Cards for Keeps with Stampin’ Up! UK

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. We did, but it went so fast!

Today’s card is one I made for the Card for Keeps campaign that Stampin’ Up!® is involved with in the UK to raise money for the children’s charity Corum.  Stampin’ Up! have asked a number of well known celebrities to create cards using SU products, which are now being auctioned off on eBay. The Tom Hiddleston card is already up to £2,650, which is absolutely awesome. The bidding doesn’t close until Friday and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all the cards to raise as much money as possible for this charity.
In addition, SU ran a competition for demonstrators to submit cards, one of which would be selection by Shelly Gardner (CEO of Stampin’ Up!) and her daughter Sarah Douglas to be entered into the auction, along side the celebrities’ cards. I didn’t win (you can see the winning entry here), but as they say it’s the taking part that counts! Lol. It’s a little different from my usual style. 
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May fresh prints shabby chic card making ideas
For the background, to the front panel I used the same method I did for this card (I made them at the same time).
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May fresh prints shabby chic card making ideas
I stitched the DSP pocket on 3 sides to the front layer and made a label to pop inside.
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May fresh prints shabby chic card making ideas
For this card I used:
Stamps: Dictionary Background wood or clear, Fabulous Phrases wood or clear
Tools: Beautiful Butterflies Bigz, Full Heart Punch, Undefined Stamp Carving Kit (for butterfly image stamped onto the dictionary print background)
I hope you liked today’s project. Be sure to check out the charity auction on ebay!

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

Fresh Prints Notebook and Sticky Note holder – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I don’t know about you but I tend to procrastinate over decisions! These can be big or small decisions, but these days I just can’t seem to make up my mind quickly over certain things. One of the things I uhmed and ahhed about before taking the plunge, was becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I’m glad I did though, as I researched a bit and found the right upline for me. Before I signed up, we had a good chat about what being a demonstrator involves, and she never put any pressure on me at all. I am so glad that I did become a demonstrator as I love it. I now hold my own classes, meet new people through home parties and get together with fellow crafters in my upline’s team for training, inspiration sessions and good fun chatting and crafting. I always take a notebook to these events to get down all those handy hints and tips. These days I always decorate plain notebooks myself, just like the one below. 

Are you like me – uhming and ahhing about whether to sign up? If so and you would like to chat through with someone who has been there herself, then please feel free to give me a call or email me and I will happily pass on my own experiences of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Whilst I would love you to join my team, I will not pressurise you into anything. It’s important you sign up with the right person for you.

Also with it being Sale-a-bration you get to choose an extra £20 of free product in your starter kit.

If you do decide to join my team, I will send you a little welcome gift including a welcome to my team information sheet, a colour sampler of all the current Stampin’ Up! card stock as well as a matching notebook and sticky note holder set similar to the ones pictured.

To create your own altered notebooks and sticky notes holders you will need:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Stamps: ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
Punches: Blossom and Pansy
Embellishments: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread

Hand Stitched Fresh Prints – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I often make projects in between doing other things, running around after the boys, housework, dinner, life in general. I don’t know if I would call it multi-tasking as that makes me sound far too organised lol!

Well last week, I was in the middle of making a thank you card using the Fresh Prints DSP and the Blossom and Pansy Punches. I had paper pierced around the Crumb Cake layer and stuck a mat of Fresh Prints Coastal Cabana spotty design DSP onto it. That was as far as I had got. After I had put the boys in bed one night, I decided to have a “quick” browse on Pinterest. One of the first cards I saw was remarkably similar to the one I was making, except it had stitching around the edges!

I likey was my immediate thought. No sewing machine was my second thought. Another row of paper-piercing was my third thought and after about an hour of hand stitching using the paper-pierced holes my card was completed.

I liked it so much I decided to make another one using the Crumb Cake spotty print on a Coastal Cabana layer. Again the hand stitching took about an hour. 
Even though I did find it quite relaxing sitting there thinking of nothing else, I do feel the purchase of a little sewing machine coming on. I love this look and have some other projects in mind too. So if anyone has any recommendations of small sewing machines that would be ideal for paper crafts then please leave me a comment below or email me direct on
I suppose I could have done faux stitching with a gel pen or chalk maker but that would have been too easy of course! Lol.
For these cards you will need:
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White;
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP stack;
Stamp sets: Express Yourself (Hostess set);
Tools: Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, Stampin’ Piercer and Pierce Mat
Embellishments: In Colour Boutique Details, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread
I hope you liked today’s projects.