Be the Star from Stampin’ Up!

Be the Star from Stampin’ Up! for #GDP026 Sketch Challenge

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Be The Star from Stampin’ Up! is a well loved old favourite of mine, which has certainly been neglected of late, as I’ve been playing with all my shiny new stamp sets from the Spring/Summer 2016 Catalogue. I thought it was about time, it got dusted off and given the chance to shine again and the sketch for this week’s Global Design Project challenge fits the bill perfectly.

Sketch Challenge

I decided Gorgeous Grunge was also required and once the stamp sets had been selected, I turned my thoughts to colours. I decided my brain was far too fuddled today with my cold, so a quick search on Pinterest and the the colour scheme was settled on – click here for the pin!

Be The Star from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP026

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Christmas Star Card using Home for Christmas by Stampin’ Up!

Christmas Star Card using Home for Christmas by Stampin’ Up!

I’m certainly getting better at using up DSP (designer series paper) these days. I’ve almost used up two packs from the Stampin’ Up! ® Autumn/Winter Catalogue, which is unheard of normally (I just think it’s too pretty to cut up!). I used a whole pack of the Merry Moments DSP with my class last month, making Christmas Crackers. I will post the tutorial for you in a day or two!

Today’s card is one I made using the Home for Christmas DSP. I made two very slightly different versions of this card. I think I prefer the one with the Linen Thread and larger stars.

Stampin' Up! Home for Christmas Star Card Tracy May

This was the first card. I used the Gold Metallic thread but think it’s too fine. So I made this version instead..

Stampin' Up! Home for Christmas Star Card Tracy May

I think I prefer this one! What do you think?

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Flippin’ mad over flip cards!

Flip cards created using a variety of Stampin’ Up! products.
Good morning, peeps and how’re things today? We all got hit by a dreadfull stomach bug last week, except for my eldest son, who never seems to get anything that’s doing the rounds. It was like a domino effect – first my youngest son, then the hubby and finally me! Boo – I don’t do being sick but luckily was able to take to my bed and hide for a while. We’re all back on our feet now though thankfully.

In the middle of all of this it was my youngest son’s 4th birthday. He was so excited. I was struggling with the shaker card I had in my head not working well on paper, so the final card I ended up making at midnight the night before his birthday is actually the original design I had before I decided to make a shaker card! Life’s just like that sometimes isn’t it? Lol.

stampin up star framelits flip card Bedlam & Butterflies

I am pleased to say the little chap loved the card and it even got an “Awesome” when he flipped it and saw the reverse.

stampin up star framelits flip card Bedlam & Butterflies

One of my class ladies had asked to do flip cards using framelits in my April class as she’d seen a few YouTube videos but not had the chance to give it a go. I have seen simpler flip cards where only one half of the shape is cut from the card base, but I love the Stampin’ Up! Circle Card thinlits die, which cuts from two sides with the middle left intact, so I used this as the template for my design.

stampin up circle card thinlits Bedlam & Butterflies

It’s really simple to just take the measurements of the completed card made using the Circle Card thinlits and create with any shape framelit you like. So far I’ve tried labels, stars and butterflies! It’s great fun – like my post title says I’ve gone flippin’ mad over flip cards lol!

Ok well I’m off – eek less than an hour left before I have to pick up my little one from nursery. Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.

Christmas Bonanza – Free Tutorials

A while back I posted a picture of a fun shaker card for little boys using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set. I was asked to make a tutorial for it, and finally, as promised I have now managed to write one (sorry it’s taken so long Lisa!). In fact there are two tutorials – one for the pocket part and one for the shaker part. I made the shaker card below with my class in September.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Originally I cased this card from Dawn Olshefski’s Valentine Heart shaker card.

The star shape is a little trickier to use the shaker frames with but it’s such a great shape it’s worth a little extra effort I think. If you’re using a different shape just adapt the tutorial accordingly. Download the Star Shaker Card Instructions here.

The second tutorial is for the pocket part of the Sea Street Shaker card. I wanted to make a Christmas card in this style but didn’t have time to make it a shaker one so I used a large snowflake from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die. Click here to see how I cut out the snowflake using the card thinlits.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Forgive the photography – I’m not set up to take great photos at the moment. The extension to the house is still in progress so I don’t have my nice new craft room set up yet!

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas


You can download the tutorial for the pocket here – Pocket Card Instructions.

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Star Gift Box Free Tutorial – Stampin’ Up! products

A while back I posted a picture on my Stampin’ Up! Instagram and Facebook accounts that generated a bit of a buzz! It wasn’t a fancy picture at all though! But it did show the rudiments of how to create the sides of a star shaped box.

stampin up uk star gift box tutorial

The picture shows, that it is not as hard as you might think.  I would say it’s advanced beginner/intermediate skill level.

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Aside from butterflies, my favourtite, favourite crafting shape or image is Stars and I had been wanting to make a star gift box, which had a base and a lid, for ages. Then Stampin’ Up! beat me to it with their Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, which of course I just had to purchase. Now the stars in the kit are “closed” when assembled as they are intended more as tree or mantle decorations than gift boxes. You can adapt them though by cutting off one side of adhesive tabs but I had wanted to make a box you could open easily.


stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May star shaped gift box tutorial

If you don’t have the Many Merry Stars kit, fear not, for I have created a tutorial for you, so you can make your own! The measurements in the tutorial are based on the Stampin’ Up! Stars framelits. I used the largest star from the set.  I made this box from Stampin’ Up! Kraft card stock and decorated the lid with the Endless Wishes photopolymer stamp set.

Click on the link to download the pdf for the Star Gift Box Tutorial.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May star shaped gift box tutorial

I made the boxes before I found star shaped candles in Waitroe (which fit almost perfectly into the box) so I just had to buy them – well it would have been rude not to lol!!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by



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I think I’ve probably mentioned before I am extremely bad at getting people’s birthday cards to them on time. For some reason I always think my Brother In-Law’s birthday is 9th November not 9th October so he usually gets his card a month late! I had a gentle reminder from my sister this year though!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

As he’s an artist I thought Stampin’ Up!®’s Work of Art stamp set would be perfect, so I used that as my background and added the stars cut out using the Stars framelits on top. I also pierced round the stars with the Eclectic paper piercing pack.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

There are a few Confetti stars and I finished off with a sentiment stamped using the Mini Serif Stamp set.

What do you think?

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A 40th Birthday card & gift box using Stampin’ Up! products

Not only was it World Card Making day on Saturday, it was my little sister’s 40th birthday lunch! I can’t believe she’s 40! It makes me feel old now! Lol.

When I was making her card, I had asked my sister whether she wanted feathers of stars. She chose stars, so I used the feathers for my aunt’s 60th birthday card. I used the same colour scheme of Smoky Slate with Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May dazzling diamond stars card making ideas
I made a matching box (using the Gift Box Punch Board) for the joint present my Mum, my other sister and brother and I, had clubbed together to buy.
stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas

I put all the confetti stars punched out with the Confetti Star punch from the side panels inside the box with the gift.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas
I cut out the stars using the Stars Framelits. I thought I’d gone a bit OTT with them but my sister loved it anyway!
Well I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. They were so easy to make and look stunning.
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