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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Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

Hello Everyone,
While I was printing the image for the previous card I accidentally printed the digital image Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy twice. So instead of throwing away a perfectly printed picture I decided that I would take the opportunity to make a 2nd card while I had my colouring supplies out. But this time around its a really simple colouring which was inspired by the Power Poppy Blog.

The Power Poppy Challenges are intended to give us design power + creative spark. Their challenge for May is “Power & Spark with a bit of Drama!” The challenge is a black & white card with a POP of colour. And of course I could also use this image again for the Shopping Our Stash – Butterfly challenge.

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And this is what I came up with for the challenge:
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I don’t know if these flowers come in this colour but I love purple and it was the colour that I wanted to use this time around for this challenge.  Its a simple card but I love how it turned out despite that I photographed it at an angle. Shopping through my stash to find both the image which I have in my database and my black and white papers which came from my extensive supply of paper packs.  But you know that stack may be large but I found that I don’t have too many neutrals …. hmm…. maybe a Mothers Day or belated Birthday present for me will be some neutrals 😀

Once again thank you for stopping by and looking at my challenge entry.  And as always before you go here is a thought for you to remember:
Image result for mother quotesThis image is inspired by this Sunday (13th May) in Australia being Mothers Day.  I had a Fabulous Mum, unfortunately I lost her in 2017 but she is always with me. I have an amazing Mother-In-Law, she bought up a wonderful man my Hubby John and his 4 siblings. And I am a Mother. I have been a Mother for 20years since our Daughter arrived and then our Son 5years later.  I hope and pray that I will pass on many things to my kids and that they will have fond memories of our relationship in the years to come.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun 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

card sketch · Christmas Time · Digital Stamps

Christmas Joy

Hello Everyone,
I am back with another Christmas Card – I just can’t seem to stop making them 🙂 Looks like I will have enough by the time I have to post them out this year.

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This card was actually made with 3 different challenges in mind.
First off we have Catch The Bug Challenge Anything Goes
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and then I loved the Stella Says Sketch Challenge #601


and last but not least – AAA Cards #106 Quote

The image is Christmas Word – Joy which you can purchase here from Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  This is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. But I have coloured it in with some Copics – these markers are not new to me but I have never gotten along with them :/ 2018 though is going to be the year that either I become comfortable with them or I am going to have to sell them.  I can not have such a huge investment sitting around doing nothing if I’m not going to use them.

The paper I used behind the main image I coloured with simple children’s markers in an Adult colouring book.  I have a lot of pages that I have coloured and I have decided that instead of them sitting around gathering dust I am going to use what I can in my card making and other paper crafts.  So I get twice the enjoyment out of them – 1st when I am colouring the page and 2nd when I re-purpose them into another project. 😀

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

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled 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

Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

New Colours of Christmas

Hello Everyone,
I am enjoying making Christmas cards but I think the main reason I am liking the process is because I am working towards Christmas 2018.  So I took the opportunity to join in with the Color Throwdown #473 combination.

And I thought I would try making a Christmas card using not so traditional colours – taking me out of my comfort zone and this is the result.
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I had this pink Christmas Tree background and thought it would go well with the challenge.  The image is from JustME Digital Designs on Etsy.  This adorable Llama can be purchased here.  I am having so much fun designing with this image – it’s becoming a firm favourite.  The image and the background had some colouring done with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. Please consider leaving a comment and even liking my creation.  But before you leave I would like to leave you with this thought:
Listen To God....
This is just a good way to live life. I am trying to be more like this through my walk in life.

May you have a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day,
My Name

Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils

Dog Gone Christmas

Hello everyone,
I am trying to make some cards with a bit of difference for my Christmas Cards.  I am actually starting on the 2018 batch of cards now.  I finally got enough made for this years bunch so I decided to get a head start on next year.  Because I have been reminded this year that what you plan doesn’t always work out – especially long term plans.

Any who onto the card which I’m sure is your main reason for stopping by my little blog today.
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Isn’t this such a cute image – well actually we are looking at the merging of 2 images from 2 different companies.  We have Cute Dog which is a freebie from All Dressed Up Images and you can get this image here.  And the presents stamps came from CC Designs but is now retired.

This card was influenced by 3 different challenges and they are

My most favourite way to start a card – with a sketch. And I love those from the talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches.
then I found

Cute Card Thursday has Festive Colors as their #508 Challenge
and then
Our newest challenge (click pic below)
All Dressed Up #76 Anything Goes BUT you must use a ADU image.

So I first combined the images plus the sentiment together and printed them off and coloured it up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. I fussy cut around the image and matted the whole image onto a square of black paper.  I decided to go a more masculine route with this card but it could be sent to a family as well.  Using up more of my Christmas papers – these papers I am going to miss when I finish using up the pack.  And that was it.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation.  Please consider liking my post and leaving a comment.  But before you leave as always I would like to leave you with this following thought:
As I reflect on what 2017 has bought into my life.
A lot of good has come of it: going to my craft group more often, restarting this blog, surviving my cancer journey and my Son settling into his new school.
Some bad has come as well: the passing of my Mum, my cancer surgery, other health problems
So now I am looking into 2018 and what it may bring my way.

My Name

Christmas Time · Digital Stamps · Greeting Cards · Polychromos Pencils · Weaving

Cracker Cat

Hello Everyone,
Well hasn’t December crept up on us suddenly!! If anybody can tell me where the rest of 2017 disappeared too I would love to know.  I haven’t uploaded anything in a little while … sorry about that.  Been busy with end of school year events and now our Church and our other groups are starting to have their break-ups as well.

Of course the crafting hasn’t ceased but has decreased in the past couple of weeks.  I have been doing a bit more weaving, which I’ll share my latest a little bit later, and my ever present crochet. I am still working on my latest project even though its a simple pattern its taking me longer cause I am trying to finish so many other things.

But anywho … onto why most of you stopped by … my card creation
Cat Christmas.jpgI love this image but I am unsure where it comes from I have had it for so long and my record keeping wasn’t as crash hot back then! 😉 There are several cat lovers on my Christmas card list and I think any of them would get a kick out of this one.  This time around it is coloured very simply but playfully. I matted the image once complete onto some cookie image paper from my stash and made a border top and bottom using some brown paper and some wavy scissors.

This card is going into these challenges

Christmas Cards All Year Round – December Holiday Cards

and

Shopping our Stash Challenge – I like to move it!

and now My Weaving!
Yes I finished a project a woven scarf to be used as a Secret Santa Present – I hope who ever gets it likes my efforts
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I made this on my little Sample-It Loom by Ashford using my new Vari-Dent Heddle.  This allowed me to combine both a fat yarn on the outside edge of the scarf and a thinner yarn in the middle. I am really happy with the results.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my 2 different creations.  And as always I would love to leave you with this thought before you go:

Have a Happy Crafty Fun Kind of Day
My Name