Birthday, card sketch, Digital Stamps, Greeting Cards

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

card sketch, Christmas Time, Greeting Cards

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

card sketch, Christmas Time, Greeting Cards

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


Birthday, card sketch, Digital Stamps, Greeting Cards

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

card sketch, Greeting Cards

10 Cards from Odds and Ends

Card Set.jpg

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you 10 cards that came out of my Odds and Ends drawer.

This is the drawer that I have put cutoffs of various sizes over the years. When I shifted my craft space to a bigger area I remembered this drawer and instead of dumping its contents I decided to start making cards out of its contents. Otherwise I was going to dump the contents in the bin.

To make things a little easier on myself I decided to use card sketches to make this set. Below I am going to share both the sketch and card together. I have worked out the sketches for metric measurements instead of imperial because that is the measurements that we use in Australia.

All My LoveMFT 395My Favorite Things Sketch #395 from July 2018
Ink: Memento Black
Sentiment: Papercraft Magazine Sentiment Set

Happy Anniversary

uniquely creative 10 Window Die.jpgThe 10 Window Die that comes from Uniquely Creative came out in April 2018. Having a lot of fun playing with this die.

Welcome Little One

Love Always Wins.JPG

FMS 355

Freshly Made Sketches #355 is from September 2018

Baby Card Details
Ink: Memento Lady Bug
Sentiment: (discontinued) Amy R Baby Sentiments
Ribbon: from my stash

Anniversary or Valentines Card
Ink: Memento Black
Sentiment: My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments

 

Hearts for youOWH 146.jpg

Operation Write Home 146
Laser Heart Stickers from my Stash

Life

Thankful for you

MOJO 361.jpg

Mojo Monday 361 was first publish in September 2014
Both of these cards started with their smallest element. I thought the Dog and the Life parts of other pages were too cute not to make them a main element on a card.

Ruff Greetings.JPG

FMS 311

Freshly Made Sketches 311 first made an appearance in November 2017.

Silhouette Anniversary.JPG

OWH BC 06.jpg

Operation Write Home Bloggers Circle #06

With Sympathy.JPG

OWH 161

Operation Write Home 161
Bird house image from a Magazine Set
Coloured with Copic Markers and Sponged Broken China Distress Ink with cloud stencil behind the bird house.
Bird from random Odd and End
Ink: Memento Potters Clay and Black for Sentiment
Sentiment: My Favourite Things Essential Sentiments

Thanks for sticking with this post if you made it this far. It was so good to make some cards from stuff that I had just kept for some reason. And to make so many from the same sort of paper – had a lot of fun! And before you go I would love to leave you with this final thought:

Pluviophile - https://themindsjournal.com/pluviophile/

This is definitely me! I seem to have been this way all of my life. I used to train in the rain when I was younger. I am so more active on days of rainy weather. But I do like to see the sun after a while – but hate the steamy weather that can follow rain!!

Have a Happy Crafty Rainy Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

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
Image result for creative stamping issue 37

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

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
PenguinSlide
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