My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 5 Cheerful Critters

Tracy May Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – My Top 10. from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015 (No.5)

Good morning peeps. Hope you are all good and looking forward to the weekend. I’m back (so pleased I’m managing to stick to my schedule) with No. 5 from my personal Spring/Summer Top 10 favourites from the Stampin’ Up! ® Catalogue 2015 – Cheerful Critters Photopolymer stamp set.

When I first bought this stamp set, it was with a practical head on. Firstly I wanted stamp sets for colouring with the Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (Stampin Up!’s alcohol ink markers), and secondly it had to be a stamp set I would use myself. I think I may have mentioned I generally make things for people and use those projects for my blog posts. As I have two small children, who are frequently invited to birthday parties, I thought the Cheerful Critters was particularily good for children’s cards. I’ve used it for 4 such birthdays and I must say it has become a firm favourite – it’s fun and the kids love it. Win, win!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I also used the Hooray It’s Your Day photopolymer stamp set for the sentiment and the eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted the background splodges from the free Sale-a-bration stamp set Best Day Ever!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I decided to team this card up with the On Film Framelits.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. I will be back with more next week. In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend.


Thanks for popping by.


A quick and easy card using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone. How are you all today? Today’s card is a quick and easy card, completely different from the card I posted on Monday (here). If you follow my blog (and thank you, by the way, for those of you who do!) you will know that I love my little sewing machine for stitching round the edges of card/DSP. Well I have to hold my hands up and admit the stitching on today’s card is fake! The reason being, that I wanted the stitching to be black and I have not yet learnt how to transfer the cotton onto the spool that goes underneath the needle! I know terrible – I’ve had the machine for a couple of months now, you’d think I would have gotten around to that by now!! Lol!

Anyway, here is today’s project. A quick easy card, with faux (forgive me) stitching! I pierced around the edge first and then joined the dots with a black fine tip Sharpie Stylo pen.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May flower shop papillon potpourri pansy elegant butterfly punch card making in colour green
For today’s card I used:
Stamp sets: Flower Shop wood or clear, Papillon Potpourri wood or clear, Blooming with kindness
I hope you like today’s simple card. 
Don’t forget about the Weekly Deals in my Stampin’ Up! shop. Simply click on the picture below to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by.

3 ways with Stampin’ Up Washi Tape

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a fantastic weekend. It’s a bit of a grey start to the week here but I am ever hopeful the sun will be back soon.

Today’s projects are 3 examples of cards I have made using Stampin’ Up!® Washi tape. My upline Michelle, hosts a bi-monthly challenge on our team Facebook page. The current challenge theme is wash tape. I love all the SU patterns and I use them in my This & That journal and also in my Filofax to brighten up my diary, but other than one of my very first blog post cards (which you can see here), I have not used them much on my cards.

I recreated that first card using the Watercolour Wonder Designer Washi tape. I stamped Gorgeous Grunge in Encore Gold ink for the background.

Stampin up Watercolor Wonder Washi tape Tracy May card making ideas
My second card is a more simplistic card altogether. I used the Hearts framelits to cut out an aperture in the top layer and stuck some Gingham Garden Washi tape behind it. I stamped the Washi chevrons using the Tape It stamp set. 
Stampin up Gingham Garden Washi tape Tracy May card making ideas
Finally my favourite card of them all, not least because I love the On Film Framelits, as well as the bright colours in the Retro Fresh This & That Washi tape, I used to stick the polaroid frame to the card. I stamped the background card behind the frame using Gorgeous Grunge and then stamped the bicycle and sentiment from Cycle Celebration.
Stampin up Retro Fresh Washi tape Tracy May card making ideas
I hope you like today’s projects showing 3 different ways of using Washi tape. The links to all the products used are below. Hope you have a good day. Thanks for stopping by – see you soon. 
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge wood or clear, Cycle Celebrations wood or clear, Tape It wood or clear

Peachy Keen meets Deck chair candy stripes – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Oh I have had soooo much fun making today’s cards for you. See I’m so keen to tell you about them and a fantastic new promotion from Stampin’ Up! that I haven’t even said good morning yet! Good morning!!

First my cards – they are not the cards I had intended to complete for my post today. Originally I had planned an ombresque type card using the Petite Petals stamp set, but it’s sitting quite unfinished in my basket of half completed projects, where no doubt it will languish for a while until that mojo comes back. I had an itch I just needed to see to! For a while now I have been seeing pins on Pinterest  for the March Paper Pumpkin kit. Now we don’t get this kit in Europe and I’m not sure if it will be introduced over here at all. Anyways, the card blank is a lovely stripy affair – looks like Coastal Cabana to me. The stripes aren’t sharp – they are a little fuzzy around the edges and the gaps in between aren’t the same size. Originally I was going to try to create as an exact copy as I could, until I got out my low tack tape and decided to space everything evenly instead.

Stampin up deck chair candy stripe background
I started by masking stripes onto Stampin’ Up! Note Cards and then squashing the ink pad down onto the note card to transfer the ink. I used the note cards as they are made from thicker card stock and you need to press fairly hard to get an even cover of ink.  I tried out a few colours – Pool party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo & Strawberry Slush. The results reminded me of deck chairs. 
Thinking of deck chairs and candy stripes made me reach for two stamp sets I have barely used so far – Peachy Keen (available in wood and clear) and Around the World (available in wood or clear). They both have that holiday feel. 
For the first card I simply stamped and cut out the sentiment Hello Friend and the heart. I stamped the  friend part directly onto the card blank.  I stuck some Gold Baker’s twine onto the note card using the shape from the Spring/Summer catalogue page 24 as guide.
Stampin up Peachy Keen card making ideas Tracy May
I stuck the heart over the twine and the sentiment over that. It kind of reminds me of the life rings you get on board cruise ships for some reason! I finished off the card with a few sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim.
Stampin up Peachy Keen card making ideas Tracy May
I couldn’t resist making the other card that was buzzing around in my head.
Stampin up Peachy Keen Around the World card making ideas Tracy May
For this card, I stamped the aeroplane image from Around the World onto Whisper White and cut out a frame from Bermuda Bay using the On-Film framelits*. I attached the heart to the frame and the sentiment over the heart. I then tapped some Bermuda Bay ink over the card from the tube of a spritzer bottle. 
* Peachy Keen & the On-Film Framelits are available as a bundle in either wood or clear.
I hope you like today’s projects and are inspired to get crafting or get in the holiday mood! 
Now for some extra special news – fan fare please! Every Wednesday in April Stampin’ Up! will be offering a number of products at a discounted price. These won’t be pre-announced, they will just be available on the on-line shop (or you can order direct through me if you prefer). Check out this week’s deals below

Confetti/Shaker Card – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Do you remember those cards I made recently, that I hand stitched? You know, these ones?

As much I quite enjoyed the whole process of paper-piercing and then hand-stitching them, they did take a tad too long. And I had been mulling over the idea of getting a little sewing machine anyway, and learning how to make things with it, but then decided not to. Er …well last week, on a bit of a whim (I do get these whims from time to time!) I decided I was going to buy a tiny single stitch setting machine, so off I headed off to the local craft shop and well bought myself a light weight sewing machine, which has 12 programmed stitches! Not exactly what I went in to buy but I am actually really pleased with it. When the Bedlam Brothers were safely tearing around a sports hall at a birthday party on Saturday, with my other half, it was the ideal opportunity to get the machine out and have a play.

After a few practices on non SU card stock and retired DSP, I felt confident enough to give it a go. Here’s what I came up with.

stampin up  Hearts Just Sayin Word Bubble Tracy May
I stitched a piece of the Silver Fancy Foil Vellum over a piece of Watercolour Wonder DSP. I had a bag full of punched out and die cut shapes that are left overs from other cards so I stuck a handful of those in before I stitched the final edge.  They include small hearts, bitty butterflies, and an arrow from the On Film Framelits set. 
I think I was inspired by this card I saw on the Stampin’ Up! US site. I pinned it after I made the card.  Also I have been wanting to make a shaker/confetti card for a while now and that was also on my mind too. 

Stampin up  Hearts Just Sayin Word Bubble Tracy May

In addition to the items listed above you will also need:

Card stock: Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate
Stamp Set/Framelits: Just Sayin & Word Bubbles Bundle (clear or wood)
Ink: Versamark,
Other: White Embossing powder, Scallop TIEF, Silver button and Baker’s twine from the Happenings Simply Created Card Kit

Watercolour On Film – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

If you’ve visited my blog on Monday and Wednesday this week, you will know that I have been posting some cards that I have made using a watercolour background. Today’s card is the final one in this mini series.

I made it for a very good customer. She’s a lovely lady and comes to my class regularly and just happened to mention when her birthday was in January’s class. I know she likes clean and simple cards with a bit of bling.

As with the other cards, I started off with a watercolour background using  Soft Sky, Pool Party and Marina Mist re-inkers and my aqua painters. I painted a splodge (for want of a better word) in the middle of a Shimmery White card layer. I cut out the film negative using the On Film Framelits. Once the watercolour background was dried I inked up a small section of the Swallowtail stamp (available in clear and wood) with an Island Indigo marker (part of the Regals Stampin’ Marker set) using the film negative as a guide.

Stampin Up Swallowtail On Film Framelits Tracy May
I stamped the sentiment in StazOn Black. I finished off with a button from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, some Linen Thread and some Rhinestones. I mounted it onto a Strawberry Slush card blank
Stampin Up Swallowtail On Film Framelits Tracy May
I love the way the watercolour wash shows around the edges of the film negative.
Well that’s it on the watercolour backgrounds, well at least for the time being. It’s a technique I love so I’m sure I will be dabbling with it again in the future. 

We’re about half way through Sale-a-bration now. Don’t forget you’ve got until March 31st.

Simply Sketched meets Watercolour Background – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Following on from Monday’s post with the two Butterfly watercolour cards, I have another card today, using a watercolour background I did at the same time.

And guess what?  Friday’s post will also be a watercolour background. I got a bit carried away maybe, but I was having fun! I hope you like today’s offering:

Stampin Up Off the Grid Simply Sketched On Film Tracy May
I water coloured the background using the same 3 colours as previously – Soft Sky, Pool Party and Marina Mist. Once dry I over-stamped with the Off the Grid stamp and then stamped the Poppy from Simply Sketched (Hostess only set, available in wood and clear) using StazOn White ink. I then water coloured the poppy using Real Red. I cut out the frame using the polaroid type framelit from the On Film Framelits set. The sentiment is also from Simply Sketched which is attached to the frame using an Essentials Hardware Clip. The image is mounted onto a Coastal Cabana card base. 
Stampin Up Off the Grid Simply Sketched On Film Tracy May
I hope you like it. The watercolour backgrounds are so easy to create with re-inkers and the aqua painters
I’ll be back Friday with the last watercolour in this mini-series.

Sale-a-bration Collage Picture – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I hadn’t planned this week’s blog posts to all be pictures, but as Monday’s and Wednesday’s posts were, I thought it would be nice for today’s to also be a picture.

The project I am about to show you is an up-cycled, up-cycle project. By that I mean, I have taken an up-cycled project I did last year, and up-cycled it again.

Last year I up-cycled a wooden tray, which had contained dried fruits, because it was an unusual shape. I had decorated it with the Sale-a-bration DSP and some stamps and embellishments from the Spring/Summer 2013 catalogue.

I loved it, and it was displayed on top of the redundant fireplace for all to see. So why change it? Well needs must unfortunately. After sitting ignored and undisturbed for months, my youngest son decided one day for no apparent reason, that he wanted to pick all the letters off one by one and left a tattered mess behind him. Oh the joys of the terrible twos! Bless him, he isn’t a Bedlam Brother for no reason!!

I thought it would be nice to update the frame with this year’s Sale-a-bration DSP and embellishments from the current Spring/Summer catalogue. So this is what the frame looks like now. You will have spotted it amongst the display from the picture on Monday’s blog post.

I decorated using colours and card-stock that co-ordinates with the SAB DSP Sweet Sorbet. For the central picture (in the star) I cut out a Starburst circle from Pool Party using the Starburst Framelits.

From Top left clockwise: Pool Party and Pistachio Pudding flowers made using the Flower Spiral die, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party Banners from Banner Blast SAB stamp set punched out with the Banner Punch, including Summer Starfruit SAB Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory pack, Pistachio Pudding film frame from the On Film Framelits and finally a Sahara Sand Scallop Tag made using the Tag Topper punch embellished with Gold Baker’s Twine.

Who knows, maybe this will become an annual tradition?

To recreate a similar project, you would need:
SAB Free Items:
DSP – Sweet Sorbet DSP, Banner Blast Stamp set, Banner Punch, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack,

Spring/Summer Catalogue:
On Film Framelits
Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Spiral Flower Originals Die
Starburst Framelits

Annual Catalogue:
Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White Card Stock
Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party Ink Pads

I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini series of home decor/picture projects this week. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Pinkies Spring/Summer Catalogue Blog hop. I haven’t done a picture but I’m sure you’ll love the project I have made.