Eastern Promise by Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Promise by Stampin’ Up!

I finally had the chance to play with Eastern Promise by Stampin’ Up! As a demonstrator we get some perks. The option to pre-order from new catalogues being one of them. So, I bought the whole Eastern Promise bundle, which will be available in the new annual catalogue. And I can tell you it’s lovely! I had fun playing around with options for this week’s colour challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. I was surprised that a few of my options turned out quite well with these colours. In the end though I stuck with my favourite which is as usual clean and simple.

Eastern Promise by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC454

I’ve been trying out my hand drawing mandalas on notebooks. I’m not confident enough to try out my own designs from scratch,  but I find ones I like on Pinterest and then follow them loosely, so this suite of products is perfect for me. The Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies used to cut the shapes above are beautiful. Some of the dies (like the one above) only partially cut out the shapes, whilst others cut out the shapes completely and can be layered with one another. Theco-ordinating Eastern Beauty stamp set contains simple shapes that can be used to decorate the die cuts.

I used Flirty Flamingo and Island Indigo for the stamping in the mandala and then used Tempting Turquoise underneath. I also added a strip of Island Indigo down the side as I wasn’t sure it was obvious enough I had used all 3 colours.

Well I hope you like my card! Please do pop over and see what the rest of the talented design team have come up with this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

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Botanical Builders and Polka Dot by Stampin’ Up!

Botanical Builders and Polka Dot by Stampin’ Up!

Hello there, it’s Thursday again and time for a Sketch challenge this week over at Create with Connie & Mary. I decided to stick fairly closely to the sketch this week.

The sun has been out and I’m even thinking about getting the summer clothes out! Woohoo! So I’ve gone with summery colours to use with my CAS card! What do you think?

Botanical Builders and Polka Dot by Stamping' Up! Tracy May

I’m really pleased with the way this card has turned out and I love the colour scheme. The card background is embossed using the Polka Dot embossing folder on Pool Party cardstock. The pink striped DSP is from Pop of Pink and the Flowers and leaves are all cut out using the Botanical Builders framelits. Such an easy card to put together!

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Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Soooo a short post from me today! It’s the Easter holidays and the Bedlam Brothers are playing one of those games you just know is going to end up with the fighting! This week is a colour challenge week over at Create with Connie & Mary. Not usually my favourite but this week’s was ok for me!

I like this scheme. It made me think of daffodils and I’ve created a pretty (CAS) card along those lines using Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping’ Up!

Touches of Texture and the Pansy Punch by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC452

I started by stamping the background strip and sentiment in Sahara Sand. Then I stamped the little flower from Touches of Texture in So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach. The large flower is cut from water colour paper which I had coloured using So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach as well. The smaller flower is the Petite Petals punch cut from the same water colour paper.  I stamped it using the same flower from Touches of Texture using Peekaboo Peach.  I finished off the flower with a So Saffron enamel dot. The Whisper White card front has been added to a Sahara Sand card base with a strip of So Saffron DSP down the side.

So what do you think? I think it’s quite pretty don’t you?

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Butterflies Thinlits by Stamping’ Up!

Butterflies Thinlits by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC451

Hellooooo! Yes it’s Thursday again and time for a sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! Today I’m using the Butterfly Thinlits by Stamping’ Up! Why? Well the sun was shining when I made this card. And the weather is warming up….. so spring is on the way which makes me think butterflies!

Butterflies Thinlits by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC451

So I’m really pleased with the way my card has turned out today. And I think it’s just so clean and simple and the colours really pop! The simple colour scheme was dictated by my choice of DSP. I really wanted to use up some of my Pop of Pink DSP, which consists of black, white, pink and a touch of gold!

The black and white striped panel for the background is really striking. And the contrasting Melon Mambo butterfly really pops don’t you think? As I wanted to keep the card simple, I opted for the flowers from Awesomely Artistic, instead of a strip of DSP behind the main embellishment. I was inspired by a card I saw by Krista Driessen on her blog ZoKriss. Isn’t Krista awesomely talented? I really like her style.

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Penned & Painted by Stamping’ Up!

Penned & Painted by Stamping’ Up!

Happy Thursday folks! It’s colour challenge this week at Create with Connie & Mary and I was certainly challenged. I made two cards for this challenge. The first was so dire, it ended up in the bin! The second is still a but meh! But I didn’t have time to make another, so here you go. I used Penned & Painted by Stamping’ Up! which is such a lovely stamp set I’m surprised I haven’t been able to do it justice today.

Penned & Painted by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC450

I started by stamping the flower “filler” from the set in So Saffront. Penned & Painted is a two-step stamp set with separate line stamps and colour block stamps. I’m not sure if that’s the correct term for them but hopefully you know what I mean. The stamping is kept within the bottom third of the card front, to follow the CAS rule of one third image, two thirds white space.

I thought it looked a bit too monotone, so I added the petals in Mint Macaron and over stamped with the Sweet Sugarplum. I then used the outline image and stamped the flower and leaves (in Memento Black) onto a scrap of whisper white, filled in the colours with the colour block or filler stamps and then cut them out. The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and is also stamped in Memento Black. We are allowed to add a neutral such as black in to colour challenges so it’s ok, I’m not cheating! Lol!

I finished by mounting the card front onto a panel of Mint Macaron which I added to a Whisper White card base. Et voila! What do you think? I do hope I’m just being overly critical of myself and that it is actually a nice card! Thanks for stopping by!

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High Tide by Stampin’ Up!

High Tide by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC449

Yay it’s Thursday! Time for another sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! Originally I had intended to try to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) for this week’s challenge. It was to be an extra challenge to myself as I don’t use enough DSP on my cards. And guess what – yes I have reams of the stuff lying totally unused!!

But, I really wanted to use High Tide by Stampin’ Up! for one of the challenges this month and for some reason, this one just seemed perfect for it!

High Tide by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC449

It took a couple of goes before I found the best way to create this. It’s actually really easy! The stamps are photopolymer so lining them up was easy. I did use a stamp positioned as well for the birds so that they would line up properly.

Basically all you need to do is stamp the scene twice onto two pieces of Whisper White card. Once I had both scenes stamped I cut one down to 8cm x 10cm and then cut it into three panels. I then lined the panels up over the image on the card front to create the triptych. Easy! (Well kind of – lol!)

I’m really happy with the way it’s turned out and I hope you like it too! Please do pop over to see what the rest of the lovely design team have come up with this week!

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Vintage Leaves by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC448

Vintage Leaves by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC448

So what do you think of today’s colour challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary? As soon as I saw these colours, I knew I wanted to use the Vintage Leaves by Stamping’ Up! stamp set and create today’s card. I don’t know why though. Perhaps I have seen these colours on Pinterest or similar for a leafy card? Who knows? Anyway this is what I came up with (whilst hoping I haven’t inadvertently copied someone else!)

Vintage Leaves by Stamping' Up! Tracy May #CCMC448

I still need to sort out the software that I use to add my watermarks. For some reason it is compressing the image and making it look grainy! But hopefully it’s clear enough to see the layers I have created?

  • I started by stamping the leaves in Pool Party and then stamping over them with a splatter from Gorgeous Grunge in Smoky Slate and Chocolate Chip;
  • I then stamped off the leaves in Chocolate Chip and before stamping over the Pool Party leaves;
  • I stamped the large leaf in Chocolate Chip on a separate piece of Whisper White and then cut it out using the co-ordinatelu framelits dies;
  • I wrapped Linen thread around the card front and attached it to the leaf before tying in a bow;
  • The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and is also in Chocolate Chip’
  • I adhered the card front to a Smoky Slate card base!

So what do you think? I hope you like it! All in all it came together pretty easily.

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Stylish Stems Framelits By Stamping’ Up!

Stylish Stems Framelits By Stamping’ Up!

Welcome back! It’s time for another sketch challenge from Create with Connie & Mary this week. I played around with a few ideas in my head for this challenge before settling on an idea I took from the fabulously talented German demonstrator Steffi Helmschrott (which you can see here)!

Stylish Stems Framelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC447

Instead of using a piece of DSP for the strip down the left hand side of the card, I got out my watercolour pencils and created a rainbow on a panel of watercolour paper. I used the Melon Mambo, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive pencils and an aqua painter. I cut out the square (using the Stitched Shape framelits) and the flower using the Stylish Stems Framelits by Stamping’ Up! So it would match the card front, I used another piece of watercolour paper!

I did get through a few pieces of the watercolour paper before I got the look I was after, but I think I got there in the end! Do you like it? I do hope so.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners by the way! Oh and the card base is made from Crumb Cake, which I think really makes the rainbow colours pop.

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Lucky Elephant by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC446

Lucky Elephant by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC446

Yay, it’s Thursday. The start of my weekend really and even better it’s time for another challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! This week it’s the colour challenge. I was stumped with these bad boys until I had a sudden brainwave! And hey presto – the card below is the result. Also,  I am actually very pleased with the result to I have to say!

Lucky Elephant by Stamping' Up! #CCMC446 Tracy May

 

What do you think? I need to readjust the editing tool I think. I’ve got a new laptop and the photos appear a little grainy for some reason now.
So what do you think of my Lucky Elephant by Stamping’ Up!? I have made lots of card fronts with this stamp set but this is the first card I have completed with it!

To make this card:

  • Colour the elephant image using Stamping’ Write Markers;
  • Spritz with a little water and stamp down onto watercolour paper – hold for a few seconds;
  • Allow to dry then stamp the sentiment (also from Lucky Elephant);
  • Add some interest by piercing a border around the edges;
  • Adhere to a coloured card mat then a blank card base;
  • Add some embellishments to jazz it up a little!

I hope you like it! Please do pop over to see what the rest of the design team have made for you this week!

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Guy Greetings by Stamping’ Up!

Guy Greetings by Stamping’ Up! #CCMC445

 

It’s Thursday! And you know what that means don’t you? Yes it’s time for this week’s challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary!  And it’s a sketch this week. At first I had pretty and pink and flowers in mind but then I remembered I need a man card for a friend’s birthday this week. One of the design team had used Guy Greetings by Stamping’ Up! on the last sketch challenge and that inspired me to get it out for today’s card.

Guy Greetings by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC445

  • I started by masking the oblong from the sketch using post it notes and created the ombre effect with Soft Sky, Pool Party and Marina Mist ink.
  • I then stamped the guy and anchor onto a scrap of Whisper White. I used the Stitched Shapes dies to cut out the anchor but cut the guy out by hand.
  • Then I added a little Marina Mist with a blender pen just to give him some colour.
  • Under the banner, I’ve stamped the drinks cup stain from Timeless Textures.
  • Then I attached the banner and the anchor circle to the card front, using the (sadly) now retired handheld stapler.
  • The card front is mounted onto a Marina Mist card base.
  • The guy is attached using some Stamping’ Dimensionals.

All in all I’m reasonably happy with the card and I think my friend will think it’s a bit quirky and hopefully should like it! Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with for you this week!

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