Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin’ Up! products

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin’ Up! Products

I didn’t have much time this weekend for crafting, what with finishing off the Christmas shopping, babysitting for friends’ kids and taking the boys to see Santa, but I did manage a couple of novelty christmas tags using Stampin’ Up! products. What do you think? They are both totally cased from Christmas Cards I have seen. I got the idea for this frog one from Susan Itell who made this card. I just added the Christmas hat and a punny sentiment using the alphabet rotary stamp.

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May - You're Sublime

The second tag I cased from this card by Val Moody and I added the sentiment from Jingle All the Way.

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May Reindeer Paper Clips
I thought these would make fun tags for the boys’ Christmas presents. I’m starting to feel the customary Christmas panic – I still haven’t finished all my cards, despite thinking I had! I totally under estimated how many I would need. Useless!

Also I lost my Midori day planner on a recent trip to Manchester. I think I left it on the train and I had hoped that someone would have handed it in but unfortunately they haven’t so now I’m not sure if I did leave it on the train or lost it somewhere else instead. It’s a pain as I am totally a paper planner and I’m wracking my brains hoping I haven’t forgotten any important dates! I’m in the middle of replacing the planner so took 5 minutes out last night to jazz up the notebook insert I bought.

I really love the new Rose Wonder stamp set coming in the Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue. If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalogue please let me know and I will send one out to you. I can only send out to UK, France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands though.

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Spooky! Stampin’ Up! Halloween Trick or Treat Box

A Spooky Stampin’ Up! Halloween Trick or Treat Box made with the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies

About a month ago Paula Gorry, the UK Business Development Manager, put a call out for “How To” volunteers, via her monthly demonstrator newsletter. I jumped at the chance! Well, I thought, with Lewis (youngest son) soon to be starting school, I’ll have loads, of time won’t I? Famous last words! I got an email back almost straight away – could I make a Halloween treat box by September 24th! Lewis didn’t start full-time until September 21st! That’ll teach me won’t it! Ha ha – not really I problem, I pulled a late one, one evening to get it done. When I took it in to the boys to show them the next morning, I asked them what they thought – “Spooky” they both said (without really looking closely grrrrr) so job done, I thought!

Spooky Stampin' Up! Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies Halloween Trick or Treat Box by Tracy May

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. It’s great fun to make, using a few different techniques. Here’s the “How To” step by step tutorial I created: SU FB Halloween project. Go on get inky! 🙂

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Sea Street CASology Nautical Challenge Card

CASology Nautical Challenge Card using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set

Good morning peeps, or should that be good night? At the time of posting it’s late evening and I’ve just come back home from my monthly class, which was great fun as usual! I’m posting now because I’m off to the zoo tomorrow with my youngest son and the rest of his nursery class and their parent or two too! I wanted to enter my Friday post in the CASology Nautical Challenge and as posting tomorrow is entirely unrealistic I’m doing it now!

Well enough waffle and on with the show! Here’s my card using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street (available in wood or clear) …

Stampin' Up! Sea Street CASology Nautical Challenge Card Tracy May

I used the Alphabet Rotary stamp for the sentiment. I thought I’d send this as a little hello card to someone I haven’t spoken to for an age!

I had entirely another card in mind when I first saw the challenge and had a little panic when I couldn’t find the stamp sets before I remembered, that I’d loaned The Open Sea and Guy Greetings to a friend. I improvised though and I don’t think it’s too shabby if I say so myself lol!

Hope you like the card! Thanks for stopping by


P.S. Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Recruiting promo ends on Tuesday 30th June! There’s still time though to chose two extra stamp sets with your starter kit when you sign up as a demo. Message me for more information if you’re interested xx


Jazz up that plain stationery! Altered Notebooks

Altered Notebooks using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone. It’s a beautiful sunny day here – a bit crisp as I found out on the school run after deciding I didn’t need a coat. I think the sun has lulled me into a false sense of summer!

Anyway on to today’s craftiness. I spent a lovely hour yesterday with my littlest son “helping” me alter some plain kraft notebooks.


I have a bit of a stationery habit lol! I love notebooks and pens and have a draw full of unused notebooks waiting to be jazzed up in some way before I use them.

I started off with some heat embossing – my son was fascinated watching the embossing powder melting under the heat. He made me do the back of the Pool Party one. The one on the left is Gold embossed, although it doesn’t show too well on the photo, it is lovely in real life.  I used the triangles stamp from Dotty Angles and the Alphabet Rotary stamp for the wording.


I also decided to upcycle the SAB (sale-a-bration) cover that came with the Spring/Summer (Occassions) 2015 catalogues to jazz up the spiral bound notebook.

Stampin' Up! SAB Catalogue cover

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May alterened notebooks

I thought this one was a little plain, even though I edged it with washi tape, so I stamped and heat embossed “Notebook” (using the Alphabet Rotary stamp again) onto Chalkboard paper and cut it out using the Word Bubble framelits.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May altered notebooks

A small change but I think it looks much better, don’t you?

I’ll be back next week with more projects to (hopefully) inspire you. Plus the Stampin’ Up! Retiring products list will be out next week. Europe is being aligned with the rest of the world for Stampin’ Up! catalogue launches so the new annual catalogue will be here a month earlier than previously – roll on June hey? Lol!

Well thanks for stopping by.Have a craft-tastic weekend x

Watercolour Card using Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Poppies

Watercolour card using Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Poppies and Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Good evening peeps. I’m just popping by with a quick watercolour card I made as an Easter card using Stampin’ Up!’s Pleasant Poppies background stamp (available in wood and clear).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour card making ideas

I stamped the base card with the whole stamp using Versamark ink. I then stamped one section of the stamp and heat embossed in white onto a panel of White Shimmer card. I then watercoloured the flowers using my ink pads and Aquapainter. I stamped the sentiment using the Alphabet Rotary stamp onto Basic Black card and heat embossed in white. I’m really pleased with how it turned out (despite the blurry picture – sorry).

So if you celebrate it – Happy Easter. If not simply stamp another sentiment – it’s quite a versatile design I think.

Have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by

My Stampin’ Up! Easter Egg Hunt Berry Basket

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10 – No. 9 Berry Basket Bigz™ – Easter Egg Hunt Basket

Good morning, and how are you today? It’s starting to feel a lot like spring is on it’s way in my neck of the woods. It’s certainly a bit easier to get up in the mornings now they are a bit lighter anyway.

Today’s project is the 9th in my series of Top 10 favourites from the Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015. At first I resisted buying the Berry Basket Bigz L Die , but then I was flicking through the calendar to see what was coming up in the first few months of the year when Easter popped up, and well you can probably guess what jumped into my online shopping basket after that!

If the weather is nice this year, I’ll organise a little Easter egg hunt in the back garden. We’ve got lots of places to hide them and the boys will love it. We’ve been to organised hunts before but I’ve not really enjoyed them that much for some reason.

I’ve made the Bedlam Brothers these little baskets to collect the eggs in. They both love the Cheerful Critters photopolymer stamp set so it was an easy design to come up with. I love that the Critters are “hiding” in the grass (made with the Fringe scissors). They are the same design to avoid any fighting over who has which one: which is a frequent battle in this household. They fight over which colour bowl, plate, cup etc etc they are going to have and yes, they always both want the same one!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter egg hunt berry bigz

I got the idea for using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp for the boys’ names, from a team mate Jenny. She posted about it on my upline’s team facebook page. This stamp had bypassed my radar for some reason. I don’t know why, as it’s a really useful addition to the stash.


stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter egg hunt berry bigz

Do you like my little Easter Egg? I covered the bunny’s face before inking the stamp and then cut the arms and ears off.

I also used designed a more grown up Berry Basket for my class ladies, for February’s class. It’s so pretty and can be used for gifts for any occassion, not just Easter.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter gift berry bigz

I teamed it up with the Painted Petals stamp set, which is available in wood, clear and photopolymer. It’s a really pretty watercolour effect stamp set. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, available in wood or clear.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t forget there’s still a few weeks Sale-a-bration left.