Papercrafting Articles

10 More Alternatives (Part 2) - September 2020 Paper Pumpkin - Hello Pumpkin

Publish Date: 
9/25/2020
Alternatives Part 2 - September 2020 Paper Pumpkin | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

We are moved and I had a great time finishing up this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. It is loaded with die cuts, all different colors. Watch the video for more focal assembly tips as well as my more elaborate focals. I finish it off with a big showcase and some embellishments to consider using with this kit. 

8 Alternatives - September 2020 Paper Pumpkin - Hello Pumpkin - Part 1

Publish Date: 
9/20/2020
Alternatives - September 2020 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

Wow... I mean really, Wow! Watch the video to see my reaction when I open this kit. I want to spend some quality time with all of these bits, so I published the prep with some prep tips, four basic and four focals to get the ball rolling. I will break out the kit once we get moved and will spend some quality time making backgrounds and focals of all types and will get it posted by Friday!...

Silhouette Sunset Scene - Strip Series #3 - Thanksgiving Card

Publish Date: 
9/17/2020
Silhouette Sunset Scene - Strip Series #3 - Thanksgiving Card | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

This was a Winter Is Coming candidate, but it hid itself in my stash and I just now found it again. I love how easy Stampin' Up!'s scenery making sets are to use. The stamp set with the bridge is called "My Meadow". "Waterfront" and Snowfront" offer even more scenery making options. I teach a beginner cardmaking class that uses "Waterfront" which can make a wide variety of cards. I will link...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #9 - Christmas Cards From Quick To Stamp Backgrounds - Featuring Parcels & Petals - Part 1

Publish Date: 
9/9/2020
Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #9 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I can see a trend developing with this series. It seems I run out of time before I can get all of the cards finished for showcase pics. Though not intended, I am splitting these into two part episodes so I don't feel rushed to finish. I enjoy the finishing process and make each card individually so need the extra time. Not to mention that I am a very slow crafter.

Parcels & Petals...

Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #8 - Thanksgiving Cards Walk Through, Finishing up Last Week's Card Fronts

Publish Date: 
9/2/2020
Winter Is Coming Wednesday - #8 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I cannot believe that we are already into September! Sheesh, winter is just around the corner and we leave from our home area to stay at the ocean this winter. We are hoping to ride out some storms while there.

We have so much to finish up before we leave. Today in fact we finally took our old truck to a local consignment dealer to sell it for us. We'd hoped to have my mom sell it after...

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 >...

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