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!


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.


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.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Butterflies framelits gift ideas

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


Christmas Bonanza – Free Tutorials

A while back I posted a picture of a fun shaker card for little boys using Stampin’ Up! Sea Street stamp set. I was asked to make a tutorial for it, and finally, as promised I have now managed to write one (sorry it’s taken so long Lisa!). In fact there are two tutorials – one for the pocket part and one for the shaker part. I made the shaker card below with my class in September.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Originally I cased this card from Dawn Olshefski’s Valentine Heart shaker card.

The star shape is a little trickier to use the shaker frames with but it’s such a great shape it’s worth a little extra effort I think. If you’re using a different shape just adapt the tutorial accordingly. Download the Star Shaker Card Instructions here.

The second tutorial is for the pocket part of the Sea Street Shaker card. I wanted to make a Christmas card in this style but didn’t have time to make it a shaker one so I used a large snowflake from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die. Click here to see how I cut out the snowflake using the card thinlits.

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

Forgive the photography – I’m not set up to take great photos at the moment. The extension to the house is still in progress so I don’t have my nice new craft room set up yet!

stampin up independent demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas


You can download the tutorial for the pocket here – Pocket Card Instructions.

Well I hope you enjoy the projects and give them a go! If you would like any further information about Stampin’ Up!, the products, hosting a party or signing up as a demonstrator please feel free to contact me

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Thanks for stopping by

Tracy x


Star Gift Box Free Tutorial – Stampin’ Up! products

A while back I posted a picture on my Stampin’ Up! Instagram and Facebook accounts that generated a bit of a buzz! It wasn’t a fancy picture at all though! But it did show the rudiments of how to create the sides of a star shaped box.

stampin up uk star gift box tutorial

The picture shows, that it is not as hard as you might think.  I would say it’s advanced beginner/intermediate skill level.

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Aside from butterflies, my favourtite, favourite crafting shape or image is Stars and I had been wanting to make a star gift box, which had a base and a lid, for ages. Then Stampin’ Up! beat me to it with their Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, which of course I just had to purchase. Now the stars in the kit are “closed” when assembled as they are intended more as tree or mantle decorations than gift boxes. You can adapt them though by cutting off one side of adhesive tabs but I had wanted to make a box you could open easily.


stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May star shaped gift box tutorial

If you don’t have the Many Merry Stars kit, fear not, for I have created a tutorial for you, so you can make your own! The measurements in the tutorial are based on the Stampin’ Up! Stars framelits. I used the largest star from the set.  I made this box from Stampin’ Up! Kraft card stock and decorated the lid with the Endless Wishes photopolymer stamp set.

Click on the link to download the pdf for the Star Gift Box Tutorial.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May star shaped gift box tutorial

I made the boxes before I found star shaped candles in Waitroe (which fit almost perfectly into the box) so I just had to buy them – well it would have been rude not to lol!!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by



An early Christmas present – Stampin’ Up! Joining Offer


Wow Christmas has definitely come early! Stampin’ Up! style of course! Until 2nd December, Stampin’ Up! are offering a fantastic  deal on the starter kit. The starter kit has 25% discount and is now £74.25 and you can still choose £130 worth of free goods.
And if that weren’t enough to tempt you, you will also earn 5% cash back (paid to you in January) on any commissionable sales made in December.  And what makes that even more enticing is that as a demonstrator we can pre-order items from the new Spring/Summer Seasonal from 5th December.
So you still get your 20% instant income on commissionable sales (and if the order is placed within 45 days of joining and is over £150+ you will get 30% instant income as well as the hostess benefits and freebies).
So why not give yourself the Christmas gift that keeps on giving and get the starter kit as a Christmas gift to yourself along with all the discounts and cash back with every order you place!
Click the tab at the top of my blog ‘Join My Team’ to find out more about being a demonstrator or simply give me a call or email me, I would be delighted to help.

Upcycled Stampin’ Up! Advent Calendar House

I may have mentioned once or twice in previous posts, that we are currently undertaking a project to extend our house. I’ve secretly code-named it Operation Craft Room (shhh don’t tell the hubby! lol). Anyway, the house is a complete mess, dust and mud everywhere – inside and out – as you will see from the dusty window in the picture below. In the midst of all this activity and noise, I was busy building a house of my own (I do hope my builders are better at their measurements than I was with this project, ahem!).

And so, this is the house that I built – out of upcycled Stampin’ Up! packaging cardboard. I used the heavy duty cardboard that comes in packs to keep the product flat such as the treat boxes, DSP etc. I drew the windows in after cutting the roof shape and cut them all out by hand with a Stanley knife adn a metal ruler! (Oh I so need an e-cutter!).


stampin up uk christmas projects ideas handmade advent calendars

I made “floors” inside for the boxes to rest on too. It’s actually a pretty sturdy thing. I covered the walls with Whisper White card stock and painted on a coat of Mod Podge to protect it a) from me whilst completing it and b) from the Bedlam Brothers who it is for. They now have two advent calendars – one each! The hope is, they will now NOT fight over whose turn it is to open the calendar each day as they did last year. What’s the betting they’ll be fighting over who opens which calendar instead?

Now unlike my builders who do know what they are doing, I kind of made this on the fly and got the measurements for the “floors” wrong. I made them as wide as the side walls when they needed to be slightly smaller so I had to re-score the side flaps on each side at the back. This left a bit of an unsightly warping and wrinkling, plus the seams in the various pieces of Whisper White were very noticeable. I had been wondering what to do when I saw this project from Patty Bennett in the US – kerching! Bricks from the ticket duo builder punch – brilliant! I was able to hide the seam on both sides at the front with the little ticket and the seam and the ugly warping at the back!! Fantastic – thank you Patty!!


stampin up uk christmas projects ideas handmade advent calendars

I made all the drawers from Real Red card stock and covered the fronts with Nordic Noel DSP. The roof is covered with Under the Tree Speciality DSP! My oldest son has filled the drawers with chocolate. He was so happy that I let him do it – bless! All in all I’m pretty chuffed with how it looks now.

I hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping by.

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.


Endless possibilities with Stampin’ Up! Christmas Stamps

Well I managed to get some of the Christmas cards completed following my self set challenge on Wednesday. I love Stampin’ Up! ‘s photopolymer Endless Wishes stamp set. I have so many ideas in my head using these Christmas stamps at the moment!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May christmas photopolymer stamps

I started these cards at the same time as the Four Feather’s birthday cards I shared on Monday. I used the same ink splatter technique i.e. squeeze some white ink on a flat surface (I used one of my acrylic blocks) and then mix a little surgical spirits/rubbing alcohol from an Aquapainter and then gently flick the brush over the card stock. It’s great fun but be warned it’s a little messy. Note to self: splatter the ink in a cardboard box next time. I got white ink everywhere – all over my camera, computer, drawer units. Everything on my desk basically ended up being splattered lol!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May christmas photopolymer stamps

The Bedlam Brothers were fascinated by the process. They wanted to “help”! Ha ha – I will do this with them once we have the build work done and we have the room to make sure the walls don’t get covered! We’re a little cramped in at the moment. Downstairs we have one room that is functioning as a living/dining room and food prep room. I still have use of the oven and the sink in the kitchen but there are no work tops left.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May christmas photopolymer stamps

I’ve made some of the Kraft ones for the school to sell at their Christmas fair in a couple of weeks. What do you think? Would you buy this sort of thing at a school fair? I’m doing a few other styles of cards as well, so hopefully they will sell.

Well that’s it from me this week. I hope you have a fantastic weekend, whatever you may be doing – hopefully that will include some crafting!

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 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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Stampin’ Up!’s Four Feathers Birthday cards

Stampin’ Up!’s Four Feathers

Wow – I can’t believe it’s November already! Today’s projects are the same card in two different colour schemes. I was inspired by a Christmas tag on Pinterest. I thought Stampin’ Up!’s Four Feathers rubber stamp set and matching Feathers framelits (available as a bundle) would would be perfect instead of the holly leaves.

What do you think? I love both, but I do like the splash of red on the Kraft version.

Stampin' Up!'s Four Feathers independent stampin up demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I’m in the middle of making some Christmas cards in this style and these colour combinations too.


Stampin' Up!'s Four Feathers independent stampin up demonstrator Tracy May card making ideas

I’ll post the Christmas version later in the week. Now there’s a challenge to myself to get them finished!

We’re now in to the second month of our 3.5 month build. It’s very exciting but it is keeping me distracted and away from crafting! And if that wasn’t enough I’m also trying to move my blog! I’m going to try to migrate my email followers over but I will post the address on here when its ready. So if you want to make sure you keep getting my blog posts then please sign up (again) via the new page!

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon