Fly Free

Published February 26, 2017 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Hello Everyone
Today I am sharing with you a more simple card for me. Not too many layers but a lot of stamping which was a whole heap of fun.

I have had some major stuff going on in my life; I was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2016 and then on the 3rd of February, 2017 I lost this beautiful person
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my Mum.
She lost her long battle with Parkinson’s Disease after fighting this horrible and life sapping disease for 9 years. And as you could have imagined I felt like not crafting.

After some months I have been crafting a little but what I would accomplish either got thrown in the bin or I would undo hours of work because I just didn’t like what I was crafting – which didn’t help the MOJO any.

But this afternoon I felt like doing something creative so I went online to find a couple of challenges I could follow. I find when I am just coming back into crafting following a challenge helps me to accomplish some stuff.  I ended up creating this card
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I am pleased with the results and I hope my friend likes it for her birthday.

So the challenges I am entering this card into are
The Color Throwdown Challenge #431 – Mint Green, Green, Plum and Light Brown
and
Case this Sketch #210

If I can just ask something of all of you – and that is – make time for those who mean something to you.  You don’t know what tomorrow shall bring. Treasure each moment because it could be the last one you get.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my project today. I hope that you find yourself doing something that you really love soon.

Until my next project
My Name

Double Twist Project

Published January 7, 2017 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Hi Everyone,
I hope that your new year is going well. I have a couple of crafting goals for this year and the challenge with Julia Spiri- Anything Goes but the TWIST of Planner or Journal – this month gave me the inspiration to start one of my projects for this year.
I have for most of my life used a paper planner.  I tried the digital thing for about 3 months – IT WAS A DISASTER- during a important planning meeting my digital diary decided that it would stop working …. just because 😡  From that meeting on I have been using a paper planner – I only now use my digital for alarms.
But my paper planner was a little ho hum – I love bright colours and looking at cute images when I go into my planner. So I am in the process of upgrading my Monthly dividers. So here is what I came up with
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I am really happy with how this turned out – but looking at the photo now I have just noticed that I have done the tab wrong … grrrr. Will have to fix that later.  BUT you may be wondering why I said a Double Twist as my title.  Well I used a Sketch for the placement of elements – I love using sketches for my cards and I thought why not use one for my Planner Divider as well.
Here is a close up of the Fairy Image by Julia Spiri – Love her images 🙂
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She is coloured in with my long neglected Copics. I am really happy with how she turned out after not using my markers for so long. But I also hope to do more colouring this year.

Thank you for stopping by to see my project. If you could leave a like and even a comment I would appreciate it and I would know you stopped by. My wish for you is that you find yourself doing something crafty and relaxing soon.

Until my next post,
My Name

Challenges entered:
Julia Spiri Challenge Blog – Anything Goes with a Twist of Planner or Journal
Freshly Made Sketches #269 A sketch by Linda

Sheep Christmas

Published December 20, 2016 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Hello Everyone,
Yes I am here with a card project – YEAH!!
I was inspired to make a card yesterday so I ran with it. I decided to use one of the new stamp sets that I bought a little while ago. Since it had been so long since I had created a card I decided to go to one of my favourite card sketch sites to get the creative process going. So here is the project that I made
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Isn’t this just adorable. Sheep holding Song Books surrounded with Christmas Lights. I am having so much fun with this Baah Humbug stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The little song books are from Lawn Fawn as well and its from the Holiday Party Animal Set. The images were coloured in with my Copics.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my project. I would love to know that you stopped by so if you could leave a like and even a comment I would appreciate it.  Have a great Christmas and New Years.  I truly hope that during this hectic time you find some time just for yourself to do whatever you want to do.

With Much Crafty Wishes
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Challenges I have entered
Case Sketch #202
Christmas Card Challenge Week 2 Photo Challenge

Links to Products Used

LF939_BaaahHumbug.jpgBaah Humbug    lf934_holidaypartyanimal Holiday Party Animal

 

2016 … a complete write off

Published December 11, 2016 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Hello Everyone,

Oh what a year it has been. As you can see I didn’t get to upload anymore after my previous post. A lot has been happening in my personal world, the main one being sickness. I am still not 100% over everything and I know that in 2017 I am going to have to have an operation.  Its not something that I want but its needed; which will mean recovery time and down time for me.

I know that I am so grateful for the love of my Hubby and my kids.  They have gotten me through this 2nd half of 2016.  Plus all of the well wishes and prayers that have come my way from Family and friends.

Next year I truly hope that things will go better. I definitely hope to be able to post more on here in the coming year and I wont have to post another “Where have I been” post.

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As I write this post we are only a couple of weeks away from Christmas.  I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful, happy, blessed and safe Christmas. I pray that in 2017 we all have time to be with our family and friends and to also have time to craft and relax.
From Tracy B

Where have I been ….

Published May 25, 2016 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Where have I been is busy.  Other parts of my life had taken over my crafting and blogging time 😦 I have been trying to find a balance between all of the things in my life.

During this time I have been doing some crafting but not as much as I once was.  But I have just come back from my annual Spinners & Weavers Camp with my craft group.  Going to this has given me the spur on to actually see about doing something about my craft space and what is stopping me from using it.

But I would like to share with you some photos from the weekend

People on Camp

A small group of people but lots of fun

warping a loom using a board

This is me giving a demo of warping my loom using my warping frame

I was asked by my group if I would do a Rigid Heddle Weaving Demo on the weekend.  A lot of people had already taken up this craft but they had never seen someone use their warping board the way that I do.

Building a SampleIt with Sue

Helping Sandy to build her new SampleIt Loom from Ashford.

I was so honored that someone wanted me to introduce them to my world of Rigid Heddle Weaving. There was so much going on during the camp even a Continuous Raffle.
Continuous Raffle

4 badges made by me

A close up of the badges which you can see in the above photo. I made these by needle felting and sewing.  I had a lot of fun making these; this is a new craft that I have taken up lately.  Yes I know I didn’t really need another new craft but it uses stuff I already have from my other crafts.

MY OTHER thing – fixing up my craft area.
Yes I know I only just did some updates to this area not so long ago but this didn’t fully fix the problems that I was having.  This is also another reason I haven’t uploaded much lately.  When I am in my crafting space I just don’t feel inspired or really want to be in that space.  So my Hubby and I are currently trying to figure out a better solution for me.  I need to be able to craft but also feel comfortable while doing it.  A lot of my stuff I have done lately has been at our dining table and this can not continue.

I will try and upload some more in the not too distant future.  Until next time I wish you all some wonderful crafting time.

From
Tracy B

Hugs and Laughter Always

Published January 20, 2016 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Today I am sharing with you a card I made for a wonderful Aunt of ours who has just moved homes after living in her previous place for many decades.  I wanted for her to find something other than official documents in her new post box.

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I first inked up my page with Distress Inks – Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn – with my Mini Distress Tool. Once this page was dry I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Secret Garden Embossing Folder from Craft Concepts and then ran Memento Paris Dusk Ink lightly over the Embossed areas trying not to get it on the background.

I stamped the sentiment onto some White cardstock with some Pink Shimmer Ink and cut this out with my Scalloped Rectangle Die.  I placed some blue ribbon from my stash on the card and then mounted the sentiment on some dimensional tape.  I then added this to a top folding A5 White card base.  I had a lot of fun making this card.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my project.  To let me know that you stopped by please consider hitting the like button and of course you are more than welcome to add a comment as well. I would love to know what you think about it.

Til my next post,
May you always find time to be crafty.

TracyB

Challenge I am entering:
Shopping Our Stash #235 – 3,2,1
3 Inks, 2 Dies, 1 Ribbon

A Bag for Me

Published January 20, 2016 by Tracy B (Aust.)

Today post is about the latest weaving project that is on my SampleIt Loom from Ashfords and also a weaving hack or tip as well.

I am half way through the project but I still wanted to share my progress with you – here is a pic of my progress

Bag in progress

In the beginning of January 2016 I decided that I was going to make something for Me.  For me this is a very rare occurrence as I am usually making things for others. Well I am still doing some crochet as well. But this weaving project was going to be for me.

I had this book
Liz Gipson Weaving Made Easy

and I have loved the look of many projects in this since I bought it.  I had never tried any of them up until now.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the same materials that Liz used but I had something similar. I so wanted to make the bag pattern that is included. So I went about reading the pattern and warping up my loom with the required length but I wanted to track my weaving progress because the whole bag is made on the same warp so I came up with this
How far now close up

I cut some strips of paper and joined them together until I had the length that was required in the pattern. I also marked out 10cm lengths and pinned it to the beginning of my project and the longest end. You can see by this picture above I have just under 1.1 meters to go. Now I know exactly how far it is to the end of this piece of weaving.

I will do another post once I have finished making the bag.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today; if you liked my post please don’t forget to hit the like button and also leave a comment if you would like more information or anything.

Til next Blog,
May you always find yourself some crafty time 🙂

TracyB

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