Hot Air Balloon Birthday

Hello everyone. The card I am sharing with you today is a type of card that I find hard to make. Male themed birthday cards! I don’t know why these type of cards are hard but they are.  I think I pulled it off with the card that I have made and here it is

The making of this card came about because of the team at Shopping Our Stash Weekly. Their challenge this week is 

and then I wanted to design from a sketch and I found this one

The first thing I did was scavenge through my craft supplies to see what I could use and I found an embossing folder with this Hot Air Balloon as part of the scene. I thought it would go well with the masculine theme. Along with the embossing folder the set also came with these boot prints which I used as the 3 elements on the sketch. 

After embossing the Hot Air image I coloured it in with my Copics.  Then I found some papers that suited this perfectly. It was a 6X6  paper pad called “Up and Away” by Kasiercraft. On the balloon paper I stamped the words relax & enjoy, it’s your day in Kraft coloured ink. Then I also cut some strips of paper from the paper pack and sponged some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the edge. I put some foam tape under the boot prints just to give them a little height. I matted each of the main layers with some Maroon layering paper and put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. Please consider giving my blog a like or even leaving a comment. And as always I would like to leave you with this thought for today

Oh this is so true. I had forgotten this for quite a while. After everything that myself and my family had been through in the past little while … I had forgotten that no matter the size of the progress at least it is progress. And I can see that I am further forward than I was even just a couple of months ago.

Have a Happy Crafty Progressive Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy B

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

No Spook Birthday

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Hello everyone,
Well in some places around the world people are getting ready to celebrate Halloween. Here in Australia it is starting to be celebrated, though I’m not sure that many people know why it’s celebrated, my family doesn’t celebrate. But in some of my scraps I actually found this crow image and the sentiment. The backing paper I have actually been hoarding because its my favourite colour.

For this card I am actually combining two challenges.

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From Card in an Envy challenge theme is Something Spooky and then over at AAA Cards Challenge #125 is Inspired by a TV Show. When I found this paper I thought of the TV Show – The Addams (The Original Series). I always saw black birds flying around their house and these reminded me of them. I loved watching this TV series and also The Munsters – neither of these series scared me and some of the humour I didn’t get til later on in life.

I now usually provide you with the sketch that helped me to create my card but this time around I just found the supplies first.  Then I placed them on the card in a way that I thought would show each element off the best. The image and the sentiment elements were shaped like this; I thought that they were a little different to my usual square or rectangle so I left them alone. The only thing that I did with them was to ink them with Black Soot Distress Ink using a Sponge tool. All of this was put onto purple card stock and then mounted onto a white card base.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look at my project. As always before you go I would like to leave you with this final thought:

Image result for morticia addams quotes normal is an illusion

One of my favourite Mortica Addams Quotes. This is so true … my normal is so much different to someone else. So there is definitely no 1 idea of normal.

Have a Happy Crafty “Normal” Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

10 Cards from Odds and Ends

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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

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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

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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.

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FMS 311

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

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Operation Write Home Bloggers Circle #06

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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

Make A Wish

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Hello Everyone,
Today the card that I am sharing is actually part of a 5 card set that I made. I decided to have some fun and just create some backgrounds and cards using the same set of materials. For this card I used a card sketch from Sketch Saturday #532 by Jessie – this is what it looks like

The products that I used for the card was a paper pack from my stash, the background which I created with a simple pan of watercolours, some watercolour paper cut to 10cm X 14.4cm and the My Favourite Things Sketched Blooms Stamp Set plus their Black Hybrid Ink.  To cut out the square element I used my Stitched Square Dies from Uniquely Creative.  The rest of the elements where cut using my paper trimmer. The black brads are from my stash.

I sometimes like making simple styled cards because I find I have to stop myself from adding more and more elements. I think that this sketch may become a favourite of mine.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. As always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

The Beauty of handmade Lies in the imperfections. Anything perfect is machine made.

In every project that I make there is a little imperfection. It is the quirk of handmade of which I love. I love seeing the artist in their work. Nothing in this world is true and perfect unless it is made by God. I am the perfect me because God made me. I am never perfect except in the eyes of God and I am very OK with that.

Have a Happy Crafty Handmade Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Merry Christmas

09 Christmas CTS

Hello everyone,
I told you that I would be back with a 2nd post and here it is. Yes it’s a Christmas card and no I don’t think that it’s too early to make them. I give some of my cards away to a charity and they need them by early September so those have already gone and now I’m making the ones I need to send myself. It’s scary how close posting date is for these but anywho onto the reason for your visit my card! And here is a reminder of the sketch by CASe this Sketch #290 by Chrissy

I used a Kasiercraft paper pad from my Christmas stash and some add-ons that I had bought when they were available. With this sketch is time I brought the strips closer together and I also flipped the sketch. This just worked better with the Merry Christmas banners.

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

Advice from a Sea Lion - Postcard - Your True Nature

There are many things on this list that I would like to do actually. Doing some of these things I think would actually help me feel better after everything that has been going on in my world lately.

Have a Happy Crafty Sea Lion Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

UPDATE 5th October – I received this

To The Moon and Back

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Hello everyone,
I have been a little quite lately due to stuff going on in my world but I was able to get back into my craft space and I got to use some new products. To make my card crafting go a little smoother I started with a sketch to help me get into my new 6X6 paper pad. And here is the sketch from CASe this Sketch #290 by Chrissy

I had so much fun playing with this sketch that I actually made two cards using it. I will share my 2nd creation in another post.  This time around though I used a new paper pad from Kasiercraft called Stargazer.

Stargazer 6.5

I loved the blues of this set and I thought it had some different papers in it. I used black card stock for the matting. The sentiment is actually included in the pack. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a look at my creation. And before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought:

I have had to tell myself this a lot lately. It really isn’t my fault for a lot of what is going on but then I forget this and the stuff I can control gets out of control. So this is a shout out to everyone who fights each day for the health that they do have. This is one thing that I don’t take for granted anymore and you shouldn’t either. Life can change before your very eyes.

Have a Happy Crafty “You Can Do It” Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy