as well. I then doodled the balloon strings as well as outlined the letters. I used Lil' Inkers Designs Stitched dies. This week is going to be tough for me to complete many papercrafting projects as I am conducting a Hackathon...

A Red Sympathy Card for Myself

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This is another sympathy card I made for myself. I chose the prettiest flower stamp (second to my ODBD fuschia stamp.) This was a stamp I received for free with an order from a Split Coast Stamper Member. I think I scored getting this for free! I colored it with Copics. I chose red because that was my dear departed friend's color he used on his riding equipment. I remember years back when I...

Something New - Something Old ODBDslc269

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Something New - Something Old ODBD | Tracy Marie Lewis  - www.stuffnthingz.com

I made a similar card one ODBD challenge ago. It was a thank you design and I really liked it and wanted to make it as a Sympathy card for myself. For this challenge of using something old and something new, I used some fun papers that are a handmade pulpy paper in bright colors that I just got from my mom, we swap paper all the time. I also have a new paper pad with coordinating little glossy...

Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin Kit - Happy Thoughts

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Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Stampin' Up Kit Group - Tracy Marie Lewis - www.stuffnthingz.com

I have had this kit out for the last two weekends of football. Yes I am a Seahawks fan, and actually enjoy watching all of the NFL games. I like to work on bigger projects in my recliner versus sit in my craftroom as my TV is above my head and I don't like to crank my head back all the time. So, the recliner with a low table is the best compromise.

As with these kits I started out true...

Fall Stamp Camp Card Swap

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Fall Stamp Camp Card Swap | Tracy Marie Lewis - www.stuffnthingz.com

I am very easily distracted when "trying" to make repeat cards. For my first card swap at a local Stampin' Up stamp camp, I made 20 random cards. It was beyond me at that time to fathom producing similar cards. By the time the fall stamp camp came around, I was determined to make my swap cards at least "similar". I was so much more mature in my crafting life that I felt confident my choice of...

Sympathy - Hand Delivered

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Sympathy - Hand Delivered | Tracy Marie Lewis - www.stuffnthingz.com

My husband's family had a rough year in 2015. His uncle passed away in June and not too many days later it was discovered that the youngest aunt on the same side of the family had an inoperable tumor and she was gone very soon thereafter. I was able to make his parents a thick and flowery Sympathy card as it was going to be hand delivered (I like thick, elaborate cards so anytime I can avoid...

Walk Through Video of Commissioned Waterfall Albums for NWRA

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Walk Through Video of Commissioned Waterfall Albums by Tracy Marie Lewis - www.stuffnthingz.com

After I finished my first waterfall album, I made a game plan for customizing three of these for the special year end awards at the NWRA banquet. I never make repeats so of course I had to design three completely different styles using some similar bits and pieces. My favorite is the denim version. Since the completion of this project I have kept my eyes open for a deal on more denim paper. I...

A Birthday Card Out of My Comfort Zone

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Happy Birthday Hunting Final - Tracy Marie Lewis - www.stuffnthingz.com

Last year I was a new-ish paper crafter. I was "into" trying out kits. So, all my family during the January through March time frame received cards that used only kit materials. Everyone was very kind, but truth be told none of the cards I gave out really fit anyone. That is one of my biggest issue with kits and why I've stopped all kit subscriptions. Now, it doesn't stop me from buying a one...

Walk Through Video of My First Waterfall Album

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Woodland Waterfall Album by Tracy Marie Lewis - www.stuffnthingz.com

I have enjoyed providing unique products for local reining horse show clubs where I used to compete. This year I was asked to come up with special awards for folks who went above and beyond. I had wanted to make a waterfall album for some time so felt that this was a great opportunity to learn something new and provide a special memento of the 2015 show season. I researched price points for...