Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin’ Up! products

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin’ Up! Products

I didn’t have much time this weekend for crafting, what with finishing off the Christmas shopping, babysitting for friends’ kids and taking the boys to see Santa, but I did manage a couple of novelty christmas tags using Stampin’ Up! products. What do you think? They are both totally cased from Christmas Cards I have seen. I got the idea for this frog one from Susan Itell who made this card. I just added the Christmas hat and a punny sentiment using the alphabet rotary stamp.

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May - You're Sublime

The second tag I cased from this card by Val Moody and I added the sentiment from Jingle All the Way.

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May Reindeer Paper Clips
I thought these would make fun tags for the boys’ Christmas presents. I’m starting to feel the customary Christmas panic – I still haven’t finished all my cards, despite thinking I had! I totally under estimated how many I would need. Useless!

Also I lost my Midori day planner on a recent trip to Manchester. I think I left it on the train and I had hoped that someone would have handed it in but unfortunately they haven’t so now I’m not sure if I did leave it on the train or lost it somewhere else instead. It’s a pain as I am totally a paper planner and I’m wracking my brains hoping I haven’t forgotten any important dates! I’m in the middle of replacing the planner so took 5 minutes out last night to jazz up the notebook insert I bought.

I really love the new Rose Wonder stamp set coming in the Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue. If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalogue please let me know and I will send one out to you. I can only send out to UK, France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands though.

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Christmas Boxes – Tags, Bags & Boxes Week

Christmas Boxes – Tags, Bags & Boxes Week

Continuing with my Tags, Bags & Boxes Week, today’s project comes under the Christmas Boxes heading! I haven’t used a box maker or box making die though, like I did for the Christmas Bags the last two days. I’ve been wanting to make a circular or oval box using my framelits for a while now, but hadn’t found the time/occassion to. Well without further ado, I will show you my Christmas Boxes project number 1, using the Stampin’ Up! Circles Framelits dies – I used the 4″ circle.

Christmas Boxes Project 1 Circle Framelits box Tracy May

I stamped the snow flakes from Wonderland over the circle I used for the lid and the tag base. I topped both the box and the tag off with images from the Sleigh Ride Edgelits set. I love these edgelits! They have been one of my favourite items from this Autumn/Winter catalogue. If you haven’t seen the non-Christmassy projects I made previously using them check them out here and here!

Christmas Boxes Project 1 Circle Framelits box Tracy May

I wrapped the white ribbon around the side to hide the seam where I had to join two strips of card to make the right length for the box sides. I used 2 x 18cm x 6cm strips for the lid and 2 x 18cm x 7cm strips for the base.

Christmas Boxes Project 1 Circle Framelits box Tracy May

No doubt, I will get around to the oval box I want to make, so I will do a tutorial then!

I hope you like today’s project. I’ve got one more Christmas Boxes post for you tomorrow in the Tags, Bags and Boxes week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the projects. If you want to see any particular type projects on this blog in the future, feel free to make suggestions below in the comments!

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#GDP012 – Festival of Trees from Stampin’ Up!

#GDP012 – Festival of Trees from Stampin’ Up!

Now I’ve finished the prep for my class tonight (well mostly), I managed to have a little play along for the CASE the designer challenge over on this week’s Global Design Project blog. I had to be quick, as have a loooong to do list today and no time! I used Festival of Trees from Stampin’ Up! and have not only cased the challenge host this week – Brian, but I inadvertently managed to case one of the design team, Jessica, too! Love her card, it’s stunning, go check it out! 🙂

Here’s my quick card.

Festival of Trees from Stampin' Up! Tracy May UK Demonstrator

I used the colour scheme (Pool Party, Whisper White and Cherry and sloping panel from Brian’s card. As I was in a hurry I didn’t think I’d be able to do a great slope free hand, so I used the houses edgelit from the Sleigh Ride edgelits dies set and just cut the houses off. Then I stamped the snow flakes from Perpetual Birthday over the panel and slightly embossed it using the Softly Falling embossing folder – yes I stood on it again!! Lol!

I added a bit of bling with sequin trim and glimmer paper – well it is nearly christmas and you can never have too much bling can you? 🙂

The final touch was the sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler. What do you think?

I am now have ideas for variations of this card buzzing around in my head. Hopefully I will get the chance to have another play when I’m all packed up for my class – got to run out now to buy some mince pies for the ladies – yes I know it’s not even December yet but its the last formal class before Christmas. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

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Watercolour Video Tutorial – No Line Snowman

My Watercolour Video Tutorial for the No Line Snowman is now available on my YouTube Channel

Well the technical gremlins have been conquered – for now at least. The promised No Line Watercolour video tutorial is now available on my YouTube Channel or you can see it below!

Let me just remind you of the card that goes with the tutorial.

Stampin' Up! Sparkly Season no line watercolour video tutorial Tracy May

 

And here’s the tutorial.

I have tried a new style (well new to me) in this video. I have edited it to be a short video and have background music and written instructions. In the past when I have published a video tutorial, it’s been filmed with audio of me explaining what I am doing. Sometimes this makes the video quite lengthy and I wanted something shorter this time.

Let me know what you think. Which way do you prefer?

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No line watercolour Santa Snowman

No line watercolour Santa Snowman using Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up!

Do you ever have days where you just can’t remember how to do something you have actually done a few times before? Well I’m having one today! I wanted to upload a video clip of the no line watercolor technique I used for today’s project, which is a Santa snowman card that I’m entering in to the Less is More One Layer Santa challenge.

I’ve edited a few videos in iMovie already, but I’m struggling to remember how to do it today. I thought I had better get on with the post though as it’s almost time to go and pick up the Bedlam Brothers from school – I’ve no idea where 6 hours goes so quickly 🙂

UPDATED: 25/11/2015 here’s the video – click here

Stampin' Up! Sparkly Season no line watercolour Santa Snowman Tracy May

So what is no line watercolour? It’s quite simple really. Stamp an image in a very pale water-based ink so you have a faint outline to work with, then proceed to watercolour the image in the colours you want “washing” out the faint outline with the watercolouring. I will post the video here for you once I have managed to work out how to edit it! I promise so check back later or check out my YouTube channel!

Stampin' Up! Sparkly Season no line watercolour Santa Snowman Tracy May

I used Stampin’ Write Markers and a very fine paint brush. First I coloured the outline of the snowman on the stamp using the Smoky Slate marker, then I stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping directly onto the card base to create a very faint outline. I then went over the outline of the hat with the writing end of the Real Red marker and dragged the colour in to fill in the hat with a damp paintbrush. I moved on to the scarf and did the same. For the head and the body I used a very small amount of Smoky Slate and repeated the process of drawing the colour in to the body. I went over the image again until I was happy with it (I will get that video up so you can see what I mean). Then I used Pool Party for the ground and finally went over the details of the face, twiggy arms and buttons using the Basic Black marker.

I added a touch of Dazzling Details to make his hat and body sparkle a little. It made the buttons bleed a little but I thought it just added to the watercolour effect, which is good! What do you think? I hope you like it and are inspired to give the technique a go!

Well I’d better run and fetch the boys home – have a fabulous weekend!

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Jingle All the Way from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple Christmas card using Jingle All the Way from Stampin’ Up!

Hi, just thought I’d pop back with a super quick post tonight – probably already tomorrow by the time you’re reading this. I made this card using the sketch a couple of weeks ago from Less is More. I didn’t enter the card to the challenge as I entered this one instead, but as I liked this one too, I thought I’d share it with you now. I used Jingle All the Way from Stampin’ Up! for the sentiment.

It’s a really quick and easy card – maybe that’s why I didn’t enter it in to the challenge as it was toooooo easy and no challenge at all! Ha ha!

Jingle All the Way from Stampin' Up! Tracy May card making ideas

What do you think? Don’t you just love the red glitter paper? Got to dash – I have an early train to catch! I’ll let you know what the OnStage Live event is like next week! Have fun 🙂

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Softly Falling Christmas Bauble

Clean and Simple Christmas Card using Stampin’ Up!’s Softly Falling Embossing folder to create a glittery Christmas bauble.

Half way through half-term now and I’m surviving or maybe just Softly Falling lol (and yes my jokes do get worse ha ha ha)!! Mind you it did help that my husband took the boys out for the day yesterday, which allowed me to do all the prep work for my monthly class, which is on Thursday. I did try to be organised and get it done before half-term but as usual other things cropped up and got in the way 🙂

Well on to today’s project. It’s the second one I made with the Softly Falling embossing folder and the glue pen and glitter. What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Softly Falling Christmas Card ideas Tracy May

I think I prefer this one over yesterday’s. What do you think?

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Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum from Stampin’ Up!

Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum from Stampin’ Up! A clean and simple Christmas card design.

I’m back today with a very simple, but elegant and effective (even if I do say so myself 🙂 ) Christmas Card. Often the easiest of designs can be the most effective – don’t you think? I used the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum from Stampin’ Up!

I’ll be making a bunch of these (time permitting) to increase my growing pile of finished Christmas cards. I may be in danger of being ready for Christmas this year! Hmmm hope I haven’t jinxed myself now lol. You could easily step up with more embellishments, which I’ll try out with the lovely wooden Snowflake elements.

Stampin' Up! Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum Christmas Card Tracy May

 

I backed the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum onto a panel of Whisper White to make the green of the trees stand out more, before wrapping some Linen Thread around and tying in a bow! See .. so simple! I popped the panel up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and stamped the sentiment from Jingle All the Way. I should have stamped first though as I got a bit of real red ink on the twine – oops!

Well, I’ll be back (unfortunately I can’t read that without the Arnold Schwazeneger accent thrown in – corny I know!) tomorrow with some more cards for you. I’ve prepped in advance for once. It’s half-term in England this week, so the Bedlam Brothers are off and showing no signs of having a lazy holiday so far! I thought they would be shattered especially my youngest who has only just started full time education. Nope! Both up earlier than they are on a school day!!! Typical huh?? 🙂

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Die cuts from Stampin’ Up! Woodland Embossing Folder

Use your Stampin’ Up! Woodland Embossing Folder (TIEF) to create “die cuts”. I created these clean and simple Christmas cards by cutting out the negative spaces between the embossed trees.

I just love the Stampin’ Up! Woodland embossing folder, don’t you? There’s so many beautiful cards, that I’ve seen using it and I have also seen so many beautiful cards on Pinterest too that have been created using a birch tree die cut. Given that Stampin’ Up! don’t do a matching die for the embossing folder I decided to create my own “die cut”.

It’s very simple really. Just run your card stock through your Big Shot or other die cut/embossing machine to emboss it and then use a craft knife and/or scissors to remove the negative spaces between the embossed trees. Stick over a panel of card stock and complete your card as desired.

Stampin' Up! Woodlands Embossing Folder Christmas Card Tracy May

I stamped the baubles above in Versamark ink and then went over them with the fine-tip glue pen to add the silver glitter.

Stampin' Up! Woodlands Embossing Folder Christmas Card Tracy May

 

I teamed my cards up with the Among the Branches (which also comes as a bundle with the Woodland Embossing Folder yay!)  and Jingle All the Way stamp sets for some very elegant and CAS (clean and simple) Christmas cards. I love the colour of the sentiment above. I inked the stamp up with Versamark first before inking with Lost Lagoon and then heat embossing with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  What do you think?

On the subject of Christmas, which is always a very busy time of year,  Stampin’ Up! are offering a reduced amount of weekly deals, to avoid items going in to a backorder situation. There are still some very good deals though!

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