Four Seasons Card using Stampin’ Up! products

I recently joined a monthly card swap challenge group on Facebook. It’s great fun, although I must admit I was a bit daunted by my first challenge. The card had to be a 5″ square card, with 4 panels – one for each season along with a number of other criteria. After much head scratching, this is what I came up with. I used all Stampin’ Up!® products and it was a real stash raider of a card.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas DSP
I decided to base the four season panels on Designer Series Paper, primarily because of the leaf patterned paper from Motley Monsters and also the “snowy” patterned paper from the All is Calm Speciality DSP, both from the Autumn-Winter 2014 Catalogue. The spring panel uses Park Lane DSP and the Summer panel is from the All Abloom DSP stack in the Annual 2014-2015 catalogue. 
I used a variety of embellishments from both the Autumn-Winter catalogue and the Annual Catalogue. The tags are spelt out using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet rubber stamp set. 
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas DSP
I decided to make a special envelope for the card using the same DSP as the Autumn panel on the card – for no other reason than autumn has well and truly kicked in now! 
I hope you like today’s project. Thanks for stopping by

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.