May 2020

Alternatives - May 2020 Paper Pumpkin - A Kit In Color - Plus A Sneak Peek Of New Products

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Ooh, I just love the colors in this kit! I think what made it so enjoyable was that I received my new catalog pre-order two days prior to receiving this kit and I was able to use mostly new products. This means the below supplies list will be very, very light and I will go back after June 3rd to add them.

I also enjoyed spending time on a challenge Hub had given me. He mocked up a 3d...

Retiring Showcase - Bee Masculine Birthday Card

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Retiring Masculine Bee Birthday Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I don't know anyone who doesn't appreciate a bee. Yes, some folks are terrified of being stung by them, but they really do contribute alot to our world and I feel they can make a feminine or masculine card. To challenge myself with the "Honey Bee" stamp set, which retires at the end of the month, I decided to make my cousins birthday card with it. 

Note that the bee was die cut using...

Retiring - Coloring Video Tutorial On Magnolia 3D Embossed Flower

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Retiring - Shimmer White Magnolia Friend Card| Tracy Marie Lewis |

After finishing my mom's Mother's Day card, I knew I wanted to make a video tutorial demonstrating coloring the magnlia embossing with an aqua painter. Life took over and it has been a week since I made the card and I finally finished the video! My takeaway after coloring both Shimmer White cardstock and Whisper White cardstock is that both will work, you just have to be much more careful with...

Retiring - Bright Floral Blooms For You Card

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Retiring Bright Floral Blooms Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

While crafting with my mom this week, I spent one afternoon focusing on a beautiful retiring DSP "Perennial Essence". This card uses two sheets with the same design, one small and the other large. I used the small floral pattern for the background, dry embossing it with the subtle embossing folder. Then I cut a focal image of a large flower and dry embossed it with the Country Floral 3D...

Retiring Showcase - Breathtaking Bouquet Vellum Birthday Card

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Retiring - Breathtaking Bouquet Birthday Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Here is a stamp that I bought recently and did not get a chance to use. I purchased it for coloring and wanted to show off how nice it looks on vellum. I have create a quick technique video to show you how easy it is to use and when finished it looks like a masterpiece!

Techniques discussed in the video:

vellum reverse coloring
liquid glue application
lighter color...

Retiring Showcase - Perennial Today Blooms Bliss Card

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Retiring - Perennial Blooms Bliss Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Today's retiring project is so pretty! I chose the prettiest Perennial Essence DSP sheet and cut it into a couple of focals. Then with some fun trimming and a frame die cut and voila! One beautiful card. The unique sentiment has an inside message that reads,"Birthday cheers all around" in the same font. This stamp set is also retiring. To accomodate the long sentiment, I had to make a custom...

Retiring Showcase - Magnolia Mother's Day Card

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Retiring Showcase - Magnolia Mother's Day Card

I've been crafting cards for so many years now that it is a challenge to come up with something "new" each year for my mom. I know she will love anything I make for her, but it is an added challenge to try something that is not the norm for me.

I came across a retiring embossing folder that I have not used ... yet. I do like to make sure I use all of the products I buy at least once, so...

Retiring Showcase - Balmy Blue Framed Anniversary Card

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retiring-framed-anniversary card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I was going to post this yesterday as it was our 30th wedding anniversary. Alas, we were out and about all day and I didn't get a chance to take any time for "crafting" activities. This particular card isn't what I gave to hub. I created a special card that uses a non SU image I found on Pinterest and I could not determine if it was "legal" for me to post it. So this card will work. It is for...