Birthday · Card Order · Greeting Cards

Balloon Bouquet

Hello everyone. I can show this card to you now that it has been given to the person who ordered it.

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This is the front view of the card and here is a side view as well

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This is what is known as a Z fold card. It has become a favourite of mine for creating special occasion cards. I love being able to put images into the inner space of the Z. This time around I have die cut balloons from 2 shades of pink and their tails from black. To make mounting the tails easier I put double sided paper onto the back before cutting with my Cuttlebug.

The balloons that I mounted in the middle each have a piece of clear plastic holding them up just to give them a little bit more stability. It also makes it look like they are floating. Each balloon has been sponged with Pickled Raspberry Distress Ink as was the writing space and the banner with the stamped 21st sentiment. Great buy that number stamp set because I can make any age with it.

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

Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again. -Eleanor Roosevelt

A beautiful quote from ex-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s a wonderful reminder to live each day of our lives because you will never be the you; you are right at this moment. Enjoy each moment of your life.

Have a Happy Crafty Enjoyable Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Summer Snow Globe

Hello everyone. Summer Snow Globe – yes I know it sounds different? weird? But as I have said before I am in Australia and we don’t have snow when Christmas comes around. We have heat and cooling drinks sometimes over crushed ice which looks like snow. But anyway onto the reason for stopping by my blog – my card!

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So as you can see I haven’t used a typical image within my snow globe. But you maybe asking yourself what started the creation of this card. Well it was prompted by Myrna from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge and her November Theme Challenge: Snow Globes

I knew that within my stash I had a snow globe image but then I went looking for an image that depicted my Christmas a little better. Once I found these I stamped the image of the glass and iced pitcher onto some Copic safe paper ready to colour. Then I stamped both the globe and sentiment onto some light weight card and after I did this thought it would be perfect for a 1 layer card. Then I decided that I would try out a shaker card for this design as well.

So to keep this quite flat for posting I decided to give more interest to the front I would do some stencilling with some distress ink. But first I had to use some Mask It masking paper and masked both the globe and the sentiment. To do the stencilling I used one of my various dots stencil in A5 size from Scrapmatts and my Fired Brick and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks by Tim Holtz and mini distress ink sponges. I put some double sided sticky paper on the back of the panel to make mounting after cutting easier. After this I cut out the inner of the snow globe.

Once this was done I mounted the whole front panel up on fun foam to give me the depth to make the shaker card. I used super fine glitter and some sequins inside the shaker then added the lemonade pitcher and the glass image. Then mounted this straight onto a white A6 sized white heavy weight card stock base.

I had a lot of fun creating this snow globe. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation today. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought of the day

Elim Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) on "coincidences".

Another fact about me – if I’m not making cards you can find me either with my head in a book or watching an episode of Star Trek. I have most of the series on DVD I am working towards getting the others. But I like this quote from Garak from Deep Space Nine. I know that coincidences do happen but I definitely don’t trust them.

Have a Happy Crafty Star Trek Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Pink, Blue and Green Christmas

Hello everyone, I am writing this to you from a half made craft space. I started moving into my new craft space on Saturday with the help of my husband. And I have continued on from there.  I am hoping to be almost complete by the end of this week. I will write a post up on my new space once I have completed the move. But anywho onto I’m sure the main reason that you have stopped by to look at my blog today my card creation.
This card is actually inspired by 2 challenge blogs today. The first being the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge and since it is the 2nd week of the month it is time for a colour challenge. November Colour Combo is Pink, Blue + Green
And the second challenge is – I suppose you have already guessed if this isn’t your first visit to my blog! Can you guess?? If you guessed a sketch then you would be 100% correct. This sketch is being brought to us by Linda from Freshly Made Sketches and it is Sketch #362.
Everything used on this card is from my stash, nothing new! I did look at my Christmas stash of products and it is getting low. I may need to look at buying some new supplies. I never thought that I would see the bottom of my old stash. But also with the sketch I have decided to make it bottom to top – so the circle is the lower most element on this card and I built it up from there. I have used a very old piece of Christmas paper that I have fished out of my off cuts drawer plus the other papers came from this same drawer. To cut this I used MFTs In&Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die. Then I cut the circle element from some white card stock and placed pink layering weight paper behind this element. Out of blue and green paper backed with Couture Creations double sided backing paper I cut out the sentiment using my Cuttlebug. I dug into my sentiment dies and found the Kasiercraft Decorative Dies Christmas Word Pack and the sized worked perfectly for this card.  The finishing touch was to add some pink, green and clear stickles in just a few places. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you depart I would like to leave you with this final thought
Even though I am without a craft space I still have to craft in one form or another! When I am not making cards I am doing crochet or colouring or spinning. I never go anywhere without a project just in case I find the opportunity to make some progress.

Have a Happy Crafty Progressive Kind of Day, ❤ TracyB

Birthday · Greeting Cards

Birthday Tea

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Hello everyone. The card I am sharing is definitely not my normal. This time around it is a shaped card. And I am very grateful for my Brother Scan ‘N’ Cut machine because of it I was able to make this card with a lot more ease than if I had to do it all by hand.

This card was inspired by the Shopping Our Stash Challenge Blog. This time around they are asking for shaped cards – Definitely NO Squares, Rectangle, Oval or Circle Cards. So Not your average Shaped Cards.

Grab Our Badge!#377 – Not Your Average Card

The products used were 2 sheets of A4 sized 210gsm weighted White Card stock, purple scrap of card stock, paper from Kasiercraft from my stash and Mowed Lawn & Shaded Violet Distress Inks.

Using my Brother SnC to cut out the Teapot bottom as a shaped card base and then a single teapot bottom from the patterned paper. But I cut off the handle and the spout from this as I only wanted the body. Using my Mowed Lawn ink I inked up the edges of both the card base but also the patterned paper to give it a bit more depth.  Then I re-loaded the SnC matt with the purple paper and the 2nd A4 sheet of card stock. And cut the top from the purple and the Happy Birthday sentiment 3 times from the 2nd sheet of white card stock. I then ombre inked one of the Happy Birthday sentiments before gluing all 3 together to make a stacked sentiment. Then I assembled all of the parts together. To give this card to my friend I had to make a handmade envelope because I didn’t have any that were big enough.

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

You'd rather have a powerful tea packet than a strong brew any day. - 15 oz. - Ceramic - Microwave Safe - Dishwasher Safe

I am definitely not a coffee person. I have always been a Tea drinker but sometimes its Milo but not coffee. But no matter your drink – may you find to enjoy a cup either by yourself with a good book or with a friend.

Have a Happy Crafty Hot Drink Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

No Craft Space for Me

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Hello everyone, another card made for my Christmas stash. But some of you maybe wondering why I named this post the way that I have.

Well at the moment there are cards to be made but at the moment I don’t have my space to make them. I am in the midst of changing the location of my craft room and it’s taking so long. Not because I have more commitments than I have in the past but now I am fighting my chronic pain all the way. It’s hard because I remember when I could change things around in a couple of days. Sometimes my family would walk into our family area and find that things had changed while they were at work and school.

I am making progress and that is a good thing. But during this I needed a distraction and crafting a card for my Christmas stash was the perfect excuse. So I went onto my computer and looked at a favourite blog of mine to see what the next challenge would be. And since it is the first week of the month it is Sketch Challenge time over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog and this is the sketch

The only change that I made to the sketch this time around is the orientation and the elements are further apart than on the sketch. I only noticed this after I had stuck everything down because I didn’t have the sketch with me. That will teach me not to print the sketch and make my notes before making it … OH I want my craft space back.

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

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I am 2 years today since I got the news that I had lung cancer.

I was very lucky on 3 accounts.

  1. That this was found at all. It was while I was having a scan for something totally different that this was detected
  2. That it wasn’t aggressive. It was found out later that this spot was on a previous scan that I had in 2003, but it wasn’t picked up for some reason
  3. That surgery has advanced; we were informed that this was operable and that I didn’t have to go through a lot of the bad side effects.  Before this they wouldn’t have operated and put me through courses of Chemo and Radiotherapy instead.

 

BUT this experience has changed both how I see things and also how my family sees things. We are grateful for the advances in medicine but also in God’s timing. Things would have been so different if it was detected back in 2003.

Have a Happy Crafty Grateful Kind of Day,
💓 TracyB

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.