Clearance Rack now online!

Yay – fantastic news. Stampin’ Up!’s Clearance Rack is now available online.

There are loads of retired items available at fantastic discounted prices. Products in clearance rack are updated on a regular basis, so keep checking back to grab yourself a bargain!!

Click here to go to my online shop. Then click on the Shop button under my name in the top right corner.

If you are ordering under £150 then enter my mystery hostess code BEANNUVH
 at checkout to be in with a chance of winning free product (amount will depend on total orders using this hostess code n.b if you are ordering more than £150 you will automatically receive hostess benefits on your order so you won’t want to use this code). This hostess code will be valid until the 30th September.

Happy Shopping!

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Special Season – Card Class using Stampin’ Up! ® products

Do you fancy making a head start on this year’s Christmas cards? Join me for a Special Season Card Class on Thursday 17th October.

You will receive a kit, with enough material to make 8 cards and 8 tags. The kit will contain the Special Season stamp set (clear), card stock, patterned papers, ribbon and embellishments.

To book your place please either phone me on 07788746908 or email me at tracyj.may@gmail.com.

Date: Thursday 17th October

Time: 8pm

Location: Eastcote, Pinner

Cost: £30 (includes kit with stamp set and refreshments)

There will be also be a raffle with a number of prizes (£2 per ticket).

Please note payment is required up front no later than Monday 7th October, as I will need to order the stamp sets in advance of the class.

If you would like to attend the class but would prefer a wood mount stamp set you can do so for an additional £5. Alternative stamp sets can be ordered instead of the Special Season if preferred.

N.B. If you can not subsequently make the class you will be provided with the kit and instructions on how to make the cards and tags. 

To book your place call now on 01803 523796
Date:-    26th October 2013
Time:-    1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue:- St Pauls Church, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2DH
Cost:-    £30.00
Includes:- Product Kit with over £25 worth of product, refreshments.
Please bring your own basic tool kit
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To book your place call now on 01803 523796
Date:-    26th October 2013
Time:-    1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue:- St Pauls Church, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2DH
Cost:-    £30.00
Includes:- Product Kit with over £25 worth of product, refreshments.
Please bring your own basic tool kit
– See more at: http://www.getcreativewithtraci.co.uk/page/5/#sthash.cfrGm0SY.dpuf
To book your place call now on 01803 523796
Date:-    26th October 2013
Time:-    1.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue:- St Pauls Church, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2DH
Cost:-    £30.00
Includes:- Product Kit with over £25 worth of product, refreshments.
Please bring your own basic tool kit
– See more at: http://www.getcreativewithtraci.co.uk/page/5/#sthash.cfrGm0SY.dpuf
Do not forget to use the Host Code UMRWBNA7 when ordering online to receive free product from me. (N.B. only applicable for orders over £20 and UNDER £150)
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Pinkie’s Autumn/Winter Catalogue bloghop!

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping! If you have arrived here from Lisa’s blog, a big hello to you………

Now I know that this is a blog hop for the Autumn/Winter Catalogue and you probably automatically associate it with Christmas or Hallowe’en or even Thanksgiving for our American friends, but neither of the two projects I am showcasing today are any of these. My projects are “trans-seasonal” so it just goes to show how versatile Stampin’ Up! products are.

When the topic (and timing) of doing this blog post came up, I had a lightbulb moment. I would use products from the new catalogue to make the gift bag for our contribution to my sister’s and husband’s honeymoon (her wedding was last week) as I rarely get to craft, without there being a specific event, due to time constaints, two whirlwinds for children etc, etc. In this case I managed to combine my blog post project with a real-life event – two birds, one stone springs to mind! 

I just loved the Expressions Thinlits from the moment I saw them and had been itching to use them as soon as possible. So the “Love” expression was perfect for what I needed and as I equally loved the
Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF for short) I just had to use it on the real red banner I stuck the “Love” sentiment to.

 All that glitter’s….


…. all over the floor. I used a sponge dauber and versamark ink with heat and stick powder to create the glittery spots on the bag. I had a slight mishap with the glitter though as I accidentally directed the heat gun over the loose glitter whilst I was trying to shake it over the sticky spots and it blew it all over me and all over the floor too. Note to self – heat guns blow like a hairdryer so turn off in close proximity to lots of loose glitter! Not to worry though you get so much in the little tub you would barely know I had used any of it anyway.

 I still have an ahhh moment when I look at pictures of the little bag. I love it! The products I used are:

From the Autumn/Winter Catalogue:
Mini Muslin Bags 132180Expressions Thinlits Dies 132171, Foil Sheets Silver 132178, Pretty Presents Designer Bows 132186, (Gold &) Silver Stampin’ Glitter 132205, Stylish Stripes TIEF 132174

From the Annual Catalogue:
Sponge daubers 102892, Heat & Stick Powder 100625, Versamark ink 102283, Real Red cardstock 106578, Heat Tool 129054 (UK plug), 129055 (EU plug), Big Shot Magnetic Platform 130658

And so on to my next glittery offering (no accidents with this one thankfully). The day after my sister’s wedding last week, there was another family gathering for one of my aunt’s and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary, so actually three birds, one stone would be more appropriate ha ha.

As it is the golden anniversary I have used gold glitter and foil this time.  I stamped the background wording with the Journal wheel from the annual catalogue on both the card and the envelope and used heat and stick powder again to stick the glitter to it. The envelope is actually made out of vellum paper. The 50 is stamped using the new Morning Post Numbers set in the autumn/winter catalogue and covered in glitter too.

The products used are:

From the Autumn/Winter Catalogue:
Expressions Thinlits Dies 132171, Foil Sheets Gold132622 132178, Gold (& Silver) Stampin’ Glitter 132205, Morning Post Numbers Stamp Set 131841
From the Annual Catalogue:  
Heat & Stick Powder 100625, Versamark ink 102283,  Heat Tool 129054 (UK plug), 129055 (EU plug), Shimmery White Card stock 121717, White Vellum A4 106584, Small heart punch 117193, Travel Journal Wheel 126937, Hearts a Flutter stamp set (c) 129252, Hearts a Flutter Framelits 130159, Big Shot Magnetic Platform 130658

So next stop is Nicole’s blog, why don’t you go and take a peek at what she has been up to? Thanks for stopping by…….. 

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Three weddings and a …….using Stampin’ Up! ® products

….50th Wedding Anniversary!

After a hiatus on the wedding front over the last couple of years, there has suddenly been a flurry. This weekend is the 2nd in almost as many weeks with the 3rd in a couple of weekend’s time.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I recently went to France for a wedding. I had wanted to post a picture of the card I made for my friend, but my Mum saw it and wanted me to make one for her to give, for my sister’s wedding this weekend (hmmmm I really ought to start charging for commissions!!). It is also my Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary so that’s two family parties one after the other this weekend.

For the theme for her invitations, my Sister had gone with the “Love” logo from the film Philadelphia. I used that as the basis for the colour scheme for my card to her (black and red). I stamped the background with the Travel Journal Wheel Stamp and then punched out some hearts and the word Love using the ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers stamp set.

 I added a few rhinestones and spritzed with the vanilla shimmer smooch sprtiz. The envelope is made from Vellum. I used the Mr & Mrs stamp from the Label Love set and I also spritzed with the Vanilla shimmer. What do you think?

And so here is the card I made for my Mum to give to my sister. This is the same as the original card I made for my friend in France. When I made the original card I had been struggling, initially, for inspiration as all the wedding cards I had seen were either really busy (I’m a clean and simple kind of girl) or seemed too old for the people I made them for. Then I saw a particular card on Pinterest, not a wedding card, that I thought I would case (click here to see) but once I got started it kind of evolved more into the card below, which is similar to a different card I had seen (click here to see). 

I hope you like them.

Here’s the products I used:

Card stock: Shimmery White 121717, White Vellum A4 106584, A4 – Coastal Cabana 130024, Soft Suede 119982, Blushing Bride 131287, Real Red 106578, Basic Black 121688,
Ink pads: Staz On Black 101406, Soft Suede 126978, Real Red 126949
Stamp sets: Travel Journal Wheel 126937, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers 130565, Label Love (C) 130622,
Accessories: Full Heart Punch 119883, Small Heart Punch 117193, Artisan Label Punch 130920, White Baker’s Twine 124262, Linen Thread 104199, Rhinestone Basic Jewels 119246, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz 118772

If you would like to order any of the products used you can order directly online (SHOP NOW) or you can still order via email or by phone. Also if you would like more information about becoming a demontrator or hosting your own Stampin’ Up! party please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

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Stampin’ Up! Bundle Discount and new Best of… stamp set

Hi again,

well as I promised I am back again with a fatastic offer from Stampin’ Up!. One of my favourite stamp sets and punch combinations is being offered at a great discount.

I have used this stamp set and punch so often for cards for grown ups, mobiles and pictures for my friends’ little girls for their birthday or Christmas presents. I love it, its such a versatile set!

Stampin Up Papillon Potpourri elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May gift ideas

And if that offer isn’t enough then there’s the great new Best of.. September stamp set to boot. Here’s theBest of Christmas set with one never seen before stamp.

As always if you need any further information about any of these offers or the new Autumn/Winter catalogue please don’t hesitate to contact me – 07788746908 / tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

Thanks for popping by

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Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera……

……. is the name of one of the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers (DSP) 130129 13,25 € | £9.95 for 12 sheets. My husband couldn’t understand why I was so pleased with myself last night whilst I was wrapping birthday gifts for his Mum, but there are 3 particular designs that are just perfect for her, as she used to be a seamstress and taught at a college part-time when my husband was a little boy.

I’m sure you can all understand why I was so happy can’t you? I used the Extra-Gift box 132147 4,95 € | £3.75 (for 3 Kraft boxes), which is from the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue, and covered it with one of the sheets of DSP which has a dress-makers mannequin as the main focus of the design.

Stampin Up Designer series paper DSP gift ideas Tracy May demonstrator

Stampin Up Designer series paper DSP gift ideas Tracy May demonstrator

There are 4 boxes of chocolates in this one large box from my sons.

I then used the sheet which is is a replica of a “pattern” to wrap the present from David and myself. It looked quite masculine, as its in Night of Navy, so I prettied it up with a belly band made from the tape measure patterned paper and added a few paper flowers and a Very Vintage Designer Button 129327 6,95 € | £5.50.

Stampin Up Designer series paper DSP gift ideas Tracy May demonstrator

We’re going to visit and hand over the gifts this afternoon. The surprise won’t be spoilt by posting the pictures on my blog as my in-laws are not silver surfers. They are quite techno-phobic to be honest. My son made me laugh a few weeks ago, when my father-in-law commented that Tom and Jerry was around when he was a little boy but that he didn’t have a television at home. My 4 year old son was surprised and asked him if he only had an iPad then? (The boys watch Cbeebies programmes in the iPlayer app on my iPad). He couldn’t understand that things like the iPad have not always been around!!   

Well I hope you like my project for today. I will be sharing more projects with you in a couple of weeks using products from the new Autmn/Winter Catalogue, which is out now. Click on the picture below to go to the online version. There are soooooooooo many lovely goodies you will want them all!!

Stampin Up gift ideas Tracy May demonstrator

I’ll be back tomorrow with a great offer and the new Best of 25 year stamp set!

thanks for popping by 

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Look what we made in class…..

I held my monthly card class a week early this month (usually held last Thursday of the month) as I am away on holiday next week. Originally I wasn’t going to hold one at all but decided after the last class to bring it forward as everyone was willing to come along.

I’m so glad I did, I had a great time and everyone loved the project we made especially as we used a few different techniques, which were new to some of the ladies, including using a wheel to stamp the butterflies and paper piercing, dry embossing as well as heat embossing. That’s why classes are so good as you get to try out so many different techniques you haven’t tried before and can decide if you like them before you invest in the kit to do them at home.  

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

 We started off making the 4 notelets in red, orange, yellow and blue. Where possible I used contrasting, darker tones of the same colour for the punched out butterflies. These were a happy accident as my original design for this class was a bit different. I’m glad it didn’t work out though as I love how these butterflies turned out.

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

I think this has to be my favourite. The 3 rows of butterflies are stamped using the Butterfly Collection Jumbo wheel in Pool Party Ink. The butterfly punches are from Bermuda Bay cardstock and the notelet is finished off with a couple of rows of paper-pierced holes and a small Bermuda Bay button and white bakers twine bow.

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

I used different embellishments in different colours. This one used a Crushed Curry Candy dot and brad base.

Stampin Up butterfly collection elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May card making

We then completed the project by making the notelet holder. The eagle eyed among you will notice I have cased a card from page 90 of the Annual Catalogue to decorate the front of the box lid.  Phew… no wonder the class overran a little but no-one seemed to mind.

I was recently contacted by someone, who was interested in coming to my class but it was a little bit far for her to come and it got me thinking that there must be other people out there who would love to attend classes and crafty get togethers as crafting with other people is so much fun. You instantly have something in common to talk about and break the ice when you first meet someone new. So what about you? Are you in the same position where there is no class nearby to you? Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and holding your own classes? It’s not that hard you know. I started off by inviting friends, then took out a free advert in the free local paper and also my Stampin’ Up! website all of which is helping my class to grow.

If you are interested I would love to talk to you and share my experience with you. So come on – come and join in all the fun! Give me a call on 07788746908 or email me at tracyj.may71@gmail.com

Products used for this project are:
Stamp – Butterfly Collection Jumbo Wheel 9,95 € | £7.95 130112 ( you will also need the Jumbo wheel handle 6,95 € | £5.25 103661)
A4 Card Stock 8,50 € | £6.25 Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Real Read, Tangerine Tango – Brights Collection,  Crushed Curry 131288, Whisper White (40 sheets) 9,75 € | £7.50 106549,
Classic Ink pads 6,50 € | £4.95: Daffodil Delight 126944, Pumpkin Pie 126945, Real Red 126949, Pool Party 126982
VersaMark Ink pad 8,95€ | £6.75 102283,
Stampin Emboss Powder 5,50 €  | £3.95 Iridescent Ice 101930
Honeycomb Embossing Folder 9,50 € | £7.50 129378
Punches: Bitty Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 129406, Elegant Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 127526

If you would like any of the supplies used or others, more information on hosting a party, or to get a copy of the catalogue, or if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team then I’d love to hear from you!

See you soon!

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Oh I wish it could be Christmas…..

…… every day! Yes I have the Wizzard tune running round my head now and it has been since last week when my Christmas pre-order turned up and I opened the box. I did feel as excited as a kid at Christmas!

The box was full of Christmas papers, stamps, punches, shiny ribbon and the fantastic Typeset Alphabet Bigz (108,95 €  | £80.95 127553), which I got as my half price item (ahem yes it was a rather largish order). 

I just love Stampin’ Up! They offer so many free and half price rewards to everyone – demonstrators, customers, hostesses. If you want to know more about that, then please feel free to get in touch 07788746908 / tracyj.may71@gmail.com

I know it’s still only August and as I just couldn’t resist having a play with the new alphabet bigz and as most of my order was Christmas related, I thought it would be rude not to make a Christmas card – ha ha ha or rather ho ho ho!

Stampin up christmas big shot typeset alphabet dies Tracy May card making

My friend Lina has made me promise this will be her Christmas card this year. She loves the sparkle of the Silver Glimmer paper (5,95 € | £4.50 124005). 

The other items you will need to make this card are:

Textured 12″ x 12″ card stock Smoky Slate 132131 14,25 € | £10.50
Silver 1/8″ (3.2 mm) Ribbon 132137 5,95 € | £4.50 
Basic Gray card stock A4 121689 8,50 € |£6.25 
Finishing Touches Edgelits 11,95 € | £8.95 127010  

If you would like any of the supplies used or others, more information on hosting a party, or to get a copy of the catalogue, or if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team then I’d love to hear from you!

See you soon  

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Six-Sided Sampler

I have been out and about all week with the boys to keep them entertained over the school holidays. I think I may have arranged a few too many things to do though. On the plus side my eldest son has been so much better behaved. When I told him how good he was being his response was not a surprise (this time). He said that he was being good because we weren’t at home!

He has told me on a few other occassions that he has made the decision to be naughty when we are at home. The first time I was shocked as I hadn’t realised that such a young child was capable of making the decision to misbehave – he’s only 4. I had just assumed that bad behaviour was a result of boredom/tiredness/hunger etc. Oh no not so with my son! Days at home are complete bedlam!!

Anyway, I did manage to have a play with one of my more recent stamp sets and co-ordinating punches.

Stampin Up Six Sided Sampler demonstrator Tracy May card making

In the end I settled on punching out some of the 2013-2015 In-colours DSP from some scraps I had left over from covering the notebooks for the teachers gifts. I had a play around with my paper piercing templates as well and pierced around some of the hexagons and in between others. For the sentiment down the side I used my stamp-a-majig and Burnt Brown Sugar marker pens. I love using the markers on stamps.

So for this card I used:

Six-sided Sampler stamp set, Burnt Brown Sugar Ink pad and Marker pen, Whisper White and Burnt Brown Sugar card stock, Hexagon punch, In-colours 2013-2015 DSP.

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about becoming a demontrator or hosting your own Stampin’ Up! party please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

We were at a party earlier today at the house of the parents of friends. My husband took my eldest son to the bathroom, which had a series of old black and white photographs of the local area on the wall. When he told my son they had been taken a long time ago, my son wanted to know who took them – was it a burglar?! Bless he still thinks quite literally about certain things.

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The Gift unveiled

Well I finally managed to catch up with my friend and give her her belated birthday present. She loved it I’m pleased to say. I had made her a set of 8 cards (4 birthday and 4 thank you cards) and a decorated candle.

For her birthday card I was inspired by a fellow Pinkie Vicky Hayes aka Crafting Clare and a card she made. Click here to see her original. For my card I used the Blooming with Kindness Stamp Set again.

 Stampin Up blooming with kindness gift ideas card making Tracy May

I followed the same colour scheme for the cards and candle as I did for the birthday card and gift packaging, which is primarily Bermuda Bay with a touch of Coastal Cabana and a hint of Soft Sky.

I used a technique on these two cards that I learned at a Stampin’ Up! event in Telford in May.  Another Pinkie, Lynne Fahey, got up on stage and demonstrated the technique of using the acrylic stampin blocks to make backgrounds by inking them up with ink pads, markers and reinkers. For the following cards I used the Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Soft Sky ink pads.

Stampin Up card making demonstrator Tracy May best of flowers

 This one uses the Best of Flowers stamp set and is my friend’s favourite. I also made another version but as a Thank You card.

Stampin Up blooming with kindness gift ideas card making Tracy May

Lynne has a tutorial on her blog for this technique, which you can find by clicking here.

The Pinkies are a very talented bunch and if you are interested in joining our team, then please don’t hesitate to call me for more information.

Stampin Up blooming with kindness gift ideas card making Tracy May

I think this one is my favourite. Or maybe the one below – I just love the simplicity of them. 

Stampin Up best of flowers gift ideas card making Tracy May

Stampin Up best of flowers gift ideas card making Tracy May

Stampin Up Blooming with Kindness gift ideas card making Tracy May

Stampin Up Blooming with Kindness gift ideas card making Tracy May

And finally the candle….

Stampin Up Blooming with Kindness gift ideas card making Tracy May

I have developed my own technique for the candles, which is very simple, although I’m sure there are lots of people who do the same. After stamping on tissue paper and cutting it out, I wrap the image around the candle under a layer of greaseproof/baking paper. I then heat it with a heat gun until I see the wax melting and the image starting to get wet. I then smooth over the baking paper with a cloth (so I don’t burn my fingers) to gently push the tissue paper further into the candle. Rotate and repeat until you’ve completed the entire image.

I have used the following Stampin’ Up! products

Stamp sets:  Blooming with Kindness, Best of Flowers, Inks: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Card Stock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products or would like more information about joing Stampin’ Up! then please don’t hesitate to contact me either by email – tracyj.may71@gmail.com or by phone 07788746908.

Thanks for stopping by

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