Sunday 31 January 2010

Rosie-D's DT Card

OK so here's my creation for my challenge card over at Rosie-D's challenge blog, there's a sketch to follow. The sponsor this week is

They are kindly giving away three images for the lucky winner. There's this cute Ladybird and there are two other images which are hearts with decoration to them. So if you pop over you will will be able to join in and have the chance of winning.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday 30 January 2010

Pretty In Pink

This card is for:-
1. Papertake Weekly - Sketch # 33
2. Die Cut Dreams - challenge # 32 - Bears
3. Just Cute Bears - challenge 1 - "One for the girls"
4. Crafty Cardmakers - challenge 13 - Hearts and Romance
5. Fussy and Fancy - challenge 3 - Hearts

I absolutely adore using this Penny Black Bear, I don't have the stamp, it's retired but a lovely friend Susie, kindly stamped me some out. I've always got my eyes open though to purchase the actual stamp. This is two cards on the trot, that I've used scraps out of my drawer for, I have loads of scraps but forget to look in there when I want something.

Papertake Weekly gave a lovely sketch, they always have the type of sketch you want to use time and time again. Bears are the theme for Die Cut Dreams, and Bitty Angel Bear is the best bear around. And for the new challenge blog Just Cute Bears there first theme is "one for the girls", and my card sure is girlie. It's Hearts and Romance over at Crafty Cardmakers, and I have hearts on my card and the card is for any occassion so it can be used for a romantic occassion. Hearts are Fussy and Fancy's theme this week too.

Hope you all have a great weekend and will be joining me for the BLOG HOP starting on Monday morning, it will be fun and there's so many prizes and a great piece of crafting equipment anybody would love to have.
Happy Crafting
Tracy x

Thursday 28 January 2010

Make A Wish

You know when you make a card and your just happy about it, everything works out how you've planned it in your head. Well this was one of them cards, I even used scraps only out of my scrap draw. I adore this image given to me by a friend, who would rather I didn't give her name, but thank you x

This card is for:-

1. Create 4 Fun - challenge 26 - sketch

2. Penny Black Saturday - week 85 - Something Sweet

3. Creative Inspirations Wednesday - challenge 45 - Feminine

4. Allsorts - week 36 - Hearts and Flowers

5. Cute Card Thursday - challenge 97 - Blooming Gorgeous

Create 4 Fun have a wonderful sketch, one to use over and over. I have used this cute cheesecake image as the theme over at Penny Black Saturday is "Something Sweet". My card is all pinks which suits Creative Inspirations Wednesday which want to see Feminine. Allsorts has asked for Hearts and Flowers, and they are there on my card. Blooming Gorgeous is the theme for Cute Card Thursday and there's plenty of blooms on my card.

A couple of weeks ago I won the Cupcake Crafts challenge and the prize was $20 voucher for Simon Says Stamp, well this meant I could keep to my New Year Resolution, to build on my small stamp collection. And as Penny Black are my favourites, it had to be Penny Black, although I had bought a set of Penny Black it left me a couple of dollars left so I got a small House Mouse Stamp with the remainder. Don't think this tiny mouse will quite go on a card, so I thought maybe he will make nice Birthday gift tags. So i've taken a photo and then you'll know what you will be seeing probably quite often on my creations.

Have a good evening

Happy crafting

Tracy x

DT Card For Susie's Sassy Challenege

The challenge theme this week over at Susie's sassy Challenge is Red, White and Blue, Chosen by the lovely Denise, and this is my DT creation for it. The prize this week is...........GDT spot! There's some great DT cards, so pop on over and take a peep!

I have used a a lovely image called Princess Maggie, and she's one of the Critter Crew over at greeting Farm, only she's not in the shop as of yet, I won her in the weekly digi draw.

I love images with lots of detail, and this image also reminds me of Motivet.

This card is also for:-

A Spoonful Of Sugar - challenge 88 - Freestyle

Incy Wincy Designs - challenge 27 - Ribbon and bows

Creative card Crew - challenge 43 - Punch it

A Spoonful of sugar is letting everyone do what they want by giving the theme of "Freestyle".

Incy Wincy design 's theme is Buttons, Bows, Ribbon and Lace. But it doesn't say if you have to use all 4 items, but I noticed some of the design team only have some, so i'll enter this card and hope it's excepted.

Creative Card crew want you to "Punch It", so this card fits as it has a butterfly and a dragonfly punched on it.

Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday 17 January 2010

DT Card For Anyone For Anya?

This is my last week on the Anyone For Anya? challenge, and this week the theme is a colour combo of Black, White + 1 other colour. My other colour is Red, as this is my favourite colour. I have enjoyed my time with the Anyone for Anya? challenge. I used the Geisha Anya, I embossed some punched flowers them made some corners and embossed them too. And added gems and a ribbon.

I would also like to enter this for the Papertake Weekly as I have used this weeks sketch.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Saturday 16 January 2010

Rosie-D's DT card

This is my reveal for the DT card I have made for Rosie-D's challenge. It is a sketch which is quite versatile and you still have a week to enter. The prize is 4 free images from In Style Stamps. We were given the choice of two images to work with and I chose this Birdhouse. But I added the snow and flourishes myself, and gave it a wintry look, as all we seem to have seen lately is snow.

Have a great weekend

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Lions For You

It is my little boys Birthday tomorrow, Bobby will be 4 and pacifically asked me for a card with Lions on as this is his favourite animal. I bought this Digi image from Squigglefly, and what great quality, it is designed by the talented Crissy Armstrong.

I followed the sketch on Create 4 Fun, as it just suited a boys card, definately one to be used again.

Hope you all have a good Sunday, I know we will be.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

For my Brother

Good evening, are you all thawing out now, we have had a day of heavy rain and it has melted most of the snow and ice, which makes it easier to get from A to B now. But the temperature still feels like it's freezing.

This card I made for my Son Bobby from his big brother Scott, as it's Bobby's Birthday tomorrow. And he loves to get on his Big Brother's Wii, so it's quite fitting. I'm loving these LOTV images at the moment, this one was a RAK from the lovely Jacqui, thanks love.

I'm going to enter this in the Friday Sketchers challenge, as I have followed there sketch and it was great. Definately one to use again.

Got to go now, just getting the last of the buns out of the oven and they still have to be iced and decorated before I go to bed.

Happy crafting

Tracy x

Tuesday 12 January 2010

DT Card For A Boy

This is my DT card for Susie's Sassy Challenge # 6 this week, the theme is one I picked myself and it is "A card for a boy with optional extra to add an animal". I chose this theme as my son Bobby will be 4 on Sunday 17th January, and he is obsessed with animals, lions being his favourites. The prize this time is a heart shaped chipboard mini album.

So pop on over and give it a go!

This card is also for:-

1. Creative Inspirations - challenge 24 - Distressing

2. Creative Card Crew - challenge 42 - Distressing

3. Sophisticats - challenge # 17 - Doth the north wind blow

4. Creative Inspirations Wednesday - challenge 43 - "New Year, New Products"

Creative Inspirations and Creative Card Crew both have the theme of distressing this week, and all the edges have been distressed with inks. While Sophsti-cats have a bit of a different theme this time, it is "Doth the north wind blow" and you can interpret it how ever you want. Well being a Northener when the wind blows it blows, and my image looks like the boy has got the wind in his hair whilst riding his bike. Creative Inspiration wednesday has asked for "A new year, new products" and this image is new, sent to me in a Rak from Jacqui, thanks love.

Now how are you all doing with your "New Years Resolutions"? I'm trying to stick to my craft one, which as some of you know I don't own a lot of stamps, and have in the past relied on what I have won in candies and prizes and Raks. Money is tight so don't get the chance to buy many but my resolution was to build on my stamps and to get a decent assortment. My favourites are Penny Black, Sarah Kay and Lili Of The Valley (designer ones). Well New Years Eve My hubby treated me to a retired Penny Black stamp called "Sharing Moments". I had the image sent to me by a lovely friend, and used it not long ago and really enjoyed using it. I really wanted it and saw it on the internet after hours of looking. And It arrived this morning, I got so excited, i was like a big kid. So here it is:-

I would like to finish this rather long post with an apology to all my blogging Buddies, I have been a bad blogger and been working on DT cards, my sons Birthday cards and sorting things for his birthday on Sunday. So I haven't been able to get round to everyones blogs, I'm so sorry but will be back on track very soon.
Happy crafting

Tracy x

Sunday 10 January 2010

GDT For Anyone For Anya?

I was kindly invited to do a Guest Design Spot for Anyone For Anya? for two weeks. And this weeks challenge is to use charm, and the prize is 2 digital images of your choice from Karen's Doodles.

Do pop over and take a look at the rest of the teams creations, and even join in the challenge too.
Here is my card:-

This card is also for these challenges too:-
1. ABC Challenge - L is for Layering
2. Papertake Weekly - New Beginnings
3. Cute Card Thursday - challenge 94 - New

I have put plenty of layering on this card for the ABC Challenge this week. Papertake Weekly and Cute Card Thursday has the theme of NEW it can either be a new home, new baby or using somethig new like a new product. My charm is new, I used my new Purple Cow Trimmer/Guillotine, and the small flower is new, a gift from my DT Buddy Jane, thanks Jane.

Stamps - Laundry Anya, sentiment from stash,
Papers - Dove craft, K&Co (for christma from DT Buddy Jane),
Colouring Mediums - Distress Inks, H20's,
Tools - Butterfly punch,
Embellishments - charm, pegs, flowers, ribbon, all from my stash.

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Snowy Days

This is what greeted us yesterday morning when we got up, and it looks no different today. 6-7 inches of beautiful snow. Yesterday morning I phoned the two eldest kids high school and they informed me it was open and even though I wanted to keep them home they wanted to go see there friends as it was there first day back after the Christmas holidays. So off they trudged in the freezing cold to get the school bus, only to get a phone call 1/2 hour later to say the school bus hadn't shown up. So I made them come back home. I phoned the school up and they told me all school buses in Leeds had been taken off. "Well why didn't you tell me when I phoned earlier" "you didn't ask was the smart reply, but now we are sending everyone home". But my youngest's school did the right thing and sent texts out and announced it on the radio.
So as soon as the kids were home they got changed out of uniforms, my daughter curled up in her bedroom watching chick flicks with a bovril and my two boys got wrapped up to have some snowy fun with the dogs who equally love the snow.

Bobby threatening me with a snowball

Scott always has to go one further with the size of his snowball

Rebel and Flint


The boys throwing snowballs for the dogs to chase, they always try to catch them only to have them crumble in there mouths.

After 1/2 hour playing in the snow they came in soaking wet, but there waiting for them were warm towels and hot cups of bovril all round, apart from the dogs, no bovril but they did get the warm towel treatment, it's a right job melting the snow and ice of their fur.
Anyway today both school closures were announced on the radio, so left the two eldest in bed to have a lay in. Less arguments that way too as they fight like cat and dog.

Hope you all keep safe and warm and I hope I haven't bored you too much.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Monday 4 January 2010


This card is for:-
1. Just Magnolia - week 38 - sketch
2. Roses On Paper - challenge 28 - use favourite colour medium
3. Creative InspirationsWednesday - challenge 41 - Thank you
4. Fussy and Fancy Friday - challenge 1 - "new"
5. Stamp Something - New Somethings

I love how this card has turned out, I've made it for my kids to give it to my Mum as she took all three of them to her house and spent the morning baking buns and scones, last Sunday. I'll put some choccies with this card to say thank you as the kids had lots of fun. I bake and cook with them but I think they enjoy the change sometimes.
I don't hardly have any fabric flowers or not many flower punches, so i'm always looking for new ways to do flowers and I thought I've done alot of handmade roses, so this is what I've come up with. I punched my flowers and cut some hearts on the Cricut, inked the edges, then using Versafine, stamped the hearts and flowers with a detailed flourish stamp. Then heat embossed them with gold powder. They may not be everybody's taste but I love how they've turned out. I also used 3D gloss on her shoes the end of the wooden spoon and the broken egg, but it doesn't show on the photo.

Just Magnolia gave us a great sketch to use, whilst Roses on Paper asked us to colour in our favourite mediums, and mine is Distress Inks and H20's. Creative Inspiration Wednesday has the theme of "Thank you" so this is my Thank you card to my Mum. Both Fussy & Fancy Friday and Stamp Something have the theme of "New" which includes using new products, well everything has ben cut using my new Purple Cow paper trimmer and guillotine combined that my lovely Hubby bought me. Also the image I've never used before and it was won as a prize at Die Cut Dreams for a Card I made, these flowers are a new idea too so that might count aswell.

Hope every one copes with the bad weather and the cold
Keep safe
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Bright and Sunny!

This card is for:-

1. Papertake Weekly - sketch 31 - sketch

2. Colour Create - challenge 35 - Lemon and Lime + spring or summer flowers

3. Stampin' For The Weekend - "new Beginnings"

4. By The Cute And Girly - "new"

5. Cupcake Crafts - challenge 72 - "baby card"

6. Incy Wincy Designs - challenge 24 - Bling it up

Happy New Year, hope everyone had a good one. Have you all made New Year Resolutions, I have. I have decided I have such a small collection of stamps and the fact that some of the images you see me use are swaps, candies, prizes and some RAKs that my stamps need building up. Money is tight here so I'm lucky to get one a month when the hubby gets paid so that is my aim this year. I've already been trawling e-bay but sometimes with the postage it's not really much cheaper. So i'm concentrating on getting myself some stamps as my New Years Resolution. My favourites are Penny Black, Lili Of The Valley (new ranges) and Sarah Kay. I like my stamps to have quite a bit of detail and enjoy painting them with distress inks and H20's

Now onto my card, I really wanted to do Colour Create as the colour combo is so bright and sunny and with the weather we're having it will bring a bit of sunshine into my craft space. They want to see Lemon and Lime with an optional extra of spring or summer flowers. The sketch is from Papertake Weekly and I have rotated mine and instead of matting and layering the sentiment I put it directly on to my DP with embossing power in black sparkle. Stampin' For The Weekend and By The Cute And Girly has the theme of "new beginnings" and my card is a new baby card which is the theme for Cupcake Crafts. And finally Incy Wincy Designs want us to bling it up, so on my card I've used black sparkle embossing powder, stickles to the halo and wings and butterfly, and also gems and pearls.

I hope everyone is keeping warm, i'm dreading tomorrow, I have to face the cold as my three kids go back to school. But on the up side I get 2 1/2 hours to myself while the younget is at Nursery, mind you I nearly always end up ironing or some other house work.

Stay safe in all this ice and snow

Happy crafting

Tracy x