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

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

Llama Peace Love & Hope

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Hello everyone,
Today I am sharing with you a Christmas card made with my spinning friends in mind. We spin with a lot of different fleeces/fibres including Llama. So this will suit someone from my group.

The challenges I have combined are 52 week Christmas Card Throwdown Technique Challenge: Colouring and at Sketch Saturday Week #533 is Choose a previous sketch – I have chosen #316 which first appeared June 2014

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For the sketch I have worked out the measurements in centimetres and they are written on the image these are for the main elements and then for the mats I added 2mm to each side. The Llama image from Just Me Digital Stamps on Etsy. I coloured in this image with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. I am trying to get better at using this medium and I am practising with these a lot more.

The papers that I have used for this card are from Kaisercrafts’ Merry & Bright 6X6 paper pad. The mats are made from maroon card stock plus some gold paper for the image just to help set it off a little more. A Christmas bauble and sentiment comes from the coordinating embellishment pack.

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

#crafthumor #craftquotes #tayloredexpressions #cardmaking #crafting #sewing #scrapbooking #grumplings

I truly wish that this was the complete answer to everything it would make things so much easier. But crafting in some form or another does help.

Have a Happy Crafty of any sort Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Space Wishes

Hello Everyone,

Time for me to post up another combination challenge card that I have made.  I loved the sketch #283 by Donna from CASe this Sketch that I decided to make a card straight away and I combined it with the Color Throwdown #504 using the colours Black, Copper and White.

And this is the card that I came up with using these challenges
08 Space Birthdayand the information from the challenges

It was the sketch that started this card off. When I saw it I knew the image that I wanted to use. This is Space Man by DigiStamp Boutique but it has been retired but I still like it. When I went searching through my stash though I couldn’t find any copper or rust paper or card stock so I had to improvise and made my own. I had a Copper Brilliance Ink Dew Drop so I dragged this across some white card stock and heated it to dry it faster. Then I used my star punch to make the star field.

When I went to put my Space Man on the starry paper I found that it looked weird just hanging there so I made a frame using a stitched square die but the next size down was too small so I cut around the inside of the die to give me the size of frame I was happy with. And this just completed the card nicely.  The sentiment stamp is from the Out of This World stamp set by Uniquely Creative.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. As always before you depart I would love to leave you with this final thought

 I was sure that this past week was here to break me. But I am still here despite everything because I looked to my Lord who gave me verses from the Bible just when I needed them most. He has also surrounded me with wonderful people who help me to get through even when I feel like I am breaking. Here is one of the verses I was given:

PSALM 116 verse 7

Be confident, my heart, because the Lord has been good to me.

 

Have a Happy Crafty Creative

Kind of Day,

❤ Tracy

UPDATE 11 Aug 2018

cts_favoriteI was lucky to receive this for my entry!
This was such a wonderful surprise.

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

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

 

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