In this World by Stampin’ Up!

In this World by Stampin’ Up!

It took me an age to finish this card! I know! It looks so simple doesn’t it? It’s another of my tentative attempts at mixed media.

In this World by Stampin' Up! Tracy May


I created the card front by covering panel of Whisper White with Gesso so I could watercolour on top of it.  I then stamped the door from In this World by Stampin’ Up! in Basic Black Archival ink. Then I partially  painted over it with some more gesso and stamped the butterfly from the same set. I added the flower from Touches of Texture, added some colour using Night of Navy and Melon Mambo ink refills and an aqua painter. After that I totally lost confidence and didn’t know how to finish it.

It was only when my friend came round the other week for coffee and I started bouncing some ideas off her, that it came together. So what do you think? Does it fit the Mixed Media bill? Does mixed media scare you as much as it does me? LoL!

I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out in the end. Thanks Jackie!

I will keep experimenting with Mixed Media. I’m thinking of doing an art journal! Talk about running before I can walk! Lol!

In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Ok so I’ve another card for you today that I dug out of my unfinished projects basket last week. I had been stuck on what to do with this one after I had stamped the door and the flower. But then a friend came over for coffee and I was able to bounce some ideas off her and finish up this one and another one too – both using In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

Luckily my friend is very understanding! Well she is a crafter too and she loves buying new products as much as I do! We are quite bad for each other’s wallets really!  LoL!

I’m really pleased with the way the card has turned out! There’s still a fair few items knocking around in my unfinished items basket. I need to get a bit more organised and have a session finishing them all off. It’s really actually very therapeutic and you feel like you’ve achieved something!

If you would like to buy any of the products I used in making this card, then simply click on the table below to go to my online shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 9

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 9

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017

Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products.
Currently you’re visiting Tracy May from London, UK. Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making using In This World by Stampin' Up!
I was going to be oh so brave with my card for today and create a mixed media extravaganza! So I got out my gesso, taped my Whisper White Card stock down to a board and slapped the gesso all over it! I started building my collage, stamping images from In This World. Then I painted over parts of the images again with more gesso, so I could stamp over the top with another image.
I got out my palette of dried inks from my Stampin' Up! ink refills. Then I sprayed the inks with water to reactivate them and got out the aqua painters. After that, it all went horribly wrong! I lost my confidence and so ended up playing it safe! Lol!
In This World by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I do really like my card today but it wasn't exactly what I had in mind! Although, I still used gesso to form the base on top of the Whisper White Card stock for water colouring over and I love the way it has subtly changed the tone of the Night Of Navy ink I used for the background.
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Anja Luft from Germany. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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Sarah Berry - UK
Krista Driessen - THE NETHERLANDS
Kylie Bertucci - AUSTRALIA
Tracy May - UK
Anja Luft - GERMANY
Louise Sharp - AUSTRALIA
Caroline van der Straaten - THE NETHERLANDS
Jerim Dickins - UK
Constanze Wirtz - GERMANY
Julie Davison - USA

Butterfly Basics by Stampin’ Up! #GDP044

Butterfly Basics by Stampin’ Up! #GDP044 CASE the Designer

This week’s challenge over at Global Design Project is CASE the Designer. This time it’s the turn of the super talented Artisan Design team member, Steffi Helmschrott! I absolutely LOVE Steffi’s style and follow her blog avidly to see what gorgeousness she has come up with! So it’s a bit of a challenge CASEing Steffi and coming up with something I am happy with. Steffi’s CASE card uses the leaf from Butterfly Basics by Stampin’ Up! for the background, so this is where I started for my CASE.GDP044 Case Steffi

I then chose the Crumb Cake and Gold elements from Steffi’s card. I love the white space she has left on her collage background. I usually leave a lot of white space too, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and opted for a much grungier look!  What do you think? I think I may break out in hives due to the lack of white space! Ha ha ha – it’s giving me the heebee jeebies! Lol!

Butterfly Basics by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP044


I started by sponging Crumb Cake onto a Whisper White card base. I then roughed up the edges with a metal ruler and sponged again around the edges with Rose Red and then a touch of Pool Party. I stamped the leaves and flower images from Butterfly Basics in Crumb Cake. I stamped off first before stamping onto my card front to mute the overall look. I then stamped the butterfly image from the new In This World stamp set. Again I stamped off the Memento Black ink on scrap paper before stamping onto the card front. I used the scrap image to colour in and cut out for layering over the top of the Gold Metallic thread.

I finished off with some splatters in Rose Red using the image in Butterfly Basics and then I spattered some Gold Wink Of Stella over the card front. The sentiment is gold heat embossed and is from Thankful thoughts.

A few people have recently mentioned to me that they can recognise my cards on Pinterest without seeing my watermark or blog post. Do you think they will recognise this card as mine? I wonder. I don’t think it’s my usual style – do you?