Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! for Strawberry Sketches #SS009


I’m joining the lovely Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketches challenge again this week. I managed to get back into the craft room in between lots of organising things over the weekend. It took me a while to get back into the swing of things so today’s card is actually my second attempt at Sarah’s sketch. I’m using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS009

This is such a lovely stamp set with co-ordinating dies to cut out all the umbrellas and handles. There are even dies to cut out little raindrops! How cute is that?


I decided to add a bit of interest to the panel underneath by embossing it with the Softly Falling embossing folder. With a bit of imagination it could be rain couldn’t it? Lol! I cut out the clouds and stuck them down underneath the vellum banner before stitching it to the Soft Sky background panel.

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS009

I finished off the card with a strip of Real Red DSP from the Brights DSP Stack and a few rhinestones!

What do you think? I think the touches of Real Red really pop out.

Before I go, I want to let you know that the following special offers are still available. We are in week 2 which runs until 14th September (2016):



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Butterfly Card using Stampin’ Up! Products

Butterfly Card using Stampin’ Up! Products for #SS002

I’m back today with a Butterfly Card using Stampin’ Up! Products, that I’m entering the lovely Sarah Berry’s Strawberry Sketch Challenge this week!



As soon as I saw those butterflies, I knew I would keeping it simple and going with the sketch as-is. It’s the school holidays so I don’t have as much time to craft now the Bedlam Brothers are off, so having sketches like Sarah’s are a big help to speed up my crafting time. I can spend hours agonising over the tiniest little details! Now I don’t have the luxury! LoL!

Butterfly Card using Stampin' Up! Products Tracy May #SS002


I cut out an oval of Soft Sky using the new Layering Oval Framelits, and embossed it with the Fluttering Embossing Folder. Then I stamped the little butterflies you see at the top of the oval. I used the stamps from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set. I love the Melon Mambo with the Soft Sky don’t you? The butterflies are punched out of Melon Mambo card stock and the sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.

So what do you think? I hope you like my project today! Pop over to Sarah’s blog to have a look at the other entries. Why don’t you have a go too?

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up!

I’ve cut up some DSP! Gasp, shock, horror! Those of you who follow my blog will know that this is a rare thing! I seem to have an aversion to cutting into pretty paper. I wanted to use Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up! as soon as I saw this sketch by the lovely Sarah Berry. Sarah has started up her own weekly sketch challenge Strawberry Sketches.



I started with the leaves pattern from Serene Scenery. One side of this DSP is a photograph or a photo-realistic style design and the other is the usual pretty patterned DSP. I really like the photographic designs and so that is what I chose for my card for Sarah’s challenge. Actually I made five in total – I got a bit carried away! Ha ha ha!

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #SS001

I made my first card using a Garden Green card front. It was only when I looked at the front of the DSP stack again I realised the green used is Old Olive. Although, I don’t think it matters which green you use for this photo design.

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up! #SS001

I decided to make another four cards using a few of the colours in the DSP stack: Old Olive, Island Indigo and Crumb Cake.

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up! #SS001

I love these grasses and dandelion prints!

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack by Stampin' Up! #SS001

And this seashore print is lovely, although I am not sure if it is a photo or a painted design.

Well that’s it from me. Do go and check out Sarah’s challenge! It would be even better if you joined in too! 🙂

Fluttering Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!

Create with Connie & Mary Blog Challenge – Challenge CCMC399

I am so excited today! It’s my very first post as a member of the Create with Connie & Mary Blog Challenge Design Team! Woohoo! I was so excited when I received the email asking me if I would like a spot on the team. I jumped at the chance of course and so here I am with my first design based on Connie & Mary’s sketch for challenge CCMC399.

Create with Connie & Mary Blog Challenge


For those of you visiting me for the first time, let me introduce myself. My name is Tracy May and I am a Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator based in the UK. My blog name derives from my two small sons – aka the Bedlam Brothers, as I like to call them, and my love of butterfly stamps. So for my first project for the design team I just had to have a butterfly in place of the flower in the sketch!

Fluttering Embossing Folder with Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC399


I cut out the butterfly from Stampin’ Up! Watercolour paper using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and water coloured it using an aqua painter and the Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight ink refills. Whilst it was drying I embossed a panel of Whisper White using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF for short) and attached it to the Basic Black card in the background.

The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo from Another Thank You and is held in place by the Mini Metallic Clothes Pin, which is also holding the butterfly to the embossed panel. I do hope you like it! It’s a very me card – clean and simple with a splash of colour! LoL!


Why not join in with the challenge – it’s lots of fun! 🙂



Sea Street CASology Nautical Challenge Card

CASology Nautical Challenge Card using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set

Good morning peeps, or should that be good night? At the time of posting it’s late evening and I’ve just come back home from my monthly class, which was great fun as usual! I’m posting now because I’m off to the zoo tomorrow with my youngest son and the rest of his nursery class and their parent or two too! I wanted to enter my Friday post in the CASology Nautical Challenge and as posting tomorrow is entirely unrealistic I’m doing it now!

Well enough waffle and on with the show! Here’s my card using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street (available in wood or clear) …

Stampin' Up! Sea Street CASology Nautical Challenge Card Tracy May

I used the Alphabet Rotary stamp for the sentiment. I thought I’d send this as a little hello card to someone I haven’t spoken to for an age!

I had entirely another card in mind when I first saw the challenge and had a little panic when I couldn’t find the stamp sets before I remembered, that I’d loaned The Open Sea and Guy Greetings to a friend. I improvised though and I don’t think it’s too shabby if I say so myself lol!

Hope you like the card! Thanks for stopping by


P.S. Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Recruiting promo ends on Tuesday 30th June! There’s still time though to chose two extra stamp sets with your starter kit when you sign up as a demo. Message me for more information if you’re interested xx