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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Serene Scenery DSP Stack by Stampin’ Up!

Serene Scenery DSP Stack by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC417

As soon as I saw the sketch for this week’s challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary, I formed the idea in my head for my card! It just took me a while to get around to making it! I had to use the Serene Scenery DSP Stack by Stampin’ Up!

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I also knew as soon as I saw the sketch I was going to use the Sunshine Wishes thinlits Dies too! Come and see what I mean!

Serene Scenery DSP Stack by Stampin' Up!

 

I tried out a couple of card front ideas first before settling on the Kraft card stock. I had originally thought I would use So Saffron for the card front and Whisper White for the flower die cut but when I laid the Serene Scenery DSP strips along the Kraft card stock, I was struck by the golden glow of the image and decided to use Gold Foil instead. What do you think?

I stamped the sentiment from Thankful Thoughts in Versamark ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and I finished off the card with a few gold sequins too!

I really love this sketch and think I will be using it again soon for some other ideas I have! Why don’t you pop over and see what all the other talented ladies on the Design Team have come up with!

 

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Happy Heart by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Heart by Stampin’ Up! #GDP046

Hi there! I’m back today with a sweet thank you card using Happy Heart by Stampin’ Up! It’s my entry for the latest sketch challenge over at Global Design Project #GDP046.

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I’m still into my brayering over embossed panels at the moment! Forgive me, I’ll get over it soon lol! I started by embossing a panel of Whisper White card stock using Happy Heart by Stampin’ Up! I then created an ombre effect using Soft Sky, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink.

Happy Heart by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP046

I mounted the panel onto a layer of Bermuda Bay, added the heart and ribbon at the top and then the sentiment to the side.

The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and is embossed in White Embossing Powder.

I’m sticking with my keep it simple approach still! What do you think? I hope you like it!

Before I go I just wanted to remind you of the Bonus Days promotion Stampin’ Up! are running until the end of July!

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For every 60.00 €/£45.00 you spend* between 7 and 31 July, you’ll get a 6.00 €/£4.50 Bonus Days coupon that you can use 2–31 August.

NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don’t miss out on the coupons you earn.

*Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every 60.00 €/£45.00 (catalogue price before shipping and handling) they spend in a single order.

 

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Butterfly Card using Stampin’ Up! Products

Butterfly Card using Stampin’ Up! Products for #SS002

I’m back today with a Butterfly Card using Stampin’ Up! Products, that I’m entering the lovely Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketch Challenge this week!

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As soon as I saw those butterflies, I knew I would keeping it simple and going with the sketch as-is. It’s the school holidays so I don’t have as much time to craft now the Bedlam Brothers are off, so having sketches like Sarah’s are a big help to speed up my crafting time. I can spend hours agonising over the tiniest little details! Now I don’t have the luxury! LoL!

Butterfly Card using Stampin' Up! Products Tracy May #SS002

 

I cut out an oval of Soft Sky using the new Layering Oval Framelits, and embossed it with the Fluttering Embossing Folder. Then I stamped the little butterflies you see at the top of the oval. I used the stamps from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set. I love the Melon Mambo with the Soft Sky don’t you? The butterflies are punched out of Melon Mambo card stock and the sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.

So what do you think? I hope you like my project today! Pop over to Sarah’s blog to have a look at the other entries. Why don’t you have a go too?

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 8

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 8

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 the 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. I’ve been playing with Best Birds & Birds & Blooms Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!
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With the start of the school holidays yesterday and not having been organised enough to have done my project before the boys broke up, I needed something quick and easy to prepare for today’s hop. I’ve had the idea in my head for a while now, to team up Best Birds & Birds & Blooms Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! with the Floral Boutique Designer Washi tape.
Best Birds & Birds & Blooms Thinlits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
My original idea had been to use the unstamped bird die cut on the card above but it didn’t look right, so I stamped one of the sparrow images and cut it out instead.
Best Birds & Birds & Blooms Thinlits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I thought the stamped branch would make a good perch for the unstamped die cut bird. I used the Washi tape to create a border around the edge of a Whisper White card base. What do you think? I really like it!
Best Birds & Birds & Blooms Thinlits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Kylie Bertucci in Australia. 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
Louise Sharp – AUSTRALIA
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Tracy May – UK
Kylie Bertucci – AUSTRALIA
Krista Driessen – THE NETHERLANDS
Kim Price – UK
Jerim Dickins – UK
Paula Dobson -NEW ZEALAND
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS

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Seaside Embossing Folder by Stampin’ Up!

Seaside Embossing Folder by Stampin’ Up! for #CCMC416

Yay, it’s Thursday which means it’s time for the weekly challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! It also means that today is the first day of the school summer holidays! Wish me luck! I think I’m going to need it! 🙂

This week it is a colour challenge!

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I was a bit stumped at first on this colour scheme but then slowly the nautical theme emerged. I was going to use Seaside Shore but I saw one of the other design team had had the same idea and already used it so, I thought I would try something else instead but sticking with the nautical theme!

Seaside Embossing Folder & Swirly Bird by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC416

I used the Seaside Embossing Folder to emboss some Whisper White card stock. I then got my brayer out and inked it up with Dapper Denim and went over the top of the embossing. It looked too white in between the waves so I pressed harder and inked up the spaces between the waves too. I then trimmed the top and popped the embossed panel onto a Whisper White Card front.

Seaside Embossing Folder & Swirly Bird by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC416

I stamped the sentiment above the waves in Mint Macaron. I also stamped the boat in Tip Top Taupe and the sails in Mint Macaron on another piece of Whisper White. Then I cut out the boat and sails and stuck them onto the card front, slightly under the waves!

I then mounted the card front onto a Tip Top Taupe card base!

Well I hope you like my project for today’s colour challenge! Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have made. You will not be disappointed!

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Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up!

Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up! #GDP045

I’m back with a super quick post today! I’m entering the Colour Challenge over at Global Design Project and I’m using Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up! I haven’t used this stamp set in a while, so it was nice to get it out and ink it up for this challenge!

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I love this colour combination! My instant thought was to make the card that I am entering, but for some reason, I started fiddling around with other designs. Non of which turned out the way I wanted, so eventually I reverted back to the original idea of using Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up! of course!

Papillon Potpourri by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP046

I like my card but I don’t think it’s a winner this week, which is a shame (or probably a blessing really)! The Global Design Project team have announced that from this week, they will pick one of the winners of the challenge to be a guest designer on the next colour challenge!

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It’s absolutely great fun being a guest on the design team. I had the honour once and I would love to do it again! Why don’t you join in and give it a go! You never know, you could be the next winner!

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Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up!

I’ve cut up some DSP! Gasp, shock, horror! Those of you who follow my blog will know that this is a rare thing! I seem to have an aversion to cutting into pretty paper. I wanted to use Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up! as soon as I saw this sketch by the lovely Sarah Berry. Sarah has started up her own weekly sketch challenge Strawberry Sketches.

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I started with the leaves pattern from Serene Scenery. One side of this DSP is a photograph or a photo-realistic style design and the other is the usual pretty patterned DSP. I really like the photographic designs and so that is what I chose for my card for Sarah’s challenge. Actually I made five in total – I got a bit carried away! Ha ha ha!

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I made my first card using a Garden Green card front. It was only when I looked at the front of the DSP stack again I realised the green used is Old Olive. Although, I don’t think it matters which green you use for this photo design.

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I decided to make another four cards using a few of the colours in the DSP stack: Old Olive, Island Indigo and Crumb Cake.

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I love these grasses and dandelion prints!

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And this seashore print is lovely, although I am not sure if it is a photo or a painted design.

Well that’s it from me. Do go and check out Sarah’s challenge! It would be even better if you joined in too! 🙂

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop – Week 7

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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 the 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.
After stepping out of my comfort zone a couple of times this week, I decided to go back to basics for my project today. Clean and Simple! I love the new Penned and Painted set and I had it out on the desk waiting to have a play around.
Penned & Painted by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I’m not sure whether I had a design in mind when I first started. I had the Daffodil Delight and Basic Black colour scheme in my head, as I’ve seen it around on Pinterest a lot lately.
Penned & Painted by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I do quite like the simple colour scheme but I felt it lacked something. I tried again with a few more colours added and I love it!
Penned & Painted by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight is one of my all time favourite colour schemes. I do hope you like the projects too! Which one do you prefer?
Penned & Painted by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Louise Sharp. 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
Kylie Bertucci – AUSTRALIA
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Erica Cerwin – USA
Tracy May – UK – You are here!
Louise Sharp – AUSTRALIA
Anja Luft – GERMANY
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Teneale Williams – AUSTRALIA
Krista Driessen – THE NETHERLANDS

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Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC415 Sketch Challenge

Hi I’m back with one of my favourite go-to stamps of the moment! Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up! and as its Thursday that means it’s for the Create with Connie & Mary challenge, #CCMC415, which is a Sketch Challenge this week! And yes I’ve used Touches of Texture for the second challenge in a row!! 🙂

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I’ve stuck to the square shape of the challenge sketch, which I normally don’t do as it means I have to make my own envelope for this card now! Oh yes I really am that lazy you know! Lol!

I’ve gone for a different look to what I would normally go for with this challenge. I hope you like it! There’s no Whisper White for a start!!!

Touches of Texture by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC415

But I do love how this card has turned out anyway!

  • I started with a 5″ x 5″ card base of Crumb Cake;
  • Then I sponged Crumb Cake ink around the edges of the Very Vanilla rectangle;
  • I stamped the flowers from Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up! on the Very Vanilla Card stock and then used Dapper Denim and Delightful Dijon for added colour;
  • I used Washi tape and glimmer paper for the banner;
  • The main flower is heat embossed in gold embossing powder and coloured in Dapper Denim and Delightful Dijon!
  • The final touches are a few metallic sequins and thread!

I do very much think, that Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up! is not just a background stamp set (as I originally thought). It is so versatile!

Please do go and see all the wonderful projects the Create with Connie and Mary design team have created for you! Many thanks x

 

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