Tap, Tap, Tap in the New Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors

Birthday card using the Stampin’ Up! Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set and New Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors

Good morning, peeps and how are you this fine morning? I’m a bit bleary eyed after a couple of late nights making papier mache bases for a game for the school fair, which is in a couple of weeks. My husband thinks I’m mad but hey, nothing new there! Lol!

This morning I have a card for you using the Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set (available in wood or clear). I’m trying to make use of my old favourites before my order arrives with lots of new goodies to play with. Unfortunately Stampin’ Up! Europe are experiencing some delays in shipping at the moment, so if you are waiting for an order it will be picked, packed and sent as soon as possible I’m sure.

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Tap Tap Tap in Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron

I teamed it up with a couple of the new Stampin’ Up! 2015-2017 In Colors – Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe. I love the gold stripey DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack and new 2015-2017 In Color Envelope paper is lovely too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Have a great weekend.

Tap Tap Tap Greetings Card Stampin’ Up! Style

Tap Tap Tap Stampin’ Up! Style – Hello My Friend Greetings Card

Hello peeps, how are you today? It’s a very dull morning this morning. Other than being really dark this morning around 9:30 you would never know there’s a solar eclispse happening. Unfortunately the cloud cover is too dense to be able to actually see the sun at all, so we’re completely missing it in my neck of the woods.

Today’s project is a generic greetings card. I have a few friends I haven’t been in touch with recently and decided it would be nice to drop them some old fashioned snail mail. This is the first one I’ve made. I took this picture this morning using the normal settings for cloudy on my camera and luckily (despite the eclipse) it’s come out ok.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May greetings card

I finally got around to using the Tap Tap Tap stamp set (available in wood or clear) that I received from my upline Michelle last November for creating projects for an inspiration table at her Quarterly Team training. I love getting together with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for a day of crafting, catching up, business ideas and generally just relaxing amongst like minded people. If that idea appeals to you, let me know. I’d be happy to talk to you about signing up as a demonstrator.

I took inspiration for the layout first from this card on Pinterest and I’ve seen very similar card layouts on Pinterest and blogs since then, so it seems to be quite popular at the moment. I drew a curve in pencil first and then cut by hand using scissors (don’t look too closely or you’ll see the wobbly bits ha ha ha!).

Tap Tap Tap (and stamp) has become a bit of a mantra in my monthly class lately. I have had a couple of ladies join recently who have never stamped before and that’s how I’ve been showing them to ink up the stamp – tap tap tap on the ink pad and then stamp. Maybe this would be a good card to do in next week’s class?

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and feel inspired to create. Before I go, I would like to share a product announcement from Stampin’ Up!. They have anounced that from May 31st My Digial Studio (MDS) will be discontinued as will all digital downloads. I don’t know if they will be replacing it with a new software product but I will let you know as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and More Sale-a-bration

New Weekly Deals and More Sale-a-bration items available

Good morning peeps, it’s a lovely day where I am. Hope the sun is shining where you are too. I’ve a poorly boy at home with me this morning. Unfortunately my youngest is off sick from nursery and we’re off to the doctors shortly. Before we go though, I wanted to share the news that Stampin’ Up! are offering more items up to choose as Sale-a-bration gifts to replace the Blendabilities that are unfortuantely no longer available. Click here for more information.

First though, here’s one of my own projects using Sale-a-bration set A Happy Thing.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dutch Fold card making ideas

I think the fold is called a “Dutch” fold. It was my card for the March Card Challenge Swap group that I’m a member of on Facebook. The card had to be this fold and had to have DSP and a bird on a branch on the front and also use spring colours. I think I managed that by using the Painted Blooms DSP from the Spring/Summer (Occassions) 2015 catalogue and taking the colours for the bird from there.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Dutch Fold card making ideas

I hope you like the project. Don’t forget there are only 13 days of Sale-a-bration left. And don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals.

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No More Blendabilities – No problem with the watercolour technique!

No More Blendabilities – No problem with Stampin’ Up! re-inkers and ink pads watercolour technique.

Good morning peeps, hope you had a great weekend and you’re ready and raring to go this morning. It was Mother’s Day in the UK yesterday and I got breakfast in bed woohoo! I also got to clean up the mess after I got up too! Five year olds don’t make for tidy chefs – what am I talking about neither do 43 year olds either! Lol.

Anyways, I did get the chance to have a play around in my craft room after lunch yesterday. You’ve probably already heard the news that Stampin’ Up! have taken the decision to withdraw the Blendabilities Alcohol Marker range due to intolerable quality issues – well if you haven’t – sorry to be the one to break the news to you! I loved the Blendabilites and bought them all and didn’t have a problem with any of them. They had become my go-to for colouring and I had kind of forgotten about other colouring methods such as the watercolour technique.

Well no more – I dusted off the reinkers and got out my Aquapainters and Blender pens to come up with these cards. They’re not a set exactly but I was playing around with the Nature’s Perfection Sale-a-bration set (available in wood or clear).

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

Good old watercolouring. I simply painted over the embossed image with a light wash of ink and then continued applying to get the darker shades.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

The flowers in the card on the left are watercoloured using the Aquapainter. I didn’t have a Wisteria Wonder reinker so I simply squished the lid of my ink pad to get some ink onto the inside of the lid and picked it up with the Aquapainter. The card on the right uses Gorgeous Grunge splodges for colour.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

I used the reinkers and Aquapainter for the card on the right, but changed techniques for the card on the left. I picked up ink from the inner lid of the inkpads with my blender pens.

It was a fruitful and fun afternoon. I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and are inspired to get out the reinkers. A little tip for you. If you use a paint palette to drop the ink into, you can simply let it dry out if you have any ink left over. As the inks are water based you can simply drop a bit of water into them at a later date and mix them up and paint with them again.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May watercolour technique

Have fun. Thanks for stopping by

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10

My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015 Top 10 – No. 8 Hello You Thinlits Dies

Good morning peeps, hope you all had a fine and dandy weekend. I’m kicking off the start to the week with Number 8. from my own personal top 10 favourites from the new Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue – the Hello You Thinlits Dies.

These were on my wish list as soon as I saw a sneak peek of them from the US Founders Circle get together in the autumn (or Fall, for those of you visiting from across the pond).

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May Hello You card making ideas

I teamed the sentiment up with Painted Petals Photopolymer stamp set. This set is also available in wood and clear if you prefer.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May Hello You card making ideas

I tried to make a mask with the word “happy” but I didn’t stamp enough for it to work properly. I “saved” the card though by sticking layers of the word on top of each other. I think it’s a rather bright and well….happy card, don’t you?

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May Hello You gift ideas

Finally I made a little gift bag for the raffle prize for my class last week. Very cheery!

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. There’s only two to go now from my Spring/Summer (Occasions) Catalogue 2015. If you don’t want to miss a post, then please do sign up to follow me by email!

Have a happy, crafty day.

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Don’t forget about Sale-a-bration, which runs until the end of March. There’s some fantastic free gifts to choose from.

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My Top 10 Favourites from Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer Catalogue 2015

Happy New Year! A little late, I know, but this is my first post of 2015. We are still in the midst of our home extension project, but the end is at least in sight now. Operation Craft room set up will commence shortly. I’ll have somewhere of my own to play with all my lovely Stampin’ Up! ® stash and the dining room table will be free for eating at again. In the meantime, I’ve managed to organise some space in the tiny spare room to be productive and have a play with some new goodies.

If you don’t already have one, grab a cuppa and get settled. I’ve a fair bit to share with you today!

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Most people get the January blues, after the Christmas and New Year holidays but Stampin’ Up! have just the thing to banish them – Sale-a-bration is here! For those of you new to Sale-a-bration it is probably THE best promotion of the year. For EVERY £45 | 60 € spent you can chose one free gift, so if your order is worth £90 | 120 € you can choose two and so on in increments of £45 | 60 €. And that’s not all, there are hostess benefits to earn and freebies to choose if you sign up as a demonstrator too, more on that further down in this post.

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If that isn’t exciting enough news for you, then hopefully the launch of the new Spring/Summer Catalogue will be! It’s packed with luscious new products and some returning favourites from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. Oh I wish I could have ordered it all! [Sigh]

I have managed to order a few (ahem more than a few really) things and have compiled my own personal Top 10 favourites.

  1.  Butterfly Thinlits Dies (available as a bundle with the Butterfly Basics stamp set available in wood, clear and photopolymer)
  2. Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit and co-ordinating Perpetual Birthday Calendar Photopolymer stamp set
  3. Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit and co-ordinating Hooray It’s Your Day Photopolymer stamp set
  4. Confetti Heart Border Punch
  5. Cheerful Critters Photopolymer stamp set
  6. Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies
  7. Chalk Board Paper and Ink Pads (Aquamarine, Rose Coral, Yellow Citrus)
  8. Hello You Thinlits Dies
  9. Berry Basket BigzL Die
  10. Celebrate Today Photopolymer stamp set and Balloon Framelits Dies Bundle

I know there are actually more than 10 individual products in this list but I have combined products that co-ordinate such as the stamp sets with the kits and stamp sets with the dies as I will be creating examples using both.

I will post example projects using each of the above over the course of January. Today’s projects showcase my absolute favourite – the Butterflies Framelits.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits card making ideas

 

This card also uses the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which unfortunately is barely  visible in the picture. I used Soft sky ink as I wanted a very subtle background stamped over the Typset DSP. A tad too subtle for my liking though.

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I made this picture as a gift for a little girl in my youngest son’s nursery class. I love how it turned out. I like it even better than my previous butterfly frames. I can see myself making a lot of new inserts to replace those others I have made over the last 2 years!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits gift ideas

I decorated a mini peg with Blushing Bride polka dot DSP from theSubtles Background DSP Collection. This is actually the letter I from the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz. I don’t think I could have cut such a small sliver so straight otherwise.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Top 10 and the projects I’ve made so far with my No. 1 favourite. I have so much more I want to make with these framelits, but it will have to wait until I have completed all my Top 10 projects. I will not be sidetracked – it’s my new mantra for the new year!

Be sure to check back in on Friday for the No. 2 , which is the Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit and stamps set.

I’ll leave you with some more information about Sale-a-bration. If you don’t already have a preferred demonstrator, live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany or the Netherlands and would like a copy of the Spring/Summer Catalogue (N.B. English version) then please drop me a line and I’ll pop one in the post for you.

Thanks for popping by, take care x

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A couple of Stampin’ Up! projects

Today I’m sharing two of the Stampin’ Up! projects we recently did in my monthly class. This one, which is a CASE from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, was quite challenging.  I had been asked how it was done and thought it would be a good technique to showcase in a class.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

The background is stamped using the Lovely Lace embossing folder. You ink up the inside of the folder (the side which says Made In China on it) with Versamark ink and then sandwich your card stock in between and apply even pressure to the outside to transfer the Versamark to the cardstock. I found that the best results were when I used the brayer to roll over the outside, with the embossing folder on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat or rubbing your fingers firmly over the outside, with the folder on the mat.

This second card was using the Blendabilities (Wisteria Wonder). I had been asked by one of my lovely ladies if we could do another project using them and the Blended Bloom rubber stamp.

 

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas Blendabilities

I will be doing a special Blendabilities class in the new year – so watch this space for more details.

This week I am working on a load of Christmas projects to display at my upline, Michelle’s training on Sunday. So expect a full blown Christmas theme going on next week! My eldest son, Regan, was a bit non-plussed about the project I was working on yesterday. Personally I was very excited about it – maybe when he sees it finished he will be too as it is for him and his brother!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Sea Street Stampin’ Up! Shaker Card

There’s been another run of little boys’ birthdays recently. I immediately thought of Stampin’ Up! ® Sea Street rubber stamp set (available in wood or clear) and shaker cards.

Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Card Making Ideas

The outside of the card is made using the Stampin’ Up! Maritime Designer Series Paper. I usually have an aversion to cutting up DSP, but I’m trying to get over it! I’ve had this paper since the demonstrator pre-order back in June and not used it until now!

Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Card Making Ideas

I loved making these cards and was really pleased with them. My 5 year old son, however, was totally unimpressed, said they were boring and demanded I make cards with race cars on them instead! Luckily the recipient liked them (or at least the Mum did lol!).

Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Tracy May Card Making Ideas

I put gold glitter in one of them, but it kept falling out every time I shook the card so I decided not to for these two. I cut out all the little crabs, lobster, star fish and anchor by hand.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects.  Don’t forget I will be moving my blog soon to http://bedlamandbutterflies.co.uk. I will try to move all my email followers over, but please do pop by the new blog and follow me there to make sure you still get my posts – and a big thank you for your support!

And finally don’t forget about the Weekly Deals!

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