Birthday · card sketch

Hot Air Balloon Birthday

Hello everyone. The card I am sharing with you today is a type of card that I find hard to make. Male themed birthday cards! I don’t know why these type of cards are hard but they are.  I think I pulled it off with the card that I have made and here it is

The making of this card came about because of the team at Shopping Our Stash Weekly. Their challenge this week is 

and then I wanted to design from a sketch and I found this one

The first thing I did was scavenge through my craft supplies to see what I could use and I found an embossing folder with this Hot Air Balloon as part of the scene. I thought it would go well with the masculine theme. Along with the embossing folder the set also came with these boot prints which I used as the 3 elements on the sketch. 

After embossing the Hot Air image I coloured it in with my Copics.  Then I found some papers that suited this perfectly. It was a 6X6  paper pad called “Up and Away” by Kasiercraft. On the balloon paper I stamped the words relax & enjoy, it’s your day in Kraft coloured ink. Then I also cut some strips of paper from the paper pack and sponged some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the edge. I put some foam tape under the boot prints just to give them a little height. I matted each of the main layers with some Maroon layering paper and put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. Please consider giving my blog a like or even leaving a comment. And as always I would like to leave you with this thought for today

Oh this is so true. I had forgotten this for quite a while. After everything that myself and my family had been through in the past little while … I had forgotten that no matter the size of the progress at least it is progress. And I can see that I am further forward than I was even just a couple of months ago.

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

Birthday · card sketch

Birthday Squared

Hello everyone. You may be asking why I named my post Birthday Squared. Well I am not one for making using squared shaped cards. I usually stick with the regular rectangle shape because it doesn’t produce any waste and you can get two cards from a A4 sheet of card stock. Where as with a square shaped card you can only get one decent sized card from a sheet but you have leftovers.  I mean I won’t waste this of course because it will be used for a sentiment later but you know I’m sure …

… anywho onto the reason you stopped by my blog today to see my creation

I was quite lucky with this card that I was able to jump into my leftovers drawer and find everything that I needed to make this card. The newest product used on this card is actually the Happy Birthday die which I actually cut apart to use on this card.

But this whole square card making started because of the sketch over at Sketch Saturday

Isn’t this a great sketch. I usually stretch these kinds of sketches to suit an A6 sized card but I decided to try and design within the square. Before cutting the birthday die as its so large I backed the paper with some double sided paper to make the sticking to the project easier. As I wanted to try and not take up the whole front with this die; I sacrificed some of the flowers from the die to make it fit as I have.  And the double sided paper really saved me after I decided to cut the original die-cut apart. Piecing it together after its surgery was easier because I didn’t have to put wet glue onto some really small pieces.

I think that this card could actually suit anyone and I may end up making more square cards in the future but that is to be seen. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. To let me know that you have stopped by consider liking my post and even commenting to let me know what you think of it. And as always before you leave I would like to leave you with this final thought

Love Star Trek and like decorating for Christmas but so glad that I don’t have anyone who is particular how they are placed. 

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

Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards

50 Years On

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing with you a card that I have made for my Brother In Law … unfortunately I am running behind with sending this to him but the wishes are very much still given.

I have been inspired by 2 challenges to make this card and I will tell you about that one I show you what I came up with

I was first inspired by the Time Out Challenge #123

And if you have been to my blog you know that I love working with sketches and I found this one by Freshly Made Sketches #365

With the measurements I used

When I read the colour combo for the Time Out Challenge I knew the paper pad that I was going to use. The Black & White Timeless 6X6 paper pad by Kasiercraft that has been sitting in my stack for awhile now. I combined this with Brown layers as it suited the paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and looking at my project. Please let me know that you stopped in by leaving me either a like or a comment or even both. And as always before you leave I would love to leave you with this thought for today

I have found this hard  to do. This world wants certain things but I have always been different and I never feel like I fully fit in any where. That’s why I love time by myself because I don’t have to try and fit in.

Have a Happy Crafty Different Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B
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.

11 21st Birthday front

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

11 21st Birthday side

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

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

Birthday · card sketch · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards

Sunbonnet Sue Sews

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Hello everyone,
Today the card I am bringing to you is featuring one of my favourite characters -Sunbonnet Sue. I have been in love with her since I was a little girl because she seems to be able to do everything. Today she is doing a little sewing.

To start the card I went looking on my favourite sketch sites and found Sketch #358 from Freshly Made Sketches which looks like this

FMS 358

Once I found this sketch I went through my 6X6 paper pads and found one from Kasiercraft called Needle and Thread. To cut the papers into circles I used my stitched circle dies from Uniquely Creative. The backing paper is a Royal Blue by Quill; I used my scalloped circle die to make the small circle elements seem a little more substantial. My Sunbonnet Sue type image called Sewsun (retired image) from Bugaboo I coloured in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos.

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

 

I sitting here typing this and I am listening to rain on a tin roof. It is such a soothing sound – I hope to spend time just sitting reading, possibly crafting, drinking tea and listening to the rain.

Have a Happy Crafty Book Reading Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Birthday · Greeting Cards

No Spook Birthday

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Hello everyone,
Well in some places around the world people are getting ready to celebrate Halloween. Here in Australia it is starting to be celebrated, though I’m not sure that many people know why it’s celebrated, my family doesn’t celebrate. But in some of my scraps I actually found this crow image and the sentiment. The backing paper I have actually been hoarding because its my favourite colour.

For this card I am actually combining two challenges.

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From Card in an Envy challenge theme is Something Spooky and then over at AAA Cards Challenge #125 is Inspired by a TV Show. When I found this paper I thought of the TV Show – The Addams (The Original Series). I always saw black birds flying around their house and these reminded me of them. I loved watching this TV series and also The Munsters – neither of these series scared me and some of the humour I didn’t get til later on in life.

I now usually provide you with the sketch that helped me to create my card but this time around I just found the supplies first.  Then I placed them on the card in a way that I thought would show each element off the best. The image and the sentiment elements were shaped like this; I thought that they were a little different to my usual square or rectangle so I left them alone. The only thing that I did with them was to ink them with Black Soot Distress Ink using a Sponge tool. All of this was put onto purple card stock and then mounted onto a white card base.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look at my project. As always before you go I would like to leave you with this final thought:

Image result for morticia addams quotes normal is an illusion

One of my favourite Mortica Addams Quotes. This is so true … my normal is so much different to someone else. So there is definitely no 1 idea of normal.

Have a Happy Crafty “Normal” Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy