Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator    Tracy McDonnell

Beautiful You, Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

C&C 02.02.17I just love this image from Beautiful You!

Combine it with my favourite Stampin’ Up! colour, Elegant Eggplant and this card was always going to be a big hit with me!  Here’s how I made it…

Stamp the image towards the left a piece of 2¾” x 2¾” Whisper White Cardstock in Black Archival Ink.  Stamp the dress shading in Smokey Slate (you don’t have to be exact here!) and the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant.  Punch hearts in Elegant Eggplant using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch and add using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Layer a 1¾” x 4½” piece of Elegant Eggplant Cardstock onto a Notecard leaving a ¼” border, then add the stamped layer using dimensionals. xx


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Sending Love Notes…

Sending Love Notes Love is in the air at Fairy HQ this week!

Don’t you just love the cute little envelopes in the Love Notes Framelits?!  They’re just adorable made with Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  I wanted to create a card which could be used for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or engagement – something for everyone!  Here’s how I made it…

Using one of the notecards as a base, I added a 2 7/8″ x 4 5/8″ piece of Real Red cardstock at an angle (you know I don’t often do ‘neat’ cards!) I wanted a swirly ‘love’ sentiment so I used the one from Weather Together Stamp Set, stamped in Black Archival Ink onto a piece of 2 5/8″x 4¼” Whisper White cardstock.  I secured a 8½cm piece of the real red ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack to the base of the top layer using a glue dot on the back of either edge then tied a single knot in the whisper white to one side. I added an envelope from the Love Notes Framelits in the mini hearts from the Sending Love DSP stack.  Finally, I attached some floating hearts punched in Real Red cardstock using the Confetti Hearts Border Punch with Fine Tip Glue before adhering to the card base. xx
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Sending Love Thank You Gift

Thank You Gift Jan Many Mini ThanksIf you’re looking for a sweet but simply thank you gift, you can’t go far wrong with this cute package!

Every month, I send out thank you cards and gifts to everyone who shops with me as a token of my appreciation.  This month, I’m using the adorable Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Spring/Summer catalogue along with the Envelope Punch Board and this uber cute stamp from Suite Sentiments Stamp Set.

Here’s how I made it.  Take a 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” piece of Sending Love DSP and line it up with the 1 5/8″ mark on the Envelope Punch Board.  Punch and score then rotate 90° and line up the score line with the score marker.  Punch and score, repeating on all sides.  Fold on all of the score lines and pop your treat inside – I’ve used a mini Green and Blacks chocolate.  Wrap the sides and bottom around the chocolate then fix the top flap with a Mini Glue Dot.  Make a 5″ x ½” belly band out of the remaining DSP, wrap around the package and secure with a couple of Mini Glue Dots.  Stamp the sentiment from Suite Sentiments in Real Red, punch out with the 1″ Circle Punch and sponge the edges in Real Red ink.  Fix to the belly band with a dimensional.  Tracy x

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Sale-a-bration & Many Mini Thanks From Me

SAB Many Mini ThanksWoohoo! Sale-a-bration is back and that can only mean 1 thing – FREE GOODIES!

So let me tell you what happens.  Every year from beginning Jan until the end of March, Stampin’ Up! run a promotion called Sale-a-bration.  Like a little post Christmas pick me up!  It launches along with our fab new Spring/Summer catalogue and gives us all some little extras for free – who wouldn’t want that?! There are 3 ways to earn free products during Sale-a-bration (SAB)

Shop – Get a free item of your choice from the SAB brochure for every £45 you spend in the Annual catalogue, Spring/Summer catalogue and/or clearance rack.

Join – I’d love you to join my team, the Inker Belles, and along with the already fantastic Starter Kit offer of choosing £130 worth of products for £99, you also get to choose 2 FREE STAMPS SETS – that’s an added value of up to £93!!  You don’t have to be local to me and can become a hobby demonstrator and just enjoy the discounted product and events or build your own business – please get in touch if you have any questions or if you’d like to join me.

Host – Hold a party for you and your friends and earn £20 more in Stampin’ Rewards (money to spend with me!) if your combined orders reach £200+

Thank You – What’s more, anyone who shops with me will receive one of my monthly handmade thank you gifts and a card.  This month’s gift is shown in the pic.  Happy shopping, Tracy x


New Year, New Catalogue!

Cover ShotHappy new year to you all!  Look!!! New Catalogue and a fab promotion!

We’re all starting to pack up the decs and throw away the chocs nobody wants(!) How about starting the year with a brand, spanking new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure??!!

From 4th Jan-31st Mar, choose FREE products for every £45 you spend in any catalogue – now you know what to spend those Christmas pennies on! Go to my ‘Contact Me’ tab if you’d like to receive a FREE COPY.

Did you know, you can buy from me via my online shop if you live anywhere in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Austria? If you are local to me (Hursley, Hants), I offer free P&P if you can collect (saving £4.95 per order!)

You’ll recieve a reusable card and small gift with each order as a thank you for making me your demonstrator. Please can I ask if you already buy through another demonstrator, contact them for your copy.

Let’s make 2017 our best crafty year yet! Much love, Tracy x

A Twist & Pop (of Pink!) for Mum’s 70th!

Mum's 70th cardIt’s fair to say that when they were dishing out Mum’s, I must have been at the top of the list as mine is truly amazing!

I wanted to make her an extra special card for her 70th birthday last Sunday and I’d seen a few of these amazing Twist & Pop Up cards in the last couple of months so decided to design my own.  I followed a tutorial from a very talented lady called Cathy Williams and then put my own spin on it with the decoration.

Here’s the link to Cathy’s tutorial…

I adore Pop Of Pink DSP and thought it would be perfect for a celebration card.  I layered the front with Basic Black & Melon Mambo Cardstock, cut the heart from Sunshine Wishes Thinlins in Gold Foil Sheets and embossed the sentiment from Tin Of Cards in gold, finishing off with Gold Metallic Thread and Metallic SeqMum's 70th card openuins.  And now for the Wow!  With some clever folding and sticking (less complicated than you may think) the centre pops up!  I cut the letters and numbers from Large Letters and Large Numbers Framelits and slightly offset Melon Mambo over Basic Black to really make them pop.  I added more Pop Of Pink DSP and layered Basic Black and Melon Mambo hearts to finish.  Mum was so happy with her card – a real keepsake for her special day. xx

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Beautiful You Home Decor

Presentation Home DecorLove, love, love this stamp set!  Here are just a couple of home decor ideas I came up with for my presentation.

My favourite Stampin’ Up! colour has to be Elegant Eggplant so I wanted to make sure it featured in my presentation.  I’m also know for my ‘offset’ (wonky!) cards – I find them much more forgiving than straight layers but I know some people just can’t bring themselves to do theirs the same so let me assure you, these look stunning layered neatly too!

To get the image onto the candle, I stamped the image and sentiment in Black Archival Ink onto white tissue paper.  With the ink pad closed, I gave it a firmish squeeze to make a little pool of ink on the inside lid then picked up the ink using Aqua Painters and added colour to the image.  Again, I coloured outside of the lines.  I then cut around them fairly closely but this doesn’t have to be exact like fussy cutting, it’s just to minimise the excess tissue paper.  I placed it (right side up) onto the candle, then wrapped a piece of wax paper (greaseproof works) over the top and held it taught at the back.  Using the Heat Tool, I ‘melted’ the image onto the candle, being careful not to let the candle start to bubble.  Just enough to transfer the image.  Once I’d peeled of the wax paper, the image appeared beautifully.  I wanted to tie it in with the framed prints so I added a 12″ x 1.75″ piece of Silver Glimmer Paper around the base with Tear & Tape.  Using a piece of 12″ x 1.25″ Elegant Eggplant Cardstock, I punched all the way along with the Confetti Stars Border Punch and layered over the Glimmer Paper, securing again with Tear & Tape.  You could use A4 Elegant Eggplant and make a little join at the back.  The frame and plate were so sparkly in real life and really showed off the set beautifully. xx

Sneak Peak! Beautiful You Stamp Set – My Presentation Projects

Presentation CardsHow stunning is this set!  Beautiful You indeed!

Here are some of the projects I shared in my presentation at OnStage Local Telford.  In my excitement, I forgot to take proper individual photos but hopefully you can see it lends itself really well to watercolouring.  As you know, I tend to do wonky cards (on purpose!) or maybe I should call them jaunty.  This set has 13 stamps and features the 3 ladies shown and some beautiful, uplifting sentiments that are so versatile and it’s such great value for money.  You can order this set from me from 4th Jan so save some of your Christmas pennies! In my next post I’ll show you how I’ve taken these 3 cards and made them into home decor pieces – see, told you it was versatile!  You’re going to love it! xx

I was a presenter at OnStage Local Telford!

Presentation AnnouncementI was so thrilled a few months back when I got a call from Stampin’ Up! asking me to be a Presenter at OnStage Local in Telford!

Of course I jumped at the chance and thought I’d worry about the nerves of presenting to 400+ talented demos and losing 48 stone nearer the time…I think I managed 7lbs and the nerves were still there but I loved it anyway!  Here’s the photo of my name in lights on one of the big screens.  I was so lucky to be presenting a stunning stamp set called Beautiful You coming out in the Spring/Summer Catalogue (4th Jan – eek!)  I’ll share the projects I made with you over the next few posts.  I was truly blown away by the amazing comments from my fellow demos and I just know you’ll fall in love with the set as I did.  xxPresenting 2


Not the clearest shot but this is me on stage!