card sketch, Christmas Time, Design Team, Handmade Cards

52CCT March Sketch

Hello everyone, can you believe it we are in the 3rd month of 2020! Where has it all gone? But over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge site with a beginning of a month, it is time for a sketch challenge.

2020 03

An interesting sketch to play around with and this is what I came up with.

03 Wk1 Sketch

I made mine into an A6 card front and I also flipped the design only because it suited the stencil that I used in the background. You may also have noticed that I used more perfect pearl embellishments – this is because I had a couple of boo-boos that I had to cover up so I just put more to balance them out 🙂 I love using this gnome on my cards; he can be coloured up in so many different ways.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my design teamwork for the sketch challenge happening over on the 52CCT site. I hope that you will come on over and play along with us. Before you depart my blog I would like to leave you with this thought for this post.

Challenge: when a negative thought enters your mind, think three positive ones. Train yourself to flip the script. Tried and true!

Until my next post,
Flip your script when you need to.
🙂 Tracy

card sketch, Christmas Time, Design Team, Handmade Cards

52CCT September Sketch Challenge

Hello Everyone,
Can you believe that we are already in September!
It is the first week of the month which means 2 things
1. we have a new Hostess for the month and this time it is Myrna
and 2. it is sketch week.
If you have seen my other blog you will know how much I love sketches. They are one of my favourite things to use in my craft room. And this is the sketch that we have had fun playing with

and this is the card that I came up with using this sketch.

Oh, I am so in love with these gnome stamps. This time around I decided to put him somewhere other than the snow. I am really happy with the little scene that I made.

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

Daily Inspiration | Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later. #Quotes #Motivational #Inspiration #Motivate #Phrases #Inspire #Fitness #FitnessQuotes #MotivationalQuotes

Until Next Time,
Tracy B

Christmas Time, Handmade Cards

Santa’s Gnome

10.28 Santas Gnome.JPG

Hello Everyone. Another Christmas card made for my list. And I have gone with some clear stamps this time around.

I have made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge following along with their current challenge. The October Technique Challenge of Masking.


So this time around with using clear stamps I have gone down the more traditional route of using post-it notes for my mask. If you have never done this before let me give you a quick run down on how its done.

  1. You want to work out your placement of your images before you start stamping because you need to work out what is in front of other stamps.
  2. Now stamp the stamps that are the ones you want all the way in the front.
  3. Now stamp these images onto some post-it notes – make sure your image ends up on the sticky part of them so you can cover what you have already stamped.
  4. Cut out your images just inside of the stamped lines you will get a better match up if you do this.
  5. Cover your image with your mask
  6. Stamp the next layer and if needs be make a mask if there are any following layers that touch.
  7. Lift off your masks and reveal your scene.

I hear you asking but what if I missed something in that stamping process? You can use a pen that is safe for your colouring medium and fill in any lines if needs be.

With my scene I actually drew some trees in the background to give the rest of it some where to sit. I coloured these in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils lightly because I wanted to have the focus on the front images. The house, Gnome and signpost I coloured in with my Copic Markers. I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday #231 because I just can’t start to build a card without a sketch. As you can see I did make a minor change but I sometimes use the sketch from the past as a jumping off point for my creation.

Sweet Sunday 231.jpg

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card creation today. And as always before you go I want to leave you with this last thought

Good Morning! Sending you, our friends, a little hump day humor....but seriously, have a wonderful Wednesday.

Mind you I still can’t believe that it is only Wednesday. Well for me it’s early evening so I am closer to Saturday than I was at the beginning of today. May all of you have a great slide down into the weekend.

Have a Happy Crafty Sliding Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy