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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Christmas in July

Hello everyone,

Today was my craft class and I've just had the most fabulous session for a long time.  As well as my usual ladies I had two new ladies join us and it was lovely to meet them.  Neither had made cards before so didn't quite know what to expect but both throughly enjoyed what we did, so much so they have booked in on the next one in August :)

Anyway, as the title suggests this months theme was Christmas and we were using the Welcome Christmas set.  We made a gorgeous bag and 6 cards.  The instructions for the bag were actually from another SU demo, Angie, and I would like to thank her for allowing me to use them in my class. Pop over to her blog and see some of the gorgeous creations she makes.

A lot of products and tools were used in the making of this set. The colour theme was Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Whisper White. You can't see it in the picture but the trees and ground had Dazzling Diamond glitter on them and there was some on the fathers chrismas hat and bobble.   Needless to say everyone went home covered in

Thank you again for a lovely morning ladies

Tracy -x- 

Monday, 25 July 2011

Baby Leo's card

Good morning all,

I'm still on cloud 9 following baby Leo's birth.  We saw him on Saturday and was lucky enough to have the pleasure of his company Saturday night when his mummy and daddy came round for tea.  They were both shattered as he had kept them awake most of the night.  We didn't see him yesterday as he went to his other grandparents house but, on catching up with Nikki yesterday he kept them awake again Saturday night.  Not too sure about last night as not spoke to her yet.  I am going to take as much of this week off as I can to be on standby should Nikki need anything but both her and Lee are fantastic parents already.

So being a crafter I just had to make card didn't I and this is what I came up with....

Its using the Little Additions stamp set and the colour combination is Marina Mist and Crumb cake.  I have also used the markers for the little elements on the card.  I have embossed the background with the SU polka dots embossing folder.  Inside, and I forgot to take a picture :/, I used the information stamp from the set to record all little mans details.  Mum and dad loved it.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, please leave a comment as I love to read then.  

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 23 July 2011

New arrival....

Hello all,
Before I show you my entry for the Less is More challenge I would just like to tell you about the roller coaster of a week I've had.  Not only have we been on baby watch but our youngest daughter has moved out to live with her partner.  Despite her not being here much for the last 2-3 months it is still a horrible feeling to know she's flown the  Then of course we had baby watch, well Wednesday came and went and nothing.  On Thursday morning Nikki rang me at half  6 to say she thought her labour had started as she'd been having pains since 3am.   We kept in touch all day and nothing seemed to be happening.  At 8 pm'ish we got a call from Lee asking us to go over as Nikki was getting aggitated, which we did.  We finally left at 11pm and had just finished having something to eat when we got another call saying her waters had broken and could we take her to the hospital!!!!

Well, I don't think Dean's drove so  We arrived at the hospital at 12midnight and they said she would take another 7-8 hours to deliver so we got sent home at 1am.  We finally got to bed about 2 but neither of us slept and Dean then got a phone call form Lee at 5.40am to say that our grandchild had been born and both mummy and baby were doing well.  He didn't tell us the sex so we were still none the wiser on what we had.  When we got to the hospital at 8.30 to pick them up, ( I know released after giving birth 3 hours earlier !!!!!) we were very very pleased to discover that we had a gorgeous grandson called Leo Thomas, he weighed in at 8lb 6ozs and was born at 5.19am.  Here is a picture of the little man.....

I'm sure you will agree he's adorable?   Right then onto my entry for the challenge which this week is Button or Ribbon.

I've used my big shot to cut the daisy flowers out in Early Espresso, Regal Rose and Daffodil Delight and the button is from the subtles collection. The ribbon is Daffodil Delight and the sentiment is from Fresh Cuts stamp set.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I'm sorry its such a long post but wanted to share my wonderful news with you all.

Tracy -x-

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Oh my what a miserable morning, the sky is overcast and its quite cold, what a week to pick off  Anyway, I'm not going to let it get me down as still waiting on baby arriving so any day will become a bright one when he/she does :)  Its one day overdue now  !!!!!!

So what have I got to show you today?  Well its a card I made with a male theme for a change.  Men are soooo difficult to cater for so the Motorcycle stamp from SU in the mini was a nice surprise.   Here I've just stamped it in the corner and left the majority of the card blank, must be the influence of the Less is More challenges as I'd usually have  to have lots of layers..haha

The image and sentiment are stamped in Basic Grey and I've used the blender pens and Wild Wasabi ink for the "grass".

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek at my creations.  Off to make a new home card for my youngest who moved out on Monday,

See you later

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Quick update on babywatch... still no sign of the baby : ( We took Nikki to see the midwife today and everything is ok.  The baby was back to back but has now turned round into the right position so thats a good thing.

Yesterday when trouble, oops I mean Nikki, was here she told us that she was going to see her partners mum today as its her birthday.  Anyway, she had been here about an hour when I asked if she needed a card for today, "oh yeah, I meant to ask if you had one".  Typical of Nikki.  So I ended up making this one which is similar to another one I've made my neice for tomorrow.

Its not too good a picture I'm afraid as the light was very bad and I had to take it indoors.  The colours are actually Basic Black and Certainly Celery and the image is from the hostess set Long Fellows with a few pearls added onto the scalloped edge.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment.

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Hello everyone,

I'm soooo excited and on tenderhooks at the moment as my first grandchild is due tomorrow.  Nikki is getting very fed up and having some pains so maybe he/she will be on time.   I'm very proud of her as she hasn't wanted to know the sex so its all a big surprise when baby arrives.   I've taken this week off just in case but can extend it if needed.

To help take my mind off things I've decided to join in with the challange over at Less is More again and the theme this week is circles.  Its my niece's birthday on Thursday, so I thought I'd base one of her cards on this theme, and here it is....

I've used one of my own embossing folders, that just happens to be circles, in the SU bigshot and embossed on the punched out cirlcles.  These have then been attached to Cherry Cobbler card and buttons and brads attached.  The sentiment is from the hostess set Something to Celebrate.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have news of baby soon, til then take care

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Something with legs

Two posts from me in one day...

How could I resist in joining in the challenge on Less is More this week when the theme is "one layer" and "something with legs"?  I have used Fox and Friends stamp set for this card and the sentiment is from the hostess set Afterthoughts.

If you would like to join in this challenge or see some of the fabulous designs the ladies have come up with, then pop over to LIM and have a go.


P.S Thanks to Zoe I am now joining in St Lukes Charity Cards Challenge as well that is Black, White and one other colour.  Its a site aimed at raising money for a hospice in Sheffield, want to know more then visit their site here
Good morning,

I have been meaning to start my cleaning for the last 2 hours but I keep getting distracted, at this rate nothing will be done by the time hubby gets

I haven't had a chance to make a card yet today to show you but, luckily, I have one that I made for my daughter last weekend when we went to her "housewarming" party.  Now she's lived at this house for nearly 3years but was sharing it with her friend.  The friend has now moved out and her partner has moved in in readiness for the baby arriving so, in theory, it was new to them.

Anyway enough waffle from me, here is the card:

I've used the  Little Additions set to make this card along with the top note die and the perfect polka dot embossing folder.  The main colour combination is Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake c/s and Springtime Vintage  papers and seam binding ribbon from the mini. 

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  Please leave a comment as I appreciate any feedback :)

Tracy -x-

Friday, 8 July 2011

Happy Birthday ....

... to a special little boy called Blake :)  Blake is the youngest son to Victoria, my upliner and he is 2 today.  The last time I saw him I got soooo many hugs and cuddles it was lovely.  Obviously I couldn't let his special day go without making him a card so here it is

I've used the combination of Fun and Fast Notes, On a Pedastal and Just Perfect alaphbet stamp sets.  The colour combo is Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade c/s, Poppy Parade, Daffodile Delight, Pacific Point ink and elements from Celebration papers.  I've had to hand write the "2" using the Poppy Parade marker/

Have a great day little man

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Shades of Blue....

Over at Less is More the challenge this week is, as the title suggests, shades of blue.  So I thought I would give it a try, especially as I needed to make a card for  my sister in law.  She has had an operation today so I thought it would be a nice surprise for her to receive a card to let her know we were all thinking about her. 

For this card I have used Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Night of Navy inks, Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock, Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon and Pearls.  The stamp sets used were Just Believe and Curvy Verses.

I sent it so she received it yesterday and was delighted with it.   Last we heard was she was still in theatre so am waiting for an update, hubbys just txt his brother so hopefully we won't have to wait much longer.

Thanks for looking


Tracy -x-

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Baby frames

Its getting close to my first grandchild arriving, 17 days,  and everyone is getting excited, especially my   It seems like only yesterday that Nic and Lee told us they were having a baby, I can still remember the shock!!! 

Yesterday Nikki and Lee decided to have a housing warming party and invited just immediate family to join them and see the nursery.  I know that Nikki loved the baby frame I did a few months back and had asked me to do another 2 to go with it saying love and hope.  Well I finally finished them in time and took them round yesterday.  It was the finishing touches to the room and here they are:

Needless to say they both loved them and were already up on the wall by the time we were allowed to see the finished nursery.  Now that was emotional in itself seeing it all set out ready for baby to arrive.  We then went on to have a lovely BBQ.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, please leave a comment if you wish.

Tracy -x-