Friday 30 October 2009

The last of Halloween!!!!!!

This project is for:-
1. Penny Black Saturday - week 72 - Halloween
2. Create 4 Fun - week 43 - template
3. C.R.A.F.T. - challenge 23 - Halloween
4. Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential - Sweet treat containers

I think I've had enough of Halloween now. I've made these treat holders for my two eldest children as I've made others for my youngest son and my twin nephews.
The template is from Create 4 Fun and came in real handy for Saturday Spotlight as they wanted a treat container. And Penny Black and C.R.A.F.T. both had Halloween as themes.

Happy Halloween to all of you
Tracy x

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Another Twilight, Another Rose

This card is for:-

1. Incy Wincy Designs - challenge # 15 - Favourite Embellishments

2. Papertake weekly - Spots and Stripes

My favourite embellishments at the moment are my handmade roses, I love making them and just started experimenting with patterned papers although some patterns don't work. So this fits in for Incy Wincy Designs.

Papertake weekly want to see spots and stripes and this card has both.

Now this card is for an order, which i'm getting quite a few since I made my eldest son one for his Birthday last Saturday. The request for this card wasn't the easiest to fulfill, they asked for a card for a fifteen year old girl whos likes are Twilight, shoes, red and black. OMG where do I start I thought to myself, so I started to build the card as I did with Scott's, but changing the papers for girly ones then I had to fit a shoe in. The shoe is cut using a template then using a quickie glue pen I added swirls then glittered them with black fine glitter. Then went over the whole shoe with 3D gloss. I made my usual hand made rose using patterened paper this time then adding stickles for a bit of sparkle.

I'm not the only one addicted to these roses, my eldest son has been making them all day. With a bit of help from my 3 year old who's just getting over a bout of croup again.

Sorry for the long post, hope I didn't bore you too much Lol!

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Rose's garden

This card is for:-

Creatalicious - challenge # 3 - scraps and flowers

I'm sure this card looks like it's leaning which is hard to believe as i took the photo with the card laying down. I have really crap photography skills Lol! I actually made this card for an order, I was asked to make something for a Grandma's 60th. Thay chose this Sarah Kay image and they chose which papers they wanted me to use. They had seen some of the other cards I had made people, and asked me for flowers and feathers on. The rose is hand made out of gold paper and I have used 3D gloss to put dew drops on it.

It's also for the Creatalicious challenge, which has a theme of scrap pieces of paper and handmade flowers. I've used both these, the papers are from my scrap drawer and the gold rose I handmade myself.

Monday 26 October 2009

I've won a couple

I've had a couple of wins, I've won some blog candy from Debbie and this is what I've won here.

Then I won a Helz Cuppleditch stamp at Creatalicious challenge blog. It certainly makes it worth entering the challenges, you get lovely comments from people and now and again the odd win helps to give your stash a bit of a glow.

Thank you girls at Creatalicious and Debbi.

I've been busy making cards for orders over the last few days, my youngest has gone down with croup again and my eldest son turned 14 this weekend. So a busy time so if I haven't been to your blog I do apologise and will visit as soon as I can.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

GDT Card - Die Cut Dreams

This is my last card for my spot as a GDT member on Die Cut Dreams, I have enjoyed my time with them and the girls are great. The theme is Wedded Bliss, and I have used this gorgeous image which is a Penny Black and my papers are Dove craft wedding papers. Everything else is from my stash.

So have a go it will give you a break from the on going themes at the moment, Autumn, Halloween and Christmas.

Friday 23 October 2009

GDT for Stampin For The Weekend!

This is my second and last week for Stampin For The Weekend as a GDT member. There theme this week is Halloween and there is some great creations by the rest of the DT. This week the sponsor is

And the prize this week is

I was out of my comfort zone as this is only the second card I've ever made for Halloween, then I got strict with myself and told myself "Don't be silly it is like any other card, made the same way as any other card only the theme is different". And it worked this card was definately easier than the first, Silly Me!

I will be sorry to finish the GDT spot with Stampin For The Weekend as I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Thankyou to all at STFW.


Stamps - Penny Black Catman, Ping Gem Pumpkin Spot,

Papers - My minds eye,

Colouring mediums - H20's, distress inks,

Embellishments - Paper Studio Halloween stickers, Stickles, ribbon, gems,

Thursday 22 October 2009

Birthday Dragon

This card is for:-
1. A Spoonful Of Sugar - challenge # 74 - sketch
2. Crafty Cardmakers - challenge # 6 - Autumn

This is another card for my Son's birthday on Saturday, but this time from his 3 year old little brother. Scott likes any thing Mythical, so this will suit him fine.

A Spoonful Of Sugar gave this great sketch and worked well for a boy.

Crafty Cardmakers theme this time is Autumn, and there's leaves and Autumn colours on this card.

A Twilight Birthday

This card is for:-
1. Cupcake Crafts - week 62 - "Things that go bump in the night"
2. Creative Craft Challenge - Challenge # 1 - Number 1
3. Creative Inspirations - challenge # 19 - Something with numbers on it
4. Craft Creations - challenge # 38 - "All Hallow's Eve"

This card is for my Son's, Scott's birthday, he will be 14 and is into the Twilight saga at the moment. He also likes Blade and anything to do with Darren Shan, basically if you don't have a teenage son it means anything with Vampires, Werewolves and blood in it. He asked me to make his card and told me he was going to give me a challenge (cheeky monkey!). It had to have twilight, vampires and black on it. He's also getting together with his mates at the cinema this year and going to see the new Darren Shan movie The Vampire's Assistant. And mummy can't come, he's growing up so quick and too old to have his mum taking him to the cinema now. (weep weep).
Cupcake Crafts wants thing to go bump in the night, I think the vampires do that.
Creative Craft Challenge said something with the number 1 in it as this is the first challenge, well I know it has 14 on but there is a 1 in that number.
Creative Inspirations theme is anything with numbers on it, and we have the number 14.
Craft Creations gave "All Hallow's Eve", well there's enough vampires on this card for Hallow's eve.

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Trick or Treat

Just a little project today, I have made my twin nephews a little trick or treat bag each filled with sweets and I'll pop a pound in there too.
I'm going to enter them in to Incy Wincy Designs who's theme is Halloween. Not much to say about them really, i used a bag template found Here , Some In My Minds Eye papers, Pink Gem stamp with a bit of stickles on the pumpkin lid. Ribbon for the handles.

Monday 19 October 2009

GDT challenge - Winter Wonderland

I have done these for my spot as a Guest Designer for Die Cut Dreams there challenge this week is Winter Wonderland. They have great challenges and brilliant prizes, so take a look and have a go.

These creations are for my youngest son Bobby, I have done his Christmas card and a matching door hanger asking "Santa To Please Stop Here". I have used lots of glamour dust on Santa's beard, the desk, windows and snowflakes, but as usual the camera dosen't want to show it. And added a little bell on the hanger so he can hear if santa comes Lol!

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Saturday 17 October 2009

Baby Christmas

This card is for:-

1. Die Cut Dreams - challenge # 18 - Babies are us

2. Cupcake Crafts - week # 61 - Buttons and Stitching

3. Incy Wincy Designs - Challenge # 13 - Wildlife (any animal image)

4. A Spoonful Of Sugar - challenge # 73 - sketch

5. Lili Of The Valley - challenge # 38 - A christmas card for a child

6. Stamp Something - Bling it

I could not get this photo right, it has been a dull day today here. There's plenty of sparkle and silver on this card but it looks so dull in the photo. It has been done for a little baby girl I know for her 1st Christmas.

Die Cut Dreams has a theme of "Babies Are Us" and they are raising awareness for baby loss, so even if you don't do the challenge pop over and take a look for info. I have done a baby kitten angel image for a Baby's first Christmas, which the angel part seems quite apt for Baby Loss.

Cupcake Crafts want to see Buttons and Stitching, I have used a button in the centre of my snowflake and done some faux stitching around the image. Yes I gave it another go with buttons (boy do I hate using buttons on my cards).

Incy Wincy Designs requires a wildlife or an animal image and I have used the little kitten image.

A Spoonful Of Sugar gave a great sketch to use, and it's the kind you can use again and again.

Lili Of The Valley have done a Christmas card for a child this week.

Stamp Something said Bling It. well i've used glamour dust on the halo and wings, mirror card for matting everything, silver ricrac ribbon and bows, silver snowflake, a glamour dusted snowflake and finally silver thread for the button. So plenty of sparkle shimmers and shines.


Stamps - Lelo stamp, Sentiment by computer,

Papers - Papermania naughty and nice, silver mirror board,

Colouring Mediums - H20's, Distress inks,

Tools - Sizzix snowflake, XCUT snowflake punch,

Embellishments - Button, silver thread, silver bows, silver Ricrac, Glamour dust,

Friday 16 October 2009

Feels like spring again!

This card is for:-
1. Penny Black Saturday - week 70 - Buttons and Bows
2. Sketch and Stash - challenge 21 - sketch
3. C.R.A.F.T. - challenge 21 - A Recipe

I enjoyed this card as it took me away from the three main focuses at the moment that seem to be everywhere - Halloween, Autumn and Christmas. This reminds me of my favourite time of year, Spring, when all the green is just breaking through and there's buds opening everywhere.
But it also made me use something I have never used before and said I never would BUTTONS, but I made my self a promise to try different things and techniques so I gave them a go. I don't know why I hate using them but I just do.

Penny Black Saturday wanted to see buttons and bows this week and they are there on my card.
Sketch and Stash gave us a nice sketch to follow and to name my never used item it is this cute Penny Black image crossing bridges.
C.R.A.F.T. has a recipe which is 1 ribbon, 2 buttons, 3 papers, and it's all there.

Stamps - Penny Black crossing bridges,
Papers - In my minds eye bloom and grow,
Colouring mediums - distress inks, H20's,
Embellishments - Buttons, flowers, stickles, ribbon, thread,

GDT - Sketch for Stampin For The Weekend

This card I have done for my Guest DT spot with Stampin' For The Weekend for this week, I also get to do another for next week too. This sketch has been done by Amy and what a brilliant sketch to work with it is too. I will put my recipe on at the end but the Pointsettia's are hand made, as I don't have any shop bought ones. I just hope I don't let them down!

This challenge is sponsored by Whiff Of Joy and the prize is this cute little fellow Cupcake Bear.


Stamps - WOJ Henry mouse (RAK from a friend), Sentiment (in a candy I won from Brenda),

Papers - Penny Black script pointsettia, Daisy bucket designs, Sheet music from a Pick'N' Mix box,

Colouring mediums - Distress inks, H20's,

Embellishments - Ribbon, Glamour dust, gold beads, stickles,

Thursday 15 October 2009

Something different!

This card is for:-
1. Creative Inspirations - challenge 18 - Christmas in October
2. Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential - week 2 - Dress up a tree

I thought i'd do something different today, instead of my usual cuties. My ex-employers still keep in touch with me and I always send them a card at Christmas, they always send a Marks and Spencers luxury card,and last year was my first year of handmade cards but I've come a long way since then. So this is what i've made them and I think it's just their style.
I have seen this done before here at Iona-Rose designs, also seen this on Joanna sheens web site too.
The image was in a candy from the lovely Brenda (where did it come from? Brenda) and when I saw it I thought what on earth will I do with this image, I think I have another and I will do the dreaded In-Laws the same card.
Thank you Brenda your image has made me try something new.
I used Papermania's A Wonderful Christmas Time (kindly given to me by my daughter, thank you Jodie). I do know the stamp is Penny Black (will have to search that stamp, would like to have it). Then I put Papermania gems on my tree and used some free ribbons and bows from the Creativity magazine. The sentiment is a Dovecraft and done with clear embossing power. And everything is matted on gold card.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday 10 October 2009

Trick or Treat!

This card is for:-
1. Die Cut Dreams - challenge # 17 - Happy Halloween + Black, Purple, Orange and Green
2. A Spoonful Of Sugar - Challenge # 72 - Halloween
3. Simon says stamp - Boo!!!
4. Allsorts - challenge # 22 - Halloween

This is my very first ever Halloween card, so I was well out of my comfort zone with this. I've never even had any Halloween images up until now. Don't think I even like the card now either.
Die Cut Dreams did a sketch this week with a halloween colour combo of Black, Purple, Orange and Green.
A Spoonful Of Sugar has a theme of halloween or spooky.
Simon Says Stamp says BOO!!! so heres my card which fits all four criteria.
Allsorts is another halloween challenge.
The papers are In My Minds Eye, the embellies are from Daisy and Dandelion.

Friday 9 October 2009

Peace Maker!

This card is for:-
1. Anyone For Anya? - You're Anya
2. Truly Scrumptious - challenge # 17 - sketch
3. Crafty Creations - challenge # 36 - "All shades of pale"

Anyone for Anya? wanted us to use the Anya that was most like ourselves. After a long think I chose Peace Anya, as that is what I am at home most of the time "the peace maker". With three kids and a husband and five pets, things don't run very smoothly sometimes.
Truly Scrumptious gave a brilliant sketch and at the end of the three strips that they put on the sketch I decided to put a daisy on the end of each one. The daisies were punched out with love by my three year old, Bobby.
Crafty Creations theme is "All shades of pale" and I don't know why I picked these colours, pale blue and cream. I'm not even a blue person, but I do like the combo.

I have used some stickles on the flowers and around the sentiment. The papers are Blueberry Hill. I don't know why but the card seems to have a green tint on this photo, I've taken it about five times but I can't get it any better.

Some Bunny Loves You!

This card is for:-
1. Papertake Weekly - Sketch 25 - sketch
2. Penny Black Saturday - Week # 69 - Autumn Breezes
3. Stampin' For The Weekend - Orange, Brown and Leafy Green
4. Cupcake Crafts - week 60 - "Thanks a bunch"
5. Stamp Something - Brown plus
6. Cute Card Thursday - challenge # 81 - "so charming"

I love this image by Penny Black, Garden Slumber it was a Rak from a friend.
Papertake weekly gave us a fabulous sketch which i'll be using again. Penny Black Saturday has the theme of Autumn Breezes and I love Penny black animals they are so cute. And i've definately used Autumn colours. Stampin' For The Weekend brought us a colour combo of Orange, Brown and Leafy Green, all these are there in my card. Cupcake Crafts said "Thanks a bunch" so I wanted to say Thank you friend on mine. Stamp Something is doing Brown plus something and there's brown on my cards but some of it is different shades. Cute Card Thursday wanted to see a charm on your card.

Stamps - Penny Black Garden Slumber, Sentiment done on computer,
Papers - In My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow,
Colouring mediums - Distress inks, H20's,
Embellishments - flowers, brad, charm, ribbon,

Thursday 8 October 2009

Daisy, Daisy!

This card is for:-
Roses On Paper/Belles 'N' Whistles - challenge # 22 - Orange, Brown and Green + Sketch
Belles 'N' Whistles - sketch
C.R.A.F.T. - challenge # 20 - Autumn colours from inspiration pic

Roses On Paper gave great colours of Orange, Brown and Green and to use a sketch from another challenge. They are having a Belles 'N' Whistles guest Design Team Call too.
Belles 'N' Whistles are having a sketch and they will spotlight the chosen cards.
C.R.A.F.T. wanted to see Autumn colours,which fits perfectly with the chosen colours on Roses On Paper.

On the sketch there were flowers going down the side but I rotated the sketch and punched little daisies and added a gem in the centre of each. The papers are all In My Minds Eye -Bloom and Grow. The dark card looks black on the photo but it is dark brown.

My three year old decided he was helping Mummy today after dinner to make a card. He saw me making the daisies for this card and said he'd make me some more to use. He was as quiet as a mouse with a flower punch some scraps of paper and a pair of rounded tweezers.

Quietly concentrating on punching flowers.

" look what I've made you Mummy". Oh how sweet is he!

Sunday 4 October 2009


This card is for:-

1. Roses On Paper/Belles 'n'Whistles - challenge # 21 - Stitches

2. Cupcake Craft Challenge - challenge # 59 - Cute as a bug

3. Creative Inspirations - challenge # 17 - sketch

4. Incy Wincy Designs - challenge # 11 - Autumn Colours

For the Roses On Papaer/B 'n'W challenge I used this lovely Sisters stamp from Belles 'N' Whistles and they asked for stitching, I did some faux stitching. This stamp reminds me of me and my sister who is nine years younger than me.

Cupcake Crafts wanted bugs included on your project, I've got some butterflies and dragonflies on this card. My dragonflies are just covered in glamour dust and sparkle to match the sparkle on the flowers, the big sisters belt and her hat. And the little sisters ribbons.

What a great sketch from Creative Inspirations it worked perfectly with these delicious papers.

Incy Wincy Designs are asking for Autumn colours, this is my first time doing this challenge blog.


Stamps - Belles 'n' Whistles Sisters, Sentiment done on computer, flower stamp,

Papers - In My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow,

Colouring Mediums - Distress inks, H20's,

Tools - dragonfly punch,

Embellishments - ribbon, butterflies, glamour dust,