Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #7 - Envelopes Part 2 & Artsy Thanksgiving Design Techniques Demo

Publish Date: 
8/26/2020
Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #7 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

In this episode I finish up the envelope discussion. I demonstrate using the Stamparatus. This tool's strength is my weakness so we make a great pair! Since I dislike repeat tasks, I use the Stamparatus tool to quickly stamp repeat items, one of those being envelopes. 

After a demo of making the addressed side of an envelope, I move on to this week's project which is a Thanksgiving...

Seventeen Alternatives - August 2020 Paper Pumpkin - World's Greatest

Publish Date: 
8/21/2020
Alternatives - August 2020 Paper Pumpkin | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

This month's kit is a little bit different. I like it! This video includes an in depth demonstration of stampining and fussy cutting tips to help out a beginning stamper with limited supplies, experienced stampers may opt to go straight to the walkthrough (see time stamps). I only used colored cardstock to supplement what was included in the kit. Any number of embossing folders could also be...

Technique Strip Series #2 - Watercolored Embossing Paste

Publish Date: 
8/21/2020
Technique Strip Series #2 - Watercolored Embossing Paste | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

The second strip project started with a full A2 size piece of watercolor paper. This technique is water heavy and regular cardstock will not work. 

I followed the inspiration pin pretty close, changing the strip mat, sentiment and gems. I also omitted one cardstock layer, chosing to heat emboss the sentiment on the base itself which is something I rarely do. I was concerned with the 1/4...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #6 - Envelopes Special Segment (Part 1) + A Christmas Card Walkthrough

Publish Date: 
8/19/2020
Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #6 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

This week I am changing gears to focus on envelopes. I love to decorate the outside of envelopes but if you are like me and you mail out all your cards, there are some limitations in what you can do. I was so surprised to find a dedicated stamp and die set in this year's holiday mini catalog! It is on page 40. You can download the PDF here >...

Technique Card Strip Series - #1 - Colors Sponged Over White Resist

Publish Date: 
8/17/2020
Strip Series #1 - Resist Emboss Technique | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

Sometimes when you get into a groove, you come out the other side and say... wow, look what we made today! Libby and I had a great virtual crafting session that ended up morphing into a technique day. At the end Libby says hey look, we made a bunch of strip cards!

I will bundle these into a series of blog posts. I may include a demo video or two but this first one is an easy one that...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #5 - Framed Christmas & Winter Cards - So Many Possibilities

Publish Date: 
8/12/2020
Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #5 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

This week's episode of WICW has alot to offer with so many mix and match possibilities.

The video includes the stamping of the backgrounds, sped up so as not to bore anyone.

The various possible stamp and die sets to consider are shown, and these are just the products I own, there are countless more that will work in the annual and holiday mini catalogs.

I then go away to...

Video Walkthrough - Sunflower Blends Coloring Three Ways - Beginner, Casual & Avid

Publish Date: 
8/9/2020
Sunflower Blends Coloring Three Ways - Beginner, Casual & Avid | www.stuffnthingz.com

I worked on a set of sunflower thank you cards, coloring them in a variety of ways. After they were finished, I chose a set that I felt illustrated three different levels of coloring and created a walkthrough video describing how I colored each one using Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. The above image is a close up of the stipling or dotted technique that includes three different colors of...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #4 - Thanksgiving Frames & Long Christmas Sentiment Layout Options

Publish Date: 
8/5/2020
Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #4 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

This week I have one project using a new stamp set, and one using a mix of stamp sets. The video begins with an exploration of how I find that perfect background for a large, long Christmas sentiment. The second card is for Thanksgiving, I created it during a virtual craft session with Libby and I walk through its parts. I will create a Christmas version of it for next week. 

I am...

Blue Butterfly Smile Card

Publish Date: 
8/3/2020
Blue Butterfly Smile Card | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

Today is new holiday mini catalog -eve. In addition, Stampin' Up!'s new online store goes live which is going to break all of my supplies links /cry. I will have my work cut out fixing links from the newest blog entries to the oldest.

I am also moving Wednesday so we are in packing mode. I've been at my mom's for a little over two weeks. It has been nice to be able to work on our...

Simple Masculine Tree Thanks Card

Publish Date: 
7/30/2020
Simple Masculine Tree Thanks Card | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I am not typically a CAS (clean and simple) cardmaker so I am surprised that this card looks "complete" to me. 

This card started as a technique card using Smoky Slate, Shaded Spruce and Whisper White. The technique is to apply ink to the sticky side of tape and then apply the tape to the cardstock. I made an ombre background and then centered the tree. I envisioned this as having a...

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