One more week left to purchase from the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Items list

The new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue will be available to order from, from Tuesday 1st July. That means you only have one more week left to buy from the retiring list.

Here’s a look back at some of my favourite cards using retiring items:

stampin up uk beautiful butterflies bigs independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
stampin up uk happy day card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Happy Day wood or clear
stampin up uk Simply stars card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Simply Stars wood (sold out) or clear 
stampin up uk Simply sketched card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Simply Sketched wood or clear & Express Yourself wood or clear (sold out)

stampin up uk Butterfly collection wheel independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Stampin up uk Clockworks male card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Clockworks wood (sold out) or clear

Stampin up uk Beautifully Baroque vintage card independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas
Beautifully Baroque (sold out)
As you can see a number of items have sold out, so be quick to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourites.
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Simply Sketched meets Watercolour Background – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Following on from Monday’s post with the two Butterfly watercolour cards, I have another card today, using a watercolour background I did at the same time.

And guess what?  Friday’s post will also be a watercolour background. I got a bit carried away maybe, but I was having fun! I hope you like today’s offering:

Stampin Up Off the Grid Simply Sketched On Film Tracy May
I water coloured the background using the same 3 colours as previously – Soft Sky, Pool Party and Marina Mist. Once dry I over-stamped with the Off the Grid stamp and then stamped the Poppy from Simply Sketched (Hostess only set, available in wood and clear) using StazOn White ink. I then water coloured the poppy using Real Red. I cut out the frame using the polaroid type framelit from the On Film Framelits set. The sentiment is also from Simply Sketched which is attached to the frame using an Essentials Hardware Clip. The image is mounted onto a Coastal Cabana card base. 
Stampin Up Off the Grid Simply Sketched On Film Tracy May
I hope you like it. The watercolour backgrounds are so easy to create with re-inkers and the aqua painters
I’ll be back Friday with the last watercolour in this mini-series.

Gorgeous and Pretty Grunge using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I’ve been feeling indecisive the last couple of weeks. It may be that we are all feeling a bit unsettled at home at the moment, with starting school and a new playgroup – oh and some teething thrown in to keep us all awake at night too!!

Anyway I wanted to share the projects we made last Thursday in class. As I said, I have been a bit indecisive lately and this reflected itself in trying to choose the colour scheme for my designs. I love girly, feminine designs but its not something that I normally tend to make myself. I seem to end up at the clean and simple end of the craft theme spectrum, but I really wanted to use some ribbon and come up with a pretty look. I tried out to colour schemes and I really like both. I wasn’t sure which one the ladies would prefer so in the end I decided to let them chose which one they wanted to make. Both schemes were chosen and one lady even decided to mix it up a little and do combine the two.

My first colour scheme was Soft Suede and Blushing Bride. I used Blushing Bride Core’dinations Card Stock for the tag, which I sanded prior to stampin with Soft Suede ink. The background is Gorgeous Grunge stamped in Whisper White Craft ink. I think the Chevron ribbon is the perfect ribbon for this tag!

I then tried out Crumb Cake and Marina Mist. This time I heat embossed the image on the Core’dinations tag. The background is Gorgeous Grunge stamped in Crumb Cake. I also stamped the poppy from Simply Sketched on the card, first in crumb cake and then I overstamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white. I removed some of the versamark from the stamp before stamping to get a broken image to show some of the crumb cake ink below.

I have a confession! There was originally a celophane bag in the Marina Mist one with some chocoloate in. They didn’t last long enough to make it into the photo! Ooops.
We also made another card with some DSP but I seem to have neglected to take any photos of those. I will have to get them out and take some pictures in the morning when the light is better.
For now though, if you would like to make these projects you can buy all the products used in my Online store here (Click the Shop button top right once you’re on my Stampin’ Up! site). The Simply Sketched Stamp set is a Hostess only stamp set that can be redeemed with hostess rewards. Don’t forget to use my mystery hostess code if your order is under £150. The current code can be BEANNUVH can be used until end of 30th September. I will post a new code from October 1st so check later posts if you are viewing this after that date.
For the projects you will need:
A4 Card stock: Soft Suede 119982 or Crumb Cake 121685
12 x 12 Card Stock Subtles Core’dinations 129954
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink 101731, Versamark Ink 102283, Soft Suede126978, Crumb Cake 126975
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge  W 130514, C 130517, Simply Sketched W 129669 C 129672
Accessories: Stampin’ Emboss Powder White 109132,  Stampin’ Sanding Block 129367, Chalk Talk Framelits 129983, Chevron Ribbon Blushing Bride 130013, Marina Mist 130016

Simply Sketched – a Hostess Gift set

Well after the battle of bedtime on Saturday night, my youngest was up at 5 am Sunday morning! That obviously meant that so was I! By 8:30 am he was shattered so I put him back to bed – lucky him! He slept for 3 hours and my husband spent the time with our eldest son leaving me free to play.

Ever since I got the hostess set Simply Sketched I have wanted to make a notecard gift set to use as the Hostess gift at a party. This set can only be purchased with Hostess Rewards.  I have also wanted to try watercolouring with the poppy in the set. I love poppies and I especially love watercolour paintings of poppies.  I started off by stamping onto watercolour paper using black stazon ink and colouring the flower in with the aqua painters and some ink from the reinkers but I didn’t like the results. 

Not giving up though I decided to try out the Stampin’ Write Markers. I coloured the real red and old olive ones directly onto the stamp before spritzing the stamp with water. I then stamped the image onto whisper white card stock. 

The first couple of tries I used a bit too much water but I have used the images anyway as I really like them.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I also used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and honeycomb embossing folder for the background. The sentiment is also from a hostess set, Express Yourself.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I used Pear Pizazz as the background as a contrast to the Old Olive layer. I also only embossed a small section of the card by using a strip of cardboard placed over the outside of the embossing folder. I ran it through the bigshot on the multipurpose platform with all tabs closed, but only using one cutting plate instead of two.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I finished off the cards by cutting out the flowers and coloured card layers using the new squares framelits and adding some of the new candy dots.

Would you like to receive this set of cards as a Hostess gift? If so and you would like more information about hosting a Stampin’ Up! party please feel free to contact me 07788746908 or

To make these cards you will need the following:

Stamp sets: Simply Sketched and Express Yourself (hostess rewards only), Gorgeous Grunge (Wood) 29,95 € | £21.95 130514, (Clear) 23,95 € | £17.95 130517
Cardstock: Old Olive (Brights)106576 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Real Red (Brights)106578 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Basic Gray (Neutrals)121689 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Smoky Slate (Neutrals)131291 £6.25 | 8,50 € (all A4 x 24 sheets), Whisper White (Neutrals) 106549 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets), Very Vanilla (Neutrals) 106550 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets)
Ink pads:  Old Olive (Brights) 126953 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Real Red (Brights)126949 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Basic Gray (Neutrals)126981 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Smoky Slate (Neutrals)131179 £4.95 | 6,50 €
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Old Olive (Brights) 100079 £2.95 | 3,95 €, Real Red (Brights) 100052 £2.95 | 3,95 €
Embellishment: Candy Dots £5.50 | 6,95 € Brights 130931 , Neutrals 130934 (100 pieces, 10 in each colour)
Accessories: Honeycomb embossing folder £7.50 | 9,50 €, Square Framelits 29,95 € | £22.95 130921 8 layering dies

If you would like to order any of the products used or alternative options to hosting a party, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or