Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Half Off! What a great time to try it!

     Just a quick post to say Paper Pumpkin is offering a great sale to new subscribers.  Here is the special:

Stampin' Over the Rainbow,
Tracey Gouraud

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sale-a-Bration almost over! Hurry to earn FREE items. More cards sent.

      Just learned there will be a few more items added to the Sale-a-Bration items on March 15.  If you need inspiration to use or buy the current items FREE thru Sale-a-Bration hop thru last Saturday's Stamp 'n Hop blog hop.  You can start at my post for Saturday and jump thru the rest of the 35 talented Stampin' Up Demos from around the world.  We even have a guy who is a member from New Zealand!  His project is an item that can be used to hold the other items.  Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31.

      My 40 day challenge is still going on.  The cards I have sent since the last post are:


    The watermelon card was hand delivered on Saturday to a friend who's birthday was Saturday and who's husband owns Rolling Thunder Roadhouse with great food in the town nearby.  It was a card swapped years ago with Bonnie Veatch-Bates from Alaska.

The Balloon card was sent to a friend who I met thru Lago Vista Viking HS Band.  It was her birthday Saturday.  It was a card from a swap with Susan Richard of Plano during 2004-2005.

The Cardinal congratulations card was sent to my newest customer who made a connection with my mom and is now moving.  She will be missed and I hope she'll stay in contact and have fun crafting while she's not here in Texas.

Last week I received some happy mail.  It was a handmade card from someone who had received one of my 40 days of cards.  Here is the lovely card I received:

I love getting mail and lovely mail is even better.

I'm joining another blog hop that will go live on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8am Central.
It will have about 20 posts of Happy Birthday projects for your inspiration.  Come to my post then and see the inspiration.  Then when you see Stampin' Up products that you want to buy, check out my store at  If your order is less than $150, remember to use the hostess code:  VUKA6CBF.  I'll send you a free gift from me.  If you spend at least $50, you'll earn Sale-a-Bration
item of your choice.

Stampin' Over the Rainbow,
Tracey Gouraud

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Stamp 'n Hop SAB round 2 - You are loved Gift-E-Lope

Hi y'all.  I'm back for the second hop with this wonderfully talented international group of Stampin' Up demonstrators.  My name is Tracey Gouraud and I am a demonstrator in the wonderful state of Texas in the United States.

    This month's theme is the second offerings for Sale-a-Bration.  I used 3 of these in this project and they are all free when you place a qualifying order of either $50 or $100 depending on the item.  This special and these items are available until March 31, 2018.

     It has been rather cold here for quite a while this winter and I found myself looking forward to spring and the flowers it brings.  My peach tree was showing a few pink flowers, so I knew I wanted to use flowers in my project.  I knew I wanted to use the basket weave texture embossing folder for this month's hop post.  Then I remembered my favorite thing to make when I started stamping: gift-e-lopes. 

     Let's see if it will work on an envelope and do I stamp before or after I use the texture folder?  Then, I thought about the ribbon and do I punch holes through center at the edge of the envelope or cover the ribbon as it goes across the front?  

     My first attempt was all stamped images and done in the same color. But the  butterflies got lost.   

Then I decided to use markers to ink up the flower vine.  I decided to use Pear Pizzazz on the vine stem and the leaves, I did the flowers in Berry Burst.  Kept the butterflies and sentiment in Melon Mambo.  

     I also decided to use my Stamparatus.  So I used markers and attached the ribbon first and was able to correctly double ink the part on the ribbon.  To stamp the butterflies in a column, I placed and picked up the bottom one.  Inked it in Melon Mambo and stamped it.  Then I lifted up the lid of the stamparatus and took it off the hinges and moved it up one hinge.  The middle one had to be inked and stamped twice to get the full color on the ribbon.  Then I lifted and moved it up a hinge again and inked and stamped it the third time.

     Sent it to the Big Shot and used the Basket Weave texture folder.  I found the best way to do it was to have the gift-e-lope top go through the texture folder and then do the back half.  The flap needed to be cut on the fold to the top of the envelope.  Sometimes at this point, I corner round the inner edge on the flap, but opted not to do that this time.  Then I cut a piece of the gold dotted DSP from the Springtime Foils Specialty DSP to fit the inner left side and cover the left half of the flap.  I stamped the inner sentiment in Melon Mambo on it and adhered it.  

Measurements (in inches):
Medium White Envelope: 5 3/4" x 4 3/8" (folded 2 7/8" x 4 3/8")
Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon: 18"
Springtime Foils Specialty DSP: 2 1/2" x 4"

     The only thing left is to decide what to put in the gift pocket on the right, tie the ribbon in a bow and decide who to send it to.  If you would like to earn the basket weave texture folder and the Blossoming Basket stamp set, they come as a bundle and are free for a $100 order.  The Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper can be earned for a $50 order. 

     Here is the list of the international bloggers who are on this team of Stamp 'n Hop.  Each name (hopefully) will be the link to that person's blog stop.  I hope you liked my blog and will continue hopping to see what other fun projects they have created using items from the second offering of this year's Sale-a-Bration.  Kayla Adams is next and is the 'Blog Hop Mom' for this group.  I know you'll like her blog stop and project.  Don't forget to leave us a virtual hug by leaving comments to let us know what you liked or share our blog hop posts with someone you think will enjoy it as much as you did.  The products I used in my project will be below this list.  If you live in the US and don't have a demo and would like to purchase any of these items, please click on the images which are links to take you to my digital store.  Be sure to use my hostess code for this month: VUKA6CBF 
if your order is less than $150 and I'll send you a free gift.

Be sure to visit all the other blogs linked below to see everyone's amazing creations, I know I'll be hopping to each and everyone of them to get great ideas and see wonderful projects!

The March Stamp 'N Hop Artists are:


Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment, you've made my day!!

Stampin' Over the Rainbow with you,
Tracey Gouraud

It's Friday again! I'm still doing the card a day challenge

I've been busy and out of town for a while, but I kept up on the challenge.  Here is the card I 9put together from a card front from years ago swapped from Peggy Battles:

 I mailed it to one of my friends who is also a customer and who recently got married.  Would like to offer a challenge to anyone who reads this blog post to use the layout as  a challenge layout (Call it Over the Rainbow layout challenge #1) .  If you do, please post it to share.

Last Saturday, I flew with my husband to visit our youngest son and help him find and purchase a car.  He shared the bulletin board he had designed with the theme of space.  Here is the theme of the bulletin board: 

On Sunday, after church and on the way to figure out where to have lunch, we found some ladies selling Girl Scout cookies in Greensburg, PA.  I gave them the next card with a business card and note in it:

This card front was from a swap with Elizabeth Cooper.  This will be Over the Rainbow layout challenge #2.

The next card was given to a couple with a dog that we met at the Bushy Run State park where we went after we discovered that none of the car dealers were open on Sunday.  This was a card received at a team meeting with other local demos and Lisa Rodriguez in particular.  

The next day, we set out to let him do some test drives for the few cars we had narrowed down to.  We had received links to a few of the best car choices from the former admissions counselor at my son's University.  I had brought the parts to create a stationary box or 2 and Sunday night I created the following stationary box and card parts for him:

The first picture is the box closed and the second one is the box open with a notepad I received from a swap years ago.  It also had 4 cards and 4 matching envelopes and a few punched out tags with tear n tape ready to be sentiments.  The DSP was retired but the cards and envelopes are from one of the recent card kits.

Monday night we went to the Pittsburg Penguins game.  Before the game started, we were on the screen:

Tuesday night we flew home and I gave a card to one of the flight attendants who was making the evening flight a little less stressful.  She loved it.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a pic of that card.  I also gave a card to a man beside me at the Pitt airport while waiting for our flight when i was crafting to make the waiting easier.  He said he would take it to his wife so she could enjoy it.

I missed sending or giving a card on Wednesday.  On Thursday, even though we were still having jetlag, I sent the following card to the car sales man who was patient with us and helped us through the intricacies of buying a car in Pennsylvania for our son:

This card was designed and made by Laura Cotton.  Let's make this Over the Rainbow layout challenge #3.

Today, Friday, I sent the following card to a friend who just lost her cat of 15 years:

I hope it helps her while she misses her cat.  Let's call this one Over the Rainbow layout challenge #4.

If you've made it this far, let me know and I'll send you a free gift.

Today at 11am Central my 2nd blog post with the Stamp 'N Hop team will go live.  Check it out and leave me a comment or share it.

Stampin' Over the Rainbow,
Tracey Gouraud

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thank Goodness it's Friday! It's Networking Day!

Today is Friday and it's the first Friday of the month.  That means I get to have breakfast with my sister and then I go to a networking meeting at Twin Creeks Country Club to share and net work with other business people to see what businesses can help me and how I and my business can help them.  Next month I'll be teaching them how to make a mother's day card so they will have a homemade card to give to their moms.  We all know moms love things that their kids make for them.
Today I also continue with the 40 days of sending cards to people.  I started this on the day after Valentine's Day and the only day I've missed actually sending or handing a card to someone was last Sunday and I handed a bunch of cards out the day earlier at a women's retreat.

Today's card was a card front I received back in 2004 for a new catalog swap. I cut a little off each side and added a card base to it to be able to send it to a cousin who lives in a cold state.  Hopefully she will enjoy it and reuse it to send and let someone else enjoy.

card remake

Today's blog is from a new platform, so if it looks different, let me know and the learning curve will continue.  As always, if you don't have a demonstrator and live in the United States and would like to purchase Stampin' Up supplies, I would love to be your demonstrator.  My website is

Stampin' Over the Rainbow,
Tracey Gouraud

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Happy March 1st!  Today starts a new month, and it's a little sunnier here then it has been.  I hope you are enjoying the weather too.  Today I am sending a card to one of my favorite aunts.  The card seems to fit the weather outside: 

  This card was one I received in a swap and I like the layout and the combination of colors.  I like the distressed edges of the layers and the beautiful punched flower that is also layered.  The theme of spring seems to be fitting for today.  I wrote a whole letter to my aunt on note paper so she can reuse the card.

On another note, this is the start of the last month of Sale-a-Bration!  I'm going to continue my special offer of any $30 order gets a free ink refill from my over abundance of current and retired ink refills.  This is over and above the free item you'll receive if you place your order thru my website: and use the hostess code which for the time being I'm continuing the same code: 
 VUKA6CBF.  It is still Sale-A-Bration, so a $50 order will still earn you a free item from Stampin' Up.  So a $50 order earns you 3 FREE things!

Have had some technical difficulties, but think they are resolved so hopefully, will be able to again be part of the Stamp 'n Hop blog hop coming up next week.  This month's theme is something from the second Sale-a-bration offering.  Looking forward to seeing what the other team members come up with.  Stay tuned here to see what this blog hop will offer in great ideas.

Stampin' Over the Rainbow,
Tracey Gouraud