Christmas Time, Design Team, Handmade Cards

52CCT August Technique Challenge

Hello everyone, here we are at the end of August. Can you believe that we are here already? I can’t or at least some of the time I think the year is flying other times I feel like it’s being dragged kicking and screaming.

But anywho we are in the 4th week of August and its time for either a Technique or Stash Challenge and this time around …

So it’s a technique challenge and we are being asked to make shadows. Now this can be achieved in any form either by making shadows on a background, main motive, greetings..  using stamps, stencils, embossing powders….you could also draw shadows yourself. So how you achieve it is up to you. And this is the card that I created …

08 Wk4 Technique

I chose to use a stencil and some distress inks to make my shadows for one of the main panels on my card. But then I also did the same technique on the jumper of my Penguin. I masked off his sleeves so that I could stencil this without it going where I didn’t want it too.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my Design Team project for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge. I hope that you will pop on by the challenge blog and see what the other designers have been up to with this technique. And then I would love to see your creation shared on our blog. Before you depart my blog I would like to leave you with this last thought for this post.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.
❤ Tracy

Birthday, card sketch, Handmade Cards

Happy Bird-day

Hello everyone, today I have gone right out of my comfort zone and I have made a one layer card. I definitely don’t do this style I love my layers but I have popped the one layer panel up on some foam for a little dimension.

09 27 Happy Bird

The reason I went down this route is because of the post by Melissa who made the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketch #522. She said that for this sketch she saw it as a one layer card. So I decided to see if I could make this sketch …

… into a one layer card. I am really happy with how this turned out and I actually had a lot of fun conceiving how to make this happen. I used a bird layering stamp outline and made a mask first. I used a Tim Holtz Stencil called ‘Leafy’ with 2 Distress Ink colours called Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn. I applied the ink with my new ink blending brushes, I am loving using these on stencils. After the stenciling was finished I then used the layering stamps to finish up the bird. Then I finished the card off by popping the panel up on foam and layering it on some dark blue cardstock and a card base.

I am happy that you decided to stop by and see my card project. Also, thanks for all of the comments and likes on my projects because I appreciate it. Before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought to ponder on.

No place like home

Until next time, find your happy and spend some time doing it,
❤ Tracy

Birthday, Handmade Cards

Colour Play

Hello Everyone, I am so late getting this card up but here in the southern hemisphere we are in Spring and this season is looking to be a stormy one. The kinds of storms we get here are ones with lightning and lots of rain. So when these threaten we have to shut down all non-essential electrical appliances – unfortunately that includes my computer.  So I have only had this opportunity before another storm is predicted to come our way.

But any-who: onto the main reason for this post, my card creation.
Birthday Slant.jpgThis card was totally inspired by the Color Throwdown #466 of Plum, Olive and Rust. Unfortunately I don’t have those exact colours but I tried to stay within the colour families. I decided to get out my fish scale stencil and have a play with two of the colours and then used the 3rd colour to make the sentiment layer. I hope that this is acceptable for the challenge.

It was so good to drag out 1 of my many stencils and have a play around. I made another card also using these colours but I wasn’t 100% happy with the results. But I still had fun with my stencils.  I forgot how much fun this can be; I’m going to have to visit some of the old techniques and some new ones for using with stencils. This playing with colours can result in some interesting backgrounds that can be turned into or used partly on cards.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creation. And now I would like to leave you with a thought before you leave:
storm-quotes-lightning
Have a Happy Crafty Fun Day
My Name

Challenge I’m entering
Color Throwdown Challenge #466