A Virtual Craft Room Tour

A Virtual Craft Room Tour  – a video walk round of my crafting space.

Good morning peeps, how’s life? Hope all is fine and dandy in your corner of the world. I love seeing other people’s craft spaces, to get ideas or just to be be plain old nosy really and I know that other people do too, so today I’ve got a virtual craft room tour for you of my own craft room.

We recently had our house extended and the living area is now at the back, which freed up the front room (previously our living room/lounge) for me to use as my craft room and it also doubles up as a guest room too. Why it’s taken the shot of under my desk I do not know! Lol – need to empty that bin!!

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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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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.

 

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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).

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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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Beautiful Home Decor Idea using Stampin’ Up! Designer Vellum

Beautiful home decor idea using Stampin’ Up ! Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum stack.

Good morning peeps, how’re you all doing today? I’m slowly getting back into a rythm of crafting and blogging (I think), now that my home extension project is wrapping up. We’ve still got the bathroom to do – it wasn’t in the original plans but when everything in it started failing we knew we just had to. I will spare you the rest of the house but I will share pictures of my new craft space. If you’re like me then you’ll love seeing how others organise their space.

One of the things I am doing is creating some decor items to brighten up a blank white wall in my room. I couldn’t resist the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum stack, as soon as I saw the butterflies sheet. I knew I wanted to do make something decorative with it and had some Ikea Ribba picture box frames stacked in the corner of my room and hey presto…..stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Home Decor ideas

I used Basic Grey for the background card as this is the colour used in the vellum. I mounted the vellum onto Whisper White first so that it would stand out more. I finished with some Melon Mambo butterflies from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (available in wood, clear and photopolymer) and cut out the larger one with the Butterflies thinlits and the smaller ones with the Bitty Butterfly punch.

I’ve not managed to put the shelf up on the wall yet to display this picture and other home decor ideas using Stampin’ Up! products but I will share pictures as soon as I do!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Don’t forget the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum is available as a Sale-a-bration gift available free with a £45 order until March 31st.

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My Stampin’ Up! Easter Egg Hunt Berry Basket

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10 – No. 9 Berry Basket Bigz™ – Easter Egg Hunt Basket

Good morning, and how are you today? It’s starting to feel a lot like spring is on it’s way in my neck of the woods. It’s certainly a bit easier to get up in the mornings now they are a bit lighter anyway.

Today’s project is the 9th in my series of Top 10 favourites from the Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015. At first I resisted buying the Berry Basket Bigz L Die , but then I was flicking through the calendar to see what was coming up in the first few months of the year when Easter popped up, and well you can probably guess what jumped into my online shopping basket after that!

If the weather is nice this year, I’ll organise a little Easter egg hunt in the back garden. We’ve got lots of places to hide them and the boys will love it. We’ve been to organised hunts before but I’ve not really enjoyed them that much for some reason.

I’ve made the Bedlam Brothers these little baskets to collect the eggs in. They both love the Cheerful Critters photopolymer stamp set so it was an easy design to come up with. I love that the Critters are “hiding” in the grass (made with the Fringe scissors). They are the same design to avoid any fighting over who has which one: which is a frequent battle in this household. They fight over which colour bowl, plate, cup etc etc they are going to have and yes, they always both want the same one!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter egg hunt berry bigz

I got the idea for using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp for the boys’ names, from a team mate Jenny. She posted about it on my upline’s team facebook page. This stamp had bypassed my radar for some reason. I don’t know why, as it’s a really useful addition to the stash.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter egg hunt berry bigz

Do you like my little Easter Egg? I covered the bunny’s face before inking the stamp and then cut the arms and ears off.

I also used designed a more grown up Berry Basket for my class ladies, for February’s class. It’s so pretty and can be used for gifts for any occassion, not just Easter.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May easter gift berry bigz

I teamed it up with the Painted Petals stamp set, which is available in wood, clear and photopolymer. It’s a really pretty watercolour effect stamp set. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, available in wood or clear.

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

Don’t forget there’s still a few weeks Sale-a-bration left.

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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).

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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?

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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.

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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. 6 Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Good morning everyone – I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Time is flying isn’t it? After a slight blip, I’m back with my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer Top 10. Today’s projects are using No. 6 in the list, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I love this set. It’s going to be so versatile. I’ve already seen pins on Pinterest where other demonstrators have created gusseted (I think that’s the right term) sides, to make the little bags a bit roomier, so I’ll be checking those out properly soon and giving it a go too.

In the meantime here’s a few little treat bags I came up with. I hope you like them.

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The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer stamp set is ideal for decorating these little bags.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I used the brown packing paper that comes in the boxes with Stampin’ Up! orders to make this bag. Needless to say, I have plently of the stuff around, so will be making more of these for sure.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I kept this one empty so you could see the subtle stampin in Blushing Bride ink. The 1 1/4″ (3.2cm) White Jute Ribbon is becoming a firm favourite, considering I’m not usually that fussed with ribbon. Also the Butterflies Thinlits are kind of obligatory for me :-).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas treat bag thinlits

I couldn’t resist a Valentine’s version. As I said, it’s such a versatile set. All the shapes were cut using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. If you’ve been inspired, don’t have a chosen demonstrator already and would like to purchase, simply click on the links in the post or on the picture of the thinlits and you will be taken directly to my online shop! And if you fancy a bit of a shopping spree, check out the weekly deals and Sale-a-bration promotion whilst you’re there!

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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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