Where Have I Been??

Hello Everyone.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been on lately. This has been due to two things.
1. Ill health πŸ˜’
and I decided to do the craziest thing
2. Change of my Craft Space!!
The ill health has been a lot of my family including myself. This took me out because I have been looking after others – doctor appointments, return appointments and such plus stuff (that I thought was worked out) going on with me as well.
But the 2nd reason was my craziest idea of them all – you see I had this space it was fine
It worked OK but the desk was too small for larger stamping projects and a few other things were annoying me as well. So I asked my hubs if he would help me build a new desk and figure out new storage and this is what I have ended up with
This photo just doesn’t do my new space justice!
My desk is wide enough that I have a dedicated area for photos and my cutters are no longer taking up so much space that I can not move any more. I am not 100% back in but enough that I can do some Design Team work!
I cut that very close and nearly didn’t make it because I couldn’t get a good photograph for my Design Team work that was due … TODAY!! But I pushed ahead and got to a point where I could set up my new photo area and got a good photo! Then worked at getting my post up and ready for tomorrow afternoon πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ Don’t like cutting things so close.
And of course a last thought before you leave
I am looking forward to crafting in my new space. It will be interesting to see how my next larger project goes.

Until Next Time,
Tracy B

Sympathy Hard to Craft

Hello Everyone,
The card that I am bringing you today is on a subject that crafters including myself find hard to do – sympathy. But this is a part of our lives just like all the other ones so I have decided that I need to craft these in amongst my other ones so that I don’t have to try and craft this particular type of card when I am in the situation.

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Something that you may notice about this card from my usual cards is the background to the photo. I am actually crafting while away with family and don’t have my usual setup so this is the dining table of our accommodation.

But anywho onto the card … This is an older Bugaboo image that I have coloured in with my Polychromos pencils. I printed this image onto the plaid paper that is behind it. The papers are from the Kasiercraft 6X6 paper pack Sweet Pea. The placement inspiration for this card came from this card sketch

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This is the first sketch for the year from this challenge site. The papers are from a Kasiercraft paper pad called ‘Sweet Pea’. All of my matting is done with some Sunshine Yellow paper. My sentiment comes from Uniquely Creatives Banner Sentiment Builder clear stamp set. I like this set as its quite useful for many different occasions.
Thanks for coming by to look at my project please consider leaving a comment before you leave to let me know that you have stopped on by. And also before you go I would love to leave you with this final thought
Thinking about the end of life makes me consider what I will be leaving behind when I do go. Is what I am going to leave how I want to be remembered? Some things yes other things not so much. So I am working on changing the things I’m not so happy with. What about you – will you be remembered in the way you want to be?

Until Next Time,
Tracy B

Home is where you are …

Hello Everyone,

This time around the card that I am sharing with you is a combination of 2 challenges – a sketch and a theme. I like combining challenges when I can because it can make the card making a bit more of a challenge. And this is the card that resulted in this combination

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So as I said this card is made from combining 2 challenges firstly a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

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and then a theme challenge from Time Out Challenges

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I do hope that you think that this card suits the theme challenge. I thought that it did because you can love the home you are in because of the people you spend time with there.

I must say that this cards colour combination is something different for me. I don’t do a lot of cards with such muted tones but I feel in love with the papers that are in this papers pack. The paper pack is Twilight by one Canoe two.

NEW American Crafts Twilight One Canoe Two Paper Pad By Spotlight

This shows the 12x12inch but I bought the 6x6inch because the patterns are sized better for card making. The sentiment is actually one of the cutouts that is included with the paper pad. The word background is made from a stencil and some distress ink. I think that this card could be suitable for many people.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project please consider liking or commenting. Before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

The Scattered Mind of Distraction , one of the Challenges for Gemini .

Oh today has been bad! My mind/thoughts have been going every where. Probably because I am trying to do too much which means my mind can not settle on one thing. I hope that as I do get some things done things will settle down.

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❀ Tracy

Challenge Links
Tuesday Morning Sketch #485
Time Out #126 – Loving

 

 

January Colour Challenge

Hello Everyone,

Today over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge Andreja is bringing a colour challenge for us to play with. I like colour challenges because sometimes they get you to think outside the box with your crafting and Andreja definitely did that to me this time around.

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Now those who know me know that I love purple πŸ˜‰ but do you think that I could find any Christmas paper pads that had this combo … no! I have other occassion purple and green paper but not Christmas. But I was saved by a magazine that I had bought in December itΒ  had downloadable papers that had purple and green some had aqua as well but I stuck with the purple and green ones and came up with this card.

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Once I found that papers I didn’t know how to pull it all together so I looked through past sketches from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and I found this one from August 2016

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The trees inspired me to choose the paper with faux stitched trees on it and instead of using a piece of paper for the strip I went digging in my washi stash and found this one. It’s a little transparent but I liked how it coordinated with the papers so I went with it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my Design Team project. Please consider liking and commenting on my blog but also coming along and playing with the current challenge. Before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought.

embrace the new day

I like this photo because I like being near bodies of water especially if I am able to see a sunset or sunrise. I hope to catch a sunrise when I am away on holidays with my family. If I am lucky enough and the weather plays nice I maybe able to upload one of my photos or one my husband has taken.

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❀ Tracy B

Flowers for You

Hello Everyone,
A second card for today. It’s so good to be in my craft space more often at the moment. So while this is the way of things I am making the most of it. And here is the 2nd creation for tonight.

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I had coloured in this image ‘Kidz Rose Boy‘ by Bugaboo Digi Stamps with my Copic Markers then I thought that I would suit the sketch from Sketch Saturday if I orientated it differently.

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The papers this time around is from my stash and I am unsure where I got it from. But again I used some Washi Tape which I adhered to white paper first for the banners. And once I adhered the image to the main panel I used my stamp platform to make sure that I didn’t miss stamp the sentiment at this point in the project. I wrapped a strip of silver around the top but didn’t realise that it wasn’t straight until after I adhered it to the card so I had to leave it as is.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. Please consider liking my post or even leaving a comment I like receiving feedback on my projects. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought.

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Sometimes I think that we look at ourselves too critically. And don’t realise how wonderful and unique we truly are. You are a unique creation of God – all you have to be is You.

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❀ Tracy B

Challenges Entered
Sketch Saturday #545
Catch the Bug Jan 5th Anything Goes

Cats Return

Hello Everyone,
Yes those crazy happy Christmas cats are back! I love creating with these guys they always put a smile on my face. And this is the card they are staring on this time.

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Don’t they just look like they are having such fun. This card all started with a sketch from Sketch Saturday

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I have coloured these cats in with my Copic markers. The papers I have used come from Kasiercraft’s Mistletoe 6X6 paper pack. I layered everything with Forest Green Paper and the tags are made from Washi Tape first adhered to some white paper. So another Christmas card is finished and added to my pile.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. Please consider giving a like or even a comment I like receiving feedback on my projects. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

a book is a dream in your hand

One of my other loves – being able to spend time reading. It such a wonderful thing being able to immerse yourself inside another world for awhile.

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❀ Tracy B

Challenges Entered
Sketch Saturday #545

January 2019 Sketch for 52CCT

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to 2019 and the start of the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenges for the year. During January the host of the challenges will be Andreja. Since its the first week of the month it is time for a sketch challenge and this is the sketch that we have had a chance to play with.

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As I have been doing I have provided the metric measurements for those who may find them useful. As you can see it is a square card design and I don’t usually do squares because of the waste by-product of making the card base. But this is what I came up with

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This card is on the simpler side because it is not full of layers and such. But I like how it turned out – I think it helped that I used products from the same company. These are from Kasiercraft and they are from the First Noel 6X6 paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my Design Team project. I hope that you will come over and play along with the current challenge. Maybe some of the other fabulous challenges that we have in store for you coming up. You can find the information about 52 Christmas Card Throwdown here. Before you go I would love to leave you with this final thought

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I hope and pray that 2019 will be filled with laughter, fun and lots of craft! When times of sorrow or unhappy times come passing by remember that you will get through the other side. I would encourage you to dig into those relationships that fill you … so that during the happy times you are overflowing with joy and then during the harder times you have something to draw on – memories of better times to get you through.

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❀ Tracy B