Hello Life from Stampin’ Up!

Hello Life from Stampin’ Up! for Less Is More One Layer Sentiment Challenge (Week 267)

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I’ve not managed to get my blog posts organised enough lately to know what is what on the blog challenges front and have missed out on entering one of my favourite challenges – Less is More, more often than not since the start of the year. I was determined this week to actually get an entry ready and in on time – really it’s not that hard now is it? Lol!

I had a quick look at this week’s challenge and off I went creating this card, using watercolour paints.

Hello Life from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolor background

I do love it, but when I checked back with the Less is More challenge, I realised it’s a one layer week! Duh! So on to Plan B (yeah like I really had one in the first place ha ha ha).

Hello Life from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Less is More challenge

And so this is my actual entry for the challenge! And you can’t get more clean and simple than this! 😉

Hello Life from Stampin' Up! Tracy May Less is More challenge

If the first one is too plain and simple, you can step it up a bit with some embellishments. I used Candy Dots here but you could use rhinestones or sequins, whatever you like.

Both cards are using the Hello Life stamp set, which I got along with the Hello Life Simply Created Kit way back when. I will get that kit made up one day, I promise. In actual fact I forgot I had it as I had tucked it away whilst I was organising my room and promptly forgot about it. I have a sieve for a brain, I swear!

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Jingle All the Way from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple Christmas card using Jingle All the Way from Stampin’ Up!

Hi, just thought I’d pop back with a super quick post tonight – probably already tomorrow by the time you’re reading this. I made this card using the sketch a couple of weeks ago from Less is More. I didn’t enter the card to the challenge as I entered this one instead, but as I liked this one too, I thought I’d share it with you now. I used Jingle All the Way from Stampin’ Up! for the sentiment.

It’s a really quick and easy card – maybe that’s why I didn’t enter it in to the challenge as it was toooooo easy and no challenge at all! Ha ha!

Jingle All the Way from Stampin' Up! Tracy May card making ideas

What do you think? Don’t you just love the red glitter paper? Got to dash – I have an early train to catch! I’ll let you know what the OnStage Live event is like next week! Have fun 🙂

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Summer Silhouettes from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple card for Less is More Colour Challenge “Fire” (week 249) using Summer Silhouettes from Stampin’ Up!

Hey again, It’s me, back with another challenge card. I’m really getting into these challenges at the moment. Today’s is the Less is More Colour Challenge where the colour scheme is Fire i.e. colours you would see in fire. I’m using Summer Silhouettes from Stampin’ Up!. It’s a beautiful stamp set that I only acquired recently, despite it having been on my list for ages!

 

I came up with two versions of the card. The first is the one I am entering in to the challenge. I’m not sure if it’s my favourite of the two. I keep changing my mind. Which one do you prefer?

Summer Silhouettes from Stampin' Up! Less is More Fire card Tracy May
I’ve decided to use Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight for the red, orange and yellow you would see in flames.

Summer Silhouettes from Stampin' Up! Less is More Fire card watercolour Tracy May

The second card I made using watercolour paper for the card front. I sprayed it with water before stamping over it. It’s a different look from the first but still meets the clean and simple criteria, don’t you think?

I’m going to pop over and add the link to the Less is More page, then I’ll be frantically finishing off my swaps for OnStage Live which starts tomorrow – can’t wait although in reality (and as usual) I need another day to prepare! 🙂

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Remarkable You from Stampin’ Up! #GDP010

Global Design Project #GDP010 sketch challenge card using Remarkable You from Stampin’ Up!

With all the Christmas crafting that’s been going on lately, I’ve neglected my other non-seasonal stamp sets, so it was really nice to get one out yesterday to create my entry for the Global Design Project #GDP010 sketch challenge. I used Remarkable You from Stampin’ Up! – one of my favourites for colouring – except I’ve not coloured this card!

Stampin' Up! Remarkably You & Watercolour Wings Tracy May #GDP010

I used the Melon Mambo ribbon to create the “frame” from the GDP sketch and to add a splash of colour.  I didn’t think about lining up the flowers on the card base and the front panel, which perhaps would have looked better? What do you think?

I’m getting very excited, now, as this time Thursday I will be at OnStage Live – the annual Stampin’ Up! conference. Can’t wait. I’m frantically trying to prep some swaps – I didn’t manage any last year as we were in the middle of a building project. I’ll share my swaps with you later on, so make sure you pop back to see them.

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Guy Greetings from Stampin’ Up!

Clean and simple card using Guy Greetings from Stampin’ Up! – CASology Week 171 – Vehicle!

I’m back with a super quick post today. I’m entering this card using Guy Greetings from Stampin’ Up! in to the CASology Cue Word Challenge for Week 171 – Vehicle being the cue word. I went for a super simple card but added some extra interest by scoring a double border around the edges of the card front. I also changed the sentiment from Grandpa which comes in the stamp set to Grandad as that is what my boys call my father-in-law and this card will double up as his birthday card from them.

Guy Greetings from Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator, Tracy May

I simply inked up GRAN from the GRANPA stamp and stamped it. Then I inked up the separate DAD stamp and stamped it at the end of GRAN, which is very easy to do using the photopolymer stamps. I coloured the image using a blender pen and Classic Stampin’ Pads in Real Red and Old Olive! It was a super quick, easy card. My father-in-law will be 87 so no doubt I’ll add something cheeky along the lines of this resembling his first car! 🙂

Right, got to dash I’m prepping (or rather trying to) my swaps for Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live in between picking up the boys from school and getting them dinner and ready for bed. No doubt it will be a late one as I haven’t even finalised the design of the swaps yet! Eeeek!

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Simple Tree Punch Card Design

Simple Tree Punch Card Design – one design, multiple variations.

How are you getting on with making all your Christmas Cards? I’m not doing too badly for once. I have about 55 completed and just need another 30-40 I think. I need to check, the numbers to make sure, but I’m on track with the help of some simple card designs that are easily repeatable. Now I get easily bored making the same card over and over again, so I only tend to make up to about maximum 6-7 of the same card if I can help it.

Simple cards like the set below, using the Tree Punch from Stampin’ Up! are easy to make in batches and you can also vary the design slightly on each one if you like!Stampin' Up! Winter Wonderland Desinger Vellum Tree Punch Gold Star Metallics Sequin Assortment Tracy May

 

I made a bunch of these cards at the same time. I just stuck the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum over a piece of Whisper White card and when the glue had dried I punched out the trees using the Tree Punch. I lined up the 3 trees at the back and stuck them down, before adding the two trees to the front and finishing off with sequins.

You can stick all the trees to the card blank, or raise the front row or all of them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Winter Wonderland Desinger Vellum Tree Punch Gold Star Metallics Sequin Assortment Tracy May

 

If you don’t have stars for the tree tops you could use round sequins instead.

Stampin' Up! Winter Wonderland Desinger Vellum Tree Punch Gold Sequin Trim Tracy May

This design can be made in any colour scheme. It could be stamped using the Festival of Trees stamp set, or use different DSP (Designer Series Paper). There’s a variety of possibilities – try different things out, have fun!

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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!

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Glitter Card using Softly Falling from Stampin’ Up!

Glitter Card using Softly Falling from Stampin’ Up! and Seasonal Frame Thinlits. Bling it up with a clean and simple Christmas card idea. 

Yes I did sit and drop a splodge of glue in each and every depression on the reverse (debossed) side of this Christmas card I made using Softly Falling from Stampin’ Up!, before sprinkling over a tub of silver glitter and leaving it to dry!  Actually it didn’t really take that long to be honest, and it was really quite therapeutic just sitting still with the fine-tip glue pen working from top to bottom! I just love the effect – it’s “Blingtastic” (I’m sure that’s a word ha ha, but if it isn’t, it should be lol!)! What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Softly Falling Glitter Christmas Card Seasonal Frame Thinlits Tracy May

 

Once the card front was dry I shook off all the glitter and tipped it back in the pot for another day. I added a strip of white jute ribbon, Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Silver ribbon and the “falala” sentiment, which was left over from another card. Oh and not forgetting even more bling with the strip of Silver Sequence trim – like I said “Blingtastic”!! 🙂

After all the comments I received about a card, that I posted on my Instagram and Facebook page using this technique, but on a much smaller scale, I wonder what everyone will say about this! Ha ha ha – love my job!! 🙂 and I’ll post that card for you another day!

Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you like my card. As always, 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! 🙂

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Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum from Stampin’ Up!

Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum from Stampin’ Up! A clean and simple Christmas card design.

I’m back today with a very simple, but elegant and effective (even if I do say so myself 🙂 ) Christmas Card. Often the easiest of designs can be the most effective – don’t you think? I used the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum from Stampin’ Up!

I’ll be making a bunch of these (time permitting) to increase my growing pile of finished Christmas cards. I may be in danger of being ready for Christmas this year! Hmmm hope I haven’t jinxed myself now lol. You could easily step up with more embellishments, which I’ll try out with the lovely wooden Snowflake elements.

Stampin' Up! Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum Christmas Card Tracy May

 

I backed the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum onto a panel of Whisper White to make the green of the trees stand out more, before wrapping some Linen Thread around and tying in a bow! See .. so simple! I popped the panel up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and stamped the sentiment from Jingle All the Way. I should have stamped first though as I got a bit of real red ink on the twine – oops!

Well, I’ll be back (unfortunately I can’t read that without the Arnold Schwazeneger accent thrown in – corny I know!) tomorrow with some more cards for you. I’ve prepped in advance for once. It’s half-term in England this week, so the Bedlam Brothers are off and showing no signs of having a lazy holiday so far! I thought they would be shattered especially my youngest who has only just started full time education. Nope! Both up earlier than they are on a school day!!! Typical huh?? 🙂

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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?

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