Best Birds by Stamping’ Up!

Best Birds by Stamping’ Up!

Hello again. I’m back with another create for the Create with Connie & Mary blog challenge. This week it’s a sketch challenge. I find these easier than the colour challenges but I do like to not always be too literal in following the sketch. So this week, I’ve gone for a bird from Best Birds by Stampin’ Up!,  instead of flowers, as my main image.

Best Birds by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC457

I started with the embossed panel instead of a piece of DSP. Then I added the branch, which I had left over from a previous project. I stamped the bird in Basic Black Archival ink onto watercolour paper before colouring with ink and an aqua-painter. The base colour of the breast is So Saffron followed by Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso. I worked in layers, building up from light to dark and blended using the aqua painter.

The sentiment is from Balloon Celebration. A while ago I had been making a birthday card using Basic Black with a white sentiment and decided it would be handy to have a bunch ready to go. So, I stamped about a dozen at the sane time and embossed with white embossing powder. I cut them up into banners but left both ends longer so I can change whether they point to the left or the right depending on the card I am making.

I love the way the card has turned out especially with the Soft Sky card base.

So what do you think? I hope you like it. Please do pop along and see what the rest of the design team have made for you this week!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up!

Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! 

This week’s colour challenge over at the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge blog had me a little stumped at first I must say! The first card I made was ok – but it didn’t really appeal to me that much to be honest! Then I thought about the colours a bit more. They feel a bit autumnal to me, which is why I think I found them hard. I am trying to get into spring even though the weather in the UK has admittedly been very autumnal feeling so far. But hopefully warmer weather is just around the corner!

In the end on I settled on using Vintage Leaves by Stampin’ Up! And I actually really like the way this card turned out in the end. What do you think?

Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I started by stamping the grid from Timeless Textures twice in Tip Top Taupe along the centre right of a Whisper White card front. Then I added some Mint Macaron splats also from Timeless Textures. I added a twirl of Old Olive Baker’s twine under a leaf from Vintage Leaves stamped in Old Olive.

The card base is Mint Macaron and the sentiment, from Thoughtful Banners, is stamped in Tip Top Taupe on Tip Top Taupe card stock.

To add some extra interest, I added some Rhinestones. Overall I like how it’s turned out. I will miss Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe when they retire at the end of May. They are great colours that have worked well for the last two years!

I hope you also like my creation for this week’s challenge. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the lovely design team have come up with to inspire you. Please do join in too – it’s great fun.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.

A Bold Butterfly by Stampin’ Up!

A Bold Butterfly by Stampin’ Up! 

 

Happy Thursday folks! I’m back with this lovely sketch challenge for Create with Connie & Mary this week. I had a piece of watercolour paper left over from a previous challenge where I had used the watercolour pencils to create the strip instead of using DSP. Waste not, want not – as the saying goes! So I thought I would use that as my starting point for this week’s challenge. The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and was stamped before I adhered the card front to the card base.

 

A Bold Butterfly by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC455

I teamed it up with a gold glitter butterfly that I cut using the Bold Butterfly by Stampin’ Up! Framelits dies. I also used Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Watercolor Wings stamp set. First, I cut out the square using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (I made sure to use the right one for the stamp). Then I used my Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers to colour in one of the smaller butterflies from Watercolor Wings. I sprayed it with some water before stamping. Once it was dry I added the gold glitter butterfly and adhered it with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Luckily none of these products are on the retiring list!

 

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!

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!

Please do pop over to the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team have come up with!

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out the retiring list as well!

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?

Thanks for stopping by. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the lovely design team have created for you today! I’m off to supervise the Bedlam Brothers! Roll on school lol!

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.

Talking of style, why don’t you pop along to see what the rest of the lovely design team have made to inspire you today. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

 

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!

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!

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.

Thanks for stopping by. Please do pop over and see what the rest of the lovely design team have come up with for you this week!