Birthday · Digital Stamps · Distress Ink · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Sew Beautiful

Hello Everyone,
As you may have seen from my previous post I am in the middle of shifting around my craft space to a bigger area. I am progressing but it is taking longer than I anticipated because of health issues… but it is coming along.
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I have had this image printed out for quite a while but I hadn’t gotten around to colouring it in. So with my being down to smaller amount of supplies I made the best of things. I still had my Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils, distress inks and stencils available plus also my Cuttlebug. So with these things available I made the above card using two challenges as inspiration.

          
I love to start a lot of my cards with a sketch and sketch #278 by Donna was definitely a different one. And sometimes I also like to bring my colour options down to just a few so the combo from Color Throwdown helped with this.

I just got the stitched embossing folder and the pinking shear square edged die on the front of a magazine. Pairing of these two worked well together with my Sunbonnet Sue image which I finally got to colour up after it sitting in my folder for what seems like years. After cutting out the squares I used a woven stencil by Scrapmatts with my distress ink and foam blending tool just to give the pieces a little more definition.

It was so much fun making a card with limited supplies. But I will be happy when I am back with all of my supplies. Even though this feels like it will never be fully accomplished. And as always before you leave I wish to leave you with this final thought
#DollyParton
I am believing on this statement. I have to believe that everything that I have been through and are continuing to go through all has a purpose. I don’t fully know what that purpose is and I may never know but I believe there is a reason behind it.

Have a Happy Sorted Crafty Kind of Day,

TracyB

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Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards

Amazing You Are

Hello Everyone,
Yes I am uploading a 2nd card tonight for the same 2 challenges that I used for the previous post.  I had so much fun with the previous card that I had the supplies out and I had leftover double sided sticky coloured paper that I didn’t just want to throw into the bin. So this time around I decided that I would go closer to the sketch this time around and use stars in my background.  My card ended up a little different to the sketch but I will tell why after I show you the results.

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and here are the 2 challenges that inspired all of this creating tonight

As you see from my card and the sketch #276 by Chrissy; I did come close.  But I will tell you now that the sentiment star is hiding a horrible horrible mess of both gold blobs and my attempts to fix said mess… more on this later.  As I was going through my stash of paper stock I found out that I don’t have any Aqua … I was sure I had every colour but there you go!  So I had to substitute a different blue for the Color Throwdown #497 combo … hope this was OK.

The cute Unicorn image is from the Stay Unique Photopolomyer Stamp Set by Uniquely Creative. It is such a cute set and is one of the add-on sets you can buy to give you more choices for your creations with the Stamp & Colour June Kit.

The horrible gold globs happened while I was making the background piece.  I cut a piece of black paper and put it into my colour splatter cubby. Then I mixed together gold Perfect Pearls with some water and flicked this mixture onto the black paper with a paint brush.  Well lets just say a HUGE glob went where I didn’t want it and I tried fixed it and I thought that I had got away with it. But it wasn’t until I was nearly finished that it stuck out that it wasn’t fixed so I almost threw the whole thing in the bin but I persevered and figured out a fix. I had to go a little off the sketch but I hope that it will be forgiven.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my card creation. Before you go though I would love to leave you with this thought:
Dr. Seuss Quotes

Have a Happy Direction Filled Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Monster Sized Birthday

Hello Everyone,
Today I am writing this blog for 2 reasons.  I want to introduce you to a stamp company that is new to me and maybe even to you as well.Image result for uniquely creative I recently found Uniquely Creative advertisement in a card making magazine that I had purchased and this weekend I met the people behind this company at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo.  I feel in love with their adorable stamps so much that I also signed up to be a part of their Stamp & Colour Bi-Monthly Card Kit. On my card project I used the images, paper and card base from the April 2018 Stamp & Colour Kit which I purchased while at the Expo.

And now my card project.  This card is inspired by the card sketch #275 (Retro#3) from Case this Sketch
and this is my take on it –
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Aren’t they adorable!! I absolutely love the laughing monster and with this card I also decorated the inside Monster Wishes insidewith the rest of the characters from the set.  I coloured all of these images with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

All of these images are bringing back the enjoyment that I have for colouring and card making.  I am hoping that by joining the Stamp & Colour Kit club that it will encourage me to use my colouring more.

I want to thank you for stopping by and looking at my card creation.  Maybe I have introduced you to a new Stamp Company or at least to some cute little Monsters/Aliens.  And as always before you leave I wish to leave you with this thought:

Whoever said handmade is cheap. ..
Oh how so so true – I can attest to this one!  But I am finding some people who appreciate the cost and time that goes into the creating of any craft piece.  The supplies are not cheap but they are so so much cheaper than paying for a therapist!!
Crafting is my Therapy!!

Have a Happy Crafty Fun Filled Kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday · card sketch · Digital Stamps

Sketch Experiment

Hello Everyone,
Today I am bringing you a twist on a sketch. If you been reading my blog for awhile you will know that I love using sketches as a starting point for my cards.  Well I also love playing along with the challenges at both Shopping Our Stash – their challenge is to create with Butterflies and at the Cards in Envy Challenge; this time around they have a 1 layer challenge going on and this made me ask a question.

“Could I make a 1 layer card using a card sketch?”
Of course it would have to be the right sketch to do this experiment with but would it really be possible? And sketch #512 from Sketch Saturday looked like a possible candidate.

So the challenges I have chosen to combine these challenges

Once I found these challenges I then had to go looking for an image that I could use in this experiment. So I went looking in my images and found Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy and I thought it would work well.  So I printed out the digital image and then set to work on how to turn this sketch into a 1 layer card. And this is the result:
spotlight-card.jpgI am really happy with how this turned out. I hope that you like my interpretation on the sketch. The circular element I coloured with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and I used a warm grey pencil around the outside of the image to give the illusion of a layer being their.  I heat embossed the 70 with some black glitter powder and I called the card finished.

Thanks again for stopping by and looking at my project. Please let me know what you thought of my take on the sketch and keeping it to 1 layer.  And as always before you go I want to leave you with this thought:
Image result for butterfly quotesChange is hard but it’s necessary. We don’t like going through any kind of change but I think at least 95% of the time we are the better for it.

Have a Happy Blessed Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards

Cats Birthday

Hello Everyone,
I haven’t been on for a week – life was busier than I was expecting.  I forgot about some appointments that I had until I got the reminder texts ….

Today’s card share is a 2 for 1 project. I combined 2 challenges into the 1 card – the challenges are Color Throwdown #490 and Card in Envy: It’s Birthday Party Time.

I really loved the color combo for the throwdown challenge and I knew that I had an image that would suit it wonderfully.  It is a gorgeous free digital image from Wee Stamps called “Miss Kitty” And here is the project that I made with it …
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Such a cute image. I coloured Miss Kitty using my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. The papers come from a Kasiercraft paper pack from my stash it had all of the colours together from the challenge combined in different ways.

Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look at my project.  I really hope that you have a great week and as always before you go I wish to leave you with this thought:
Best 25+ Charlie brown quotes ideas
Life can get in the way of things but you can get back to where you want to be. Tomorrow can and usually is different from today.

Have a Happy Moving Forward Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday · card sketch · Distress Ink · Greeting Cards

Simple Birthday Greeting

Hello Everyone,
I actually have 2 cards to share with you today.  This being the first and they are both based on the 2 same challenges.  The Color Throwdown #489 Combination and CAS(e) this Sketch #268 with Chrissy
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I liked the simple and classic colour combination that came up from The Color Throwdown and then this unusual sketch which Chrissy from CASE this Sketch put forward.  It is definitely one out of the ordinary.  And this is my first take on it
CaS Birthday.jpgI decided to keep things really clean and simple which is not my usual style.  But I am really happy with how it all came together.  I have used watercolour paper as the base to use my Distress Inks through a stencil called “New Cheese” by Scrapmatts. First I taped off the area that I wanted to keep white while inking, I followed the sketch layout for the tape placement.

After this was completed and I had cleaned off my stencil I looked through my metal dies for a sentiment that I could use.  I found this Happy Birthday die and I cut it with my Cuttlebug out of both Maroon card stock and some black paper to make a shadow. I glued this onto the space left with no inking and this finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my first project.  My second one will follow after I have completed some stuff with my family.  And as always before you leave I want to leave you with this thought:
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This is a good one to remember. Leave what you are doing if you can finish it tomorrow. It’s okay to take time out – just don’t quit.  So long as you progress each and every day.

Have a Happy Restful/Productive Kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards

Birthday Bouquet

Hello Everyone,
I was finally able to use a cute image “Flower Kiki” from All That Scraps but unfortunately she is no longer available from C.C.Designs. And I used a sketch from the challenge site Sketch Saturday to help me along. And this is the sketch

It’s simple but you can jazz it up anyway you wish.
And this is my interpretation of this sketch
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I decided to go with layers for each element and then I fussy cut my coloured image to help make her stand out on the card. I also decided to use some prismatic stickers on the middle of the flowers and some liquid pearls for the necklace.  It’s a simple card but I am really happy with how it turned out.  And it’s nice to be using some images that I have previously coloured.

Once again I am happy that you stopped by to look at my project.  But as always before you leave I would like to leave you with a thought:

Always remember that you don’t know how you are influencing people, your worst day can be teaching someone else how good their day really is.

Have a Happy Crafty Influencing Kind of Day,
My Name

Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Mandala

Hello Everyone,
I actually got to make a card. But mind you now my craft desk looks like cyclone/twister came following behind me.  My mind was just all over the place while I was working on this project.  Usually I am quite clean – maybe its because I have sat down before this to try and craft but my foot has been too sore to continue. So maybe I was panicked thinking I may not be able to finish.

But I was able to finish … and this is the finished card
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I am really happy with how this turned out but as always when I am coming back to card making after being away for awhile I start with a card sketch.  So to start this card I went to some of my favourite challenge blogs to see what sketches are around at the moment.  I found this one below from Freshly Made Sketches

When I saw this sketch I knew the image that I could use with this sketch.  The image that I chose was one that I coloured from a Colour to Calm book that I finished while I have been laid up with my broken toes.

It is nice to use the images that I have been colouring in those type of books for another type craft as well.  I coloured in the image with my Faber-Castell Polychromos.  This card I kept quite Clean and Simple but I am really happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my creation. Before you leave I would like to leave you with the following thought:
GarfieldYeah this is my nights at the moment. I can’t get comfortable – my toes don’t like being under or even in any type of sock and some of the nights have been cooler – so I haven’t been able to get comfortable.

Have a Happy Crafty Productive Kind of Day
My Name

Birthday · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Watercolour

Penguin Slide

Hello everyone,
Welcome to 2018.  We are already 4 days in and I am already wishing that we were in February 😦  I can deal with high temperatures but not the humidity. Feeling like a limp rag doesn’t exactly prompt you to do much.

But I am lucky to have air-con in my house so I have been able to continue to craft – which I am truly grateful because I really cant deal with not being able to do any of my stress relieving activities.

Anywho – onto the card
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Aren’t these penguins just the cutest? Once I saw this image that I had used my watercolour pencils on ages ago I knew I had to use it on a card. And crafting with these cool colours helped with being so hot. I am having so much fun making some Clean and Simple cards. This cards inspiration came from 3 challenges.

And first was the card sketch Freshly Made Sketches #318
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and then Cards in Envy – Winter Chills Challenge

and also Shopping Our Stash – Watercolor With Us

Thanks for stopping by to look at my card creation. Please consider joining in on any of the challenges. As always before you leave I would like to leave you with this thought:

I am having to do this more and more of late. I wonder how much I will have to abide by this during the coming year?

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
My Name

 

 

Birthday · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards

Birdie Birthday

Hello Everyone,
I am back again with another creation.  This time I am using a previously used sketch from Freshly Made Sketch #318.
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This sketch is really simple and that suits the recipient of this card down to the ground.  This card is actually going to my Husband’s Uncle.  I am the only adult in the family that is still allowed to address him as “Uncle”.  Everyone else over the age of 18 gets to address him by his given name but I have always addressed him as Uncle and I always will.

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This card also follows the Catch the Bug Challenge December Bingo
as you can tell from the photo I used the top line for my BINGO.  I really like these challenges it makes you think about how to put your card together – with some guidelines.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  As always before you leave my blog I would love to leave you with this thought:
Good to remember this in the hard times. Sometimes you have to face into the wind and  keep going.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
My Name