CAS (clean and simple) Butterfly card

Chaotic CAS (clean and simple) card created using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

I know chaotic and CAS (clean and simple) don’t usually appear in the same sentence but that’s what springs to mind when I look at this card. I made it for a friend’s birthday back at the end of November when I was in the midst of chaos with a building project to extend my home, yearning for peace and quiet and a clean house (not possible when you’ve got the builders in).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I haven’t posted a Butterfly card for a while so when I came across this in my pictures earlier I thought I would share it today, hence the .

I used a mixture of stamps (Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic and Says It All), threw in some DSP (Confetti Celebration) and some Linen thread as well. Despite the one little area of the card being kind of chaotic it still has lots of white space and makes for a CAS card – clean and simple!

I made a star shaped box to match that housed one of the star shaped candles I’ve shown previoulsy in this post which includes a free tutorial for how to make the star shaped box.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift packaging ideas

Well I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and the splash of colour.  Thanks for stopping by.


A Medley of Christmas Cards – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Well I finally managed to finish all my Christmas cards, including 42 for classmates and friends for Regan and 12 for Lewis’ playgroup.

Next year, remind me to pick one or two designs and stick to that. I was busy with workshops, classes and convention over October and November and didn’t really plan my own Christmas card making too well. When I finally started to make my own I ended up using up bits and pieces of what was there thinking it would save time – hmmmm not sure it did really.

Here’s a few of the designs I made:

I cut the word Merry from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Expressions Thinlits. (Top tip: use a layer of wax paper between the thinlit and card stock and the word will pop out really easily).

I used the Essentials paper-piercing pack to pierce the “strings” for the baubles.

I used the Essentials paper-piercing pack to pierce the border around the outside of the top layer on this card and the card at the top.

I used the sentiment from the Special Season Stamp set to stamp the greeting down the left side of this card. This card follows a design I made in August (except I didn’t do the paper piercing on this one as I made about 40 of them)

I used the Stampin’ Write markers on the gifts stack stamp from Wishing You, so each gift would be a different colour.

For these cards I have used the following products:

Card stock: Textured 12″ x 12″- Island Indigo (132132), Smoky Slate (132131), Cherry Cobbler (132129), Whisper White (106549), Silver Glimmer (124005)
DSP: Winter Frost (132341)
Ink pads: Island Indigo (126986), Smoky Slate (131179), Coastal Cabana (131175), Cherry Cobbler (126966), Old Olive (126593)
Stampin’ Write Markers: Smoky Slate (131898), Coastal Cabana (131260 set of 5 In-colours 2013/15), Island Indigo (131262 Regals Collection)
Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen, Special Season (W 131766, C 131769), Wishing You (W 131748, C 131751), Very Merry Tags (W 130393, C 130402)
Punches: Mosaic (131267), Hexagon (130919)
Tools: Expressions Thinlits Dies 132171, Paper piercer (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199). Paper-Piercing Pack Essentials (126187)

Well so far I have managed to write and get about half my cards in the post. Number one task now is to complete the other half!

Today is the last day for orders if you want them before Christmas.

Six-Sided Sampler

I have been out and about all week with the boys to keep them entertained over the school holidays. I think I may have arranged a few too many things to do though. On the plus side my eldest son has been so much better behaved. When I told him how good he was being his response was not a surprise (this time). He said that he was being good because we weren’t at home!

He has told me on a few other occassions that he has made the decision to be naughty when we are at home. The first time I was shocked as I hadn’t realised that such a young child was capable of making the decision to misbehave – he’s only 4. I had just assumed that bad behaviour was a result of boredom/tiredness/hunger etc. Oh no not so with my son! Days at home are complete bedlam!!

Anyway, I did manage to have a play with one of my more recent stamp sets and co-ordinating punches.

Stampin Up Six Sided Sampler demonstrator Tracy May card making

In the end I settled on punching out some of the 2013-2015 In-colours DSP from some scraps I had left over from covering the notebooks for the teachers gifts. I had a play around with my paper piercing templates as well and pierced around some of the hexagons and in between others. For the sentiment down the side I used my stamp-a-majig and Burnt Brown Sugar marker pens. I love using the markers on stamps.

So for this card I used:

Six-sided Sampler stamp set, Burnt Brown Sugar Ink pad and Marker pen, Whisper White and Burnt Brown Sugar card stock, Hexagon punch, In-colours 2013-2015 DSP.

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We were at a party earlier today at the house of the parents of friends. My husband took my eldest son to the bathroom, which had a series of old black and white photographs of the local area on the wall. When he told my son they had been taken a long time ago, my son wanted to know who took them – was it a burglar?! Bless he still thinks quite literally about certain things.