Christmas Bags (Part 2) – Bags, Tags and Boxes Week

Christmas Bags (Part 2)– Bags, Tags and Boxes Week

When I was at OnStage Live the other week, one of the demonstrations on the stage was of a gusseted bag made using the Stampin’ Up! mini treat bag thinlits. I wrote down the directions, as I’d not made them before. They are really easy to make and so I thought along with the gusseted Christmas Bags I’ve made for my Bags, Tags and Boxes week today, I would also create a little photo tutorial for you. Yes you’re welcome! 😉

I created two Christmas bags, one two tone and one monochrome. I love how these turned out – what do you think? Pretty right? Which one’s your favourite?

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

 

I used the Sparkly Seasons ZigZag image and Seasonal Frames framelits to cut out the bauble, which has an ombre watercolour look. I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo markers to colour the stamp before spritzing with water and stamping.

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

For the Whisper White bag I ran the front panel through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

For the Lost Lagoon and Whisper White bag, I first cut out two additional front panels (removing the bottom flap) before then embossing with Softly Falling – take a look at the Photo Tutorial below and you’ll see what I mean!

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

For the Basic Christmas Bag

Step 1: Cut two of the front and side panels using the largest thinlit and cut a piece of card to 4cm x 9.4cm (this is for the bottom of the treat bag);

Step 2. Cut off the zig zag top of the side panel on both pieces;

Step 3. Line up the side score line along the 2cm line of your Stampin’ Trimmer and score;

Step 4. Line up the side score line along the 4cm line of your Stampin’ Trimmer and score;

Step 5. Place a strip of double sided sticky tape along the side score lines of the side pieces and the bottom flaps;

Step 6. Burnish all scored lines. Mountain fold the outer two score lines on the side panel and valley fold the middle this will create the gusseted sides;

Step 7. Assemble the treat bags by first sticking the two front and side pieces together down one of the sides and the bottom panel to one of the bottom flaps;

Step 8. Fold the remaining sides over to meet to create the bag and adhere the remaining bottom flap to the  4cm x 9.4cm piece of card.

N.B. If you are decorating the front of the bags, either by embossing or stamping, you need to do this before you assemble them.

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

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Watercolour Video Tutorial – No Line Snowman

My Watercolour Video Tutorial for the No Line Snowman is now available on my YouTube Channel

Well the technical gremlins have been conquered – for now at least. The promised No Line Watercolour video tutorial is now available on my YouTube Channel or you can see it below!

Let me just remind you of the card that goes with the tutorial.

Stampin' Up! Sparkly Season no line watercolour video tutorial Tracy May

 

And here’s the tutorial.

I have tried a new style (well new to me) in this video. I have edited it to be a short video and have background music and written instructions. In the past when I have published a video tutorial, it’s been filmed with audio of me explaining what I am doing. Sometimes this makes the video quite lengthy and I wanted something shorter this time.

Let me know what you think. Which way do you prefer?

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No line watercolour Santa Snowman

No line watercolour Santa Snowman using Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up!

Do you ever have days where you just can’t remember how to do something you have actually done a few times before? Well I’m having one today! I wanted to upload a video clip of the no line watercolor technique I used for today’s project, which is a Santa snowman card that I’m entering in to the Less is More One Layer Santa challenge.

I’ve edited a few videos in iMovie already, but I’m struggling to remember how to do it today. I thought I had better get on with the post though as it’s almost time to go and pick up the Bedlam Brothers from school – I’ve no idea where 6 hours goes so quickly 🙂

UPDATED: 25/11/2015 here’s the video – click here

Stampin' Up! Sparkly Season no line watercolour Santa Snowman Tracy May

So what is no line watercolour? It’s quite simple really. Stamp an image in a very pale water-based ink so you have a faint outline to work with, then proceed to watercolour the image in the colours you want “washing” out the faint outline with the watercolouring. I will post the video here for you once I have managed to work out how to edit it! I promise so check back later or check out my YouTube channel!

Stampin' Up! Sparkly Season no line watercolour Santa Snowman Tracy May

I used Stampin’ Write Markers and a very fine paint brush. First I coloured the outline of the snowman on the stamp using the Smoky Slate marker, then I stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping directly onto the card base to create a very faint outline. I then went over the outline of the hat with the writing end of the Real Red marker and dragged the colour in to fill in the hat with a damp paintbrush. I moved on to the scarf and did the same. For the head and the body I used a very small amount of Smoky Slate and repeated the process of drawing the colour in to the body. I went over the image again until I was happy with it (I will get that video up so you can see what I mean). Then I used Pool Party for the ground and finally went over the details of the face, twiggy arms and buttons using the Basic Black marker.

I added a touch of Dazzling Details to make his hat and body sparkle a little. It made the buttons bleed a little but I thought it just added to the watercolour effect, which is good! What do you think? I hope you like it and are inspired to give the technique a go!

Well I’d better run and fetch the boys home – have a fabulous weekend!

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Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up!

A set of gorgeous water coloured Christmas cards created using Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up! by UK Demonstrator, Tracy May

I’ve been having fun with Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up! this morning. It took me a few attempts to get going, I will admit, but once I got the hang of being patient whilst water colouring the little images things started to go more smoothly! I just needed to allow time between painting one area and the next. The first few attempts ended up in the bin as my impatience lead to the colours all mixing to a dark muddy mess!

Sparkly Seasons from Stampin' Up! Snowman Christmas Card

I did this little guy first. Isn’t he cute? I used an aqua painter and a Stampin’ Up! Pool Party Classic ink pad to colour the sky around him. Once I allowed that to dry I painted the hat and scarf in green – I used Cucumber Crush first and then went over it with Mossy Meadow to deepen the colour and create shadows. Once that was dry I finished off with Watermelon Wonder with Real Red on top!

Sparkly Seasons from Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Tracy May

Then I did the Nutcracker and Ballerina cards afterwards.

Sparkly Seasons from Stampin' Up! Nutcracker Christmas Card

The card base is embossed using the Softly Falling embossing folder. I’ll let you in to a little secret – it’s carrying over to the Spring/Summer catalogue, which is awesome. I know I have seen it already!

Sparkly Seasons from Stampin' Up! Snowman Christmas Card

I forgot to stamp the Gorgeous Grunge splat before I embossed, so I did it afterwards. It has a nice effect on the raised parts!

Sparkly Season from Stampin’ Up! is available until the 4th January 2016, so grab it while you can. It’s a great set!

If you can’t wait until January to see the new catalogue, how about signing up as a demonstrator? You will soon be able to choose from the Spring/Summer catalogue for your starter kit! We demos get our hands on product a month before general release! Drop me a line and I’d be happy to provide you with all the info you need.

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Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin’ Up!

Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin’ Up!

Morning folks. How are you today? The sun is shining today, after 2 days of torrential rain – fingers crossed it stays this way. I’ve probably jinxed it now by mentioning it haven’t I? I.

Anyhow, on to today’s project. A few months ago I had been reading this blog post by Lydia Fiedler and she said that the dancer, from the Talented Trio Stampin’ Up! ® stamp set, made the song Tiny Dancer by Elton John jump into her head. I had never heard of this song before but that was ok, I could get the connection from the title.  A few weeks/a month or so after this, I was watching a TV programme and a new advert by John Lewis, for home insurance, came on. It’s of a little girl dancing around her house in a tutu knocking into all the furniture and making vases and the TV etc wobble as if they will fall over (you can see it on YouTube here). And yep you’ve guessed it. The sound track is Tiny Dancer by Elton John. I now can not get the song out of my head (I’m humming it as I’m typing) especially when I saw  the tiny dancer stamp in Sparkly Seasons.

And so I give you my very own Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin’ Up!, which makes the song pop right back in to my head every time I look at it! Mind you it could be worse, I actually like the song a lot. It’s not one of those annoyingly nauseating songs that grate on your nerves. Thank you Lydia for the inspiration 😊.

Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin' Up!

I love it. I used the same layout as my snow globe Christmas card, but made this a birthday card instead. I love, love, love this stamp set. I hope it carries over in to the next annual catalogue. What do you think? (And I’m sorry if you have got the song going round and round in your head now too 😉)

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Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up!

Sparkly Bauble Christmas Card created using Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up!

 

Morning all. How are you today? That’s another week flown by and the last one with my youngest on half days. From next week he’ll be at school full time. Everyone keeps telling me I won’t know what to do with all that free time. Errr well actually I know exactly what to do with all that time. CRAFT!! Yay!! I can make more Christmas cards for starters – I love today’s project. It’s made using Sparkly Seasons from Stampin’ Up! ®.

Sparkly Seasons from Stampin' Up! by Tracy May Independent Demonstrator

I love the colour combination, which was suggested by my friend Natalie – Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon and Wisteria Wonder! Love it! I would never have thought of putting them together as a Christmas combination.

It took a few attempts to get the card the way I wanted it – mainly through rushing and messing it up. I stamped the baubles onto two sticky notes and cut them out to use as the masks. Then I stamped the little hook and cut out the collar. I added a touch of glitter and hey presto – Sparkly Christmas Baubles!

What do you think? Like it? There are loads of ways you can use this stamp set. It’s very versatile. I’ll be posting more ideas over the coming weeks.

I’ve got lots of plans now my youngest is in school, I’ll be putting on extra classes – daytime classes too, so if you are local keep an eye out for details of those, coming out over the next few weeks. Stampin’ Up! On Stage Live is coming up in November in Brussels. I can’t wait. I love Stampin’ Up! events – they are always so inspiring. You get to see new products before anyone else does too. Fancy joining me? Sign up as a demonstrator and you can come along too 😄.

 

 

 

 

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