Four Seasons Card using Stampin’ Up! products

I recently joined a monthly card swap challenge group on Facebook. It’s great fun, although I must admit I was a bit daunted by my first challenge. The card had to be a 5″ square card, with 4 panels – one for each season along with a number of other criteria. After much head scratching, this is what I came up with. I used all Stampin’ Up!® products and it was a real stash raider of a card.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas DSP
I decided to base the four season panels on Designer Series Paper, primarily because of the leaf patterned paper from Motley Monsters and also the “snowy” patterned paper from the All is Calm Speciality DSP, both from the Autumn-Winter 2014 Catalogue. The spring panel uses Park Lane DSP and the Summer panel is from the All Abloom DSP stack in the Annual 2014-2015 catalogue. 
I used a variety of embellishments from both the Autumn-Winter catalogue and the Annual Catalogue. The tags are spelt out using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet rubber stamp set. 
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas DSP
I decided to make a special envelope for the card using the same DSP as the Autumn panel on the card – for no other reason than autumn has well and truly kicked in now! 
I hope you like today’s project. Thanks for stopping by

Envelope Punch Board DVD gift envelope video tutorial – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

If you visited my blog on Saturday during the Pinkies Blog Hop, you will have seen the DVD gift envelope I made using Retro Fresh DSP (if you missed it click here). Well I am very excited to post my very first video tutorial today showing you how to make your own DVD envelope, using the Envelope Punch Board.

You can even use the measurements for Stampin’ Up!’s clear mount stamp sets as you will see in the video! How great is that?

So on with the show – I hope you enjoy it.

As promised in the video the measurements are:

DSP size: 

10 3/4″ x 10 3/4″ or 27.3cm x 27.3cm

Punch and score:

4 1/4″ or 10.8cm

5″ or 12.7cm

School’s Out for Summer!

Yes I have the Alice Cooper song running round and round in my head this morning. It reminds me of breaking up from school each summer when I was younger.

Now it’s my eldest son’s turn. This morning is his last day at nursery and he is excited about it, as it means he will be going to “big” school and the Shark’s class. Poor little love doesn’t realise that he has a 7 week gap first, which I need to fill with things to do!

I made some gifts for him to give to his teacher and the teaching assistants. This seems to be much more the done thing than when I was at school.  As we had a joint collection from the whole class anyway I kept it simple by with a re-covered notebook, post it note holder and a pen with the barrel covered in the new 2013 – 2015 In colours DSP (designer series paper).

Stampin Up Brights DSP paper craft Flower Shop Tracy May

 I followed a tutorial by the lovely Sam Hammond Donald (a fellow Pinkie) for the notebooks. You can see her tutorial here.

 For the sticky note holders I simply made it up. I knew I wanted a flap over the bottom as well as the top so I played around with some card stock until I had what I wanted.

The measurements are for a 7.5cm x 7.5cm sticky note pad. Cut your card stock to 19.5cm x 8.5cm. Score at 4cm, 5cm, 13cm and 14cm. You then cut three panels of DSP to 8cm x3.5cm, 8cm x 7.5cm and 8cm x 5cm.  I then stamped and punched out a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and glued it on the front slightly hanging over the top flap. Inside I have used some velcro circles I got from Amazon to keep the flaps closed.

The pens were amazingly the trikiest part. I had wanted to insert a roll of DSP into the barrel but the ends of the pens would not come out so I ended up glueing the paper onto the outside. A bit messy but I think they look great.

The products I used for the gifts are all Stampin’ Up!:

In colours 2013 – 2015 DSP 130136 £19.50 | 25,95 € (40 sheets), In colours 2013 – 2015 Cardstock and Pad kit 131293 £27.95 | 36,95 € (includes 5 ink pads and pack of 20 sheets A4) all items can also be bought separately – ink pads £4.95 | 6,50 € and A4 x 24 sheets cardstock £6.25 | 8,50 €, Stamp Sets: Flower Shop (W) 130939 £21.95 | 28,95 €, (C) 130942 £17.95 | 22,95 €, ABC – 123 Sketch Alphabet & Number (C only) 130565 £19.95 | 26,95 €.  Punches: 3/4″ (1.9cm) Circle 119873 £11.50 | 15,95 €, Pansy 130698 £14.25 | 19,25 €. The pansy punch and flower shop stamp set can be bought as a bundle saving 15%.

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about Stampin’ Up!, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or

See you soon