Simply Sketched – a Hostess Gift set

Well after the battle of bedtime on Saturday night, my youngest was up at 5 am Sunday morning! That obviously meant that so was I! By 8:30 am he was shattered so I put him back to bed – lucky him! He slept for 3 hours and my husband spent the time with our eldest son leaving me free to play.

Ever since I got the hostess set Simply Sketched I have wanted to make a notecard gift set to use as the Hostess gift at a party. This set can only be purchased with Hostess Rewards.  I have also wanted to try watercolouring with the poppy in the set. I love poppies and I especially love watercolour paintings of poppies.  I started off by stamping onto watercolour paper using black stazon ink and colouring the flower in with the aqua painters and some ink from the reinkers but I didn’t like the results. 

Not giving up though I decided to try out the Stampin’ Write Markers. I coloured the real red and old olive ones directly onto the stamp before spritzing the stamp with water. I then stamped the image onto whisper white card stock. 

The first couple of tries I used a bit too much water but I have used the images anyway as I really like them.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I also used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and honeycomb embossing folder for the background. The sentiment is also from a hostess set, Express Yourself.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I used Pear Pizazz as the background as a contrast to the Old Olive layer. I also only embossed a small section of the card by using a strip of cardboard placed over the outside of the embossing folder. I ran it through the bigshot on the multipurpose platform with all tabs closed, but only using one cutting plate instead of two.

Stampin Up demonstrator Hostess Simply Sketched Tracy May

I finished off the cards by cutting out the flowers and coloured card layers using the new squares framelits and adding some of the new candy dots.

Would you like to receive this set of cards as a Hostess gift? If so and you would like more information about hosting a Stampin’ Up! party please feel free to contact me 07788746908 or tracyj.may71@gmail.com

To make these cards you will need the following:

Stamp sets: Simply Sketched and Express Yourself (hostess rewards only), Gorgeous Grunge (Wood) 29,95 € | £21.95 130514, (Clear) 23,95 € | £17.95 130517
Cardstock: Old Olive (Brights)106576 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Real Red (Brights)106578 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Basic Gray (Neutrals)121689 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Smoky Slate (Neutrals)131291 £6.25 | 8,50 € (all A4 x 24 sheets), Whisper White (Neutrals) 106549 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets), Very Vanilla (Neutrals) 106550 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets)
Ink pads:  Old Olive (Brights) 126953 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Real Red (Brights)126949 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Basic Gray (Neutrals)126981 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Smoky Slate (Neutrals)131179 £4.95 | 6,50 €
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Old Olive (Brights) 100079 £2.95 | 3,95 €, Real Red (Brights) 100052 £2.95 | 3,95 €
Embellishment: Candy Dots £5.50 | 6,95 € Brights 130931 , Neutrals 130934 (100 pieces, 10 in each colour)
Accessories: Honeycomb embossing folder £7.50 | 9,50 €, Square Framelits 29,95 € | £22.95 130921 8 layering dies

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Stars & Stripes ( ok Stitching really, not stripes)

 Hey, how’re you doing?

At time of writing I am currently in the midst of the battle of bedtime with the Bedlam brothers.  The eldest insists on wrapping himself up tight in the sheet completely covering his head as well, whilst the youngest just refuses to stay in bed. He keeps getting out and hiding in the little Ikea tent they have in their bedroom.  Eventually he will wear himself out and fall asleep, but not before he’s worn me out too. Unfortunately no matter how late he gets off to sleep, he’s up unreasonably early the next day too. Grrr – no lie in for me then!

Anyway, I wanted to share a card that is a mix of two that I cased (copy and share everything) from Pinterest.

Here’s my card:

Stampin up demonstrator card making simply stars gorgeous grunge

And here is the first card I cased with hearts instead of stars. The stars and grunge idea came from this card. I chose the colour scheme of old olive and cherry cobbler after receiving my Seasonal Happiness (new SU autumn/winter catalogue) this week in the post.

Stampin up demonstrator card making simply stars gorgeous grunge

For the stitching on the card, I used my paper piercer and Essentials paper piercing template and then hand sewed through the holes, as I do not own a sewing machine. I got put off sewing when I was at school as my needlework teacher didn’t seem to like me. She certainly was not amused when I stitched the apron we were making to my school tie and she had to unpick it for me. I thought it was hilarious. Well you do when you’re 11/12 years old don’t you?  In fairness I was probably one of many who had done it and so she was fed up with having to unpick all those tiny stitches!

Well I hope you like the project. All has gone quiet upstairs so I’m off to check they are finally asleep 🙂

For this project you would need:

  • Cardstock: Old Olive (Brights)106576 £6.25 | 8,50 € (A4 x 24 sheets), Whisper White (Neutrals) 106549 £7.50 | 9,75 € (A4 x 40 sheets) 
  • Ink: Old Olive (Brights) 126953 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Cherry Cobler (Regals)126966 £4.95 | 6,50 €, Stamps: (New) Gorgeous Grunge (Wood) 29,95 € | £21.95 130514, (Clear) 23,95 € | £17.95 130517, Simply Stars (Wood) 16,95 € | £12.95 130889, (Clear) 13,95 € | £9.95 130892, 
  • Tools: Paper snips (best scissors ever!) 103579 £8.95 | 11,95 €, Paper-piercing tool 126189 £3.50 | 4,95 €, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199 £4.50 | 5,95 €, Paper-piercing pack Essentials 126187 £7.25 | 9,50 €, needle and cotton (non SU) – obviously you can use a sewing machine if you have one 🙂

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School’s Out for Summer!

Yes I have the Alice Cooper song running round and round in my head this morning. It reminds me of breaking up from school each summer when I was younger.

Now it’s my eldest son’s turn. This morning is his last day at nursery and he is excited about it, as it means he will be going to “big” school and the Shark’s class. Poor little love doesn’t realise that he has a 7 week gap first, which I need to fill with things to do!

I made some gifts for him to give to his teacher and the teaching assistants. This seems to be much more the done thing than when I was at school.  As we had a joint collection from the whole class anyway I kept it simple by with a re-covered notebook, post it note holder and a pen with the barrel covered in the new 2013 – 2015 In colours DSP (designer series paper).

Stampin Up Brights DSP paper craft Flower Shop Tracy May

 I followed a tutorial by the lovely Sam Hammond Donald (a fellow Pinkie) for the notebooks. You can see her tutorial here.

 For the sticky note holders I simply made it up. I knew I wanted a flap over the bottom as well as the top so I played around with some card stock until I had what I wanted.

The measurements are for a 7.5cm x 7.5cm sticky note pad. Cut your card stock to 19.5cm x 8.5cm. Score at 4cm, 5cm, 13cm and 14cm. You then cut three panels of DSP to 8cm x3.5cm, 8cm x 7.5cm and 8cm x 5cm.  I then stamped and punched out a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and glued it on the front slightly hanging over the top flap. Inside I have used some velcro circles I got from Amazon to keep the flaps closed.

The pens were amazingly the trikiest part. I had wanted to insert a roll of DSP into the barrel but the ends of the pens would not come out so I ended up glueing the paper onto the outside. A bit messy but I think they look great.

The products I used for the gifts are all Stampin’ Up!:

In colours 2013 – 2015 DSP 130136 £19.50 | 25,95 € (40 sheets), In colours 2013 – 2015 Cardstock and Pad kit 131293 £27.95 | 36,95 € (includes 5 ink pads and pack of 20 sheets A4) all items can also be bought separately – ink pads £4.95 | 6,50 € and A4 x 24 sheets cardstock £6.25 | 8,50 €, Stamp Sets: Flower Shop (W) 130939 £21.95 | 28,95 €, (C) 130942 £17.95 | 22,95 €, ABC – 123 Sketch Alphabet & Number (C only) 130565 £19.95 | 26,95 €.  Punches: 3/4″ (1.9cm) Circle 119873 £11.50 | 15,95 €, Pansy 130698 £14.25 | 19,25 €. The pansy punch and flower shop stamp set can be bought as a bundle saving 15%.

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

See you soon

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Happy Day(s)

Hi, how’s your weekend going so far? 
I’ve been quite productive – my mother-in-law and I finished fixing the trampoline surround yesterday. My 4 year old son had managed to rip an enormous gash all along one of the panels so I decided to “Make Do and Mend”. My son tried to “help” before I chased him away. It’s hard to sew when you are sitting on a trampoline with someone bouncing on it! 
Once the kids were in bed I managed to finish a card and present for one of my best friends. It was her birthday yesterday – I know, I know late again!! I will post some pictures of the card and present after I have handed them over to her on Wednesday when I see her.
Today’s card is one that was inspired by a card one of my fellow Pinkies Lizy Bartaby posted on her blog Creatin’ and Stampin’. Take a look at Lizy’s card here.
I love the overstamping style and have used it quite a lot with other stamp sets, but I hadn’t actually thought to use it with Happy Day until I saw the background on Lizy’s card. 
Stampin Up Demonstrator Happy Days Card Making Tracy May
 
I’m really pleased with the results and I just love the new In-Colours as well especially Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. Which ones are your favourites?
The products used are:
Whisper White A4 card stock 106549 £6.25 | 8,50 €, Strawberry Slush A4 card stock 131300 £6.25 | 8,50 €,  Strawberry Slush ink 131178 £4.95 | 6,50 €,  Happy Day Stamp set (W) 130294 £19.95 | 26,95 €, (C) 130297 £15.95 | 21,95 €, Express Yourself (Hostess Only Stamp set) (W) 130336, (C) 130339

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about how you can order the hostess only stamp sets, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or tracyj.may71@gmail.com. 
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Sneak Peak Slider Card

I’ve recently started holding monthly classes, which I love. It’s a chance for me to share all the tips and techniques I’ve picked up over the last 18 months, since I first stumbled into the world of card making and papercrafting.

I have a few regular attendees (hi ladies) and we have a great time, chatting, putting the world to rights and of course making lovely items to take home.

If you would like to join me my next class is next week on Thursday 25th July. If you would like to know more then either check out the Classes tab at the top of the blog for details or simply give me a call and I’ll happily talk you through them. I would love to see you at the class.

Here’s a sneak peak of one of the projects we will be making.

Stampin Up Mosaic Madness Slider card Tracy May Card Making

I will post details and a full list of products used next week after the class.

If you are in the UK, I hope you’re enjoying the heatwave. I certainly am but I think it’s getting to my two year old a bit. He’s fallen asleep standing up in his buggy (only way he will travel these days!) and has been having mini temper tantrums. Today he just suddenly shouted “I – DON’T – LIKE – PINEAPPLES!” No idea why – there was not a pineapple in sight! 

If you would like to order any products from Stampin’ Up! just let me know and I will be happy to help. Just email me or call me on 07788746908.

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Washi meets MDS!

Stampin Up Washi Tape Elegant Bitty Butterfly Grunge Tracy May Card Making

Having seen so many combinations of ink splodges and washi tape on Pinterest and Google I couldn’t wait to have a go at it myself.

So while I was waiting for my new Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to be delivered last week I had a little play with the ink splodges stamps in MDS (My Digital Studio), which is Stampin’ Up!’s digital design software, due to be released in the near future to the European market.

It’s really easy to use once you get started and I can’t wait to have another go. I’m going to design my new business cards and postcards in it and get them all printed out. 


Anyways, back to my card – I printed out the splodges onto Whisper White cardstock and then layered over the image with strips of washi tape. I punched out the butterflies and stuck them over the top of the washi tape with a Stampin’ dimensional.


Stampin Up Washi Tape Elegant Bitty Butterfly Grunge Tracy May



When my four-year-old son saw the card after I had finished, he exclaimed “Wow – that’s cool”.
I even changed the colours of the ink in MDS to match the washi tape. He is absolutely right – that is cool! 


The supplies I used to create my card are as follows:

Card stock: Whisper White A4 9,75 € | £7.50 106549, Basic Gray A4 8,50 € | £6.25 121689 Accessories: Punches – Bitty Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 129406, Elegant Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 127526, Epic Day This & That Washi Tape 5,95 € | £4.50 131269 

MDS will be coming soon! Check back here for more information at a later date

In the meantime if you would like to order any of the other supplies used in this card then please either give me a call on 07788746908 or email me on tracyj.may71@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by

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Pinkies Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop………

  1. We’re so glad you could join us on our Blog Hop. We’ll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!

    If you have arrived here from Caro’s blog, a big hello to you………

    This is a doubly exciting blog post for me, as not only is it my first ever Pinkies blog hop, it is my first ever blog post!

    I decided to do a scrapbook page for my project, as this way I can showcase some of my favourite products from the new Annual Catalogue (the new Gorgeous Grunge stamp set jumped out at me the instant I saw it in the new catalogue and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.)…
     

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  3. …….and  also so I can introduce my blog – Bedlam & Butterflies – at the same time.  
Stampin Up Elegant Bitty Butterfly punch Tracy May

    So why Bedlam & Butterflies? 
    Well …. Bedlam for my two little boys aka. the Bedlam Brothers. I definitely have my hands full with these two. If they go quiet I get suspicious. I learnt that the hard way as you can see from the pictures! 
    When I designed the page layout in my head there was much more white space than there is in the finished page. I did consider redoing the project but I think this layout expresses the chaos of my days, so I left it as it is.

    Stampin Up Elegant Bitty Butterfly punch Tracy May
    1. …….And Butterflies? 
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    3. Because the very first stamp set I bought was of butterflies and then when I joined Stampin’ Up! the very first stamp set I bought was Papillon Potpourri – a set of butterflies, quickly followed by the matching punches!

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      Stampin Up Bedlam and Butterflies scrapbook Elegant bitty butterfly punch Tracy May

       
       

      1. The supplies I used to create my scrapbook page are as follows:

        Card stock:  Whisper White 12″ x 12″  7,25 € | £5.50 124302

        Stamp sets: (New) ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers (Clear) 26,95 € | £19.95 130565

        (New) Gorgeous Grunge (Wood) 29,95 € | £21.95 130514, (Clear) 23,95 € | £17.95 130517

        (New) Butterfly Collection (Wheel) 9,95 € | £7.95 130112

        Papillon Potpourri (Wood) 22,95 € | £16.95 132058, (Clear) 17,95 € | £13.95 123759

         Inks: Basic Grey 126981 , (New) Smoky Slate 131179, Calypso Coral 126983
                  6,50 € | £4.95,  

        Accessories: Punches – Bitty Butterfly 19,25 € | £14.25 129406, Elegant Butterfly                         19,25 € | £14.25 127526
                             Epic Day This & That Washi Tape 5,95 € | £4.50 131269

        So next stop is Gill’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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