More Pick a Pattern by Stampin’ Up!

More Pick a Pattern by Stampin’ Up!

 

Welcome back – it’s now week three of our CASE the Catalogue month over at Create with Connie & Mary! For those of you who don’t know CASE stands for Copy & Share Everything and is at the very heart of the Stampin’ Up! ethos amongst Demonstrators. We love what we do and share what we love!

This week I’m actually using DSP AGAIN! I bet you are in total shock now! But I really love, love, love this new DSP! More Pick a Pattern by Stampin’ Up!

vMore Pick a Pattern by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I’m CASEing the layout again, as you can probably see. Also I have used the same pattern and colour scheme as my card last week. I wanted to show you how easy it is to use the same supplies and end up with two very different cards! Are you guilty of buying craft products with just one card in mind? You certainly aren’t alone if you are! I do it too! All too frequently! 😬 LoL!

I teamed up the DSP with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to cut out the star and then cut around it using the Stitched Shapes Framelits . The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, which I’m glad to say is still going strong. It’s such a versatile set of sentiments. I do highly recommend it.

Please do pop along and see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week. Also there are still two more weeks of CASEing the catalogue (June being a 5 week month) to go, so do come back next week for a peek!

P.S. I have sent out catalogues to all customers who spent more than £20 with me in 2017. If you would like a copy but don’t fall into this category, I’m still happy to send you one. Please just email me with your details and I will post one to you (UK only).

A Brick Wall & Butterfly by Stampin’ Up!

A Brick Wall & Butterfly by Stampin’ Up!

Welcome back to Create with Connie & Mary’s Thursday challenges. This month we are CASEing the catalogue. To CASE is to Copy and Share Everything! We can either CASE the colour scheme or layout of selected pictures from the new catalogue which goes live globally today, 1st June 2017!

So what do you think? Fancy playing along? It’s great fun!

I chose to CASE the layout for my project today. Well you know me and my aversion to colour challenges! Lol!

After various false starts, I settled back to my roots with a butterfly! I teamed up the Butterfly Thinlits with the Brick Wall embossing folder for the focal elements hence a Brick Wall & a Butterfly by Stampin’ Up! And I also wanted to use some of the lovely new in-colours. Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist go so well together don’t you think? Also they go so well with the silver elements in my card.

A Brick Wall & a Butterfly by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

 

I ran a brayer loaded with Crumb Cake ink over the raised lines in the Brick Wall embossing folder before running through my Big Shot. I love that it makes the brick pattern stand out more on the Whisper White card stock.

The small butterflies are stamped using the Watercolour Wings stamp set. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and fits perfectly under the large butterfly.  Finally I finished the card off with some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon.

I do hope you like it. Please do pop along and see what the rest of the design team have come up with for you this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Writing Notes by Stamping’ Up!

Writing Notes by Stamping’ Up!

Welcome to the Dream Theme Blog Hop. It’s a monthly blog hop featuring some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators from around the world. Currently you’re visiting me, Tracy May from London, UK. To continue along the blog hop, please use the links below.

The theme for today’s projects is Mother’s Day! I had actually thought it was Mother’s Day for last month’s theme as it was Mother’s Day in the UK in March, but that one was Easter themed. Anyway, I remembered to take a photo of the card I made for my Mother-in-Law before I sealed the envelope! I used Writing Notes by Stamping’ Up! It’s the first time I used this background stamp, even though I have had it for an age. Sadly it is on the retiring list, so I’m glad it’s at least had the chance of one outing! 😄

Writing Notes by Stampin' Up!

 

So what do you think? I teamed it up with flowers from the Botanical Builders Framelits dies set, which is also sadly retiring.

Thank you for stopping by to see my Mother’s Day card idea. I hope you’ve found it inspiring. Please do hop along to see what my lovely and fabulously talented friend Delphine has made and keep hopping around the wonderful creations from the rest of the Dream Theme Design team!

 

Don’t forget to check out the Retiring List – link on side bar!

Full list of Demos

1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Delphine Lorelli (France)
5. Amy Koenders (USA)
6. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
7. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
8. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
9. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

A Jittery Chicken for the Spring Jitters Blog Hop

Spring Jitters / Lentekriebels Blog Hop

Thank you for joining me today, for a very exciting blog post for me. Today, I am delighted to say I am hopping along with the lovely Creatieve Harten team of the lovely Caroline van der Straaten, who are all fellow Pinkies!

When I heard the title of the blog hop was Spring Jitters, I instantly thought of Hey Chick by Stampin’ Up! Perhaps you will see why from my card!

Hey Chick by Stamping' Up! Jittery Chicken Tracy May

Don’t you just think that chicken looks jittery? I do! It always brings a smile to my face when I see it!

For my background I used the Hardwood stamp set. I watercolored and cut out the chicken and added it directly to the top of the stamping. The Old Olive “grass” is attached to the back of the card front which has been raised up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So what do you think? I do hope you like it! I certainly had some fun making the card anyway 😊!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please do keep hopping along with our blog hop by clicking on the Next button below. The lovely and talented Sandra is next

 

Caroline van der Straaten
Michelle Last
Nina Janssen
Carola Gillich
Angélique Nederpel
Linda Den Besten
Lotte Noordzij
Dominique Bergen
Tracy May – You Are Here! 
Sandra Korten
Jolan Meurs
Danielle Bennenk
Sam Hammond
Leoni Geertsema
Anne-Marie Breurkes
Henrike Heikoop
Helmy Goyer
Diana van Otterlo
Monique de Kok
Esther Passchier
Berdien Weideveld
Eveline van Heijst
Rian Middelkoop
Carolien Boone
Corliene van de Hoef

Number of Years by Stampin’ Up!

Dream Theme Blog Hop #3

Welcome to the second Dream Theme Blog Hop. It’s a monthly blog hop featuring some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators from around the world. This month we are sharing amazing, inspirational New Years Eve card ideas. Currently you’re visiting me, Tracy May from London, UK. To continue along the blog hop, please use the links below.

I’ve combined a number of stamp sets for today’s card starting with Number of Years by Stampin’ Up! with the coordinating Large Numbers framelits. There is even a sneak peek from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue 2017 due in a couple of weeks! The Balloons are from a Fabulous new set called Birthday Bright!

I don’t usually make New Years Cards as we don’t really send them in the UK, so I’ve stuck with a fairly traditional Christmas Colour scheme of red and gold. I used gold embossing powder and versamark as a base ink before inking the stamp in red so that I could get a two tone look – what do you think?

Number of Years by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Dream Theme

Thank you for stopping by to see my New Years Eve card idea. I hope you’ve found it inspiring. Please do hop along to see what my lovely and fabulously talented friend Delphine has made and keep hopping around the wonderful creations from the rest of the Dream Theme Design team!

Full list of demonstrators:

  1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
  2.  Tracy May (UK)
  3. Delphine Lorelli (France)
  4. Amy Koenders (USA)
  5. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
  6. Sabrina Radeck (Canada)
  7. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

 

Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up!

Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC431

I managed to get a bit of crafting done this week, so I’m actually all prepared now for all of the Create with Connie & Mary challenges for November! Woohoo! I think I’m finally settling into a new routine! Well maybe! Who knows? I’ve probably jinxed it now! Lol!

This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge and as you may have realised they are my favourite of the two types of challenge!

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I actually managed two cards for this week’s challenge. I’ve gone with the festive card as my main one! I love Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up! It’s such a fun, cute set and so I couldn’t resist using it for today’s project.

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Aren’t those elves and Santa just so cute? And I love the moose too! In fact I think he’s my favourite character in the set.  Which one is yours?

My second card is totally un-festive and unseasonal, but I love it! It’s using the very first stamp set I bought Papillon Potpourri from Stampin’ Up! I had only previously bought a few single wooden stamp sets before I discovered Stampin’ Up! 4 years ago. It was my 4th anniversary last week! I can’t believe it’s only been 4 years – it feels like a lot longer!

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I used So Saffron and Calypso Coral to go with the Soft Sky DSP. It makes for a lovely fresh, spring card! I will have to remember to use this colour combination next spring!

Well I hope you like today’s projects. Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge site and see what the rest of the designers have come up with this week!

 

 

Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC430

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Yay it’s Thursday again and time for another challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a colour challenge. Challenge being the operative word! These seemingly innocent colours had me stumped at first. They just scream of the current season I think, because my first instinct was to go with the season. I was trying to come up with something using Spooky Fun and whilst I could have come up with lots of options, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Autumn/Fall (it’s such a versatile set when combined with theHalloween Scenes edgelits) they had all seemed to have been done before. So I pumped for Birthday Blooms by Stampin’ Up! instead.

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC430

And whilst the card I’m posting today isn’t the most original of designs, it is out of season (for my part of the world anyway) and that’s ok with me! Rebel without a clue! Lol!

I really don’t suppose you get purple and orange flowers on the same plant in nature and that may be the reason why I half like this card and  half don’t! What do you think? At first I thought it might just be because it was a little dark whilst the ink was wet. I used a blender pen and ink picked up from the Stampin’ Ink pads to colour it in. I then went over it with the clear Wink of Stella pen.

Does it just look slightly unnatural and therefore a little off – or does it not really matter? Artistic licence and all that?? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this!

Please do pop along and see what the rest of the vastly talented design team have come up with this week at Create with Connie & Mary! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! Again!

Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! Again!

I very nearly didn’t post this card. It’s another one using Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! Again!  I thought I had already posted it, as it was one of the cards I made when I first got Totally Trees and had a creative frenzy with these cards and this card. Also, I’m sure there were more. Or maybe I’m just imagining it? Lol

Totally Trees by Stampin' Up! Again! Tracy May

 

Taking inspiration from this art journal pin I had found on Pinterest, I got out practically all of the Stampin’ Up! Blues. I think I ended up using Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim and Night of Navy.

I stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments onto a sliver of Night of Navy cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Did you spot the sliver of silver glimmer paper? I seem to have been adding these strips onto a lot of cards recently. Must be a phase I am going through! Lol!

The card base is Dapper Denim with a layer of Marina Mist under the Whisper White card front. What do you think? One day I will be brave enough to create my art journal. In the meantime, I will no doubt keep pinning the ones I find on Pinterest!

Don’t you think Pinterest has a lot to answer for? I do! There are more pins on my boards than I can ever hope to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or to use for inspiration, but no doubt I will keep adding more when I have a few minutes down time. Usually it’s the last thing I do before I turn the lights out to go to sleep. Often my eyelids are drooping and I’m still pinning away! Do you do that? I doubt I’m the only one! 😉

 

Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary

Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary

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I seriously don’t know where this week has gone! I thought once the boys were back at school I would be straight back into a routine, but it’s not working out that way! It feels like I’m just chasing my tail! Lol! I did manage to make my card using Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary in plenty of time though.

Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary Tracy May Stampin' Up!

I did think I would have problems with this challenge due to Delightful Dijon. I don’t find it terribly delightful to be honest! But, as soon as I sat down to make the card, an idea popped into my head and I went with it.

I started by stamping the trees from the totally awesome Totally Trees stamp set in Emerald Envy. Then I topped them with a star (also from the set) stamped in Delightful Dijon. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, which I totally recommend if you don’t already have it!

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I used Delightful Dijon again for the sentiment. Above the sentiment I added a strip of Soft Suede card stock and some Gold Glimmer paper for a bit of bling. Then I layered the card front onto a piece of Soft Suede stripy DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack.

I’m really pleased with the way the card turned out! What do you think?

 

Christmas In July

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OMG! I can’t believe I’m using the “C” word! Yes Christmas – gasp, shock, horror! Until I joined Stampin’ Up! I never even used to think about Christmas until end of November at the earliest! Lol! Now it’s usually around August when the new Autumn/Winter catalogue comes out. Even then I don’t really get started until September really. BUT, I wanted to play along with the Paper Players again this week where the theme is Christmas in July!

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I don’t have any Christmas stamps left since the last catalogue retired and my trusty White Winter stamp set retired and I have refused to buy anything Christmassy from the new catalogue so far. So I have had to improvise! Actually that’s not a bad thing! It just goes to show what you can come up with using your existing stash!

Christmas In July Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May PP302

 

I started with a background panel of Soft Sky, embossed with my ever favourite, Softly Falling embossing folder. I then cut out a circle of Whisper White, using the new Layering Circles Framelits. I stamped the presents from the new Weather Together stamp set. I had been wondering why this set had presents in it, but hey I’m not complaining! Lol! I did a little bit of masking using sticky notes (first you stamp the image on the sticky note and then cut it out to mask off the stamped image on your card).

Christmas In July Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May PP302

The sentiment is from the ever so useful Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set, which is currently the only one I  have with a Christmas Greeting in! I finished off the card with some Wink of Stella, Silver metallic thread and sequins!

So what do you think? I hope you like it! It was great fun to make. Don’t forget to pop over to the Paper Players to see what the design team and other peeps have come up with!