Balloon Bouquet

Hello everyone. I can show this card to you now that it has been given to the person who ordered it.

11 21st Birthday front

This is the front view of the card and here is a side view as well

11 21st Birthday side

This is what is known as a Z fold card. It has become a favourite of mine for creating special occasion cards. I love being able to put images into the inner space of the Z. This time around I have die cut balloons from 2 shades of pink and their tails from black. To make mounting the tails easier I put double sided paper onto the back before cutting with my Cuttlebug.

The balloons that I mounted in the middle each have a piece of clear plastic holding them up just to give them a little bit more stability. It also makes it look like they are floating. Each balloon has been sponged with Pickled Raspberry Distress Ink as was the writing space and the banner with the stamped 21st sentiment. Great buy that number stamp set because I can make any age with it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And as always before you go I would love to leave you with this thought for today

Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again. -Eleanor Roosevelt

A beautiful quote from ex-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s a wonderful reminder to live each day of our lives because you will never be the you; you are right at this moment. Enjoy each moment of your life.

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

Birthday Tea

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Hello everyone. The card I am sharing is definitely not my normal. This time around it is a shaped card. And I am very grateful for my Brother Scan ‘N’ Cut machine because of it I was able to make this card with a lot more ease than if I had to do it all by hand.

This card was inspired by the Shopping Our Stash Challenge Blog. This time around they are asking for shaped cards – Definitely NO Squares, Rectangle, Oval or Circle Cards. So Not your average Shaped Cards.

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The products used were 2 sheets of A4 sized 210gsm weighted White Card stock, purple scrap of card stock, paper from Kasiercraft from my stash and Mowed Lawn & Shaded Violet Distress Inks.

Using my Brother SnC to cut out the Teapot bottom as a shaped card base and then a single teapot bottom from the patterned paper. But I cut off the handle and the spout from this as I only wanted the body. Using my Mowed Lawn ink I inked up the edges of both the card base but also the patterned paper to give it a bit more depth.  Then I re-loaded the SnC matt with the purple paper and the 2nd A4 sheet of card stock. And cut the top from the purple and the Happy Birthday sentiment 3 times from the 2nd sheet of white card stock. I then ombre inked one of the Happy Birthday sentiments before gluing all 3 together to make a stacked sentiment. Then I assembled all of the parts together. To give this card to my friend I had to make a handmade envelope because I didn’t have any that were big enough.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this final thought

You'd rather have a powerful tea packet than a strong brew any day. - 15 oz. - Ceramic - Microwave Safe - Dishwasher Safe

I am definitely not a coffee person. I have always been a Tea drinker but sometimes its Milo but not coffee. But no matter your drink – may you find to enjoy a cup either by yourself with a good book or with a friend.

Have a Happy Crafty Hot Drink Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Sunbonnet Sue Sews

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Hello everyone,
Today the card I am bringing to you is featuring one of my favourite characters -Sunbonnet Sue. I have been in love with her since I was a little girl because she seems to be able to do everything. Today she is doing a little sewing.

To start the card I went looking on my favourite sketch sites and found Sketch #358 from Freshly Made Sketches which looks like this

FMS 358

Once I found this sketch I went through my 6X6 paper pads and found one from Kasiercraft called Needle and Thread. To cut the papers into circles I used my stitched circle dies from Uniquely Creative. The backing paper is a Royal Blue by Quill; I used my scalloped circle die to make the small circle elements seem a little more substantial. My Sunbonnet Sue type image called Sewsun (retired image) from Bugaboo I coloured in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

 

I sitting here typing this and I am listening to rain on a tin roof. It is such a soothing sound – I hope to spend time just sitting reading, possibly crafting, drinking tea and listening to the rain.

Have a Happy Crafty Book Reading Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

No Spook Birthday

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Hello everyone,
Well in some places around the world people are getting ready to celebrate Halloween. Here in Australia it is starting to be celebrated, though I’m not sure that many people know why it’s celebrated, my family doesn’t celebrate. But in some of my scraps I actually found this crow image and the sentiment. The backing paper I have actually been hoarding because its my favourite colour.

For this card I am actually combining two challenges.

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From Card in an Envy challenge theme is Something Spooky and then over at AAA Cards Challenge #125 is Inspired by a TV Show. When I found this paper I thought of the TV Show – The Addams (The Original Series). I always saw black birds flying around their house and these reminded me of them. I loved watching this TV series and also The Munsters – neither of these series scared me and some of the humour I didn’t get til later on in life.

I now usually provide you with the sketch that helped me to create my card but this time around I just found the supplies first.  Then I placed them on the card in a way that I thought would show each element off the best. The image and the sentiment elements were shaped like this; I thought that they were a little different to my usual square or rectangle so I left them alone. The only thing that I did with them was to ink them with Black Soot Distress Ink using a Sponge tool. All of this was put onto purple card stock and then mounted onto a white card base.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look at my project. As always before you go I would like to leave you with this final thought:

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One of my favourite Mortica Addams Quotes. This is so true … my normal is so much different to someone else. So there is definitely no 1 idea of normal.

Have a Happy Crafty “Normal” Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Make A Wish

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Hello Everyone,
Today the card that I am sharing is actually part of a 5 card set that I made. I decided to have some fun and just create some backgrounds and cards using the same set of materials. For this card I used a card sketch from Sketch Saturday #532 by Jessie – this is what it looks like

The products that I used for the card was a paper pack from my stash, the background which I created with a simple pan of watercolours, some watercolour paper cut to 10cm X 14.4cm and the My Favourite Things Sketched Blooms Stamp Set plus their Black Hybrid Ink.  To cut out the square element I used my Stitched Square Dies from Uniquely Creative.  The rest of the elements where cut using my paper trimmer. The black brads are from my stash.

I sometimes like making simple styled cards because I find I have to stop myself from adding more and more elements. I think that this sketch may become a favourite of mine.

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

The Beauty of handmade Lies in the imperfections. Anything perfect is machine made.

In every project that I make there is a little imperfection. It is the quirk of handmade of which I love. I love seeing the artist in their work. Nothing in this world is true and perfect unless it is made by God. I am the perfect me because God made me. I am never perfect except in the eyes of God and I am very OK with that.

Have a Happy Crafty Handmade Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Birthday Star

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Hello Everyone,

Here is the 2nd card that I made while making my Baby Girl card. I just thought why waste these perfectly cut strips when I have all the supplies out in from of me. Here is a reminder of the sketch #530 from Sketch Saturday:

afde7-530As I said in my previous post it was good to be getting into my stash and using up some papers that have been in there for many years.  And it is also good that my collection of cards to be sending off to our Aussie Troops is growing.

All 3 of the papers used were the off cuts from my previous card. The only thing that I needed to add was the silver Happy Birthday and the stars.  This time around though I used my Pinstripe Embossing folder to make the banner across the join and used my Crushed Violet Distress ink to give it a bit of definition.

It was so much fun making a 2nd card with the same supplies but coming up with a card that is different. I am going to have to look at doing this more often so that my card stash grows quicker. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and looking at my project. But before you leave I would like to leave you with this final thought:

pain level: tolerable or intolerableNot a lot can be said about this one – it’s a part of my life but I try to make it not all of my life. Some days are harder than others – I am learning to live with my limitations.

Have a Happy Crafty Little Pain Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Dual Birthday

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Hello Everyone,

When I started making this card I was initially trying to make a purely masculine card but now that I look at it I think that it could be suited for either. To make this card I followed along with the 2 challenges that I followed for the last card. Here are the details again for Color Throwdown #509 and CASe this Sketch #288 by Donna

This time around I looked through my 6X6 paper packs and found a Kasiercraft pack that had Red, Orange and Blue through it.  And it also had some extra elements in the back of it including this scalloped circle that I used for the sentiment.

For the sketch I changed up the size of the rectangle elements to suit the size of the circle element. I actually like both cards I made using this sketch because the elements suit each other.

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

Better, but still not quite right. I absolutely hate it when someone tells me to let it go. It's like they are saying just forget about it. Like it never happened.

“LIGHT-BULB MOMENT” oh I just saw this and it was a YES why hadn’t I considered this before. Somethings are hard to let go so now I am going to just let it be! This may be the break through that I have been needing.

Have a Happy Crafty Let It Be Kind of Day, ❤ Tracy