Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter 2016 Catalogue retires soon

Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter 2016 Catalogue retires soon

Time is flying really quickly! The Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter 2016 Catalogue will retire in a few days time! I’ve barely used those lovely stamp sets and dies that I was so eager to get my hands on when I first saw the catalogue back in August. Unfortunately my crafting has had to take a back seat over the last few months due to other commitments. But, I managed to spend some time in my craft room in between cooking and spending time with the boys over the course of the Christmas break.

I wanted to use my Halloween Scenes Edgelits again before they retire and also I have been dying to play along with the Global Design Project challenge again. As luck would have it their theme is Trees! Yay! Perfect for the card I have created.  Waving hello to all the design team. I still visit the blog for inspiration even though I haven’t had the chance to play along lately!

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I die cut the tree and the picket fence from watercolour paper using the retiring Halloween Scenes Edgelits.  Then I created a little water colour scene using the fabulous new watercolour pencils, that will be available from January 4th in the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue.

My card was inspired by this card on Pinterest that I saw ages ago and have been wanting to CASE ever since.

The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts – I didn’t realise I had some air bubbles on the letters f and h which is what caused the splodging! I don’t think it looks too bad though does it? Not enough to waste the card over anyway! Handmade imperfections etc etc!

Well that’s it from me. I have another card I will post on the GDP challenge before the deadline on 2nd January! Don’t forget if you want the Halloween Scenes Edgelits or any of the other retiring products from the Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter 2016 catalogue you have until January 3rd!

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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?

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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)

 

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Lift Me Up! by Stampin’ Up!

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Well hello there! I am back for this week’s gorgeous sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! And I have another sneak peek for you from the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue. So look away now if you don’t want to see! I’m using the lovely Lift Me Up! by Stampin’ Up!

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The Lift Me Up! stamp set comes with a coordinating set of thinlits dies called Up & Away!

  • I started with the Soft Sky Card front and teamed it up with a strip of the gorgeous new Carried Away DSP that you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration (from January to end of March 2017).
  • Then I added a strip of silver foil along the bottom of the strip of DSP
  • The balloon is from the Up & Away thinlits dies and is cut from Night of Navy and stuck which I then stuck down onto Whisper White card stock before cutting around the shape with my Paper snips (the best paper scissors ever!!)
  • The sentiment is from Lift Me Up and finished the card off with some white enamel dots and rhinestones.

I hope you like my project today. I think it could be a great man card!

Please do pop over and see what else the lovely, talented design team have for you this week!

 

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Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up!

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Spolier Alert! Look away now if you don’t want to see a brand new fabulous and fun stamp set! Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up! is one of next year’s Sale-a-bration free stamps. I’ve used it for this week’s fabulous sketches. Yes, it’s time for another Create with Connie & Mary challenge!

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I saw this set at the OnStage Local event in Telford, UK back at the beginning of November and had to have it with my pre-order from the new catalogue. I just had to use it for this sketch. I’ll also be sharing some more new product (available in January) over the course of the next few Create with Connie & Mary Challenges too.

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I teamed the chick up with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits, which have been so popular they sold out of the first batch very quickly. Don’t worry more are on the way and are due in the warehouse in Germany sometime next week!

I thought the Soft Sky card front looked a little plain after I stuck on the squares I cut out using the Stitched Shapes framelits so I got the sewing machine out and stitched the card front on to the card base. Don’t look too closely at the bottom right – I went a little askew with my sewing! LoL!

Well I do hope you’ve enjoyed my little sneak peek. Please do pop over and see what the fabulously talented team have come up with for you this week over at Create with Connie & Mary!

 

 

 

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Happy Ornament by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Ornament by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC434

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Hurrah it’s time for another challenge with Create with Connie & Mary! You may think I sound a little chipper considering it is a colour challenge – which I usually dread! This one however, I loved! Yes you read that right! I think it’s because I could pick Gold instead of Delightful Dijon! Myself and Delightful Dijon don’t get a along too well you see! I also think the fact that these colours lend themselves well to a Christmas theme helped me too! I’m using Happy Ornament by Stampin’ Up! for my challenge project.

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Well it had to be done didn’t it! I’ve seen so many gorgeous water colour bauble Christmas cards over the last few years I have been crafting that I thought it was about time I came up with my own. This colour challenge was the perfect opportunity.

  1. Stamp with Versamark ink onto water colour paper. Heat emboss with Gold embossing powder.
  2. Mask off the hook and holder at the top with masking fluid
  3. Paint Cherry Cobbler ink inside the bauble. (I started off with a thin watery wash first). Leave to dry.
  4. Paint another wash with a darker Cherry Cobbler ink mix.
  5. Spray the ink whilst wet to force it outside of the bauble. Leave to dry.
  6. Splash some water droplets over the bauble and lifted some ink with a paper towel. Leave to dry.
  7. Splatter Cherry Cobbler and Gold Wink of Stella over the card front. Leave to dry.
  8. Remove the masking fluid from the hook and paint it directly with Gold Wink of Stella – it’s an opaque Wink of Stella unlike the Clear one.
  9. Add a few gold sequin stars and a trim of Gold Foil down the side.
  10. Finally mount the card front onto  Cherry Cobbler and a Kraft card base!

Well I hope you have enjoyed my project. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the very talented design team have come up with this week over at Create with Connie & Mary.

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Paisleys & Posies by Stampin’ Up!

Dream Theme Blog Hop #2

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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 small gift packaging ideas. Currently you’re visiting me, Tracy May from London, UK. To continue along the blog hop, please use the links below.

I love paisley. Always have. I remember a black skirt I got when I was around 17. It had a beautiful purple paisley print all over. I wore that skirt till it practically fell apart! So when I saw Paisleys & Posies in the 2016 Autumn/Winter Catalogue I knew I had to have it! It’s what I used for my Online order club gifts in October and I knew it was perfect for the theme of today’s blog hop!

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I used the Kraft Tag a Bag gift bags which are the perfect size for the Stampin’ Up! Rhinestones (and Pearls) packets. I stamped Paisleys & Posies in Versamark over the front of the gift bags and then heat set it. I added a strip of Cherry Cobbler and Copper card stock underneath and finished off with a Cherry Cobbler tag. The Kraft Rope trim was stapled to the front of the bag. Sadly the hand held stapler is being retired due to issues with supply.

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Thank you for stopping by to see my small gift 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!

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Full list of demonstrators:

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. Sabrina Radeck (Canada)
8. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)

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Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up!

Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC433

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Gosh doesn’t Thursday come around fast? It’s time for another Create with Connie & Mary challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge (phew)! I decided on doing something a little different – well different for me that is! I have used Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up! as my focal point instead of stamping and die-cutting or punching out an image.

I loved this sketch and once I’d decided on the way I wanted to go with it, my card came together really easily!

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I used Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin’ Up! for the banner behind the Whisper White rectangle and the strip of stripy paper along the bottom. And I even used it for the main image. Isn’t that ginger bread house the cutest? I simply snipped it out of the DSP and attached it to the front with a couple of foam dimensionals.

I used Gorgeous Grunge to stamp the Real Red and Crumb Cake splatters in the background. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and is stamped in Early Espresso.

I don’t really use DSP much on my cards, even though I love it! Usually I don’t want to cut up the pretty patterns! But I need to get over that lol!

Well I hope you like my design for this week’s sketch challenge. Please do pop over to Create with Connie & Mary to see what the rest of the team has come up with! You won’t be disappointed as they are all super talented ladies!

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Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC432

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Yay it’s Thursday again and time for another challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a colour challenge! I just love the colours this week and I thought I would try something different this week by using a lot of one colour. Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! was my choice of stamp set. I’ve wanted to use it with the copper embossing powder since I first got it a few months ago.

My project for this week’s challenge is not my usual style and I almost broke out in hives I tell you! Lol!  I decided upon Night of Navy as the focal colour and worked around it from there!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC432

 

I randomly stamped the lovely leaves from Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! in Versamark ink onto a Night of Navy card front and then covered them using Copper embossing powder and heat set. Them. I added a strip of Mint Macaron and Copper Foil paper across the middle and placed some Mint Macaron leaves also heat embossed with copper embossing powder over the top. I decided not to put a sentiment on this card yet as I’m not sure whether it will be a Thank You card or birthday card. What do you think it should be?

Well that’s it from me. Please do pop across to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog and see what the very talented design team have come up with. You won’t be disappointed. And why don’t you join us this week? We’d love to see what you come up with for the challenge so please do give it a go.!

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Jolly Friends by Stampin’ Up!

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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!

 

 

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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!

 

 

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