Swirly Bird from Stampin’ Up! #CCMC408

Swirly Bird from Stampin’ Up! #CCMC408

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It’s Thursday and time for another challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary! This week it is a colour challenge and I really loved the selection this week. I knew I wanted to use Swirly Bird from Stampin’ Up! for the challenge this week as I love those bigs swirls and all the little detail stamps that come with the set. It’s going to be a favourite I can tell!

I had the idea for my first card in my head and happily stamped it out, but then I felt a bit meh about the result. The second card I messed up the sentiment as I’d over inked my ink pad! I then decided I wanted to use a coloured card base like I had on the first card but I liked the stamping from the second card. So I combined the two and this is what I ended up with!

Swirly Bird from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC408

  1. Start with a So Saffron card base (10.5cm x 14.8cm/5-13/16″ x 4-1/4″ folded dimensions)  and scored 3 lines at 1/4″ from the middle on the front;
  2. Cut the card front to 9.5cm x 14.8cm/ 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″;
  3. Ink up the larger swirl in So Saffron then stamped off on scrap paper before stamping onto the card front;
  4. Stamp the smaller swirls and flowers in So Saffron randomly over the top;
  5. Stamp the leaves and branch line in Mint Macaron;
  6. Stamp the legs of the bird on top of the branch in Blushing Bride;
  7. Stamp the bird’s body in Blushing Bride onto scrap card and cut out;
  8. Stamp the sentiment from Thankful Thoughts in Basic Black/Memento Tuxedo Black;
  9. Adhere the card front to the card base;
  10. Pop a dimensional under the bird and adhere above the legs!

And here’s the first card I made in case you’re wondering. I’m not sure what I don’t like about it as I suppose it’s okay really isn’t it? Hmmm???

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Well that’s it from me for today. Please do pop by to see what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary design team have come up with – you won’t be disappointed I promise! 🙂

 

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Remarkable You for Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge

Remarkable You for Connie & Mary Sketch Challenge #CCMC407

It’s Thursday which means it’s time for Create with Connie & Mary! I really loved today’s challenge. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I was going to incorporate the flower into the strips somehow!

 

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The card I came up with was this one, which is my usual clean and simple style!

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I think I still had the greys from last week’s colour challenge on my mind, so I went with a Basic Grey card base to create a stark contrast with the simplicity of the front panel.

The card was quick to come together:

  1. I coloured the stamp from Remarkable You with marker pens, so I could have green for the stem and leaf and pink for the petals. I used a mix of Garden Green and Always Artichoke for the stem/leaf and Melon Mambo for the petals and stamped onto the whisper white card front;
  2. I recoloured the stamp and stamped onto a scrap of whisper white card stock;
  3. I cut the scrap of whisper white into strips and then lined them up over the top of the card front image but didn’t stick them down yet;
  4. I stamped the sentiment from the new Thoughtful Thanks stamp set – coming soon!
  5. Once I had the sentiment stamped, I sprayed the card front with Melon Mambo ink – you can do this with a brush with ink by tapping it over a finger onto the card front;
  6. I then stuck the card front to the card base;
  7. Finally I popped the 3 strips onto dimensionals and adhered them on top of the card and added some sequins from the metallics sequins selection;

And that was all there was to it! Simple!! And I love it – yay! 😊

Please do pop over and check out all the other fantastic projects that the design team have come up with this week. Even better – why not join us? Trust me it is great fun!

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Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406

Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products #CCMC406 – Create with Connie & Mary

Yes it’s Thursday and it’s time for a Colour Challenge using Stampin’ Up! Products! This week the challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary (#CCMC406) is to use the colours Crumb Cake/Kraft, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate!

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Wow – a difficult combination this time around! I instantly thought masculine card when I saw this combo, but then I stopped and thought about how I could do something a bit more feminine! I think I pulled it off – what do you think?

Colour Challenge using Stampin' Up! Products Papillon Potpourri Tracy May #CCMC406

I thought butterflies work in any colour and decided to create a simple card using an old favourite that I haven’t used in a while! I am very happy to say this set is carrying over to the new catalogue!

Colour Challenge using Stampin' Up! Products Papillon Potpourri Tracy May #CCMC406

 

  • Card Stock: Whisper White and Basic Gray;
  • Designer Series Paper: Neutrals DSP Stack;
  • Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri, Thankful Thoughts (new);
  • Ink Pads: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate;
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

So what do you think? Do you think you can make something feminine out of these colours, or would you stick to a masculine card? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Please do pop over and see what the rest of the design team have come up with and why don’t you join us for the challenge? I would love to see what you come up with! And it’s great fun! 😊

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Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404

Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the weekly challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404. This week it’s a colour challenge!

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The card I’ve ended up with is the third card I made. The other two just didn’t cut the mustard! I don’t know why, but I was determined to make my own background for the card, using the colours in the challenge. I tried different sized stripes in all 3 colours using masking tape and sponges, but I didn’t like the end result. I then tried making my own plaid background but that ended in disaster too 😂.

So then I decided to only use two of the colours for the background. And then I thought dots and circles would be good!  I settled on the Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate and used two pencils with erasers on the end and my Calypso Coral ink pad to make the dots. I then decided to use the open circles from the new Playful Backgrounds stamp set with the Smoky Slate to stamp over the top of the dots. Amazingly some of the randomly stamped dots lined up with the circles!

Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC404 Tracy May Playful Backgrounds

I dyed a piece of White Baker’s Twine Night of Navy on my ink pad – I had over filled it and so I thought this was a good way of using up some of the excess ink. It took a while to dry, but when it was, I wrapped it around my background panel and adhered the panel to a piece of Night of Navy card stock. The baker’s twine unfortunately looks black in the photo but it doesn’t in real life!

I stamped the sentiment from Tin of Cards in Night of Navy and cut it out, along with a mat of Calypso Coral card stock, using the Tags and Labels Framelits Dies and mounted it over the middle of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For once I’m really happy with a card I’ve made for a colour challenge! Woohoo! Hope you like it too!

Measurements:

Card Base: Whisper White A5 folded in half / Half Letter folded in half

Night of Navy Layer – 10cm x 14.3cm / 3 7/8″ x 5 10/16″

Whisper White card front 9.5cm x 13.8cm / 3 3/4″ x 5 7/16″

I hope I’ve inspired you to try out the colour challenge. Pop over and see what the rest of the design team have made for more inspiration and do please play along! It’s great fun!

 

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Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge #CCMC402

Another Stampin’ Up! Colour Combination Challenge for Create with Connie & Mary #CCMC402

I’m back with another challenge for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge Design Team. This week it is a colour challenge using the Stampin’ Up! Colour combination of Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Soft Suede.

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I love all these colours and didn’t think I would have any problems with them! And I had an idea in my mind using DSP and coloured card stock galore but try as I might I just couldn’t get it to work. And the more I tried the further away I got, from something I was happy with!

I seem to have a mental block when it comes to colour combinations and if I try to use a whole panel of colour via a designer series paper or a piece of card stock I get stuck and don’t know what to do with the rest of the card! I have noticed that I have a tendancy to go even more minimalistic and clean and simple than usual, when I’m faced with a colour challenge! Strange!!

Create with Connie & Mary Colour Challenge Card using Stampin' Up! Products Tracy May #CCMC402

Anyway, this is what I came up with!

  1. I stamped the grid and tea cup/coffee cup rings from Timeless Textures in Soft Suede ink onto the Whisper White card front and then stamped ink splats from Gorgeous Grunge in Lost Lagoon over the top.
  2. The sentiment is from Another Thank You and is stamped in Soft Suede and then mounted onto a small piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper in Mint Macaron underneath it, all over the top of some Gold Metallic thread.
  3. I stamped the butterfly from Kinda Eclectic in Mint Macaron and punched it out using the Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch and stuck it over the gold thread.
  4. Finally I used a piece of Soft Suede Designer Series paper from the Neutrals DSP 12×12″ stack and mounted the card front onto that to create the border, before mounting the whole thing onto a card base.

I know it looks super easy, and seriously now I have the design I could recreate this again in 5 minutes, but trust me a whole lot of effort went into this card 😂. I do love it though – it’s always great feeling coming up with a design I’m happy with when I’ve felt challenged!

I hope you like it to and be sure to check out the rest of the design team’s projects this week over at Create with Connie & Mary! And please do join us and play along!

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Thank You Card using more Stampin’ Up! product #CCMC401

Thank You Card using more Stampin’ Up! product #CCMC401

It’s time for the next challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary. I don’t know where the week has gone – it’s just flown by! Even with the Bedlam Brothers off school! Ha ha ha – they are lovely really! 😉 This week it’s a sketch challenge and I created another thank you card using more Stampin’ Up! product!

 

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I wasn’t really thinking colour scheme when I came up with my card, but I actually love how the colours I ended up with work well together.

Thank You Card using more Stampin' Up! product Tracy May #CCMC401

I started with my embossed (or debossed??) panel for the background. I wanted a subtle background which is why I used the reverse as the polka dots look softer this way. That led me to using Smoky Slate for the next piece and then soft sky for the banner. Once I had those two colours then Daffodil Delight seemed the obvious choice to me. I am using spring like images and colours an awful lot at the moment – maybe I’m trying to single handedly banish winter lol!

The flower is of course from the Botanical Builders Framelits as is the leaf cut using old olive. And finally the sentiment is from my old faithful Another Thank You.

Please do go and check out all the other cards from the wonderful design team and do have a go. It’s great fun – I promise! 😀

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Create with Connie and Mary Blog Challenge – Challenge CCMC400

Colour Challenge Week – Challenge CCMC400

It’s a colour challenge this week over at Create with Connie and Mary.

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I have to admit I really haven’t used Delightful Dijon at all in my creations, so I was interested to see what I would come up with for this colour challenge. If you follow my blog, you will have realised I mainly create very clean and simple cards unless I’ve been messing about with water colouring again! I did actually think about doing something with a Lost Lagoon water colour background but discarded that idea in favour of a masculine clean and simple card, which is what this colour scheme makes me personally think of.

No Bones About It from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC400

I decided on No Bones About it as that is fast becoming one of my go to stamp sets for fun grown up male cards. I started with stamping the triceratops skeleton onto a small piece of Sahara Sand card stock. I then decided to have a strip of Delightful Dijon down the side and thought the dots from Timeless Textures fit the bill perfectly. I stuck the dinosaur image to the card front using the Lost Lagoon tape from the 2014-2016 In Colour Designer Washi tape set.

Finally I took my Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker and split the sentiment by only colouring in one line at a time, stamping the first half down the side of the dinosaur and the second half along the bottom of the card front.

I thought the card looked a little bland on just a Whisper White card base, but it looks great agains the Sahara Sand.

I do hope you like today’s project. Don’t forget to head on over to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog to see what all the other lovely and talented design team have come up with! Why not give it a try. It is great fun! All the details are on the CCMC page! Good luck if you enter the challenge!

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Fluttering Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!

Create with Connie & Mary Blog Challenge – Challenge CCMC399

I am so excited today! It’s my very first post as a member of the Create with Connie & Mary Blog Challenge Design Team! Woohoo! I was so excited when I received the email asking me if I would like a spot on the team. I jumped at the chance of course and so here I am with my first design based on Connie & Mary’s sketch for challenge CCMC399.

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For those of you visiting me for the first time, let me introduce myself. My name is Tracy May and I am a Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrator based in the UK. My blog name derives from my two small sons – aka the Bedlam Brothers, as I like to call them, and my love of butterfly stamps. So for my first project for the design team I just had to have a butterfly in place of the flower in the sketch!

Fluttering Embossing Folder with Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #CCMC399

 

I cut out the butterfly from Stampin’ Up! Watercolour paper using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and water coloured it using an aqua painter and the Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight ink refills. Whilst it was drying I embossed a panel of Whisper White using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF for short) and attached it to the Basic Black card in the background.

The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo from Another Thank You and is held in place by the Mini Metallic Clothes Pin, which is also holding the butterfly to the embossed panel. I do hope you like it! It’s a very me card – clean and simple with a splash of colour! LoL!

 

Why not join in with the challenge – it’s lots of fun! 🙂

 

 

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