Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Soooo a short post from me today! It’s the Easter holidays and the Bedlam Brothers are playing one of those games you just know is going to end up with the fighting! This week is a colour challenge week over at Create with Connie & Mary. Not usually my favourite but this week’s was ok for me!

I like this scheme. It made me think of daffodils and I’ve created a pretty (CAS) card along those lines using Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC452

I started by stamping the background strip and sentiment in Sahara Sand. Then I stamped the little flower from Touches of Texture in So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach. The large flower is cut from water colour paper which I had coloured using So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach as well. The smaller flower is the Petite Petals punch cut from the same water colour paper.  I stamped it using the same flower from Touches of Texture using Peekaboo Peach.  I finished off the flower with a So Saffron enamel dot. The Whisper White card front has been added to a Sahara Sand card base with a strip of So Saffron DSP down the side.

So what do you think? I think it’s quite pretty don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the lovely design team have created for you today! I’m off to supervise the Bedlam Brothers! Roll on school lol!

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. 
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Thanks for stopping by.

An inky, messy fun class using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Well good morning (or even evening, afternoon etc) to you! I have just had a fantastically fun, messy, inky class. The reaction of my class ladies when I showed them the projects we were going to make and the technique we were using was soooo fantastic – they were so excited and that set the tone for a wow evening! I love all my classes, but this one was extra special thanks to their responses and I thank each of them for that!

We created 3 projects, 2 cards and a little jotter (notepad) holder decorated with backgrounds created with the shaving foam ink marbling technique. I know I have been playing with this technique since the end of February/beginning of March (Mother’s day card for example), but I still love it. It is such fun and I don’t think I will tire of it any time soon. I have created a little tutorial which is at the end of this post after the projects, but as usual I wanted to wait until after my class to post the it.

One of the projects we made was a version of the card I made for Demo Support for the #weloveDS appreciation flashmob.

My favourite project of the class though was the 3D one, the little jotter…

Stampin up Flower Shop notepad holder Tracy May gift ideas
I actually used it during class to jot down everyone’s drink preferences so I wouldn’t forget them. Whilst I was in the kitchen making the teas and coffee, the table tennis ladies came in for their tea break and started asking me questions about the class. We are only at the centre once a month, whilst they are there every week. They loved the jotter holder so much they all came in to have a look at what we were doing and I demonstrated the technique for one lady who was particularly interested. She loved it! 
Stampin up Flower Shop notepad holder Tracy May gift ideas

For this project I used:

Stamps: Flower Shop (wood or clear)
Card Stock: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Reinkers: Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay
Ink Pads: Bermuda Bay
Punches: Pansy, Petite Petals
Embellishments: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I used velcro dots as a fastener.

So how about that tutorial then? Here you go

Step 1: Squirt a thin layer of shaving foam into a tray or paper plate. N.B. it must be shaving foamnot gel.
Step 2: Smooth the shaving foam with a flat plastic tool such as a window or putty scraper.
Step 3: Sprinkle droplets of ink over the smooth shaving foam.
Step 4: Using the non-brush end of a paint brush or alternatively a chop stick/wooden skewer, swirl the ink drops to mix into a pretty pattern.
Step 5: Lay a piece of card stock over the top of the shaving foam and gently smooth over the back with your fingers.
Step 6: Gently lift the card stock off the shaving foam and carefully scrape it off. Leave to dry for a few minutes and then remove any excess shaving foam with kitchen towel.

Step 7: Allow to dry – if necessary dry with a heat tool.
Stampin Up reinkers shaving foam ink marbling technique

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous 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 

Fresh Prints Notebook and Sticky Note holder – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I don’t know about you but I tend to procrastinate over decisions! These can be big or small decisions, but these days I just can’t seem to make up my mind quickly over certain things. One of the things I uhmed and ahhed about before taking the plunge, was becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I’m glad I did though, as I researched a bit and found the right upline for me. Before I signed up, we had a good chat about what being a demonstrator involves, and she never put any pressure on me at all. I am so glad that I did become a demonstrator as I love it. I now hold my own classes, meet new people through home parties and get together with fellow crafters in my upline’s team for training, inspiration sessions and good fun chatting and crafting. I always take a notebook to these events to get down all those handy hints and tips. These days I always decorate plain notebooks myself, just like the one below. 

Are you like me – uhming and ahhing about whether to sign up? If so and you would like to chat through with someone who has been there herself, then please feel free to give me a call or email me and I will happily pass on my own experiences of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Whilst I would love you to join my team, I will not pressurise you into anything. It’s important you sign up with the right person for you.

Also with it being Sale-a-bration you get to choose an extra £20 of free product in your starter kit.

If you do decide to join my team, I will send you a little welcome gift including a welcome to my team information sheet, a colour sampler of all the current Stampin’ Up! card stock as well as a matching notebook and sticky note holder set similar to the ones pictured.

To create your own altered notebooks and sticky notes holders you will need:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Stamps: ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers
Punches: Blossom and Pansy
Embellishments: Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread

Envelope Punch Board Gift Boxes – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I love the envelope punch board, and not just for making envelopes! I have been making boxes for gifts. I have some parties booked in during the Sale-a-bration period (ends 31st March), and I thought these boxes would be ideal for either Draw Prize or Hostess gifts, that I will demonstrate how to make at the party itself.

The box below is made from Basic Black 12 x 12″ card stock with a lid made from Modern Medley DSP. I decorated the lid with two Real Red Roses made using the new Spiral Flower Die. I love the contrast of the red against the Basic Black and Very Vanilla.

This will be perfect for a hostess gift or Draw Prize gift filled with chocolates. 
I also made a matching card but punched the flowers from the Blossom and Pansy Punches. 
I’ve also made a shallower box from the Envelope Punch Board, which will filled with notelets. Again, this will be a demonstration during a party and will become the Hostess Gift. I am going to make little video tutorial of how to make it very soon.
I hope you have liked these projects. To recreate them you will need:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Real Red
DSP: Modern Medley
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Spiral Flower Die, Paper Piercing Tool, Blossom and Pansy Punch
Embellishments: 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Real Red, Very Vintage Designer Button

Hand Stitched Fresh Prints – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I often make projects in between doing other things, running around after the boys, housework, dinner, life in general. I don’t know if I would call it multi-tasking as that makes me sound far too organised lol!

Well last week, I was in the middle of making a thank you card using the Fresh Prints DSP and the Blossom and Pansy Punches. I had paper pierced around the Crumb Cake layer and stuck a mat of Fresh Prints Coastal Cabana spotty design DSP onto it. That was as far as I had got. After I had put the boys in bed one night, I decided to have a “quick” browse on Pinterest. One of the first cards I saw was remarkably similar to the one I was making, except it had stitching around the edges!

I likey was my immediate thought. No sewing machine was my second thought. Another row of paper-piercing was my third thought and after about an hour of hand stitching using the paper-pierced holes my card was completed.

I liked it so much I decided to make another one using the Crumb Cake spotty print on a Coastal Cabana layer. Again the hand stitching took about an hour. 
Even though I did find it quite relaxing sitting there thinking of nothing else, I do feel the purchase of a little sewing machine coming on. I love this look and have some other projects in mind too. So if anyone has any recommendations of small sewing machines that would be ideal for paper crafts then please leave me a comment below or email me direct on
I suppose I could have done faux stitching with a gel pen or chalk maker but that would have been too easy of course! Lol.
For these cards you will need:
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White;
DSP: Fresh Prints DSP stack;
Stamp sets: Express Yourself (Hostess set);
Tools: Blossom Punch, Pansy Punch, Stampin’ Piercer and Pierce Mat
Embellishments: In Colour Boutique Details, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread
I hope you liked today’s projects. 

School’s Out for Summer!

Yes I have the Alice Cooper song running round and round in my head this morning. It reminds me of breaking up from school each summer when I was younger.

Now it’s my eldest son’s turn. This morning is his last day at nursery and he is excited about it, as it means he will be going to “big” school and the Shark’s class. Poor little love doesn’t realise that he has a 7 week gap first, which I need to fill with things to do!

I made some gifts for him to give to his teacher and the teaching assistants. This seems to be much more the done thing than when I was at school.  As we had a joint collection from the whole class anyway I kept it simple by with a re-covered notebook, post it note holder and a pen with the barrel covered in the new 2013 – 2015 In colours DSP (designer series paper).

Stampin Up Brights DSP paper craft Flower Shop Tracy May

 I followed a tutorial by the lovely Sam Hammond Donald (a fellow Pinkie) for the notebooks. You can see her tutorial here.

 For the sticky note holders I simply made it up. I knew I wanted a flap over the bottom as well as the top so I played around with some card stock until I had what I wanted.

The measurements are for a 7.5cm x 7.5cm sticky note pad. Cut your card stock to 19.5cm x 8.5cm. Score at 4cm, 5cm, 13cm and 14cm. You then cut three panels of DSP to 8cm x3.5cm, 8cm x 7.5cm and 8cm x 5cm.  I then stamped and punched out a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and glued it on the front slightly hanging over the top flap. Inside I have used some velcro circles I got from Amazon to keep the flaps closed.

The pens were amazingly the trikiest part. I had wanted to insert a roll of DSP into the barrel but the ends of the pens would not come out so I ended up glueing the paper onto the outside. A bit messy but I think they look great.

The products I used for the gifts are all Stampin’ Up!:

In colours 2013 – 2015 DSP 130136 £19.50 | 25,95 € (40 sheets), In colours 2013 – 2015 Cardstock and Pad kit 131293 £27.95 | 36,95 € (includes 5 ink pads and pack of 20 sheets A4) all items can also be bought separately – ink pads £4.95 | 6,50 € and A4 x 24 sheets cardstock £6.25 | 8,50 €, Stamp Sets: Flower Shop (W) 130939 £21.95 | 28,95 €, (C) 130942 £17.95 | 22,95 €, ABC – 123 Sketch Alphabet & Number (C only) 130565 £19.95 | 26,95 €.  Punches: 3/4″ (1.9cm) Circle 119873 £11.50 | 15,95 €, Pansy 130698 £14.25 | 19,25 €. The pansy punch and flower shop stamp set can be bought as a bundle saving 15%.

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about Stampin’ Up!, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or

See you soon