December 2017

2018 Hobby And Web Funding - Final Preparations

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Red Bubble Prancing Horse Mug | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I enjoy crafting and creating content for the web. Unfortunately neither of these hobbies are free. I told myself and hub that I would take 2017 off, which I "mostly" did. You likely know that at the end of June I became a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I have engaged in side businesses since 1992 so I know that it takes time to grow a business. I joined SU six months before I planned to earn some...

Christmas Cards Are In The Mail!

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Christmas Cards Are In The Mail! | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I am proud that I set a deadline for finishing Christmas cards and that I was able to finish on time. I would say a weakness of mine is an inability to focus on repetitive tasks. I make my Christmas cards throughout the year and I make all sorts of them so by the time I have to mail them I don't have the last minute rush to make any.

You would think that by making them throughout the...

Tutorial - Decorating Your Envelopes

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Since I am currently prepping to send out my Christmas cards, I've been working on my envelopes. My mom wants a video on how I decorate since I am not able to have an envelope crafting day in person with her. I want my recipient's to know when one of my cards is in their mailbox. The best way for them to know is by seeing a fancy decorated envelope! I demonstrate making a few different types...

Tutorial - No Cut And No Measure Easy To Make Paper Gift Bag

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Tutorial - No Cut And No Measure Easy To Make Paper Gift Bag | Tracy Marie Lewis |

This is a tutorial on how to make a gift bag using a variety of materials. It is perfect for the holidays or any event requiring a paper bag. There is no cutting, no measuring and no scoring required to make this gift bag. I show how easy it is to decorate your bag before you begin to make it or after it is complete. I make three bags in the video and also discuss a fourth one. I talk about...

Tutorial - Hello Color Using Watercolor Pencils

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I video'ed the steps I use to add interest to my colored projects. I used watercolor pencils, a blender pen and I colored the largest stamp in the Hello Color stamp set. I stamped it using Stazon Black on 140lb watercolor paper. I talk alot about blending because I am using a blending pen but as you will see, Instead of blending light to dark, I am making the darks into interesting patterns....

Alternative Cards - Paper Pumpkin - Back In Plaid November Plus October

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Alternative Cards - Paper Pumpkin - Back In Plaid November Plus October | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I pushed myself to finish my alternatives video ASAP. I cannot upload a video while we are using the internet because of course it uses all the bandwidth and my finished video was half a gig in size so would take hours to load. So I asked Hub to get me up when he went to bed so I could start the upload. That plan worked perfectly and by this am the upload was complete.

I like the cards...

Alternative Stockings - Paper Pumpkin - Back In Plaid

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Alternative Stockings - Paper Pumpkin - Back In Plaid | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I finally received my November Paper Pumpkin. Between Thanksgiving and our moving day I had to delay forwarding our mail from home. Then because of how far away we are from home, it took four business days to get here. As soon as it arrived, I video'ed the unboxing as well as my stocking alternative to show you guys. Next I will make a paper alternatives video.

I used my Cuddlebug and...

Stampin' Up! Extravaganza and Free Shipping Haul Video

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Stampin' Up! Extravaganza and Free Shipping Haul Video | Tracy Marie Lewis |

This was the fourth Stampin' Up! Extravaganza for me and my first as a demonstrator. I knew enough from the previous three years to plan my shopping ahead of time, be ready to submit it asap after it starts and be ready for items sold out and a possible shipping delay.

Well, being in control of my own destiny made this year's shopping experience perfect! I got every single item on my...

Sunset At Lake Tawakoni Thousand Trails

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Sunset At Lake Tawakoni Thousand Trails | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I shared a sunrise video awhile back. So, I have been looking out for a beautiful sunset to share. Hub remarked on the peachy fire of the sunset the other night so I grabbed my cell and videoed the very short walk to the lake with that fiery peach sun. This is a very beautiful campground so I am glad to have taken the opportunity to film it. Ironically as this video was uploading late last...