Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! for Strawberry Sketches #SS009


I’m joining the lovely Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketches challenge again this week. I managed to get back into the craft room in between lots of organising things over the weekend. It took me a while to get back into the swing of things so today’s card is actually my second attempt at Sarah’s sketch. I’m using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS009

This is such a lovely stamp set with co-ordinating dies to cut out all the umbrellas and handles. There are even dies to cut out little raindrops! How cute is that?


I decided to add a bit of interest to the panel underneath by embossing it with the Softly Falling embossing folder. With a bit of imagination it could be rain couldn’t it? Lol! I cut out the clouds and stuck them down underneath the vellum banner before stitching it to the Soft Sky background panel.

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS009

I finished off the card with a strip of Real Red DSP from the Brights DSP Stack and a few rhinestones!

What do you think? I think the touches of Real Red really pop out.

Before I go, I want to let you know that the following special offers are still available. We are in week 2 which runs until 14th September (2016):



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It’s CASE the designer week at Global Design Project



This week it’s the turn of the talented Tanja Kolar to be the designer to CASE. I love Tanja’s projects and it’s great to get the chance to CASE her! I took the overall look of Tanja’s card and the colours for my CASE using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! For some reason the balloons in Tanja’s card made me think of umbrellas. Weird but I love how my card turned out!

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP48

I started by taping some watercolour paper (14.8cm x 8.5cm) down onto a board and then stamping the umbrella tops with Basic Black Archival Ink. I then masked them off and covered up with masking fluid before water colouring the background with Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy ink refills and an aqua painter. When it was dry I splattered water from the aqua painter over it  and let it dry again.

Before I removed the masking fluid I stamped the umbrella handles. I coloured each of the umbrellas using the colour of Tanja’s balloons as inspiration.  Finally I stitched the watercolour paper onto a Crumb Cake card front and mounted it onto a Whisper White card base.

So what do you think?

Christmas In July

Christmas in July for the Paper Players Challenge PP302

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!


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!

Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 5


Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products.
Currently you’re visiting Tracy May from London, United Kingdom. Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making.
If you’re in the UK you’ll know, that we’ve been having some really bad flash flooding recently. I have been inspired to use the Weather Together photopolymer stamp set and co-ordinating Umbrella Weather framelits dies, for today’s project, after a very rainy few days late last week and the start of this week.
And, of course, with all that rain, I just had to do another watercolour wash background! LoL!
Weather Together & Umbrella Weather by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I created the background by first spritzing the watercolour paper with water. I then squeezed a few drops of Soft Sky ink, directly from the ink refill bottle, onto the wet paper. I then tipped the paper this way and that to mix the ink and the water. I dabbed off the edges with some kitchen towel and let it dry. I splashed some water onto it from an aqua painter once it was dry before I left it to dry again.
Weather Together & Umbrella Weather by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I stamped the raindrops from Weather Together in Pool Party ink and then I stamped the umbrella in Real Red. I used my my clear Wink of Stella brush to mix the colour a little into the white stripes of the umbrella. I cut the umbrella and handle out using the dies and I also cut out some raindrops from Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper.
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Caroline van der Straaten from the Netherlands. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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In case you lose your way on the blog hop, I’ve included the full list of participants for you below!