Love You Lots (by Stampin’ Up!)

Love You Lots (by Stampin’ Up!) for #CCMC421

I have been itching to post today’s project for ages! It’s sketch challenge week at Create with Connie & Mary this week and I love, love, love this sketch! You get two projects today, not just one as I love the sketch so much. I had trouble deciding what idea to go with, as I had a few different ones.

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Isn’t that just a great sketch? I love the CAS (clean and simple) look – all that white space! It’s right up my street as we say in parts of the UK! Lol!

So here’s my first project – both use Love you Lots by Stampin’ Up! This idea popped right into my head the first time I saw the sketch.

Love You Lots by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC421

 

Don’t you just love how easy this card is to make? I stuck to just using a whisper white card base instead of a coloured card base with a white card front. You could easily use a real red card base though and match the sketch perfectly.

My second card, I think, is super cute too!

Love You Lots by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC421

 

I made these for two of my lovely class ladies. A mother and daughter who have just become grandma and mummy to a little baby boy!

I had to cut out part of the elephant’s trunk before I die cut the circle. You can also do this with a circle punch as you can see below.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Don’t forget to pop over and see what the rest of the design team has come up with! Thanks for stopping by!

I am currently off up a mountain somewhere in Bavaria! I’ll be back online soon!

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Colour Challenge Week #CCMC420

Picture Perfect by Stampin’ Up! for Create with Connie & Mary

This week it’s a colour challenge over at the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Blog. These are totally my kind of colours! I don’t know why but I instantly thought of the hummingbird from Picture Perfect by Stampin’ Up! when I sat down to really look at this challenge. I haven’t used Picture Perfect for a while and have been itching to get it out and use it again. So that could be why!

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Spoiler Alert: Look away now if you don’t want to see new product from the soon to be launched Autumn/Winter catalogue! I bet you look! Lol!

Picture Perfect by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC420

 

I absolutely love the new Ghoulish Grunge stamp set! To be honest there’s really only stamp in the set which I would say is really Halloweeny. The rest of the set is so versatile and can be used for backgrounds for any occasion.

To make the card:

  • I started by inking up the Brick image in Smoky Slate and stamping off on scrap paper before stamping onto the right hand side of my card front. You will need to stamp twice to cover the length of the card front.
  • Next, I inked up the paint drip image in Calypso Coral. Again I stamped off before I stamped onto the card front.
  • I stamped the humming bird first in stamped off Pool Party, then stamped the throat in Calypso Coral;
  • The 3rd stamp I used full strength Pool Party and finally I stamped the final bird image in Smoky Slate!

I hope you like it! Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team have come up with for these colours!

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Birthday card ideas using Stampin’ Up! products

Birthday card using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Wow where is this school holiday going? I am totally out of synch with everything but I decided not to fight it and just go with the flow! 🙂

So I am back today with a card that I had meant to post on Monday and enter into a card challenge. Unfortunately I have now missed the deadline, but I thought I would still share the card with you anyway. I made it last week when I was making this card also using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

 

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

 

You can’t actually see from the photo, but I water colour painted the presents/gifts with my clear wink of stella pen! They have a gorgeous shimmer to them. As I had my sewing machine out I decided to sew the panel on to the background card and also to sew the sentiment across the middle.

What do you think? I really like it! But hey I’m biased I know! 🙂

To create the card:

  1.  Tape a piece of water colour card stock down to a board;
  2. Stamp the gifts in rows across the card;
  3. Mask the gifts with masking fluid and an old paint brush;
  4. Once the masking fluid is dry apply a  layer of water across the water colour paper then dab in Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay ink on with an aqua painter and allow to dry;
  5. Remove the masking fluid from the gifts and pick up ink from the lids of the ink pads with a clear wink of stella brush and paint the gifts;
  6. Once it’s dry sew (or glue) the watercolour card front to a coloured base or mat;
  7. Stamp and cut out the sentiment and adhere across the middle of the card.

 

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New Sketch Challenge at Create with Connie & Mary

Using Pop of Paradise by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC419

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I do love the sketch challenges that Connie & Mary come up with. And this week’s is no exception. I have used Pop of Paradise by Stampin’ Up! to create the elements of the sketch instead of using strips of DSP as I would normally have done. I love how the card has turned out!

Pop of Paradise by Stampin' Up! Tracy May CCMC419

I started by embossing the large leaf in the background directly onto the Whisper White card base. I then stamped the two smaller leaves in Old Olive onto a strip of Whisper White and then I stamped the pineapple in versamark ink and covered in Gold embossing powder. And I let some of the embossing powder cover the two leaves as well to see if any would stick. You can’t tell from the photo, but they have a lovely gold shimmer to them where some of the powder did stick.

I layered up the leaves and the pineapple over the large leaf, added the strips of Pop of Pink DSP and Gold Glimmer Paper and then added the cut out flamingo.

Finally I splattered some Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive I’d mixed with water using an aqua painter and splattered it over the card front. Then I sprinkled over some gold glitter and shook off the excess. It’s a technique I’ve wanted to try since first seeing Steffi Helmschrott using it on some of her cards!.

Please pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Blog to see what all the other design team have come up with.

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Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

It’s CASE the designer week at Global Design Project

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This week it’s the turn of the talented Tanja Kolar to be the designer to CASE. I love Tanja’s projects and it’s great to get the chance to CASE her! I took the overall look of Tanja’s card and the colours for my CASE using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! For some reason the balloons in Tanja’s card made me think of umbrellas. Weird but I love how my card turned out!

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP48

I started by taping some watercolour paper (14.8cm x 8.5cm) down onto a board and then stamping the umbrella tops with Basic Black Archival Ink. I then masked them off and covered up with masking fluid before water colouring the background with Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy ink refills and an aqua painter. When it was dry I splattered water from the aqua painter over it  and let it dry again.

Before I removed the masking fluid I stamped the umbrella handles. I coloured each of the umbrellas using the colour of Tanja’s balloons as inspiration.  Finally I stitched the watercolour paper onto a Crumb Cake card front and mounted it onto a Whisper White card base.

So what do you think?

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Spoiler Alert – Gorgeous New Products Coming Soon!

Halloween Scenes Edgelits by Stampin’ Up!

Well I finally managed to get some crafting done today! I had my Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter Catalogue pre-order arrive yesterday. But I didn’t get the chance to have a play until this morning. I know how terrible lol! I decided to buy some Halloween sets this year and I’m showing you a sneak peek of one of them, Halloween Scenes Edgelits by Stampin’ Up! This set was perfect for Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketches #SS004.

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The Halloween Scenes Edgelits by Stampin’ Up! can be used for more than just Halloween Cards as you will see over the next few weeks. I have a few ideas in my head and none of them are particularly Halloween related!

Halloween Scenes Edgelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS004

I’ve made a (kind of) Thanksgiving card using the picket fence and the tree edgelits dies. They are are my absolute favourite and are the main reason I bought this set. I could see the potential for more than Halloween (and indeed Thank You) cards.

What do you think? I love the Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky colour combination.

Halloween Scenes Edgelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS004

I used Thoughtful Banners and the Banner Duet punch for the sentiment, which I stamped in Early Espresso onto Pumpkin Pie card stock.

Well thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow!

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A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up!

A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC418

It’s a colour challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary this week. For some reason I thought this colour combination would work with water colouring. I decided on an emboss resist water colour technique using A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up!

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I started off by stamping A World of Thanks in Versamark ink onto watercolour paper, before covering in white embossing powder and setting with my heat gun. I then taped the watercolour paper down to a board and applied a layer of water all over it.

A World of Thanks by Stampin' Up! Tracy May CCMC418

I then took my ink pads and squeezed some ink onto the inside of the lids to pick up the ink up with an aqua painter. After applying the Mint Macaron, I then added Sweet Sugarplum and finally Rich Razzleberry!

To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from Mixed Borders and cut it out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch, layered the watercolour card front onto a Rich Razzleberry layer and then mounted it onto a Whisper White card base.

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. I haven’t used A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up! for quite a while, so it was good to dust it off!

Please do pop along to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge page and see what else the design team have come up with. You won’t be disappointed!

 

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You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up!

You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up! for #GDP047

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It’s theme week over at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog. There are some fabulous examples by the Design Team. I took inspiration from Michelle’s and Steffi’s entries this week and came up with this lovely little water coloured birthday card using You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up! I also used Seaside Shore for the seaweed and sentiment.

You're Sublime by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP047

I used one of my water colour paint palettes for this card. First I stamped the seaweed using Basic Black Archival ink, masked the reeds using masking fluid and then stamped the submarine minus the sentiment which comes on the stamp. I also masked the submarine with masking fluid. Then I taped the water colour paper down and painted the sea using a coeruleum blue and veridian green. I did a couple of washes to get the depth and then spattered Prussian blue over it. Once it was all dry, I removed the masking fluid and tape and painted the submarine and seaweed. Finally I stamped the sentiment. I used my MISTI as I am a bit flaky with the stamp-a-majig!

What do you think? I think it’s really cute, although my 5 year old son assures me his friend (who it is intended for) won’t like it as he only likes sharks apparently!!

I hope you like it anyway! I do! Lol!

Don’t forget about the wonderful new bundle available from today!

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Fairy Celebration by Stampin’ Up!

Fairy Celebration by Stampin’ Up! #SS003

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a fabulous and crafty weekend. I did manage some crafting this weekend to make a lovely little card using Fairy Celebration by Stampin’ Up! to enter into Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketches Challenge #SS003.

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Isn’t it a pretty sketch? At first I was going to use butterflies and change the layout from portrait to landscape, but then I remembered I need some birthday cards for upcoming parties my son has been invited to. And so I settled on the cute little fairy from Fairy Celebration by Stampin’ Up! So here’s my interpretation of Sarah’s sketch!

Fairy Celebration by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS003

What do you think? I think its so cute (even if I do say so myself!) Lol!

I am trying to get ahead with birthday cards as my sons have a few birthday parties coming up and I’ve depleted my stash of cards completely. So expect to see more ideas for kids birthday cards over the next few weeks!

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Before I go I just wanted to share a brand new exciting limited edition bundle with you! This bundle will be available from tomorrow 2nd August until 31st August (or whilst stock lasts).

The bundle consists of a lovely stamp set and co-ordinating thinlits dies. And even better you can use your Bonus Days points to buy them!

Beautiful Branches Thinlits

 

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Don’t forget to use the new August Gift Club Code too if you place an order under £150 A7FXJYMK

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 9

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 9

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017

Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products.
Currently you’re visiting Tracy May from London, UK. Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making using In This World by Stampin' Up!
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I was going to be oh so brave with my card for today and create a mixed media extravaganza! So I got out my gesso, taped my Whisper White Card stock down to a board and slapped the gesso all over it! I started building my collage, stamping images from In This World. Then I painted over parts of the images again with more gesso, so I could stamp over the top with another image.
I got out my palette of dried inks from my Stampin' Up! ink refills. Then I sprayed the inks with water to reactivate them and got out the aqua painters. After that, it all went horribly wrong! I lost my confidence and so ended up playing it safe! Lol!
In This World by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I do really like my card today but it wasn't exactly what I had in mind! Although, I still used gesso to form the base on top of the Whisper White Card stock for water colouring over and I love the way it has subtly changed the tone of the Night Of Navy ink I used for the background.
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Anja Luft from Germany. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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 FULL LIST OF DEMONSTRATORS

Sarah Berry - UK
Krista Driessen - THE NETHERLANDS
Kylie Bertucci - AUSTRALIA
Tracy May - UK
Anja Luft - GERMANY
Louise Sharp - AUSTRALIA
Caroline van der Straaten - THE NETHERLANDS
Jerim Dickins - UK
Constanze Wirtz - GERMANY
Julie Davison - USA

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