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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No More Blendabilities – No problem with the watercolour technique!

No More Blendabilities – No problem with Stampin’ Up! re-inkers and ink pads watercolour technique.

Good morning peeps, hope you had a great weekend and you’re ready and raring to go this morning. It was Mother’s Day in the UK yesterday and I got breakfast in bed woohoo! I also got to clean up the mess after I got up too! Five year olds don’t make for tidy chefs – what am I talking about neither do 43 year olds either! Lol.

Anyways, I did get the chance to have a play around in my craft room after lunch yesterday. You’ve probably already heard the news that Stampin’ Up! have taken the decision to withdraw the Blendabilities Alcohol Marker range due to intolerable quality issues – well if you haven’t – sorry to be the one to break the news to you! I loved the Blendabilites and bought them all and didn’t have a problem with any of them. They had become my go-to for colouring and I had kind of forgotten about other colouring methods such as the watercolour technique.

Well no more – I dusted off the reinkers and got out my Aquapainters and Blender pens to come up with these cards. They’re not a set exactly but I was playing around with the Nature’s Perfection Sale-a-bration set (available in wood or clear).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

Good old watercolouring. I simply painted over the embossed image with a light wash of ink and then continued applying to get the darker shades.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

The flowers in the card on the left are watercoloured using the Aquapainter. I didn’t have a Wisteria Wonder reinker so I simply squished the lid of my ink pad to get some ink onto the inside of the lid and picked it up with the Aquapainter. The card on the right uses Gorgeous Grunge splodges for colour.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

I used the reinkers and Aquapainter for the card on the right, but changed techniques for the card on the left. I picked up ink from the inner lid of the inkpads with my blender pens.

It was a fruitful and fun afternoon. I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and are inspired to get out the reinkers. A little tip for you. If you use a paint palette to drop the ink into, you can simply let it dry out if you have any ink left over. As the inks are water based you can simply drop a bit of water into them at a later date and mix them up and paint with them again.

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Have fun. Thanks for stopping by

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! 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.

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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.

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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

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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. 5 Cheerful Critters

Tracy May Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – My Top 10. from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015 (No.5)

Good morning peeps. Hope you are all good and looking forward to the weekend. I’m back (so pleased I’m managing to stick to my schedule) with No. 5 from my personal Spring/Summer Top 10 favourites from the Stampin’ Up! ® Catalogue 2015 – Cheerful Critters Photopolymer stamp set.

When I first bought this stamp set, it was with a practical head on. Firstly I wanted stamp sets for colouring with the Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (Stampin Up!’s alcohol ink markers), and secondly it had to be a stamp set I would use myself. I think I may have mentioned I generally make things for people and use those projects for my blog posts. As I have two small children, who are frequently invited to birthday parties, I thought the Cheerful Critters was particularily good for children’s cards. I’ve used it for 4 such birthdays and I must say it has become a firm favourite – it’s fun and the kids love it. Win, win!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I also used the Hooray It’s Your Day photopolymer stamp set for the sentiment and the eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted the background splodges from the free Sale-a-bration stamp set Best Day Ever!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I decided to team this card up with the On Film Framelits.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. I will be back with more next week. In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend.

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 4 Confetti Heart Border Punch

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Tracy May’s Top 10 favourite from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015

Good morning everyone, how are you all today? If you’ve been following my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer Top 10 series of posts so far, you will already know that I have been posting projects using my favourite products from the new Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015.  Today it is No. 4 which is the Confetti Heart Border Punch.

I could sit and make projects with this punch all day. It as much loved as the Confetti Star Border Punch is, which I am happy to say has been carried over from the Autumn/Winter catalogue – woohoo! Fingers crossed these two make it into the Annual Catalogue due out at the end of May!

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This is the first card I made. Can you spot another new product used on this card? I don’t mean the Washi tape – although that is new too. It’s the Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape which co-ordinates with the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack. I love this card and how clean and simple it looks!

I then decided to make another variation of the same card but make it a shaker card this time. What do you think?

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These are perfect Valentine’s Day cards, but they can be used for other times of the year aswell don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today’s projects. Don’t forget to check out Sale-a-bration. Get shopping and choose yourself some free product. Click here to shop or contact me for more details.

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 3 Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit

Hooray It’s Your Day! Good morning, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It’s a bit of a grey day here but there’s lots of hustle and bustle as work continues on our extension. I’ve got some bright and cheery cards for you today, which are from the new Stampin’ Up! Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit with it’s co-ordinating Hooray It’s Your Day Photopolymer stamp set. This kit is my No. 3 in my Top 10 from the new Spring/Summer catalogue 2015.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May cardmaking ideas project kits

Can you spot my not so deliberate mistake on the card below? With a clever save (even if I do say so myself lol) of a strip of washi tape!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May cardmaking ideas project kits

I have to admit, I would have bought this kit just for the Sunburst mask that comes with it, but it’s packed with fantastic card bases, embellishments and coloured envelopes – enough to make 20 cards. I’ve been struggling with spritzing for some reason, so I sponged the ink over the masks. I will master the technique though (it’s on my todo list!).

For the above two cards, I used the co-ordinating Hooray It’s Your Day Photopolymer stamp set. However, there is nothing to say you can’t use what you have already. I used the Thanks stamp from the Hip Hip Hooray Simply Created Card Kit for the sentiment for this card.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May cardmaking ideas project kits

You also don’t have to follow the Stampin’ Up! card designs shown on the kit instructions. Go on be creative and come up with your own designs. I simply reversed the card blank for this card, but you can come up with so many other designs, which I will be doing later on once I’ve finished my Top 10!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Don’t forget about the Sale-a-bration offer. Feel free to contact me for more details. If you’re interested in signing up I am more than happy to have a no obligation chat with you and would love to welcome you to my team.

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Thanks for stopping by. Pop back on Wednesday for No. 4 in my Top 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Favourites from Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer Catalogue 2015

Happy New Year! A little late, I know, but this is my first post of 2015. We are still in the midst of our home extension project, but the end is at least in sight now. Operation Craft room set up will commence shortly. I’ll have somewhere of my own to play with all my lovely Stampin’ Up! ® stash and the dining room table will be free for eating at again. In the meantime, I’ve managed to organise some space in the tiny spare room to be productive and have a play with some new goodies.

If you don’t already have one, grab a cuppa and get settled. I’ve a fair bit to share with you today!

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Most people get the January blues, after the Christmas and New Year holidays but Stampin’ Up! have just the thing to banish them – Sale-a-bration is here! For those of you new to Sale-a-bration it is probably THE best promotion of the year. For EVERY £45 | 60 € spent you can chose one free gift, so if your order is worth £90 | 120 € you can choose two and so on in increments of £45 | 60 €. And that’s not all, there are hostess benefits to earn and freebies to choose if you sign up as a demonstrator too, more on that further down in this post.

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If that isn’t exciting enough news for you, then hopefully the launch of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue will be! It’s packed with luscious new products and some returning favourites from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. Oh I wish I could have ordered it all! [Sigh]

I have managed to order a few (ahem more than a few really) things and have compiled my own personal Top 10 favourites.

  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

I know there are actually more than 10 individual products in this list but I have combined products that co-ordinate such as the stamp sets with the kits and stamp sets with the dies as I will be creating examples using both.

I will post example projects using each of the above over the course of January. Today’s projects showcase my absolute favourite – the Butterflies Framelits.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits card making ideas

 

This card also uses the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which unfortunately is barely  visible in the picture. I used Soft sky ink as I wanted a very subtle background stamped over the Typset DSP. A tad too subtle for my liking though.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits gift ideas

I made this picture as a gift for a little girl in my youngest son’s nursery class. I love how it turned out. I like it even better than my previous butterfly frames. I can see myself making a lot of new inserts to replace those others I have made over the last 2 years!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits gift ideas

I decorated a mini peg with Blushing Bride polka dot DSP from theSubtles Background DSP Collection. This is actually the letter I from the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz. I don’t think I could have cut such a small sliver so straight otherwise.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Top 10 and the projects I’ve made so far with my No. 1 favourite. I have so much more I want to make with these framelits, but it will have to wait until I have completed all my Top 10 projects. I will not be sidetracked – it’s my new mantra for the new year!

Be sure to check back in on Friday for the No. 2 , which is the Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit and stamps set.

I’ll leave you with some more information about Sale-a-bration. If you don’t already have a preferred demonstrator, live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany or the Netherlands and would like a copy of the Spring/Summer Catalogue (N.B. English version) then please drop me a line and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Thanks for popping by, take care x

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A couple of Stampin’ Up! projects

Today I’m sharing two of the Stampin’ Up! projects we recently did in my monthly class. This one, which is a CASE from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, was quite challenging.  I had been asked how it was done and thought it would be a good technique to showcase in a class.

 

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The background is stamped using the Lovely Lace embossing folder. You ink up the inside of the folder (the side which says Made In China on it) with Versamark ink and then sandwich your card stock in between and apply even pressure to the outside to transfer the Versamark to the cardstock. I found that the best results were when I used the brayer to roll over the outside, with the embossing folder on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat or rubbing your fingers firmly over the outside, with the folder on the mat.

This second card was using the Blendabilities (Wisteria Wonder). I had been asked by one of my lovely ladies if we could do another project using them and the Blended Bloom rubber stamp.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas Blendabilities

I will be doing a special Blendabilities class in the new year – so watch this space for more details.

This week I am working on a load of Christmas projects to display at my upline, Michelle’s training on Sunday. So expect a full blown Christmas theme going on next week! My eldest son, Regan, was a bit non-plussed about the project I was working on yesterday. Personally I was very excited about it – maybe when he sees it finished he will be too as it is for him and his brother!!

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