Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up! – another sneak peek

Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up! – another sneak peek

I’m back with project two using Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up! this week. Again I am going to be entering the Global Design Project #GDP015, whose theme is celebrate and also Retro Sketches again, as I used their sketch for the second time.

Balloon Celebration by Stampin' Up! with Birthday Bouquet DSP by Tracy May

Balloon Celebration by Stampin’ Up! is definitely becoming a firm favourite and I love that you can create different looks just by changing colour and layout. This card is much softer and more subtle than the one I created on Monday, don’t you think?

Balloon Celebration by Stampin' Up! with Birthday Bouquet DSP by Tracy May

I teamed the set up with the new Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and coordinating Honeycomb Embellishments and took the colour scheme from those. You can just see a shimmer on the wooden sentiment, which I created using the clear Wink of Stella pen, also coming soon. I’m really spoiling you with all the sneak peeks on this card aren’t I?  😊

Let me know if you aren’t on my catalogue mailing list but would like to be (UK, NL, DE, FR, AT only I’m afraid). I will send out catalogues between Christmas and New Year, so there will be plenty of time to have a good thumb through and get those wish lists written!

I still have a few Christmas projects to complete and I will share those if you aren’t all fed up with Christmas already but oh joy, oh joy, oh joy! The Christmas cards are all done! Bar one or two I’ve no doubt forgotten – I usually do as I have a few separate lists kept in separate places and formats. I really should consolidate but that would be bordering on organised, which I’ve never been on a personal front. Professionally I used to be very organised, as a Project Manager, so maybe that is why I rebelled in my personal life and went with ad hoc or spontaneous as I like to call it (in reality totally disorganised and scatty would be a better description)! 😆

Well that’s it from me today. See you tomorrow!

Boys will be boys by Stampin’ Up!

Boys will be boys by Stampin’ Up!

I’m killing two birds with one stone as the saying goes!. Today’s project is a Retro Sketch challenge entry as well as CASology Toy theme challenge entry. Boys will be boys by Stampin’ Up! is a set I’ve had for a while, that I have to admit, I’ve struggled a little with. I loved it as soon as I saw it, but then when I got it, I couldn’t seem to pull a card together with it, that I liked! That’s all changed today though!

Boys Will Be Boys by Stampin' Up! Retro Sketch CAS card Tracy May

 

I should tell you how I coloured the robot really shouldn’t I? He’s stamped in Basic Grey Archival ink and Watercoloured with Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry. I used all the colours from the Washi tape on the rest of the card and hopefully I’ve achieved the retro look I was after!

I’ve never played along with Retro Sketches before, but I’ve already got another card on the desk in progress for this sketch. It’ll be another sneak peek of Balloon Celebrations and I’ll share it with you tomorrow. Here’s the sketch..

 

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I’m so easily distracted. I should use the sketch to finish off my Christmas cards. I need about another 20 I think. I had better get a wriggle on, or it will be too late to post them! Even as I’m typing this I have ideas for Boys Will Be Boys popping in to my head – typical isn’t it? Are you easily distracted as well, or can you be super focused?

I should be strict and not let myself play the sketch again until I finish my Christmas cards!! Bah Humbug Scrooge!!! Ha ha ha 😆

Right well enough waffle I’ll leave you with this week’s deals to check out.

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Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin’ Up! products

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin’ Up! Products

I didn’t have much time this weekend for crafting, what with finishing off the Christmas shopping, babysitting for friends’ kids and taking the boys to see Santa, but I did manage a couple of novelty christmas tags using Stampin’ Up! products. What do you think? They are both totally cased from Christmas Cards I have seen. I got the idea for this frog one from Susan Itell who made this card. I just added the Christmas hat and a punny sentiment using the alphabet rotary stamp.

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May - You're Sublime

The second tag I cased from this card by Val Moody and I added the sentiment from Jingle All the Way.

Novelty Christmas Tags using Stampin' Up! products Tracy May Reindeer Paper Clips
I thought these would make fun tags for the boys’ Christmas presents. I’m starting to feel the customary Christmas panic – I still haven’t finished all my cards, despite thinking I had! I totally under estimated how many I would need. Useless!

Also I lost my Midori day planner on a recent trip to Manchester. I think I left it on the train and I had hoped that someone would have handed it in but unfortunately they haven’t so now I’m not sure if I did leave it on the train or lost it somewhere else instead. It’s a pain as I am totally a paper planner and I’m wracking my brains hoping I haven’t forgotten any important dates! I’m in the middle of replacing the planner so took 5 minutes out last night to jazz up the notebook insert I bought.

I really love the new Rose Wonder stamp set coming in the Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue. If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalogue please let me know and I will send one out to you. I can only send out to UK, France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands though.

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Christmas Tag featuring Stampin’ Up! Wonderland

Christmas Tag featuring Stampin’ Up! Wonderland & a massive Year End Sale

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Well I almost managed a week without a Christmas project, but I couldn’t resist much longer, so I ‘m back today with a gorgeous tag (oh how modest of me lol!) I made using the Stampin’ Up! Wonderland – what do you think? Gorgeous isn’t it?

Stampin' Up! Wonderland Christmas Tag Tracy May

It was sooooo simple too – it just required a little drying time as I used the Craft White ink pad, which is a slow drying ink. Simply stamp the background trees in a strong green, I used Mossy Meadow, then stamp over the top with the Craft White ink. Mine was a bit juicy and mixed with the Mossy Meadow on the card stock but I love the effect. I stamped the ink splatter from Gorgeous Grunge, also using Craft White ink to create a blurry snowy effect. I decided to add the sentiment to a long banner that I punched a hole through and threaded on to the same ribbon as goes through the main tag, I love the look!

Stampin' Up! Wonderland Christmas Tag Tracy May

If you don’t already own Stampin’ Up! Wonderland stamp set, go check out the End of Year Sale – it’s included in there along with lots of other gorgeous stamp sets. Last orders for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is Sunday 13th December! The sale runs until 4th January 2016. And don’t forget to add the code if your order is under £150 to receive a free gift from me too. (Link on side bar for more information).

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Less is More – Green & Blue

Less is More challenge – Green & Blue

I’m back today with a very clean and simple card for the Less is More Green & Blue Challenge. I haven’t had a proper play with the Awesomely Artistic from Stampin’ Up! for quite some time and thought it was a great opportunity to get the stamp set out and play. Try as I might though I couldn’t get my original idea of using the dragonfly image over the flowers. No idea why it wouldn’t work but it just didn’t! I’ll keep playing though and see what happens. In the meantime, having ditched the dragonfly for now, here’s my card.

What do you think? Certainly Less is More with all that lovely white space don’t you think?

Less is More Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic Tracy May

I added some Candy Dots from the Brights Collection to match the Tempting Turquoise/Old Olive colour scheme. Maybe it needs some bling instead?

Less is More Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic Tracy May

I do love these flowers though. They’re very pretty. I’m going to play around with the colour combination though as I think it would look more striking in black and red or black and purple maybe?

Well better dash. I’ve got yoga this morning – I’m trying to get back into diet/fitness mode – probably not the best thing just before Christmas, but I suppose you could call it damage limitation lol!

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Fluttering butterfly embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!

Fluttering butterfly embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! 

A friend and her family recently moved to a new home and she was describing the outdated decor to us. Apparently her living room was decorated in a vile purple butterfly wallpaper, which just had to go! As a joke I made her a purple butterfly card using the Fluttering butterfly embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!, which hopefully is a lot more tasteful than the wallpaper was! Lol!

What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Fluttering Butterfly Embossing Folder Tracy May

I added some Dazzling Details to the wing spots of the butterfly, which is stamped using the fabulous Watercolor Wings set in Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum. Purple isn’t normally one of my go to colour schemes, however, I think it’s a beautiful card and very clean and simple, but then I’m biased aren’t I? 😉

I think I will try out some more purple colour schemes, there’s loads in the new Spring/Summer catalogue, which would look stunning in it! I had a little play last night with one of my new stamps and I can’t wait to share the results with you later in December.

In the meantime, check out this week’s deals and see if you can grab yourself a bargain. Last orders for guaranteed delivery before Christmas are Sunday 13th December, so make sure to order now if you want something in time for a gift or last minute craft project!

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Project Life Stampin’ Up! – A Sneak Peek

Project Life Stampin’ Up! – Another Sneak Peak of Memories in the Making from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue. 

As promised yesterday, I am back today with the gift box I created using the new Memories in the Making Project Life Stampin’ Up! set. I used the never ending circles image again, to stamp tone-on-tone on the Pool Party and Calypso Coral card stock. This was an awkward gift to create packaging for, but I was determined to do it!

Project Life Stampin' Up! Memories in the Making by Tracy May

I used the never ending circles image again, to stamp tone-on-tone on the Pool Party and Calypso Coral card stock. This was an awkward gift to create packaging for, but I was determined to do it!

Project Life Stampin' Up! Memories in the Making by Tracy May

I created two boxes for the base and lid, which measure 8.7cm x 8.7cm (diameter) x 10.9cm (height) and then created the inner wall and stuck it to the inside of the base. The lid then just slides on. There is a gap in the middle, where the lid and the base don’t meet, as I didn’t have card stock big enough, but I decorated it with the white jute ribbon and I actually really like the effect. What do you think?

As I mentioned yesterday Project Life Stampin’ Up! isn’t just for memory keeping projects. The sets are so versatile and can be used in any type of paper craft project.

My pre-order arrived earlier today and so far I have been very restrained and other than opening the box I haven’t been through it yet. I think I’ll grab a coffee and go through and start planning and playing! I’ll share more sneak peeks later in December for you! 😊

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Christmas Boxes (part 2) – Tags, Bags & Boxes Week

Christmas Boxes – Tags, Bags & Boxes Week

Sadly today is the final day of my Tags, Bags & Boxes themed week of blog posts. The final instalment comprises of Christmas Boxes, created using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board! This is such a great tool for box makers. It takes all the calculation out the equation – pun intended before you ask! 😉

I chose 3 sizes of box to make and decided to dress a couple up with lids created from Designer Series Paper. Which one’s your favourite? I’ll tell you mine at the end of the pictures.

Stampin' Up! Christmas Boxes Gift Box Punch Board Tracy May

I love this small box. The ribbon, the sequin trim and DSP lid make it look so elegant with a modern twist.

Stampin' Up! Christmas Boxes Gift Box Punch Board Tracy May

I sized up on this one – both in terms of box size but also the ribbon around makes it more classic looking as well as elegant.

Stampin' Up! Christmas Boxes Gift Box Punch Board Tracy May

I used the corner rounder and closure punch on the gift box punch board for this one and added a tag created from the same DSP.

Stampin' Up! Christmas Boxes Gift Box Punch Board Tracy May

I think the smallest one is definitely my favourite of these Christmas boxes, but I do love how you can use the punch board to make the box closure so you don’t have to make a separate lid.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s blog posts. I’ve really enjoyed creating projects based on around a theme and so will definitely do this type of week again in the New Year. Thank you for accompanying me on my blogging journey. If you would like to see any particular types of projects or have ideas for themes, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

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Christmas Boxes – Tags, Bags & Boxes Week

Christmas Boxes – Tags, Bags & Boxes Week

Continuing with my Tags, Bags & Boxes Week, today’s project comes under the Christmas Boxes heading! I haven’t used a box maker or box making die though, like I did for the Christmas Bags the last two days. I’ve been wanting to make a circular or oval box using my framelits for a while now, but hadn’t found the time/occassion to. Well without further ado, I will show you my Christmas Boxes project number 1, using the Stampin’ Up! Circles Framelits dies – I used the 4″ circle.

Christmas Boxes Project 1 Circle Framelits box Tracy May

I stamped the snow flakes from Wonderland over the circle I used for the lid and the tag base. I topped both the box and the tag off with images from the Sleigh Ride Edgelits set. I love these edgelits! They have been one of my favourite items from this Autumn/Winter catalogue. If you haven’t seen the non-Christmassy projects I made previously using them check them out here and here!

Christmas Boxes Project 1 Circle Framelits box Tracy May

I wrapped the white ribbon around the side to hide the seam where I had to join two strips of card to make the right length for the box sides. I used 2 x 18cm x 6cm strips for the lid and 2 x 18cm x 7cm strips for the base.

Christmas Boxes Project 1 Circle Framelits box Tracy May

No doubt, I will get around to the oval box I want to make, so I will do a tutorial then!

I hope you like today’s project. I’ve got one more Christmas Boxes post for you tomorrow in the Tags, Bags and Boxes week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the projects. If you want to see any particular type projects on this blog in the future, feel free to make suggestions below in the comments!

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Christmas Bags (Part 2) – Bags, Tags and Boxes Week

Christmas Bags (Part 2)– Bags, Tags and Boxes Week

When I was at OnStage Live the other week, one of the demonstrations on the stage was of a gusseted bag made using the Stampin’ Up! mini treat bag thinlits. I wrote down the directions, as I’d not made them before. They are really easy to make and so I thought along with the gusseted Christmas Bags I’ve made for my Bags, Tags and Boxes week today, I would also create a little photo tutorial for you. Yes you’re welcome! 😉

I created two Christmas bags, one two tone and one monochrome. I love how these turned out – what do you think? Pretty right? Which one’s your favourite?

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

 

I used the Sparkly Seasons ZigZag image and Seasonal Frames framelits to cut out the bauble, which has an ombre watercolour look. I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and Island Indigo markers to colour the stamp before spritzing with water and stamping.

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

For the Whisper White bag I ran the front panel through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

For the Lost Lagoon and Whisper White bag, I first cut out two additional front panels (removing the bottom flap) before then embossing with Softly Falling – take a look at the Photo Tutorial below and you’ll see what I mean!

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

For the Basic Christmas Bag

Step 1: Cut two of the front and side panels using the largest thinlit and cut a piece of card to 4cm x 9.4cm (this is for the bottom of the treat bag);

Step 2. Cut off the zig zag top of the side panel on both pieces;

Step 3. Line up the side score line along the 2cm line of your Stampin’ Trimmer and score;

Step 4. Line up the side score line along the 4cm line of your Stampin’ Trimmer and score;

Step 5. Place a strip of double sided sticky tape along the side score lines of the side pieces and the bottom flaps;

Step 6. Burnish all scored lines. Mountain fold the outer two score lines on the side panel and valley fold the middle this will create the gusseted sides;

Step 7. Assemble the treat bags by first sticking the two front and side pieces together down one of the sides and the bottom panel to one of the bottom flaps;

Step 8. Fold the remaining sides over to meet to create the bag and adhere the remaining bottom flap to the  4cm x 9.4cm piece of card.

N.B. If you are decorating the front of the bags, either by embossing or stamping, you need to do this before you assemble them.

Christmas Bags Stampin' Up! Gusseted Mini Treat bag Tracy May

Wow it’s a long post today! Here’s the weekly deals for you! I have a little confession – I have the fun frames embossing folders and I haven’t used them yet! I will have to crack them open and get playing now for sure!

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