Butterfly Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!

Butterfly Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!

Hey it’s Thursday again – wow it always comes around so fast doesn’t it? I’m back today with a lovely card (even if I do say so myself!) for this week’s Create with Connie & Mary sketch challenge #CCMC413. I’m using Butterfly Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! for today’s card.

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I decided on Butterfly Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! for the focal point of the card. I had created a water coloured butterfly whilst I was trying to design another card. I ended up doing something else for that card in the end.

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  • I started with a Whisper White card front and stamped the rows of dots using a stamp from Watercolor Wings;
  • I then added the stripy washi tape from the Pop of Pink Designer Washi tape set;
  • I then kind of embossed the Whisper White panel using the Fluttering embossing folder. I didn’t run the embossing folder through the big shot though. I just applied pressure using my hands as I didn’t want a deep embossing;
  • I then adhered the card front to a Soft Sky card base, but I thought something was missing so I added the strip of silver glimmer paper along the middle of the stamped spots and striped washi tape;
  • Finally I added the butterfly with a sentiment from Thoughtful Banners that I then cut into a banner shape.

Well I hope you liked my project. Please do pop over to Create with Connie & Mary to see the rest of the design team’s projects!

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Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Hey there! I’m back today with a card I CASE’d from myself! Ha ha ha! I love the new Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up! This stamp set is so versatile! You can use it for creating backgrounds, as well as making it the focal point of a card, as I have done here!

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So what card did I CASE? Do you remember the Flowering Fields Sale-a-bration stamp set and this card?

Flowering Fields from Stampin' Up Water Colour Scene UK Demonstrator Tracy May

I used the same technique to create today’s card.

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  • Colour an acrylic block with green ink on the bottom and blue ink on top (I used Pear Pizazz and Wild Wasabi for the green and Soft Sky and Pool Party for the blue);
  • Spritz the ink with water and then stamp down onto watercolour paper. Leave to dry;
  • Once dry colour your flower stamps with Stampin’ Write Markers (I used Garden Green, Rose Red and Crushed Curry)
  • I spritzed the image with water and coloured in the petals and leaves and then left it to dry;
  • Once it was dry, I stamped the image again to get the crisp outline.
  • After I put the card together, I splattered some Gold Wink of Stella over it and then added a touch to the centres of the flowers!

So what do you think? I really like splattering the Wink of Stella pens over the whole of the card, not just the card front, but you could do this step before you assemble your card, if you prefer not to get spatters on the other layers!

Well that’s it from me today! I’ve got to get ready for tomorrow night’s card class. I’m really looking forward to it, but so far I’ve only designed one project! I need two more in a hurry! Lol – I’m always lastminute.com! EEEK! 🙂

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Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! for #GDP042

Happy Monday folks! I’m back after a busy weekend, no crafting, hence the lateness of today’s post! For today’s card I checked what was happening on the Global Design Project challenge this week. Hurrah! It’s a fantastic sketch by the super-talented Teneale Williams! Phew!

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I already had the card front with the circle stamped using the Hardwood background stamp in my basked of unfinished projects. I had stamped through a mask that I made using window sheet a while back. The mask can be reused multiple times and just wipes clean as well!

The wood background made me think of Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! Best Birds is a fabulous new stamp set and Birds & Blooms is the co-ordinating thinlits die set!

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP042

I stamped one of the sparrows and the branch in Basic Black Archival ink onto watercolour paper. I water coloured the sparrow first in a thin wash of So Saffron ink, before going over the top with Crumb Cake. I then added Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso around the top of the head, eyes, wings and tails. I felt the belly and cheeks were a bit too Crumb Cakey so I lifted some of the ink off with the aqua painter and kitchen towel. I love that you can do that with water colouring to high light certain areas.

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I thought the background needed a bit of a lift, so I splattered clear Wink of Stella all over it before adding it to a Soft Sky card base. I popped the bird and the branch up using the new foam adhesive strips. I also added a few sequins to finish the card off.

So what do you think? I really love this new bundle of stamps and thinlits! I’ve got a few more ideas swirling around my brain for them too!

Thanks for stopping by! You can purchase any of the products used via my online shop if you are in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands! Thank you for your support!

 

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 4

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Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around 10 amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products.
Currently you’re visiting Tracy May from London, United Kingdom. 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’m using Seaside Shore by Stampin’ Up! for today’s project. I love this stamp set and I think it’s going to be very versatile! It’s a great replacement for Sea Street, which retired at the end of May and I’m really glad I bought it! I’ve used it today to make a birthday card for one of my son’s friends, but I think this set could easily be used for adult cards too!
Seaside Shore by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
At first, I was thinking of going for an aquarium look and using Window Sheet over the circle, but I changed my mind, as I thought everyone would expect it to be a shaker card! Lol!
 Seaside Shore by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
First, I stamped the card front and the card base with Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay for the seaweed. I used a mask, that I made out of sticky notes, to mask the seaweed as I stamped. As I wanted to line up the seaweed and fish that would show through the cut out circle, I used my Misti (shhh lol!) to stamp both the card front and card base, which were the same size to start with. I cut down the card front before I stuck it down! It was a bit laborious, and this is the second attempt, as I trashed the first when I stuck the card front on all skew-if and then tried to pull it off to move it – I really should know better by now! Lol!
But I’m glad I persevered, as I’m really happy with the card. So what do you think? I’m hoping my son’s friend likes it. My son doesn’t, but that’s because he wanted me to make a Lego Ninja card – he’s totally obsessed with Lego – Ninjago in particular! Sorry Regan – Seaside Shore it is!
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Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Kerry Timms – UK
Anja Luft – GERMANY
Julie Kettlewell – UK
Kylie Bertucci – AUSTRALIA

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Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up!

Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up! for Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC412

Yay it’s Thursday again. I’m always surprised by how fast it comes around! You know what that means don’t you? Yes, it’s time for another challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! This week’s challenge #CCMC412 is a colour challenge.

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I love this colour combination. It’s just up my street! I will have to remember this one for future use!

Penned & Painted from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC412

I have been wanting to get Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up! out since I got it a few weeks ago. Today’s challenge was perfect for it!

I started by stamping the “penned” flower outlines in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then “painted” the flowers using the filler stamps. I used Blushing Bride for the full image and Watermelon Wonder for the centre image. I stamped off first each time, in order to achieve a muted, softer flower.

Penned & Painted from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC412

I used the new Petal Burst embossing folder to emboss a panel of Pool Party card stock for the background layer. I actually prefer the reverse or “de-bossed” side to be honest. I think it’s a bit softer looking than the embossed side. Mind you I prefer this for quite a few of the embossing folders! Is that weird or normal? LoL!

I finished off the card with some Rhinestones and a strip of silver glimmer paper down the side. If you follow my blog you may think this card is pretty similar to the one I posted on Monday featuring Mixed Drinks. It’s the same layout, with a Pool Party embossed layer as the one on Monday, but actually I made this card first and CASE’d myself as I liked this card so much! I hope you do too!

I hope you manage to pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge. Hopefully you will feel inspired to join us this week!

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Touches of Texture from Stampin’ Up! #GDP041

Touches of Texture from Stampin’ Up! Colour Challenge for #GDP041

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I’m back today with a card I’ve made for the Global Design Challenge colour challenge this week. I’m using Touches of Texture from Stampin’ Up! I know this stamp set is going to become a firm favourite along with Timeless Texture and Gorgeous Grunge for background stamping. But, you can also use Touches of Texture as the star of the show, as I’ve done with my card. I found the colours a little challenging (ahem no pun intended!) again this week. I am determined to persevere and conquer this colour challenge phobia of mine though!

 

Touches of Texture from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP041

 

I decided to use Sweet Sugarplum for the card base. Then I went with a mat of Night of Navy underneath the Whisper White card front. Once I had decided on that combination, it seemed to make sense to stamp the background splatter in Sweet Sugarplum and use Night of Navy for the focal image.

Touches of Texture from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP041

 

I also stamped onto the card base using Sweet Sugarplum and decided I like the layers off-kilter too. I’m not 100% happy with it, but I can’t put my finger on why not? What do you think?

I stamped the sentiment from Thankful Thoughts. I’ve severely depleted my stock of thank you cards this month with all the orders from the new catalogue, so you will probably be seeing a load more thank you cards from me for a while, as I build it back up again!

Well that’s it from me. Do pop over to the Global Design Challenge and take a look at what the super talented design team have come up with! They are all amazing!

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Mixed Drinks from Stampin’ Up!

Mixed Drinks from Stampin’ Up!

I wouldn’t usually go for a stamp set like Mixed Drinks from Stampin’ Up! but for some reason I threw caution to the wind and bought it. And I’m really glad I did! It came to the rescue for a last minute father’s day card this weekend. I’ve used the set again today for the Paper Players challenge PP300 which as it’s the 300th challenge the theme is for this week is “CAS Celebration”!

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I made a really simply card using the Champagne Flute stamp,  the stamp for the flute’s contents and the bubbles. I water coloured around the outside of the glasses with Soft Sky ink and an aqua painter!

Mixed Drinks from Stampin' Up! Tracy May PP300

I embossed the Soft Sky background panel with Softly Falling – I turned it upside down to mimic bubbles rising!

I finished off the card with one of the sentiments from Mixed Drinks heat embossed in white embossing powder on Basic Black, s strip of silver glimmer paper and some clear sequins!

So congratulations ladies on your 300th challenge – I’ll raise a glass to celebrate for you! (Any excuse ha ha ha 😉)

I do think Mixed Drinks from Stampin’ Up! is a really versatile set as it can be used for both male and female cards. I often struggle with male cards so this will be a great option!

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 3

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 3

Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around 9 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 my using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making.
If you saw my post on Wednesday, you will know that if anyone had told me before the new annual catalogue came out that I would be crooning over fairy stamps, I would have thought they were away with the fairies themselves! BUT I just love the Fairy Celebration stamp set, which I’ve used for my project today! I had so much fun making this card, and I hope you love it!
Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Magic Slider Card
On the face of it quite a cute, simple card. BUT .. pull the ribbon and see what happens!
Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Magic Slider Card
Yay – I love it! A Fairy magic slider card! I’ve sent this to a special little girl for her birthday card. I hope it’s arrived on time and that she loves it too!
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Like I said, it’s not my usual type of stamp, but I think because I know so many friends with little girls who I know love the whole fairy thing it was a must have as soon as I saw it!
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Rhoda MacPherson
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Teneale Williams
Tracy May – You are here!
Dena Plummer Rekow
Caroline van der Straaten

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Seaside Shore from Stampin’ Up!

Seaside Shore from Stampin’ Up! for #CCMC411

It’s time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge and I’m much happier with this week’s card than I was last week’s. I used Seaside Shore from Stampin’ Up! I pretty much decided when I first saw the sketch for today’s card, I was going to wait for this set to arrive before I made the card.

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I just didn’t know I would love the co-ordinating By The Shore Designer Series Paper so much I would actually use it for the full background panel on a card! Those who follow my blog will know I have an aversion to too much DSP, partly because I don’t like cutting into beautiful patterns lol!

Seaside Shore from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC411

 

I used Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral which are all core colours in the paper for stamping my fish, seaweed and the sentiment. What do you think? I kind of like it!

Hope you head over and check out what the rest of the design team have made. They are a lovely bunch of very talented ladies, so I’m sure you be impressed and inspired!

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Fairy Celebration from Stampin’ Up! #GDP040

Fairy Celebration from Stampin’ Up! #GDP040

If someone had said to me before this new catalogue came out, that I would be oohing and ahhing over a fairy stamp set, I would have thought they were away with the fairies themselves! BUT I have to say as soon as I saw Fairy Celebration from Stampin’ Up! I wanted to get it. So many of my friends have little girls that it is absolutely perfect for and before they all grow too old for such whimsical cards, I thought I’d better get it out of my system. I was playing around with water colouring a couple of the images the other night and thought one of the panels would be perfect for the CASE the designer theme over at Global Design Project this week #GDP040.
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This time it’s the turn of the lovely and talented Shawn de Oliveira. I love Shawn’s cards – he’s so very talented!
I took some of the elements of the layout of Shawn’s card for my own but on a smaller scale as I have used a Note Card for my own! So what do you think?
Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP040
I think there’s going to be some very happy little girls when I start sending these cards out!
I splattered some clear Wink Of Stella over the finished card and added a touch to the flowers too!
Fairy Celebration from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP040
Well I hope you like my card, pop over to see what the design team and all the participants have come up with this week. See you soon

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