Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC443

Yay it’s Thursday and time for another challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a sketch challenge. Normally I am quite literal in my interpretation of the sketches. But this week, I decided to have some fun and go with a looser translation of it. I’ve used Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! and teamed it up with High Tide and Kinda Eclectic too!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! #CCMC443

This was a really quick card to make once I’d decided on the design.

  • Using a post it note as a mask, stamp the sun from Kinda Eclectic twice but slightly offset from each other;
  • Stamp the sea waves stamp from High Tide in 2 different shades of blue ink all the way across the card front and over the top of the lower sun image;
  • Stamp the Sydney Opera House onto a scrap of Whisper White and cut it out;
  • The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts;
  • Mount the card front on a Basic Black card base and then add the cut out Sydney Opera House raised up on Stampin’ Dimensionals!

This was a really fun card to make and I love how it’s turned out! I hope you like it to. Do pop along to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week!


Kinda Eclectic & Stampin’ Up! Colour Comparison Chart


Kinda Eclectic & Stampin’ Up! Colour Comparison Chart

Wow I don’t know where this week has gone! I’m trying desperately to be organised but end up chasing my tail again! I need to do a blitz of the whole house, but I hate housework and so am pretending I don’t really have to do it! LoL! I’ve just got to get on and do it don’t I? Anyway enough babble from me, you’re here to see what I’ve got for you today aren’t you?! Well I got Kinda Eclectic out and had a play around using the new 2016-2018 In Colors and whilst I had the Butterfly stamp out I thought it would kinda cool to make my own Stampin’ Up! Colour Comparison Chart!

Kinda Eclectic from Stampin' Up In-colors 2016-20018 Tracy May

I really love the new Playful Palette Washi tape and can see me using this a lot! (instead of stashing it and never using it like I normally do. I’m turning into a hoarder – ooops!)

In-colors 2016-2018 from Stampin' Up! Colour Comparison Chart Tracy May

I think most of the colours actually co-ordinate fairly well with the ones I chose to show the comparison – except for Emerald Envy. I’m not sure that one works – what do you think?

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Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up!

Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up! ®

Well this isn’t really a sneak peek as the Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up! was around in the last Autumn/Winter catalogue. It retired when the catalogue ended but did you know that Stampin’ Up! have made the unprecedented decision to bring it back in the upcoming annual catalogue? It doesn’t usually happen when an item retires, but apparently it was very popular and so they decided to bring it back – which is great as I for one love it. I have a few more ideas for this embossing folder but here’s one that was inspired by a kitchen makeover, that I saw on a home improvement programme on TV lol!

Woodland from Stampin' Up! Tracy May

The made-over kitchen walls had been painted a lovely sky blue and one end had a feature wall with a butterfly and birch tree printed wallpaper! It instantly made me think of the Woodland Embossing Folder and my butterfly stamps and punches.

This card was really quick to make:

  1. Stamp the butterflies from Kinda Eclectic onto Whisper White card stock (10cm x 14.3cm);
  2. Run the panel through the Big Shot using Woodland Embossing Folder;
  3. Heat emboss the sentiment on Dapper Denim and cut to a banner. Staple to the card front;
  4. Adhere the card front to a Soft Sky card base;
  5. Stamp some extra butterflies onto scrap card stock and punch out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I used Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim ink pads.

So what do you think? Pretty? The wall paper in the programme was lovely but there’s no way my husband would go for it, so I’ll just have to settle for the card! 😂

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Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge #CCMC402

Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge for Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC402

I’m back with another challenge for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Design Team. This week it is a colour challenge using the Stampin’ Up! Colour combination of Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Soft Suede.


I love all these colours and didn’t think I would have any problems with them! And I had an idea in my mind using DSP and coloured card stock galore but try as I might I just couldn’t get it to work. And the more I tried the further away I got, from something I was happy with!

I seem to have a mental block when it comes to colour combinations and if I try to use a whole panel of colour via a designer series paper or a piece of card stock I get stuck and don’t know what to do with the rest of the card! I have noticed that I have a tendancy to go even more minimalistic and clean and simple than usual, when I’m faced with a colour challenge! Strange!!

Create with Connie & Mary Colour Challenge Card using Stampin' Up! Products Tracy May #CCMC402

Anyway, this is what I came up with!

  1. I stamped the grid and tea cup/coffee cup rings from Timeless Textures in Soft Suede ink onto the Whisper White card front and then stamped ink splats from Gorgeous Grunge in Lost Lagoon over the top.
  2. The sentiment is from Another Thank You and is stamped in Soft Suede and then mounted onto a small piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper in Mint Macaron underneath it, all over the top of some Gold Metallic thread.
  3. I stamped the butterfly from Kinda Eclectic in Mint Macaron and punched it out using the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch and stuck it over the gold thread.
  4. Finally I used a piece of Soft Suede Designer Series paper from the Neutrals DSP 12×12″ stack and mounted the card front onto that to create the border, before mounting the whole thing onto a card base.

I know it looks super easy, and seriously now I have the design I could recreate this again in 5 minutes, but trust me a whole lot of effort went into this card 😂. I do love it though – it’s always great feeling coming up with a design I’m happy with when I’ve felt challenged!

I hope you like it to and be sure to check out the rest of the design team’s projects this week over at Create with Connie & Mary! And please do join us and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!


Watercolor Wings – Clean and Simple Stampin’ Up! Birthday Card

Clean and Simple Stampin’ Up! Birthday Card created using Watercolor Wings and Kinda Eclectic

Do you ever look at things so much, that you start not seeing them? Or is that just me? I’ve spent this week apologising to people for missing their birthday, despite having my Perpetual Birthday Calendar on the pinboard above my desk and despite the fact that I glance at it multiple times to check whose birthday is coming up! I think I’ve stopped seeing the dates now! I can’t believe I’ve managed it 5 times in October already!

Today’s project is a clean and simple Stampin’ Up! birthday card, that I made for my younger sister, whose birthday it was on Monday. And yes she is one of the birthdays I forgot! She did eventually get the card on Wednesday and I’m pleased to say she really liked it.  I got the idea for the layout from this card on Pinterest.

Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wings and Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Birthday card Independent Demonstrator Tracy May

I was really pleased with how it turned out. Very clean and simple. I love the red and black colour combination. I also hand made the envelope to match, using the Real Red envelope paper available in the Autumn/Winter catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wings and Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Birthday card Independent Demonstrator Tracy May


What do you think? Like it?

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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 kinda eclectic flower frenzy with Stampin’ Up!

Good morning peeps, I am up bright and early in a vain attempt to get back into some sort of morning routine following the school holidays. My eldest son is back to school tomorrow – Year 1. He is so proud. It’s a BIG thing to a 5 year old not being the youngest in the school.

Anwyay on to Stampin’ Up! and lovely projects. Also there is a lovely new offer to tell you about but first I wanted to share a card I made with my class last week. It’s a miss mash of about 3 cards I saw on Pinterest.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May kinda eclectic flower frenzy card
First I was inspired by this card and I remembered I had seen this one previously too, and finally I added a touch of this one. I love the results.
I used the following Stampin’ Up products:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (wood or clear), Gorgeous Grunge (wood or clear) and Hi There! (wood or clear)
I hope you like today’s card as much as I do. 
And now for that new lovely offer from Stampin’ Up!. Between now and 31st October, hostesses can earn a lovely exclusive stamp set for free. In fact you don’t have to host a party as you can also earn it for free on all qualifying orders of 300 €/£200 (catalogue price before shipping and handling). If you are local to me and are interested in hosting a party then feel free to give me a call for more information. 

Don’t forget about this week’s deals:

More Thank You’s using Stampin’ Up!’s Kinda Eclectic stamp set

I love this rubber stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and I know it is a firm favourite with lots of my team mates. I couldn’t resist whipping these thank you cards up with Kinda Eclectic (wood or clear). They are so quick, yet look stunning!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May kinda eclectic thank you card making ideas
I think these two have to be my favourite though:
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May kinda eclectic thank you card making ideas
All the cards are made with a Basic Black card base with the images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise as the contrasting colour.
We’re off out and about today in London, sight seeing with friends. Hope you have a good day, whatever you are up to!

Spots & Stripes Butterfly challenge using Stampin’ Up! Decorative Masks

The other day I stumbled across a Butterfly challenge blog  – well I just had to give it a go. This week’s theme is Spots & Stripes and of course your butterfly.

Stampin’ Up!® have brought out two sets of Decorative masks in the new annual catalogue. I used the Dots & Stripes set for this challenge.

Stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May dots & stripes decorative mask blackberry bliss
I inked up a sponge dauber with Blackberry Bliss from the new in-colours and sponged through the mask without reinking the dauber to get the ombre effect. I ran a circle of blackberry bliss card stock through my Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.
Stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May dots & stripes decorative mask blackberry bliss
I couldn’t just do one though ….
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dots & Stripes Decorative Mask Lost Lagoon
I used Lost Lagoon ink for this one and the Decorative Dots embossing folder on the circle of Lost Lagoon card stock. The butterflies on both cards are from Kinda Eclectic (wood or clear), they match with the Elegant Butterfly punch and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners (wood or clear) cut out using the Bitty Banners framelits.
I hope you like them. 
It’s the last few days of school… I had an insight into the summer holidays at the weekend. My husband bought the boys pump action water guns!! Oh dear! Lol

Kinda Eclectic from Stampin’ Up!

As soon as I saw the Kinda Eclectic rubber stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up!® catalogue I knew I wanted it – not only because it has two butterflies in it, but also because of the large sunburst stamp. When my order arrived on Monday, it was the first (and only one so far) I reached for. I will get to the others though, never fear.  I have some lovely ideas for the new Garden Party stamp set, so that one will be next on my list to try!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May kinda eclectic heat embossed rubber stamps

I did two versions of this card. The first is heat embossed so I could sponge ink around the sun burst. I first inked up my stamp with VersaMark and then Daffodil Delight on top of the VersaMark before stamping down on the card stock. The Daffodil Delight goes down first with the VersaMark on top. I then covered the image with clear embossing powder and heated with my heat tool. Once it had cooled I sponged Soft Sky gently in circular motions give a hint of blue sky.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May kinda eclectic brights rubber stamps

I simply stamped the sun burst in Daffodil Delight for this one. I think I prefer the first – its kinda hazy round the sun. Which one do you prefer?

I coloured some rhinestones with the darkest Daffodil Delight Blendabilities just to add a little bling.

Well the boys are all back to school and playgroup today. I might try to sneak in some crafting rather than doing the house work!

For the projects above you will need the following Stampin’ Up! supplies: 
Rubber Stamps: Kinda Eclectic wood or clear, Sentiment from the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit