Greeting Cards, Weaving, Wedding/Anniversary, Yarn

Anniversary Rose

Hello Everyone,
This time I am back with a card project plus a bonus project.  I so wanted to get into my new card making space and see how the set up was to use. So that I wouldn’t have a total mind blank while crafting I decided to follow along with one of my favourite card challenge blogs. Color Throwdown had just put up their newest colour combo #501 and I thought that I had an image that would suit perfectly for a quick and easy card so I sat down and made this card with this combo.
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Aren’t the colours for the combo wonderful. I thought that they were so peaceful and would suit being used for an Anniversary card. So I pulled out a favourite stamp set of mine “Darkroom Doors Full Bloom Vol.1” and used the rose image and stamped this onto Kraft cardstock and coloured with my pencils.  Then I cut this image out with a die from my stash and mounted it onto some grey cardstock.

The papers are by Kaisercraft from my stash so is the yellow glitter cardstock which I thought helped to tie the image a bit more into the card. I was really happy with how the card turned out and my card area does work but there is a couple of problems which I hope to sort out soon.

07 2018 Giraffe.jpgI thought that I would share with you a bonus project that I did.  This is a card that I made for a dear friend at our church who just had his birthday. The photo doesn’t do the card justice – the yellow border is stamped with a subtle but striking pattern. On the giraffe panel I first used various red, orange, yellow and brown Distress Inks to achieve the sunset type backdrop then I stamped the giraffe, leaves and grasses in black ink and coloured in the giraffe.  The scarf that the card is sitting on top of is made of a very bulky acrylic yarn and woven on my Ashford Ridge Heddle Loom. I told you that I was into different crafts!! This is just another one of them – doing different crafts helps me to do different stuff depending on what my illness will let me do that day.  Today has been walking with my Son and making 2 cards … so all in all a good day.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today. And as usual before you leave I want to leave you with this final thought:
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Any day spent with a little or a lot of crafting in it is a good one. I find it relaxing and it’s like a medicine for my soul.

Have a Happy Wonderful Crafty Kind of Day,

❤ Tracy

Birthday, card sketch, Greeting Cards

Amazing You Are

 

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Hello Everyone,

Yes I am uploading a 2nd card tonight for the same 2 challenges that I used for the previous post.  I had so much fun with the previous card that I had the supplies out and I had leftover double sided sticky coloured paper that I didn’t just want to throw into the bin. So this time around I decided that I would go closer to the sketch this time around and use stars in my background.  My card ended up a little different to the sketch but I will tell why after I show you the results.

and here are the 2 challenges that inspired all of this creating tonight

As you see from my card and the sketch #276 by Chrissy; I did come close.  But I will tell you now that the sentiment star is hiding a horrible horrible mess of both gold blobs and my attempts to fix said mess… more on this later.  As I was going through my stash of paper stock I found out that I don’t have any Aqua … I was sure I had every colour but there you go!  So I had to substitute a different blue for the Color Throwdown #497 combo … hope this was OK.

The cute Unicorn image is from the Stay Unique Photopolomyer Stamp Set by Uniquely Creative. It is such a cute set and is one of the add-on sets you can buy to give you more choices for your creations with the Stamp & Colour June Kit.

The horrible gold globs happened while I was making the background piece.  I cut a piece of black paper and put it into my colour splatter cubby. Then I mixed together gold Perfect Pearls with some water and flicked this mixture onto the black paper with a paint brush.  Well lets just say a HUGE glob went where I didn’t want it and I tried fixed it and I thought that I had got away with it. But it wasn’t until I was nearly finished that it stuck out that it wasn’t fixed so I almost threw the whole thing in the bin but I persevered and figured out a fix. I had to go a little off the sketch but I hope that it will be forgiven.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my card creation. Before you go though I would love to leave you with this thought:
Dr. Seuss Quotes

Have a Happy Direction Filled Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

card sketch, Greeting Cards, Thinking of You

Believe in Yourself

Hello Everyone,

How hard is it for us to believe in ourselves?

I actually find this quite challenging especially since I was diagnosed with a long term illness over 18 years ago. The things that I once did without even thinking are numerous and  it amazing how much I now have to plan things.  And sometimes I don’t get all of my plans done … so doubts about myself have/do creep in and I find it hard to believe in my abilities.  But I know that I am on a journey with my God and He does have it all worked out even though I find it hard to continue to trust the path that has been set. Why am I so certain of this ….. because it is written many times in the Bible but this verse is my favourite

2 Samuel 22:33
God is my protection [is my strong fortress; or girds me with strength].
    He makes my way free from fault [perfect; secure; a wide path].

I wanted to make this card for a friend who is going through some stuff just to let her know that she can believe in herself and things will get better.  I made this card based on these 2 challenges:

I loved the colour combo #ctd497 being used at the moment over at Color Throwdown and then I found the Sketch #276 by Chrissy over at CASe this Sketch. I knew exactly how to pull this sketch and colour combo together with my new Uniquely Creative supplies. And this is result

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I had so much fun using the supplies from the June Stamp & Colour plus some colour paper from my stash.  The first step was to stamp and colour the cute dogs and pillows from the Dreamy Stamp Set, I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils for the dogs and some Derwent Watercolor Pencils to colour the pillow stack.

Then it was onto creating the colourful spotty background. This was a time consuming process but I am so happy with how it turned out. I first cut the dots from the cream coloured card stock using my Cuttlebug and the Sprinkle Dots Background Die which comes as part of the June kit. Then I backed 4 pieces of paper from my stash trying to match the Color Throwdown combo as close as I could with Double Sided Sticky paper and ran these through my Cuttlebug.  Then I had to find where the pieces matched up with the original cream piece but placing them was so much easier thanks to the double sided paper.

Then I assembled the card after cutting out the dogs and pillows by hand. My ScanNCut may have to make a reappearance because it is getting much hard for me to do fine scissor work as my hands get worse with pain. After attaching the images I used my stamp press to make the sentiment out of 2 separate sentiments so that it would say what I wanted. I love using my stamp press for doing this kind of thing and especially if I don’t get a good impression the first time I can repeat the stamping.

And that was the end of the outside of my card. I am happy that you stopped by to look at my project today, but before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought:
Every time you find some humor in a difficult situation, you win.
This says it all really. If you can find the good in the horrible then it doesn’t seem so bad. I know this to be true – sometimes I forget to do this!

Have a Happy Creative Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

card sketch, Greeting Cards, Sympathy

Sympathy Bird

Hello Everyone,
I think that most card makers would agree that there is 2 types of cards that we don’t have an easy time making. Those 2 being Masculine and Sympathy cards.

Well today I was requested by a friend to make a sympathy card for her Son and his Girlfriend. She has just lost her beloved Grandmother.  So I set about finding an image that I thought would be suitable and a colour combination that I thought would work.

I remember the colour combination that Color Throwdown has at the moment and then I looked at one of my favourite card sketch blogs and I liked the sketch that was being used at the moment.

Color Throwdown #495 and Case this Sketch #274

and this is my interpretation of this combo
Sympathy Bird.jpgThis bird image is from the Australian Simply Cards magazine Issue 117.  It is actually a layering stamp and this was my first time using such a set and I have to say I had a lot of fun with it.  I gold heat embossed the sympathy sentiment its very subtle but I like it.

I would like to thank you for stopping by my project and blog today. And as always I would like to leave you with this thought:
Life's little treasuresDecide where you are going to put your energy today.

Have a Happy Thoughtful Crafty Kind of Day,
My Name

Greeting Cards, Thinking of You

Changing Crafts for Health

Hello Everyone,
I want to start by saying today I am celebrating!!
I am 1 year post partial left lung removal due to cancer.
How this all came about happening was a miracle because it was found during a scan of my heart.  After this scan they looked at previous scans and found that this cancer had been in my lung since 2002 and hadn’t changed!! Mostly lung cancers are quite aggressive but mine decided to do nothing for 14 years. My God was definitely looking after me because back in 2002 I was pregnant with our 2nd child. I was very lucky that I didn’t need any Chemo or Radiation afterwards because the biopsy came back clear. God is so good.

So lately I have been doing a lot of crochet because I am trying to complete some of my WIPs (Works In Progress) and I have been laid up in bed with my chronic illness.  But unfortunately I have found that I can not do the same craft for a long period of time otherwise my body starts to object to my continuing.  I had forgotten this until I started getting horrid shoulder pain because of the repetitive nature of crochet.

I decided to have some fun colouring an image and then I loved how it turned out that I decided to make a card.  Changing crafts worked and I was able to be creative again and not be in so much pain while doing it.  Diversity is good in a lot of things in life.

And this is the creation….

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This card was inspired by 2 card challenges

My favourite place to start a sketch and this sketch #339 by Jen B from Freshly Made Sketches was this weeks challenge.  Then I loved the colour combination #495 put forward by Jodi from Color Throwdown so then it was off to find a suitable image to use. The image that I chose to use came from a set that I got from the magazine Creative Stamping Issue 37
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This is such a lovely set, I haven’t had the chance to use it much but I am in the process of doing up my stamp storage so I hope to be able to make more use of these kinds of sets that I have accumulated.

I had stamped the image onto one half of an A5 sheet of  white heavy weight cardstock which I ended up folding and making into the card base as well. The flowers I coloured with my Faber-Castell Polychromos but used my watercolour pencils to make the burgandy/maroon colour in the background.  The papers I got from my stash same with the gold stickers.  I hope that you like my take on both the sketch and the colour challenge.

I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and I want to leave you with this last thought:
Image result for survival quotesI am glad to be able to keep editing my story.
It is one of life, love, laughter and loss.
Live a life you would be proud for someone to emulate.

Have a Happy Healthy Crafty Kind of Life,
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:
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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

Christmas Time, Digital Stamps, Greeting Cards

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