Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cake Anyone?






































Good morning, A special day today as it's my birthday and more importantly we're going to see 'Beauty And The Beast' as a family, it's my favourite Disney movie so can't wait to see this.  And tomorrow being Mother's day I'm hoping for a relaxing weekend.
It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.  And as it's my turn to host and my birthday I chose 'Cakes, Cupcakes And Sweet Treats', I made a gift bag to put some Thorntons chocolates in for my Mum, I have bought her some shoes but they haven't arrived yet, so hopefully the choccies will put her on till they do.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-






Recipe:-
Stamps -LOTV Sprinkled With Sugar, 
Papers - Craft Sensations Endless Love, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Embellishments - glamour dust, pearls, ribbon, lace, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Positively Pampered And Hearts

























Good Morning bloggers, I have two challenges for you today, It's been a bit of a mixed week weather wise, but I have all my seeds sown and in my little greenhouse I bought this week, thought I'd give it a go this year and grow my own flowers. I spend so much on bedding plants.

It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Susan's turn to host and she would like to see 'Anything Except A Card'

Well it had to be one of my gift bags, used a few lately so they needed replenishing.  I thought I'd go really girly as my daughter buys her friends bath bombs from lush and lots of girly treats for birthday's etc......  and this image is perfect for that.  I used a Lili Of The Valley image and coloured it to match the paper, then glamour dusted her wings and added some velvet ribbon and broderie anglais.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-



I would like to enter this for the following challenges:-
1. Crafting With Friends - #39 - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Catz - #162 - Anything Goes added twist 'Touch Of Pink'
3. As You Like It  - Favourite Stamp Brand - Lili Of The Valley is my favourite because no matter what the occasion there is something for it and they are the cutest.

















And now onto my second challenge creation, a midway for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes'   I used a Transparent set from Penny Black, they are quite small so used three different stamps in the design.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, Chalkola Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.


Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:-
1. Making Memories Crafting - #3 - Add some layers
2. Penny Black Saturday - March - Bright & Cheerful Colours


Recipe:-
Stamps - Lili Of The Valley ST250 Positively Pampered, Penny Black 30-008 Every which way, 
Papers - Craft Snsations Lots Of Roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - spellbinder dies, Grand Calibur, 
Embellishments - velvet ribbon, Broderie Anglais, Glamour Dust, pearls, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mother & Daughter
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Girls & Ladies'

I thought this theme was a good opportunity to make my Mum's Mother's Day card, I went vintage using this image I had, I've used gilding wax and distress inks to age my card.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-


Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. Cute Card Thursday - #468 - Mother/Ladies only
2. Simon Says Stamp - For A Special Girl/Lady
3. Crafting From The Heart - #149 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Calendar - March - Mum's day/special female



Recipe:-
Stamps - Nicecrane image,
Papers - From stash, un-named,
Colouring Mediums - Distress inks, gilding wax, 
Tools - Grand calibur, spellbinder dies, crealies, CC Designs, memory box dies, 
Embellishments - lace, pearls,  old book, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Springtime

It's the first Sunday of March and so that means a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.
























At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Close To Nature',  I adore Sarah Kay and this is my favourite stamp from the range.  I used a mixture of dies some from the Tattered Lace Side Stepper die set which has proved to be really useful as it's such a big set, from the set I used the bow and cut it twice, the roses,rectangles,  sentiment and butterfly is also from the set.  The fence is a Marianne designs die and I love using it.

We have sponsorship this Month from


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. Addicted To Stamps - #143 - Pastel Colours
2. Dragonfly Dreams - #March - Girly with die cut/punch


























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes'  I'm using one of the new stamps from Penny Black called Red Blush, but I went yellow for friendship.  After I coloured the rose I put little droplets on, to represent dew using Glossy Accents.  For the background I embossed using a Tattered Lace folder and highlighted it with some Gilding Wax.  It was my first time using Gilding wax and I need a bit more practice, but I quite like the effect.



We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, Chalkola Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - # March - Bright & Cheerful colours
2. Sweet Stampin' challenge - No Design Paper


Recipe:-
Stamps - Sarah Kay Rose's Garden, Penny Black 40-506 Red Blush, 
Papers - Don't know the brand, 
Colouring Mediums - Gilding Wax, Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibue, ETL106 Pearl Pin Dot Tattered Lace Dots, Tattered Lace Side Stepper die set, Tattered Lace embossing folder, Marianne border die, Marianne creatable dies, 
Embellishments - Gems, stickles, Glossy Accents, ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

In Bloom
























So it's the first Saturday of March, and it's nice to see that some of my Daffodils and Crocus's have come up and look so pretty.   It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Brenda's turn to host and she would like to see 'Spring Inspiration', and there is a photo (see below) to follow and inspire.



I was trying to think of a stamp to represent spring, then I remembered these gardening Hanglar Stanglar stamps, which I haven't used for a long time.  For my colour combo I used all the colours in the inspiration photo, as for the design I started with the images then cut them out and went from there, never done a design like this before but i'm quite pleased with how it turned out.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-

DigiStamp Boutique  is offering a £10 store voucher for one lucky winner.



And our second prize comes from......................
Little Claire  A really pretty Spring floral stamp........


Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. A Bit More Time To Craft - #39 - Anything Goes
2. Crafts & Me  - #March - Springtime
3. Crafty Creations - #336 - Anything Goes


Recipe:-
Stamps - Hanglar Stanglar, freebie sentiment, 
Papers - LOTV Perfect Pair, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinder dies, daisy punch, Memory box die 98338 summer border, butterfly punch, 
Embellishments - gems, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 25 February 2017

A Moment In Time
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Helene's turn to host and she would like to see 'Metal &/or Charms'

Making this card kind of took me back in time, when I was little I remember looking through a red leather photo album, my Mum held the photo's in with black corners on black card pages.  So that was my inspiration for making my image look like a photo in an album.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer from Tattered Lace:-






Recipe:-
Stamps - HMP31 Say Cheese, 
Papers - LOTV Father Knows Best, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Tattered Lace ETL594 Side Stepper set dies, 
Embellishments - Metal sentiment, brads, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Dressed For All Occasions






















Good Morning everyone, I'm coming to you today with two challenges, it's my regular Saturday morning Allsorts challenge first.
This week is our lovely Annie's turn to host and she would like to see 'Anything Goes'

So my Mum retires next week and I thought this was a good chance to make her a card, as she wears a uniform and I know she likes to get dressed up when she can I really liked the idea of this dress.  I have done something unusual for me and tried a CD Rom, I liked the idea that I could print matching backing papers too.  There is Glamour dust on there too to make it more glamorous on the white net and waist band, but not so visible on the pic.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-

Especially for entrants to this weeks Allsorts challenge our lovely Sponsor Swedish House Crafts is offering a 15% discount off the whole purchase at check out with code: ALLSORTSFEB17. Valid during 18th to 24th February. 

And the super prize from them is a £20 e.voucher to spend in their store.



My next challenge card is-




















Mid way challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Use Your Favourite Stamp'

So as I used my favourite stamp on the original challenge at the start of the month I'm now using my second favourite stamp.  I used Bitty Bear Angel, which is a special stamp to me as a blogger sent me some images of it to use when I fist started  crafting, but then I tried to get the stamp but it had been retired, my friend Brenda knew this and tracked it down and bought me it for my Birthday a couple of years ago and so that is why it is ranked high in my Penny Black stamps and obviously because it's super cute too.  I used this fab stepper die by Tattered Lace, and enjoyed using it and love the fact that they come with loads of nesting and embellishment dies.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix, Stamp Addicts   Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Katy Sue Designs CD Rom Fabulous Fashion, Penny Black 432J Bitty Bear Angel, 
Papers - Katy Sue Designs, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Tattered Lace designs ETL594 Off Set Side Stepper, Spellbinder dies, 
Embellishments - Gems, glamour dust, ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Hearts & Flowers























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Brenda is hosting and she would like to see 'Hearts & Flowers'

To make my card I started with making a background using a background stamp by Hero Arts, stamped with Distress Inks in Barn Door, I then dragged some colour from the edges of the roses using a wet brush.  I made the border strip by stamping the word anniversary all over it.  The image and sentiment is a new Penny Black stamp.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-





Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black 30-393 A Rose, Hero Arts Rose Background, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Spellbinder dies, Grand Calibur, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Animal Magic
























Welcome, it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Animal Magic' So get out your animal stamps and join in the fun.  I had to use this cute mouse stamp and just had to use glossy accents on his wellies,  Went with a crisp colour combo as I love red and white.

We have sponsorship this Month from Tattered Lace


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.
























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Use Your Favourite Stamp'

I did use my most favourite stamp but went a little bit different this time.  I used more subtle colours instead of the stronger, pretty colours.  I went kind of shabby chic and roughed up all the edges to complete the look, I haven't done that technique for a long time and quite enjoyed it

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix, Stamp Addicts   Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!


Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black 3980K Team Effort, Country Companions, Forever Friends The Good Life, 
Papers - Trimcraft Paper Flowers, Raspberry Road Summer Goodness,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinder dies, Sizzix dies, All Occasion dies, daisy punch, 
Embellishments - ribbon, pearls, glossy accents, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Pretty In Lilac
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Kath's turn to host and she would like to see 'Paper Piecing'

So for this challenge I had to find a stamp that would suit the task, I think this Fairy suits very well.  Her dress, shoes and present have all been paper pieced with papers from the same pad as the background paper.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-



and






Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafters Companion Angelica & friends, 
Papers - LOTV Promises, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noir, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Creative Dies, 
Embellishments - Glamour dust, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Celebrate Art Deco Style
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Tracy's turn to host and as it's a special celebration she would like to see 'Let's Celebrate'

It's a friends 70th Birthday next month so I thought this was an ideal time to make her card, as a 70th is a celebration.  I went with golds for luxery, with a touch of aqua.  A beautiful die for the backdrop and to frame my Art Deco image.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the fabulous prizes on offer:-

Tattered Lace Baby Blue die cutting machine
and two more prizes as it's a special week



Recipe:-
Stamps - Papermania, 
Papers - LOTV Antebellum, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Marianne dies, creative dies, signature dies, Grand Calibur, Embossing powder, 
Embellishments - pearls, lace, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Daisy, Daisy
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Wendy's turn to host and she would like to see 'Daisies'
Here is what I did, I used a Bebunni stamp and papers, die cut some daisies too using a Crealies die.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-





Recipe:-
Stamps - Bebunni Crafters Companion,
Papers - Bebunnie Crafters Companion,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Crealies Die, Memory Box die, Spellbinder die, All Occasion dies,
Embellishments - gem, Glamour dust, ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

A Little Foxy

Yesterday was my youngest son Bobby's 11th Birthday, how time flies and how they grew up so quickly.  He had a lovely day and was spoilt too.  While he was at school my Hubby took me to Howarth, we had a very lovely day, then back to pick Bobby up from school and then onto shopping and eating out.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, child and close-up

But I did manage to do this mid way challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes'  So you can use any theme and stamp for this challenge.

























My cute stamp from Penny Black is from a transparent set called Smile All Day, I used spellbinder nesties dies to do the framing.  The flowers and sentiment are stamped from a freebie set free with a magazine.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace
Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - 30-305 Smile All Day, Magazine freebie,
Papers -  Trimcraft Riverbank Revels, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Embellishments - Glamour dust, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Wings On Things























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week my turn to host and I would like to see 'Wings On Things'

Well I sneaked three things with wings on my card, my fairy, a bee and a butterfly.  I used a Flower Fairy stamp and her wings and dress are sparkly with Glamour dust but not really showing.  The Butterfly Die was a Christmas present, thanks B, it's a Penny Black and comes with two sizes, I also glamour dusted that too.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

 We are sponsored by:-



 the prize is



Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafters Companion Flower Fairies, 
Papers - Trim Craft Paper Flowers, Vellum,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinder dies, Penny Black dies, 
Embellishments - Glamour dust, pearls, ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

It's Dogs And Cats!

























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Susan's turn to host and she would like to see 'Cats Or Dogs'

I featured both a Cat and a Dog on my creation and made it into a Valentines card, a bit early I know, but at least I'm prepared and have the Hubby's card made, I always seem to be a bit last minute lately.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the Sponsors and prizes on offer:-




And also






Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafters Companion Barkley stamp + sentiment, 
Papers - Barkley CD Rom (Crafters Companion), 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, Anna Griffin punch,
Embellishments - Glamour Dust, ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Stamps, New Year!
























Happy New Year to all,
It's a new year and a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is Coffee & Cream and this gives me a chance to play with new stamps, which my Cousin bought me for Christmas and brought me on his visit from America.  I used all brown/cream tones and embellished it with a photo strip stamped in brown.  The sentiment 'Say Cheese' was computer generated.

This months prize is


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes'  So you can use any theme and stamp for this challenge.

I have used another new stamp which is from America, my Cousin and his Fiancee chose really well as I didn't have any they bought me.  This cute stamp is a perfect Birthday stamp for all ages.  I don't know the stamp brand for the balloons but I think it's a Daisy and Dandelion stamp, I glazed the balloons in Glossy Accents to give them that authentic sheen.  I punched, coloured and glittered some butterflies to fill in the spaces.  Think I will use this stamp quite often.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace
Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - House Mouse HMP31 Camera, Do Crafts Sentiment,4137K Let's Party,  Do Crafts Film stamp, Daisy & Dandelion Balloon stamp, 
Papers -  Penny Black Painted Blooms, LOTV Beach Bliss, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks, 
Embellishments - ribbon, glossy accents, stickles, lace, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Musical Mice
























So today brings a close to another year, I know you shouldn't wish your life away but I will be glad to see the back of this year. I spent from Boxing day onwards immobilised with what the Emergency Doctors think is a muscle spasm in my lower back, After a visit to the Doctors they say it could be a trapped nerve they can't be certain, but some very strong painkillers are helping me to move about and feel much better than I was.
Anyway moan over now and a new challenge comes today at Allsorts, which hopefully will please you lovely bloggers.
This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Something New'

My something new is a new House Mouse stamp, a Christmas gift from my Cousin who is over from America visiting for Christmas.  It's a large stamp so doesn't allow for much in the way of embellishments but great to colour.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-




Recipe:-
Stamps - HMR24 Musical Mice, 
Papers - Musical note backing paper generated by computer, 
Colouring Mediums - Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Spellbinder dies, Grand Calibur, Memory box die, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x