Is Your Garden In Bloom?

Thank You cards using the new Stampin’ Up! Garden In Bloom stamp set.

Hey there, how’re you doing? My order arrived the other day and despite my previous visions of diving straight for the beautiful Watercolor Wings stamp set, I was instantly drawn to the Garden In Bloom stamp set. It’s stunning!

These little beauties were knocked out quickly and easily and had time permitted, then there would have been a whole heap more!

Stampin' Up! Garden In Bloom Tracy May Independent Demonstrator

Stampin' Up! Garden In Bloom Tracy May Independent Demonstrator

I love this one in particular using Gorgeous Grunge to colour the flower and bee!

Stampin' Up! Garden In Bloom Tracy May Independent Demonstrator


These were super quick and super easy to make. I used Another Thank You for the sentiment stamps.

I hope you like them!

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Tap, Tap, Tap in the New Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors

Birthday card using the Stampin’ Up! Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set and New Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors

Good morning, peeps and how are you this fine morning? I’m a bit bleary eyed after a couple of late nights making papier mache bases for a game for the school fair, which is in a couple of weeks. My husband thinks I’m mad but hey, nothing new there! Lol!

This morning I have a card for you using the Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set (available in wood or clear). I’m trying to make use of my old favourites before my order arrives with lots of new goodies to play with. Unfortunately Stampin’ Up! Europe are experiencing some delays in shipping at the moment, so if you are waiting for an order it will be picked, packed and sent as soon as possible I’m sure.

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Tap Tap Tap in Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron

I teamed it up with a couple of the new Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors – Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe. I love the gold stripey DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack and new 2015-2017 In Color Envelope paper is lovely too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Have a great weekend.

Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Bookmark card

Bookmark card made using Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics stamp set


Good morning everyone, how are you today? The sun is shining here yay! I’m going to jump straight in with today’s card. It’s one I made for a Facebook challenge group I’m a part of. The brief was to make a card using tone on tone stamping and paint chip embellishments. It also had to have a detachable bookmark on it too. This is what I came up with.

Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator Tracy May Painted Petals Bookmark card

I used Crumb Cake card stock and  Crumb Cake ink to stamp the flowers and sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (available in wood , clear and photopolymer) .

Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator Tracy May Painted Petals Bookmark card

I had the bookmark as a detachable side panel using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to shape the top.  I wish I had gone a bit further with the watercolouring now and covered more of the white panel.

Well thats it from me today. I hope you like the card. Before I go just a reminder about the weekly deals. Go and check them out! There are some crafty little bargains, I can tell you!



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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.

Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!

Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up! – Masking and Spritzing with ink refills

Well hello. And how are you today? It’s absolutely peeing it down as I speak and I’ve put the heating back on Brrrr. (Sorry ignore me – we Brits are obsessed with the weather lol!)

I spent a happy evening last week, playing around with my spritzers again – I think I told you already me and spritzers are not usually a happy combination. But, I think I’m getting the hang of them now.

Stampin' Up! - butterflies thinlits - masking - spritzing - Bedlam & Butterflies

My lovely downline, Delphine, had posted these gorgeous negative mask cards on her blog – she is super talented – go and check out her lovely projects. Well, it reminded me that I had wanted to use the masking technique with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and my Stampin’ Spritzers. I used on of my Stampin’ Up! delivery boxes to create a spritzing chamber by taking the side panel off, so I could lay the project down on the bottom and spritz away without the ink going everywhere – I still managed to get it all over the counter top in the utility room anyway lol!

I loved how the mask looked afterwards so kept it to use on this card.

Stampin' Up! - butterflies thinlits - masking - spritzing - Bedlam & Butterflies

It’s pretty isn’t it? I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set for the sentiment and stamped the background saying from the same set all over in Versamark ink.

I hope you like today’s projects. Don’t forget to check out the Retiring List (link on the side bar). There are lots of items that have already sold out, but there are still bargains to find too.


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.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas

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!


CAS (clean and simple) Butterfly card

Chaotic CAS (clean and simple) card created using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

I know chaotic and CAS (clean and simple) don’t usually appear in the same sentence but that’s what springs to mind when I look at this card. I made it for a friend’s birthday back at the end of November when I was in the midst of chaos with a building project to extend my home, yearning for peace and quiet and a clean house (not possible when you’ve got the builders in).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I haven’t posted a Butterfly card for a while so when I came across this in my pictures earlier I thought I would share it today, hence the .

I used a mixture of stamps (Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic and Says It All), threw in some DSP (Confetti Celebration) and some Linen thread as well. Despite the one little area of the card being kind of chaotic it still has lots of white space and makes for a CAS card – clean and simple!

I made a star shaped box to match that housed one of the star shaped candles I’ve shown previoulsy in this post which includes a free tutorial for how to make the star shaped box.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift packaging ideas

Well I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and the splash of colour.  Thanks for stopping by.


Bling It On – Card Swap Challenge Stampin’ Up! Style

Bling It On Card Swap Challenge Stampin’ Style with Everything Eleanor – a card swap challenge!

Good evening peeps, a little late in the day for me, but I’m back with a quick post of a card I recently made for a card challenge swap I’m a member of on Facebook.

Stampin' Up! Everything Eleanor

The card had to be made a certain way – on a stand which is part of the card base and use black, gold and white and have swirls on it and bling!  Luckily I have the Every Eleanor stamp set (available in wood or clear), which has this gorgeous swirl in it. I heat embossed in black for extra bling factor and added some gold sequins I had left over from an old Stampin’ Up! memory book kit from last year. Overall I was really pleased with the result. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

Hand-made DIY stamp and Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Cute little bear card! Create your own hand-made DIY stamps using Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving kit.

Good morning everyone. It’s a lovely sunny day here. We’re having a gentle start to the school Easter break so far. The boys have slept late (well late for them) every morning. I’ve had to be up to let the builders in. I can’t believe how much noise the builders have made without the boys waking up. I think all the learning they are doing at school has worn them out.

Anyways enough waffle about my little peeps. Here’s a card I made for another little person, who turned 3 at the weekend.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May undefined hand-made stamps

It’s a hand-made DIY stamp I carved last year. First I created a mask of the bear by stamping on a Post It note that is sticky all over and adhering it over the bear to protect him (I forgot to take a photo duh!). Then I made another mask of the circle (using the Circle framelits) from some scrap card stock and stuck it down using more sticky notes and sponged the circle in Pink Pirouette. I watercoloured the bear in Crumb Cake by taking ink off the inside of the ink pad lid with an Aquapainter. Then I highlighted him with the white gel pen once he was dry. So easy and so cute (well in my humble opinion anyway lol!).

stampin up uk independent stampin up demonstrator Tracy May undefined stamp carving kit diy stamps

I loved using the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit. I have been writing down ideas for more of them. So watch out I’ll be inflicting more of my little drawings on you at some point! Lol!

Now let’s see what lovely things are included in this week’s Weekly Deals!


Well thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day.

Tap Tap Tap Greetings Card Stampin’ Up! Style

Tap Tap Tap Stampin’ Up! Style – Hello My Friend Greetings Card

Hello peeps, how are you today? It’s a very dull morning this morning. Other than being really dark this morning around 9:30 you would never know there’s a solar eclispse happening. Unfortunately the cloud cover is too dense to be able to actually see the sun at all, so we’re completely missing it in my neck of the woods.

Today’s project is a generic greetings card. I have a few friends I haven’t been in touch with recently and decided it would be nice to drop them some old fashioned snail mail. This is the first one I’ve made. I took this picture this morning using the normal settings for cloudy on my camera and luckily (despite the eclipse) it’s come out ok.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May greetings card

I finally got around to using the Tap Tap Tap stamp set (available in wood or clear) that I received from my upline Michelle last November for creating projects for an inspiration table at her Quarterly Team training. I love getting together with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for a day of crafting, catching up, business ideas and generally just relaxing amongst like minded people. If that idea appeals to you, let me know. I’d be happy to talk to you about signing up as a demonstrator.

I took inspiration for the layout first from this card on Pinterest and I’ve seen very similar card layouts on Pinterest and blogs since then, so it seems to be quite popular at the moment. I drew a curve in pencil first and then cut by hand using scissors (don’t look too closely or you’ll see the wobbly bits ha ha ha!).

Tap Tap Tap (and stamp) has become a bit of a mantra in my monthly class lately. I have had a couple of ladies join recently who have never stamped before and that’s how I’ve been showing them to ink up the stamp – tap tap tap on the ink pad and then stamp. Maybe this would be a good card to do in next week’s class?

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and feel inspired to create. Before I go, I would like to share a product announcement from Stampin’ Up!. They have anounced that from May 31st My Digial Studio (MDS) will be discontinued as will all digital downloads. I don’t know if they will be replacing it with a new software product but I will let you know as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.