Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC443

Yay it’s Thursday and time for another challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a sketch challenge. Normally I am quite literal in my interpretation of the sketches. But this week, I decided to have some fun and go with a looser translation of it. I’ve used Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! and teamed it up with High Tide and Kinda Eclectic too!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! #CCMC443

This was a really quick card to make once I’d decided on the design.

  • Using a post it note as a mask, stamp the sun from Kinda Eclectic twice but slightly offset from each other;
  • Stamp the sea waves stamp from High Tide in 2 different shades of blue ink all the way across the card front and over the top of the lower sun image;
  • Stamp the Sydney Opera House onto a scrap of Whisper White and cut it out;
  • The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts;
  • Mount the card front on a Basic Black card base and then add the cut out Sydney Opera House raised up on Stampin’ Dimensionals!

This was a really fun card to make and I love how it’s turned out! I hope you like it to. Do pop along to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week!

 

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Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC442

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC442

Oh my – where oh where has the last week gone? I can’t believe it’s Thursday again and time for new challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! My first reaction when I first saw these colours was abject terror! Lol! I’m prone to exaggeration :-). But then when I looked again, I suddenly thought Dragonflies followed quickly by water colour to merge and blend the colours nicely.

So off I went to get out my Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. Then I noticed my Stampin’ Success magazine (an exclusive magazine Stampin’ Up! send out bimonthly to their demonstrators), which had arrived a few days earlier and got distracted flicking through that. And that is where I finalised the idea for my card today. It’s a CASE (copy and share everything) from one that I saw in the magazine. I just loved it so much I had to make my own , using this week’s colour scheme of course!

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC442

The base  layer on this card is Emerald Envy with Pacific Point Enamel dots. I just love how the colours merged under the dragonflies. In fact I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits but Dragonfly Dreams sounds so much better doesn’t it? Also that is the name of the bundle (stamp set and dies) if you are interested in purchasing both!

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC442

For this card I used Pacific Point as the base layer, which I think looks equally as good! Who would have thought I could get these colours to work? Lol! I’m not very good with the colour challenges!

I do hope you like them. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the wonderfully talented team have designed for you this week!

 

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Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC441

It’s challenge time again! Yep it’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge. For once I found a sketch challenge quite tough. I usually don’t have any bother with them. It may be because my first idea didn’t really work out and being short of time I just went with something else and I’m not entirely happy with today’s card.

There’s nothing at all wrong with the sketch. It’s just me! I used the Subtles Backgroup DSP stack for the squares and the Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! for the focal image.

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC441

I started off trying to use the free SAB Inside the Lines DSP but it just didn’t work, so I teamed the Watermelon Wonder Card front with Soft Sky card stock and the Subtles Background DSP stack. I’m not sure it really works? What do you think?

The butterfly is cut from Watercolor paper onto which I had painted and ombre effect using Watermelon Wonder ink. I think maybe the butterfly isn’t big enough for the size of the card?

Anyway – the bits I do like are the strip of gold glimmer paper and the splatters of gold glitter. These are really easy to do. Simply put a small amount of tombow multi-purpose liquid adhesive onto an acrylic block, mix with some water from your aquapainter and then flick over the card front. Sprinkle over the glitter and then shake of the excess. Leave it to dry somewhere safe i.e. not on your desk where you will end up dumping a load of other things on top before you remember it’s still wet! Lol!

Do pop over and see what the other ladies on the design team have come up with for you this week! It’ll be worth it I promise! They are a talented bunch!

 

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Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up!

Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up! – Dream Theme Blog Hop #4

Welcome to the 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 Valentine’s card ideas. 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 Valentine’s Day! I have used Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up! for my focal image of the heart.

Sunshine Wishes by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Dream Theme Blog Hop

As soon as I found out the theme for this month’s blog hop, I dived into my basket of unfinished projects. I had the card front with the background stamp from You’ve Got This with the heart from Sunshine Wishes ready and waiting. I had been playing around with some water colouring a few months ago creating different backgrounds. The ones that I didn’t think were good enough to use ended up being used to cut out various die shapes – this heart being one of them. I added it to the card front I had stamped the Watercolour Wash image in Soft Sky on for another project, which I then didn’t use. Then I didn’t know what to use the card front for so it languished in my basket until this Christmas holiday when I had some time to prep for today’s blog hop!

Thank you for stopping by to see my Valentine’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!

 


1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
2. Tracy May (UK) – YOU ARE HERE!
3. Delphine Lorelli (France)
4. Amy Koenders (USA)
5. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
6. Sabrina Radeck (Canada)
7. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
8. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

 

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Special Reason by Stampin’ Up!

Special Reason by Stampin’ Up!

I love this week’s colour combination from Create with Connie & Mary this week! I don’t often say that as I find colour combinations challenging to say the least. But for some reason this one works for me. It may just be because I’ve used this combination before and I feel quite comfortable with it. I’ve teamed it up with Special Reason by Stampin’ Up! We got this stamp set free at OnStage Local in Telford in November – one of the perks of being a demonstrator and going to events is lots of free goodies! How fabulous is that? I bought the co-ordinating Stylish Stems framelits to go with the stamp set too!

Anyway before I side track and persuade you all to sign up here’s my card for this week’s challenge! What do you think? I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Special Reason by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC440

This card was really simple to create:

  • Stamp your first stamp in Real Red in a central position then stamp off twice, once to either side of the main image;
  • Splatter some Real Red ink over the top;
  • Mount the card front onto a panel of Real Red cardstock;
  • Wrap some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around the panels;
  • Add some Real Red enamel dots;
  • Mount both the card front and mat onto a Kraft card base;
  • Stamp and cut out your sentiment and adhere to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals

And that’s it – like I said – simple!

Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog to see what the rest of the lovely and super talented design team have come up with today!

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Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up!

I absolutely love today’s cards using Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! I’ve been waiting for this set for a long time. Thank you SU! The stamp set features famous monument from 5 different cities around the world.  I had the water colour pencils out (yes again! lol) and had the idea of painting the relevant country flag over the image. I had to have a few goes to get them right, except for the French flag which turned out great first time (in my humble opinion 😉)

First, of course, we have Tower Bridge, London, UK and the Union Jack/Flag. This was a tricky one but I think I got there in the end.

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May London

Then we hop across the channel to Paris, France and L’Arc de Triumph. Actually this one is my favourite. I love how the French flag turned out.

We move into Germany next and (I think/hope) Cologne Cathedral! (Updated 11/02/17 – actually I’ve been told it’s Neuschwanstein Castle! so I got it wrong oops! 😆) I had a few goes before I ended up with something I was happy with. If you have the black too dark it obliterates the image!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Cologne

Next we cross the Atlantic heading into New York, USA with the Empire State Building! I should have  started the American Flag a bit further down I think!

And finally we head down under to Sydney, Australia with the Sydney Opera House! I think this one was actually the hardest and I’m not entirely happy with the stars so don’t look too close, ok?

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up!Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! Sydney

So what do you think? I certainly had fun making them. Originally I was thinking of leaving them as postcards but I decided I would rather send them out as cards!

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Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC439

For today’s Create with Connie & Mary challenge I’m using Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! again. It’s a really lovely set with matching thinlit dies Up & Away, both of which are now available in the new Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue.

Lift Me Up by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC439

I started with the Carried Away Designer Series paper – a free SAB gift! I took my colour scheme from there using Mint Macaron for the second panel. Then I stamped the balloons from Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! in Night of Navy and Peekaboo Peach. I cut them out with the Up & Away thinlits.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and is also stamped in Night of Navy. So what do you think? I’m not the only one who thought of using the SAB DSP and Lift Me Up for this challenge today. One of my fellow design team members Lisa has also used it to make a stunning card. I thought our cards looked different enough not to remake mine when I saw hers though. Pop over and see what Lisa and the other talented ladies on the design team have come up with this week.

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Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up!

Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up!

New Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue & Sale-a-bration

Oh how exciting is it? Very very very! Not only is the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue available, it’s also the start of Sale-a-bration! SAB is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year! As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from the catalogue and earn SAB items in December. I’ve been having a play and I think my favourite new product has to be the watercolour pencils. They are fabulous. I’ve teamed them up with Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up! for today’s projects.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolour pencils

As I wanted to create a no line water colour image, I first stamped off on scrap paper before stamping on to watercolour paper. I used smoky slate as it’s a neutral colour and the Real Red and Pacific Blue watercolour pencils can be painted on much darker. Then I used an aqua painter to flick off the end of the pencils to get the splatter effect. I got the idea for this card from an Arttutor Brusho tutorial I had seen.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolour pencils

I think this one is my favourite, even though I messed the extended leg up a bit. You can see a hard water mark where I didn’t manage to blend the paint properly.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolour pencils

Aren’t they beautiful? Even if I do say so myself Lol!

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Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up!

Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up! #GDP067

As promised earlier in the week, I am back with my second entry for the Global Design Project’s Tree themed challenge! This time I’m using the Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up!, which is extremely popular with my customers!

I’ve used this embossing folder for a few cards that I’ve posted on my blog and this time I wanted to try out something a bit different. I’ve seen lots of awesome watercolour birch pictures on Pinterest that have been painted free hand. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the skill to do that, so I cheated to make today’s card. And I love how it’s turned out!

Woodland TIEF by Stampin' Up! using watercolour pencils Tracy May #GDP067

I embossed a piece of watercolour paper, using the Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up! Then I painted in between the trees with masking fluid and allowed it to dry. Once the masking fluid was dry, I painted the trees with the new watercolour pencils that are available from January 4th in the new Spring/Summer Catalogue (email me if you are in the UK and don’t already have one!).

I removed the dried masking fluid and flicked some paint from the end of the watercolour pencils using a wet paint brush. You can also use an aqua painter for this. So what do you think? I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by, I’m hoping to get some more time in my craft room over the weekend. I’ll share what I come up with over the next few weeks so please do pop back again to check. Or sign up to follow me by email if you like!

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Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC438

Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC438

The Thursday Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is back this week with a colour challenge. For once I wasn’t absolutely petrified about not being able to come up with anything. I like this colour scheme – it works for me. As usual, I have kept it very CAS (clean and simple). The design of this card kind of happened by accident. I have managed to spend some time in my craft room in between cooking and looking after the Bedlam Brothers (aka my two sons). I had been playing with Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up!. It’s one of the new stamp sets from the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue. The more I played with this set the more I fell in love with it!

The set contains a mixture of sentiments and image stamps. There are also a couple of paint stroke stamps and I was playing around with these and I came up with was this very CAS card.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up!  #CCMC438

For some reason this made me think about the colour challenge. Ans I decided to create another version. I already had the Pool Party embossed panel in my basket of unfinished projects. So all I needed to do was stamp the image on a panel of Whisper White and then use one of the paint stroke images to colour the dress in the colours from the challenge.

The sentiment is also from Beautiful You and the stars are from the stars are from the Metallic Enamel shapes embellishments pack.

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the ever so talented Create with Connie & Mary design team have come up with for you this week!

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