Time Flies

Hello Everyone,
Yes another card made today. It’s good to have some spare time because you get to do some stuff that you love doing. Mind you I am hiding out from a project that I should be working on but you won’t tell anyone will you?

Onto my 2nd card for today. This time is a stamp that has been in my stash for a while because it came attached to the Creative Stamping Magazine Issue #41. And this issue plus the stamps happened to be sitting on my desk so I thought why not use it to make a card for the sketch from the crew over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

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and this is the sketch that I was working with

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The main thing that you can see that is different about my card and the sketch is the fact that I didn’t use the postage stamp shape this is because I don’t have a die with shape. But I thought that I would use a die that I haven’t used in ages. This die is  Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 2 the matting I made by cutting around the outside of the die I used for the image layer. The die above this one in the pack was just too large to be used. The papers that I have used are from the same one paper pack that I used in my previous card; they were still sitting on my desk after I completed the last card so I thought why not use what was already out. The paper lace is from my stash this is something else that hasn’t seen the light of day for quite a while.

Maybe I should have called this project – Visiting the Past! Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card project. Please consider leaving a comment or hitting the like button before you go. But before you do go I would like to leave you with this thought

Image result for pinterest is not a waste of time its research

Yes I love looking on Pinterest. It is how I find inspiration but also if I am stuck on an idea I can usually find what I want on here. So yes I do a lot of research on here.

Until Next Time,
Tracy B

Challenge Entered – Tuesday Morning Sketches #490

Ode To Jessi

Hello Everyone,

Today I am playing along with the Shop Our Stashes Challenge blog. And they have asked us to go to Jessi’s blog and be inspired by her creative life. So while I was going through her blog I found that she was inspired by sketches. And if you have been around my blog much you know how much I love using sketches for my card designs. So I found this card of Jessi’s and this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I loved this sketch but I also loved the colours that Jessi had used in her background so I ended up creating this card

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In creating this card I got a little bit brave. You see this background is actually a page from a calm colouring book and I have liked this image for quite awhile but wasn’t brave enough to tackle the colouring of it.

I didn’t even photocopy it before I went ahead and did the “ink smooshing” technique! Once I started with Pickled Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Inks onto an acrylic block there was no going back except into the bin if I wasn’t happy with the results. But I really liked how it came out and I think that I may have to try this again with some other pages from colouring books.

I used my Cuttlebug to make the black circle frame before stamping onto some Vellum paper the Happy 80 Birthday using some Lavender ink. I doubled up the vellum so that you could see the stamping a little clearer. I wanted the strip of paper to compliment the mandala of the background and found this paper in my bits drawer and matted it with some black paper. Then I added the washi tape as the last element.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my card project. Before you go I would like to leave you with this thought

your fingerprint

Each of us are capable of leaving such an impression on this world. Even before we leave this world. We move to different places or we no longer see people. What will people remember about you?

Until Next Time,
Tracy B

Challenge Entered – Shop Our Stash – Ode To Jessi

Birthday Wishes

Hello Everyone,
I have been away for a little while but now that my space is updated and I can work there again I want to get back into entering challenges. So to test out my new area I went to one of my favourite challenges and went about making a card and this is the outcome.
This card started with me finding this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches
I loved making this card on my new table! I was using my Cuttlebug and also hand punches and my stamping tool and I didn’t feel cramped for space after making each of the elements. I am really going to love creating in my new space … thanks Hubby!
The papers for the card came from a really old My Minds Eye paper pack which has been sitting in my stash with just some pieces left. This year I am trying to use up the stash that I have before adding majorly to it. The maroon layers are staples in my stash and always topped up. But the flower and swirl elements are all from a drawer where I keep solids that are cut off from other projects but are too small to be used for a main element on a card.
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card project. I am happy to be back crafting and blogging again. Before you go I would like to leave you with this thought
This is so true! I experienced the other side of this a little while my Hubby and I were updating my space. I wasn’t able to be as crafty as I usually am and I did feel a little out of sorts because of it. I am so happy to have my space back.
Until Next Time,
Tracy Blackburn
 
Challenge Entered – Tuesday Morning Sketches #489

For John

Hello Everyone,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I had some time with extended family which was good. But I was feeling a little lost not crafting so I got back into my craft space. For awhile I was lost and not knowing what to do as I didn’t really feel like making more Christmas cards even though I know I must. Then I remembered that I needed some Birthday cards for my January bunch. So I made one for Dee’s Son John.

This card came about because of a sketch and this sketch came from Tuesday Morning Sketches #468

Metric measurements for the front of an A6 card

Once I had cut out the Luka with Truck image (discontinued) from LaLa Land Crafts with my oval die I decided that I wanted to make the background a little less plain so I decided that I would try a technique that I had seen its name is Pointillism. It has been around as an art form for many years and I thought that it would add some interest to this card … I think it did.

I didn’t follow the sketch exactly because I realised that I hadn’t left myself any space for the sentiment so I enlarged the tag on the sketch to fit it. I used some Alphabet stickers that have been sitting in the bottom of my sticker box for ages and a embossed birthday sticker as well.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. Before you go I would like to leave you with this thought

Oh this is so true because I love revisiting places but sometimes its with different people. And those times the place that I have gone to has looked so different just because of who I was with. Or it can be with the same people and just how I was feeling while there changes how I now think of where I have been.

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

Challenge Entered
Tuesday Morning Sketches #484

Hot Air Balloon Birthday

Hello everyone. The card I am sharing with you today is a type of card that I find hard to make. Male themed birthday cards! I don’t know why these type of cards are hard but they are.  I think I pulled it off with the card that I have made and here it is

The making of this card came about because of the team at Shopping Our Stash Weekly. Their challenge this week is 

and then I wanted to design from a sketch and I found this one

The first thing I did was scavenge through my craft supplies to see what I could use and I found an embossing folder with this Hot Air Balloon as part of the scene. I thought it would go well with the masculine theme. Along with the embossing folder the set also came with these boot prints which I used as the 3 elements on the sketch. 

After embossing the Hot Air image I coloured it in with my Copics.  Then I found some papers that suited this perfectly. It was a 6X6  paper pad called “Up and Away” by Kasiercraft. On the balloon paper I stamped the words relax & enjoy, it’s your day in Kraft coloured ink. Then I also cut some strips of paper from the paper pack and sponged some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the edge. I put some foam tape under the boot prints just to give them a little height. I matted each of the main layers with some Maroon layering paper and put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. Please consider giving my blog a like or even leaving a comment. And as always I would like to leave you with this thought for today

Oh this is so true. I had forgotten this for quite a while. After everything that myself and my family had been through in the past little while … I had forgotten that no matter the size of the progress at least it is progress. And I can see that I am further forward than I was even just a couple of months ago.

Have a Happy Crafty Progressive Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

Birthday Squared

Hello everyone. You may be asking why I named my post Birthday Squared. Well I am not one for making using squared shaped cards. I usually stick with the regular rectangle shape because it doesn’t produce any waste and you can get two cards from a A4 sheet of card stock. Where as with a square shaped card you can only get one decent sized card from a sheet but you have leftovers.  I mean I won’t waste this of course because it will be used for a sentiment later but you know I’m sure …

… anywho onto the reason you stopped by my blog today to see my creation

I was quite lucky with this card that I was able to jump into my leftovers drawer and find everything that I needed to make this card. The newest product used on this card is actually the Happy Birthday die which I actually cut apart to use on this card.

But this whole square card making started because of the sketch over at Sketch Saturday

Isn’t this a great sketch. I usually stretch these kinds of sketches to suit an A6 sized card but I decided to try and design within the square. Before cutting the birthday die as its so large I backed the paper with some double sided paper to make the sticking to the project easier. As I wanted to try and not take up the whole front with this die; I sacrificed some of the flowers from the die to make it fit as I have.  And the double sided paper really saved me after I decided to cut the original die-cut apart. Piecing it together after its surgery was easier because I didn’t have to put wet glue onto some really small pieces.

I think that this card could actually suit anyone and I may end up making more square cards in the future but that is to be seen. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. To let me know that you have stopped by consider liking my post and even commenting to let me know what you think of it. And as always before you leave I would like to leave you with this final thought

Love Star Trek and like decorating for Christmas but so glad that I don’t have anyone who is particular how they are placed. 

Have a Happy Crafty Decorated Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

50 Years On

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing with you a card that I have made for my Brother In Law … unfortunately I am running behind with sending this to him but the wishes are very much still given.

I have been inspired by 2 challenges to make this card and I will tell you about that one I show you what I came up with

I was first inspired by the Time Out Challenge #123

And if you have been to my blog you know that I love working with sketches and I found this one by Freshly Made Sketches #365

With the measurements I used

When I read the colour combo for the Time Out Challenge I knew the paper pad that I was going to use. The Black & White Timeless 6X6 paper pad by Kasiercraft that has been sitting in my stack for awhile now. I combined this with Brown layers as it suited the paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and looking at my project. Please let me know that you stopped in by leaving me either a like or a comment or even both. And as always before you leave I would love to leave you with this thought for today

I have found this hard  to do. This world wants certain things but I have always been different and I never feel like I fully fit in any where. That’s why I love time by myself because I don’t have to try and fit in.

Have a Happy Crafty Different Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B