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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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

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No.7 Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Ink

Stampin’ Up! Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Inks

Hi, I’m back with No. 7 from my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer  Catalogue Top 10! Today’s projects are all made using the fabulous new Chalkboard Paper and ColorBox Chalk Inks. There are 3 colours available in the inks: Citrus Yellow, Aquamarine and Rose Coral.

There is a smooth side to the Chalkboard paper which is for stamping with the ColorBox Chalk Inks. The results are a lovely muted chalky effect. The other more slightly coarses side of the Chalkboard paper is ideal for stamping with the Stampin’ White Craft Ink.

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I made this card using the Big Day! stamp set, which you can choose as one of the free Sale-a-bration gifts with a £45 order.

Don’t think the ColorBox Chalk inks can only be used with the Chalkboard paper. I teamed them up with velum and Whsiper White card stock. You get a completely different look – the colours are strong and vibrant.

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator card making ideas

This is a “tongue-in-cheek” card for my sons to give their grandfather. He’s really not into birthday cards but he’s getting one anyway! I used the Hooray It’s Your Day set again – No. 3 in my list from the Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue

stampin up uk Tracy May Independent Stampin Up demonstrator gift ideas

Another little velum gift bag using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. Have a great weekend. I hope you get the chance to do some crafting. Thanks for stopping by

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 5 Cheerful Critters

Tracy May Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – My Top 10. from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015 (No.5)

Good morning peeps. Hope you are all good and looking forward to the weekend. I’m back (so pleased I’m managing to stick to my schedule) with No. 5 from my personal Spring/Summer Top 10 favourites from the Stampin’ Up! ® Catalogue 2015 – Cheerful Critters Photopolymer stamp set.

When I first bought this stamp set, it was with a practical head on. Firstly I wanted stamp sets for colouring with the Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers (Stampin Up!’s alcohol ink markers), and secondly it had to be a stamp set I would use myself. I think I may have mentioned I generally make things for people and use those projects for my blog posts. As I have two small children, who are frequently invited to birthday parties, I thought the Cheerful Critters was particularily good for children’s cards. I’ve used it for 4 such birthdays and I must say it has become a firm favourite – it’s fun and the kids love it. Win, win!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I also used the Hooray It’s Your Day photopolymer stamp set for the sentiment and the eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted the background splodges from the free Sale-a-bration stamp set Best Day Ever!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I decided to team this card up with the On Film Framelits.

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Card Cheerful Critters Birthday making ideas

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. I will be back with more next week. In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend.

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My Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Top 10 – No. 4 Confetti Heart Border Punch

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Tracy May’s Top 10 favourite from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015

Good morning everyone, how are you all today? If you’ve been following my Stampin’ Up! ® Spring/Summer Top 10 series of posts so far, you will already know that I have been posting projects using my favourite products from the new Stampin’ Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue 2015.  Today it is No. 4 which is the Confetti Heart Border Punch.

I could sit and make projects with this punch all day. It as much loved as the Confetti Star Border Punch is, which I am happy to say has been carried over from the Autumn/Winter catalogue – woohoo! Fingers crossed these two make it into the Annual Catalogue due out at the end of May!

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Confetti Hearts punch card making ideas Valentines

This is the first card I made. Can you spot another new product used on this card? I don’t mean the Washi tape – although that is new too. It’s the Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape which co-ordinates with the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack. I love this card and how clean and simple it looks!

I then decided to make another variation of the same card but make it a shaker card this time. What do you think?

stampin up uk independent demonstrator Tracy May Confetti Hearts punch card making ideas Valentines

These are perfect Valentine’s Day cards, but they can be used for other times of the year aswell don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today’s projects. Don’t forget to check out Sale-a-bration. Get shopping and choose yourself some free product. Click here to shop or contact me for more details.

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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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Tracy x