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52CCT August Sketch

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge blog for the beginning of our August set of Challenges. This month we have Netta as our host. And since it is the first week of the month we have a sketch to play with.

Netta has also turned this sketch into a Triptych Sketch.
Triptych means that your creation is split into 3.

I have created this card using the sketch

This is me diving into my scraps drawer because I couldn’t find anything that I was happy with. Then I found this paper and these adorable images plus the sentiment that actually goes along with this paper.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my Design Team creation. I hope that you will come on over to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge blog and play along with our challenge this week. Before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought.

Inspirational Quote: 85% of what we worry about never happens stress less live more!

Until Next Time,
Tracy B

Christmas Time, Life

Merry Christmas to All

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Hello Everyone,
I have popped in to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and wonderful time with family and friends. As you gather around the Christmas tree to open presents with family and friends, I would like you to consider the greatest gift that was never put under a tree. God gave the ultimate gift His Son for us – He started out as a babe and grew into a Man – God knew that the birth of Jesus would eventually lead to the Cross at Eastertime. He knew the impact that Jesus would have on this earth even though he was only here for a very short while.

This is something to consider – Jesus was only on this earth just over 30 years but he made such an impact.  Your life can have an impact on this earth and the people that you encounter each day of your life. What do you want to leave behind?

Thanks for reading this post. And as always before you go I want to leave you with this final thought
Baby Jesus Christmas Card Illustration - Lisa Peruchini Design and .
As we go forward to the end of this year and into the next consider how you life can make a difference – whether big or small. Just a smile given to a stranger can make their otherwise bleak day a cheerier one.

Blessing of the Season to you all,
❤ Tracy B

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Oh Holy Night

Hello everyone,
Yes I am still making Christmas cards but now I am starting onto next years batch. As I now have 2 places that I donate cards too now and also my own needs I am definitely going to have to be making them all through the next 12 months. And this is what I have started with
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For me this is definitely a “Clean and Simple” style of card mainly because it doesn’t have a lot of layers. I actually like how this turned out but of course with me it started with finding a sketch and I found this one
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And as I do for you I have included the measurements not only for myself to use the next time but also if you would like to make a card using this sketch. These measurements are to make the front for a A6 card.
I love this image but I am not sure where I bought it from. But she has always reminded me of a rag doll that I got for a present one year so I thought it may be suitable for this weeks Card in Envy challenge. And then Tuesday Morning Sketches is having a Anything Goes so I thought that I would use one of their previous sketches.
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. To let me know that you came by please consider giving me a comment and if you have a blog I will stop by yours sometime. And before you go I would like to leave you with this thought
mistakes happen thats life
This is one thing that I have been teaching our children. But also how to handle when it doesn’t work out. This is all part of life. I want to teach my children these things not this world!
Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
✌ Tracy B
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Summer Snow Globe

Hello everyone. Summer Snow Globe – yes I know it sounds different? weird? But as I have said before I am in Australia and we don’t have snow when Christmas comes around. We have heat and cooling drinks sometimes over crushed ice which looks like snow. But anyway onto the reason for stopping by my blog – my card!

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So as you can see I haven’t used a typical image within my snow globe. But you maybe asking yourself what started the creation of this card. Well it was prompted by Myrna from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge and her November Theme Challenge: Snow Globes

I knew that within my stash I had a snow globe image but then I went looking for an image that depicted my Christmas a little better. Once I found these I stamped the image of the glass and iced pitcher onto some Copic safe paper ready to colour. Then I stamped both the globe and sentiment onto some light weight card and after I did this thought it would be perfect for a 1 layer card. Then I decided that I would try out a shaker card for this design as well.

So to keep this quite flat for posting I decided to give more interest to the front I would do some stencilling with some distress ink. But first I had to use some Mask It masking paper and masked both the globe and the sentiment. To do the stencilling I used one of my various dots stencil in A5 size from Scrapmatts and my Fired Brick and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks by Tim Holtz and mini distress ink sponges. I put some double sided sticky paper on the back of the panel to make mounting after cutting easier. After this I cut out the inner of the snow globe.

Once this was done I mounted the whole front panel up on fun foam to give me the depth to make the shaker card. I used super fine glitter and some sequins inside the shaker then added the lemonade pitcher and the glass image. Then mounted this straight onto a white A6 sized white heavy weight card stock base.

I had a lot of fun creating this snow globe. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation today. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought of the day

Elim Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) on "coincidences".

Another fact about me – if I’m not making cards you can find me either with my head in a book or watching an episode of Star Trek. I have most of the series on DVD I am working towards getting the others. But I like this quote from Garak from Deep Space Nine. I know that coincidences do happen but I definitely don’t trust them.

Have a Happy Crafty Star Trek Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

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Pink, Blue and Green Christmas

Hello everyone, I am writing this to you from a half made craft space. I started moving into my new craft space on Saturday with the help of my husband. And I have continued on from there.  I am hoping to be almost complete by the end of this week. I will write a post up on my new space once I have completed the move. But anywho onto I’m sure the main reason that you have stopped by to look at my blog today my card creation.
This card is actually inspired by 2 challenge blogs today. The first being the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge and since it is the 2nd week of the month it is time for a colour challenge. November Colour Combo is Pink, Blue + Green
And the second challenge is – I suppose you have already guessed if this isn’t your first visit to my blog! Can you guess?? If you guessed a sketch then you would be 100% correct. This sketch is being brought to us by Linda from Freshly Made Sketches and it is Sketch #362.
Everything used on this card is from my stash, nothing new! I did look at my Christmas stash of products and it is getting low. I may need to look at buying some new supplies. I never thought that I would see the bottom of my old stash. But also with the sketch I have decided to make it bottom to top – so the circle is the lower most element on this card and I built it up from there. I have used a very old piece of Christmas paper that I have fished out of my off cuts drawer plus the other papers came from this same drawer. To cut this I used MFTs In&Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die. Then I cut the circle element from some white card stock and placed pink layering weight paper behind this element. Out of blue and green paper backed with Couture Creations double sided backing paper I cut out the sentiment using my Cuttlebug. I dug into my sentiment dies and found the Kasiercraft Decorative Dies Christmas Word Pack and the sized worked perfectly for this card.  The finishing touch was to add some pink, green and clear stickles in just a few places. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you depart I would like to leave you with this final thought
Even though I am without a craft space I still have to craft in one form or another! When I am not making cards I am doing crochet or colouring or spinning. I never go anywhere without a project just in case I find the opportunity to make some progress.

Have a Happy Crafty Progressive Kind of Day, ❤ TracyB

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Refreshing Christmas

Hello everyone,
I have mentioned before that Christmas in Australia is a lot different to the northern hemisphere. In Australia we are looking more for cold refreshing drinks than the warm eggnog type of drinks just because we are trying to stay hydrated in the warm/hot weather.

You may be wondering how or where the idea for this card came from … well it started with a sketch of course. I love to start with a sketch and this one if from Freshly Made Sketches. This is sketch #366

FMS 366
 

I have included my measurements with the sketch for those who may be interested. I do this for my own reference later if I decide to use this sketch again then I don’t have to refigure out the dimensions. But as you can see my planning wasn’t 100% on point today because I had planned for the straws to be pointing the same way as the sketch. And I added a little interest to the background by using a stencil from Scrapmatts and two distress inks. I used Faded Jeans and Broken China I thought that this looked a little like bubbles even though the stencil was named “New Cheese”.

But I am happy with how the card came out despite the printing problem that I had. I am still going to enter this in for the design team call for Freshly Made Sketches. I would love to be on a team that deals in sketches as I love using them for my card creations.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog. And before you go I would like to leave you with this thought for the day


adjust sails

This is such a good way to look at things. Sometimes when you are in the middle of what you are going through you forget that there may be a way to improve things.
 

Have a Happy Crafty Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B


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No Craft Space for Me

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Hello everyone, another card made for my Christmas stash. But some of you maybe wondering why I named this post the way that I have.

Well at the moment there are cards to be made but at the moment I don’t have my space to make them. I am in the midst of changing the location of my craft room and it’s taking so long. Not because I have more commitments than I have in the past but now I am fighting my chronic pain all the way. It’s hard because I remember when I could change things around in a couple of days. Sometimes my family would walk into our family area and find that things had changed while they were at work and school.

I am making progress and that is a good thing. But during this I needed a distraction and crafting a card for my Christmas stash was the perfect excuse. So I went onto my computer and looked at a favourite blog of mine to see what the next challenge would be. And since it is the first week of the month it is Sketch Challenge time over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog and this is the sketch

The only change that I made to the sketch this time around is the orientation and the elements are further apart than on the sketch. I only noticed this after I had stuck everything down because I didn’t have the sketch with me. That will teach me not to print the sketch and make my notes before making it … OH I want my craft space back.

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

Image result for lung cancer ribbon

I am 2 years today since I got the news that I had lung cancer.

I was very lucky on 3 accounts.

  1. That this was found at all. It was while I was having a scan for something totally different that this was detected
  2. That it wasn’t aggressive. It was found out later that this spot was on a previous scan that I had in 2003, but it wasn’t picked up for some reason
  3. That surgery has advanced; we were informed that this was operable and that I didn’t have to go through a lot of the bad side effects.  Before this they wouldn’t have operated and put me through courses of Chemo and Radiotherapy instead.

 

BUT this experience has changed both how I see things and also how my family sees things. We are grateful for the advances in medicine but also in God’s timing. Things would have been so different if it was detected back in 2003.

Have a Happy Crafty Grateful Kind of Day,
💓 TracyB