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.

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Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC441

It’s challenge time again! Yep it’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge. For once I found a sketch challenge quite tough. I usually don’t have any bother with them. It may be because my first idea didn’t really work out and being short of time I just went with something else and I’m not entirely happy with today’s card.

There’s nothing at all wrong with the sketch. It’s just me! I used the Subtles Backgroup DSP stack for the squares and the Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! for the focal image.

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC441

I started off trying to use the free SAB Inside the Lines DSP but it just didn’t work, so I teamed the Watermelon Wonder Card front with Soft Sky card stock and the Subtles Background DSP stack. I’m not sure it really works? What do you think?

The butterfly is cut from Watercolor paper onto which I had painted and ombre effect using Watermelon Wonder ink. I think maybe the butterfly isn’t big enough for the size of the card?

Anyway – the bits I do like are the strip of gold glimmer paper and the splatters of gold glitter. These are really easy to do. Simply put a small amount of tombow multi-purpose liquid adhesive onto an acrylic block, mix with some water from your aquapainter and then flick over the card front. Sprinkle over the glitter and then shake of the excess. Leave it to dry somewhere safe i.e. not on your desk where you will end up dumping a load of other things on top before you remember it’s still wet! Lol!

Do pop over and see what the other ladies on the design team have come up with for you this week! It’ll be worth it I promise! They are a talented bunch!


Watercolour Wings by Stampin’ Up!

Watercolour Wings by Stampin’ Up!

I have been having fun digging around in my basket of unfinished projects again! I had to empty it out, as it was getting a tad full. One of the unfinished items was the background on the card below. I had stamped out the grey butterflies using the wing details image from Watercolor Wings by Stampin’ Up!. And I had stuck on the strip of washi tape but that was all! I was stuck on it for a good while and then totally forgot about it to be honest!

Watercolor Wings by Stampin' Up! Tracy May


I came across it whilst I was sorting out the basket of unfinished projects and I was actually about to throw it away, when I had a flash of inspiration! So instead, I grabbed my Melon Mambo ink pad and Watercolor Wings by Stampin’ Up! again and finished the card off! I stamped out the body of the smaller butterfly and then I added some bling with the butterfly cut out using Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies and Silver metallic thread. Then I spattered some Melon Mambo around with an aqua painter to lessen the whiteness. I really like it now. It’s a cute design. I don’t think I’ve noticed the wings being used as a butterfly background before, but I could be wrong! (I usually am lol!)

What do you think? I hope you like it!

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Thank You Card using Stampin’ Up! Products

Thank You Card using Stampin’ Up! Products for #GDP030

I said in yesterday’s post I thought I would be chasing my tail this week and I am! Luckily my husband is off though and he took the Bedlam Brothers off for the morning, so I could take a 1-2-1 class and then finish off my card for this week’s Global Design Project Sketch Challenge. It’s another thank you card using Stampin’ Up! products, but you can never have enough thank you cards in my opinion!

Sketch Challenge

It’s a great sketch, this week, but I had problems deciding what to feature i.e. a heart as in the sketch, flower, butterfly, balloon…. All the design team have covered them all so beautifully, I didn’t quite know which way to turn! In the end I settled on a butterfly. I think because the sun is shining and spring is now a distinct possibility and that brings butterflies to my mind (ok,…. yeah….. flowers would have been a more obvious choice! Lol!)

Thank You Card using Stampin' Up! Products Bold Butterfly Framelits Tracy May #GDP030

Bizarrely the green in the sketch also reminded me a bit of Mint Macaron, so I chose that as one of my base colours, along with Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder for the water coloured butterfly cut using the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

I’m going to try and get better organised tonight once the Bedlam Brothers are in bed, and finish up the rest of my blog posts for this week, so I can enjoy the rest of their school holiday with them…..well that’s the plan anyway! 😁

I hope you like today’s project. It should have been quick but I gave up on trying last night and tackled it again after my class this morning was over. Turned out well in the end though didn’t it? 👍

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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.

Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wings and Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Birthday card Independent Demonstrator Tracy May

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.

Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wings and Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Birthday card Independent Demonstrator Tracy May


What do you think? Like it?

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Stampin’ Up! Bold Butterfly Framelits & Perpetual Birthday Calendar card

Stampin’ Up! Bold Butterfly Framelits & Perpetual Birthday Calendar card

Do you remember these cards?  The first one in the post was one of my most pinned and CASE’d cards ever. I was amazed how popular it was. Ok so I wouldn’t exactly say it went viral, but I was contacted by demonstrators here and in the US who wanted to use it in their classes and wanted to check I didn’t mind. Of course I didn’t, I was totally flattered! Well I ended up with a very similar watercolour background when I was playing around with a set of watercolour paints. I was stuck what to do with it, so I decided to create an updated version of my original card.

Stampin' Up! Bold Butterfly Framelits & Perpetual Birthday Calendar card by Tracy May

I used the Bold Butterfly framelits to cut out a butterfly from vellum and another from silver glimmer paper. I watercoloured the vellum to match the background. I stamped the cluster of butteflies over the bakground using Night of Navy – it’s not normally a colour I use, but I seem to have been using it a fair bit recently.

I love the new Silver Cording trim in the Autumn/Winter catalogue – fingers crossed it will be carried over. Are you listening Stampin’ Up!? Please, please, please 😘

So what do you think? Hope you like it.

Oops I’ve just noticed the rhinestones down the centre of the butterfly look a bit wonky! Oh well – handmade after all, doesn’t have to be perfect does it?

So here’s to a fabby, crafty weekend. See you next week xx

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