Saturday, 22 August 2015

Roses For Retirement






















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 'Roses'
I used a Joanna Sheen stamp, and decided to decoupage it, I added some glossy accents for dew drops.

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 our sponsor:-
Marianne Designs



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Summer Flowers






















I'm here this morning with a mid month reminder challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Summer Flowers'
We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, All Occasion dies, 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 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.


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Burgundy Vintage






















Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Jo's turn to host and she would like to see 'Share Your Favourite Colour'
As you can see my favourite colour is Burgundy, I love red too but like the deepness of Burgundy.  I like it even better when teamed with vintage too.  I used a large embossing folder for the background, which was free from a craft magazine, the paper is pearlised and from my stash.

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 from our lovely sponsor Sizzix:-





Recipe:-
Stamps - Debbi Moore
Colouring Mediums - spectrum noirs, distress inks
Tools - embossing folder,  grand calibur, spellbinder dies, 
Embellishments - feathers, gems, stickles, beaded stems,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 8 August 2015

That Summer Feeling





















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 she would like to see 'Inspired By Summer'
I used a Sarah Kay stamp and coloured with Spectrum Noirs, added satin flowers and glitter.  It's the first time I've used this stamp, and I really enjoyed colouring it.

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 is


Whimsy Stamps   Offering a $15 voucher for their store



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Uniforms & Costumes






















Hi all,
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 'Anything Goes With A Die', this is a gift bag I made for my son's teacher, I had several to make and cards too.  The dies I have used are Spellbinders gold ones and a border die.  

We have sponsorship this Month from


Tattered Lace who are very generously offering one lucky winner a £50 store voucher to spend at their on line store.

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 'Summer Flowers', A friend sent me this stamp and I couldn't wait to use it, it's so cute.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, All Occasion dies, Marianne Designs
Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your animal 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 - LOTV ST122 Back To School, Crafters Companion Bebunni Sentiment, Penny Black 2243K Bee Costume, 
Papers - LOTV Petal Fresh, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Dies crealies CLCF14, Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, leaf punch, 
Embellishments - Broderie Anglais, ribbon, stickles, doily,


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

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Wedding Set


















Welcome to my blog this morning, the kids are off school and I don't know where my days are going. 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 'Pearls &/or Gems'
I needed to do a commission, the requirement was a Wedding Set, and what a perfect creation to use pearls on.  I bought a new wedding stamp for this as I really liked the elegance of it, and decided not to use backing papers.  The wedding colour theme is black, gold and white, and I loved using that combo.

Here is the card, the white background card is embossed with elegant swirl embossing folder.

















The candle has the happy couple's names and wedding date on the back.

















Satin flowers adorn the lid and some pretty cotton lace around the bottom of the box.

















And a gift bag to put it all in.
































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 our sponsors for this week:-

AND



Recipe:-
Stamps - Whipper Snapper Designs A june Wedding, Forever Friends,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Tools - Grand Calibur, Embossing folders, Spellbinder Dies, Robert Addams dies, 
Embellishments - lace, pearls, stickles, satin flowers,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Butterflies and Kittens






















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 'Use A Butterfly(can either be main focal or somewhere on your creation) 

I used a House Mouse stamp, and gave my butterfly plenty of sparkle after colouring with Spectrum Noirs.  My border was made using a Cheery Lynn Die (see below for details), I glittered using Stickles on the butterflies then added pink pearls.


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:-
PPR Papercrafts




Todays News


We have a new addition to our family, a Kitten called Merlin
We go to a little village near Leeds called Monk Fryston, to a boarding home for animals, but they also do nail clipping etc, so we take our Guinea Pig, Darwin for his nails doing.  We went on Sunday and they had one kitten in a cage for sale, it was on it's own as they did a favour for a friend who sold it's siblings, but couldn't sell this little boy as he looks a bit freaky (as the owner said).  Well I picked him up and fell in love with him, I told John we could give him the love he so desperately needs, this tiny little bundle of fur was all cuddled up into me.
I got a big NO from John, we can't afford it and we have too many pets as it is he said.  So later on at home after coming away without the kitten, I told John I still missed Baby (the cat we lost last year), and even though we have another cat Wolfie, I couldn't help feeling sorry for that poor kitten.
Anyway Tuesday John came home at dinner time with the kitten for me as a surprise, Aww he's gorgeous with enormous Whiskers, I have called him Merlin.  John said when I saw you with him and thought about you with the kitten afterwards, It felt like I was breaking your heart all over again, because watching you when Baby died and seeing you grieve for her was the hardest thing I've ever had to watch. I love this kitten so much already, and I love my husband so much too.

He does really need to learn though that I need to craft and my desk is not his playground ha ha !!!!!!





















Recipe:-
Stamps - JSHM017 Flying Joanna Sheen,
Papers - LOTV shabby shack, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks Salty Ocean,
Tools - Cheery Lynn Designs Butterflies Among The Vines Mesh Border B401, Grand Calibur, Nesties, 
Embellishments - Stickles, Pearls, Ribbon,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 18 July 2015

For The Teachers






















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 ' Flags & Banners'
I made cards for my son's Teachers, using a LOTV stamp and colouring with Spectrum Noirs in Bobby's school uniform colours.  I did a bunting/banner with Thank You on it, and some school embellishments.

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:-
A selection of images from



























My next card is for my mid way at Stamping Sensations where this month we are all making a card with our least liked colour, and as you can see mine is blue. For this card I made a book and added some scribbles and then some pencil buttons and a pencil sharpener.
The theme for this month for our challenge is 'Feature A Creature' So get out your animal stamps, and join us. 
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.



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Making Jam






















What a mixed week, mainly lovely weather but with some real varied rain showers thrown in, mainly whilst I was on my morning walks. I've been doing some long walks to try and get my weight loss moving again.  I'm at Weight Watchers and after a 30 lb loss so far, I seemed to have come to a bit of a halt, but that changed after starting to walk with a 1 1/2 lb loss last week then 3 lb loss this week, so although I don't like hot weather I am hoping for dry weather.
Now onto today's post, 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 'Strawberries & Cream'
Here is what I did, I used a Penny Black stamp as a motif onto an Apron I made from a polkadoodles template, I added wooden Strawberry buttons, Strawberry ribbon, and fab papers by Raspberry Road Designs.

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 our sponsors:-




And




Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black,
Papers - Raspberry Road Designs - Summer Goodness,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Border Punch, Polkadoodles Templates, 
Embellishments -Buttons, ribbon,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Lazing In A Hammock
























Welcome to my blog this morning, 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 'Feature A Creature' So get out your animal stamps, and join us.  I used a Crafter's Companion Barkley stamp, these are so sweet.  The papers are all  from one paper pad and as you might guess it's a LOTV one called Perfect Pair.


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.



And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Add A Sentiment' So you can use any image as long it is accompanied by a sentiment for this challenge.






















We have prizes from Penny Black, All Occasion Dies, PPR Papercrafts, Marianne Designs, Whimsy.  Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your animal 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.

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

Saturday, 4 July 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow






















Well it's been a lovely week with lots of sunshine, hope you have all been enjoying it, it's Saturday morning so it's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Team Leader Brenda's turn to host and she would like to see 'How Does Your Garden Grow', so you could create anything that's linked with Gardens, Gardening, flowers or even a potting shed.
I used this cute Barkley stamp, and decided to go with pastel colours.  I die cut my flowers using some of the scrap papers from the same pad so that it all worked together, I love making my own flowers.


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
One lucky winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend at their on line store.




Sizzix,




Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafter's Companion Barkley The Scent Of Summer, 
Papers - LOTV Shabby Shack,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Sizzix flower dies, Spellbinder leaf dies, marianne designs border die, Butterfly punch, 
Embellishments - gems, stickles, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Gone Fishing





















Good Morning and welcome to my blog on this 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 ' Blue As The Ocean', this can be water, boats, blue or anything on those lines.
I went with a fishing theme and used blue, the stamp is a Fizzy Moon, and layered with Spellbinders.

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:-
For a lucky winner we have a £10 voucher from




Recipe:-
Stamps - Fizy Moon
Papers - LOTV Beach Bliss,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Distress inks, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinders, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Beep Beep!!!






















It's Saturday morning and I'm so glad it's the weekend even if my lovely Hubby is working all weekend, But I can't complain at him as he has just bought tickets for us to go and see Simply Red in December, I love their music and can't wait.  He never treats me to things like this so it's a lovely thing for him to do and he's coming with me to see them even if it's not his kind of music, he's even throwing in a meal too.  He will buy me anything I want and never says no but he just has no imagination at all, so it's not that he's bad but just doesn't real give things much thought.  He leaves all that to me LOL!
 
So It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts. This week is our lovely Jo's turn to host and she would like to see 'Use A Stamp', (no digi's), a perfect opportunity to make a Father's Day card.
Here is what I did, I used a LOTV stamp, and decided to go a bit grungy using distress inks and embossing powders.  The backing paper I did by over stamping quite a plain backing paper I wouldn't really use, with pocket watches and script and then distressing the edges, I really liked the finished result and seem to be doing this more to use up those papers I would normally cast aside.


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:-
Whimsy gift certificate



Recipe:-
Stamps - LOTV Stamp D Grunge Tickets, LOTV Set 57 Vintage Backgrounds Scripts, LOTV Stamp E Words For Tickets, Papermania Chronology, 
Papers - LOTV Beach Bliss, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, Heat tool, Embossing Powder,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Fairy Wings





















Welcome to today's post which is a reminder for our challenge over at Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Wings, Real, Fantasy or Fiction', I fancied doing something a bit different for me with my image and decoupaged it on the fairy's wings, I also decoupaged the ladybird and butterfly.  I kept this card simple as I quite like doing CAS now, before it used to scare the living daylights out of me.  The pink backing card is glittered which goes well with the sparkly wings and butterfly I did.  Some faux stitching and that's the card complete.

We have prizes from Penny Black, All Occasion Dies, Sizzix, Kraftyhands   Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out for 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 -Penny Black 30-151 Fairy sweet clear stamp set, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs,
Embellishments - stickles, 

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

Saturday, 13 June 2015

What's Up Pussy Cat?

















Welcome to my blog on this dull rainy morning, It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is Tracy's turn to host and she would like to see 'Flower Power'
I used a Crafty Individuals stamp, and decided to go vintage with it, I stamped the image twice and decoupaged it, colouring it in muted tones.  For the backing papers I distressed the edges and over stamped with a script stamp, I made some hand made flowers  and added a few bits of lace, pearls and ribbons.

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:-
Our lovely Jo's shop Lets Create is kindly sponsoring us this week.



Recipe:-
Stamps -Crafty Individuals CI-222, LOTV script, LOTV sentiment,
Papers - LOTV Baskets and Bunnies, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, distress inks,
Tools - Grand Calibur, sizzix dies, Spellbinder dies, leaf punch,
Embellishments - lace, ribbon, pearls, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Something Special

Hi all,
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 'Dies & Punches' So get out your all your fancy dies and punches and join in with us.

For a full explanation, more pictures and the story behind this Journal please read on to the bottom of this post.


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.























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Wings, Real, Fantasy or Fiction', I used my favourite Penny Black stamp Bitty Bear Angel for this.

We have prizes from Penny Black, All Occasion Dies, Sizzix, Kraftyhands   Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your animal 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.

So here's more information on my Notebook/Journal:-
My Daughter asked me to make her a Notebook/Journal a while ago, she wanted it to be based on her favourite film 'Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd' I think she'd forgotten she'd asked for it as she looked really surprised when she opened it.  Now to make this I watched the movie so I could incorporate elements from the film, not my kind of film although I did think it would be more gory than it was.  It is actually a bit of a dark love story.


This is what I started with
















I covered the front with vintage papers, tearing and using distress inks.

















I added a punched border and lace down one side.  Mrs Lovett's dress has black and red lace on the bustle.

















Here are all my handmade embellishments, The cogs are cut with dies then stamped with a matching set of stamps, I embossed the edges with my own mixture of powders to make them look old.  The images and posters are printed, I stamped and inked a pocket watch.

















This is the inside of the cover, I made a pocket for Jodie to keep loose papers in.






















For the heart I cut a red one then over stamped it, covered it with crackle glaze, then cut a scalloped heart.  I used a safety pin with a charm on to add interest to the heart.

















For the film strip I stamped it then cut out the squares, I stamped some cogs and pocket watch, coloured them with distress inks and fitted them behind the strip.  I used glossy accents to glaze the whole film strip.

















I added charms to some chain and hung them from the spiral, added some flowers and corners.  I think I covered everything, there is details of everything in the recipe below.























Recipe:-
Stamps -432J Bitty Bear Angel, Indigo Blu, Papermania's Chronology, Prickly Pear Steampunk Stamp set (CLR025), Dovecraft film strip, 
Papers - Vintage from stash (Don't know the brand), LOTV Always & Forever, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, X-cut Border Punch, Mini Gears Die set Prickly Pear, Steampunk Die Set Prickly Pear, Spellbinder Heart Dies, Spellbinders Scalloped Heart Dies, Butterfly punch, Nesties ovals, Creative dies sentiments, Tattered Lace Panorama grass 334309, Crackle glaze, Glossy Accents, Embossing powder, Heat gun, 
Embellishments - stickles, ribbon, safety pin, gems, charms, chain, lace, 


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

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