It’s Party Time using Stampin’ Up! Products #GDP043

It’s Party Time using Stampin’ Up! Products #GDP043



It’s Party Time using Stampin’ Up! Products, as this week’s challenge over at the Global Design Project, is the theme Party! Before I share my project with you though, I just want to blow my own trumpet a little! I’m sure you won’t mind, as I don’t do it too often! Lol! I won last week’s sketch challenge (click here to see my post)! I was blown away by the comments I received for my little sparrow! I had thought he was a little dull so I’d added Wink of Stella to jazz him up a bit! Seems to have worked! So thank you to everyone who left a lovely comment and thank you GDP team for choosing me as one of the winners!

So who wants to see my Party card? I couldn’t resist revisiting an idea I had had last year for this theme (click here to see that card) . Now for my entry to #GDP043!

Let's Party Using Stampin' Up! Products Tracy May No Bones About It #GDP043

This card does make me smile! The Pool Party embossed panel wasn’t meant to be on at such a drunken angle! I used Fast Fuse on the back and accidentally dropped it when I was about to stick it down straight! It landed right where it is now and was instantly stuck there!! I knew with it being Fast Fuse I only had 2 options 1. recreate it all over again or 2. leave as is! Lol! I do quite like it really!

I love the new Labeler Alphabet stamp set that I used for the sentiment. It’s so much easier than my beloved Rotary Alphabet stamp that retired at the end of May. I was a bit bereft when I saw it on the Retiring List, but this stamp set is such a great replacement!

Pretty In Pink using Stampin’ Up! Products

Pretty In Pink using Stampin’ Up! Products


Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! ® Annual catalogue yet? It’s absolutely lovely! I had my catalogue launch event and all my ladies think it’s the best one they’ve seen and want everything! Glad I’m not alone there! Today’s project is using brand new Stampin’ Up! products combined with some that have carried over from the spring/summer catalogue!

I had to make birthday cards for twins this weekend. They are a boy and girl and I wanted different cards for them. I used Swirly Bird and Number of Years for the little girl and No Bones About it and Number of Years for the little boy. I really didn’t have a choice on colour scheme for the little girl – she LOVES pink!

Pretty In Pink Using Stampin' Up! products Number of Years & Swirly Bird Tracy May

I kept the sentiment the same but I didn’t want to just do a blue version of the card as I think twins tend to get given the same things and I wanted to give them each something a bit different – what do you think?

Stampin' Up! products Number of Years & No Bones About It Tracy May

I used the retired 2-1/2″ circle punch as I am in between circle framelits having sold my retired ones in my BOGOF sale on Saturday! Oops bad planning there lol! 😉



The sentiment is from Number of Years and is not quite so rounded in real life, as you can see in the picture above, but I have a really easy trick for you!

Pretty In Pink Using Stampin' Up! products Number of Year Tracy May_tip

As this is a photopolymer stamp set the stamps are quite flexible. I simply placed the negative of the circle I  had punched out over an acrylic block and shaped the set to fit around the curve at the top! It stays in place for a while – plenty of time to stamp the sentiment a couple of times!

Interactive Birthday Card

Interactive Birthday Card – See the Dinosaur’s eye glow red!

When I saw this card by Crafty Hallet using LED circuit stickers I knew both my boys would love their own light up birthday cards. It was my youngest son’s 5th birthday on Saturday and I made him this interactive birthday card!

No Bones About it from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Interactive Birthday Card

I bought the starter kit that Caroline aka Crafty Hallet had used, which you can buy from here. As soon as I saw the kit had red light stickers in it I knew I wanted to make the card using the T-Rex from No Bones About It and have his eye glow red! Check out the little video clip below that I posted on Instagram!

How cool is that? Of course Lewis absolutely loved it! Even his big brother was impressed! I’ve made one for him too, which I will share on Friday in part 2 of our Spring/Summer 2016 Farewell Blog Hop!

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Introducing the new 2016-2018 In-Colors from Stampin’ Up!



Introducing the new 2016-2018 In-Colors from Stampin’ Up!

As we say goodbye to the 2014-2016 In-Colors, we say hello to these new on-trend 2016-2018 In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! Spoiler Alert! Introducing Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.

We (Stampin’ Up! Demosntrators) were first introduced to the new colours at the recent OnStage events around the world. I was at OnStage Local in Telford, UK and what a blast it was! Such a great event! One of the Make & Take projects was this cute colour chart for the new 2016-2018 In-Colors! I made a bit of a boo boo with the middle colour – mixing up the stamping and the marker pens but bahhhh who cares you get the point don’t you? lol!

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

I thought today’s card would be a good opportunity to try out the new In-Colors on a card and as I need a lot boy birthday cards for now and throughout May, I decided to team them up with No Bones About It, (which I’m so happy to say is carrying over) and make Denim Dapper the focal colour.

2016-2018 In-Colors from Stampin' Up! with No Bones About It Tracy May

The only colour I’ve not really used in the card is Flirty Flamingo (although it’s in the new Designer Washi Tape).

2016-2018 In-Colors from Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I fussy cut the skeleton out after stamping and cut up some Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up on, along with the sentiment, which is also from No Bones About It. What do you think?

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Create with Connie and Mary Blog Challenge – Challenge CCMC400

Colour Challenge Week – Challenge CCMC400

It’s a colour challenge this week over at Create with Connie and Mary.


I have to admit I really haven’t used Delightful Dijon at all in my creations, so I was interested to see what I would come up with for this colour challenge. If you follow my blog, you will have realised I mainly create very clean and simple cards unless I’ve been messing about with water colouring again! I did actually think about doing something with a Lost Lagoon water colour background but discarded that idea in favour of a masculine clean and simple card, which is what this colour scheme makes me personally think of.

No Bones About It from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC400

I decided on No Bones About it as that is fast becoming one of my go to stamp sets for fun grown up male cards. I started with stamping the triceratops skeleton onto a small piece of Sahara Sand card stock. I then decided to have a strip of Delightful Dijon down the side and thought the dots from Timeless Textures fit the bill perfectly. I stuck the dinosaur image to the card front using the Lost Lagoon tape from the 2014-2016 In Colour Designer Washi tape set.

Finally I took my Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker and split the sentiment by only colouring in one line at a time, stamping the first half down the side of the dinosaur and the second half along the bottom of the card front.

I thought the card looked a little bland on just a Whisper White card base, but it looks great agains the Sahara Sand.

I do hope you like today’s project. Don’t forget to head on over to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog to see what all the other lovely and talented design team have come up with! Why not give it a try. It is great fun! All the details are on the CCMC page! Good luck if you enter the challenge!

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No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up! – Less is More Masculine Challenge

Less is More Challenge card for Week 246 Theme – Masculine. Created using No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up! 

Although No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up!  ® is in the Kids section of the annual catalogue, there’s …well…no bones about it, it’s a very versatile set! Sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist – pun intended! 🙂

I stumbled across the Less is More challenge blog again earlier this week, which I haven’t visited for a while, and their current challenge is a theme – Masculine. I know it’s an area of card making that lots of us (perhaps most of us even) struggle with. I most certainly do so I hadn’t really considered entering at first! Well yesterday, I had the No Bones About It set out, as I was creating a birthday card for a little boy who is turning 7 tomorrow. Whilst I was stamping dinosaurs and party hats for that card, I stamped an extra one, as an idea formed for a masculine card at the same time! Multi-tasking! Lol!

I grabbed the Work of Art set and the Every Day Chic Washi tape, which despite the name could arguably described as masculine I think (or maybe gender neutral perhaps?). So here’s what I came up with for the Less Is More Masculine challenge. I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up! No Bones About It Masculine Card Tracy May

At first I was going to put all of the sentiment on the outside of the card but it looked off balance, so instead I added some punctuation marks half way and finished it off inside. What do you think? I couldn’t resist adding another Tricerotops donning a party hat!

Stampin' Up! No Bones About It Masculine Card Tracy May

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! I know who I’m sending it to too! He should find it amusing (I hope!).

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Stampin’ Up! Handmade Gift and Card

Handmade gift and card using Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper, Inks and Stamps!

Good morning peeps, another scorcher here in London today. A complete contrast to yesterday with the rain – very typical that it happened to be on the day my youngest and I bunked off and spent the day at Legoland with our friends. The two boys were dizzy with excitement  and a little hard to keep from running riot and rampaging through the park! They had a great day though. We won’t be going in the summer holidays though as my son does not do queues – oh no not in the slightest!

Anyways, on to today’s project. I love, love, love how this turned out. Don’t look too closely as it’s not perfect as this was the first time I’ve done this. It is a handmade gift, for my friend’s little girl, for her birthday this week.

Stampin' Up! Subtles DSP handmade gift ideas Independent Demonstrator Tracy May

I bought some cardboard letters from a local craft shop and covered them with the Subtles DSP stack. At first I was going to alternate Spotty then Stripey patterns only in Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette but decided I would mix the spots and stripes on each letter and also use other colours. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Stampin' Up! Subtles DSP hand-made gifts Independent DEmosntrator Tracy May

So now all my friends know what to expect as gifts for their children’s next birthdays or Christmas (whichever is first)! Sorry folks! x

For the card I decided to CASE the catalogue, as I liked this card so much. I substituted some elements for what I had available, but it’s very close to the original.

Stampin' Up! No Bones About It Catalogue CASE Independent Demonstrator Tracy May
Well that’s it folks. Hope you like the projects. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend, whatever you are doing x