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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Ornate Flowers


I'm just taking some time out from preparing my January class to quickly post and say "Hi". I'm trying to start the new year by being prepared in advance, I wonder how long that will last mmmmmmmm.

This card is another one I did for my mum at the beginning of the month. I've used the Ornate Flowers stamp set. I have recently treated myself to the full set of Stampin' Up! markers so thought I'd try them out with this card. I used Garden Green and Regal Rose for the flowers and stamped onto So Saffron cardstock and mounted this onto Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose. I've also used the scalloped boarder punch on the longer pieces of card. The sentiment is from Occasional Quotes which is a level 3 hostess set.

Thank you for stopping by.


Tracy -x-

Monday, 27 December 2010

Just Believe

Well its nearly 2011 so I thought I'd better pop on and update you on what I've been doing.... which isn't a lot really as I was working up until 3pm Christmas eve... bummer. Still one good thing is it was my sisters turn to cook Christmas lunch so had a really relaxing day. Then in the evening all the family gathered at my mums and we exchanged even more pressie it truly was a wonderful day, one of the best I've had for a long time.

I got some fantastic pressies too off my family. Here's few of the things I got: off Dean I got a new lappy, my favourite perfume, Nicola was more perfume (do you think they're trying to tell me tickets to see Lee Evans in September 2011, Kirsty a new watch, earrings and lots lots more. I was sooo spoiled. Its good to have such a loving family and a added bonus to have good friends as well.

Anyway, below is a card I made my mum for her birthday at the beginning of the month. The technique used is brayering and I just love the way the card turned out. It was thanks to my upliner, Victoria, that I conquered the brayering technique as she sent me a great video on it, thanks Victoria

All products used are SU and the stamp set is Just Believe.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I'll be back later with some chrimbo cards I made.

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Rain at last....

Yay its raining and the snow is starting to disappear. Well my week off has been a washout regarding getting my christmas shopping done. If we get up early enough tomorrow, and the roads remain clear, we might venture out to try and find some pressies. I was meant to be helping my upliner, Victoria, at a craft fair tomorrow but she had to call it off due to the weather. Still, something to look forward to at a later date

Now for another card. I did this one as a convention swap. Boy did it take ages to make 25 of them as the card invovled the masking technique and all the images and pieces were stamped indiviually. It was heartbreaking when I made a mistake right at the end of the card and had to start again. Luckily this only happened about 3 times...phew.

The stamp set, Make a Monster, is a new one in the current SU catty and such fun to work with. All materials used were SU and consisted of the following:
Very Vanilla, Real Red and Tempting Turquoise card
Inks - Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green and Rose Red.
Scalloped Edged boarder punch and word window punch

Thanks for taking time to look at my blog.

Tracy -x-

Thursday, 2 December 2010

2 step bird punch Card

Oh my its STILL snowing, will it ever stop? I haven't been out of the house since Tuesday evening when I walked, yes I said, up to the shops with hubby. The white stuff looks lovely but I hope we get some rain soon so that it clears quickly as I'm back at work Tuesday. If it keeps up I'm going to have to do my christmas shopping online :-(

Here are a few pictures of my garden yesterday, its even more covered today!!!

Anyway, I said I'd pop some pictures on here of the cards I have done recently for people and here's the first one. It was for a friends birthday last months. Hope you like it.

All products used are SU and include 2 step bird punch, new scallop punch, stamp sets Vintage Vogue and Greenhouse Garden. Cardstock is Cherry cobbler and very vanilla plus various inks were used.

Thanks for looking.

Big warm hugs

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

November christmas class

Hello everyone,

Brrr how cold is it? I am so glad I picked this week to have as annual leave... I detest driving in snow so couldn't have timed it better. Whats even better is that hubby is off as well so, if there's any driving to be done he can do it...haha

Well, what a busy time its been for me, hence not posting for ages. I am now back at work full time and boy is it busy. I have also been to the SU convention in London at the beginning of November and it was a fab experience. I met a fantastic bunch of ladies, received some great swaps and had a few days away from the family. It was inspiring to hear of the other demo's success and how they acheived it, thank you all.

Now for my November class. It was another christmas theme and I had a blast. The class was small but I find that much better as I can focus my attention on my ladies who are just starting out as crafters but they always give 100% in everything they try.

The stamp set used was Contempo Christmas with the matching punch and wheel. The class should have lasted 2 1/2 hours but turned into 4, so you can tell what fun we had. I had to laugh at my sister in law. I'm sure she won't mind me telling you she hates cutting out so had a "fit" when we had to cut out the tiny trees... she made us laugh sooooo much our sides hurt, thanks Steph. All the items used are SU.

I will be posting more pictures over the next few days both of cards I've made and of the garden covered in snow, it looks so pretty.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog.

Big warm hugs

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Where does the time go...

I can't beleive its nearly 3 weeks since I last posted!!! Such a lot has happened since I was last here. I finally returned to work last week having been off for quite a while. If felt very strange the first day but seemed better the next. I'm doing phased return so easing in gently.

I've also helped my upliner, Victoria, at a couple of crafting events and workshops. Boy were they hectic but fun. It really is nice to meet lots of lovely ladies who enjoy crafting like I do. On top of this I've been making my card candy and general swaps for the SU convention thats being held on the 4-6 November. Its in London so a couple of nights away from the family will be a nice treat.

Here's one of the swaps I have made, will show the others at a later date:

I have used Make a Monster stamp set, its so fab and especially suitable for male themed cards. All products are SU and are available from the current catalogue.

On top of all this it was my birthday last Wednesday and I had a great day with lots of lovely cards and pressies. Tonight I'm off out for a meal with hubby so might need the paracetamol in the morning...haha

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, hope you've enjoyed it and will be back.

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Serene snowflakes class

I've just had some family and friends around for a morning of crafting and we had a blast, just the tonic I needed as not feeling too well today. It was a bit hectic at times but I felt that everyone enjoyed themselves, the cheesy chip butties went down a treat, even my youngest commented on how nice they

We made a variety of products, as you can see from the photo, with the main theme being the Serene Snowflakes stamp set. All products were SU except the treat bags and the base cards.

Now I need to concentrate on my swaps for convention at the beginning of November and what to do at my next get together on 13 November, wish me luck.

Thanks again ladies for coming, it was a pleasure to see you all and have some fun.

Til next time, love and hugs

Tracy -x-

Monday, 27 September 2010

Vintage Vogue

Oh my, where has the month gone, it'll soon be christmas.

Now what have I been up too.... not a lot Well thats not exactly true as I've been doing my card candy swap for the SU convention in November, work on my diploma and a few cards. I was at a SU training event last Friday in Manchester and had such a fab time, met a lot of lovely ladies and, by joining in the swaps, have some lovley cards for ideas for future classes. Myself and Victoria, my upliner, stayed over as we didn't fancy the journey back very late at night. It was a wonderful night away from the kids (for Victoria that is mine are a little older) and, instead of making the most of it by catching up on our sleep we spent the night chatting. For a short while after the training had finished we had the delightful company of 3 other SU demos, Monica, Jo and Paula, thank you ladies it was really nice getting to know you. We finally got to sleep at 4am and we were both up by 7. Boy was it a long day on Saturday but worth it.

I've been making a few cards and last Wednesday was my friends birthday, this is what I came up with.

I used all SU items other than the ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by.

Tracy -x-

Monday, 6 September 2010

Fresh Cuts card

Its been quite a while since I was last here so thought I'd pop on and say hi. I'm still off work and getting really bored now, roll on the 20th Sept when I have my scan.

On Saturday I had my sister and friend round for a crafting class and had a great time and such a laugh. My sister-in-law was unable make the class so we did one the week before and that was a good time as well so thank you ladies. I'm really looking forward to our next class in October where there will be more of us which = more laughs and giggles.

My sister-in-law had to go into hospital last week for an operation so I made her this card. She is home now and recovering well thank heavens.

All items used are Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.

Tracy -x-

Friday, 27 August 2010

Class Cards

Good Morning everyone,

Thought I'd post whilst everyone else is still in Tomorrow I have my sister in law coming round to do a class with me and these are the projects we will be making. Its my first class ever and next Saturday I have my sister and a friend coming round to make the same set.... I can't wait.

Yesterday my upliner, Victoria, visited with her 2 little boys. It was such fun running around after Blake who's only one. I think he's going to be an electrician like his daddy as all he went for was wires and anything electrical, especially my hubbys I am hamster sitting for my sister and Zac was fascinated by them, kept calling them "rabbits"...bless. It was such a lovely time and so funny seeing us all chase after Blake.

Thanks for visiting and hope to see you back again soon

Tracy -x-

Monday, 23 August 2010

Two step bird punch

Sorry I haven't posted for a while but, to be honest, nothing exciting has really happened. I've been planning a craft class that I'm holding on 4 September for family and friends. I will post a picture of the cards and box we are making shortly.
Yesterday was my anniversary, 23 years, so I made my hubby this card

All products used are SU. To create the background I have brayered over whisper white card in So Saffron ink then placed a love heart shape, cut out of a post it note, onto the top. With the shape in place I then brayered again over the whole cardstock with So Saffron. With Pumpkin Pie I brayered over the top of the So Saffron about half way down, then agan with Rich Razzleberry about a quater of the way down from the top. I then removed the post it note to reveal the love heart.

Thanks for stopping by and please visit again soon xxx

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Birthday Card

Hi everyone,

Quick post from me as its been a really quiet day so nothing to I've made this card using 2 different SU stamp sets, True Friends and Flight of the Butterfly and all other products are from SU. I hope you like it.

I'm joining in the following challenges

Stampin' Royalty create your own DSP (Designer Series Paper) or background paper!
Daring Cardmakers - August Birthstone - Peridot
Sunday Sketch and Stamp - Sketch

Thanks for visiting and please come back

Tracy -x-

Monday, 9 August 2010

Anniversary Card


I've just had a wonderful day with a lovely friend, Karen, crafting at my home, well more talking than crafting I managed to make 2 cards and Karen just used my stamps to stamp out lots of images that she hasn't got to take home.

This is the first of the cards I made and the other one will be put on my blog tomorrow. This if for our neighbours anniversary later this month, they got married on the same day and year as me and my hubby.... how weird is that? All products used are SU except the embossing folder. The ribbon was initially whisper white and I used pixie pink ink pad to colour it and the flowers.

With this card I am entering the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge White and bright
Crafty Creations Challenge Wedding or Anniversary
Our Creative Corner Its Embossable
Sweet Stampin Challenge Pretty in Pink

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to reading any comments you wish to leave

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Cupcake Mouse Card

I was lucky enough to win some digi inmages in a challenge I participated in a few weeks ago so decided to use one of them this afternoon after a disasterous vist to the hairdressers. On Thursday I booked myself and my daughter, Kirsty, in for this afternoon. Before out appt we decided to go to a well known phone shop to see about K's phone as its playing up, they couldn't help us so went straigt to the hairdressers across the road, arriving 30mins early. As we walked in the owner looked at us blank so I told him we had an appt for 3.30 with a certain stylist. He looked in the book, no appt and the stylist had left 5mins before. It turns out that when I phoned on Thursday for the appt she had put it in the diary for Thursday instead of Saturday... so not a happy bunny as going out for a meal and hair not done....grrrrr

Anyway, to relieve my frustration and after a visit to Morrisons and Tescos so K could get some books, which she didn't btw, we got home and I made this card. Apart from the image all the products are SU, the image was coloured in with SU chalks brilliant blue, pixie pink and chocolate chip, I the used the card stock to match and WW ribbon. The scolloped edge was made using the SU boarder punch.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Cupcake Crafts Distressing
Little Paper Shop Bright Blue, Chocolate, Bright Pink
My Time to Craft Lets eat cake or drink it up
Crazy 4 Challenges Include a cupcake
Just us Girls Sketch

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I love reading your comments so please leave one.

Tracy -x-

Monday, 2 August 2010

2 step bird punch

Good morning,

What a miserable morning but at least its not raining....yet. I managed to make the 3rd card needed for today and this one was for a bloke. Well we all know how awkward men are so decided to use the 2 step bird punch to make this card, hope my friend likes it for her brother in law. All items used are SU products.

Challenges I am joining in are:
Creative Inspiration - Animals
Charisma Cardz - Something with a tail
Alphabet Challenge - Nature
One Stop Crafts - Patterns

Thanks for stopping by

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 1 August 2010

On a Pedastal card

Hello everyone,

This is the second of the cards I need to do for tomorrow, need to pull my finger out and get the 3rd one done. I regularly attended a monthly class that is held by my upliner, Victoria and last week we used the On a Pedastal stamp set so thought I'd use it on this card. All the items, except the pens used to colour in the individual sections of the stamps, are SU products.

I am joining in with the following challenges:
Simon Says Going Dotty
C.R.A.F.T Challenge Hot and Spicey Colours
Stampin' B's Birthday Card
Paper Play Challenge Anything Goes

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and please leave a comment.

Tracy -x-

Friday, 30 July 2010

Pink and black

I can't believe its been 10days since I last posted.... where does the time go. I've not done any crafting this week as I've not felt up to it but have managed to make one today. My friend always asks me to do the cards for her families birthday and, as its her birthday on Monday, plus two of her relatives, I needed to make 3 cards for this weekend. This is the first one I've done which is for my friend. All materials used are SU products.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Stampavia - Black, White and one other colour
Cute Card Thursday - Texting Crazy
Dutch Dare - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Its a girl thing
Fussy and Fancy - Pink and black
The Stamp Man - Take 2 colours

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog,

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Anniversary card

Well the SU meet on Sunday was a blast, I met a lot of lovely people and tried/watched new techniques. Mind you I needed yesterday to recover as it took it out of me a little but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

So today is the first time I've felt like crafting and, as its my brother in laws wedding anniversary next week, I decided to make their card early and not leave it to the last minute as I usually

SU items used are: DSP Tea Party, Very Vanilla and Bravo Burgandy cs, Pretty in pink and Prefect plum inks, True Friends and Mr & Mrs stamp sets, plain and scalloped oval punches, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Own items: Acetate and glue pen.

I was inspired to do this card by joining in these challenges:
Clean and Simple - Sketch
Die Cut Dreams - Acetate
Rosie-D's - Burgandy, Pink and Cream
Anyone for Anya - Be Dazzled

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Another card for my niece

I'm tasked to make cards for my mum, daughters and friends as well so needless to say I needed more cards for my nieces birthday on Wednesday. What better way than to create a card that will also allow me to join in challenges. So here is my creation using all SU products:

The challenges I'm joining in are:

Fussy and Fancy - Stitches, scallops, sparkling and ribbon
Stampin for the weekend- 3DP's, 2 flowers, 1 ribbon
Charisma cardz - Pink
Colour create challenge - Warm pink, chocolate and white
PaperPlay Challenges - Sketch

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Tracy -x-

Friday, 16 July 2010

Christmas card

Whilst I'm off recovering I've decided to buck down and get some crafting done, mainly christmas cards. Having said that I didn't manage to do any crafting yesterday as I had an essay to complete for the diploma I'm doing... still its done Ok so today I've made a christmas card.

All items used are SU products, if you would like to know exactly what I have used please feel free to get in touch.

I am entering the following challenges:
Crafts and me challenge - Pink, Black and white
Fab 'n' funky challenge - Xmas in July
Stampavie and more - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Get a head start
Stampin B's - Use a sentiment as the focal point.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and feel free to leave any comments


Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Bright butterfly card

This is not my usual style but I think it works quite well, its nice and bright.

The ingredients for this card are:
SU - Flight of the Butterfly and Occasional Greetings stamp set, CS Only Orange and Green Gallore, DSP Tea Party, plain and scalloped punch, Inks So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie
Own stock - Acetate

Challenges I am joining in with are:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Bright and bold
Cupcake Crafts - Acetate
Flutter by Wednesday - Butterfly
My Time To Craft - Butterfly on the card

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment as I love to read them.


Tracy -x-

Monday, 12 July 2010

Lots to show....

Well its been quite a busy week for me crafting wise. I've made 30 cards for a SU meeting I'm going to on Sunday, can't wait, I've decorated a bag that my upliner Vicky kindly bought me for the SU convention swaps in November, but its getting used on Sunday, and a 16th birthday card for my niece.

Christmas cards - as you will see I did 10 each of the church scenes and 5 each of the Dasher colours.

SU products were: Stamps sets - Silent Night and Dasher, Brayer,
Inks - Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black and versemark.
CS Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Groom speciality papers, Always Artichoke and Not Quite Navy.
Real Red and Whisper White grograin ribbon, white gel pen, brayer, black marker pen, heat and stick, dazzling diamonds

Bag for convention:

To decorate the bag I used items from the following kits: hodgepodge kit, pretties kit, rich razzleberry ribbon and vintage vogue stamp set. I adhered the items on with tombow glue.

Finally my nieces card.

I have stamped serveral little flowers in various SU inks using the greenhouse garden set to make the number 16, the patterned paper is from Tea Party, cs used is pink passion, rose red and whisper white and melon mambo ribbon. The sentiment was printed onto whisper white cardstock.

With this card I an joining in the following challanges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch
Stampin B's - Polka dots
One stop Craft Challenge - Monochromatic

Wow what a long post. Thanks for looking


Tracy -x-

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Happy Birthday

My friends lovely little boy reaches one today so I made this card for him.

I've used SU Fox and friends, Bird punch, plain and scollpe punches, window word punch, SU card and paper from tea and crumpets.

Have a lovely 1st birthday Blake with mummy, daddy and Zak and hope you get lots of lovely pressies.

I'm joining in with the challenge on Die Cut Dreams
Thanks for looking

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 7 July 2010


Hi, Well I'm still off work and back at the drs today for re-assessment so whilst I've been off I've been making a few cards. My dear friend is having an emotional rollercoaster of a week this week and I wanted to show I was thinking of her and her husband so made her this bright card using True friends and Flight of the butterfly stamp sets.

Thanks for looking and tomorrow I'll be back to show you the 1st birthday card I made for her son :-)

Tracy -x-

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Special Friend

I wanted to let my upliner, Victoria, know that I appreciate all her support and friendship she has shown me since becoming a demo. Not only has she been there for all the silly questions I've asked about SU but also through my recent illness, always at the end of the phone or txt whenever I needed to So, to let her know I valued our friendship, I did her this card.

Thanks for looking and leaving any comments

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 27 June 2010

First christmas cards

What a glorious week its been. Still convalescing at home and will be for the next couple of weeks. I've just purchased the dasher stamp from SU and these are the cards I made the other night using it. I've used not quite navy ink on one set and Lavender Lace ink on the other.

Thanks for looking and leaving any comments.
Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

What a week...

Phew, I hope the worst is over. Got rushed into hospital last week and ended up having surgery on Thursday. Hopefully I'm on the road to recovery now, fingers crossed. Needless to say I haven't done much crafting lately, I'm just glad I got the wedding card done early, but here are a few of the cards I have managed to make.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look


Tracy -x-

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Wedding card

Some friends of ours are getting married on Saturday and I wanted to make a special card. I've been waiting to find out the colour theme and its green with a hint of pink. I really enjoyed making this card. All products are SU bar the ribbon and the board to make the card, Stamp set used is Mr&Mrs. I made the Lilly using a tutorial from Peg off ILWS

Main card

Card in the box

Card in box with lid on

The challanges I'm joining in using this card are:
Alphabet Challange - G is for Green
My time to craft - xtra special

1st birthday

My friends grandaughter is one this month so she asked me to make a card for her. I've decided to finally use one of the treat cups from SU. All the materials are SU apart from the little bit of ribbon and peeloffs. Stamp set used is Darling Dots, Tea and Crumpets DSP, real red and pretty in pink inks, Barely Banana and Certainly Celery CS

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Hello everyone,

What a wet week its been, I think I'm going to need a canoe to get to work soon if the rain keeps coming. I hope it clears up for next week as both hubby and I are off work and we are at a wedding on the 19th, so keep your fingers crossed.

I've decided to join in a couple of challanges to inspire me as I'm in one of those zones where my mojo has packed its bags and gone on Here are the cards I've made so far, I'm hoping to join in a few more as the week goes on.

For this one I've used all SU products apart from the little gems at the bottom. The centre image is punched out using the scolloped boarder punch and I've rolled over the white flowers from the pretties kit to give them some colour. The stamp set used is Occasional Greetings

Challanges are:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Pollycraft - Ribbons and bling
Cupcake Crafts - Dazzle us
Little paper shop - Colours red, yellow and blue

Again all SU products with the image coming from True Friends stamp set

The challanges I'm joining in with are:
Crafty Angels - favourite stamp
Spoonful full of Sugar - Floral
Kaboodle Doodles - 3 papers, 2 Embelishments and 1 image

Thanks for looking


Tracy -x-

Thursday, 3 June 2010

I've been using my new stamp sets and these are the results I've come up with.

SU items: Stamp sets used - True Friend and Oval all, Tea and crumpets DSP, plain and scalloped oval punch, whisper white ribbon dyed using pretty in pink ink pad, Whisper white card and stazon ink, Clear rhinestone brads
My items: Black card

SU itmes: True friend stamp set, stazon ink, night and day DSP, Scolloped oval punch and word window punch, whisper white ink pad - greeting taken from fun and fast notes stamp set

SU products: Darling dots hostess stamp set, Tea and crumpets DSP, versamark ink, pretty in pink ink, brayer, plain and scolloped circle punch, scolloped edge boarder punch, whisper white and pretty in pink card and pearls from the pretties kit.

Thanks for looking

Tracy -x-

New card

I made this tent card and wondered where to put the greeting so used one of the Love notes, stamped it in the same pattern as the back and attached it to the back so it was "hidden"

SU items used: Whisper White card, Cottage wall DSP, Lavender Lace, Perfect Plum and Mellow Moss Ink pads, Rich Razzleberry ribbon, Fun and Fast note & True Friends stamp sets
My stock: self adhesive stones, glitter and invisible thread

I joining in the following challenge

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Hidden message

Tracy -x-