OnStage Live Swaps using Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin’ Up!

Mini Treat Bag Swaps made for OnStage Live using Gorgeous Grunge and Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin’ Up!

Well I’m back from Brussels and OnStage Live! So now I can share the swaps I made using Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin’ Up! I created mini treat bags using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and white envelope paper from the Neutrals envelope paper collection. I based the design on the Thank You card I created a while back using Lighthearted Leaves teamed up with Gorgeous Grunge.

I had a fantastic time in Brussels! I loved the new format for the Stampin’ Up! event, formerly known as convention. There were lots of fabulous, gorgeous new products to see, which I’m sure you will love! I can’t show you them just yet as there are still some events going on, but I will give you a sneak peek soon.

Let me show you my swaps before I go off on a tangent!

Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bags Gift Ideas Tracy May

I made 40 of them – 20 in each colour. Which one do you prefer?

Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bags Gift Ideas Tracy May

This one uses Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral. I stamped the main leaf in Calypso Coral card using Calypso Coral ink, before adding highlights with a white gel pen.

Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bags Gift Ideas Tracy May

This one is stamped in Pool Party, Island Indigo and Night of Navy. I’ve never used Night of Navy much before, but seem to be liking it more and more. This one is my favourite. I cut the leaves out using the Leaflets Framelits.

Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bags Gift Ideas Tracy May

I also filled the treat bags with Hot Chocolate powder, a few chocolate chips and mini marshmallows!

Lighthearted Leaves from Stampin' Up! Mini Treat Bags Gift Ideas Tracy May

The Bedlam Brothers kept buzzing around the bags with the chocolate chips and marshmallows in prior to me getting round to making my swaps. They were very concerned there wouldn’t be enough left for them, so I made them up a bag each and I will make them a Christmas themed treat bag to put them in! 🙂

Little monkeys – they did miss me whilst I was away and I got lots of cuddles when I got back!

Well I hope you like my swaps. If you like the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, be sure to order it now as it will be gone by the end of December. The full list of retiring products is here, so be sure to take a look and order the items you want before it’s too late.

Also there is a fantastic offer on at the moment, so check that out as well!


So long post from me today – hope you’ve enjoyed all the pictures though. If you would like any of the products used and are happy to shop with me, simply click on the table below and you will be taken to my online shop, don’t forget to enter the code shown below and on the side bar for your free gift. Thanks for your support!

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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!!

Thanks for stopping by x

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!



And if that’s not enough there’s more…


Have fun – thanks for stopping by!


Flippin’ mad over flip cards!

Flip cards created using a variety of Stampin’ Up! products.
Good morning, peeps and how’re things today? We all got hit by a dreadfull stomach bug last week, except for my eldest son, who never seems to get anything that’s doing the rounds. It was like a domino effect – first my youngest son, then the hubby and finally me! Boo – I don’t do being sick but luckily was able to take to my bed and hide for a while. We’re all back on our feet now though thankfully.

In the middle of all of this it was my youngest son’s 4th birthday. He was so excited. I was struggling with the shaker card I had in my head not working well on paper, so the final card I ended up making at midnight the night before his birthday is actually the original design I had before I decided to make a shaker card! Life’s just like that sometimes isn’t it? Lol.

stampin up star framelits flip card Bedlam & Butterflies

I am pleased to say the little chap loved the card and it even got an “Awesome” when he flipped it and saw the reverse.

stampin up star framelits flip card Bedlam & Butterflies

One of my class ladies had asked to do flip cards using framelits in my April class as she’d seen a few YouTube videos but not had the chance to give it a go. I have seen simpler flip cards where only one half of the shape is cut from the card base, but I love the Stampin’ Up! Circle Card thinlits die, which cuts from two sides with the middle left intact, so I used this as the template for my design.

stampin up circle card thinlits Bedlam & Butterflies

It’s really simple to just take the measurements of the completed card made using the Circle Card thinlits and create with any shape framelit you like. So far I’ve tried labels, stars and butterflies! It’s great fun – like my post title says I’ve gone flippin’ mad over flip cards lol!

Ok well I’m off – eek less than an hour left before I have to pick up my little one from nursery. Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.

Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!

Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up! – Masking and Spritzing with ink refills

Well hello. And how are you today? It’s absolutely peeing it down as I speak and I’ve put the heating back on Brrrr. (Sorry ignore me – we Brits are obsessed with the weather lol!)

I spent a happy evening last week, playing around with my spritzers again – I think I told you already me and spritzers are not usually a happy combination. But, I think I’m getting the hang of them now.

Stampin' Up! - butterflies thinlits - masking - spritzing - Bedlam & Butterflies

My lovely downline, Delphine, had posted these gorgeous negative mask cards on her blog – she is super talented – go and check out her lovely projects. Well, it reminded me that I had wanted to use the masking technique with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and my Stampin’ Spritzers. I used on of my Stampin’ Up! delivery boxes to create a spritzing chamber by taking the side panel off, so I could lay the project down on the bottom and spritz away without the ink going everywhere – I still managed to get it all over the counter top in the utility room anyway lol!

I loved how the mask looked afterwards so kept it to use on this card.

Stampin' Up! - butterflies thinlits - masking - spritzing - Bedlam & Butterflies

It’s pretty isn’t it? I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set for the sentiment and stamped the background saying from the same set all over in Versamark ink.

I hope you like today’s projects. Don’t forget to check out the Retiring List (link on the side bar). There are lots of items that have already sold out, but there are still bargains to find too.


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Stampin’ Up! Retiring Stamps and Accessories Discounts

Stampin’ Up! Retiring Stamps and Accessories available at discounted prices!


It’s time to say goodbye to retiring products from the 2014–2015 annual catalogue, but before they go, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favourites with discounts up to 50 percent off retail. Retiring products will only be available until 2 June*, or while supplies last, so now’s a great time to get them before they’re gone! We’re also including the My Digital Studio list, with all products discounted 30 percent off retail.

*Note: Why are these products retiring on 2 June? Since all catalogue launches will now be aligned globally, the current 2014–2015 annual European catalogue will end when the new annual catalogue launches on 2 June 2015, rather than its original end date of 30 June 2015. This includes retiring product within the catalogues, as well as the print catalogues themselves.

The lists below will be updated regularly to show the availability of all retiring products. Download the PDF for a quick reference, or use the Excel file to sort the list by product name, price, page number, discount, availability, or product type. Check back regularly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. I will update the links on the right hand side of my blog regularly.

Just before I go – I thought you might like this video of Stampin’ Up!’s favourite retiring items.

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Painted Petals Card & Mini Treat Gift Bag

Congratulations Card and co-ordinating gift bag using Stampin’ Up! Painted Petals Stamp set and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits™ Dies.

Good morning everyone, how are you today? I’s a lovely start to the week, after a very chilly day yesterday, it’s promising to warm up considerably. And I have a lovely warm, spring-like project to share with you today.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I stamped the sentiment from Sassy Salutations onto Kraft card stock using Versamark ink and then clear embossed it. I then stamped the shimmer white card stock with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive for the flowers from the Painted Petals stamp set ,before rolling the edges of the stamps in gold ink and stamping over the top. I love the photopolymer stamp sets as they make techniques like this so easy.

I made the little gift bag from the brown packing paper that comes in Stampin’ Up! orders, using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits™ Dies.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May gift ideas

Well I hope you like today’s project. Thanks for stopping by.

The Stampin’ Up! retiring list will be out tomorrow. I’m quite excited as it means the new catalogue will be here shortly! Woohoo!


Jazz up that plain stationery! Altered Notebooks

Altered Notebooks using Stampin’ Up! products

Good morning everyone. It’s a beautiful sunny day here – a bit crisp as I found out on the school run after deciding I didn’t need a coat. I think the sun has lulled me into a false sense of summer!

Anyway on to today’s craftiness. I spent a lovely hour yesterday with my littlest son “helping” me alter some plain kraft notebooks.


I have a bit of a stationery habit lol! I love notebooks and pens and have a draw full of unused notebooks waiting to be jazzed up in some way before I use them.

I started off with some heat embossing – my son was fascinated watching the embossing powder melting under the heat. He made me do the back of the Pool Party one. The one on the left is Gold embossed, although it doesn’t show too well on the photo, it is lovely in real life.  I used the triangles stamp from Dotty Angles and the Alphabet Rotary stamp for the wording.


I also decided to upcycle the SAB (sale-a-bration) cover that came with the Spring/Summer (Occassions) 2015 catalogues to jazz up the spiral bound notebook.

Stampin' Up! SAB Catalogue cover

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May alterened notebooks

I thought this one was a little plain, even though I edged it with washi tape, so I stamped and heat embossed “Notebook” (using the Alphabet Rotary stamp again) onto Chalkboard paper and cut it out using the Word Bubble framelits.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May altered notebooks

A small change but I think it looks much better, don’t you?

I’ll be back next week with more projects to (hopefully) inspire you. Plus the Stampin’ Up! Retiring products list will be out next week. Europe is being aligned with the rest of the world for Stampin’ Up! catalogue launches so the new annual catalogue will be here a month earlier than previously – roll on June hey? Lol!

Well thanks for stopping by.Have a craft-tastic weekend x

Bling It On – Card Swap Challenge Stampin’ Up! Style

Bling It On Card Swap Challenge Stampin’ Style with Everything Eleanor – a card swap challenge!

Good evening peeps, a little late in the day for me, but I’m back with a quick post of a card I recently made for a card challenge swap I’m a member of on Facebook.

Stampin' Up! Everything Eleanor

The card had to be made a certain way – on a stand which is part of the card base and use black, gold and white and have swirls on it and bling!  Luckily I have the Every Eleanor stamp set (available in wood or clear), which has this gorgeous swirl in it. I heat embossed in black for extra bling factor and added some gold sequins I had left over from an old Stampin’ Up! memory book kit from last year. Overall I was really pleased with the result. What do you think?

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Hand-made DIY stamp and Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Cute little bear card! Create your own hand-made DIY stamps using Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving kit.

Good morning everyone. It’s a lovely sunny day here. We’re having a gentle start to the school Easter break so far. The boys have slept late (well late for them) every morning. I’ve had to be up to let the builders in. I can’t believe how much noise the builders have made without the boys waking up. I think all the learning they are doing at school has worn them out.

Anyways enough waffle about my little peeps. Here’s a card I made for another little person, who turned 3 at the weekend.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May undefined hand-made stamps

It’s a hand-made DIY stamp I carved last year. First I created a mask of the bear by stamping on a Post It note that is sticky all over and adhering it over the bear to protect him (I forgot to take a photo duh!). Then I made another mask of the circle (using the Circle framelits) from some scrap card stock and stuck it down using more sticky notes and sponged the circle in Pink Pirouette. I watercoloured the bear in Crumb Cake by taking ink off the inside of the ink pad lid with an Aquapainter. Then I highlighted him with the white gel pen once he was dry. So easy and so cute (well in my humble opinion anyway lol!).

stampin up uk independent stampin up demonstrator Tracy May undefined stamp carving kit diy stamps

I loved using the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit. I have been writing down ideas for more of them. So watch out I’ll be inflicting more of my little drawings on you at some point! Lol!

Now let’s see what lovely things are included in this week’s Weekly Deals!


Well thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day.