Last Day to order from the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue

If you haven’t already ordered your favourite retiring items you best be quick. The new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue launches tomorrow! Yipee! I can’t wait to get my order in.

I had a catalogue launch at the weekend, unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the room all set up, and the few photos I did get are not great quality, but here’s some pictures of the make and take options, that the ladies who came got to make.

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The first one uses the Blended Bloom stamp set (wood only) available from tomorrow. It’s been coloured with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities set also available from tomorrow.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Work of Art Incolors 2014-2016
This card is using one of my new favourites, Work of Art (wood or clear) available tomorrow and the new 2014-2016 In Colour Collection ink pads and Card stock also available tomorrow.
I had a great afternoon and all the ladies who came had a great time and are eagerly awaiting their orders. I can’t wait to put them in tomorrow. If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and are in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, France or Austria and would like to order from me or would like a catalogue, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 
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A Magic Slider Card using Stampin’ Up! Hostess Set Life’s Adventure

As soon as I saw this Magic Slider card from my fellow Pinkie Caroline Hallet I knew I wanted to do one for my class but I also knew I wanted to give them all a sneak peek of the new products they can buy from next Tuesday woohoo!  I thought the new Stampin’ Up! hostess stamp Life’s Adventure would be perfect for requirements and I wasn’t wrong – my class loved the card and the stamp set.

I took a quick look at the tutorial Caroline had found by Julie Davidson (http://juliedavison.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/magic-card-tutorial.html), but changed the measurements to suit A4 card stock. This is why I love Stampin’ Up! so much – everyone shares and everyone is free to CASE (copy and share everything) – so a big thank you to Caroline and Julie!

stampin up uk magic slider card Lifes adventure independent demonstrator Tracy May
This set is so versatile and can be ordered with your hostess points on orders over £150. Perfect for both adult and children’s cards.

stampin up uk magic slider card Lifes adventure independent demonstrator Tracy May
I masked the sentiment with a sticky note when inking up the stamp so I could just stamp the image. 

stampin up uk magic slider card Lifes adventure independent demonstrator Tracy May
I then used the markers to apply ink just to the sentiment and stamped it onto a separate piece of card to make a banner. 
I hope you like today’s project. Don’t forget there are only a few more days to get any retiring items you would like. A lot has sold out already so be quick! 
Have a great weekend!

Ombre Stars with Stampin’ Up! #PLxSU

As well as a having a thing about butterfly stamps and punches, I love rubber stamps which feature stars and I can not wait for the new catalogue to get my hands on the lovely new Stampin’ Up! stars stamps and framelits.

In the meantime, I’ve had fun playing with one of the new Project Life Stamp sets called Point & Click, which is available now. It’s one of the new photopolymer stamp sets and there is one, which is a little cluster of stars. Stamping this ombre style in Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana was a doodle.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May ombre stars using #PLxSU point and click
I finished the card off with the sentiment from Four You (available wood or clear), stamped in Island Indigo and framed using one of the Point & Click stamps. I trimmed a length of Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon to go underneath the sentiment.
I hope you like my card and it shows that Stampin’ Up! Project Life (#PLxSU) products can also be used for other things.
Don’t forget there are new weekly deals available in my online shop.

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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And now for something borrowed and blue using Stampin’ Up! products

Yay it’s nearly the weekend. I hope you have a glorious one planned peeps! And now for my final instalment in this week’s non wedding theme – something old, something new, something borrowed and blue. Yeah I know all very tenuous lol! I hope you’ve enjoyed the creative inspiration anyway!

stampin up uk Tracy May Gorgeous Grunge Swallowtail card making ideas

So just to explain this theme – the blue is probably obvious given the card is predominantly stamped with various shades of Stampin’ Up! blues – Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, with a splash of Melon Mambo and the new Daffodil Delights Blendabilities thrown in. The borrowed comes from the fact that this card was inspired by the make and take, that my fellow Pinkie Elaine Matthews, made for a recent training event organised by my upline Michelle Last. I hardly ever finish the make and takes at training as I am so busy catching up with everyone and I forgot to take a picture of Elaine’s lovely project – so I decided to create a simplified version from memory! I hope you like it.

I used the following Stampin’ Up! projects for this card:

Rubber Stamps: Swallowtail wood or clear, Gorgeous Grunge wood or clear, sentiment from Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
Card Stock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo
Tools: Chevron Border Punch, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities (coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by – don’t forget about the retiring list and the joining up offer! x

Another sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue

Woohoo – I love the new catalogue! There are lots of gorgeous new Stampin’ Up!® products coming soon, that I for one, can not wait to try out. Today’s product is the “something new” from my totally non wedding something old, something new, something borrowed and blue theme going on this week (yes I know its a very tenuous link to the theme but humour me lol!)

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May itty bitty accents punch pack

I love the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I chose the flower shape from the set to show off the new Stampin’ Up! In-colours 2014-2016 (from left to right) Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon. I stamped the splatter background from Gorgeous Grunge (wood or clear) in Hello Honey, and the sentiment from A Fitting Occasion (wood or clear).

Well I hope you like today’s project – see you Friday for the final instalment in the theme – something borrowed and blue (a two in one project lol).

Stampin’ Up! Bundle Discount and new Best of… stamp set

Hi again,

well as I promised I am back again with a fatastic offer from Stampin’ Up!. One of my favourite stamp sets and punch combinations is being offered at a great discount.

I have used this stamp set and punch so often for cards for grown ups, mobiles and pictures for my friends’ little girls for their birthday or Christmas presents. I love it, its such a versatile set!

Stampin Up Papillon Potpourri elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May gift ideas

And if that offer isn’t enough then there’s the great new Best of.. September stamp set to boot. Here’s theBest of Christmas set with one never seen before stamp.

As always if you need any further information about any of these offers or the new Autumn/Winter catalogue please don’t hesitate to contact me – 07788746908 / tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

Thanks for popping by

Look what we made in class…..

I held my monthly card class a week early this month (usually held last Thursday of the month) as I am away on holiday next week. Originally I wasn’t going to hold one at all but decided after the last class to bring it forward as everyone was willing to come along.

I’m so glad I did, I had a great time and everyone loved the project we made especially as we used a few different techniques, which were new to some of the ladies, including using a wheel to stamp the butterflies and paper piercing, dry embossing as well as heat embossing. That’s why classes are so good as you get to try out so many different techniques you haven’t tried before and can decide if you like them before you invest in the kit to do them at home.  

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

 We started off making the 4 notelets in red, orange, yellow and blue. Where possible I used contrasting, darker tones of the same colour for the punched out butterflies. These were a happy accident as my original design for this class was a bit different. I’m glad it didn’t work out though as I love how these butterflies turned out.

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

I think this has to be my favourite. The 3 rows of butterflies are stamped using the Butterfly Collection Jumbo wheel in Pool Party Ink. The butterfly punches are from Bermuda Bay cardstock and the notelet is finished off with a couple of rows of paper-pierced holes and a small Bermuda Bay button and white bakers twine bow.

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

I used different embellishments in different colours. This one used a Crushed Curry Candy dot and brad base.

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

We then completed the project by making the notelet holder. The eagle eyed among you will notice I have cased a card from page 90 of the Annual Catalogue to decorate the front of the box lid.  Phew… no wonder the class overran a little but no-one seemed to mind.

I was recently contacted by someone, who was interested in coming to my class but it was a little bit far for her to come and it got me thinking that there must be other people out there who would love to attend classes and crafty get togethers as crafting with other people is so much fun. You instantly have something in common to talk about and break the ice when you first meet someone new. So what about you? Are you in the same position where there is no class nearby to you? Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and holding your own classes? It’s not that hard you know. I started off by inviting friends, then took out a free advert in the free local paper and also my Stampin’ Up! website all of which is helping my class to grow.

If you are interested I would love to talk to you and share my experience with you. So come on – come and join in all the fun! Give me a call on 07788746908 or email me at tracyj.may71@gmail.com

Products used for this project are:
Stamp – Butterfly Collection Jumbo Wheel 9,95 € | £7.95 130112 ( you will also need the Jumbo wheel handle 6,95 € | £5.25 103661)
A4 Card Stock 8,50 € | £6.25 Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Read, Tangerine Tango – Brights Collection,  Crushed Curry 131288, Whisper White (40 sheets) 9,75 € | £7.50 106549,
Classic Ink pads 6,50 € | £4.95: Daffodil Delight 126944, Pumpkin Pie 126945, Real Red 126949, Pool Party 126982
VersaMark Ink pad 8,95€ | £6.75 102283,
Stampin Emboss Powder 5,50 €  | £3.95 Iridescent Ice 101930
Honeycomb Embossing Folder 9,50 € | £7.50 129378
Punches: Bitty Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 129406, Elegant Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 127526

If you would like any of the supplies used or others, more information on hosting a party, or to get a copy of the catalogue, or if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team then I’d love to hear from you!

See you soon!

Oh I wish it could be Christmas…..

…… every day! Yes I have the Wizzard tune running round my head now and it has been since last week when my Christmas pre-order turned up and I opened the box. I did feel as excited as a kid at Christmas!

The box was full of Christmas papers, stamps, punches, shiny ribbon and the fantastic Typeset Alphabet Bigz (108,95 €  | £80.95 127553), which I got as my half price item (ahem yes it was a rather largish order). 

I just love Stampin’ Up! They offer so many free and half price rewards to everyone – demonstrators, customers, hostesses. If you want to know more about that, then please feel free to get in touch 07788746908 / tracyj.may71@gmail.com

I know it’s still only August and as I just couldn’t resist having a play with the new alphabet bigz and as most of my order was Christmas related, I thought it would be rude not to make a Christmas card – ha ha ha or rather ho ho ho!

Stampin up christmas big shot typeset alphabet dies Tracy May card making

My friend Lina has made me promise this will be her Christmas card this year. She loves the sparkle of the Silver Glimmer paper (5,95 € | £4.50 124005). 

The other items you will need to make this card are:

Textured 12″ x 12″ card stock Smoky Slate 132131 14,25 € | £10.50
Silver 1/8″ (3.2 mm) Ribbon 132137 5,95 € | £4.50 
Basic Gray card stock A4 121689 8,50 € |£6.25 
Finishing Touches Edgelits 11,95 € | £8.95 127010  

If you would like any of the supplies used or others, more information on hosting a party, or to get a copy of the catalogue, or if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team then I’d love to hear from you!

See you soon  

Six-Sided Sampler

I have been out and about all week with the boys to keep them entertained over the school holidays. I think I may have arranged a few too many things to do though. On the plus side my eldest son has been so much better behaved. When I told him how good he was being his response was not a surprise (this time). He said that he was being good because we weren’t at home!

He has told me on a few other occassions that he has made the decision to be naughty when we are at home. The first time I was shocked as I hadn’t realised that such a young child was capable of making the decision to misbehave – he’s only 4. I had just assumed that bad behaviour was a result of boredom/tiredness/hunger etc. Oh no not so with my son! Days at home are complete bedlam!!

Anyway, I did manage to have a play with one of my more recent stamp sets and co-ordinating punches.

Stampin Up Six Sided Sampler demonstrator Tracy May card making

In the end I settled on punching out some of the 2013-2015 In-colours DSP from some scraps I had left over from covering the notebooks for the teachers gifts. I had a play around with my paper piercing templates as well and pierced around some of the hexagons and in between others. For the sentiment down the side I used my stamp-a-majig and Burnt Brown Sugar marker pens. I love using the markers on stamps.

So for this card I used:

Six-sided Sampler stamp set, Burnt Brown Sugar Ink pad and Marker pen, Whisper White and Burnt Brown Sugar card stock, Hexagon punch, In-colours 2013-2015 DSP.

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about becoming a demontrator or hosting your own Stampin’ Up! party please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

We were at a party earlier today at the house of the parents of friends. My husband took my eldest son to the bathroom, which had a series of old black and white photographs of the local area on the wall. When he told my son they had been taken a long time ago, my son wanted to know who took them – was it a burglar?! Bless he still thinks quite literally about certain things.