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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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!

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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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Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up!

Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up! ®

Well this isn’t really a sneak peek as the Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up! was around in the last Autumn/Winter catalogue. It retired when the catalogue ended but did you know that Stampin’ Up! have made the unprecedented decision to bring it back in the upcoming annual catalogue? It doesn’t usually happen when an item retires, but apparently it was very popular and so they decided to bring it back – which is great as I for one love it. I have a few more ideas for this embossing folder but here’s one that was inspired by a kitchen makeover, that I saw on a home improvement programme on TV lol!

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The made-over kitchen walls had been painted a lovely sky blue and one end had a feature wall with a butterfly and birch tree printed wallpaper! It instantly made me think of the Woodland Embossing Folder and my butterfly stamps and punches.

This card was really quick to make:

  1. Stamp the butterflies from Kinda Eclectic onto Whisper White card stock (10cm x 14.3cm);
  2. Run the panel through the Big Shot using Woodland Embossing Folder;
  3. Heat emboss the sentiment on Dapper Denim and cut to a banner. Staple to the card front;
  4. Adhere the card front to a Soft Sky card base;
  5. Stamp some extra butterflies onto scrap card stock and punch out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I used Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim ink pads.

So what do you think? Pretty? The wall paper in the programme was lovely but there’s no way my husband would go for it, so I’ll just have to settle for the card! 😂

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Retiring Stampin’ Up! 2014-2016 In-Colors

Retiring Stampin’ Up! ® 2014-2016 In-Colors

I’m off to Telford today for the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Local event! So exciting – we get to see the new annual catalogue and there will be some new product to see as well! I can’t wait!

I thought I would make some cards using the Stampin’ Up! In-Colors 2014-2016, which will be retiring at the end of May. If you have them and haven’t already done so, stock up on the card stock and re-inkers as soon as you can. The retiring list is out next week, Tuesday, and the In-Colors always sell out within a few days!

I’ve teamed them up with a stamp set that I’m wondering whether it will be on the retiring list next week – Butterfly Basics. It’s a beautiful set and I’m not sure why I think it will retire, I just do! I could of course be absolutely wrong – I’m just speculating!

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As is usual for me when I try to use a lot of colour, I ended up with a very minimalist look! However, I did use each of the five colours on each of the cards in this post! Lol – it’s only taken me nearly two years! I think I will need to use the current In-Colors and the new ones a bit more frequently than I have these, they really are lovely colours and I’m now quite sad they are leaving us – but very excited to see the new ones too!

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I threw in some washi tape on this one too and used one of my all time most beloved stamp sets Papillon Potpourri – it was the first Stampin’ Up! stamp set I bought!

Well I’d best be off and finishing packing! Have a great weekend. Come back next week to find out more about OnStage and of course the retiring list mid week!

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Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge #CCMC402

Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge for Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC402

I’m back with another challenge for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Design Team. This week it is a colour challenge using the Stampin’ Up! Colour combination of Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Soft Suede.

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I love all these colours and didn’t think I would have any problems with them! And I had an idea in my mind using DSP and coloured card stock galore but try as I might I just couldn’t get it to work. And the more I tried the further away I got, from something I was happy with!

I seem to have a mental block when it comes to colour combinations and if I try to use a whole panel of colour via a designer series paper or a piece of card stock I get stuck and don’t know what to do with the rest of the card! I have noticed that I have a tendancy to go even more minimalistic and clean and simple than usual, when I’m faced with a colour challenge! Strange!!

Create with Connie & Mary Colour Challenge Card using Stampin' Up! Products Tracy May #CCMC402

Anyway, this is what I came up with!

  1. I stamped the grid and tea cup/coffee cup rings from Timeless Textures in Soft Suede ink onto the Whisper White card front and then stamped ink splats from Gorgeous Grunge in Lost Lagoon over the top.
  2. The sentiment is from Another Thank You and is stamped in Soft Suede and then mounted onto a small piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper in Mint Macaron underneath it, all over the top of some Gold Metallic thread.
  3. I stamped the butterfly from Kinda Eclectic in Mint Macaron and punched it out using the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch and stuck it over the gold thread.
  4. Finally I used a piece of Soft Suede Designer Series paper from the Neutrals DSP 12×12″ stack and mounted the card front onto that to create the border, before mounting the whole thing onto a card base.

I know it looks super easy, and seriously now I have the design I could recreate this again in 5 minutes, but trust me a whole lot of effort went into this card 😂. I do love it though – it’s always great feeling coming up with a design I’m happy with when I’ve felt challenged!

I hope you like it to and be sure to check out the rest of the design team’s projects this week over at Create with Connie & Mary! And please do join us and play along!

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Another Thank You from Stampin’ Up!

Another Thank You from Stampin’ Up! – Online Code Club Thank You Cards and Gifts

Another Thank You from Stampin’ Up! I think is my most used stamp set. I love this stamp set, for I am forever making thank you cards and there are six Thank You or Thanks stamps in the set. I make all my customers thank you cards no matter how small or large the order, everyone gets them!

Today’s projects are the matching thank you and gift packaging I made and sent out to my online customers who used my Monthly gift club code in February. And today’s post is extra exciting as I am adding this post to the super lovely Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights competition!
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I started by mixing some inks on a palette tray and adding water. I used various yellows, blues, oranges and pinks and then water coloured a couple of pieces of watercolour card stock. Whilst the water colour paper dried, I masked a card front with my home made circle mask (I used the Circle framelits to cut a circle out of the middle of a piece of window sheet so I can reuse the mask) and then covered the circle with Soft Sky ink using a piece of sponge – any ink blending tool will do! Then I stamped over the middle with the Thank You from Another Thank You from Stampin’ Up! in Pool Party.

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Once the water colour paper was dry, I cut out the butterflies using the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches. The next step was to add the Linen thread around the middle of the butterflies. I separated the strands of the thread as I wanted to keep it very thin.

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I then stuck the butterflies to the front of the card bases and cut out some of the circles and added them to the front of glassine gift bags along with the butterflies. I loved the effect of the butterflies “flying” in an arc up the front of the cards and the gift bags! What do you think?

All the gifts have been packaged up and sent out now!

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Butterflies & Timeless Textures from Stampin’ Up! #GDP021

Butterflies & Timeless Textures from Stampin’ Up! #GDP021

I’ve got two cards featuring Butterflies & Timeless Textures from Stampin’ Up! for you today. The first one I’m entering into the Global Design Project Colour Challenge #GDP021

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I’m not very good at colour challenges. I find them ….well… challenging! Ha ha ha! I decided I would see what using the baby wipe ink pad technique would produce. I thought the flourish from Timeless Textures would make a good starting point. First I splattered some plain white card fronts with drops of the 3 colours…. and decided not to use them at all!!!! 😬 Not to worry, I’m sure they’ll come in handy for something else!

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For this card I decided on one butterfly in Melon Mambo. The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on to the Free Sale-a-bration Botanical Gardens Vellum and mounted over a strip of Wisteria Wonder.

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The next card was assembled under strict instructions from my 4 year old who is off sick from school at the moment. He was sat under my table as I was creating the cards. I had to keep sticking the card under the table to get his approval of what colour butterflies and where to put them! Ha ha ha

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Obviously this one is his favourite and he did a great job I think! Ha ha ha

I hope you like today’s projects. Be sure to check out all the other lovely entries too!

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Watercolor Wings – Clean and Simple Stampin’ Up! Birthday Card

Clean and Simple Stampin’ Up! Birthday Card created using Watercolor Wings and Kinda Eclectic

Do you ever look at things so much, that you start not seeing them? Or is that just me? I’ve spent this week apologising to people for missing their birthday, despite having my Perpetual Birthday Calendar on the pinboard above my desk and despite the fact that I glance at it multiple times to check whose birthday is coming up! I think I’ve stopped seeing the dates now! I can’t believe I’ve managed it 5 times in October already!

Today’s project is a clean and simple Stampin’ Up! birthday card, that I made for my younger sister, whose birthday it was on Monday. And yes she is one of the birthdays I forgot! She did eventually get the card on Wednesday and I’m pleased to say she really liked it.  I got the idea for the layout from this card on Pinterest.

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I was really pleased with how it turned out. Very clean and simple. I love the red and black colour combination. I also hand made the envelope to match, using the Real Red envelope paper available in the Autumn/Winter catalogue.

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What do you think? Like it?

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Have a happy, crafty weekend, see you soon x

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Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Bookmark card

Bookmark card made using Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics stamp set

 

Good morning everyone, how are you today? The sun is shining here yay! I’m going to jump straight in with today’s card. It’s one I made for a Facebook challenge group I’m a part of. The brief was to make a card using tone on tone stamping and paint chip embellishments. It also had to have a detachable bookmark on it too. This is what I came up with.

Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator Tracy May Painted Petals Bookmark card

I used Crumb Cake card stock and  Crumb Cake ink to stamp the flowers and sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (available in wood , clear and photopolymer) .

Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator Tracy May Painted Petals Bookmark card

I had the bookmark as a detachable side panel using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to shape the top.  I wish I had gone a bit further with the watercolouring now and covered more of the white panel.

Well thats it from me today. I hope you like the card. Before I go just a reminder about the weekly deals. Go and check them out! There are some crafty little bargains, I can tell you!

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Have fun – thanks for stopping by!

 

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CAS (clean and simple) Butterfly card

Chaotic CAS (clean and simple) card created using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

I know chaotic and CAS (clean and simple) don’t usually appear in the same sentence but that’s what springs to mind when I look at this card. I made it for a friend’s birthday back at the end of November when I was in the midst of chaos with a building project to extend my home, yearning for peace and quiet and a clean house (not possible when you’ve got the builders in).

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I haven’t posted a Butterfly card for a while so when I came across this in my pictures earlier I thought I would share it today, hence the .

I used a mixture of stamps (Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic and Says It All), threw in some DSP (Confetti Celebration) and some Linen thread as well. Despite the one little area of the card being kind of chaotic it still has lots of white space and makes for a CAS card – clean and simple!

I made a star shaped box to match that housed one of the star shaped candles I’ve shown previoulsy in this post which includes a free tutorial for how to make the star shaped box.

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Well I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and the splash of colour.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

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