Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC431

I managed to get a bit of crafting done this week, so I’m actually all prepared now for all of the Create with Connie & Mary challenges for November! Woohoo! I think I’m finally settling into a new routine! Well maybe! Who knows? I’ve probably jinxed it now! Lol!

This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge and as you may have realised they are my favourite of the two types of challenge!


I actually managed two cards for this week’s challenge. I’ve gone with the festive card as my main one! I love Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up! It’s such a fun, cute set and so I couldn’t resist using it for today’s project.


Aren’t those elves and Santa just so cute? And I love the moose too! In fact I think he’s my favourite character in the set.  Which one is yours?

My second card is totally un-festive and unseasonal, but I love it! It’s using the very first stamp set I bought Papillon Potpourri from Stampin’ Up! I had only previously bought a few single wooden stamp sets before I discovered Stampin’ Up! 4 years ago. It was my 4th anniversary last week! I can’t believe it’s only been 4 years – it feels like a lot longer!


I used So Saffron and Calypso Coral to go with the Soft Sky DSP. It makes for a lovely fresh, spring card! I will have to remember to use this colour combination next spring!

Well I hope you like today’s projects. Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge site and see what the rest of the designers have come up with this week!



Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up!

Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up! #GDP045

I’m back with a super quick post today! I’m entering the Colour Challenge over at Global Design Project and I’m using Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up! I haven’t used this stamp set in a while, so it was nice to get it out and ink it up for this challenge!


I love this colour combination! My instant thought was to make the card that I am entering, but for some reason, I started fiddling around with other designs. Non of which turned out the way I wanted, so eventually I reverted back to the original idea of using Papillon Potpourri by Stampin’ Up! of course!

Papillon Potpourri by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP046

I like my card but I don’t think it’s a winner this week, which is a shame (or probably a blessing really)! The Global Design Project team have announced that from this week, they will pick one of the winners of the challenge to be a guest designer on the next colour challenge!


It’s absolutely great fun being a guest on the design team. I had the honour once and I would love to do it again! Why don’t you join in and give it a go! You never know, you could be the next winner!

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Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406

Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406 – Create with Connie & Mary

Yes it’s Thursday and it’s time for a Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products! This week the challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary (#CCMC406) is to use the colours Crumb Cake/Kraft, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate!


Wow – a difficult combination this time around! I instantly thought masculine card when I saw this combo, but then I stopped and thought about how I could do something a bit more feminine! I think I pulled it off – what do you think?

Colour Challenge using Stampin' Up! Products Papillon Potpourri Tracy May #CCMC406

I thought butterflies work in any colour and decided to create a simple card using an old favourite that I haven’t used in a while! I am very happy to say this set is carrying over to the new catalogue!

Colour Challenge using Stampin' Up! Products Papillon Potpourri Tracy May #CCMC406


  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Basic Gray;
  • Designer Series Paper: Neutrals DSP Stack;
  • Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri, Thankful Thoughts (new);
  • Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate;
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

So what do you think? Do you think you can make something feminine out of these colours, or would you stick to a masculine card? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with and why don’t you join us for the challenge? I would love to see what you come up with! And it’s great fun! 😊

Retiring Stampin’ Up! 2014-2016 In-Colors

Retiring Stampin’ Up! ® 2014-2016 In-Colors

I’m off to Telford today for the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Local event! So exciting – we get to see the new annual catalogue and there will be some new product to see as well! I can’t wait!

I thought I would make some cards using the Stampin’ Up! In-Colors 2014-2016, which will be retiring at the end of May. If you have them and haven’t already done so, stock up on the card stock and re-inkers as soon as you can. The retiring list is out next week, Tuesday, and the In-Colors always sell out within a few days!

I’ve teamed them up with a stamp set that I’m wondering whether it will be on the retiring list next week – Butterfly Basics. It’s a beautiful set and I’m not sure why I think it will retire, I just do! I could of course be absolutely wrong – I’m just speculating!

Butterfly Basics 2014-2016 In-Colors from Stampin' Up! Tracy May 02

As is usual for me when I try to use a lot of colour, I ended up with a very minimalist look! However, I did use each of the five colours on each of the cards in this post! Lol – it’s only taken me nearly two years! I think I will need to use the current In-Colors and the new ones a bit more frequently than I have these, they really are lovely colours and I’m now quite sad they are leaving us – but very excited to see the new ones too!

Butterfly Basics 2014 - 2016 In-colors from Stampin' Up! Tracy May 01

I threw in some washi tape on this one too and used one of my all time most beloved stamp sets Papillon Potpourri – it was the first Stampin’ Up! stamp set I bought!

Well I’d best be off and finishing packing! Have a great weekend. Come back next week to find out more about OnStage and of course the retiring list mid week!

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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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Papillon Potpourri Gift Picture Frames – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I love that you can use the Stampin’ Up! products to make gifts and home decor items, as well as cards!

Ever since I bought the Papillon Potpourri stamp set I have been using it to make gift picture frames for my friends’ little girls birthdays. They started off, very simple with just the butterflies, like this early one on Pinterest. I then added the name using the Morning Post Alphabet stamp and stamping the name directly onto the background, like this one.

Then I bought the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies and they evolved again! I love the Bigz alphabet. I also do a boys version of these gifts using the Simply Stars stamp set (but that will be another blog post).

stampin up papillon potpourri elegant butterfly bitty butterfly Tracy May Alphabet bigz
I used Rose Red and Wisteria Wonder as the colour scheme for the one above.  I stamped the butterflies onto the background card stock. Then I stamped and heat embossed the butterflies in white onto the coloured card and punched them out to stick over the top of the stamped images. I raised the wings to give a 3D effect. I also punched out two little flowers to stick on the letters, embellished with a pearl in the centre.
stampin up papillon potpourri elegant butterfly bitty butterfly alphabet bigz
This one is Pear Pizazz and Blushing Bride, which is becoming one of my favourite colour combinations. This time I punched the butterfly out of coloured card stock and stuck that on the background. I then stamped the butterflies onto Whisper White and punched them out to stick over the coloured ones. Again I lifted the wings for the 3D effect. I finished off with one little flower in Early Espresso, embellished with a pearl in the centre. 
Everyone has loved these gifts, which makes me want to keep on making them. 
For these projects you will need:
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri
Inks: Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride
Other: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Pearls
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Stampin’ Up! Bundle Discount and new Best of… stamp set

Hi again,

well as I promised I am back again with a fatastic offer from Stampin’ Up!. One of my favourite stamp sets and punch combinations is being offered at a great discount.

I have used this stamp set and punch so often for cards for grown ups, mobiles and pictures for my friends’ little girls for their birthday or Christmas presents. I love it, its such a versatile set!

Stampin Up Papillon Potpourri elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May gift ideas

And if that offer isn’t enough then there’s the great new Best of.. September stamp set to boot. Here’s theBest of Christmas set with one never seen before stamp.

As always if you need any further information about any of these offers or the new Autumn/Winter catalogue please don’t hesitate to contact me – 07788746908 /

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