Birthday Blooms Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board Gift Box

Birthday Blooms Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board Gift Box

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue and Sale-a-bration

I’m back today with a project that was inspired by Pootles aka Sam Donald. She had posted a very pretty pink gift box (which you can see here) using Birthday Blooms to decorate it. I decided to use the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board to make my box. It’s really quick and easy and I will have a video for you next week with a different stamp set and colour scheme and all the measurements etc. The box is specifically sized for a box of Rose and Violet flavoured chocolates, that I was sending to a lovely friend of mine.

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board Birthday Blooms Tracy May UK Demonstrator

The gift box is made out of the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I used the silvery polka dot print. Then layered a piece of Smoky Slate Card stock over what would have been the back, if it were an envelope.

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board Birthday Blooms Tracy May UK Demonstrator

The flower from Birthday Blooms is stamped in Smoky Slate onto Shimmery White Card stock. I added the strips of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper – which is gorgeous – and stamped some pink flowers to add a touch of colour.

What do you think? I love it, but then I would, wouldn’t I? Lol! But more importantly my friend loved it too!

One of the best things for me about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, is the people you meet. I would not have met my lovely friend, if it weren’t for Stampin’ Up! I am part of a team of wonderful, warm, friendly and fun people.

As well as the face-to-face-occasions for get togethers meeting up in the virtual world is so easy in today’s technology and I love that I can interact with people in different countries both in Europe and often over the other side of the world to me.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, and you are interested in signing up as a Demonstrator, I would love to welcome you to my growing team!

You can become a demonstrator for just 129 €/£99 and choose a whopping 220 € / £160 worth of product for your Starter Kit. Plus, the kit ships for free!

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue and Sale-a-bration

Just to show you how great that is really, the standard joining deal is 129 €/£99 and and you can choose 45 €/£30 more of FREE products. With Sale-a-bration you can choose an extra 45 €/£30 on top of that!

If you already know the details and just want to sign up simply click here!

If you’re not sure and would like to chat it through, then feel free to contact me – or + 44(0)7788746908. I can welcome team members from the UK of course, but also from Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands, which is fantastic!

Oops, with all the excitement about the Joining offer, I almost forgot to post this week’s deals:

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If you would like any of the products used and are happy to shop with me, simply click on the table below and you will be taken to my online shop, don’t forget to enter the code shown below and on the side bar for your free gift. Thanks for your support!

Let me know if you need a copy of the Spring/Summer Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure and I will send you one (UK, NL, DE, FR, AT only I’m afraid)

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Christmas Bonanza – Free Tutorials

A while back I posted a picture of a fun shaker card for little boys using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set. I was asked to make a tutorial for it, and finally, as promised I have now managed to write one (sorry it’s taken so long Lisa!). In fact there are two tutorials – one for the pocket part and one for the shaker part. I made the shaker card below with my class in September.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Originally I cased this card from Dawn Olshefski’s Valentine Heart shaker card.

The star shape is a little trickier to use the shaker frames with but it’s such a great shape it’s worth a little extra effort I think. If you’re using a different shape just adapt the tutorial accordingly. Download the Star Shaker Card Instructions here.

The second tutorial is for the pocket part of the Sea Street Shaker card. I wanted to make a Christmas card in this style but didn’t have time to make it a shaker one so I used a large snowflake from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die. Click here to see how I cut out the snowflake using the card thinlits.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Forgive the photography – I’m not set up to take great photos at the moment. The extension to the house is still in progress so I don’t have my nice new craft room set up yet!

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas


You can download the tutorial for the pocket here – Pocket Card Instructions.

Well I hope you enjoy the projects and give them a go! If you would like any further information about Stampin’ Up!, the products, hosting a party or signing up as a demonstrator please feel free to contact me

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Thanks for stopping by

Tracy x


Star Gift Box Tutorial using Stampin’ Up! products

We appear to slipping into late nights and lazy mornings over the summer holidays. It’s quite a nice change from the usual morning routine of chasing around after small children trying to get them dressed and out on time for the school run! Lol.

Anyway on to today’s project using Stampin’ Up!® products – it is the promised star shaped gift box tutorial, that I first showcased for the recent Pinkies Blog Hop.

I recreated this project for my monthly card class, giving it a Christmassy colour scheme this time.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May stars gift ideas
The box looks more complicated to make than it is. Essentially it’s made the same way as a Christmas cracker on one end. I simply scored the card stock (with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool) then used the Envelope Punch Board for the top of the box.
stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
Cut a piece of card stock to 7″ x 10.5″. Decorate as required then score the long side at 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” and 10”. Score the short side at 1.5”, 4.5” and 5.5” then burnish the score lines. 
stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
The top of the box needs to be folded valley (5.5″ score line) then mountain (4.5″ score line) as shown.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
Using the envelope punch board, cut a notch in the card stock at the 5.5” score line, by folding over along the score lines at 2” so that the card stock is doubled over, line up the score line in the centre of the punch. Repeat for 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and finally punch the outer edge (see picture below for guidance).
stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
Cut up the bottom flaps as shown in the picture above. Stick a strip of sticky tape down the score line of the ½” section. Remove the backing and adhere the box together as shown in the picture below.
stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
Stick some sticky strip to two of the bottom flaps. Fold the others in first then fold over the remaining two to close the bottom of the box. Cover with a circle of matching card stock to neaten the appearance.
stampin up uk independent demonstrator star gift ideas tutorial
To close the box push the top most score lines inwards to bring the box opening semi shut. Tie some Baker’s twine or ribbon around it to keep it shut (once contents have been placed inside). Finally pinch the top into a star shape.
I hope you’re inspired to give it a go. It really is quite straightforward. Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by x

Thank you note cards using Stampin’ Up! Garden party stamps

As I mentioned last week, this week’s posts will all be showcasing new products from the Annual Stampin’ Up!® 2014-2015 catalogue. Today’s creative inspiration is in the form of a set of Thank you note cards using the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.

I chose Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso with a touch of Crumb Cake as the colour scheme.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May garden party thank you card making ideas

I’m show casing the Garden Party rubber stamp set, available in wood or clear. This is such a versatile little set, as well as Thank you cards it could be used for invites (to a garden party maybe lol!), birthday cards, to decorate gift wrap. I think it would also make sweet cards for little girls, teenage girls, grown up girls……  I have loads of ideas I will be trying out with this set.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May garden party envelope punch board thank you card making ideas

I made the note card holder using the Envelope Punch Board. Essentially it is just a box envelope. I used Pear Pizazz cut to 19.3cm x 19.3cm. I then punched and scored at 7.7cm and then 9.1cm before using the score guide to line up and score all the other folds. I cut one of the ends off and then adhered the bottom and the side flaps together. I decorated with a panel of Early Espresso and stamped a background on the Blushing Bride panel using Blushing Bride ink (You could also stamp this in white craft ink for more of a contrast). I then stamped and cut out a few flowers to embellish it.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May garden party thank you card making ideas
I also stamped inside each card with the main stamp featured on the outside. 
stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May garden party thank you card making ideas
This set was so quick and easy to put together. I hope you like it.
Wow – I don’t know where this morning has gone! I’ve got to pick up my youngest son from playgroup soon. It’s his last week there, which is actually quite sad, as the ladies who run the group are lovely! They break up for the summer holidays the week before the school does. Lewis is off to nursery in the new term. I can’t quite believe that’s come around so quickly. We’ll soon be buying school shoes and trying on uniforms to make sure they fit! I’ve challenged myself with not leaving this til the end of summer like I did last year! Everything had run out so I ended up making 4 or 5 different trips to various shopping centres to get everything we needed – I think an online shop at the start of the summer is the key! 
Talking of online shopping – don’t forget you can click through the links of the products above to go directly to my online shop! 
Thanks for stopping by, see you Wednesday xx

100th Blog post giveaway & Gift box ideas with Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning, everyone. I hope you are having a great bank holiday (UK), long weekend elsewhere.

Well this is my 100th post – woohoo. Soooo if you live in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands or the UK, leave me a comment for the chance to win a packet of Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.

The winner will be picked at random. The draw will close at 10pm BST Tuesday 27th May 2014. I will contact the winner by email to get their delivery address details.

Well we’ve been super busy again with parties both the boys own party and their friends, so I thought I would share some gift wrapping ideas with you. These are the actual gifts for the parties the boys were invited to.

The first gift box is for a little girl made with the Envelope Punch Board. I used a fantastic spreadsheet by a super talented fellow pinkie, Caroline – Crafty Hallet, which you can find here. It’s very simple to use, all you need to do is enter the measurements (length, width and depth) in centimetres, of the box you want to make, and the spreadsheet works out what size card stock or DSP you need to start with and where your first and second punch and score points are on the board.

Stampin up uk birthday basics dsp envelope punch board gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
The second gift box is an oversized lego brick. I saw a fantastic little matchbox size lego brick box on Pinterest a little while ago (click here to see it), which gave me the idea of making a large one for the lego kits I buy for my elder son’s friends, when he is invited to their birthdays. I don’t think you can go far wrong with lego as far as kids are concerned really. 
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
I made a personalised tag and slipped it inside the box.
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
The box is so easy to make. You simply measure the width, length and depth of the lego box that you want to go inside (or any other boxed gift), then add 2 x the depth to the length and width to get the size of the bottom of the box.
e.g. the lego box I used measured 19cm long, 14cm wide and was 4.5cm deep so I added 9cm to the length and width meaning I cut 2 pieces of 12×12″ Real Red card stock to 23cm x 23cm. I then scored it on all 4 sides at 4.5cm using my Stampin’ Trimmer, snipped up the score lines on one side of all 4 corners and stuck together using sticky strip (double sided sticky tape). For the top I simply adjusted the score line down to 4.4 cm all the way around
Stampin up uk lego gift box independent demonstrator Tracy May
I punched out two thumb hole semi-circles so the lid could be removed more easily. Then I punched out 6 1 3/4″ circles of Real Red and adhered them to the lid, with Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise them up.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Check out the list of “ingredients” below:
Girl’s Envelope Punch Board Gift Box
Card Stock: Whisper White & Crisp Cantaloupe (Tag), Bermuda Bay (Flower)
Embellishment: Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine (from SAB)
Lego Gift Box:
Card Stock: Real RedWhisper White (Tag)
Have a good day, thanks for stopping by! Remember if you would like more information about joining Stampin’ Up! or hosting a party please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat. 

Hip Hip Hooray I’m Getting Organised!! – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Unusually for me, this year, I made a New Year’s Resolution to be more organised in both my personal and business lives. Normally I don’t make resolutions as I generally don’t tend to stick to them, but I’m actually doing ok so far!

Firstly, I got up to date with all my Business admin, diving head first into excel spreadsheets and a free mind mapping software (called Xmind) to organise my classes and parties better. Mind mapping is just a tool to link related topics together using a main topic and then subtopics that are attached to it. I find it easier than trying to keep things in lists as they tend to get all jumbled up and messy. I can now keep all the information about the class/party such as the projects, pictures of the projects and instruction documents linked in one handy document.

Once I was caught up with everything, I wanted to make sure I stayed on top of it all, which requires planning and scheduling things in to fit around family life. When it comes to diary management though I am strictly an old fashioned paper girl.

Firstly I dug out an old A5 Filofax I had stuck in a drawer and, to keep it a bit more lively and interesting, I printed off some colourful month and week planners I found on Pinterest, as well as some blog planning pages. They aren’t really designed for A5 though, and there are a few things I want to add,  so I will be designing my own in MDS soon. I’ve added it to my To Do list!

I created some dividers, as well, using the Envelope punch board to create the File Tabs. I decorated them with the Sale-a-bration Petal Parade stamp set and the ABC – 123 Outline Alphabet stamps from the annual catalogue. What do you think? I really like them and it certainly brightens up my Filofax.

stampin up organisation ideas diary inserts envelope punch board petal parade

As well as my Filofax, I bought some spiral bound Kraft notebooks. I prefer spiral bound so you can tear pages out if necessary, without destroying a whole note book. The arrival of the new Hip Hip Hooray Kit was perfect timing to decorate them.

Stampin up card making ideas kit Tracy May

The kit is fantastic and I love it. It contains everything (and I mean everything) you need to make 20 cards. Its got card bases and envelopes, pretty stickers to decorate, a sentiment stamp set with 3 different stamps, an acrylic block for the stamps, a Basic Grey ink spot and some other embellishments too. It is perfect for beginners, but seasoned crafters will love it too, especially for a last minute card required in a hurry.

stampin up gift ideas hip hip hooray kit altered notebooks Tracy May

Products used in today’s projects:

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit 
Stamp Sets: Petal Parade (free SAB gift), ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers
Ink pads: Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, StazOn Black
Tools: Envelope Punch Board

Don’t forget you only have until 31st March to get your free Sale-a-bration gift.

Envelope Punch Board Notelet holder Hostess Gift – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Hello again. I hope you enjoyed my video from Wednesday! I have another one for you today. I had the rare opportunity on Sunday to do some filming, as my husband had taken the bedlam brothers out for a run about in the local park. I managed to film four tutorials in total. The other two will be posted over the course of the next few weeks.

In the meantime today’s tutorial is for another envelope punch board box. I could become addicted to making them. They are so easy to make, once you have your measurements sorted out. I got through a few sheets of retired card stock working this one out. I wanted it to hold 3×3″ notelets, with embellishments. I am doing a party next week and this will be the demonstration and hostess gift. I will post the make and take next week after the party.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial. If you do, please do subscribe to my Youtube channel, as I will be posting more video tutorials soon and as I have caught the filming bug, I will definitely be filming more projects in the future.

Video Tutorial Envelope Punch Board Gift Box – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Well hello, I hope you are all well. Today is forecast to be warm and sunny, so I am off to a country park with my youngest son, meeting up with a friend and her daughter. I’m sure the little ones will love being out in the fresh air, whooping around the play area. I’ll certainly enjoy not being rained on or standing around shivering, that’s for sure.

Anyway as promised, here is the video tutorial for this box I posted a few weeks ago….

I hope you enjoy the video. I will be posting a final video (for the time being) for a different box using the envelope punch board on Friday, so please pop back then.

Have a great day 

Envelope Punch Board Gift Boxes – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I love the envelope punch board, and not just for making envelopes! I have been making boxes for gifts. I have some parties booked in during the Sale-a-bration period (ends 31st March), and I thought these boxes would be ideal for either Draw Prize or Hostess gifts, that I will demonstrate how to make at the party itself.

The box below is made from Basic Black 12 x 12″ card stock with a lid made from Modern Medley DSP. I decorated the lid with two Real Red Roses made using the new Spiral Flower Die. I love the contrast of the red against the Basic Black and Very Vanilla.

This will be perfect for a hostess gift or Draw Prize gift filled with chocolates. 
I also made a matching card but punched the flowers from the Blossom and Pansy Punches. 
I’ve also made a shallower box from the Envelope Punch Board, which will filled with notelets. Again, this will be a demonstration during a party and will become the Hostess Gift. I am going to make little video tutorial of how to make it very soon.
I hope you have liked these projects. To recreate them you will need:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Real Red
DSP: Modern Medley
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Spiral Flower Die, Paper Piercing Tool, Blossom and Pansy Punch
Embellishments: 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Real Red, Very Vintage Designer Button

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