Paisley & Posies by Stampin’ Up!

Paisley & Posies by Stampin’ Up!

It’s a Colour challenge week over at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are saying good bye to two colours I actually really like – Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. However, having seen the new In-Colours, I’m sure I will be over it soon! I am so fickle when it comes to saying goodbye to old favourites! Whilst initially I think I will miss them, there’s always something new and exciting which takes their place swiftly in my crafting affections!

Anyway on to my project for this challenge! I decided to roll out Paisley & Posies by Stampin’ Up! And I’m ok with the result – not exactly ecstatic about it – but overall ok!

Starting with a base of Night of Navy, I decided stamped a few of the smaller images from Paisley & Posies by Stampin’ Up! in Watermelon Wonder. Following that I took a scrap of Mint Macaron card and stamped over it with various Paisley and Posies in Mint Macaron ink, before cutting out a circle with the Stitched Shapes dies.

Tje main Paisley is stamped in both Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder. I did cut it out using the matching die but then decided to trim it by hand so I could mount it on a Watermelon Wonder paisley.

So what do you think? I hope you like it. Please do pop by and see what the other talented ladies have created for you this week!

One Wild Ride by Stampin’ Up!

One Wild Ride by Stampin’ Up!

Welcome to the Dream Theme Blog Hop. It’s a monthly blog hop featuring some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators from around the world. Currently you’re visiting me, Tracy May from London, UK. To continue along the blog hop, please use the links below.

The theme for today’s projects is Father’s Day! It seems that there are different dates around the world for Father’s Day, but here in the UK, it’s next month – the 18th June! I thought it was about time I used One Wild Ride by Stampin’ Up! And what better time could there be to use it than Father’s Day? I first got this set when the current catalogue launched last year and hadn’t even gotten around to putting the stickers on the back of the stamps! The new catalogue is about to launch in a few weeks which shows how long I’ve had it for – oops! 😄

One Wild Ride by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Dream Theme

I kept my card simple – my favourite style. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings. So what do you think? Do you like it?

Thank you for stopping by to see my Father’s Day card idea. I hope you’ve found it inspiring. Please do hop along to see what my lovely and fabulously talented friend Amy has made and keep hopping around the wonderful creations from the rest of the Dream Theme Design team!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Retiring List – link on side bar!

 

Full list of Demos

1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Amy Koenders (USA)
5. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
6. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
7. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
8. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Best Birds by Stamping’ Up!

Best Birds by Stamping’ Up!

Hello again. I’m back with another create for the Create with Connie & Mary blog challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge. I find these easier than the colour challenges but I do like to not always be too literal in following the sketch. So this week, I’ve gone for a bird from Best Birds by Stampin’ Up!,  instead of flowers, as my main image.

Best Birds by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC457

I started with the embossed panel instead of a piece of DSP. Then I added the branch, which I had left over from a previous project. I stamped the bird in Basic Black Archival ink onto watercolour paper before colouring with ink and an aqua-painter. The base colour of the breast is So Saffron followed by Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso. I worked in layers, building up from light to dark and blended using the aqua painter.

The sentiment is from Balloon Celebration. A while ago I had been making a birthday card using Basic Black with a white sentiment and decided it would be handy to have a bunch ready to go. So, I stamped about a dozen at the sane time and embossed with white embossing powder. I cut them up into banners but left both ends longer so I can change whether they point to the left or the right depending on the card I am making.

I love the way the card has turned out especially with the Soft Sky card base.

So what do you think? I hope you like it. Please do pop along and see what the rest of the design team have made for you this week!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! 

This week’s colour challenge over at the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge blog had me a little stumped at first I must say! The first card I made was ok – but it didn’t really appeal to me that much to be honest! Then I thought about the colours a bit more. They feel a bit autumnal to me, which is why I think I found them hard. I am trying to get into spring even though the weather in the UK has admittedly been very autumnal feeling so far. But hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner!

In the end on I settled on using Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! And I actually really like the way this card turned out in the end. What do you think?

Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I started by stamping the grid from Timeless Textures twice in Tip Top Taupe along the centre right of a Whisper White card front. Then I added some Mint Macaron splats also from Timeless Textures. I added a twirl of Old Olive Baker’s twine under a leaf from Vintage Leaves stamped in Old Olive.

The card base is Mint Macaron and the sentiment, from Thoughtful Banners, is stamped in Tip Top Taupe on Tip Top Taupe card stock.

To add some extra interest, I added some Rhinestones. Overall I like how it’s turned out. I will miss Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe when they retire at the end of May. They are great colours that have worked well for the last two years!

I hope you also like my creation for this week’s challenge. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the lovely design team have come up with to inspire you. Please do join in too – it’s great fun.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.

A Bold Butterfly by Stampin’ Up!

A Bold Butterfly by Stampin’ Up! 

 

Happy Thursday folks! I’m back with this lovely sketch challenge for Create with Connie & Mary this week. I had a piece of watercolour paper left over from a previous challenge where I had used the watercolour pencils to create the strip instead of using DSP. Waste not, want not – as the saying goes! So I thought I would use that as my starting point for this week’s challenge. The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and was stamped before I adhered the card front to the card base.

 

A Bold Butterfly by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC455

I teamed it up with a gold glitter butterfly that I cut using the Bold Butterfly by Stampin’ Up! Framelits dies. I also used Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Watercolor Wings stamp set. First, I cut out the square using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (I made sure to use the right one for the stamp). Then I used my Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers to colour in one of the smaller butterflies from Watercolor Wings. I sprayed it with some water before stamping. Once it was dry I added the gold glitter butterfly and adhered it with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Luckily none of these products are on the retiring list!

 

Eastern Promise by Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Promise by Stampin’ Up!

I finally had the chance to play with Eastern Promise by Stampin’ Up! As a demonstrator we get some perks. The option to pre-order from new catalogues being one of them. So, I bought the whole Eastern Promise bundle, which will be available in the new annual catalogue. And I can tell you it’s lovely! I had fun playing around with options for this week’s colour challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. I was surprised that a few of my options turned out quite well with these colours. In the end though I stuck with my favourite which is as usual clean and simple.

Eastern Promise by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC454

I’ve been trying out my hand drawing mandalas on notebooks. I’m not confident enough to try out my own designs from scratch,  but I find ones I like on Pinterest and then follow them loosely, so this suite of products is perfect for me. The Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies used to cut the shapes above are beautiful. Some of the dies (like the one above) only partially cut out the shapes, whilst others cut out the shapes completely and can be layered with one another. Theco-ordinating Eastern Beauty stamp set contains simple shapes that can be used to decorate the die cuts.

I used Flirty Flamingo and Island Indigo for the stamping in the mandala and then used Tempting Turquoise underneath. I also added a strip of Island Indigo down the side as I wasn’t sure it was obvious enough I had used all 3 colours.

Well I hope you like my card! Please do pop over and see what the rest of the talented design team have come up with this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

Writing Notes by Stamping’ Up!

Writing Notes by Stamping’ Up!

Welcome to the Dream Theme Blog Hop. It’s a monthly blog hop featuring some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators from around the world. Currently you’re visiting me, Tracy May from London, UK. To continue along the blog hop, please use the links below.

The theme for today’s projects is Mother’s Day! I had actually thought it was Mother’s Day for last month’s theme as it was Mother’s Day in the UK in March, but that one was Easter themed. Anyway, I remembered to take a photo of the card I made for my Mother-in-Law before I sealed the envelope! I used Writing Notes by Stamping’ Up! It’s the first time I used this background stamp, even though I have had it for an age. Sadly it is on the retiring list, so I’m glad it’s at least had the chance of one outing! 😄

Writing Notes by Stampin' Up!

 

So what do you think? I teamed it up with flowers from the Botanical Builders Framelits dies set, which is also sadly retiring.

Thank you for stopping by to see my Mother’s Day card idea. I hope you’ve found it inspiring. Please do hop along to see what my lovely and fabulously talented friend Delphine has made and keep hopping around the wonderful creations from the rest of the Dream Theme Design team!

 

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring List – link on side bar!

Full list of Demos

1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Delphine Lorelli (France)
5. Amy Koenders (USA)
6. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
7. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
8. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
9. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Botanical Builders and Polka Dot by Stampin’ Up!

Botanical Builders and Polka Dot by Stampin’ Up!

Hello there, it’s Thursday again and time for a Sketch challenge this week over at Create with Connie & Mary. I decided to stick fairly closely to the sketch this week.

The sun has been out and I’m even thinking about getting the summer clothes out! Woohoo! So I’ve gone with summery colours to use with my CAS card! What do you think?

Botanical Builders and Polka Dot by Stamping' Up! Tracy May

I’m really pleased with the way this card has turned out and I love the colour scheme. The card background is embossed using the Polka Dot embossing folder on Pool Party cardstock. The pink striped DSP is from Pop of Pink and the Flowers and leaves are all cut out using the Botanical Builders framelits. Such an easy card to put together!

Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team have come up with!

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out the retiring list as well!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Soooo a short post from me today! It’s the Easter holidays and the Bedlam Brothers are playing one of those games you just know is going to end up with the fighting! This week is a colour challenge week over at Create with Connie & Mary. Not usually my favourite but this week’s was ok for me!

I like this scheme. It made me think of daffodils and I’ve created a pretty (CAS) card along those lines using Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC452

I started by stamping the background strip and sentiment in Sahara Sand. Then I stamped the little flower from Touches of Texture in So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach. The large flower is cut from water colour paper which I had coloured using So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach as well. The smaller flower is the Petite Petals punch cut from the same water colour paper.  I stamped it using the same flower from Touches of Texture using Peekaboo Peach.  I finished off the flower with a So Saffron enamel dot. The Whisper White card front has been added to a Sahara Sand card base with a strip of So Saffron DSP down the side.

So what do you think? I think it’s quite pretty don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the lovely design team have created for you today! I’m off to supervise the Bedlam Brothers! Roll on school lol!

Butterflies Thinlits by Stamping’ Up!

Butterflies Thinlits by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC451

Hellooooo! Yes it’s Thursday again and time for a sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! Today I’m using the Butterfly Thinlits by Stamping’ Up! Why? Well the sun was shining when I made this card. And the weather is warming up….. so spring is on the way which makes me think butterflies!

Butterflies Thinlits by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC451

So I’m really pleased with the way my card has turned out today. And I think it’s just so clean and simple and the colours really pop! The simple colour scheme was dictated by my choice of DSP. I really wanted to use up some of my Pop of Pink DSP, which consists of black, white, pink and a touch of gold!

The black and white striped panel for the background is really striking. And the contrasting Melon Mambo butterfly really pops don’t you think? As I wanted to keep the card simple, I opted for the flowers from Awesomely Artistic, instead of a strip of DSP behind the main embellishment. I was inspired by a card I saw by Krista Driessen on her blog ZoKriss. Isn’t Krista awesomely talented? I really like her style.

Talking of style, why don’t you pop along to see what the rest of the lovely design team have made to inspire you today. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!