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 “bokeh effect” background using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone. I hope you are well. Well super fast, it seems, we are back to gearing up for the weekend. We’re busy this weekend but not with social engagements for us. The boys have parties both Saturday and Sunday – they have better social lives than my husband and I! Lol.

The weather hasn’t been that great for the last few days. It’s been quite cold and rainy and not May-like at all. I felt in the need for some bright cheery colours, so today’s project is using Daffodil Delight. It was actually super quick to make. I knocked it up this morning just before taking my son to playgroup as I changed my mind about what I wanted to post this morning! That’s one of the perks of being your own boss!

I’ve been wanting to try out this background technique for a while. I believe it’s called bokeh, which has been borrowed from photography. In photography the technique is used to blur the background of a photograph so the main focus of the image is sharp. The result is a series of “spots” of varying densities in the background. 
For my background I used a pencil with an eraser on the end. I simply inked the eraser with Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it randomly over the Whisper White card layer. I stamped a few times before re-inking to get the various shades. I really like the effect. 
Stampin up bokeh effect background Petite Petals punch Tracy May card making ideas
I decorated the card with some Linen Thread and Burlap Ribbon for the banner, over which I stuck a sentiment stamped in Black StazOn using the Express Yourself hostess set (wood/clear) onto Whisper White. I punched the flowers from Whisper White and Daffodil Delight using the Petite Petals Punch and one of the shapes from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. I then layered the card front onto a layer of Daffodil Delight mounted onto a Whisper White card blank.
I think this would make a great card for a few occasions – a thank you card or Easter card for example!
I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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 

Vintage Beautifully Baroque – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Good morning everyone. Today is the first day of the school Easter holidays for us here in London and I will be off out and about all holiday keeping the Bedlam Brothers entertained.

Last week I was playing around with more backgrounds, some of them watercolour, some of them not. Today’s project is one of the non-watercolour backgrounds I came up with. This is the second version though. The first one I was trying for shabby chic but ended up with just shabby! Lol.

Stampin Up Vintage Beautifully Baroque Tracy May Card making ideas

I lightly sanded a piece of Bermuda Bay Core-dinations card stock from the Brights Core-dinations collection. I then stamped Beautifully Baroque (wood only) and the swirls from Everything Eleanor (available in wood or clear) in Tsukineko’s Encore Metallic Gold from the Spring/Summer Catalogue. I adhered the mat to a Crumb Cake card blank.

Stampin Up Vintage Beautifully Baroque Tracy May Card making ideas

To decorate the card, I layered a piece of 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon sponged with the gold ink, under some Gold Baker’s Twine. I then stamped “hello” (from Happy Day available in wood or clear) in Bermuda Bay ink onto a piece of Crumb Cake and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch and layered this on top. I finished off with a flower from Petite Petals stamped in Gold onto Bermuda Bay card stock. I punched the flower out with the co-ordinating punch. The Petite Petals punch and stamps are available as a bundle in wood or clear.

I hope you like today’s project. Its a bit different from my usual style but I love how its turned out.

Easter Thank you’s – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Good morning everyone. How are you all today? I had a nice lazy (ish) start to the day as my friend picked my eldest son up to take him to school for me. She lives a couple of streets away and has offered to pick him up on her way past a number of times now. It certainly makes for a calmer start to the day for me, as I only have to concentrate on getting him ready, instead of chasing him and his younger brother around trying to find various shoes, coats, water beakers and  bags.

A few weeks ago I had been on Pinterest (no surprise there!) and had seen a picture of a garden fence with big bright red butterflies and it immediately made me think of the Hardwood Background stamp (available in wood or clear) and the Beautiful Wings Embosslits. I made the card a Thank you card ….

Stampin up Beautiful Wings Hardwood thank you card Tracy May Card making ideas

…..and as I was planning on giving her a little gift too, the style of the card dictated the style of the treat bag I made to go with it. The measurements for the bag are the same as for the bunny bag you can find in my Youtube video.

Stampin up Beautiful Wings Hardwood thank you card Tracy May Card making ideas
(apologies about the picture quality)
Also as it is the last day of term today I made some little treat bags for the ladies at my youngest son’s playgroup and for my eldest son’s teachers.
Stampin up petite petals hardwood treat bag Tracy May gift ideas
The reason I bought the Petite Petals stamp set and punch bundle (available in wood or clear) and the Hardwood background stamp is because of a fellow Pinkie (Pink Lady – my upline’s team). Back in February we did a Pinkies blog hop to showcase products from the Spring/Summer Catalogue and one of Dutch Pinkies Caroline made a stunning card with this combination, which really showcased these stamps for me. You can see her card here
In addition to the products mentioned above you will need:
Stamp Set: Starburst Sayings wood or clear
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Give them a go – they are so easy and very effective! My friend loved her gift!

Spring Easter Bunny Treat Bag Video – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all fine and dandy today. A while back I posted a picture of two cute little bunny treat bags that I was intending to make in my March class. I was undecided on which colour to go for. In the end we made both, with a more grown up option available for the ladies to make if the preferred.

The bunnies went down a treat I must say! Also the Petite Petal flower stamp and punch bundle (wood or clear) used to decorate the grown up version was very popular, even amongst the ladies who made the bunny version!

stampin up petite petals gift ideas Tracy May

Well back to the bunnies though, I filmed a video tutorial for the gift bags, and as the class was last week I can share it with you all now. I do hope you enjoy it.