Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404

Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the weekly challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404. This week it’s a colour challenge!


The card I’ve ended up with is the third card I made. The other two just didn’t cut the mustard! I don’t know why, but I was determined to make my own background for the card, using the colours in the challenge. I tried different sized stripes in all 3 colours using masking tape and sponges, but I didn’t like the end result. I then tried making my own plaid background but that ended in disaster too 😂.

So then I decided to only use two of the colours for the background. And then I thought dots and circles would be good!  I settled on the Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate and used two pencils with erasers on the end and my Calypso Coral ink pad to make the dots. I then decided to use the open circles from the new Playful Backgrounds stamp set with the Smoky Slate to stamp over the top of the dots. Amazingly some of the randomly stamped dots lined up with the circles!

Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404 Tracy May Playful Backgrounds

I dyed a piece of White Baker’s Twine Night of Navy on my ink pad – I had over filled it and so I thought this was a good way of using up some of the excess ink. It took a while to dry, but when it was, I wrapped it around my background panel and adhered the panel to a piece of Night of Navy card stock. The baker’s twine unfortunately looks black in the photo but it doesn’t in real life!

I stamped the sentiment from Tin of Cards in Night of Navy and cut it out, along with a mat of Calypso Coral card stock, using the Tags and Labels Framelits Dies and mounted it over the middle of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For once I’m really happy with a card I’ve made for a colour challenge! Woohoo! Hope you like it too!


Card Base: Whisper White A5 folded in half / Half Letter folded in half

Night of Navy Layer – 10cm x 14.3cm / 3 7/8″ x 5 10/16″

Whisper White card front 9.5cm x 13.8cm / 3 3/4″ x 5 7/16″

I hope I’ve inspired you to try out the colour challenge. Pop over and see what the rest of the design team have made for more inspiration and do please play along! It’s great fun!


New Project Life stamps from Stampin’ Up! – Sneak Peek

Spoiler alert! New Project Life stamps from Stampin’ Up! – Sneak Peek from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue coming January 5th 2016

I’m sitting impatiently waiting for my demonstrator pre-order from the new Spring/Summer catalogue to arrive tomorrow! It’ll be Christmas arriving early for me! In the mean time I’ve finally had a little play with one of the free stamp sets I came back from OnStage Live with. I won in Prize Patrol – it’s Memories in the Making from Stampin’ Up! Project Life range.

Memories in the Making from Stampin' Up! Project Life Tracy May

I used stamped the sentiment from the Tin of Cards set in Basic Grey as I thought black would be a bit harsh, with the subtle colour scheme.

It’s a lovely stamp set and has so much potential both for Project Life Memory keeping and in other crafting such as card making and gift packaging. Check back in tomorrow for the box I decorated using this set.

I just love the never ending circle image and I have visions of heat embossing and watercolouring with the this image, but I’m still really on the Christmas craft treadmill, with my final two Christmas classes this week, so that will have to wait for a few days.

I still have to make all the boys’ class Christmas cards too. I am going to keep them simple (famous last words) and I have the design in my head already, I just need to get them bashed out asap. There’s only two more weeks of school left before the Christmas holidays kick in, so I need to get my act together – and not get too distracted by all the lovely new product arriving tomorrow!

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