Watercolor Wings Global Design Project Challenge Card (#GDP009)

Watercolor Wings from Stampin’ Up! – clean and simple card idea for Global Design Project Challenge Card (#GDP009)

As both the Bedlam Brothers (aka my two pesky sons) are now at school full time, I promised myself that I would enter more blog challenges. This is in itself a challenge! I used to be a very organised, efficient individual. And then I had children!!!! Enough said!!! 🙂

Ha ha, I love them dearly of course, but since having the boys, I seemed to have acquired permanent baby brain and become completely disorganised. The upshot being that I haven’t managed as many challenges as I would like. I’m making some progress though and managed a couple of challenge entries last week. This week I’m playing along with the Global Design Challenge Blog – #GDP009, whose challenge is a colour scheme – Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. I did groan at first and thought I would end up skipping this one on purpose. I am “challenged” immensely by colour combinations. My instant reaction is, that I have to cover the whole card with the colours, which I struggle with doing without ending up with a card that looks like the dog’s dinner.  I prefer clean and simple (as in easier) cards to make! Then I remembered the sketch challenge from last week, that I had managed to enter this card in to.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wings clean and simple card idea Tracy May #GDP009

To me the sketch fit the bill perfectly, allowing me to use all 3 colours, but in a way I could cope with! Lol! 🙂

What do you think? I stamped off the Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art images once before stamping on to the card front. My ink pads are so juicy still, as I’ve not used these colours much, that I had to stamp the butterfly off 3 times for the background, before adding the second stamp for the wing tips. I also highlighted the wing tips with Dazzling Details, which unfortunately doesn’t show up too well in the picture.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you like my project. Before you go, why don’t you take a look at this week’s deals.


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No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up! – Less is More Masculine Challenge

Less is More Challenge card for Week 246 Theme – Masculine. Created using No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up! 

Although No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up!  ® is in the Kids section of the annual catalogue, there’s …well…no bones about it, it’s a very versatile set! Sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist – pun intended! 🙂

I stumbled across the Less is More challenge blog again earlier this week, which I haven’t visited for a while, and their current challenge is a theme – Masculine. I know it’s an area of card making that lots of us (perhaps most of us even) struggle with. I most certainly do so I hadn’t really considered entering at first! Well yesterday, I had the No Bones About It set out, as I was creating a birthday card for a little boy who is turning 7 tomorrow. Whilst I was stamping dinosaurs and party hats for that card, I stamped an extra one, as an idea formed for a masculine card at the same time! Multi-tasking! Lol!

I grabbed the Work of Art set and the Every Day Chic Washi tape, which despite the name could arguably described as masculine I think (or maybe gender neutral perhaps?). So here’s what I came up with for the Less Is More Masculine challenge. I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up! No Bones About It Masculine Card Tracy May

At first I was going to put all of the sentiment on the outside of the card but it looked off balance, so instead I added some punctuation marks half way and finished it off inside. What do you think? I couldn’t resist adding another Tricerotops donning a party hat!

Stampin' Up! No Bones About It Masculine Card Tracy May

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! I know who I’m sending it to too! He should find it amusing (I hope!).

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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!

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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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You are Awesome – Work of Art with #PLxSU

I posted a sneak peek of this card on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago and it went down a storm. I often post sneak peeks of my Stampin’ Up! ® projects on Facebook so check out my page and “Like” if you want to be kept up to date with those.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May work of art #PLxSU point click

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is the matching products. To stamp the sentiment for this card I simply used a Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the words of the sentiment stamp that I wanted – the full sentiment says You are an Awesome Work of Art! Also the word bubble in the Project Life Point & Click stamp set co-ordinates with the Word bubble framelits.

For today’s project you will need the following Stampin’ Up! products:

Rubber stamps: Work of Art wood or clear, Gorgeous Grunge wood or clear, #PLxSU Point & Click photopolymer
Ink pads: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo
Tools: Word Bubble framelits
Embellishments: Rhinestones, White Baker’s Twine

I’ve got two sick little boys off school and playgroup today but I’m beginning to wonder how sick they really are. It doesn’t seem to have curbed their energy levels much!!! I’m typing this post in-between my youngest climbing up onto my lap to “help” lol!

I hope you like today’s project. I’ll be back on Wednesday with more so be sure to pop back then or subscribe to my blog posts so you don’t miss them

Owl Builder Punch Meets A Work of Art Stampin’ Up! Stamp set

I have always been useless at remembering birthdays. In fact I think I may have told you that already. I have recently missed two birthdays. Both lovely little girls, but I am hoping that they forgive me once they see these extremely cute (even if I do say so myself) cards I made them using the Owl Builder Punch and the Work of Art rubber stamp set from Stampin’ Up!®

stampin up uk owl builder punch and work of art blue independent demonstrator Tracy May
The first card was inspired by a card by fellow Pinkie Caroline van den Straaten , whose card I originally saw on our team Facebook page, which she’d based on a card by my upline Michelle Last. Now I have used it for inspiration too,  but completely changed it other than colour scheme and layout. I love how sharing and caring Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are, it certainly helped me overcome a creative hump the other night after a tough day dealing with the Bedlam Brothers!

stampin up uk owl builder punch and work of art blue independent demonstrator Tracy May
As I liked the blue version so much I decided to recreate the card with a different stamp for the background and a different colour scheme. Both the heart and polka dot background are single stamps from the Work of Art rubber stamp set and are stamped in VersaMark ink then heat embossed using White Embossing powder.
I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I’m pretty sure the little girls they are intended for will love them as much as I do – well at least I hope so!! 
To recreate these projects you will need the following Stampin’ Up! supplies:
Rubber stamps: Work of Art wood or clear, Itty Bitty Banners wood or clear
DSP: Colour Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks – Subtles and Brights (for the owls’ waistcoats/vests)
Thanks for stopping by – have a great weekend

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.

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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