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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 256 - A Vintage Happy Birthday

Good morning!  I hope you are having a very happy Wednesday!  I am keeping this post pretty short and sweet as it is now quite late on Tuesday August 15th and I need to get some sleep as I hope to FINALLY finish moving things from our old house to the new one tomorrow which is going to require getting up fairly early and a lot of hard work!  This move has been going on since the May and I am ready to be done!  I really think it is harder to move a few miles away than it is to move across the country!

Anyway, enough of my prattle.  Let's talk about this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge sketch.  I don't know why, but as soon as I saw it I thought of the butterfly thinlits and since I had the Wisteria Wonder cardstock and the Wood Textures DSP left over from a Cute Cards Quick project I put this card together in record time!

My quick tips for this card are:

  • Don't forget to spritz your Wisteria Wonder cardstock before you use the Ruffled Dynamic TIEF and make sure you run it through the Big Shot twice!
  • I created the three dew drops around my butterfly with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Leave it flat to dry. 
  • I attached the Lace Trip with Fast Fuse.
  • Use a Mini Glue Dot or cut a regular one in half to attach the Butterfly.
  • I mounted the "happy Birthday" greeting together on the same acrylic block and stamped them with Elegant Eggplant ink then used my Pink Pirouette marker to draw my little swish to fill in the space.  I really like the way it turn out!
And that, my friend, is it for this card!  It took longer for the Wisteria Wonder cardstock to dry after I embossed it than it took to prep the other supples and put the card together!

Thanks for letting me share my vintage birthday butterfly card with you this week.  You can share your own creations inspired by this week's sketch with me and the rest of the team on the Paper Craft Crew page.  We would love t see what you have made!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any other project.  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

PS.  I forgot to mention that this card is one of the two we will be making at my Coffe & Cards event on Thursday morning.  I have plenty of supplies, so if you are in the Raleigh area I would love for you to join us on Thursday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Email me at and I will give you directions to the new Stamp Pad!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Come Stamp, Scrap & Be Social at the March 2018 Scrappy Stampers' Getaway!

Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
Best Western Plus, Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
1307 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Get ready to celebrate Spring at our Garden Party Getaway!
Cost for ALL four days is $200 if you register by December 31s or $250 if you register after January 1, 2018.  A $50 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot! 
Please note that this year you will make your own hotel reservations.  See all the details below.
Payments may be made via PayPal at, by personal check or cash.  Checks should be made out to Tracie Evans Langley and mailed to:
Tracie Evans Langley
Scrappy Stampers’ Getaway
158 Wind Chime Ct
Raleigh, NC 27615
Final payment is due on or before January 31, 2018.  No refunds will be issued after this date.  You may transfer your registration for free until Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Your registration fee includes:

  • 24 hour access to our Craft Room from 3:00pm on Thursday to 1:00pm on Sunday!
  • Your own crafting space arranged so you can be close to your stamping besties!
  • 2 Make & Takes.
  • Salad Bar Friday night, Tea Party lunch on Saturday as well as treats and snacks made especially for you by our Scrappy Stampers’ Getaway team!
  • Table Treats & Door Prizes!
  • Friday night icebreaker and pajama party!
  • Garden Party photo booth!
  • Contests!
  • Access to hotel gym and pool
  • Limited edition Scrappy Stampers Getaway T-Shirt
  • And MUCH More!
 Our Craft Room will have the following for your crafting pleasure and to help you be your crafty creative best!
  • Lots of current and retired stamp sets (please bring your own clear blocks)
  • Big Shot stations complete with an assortment of dies, framelits, thinlits and embossing folders.
  • An assortment of tools gift bag board, envelope board, scoring tool, small hand held tools, trimmers, etc…
  • My scraps are your scraps - take some, leave some
  • General store with adhesives and limited SU kits per their cash & carry policy
  • Keurig available to you in the Craft Room (bring your favorite k-cups)
  • Electricity at your crafting spot
  • WIFI in the Craft Room
 Hotel Reservations should be made by the individual Scrappy Stampers through the Best Western Plus, Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel.  When making your reservation you must identify yourself as a member of the Scrappy Stampers’ Getaway.  Our group rate is $89 single or double occupancy per night plus taxes and a $2 lodging fee.  This rate includes a full American Breakfast Buffet each morning.  The deposit for your first night’s rate and taxes must be paid upon making your reservation.  Reservations for our group will close on Thursday, February 22nd.
 Additional Info & Facts:
  • You will be added to our March 2018 Getaway Facebook group as soon as I receive your $50 deposit.  PLEASE accept the invitation!  This is where you will go to find and fill out your registration form as well as find helpful tips for packing and you can also get to know your fellow Scrappy Stampers before the Getaway!
  • Check in will begins at 3:00pm on Thursday!
  • What do I do for three days??  Whatever you want!   Stamp, scrap, craft, visit with and be inspired by fellow crafters, take a nap, go for a swim, use the gym, walk on the beach, make a new friend, eat, laugh, create new memories!
  • Can I sit with my friends? We will do our best to accommodate all who wish to sit together.  Please register as a group to help us accomplish this. 
  • Can you handle dietary restrictions? We will do our best to accommodate standard dietary restrictions.  Please be sure to include any food allergies or dietary restrictions on your registration form. 
  • Is the hotel room included in the costs? No. 
  • Is the event open to the public - Yes it is - it is open to ANYONE
  • Do I have to use only Stampin' Up! product - absolutely not. Stampin' Up! products are compatible with any & all product on the market.  Feel free to use what makes you happy!
  • What do I pack and bring? - A detailed suggested packing list will be provided with the registration packet you will receive in early March.
  • What if I need a roommate or someone to carpool buddy? – Once your register you will be added to a private Facebook group where you can find a roommate or carpool buddy, ask questions of fellow attendees and much more!  While we will do our best to help you find a roomie it is your responsibility to make the final arrangement. 
  • This is a vendor and solicitation free event.  Please do not bring promotional items (catalogs, flyers, business cards, etc) from ANY business and do not solicit for any business, class, product, etc while at the event. The focus of the getaway is creativity. Anyone who does solicit will be asked to leave and barred from future events.
Please feel to contact me by phone, email or Facebook Messenger.  I would love to answer any of your questions and get you registered for this fun filled getaway today!

Happy Stamping!

Tracie Evans Langley                                                                            

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 255 - A Swirly Bird Card for Coffee & Cards

Hello there!  It seems like forever since I have been able to participate in a Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  I have either had a family emergency, house guests, computer problems or my darling husband needs me to do "something important" like his laundry or work for the family business.  So, much like a lot of you, life has gotten in the way of my stamping!  I know, first world problem, but it is still annoying!  

So, I really like the simplicity of this week's sketch.  It fit my frame of mind. I just needed to stamp, but not going overboard.  I did flip my layout to accommodate the flowers on my wreath, but I think It works great and I pretty confident that the ladies attending my Coffee & Cards this morning will really like it, too!  

I am still trying to decide which coffee cups we are using tomorrow, but since we used Grandma Langley's Charlotte Rose last time I thought it would be nice to share with you along with my card.  It is one of my favorite sets.  Don't ask how many sets of china I own!  I would rather tell you my age!  

As I mentioned this card is pretty basic and uses standard measurements:  The Powder Pink cardbase is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4. I used scraps for my Swirly Bird flowers and Swirly Scribbles wreath.

This card really is a matter of just stamping, die cutting and adhering together.  I did use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach my wreath and used Stampin' Dimensionals for the larger Calypso Coral Flowers and bits of Foam Adhesive for the small Powder Pink ones.

So, now if life isn't getting in the way of your stamping at the moment I would love to see what you can create using this week's sketch.  Don't forget to post it on the Paper Craft Crew page!

Thank you for taking time to let me share my card with you.  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you don't already have the supplies I used I would love to help you order them!  

Happy Stamping!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

NC Demos July Blog Hop - Celebrating the Little Things

Good evening!  Welcome to our July Blog Hop!  We are a small group this month due to lots of our members being away on vacation or busy with other activities.  However, I know you will still be inspired!  Like the original thirteen colonies that made up our great nation, we may be little, but we are mighty!  

This month's hop is all about celebrating America and what is great about being an American.  So, I originally thought I would share a card I made with my Cute Cards Quick group this month using the Cool Treats stamp set and the Celebrations Duo TIEF, but then had a moment of inspriation during the night last night to make a festive and sparkly card perfect for celebrating Memorial, Independence or Labor Day!  Or to give to a someone in our armed forces who is celebrating a promotion or retirement.  

Now to give you the scoop on how to make this fun fireworks card!  Here are the cardstock measurements:
Real Red cardbase 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
Night of Navy 4 x 5 1/2
Whisper White 2 5/8 x 5
Silver Glimmer Paper 2 7/8 x 5 1/4

After getting out your supplies and cutting your cardstock you want to start your card by embossing the "celebrate" from the Celebrations TIEF on your Whisper White cardstock.  Then the fun begins!  Place your cardstock onto your Paper Piercing Mat.  Make sure you have some scrap paper on top of your mat as you will be random stamping off the edges and don't want to get ink on your mat.  Then using the solid stars from the Star of Light stamp set (Yes we are using a Christmas set to make a fireworks card!) randomly stamp all over your cardstock in Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy.  Don't reink every time to get the lighter and darker tones of ink.  You also want to make sure that you don't press down too hard when you are stamping as you don't want to get ink into the letters, just around them.  Finish up the stamping portion of this project by stamping the star pattern onto your Night of Navy cardstock with your Night of Navy ink.

Now it is just time to assemble your project. I built this card from the base up.  I attached the Night of Navy layer to my Cherry Cobbler cardbase using Fast Fuse.  Next, I used a little Fast Fuse on the back of the Glimmer paper to attach the Silver Metallic Thread,  Yes, I went a little overboard, but I like how it turned out! I then attached the Glimmer Paper to the Night of Navy layer using Multipurpose Glue.  It was now time to add my stamped "celebrate" piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.  As a final touch for just a little more bling I added the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  I used my Paper Piercing Tool to remove the rhinestones from the protective backing and then to attach them to my card.  This way you get all the sticky that is on the rhinestone and don't waste them.  

And there you have it!  My fantastic fireworks card!  I think it would be a wonderful card for any celebration just by changing the colors.  

That's all I have for this month, but you aren't done yet!  Take a minute to go and see what Laurie has created for you!  I know it's amazing!

Thanks again for joining me for this month's blog hop.  Please let me know if you have questions or would like to order any of the products I used this month.  I would love to help you!  

Happy Stamping!

Our July Blog Hoppers
Tracie Evans Langley  -

Laurie Meier - ‎

Sue Root -

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Friday, June 30, 2017

NC Demos June Blog Hop - A Big Welcome to the New Kids on the Block!

Good evening!  Thank you for joining us for the June edition of the NC Demos Blog Hop!  I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful new stamp sets, colors and accessories everyone is sharing!  I know I am !

I am sharing a card I made earlier in the month with my ladies at Cute Cards Quick using the Daisy Delight bundle and lots of Berry Burst cardstock, DSP and ribbon. I did use the pretty sample at the bottom of page 126 in the new catty as my inspiration, okay, I cased it, but that is what all those amazing samples in the catty are for; to inspire and give us fabulous ideas that we can recreate.  So,  It isn't a complicated card, but I think it is so fun and will brighten the day of the person to whom I send it. =-)  

The measurements for my Delightful Daisy card are:
Berry Burst cardbase 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2
Whisper White cardstock 4 x 3
Fresh Florals DSP 4 x 3

I have found that it is easier to cut a strip of cardstock 2 3/4 x 11 to stamp and then punch out the daisies. Stamp them close together as there isn't a border when you use this punch like some of our other punches.

After stamping the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist, I stamped the speckles in Night of Navy, but didn't reink each time to get the look I wanted. Next, I stamped and then punched out three of the daisies to make the layers for my completed flower.  I attached them together with Glue Dots, although Fast Fuse might have been a better choice.  Try both and see which you prefer. =-)  I then stamped my "Thank You" on a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist in Night of Navy.

With all my stamping and punching finished all I had to do was assemble my cheerful card!  It really was that easy!

I am done, but you aren't!  Go check out what Laurie has to share with you!  I know it's going to be fabulous!

Thank you for letting me share just a few of my favorite new kids on the block!  If you have questions or would like to order any of the amazing new products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog please let me know!  I would love to help you! 

I hope you have a wonderful and inspiring week!

Happy Stamping!


June Blog Hoppers
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Laurie Meier -
Lisa Tedder -
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 247 - An Eastern Palace Sunflower

Thank you for letting me share my Paper Craft Crew project with you this week.  Over the last few weeks with moving and going on holiday with my dear hubby as well as working and doing all the things that need to be done like laundry, cleaning up after my family and fur babies, I have found that when anyone asks me how I am I laugh and reply, "I'm a crazy person!"  (Jay, the dear hubby, would say this is always true and not just a recent development.)  I think I feel this way is because there is just SO much to do, some things that I must get done, like that pesky laundry and some things I want to do like stamp. I also keep hearing my mom who raised five children, volunteered at our school and church, worked, cooked everything from scratch, entertained friends and family on a regular basis AND  had a clean house say, "You can always find time for the things you WANT to do."   So, tonight I definitely had a moment of fitting that one last thing into my day that I WANTED to do when I decided to create my card for this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  

So, as I was cleaning up from my Eastern Palace stamp camp I had some leftover supplies that I started to put away when I realized that the sunflower on the card I had made would look great with this week's Challenge.  I decided I would give myself thirty minutes to make something.  This all started at 9:15pm when our links are due at 11:30pm.  So, I had to get busy!  

All of the cardstock I used was just scrap except the cardbase and the piece of Eastern Palace DSP. Those measurements are:
Very Vanilla Thick cardbase 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
Eastern Palace DSP 4 x 5 1/4

This really is a case of paper piecing with the little "hello" stamped in Dapper Denim being the only stamping on the entire card!  I just die cut out all the pieces for my flower and leaves and attached them with a combination of Fast Fuse and Dimensionals to my cardbase.  After stamping my little "hello" and punching it and the Dapper Denim layer for it, I cut and attached a piece of the new Copper Trim to the back of the circle with a little Tear and Tape then attach my little circle to the sunflower with Dimensionals.  I got the cute furry look by just pulling apart the threads of the Copper Trim.  Yes, I will be doing this again!  I love how it turned out!
And now my sunflower card is done and I have done something I wanted to do by sharing it with you!  I am done for the night and will now do one more thing I want to do, go to sleep!  LOL But you, dear reader, still can do something you want to do, go check out all the other fabulous cards created by our talented Paper Craft Crew team and then take minute to share your own card with us!

Please let me know if you have questions or want to order any of the awesome stamping goodies I used this week.  Helping you is one of those thing I want to do!  Until, next time....

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nc Demos May Blog Hop - Final Farewell to a Few Favorites

Good evening!  Thank you for joining us for another fantastic blog hop.  Welcome if I am your first stop and if not I know you have already seen some wonderful ideas using some of the retiring products and stamp sets that we all love and will miss.

I am actually writing this post as I wait for my connecting flight to join the dear hubby and the CAP Rangers and their wives for a little down time in Jamaica.  So, this card seems to fit today with it beachy yet manly look.  I did get some inspiration from a fellow demonstrator's post on Pinterest for this card that was part of my Cute Cards Quick last in May.  

The first thing I did was to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4 1/4 x 2 3/4.  I then spritzed it with a little water and added my watercolor wash using Aqua Painters, Pool Part and Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pads.  You want to make sure that you don't over saturate your cardstock and to work quickly as you blend the ink.  Once I was done creating my background I set aside my paper to dry and worked on the other elements of my card.  Note, It can take up to an hour for the paper to dry.  You DO NOT want to stamp on it or tear the edges until it is completely dry.  

While I was waiting I cut my Soft Suede cardbase 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored it at 4 1/4.  I then ran it through my Big Shot using the Woodgrain TIEF.  I am SO going to miss this folder!   I then cut a piece of the Serene Scenery DSP 3 x 6 and tore the edges before attaching it to the cardbase with Fast Fuse.  Next, I stamped my greeting on a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock and then cut it out using the Banners Framelits. I added a hole with the 1/8 inch punch and then tied on my Whisper White Baker's Twine.  

At this point I ran around trying to put things away and organize at my new studio.  Boy does it take forever for cardstock to dry when you are on a mission and know what you want to do with it!  LOL  The upside is that i got some stuff unpacked!  

Once my cardstock was dry I stamped my sea grass and then my water birds using StazOn before I gently tore just the very edges of my cardstock.  I completed my card by attaching this piece to my cardbase using Stampin' Dimensionals, then finally my greeting was added using a little Fast Fuse at the top and a piece of Foam Tape across the bottom.

Okay, I have to run to get to my connecting flight!  While my post is done you still have LOTS to enjoy starting with Sharon Maranich's post!  She always does something fabulous, so don't miss it!

Thank you again for joining us!  

Happy Memorial Day!

April Blog Hoppers
Debra Ballance-Byrd -
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Michelle Irinyi -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sharon Maranich -
Laurie Meier -
Frances Wagner -

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 245 - A Last Goodbye to Gorgeous Grunge

Good morning!  I hope all is going well in your world today.  Life here is still a bit upside down, as I we settle into our new house and I am now in the process of moving the Stamp Pad to it's new home on the bottom floor of the Pool House.  So, while I am a little tired and a bit overwhelmed at the moment I am a very happy stamper and this week's Tic Tac Toe challenge fits great into my mood.  For this one I chose to go diagonally from the top left to the bottom right, so my card uses Bright Colors, one of my Favorite Stamp sets ever and Ribbon.

After a few fits and starts trying to decide on the color combination, this card went together in about twenty minutes.  I love it when that happens!  It doesn't always.  Sometimes I stress for hours or days over a project.. I working on a project, walk away, try different colors, layouts, etc..before I finally am happy with it.  So, it was a very pleasant surprise when this card came together so quickly especially with so much to do at the moment.

So, here is a quick rundown on how you too can make this card, or tweak it to make it your own.  The card measurements are:

  • Tempting Turquoise base 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2
  • Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5 1/4
  • Tempting Turquoise DSP 3 x 3 1/2
  • Basic Black scrap for the butterfly
After cutting my cardstock I stamped my background paper on the Whisper White cardstock with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I am REALLY going to miss this stamp set when it retires next week.  It has been such a versatile set that I have used on every kind of project from cards, bags and scrapbook pages. So, I started by stamping the lines stamp in Flirty Flamingo, then the big splatter stamp in Tempting Turquoise and finally the speckles stamp in Basic Black.  

Next I cut out my butterfly, using my Precision Base Plate and Die Brush to get all all the little paper bits. I then started putting together the layers of my card adding my ribbon and rhinestones.  I attached the ribbon and the butterfly with Glue Dots.  As a final touch I added the "thanks" stamp from Cottage Greetings on a scrap of Flirty Flamingo stamped in Basic Black with a little direct to paper on the torn bottom edge.

Thanks for taking a minute to let me share my card with you.  Don't forget to check out the rest of the Paper Craft Crew projects this week and then share your own creation inspired by this week's Tic Tac Toe board with us.  We love seeing what you are making!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 242 - A Day at the Beach

Good morning!  This week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge is a color challenge that I thought would work nicely with the Day at the Beach stamp set.  Coral, blue and yellow immediately brought to mind the bright colors of fun summer beach accessories like the perfect floppy beach hat, sunglasses and flip flops!  I think this card will be a nice way to just let one of my friends (who love the beach and accessories as much as I do!) that I am thinking about them.

The measurements for this card are:

  • 4 1/4 x 11 Calypso Coral cardbase scored at 5 1/2
  • 4 x 5 1/4 Island Indigo
  • 2 pieces of Thick Whisper White 1 x 1 3/4
  • 1 piece of Thick Whisper White 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
  • Scraps of Thick Whisper White and Daffodil Delight for the greeting
So, I have to be honest.after i choose my colors and stamp set I had a little creative block.  I cut and stamped my pieces with the glasses, hat and flip flops several times and arranged them in a variety of ways before I settled on my final design.  So, don't get discouraged when you are struggling with a project. Sometimes you just have to walk away from it or let it go in a different direction that you might have planned.   Hang in there!

I originally thought I would use the "hello" from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set, but it just wasn't right, so I went back to my stamp sets and was very happy with my choice of the "a happy hello" stamp from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I stamped my greeting using Daffodil Delight onto a scrap Whisper White Thick cardstock then cut it along with the Daffodil Delight scalloped circle out with the Layering Circles Framelits. I then added my little gold paper clip and a piece of the pretty Calypso Coral ribbon from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishments Kit to my stamped circles then attached it to the Daffodil scallop with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

At this point everything just sort of fell into place.  I textured the Island Indigo cardstock using the Seaside TIEF which  attached to the Calypso Coral cardbase with Fast Fuse then layered on my stamped glasses, hat and flip flops.  I then added my sunny yellow greeting again with Fast Fuse.  As a final little touch I added three gold sequins with little dots of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Thank you for taking a minute to let me share my card with  you today.  I hope you will take a minute more to check out the projects inspired by this week's challenge on the Paper Craft Crew page.  You can also share your project with us, too!

If you have any questions, would like to order any of the products i used or need help with a project of your own please feel free to contact me.  I would love to hope you!  Until next week.....

Happy Stamping!

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