Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up!

Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up!

New Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue & Sale-a-bration

Oh how exciting is it? Very very very! Not only is the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue available, it’s also the start of Sale-a-bration! SAB is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year! As a demonstrator, I was able to pre-order from the catalogue and earn SAB items in December. I’ve been having a play and I think my favourite new product has to be the watercolour pencils. They are fabulous. I’ve teamed them up with Beautiful You by Stampin’ Up! for today’s projects.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolour pencils

As I wanted to create a no line water colour image, I first stamped off on scrap paper before stamping on to watercolour paper. I used smoky slate as it’s a neutral colour and the Real Red and Pacific Blue watercolour pencils can be painted on much darker. Then I used an aqua painter to flick off the end of the pencils to get the splatter effect. I got the idea for this card from an Arttutor Brusho tutorial I had seen.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolour pencils

I think this one is my favourite, even though I messed the extended leg up a bit. You can see a hard water mark where I didn’t manage to blend the paint properly.

Beautiful You by Stampin' Up! Tracy May Watercolour pencils

Aren’t they beautiful? Even if I do say so myself Lol!

If you would like these or other Stampin’ Up! products please visit my online shop here!  For every £45 / 60 € you spend you can choose a free gift. See the SAB brochure here!

Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up!

Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up! #GDP067

As promised earlier in the week, I am back with my second entry for the Global Design Project’s Tree themed challenge! This time I’m using the Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up!, which is extremely popular with my customers!

I’ve used this embossing folder for a few cards that I’ve posted on my blog and this time I wanted to try out something a bit different. I’ve seen lots of awesome watercolour birch pictures on Pinterest that have been painted free hand. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the skill to do that, so I cheated to make today’s card. And I love how it’s turned out!

Woodland TIEF by Stampin' Up! using watercolour pencils Tracy May #GDP067

I embossed a piece of watercolour paper, using the Woodland TIEF by Stampin’ Up! Then I painted in between the trees with masking fluid and allowed it to dry. Once the masking fluid was dry, I painted the trees with the new watercolour pencils that are available from January 4th in the new Spring/Summer Catalogue (email me if you are in the UK and don’t already have one!).

I removed the dried masking fluid and flicked some paint from the end of the watercolour pencils using a wet paint brush. You can also use an aqua painter for this. So what do you think? I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by, I’m hoping to get some more time in my craft room over the weekend. I’ll share what I come up with over the next few weeks so please do pop back again to check. Or sign up to follow me by email if you like!

And don’t forget if you want to buy anything from the retiring Autumn/Winter catalogue you only have until January 3rd! So don’t miss out – click on the table below. Don’t forget to use the monthly gift code if your order is under £150! You will receive a free gift from me in January if you do!

Weather Together by Stampin’ Up!

It’s CASE the designer week at Global Design Project



This week it’s the turn of the talented Tanja Kolar to be the designer to CASE. I love Tanja’s projects and it’s great to get the chance to CASE her! I took the overall look of Tanja’s card and the colours for my CASE using Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! For some reason the balloons in Tanja’s card made me think of umbrellas. Weird but I love how my card turned out!

Weather Together by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP48

I started by taping some watercolour paper (14.8cm x 8.5cm) down onto a board and then stamping the umbrella tops with Basic Black Archival Ink. I then masked them off and covered up with masking fluid before water colouring the background with Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy ink refills and an aqua painter. When it was dry I splattered water from the aqua painter over it  and let it dry again.

Before I removed the masking fluid I stamped the umbrella handles. I coloured each of the umbrellas using the colour of Tanja’s balloons as inspiration.  Finally I stitched the watercolour paper onto a Crumb Cake card front and mounted it onto a Whisper White card base.

So what do you think?

A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up!

A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up! #CCMC418

It’s a colour challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary this week. For some reason I thought this colour combination would work with water colouring. I decided on an emboss resist water colour technique using A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up!



I started off by stamping A World of Thanks in Versamark ink onto watercolour paper, before covering in white embossing powder and setting with my heat gun. I then taped the watercolour paper down to a board and applied a layer of water all over it.

A World of Thanks by Stampin' Up! Tracy May CCMC418

I then took my ink pads and squeezed some ink onto the inside of the lids to pick up the ink up with an aqua painter. After applying the Mint Macaron, I then added Sweet Sugarplum and finally Rich Razzleberry!

To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from Mixed Borders and cut it out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch, layered the watercolour card front onto a Rich Razzleberry layer and then mounted it onto a Whisper White card base.

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. I haven’t used A World of Thanks by Stampin’ Up! for quite a while, so it was good to dust it off!

Please do pop along to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge page and see what else the design team have come up with. You won’t be disappointed!


You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up!

You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up! for #GDP047



It’s theme week over at the Global Design Project Challenge Blog. There are some fabulous examples by the Design Team. I took inspiration from Michelle’s and Steffi’s entries this week and came up with this lovely little water coloured birthday card using You’re Sublime by Stampin’ Up! I also used Seaside Shore for the seaweed and sentiment.

You're Sublime by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP047

I used one of my water colour paint palettes for this card. First I stamped the seaweed using Basic Black Archival ink, masked the reeds using masking fluid and then stamped the submarine minus the sentiment which comes on the stamp. I also masked the submarine with masking fluid. Then I taped the water colour paper down and painted the sea using a coeruleum blue and veridian green. I did a couple of washes to get the depth and then spattered Prussian blue over it. Once it was all dry, I removed the masking fluid and tape and painted the submarine and seaweed. Finally I stamped the sentiment. I used my MISTI as I am a bit flaky with the stamp-a-majig!

What do you think? I think it’s really cute, although my 5 year old son assures me his friend (who it is intended for) won’t like it as he only likes sharks apparently!!

I hope you like it anyway! I do! Lol!

Don’t forget about the wonderful new bundle available from today!


Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up!

Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Monday peeps! I am back after a busy, busy weekend and looking forward to an easy(ish), quiet week! Chance would be a fine thing hey? 🙂 Today I’m using Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up! I’ve had the idea for this card knocking around my head for a while and today seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it a reality. I’m entering this card into a challenge that my lovely team leader, Michelle Last is running over on her blog tomorrow.


Sunshine Wishes by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

Don’t you just love that sentiment? I had used it so that I could also enter this card into this week’s Less is More Time themed challenge but I’ve just realised it’s a one layer challenge and my card is certainly not one layer! Duh!

I water coloured a background onto some watercolour paper and then cut out the flower from Sunshine Wishes by Stampin’ Up! I stuck down the watercolour paper to my card base, carefully ensuring all the negative pieces from in between the petals stayed in place. Then I water coloured the flower and layered it up using 4 flowers cut from Basic Black card stock. I splattered the card base with some of the purple ink I’d used for the flower. I also used Wink of Stella Clear on the flower and spattered some over the card front too!

Sunshine Wishes by Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I finished off by stamping the leaves and the sentiment directly onto the card front, with a banner of Elegant Eggplant for the middle part of the sentiment and adding a few rhinestones for some bling.

I do hope you like my card!

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop!

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with special guest….ME!!


Woohoo – happy Sunday everyone! I am so so so so so excited (yes that’s a lot of excited!) to be joining the fabulous Kylie Bertucci’s team, the Crazy Crafters, blog hop today! Amazingly all her lovely team are CASEing me! Wow! I can barely believe it! I am feeling extremely honoured to have been asked. Thank You Kylie! So why don’t you hop along with us on the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop!

Kylie’s team are from all over Australia and they have each picked a card from my blog that inspired them and have made a project based on that card. For my own card, I decided to CASE my watercolour bird cards.

Pop of Paradise from Stampin' Up! Tracy May #helloannualcatalogue20162017

Picture Perfect from Stampin' Up! Watercolour Hummingbird Tracy May

I loved making these cards and I knew as soon as I saw the Best Birds stamp set, in the annual catalogue that I would be trying out similar watercolour techniques.  I stuck to the same colour scheme of Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise for today’s card, but I also added some Daffodil Delight too!

Abstract Watercolour Bird Card using Best Birds fby Stampin' Up! Tracy May

I started by colouring the sparrow stamp with Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers. I spritzed the stamp with water before I stamped onto damp watercolour paper. I let the colours bleed out and then dry before I inked up the bird again, this time adding some black from my old Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker which still has the pigment ink in it! I’ve never had to re-ink it so I haven’t filled it with the new Archival Basic Black ink yet.

I stamped the branch in Tempting Turquoise ink. Again, I spritzed the stamp with water before I stamped. I covered up the sparrow once it and the branch were dry and then splattered some more Tempting Turquoise ink all over the card. Once it was dry I mounted it on Basic Black card stock and finished the card with a sliver of Silver Glimmer paper down the side and a sentiment banner. Confession time! I had to use a banner as I smudged the sentiment I stamped directly onto the watercolour paper! I was too impatient and didn’t leave it to dry duh! Oh well good save I say! Lol! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! And a big thank you to Kylie and all her Crazy Crafters for allowing me to join them this week! It’s been great fun! Enjoy hopping!

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Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016 – 2017 Blog Hop Week 5


Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products.
Currently you’re visiting Tracy May from London, United Kingdom. Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making.
If you’re in the UK you’ll know, that we’ve been having some really bad flash flooding recently. I have been inspired to use the Weather Together photopolymer stamp set and co-ordinating Umbrella Weather framelits dies, for today’s project, after a very rainy few days late last week and the start of this week.
And, of course, with all that rain, I just had to do another watercolour wash background! LoL!
Weather Together & Umbrella Weather by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I created the background by first spritzing the watercolour paper with water. I then squeezed a few drops of Soft Sky ink, directly from the ink refill bottle, onto the wet paper. I then tipped the paper this way and that to mix the ink and the water. I dabbed off the edges with some kitchen towel and let it dry. I splashed some water onto it from an aqua painter once it was dry before I left it to dry again.
Weather Together & Umbrella Weather by Stampin' Up! Tracy May
I stamped the raindrops from Weather Together in Pool Party ink and then I stamped the umbrella in Real Red. I used my my clear Wink of Stella brush to mix the colour a little into the white stripes of the umbrella. I cut the umbrella and handle out using the dies and I also cut out some raindrops from Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper.
Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented Caroline van der Straaten from the Netherlands. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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In case you lose your way on the blog hop, I’ve included the full list of participants for you below!

Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up!

Hey there! I’m back today with a card I CASE’d from myself! Ha ha ha! I love the new Touches of Texture by Stampin’ Up! This stamp set is so versatile! You can use it for creating backgrounds, as well as making it the focal point of a card, as I have done here!

Touches of Texture by Stampin' Up!  Tracy May


So what card did I CASE? Do you remember the Flowering Fields Sale-a-bration stamp set and this card?

Flowering Fields from Stampin' Up Water Colour Scene UK Demonstrator Tracy May

I used the same technique to create today’s card.

Touches of Texture by Stampin' Up!  Tracy May

  • Colour an acrylic block with green ink on the bottom and blue ink on top (I used Pear Pizazz and Wild Wasabi for the green and Soft Sky and Pool Party for the blue);
  • Spritz the ink with water and then stamp down onto watercolour paper. Leave to dry;
  • Once dry colour your flower stamps with Stampin’ Write Markers (I used Garden Green, Rose Red and Crushed Curry)
  • I spritzed the image with water and coloured in the petals and leaves and then left it to dry;
  • Once it was dry, I stamped the image again to get the crisp outline.
  • After I put the card together, I splattered some Gold Wink of Stella over it and then added a touch to the centres of the flowers!

So what do you think? I really like splattering the Wink of Stella pens over the whole of the card, not just the card front, but you could do this step before you assemble your card, if you prefer not to get spatters on the other layers!

Well that’s it from me today! I’ve got to get ready for tomorrow night’s card class. I’m really looking forward to it, but so far I’ve only designed one project! I need two more in a hurry! Lol – I’m always! EEEK! 🙂

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! for #GDP042

Happy Monday folks! I’m back after a busy weekend, no crafting, hence the lateness of today’s post! For today’s card I checked what was happening on the Global Design Project challenge this week. Hurrah! It’s a fantastic sketch by the super-talented Teneale Williams! Phew!


I already had the card front with the circle stamped using the Hardwood background stamp in my basked of unfinished projects. I had stamped through a mask that I made using window sheet a while back. The mask can be reused multiple times and just wipes clean as well!

The wood background made me think of Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! Best Birds is a fabulous new stamp set and Birds & Blooms is the co-ordinating thinlits die set!

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP042

I stamped one of the sparrows and the branch in Basic Black Archival ink onto watercolour paper. I water coloured the sparrow first in a thin wash of So Saffron ink, before going over the top with Crumb Cake. I then added Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso around the top of the head, eyes, wings and tails. I felt the belly and cheeks were a bit too Crumb Cakey so I lifted some of the ink off with the aqua painter and kitchen towel. I love that you can do that with water colouring to high light certain areas.

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I thought the background needed a bit of a lift, so I splattered clear Wink of Stella all over it before adding it to a Soft Sky card base. I popped the bird and the branch up using the new foam adhesive strips. I also added a few sequins to finish the card off.

So what do you think? I really love this new bundle of stamps and thinlits! I’ve got a few more ideas swirling around my brain for them too!

Thanks for stopping by! You can purchase any of the products used via my online shop if you are in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands! Thank you for your support!