Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and More Sale-a-bration

New Weekly Deals and More Sale-a-bration items available

Good morning peeps, it’s a lovely day where I am. Hope the sun is shining where you are too. I’ve a poorly boy at home with me this morning. Unfortunately my youngest is off sick from nursery and we’re off to the doctors shortly. Before we go though, I wanted to share the news that Stampin’ Up! are offering more items up to choose as Sale-a-bration gifts to replace the Blendabilities that are unfortuantely no longer available. Click here for more information.

First though, here’s one of my own projects using Sale-a-bration set A Happy Thing.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dutch Fold card making ideas

I think the fold is called a “Dutch” fold. It was my card for the March Card Challenge Swap group that I’m a member of on Facebook. The card had to be this fold and had to have DSP and a bird on a branch on the front and also use spring colours. I think I managed that by using the Painted Blooms DSP from the Spring/Summer (Occassions) 2015 catalogue and taking the colours for the bird from there.


stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dutch Fold card making ideas

I hope you like the project. Don’t forget there are only 13 days of Sale-a-bration left. And don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals.

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day.

No More Blendabilities – No problem with the watercolour technique!

No More Blendabilities – No problem with Stampin’ Up! re-inkers and ink pads watercolour technique.

Good morning peeps, hope you had a great weekend and you’re ready and raring to go this morning. It was Mother’s Day in the UK yesterday and I got breakfast in bed woohoo! I also got to clean up the mess after I got up too! Five year olds don’t make for tidy chefs – what am I talking about neither do 43 year olds either! Lol.

Anyways, I did get the chance to have a play around in my craft room after lunch yesterday. You’ve probably already heard the news that Stampin’ Up! have taken the decision to withdraw the Blendabilities Alcohol Marker range due to intolerable quality issues – well if you haven’t – sorry to be the one to break the news to you! I loved the Blendabilites and bought them all and didn’t have a problem with any of them. They had become my go-to for colouring and I had kind of forgotten about other colouring methods such as the watercolour technique.

Well no more – I dusted off the reinkers and got out my Aquapainters and Blender pens to come up with these cards. They’re not a set exactly but I was playing around with the Nature’s Perfection Sale-a-bration set (available in wood or clear).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

Good old watercolouring. I simply painted over the embossed image with a light wash of ink and then continued applying to get the darker shades.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

The flowers in the card on the left are watercoloured using the Aquapainter. I didn’t have a Wisteria Wonder reinker so I simply squished the lid of my ink pad to get some ink onto the inside of the lid and picked it up with the Aquapainter. The card on the right uses Gorgeous Grunge splodges for colour.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

I used the reinkers and Aquapainter for the card on the right, but changed techniques for the card on the left. I picked up ink from the inner lid of the inkpads with my blender pens.

It was a fruitful and fun afternoon. I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and are inspired to get out the reinkers. A little tip for you. If you use a paint palette to drop the ink into, you can simply let it dry out if you have any ink left over. As the inks are water based you can simply drop a bit of water into them at a later date and mix them up and paint with them again.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

Have fun. Thanks for stopping by

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No.7 Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Ink

Stampin’ Up! Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Inks

Hi, I’m back with No. 7 from my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer  Catalogue Top 10! Today’s projects are all made using the fabulous new Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Inks. There are 3 colours available in the inks: Citrus Yellow, Aquamarine and Rose Coral.

There is a smooth side to the Chalkboard paper which is for stamping with the ColorBox Chalk Inks. The results are a lovely muted chalky effect. The other more slightly coarses side of the Chalkboard paper is ideal for stamping with the Stampin’ White Craft Ink.

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator card making ideas

I made this card using the Big Day! stamp set, which you can choose as one of the free Sale-a-bration gifts with a £45 order.

Don’t think the ColorBox Chalk inks can only be used with the Chalkboard paper. I teamed them up with velum and Whsiper White card stock. You get a completely different look – the colours are strong and vibrant.

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator card making ideas

This is a “tongue-in-cheek” card for my sons to give their grandfather. He’s really not into birthday cards but he’s getting one anyway! I used the Hooray It’s Your Day set again – No. 3 in my list from the Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator gift ideas

Another little velum gift bag using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Have a great weekend. I hope you get the chance to do some crafting. Thanks for stopping by


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.


My Top 10 Favourites from Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer Catalogue 2015

Happy New Year! A little late, I know, but this is my first post of 2015. We are still in the midst of our home extension project, but the end is at least in sight now. Operation Craft room set up will commence shortly. I’ll have somewhere of my own to play with all my lovely Stampin’ Up! ® stash and the dining room table will be free for eating at again. In the meantime, I’ve managed to organise some space in the tiny spare room to be productive and have a play with some new goodies.

If you don’t already have one, grab a cuppa and get settled. I’ve a fair bit to share with you today!


Most people get the January blues, after the Christmas and New Year holidays but Stampin’ Up! have just the thing to banish them – Sale-a-bration is here! For those of you new to Sale-a-bration it is probably THE best promotion of the year. For EVERY £45 | 60 € spent you can chose one free gift, so if your order is worth £90 | 120 € you can choose two and so on in increments of £45 | 60 €. And that’s not all, there are hostess benefits to earn and freebies to choose if you sign up as a demonstrator too, more on that further down in this post.


If that isn’t exciting enough news for you, then hopefully the launch of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue will be! It’s packed with luscious new products and some returning favourites from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. Oh I wish I could have ordered it all! [Sigh]

I have managed to order a few (ahem more than a few really) things and have compiled my own personal Top 10 favourites.

  1.  Butterfly Thinlits Dies (available as a bundle with the Butterfly Basics stamp set available in wood, clear and photopolymer)
  2. Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit and co-ordinating Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer stamp set
  3. Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit and co-ordinating Hooray It’s Your Day Photopolymer stamp set
  4. Confetti Heart Border Punch
  5. Cheerful Critters Photopolymer stamp set
  6. Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
  7. Chalk Board Paper and Ink Pads (Aquamarine, Rose Coral, Yellow Citrus)
  8. Hello You Thinlits Dies
  9. Berry Basket BigzL Die
  10. Celebrate Today Photopolymer stamp set and Balloon Framelits Dies Bundle

I know there are actually more than 10 individual products in this list but I have combined products that co-ordinate such as the stamp sets with the kits and stamp sets with the dies as I will be creating examples using both.

I will post example projects using each of the above over the course of January. Today’s projects showcase my absolute favourite – the Butterflies Framelits.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits card making ideas


This card also uses the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which unfortunately is barely  visible in the picture. I used Soft sky ink as I wanted a very subtle background stamped over the Typset DSP. A tad too subtle for my liking though.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits gift ideas

I made this picture as a gift for a little girl in my youngest son’s nursery class. I love how it turned out. I like it even better than my previous butterfly frames. I can see myself making a lot of new inserts to replace those others I have made over the last 2 years!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits gift ideas

I decorated a mini peg with Blushing Bride polka dot DSP from theSubtles Background DSP Collection. This is actually the letter I from the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz. I don’t think I could have cut such a small sliver so straight otherwise.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Top 10 and the projects I’ve made so far with my No. 1 favourite. I have so much more I want to make with these framelits, but it will have to wait until I have completed all my Top 10 projects. I will not be sidetracked – it’s my new mantra for the new year!

Be sure to check back in on Friday for the No. 2 , which is the Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit and stamps set.

I’ll leave you with some more information about Sale-a-bration. If you don’t already have a preferred demonstrator, live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany or the Netherlands and would like a copy of the Spring/Summer Catalogue (N.B. English version) then please drop me a line and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Thanks for popping by, take care x


Hip Hip Hooray I’m Getting Organised!! – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Unusually for me, this year, I made a New Year’s Resolution to be more organised in both my personal and business lives. Normally I don’t make resolutions as I generally don’t tend to stick to them, but I’m actually doing ok so far!

Firstly, I got up to date with all my Business admin, diving head first into excel spreadsheets and a free mind mapping software (called Xmind) to organise my classes and parties better. Mind mapping is just a tool to link related topics together using a main topic and then subtopics that are attached to it. I find it easier than trying to keep things in lists as they tend to get all jumbled up and messy. I can now keep all the information about the class/party such as the projects, pictures of the projects and instruction documents linked in one handy document.

Once I was caught up with everything, I wanted to make sure I stayed on top of it all, which requires planning and scheduling things in to fit around family life. When it comes to diary management though I am strictly an old fashioned paper girl.

Firstly I dug out an old A5 Filofax I had stuck in a drawer and, to keep it a bit more lively and interesting, I printed off some colourful month and week planners I found on Pinterest, as well as some blog planning pages. They aren’t really designed for A5 though, and there are a few things I want to add,  so I will be designing my own in MDS soon. I’ve added it to my To Do list!

I created some dividers, as well, using the Envelope punch board to create the File Tabs. I decorated them with the Sale-a-bration Petal Parade stamp set and the ABC – 123 Outline Alphabet stamps from the annual catalogue. What do you think? I really like them and it certainly brightens up my Filofax.

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As well as my Filofax, I bought some spiral bound Kraft notebooks. I prefer spiral bound so you can tear pages out if necessary, without destroying a whole note book. The arrival of the new Hip Hip Hooray Kit was perfect timing to decorate them.

Stampin up card making ideas kit Tracy May

The kit is fantastic and I love it. It contains everything (and I mean everything) you need to make 20 cards. Its got card bases and envelopes, pretty stickers to decorate, a sentiment stamp set with 3 different stamps, an acrylic block for the stamps, a Basic Grey ink spot and some other embellishments too. It is perfect for beginners, but seasoned crafters will love it too, especially for a last minute card required in a hurry.

stampin up gift ideas hip hip hooray kit altered notebooks Tracy May

Products used in today’s projects:

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit 
Stamp Sets: Petal Parade (free SAB gift), ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers
Ink pads: Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, StazOn Black
Tools: Envelope Punch Board

Don’t forget you only have until 31st March to get your free Sale-a-bration gift.

Envelope Punch Board Notelet holder Hostess Gift – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Hello again. I hope you enjoyed my video from Wednesday! I have another one for you today. I had the rare opportunity on Sunday to do some filming, as my husband had taken the bedlam brothers out for a run about in the local park. I managed to film four tutorials in total. The other two will be posted over the course of the next few weeks.

In the meantime today’s tutorial is for another envelope punch board box. I could become addicted to making them. They are so easy to make, once you have your measurements sorted out. I got through a few sheets of retired card stock working this one out. I wanted it to hold 3×3″ notelets, with embellishments. I am doing a party next week and this will be the demonstration and hostess gift. I will post the make and take next week after the party.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial. If you do, please do subscribe to my Youtube channel, as I will be posting more video tutorials soon and as I have caught the filming bug, I will definitely be filming more projects in the future.

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.

Pinkies Sale-a-bration Blog Hop………using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using new Stampin’ Up!® products that you can earn free during Sale-a-Bration. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

If you have arrived here from Christa’s blog, welcome. I hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have all been busy creating.

My project today is a birthday wall hanger. I’m rubbish at remembering people’s birthdays. No, seriously I am. I even forgot my Mum’s 40th when I was in my first term at University, and ask my younger sister!! I can never remember, whether hers is the 4th or the 5th October. So one (of my many) getting organised resolutions, has been to get better at getting people’s birthday cards out to them on time.

I started off by typing birthdays into a timeline plan on some software on my laptop, but then I saw a post on Facebook of a fantastic wooden Family birthday wall hanger.


I instantly thought of card stock, DSP and ribbon but then my eye was caught by the trio of Baker’s twine I had just received FREE in my Spring/Summer catalogue demo pre-order. Together with the Sweet Sorbet DSP and the Decorative Dots TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) I had the perfect ingredients for my organiser.

I started with cutting Birthday out of Pistachio Pudding with my Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die and mounting it onto the spotty patterned DSP from the SAB Sweet Sorbet pack. Then I embossed Sahara Sand card stock to form the base. I then punched 12 coloured 3/4″ circles on which to write the months.
I also used coloured 3/4″ circles to write the date and name of the birthday person on and stuck these onto lengths of the Baker’s twine.

Finally I cut a length of each of the 3 colours of the Baker’s twine, knotted it at one end and platted the 3 colours together to form one stronger length of twine which I attached to the back of the wall hanger. I also backed the wall hanger with the strong cardboard that comes with the glitter DSP packs.

To recreate this project you will need”

Card Stock: Sahara Sand 12×12″, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe,
Tools: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, 3/4″ Circle Punch

The free sale-a-bration items used are:
Decorative Dots TIEF
Sweet Sorbet DSP
Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessories pack

So next stop is Nicky’s blog, why don’t you go and take a peek at what she has been up to? Thanks for stopping by…….. 

XOXO! using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I have made a few more heart themed cards this week. I was dithering over my 3rd project for my class next Thursday evening. I wanted a Valentine’s card for one of the projects but one that could also be used for an occasion other than Valentine’s. I came up with a couple of designs.

The card below is one of them. I decided not to use this in the class as the other design used the new SAB Banner Blast stamp set and I want to show the ladies some of the gorgeous new products available from next week! I’m so excited. I love Sale-a-bration! The parties are fantastic fun, with everyone deciding what free gift to get and anyone wanting to join as a demo can get extra free goodies in their starter kit. Give me a call if you would like more information.

For this project you will need:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Petal Parade (SAB freee gift)
Ink: Real Red, Staz On Black
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red
Tools: Hearts Framelits, Circles Thinlits (for the xoxo)
Embellishments: Rhinestones
I don’t know what I’ll do with all the other Valentine’s cards I’ve made. The husband only needs one. Mind you, I could always give one to him, to give to me. That’s probably the only way I will get one! Where’s the romance gone? LOL! 
Come back again tomorrow as I will have a fantastic project for you for the Pinkies Blog Hop!!!