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!

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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.

And don’t forget that as well as the new Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue being live, Sale-a-bration has started. For every £45 / 60 € you spend you can earn a free SAB item.

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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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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!

Halloween Scenes Edgelits by Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Catalogue 2016

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?

Number of Years by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Dream Theme

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!

Lift Me Up! by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC437

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!

Lift Me Up By Stampin' Up! #CCMC437 Tracy May

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!

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Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up!

Hey, Chick by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC435

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.

Hey, Chick by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC435

 

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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