In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Ok so I’ve another card for you today that I dug out of my unfinished projects basket last week. I had been stuck on what to do with this one after I had stamped the door and the flower. But then a friend came over for coffee and I was able to bounce some ideas off her and finish up this one and another one too – both using In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

In This World & Touches of Texture by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

Luckily my friend is very understanding! Well she is a crafter too and she loves buying new products as much as I do! We are quite bad for each other’s wallets really!  LoL!

I’m really pleased with the way the card has turned out! There’s still a fair few items knocking around in my unfinished items basket. I need to get a bit more organised and have a session finishing them all off. It’s really actually very therapeutic and you feel like you’ve achieved something!

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Watercolour Wings by Stampin’ Up!

Watercolour Wings by Stampin’ Up!

I have been having fun digging around in my basket of unfinished projects again! I had to empty it out, as it was getting a tad full. One of the unfinished items was the background on the card below. I had stamped out the grey butterflies using the wing details image from Watercolor Wings by Stampin’ Up!. And I had stuck on the strip of washi tape but that was all! I was stuck on it for a good while and then totally forgot about it to be honest!

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I came across it whilst I was sorting out the basket of unfinished projects and I was actually about to throw it away, when I had a flash of inspiration! So instead, I grabbed my Melon Mambo ink pad and Watercolor Wings by Stampin’ Up! again and finished the card off! I stamped out the body of the smaller butterfly and then I added some bling with the butterfly cut out using Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies and Silver metallic thread. Then I spattered some Melon Mambo around with an aqua painter to lessen the whiteness. I really like it now. It’s a cute design. I don’t think I’ve noticed the wings being used as a butterfly background before, but I could be wrong! (I usually am lol!)

What do you think? I hope you like it!

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Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary

Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary

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I seriously don’t know where this week has gone! I thought once the boys were back at school I would be straight back into a routine, but it’s not working out that way! It feels like I’m just chasing my tail! Lol! I did manage to make my card using Totally Trees for Create with Connie & Mary in plenty of time though.

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I did think I would have problems with this challenge due to Delightful Dijon. I don’t find it terribly delightful to be honest! But, as soon as I sat down to make the card, an idea popped into my head and I went with it.

I started by stamping the trees from the totally awesome Totally Trees stamp set in Emerald Envy. Then I topped them with a star (also from the set) stamped in Delightful Dijon. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, which I totally recommend if you don’t already have it!

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I used Delightful Dijon again for the sentiment. Above the sentiment I added a strip of Soft Suede card stock and some Gold Glimmer paper for a bit of bling. Then I layered the card front onto a piece of Soft Suede stripy DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack.

I’m really pleased with the way the card turned out! What do you think?

 

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Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! for Strawberry Sketches #SS009

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I’m joining the lovely Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketches challenge again this week. I managed to get back into the craft room in between lots of organising things over the weekend. It took me a while to get back into the swing of things so today’s card is actually my second attempt at Sarah’s sketch. I’m using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

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This is such a lovely stamp set with co-ordinating dies to cut out all the umbrellas and handles. There are even dies to cut out little raindrops! How cute is that?

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I decided to add a bit of interest to the panel underneath by embossing it with the Softly Falling embossing folder. With a bit of imagination it could be rain couldn’t it? Lol! I cut out the clouds and stuck them down underneath the vellum banner before stitching it to the Soft Sky background panel.

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I finished off the card with a strip of Real Red DSP from the Brights DSP Stack and a few rhinestones!

What do you think? I think the touches of Real Red really pop out.

Before I go, I want to let you know that the following special offers are still available. We are in week 2 which runs until 14th September (2016):

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Hello! Blog Hop for the Autumn-Winter Catalogue 2016

Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up!

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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.

I’ve gone totally tizzy over Totally Trees by Stampin’ Up! I love this stamp set! I’m going to be making loads of cards with this set!

Totally Trees by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I have loads of ideas swirling around my head and already have a few other cards made up waiting to post – I know! How organised of me lol! And unusual ha ha ha!

Totally Trees by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I wasn’t feeling remotely festive when I made these cards but I do think this design could also be used for some trendy, non-traditional Christmas cards don’t you?

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So what do you think? I hope you like them! I think my favourite has to be the multicoloured one using Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight!

So thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Erica Cerwin in the US. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

 

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Full Lists of Demonstrators:

Sarah Berry – UK
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Teneale Williams – AUSTRALIA
Jacque Williams – NEW ZEALAND
Julie Kettlewell – UK
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Jennifer Pauli – GERMANY
Paula Dobson – NEW ZEALAND
Tracy May – UK – You are here!
Erica Cerwin – USA

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Star of Light by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC423

Star of Light by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC423

Wow, it feels like an age since I last blogged! Yesterday was the Bedlam Brother’s first day back to school so normal service should resume soon! Anyway what a great reason to kick start my posting again! Yes it’s Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! This week it’s a sketch challenge – my favourite type!

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As soon as I looked at this sketch after I came back from holiday, another type of holiday sprang to mind – yes I’m going to use the C word! Christmas lol! I love the new Christmas bundle Star of Light by Stampin’ Up!

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Originally I was going to use Pool Party, but I changed my mind half way through and settled on Smoky Slate to match with the Silver Glimmer paper. What do you think? Christmasy enough?

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This is a really easy card to recreate:

  1. Stamp the swirl from Star of Light onto a panel of Whisper White using Smoky Slate ink;
  2. Attach 2 thin strips of silver glimmer paper to the top and bottom of the panel;
  3. Stamp the sentiment in Basic Grey;
  4. Adhere the Whisper white panel onto the Smoky Slate card front and then adhere to a Whisper White card base;
  5. Stamp the largest star in Basic Grey onto Smoky Slate and cut out with the matching Starlight Thinlits Dies;
  6. Adhere some Silver Metallic thread to the right hand side of the Whisper White panel;
  7. Adhere the star to the front of the card over the Metallic thread as shown;
  8. Cut out a smaller star from Silver Glimmer paper and add to the centre of the large star;
  9. Finally add some Rhinestones for a little bit of sparkle and voila! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. It’s great to be back! Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week!

 

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Love You Lots (by Stampin’ Up!)

Love You Lots (by Stampin’ Up!) for #CCMC421

I have been itching to post today’s project for ages! It’s sketch challenge week at Create with Connie & Mary this week and I love, love, love this sketch! You get two projects today, not just one as I love the sketch so much. I had trouble deciding what idea to go with, as I had a few different ones.

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Isn’t that just a great sketch? I love the CAS (clean and simple) look – all that white space! It’s right up my street as we say in parts of the UK! Lol!

So here’s my first project – both use Love you Lots by Stampin’ Up! This idea popped right into my head the first time I saw the sketch.

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Don’t you just love how easy this card is to make? I stuck to just using a whisper white card base instead of a coloured card base with a white card front. You could easily use a real red card base though and match the sketch perfectly.

My second card, I think, is super cute too!

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I made these for two of my lovely class ladies. A mother and daughter who have just become grandma and mummy to a little baby boy!

I had to cut out part of the elephant’s trunk before I die cut the circle. You can also do this with a circle punch as you can see below.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Don’t forget to pop over and see what the rest of the design team has come up with! Thanks for stopping by!

I am currently off up a mountain somewhere in Bavaria! I’ll be back online soon!

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Colour Challenge Week #CCMC420

Picture Perfect by Stampin’ Up! for Create with Connie & Mary

This week it’s a colour challenge over at the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Blog. These are totally my kind of colours! I don’t know why but I instantly thought of the hummingbird from Picture Perfect by Stampin’ Up! when I sat down to really look at this challenge. I haven’t used Picture Perfect for a while and have been itching to get it out and use it again. So that could be why!

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Spoiler Alert: Look away now if you don’t want to see new product from the soon to be launched Autumn/Winter catalogue! I bet you look! Lol!

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I absolutely love the new Ghoulish Grunge stamp set! To be honest there’s really only stamp in the set which I would say is really Halloweeny. The rest of the set is so versatile and can be used for backgrounds for any occasion.

To make the card:

  • I started by inking up the Brick image in Smoky Slate and stamping off on scrap paper before stamping onto the right hand side of my card front. You will need to stamp twice to cover the length of the card front.
  • Next, I inked up the paint drip image in Calypso Coral. Again I stamped off before I stamped onto the card front.
  • I stamped the humming bird first in stamped off Pool Party, then stamped the throat in Calypso Coral;
  • The 3rd stamp I used full strength Pool Party and finally I stamped the final bird image in Smoky Slate!

I hope you like it! Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team have come up with for these colours!

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Birthday card ideas using Stampin’ Up! products

Birthday card using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Wow where is this school holiday going? I am totally out of synch with everything but I decided not to fight it and just go with the flow! 🙂

So I am back today with a card that I had meant to post on Monday and enter into a card challenge. Unfortunately I have now missed the deadline, but I thought I would still share the card with you anyway. I made it last week when I was making this card also using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

 

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

 

You can’t actually see from the photo, but I water colour painted the presents/gifts with my clear wink of stella pen! They have a gorgeous shimmer to them. As I had my sewing machine out I decided to sew the panel on to the background card and also to sew the sentiment across the middle.

What do you think? I really like it! But hey I’m biased I know! 🙂

To create the card:

  1.  Tape a piece of water colour card stock down to a board;
  2. Stamp the gifts in rows across the card;
  3. Mask the gifts with masking fluid and an old paint brush;
  4. Once the masking fluid is dry apply a  layer of water across the water colour paper then dab in Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay ink on with an aqua painter and allow to dry;
  5. Remove the masking fluid from the gifts and pick up ink from the lids of the ink pads with a clear wink of stella brush and paint the gifts;
  6. Once it’s dry sew (or glue) the watercolour card front to a coloured base or mat;
  7. Stamp and cut out the sentiment and adhere across the middle of the card.

 

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New Sketch Challenge at Create with Connie & Mary

Using Pop of Paradise by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC419

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I do love the sketch challenges that Connie & Mary come up with. And this week’s is no exception. I have used Pop of Paradise by Stampin’ Up! to create the elements of the sketch instead of using strips of DSP as I would normally have done. I love how the card has turned out!

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I started by embossing the large leaf in the background directly onto the Whisper White card base. I then stamped the two smaller leaves in Old Olive onto a strip of Whisper White and then I stamped the pineapple in versamark ink and covered in Gold embossing powder. And I let some of the embossing powder cover the two leaves as well to see if any would stick. You can’t tell from the photo, but they have a lovely gold shimmer to them where some of the powder did stick.

I layered up the leaves and the pineapple over the large leaf, added the strips of Pop of Pink DSP and Gold Glimmer Paper and then added the cut out flamingo.

Finally I splattered some Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive I’d mixed with water using an aqua painter and splattered it over the card front. Then I sprinkled over some gold glitter and shook off the excess. It’s a technique I’ve wanted to try since first seeing Steffi Helmschrott using it on some of her cards!.

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