Flippin’ mad over flip cards!

Flip cards created using a variety of Stampin’ Up! products.
Good morning, peeps and how’re things today? We all got hit by a dreadfull stomach bug last week, except for my eldest son, who never seems to get anything that’s doing the rounds. It was like a domino effect – first my youngest son, then the hubby and finally me! Boo – I don’t do being sick but luckily was able to take to my bed and hide for a while. We’re all back on our feet now though thankfully.

In the middle of all of this it was my youngest son’s 4th birthday. He was so excited. I was struggling with the shaker card I had in my head not working well on paper, so the final card I ended up making at midnight the night before his birthday is actually the original design I had before I decided to make a shaker card! Life’s just like that sometimes isn’t it? Lol.

stampin up star framelits flip card Bedlam & Butterflies

I am pleased to say the little chap loved the card and it even got an “Awesome” when he flipped it and saw the reverse.

stampin up star framelits flip card Bedlam & Butterflies

One of my class ladies had asked to do flip cards using framelits in my April class as she’d seen a few YouTube videos but not had the chance to give it a go. I have seen simpler flip cards where only one half of the shape is cut from the card base, but I love the Stampin’ Up! Circle Card thinlits die, which cuts from two sides with the middle left intact, so I used this as the template for my design.

stampin up circle card thinlits Bedlam & Butterflies

It’s really simple to just take the measurements of the completed card made using the Circle Card thinlits and create with any shape framelit you like. So far I’ve tried labels, stars and butterflies! It’s great fun – like my post title says I’ve gone flippin’ mad over flip cards lol!

Ok well I’m off – eek less than an hour left before I have to pick up my little one from nursery. Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.

Painted Petals Card & Mini Treat Gift Bag

Congratulations Card and co-ordinating gift bag using Stampin’ Up! Painted Petals Stamp set and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits™ Dies.

Good morning everyone, how are you today? I’s a lovely start to the week, after a very chilly day yesterday, it’s promising to warm up considerably. And I have a lovely warm, spring-like project to share with you today.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I stamped the sentiment from Sassy Salutations onto Kraft card stock using Versamark ink and then clear embossed it. I then stamped the shimmer white card stock with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive for the flowers from the Painted Petals stamp set ,before rolling the edges of the stamps in gold ink and stamping over the top. I love the photopolymer stamp sets as they make techniques like this so easy.

I made the little gift bag from the brown packing paper that comes in Stampin’ Up! orders, using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits™ Dies.

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Well I hope you like today’s project. Thanks for stopping by.

The Stampin’ Up! retiring list will be out tomorrow. I’m quite excited as it means the new catalogue will be here shortly! Woohoo!

 

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and More Sale-a-bration

New Weekly Deals and More Sale-a-bration items available

Good morning peeps, it’s a lovely day where I am. Hope the sun is shining where you are too. I’ve a poorly boy at home with me this morning. Unfortunately my youngest is off sick from nursery and we’re off to the doctors shortly. Before we go though, I wanted to share the news that Stampin’ Up! are offering more items up to choose as Sale-a-bration gifts to replace the Blendabilities that are unfortuantely no longer available. Click here for more information.

First though, here’s one of my own projects using Sale-a-bration set A Happy Thing.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dutch Fold card making ideas

I think the fold is called a “Dutch” fold. It was my card for the March Card Challenge Swap group that I’m a member of on Facebook. The card had to be this fold and had to have DSP and a bird on a branch on the front and also use spring colours. I think I managed that by using the Painted Blooms DSP from the Spring/Summer (Occassions) 2015 catalogue and taking the colours for the bird from there.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dutch Fold card making ideas

I hope you like the project. Don’t forget there are only 13 days of Sale-a-bration left. And don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals.

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Beautiful Home Decor Idea using Stampin’ Up! Designer Vellum

Beautiful home decor idea using Stampin’ Up ! Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum stack.

Good morning peeps, how’re you all doing today? I’m slowly getting back into a rythm of crafting and blogging (I think), now that my home extension project is wrapping up. We’ve still got the bathroom to do – it wasn’t in the original plans but when everything in it started failing we knew we just had to. I will spare you the rest of the house but I will share pictures of my new craft space. If you’re like me then you’ll love seeing how others organise their space.

One of the things I am doing is creating some decor items to brighten up a blank white wall in my room. I couldn’t resist the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum stack, as soon as I saw the butterflies sheet. I knew I wanted to do make something decorative with it and had some Ikea Ribba picture box frames stacked in the corner of my room and hey presto…..stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Home Decor ideas

I used Basic Grey for the background card as this is the colour used in the vellum. I mounted the vellum onto Whisper White first so that it would stand out more. I finished with some Melon Mambo butterflies from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (available in wood, clear and photopolymer) and cut out the larger one with the Butterflies thinlits and the smaller ones with the Bitty Butterfly punch.

I’ve not managed to put the shelf up on the wall yet to display this picture and other home decor ideas using Stampin’ Up! products but I will share pictures as soon as I do!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Don’t forget the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum is available as a Sale-a-bration gift available free with a £45 order until March 31st.

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a craft-tastic (it’s a word, right?) weekend.

 

My Stampin’ Up! Top 10 – No 10 Celebrate Today

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10 – No. 10 Celebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp set and Balloon Framelits Dies Bundle

Well hello again! Today is my final post in the series of my Stampin’ Up! Top 10 from the Spring/Summer (Occassions) Catalogue 2015.  Here’s a quick reminder of the Top 10 in question:

  1.  Butterfly Thinlits Dies (available as a bundle with the Butterfly Basics stamp set available in wood, clear and photopolymer)
  2. Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit and co-ordinating Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer stamp set
  3. Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit and co-ordinating Hooray It’s Your Day Photopolymer stamp set
  4. Confetti Heart Border Punch
  5. Cheerful Critters Photopolymer stamp set
  6. Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
  7. Chalk Board Paper and Ink Pads (Aquamarine, Rose Coral, Yellow Citrus)
  8. Hello You Thinlits Dies
  9. Berry Basket BigzL Die
  10. Celebrate Today Photopolymer stamp set and Balloon Framelits Dies Bundle

It may have taken a little while to get here, but I’m finishing with a pop of colour!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I used the Balloon from the framelits set to watercolour vaguely in the shape of the balloon before stamping over the top with undiluted ink.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I love the simplicity and warm oranges of this card. I created a mask from the negative of the balloon framelit and used it to sponge first with Daffodil Delight, then Tangerine Tango and then finally with Real Red.

I nearly lost the card front to my youngest son. He has a habit of picking up things from my desk that catch his eye and wandering off with them, some never to be seen again. I managed to retrieve it from him just as he was legging it out of the door! Little monkey lol!

I hope you like the bright colours. I think the Brights Collection has to be my favourite from all the colour ranges. Which one’s yours?

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the weekly deals by the way.

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My Stampin’ Up! Easter Egg Hunt Berry Basket

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10 – No. 9 Berry Basket Bigz™ – Easter Egg Hunt Basket

Good morning, and how are you today? It’s starting to feel a lot like spring is on it’s way in my neck of the woods. It’s certainly a bit easier to get up in the mornings now they are a bit lighter anyway.

Today’s project is the 9th in my series of Top 10 favourites from the Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015. At first I resisted buying the Berry Basket Bigz L Die , but then I was flicking through the calendar to see what was coming up in the first few months of the year when Easter popped up, and well you can probably guess what jumped into my online shopping basket after that!

If the weather is nice this year, I’ll organise a little Easter egg hunt in the back garden. We’ve got lots of places to hide them and the boys will love it. We’ve been to organised hunts before but I’ve not really enjoyed them that much for some reason.

I’ve made the Bedlam Brothers these little baskets to collect the eggs in. They both love the Cheerful Critters photopolymer stamp set so it was an easy design to come up with. I love that the Critters are “hiding” in the grass (made with the Fringe scissors). They are the same design to avoid any fighting over who has which one: which is a frequent battle in this household. They fight over which colour bowl, plate, cup etc etc they are going to have and yes, they always both want the same one!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter egg hunt berry bigz

I got the idea for using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp for the boys’ names, from a team mate Jenny. She posted about it on my upline’s team facebook page. This stamp had bypassed my radar for some reason. I don’t know why, as it’s a really useful addition to the stash.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter egg hunt berry bigz

Do you like my little Easter Egg? I covered the bunny’s face before inking the stamp and then cut the arms and ears off.

I also used designed a more grown up Berry Basket for my class ladies, for February’s class. It’s so pretty and can be used for gifts for any occassion, not just Easter.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter gift berry bigz

I teamed it up with the Painted Petals stamp set, which is available in wood, clear and photopolymer. It’s a really pretty watercolour effect stamp set. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, available in wood or clear.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t forget there’s still a few weeks Sale-a-bration left.

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10 – No. 8 Hello You Thinlits Dies

Good morning peeps, hope you all had a fine and dandy weekend. I’m kicking off the start to the week with Number 8. from my own personal top 10 favourites from the new Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue – the Hello You Thinlits Dies.

These were on my wish list as soon as I saw a sneak peek of them from the US Founders Circle get together in the autumn (or Fall, for those of you visiting from across the pond).

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May Hello You card making ideas

I teamed the sentiment up with Painted Petals Photopolymer stamp set. This set is also available in wood and clear if you prefer.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May Hello You card making ideas

I tried to make a mask with the word “happy” but I didn’t stamp enough for it to work properly. I “saved” the card though by sticking layers of the word on top of each other. I think it’s a rather bright and well….happy card, don’t you?

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May Hello You gift ideas

Finally I made a little gift bag for the raffle prize for my class last week. Very cheery!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. There’s only two to go now from my Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015. If you don’t want to miss a post, then please do sign up to follow me by email!

Have a happy, crafty day.

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Don’t forget about Sale-a-bration, which runs until the end of March. There’s some fantastic free gifts to choose from.

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No.7 Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Ink

Stampin’ Up! Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Inks

Hi, I’m back with No. 7 from my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer  Catalogue Top 10! Today’s projects are all made using the fabulous new Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Inks. There are 3 colours available in the inks: Citrus Yellow, Aquamarine and Rose Coral.

There is a smooth side to the Chalkboard paper which is for stamping with the ColorBox Chalk Inks. The results are a lovely muted chalky effect. The other more slightly coarses side of the Chalkboard paper is ideal for stamping with the Stampin’ White Craft Ink.

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator card making ideas

I made this card using the Big Day! stamp set, which you can choose as one of the free Sale-a-bration gifts with a £45 order.

Don’t think the ColorBox Chalk inks can only be used with the Chalkboard paper. I teamed them up with velum and Whsiper White card stock. You get a completely different look – the colours are strong and vibrant.

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator card making ideas

This is a “tongue-in-cheek” card for my sons to give their grandfather. He’s really not into birthday cards but he’s getting one anyway! I used the Hooray It’s Your Day set again – No. 3 in my list from the Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator gift ideas

Another little velum gift bag using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Have a great weekend. I hope you get the chance to do some crafting. Thanks for stopping by

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 6 Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Good morning everyone – I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Time is flying isn’t it? After a slight blip, I’m back with my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer Top 10. Today’s projects are using No. 6 in the list, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I love this set. It’s going to be so versatile. I’ve already seen pins on Pinterest where other demonstrators have created gusseted (I think that’s the right term) sides, to make the little bags a bit roomier, so I’ll be checking those out properly soon and giving it a go too.

In the meantime here’s a few little treat bags I came up with. I hope you like them.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer stamp set is ideal for decorating these little bags.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I used the brown packing paper that comes in the boxes with Stampin’ Up! orders to make this bag. Needless to say, I have plently of the stuff around, so will be making more of these for sure.

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I kept this one empty so you could see the subtle stampin in Blushing Bride ink. The 1 1/4″ (3.2cm) White Jute Ribbon is becoming a firm favourite, considering I’m not usually that fussed with ribbon. Also the Butterflies Thinlits are kind of obligatory for me :-).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I couldn’t resist a Valentine’s version. As I said, it’s such a versatile set. All the shapes were cut using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

stampin up mini treat bag thinlits

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. If you’ve been inspired, don’t have a chosen demonstrator already and would like to purchase, simply click on the links in the post or on the picture of the thinlits and you will be taken directly to my online shop! And if you fancy a bit of a shopping spree, check out the weekly deals and Sale-a-bration promotion whilst you’re there!

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a crafty, creative day!