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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Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC443

Yay it’s Thursday and time for another challenge from Create with Connie & Mary. This week it’s a sketch challenge. Normally I am quite literal in my interpretation of the sketches. But this week, I decided to have some fun and go with a looser translation of it. I’ve used Chase Your Dreams by Stampin’ Up! and teamed it up with High Tide and Kinda Eclectic too!

Chase Your Dreams by Stampin' Up! #CCMC443

This was a really quick card to make once I’d decided on the design.

  • Using a post it note as a mask, stamp the sun from Kinda Eclectic twice but slightly offset from each other;
  • Stamp the sea waves stamp from High Tide in 2 different shades of blue ink all the way across the card front and over the top of the lower sun image;
  • Stamp the Sydney Opera House onto a scrap of Whisper White and cut it out;
  • The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts;
  • Mount the card front on a Basic Black card base and then add the cut out Sydney Opera House raised up on Stampin’ Dimensionals!

This was a really fun card to make and I love how it’s turned out! I hope you like it to. Do pop along to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week!

 

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Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC442

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC442

Oh my – where oh where has the last week gone? I can’t believe it’s Thursday again and time for new challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! My first reaction when I first saw these colours was abject terror! Lol! I’m prone to exaggeration :-). But then when I looked again, I suddenly thought Dragonflies followed quickly by water colour to merge and blend the colours nicely.

So off I went to get out my Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. Then I noticed my Stampin’ Success magazine (an exclusive magazine Stampin’ Up! send out bimonthly to their demonstrators), which had arrived a few days earlier and got distracted flicking through that. And that is where I finalised the idea for my card today. It’s a CASE (copy and share everything) from one that I saw in the magazine. I just loved it so much I had to make my own , using this week’s colour scheme of course!

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC442

The base  layer on this card is Emerald Envy with Pacific Point Enamel dots. I just love how the colours merged under the dragonflies. In fact I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits but Dragonfly Dreams sounds so much better doesn’t it? Also that is the name of the bundle (stamp set and dies) if you are interested in purchasing both!

Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC442

For this card I used Pacific Point as the base layer, which I think looks equally as good! Who would have thought I could get these colours to work? Lol! I’m not very good with the colour challenges!

I do hope you like them. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the wonderfully talented team have designed for you this week!

 

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Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC441

It’s challenge time again! Yep it’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge. For once I found a sketch challenge quite tough. I usually don’t have any bother with them. It may be because my first idea didn’t really work out and being short of time I just went with something else and I’m not entirely happy with today’s card.

There’s nothing at all wrong with the sketch. It’s just me! I used the Subtles Backgroup DSP stack for the squares and the Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin’ Up! for the focal image.

Bold Butterfly Framelits by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC441

I started off trying to use the free SAB Inside the Lines DSP but it just didn’t work, so I teamed the Watermelon Wonder Card front with Soft Sky card stock and the Subtles Background DSP stack. I’m not sure it really works? What do you think?

The butterfly is cut from Watercolor paper onto which I had painted and ombre effect using Watermelon Wonder ink. I think maybe the butterfly isn’t big enough for the size of the card?

Anyway – the bits I do like are the strip of gold glimmer paper and the splatters of gold glitter. These are really easy to do. Simply put a small amount of tombow multi-purpose liquid adhesive onto an acrylic block, mix with some water from your aquapainter and then flick over the card front. Sprinkle over the glitter and then shake of the excess. Leave it to dry somewhere safe i.e. not on your desk where you will end up dumping a load of other things on top before you remember it’s still wet! Lol!

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Special Reason by Stampin’ Up!

Special Reason by Stampin’ Up!

I love this week’s colour combination from Create with Connie & Mary this week! I don’t often say that as I find colour combinations challenging to say the least. But for some reason this one works for me. It may just be because I’ve used this combination before and I feel quite comfortable with it. I’ve teamed it up with Special Reason by Stampin’ Up! We got this stamp set free at OnStage Local in Telford in November – one of the perks of being a demonstrator and going to events is lots of free goodies! How fabulous is that? I bought the co-ordinating Stylish Stems framelits to go with the stamp set too!

Anyway before I side track and persuade you all to sign up here’s my card for this week’s challenge! What do you think? I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Special Reason by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC440

This card was really simple to create:

  • Stamp your first stamp in Real Red in a central position then stamp off twice, once to either side of the main image;
  • Splatter some Real Red ink over the top;
  • Mount the card front onto a panel of Real Red cardstock;
  • Wrap some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around the panels;
  • Add some Real Red enamel dots;
  • Mount both the card front and mat onto a Kraft card base;
  • Stamp and cut out your sentiment and adhere to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals

And that’s it – like I said – simple!

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Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up!

Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC439

For today’s Create with Connie & Mary challenge I’m using Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! again. It’s a really lovely set with matching thinlit dies Up & Away, both of which are now available in the new Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue.

Lift Me Up by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC439

I started with the Carried Away Designer Series paper – a free SAB gift! I took my colour scheme from there using Mint Macaron for the second panel. Then I stamped the balloons from Lift Me Up by Stampin’ Up! in Night of Navy and Peekaboo Peach. I cut them out with the Up & Away thinlits.

The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and is also stamped in Night of Navy. So what do you think? I’m not the only one who thought of using the SAB DSP and Lift Me Up for this challenge today. One of my fellow design team members Lisa has also used it to make a stunning card. I thought our cards looked different enough not to remake mine when I saw hers though. Pop over and see what Lisa and the other talented ladies on the design team have come up with this week.

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