Fluttering butterfly embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!

Fluttering butterfly embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! 

A friend and her family recently moved to a new home and she was describing the outdated decor to us. Apparently her living room was decorated in a vile purple butterfly wallpaper, which just had to go! As a joke I made her a purple butterfly card using the Fluttering butterfly embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!, which hopefully is a lot more tasteful than the wallpaper was! Lol!

What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Fluttering Butterfly Embossing Folder Tracy May

I added some Dazzling Details to the wing spots of the butterfly, which is stamped using the fabulous Watercolor Wings set in Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum. Purple isn’t normally one of my go to colour schemes, however, I think it’s a beautiful card and very clean and simple, but then I’m biased aren’t I? 😉

I think I will try out some more purple colour schemes, there’s loads in the new Spring/Summer catalogue, which would look stunning in it! I had a little play last night with one of my new stamps and I can’t wait to share the results with you later in December.

In the meantime, check out this week’s deals and see if you can grab yourself a bargain. Last orders for guaranteed delivery before Christmas are Sunday 13th December, so make sure to order now if you want something in time for a gift or last minute craft project!

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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).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

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.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift packaging ideas

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


My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 6 Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Good morning everyone – I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Time is flying isn’t it? After a slight blip, I’m back with my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer Top 10. Today’s projects are using No. 6 in the list, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I love this set. It’s going to be so versatile. I’ve already seen pins on Pinterest where other demonstrators have created gusseted (I think that’s the right term) sides, to make the little bags a bit roomier, so I’ll be checking those out properly soon and giving it a go too.

In the meantime here’s a few little treat bags I came up with. I hope you like them.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer stamp set is ideal for decorating these little bags.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I used the brown packing paper that comes in the boxes with Stampin’ Up! orders to make this bag. Needless to say, I have plently of the stuff around, so will be making more of these for sure.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I kept this one empty so you could see the subtle stampin in Blushing Bride ink. The 1 1/4″ (3.2cm) White Jute Ribbon is becoming a firm favourite, considering I’m not usually that fussed with ribbon. Also the Butterflies Thinlits are kind of obligatory for me :-).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I couldn’t resist a Valentine’s version. As I said, it’s such a versatile set. All the shapes were cut using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

stampin up mini treat bag thinlits

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. If you’ve been inspired, don’t have a chosen demonstrator already and would like to purchase, simply click on the links in the post or on the picture of the thinlits and you will be taken directly to my online shop! And if you fancy a bit of a shopping spree, check out the weekly deals and Sale-a-bration promotion whilst you’re there!



Thanks for stopping by. Have a crafty, creative day!

Papillon Potpourri Gift Picture Frames – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I love that you can use the Stampin’ Up! products to make gifts and home decor items, as well as cards!

Ever since I bought the Papillon Potpourri stamp set I have been using it to make gift picture frames for my friends’ little girls birthdays. They started off, very simple with just the butterflies, like this early one on Pinterest. I then added the name using the Morning Post Alphabet stamp and stamping the name directly onto the background, like this one.

Then I bought the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies and they evolved again! I love the Bigz alphabet. I also do a boys version of these gifts using the Simply Stars stamp set (but that will be another blog post).

stampin up papillon potpourri elegant butterfly bitty butterfly Tracy May Alphabet bigz
I used Rose Red and Wisteria Wonder as the colour scheme for the one above.  I stamped the butterflies onto the background card stock. Then I stamped and heat embossed the butterflies in white onto the coloured card and punched them out to stick over the top of the stamped images. I raised the wings to give a 3D effect. I also punched out two little flowers to stick on the letters, embellished with a pearl in the centre.
stampin up papillon potpourri elegant butterfly bitty butterfly alphabet bigz
This one is Pear Pizazz and Blushing Bride, which is becoming one of my favourite colour combinations. This time I punched the butterfly out of coloured card stock and stuck that on the background. I then stamped the butterflies onto Whisper White and punched them out to stick over the coloured ones. Again I lifted the wings for the 3D effect. I finished off with one little flower in Early Espresso, embellished with a pearl in the centre. 
Everyone has loved these gifts, which makes me want to keep on making them. 
For these projects you will need:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri
Inks: Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride
Other: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Pearls
Don’t forget about Sale-a-bration. 

New Recruiting Offer

 It’s another fantastic offer from Stampin’ Up! as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. Join in the fun and become a demo for only £25!

 I love being a Stampin’ Up! demo. I do parties, run classes, make lovely things. I am part of fantastic group of crafters and we share – we share experiences, knowledge, projects and much more.  Recently one of my fellow Pinkies posted a picture on our Facebook page of a beautiful swap she had received at an SU event from Jenni Pauli, a German demo. I really like Jenni’s style and decided I would case the swap she made as it was so pretty.  (Click here to see Jenni’s original)

I decided to do notebook cover though instead.

I changed a few bits and pieces on the embellishment and used a different colour scheme too. I liked it so much I made another one and also made a sticky note holder too.

 Then I made some more….

So guess what?  I’m going to give them away ……to you, as a gift when you join my team! So between the 7th and 21st October not only do you get to join Stampin’ Up! for £25 you can also get this fantastic gift from me. It includes the notebook and sticky note, plus a Stampin’ Up! shopping bag (these are very sought after trust me!) and a swatch card with all the current colours of card stock on it.

So go on what are you waiting for – give me a call (07788746908).

Washi meets MDS!

Stampin Up Washi Tape Elegant Bitty Butterfly Grunge Tracy May Card Making

Having seen so many combinations of ink splodges and washi tape on Pinterest and Google I couldn’t wait to have a go at it myself.

So while I was waiting for my new Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to be delivered last week I had a little play with the ink splodges stamps in MDS (My Digital Studio), which is Stampin’ Up!’s digital design software, due to be released in the near future to the European market.

It’s really easy to use once you get started and I can’t wait to have another go. I’m going to design my new business cards and postcards in it and get them all printed out. 

Anyways, back to my card – I printed out the splodges onto Whisper White cardstock and then layered over the image with strips of washi tape. I punched out the butterflies and stuck them over the top of the washi tape with a Stampin’ dimensional.

Stampin Up Washi Tape Elegant Bitty Butterfly Grunge Tracy May

When my four-year-old son saw the card after I had finished, he exclaimed “Wow – that’s cool”.
I even changed the colours of the ink in MDS to match the washi tape. He is absolutely right – that is cool! 

The supplies I used to create my card are as follows:

Card stock: Whisper White A4 9,75 € | £7.50 106549, Basic Gray A4 8,50 € | £6.25 121689 Accessories: Punches – Bitty Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 129406, Elegant Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 127526, Epic Day This & That Washi Tape 5,95 € | £4.50 131269 

MDS will be coming soon! Check back here for more information at a later date

In the meantime if you would like to order any of the other supplies used in this card then please either give me a call on 07788746908 or email me on tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

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