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!


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!

Papillon Potpourri by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP046

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!


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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Butterfly Basics by Stampin’ Up! #GDP044

Butterfly Basics by Stampin’ Up! #GDP044 CASE the Designer

This week’s challenge over at Global Design Project is CASE the Designer. This time it’s the turn of the super talented Artisan Design team member, Steffi Helmschrott! I absolutely LOVE Steffi’s style and follow her blog avidly to see what gorgeousness she has come up with! So it’s a bit of a challenge CASEing Steffi and coming up with something I am happy with. Steffi’s CASE card uses the leaf from Butterfly Basics by Stampin’ Up! for the background, so this is where I started for my CASE.GDP044 Case Steffi

I then chose the Crumb Cake and Gold elements from Steffi’s card. I love the white space she has left on her collage background. I usually leave a lot of white space too, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and opted for a much grungier look!  What do you think? I think I may break out in hives due to the lack of white space! Ha ha ha – it’s giving me the heebee jeebies! Lol!

Butterfly Basics by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP044


I started by sponging Crumb Cake onto a Whisper White card base. I then roughed up the edges with a metal ruler and sponged again around the edges with Rose Red and then a touch of Pool Party. I stamped the leaves and flower images from Butterfly Basics in Crumb Cake. I stamped off first before stamping onto my card front to mute the overall look. I then stamped the butterfly image from the new In This World stamp set. Again I stamped off the Memento Black ink on scrap paper before stamping onto the card front. I used the scrap image to colour in and cut out for layering over the top of the Gold Metallic thread.

I finished off with some splatters in Rose Red using the image in Butterfly Basics and then I spattered some Gold Wink Of Stella over the card front. The sentiment is gold heat embossed and is from Thankful thoughts.

A few people have recently mentioned to me that they can recognise my cards on Pinterest without seeing my watermark or blog post. Do you think they will recognise this card as mine? I wonder. I don’t think it’s my usual style – do you?

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!

Butterfly Basics 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin' Up! Tracy May 02

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!

Butterfly Basics 2014 - 2016 In-colors from Stampin' Up! Tracy May 01

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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Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies Flip Card Video Tutorial

Free video tutorial of how to make a Butterfly flip card using Stampin’ Up!’s® Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies

Good morning everyone and how are you all today. I’m back today with what should have been Monday’s post. I had a few technical glitches loading my video tutorial to YouTube. It didn’t work…..and then it did! No rhyme or reason, I changed nothing and what failed one day suddenly worked the next. Very frustrating for someone who used to work in IT and used to be able to figure this stuff out – silly baby brain! (p.s. the kids are now 6 and 4, so when will my brain return? lol).

So without further ado, here’s an example of the card I show you how to make in the video tutorial.

stampin up free video tutorial flip card using butterflies thinlits dies

And then when you flip it….

stampin up free video tutorial flip card using butterflies thinlits dies

SPOILER ALERT: I’m so happy the Butterflies Thinlits™ Dies are carrying over into the new catalogue! And the Butterfly Basics stamp set is too! You can buy them together in a bundle and save 15% – available in wood, clear and photopolymer


I hope you enjoy the video – it’s been a long time since I did one and I felt a little bit rusty but soon got into the swing of it.

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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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