January 2017

A Sweet Wish Ice Cream Card

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A Sweet Wish Ice Cream Card | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

Now that my Valentine cards are complete it is time to make something just for fun. I used the SplitCoast Stampers Color Challenge for this week. I then added Clear Rock Candy Stickles on top of the ice Cream to give it a shiny appearance. I used the Copic Blender pen extensively to bring out highlights in the Ice Cream and the cone as well as the background. 

I just received two Penny...

Butterfly Love Card

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Butteryfly Love | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I need one more Valentine card. Each year I make one for my mom and another for my husband. This will be for my husband. I have posted before how he likes vivid colors. I like to challenge him back by making his cards in the clean and simple style but with very intense colors. He also likes the blueprints style of stamps. I hope he enjoys this one.

I used the Splitcoast Stampers color...

Copper Floral So Happy For You Card

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Copper Floral So Happy For You Card | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

This project was so much fun to make. I haven't done much with watercolors in a very long time and I just received my Penny Black floral dies. I couldn't wait to get to cutting and glueing these together in a thick stack for watercoloring. I chose to use my Zig Clean Color Brushes.

After coloring the framed floral image I used a Metallic Copper gel pen to line the leaves and edge the...

Chill Relaxation Art

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Chill Wall Art | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I am not done creating art for my walls yet. You might at this point be asking, what is the big deal with making all this art? Well, I am retiring from my IT job this Friday. I've worked a stressful IT job for 31 years now with some marketing time in there, but I was in a technical role all 31 years. So these art work snippets with their silly words and phrases are going to help me to "chill"...

Kitty Love Valentine

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Kitty Love Valentine | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

It is rare that I take on sketch challenges. I find it hard to color in the lines so to speak. Today I thought I would push myself and finish one of the two valentines I make each year using this weeks Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge. I had colored this cute Crissy Armstrong kitty a few weekends back and finally got the chance to use it. I am very light on heart shaped dies so the tiny...

Cheerful Van Gogh Quote Wall Art

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Cheerful Van Gogh Quote Wall Art | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I am on a roll now making art for my walls and have one more design I wanted to finish. I have this really cheerful distress ink background that I was inspired to make when I was surfing this weeks Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I saw these Holtz tags colored from orange to lime green with holtz stamps. At first I was going to make something just like them but as with me I went...

The Beginning Of Where Are We Now

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Our travelling home in the very cold weather | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

January 27th will mark the last day of work for me. I am retiring from Corporate IT work. We've been working toward this for some time. Last year we bought our lovely new fifth wheel trailer and an older truck to tow it with. Shortly thereafter we sold our primary residence of 15 years. I had hoped to stay with my employer through a transition from our very old web platform to the new one we'...

Newton Plays in Tropical Flowers Wall Art

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Newton Plays in Tropical Flowers Wall Art | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthings.com

I am finally finished with my birthday cards project. I even made a bonus card when I decided to make a different card for my aunt that was more suited to her.

So this next project is for ME. I have made a couple of projects using the Aloha Newton stamp set to give to others and everyone loves Newton with his tropical backdrop. I kept this image off to the side for myself. I found time...

Tall Chicks Birthday Card

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Tall Chicks Birthday Card | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I had made my aunt the cutest birthday card ever using a Whimsy Stamp called Wee Snippet (Ive linked the details on that project below). THEN I saw the Sale A Bration catalog and knew that I had to get the free Hey Chick! stamp set and use it instead of Wee Snippet for my aunt's birthday card. She raises chickens for their eggs and is really into that whole process and I just knew this had to...