Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator    Tracy McDonnell

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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Who wants a FREE copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue?!

Catalogue Request Advert

The new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue goes live on June 1st and I’m offering you a FREE copy!  All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter and/or like and share my Love From The Fairies Facebook Page and I’ll pop one in the post to you.  I’ve given you a sneak peak of the new 2017-19 In Colors – aren’t they just fab?! You can flick through at your leisure and start the wish list ready for 1st June, then just hop over to my online shop to order!  If you have a really, really long list (believer me, it’s a great catalogue!), you may want to think about joining my team – you’ll receive fantastic discounts and offers.  Pop over to my Join My Team page for Q&A or contact me to with any questions or to join.  Happy shopping!  Tracy x

Falling In Love Farewell

Serene SceneryI’m always a little torn at this time of year! New products vs retiring products – eek!

But new is always good, right?  And we’re days away from the launch of the fabulous new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue (June 1st!)  It’s jam packed full of amazing new products plus we get to keep some of our favourites like the beautiful Detailed Dragonfly thinlits.  But we also have to wave goodbye to others and the stunning Falling In Love DSP is one of those…sob!  However, I thought I’d make a couple more projects with it before it retires.  Here’s how I made the card…

Cut an 8¼” x 5½” cardbase in Very Vanilla.  This is a slightly unusual size but there’s method in my madness!  The next post will be a coordinating box and you can get both out of 1 sheet of A4 cardstock so hold on to the other piece!  You will need 3 Basic Black panels measuring 1½” x 3 5/8″ and 3 Falling In Love DSP panels, 1¼” x 3 3/8″.  Layer on top of each other and space equally on your cardbase.  Cut the dragonfly from Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Basic Black cardstock, along with a 1″ square.  Adhere the dragonfly with a couple of glue dots.  Stamp ‘For You’ from Circle Of Spring Stamp Set onto a ¾” square of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Sahara Sand.  Layer onto the black square with a dimensional and offset on the card, winding some Gold Metallic Thread underneath.  xx

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