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.
06 2018 Sew Beautiful
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 · 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 · 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 · 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

Birthday · Greeting Cards

A Chilled Birthday

Hello Everyone, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was very low key this year but it was spent with family and friends. First friends at our Church service and then family in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Have you organised your New Years Eve plans yet?  I plan on going to our church’s Hope service. It’s a prayer service where we bring in the New Year together praying over our family, friends and Hopes for the coming year.

Today I felt like sitting at my card crafting table and making some cards.  This is one of my efforts:
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This card was inspired by 2 card challenges.
 GAH! Pink Challenge
and also
Time Out Challenge #99

I loved looking through my stamp pile to try and find a Christmas Image that would suit a non-Christmas Card.  I found this stamp set

This set if from the wonderful magazine Creative Stamping and this was issue #50.  Aren’t the images adorable!! I loved how they included the Chill Out sentiment and other so that this set could be used for all types of different occasions.  I am really happy with how this card turned out.

Well I’m off to make more craft!! Either cards or I do have that weaving project I have waiting for me or I might just chill out with my kids.  But before you leave please consider leaving a comment or hitting the like button.

And as always I want to leave you with this parting thought:

Have a Happy Crafty Fun Kind of Day
My Name

I won over at the Time Out Challenge for this card. What a lovely Surprise!

 

Birthday · Greeting Cards

Colour Play

Hello Everyone, I am so late getting this card up but here in the southern hemisphere we are in Spring and this season is looking to be a stormy one. The kinds of storms we get here are ones with lightning and lots of rain. So when these threaten we have to shut down all non-essential electrical appliances – unfortunately that includes my computer.  So I have only had this opportunity before another storm is predicted to come our way.

But any-who: onto the main reason for this post, my card creation.
Birthday Slant.jpgThis card was totally inspired by the Color Throwdown #466 of Plum, Olive and Rust. Unfortunately I don’t have those exact colours but I tried to stay within the colour families. I decided to get out my fish scale stencil and have a play with two of the colours and then used the 3rd colour to make the sentiment layer. I hope that this is acceptable for the challenge.

It was so good to drag out 1 of my many stencils and have a play around. I made another card also using these colours but I wasn’t 100% happy with the results. But I still had fun with my stencils.  I forgot how much fun this can be; I’m going to have to visit some of the old techniques and some new ones for using with stencils. This playing with colours can result in some interesting backgrounds that can be turned into or used partly on cards.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:
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Have a Happy Crafty Fun Day
My Name

Challenge I’m entering
Color Throwdown Challenge #466

 

Birthday · Greeting Cards

A Different Birthday Card

Hello Everyone. I’m in blogland again! I have been here before but life decided it wouldn’t let me continue but I was determined to get back here again.

I don’t know if I’m the only one but how do you feel about being pushed outside your comfort zone? I don’t like it at all – I feel all awkward and I also feel like I am walking on a tightrope. This is a little how I felt about the Color Throwdown challenge that is up at the moment. Don’t get me wrong I love these colors but I wanted to push myself with this combo – I don’t usually go dark hues I am usually work in the lighter hues.  So I pushed myself to go darker and I am actually happy with the results.

Since I was going outside of my comfort zone I decided to fall back on a definite favorite of mine and that is starting with a sketch and Case this Sketch came to the rescue. Then I searched my stash for a paper pack that I could use with the color challenge.  I found in my stash a paper pack from Kasiercraft called “13th Hour” and I liked some of the papers and thought I could use it for my challenges.

Here’s a close up of the card
A different Bday Card.jpgThis is a pretty simple card but I am happy with how it has turned out. I heat embossed with white for the birthday greeting and popped the center pieces up on foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:

Have a Happy Crafty Fun kind of Day.

My Name

CHALLENGES I’m entering
Color Throwdown #465
Case This Sketch #244