Pop of Paradise Pineapple from Stampin’ Up!

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Pop of Paradise Pineapple from Stampin’ Up!

“I DON”T LIKE PINEAPPLES” screamed my then 2 1/2″ year old randomly at the top of his lungs as we were driving down a road without a pineapple in sight! It made me laugh at the time as he was so angry and insistent as only toddlers can be and it was so totally random, out of the blue and completely out of any context so far as I could tell! It stuck in my mind for those very reasons I think. Then when I saw the Pop of Paradise Pineapple from Stampin’ Up! it made me laugh as that memory came flooding back!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen these cards in progress. I had a lot of fun the other week creating these. They were inspired by a plastic carrier bag from some retail chain in the UK that had been posted onto our team Facebook page. We’d been discussing how on trend Pop of Paradise is as flamingo and pineapple images are on everything at the moment including plastic shopping bags it seems! 🙂

Pop of Paradise Pineapple from Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I stamped the rows of pineapples in white StazOn ink onto a Pool Party card front and then coloured the Pineapples in using the new2016-2018 In-Color Stampin’ Write Markers.

Pop of Paradise Pineapple from Stampin' Up In-colors 2016-2018 & Brights Tracy May

I had so much fun I made another card using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive Stampin’ Write markers too!

What do you think? It’s a cool little technique I think!

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Kinda Eclectic & Stampin’ Up! Colour Comparison Chart

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Kinda Eclectic & Stampin’ Up! Colour Comparison Chart

Wow I don’t know where this week has gone! I’m trying desperately to be organised but end up chasing my tail again! I need to do a blitz of the whole house, but I hate housework and so am pretending I don’t really have to do it! LoL! I’ve just got to get on and do it don’t I? Anyway enough babble from me, you’re here to see what I’ve got for you today aren’t you?! Well I got Kinda Eclectic out and had a play around using the new 2016-2018 In Colors and whilst I had the Butterfly stamp out I thought it would kinda cool to make my own Stampin’ Up! Colour Comparison Chart!

Kinda Eclectic from Stampin' Up In-colors 2016-20018 Tracy May

I really love the new Playful Palette Washi tape and can see me using this a lot! (instead of stashing it and never using it like I normally do. I’m turning into a hoarder – ooops!)

In-colors 2016-2018 from Stampin' Up! Colour Comparison Chart Tracy May

I think most of the colours actually co-ordinate fairly well with the ones I chose to show the comparison – except for Emerald Envy. I’m not sure that one works – what do you think?

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Remarkable You for Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge

Remarkable You for Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge #CCMC407

It’s Thursday which means it’s time for Create with Connie & Mary! I really loved today’s challenge. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I was going to incorporate the flower into the strips somehow!

 

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The card I came up with was this one, which is my usual clean and simple style!

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I think I still had the greys from last week’s colour challenge on my mind, so I went with a Basic Grey card base to create a stark contrast with the simplicity of the front panel.

The card was quick to come together:

  1. I coloured the stamp from Remarkable You with marker pens, so I could have green for the stem and leaf and pink for the petals. I used a mix of Garden Green and Always Artichoke for the stem/leaf and Melon Mambo for the petals and stamped onto the whisper white card front;
  2. I recoloured the stamp and stamped onto a scrap of whisper white card stock;
  3. I cut the scrap of whisper white into strips and then lined them up over the top of the card front image but didn’t stick them down yet;
  4. I stamped the sentiment from the new Thoughtful Thanks stamp set – coming soon!
  5. Once I had the sentiment stamped, I sprayed the card front with Melon Mambo ink – you can do this with a brush with ink by tapping it over a finger onto the card front;
  6. I then stuck the card front to the card base;
  7. Finally I popped the 3 strips onto dimensionals and adhered them on top of the card and added some sequins from the metallics sequins selection;

And that was all there was to it! Simple!! And I love it – yay! 😊

Please do pop over and check out all the other fantastic projects that the design team have come up with this week. Even better – why not join us? Trust me it is great fun!

Thanks for stopping by x

 

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Sneak Peek Fabulous Flora from Stampin’ Up! for #GDP036

Sneak Peek Fabulous Flora from Stampin’ Up! for #GDP036 – CASE the Designer Week

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It’s CASE the designer this week, over at Global Design Project. This time it’s the turn of the fabulously talented Paula Dobson from New Zealand! I love Paula’s water coloured and sponged backgrounds – they are awesome! Go check out her blog!

Fabulous Flora from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP036

My starting point was the letter layering on Paula’s stunning CASE card, but I was also heavily influenced by some of the other GDP design team’s awesome projects namely Connie Collins,  Teneale Williams and Jessica Williams, who are also all fantastically talented as well! Teneale explained how to do the technique shown on Paula’s card, which I am totally grateful for as I hadn’t quite twigged how to do it and it’s saved me masses of time working it out lol! So thank you Teneale! 😘

Fabulous Flora from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP036

I think I have probably seen this technique before and I am sure I have probably seen Paula’s gorgeous CASE card as it feels very familiar, but this is the first time I’ve tried it out and I love it! I had to combine it with water colouring today especially after seeing Connie’s,  Teneale’s and Jessica’s cards this week! I absolutely loved Connie’s water coloured card this week where she’s water-coloured around flowers so I CASED her totally too! Also, I still seem to be in a blue mood – ink colours I mean not in general! Lol! I started off with Soft Sky ink from the refill bottle, then added Pool Party and finally Night of Navy. I used a fair bit of water and mixed the colours on the paper!

Fabulous Flora from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP036

I’m planning on using the letter layering technique in my class next week, but I will try it with just stamping rather than water colouring for the class. I’m sure the ladies will love it! I’ll let you know how we get on!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to pop over to Global Design Project and see what everyone else has come up with this week!

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Watercolour Flamingoes from Stampin’ Up!

Watercolour Flamingoes from Stampin’ Up!

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I’ve found a new blog challenge to play along with! Oh I do love doing these when I can. They are great for kick starting the mojo if it’s gone walkies! That wasn’t the case with my entry today though! I was originally going to make some tags using watercolour flamingoes from Stampin’ Up! Well actually the original stamp image from Stampin’ Up! is not a watercolour one, I just turned it into one – you know if you follow my blog water colouring is one of my passions/obsessions (delete as appropriate lol!).

Anyway, when I came across the Paper Players challenge #PP295, I thought it looked like a load of fun and so I grabbed my watercolour flamingoes and turned them into clean and simple cards!

Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up Watercolour Flamingo Flirty Flamingo Tracy May #PP295

 

It is seriously easy to turn the Flamingo from the new Pop of Paradise stamp set into a watercolour image!

  1. Stamp the flamingo onto watercolour paper using a pale shade of the colour you want. I used Pink Pirouette for the card above;
  2. Using an aqua painter go over the image with water to lose the definition of the image i.e. the face and feathers;
  3. Whilst the flamingo is still wet drop in darker shades of your colour – I used Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo;
  4. Allow to dry before adding a pale wash of blue around the feet – I used Soft Sky (unfortunately it’s not that clear in the picture above);
  5. When your watercolouring is dry mount your card front onto a co-ordinating card base – I used Flirty Flamingo;
  6. Add a sentiment in black so that it stands out;
  7. Finish with some splats of wink of stella and rhinestones!

Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up Watercolour Flamingo Tracy May #PP295

See I told you it was easy!

So easy I made some more in fact!

Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up Watercolour Flamingo Trio Tracy May #PP295

They are all using the new In-Colours: (Left to right) Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Dapper Denim!

So what do you think? I just love this set and can’t wait for the new catalogue so everyone can get their hands on it!

Why don’t you pop over to the Paper Players challenge blog and take a look at what everyone else has come up with?! 😊

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Check out the Retiring List from Stampin’ Up!

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Check out the Retiring List from Stampin’ Up! Make sure you don’t miss out on something you wanted! 

I decided to give Sea Street a last outing. I made a fair few cards for my sons’ friends birthdays using this set when it first came out, but it’s been rather neglected since the No Bones About It set came out. Now Sea Street is sadly on the Retiring List from Stampin’ Up! and so it is time to say goodbye!

Sea Street Retiring List from Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I had fun making this card:

  1. I dug out a watercolour wash background from my unfinished projects basket and used that as my starting point, stamping the shoal of fish in Bermuda Bay;
  2. I then stamped the images from Sea Street onto Whisper White card stock;
  3. I then got out my circle punches and lined up the images with various punches;
  4. I partially cut around the tentacles of the octopus before punching out with the 2″ circle punch;
  5. I then layered the punched images onto larger circles of Pool Party card stock;
  6. I adhered the card front to a Bermuda Bay card base;
  7. I then stuck the ocotopus to the card front first and added the other images using Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise them up;
  8. The sentiment is from a new stamp set Thoughtful Banners, which will be available as a bundle with the co-ordinating Duet Banner Punch

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Beautiful Ride from Stampin’ Up! Interactive Light Up Birthday Card

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Welcome to part 2 of our Spring/Summer Farewell 2016 Blog Hop!

You’ll be hopping around to 6 countries and will visit 11 amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators, each with an inspirational project for you to enjoy. The retired list is out now so we’re saying ‘farewell’ to some amazing products, only around while supplies last or until 31st May 2016.

Currently you’re visiting Tracy May from Pinner, United Kingdom. Hello there! 😊 You can continue hopping my using the list of names at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making.

Beautiful Ride from Stampin' Up! Light Up Interactive Birthday Card Tracy May #springsummer2016farewell

I am using Beautiful Ride to make an interactive light up birthday card for my eldest son’s birthday, at the end of May! You can light up the rear light/tail light by pressing on the “Birthday” sentiment!

Beautiful Ride from Stampin' Up! Light Up Interactive Birthday Card Tracy May #springsummer2016farewell

How cool is that? It’s done using circuit stickers, copper tape and a battery, which are all hidden under the card front!

I used Shimmery White A4 card stock for the card front and watercoloured the VW Beatle with Pacific Point from the Brights Collection Ink Pads! I know my son will love it as he was jealous of the light up card I made for his little brother’s birthday, which I posted here on Monday!

Thank you for visiting today. The next stop on the farewell hop is my lovely talented friend Jacque Williams. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

  1. Sarah Berry
  2. Kylie Bertucci
  3. Constanze Wirtz
  4. Bibiana Cameron
  5. Tracy May – You Are Here!
  6. Jacque Williams
  7. Jason Loucks
  8. Caroline van der Straaten
  9. Jennifer Pauli
  10. Julie Davison
  11. Janneke de Jong

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Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406

Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406 – Create with Connie & Mary

Yes it’s Thursday and it’s time for a Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products! This week the challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary (#CCMC406) is to use the colours Crumb Cake/Kraft, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate!

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Wow – a difficult combination this time around! I instantly thought masculine card when I saw this combo, but then I stopped and thought about how I could do something a bit more feminine! I think I pulled it off – what do you think?

Colour Challenge using Stampin' Up! Products Papillon Potpourri Tracy May #CCMC406

I thought butterflies work in any colour and decided to create a simple card using an old favourite that I haven’t used in a while! I am very happy to say this set is carrying over to the new catalogue!

Colour Challenge using Stampin' Up! Products Papillon Potpourri Tracy May #CCMC406

 

  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Basic Gray;
  • Designer Series Paper: Neutrals DSP Stack;
  • Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri, Thankful Thoughts (new);
  • Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate;
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

So what do you think? Do you think you can make something feminine out of these colours, or would you stick to a masculine card? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with and why don’t you join us for the challenge? I would love to see what you come up with! And it’s great fun! 😊

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Free card making tutorial using Stampin’ Up! products

Free card making tutorial using Stampin’ Up! products

As promised yesterday, I’m back today with my free card making tutorial using Stampin’ Up! products, showcasing the new Pop of Paradise stamp set and featuring the new Pop of Pink Designer series paper, which will be available to order from June 1st.

Free video tutorial using Stampin' Up! Products Pop of Paradise Tracy May

I can’t wait until the new catalogue is live! There are so many gorgeous new stamp sets coming as well as new colours and matching embellishments! In the video you will also see the gift bags I made using the new Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper, which is absolutely lovely!

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I hope you do like the video! I can’t wait to share more projects with new products!

In the meantime the measurements for this project are:

  • Card Base: A5/Letter Melon Mambo Card Stock folded in half;
  • Card Front: 10cm x 14.3cm/4″ x 5 1/4″

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Sneak Peek Pop of Paradise from Stampin’ Up!

Spoiler Alert! Monthly Gift Club Thank You Cards and Gifts using Pop of Paradise from Stampin’ Up!

I’ve been having fun making thank you cards and gift bags for April’s Monthly Gift Club members. It’s not really a club and you don’t have to join anything. All you need to do if you want to receive a free gift from me is to order online from me and simply enter the Gift Club Code in the Stampin’ Rewards box when you check out (n.b. only if your order is under £150)! The code for each month is on the side bar of my blog and also at the bottom of every blog post. There’s more information with screen shots of where to enter the code here! I used Pop of Paradise from Stampin’ Up for this month’s cards and matching gift packaging! It’s a new stamp set that will be available from June 1st!

Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Sneak Peek Thank You card

I was inspired by the pictures in the new catalogue (which I can’t share yet) to make the gift bags using the Gift Bag Punch Board and a new Designer Series Paper called Pop of Pink, which is also available from June 1st! I will be popping one of these (or similar) into the post tomorrow morning to everyone who used the code in April! What’s inside??? Not telling…you’ll just have to wait and see!!

Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Sneak Peek Thank You Gifts

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Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Sneak Peek Thank You cards

I’ve just realised I completely forgot to photograph and post the March Monthly Gift Club Cards and gifts!  Ooops, well I hope these make up for that!

I’ve filmed a video of how to make the card, which I will edit tonight and pop on the blog tomorrow!

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