Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator    Tracy McDonnell

Happy Anniversary Mum & Dad!

AnniversaryIt’s official…I have the best parents in the world!

And today is their 49th wedding anniversary so I wanted to make them a special card.  Elegant Eggplant is my favourite colour (you may have spotted this from past posts!) and I’ve paired it with Smokey Slate and Basic Gray.  Up until today, I’ve never used the gorgeous Timeless Textures stamp set but saw a similar background on a card in Pinterest so took the plunge!  I’ve teamed it up with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Silver Foil Sheets.  I added a couple of Melon Mambo hearts from the Confetti Hearts Border punch for Mum & Dad’s card and did another for my class without.  Which do you prefer? xx

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Life’s up and running again!

profile new Hi everyone!

I really do need to apologise for going awol for a while.  I had a huge curveball thrown into my life at the end of last year and have spent the last few months building a new life for me and my gorgeous girls.  You may have noticed my name’s changed from Lipscombe, back to my maiden name of McDonnell.  My girls, family, friends and Stampin’ Up! have all been a huge support to me and my little family are finally getting back on track.  I’ve kept my business ticking over in the background but it’s the start of a BRAND NEW Stampin’ Up! year and I’m back!!!  I’ve missed updating my blog and have so much to share with you so I hope you’ll forgive the absence and stick with me!  It’s good to be back, Tracy xxx

Sunshine Wishes for the teachers

Sunshine Wishes It’s that time of year again to thank our fantastic teachers – step forward Sunshine Wishes Thinlits – just perfect for the thank you cards! I fell in love with these Thinlits as soon as I clapped eyes on them and even better, you can buy them as a bundle with the equally gorgeous Sunshine Sayings stamp set!  I wanted something a little bigger to fill the space so I chose One Big Meaning stamp set for this greeting.  Here’s how I made it…

Cut a card base using 1/2 sheet of Thick Whisper White cardstock (I cut mine in portrait mode) Cut a 3 ½” x 3 ½” square of Basic Black cardstock and adhere to the cardbase at an angle.  Layer a 2 ¾” x 2 ¾Sunshine Wishes All” piece of Sweet Sugarplum DSP from the In Colors 2016-18 Designer Paper Stack, again at an angle.  Stamp the sentiment in Archival Black Ink onto a 2 ¼” x 2¼” piece of Whisper White, sponge the edges with Sweet Sugarplum Ink and add to the layers using dimensionals.  Cut the largest flower from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits in Basic Black and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  Add to the card using a little Tombow glue.  And voila!  This works so well in all of the new In Colors.  As always, if you’d like to buy the supplies to make this card, click on the product photos below to go straight to my online shop xx

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Painter’s Palette for Dad’s 70th Birthday!

Dad 70thMy lovely Dad celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday so of course I wanted to make him a special card!

I fell in love with Painter’s Palette when I first saw the new catalogue and thought it’s perfect for those tricky ‘guy’ cards!  Here’s how I made it…

Use 1/2 sheet of A4 Pool Party Cardstock for the base.   Add an angled piece of 3 ¾ x 4 ½ Bermuda Bay Cardstock. Stamp the easel image in Archival Black Ink onto a 3 ¼ x 4 ½ piece of Whisper White. Randomly stamp the paints spatters in Night Of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party and layer onto the card.  Cut the numbers from the Large Number Framelits in Silver Glimmer Paper.  Finish with the super cute Bermuda Bay hearts from the Brights Enamel Shapes and Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon.  Happy birthday Dad! xx

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Layering Love…Live, Laugh, Love!

Live, laugh, loveThis stamp set went straight onto my ‘have to have it now’ wishlist!

All 4 of the sentiments are just fab and you get a cute heart and anchor in the set too!  Here’s how I made it…

Cut a piece of A4 Thick Whisper White cardstock in half and attach angled layers of 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” Melon Mambo and 3 ½” x 3 ½” Basic Black cardstock.  Stamp the sentiment in Melon Mambo onto a piece of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White cardstock and sponge the edges.  Add a few hearts in the top corner and angle onto the other layers.  Stamp a couple more hearts on the bottom left corner of the card base and finish with the super cute Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon tied around the card base.  If you’d like to buy the supplies for this card, click on any on the product photos below to go straight to my online shop. xx
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New Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue…? Have one on me!

Annual Catalogue 2016-17Fancy getting one of these in your hands, kicking back with a cuppa and checking out the fab new products in this year’s annual catalogue?

Just send me your details via my comments page and I’ll send you a free copy!

Just quickly, I must apologise for going awol – we’ve been going through some major changes at home but I’m back on track now so look out for some fab posts using NEW product – yay!  Tracy x

Balloon Celebration…Which Honeycomb Balloon..? You Decide!

Balloon Celebration With Honeycomb We can’t agree here at Fairy HQ which balloon we like best on this card!

My eldest, Maddison likes the Whisper White with a hint of Blushing Bride but my little Bo loves the Mint Macaron!  What do you think?  Either way, how cute are these Honeycomb Embellishments?  Thankfully, they’re still available until the end of May so if you want to make this card, click on the supply list below and it’ll take you straight to my shop.  Here’s how I made it…

Cut a piece of portrait A4 Crumb Cake Cardstock in halve and score to make the cardbase.  On a 5 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ piece of Whisper White, stamp the 2 dandelion images from Balloon Celebration in Blushing Bride randomly – I stamped off once each time to get a more subtle shade.  Add to the base leaving ¼” border down each side.  Adhere 5 5/8″ x 1 ½” Blushing Bride Cardstock at an angle.  On a piece of 5 3/8″ x 1¼” Whisper White, stamp ‘Let Us Celebrate’ from Balloon Celebration Stamp Set in Basic Black Archival Ink as the balloon string.  Sponge around the edges in Blushing Bride and add your favourite Honeycomb Embellishment.  I sponged the white one lightly with Blushing Bride ink.  Tie a bow in Bakers Twine (oops!  I had Blushing Bride in my stash which is retired – Whisper White is a great alternative) and fix with a glue dot just under the base of the Honeycomb.   Add this layer to the card using dimentionals.  If you want to post this, stick one side of the Honeycomb to the card but leave for your recipient to open xx
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Telford Swap – Grateful Bunch Gift Box

Swap bagHow cute are these little gift boxes?…Or are they bags? Either’s fine I guess!

They came with me to Stampin’ Up! training at Telford on Saturday.  As demos, we love to swap our projects to get inspiration for future projects – I hope you liked mine if I got to swap with you!  Here’s how to make them…

Score a piece of 8½” x 4″ cardstock (landscape) at 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″, turn and Swap bag 1score at 1½” and 3½”.  Put a mark with your stylus on the ½” scoreline at 3″ and 7″, and using a metal ruler, score to the corners as shown in the picture (just on 2 of the squares) Fold all of the horizontal and vertical score lines.  Hold in landscape mode, cut out the skinny rectangle in the corner, then up the other 3 scorelines and cut little triangles as shown to help the close of the box.  Add a piece of 1¾” x 1¾” Melon Mambo Cardstock (or Mint Macaron/Hello Honey) to the 3rd square as shown below then offset a 1½” x 1½” Basic Black square.  Add Tear & Tape to the ½ strip to the side and fold over to meet the other edge to form the body of the bag.  Fold in the tabs to form the base of the box, adding Tear & Tape to the last tab to be folded. Pinch the box together with the triangular scorelines at the sides and thSwap bag 2ey should just fold in.  Secure at the top with a Mini Metallic Peg.  Stamp the sentiment from Grateful Bunch in Melon Mambo or Mint Macaron and stamp the trio of daisies in Black Archival Ink.  Punch out the Daisies using the Blossom Bunch Punch and use the Washi Label Punch for the sentiment.  Punch another in cardstock to coordinate with the ink on your sentiment and layer at an angle using a dimensional.  Pop an It’s My Party Enamel Dot into the centre of the flower and attach to the box with a dimensional. xx


Last 2 Weeks of Weekly Deals…And They’re Pretty Good!

WeeklyDeals_Share-1_Apr0516_EU_SP  All good things must come to an end and it’s the last 2 weeks of Weekly Deals…and there’s loads on offer!

Weekly Deals were designed to help Stampin’ Up! clear some overstocks and have been offered at an amazing price.  As these stock piles started to deplete, there were less products to include and so the time has come to say goodbye to the deals.  Instead, Stampin’ Up! will offer ‘Special Offers’ in the future – these deals will happen less often but will be worth waiting for!  In the meantime, check out this weeks HUGE list of deals by clicking on my Special Offers page.  These can be ordered along with anything from the current catalogues and Clearance Rack.  Go, go, go! xx

English Garden Tissue Box Cover

English Garden Tissue Box CoverBecause the Spring/Summer catalogue is soooo fantastic, it’s easy to forget all of the beautiful products in the main catalogue so I thought it was time to revisit it!

How pretty is this DSP?  Just perfect for my Spring tissue box cover (these measurements fit the Kleenex Rectangle ‘cube’ box of tissues).  Here’s how I made it…

Cut 2 pieces of Crumb Cake Cardstock measuring 10″ x 5 ¼.  Score them both at 4″ & 8 ½” and then with the short side at the top, score at 4 ¾”.  Overlap the pieces, sticking the 1 ½” section to the inside of the 4″ section.  Cut all the scorelines up to the ½” scoreline (4 cuts) This should then line up perfectly to fold over and glue the other 1 ½” section to the other 4″ section forming the cube shape.  Cut the following DSP – 2 pieces measuring 4″ x 4 ¼”, 2 measuring 3 ½” x 4 ¼” and 1 piece of 4″ x 3 ½” for the top.  Stick the side pieces to the box, ensuring the scored edge is to the top of the box.  Place the cover over your tissue box, add Tombow adhesive to the 4 corners of the scored edge and fold to form the border for the lid.  Cut a piece of 4″ x 4 ½” Crumb Cake Cardstock for the lid.  Attach the DSP and on the other side, draw a line in pencil from corner to corner – this will help you to centre the framelits.  Cut the opening in the centre of the lid using the 3rd smallest framelit from the Ovals Collection.  I also cut a rim in coordinating cardstock using the 3rd and 4th smallest framelits – centre one inside of the other.  This helps to reinforce the opening.  Add tombow to the top edges of the cover and attach the lid.  Finally, punch out some flowers using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and add a pearl in the centre of each.  xx

Crumb Cake Cardstock  – 2 pieces 10″ x 5 ¼” & 1 piece 4″ x 4 ½”

English Garden DSP – 2 pieces 4″ x 4 ¼”, 2 pieces 3 ½” x 4 ¼” and 1 piece of 4″ x 3 ½”

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