One more week left to purchase from the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Items list

The new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue will be available to order from, from Tuesday 1st July. That means you only have one more week left to buy from the retiring list.

Here’s a look back at some of my favourite cards using retiring items:

stampin up uk beautiful butterflies bigs independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
stampin up uk happy day card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Happy Day wood or clear
stampin up uk Simply stars card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Simply Stars wood (sold out) or clear 
stampin up uk Simply sketched card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Simply Sketched wood or clear & Express Yourself wood or clear (sold out)

stampin up uk Butterfly collection wheel independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Stampin up uk Clockworks male card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Clockworks wood (sold out) or clear

Stampin up uk Beautifully Baroque vintage card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Beautifully Baroque (sold out)
As you can see a number of items have sold out, so be quick to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourites.
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How many retiring Stampin’ Up! stamp sets can you get on one card?

Good morning everyone. It’s a lovely sunny day today. We’re not back into the normal school routine though as my eldest son got chicken pox last week, on his 5th birthday poor thing, so he’s not back to school yet.


Well on with the show. The answer to the question in the title is in fact 4. Yes I’m sad to say Simply Stars, Off the Grid, Film Strip and Express Yourself are all on the retiring list! I’m happy to say that Gorgeous Grunge, however, is here to stay! Yippee – that one is one of my favourites.

The silver glimmer paper is also retiring, but will be back in a slightly different form in the new catalogue! Again it’s another favourite so I am happy its not disappearing altogether.

I know that products on the retiring list in the US sold out fairly quickly, so if there is anything on the list that you have had your eye on, I would advise placing and order for it sooner rather than later!

The new catalogue is out on July 1st, but if you can’t wait until then to get your hands on some of the gorgeous new goodies, why not join my team either at the normal price starter kit priced at 129€/£99 (175€/£130 product value) or with the limited time offer starter kit of 65€/£50 for which you can choose 70€/£55 of product value. Interested? Go on give me a call

A “bokeh effect” background using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone. I hope you are well. Well super fast, it seems, we are back to gearing up for the weekend. We’re busy this weekend but not with social engagements for us. The boys have parties both Saturday and Sunday – they have better social lives than my husband and I! Lol.

The weather hasn’t been that great for the last few days. It’s been quite cold and rainy and not May-like at all. I felt in the need for some bright cheery colours, so today’s project is using Daffodil Delight. It was actually super quick to make. I knocked it up this morning just before taking my son to playgroup as I changed my mind about what I wanted to post this morning! That’s one of the perks of being your own boss!

I’ve been wanting to try out this background technique for a while. I believe it’s called bokeh, which has been borrowed from photography. In photography the technique is used to blur the background of a photograph so the main focus of the image is sharp. The result is a series of “spots” of varying densities in the background. 
For my background I used a pencil with an eraser on the end. I simply inked the eraser with Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it randomly over the Whisper White card layer. I stamped a few times before re-inking to get the various shades. I really like the effect. 
Stampin up bokeh effect background Petite Petals punch Tracy May card making ideas
I decorated the card with some Linen Thread and Burlap Ribbon for the banner, over which I stuck a sentiment stamped in Black StazOn using the Express Yourself hostess set (wood/clear) onto Whisper White. I punched the flowers from Whisper White and Daffodil Delight using the Petite Petals Punch and one of the shapes from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. I then layered the card front onto a layer of Daffodil Delight mounted onto a Whisper White card blank.
I think this would make a great card for a few occasions – a thank you card or Easter card for example!
I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Simply Sketched – a Hostess Gift set

Well after the battle of bedtime on Saturday night, my youngest was up at 5 am Sunday morning! That obviously meant that so was I! By 8:30 am he was shattered so I put him back to bed – lucky him! He slept for 3 hours and my husband spent the time with our eldest son leaving me free to play.

Ever since I got the hostess set Simply Sketched I have wanted to make a notecard gift set to use as the Hostess gift at a party. This set can only be purchased with Hostess Rewards.  I have also wanted to try watercolouring with the poppy in the set. I love poppies and I especially love watercolour paintings of poppies.  I started off by stamping onto watercolour paper using black stazon ink and colouring the flower in with the aqua painters and some ink from the reinkers but I didn’t like the results. 

Not giving up though I decided to try out the Stampin’ Write Markers. I coloured the real red and old olive ones directly onto the stamp before spritzing the stamp with water. I then stamped the image onto whisper white card stock. 

The first couple of tries I used a bit too much water but I have used the images anyway as I really like them.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I also used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and honeycomb embossing folder for the background. The sentiment is also from a hostess set, Express Yourself.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I used Pear Pizazz as the background as a contrast to the Old Olive layer. I also only embossed a small section of the card by using a strip of cardboard placed over the outside of the embossing folder. I ran it through the bigshot on the multipurpose platform with all tabs closed, but only using one cutting plate instead of two.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I finished off the cards by cutting out the flowers and coloured card layers using the new squares framelits and adding some of the new candy dots.

Would you like to receive this set of cards as a Hostess gift? If so and you would like more information about hosting a Stampin’ Up! party please feel free to contact me 07788746908 or

To make these cards you will need the following:

Stamp sets: Simply Sketched and Express Yourself (hostess rewards only), Gorgeous Grunge (Wood) 29,95 € | £21.95 130514, (Clear) 23,95 € | £17.95 130517
Cardstock: Old Olive (Brights)106576 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Real Red (Brights)106578 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Basic Gray (Neutrals)121689 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Smoky Slate (Neutrals)131291 £6.25 | 8,50 € (all A4 x 24 sheets), Whisper White (Neutrals) 106549 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets), Very Vanilla (Neutrals) 106550 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets)
Ink pads:  Old Olive (Brights) 126953 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Real Red (Brights)126949 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Basic Gray (Neutrals)126981 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Smoky Slate (Neutrals)131179 £4.95 | 6,50 €
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Old Olive (Brights) 100079 £2.95 | 3,95 €, Real Red (Brights) 100052 £2.95 | 3,95 €
Embellishment: Candy Dots £5.50 | 6,95 € Brights 130931 , Neutrals 130934 (100 pieces, 10 in each colour)
Accessories: Honeycomb embossing folder £7.50 | 9,50 €, Square Framelits 29,95 € | £22.95 130921 8 layering dies

If you would like to order any of the products used or alternative options to hosting a party, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or

Happy Day(s)

Hi, how’s your weekend going so far? 
I’ve been quite productive – my mother-in-law and I finished fixing the trampoline surround yesterday. My 4 year old son had managed to rip an enormous gash all along one of the panels so I decided to “Make Do and Mend”. My son tried to “help” before I chased him away. It’s hard to sew when you are sitting on a trampoline with someone bouncing on it! 
Once the kids were in bed I managed to finish a card and present for one of my best friends. It was her birthday yesterday – I know, I know late again!! I will post some pictures of the card and present after I have handed them over to her on Wednesday when I see her.
Today’s card is one that was inspired by a card one of my fellow Pinkies Lizy Bartaby posted on her blog Creatin’ and Stampin’. Take a look at Lizy’s card here.
I love the overstamping style and have used it quite a lot with other stamp sets, but I hadn’t actually thought to use it with Happy Day until I saw the background on Lizy’s card. 
Stampin Up Demonstrator Happy Days Card Making Tracy May
I’m really pleased with the results and I just love the new In-Colours as well especially Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. Which ones are your favourites?
The products used are:
Whisper White A4 card stock 106549 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Strawberry Slush A4 card stock 131300 £6.25 | 8,50 €,  Strawberry Slush ink 131178 £4.95 | 6,50 €,  Happy Day Stamp set (W) 130294 £19.95 | 26,95 €, (C) 130297 £15.95 | 21,95 €, Express Yourself (Hostess Only Stamp set) (W) 130336, (C) 130339

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about how you can order the hostess only stamp sets, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or