Monday, 28 July 2014

Relaxing Bubbles






















Hello, I hope you’re all OK and have had a lovely sunny weekend. It's been beautiful weather, we did the whole BBQ thing on Saturday, I'm a bit of a kill joy as I don't like BBQ's but joined in with the rest of the family as I didn't want to spoil it.  It was nice as all three of my kids were there together, and wasn't arguing which doesn't happen very often. It was also a non crafting day, but worth it to have time with my family.

It is time for another theme over on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, this time it was our lovely Tom's turn to choose the theme and he chose "Relax/Enjoying Life"
I used HMG1015 Relaxing Bubbles, normally I would go blues with this stamp, with the whole bubbles thing but decided to go all girly instead, and I like it, don't think I'll be bringing the blues out for it again now.  I'm not a blue person, not really a colour I like.  I covered my bubbles in glossy accents, but it's not really showing.
Of course you must use a House MouseHappy Hopper or Gruffie to join in.

We are sponsored by:-

http://www.disdigistamps.com/
Prize is a $12 Gift Voucher to Di's shop : Di's Digis Downloads


little Candy from chall host teamie Tom

Thanks for looking, the DT have all made gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the HM&F Monday Challenge to see them.


Recipe:-
Stamps - HMG1015 Relaxing Bubbles, Sentiment Joanna Sheen House Mouse set, 
Papers - LOTV Always & Forever, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinders, Sissix flower dies, Signature Leaf die, 
Embellishments - gems, ribbon, Glossy Accents, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy &
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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Time For Tea


















Good Morning bloggers, I hope you have all been enjoying all the lovely sunshine, a bit too hot for me.  So It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts and this week is our lovely Sarah's turn to host and she would like to see 'Time For Tea'
Here is what I did, I used a Lili Of The Valley stamp, and decided to go with some LOTV papers too, I adore this pad and the colours too. (see recipe for the names of pad and stamp).  The ribbon I coloured with spectrum Noirs so that it would match the deep burgandy in her hat and on her bag and dress.  I made some tags, stamped them with a flonz butterfly and some LOTV script.

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:-
http://www.eurekastamps.com/
$20 store voucher


Flonz $20 store gift voucher Also 12% discount offered on purchases to those entering the challenge
http://www.flonzcraft.com/




Recipe:-
Stamps - ST130 Coffee Break, Flonz Butterfly, LOTV Set 57 background script,
Papers - LOTV Country Lady, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Grand calibur, Sissix flower dies, signature leaf dies, 
Embellishments - ribbon, doily, stickles, candy, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Gift Box Tutorial



















This is my tutorial for a gift box, and here are the Prickley Pear Products I used to make it with:-












CLR023 Mini Butterflies clear set, D044 Heart Oval Insert Die, D045 Flourish Die, CLR013C,

I used two pieces of A4 card, and cut to 21cm square, for the lid use a score board and score 4cm in from the edge all the way round, as below:-

















Then for the base slice a slither of two sides so the base fits in the lid, now score as you did with the lid 4cm in from the edge.

















Now cut the corners as below, then using a bone folder fold all the scored lines.




















Use a wet glue to glue each corner then hold together with paperclips on both the lid and base. Then set the boxes to one side to dry while you make the embellishments.













Next I stamped out some flowers using CLR023 Mini Butterfly stamp set, I coloured them with markers then cut them out, I layered the two sizes of flowers, added pearls to the centre and glittered the edges of the petals.  For the rest of the embellishments I cut a flourish using D045.  and a butterfly from the stamp set.


























I stamped my sentiment from the CLR013c stamp set in the centre of the heart oval insert die and layered up.  Now arrange all the embellishments on to the lid of your gift box.  I added a fancy braid around the lid.

















And thats my gift box.
Thank you for looking
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Enjoying The Sunshine!






















Hello, it's Monday again, it comes round so quickly. I hope you’re all OK and have had a lovely weekend.
This is a double post for House Mouse and Prickley Pear

So for the theme over on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, this time it was our lovely Natascha's turn to choose the theme and she chose "It's all about summer" - Use something on your creation that reminds you of summer.  I used HMOR1102 Snuggle Bunny, love this colour combo too,  wanted to keep it fresh and summery.  I used a LOTV paper pad called Promises, and various dies too for my flowers.
Of course you must use a House MouseHappy Hopper or Gruffie to join in.

We are sponsored by:-




http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront









Simon Says Stamp is generously giving away a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of their Premium Dye Ink Pads to one very lucky player!
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront



Our 2nd generous sponsor is 




Marianne Design

Marianne Design


mariannedesign.nl



Thanks for looking, the DT have all made gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the HM&F Monday Challenge to see them.

















And now for my Design piece for Prickley Pear, there's lots more to see over on the Prickley Pear blog and lots of gorgeous stamps and dies over on their shop here:-http://www.prickleypear.com/










So for my creation I used:-
CLR023 Mini butterflies
CLR013c Scalloped circles and oval clear set, 
D044 Heart oval insert die
D045 Flourish dies





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

Saturday, 19 July 2014

It's All White



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 'White On White'
Here is what I did, I used Evelin from Scrappers Delight, and did embossing, die cutting and added gems, lace and ribbon.  I'm not a fan of White on White, I find it hard but was surprised myself at the finished result.

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 - Scrappers Delight Evelin,
Tools - Grand Caliber, Crafters Companion embossing folder, Spellbinder dies, sizzix dies, CC Designs dies, Prickley Pear dies, Signature dies,
Embellishments -ribbon, gems, lace,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Carrot Cake Gift Bag























Hello, it's Monday again, it comes round so quickly. I hope you’re all OK and have had a lovely weekend.
This is a double post for House Mouse and Prickley Pear

So for the theme over on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, this time it was our lovely Natascha's turn to choose the theme and she chose "It's all about summer" - Use something on your creation that reminds you of summer.   I have made another gift bag and this time I thought I would make it to put some carrot cake in for someone as a little treat.  I used HMTR1007 Carrot Harvest.
Of course you must use a House MouseHappy Hopper or Gruffie to join in.

We are sponsored by:-




http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront









Simon Says Stamp is generously giving away a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of their Premium Dye Ink Pads to one very lucky player!
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront



Our 2nd generous sponsor is 



Marianne Design

Marianne Design


mariannedesign.nl



Thanks for looking, the DT have all made gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the HM&F Monday Challenge to see them.



















And now for my Design piece for Prickley Pear, there's lots more to see over on the Prickley Pear blog and lots of gorgeous stamps and dies over on their shop here:-http://www.prickleypear.com/










So for my creation I used:-

DD0208 Victorian Trike Sm
HH0161 Victorian Trike,



Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy &
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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Soggy Doggie



Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is my turn to host and I would like to see 'Splish, Splash, Splosh', that means it could be bathtime, rain, the beach or maybe you have something else in mind.
I used this fab House Mouse stamp that Bx sent me, I love it, these mice are so cute bathing the dog in the sink.

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.

Our sponsor this week:-



The prize is a collection of ribbons 



Recipe:-
Stamps - HMOR1038 Soggy Doggie,
Papers - LOTV Bear Necessities,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinders, Signature Dies, 
Embellishments - Ribbon, stickles, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday, 7 July 2014

A Gift Bag With A Difference



















Hello, it's Monday again, it comes round so quickly. I hope you’re all OK and have had a lovely weekend.
This is a double post for House Mouse and Prickley Pear
So here's a reminder for the theme over on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, this time it was our lovely Lorraine's turn to choose the theme and she chose "Anything Goes." - So you can make anything, using anything, as long as you use a House MouseHappy Hopper or Gruffie to join in.  I made another gift bag but with a difference, I thought this would be a nice little gift for someone who is suffering with a cold and a sore throat, there's some throat lozengers, tissues, vapour rub and cold and flu powders.  Maybe not an exciting gift to give but it might help them to recovery.  Here's a closer look.






















I used this great image HMJR1055 Birdie Doctor, teamed with one of the paper pads from LOTV, Baskets & Bunnies.  I love altering paper gift bags, and homemade ones make the gift seem that bit more personal.

We are sponsored by:-

Marianne Design

mariannedesign.nl

Thanks for looking, the DT have all made gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the HM&F Monday Challenge to see them.





















And now for my Design piece for Prickley Pear, there's lots more to see over on the Prickley Pear blog and lots of gorgeous stamps and dies over on their shop here:-http://www.prickleypear.com/










So for my creation I used:-
CLR046 Vases Clear Set
D041 Scallop circle nesting set



Recipe:-
Stamps - CLR046 Vases Clear Set, HMJR1055 Birdie doctor, House Mouse sentiment, 
Papers - LOTV Baskets & Bunnies, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Tools - CC Designs dies, Signature Dies, Prickley Pear D041 Scallop circle nesting set, Cheery Lynn border die, Grand calibur, 
Embellishments - gems, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy &
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

I Love My Dies






















Hello and 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 challenge this could be the one for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Summer Blooms',  I chose this lovely LOTV stamp, she's blowing dandelions, then to keep the summer bloom theme I used floral papers and added handmade flowers cut with dies.  I'm not usually one for blue but I do like this colour combo, the cream seems to warm the blue up a bit.

We have sponsorship this Month from


"Please note that PP&S will apply outside the US"

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 'Dies & Punches', So you can use whatever image you like for this challenge.   I used this cute Penny Black stamp, always reminds me of my sister and I together.  I coloured my image to match these gorgeous papers from LOTV, they are called Antebellum, I used my Spectrum Noirs, my collection is coming on a treat now, each pay day my hubby buys me more and keeps making my storage boxes for them too.  When my collection is complete I will pop some photo's on.  But I really can see a difference with my colouring, I love them.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Craft Bag, Flonz, Nicecrane,Marianne designs. 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 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 - LOTV ST144 Dandelion Clock, Penny Black 40-024 Rain Or Shine,
Papers - LOTV Antebellum, LOTV Petal Fresh,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, CC Designs dies, Sizzix Dies, Border punch, Spellbinder dies, Signature dies, 
Embellishments - pearls, ribbon, lace, stickles, 


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

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Baby Fairies
























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 'Fairies'
Here is what I did, I used one of our sponsors images, It's Adorable Fairies from Nicecrane designs, which you can find here
Adorable Fairies

I framed my image using a spellbinders die, but it was too big so I cut a section out from the middle and pieced it back together.  I love these papers, of course they are LOTV, it's all I seem to use now is LOTV papers, I have most of their pads, I just really love the vintage look of them.  I have glittered the fairy wings, but as you know I'm rubbish at taking the photo's, so you probably won't be able to see.


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:-

One lucky winner will receive $20 to spend online
Nicecrane $20 spend

We have also been sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique. One lucky winner will receive £10 to spend online.
Digistamp




Now for some more Nicecrane images the new Sunbonnets, I decided to make some gift bags as I made a House Mouse one last week and I had lots of lovely comments. Aren't they sweet, and fun to colour too.  So here they are:-






















































You can find them here
Adorable Fairies



Recipe:-
Stamps - Nicecrane, LOTV sentiments, 
Papers - LOTV Antebellum, shabby shack,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Tools - Grand calibur, signature dies, spellbinders, sizzix dies, Prickley Pear dies, 
Embellishments - doiles, stickles, pearls, bows, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x
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