Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator    Tracy McDonnell

Just Look At What You Could Get In Your Starter Kit!

So, as I said yesterday, Stampin’ Up! are running an amazing joining offer throughout July where in addition to your fully customisable Starter Kit of £130 of goodies for £99, you can also choose a set of Ink Pads from the colour families for FREE (worth an additional £63!)

But, I know the catalogue can be a little overwhelming and most of us want it all now so I thought I’d show you just how much you can get for your money.  It’s a lot!  I’ve based this suggested starter kit on someone joining my team who’s relatively new to crafting but of course, any of the items are interchangeable and you get to choose exactly what YOU want in your kit.  So if you already have a trimmer, there’s another £28 for you to spend!  Everyone’s a winner – yay!  If you are interested in finding out more or joining my team, click here for more info or get in touch with me – my contact details are in my header or on my Contact page. xx

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Swirly Framing Gorgeous Grape

I do love a purple and Gorgeous Grape is just that…gorgeous!

I made this card for my lovely friends’ anniversary tomorrow.  The awesome Stamparatus made it super easy to position the frame exactly where I wanted it…no more handling that huge clear block F!

Here’s how I made it…

Cut a card base using ½ A4 sheet Thick Whisper White.  Stamp the largest rectangular stamp from Swirly Frames onto another piece of Whisper White and cut along the outline using the Stampin’ Trimmer. Brayer with Gorgeous Grape to create an ombre effect and stamp the flower from Perennial Birthday in the corner.  Again, I used the Stamparatus to line this up perfectly.  Stamp the frame again on the card base at an angle then attach 1/8″ Cord with glue dots.  Cut ‘Congrats’ in Basic Black and Whisper White from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and attach them to the card with tiny dots of Tombow, slightly offsetting the white under the black.  Attach the frame to the card base at an angle using Dimensionals and finish with some Faceted Dots. xx

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The Best Ever Joining Offer For July!

Wow! Wow! Wow!  Those lovely people at Stampin’ Up! have created the best joining offer I have ever seen!

It runs 1st-31st July and in addition to getting to choose £130 worth of Stampin’ Up! goodies for just £99, you also get to choose a colour family of ink pads for FREE – that’s 10 ink pads worth £63! Whether you want to enjoy the discounts for your hobby or build a business, this is an offer too good to miss – there is never any pressure to do anything your don’t want to do.  I’d love you to join my team – please click here to do just that or see my FAQs or contact me if you’d like further information.  You can join my team if you live anywhere in the UK, France, Germany, Austria and The Netherlands. xx

Launch Party – New Stampin’ Up! 2018 Annual Catalogue

I‘m so excited that the new Annual Catalogue is only just over a month away from being released!

I’m hosting a launch party at my studio in Hursley, Hants and would love you to join me.  You’ll see fab new products & projects, demonstrations, do a make & take, receive a goody bag including a FREE copy of the catalogue plus there will be refreshments.  Booking is essential for me to keep a tally of numbers so please do get in touch if you’d like to come – dates/times are on my ‘Special Class‘ page.

If you’re not local and would like to pre-order your FREE copy of the catalogue from me, please leave your details here.  If you already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstator, please do contact them for your copy.

Can’t wait until June 1st to order?  Join my team and pre-order from May 2nd!

Tracy x


Love From The Fairies Is Now The Papercraft Studio!

I’m SO happy to announce that my rebranding to The Papercraft Studio has finally taken place.   Whilst I was very fond of Love From The Fairies, it was causing lots of confusion…did I make fairy doors?, is it for children? etc.  No, I teach papercraft to adults and sell Stampin’ Up! craft supplies. I wanted my brand to reflect a very clear indication of what my business is about and so The Papercraft Studio was born!

Bundle Of Love Tealight Favour

Bundle Of Love EPB FavourDid you know the gorgeous Bundle Of Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) is thicker than our regular DSP?

This makes it just perfect for making sturdy little bags and boxes as well as card fronts.  I love that along with the Blushing Bride and Soft Sky sides which could be geared towards baby makes, each also has a gold side in the same pattern…just perfect for wedding/table favours and thank you gifts. I made this cute little tealight favour using the Envelope Punch Board and sent them as my thank you gifts for everyone who shopped with me in June.  You can get 9 out of one sheet of DSP! Here’s how I made them…

Cut a 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ square of Bundle Of Love DSP.  Using the Envelope Punch Board, line up your DSP at the 1 ½” mark and punch & score.  Slide it along to 2 3/8″ and punch & score.  Rotate, line up the marker with the 1st score line and punch & score.  Slide to the 2nd score line and punch & score.  Repeat on all sides.  Cut up the scorelines as in photo 1 below, just either side of one of the large tabs to create little squares and repeat on the opposing side.  Attach glue dots or tear and tape to each little square (on the side folded over shown in photo 1) and fold up to build the box (photo 2)

Bundle Of Love EPB Favour 2         Bundle Of Love EPB Favour 1

Add some washi from the Basics Pack 1 to the tealight and pop in the box.  Wrap a 5″ length of Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon around to secure the box and fix with Snail.  Make sure it can slide on and off of the box.  I stamped a little Thank You in Blushing bride and the surrounding circle of dots from the Eastern Beauty Bundle (Stamp Set also available to order as an individual item)  to coordinate with my thank you card.  Punch it out using the 1 ¼” circle punch and layer onto a Blushing Bride circle punched out with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch with a dimensional.  Add a glue dot to the dimensional before sticking to the ribbon for a stronger hold. xx
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Thank You Eastern Beauty

Eastern Bundle Thank you card JuneI just love the sentiments and delicate thinlits in the Eastern Beauty Bundle!

I think it’s fair to say that whilst most of us demonstrators are completed addicted to Stampin’ Up!, there are some products that just don’t do it for us.  I have to say, the Eastern Palace Suite was one of these.  Although I loved the colours individually, collectively it’s too dark for my style so it didn’t make my wish list.  But I did love the sentiments and thought if I was going to buy the stamp set, it made sense to buy the bundle (saving 10%!).  I’m so pleased I did!  I put my own twist on it and I love the results!  Here’s how I made this card which I’m sending out to everyone who ordered with me in June…

Using the Whisper White Note cards, stamp the outer ring in Blushing Bride, slightly higher than the middle of the card.  Open out the note card, centre the biggest Eastern Medallions Thinlit over the stamped image and run through the Big Shot.  Stamp ‘Enjoy Today’ in Blushing Bride onto Whisper White Cardstock and punch out with the 1 ¼” Circle punch.  Punch a Gold Foil Sheet circle using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and layer the sentiment onto this using a dimensional.  Add both layers to the card also using dimensionals (tip…if layering with more than 1 demensional, you will need a large letter stamp if posting).  I finished the card with the cute star Washi Tape from the new Basics Pack 1. xx
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Seasonal Layers on Fresh Florals Gift Box

Colourful Seasons meets Fresh FloralsTwo of my absolute favourite products in the new catalogue…Fresh Florals DSP and Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

And even better than that, you can buy the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers Thinlits as a bundle saving you 10%! I would definitely recommend this as both are gorgeous…you get a whopping 17 dies and 24 photopolymer stamps so it’s great value for money.

When I designed this box, I wanted something elegant but a good size too.  The finished box measures 4½”x 2″x 2″…perfect for candles, chocolates, perfume etc.  Here’s how I made it…

Cut a 8½”x 8¼ piece of Whisper White Cardstock and score on the shorter side at 2″, 4″, 6″ & 8″.

Turn and score along the longer side at 1½”, 6″ & 8″.  Fold and score all of the scorelines then cut as in the 1st photo.  I cut ‘flowerpot’ shapes into the base instead of just cutting straight up the scorelines for a neater finish (see 1st photo – small triangles around the scorelines)  Add tear and tape as shown in the 2nd photo below, fold the main part of the box to seal as shown in photo 3.  Fold in the flaps to form the base of the box, ensuring the tab with tear and tape on is last (note to self…start doing videos!)

Colourful Seasons meets Fresh Florals Assembly 1 Colourful Seasons meets Fresh Florals Assembly 2 Colourful Seasons meets Fresh Florals Assembly 3

To decorate the box, cut 3 pieces of Berry Burst Cardstock measuring 4″x 1½” and adhere to the sides and back of the box.  Add a 3¾”x 1¼ piece of Fancy Florals DSP in Berry Burst layer on top.  Using the Seasonal Layer Thinlits, cut the branch in Early Espresso Cardstock and 4 flowers in Berry Burst – I used 3 different flower thinlits from the set and the Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheets.  Add to the front of the box (you’ll need to pop the branch at an angle).

Finally, Cut a 1¾”x 1¾” square of Berry Burst Cardstock and attach to the lid using dimensionals in each corner.  Add a 1½”x 1½” square of the Fancy Florals DSP in Berry Burst.  Punch a hole in the centre of the lid using 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch.  Fold an 8″ length of Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon in half and holding the ends together, cut at a sharp angle to help when feeding through the top of the box.  Once through, leaving a small loop on top of the lid, tie underneath in a single knot.  As always, if you’d like to buy any of the products used in this project, click on the product below and it’ll take you straight to my online shop xx
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Happy Birthday with New In Colors!

Happy Birthday Thinlits  Need a quick & easy card?  The Happy Birthday Thinlits and new In Colors will come to your rescue!

I love the simplicity of this card and it’s a great way to showcase our fab new 2017-19 In Colors.  Here’s how I made it…

Cut a piece of A4 Thick Whisper White Cardstock in half to make the card base.  Cut 1″ x 3 7/8″ strips of each In Color and adhere evenly spaced to the card (just eyeball this!)  Cut the Happy Birthday Thinlits in Black and White using the new  Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheets.  This will make it so easy to layer the white, slightly offset, onto the black to make the sentiment pop.  Attach to the card and hey presto!  Your quick and easy card.  xx
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