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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Hello everyone,

What a scorching day we're having, the English weather goes from one extreme to the other.  Still best make the most of it as not sure how long its here to Earlier in the week Nikki, who only has 23 days to go before baby is born, asked if we would take the cotbed and chest of drawers down as they have finished painting the nursery.  She also asked if we would like to have lunch.  Great, I thought, no cooking Sunday lunch for a change....wrong.  She is so flustered in this heat it took her all her time to go up the stairs so I ended up doing it with a little supervision from madam...haha.  Still it was very tasty.

Well it was brother-in-laws birthday on Friday and I made this card for mum to give to him. 

Its using the Sail Away stamp from the mini, which Victoria kindly loaned me, and the colour scheme is Real Red, Whisper White and Not Quite Navy. The buttons are from the subtles collection and the sentiment from Curly Cute.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Quick card

Hello all, 

Do you ever get someone ask you for a card and they want it the next day?  Well thats what my daughters do on a regular basis and Sunday was no exception.  Nikki wanted a card for her financee's niece who was 2 yesterday. Could she ask me last week when I was on leave week, oh no that was too

Anyway I wanted to do something bright and cheerful so for this card I used the Party this Way set as the main images but also used lots of other things as well.    The 2 was die cut from a set I have using the Big Shot and the "today" was using different letters of the Curly Cute set, stamp a ma jig and markers (hence being a bit wonky).  Finally the bottom papers were from the celebrations accent set and Olivia's name was stamped with the Just Perfect alphabet set

I have been informed that she loved the card so thats all that matters.

Thanks for stopping by and will be back soon with something else.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Something different

Sunday was not only fathers day but my sister in laws birthday and I wanted to try something new and I came across a technique called black magic on U Tube.  No not the chocolates or witch craft but a stamping technique.

This technique allows you to put colour onto black card by using whisper white craft ink.  You will need to stamp a fairly solid image, I've used Greenhouse Garden, and once the ink has dried you colour it in.  On the video I saw the demo was using watercolurs but, as I don't have these yet, I used chalks on mine and I think the effect was just as good.

As Greenhouse Garden is a two step stamp set I stamped the second image in whisper white over the coloured image which I think is very effective.  The background foliage is from Vintage Vogue and I've used DSP Love Letter.

My sister in law loved it so I was very pleased with my efforts.  Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and please leave a comment as I love to read them.

Tracy -x-

Monday, 20 June 2011

Fathers day

As we know yesterday was fathers day, a time to say thank you to our dads for all the love and encouragement they give us.  Sadly my dad passed away in 2001 so this is the 10th year of missing him so it was a day of mixed emotions.  Luckily my lovely husband and gorgeous daughters helped me through it. 

My eldest commited a big crime this year and bought her dads card but I did make two for me and the youngest to give to Dean.  The first one is Kirsty's and then mine as hubby likes a beer now and then.

For Kirsty's card I used Trendy Trees and embossed the images with SU clear embossing powder and buttons from the subtles collection. The sentiment is from the level 2 hostess set Something to Celebrate from the mini catalogue. For my card I used the Cheers to You set and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I must say that hubby loved both cards.

After much persuasion the girls agreed to have a photo taken with their dad.  Now don't get me wrong it wasn't because they don't like their dad but both said they hadn't done thier hair and  Now to me they both look gorgeous,  Nikki (the pregnant one and eldest) is on the right of the picture and Kirsty on the left.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog and please come back soon

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Box Frame class

Yesterday I held my box frame class and, as usual, we had a blast.  For once everyone finished their  I was meant to start one of the two I have to do for baby but didn't get a chance, too busy running around after  The ladies had free rain over all my stamps, punchs, inks, embellishments etc and each finished project was totally different and all looked stunning.

This is Rachels' finished project, she did a 6x6 frame.   The colours used were Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake

Next is Teresas' finished frame, hers was slightly larger at 12x12.  Her colour combination was Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Pretty in Pink.

Finally here's Stephs', who also did a 12 x12 frame.   Stephs' colours were Real Red, Wild Wassabi, Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip and Daffidil Delight. 

I'm sure you will agree with me that they are all fabulous projects and so different. Looking forward to next time ladies.

Tracy -x-

Friday, 17 June 2011

Sooooo happy

Hello everyone,

I've just got to share this with you.  My darling hubby has just made me very happy by saying he will treat me to go to convention...yay.   This year its being held at Disneyland Paris.  At first I wasn't too bothered about going but, having spoke to other demo's, I decided I would like to go as its such a lovely experience meeting everyone.  Now all I need to do is get into shape, easier said than done, so I can find some nice new outfits to wear.... wish me luck.

Anyway, enough of my waffle, today I'm going to show you a card I've made for my sisters wedding anniversary thats at the end of this month.

This has very little stamping on it and I've used the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, 2 step bird punch, Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Modern label extra large punch, Baja Breeze and Whisper White cardstock and the sentiment is from the Perfect Punch set

Thanks for stopping by.

Tracy -x-

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Hey everyone,

Its been a busy week so far, so much for having a relaxing week  Today has been no different as I've been to dearest daughters and run an errand for her as she had to wait in for a delivery today, then I nipped to see a friend and take her order and finally ended up at Victorias for a chat and a cup of coffee.   It was lovely to see the boys running around the garden and I got to have lots of cuddles - from the boys I might add...

Anyway, one good thing is that I've made some more cards  and, rather than show you another male card I've decided, for the first time, to join in the Less is More challange. The theme this week is one layer and "in the frame".   This is what I've come up with.

I've made the frame using the piercing tool and mat set, the image is from Fun and Fast Notes set and I've coloured  in the flower using the markers.  The sentiment is from a Hostess set Something to Celebrate. 

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my project.

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Good morning

Typical isn't it, you have the chance to have a lie in and you still wake up at your normal  Mind you, on the positive side it gives you more time to do things.  Today I'm off out shopping with my mum, sister and heavily pregnant daughter, who I hope behaves herself!!!  However, before I go I thought I'd pop on and post another of the male cards I've made for brother in law.

This time I've used the stamp set Lovely as a Tree and I am pleased with the end result.

The colour combination is Garden Green, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip.  The ribbon is SU chocolate chip but unfortunately this is now retired.

Right I'm off to do a littel crafting before I go out so have a good day everyone and I'll be back soon.

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Great day out...

Hi everyone,

I've had a wonderful day today.  I'm on leave this week so, with my upliner Victoria, we went to Newark to meet 2 other demo's Zoe and Emma and had a lovely long chat over coffee, bacon butties and cake, except I didn't have  The 3 hours whizzed by and, before we knew it it was time to come home.   I've then spent the whole afternoon in the garden watching hubby hard at work on this glorious day, well you have to make the most of it don't you?

Its my brother in laws birthday towards the end of the month and so have been asked by my mum to make his cards.  I've done 3 for her to choose from and will show you them over the next few days but this is the first one I did using the Plane and Simple set from the mini but I'm not too sure about it :-/

I loaned this set off Victoria as I currently don't own it.   I've used the colour combo of Always Artichoke and Whisper White, the Bigshot and Top Note die, Square Lattice embossing folder and the Happy birthday wheel from the triple wheel set (all from the mini).

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow with one of the other cards for you to see. 

Til then ttfn xxxx

Monday, 6 June 2011

Strength and Hope

At the weekend I attended one of Victorias classes and the theme was strength and hope.  I was asked to take any samples I had with me so that the ladies could get a idea of the versitality of the set so I came up with this card

I have stamped the butterflies in versamark and rose red ink and then embossed with su clear embossing powder and carefully cut them out and mounted them onto the card with dimensionals.  I cut away a section of the side card then punched a decorative edge with the boarder punch and stamped the image in the "inside" of the card.  Quite a simple and easy card to make.

Thanks for looking

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Niece's card

Hello everyone,

Its been a while since I've posted but its been busy busy busy again both at home and work. On Friday it was my nieces 18th birthday and, true to fashion, I left making her card right until the last minute.  Luckily I had Friday afternoon off so was able to go and buy her pressie and also make the card.  Not bad considering we were at her BBQ at 6 that  This is the finished product:

I've used the elegant bouquet embossing folder from the mini catalogue, Vintage Vogue, Braodsheet  alphabet and Curly Cute stamp sets and the colour combo is pumpkin pie and whisper white.  Accessories are Rhinestone brads, pumpkin pie ribbon and a beveled window, again from the mini catalogue.

Thanks for looking and if you wish to order any of the products please get in touch and I'll be happy to do that for you.

Tracy -x-