Double Twist Project

Hi Everyone,
I hope that your new year is going well. I have a couple of crafting goals for this year and the challenge with Julia Spiri- Anything Goes but the TWIST of Planner or Journal – this month gave me the inspiration to start one of my projects for this year.
I have for most of my life used a paper planner.  I tried the digital thing for about 3 months – IT WAS A DISASTER- during a important planning meeting my digital diary decided that it would stop working …. just because 😡  From that meeting on I have been using a paper planner – I only now use my digital for alarms.
But my paper planner was a little ho hum – I love bright colours and looking at cute images when I go into my planner. So I am in the process of upgrading my Monthly dividers. So here is what I came up with
I am really happy with how this turned out – but looking at the photo now I have just noticed that I have done the tab wrong … grrrr. Will have to fix that later.  BUT you may be wondering why I said a Double Twist as my title.  Well I used a Sketch for the placement of elements – I love using sketches for my cards and I thought why not use one for my Planner Divider as well.
Here is a close up of the Fairy Image by Julia Spiri – Love her images 🙂
She is coloured in with my long neglected Copics. I am really happy with how she turned out after not using my markers for so long. But I also hope to do more colouring this year.

Thank you for stopping by to see my project. If you could leave a like and even a comment I would appreciate it and I would know you stopped by. My wish for you is that you find yourself doing something crafty and relaxing soon.

Until my next post,
My Name

Challenges entered:
Julia Spiri Challenge Blog – Anything Goes with a Twist of Planner or Journal
Freshly Made Sketches #269 A sketch by Linda


Just for Fun

This morning I decided that I would craft a card just for fun.  I didn’t want to have the constraints of time or deadlines; I just wanted to be free to make something and enjoy the creative process along the way.  But my crafting MOJO just wasn’t playing along so I did what I have done in the past and looked for a sketch to start things off for me and I found this one

This is from September, 2015 but I just liked its simple layout.  I thought this would be something I could give a go after not card crafting for awhile. So I dug through my stash of paper packs and decided to use the Hippy Girl Collection from Kasiercraft.  I also dug out an image of a Butterfly from Meljen Designs which I had coloured in with my Copics last month and hadn’t found the right card for it.

Butterfly Dec2015

I am really happy with the end result especially after having such a long break.  I am hoping that I will be able to do more since my craft table was updated by my Hubby John.  It was such a delight crafting at my new and updated desk.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look at my project. To let me know you stopped in please consider liking this post or/and leaving me a comment.

Happy Crafting Always,
From Tracy B


Something Buging You?

Hello Everyone,

Yes I am back after a very long absence.  Some of this time away was due to illness, this zapped my Mojo BIG time.  I was still crafting but getting behind a computer to post to my blog wasn’t possible most of the time and we also experienced some technical issues.

I am hoping that from here on out I will be able to post more regularly.  I will be posting about my card making which I will be getting more into this and playing a lot more with my Brother Scan’N’Cut.  My blog will also include my fiber arts as well – this is one thing I was able to continue to do during my illness.  Thank goodness for that because if I didn’t have this I would have gone around the bend.


Onto the main reason for this post – my card 🙂

Bugaboo Bugs MayThis card was made using the image “Scene it – Ladybugs” by Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  The image I coloured with my Copic markers and I am so happy with how it turned out.  I was worried that some of the experience that I had with these may have gone but they hadn’t.  I will be entering this into the 2 challenges over on the Bugaboo Site.

SO thanks for stopping by to have a look at my card and I really hope to see you all again soon.

Catch the Bug Challenge – Theme Challenge – In the Garden
Catch the Bug Challenge – Stella Sketch – #309


Aussie Christmas Greetings

Hello Everyone,

Today I am excited to share with you my card project.  I am really happy with the colouring with my Copics that I achieved.  I tried some new colour combos and I attempted to do some creases and folds.

Gumnut Flower Girl MiC July 18 20As you can see by the date range it took me a couple of days to complete as I was quite hesitant about attempting the creases and folds on her dress.  But on Sunday I plucked up the courage and I am really pleased with the results.  Then today I finished her off an put her onto a Christmas Card which is where I first intended her to go.  This year for Christmas I wanted to make some cards that suited our warm weather during the holiday season and I love this image from Make it Crafty.  So here is the card project that I made.

Gumnut Flower Girl ChristmasDoesn’t she look fabulous on a Christmas card.  All of the papers for this card came out of my stash of papers from last Christmas, I just love using up things from my stash.

So I am going to enter this card into a couple of challenges and this is how my card fits into those challenges:

Feeling Sketchy – This is a little obvious but I used Card Sketch #96 for the layout
Christmas Card Challenges – Challenge #34 –  They had a photo inspiration as an optional extra and I was able to be a part of that 🙂
Shopping Our Stash – Challenge #160 – Can’t Put it Down or Away – Well for me it has to be my Brother Scan-N-Cut – I used this machine to do the following items on the card: Cut the papers for the bottom layer for both the inside and outside of the card, the greeting space on the inside of the card, the rectangle behind the Gumnut Flower Girl, from the gold paper was cut both the snowflake and the scalloped rectangle behind the sentiment and of course last but not least the image itself 🙂Make it Colourful – Colouring Challenge #11-  The Easy challenge: Shades of Blonde and the Harder Challenge: Creases and Folds

Now I just want to say thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.

Hugs & Blessings Always,
My Name


Happy Birthday Panda

Hello Everyone,
Today I am presenting a Birthday card which the design was inspired by something I saw on the lovely but time-waster site that we all -if we are honest – visit daily – Pinterest. And here is a link to the card that inspired me – Hexagon Football Card.

Here is my card using the inspiration.

Panda NerdNow the person that I was making this card for isn’t exactly into football but there is a paper pack Sears and Sons from Kasiercraft that I have been dying to use.  So I decided to use 3 of the papers from this pack and cut multiple hexagons from each piece using my Spellbinder Hexagon die and my Cuttlebug. I then played around with all the pieces but I decided that it need a little something else.  So I decided to put some gold with it so I cut some Hexagons out of some gold paper from my stash.

I wanted to use an image that would suit the recipient of the card – now I am not saying that this person is a Panda or a Nerd – but he does wear glasses and he loves to read books.  So I took the image of Panda Nerd from Some Odd Girl, coloured him in with my Copics and layered him up on pop dots over an image that I found on my computer of a stack of books.

This card now suits the recipient and I am happy with how it turned out. So I just want to say thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.

Hugs & Blessings Always

Challenges I am entering this card into:
Some Odd Girl March Month Challenge: Pot ‘o’ Gold
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog: Be inspired by a Song, Book or Film – Film: The Pagemaster


Scor Pal Metric Card in A Box

Hello Everyone,
Sorry for not uploading anything lately. I have been in the midst of changing my craft area. I have moved back into our lounge area as where I was – in the 2nd side of our garage – was way to hot to be able to be productive.  I am still in the arranging stage of shift but at least I can craft in relative comfort. But I am having to get use to a lot smaller space.  My wish would be to be able to build something in our backyard that could house my crafting area. Something like this:
Studio IdeaBut any whoo onto today’s Card project. Just advance warning there are a few pictures included with this project.

A Card in a Box – this was something I had not heard of until on the Make it Crafty Facebook Group we were challenged to make one. I can tell you that this was an interesting challenge – but I love how these cards look and I am sure I will make more in the future. Here is how my card turned out:
Koala Card in a BoxI wanted to make this card to fit into a standard Square Envelope so I could post it.  So to make this possible these are the steps I used:

  1. I used an A4 sheet of card and using my Metric Scor-Pal board I placed my card in the Portrait orientation and scored the whole length at the 7cm point and only marked the 16cm point and cut the card all the way through at this point. But don’t throw this away as you will make use of it in another step.
  2. Using my Scor-Pal again I put the larger piece of the card in the Landscape orientation and scored the card all the way down at the 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm marks.
  3. Then I cut down only to the first scored line. At the 28cm mark you want to cut this so that you end up with a tab that you can glue to make your box.
  4. I don’t glue to make the box just yet.  For this box I used my Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Wild Honey and my homemade Sponge Daubers to sponge around all the edges both inside and out.
  5. From the left over card from step 1 I cut a piece 6.5 x 13.5cms and sponged all around it with the Wild Honey Ink and stamped my sentiment onto this piece and attached it to the section that would become my back piece.  This gives you your sentiment space but also has the advantage of giving this piece a bit of stability for mounting your pieces onto.  Now fold your box pieces along the score lines and complete the box by gluing the tab in place.
  6. I then found 2 complementry papers to my images I was going to use. I then decided which paper was going to be used on the outside of my box and I cut 6 squares measuring 6.5cm x 6.5cms. For the inside of the box you only need 3 papers measuring the same as the outside and one piece measuring 6.5cm x 8cm this is for the back. I make this longer so the bottom edge doesn’t show but you can make them all the same size your choice.
  7. Then you need to make two pieces of card that are 2cm x 7cm for the inside bridge pieces. Attach these to the inner part of the box.  This is where you will attach your images and stuff to fill in the box.  Just a note when you are attaching stuff to your box keep in mind the closing of the box for later when you come to put it into an envelope.
  8. NOW the fun stuff –  decorating.

I hope these instructions help you with making your own Card in a Box.

Koala Card in a Box 1My card folded so you can see all parts of the inside.

Koala Card in a Box ClosedMy card fully folded and showing the sentiment that I used on the back panel.
A little bit more about my card.
I made this card using images from Make it Crafty – Digital Stamps – Australia Theme. But I had to draw the baby’s rattle as I don’t own one of these stamps. The all of the sentiments are from AmyR Stamps – Baby Sentiments from All That Scraps. The 6×6 paper pack that I used came from Kaisercraft and it’s there Blae and Ivy Collection.

But I just want to say thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.

Hugs & Blessings Always

Challenge I am going to enter:
Make it Crafty Facebook Group #7 Challenge – Card in a Box
Make it Colourful Challenge #7- Springs in the Air – Easy Challenge – Flower
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog: Cute


Outback Rememberance

Hello Everyone,
Today I had to get out to my craft area early so I could get a project done before it became too unbearable to be in there.  I decided to bite the bullet and try my hand at the Hard part of the January Challenge at Make it Colourful.  I also decided to join in on the Australia Day Challenge on the Make it Crafty Facebook Group so I combined the two.

Aussie Outback ImageThe inspiration for this image came from our recent Christmas Holidays.  We did a lot of driving and we traveled some dirt roads and saw some spectacular scenery.  This composition is made up of Digital Australian Outback images from Make it Crafty – of course. In this image I used 5 of the images available in the Australian Outback Elements Pack at Make it Crafty. From this set I used both of the Horizon images, the side road, 2 of the shrubs and 1 of the rock images.

I used a mixture of colouring elements to finish off this image.  The majority of the image is coloured in with my Pastel Chalks and then I have used some Faber Castel Pencils to add some definition.  I am really happy with the results – this is the first time I have tried doing a sunset.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my latest creation.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.

Hugs & Blessings Always

Challenges I am going to enter
MakeitCrafty Facebook Group – Australia Day Challenge ’14
Make it Colourful – Challenge #5 – (easy) Yellow and Blue – (hard) Sunrays & Water