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DIY - Create A Set Of Stampin' Up! Cardstock Swatches

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DIY - Create A Set Of Stampin' Up! Cardstock Swatches | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I had this great idea while at my craft retreat. It didn't hit me until I saw a friend's awesome new cardstock organization. I asked her if she had every color. She said all but a couple of pieces. I went back to my desk and mulled that over awhile. Here's a quick video explaining what happened and what I did. I also show what I will use the swatches for. Video length is 5 min 9 sec.

Retreat Project - Distress Oxide Ink Cubes

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Retreat Project - Distress Oxide Ink Cubes Supplies | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Months ago I had my mom order the full set of 12 Distress Oxide re-inkers (they've released 12 more now). I then had my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (before I was a demonstrator) buy 3 packs of Stampin' Spots which are new in the catalog this year.

I needed to create samples of the following ink applications:

Solid stamp | Lined Stamp| Sponging

In addition I needed to show...

Storage Series - Saving Space By Using Copic Markers To Color Your Embellishments

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Storage Series - Saving Space By Using Copic Markers To Color Your Embellishments | Tracy Marie Lewis |

When we were planning our lifestyle change to living full time in an RV, I knew I had to minimize my embellishments. I had a dedicated craft space that was quite large with floor to ceiling storage. This storage also extended into one of the bedrooms. Ribbon was a biggie for me because I had so much of it. I own a full set of Copic Sketch Markers which are a big investment and I have...

TIP - How To Keep Your Blending Foam With Your 1" Ink Cubes

TIP - How To Keep Your Blending Foam With Your Ink | Tracy Marie Lewis |

Here is another quick and easy tip for you, You can buy hook and loop sticky strips (also known as Velcro). Cut them to about 1cm square. The foam circles happen to be about 1" round and will fit nicely inside the back of the 1" cubes. I am sure you can also attach them to the larger ink pads as well, but it might change where you locate them depending on how you stack them. 

I keep my...

DIY - Coloring Your Embellishments

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DIY embellishment coloring by Tracy Marie Lewis |

This is an easy one. If you own any type of alcohol markers, ranging from Sharpie markers to Copic Markers, you can color a wide variety of embellishments. Here's the list of embellishments that I have found take alcohol marker ink very well.

Sequins (some colors don't apply as well i.e dark colors are hard to make smooth - dry completely)...

DIY - Make Your Own Compact Ink Pads

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I was so sad when I realized that all of my full sized ink pads were going to take up too much space in our new home. I researched my options for switching to the small cube and tear drop sized ink pads. Some brands you can buy and others don't have that option. Very conveniently I discovered that Stampin' Up carries uninked Stampin' Spots. I found a couple of other online suppliers but they...

Basement Storage Strategy

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Basement Storage Strategy  | Tracy Marie Lewis |

We have owned a large selection of Rubbermaid storage tubs in a variety of sizes for many years. After checking out how they stack up in our basement storage compartment, we settled on  a matched size set of 6 tubs to use.

Last fall we sorted what would be stored in the barn rafters and what would be travelling with us. As we packed I casually labeled what was in each tub, but wasn't...

Two Peas in a Pod

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Sometimes my husband does something completely extraordinary. We are prepping our home to sell. It has an in ground swimming pool. The pool is over 40 years old. Around the pool are large cement slabs and on the north side two of those slabs have sunk. They've sunk quite far and for years we would make our nieces and their friends watch for stubbed toes on that side while running and being...

Bah, It is never good when you get a blank page on your own website

So tonight I clicked on one of my Supplies terms to see how many stamps my stamp category had in it. And voila, there it was THE DREADED BLANK PAGE. So, being that this website is DIYed by me. That left me spending the evening unraveling the mystery and trying to fix it. I did some more digging and found out that my Supplies terms and Tag terms were returning empty. I only have a total of...