(I never promised you a) Rose Garden Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!

(I never promised you a) Rose Garden Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a Rose Garden. Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime….. Seriously? Why has this song popped into my head only now, when I have sat down to type up my blog post? Yes, today’s project is using the fabulous Rose Garden Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! Yet another sneak peek for you lovely crafty folks, from the upcoming Spring/Summer catalogue.

I made this card last week and never, not once, did that song pop in to my head until now! Poof, I just started singing it, as I started typing my blog title, which was just going to be Rose Garden Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! Grrrr be still brain!! Lol! I had thought the song was by Patsy Cline, but wasn’t really sure so I just Googled it and it was a hit by Lynn Anderson! Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing? It would have driven me crazy wondering if I was right or not!

Anyway enough trivia – here’s the card.

Rose Garden Thinlits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I die cut the largest flower in the dies from Watercolour paper and simply used an Aquapainter to paint the leaves in Old Olive and the Flower in Melon Mambo. If you squeeze the base and the lid of the ink pad together when shut, you will transfer ink from the ink pad to the inside of the lid. Then all you have to do is add a little water from the aquapainter and paint! So simply yet so effective. I love the sentiment on black card stock as a complete stark contrast to the pretty delicate flower. Hope you like it!

I have so many ideas I want to try out with the thinlits and the accompanying stamp set Rose Wonder, as well as all the other lovely products from the Spring/Summer catalogue I bought in the demo pre-order earlier this month. I just want Christmas out of the way, so I can get on with it! BAH HUMBUG!! Lol 😆

Not really, I can’t wait to see how excited the Bedlam Brothers are on Christmas morning. They’ve been planning Christmas since before the Summer school holidays bless them!

Well I’d best crack on. See you next week. Hope you have a lovely crafty weekend if possible.

Rose Garden Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! will be available to order from January 5th.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Pretty card using Stampin’ Up! Products

A pretty card using Stampin’ Up! products created for CASology cue word “Pretty” challenge 

I keep looking at today’s card thinking ah it’s so pretty, which given I am entering it into the CASology Pretty cue word challenge is probably a good thing, right? I don’t normally do pretty to this degree and there is a small corner of my brain screaming it’s too pretty for you!! Lol! I think probably because this card is much more girlie than I’m used to. Buuuuut it’s good to get out of my comfort zone from time to time. What do you think of my pretty card using Stampin’ Up! products? Too girlie or not? Or should I call it feminine and not girly?

Pretty card using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May card making ideas

I used a technique my team leader, Michelle, used on her swap cards (click here to see), by stamping over the butterflies with Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral ink on a couple of the splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge (I seem to be using Gorgeous Grunge on every project these days!)

The flower was stamped on to water colour paper with Basic Black, which is now an archival ink and therefore waterproof. I water coloured using Stampin’ Write markers in Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder (which is a fab combination I saw at OnStage in Brussels) and an aqua painter. I used Cucumber Crush and Mossy Meadow for the stem and leaves. I then covered the whole lot with a wodge (real word honest!lol) of Dazzling Details – after I cut it out and stuck it on the front of the card.

I used a soft sky card base to tone down the girlie-ness! 🙂

Well I hope you like it!

Don’t forget about the 20% off offer – it ends tomorrow!

If you would like any of the products used and are happy to shop with me, simply click on the table below and you will be taken to my online shop, don’t forget to enter the code shown below and on the side bar for your free gift. Thanks for your support!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Groovy Love from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple card using Groovy Love from Stampin’ Up! 

Today’s project, using Groovy Love from Stampin’ Up!, is a two birds one stone card! I’m entering it into both CASology’s Week 170 Heart Cue Card challenge and Less is More’s Week 247 sketch challenge.

Stampin' Up Groovy Love Stamp A Bag CAS card Tracy May

I went for a muted background with a pop of real red (similar to my male card for CASology last week) and added some sparkle with the rhinestones, which make it a bit more girly I think. What do you think? It’s such a great sketch from Less is More, that I got carried away and made some other cards  and ended up staying up later than intended. Never a good idea when small children are around – where’s the coffee? 🙂

Well I hope you like the card. Did you see my exciting post about my new monthly free gift club for online orders?  So f you would like any of the products used and are happy to shop with me, simply click on the table below and you will be taken to my online shop, don’t forget to enter the code shown below and on the side bar for your free gift. Thanks for your support!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Die cuts from Stampin’ Up! Woodland Embossing Folder

Use your Stampin’ Up! Woodland Embossing Folder (TIEF) to create “die cuts”. I created these clean and simple Christmas cards by cutting out the negative spaces between the embossed trees.

I just love the Stampin’ Up! Woodland embossing folder, don’t you? There’s so many beautiful cards, that I’ve seen using it and I have also seen so many beautiful cards on Pinterest too that have been created using a birch tree die cut. Given that Stampin’ Up! don’t do a matching die for the embossing folder I decided to create my own “die cut”.

It’s very simple really. Just run your card stock through your Big Shot or other die cut/embossing machine to emboss it and then use a craft knife and/or scissors to remove the negative spaces between the embossed trees. Stick over a panel of card stock and complete your card as desired.

Stampin' Up! Woodlands Embossing Folder Christmas Card Tracy May

I stamped the baubles above in Versamark ink and then went over them with the fine-tip glue pen to add the silver glitter.

Stampin' Up! Woodlands Embossing Folder Christmas Card Tracy May

 

I teamed my cards up with the Among the Branches (which also comes as a bundle with the Woodland Embossing Folder yay!)  and Jingle All the Way stamp sets for some very elegant and CAS (clean and simple) Christmas cards. I love the colour of the sentiment above. I inked the stamp up with Versamark first before inking with Lost Lagoon and then heat embossing with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  What do you think?

On the subject of Christmas, which is always a very busy time of year,  Stampin’ Up! are offering a reduced amount of weekly deals, to avoid items going in to a backorder situation. There are still some very good deals though!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

If you would like any of the products used and are happy to shop with me, simply click on the table below and you will be taken to my online shop. Thanks for your support! 🙂

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Celebrate Wonderland from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple greetings card created with Wonderland from Stampin’ Up!

For some reason this morning, I have Boogie Wonderland going round and round my head and I couldn’t remember who sang it! I’ve just looked it up and it’s by Earth, Wind and Fire in case you’re interested. It’s obviously linked to today’s card, but the previous times I have used this set it’s been the Christmas song (Welcome to a) Winter Wonderland that has sprung to mind. Anyway I am bopping along with Boogie Wonderland playing as I type! Ha ha ha 🙂

Today’s project was created at a scrapbooking crop, that I had helped a friend organise at the end of September. I completed a few Project Life pages in the morning, but I was struggling with the photos I had printed out. I wanted to use photos on every page that I hadn’t actually printed, but thought would look better on the page than the ones I had printed! Lesson learnt – just print loads more out than you think you will need! And also check when ordering online that the photos haven’t automatically cropped and cut people’s heads off – this happened to a good 10 – 15% of mine! Grrr – you can tell I’m a novice scrapbooker but Project Life is so easy if you’re just a little bit organised! 🙂

I had brought along some card making items as a back up just in case, so I whiled away the afternoon making some Christmas cards. I was playing around with the Wonderland stamp set and my marker pens and came up with this clean and simple card. The sentiment is from Expressions Natural Elements wooden 3D greetings embellishments. I’ll send this card as a Christmas card, although I think it could be used for other occasions – a male birthday card maybe? What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Wonderland Expressions Natural Elements Tracy May

 

I hope you like today’s project and I hope I haven’t infected you with Boogie Wonderland going round and round your head all day! If you would like any of the products used and are happy to shop with me, simply click on the table below and you will be taken to my online shop. Thanks for your support! 🙂

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Hand-Made New Home Card using Stampin’ Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies

Hand-Made New Home Card using Stampin’ Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies!

Like I said before, Stampin’ Up!’s Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies are not just for Christmas! I love being able to stretch seasonal craft products to use for everyday projects, so when I was messing around creating my Beach Hut card, I also created a hand-made new home card for a friend who has recently moved. What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies New Home card by Tracy May

My friend and her family based in a small town/village in the countryside and I thought the tree backdrop was perfect for this card. I mashed up the happy new year sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and the Alphabet Rotary stamp to come up with the greeting.

I’ll definitely be playing with these dies again, to see what else non-christmasy I can come up with!

I hope you like today’s project, I’ll be back with more so see you soon x

If you would like to purchase any of the items from my online shop, please just click on the table below or the Online Shop icon at the top right. Thank you for your support!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin’ Up!

Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin’ Up!

Morning folks. How are you today? The sun is shining today, after 2 days of torrential rain – fingers crossed it stays this way. I’ve probably jinxed it now by mentioning it haven’t I? I.

Anyhow, on to today’s project. A few months ago I had been reading this blog post by Lydia Fiedler and she said that the dancer, from the Talented Trio Stampin’ Up! ® stamp set, made the song Tiny Dancer by Elton John jump into her head. I had never heard of this song before but that was ok, I could get the connection from the title.  A few weeks/a month or so after this, I was watching a TV programme and a new advert by John Lewis, for home insurance, came on. It’s of a little girl dancing around her house in a tutu knocking into all the furniture and making vases and the TV etc wobble as if they will fall over (you can see it on YouTube here). And yep you’ve guessed it. The sound track is Tiny Dancer by Elton John. I now can not get the song out of my head (I’m humming it as I’m typing) especially when I saw  the tiny dancer stamp in Sparkly Seasons.

And so I give you my very own Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin’ Up!, which makes the song pop right back in to my head every time I look at it! Mind you it could be worse, I actually like the song a lot. It’s not one of those annoyingly nauseating songs that grate on your nerves. Thank you Lydia for the inspiration 😊.

Sparkly Seasons Tiny Dancer from Stampin' Up!

I love it. I used the same layout as my snow globe Christmas card, but made this a birthday card instead. I love, love, love this stamp set. I hope it carries over in to the next annual catalogue. What do you think? (And I’m sorry if you have got the song going round and round in your head now too 😉)

Thanks for stopping by. Before you go – check out the weekly deals x

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Products I used to create this card:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Sneak Peek – Christmas Cuties from Stampin’ Up!

A sneak peek of the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue with Christmas Cuties from Stampin’ Up!

Morning peeps, how’s you today? It’s a grey misty day here – feels very autumnal! Boo – the summer holidays aren’t even over yet!!!

Anyways, I got my pre-order from the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue yesterday and just had to have a play. I asked my youngest son which character he liked best from Christmas Cuties from Stampin’ Up!. He chose this little elf for me to make a card from.

 

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Christmas Cuties

I coloured him with my alcohol markers. Isn’t he cute? These items will be available to order from September 1st. If you don’t already have a demonstrator and you are in Europe (UK, Netherlands, France, Germany or Austria), I’d be happy to send you a catalogue, just drop me a line! 🙂

Watercolor Wings from Stampin’ Up!

Clean & Simple Thank you card using Watercolor Wings from Stampin’ Up!

Hey there, I’m back today with a card I came up with by playing around with Watercolor Wings from Stampin’ Up!. This was one of the first stamp sets I saw when the annual catalogue first came out and it’s been hugely popular. All the ideas I had, to showcase the set, seemed to be covered immediately by other demonstrators around the world.  I kind of parked using it waiting for inspiration to hit.

I had the chance yesterday to have a little play and was messing around with various watercolour methods, markers, reinkers, ink pads and I came up with this card. Personally I love it (well I would wouldn’t I? 🙂 ).

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Watercolor Wings CAS cardAfter I stamped the Butterfly base onto watercolour paper I simply took an aquapainter and pulled the ink from the bottom of the wings and let it run down the paper. I added more ink from the lid of the ink pad to make the colour more vibrant and then splattered ink across the paper.

Once it was dry I overstamped the butterfly with the detailed stamp in Versamark and heat embossed using Iridescent Ice embossing powder to give it a sparkle.

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Watercolor Wings CAS card

I finished by stamping the sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes Card kit and adding some Real Red sequins.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fantasstic weekend.

If you would like to buy any of the products used I’ve listed them below.

Awesomely Artistic from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple greetings card using Awesomely Artistic from Stampin’ Up!

Hello everyone. How was your weekend? I’m a bit late today and I missed the deadline for the CASology Wings challenge that I was going to enter today’s card into 🙁

Nevermind, I thought I would still share the cards I made with you anyway. I was playing around with my watercolour marker pens trying to create a background for this gorgeous dragonfly from Awesomely Artistic from Stampin’ Up!. I didn’t like the results and have decided the markers don’t work well for that. What they DO work well for though is colouring on to the stamps and then spritzing with water for that watercolour effect.

What do you think?

Awesomely Artistic from Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Clean and Simple Cards

The candy dots are Elegant Eggplant from the Regal collection.

Awesomely Artistic from Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Clean and Simple Cards

Thanks for stopping by. Here’s what I used ….