Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator based in Nottingham but willing to travel - available for workshops, classes and individual orders. Tel 07891476636 or e-mail

Friday, 20 April 2012


How's everyone doing, enjoying the April showers!!!!! Today I'm going to show you a card that I've made for a friends birthday and, believe it or not, I'm about a week ahead of myself for once. Mind you it does have to get to Plymouth to a very special friend, and here it is:

The colour combination is Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Very Vanilla c/s, vellum paper and the stamp set is Creative Elements.  I've used the square scallop die to cut out the vellum and then embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.   The Wisteria Wonder card has been stamped all over using the flower from the set in matching ink to create the background.  I have then stamped the flower out again 3 times in Cherry Cobbler ink and cut them out, each time cutting slightly more away to create a 3d flower using dimensionals.

The adhesive used to secure the  vellum to the card was discreetly placed under where the flower was to be situated so that it was hidden.   The Fabulous Foliate wheel was used alongside the wheel guide to ensure I got a straight line as I usually end up going from one corner to the  I don't tend to use my wheels as much as I should but, as they create wonderful boarders to projects, I might just start using them more :)

Well I hope you like what you've seen today and if you have please leave a comment.

Oh I forgot to remind you that you only have 10days left to order from the spring mini catalogue and, if your order is over £45, earn a free pack of papers.  If you need anything get in touch and I'll gladly put your order through,
Tracy -x-

Products used are from SU unless otherwise stated:
Creative Elements stamp set
Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla card
Wisteria Wonder and Cherry Cobbler ink
Vellum Paper
Big shot in conjunction with the square scallop die and vintage wallpaper embossing folder
Fabulous Foliate Wheel and holder
Wheel guide
Snail adhesive and dimensionals
Fiskars paper cutter

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Hello  everyone,

I don't have anything to show you today as I've been busy on a project that cannot be shown right now.  However I did want to remind you all that you only have 12 days to go before the spring mini catalogue ends.  We cannot be sure what will transfer into the new catalogue in October so if you've got your eye on something in the spring mini don't delay in ordering it otherwise you might just want to kick yourseof on the 1 May

If you don't have the catalogue then you can browse it by clicking on the picture in the sidebar.  This then takes you to a online version.  So come on folks order that gorgeous cupcake stamp set and matching punch or the perfect postage set and punch.

Back soon with a project

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Before Christmas I brought from another demo, Jenny Moor, the instuctions to make a chest set and matching cards in Mocha Morning papers.  I thought  they looked very elegant and did a set for my Aunt  for christmas.  Trust me this set makes a lovely gift for someone.

Well I enjoyed making the set so much that I thought I'd recreate it but this time I used fabric to cover the chest and the cupcake stamp set and punch to make the cards and this is the end result:-

Now I bet you're thinking that I got into a right pickle not only sticking the material to the box but cutting it to the right size as well.  Well fear not for Stampin'Up! have introduced Big Shot Mulitipurpose Adhesive Sheets that are brilliant and stops you getting in a mess with attaching fabric to card.  So what I did was I cut the top sections of the box in card, put this on the Adhesive Sheet to pick up the adhesive and then laid this, adhesive side down, onto the back of the fabric and cut around the card, Volia, a perfect fit :)

The chest consisited of 4 C6 cards and 6 3x3" cards,  I did the cards in two colour schemes as shown below

I was quite pleased with the end results and this is how it looks all together:

If you like what I've done with this set and can see the versatility of the Create a Cupcake stamp set and matching punch then you only have 16 days left to purchase it from the Spring Mini catalogue so hurry up and get in touch with me to place your order by any of the methods listed above.

Tracy -x-

Products used are all from SU unless otherwise stated;
Flirtatious Fabric
Multipurpose adhesive sheets
Create a cupcake stamp
Builder punch
Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White and Melon Mamba card (I used scraps fron different pks to make the template for the fabric to go on)
Elegant Eggplant and whisper white ribbon
Antique Brads
Flower brads
Rhinestones and pearls
Paper from both the regals and brights stacker packs
Melon Mamba, crumb cake, Elegant Eggplant ink

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a good Easter break.  The weather wasn't brilliant was it but I hope it didn't spoil your plans too much.  We didn't go anywhere as hubby was working yesterday and my back is tempreamental at the moment.  However we did see all the family so that was nice.

Anyone that suffer from a bad back, knee etc will say that either a  cold or hot pack helps with the pain.  For me its the hot pack that helps ease my back a little.  If I'm walking for a long period of time I will invest in one of those heat pads you can buy from the supermarket and that fit around you.  However, these can be very costly and you can only use one once.  

Since my back has been painful my mum loaned me a heat bag that you could put in the microwave, heat up and sit with it on the area of pain and it gave short term relief.   Unfortunately the one my my gave me split and all the filling came out.   Ok so was I not only appauld by this I was upset as it was my mums. 

So what could I do about it?  I know I thought, I'll make a new one out of the fantastic fabrics Stampin' Up! are selling, so I did.   However, before I made it I researched what I needed to go into the bag so that it could go in the microwave and heat up as it should.  I finally settled on using Cherry stones with a little lavendar oil and here is the end result:

Now because it was meant to be for my mum I wrote out a little message using the bigshot, timeless jnr alphabet set and embosslits dies.  At the time I did not have a sewing machine so all the sewing was done by hand.  Believe it or not its still going strong today but I need to make Mum another one now I have a sewing machine as this one is now well used

Just so you can see there is a slight difference in the colours due to the amount of use its had but my sewing is holding out well :)

If you would like to purchase one of these heat packs, machine sewn honest,  please get in touch as prices vary depending on size, personalization etc.  I have all the materials in the current catalogue and the spice cake fabric  that is currently in the spring mini catalogue.

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter Sunday Everyone,

If you visit my blog often you will know that my grandon was christened recently and the day before the christening his mummy and daddy moved house.  Well with everything that has been going off in the last few weeks I have not got round to making them a new home card.

Well I finally managed to do it and this is the end result:

I have used the All in the Family set and, as little Leo is only 81/2 months old, I wanted to do a baby but for the life of me I could not find the particular stamp.  I really thought I had imagined the baby body and was going mad so in the end used the little boy stamp instead.  As Nicola and Lee have a cat I couldn't leave her out now could I?

Well having finished the card and everything was stuck down I started to pack up and clean my stamps to put away and guess what I found, yep you've got it, the baby body stamp. Could I have kicked myself or what?  At least I know I'm not going mad....I think!!!!  The colour combo was from the colour coach, which I couldn't live without sometimes, and is Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze and Daffodil Delight.

Right I'm now off to see my mum and then get back and cook dinner for the family.  Enjoy the Easter break everyone.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back soon to check out my blog again.

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Hello everyone,

Late post for me as I've been so busy today with shopping etc so please forgive me.  Last Monday my youngest daughter started a new job as a Healthcare Assistant at one of the hospitals in Nottingham.  She was very nervous but I had total confidence in her ability to do a good job and, although I hate to say it, I was   She enjoys her job and say the staff are very friendly and, after only a couple of days, are leaving her to do certain things without supervision.  Mind you previously she was working with the healthcare outreach team so had a little knowledge of what to expect.

Obviously I had to make her a good luck card and despite knowing for months that she had the job time crept up on me and, before I knew it, last Sunday was upon me and I still hadn't done her card. I'd started it but not finished it. Anyway she came up with her partner on Sunday to see her dad who's birthday was on the Friday and, whilst we sat chatting in the conservatory, I was making her Good Luck card. Its a good job Kirsty's got a sense of Well this is what I came up with....

You can't see it very clearly but I put pearls on the centre of the embossed flowers.  She was quite chuffed with it when I gave it her.  The colour combination for the card is Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Corol and Whisper White.  I then used several bright inks to stamp out the sentiments that were punched out with the round punches.

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment is you wish as I love to know what you think of my projects.

Tracy -x-

Thursday, 5 April 2012

What a lovely morning we have today, a lot better than yesterday :) Today I am going to show you a card that I made for my friend and upline Victoria's birthday. I told you I had a lot to make at the end of

I had just purchased some of the vellum paper sheets from SU for the first time and wasn't really sure about the thickness of them. Well they are quite thin but versitile. If you remember I used one as a wrap over my mums Mothers day card and you could still see through it to the detail underneath. For Victoria's card I decided to try embossing one to see if it came out nicely and didn't tear the paper. Thankfully it didn't tear the paper but did come out nicely, here is the end result....

Now everyone who knows Victoria will know that she adores pink so what other colour could I use as her base card!!!!!  I embossed both corners of the vellum using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder in the bigshot  and added little pearls to the centre of the flowers to give it some elegance.  I then embossed the butterflies using the Beautiful Wings embosslits dies to add a little colour to the card..  The sentiment is from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes which has been stamped in pretty in pink ink and then punched out using the large round circle punch and layerd onto one of the shapes from the Perfect Pennants Bigz L Dies, again using the bigshot.  As you will see  I have wrapped the vellum around the card, as I did with my mums card, and secured it under the sentiment and on the back with a little bit of snail adhesive that you can hardly see, which is great.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my work

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Yesterday I posted the cards that daughter,grandson and sister had done for my hubby's birthday and today I'm going to show you the one I managed to do for our youngest daughter to give him. As I have already said, he is an avid gardener, so I thought I'd try and do another one on the theme of gardening and this is the end result....

I created the basket by using the round punch and cutting a bit away from it, the handle was made by punching out a section from where I had just punched the round shape from.  I then used tiny strips of chocolate chip card to create the lattice effect on the front.  The fruit is from the fruit and flowers set with the apple stamp making the background by using daffodil delight ink onto daffodil delight card.  The little fork and spade were made using the smallest oval punch, cutting it in half and then cutting some off from around the sides and the handles were made using the word window punch.  The happy birthday was from party this way and the dad from the for my family stamp set.

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Good morning,

Today I am going to show you the cards that my eldest daughter and grandson  gave hubby for his birthday.  Unfortunately she came to collect her cards before I had chance to make new ones so she chose one from a class that I had done and another from a training session I went to.

This is the one my daughter gave to her dad;-

I've used the largest stamp from lovely as a tree set then cut it into 3.  I have then mounted the picture onto cherry cobbler and crumb cake.  I have heat embossed the sentiment onto Night of Navy cardstock using versamark ink and gold embossimg powder.

The one that Leo gave to his granded was made at one of Jules training sessions and just perfect as his grandad has always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon:-

The base card is Soft Suede and I believe the blue card is Pool Party which was embossed using the perfect  polka dot embossing folder.  The basket of the ballon was made using the Cupcake punch and then embossed with the Square lattice embossing folder.  A piece of real red card was stamped using the dot dot dot stamp and soft suede ink and then cut out using the oval and round punch.  The clouds we made using the round scallop punch.  The sentiment is from Create a Cupcake stamp set onto Whisper White card and punched out with the word window and Modern Label punch.

My sister has wanted this stamp set for ages and has just purchased this set and also used it to create Deans birthday cards to he got 3 from the same set.  Here are the cards my sister created, I think they are just lovely.


Remember you can only get the items from the Spring Mini until the end of April as we never know what is going to be carried over to the new catalogue in October!!

Tomorrow will be the final card for hubby that I made for my youngest to give to her dad.  Until then take care and happy crafting

Tracy -x-

Monday, 2 April 2012

Right now we have Lee's cards out of the way I am going to post the ones Dean received for his birthday last Friday. Now my lovely hubby has two passions in his life, well after me he does, and those are playing BF2 with his friends on his pc and gardening. Now in the past I have done cards with the pc in mind so I wanted to do something different this year so I thought I'd do one on gardening.  I started thumbing through the catty to see if any of the stamp sets I had would help and inspire me with this and came across Button Buddies that has a snail image in it plus other images I could use, so this is what I came up with:

I think its quite a quirky card and really enjoyed making it.  All the images are stamped onto whisper white card and whisper white ink was used to stamp the sentiment.  The tree is from the set Easy Events and I used the marker pens to colour the tree and omit the sentiment below it.  The "apples" are from the fruit and flowers set and the pumpkin  from Button Buddies.

I was quite pleased with the outcome and it brought a smile to hubbys face when he opened it which is the most important thing.  Tomorrow I'll be back with the one Nicola gave her dad and Leo gave his grandad.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what I've done.

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Now I have finally got a picture of  the third birthday card I did for my future son-in-laws 21 I am able to share it with you.  This one was given to him by my youngest, Kirsty,  There are a lot of elements on this card including embossing with the big shot, using the top note die and the petite pennant builder punch.

The colour combination was real red, tempting turquoise and wild wasabi.  I put some red card behind the buttons and cut around them so that they showed up on the card.  I have then mat and layered the sentiment from the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes.

Its a quick post from me today but I have lots of other cards to show you over the next few days so I hope you come back and check out my blog and that they give you some inspiration.  I do not mind if you copy my projects but would like it if you would  link back to my blog if you do.

If you wish to order anything my details are at the top of the page so don't be shy, get in touch :)

Tracy -x-