DIY Articles

Website Moving To A New Host

Publish Date: 
9/27/2017

The website has been slowing down and is now producing a high percentage of errors (it has been increasing over the summer). In addition to the errors there are now parts of the admin interface that I cannot open (like the block on the top right side with the expired August Stampin' Up! promotion). I've done my research and have bought a different hosting package that should be a better...

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

Publish Date: 
9/16/2017
DIY - Create A Set Of Stampin' Up! Cardstock Swatches | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

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

Publish Date: 
9/9/2017
Retreat Project - Distress Oxide Ink Cubes Supplies | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

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

Publish Date: 
8/4/2017
Storage Series - Saving Space By Using Copic Markers To Color Your Embellishments | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

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 | www.stuffnthingz.com

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

Publish Date: 
7/4/2017
DIY embellishment coloring by Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

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.

Ribbon
Pearls
Rhinestones
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

Publish Date: 
7/2/2017

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

Publish Date: 
6/26/2017
Basement Storage Strategy  | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

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...

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