Cozy Critters by Stampin’ Up!

Cozy Critters by Stampin’ Up!

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I was back in my comfort zone with this week’s Create with Connie & Mary challenge. It’s a fabulous sketch challenge. Doesn’t that owl from Cozy Critters by Stampin’ Up! look great? I think this stamp set is really versatile and as you can see, can be used for more than just Christmas cards!

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I decided to use the sketch for a baby card I needed to make. Having played around with a couple of different embossed backgrounds before I settled on the Woodland embossing folder. This folder has proved popular with my customers and I have sold a few recently, which probably prompted me to dig it out of the drawer for today’s card.

I stamped and then fussy cut the branch to stick over the banner and then positioned the owl over the top. The various sized circles I punched from the polka dot Neutrals Background DSP stack.

So what do you think? Well I really like it – but then I would wound’t I? Lol!

Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge page to see what everyone else has come up with. You won’t be disappointed. They are a lovely talented bunch!

 

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Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up!

Dream Theme Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first 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 Christmas projects. Currently you’re visiting me, Tracy May from London, UK. To continue along the blog hop, please use the links below.

I have been having another play with Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up! This set screamed shaker card to me and finally I managed to get back in the craft room and pull it together. I just had to go with a watercolour background for the sky.

Mountain Adventure by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I used masking fluid to protect the mountains and splattered some across the top to create the snow storm effect. The sky is painted with a mix of Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy and (ahem not very modest of me) I love it!

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I used Silver Dazzling Details on the mountain peak to add some extra sparkle. The house is cut out and popped up on a Stampin’ Dimensional for a 3D effect. I used silver sequins from the current metallic sequins assortments and added a few retired snowflakes I had left over. What do you think? I think Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up! is turning out to be one of those really versatile stamp sets.

Anyway I really hope you like my project. 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. 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. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
8. Krista Driessen

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Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up!

Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up!

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Look at the beautiful colours for this week’s colour challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! I didn’t think I would struggle so much with these colours when I first saw them! BUT oh boy did I ever!! I had planned my card out in advance as I sometimes do but when I actually made it, I hated it! It just didn’t work! In fact my first three attempts all ended up in the bin!

In the end I actually CASEd myself using Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up!  I had this card out on my desk for some reason and it inspired the card I’m posting today!

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Originally I was going to cut out a butterfly but changed my mind last minute and I cut out the cute little bird from Birds & Blooms instead.  I actually am so pleased with how the card turned out in the end. Just to show how I used the colours, I stamped the allium in Pool Party and the bubbles/ink splats in Pear Pizazz.

The bird is cut out of watercolour paper which I had painted with Sweet Sugarplum ink and an aqua painter! I also stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum and then mounted the card front onto a Pool Party card base.

So what do you think? Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog to see all the lovely cards the rest of the design team have come up with!

Before I go, I just wanted to say thank you to whoever placed an order recently using my monthly code club but checked out either as a guest or ticked the No Contact check box on the order. I did not receive your details such as name and address. Stampin’ Up! can not pass me your details as this is against UK data protection laws. This means I am unable to send you your gift. Please do contact me directly (tracy@bedlamandbutterflies.co.uk) with your order number and name and address so I can then send you your gift out!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up!

Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC427

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Hey it’s Thursday again and once again the whole week has run away from me! I need to get a new routine organised for all my other commitments, but I’m getting there slowly! Take a look at this week’s fabulous sketch challenge from Connie & Mary! I do really love their sketches! You will probably think me odd, but the pointy bit of the sketch made me think of mountain peaks! I don’t know why. Maybe I was looking at it upside down or something?

Anyway, that decided the choice of stamp set for me! Mountain Adventure by Stampin’ Up! I have a friend who lives in the French Alps and we have been over a few times to visit her and her husband so this card is perfect for them for Christmas! They are the reason I bought this set in the first place! LoL!

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I hope you like the card! It was fairly easy once I had cut the Whisper White card front to size. I simply stamped the scene by eye and coloured the cabin with a blender pen and ink from the ink pad lids. Then I  used Soft Sky for the snow.

I stamped the skis from the set across the bottom of the Mint Macaron card base then stuck the panel to the top and that is pretty much it. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but there is a thin line of glitter along the cables for the cable cars!

Do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with. You won’t be disappointed! Thanks for stopping by!

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Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! Again!

Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! Again!

I very nearly didn’t post this card. It’s another one using Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! Again!  I thought I had already posted it, as it was one of the cards I made when I first got Totally Trees and had a creative frenzy with these cards and this card. Also, I’m sure there were more. Or maybe I’m just imagining it? Lol

Totally Trees by Stampin' Up! Again! Tracy May

 

Taking inspiration from this art journal pin I had found on Pinterest, I got out practically all of the Stampin’ Up! Blues. I think I ended up using Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Dapper Denim and Night of Navy.

I stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments onto a sliver of Night of Navy cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Did you spot the sliver of silver glimmer paper? I seem to have been adding these strips onto a lot of cards recently. Must be a phase I am going through! Lol!

The card base is Dapper Denim with a layer of Marina Mist under the Whisper White card front. What do you think? One day I will be brave enough to create my art journal. In the meantime, I will no doubt keep pinning the ones I find on Pinterest!

Don’t you think Pinterest has a lot to answer for? I do! There are more pins on my boards than I can ever hope to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or to use for inspiration, but no doubt I will keep adding more when I have a few minutes down time. Usually it’s the last thing I do before I turn the lights out to go to sleep. Often my eyelids are drooping and I’m still pinning away! Do you do that? I doubt I’m the only one! 😉

 

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Paisleys & Posies by Stampin’ Up!

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Oh to think I wasn’t originally going to buy Paisleys & Posies by Stampin’ Up! I resisted at first, but then I kept seeing so many great projects using the coordinating stamps and Paisley Framelits Dies I ended up putting in a sneak order!

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I featured this bundle in my monthly card class, which I’ve now moved to the last Wednesday of the month! After seeing the fantastic One Sheet wonder my team lead Michelle Last created in the summer, I thought this would make a great theme for the class. I was right, it went down a treat!

I started off by randomly stamping the Paisleys and Posies in the three colours from this week’s challenge, onto a sheet of A4 Whisper White. Then I cut the sheet into various shapes and sizes to make 6 cards, with enough left over for a tag as well!

My favourite card happened to be the one I’ve shared for this week’s challenge. I love the Smoky Slate card base, topped with the Dapper Denim layer, topped off by the strip of Tangerine Tango over the top! So, I hope you like it too!

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In this World by Stampin’ Up!

In this World by Stampin’ Up!

It took me an age to finish this card! I know! It looks so simple doesn’t it? It’s another of my tentative attempts at mixed media.

In this World by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

 

I created the card front by covering panel of Whisper White with Gesso so I could watercolour on top of it.  I then stamped the door from In this World by Stampin’ Up! in Basic Black Archival ink. Then I partially  painted over it with some more gesso and stamped the butterfly from the same set. I added the flower from Touches of Texture, added some colour using Night of Navy and Melon Mambo ink refills and an aqua painter. After that I totally lost confidence and didn’t know how to finish it.

It was only when my friend came round the other week for coffee and I started bouncing some ideas off her, that it came together. So what do you think? Does it fit the Mixed Media bill? Does mixed media scare you as much as it does me? LoL!

I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out in the end. Thanks Jackie!

I will keep experimenting with Mixed Media. I’m thinking of doing an art journal! Talk about running before I can walk! Lol!

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Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

I have a really weird “Déjà vu” about this card! I’ve been wanting to use one of the smaller bird framelits from Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! as I think it is soooo cute! And so as  I was playing around making something else, I just grabbed the thinlits. And I cut out the cutie bird from Melon Mambo card stock that I had handy!

Birds & Blooms by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I also had the card front lurking around in my basket of unfinished projects. Yes I had gotten as far as putting on the washi tape and sliver of Silver glimmer paper before I ran out of steam. Anyway, I love the combination of Night of Navy and Melon Mambo already on the card, so I simply stuck on 3 of the birds I had cut out and slapped it onto a Night of Navy Card base. I love the little bird on the left facing the other way. It’s a really simple, but cute card. And I just can’t shake the feeling I’ve seen it somewhere before, hence the “Déjà vu” feeling. I searched Pinterest but I couldn’t find one similar so maybe it’s just my imagination. If not please do let me know, won’t you?

Thanks x

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Merry Mice by Stampin’ Up!

Hello! Blog Hop for the Autumn-Winter Catalogue 2016

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Welcome to the Hello! Blog Hop for the brand new Autumn/Winter Catalogue! 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, UK. 

Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the next button at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making.

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I have been playing with the super cute Merry Mice stamp set! I think this is my favourite set from the whole catalogue!

Merry Mice by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

 

I decided to use this set for my customer gifts from my August monthly online code club!

The box is made using the envelope punch board and crumb cake card stock. The belly band is Candy Cane Lane DSP. And the super cute mouse is stamped, coloured with blender pens and ink and hand cut! I couldn’t resist curling his tail up and over the sentiment!

Merry Mice by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

 

Aren’t they cute? Everyone should have received theirs by now! I’ve heard back from a few who loved them (and the gift inside of course!).

Merry Mice by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Caroline van der Straaten. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

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Sarah Berry – UK
Jennifer Pauli – GERMANY
Paula Dobson – NEW ZEALAND
Tracy May – UK
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Bibiana Cameron – UK
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Jacque Williams – NEW ZEALAND
Julie Kettlewell – UK
Erica Cerwin – USA

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Jolly Friends & Candy Cane Lane by Stampin’ Up!

Jolly Friends & Candy Cane Lane by Stampin’ Up! 

Hi there! I’m back today with another sketch challenge for this week’s Create with Connie & Mary. I don’t want to jinx it, but I was on a roll when I made this card and it came together really quickly. Maybe it’s because I print out all the challenges on one page and then pin them to my pin board. The pin board is on the wall above my desk, so I’m constantly looking at the month’s challenges! I decided to use Jolly Friends & Candy Cane Lane by Stampin’ Up! for this week’s challenge.

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I got both quite a few weeks ago, but hadn’t had the opportunity to get them out until this weekend. I love the clean look of this sketch and decided to stick with my usual Whisper White card base.

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I used the new Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the two layers in the sketch. I then stamped the moose in Crumb Cake onto Whisper White and cut him out by hand. His lovely hat is stamped in Real Red and then punched out using the co-ordinating Jolly Hat Builder punch! This is one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up! There are so many lovely punches or dies that co-ordinate with the stamp sets!

I finished my card off with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments also stamped in Real Red, with a sliver of gold glimmer paper behind it. I also used some Real Red enamel dots from the Brights Enamel Shapes collection.

Well I do hope you like my project. Please do pop along and see what the rest of the design team have come up with!

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