Twitawoo – Stampin’ Up! Owl

Twitawoo – Stampin’ Up! Owl created using the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die.


I think I may have mentioned once or a multitude of times, that my youngest son has now started school. And I’ve probably mentioned even more times, that he is now full time! I do miss him, but he’s loving it and it’s calming him down so all’s well really! It was a staggered introduction to Reception though, and he didn’t even start part time until 11th September. He was a tad upset the day my eldest son started back at school, on the first day of term, as he thought he would be starting that day too (despite being reminded frequently he wasn’t bless). He wandered into my craft room and started playing with things lying on my desk, so I asked if he wanted to make something. An owl, he said, and not just a little owl (like the owl punch I showed him) but a bigger owl because he is in Owl Class and a big boy now! Don’t you know?Mummy!!!!

So I grabbed for the Square Pillbox Thinlits die from the Autumn/Winter catalogue to create my Stampin’ Up! Owl. What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Owl Square Pillbox Die by Tracy May

My son insisted the owl have feet! So I stuck two hearts to the underside of the box, which was a bit tricky and they were a bit flimsy. Needless to say, they came off fairly quickly when my son was “flying” the owl around my craft room (n.b. “flying” consisted off him jumping off the sofa and throwing the owl in to the air to crash first into the ceiling (owl only) and then on to the floor (both of them) 😁 ). Ouch!

Hope you like it. It’s a cutie – even if it’s now a teeny bit bedraggled and bashed, it’s still in one piece (minus the feet of course).

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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.

The Accidental Crafter – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a fabulous (possibly crafty) weekend! I managed to catch up with a good friend of mine, that I haven’t seen for ages. Her daughter and my sons get on like a house on fire so it was a fun time all round. To top it off she’s a fabulous cook so we were treated to a lovely home made curry – yummy!

Now normally I don’t make Easter cards, but there’s always a first time! I saw this card on Pinterest By Heather Summers, what caught my eye was the stitching on it – you know I love my sewing machine!! So I decided to case it. My first attempt went a bit awry and I ended up having to redo the stitching up the left hand side, but as I love the Fresh Prints DSP I had used, I didn’t want to waste it. Oh what to do? Simple really – I decided to hide my mistake with a row of flowers – accidental crafting! It’s not the card I intended but I actually really like it – it’s what we crafters call a happy accident!! What do you think?

Stampin up fresh prints pansy punch, petite petals and itty bitty shapes Tracy May card making ideas
I also decided to make another card using the Fresh Prints DSP and the same layout. As I was deciding what to do with this second one I realised I was also actually case-ing another card by Cindy Schuster, which I had seen on Pinterest too.
Stampin up Fresh prints Petite Petals punch itty bitty punch Four You Tracy May card making ideas
I just love this colour combination of Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Crumb Cake
Stampin up Fresh prints Petite Petals punch itty bitty punch Four You Tracy May card making ideas
For these cards you will need:
Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen (wood or clear), Four You (wood or clear)
I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects – thanks for stopping by. See you very soon 

Papillon Potpourri Gift Picture Frames – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I love that you can use the Stampin’ Up! products to make gifts and home decor items, as well as cards!

Ever since I bought the Papillon Potpourri stamp set I have been using it to make gift picture frames for my friends’ little girls birthdays. They started off, very simple with just the butterflies, like this early one on Pinterest. I then added the name using the Morning Post Alphabet stamp and stamping the name directly onto the background, like this one.

Then I bought the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies and they evolved again! I love the Bigz alphabet. I also do a boys version of these gifts using the Simply Stars stamp set (but that will be another blog post).

stampin up papillon potpourri elegant butterfly bitty butterfly Tracy May Alphabet bigz
I used Rose Red and Wisteria Wonder as the colour scheme for the one above.  I stamped the butterflies onto the background card stock. Then I stamped and heat embossed the butterflies in white onto the coloured card and punched them out to stick over the top of the stamped images. I raised the wings to give a 3D effect. I also punched out two little flowers to stick on the letters, embellished with a pearl in the centre.
stampin up papillon potpourri elegant butterfly bitty butterfly alphabet bigz
This one is Pear Pizazz and Blushing Bride, which is becoming one of my favourite colour combinations. This time I punched the butterfly out of coloured card stock and stuck that on the background. I then stamped the butterflies onto Whisper White and punched them out to stick over the coloured ones. Again I lifted the wings for the 3D effect. I finished off with one little flower in Early Espresso, embellished with a pearl in the centre. 
Everyone has loved these gifts, which makes me want to keep on making them. 
For these projects you will need:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri
Inks: Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride
Other: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Pearls
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Spring is in the air! – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Well not really, but hopefully the pictures below will help to brighten up the outlook. It’s been very wet and windy where I am for the last few weeks, it seems, but making a butterfly and flower mobile for a friend’s little girl, for her birthday, has made me feel a bit more like spring is not that far away.

I am really pleased with how this mobile turned out! It’s only the second one I have made. They are really quite simple to make but look stunning in my humble opinion / even if I do say so myself! J

What do you think?

I never did manage to get that Photography 101 with my sister over Christmas! I really must dig out my camera manual and try to take better pictures!

For this project you will need:

DSP : Subtles Collection Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Neutrals Collection – Early Espresso
Card stock: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Early Espressso
Punches: Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly, Pansy, Itty Bitty Punch shapes circle, 1/2″ circle
Dies: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz, Blossom Party Originals
Other: Pear Pizazz Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread