Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Santa’s Gnome

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Hello Everyone. Another Christmas card made for my list. And I have gone with some clear stamps this time around.

I have made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge following along with their current challenge. The October Technique Challenge of Masking.

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So this time around with using clear stamps I have gone down the more traditional route of using post-it notes for my mask. If you have never done this before let me give you a quick run down on how its done.

  1. You want to work out your placement of your images before you start stamping because you need to work out what is in front of other stamps.
  2. Now stamp the stamps that are the ones you want all the way in the front.
  3. Now stamp these images onto some post-it notes – make sure your image ends up on the sticky part of them so you can cover what you have already stamped.
  4. Cut out your images just inside of the stamped lines you will get a better match up if you do this.
  5. Cover your image with your mask
  6. Stamp the next layer and if needs be make a mask if there are any following layers that touch.
  7. Lift off your masks and reveal your scene.

I hear you asking but what if I missed something in that stamping process? You can use a pen that is safe for your colouring medium and fill in any lines if needs be.

With my scene I actually drew some trees in the background to give the rest of it some where to sit. I coloured these in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils lightly because I wanted to have the focus on the front images. The house, Gnome and signpost I coloured in with my Copic Markers. I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday #231 because I just can’t start to build a card without a sketch. As you can see I did make a minor change but I sometimes use the sketch from the past as a jumping off point for my creation.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card creation today. And as always before you go I want to leave you with this last thought

Good Morning! Sending you, our friends, a little hump day humor....but seriously, have a wonderful Wednesday.

Mind you I still can’t believe that it is only Wednesday. Well for me it’s early evening so I am closer to Saturday than I was at the beginning of today. May all of you have a great slide down into the weekend.

Have a Happy Crafty Sliding Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Life · Love · Yarn

Baby Wrap for Friends

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Hello Everyone. I have mentioned before on my blog that I am not just a card maker. Well today I am sharing photos of the Baby Wrap that I crocheted and the card that I made as well.

This was made for Matt and Amy some wonderful friends of my family who are expecting their first child – a baby girl – in Nov/Dec of this year.

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A close up of the wrap

It is made from a Variegated Cotton yarn for the main body of the wrap and a White Cotton Yarn for the edging. As this baby is going to be born at the beginning of our Australian Summer I wanted it to be useful both now and when it gets cooler.  The wrap is approximately 90cm squared and all done in Double Crochet stitch using a 5mm hook.

And this is also the card that I made for the baby shower.

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I printed the background with a sentiment that has always been a favourite of mine. And I used an adorable elephant image from My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants Stamp set and coloured him in with my Copic markers.

I had such fun making both of these. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

Elephant Quote Poster / Print for Baby's by silentlyscreaming

This is so true. A bond between Mother and Child is a powerful one. I am lucky to be called Mum by two wonderful humans. They will always be and will always have my love.

Have a Happy Crafty Wonderful Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

PS If your still lucky to have your Mum around give her a call! She will love hearing from you. This is the one thing that I did more often with my own Mum especially since we live so far apart from each other.

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Aussie Santa

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Hello Everyone. A Christmas card that is inspired by the Christmases that I know. Not a snowflake in site. Maybe I should have named this one “Santa’s Holiday”. After he has finished his delivery rounds he decides it’s time to relax somewhere that is a warmer than his home.

Today I made this card based on the challenge from the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge blog and I am also entering to be a part of their upcoming Design Team. Their October Technique Challenge is Masking 

They are asking for Christmas cards that feature Masking of any kind. So this leaves things quite open for people to get creative. For my card I decided to use “Digital Masking” – so in my computer I placed the digital Aussie Santa image on top of the Aussie Outback Shack digital image – so in effect “Masking” the image. Both of these images are from Make It Crafty.  This is one of my favourite things about digital images being able to combine images to make a scene.

This card also utilised a sketch for pulling the card together and it is Sketch Saturday #534 – it’s fast becoming a favourite of mine.

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The card this time around use this sketch but with only minor changes. The main image ended up being 9cm X 9cm this was the only change though.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my card project today. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

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Oh my – I am so behind in my card making! This countdown is till the day of Christmas. But for sending cards I have only – 31 days until I need to have my cards in the post!!! :0

Have a Happy Crafty Making Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Purrfect Christmas

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Hello everyone. I had so much fun making my previous card that I had to colour another one of the fun cat images that I have. When I have some down time I colour images that make me smile and then I have images ready to put onto cards. I have 2 favourite mediums that I like to colour with – Copic Markers and Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. This image I coloured with my Copic Markers.

Then over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge their theme for October is Christmas pets so I had the perfect image coloured for this challenge.

And if you been to my blog before you know that I love making cards using a sketch. So I searched my favourite sketch sites and found #536 by Sketch Saturday that I thought would suit my cute cat image.

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The papers that I used are by Kasiercraft. This paper pack was called Mistletoe and the scalloped border came from this paper pack as well. The sentiment I actually made on my computer and printed it at the same time as the cat image.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

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Oh this gave me just the giggle that I needed today. But I will admit that sometimes I am that person who does pull a push door. Have a great day no matter which side of this quote you are on.

Have A Happy Crafty Opposite Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Cats Christmas

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Hello everyone,
Another Christmas card finished and I am really happy with how it turned out. On my Christmas card list is a bunch of cat lovers and I am sure one of them will love receiving this.

This card was actually inspired by 2 challenges. The bunch over at Time Out Challenges are asking us to be Colourful for challenge #120 and then I have found a lovely sketch site over at Feeling Sketchy and this is sketch #203


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The first is the image from their site the 2nd is my copy with the measurements included.

I think that I have covered the Time Out requirements for being colourful. When I saw that challenge I thought of this image, I’m not 100% sure where I got this digital image from. But I printed it out and coloured it in with my Copic markers.  The papers are from my Christmas stash which is shrinking a little but I need to shrink it a lot more.

Hope you like my take on both of the challenges. Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

RoughOh Snoopy my pal you don’t know the half of it and its not even the end yet! This has been a really really rough week. Hope that your week is going a whole heap better.

Have a Happy Crafty Smooth Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

 

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Fa La La La Llama

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Hello Everyone,
Today was a good day I got to colour some images and I also got to make some cards. So today even though it started rough it has ended good. I looked at my Christmas card stash and it is very low considering how many I need each year.

So I saw the sketch up at Sketch Saturday #535 and I decided that I would make some Christmas cards.

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Plus I also decided to make a 2nd card since I had printed 2 of the same images. I used my favourite image from Just Me the Fa La La La Llama image. I sized the Llama so that it would sit on a die cut tag nicely; this is one thing that I love about digital images. This time around I used my Copics to colour in these images. Christmas papers from my stash and some green paper for the matting layers and this finished off my card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would love to leave you with this last thought

Celebrate your "inner craftaholic" with these adorable free printable craft quotes to encourage and inspire your creativity!

I have found that on my hardest days I need to get some crafting done. Even if the results aren’t something I could use just the act of being creative helps me to feel better. So I now try to be creative in some way each day.

Have a Happy Crafty Creative Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Simple Christmas

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Hello everyone,
For the card project this time I decided that I would try and go down the simple route. I was given these card cutouts from another card maker and I wanted to see what I could do with it.

Over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge Octobers Colour challenge this time is Silver. You can choose to use either a little or a lot – I chose to use a little.

I embossed the background green paper with a grass die to try and give the impression of foliage of the tree. I cut by hand a piece of maroon paper for the Christmas Tree stand. Over the tree I added some silver stickers that I thought gave the impression of tinsel and some holographic silver circles for the baubles. Then I added some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to the bottom of the card before adding a gold Merry Christmas Sticker and this finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

Las Teje y Maneje: MONDAY'S ILLUSTRATION |95Handmade is so much better than mass produced. It has that personal touch that can only come from someone putting a part of themselves into the product.

Have a Happy Crafty Handmade Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy