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….. amid the chaos (building work, youngest son starting nursery, life in general) here’s a little Stampin’ Up!® calm.  During a massive clear out of absolutely everything, every cupboard, garage, shed etc, I came across a folder with clippings of cards I had cut from magazines when I first started making cards. I kept a few but threw the rest out (I’ve discovered Pinterest since then!). One of the ones I kept I used as the sketch for this card.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I used the Park Lane Designer Series Paper again and my favourite Elegant Butterfly punch. The sentiment if from the Good Greetings rubber stamp set which can be ordered for free on orders over £200 until the end of October. I love the handwriting style of the sentiments in this set. It’s very versatile.

Thinking about signing up as a demonstrator? Well I have a fantastic joining offer to share with you today. Sign up between now and October 24th and in addition to paying £99 for your starter kit but being able to choose £130 worth of product, you will also be able to order one free pack of Designer Series Paper every month for 6 months (starting from November).

Give me a call or drop me an email if you would like more information. Already know you’re ready? Then sign up here now.
Need to stock up on a few things? Check out this fabulous discount 15% off on selected paper packs and ink pads and 20% off on selected stamp sets. This is a limited time offer to celebrate World Card Making Day this weekend. Offer available until 6th October.
And finally – don’t forget to check out this week’s Weekly Deals in my online shop!

Elegant Park Lane Butterfly card | Stampin’ Up! products

It was my Mother-in-Law’s birthday recently and as usual I had left it till the last minute to make her cards. I always make one from the boys and one from my husband and I. I saw this lovely card on Pinterest using a template but I decided to come up with a quick work around as I don’t have a very good working relationship with my printer lol!

I love the Elegant Butterfly Punch from Stampin’ Up!. It was the very first punch I bought and I was hooked from then on. The card base is a 3″x3″ gate fold made from Whisper White, with the butterfly forming the “closure”.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas butterflies

I forgot to take a photo before I got my son to write his message in it.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas butterflies
The “NAN” on the inside is cut out with the Little Letter Framelits and the sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss using the Sassy Salutations rubber stamp set (available in wood or clear). I stuck some Park Lane DSP underneath and popped the Whisper White panel up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.
So you want to see how I made the card base without printing a template? It’s very easy really. 
  • I cut my card stock to 8″ x 3″. Scored at 1″ 2.5″, 5.5″ and 7″. 
  • I then folded the first and last score lines as mountains and the inner 2.5″ and 5.5″ as valley folds. 
  • Punched out a butterfly from a sticky note, stuck it over the outside of the two outer flaps (as shown below). 
  • I traced around the outline of the butterfly with a pencil and then cut around it with my paper snips (fantastic little scissors!). 
  • I decorated the card front with Park Lane DSP and then cut an Old Olive Elegant Butterfly punch out in two and stuck over the Whisper White ones. 
  • Finally closing the card with Linen Thread

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. It was great fun to make and my Mother-in-Law loved it. I’ll show you the card I made from myself and my husband on Friday, so be sure to pop back then. In the meantime, don’t forget about this week’s Weekly Deals.

A quick and easy card using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone. How are you all today? Today’s card is a quick and easy card, completely different from the card I posted on Monday (here). If you follow my blog (and thank you, by the way, for those of you who do!) you will know that I love my little sewing machine for stitching round the edges of card/DSP. Well I have to hold my hands up and admit the stitching on today’s card is fake! The reason being, that I wanted the stitching to be black and I have not yet learnt how to transfer the cotton onto the spool that goes underneath the needle! I know terrible – I’ve had the machine for a couple of months now, you’d think I would have gotten around to that by now!! Lol!

Anyway, here is today’s project. A quick easy card, with faux (forgive me) stitching! I pierced around the edge first and then joined the dots with a black fine tip Sharpie Stylo pen.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May flower shop papillon potpourri pansy elegant butterfly punch card making in colour green
For today’s card I used:
Stamp sets: Flower Shop wood or clear, Papillon Potpourri wood or clear, Blooming with kindness
I hope you like today’s simple card. 
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Colour matching using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone, how are you today? I’m looking forward to a long bank holiday weekend here in the UK. Not sure what the weather is set to be like, but I hope some sunshine is on the cards. Talking of cards, on to today’s project.

Stampin Up 3x3 Elegant butterfly card Tracy May card making classes
Stampin' Up! 3x3 Elegant Butterfly Cards Tracy May Card Making ideas classes

If like me you are sometimes challenged by colour co-ordination, I have a little secret to share. It’s called the Stampin’ Up! Colour Coach. It’s a fantastic little tool for those times when you want to use a colour but aren’t sure what other colours will go with it. Every colour in the Stampin’ Up! range has its own card with two suggested colour combinations.

Stampin' Up! Colour Coach

Let’s take Bermuda Bay as an example (just because it’s one of my favourites). You can combine it with Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight for a bright vibrant feel or you can combine it with Tangerine Tango and Smoky Slate for a more subtle look. Some of the colours also have a “Dynamic Duo” for a monochromatic scheme: Bermuda Bay’s is Pool Party but Pool Party can also be used with Island Indigo as well.

My project today uses the Dynamic Duo combination as well as a pop of colour using one colour from the suggested colour combinations. I started off by stamping the watercolour mark in the lighter colour and the sentiment in the darker. I stamped the bubbles over the top in either gold or silver. I attached the top layer to a coloured mat (using the lighter colour from the duo) and then mounted this onto a 3″x 3″ card base. I then punched out the butterflies again using the dynamic duo combination with a contrasting candy dot brad and mounted these over either silver or gold baker’s twine.

Stampin' Up! 3x3 Elegant Butterfly Cards Tracy May Card Making ideas classes

From Top Right clockwise, I used the following combinations:

Soft Suede/Early Espresso with Gold – Candy Dot is Blushing Bride
Crisp Cantaloupe/Calypso Coral with Gold – Candy Dot is Soft Suede
Pool Party/Bermuda Bay with Silver – Candy Dot is Crushed Curry
Pear Pizazz/Old Olive with Gold – Candy Dot is Pumpkin Pie
Daffodil Delight/Crushed Curry with Gold – Candy Dot is Cherry Cobbler
Smoky Slate/Basic Grey with Silver – Candy Dot is Daffodil Delight
Basic Grey/(StazOn) Black with Silver – Candy Dot is Melon Mambo
Perfect Plum/Elegant Eggplant with Silver – Candy Dot is Rose Red

I am giving these cards to the ladies in my class to say Thank you for their class orders. I’m really lucky that I have such a great group of ladies who come every month. The class is very informal, friendly and cheerful and we have a lot of fun – so thank you again ladies! I appreciate your support.

For today’s project I used the following products:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink Pads: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, StazOn Black, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantaloupe, Encore Metallic Ink – Gold and Silver
Stamp Sets: Happy Watercolour wood or clear, Fabulous Phrases Wood or Clear
Embellishments: Brights Candy Dots, Neutrals Candy Dots, Subtles Candy Dots, Regals Candy Dots,  Candy Dots Brad Bases

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and see you soon.

Easter Thank you’s – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Good morning everyone. How are you all today? I had a nice lazy (ish) start to the day as my friend picked my eldest son up to take him to school for me. She lives a couple of streets away and has offered to pick him up on her way past a number of times now. It certainly makes for a calmer start to the day for me, as I only have to concentrate on getting him ready, instead of chasing him and his younger brother around trying to find various shoes, coats, water beakers and  bags.

A few weeks ago I had been on Pinterest (no surprise there!) and had seen a picture of a garden fence with big bright red butterflies and it immediately made me think of the Hardwood Background stamp (available in wood or clear) and the Beautiful Wings Embosslits. I made the card a Thank you card ….

Stampin up Beautiful Wings Hardwood thank you card Tracy May Card making ideas

…..and as I was planning on giving her a little gift too, the style of the card dictated the style of the treat bag I made to go with it. The measurements for the bag are the same as for the bunny bag you can find in my Youtube video.

Stampin up Beautiful Wings Hardwood thank you card Tracy May Card making ideas
(apologies about the picture quality)
Also as it is the last day of term today I made some little treat bags for the ladies at my youngest son’s playgroup and for my eldest son’s teachers.
Stampin up petite petals hardwood treat bag Tracy May gift ideas
The reason I bought the Petite Petals stamp set and punch bundle (available in wood or clear) and the Hardwood background stamp is because of a fellow Pinkie (Pink Lady – my upline’s team). Back in February we did a Pinkies blog hop to showcase products from the Spring/Summer Catalogue and one of Dutch Pinkies Caroline made a stunning card with this combination, which really showcased these stamps for me. You can see her card here
In addition to the products mentioned above you will need:
Stamp Set: Starburst Sayings wood or clear
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Give them a go – they are so easy and very effective! My friend loved her gift!

Butterfly Cards for any occasion – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the UK. As usual my cards were a last minute make, which is why I am only just posting pictures of them today!

When I first started making cards two years ago, I had no idea things such as craft rubber stamps existed. My knowledge of stamping was limited to the types of stamps that get used in banks or the post office. The second cards I made (after my husband’s 40th birthday cards) were Mother’s Day cards for my Mum and Mother-in-Law. I got my eldest son to finger paint the a sheet of card with different shades of blue paint or red paint. I then cut out a butterfly from a card blank, by hand, from a tracing of a picture of a butterfly and stuck the painted background behind it. I wrote the sentiment on by hand using children’s metallic paint pens. Needless to say when I look at the pictures I took now I cringe slightly by how amateurish they look, but at the time I was very proud of myself!

I decided to recreate that first Mother’s Day card design after talking to someone about the shaving foam ink marbling technique.

Stampin up beautiful butterfly bigz ink marbling Tracy May card making ideas
I don’t own an e-cutter (yet!) so I cut out a butterfly using the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz die and then traced around the outline on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I cut the butterfly by hand using a craft knife and cutting mat. I coloured around the outline with a Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker. The marbled ink effect was done using drops of Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay re-inkers swirled in shaving foam. It’s a fantastic technique, really good fun and a little messy! My boys will love trying this out! I spritzed the card with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spray to jazz it up a bit too.
Stampin up beautiful butterfly bigz ink marbling Tracy May card making ideas
The sentiment is printed from MDS (My Digital Studio) straight onto the card blank. I mounted the butterfly onto Bermuda Bay as a frame.  
The second card I made was just as much fun. 
Stampin up beautiful butterfly bigz Tracy May card making ideas
I stamped the Dictionary background stamp (clear or wood) using Early Espresso onto Whisper White and sponged  around the edges with Soft Suede. I mounted this onto Soft Suede card and stitched the butterflies onto it. The large butterfly is cut using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die from the Real Red Polka Dot Parade DSP. The smaller butterfly is cut from the Elegant Butterfly punch and sponged around the edges with Soft Suede. I stitched this onto a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap ribbon, which I then stitched to a piece of Fresh Prints DSP stack layered onto Crumb Cake. I stuck this onto a Whisper White card blank. I finished the card off with a sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners (wood or  clear) stamped in Soft Suede and cut out using the Bitty Banners framelits
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3×3″ Notelets & holder Hostess Gift – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Hey there. Do you remember last week I posted a video tutorial for a little notelet holder I made using the Envelope Punch Board? (Click here to view). Well last night was the party I had made the box for.

Stampin up sale-a-bration envelope punch board notelet holder Tracy May card making gift ideas

I demonstrated how easy it was to make the notelet holder at the party and together with a set of 6 3″x 3″ cards I had pre-made to go in it, presented it to the hostess as a thank you gift for hosting the party.

Stampin up sale-a-bration envelope punch board notelet holder Tracy May card making gift ideas
I couldn’t resist getting the sewing machine out again for the two cards below! I’m still not quite straight enough, but personally I think the beauty of handmade is sometimes in the little imperfections you can get. 
Stampin up sale-a-bration envelope punch board notelet holder Tracy May card making gift ideas
I used the free card kit you can choose as a SAB gift for the card below. I just cut the card base down to size. I think it looks really cute. 
Stampin up sale-a-bration envelope punch board notelet holder Tracy May card making gift ideas

Everyone enjoyed the evening and I had a great time too – I LOVE my job! What’s not to like? I get to meet lovely people and have fun sharing something that I love doing! I completely forgot to take my camera with me (big school girl error!), so unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the evening to be able to share with you.

The envelope punch board proved to be a hit and the Hip Hip Hooray Card kit was also very popular. The other products I used were:

Card stock: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango (for the sentiment on the SAB card kit card)
Tools: Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punch, 1 3/8 circle, 1 3/4 scallop circle punch, Hearts Framelits, Scallop TIEF
SAB items: Sweet Sorbet DSP, Cork embellishments, twine and card kit, Banner Blast, Banner punch

Fresh Prints & Butterflies – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Yay – it’s Friday. For some reason this week has felt like a long week, not that its really been any different to any other. The weather seems to be on the turn for the better with lighter evenings and the tree across the road has its spring blossom. The daffodils are flowering in my back garden too, so its definitely feeling more like spring is around the corner!

Today’s card helps with that feeling too. It’s a case of this one I saw on Pinterest, but I changed mine to use the Fresh Prints DSP and had fewer butterflies. I’m really pleased with the results. 
Stampin up demonstrator Bitty butterfly Elegant Butterfly punch Tracy May card making
The trusty new sewing machine was put to good use again. I have some other ideas of cards I want to make with it. Shame I don’t have to room to have it set up, ready and waiting – one day maybe! 
For today’s card I used the following products:

Cardstock: Coastal Cabana , Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
DSP: Fresh Prints
Stamp Set: Says it all (available in clear and wood)
Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Punches Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly

CAS – Colours and Sketches

Well I made the Top 3 of the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge – I was really happy especially as it was my first ever entry to a challenge blog. I will work out how to add the badge to my side bar at some point! ( I used to be technically savvy and then I had children and my brain no longer functions the way it used to – baby brain it’s called).

Anyway I now have the blog challenge bug and I have made this card to enter the CAS – Colours and Sketches Challenge – Sketch # 51.

Here’s the sketch:

And here’s my interpretation of it:
I recently bought the Circle Card Thinlits die and had it already when I saw the sketch for the challenge. Fits perfectly I thought!
For this project you would need:

Circle Card Thinlits die 133480,
A4 Card stock – Whisper White 106549, Soft Sky 131292, Strawberry Slush 131300,
Silver Glimmer paper 124005,
Stamps – Travel Journal Wheel 126937
Ink pads – Smoky Slate 131179,
Re-inkers – Smoky Slate 131159, Strawberry Slush 131167,
Tools: Aqua painters 103954, Big Shot 113439, Simply Stripes TIEF 132174,
Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle 120906, Artisan label 130920 , Bitty Butterfly 129406 and Elegant Butterfly 127526,
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones 119246, Whisper White Baker’s Twine 124262

I hope you like it!