Papercrafting Articles

Video Tutorial - Lightning Fast Thank You Cards

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I had a request from my DH yesterday to make him six thank you cards for his business. He uses them to pay for services throughout the year. The last time he asked was the first time and I spent way too long figuring out what to do. I was ready for him this time. I made a quick video showing the supplies I used and demonstrated how fast they are to make when using my method. Video length is 4...

Make and Take Coffee Thanks A Latte Card

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There was a workshop at our retreat in which we made two projects. This was the first one we made. I enjoyed working with Stampin' Up! Products I don't own. In some cases they are duplicates, or very similar to what I already have. In this case I already own a coffee set and would not justify owning another so similar, but I still enjoyed making the card and having it in my "collection"....

Wetlands Birthday Greetings Card

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Wetlands Birthday Greetings Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I made this project for my Father In Law's birthday coming up in January. You might be thinking, wow, now thats some pre-planning! Reality is that I had wanted to make this card for him for this January, but I could not find the seabirds stamp. I looked everywhere for it. Keep in mind I live full time in a 33' fifth wheel and am very, very organized. It was not to be found.

Fast forward...

Dream Distress Oxide Card

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Dream Distress Oxide Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

This is my favorite project from the retreat. I accomplished alot of organization projects and made a few cards. I do think it is interesting that I lean toward larger organization projects over crafting at retreats. I think it is because I have long stretches of uninterrupted time so I know I can complete something no matter how long it takes. A card is easier to make at home because it fits...

Thanks Front Door Card

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Thanks Front Door Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

This project was made for the Creative Cat Crew Color Challenge #23. I am running a bit behind because I am now in our home town for a few weeks and boy are we busy! The challenge Stampin' Up! colors are: Real Red, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White and here is the inspiration image...

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.

Just A Note Distress Oxide Card

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Just A Note Distress Oxide Card

I created this project at my crafting retreat. I've never used Distress Oxide Inks. I used three colors: Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo. For this background I just put a few drops (I bought the reinkers) on a craft mat and made one swipe. Then I dried it with a heat gun. I then used a lettering stencil and sponged Iced Spruce.

The texture of the Oxide inks when dry is...