European Convention – my swaps!

Usually my style is CAS (clean and simple), however, I decided to go for a completely different style for my convention swaps! I thought I would be adventurous and it seems to have paid off judging by the comments from some of the other demonstrators I swapped with!

For these cards you will need:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge W-130514, C-130517, Off the Grid W-130736, Blooming with Kindness W-131961, C-126422, Happy Day W-130294, C-130297, Dictionary Background W-130348, C-130351
A4 Card Stock: Basic Black 121688, Real Red 106578, Crumb Cake 121685
Ink Pads: Whisper White (Craft) 101731, Basic Black 126980, Versamark 102283
Other: White embossing powder 109132, Bitty Butterfly Punch129406, Bubble wrap
Convention was fantastic! I will be posting more pictures as soon as I get the chance so pop back later this week for another look.

Gorgeous and Pretty Grunge using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I’ve been feeling indecisive the last couple of weeks. It may be that we are all feeling a bit unsettled at home at the moment, with starting school and a new playgroup – oh and some teething thrown in to keep us all awake at night too!!

Anyway I wanted to share the projects we made last Thursday in class. As I said, I have been a bit indecisive lately and this reflected itself in trying to choose the colour scheme for my designs. I love girly, feminine designs but its not something that I normally tend to make myself. I seem to end up at the clean and simple end of the craft theme spectrum, but I really wanted to use some ribbon and come up with a pretty look. I tried out to colour schemes and I really like both. I wasn’t sure which one the ladies would prefer so in the end I decided to let them chose which one they wanted to make. Both schemes were chosen and one lady even decided to mix it up a little and do combine the two.

My first colour scheme was Soft Suede and Blushing Bride. I used Blushing Bride Core’dinations Card Stock for the tag, which I sanded prior to stampin with Soft Suede ink. The background is Gorgeous Grunge stamped in Whisper White Craft ink. I think the Chevron ribbon is the perfect ribbon for this tag!

I then tried out Crumb Cake and Marina Mist. This time I heat embossed the image on the Core’dinations tag. The background is Gorgeous Grunge stamped in Crumb Cake. I also stamped the poppy from Simply Sketched on the card, first in crumb cake and then I overstamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white. I removed some of the versamark from the stamp before stamping to get a broken image to show some of the crumb cake ink below.

I have a confession! There was originally a celophane bag in the Marina Mist one with some chocoloate in. They didn’t last long enough to make it into the photo! Ooops.
We also made another card with some DSP but I seem to have neglected to take any photos of those. I will have to get them out and take some pictures in the morning when the light is better.
For now though, if you would like to make these projects you can buy all the products used in my Online store here (Click the Shop button top right once you’re on my Stampin’ Up! site). The Simply Sketched Stamp set is a Hostess only stamp set that can be redeemed with hostess rewards. Don’t forget to use my mystery hostess code if your order is under £150. The current code can be BEANNUVH can be used until end of 30th September. I will post a new code from October 1st so check later posts if you are viewing this after that date.
For the projects you will need:
A4 Card stock: Soft Suede 119982 or Crumb Cake 121685
12 x 12 Card Stock Subtles Core’dinations 129954
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink 101731, Versamark Ink 102283, Soft Suede126978, Crumb Cake 126975
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge  W 130514, C 130517, Simply Sketched W 129669 C 129672
Accessories: Stampin’ Emboss Powder White 109132,  Stampin’ Sanding Block 129367, Chalk Talk Framelits 129983, Chevron Ribbon Blushing Bride 130013, Marina Mist 130016

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

Stars & Stripes ( ok Stitching really, not stripes)

 Hey, how’re you doing?

At time of writing I am currently in the midst of the battle of bedtime with the Bedlam brothers.  The eldest insists on wrapping himself up tight in the sheet completely covering his head as well, whilst the youngest just refuses to stay in bed. He keeps getting out and hiding in the little Ikea tent they have in their bedroom.  Eventually he will wear himself out and fall asleep, but not before he’s worn me out too. Unfortunately no matter how late he gets off to sleep, he’s up unreasonably early the next day too. Grrr – no lie in for me then!

Anyway, I wanted to share a card that is a mix of two that I cased (copy and share everything) from Pinterest.

Here’s my card:

Stampin up demonstrator card making simply stars gorgeous grunge

And here is the first card I cased with hearts instead of stars. The stars and grunge idea came from this card. I chose the colour scheme of old olive and cherry cobbler after receiving my Seasonal Happiness (new SU autumn/winter catalogue) this week in the post.

Stampin up demonstrator card making simply stars gorgeous grunge

For the stitching on the card, I used my paper piercer and Essentials paper piercing template and then hand sewed through the holes, as I do not own a sewing machine. I got put off sewing when I was at school as my needlework teacher didn’t seem to like me. She certainly was not amused when I stitched the apron we were making to my school tie and she had to unpick it for me. I thought it was hilarious. Well you do when you’re 11/12 years old don’t you?  In fairness I was probably one of many who had done it and so she was fed up with having to unpick all those tiny stitches!

Well I hope you like the project. All has gone quiet upstairs so I’m off to check they are finally asleep 🙂

For this project you would need:

  • Cardstock: Old Olive (Brights)106576 £6.25 | 8,50 € (A4 x 24 sheets), Whisper White (Neutrals) 106549 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets) 
  • Ink: Old Olive (Brights) 126953 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Cherry Cobler (Regals)126966 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Stamps: (New) Gorgeous Grunge (Wood) 29,95 € | £21.95 130514, (Clear) 23,95 € | £17.95 130517, Simply Stars (Wood) 16,95 € | £12.95 130889, (Clear) 13,95 € | £9.95 130892, 
  • Tools: Paper snips (best scissors ever!) 103579 £8.95 | 11,95 €, Paper-piercing tool 126189 £3.50 | 4,95 €, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199 £4.50 | 5,95 €, Paper-piercing pack Essentials 126187 £7.25 | 9,50 €, needle and cotton (non SU) – obviously you can use a sewing machine if you have one 🙂

Washi meets MDS!

Stampin Up Washi Tape Elegant Bitty Butterfly Grunge Tracy May Card Making

Having seen so many combinations of ink splodges and washi tape on Pinterest and Google I couldn’t wait to have a go at it myself.

So while I was waiting for my new Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to be delivered last week I had a little play with the ink splodges stamps in MDS (My Digital Studio), which is Stampin’ Up!’s digital design software, due to be released in the near future to the European market.

It’s really easy to use once you get started and I can’t wait to have another go. I’m going to design my new business cards and postcards in it and get them all printed out. 

Anyways, back to my card – I printed out the splodges onto Whisper White cardstock and then layered over the image with strips of washi tape. I punched out the butterflies and stuck them over the top of the washi tape with a Stampin’ dimensional.

Stampin Up Washi Tape Elegant Bitty Butterfly Grunge Tracy May

When my four-year-old son saw the card after I had finished, he exclaimed “Wow – that’s cool”.
I even changed the colours of the ink in MDS to match the washi tape. He is absolutely right – that is cool! 

The supplies I used to create my card are as follows:

Card stock: Whisper White A4 9,75 € | £7.50 106549, Basic Gray A4 8,50 € | £6.25 121689 Accessories: Punches – Bitty Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 129406, Elegant Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 127526, Epic Day This & That Washi Tape 5,95 € | £4.50 131269 

MDS will be coming soon! Check back here for more information at a later date

In the meantime if you would like to order any of the other supplies used in this card then please either give me a call on 07788746908 or email me on

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