Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Paper China Cat!

How many of you have a little stash, or maybe a big stash of off cuts of paper?  Why is as crafters we just can't through paper away!  So I've been trying to think of ways to use these up and I came up with this patchwork cat.  I used a template I found online to give me the shape and cut and place the paper pieces before gluing them to make sure I was happy with the layout.  It is adhered to mirri board and onto a white card blank with a simple sentiment.  Unfortunately the mirri does make it rather difficult to take a decent shot but I was pleased with the finished card, and it reminded me of one of those ornamental china cats.  

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 27 February 2015

Hugging Fergus!

If you know me well or follow my other blog, you will know all about Fergus, however if not let me introduce you!

Fergus is now just over 2 years, he is a Newfoundland, weighs somewhere between 65 and 70 kg, needs brushing every day and his favourite game is pick up sticks!  I have always wanted a Newfie for as long as I can remember, they are a big dog with an even bigger heart.  They remind me of bears, and I love bears.  Fergus loves meeting people, and dogs, but he prefers people and is my constant companion, in fact as I type this he is laying beside me.  I was having a pretty rough time health wise in his first year and I honestly don't know how I would have got through it without him.

I plan to share more pages of Fergus and his antics but if you can't wait why not take a look as his blog Newf News Dog Blog he isn't a regular blogger as he has to wait for someone with opposable thumbs to type up his adventures but he only ever posts exciting things and sometimes videos on Youtube!

I have used Craft Artist Programme 2 and Dreaming in Chalk digikit.  I created the hearts using the stamp function and have added a shadow effect under the photos.  I have used the 3D style tool to on the word Fergus.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge;

Quirky Crafts Challenges - Challenge # 4 - Our Best Friend -

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Faery Ink DT Inspirational Project - Arielle Chamomile

My Faery Ink Inspirational features Arielle Chamomile Faery.  There are lots of benefits to drinking chamomile tea, not least it helps you get a good nights sleep - well it works for me.  I wanted to carry on with the Enchanted Tea Party Faery Ink Challenge theme, so I've tried to reflect this with the embellishments.

The cupcake is made using a Tattered Lace die using Bazzill Basics cardstock and funky foam.  I have die cut the flower from funky foam too using an Xcut Four Petal nesting die and fixed it with a brad.  The backing papers are made from Bazzill Basics cardstock and embossed using an Xcut chronology embossing folder.  I used another Xcut die, Creata patterned paper and yellow ribbon from my stash to create the bunting.  Everything is mounted on Anna Marie Designs black cardstock and the image is coloured with Graph It markers.

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Raining in my Heart!

For this tag I have used a Craftwork Cards kraft tag, Creata clear heart and bow stamps embossed with red powder, Anna Marie Designs red dotty card and a freebie digi from the Creata Facebook group.

The image is coloured using the following Graph It markers, Skin; 4120, 4125, Socks; 5115, 5120, 5175, Wellies; 8260, 8270, 8280, Skirt; 9100, 9101, 9102, Top; 5115, 5120, 5125, Hair,1210, 130, Umbrella; 4175, 4180, 4115.

Creative Blessings.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cupcake Birthday!

This birthday card has been made using my own photograph of a shop window display in Bruges, Belgium.  If you haven't been it's well worth a visit, so full of little boutiques, lace shops, cafes and chocolatiers, not to mention the beautiful architecture!  I have mounted it on a white card, and then on to pink patterned paper from my stash.  I have stamped over gingham background with a Papermania (I think) cupcake stamp, I have stamped, coloured and fussy cut the trio of cupcakes and mounted them on foam pads. The rack of cupcakes is from another photo which I have cut and mounted on foam pads.  I have added gems and a Birthday Girl peel-off.

Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Monday, 23 February 2015


This is Penelope Fairy Dust from Faery Ink, she makes me think of Spring.

The card base is Anna Marie Designs, the lemon paper is Creata A5 classic lined paper.  I have coloured her with the following Graph It markers; Hair; 1250, 1270, 1280, Lips; 5140, Dress; 5110, 5115, 5120, Wings; 1230, silver shaker, Flowers; 1150, 5115, 5120, Eyelids; 9401.

The butterfly die cut was cut from funky foam using the Mariposa Tonic die.  The butterflies were cut from paper in my stash using Joy! Gertie's Butterflies, which are actually small and medium sized rings of butterflies, I just snipped them to create individuals.  The flowers are cut from paper in my stash using a Woodware punch, I have decorated the centers with gems.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Noor! Design - Challenge #3 - Spring -

The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Challenge #218-Things with Wings -

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Team B - Challenge #4 - Anything Goes -

Graph It marker -Colouring Crazy Challenge - Spring Greens -

We Do Doobadoo Challenge - Challenge 4 - Spring Greens -

Lacy Sunshine Challenge - Challenge 52 - Things with Wings -

Creative Blessings, x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Faery Ink Facebook Contest DT Project - Shimmer, Sparkle & Shine!

Get out your glitters and gems as the Faery Ink Facebook Contest is all about sparkle!  This was a good excuse to have a rummage through long forgotten tubs of embellishments and use up some of my stash!  For my DT project I have chosen Arielle and Ian Puppy Love they can be purchase here in the Faery Ink Shop.

The image is coloured with Graph It markers (the hearts have been done with my gold shaker marker) and sprayed with Crafter's Companion Iridescent Spray & Sparkle.  I had added gems to the corners and mounted it on foam pads.  I have used the following items from my stash; glitter ribbon, pre-embossed gold paper, Creata flock rub-ons and material padded heart glittered with my gold shaker Graph It marker.  The completed topper is mount on to a pre-scored red card blank.

Looking forward to seeing your sparkling Facebook entries,
Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Hunkydory New Home

Firstly I would like to say Hello and Thank You to all my followers, new and old, and everyone that leaves comments, it means a lot to know that some one is taking a peek at my little piece of blogland, and I really appreciate all your comments.

Now on to today's card which was made for the same friend who I mentioned in the Vintage Shoppe card post.  I remember spotting a Hunkydory kit in my stash that I thought might be appropriate from the Antique Flourish kit.  

I used half a piece of card stock as the backing and cut the edges off another to create a skirting board.  The edges of the card and the elements are inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I adhered silver mirri card behind the frame, mounted the mirror, 'home sweet home' sign, chairs and rose die cuts on to foam pads, the keys and table are adhered with double-sided tape.

I can't help thinking there is some missing from this card, but it sat for two days whilst I procrastinated as to what else it needed but alas I couldn't think so it was posted to my dear friend just as you see it here!  

Creative Blessings.x 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Focus on the journey...

My inspiration for this card is the free suitcases digi from Tiddly Inks, it made me think about travelling, moving on and journeys, then I remembered a quote.  I love quotes and when I hear one I like I write it down in a little notebook, so out came the notebook and I went about making my card.

The base card is Kraft card and the backing sheet is a freebie found in the Creata Facebook Group.  I wrapped twine around the backing paper, and tied it in the center with some string.  I edged a car tag from my stash with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and threaded it on to the twine.

The detour sign and hinges on the spine of the card are from stash.  The Aerial Derby picture is from a set of Making Cards Magazine papers.  The gear and buckle die cuts are made from the same papers using Joy! dies.  I threaded Joy! Natural Sense ribbon through the buckle dies and added two buttons from my stash. The egg timer die cut is made from an old atlas page using a Joy! die.

The photo is from a set of Victorian Photographs by Joanna Sheen.  I created the sentiment on my Serif Craft Artist Programme using the Dreaming in Chalk Daisytrail Digikit, and is mounted on foam pads.

The suitcases digi is coloured using Graph It markers 3120, 3125, 3130, 3140, 3245 and mounted on foam pads.

Creative Blessings. x

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Birthday Memories

My dad loves elephants, and a couple of years ago for his birthday the family organised a Zoo Keeper for a Day Experience at Colchester Zoo. I was chief photographer, and for his birthday at the end of last year I thought a photograph of his day would be a nice reminder.

I used Serif Craft Artist Programme and African Safari Daisytrail digikit to create this card.  It is printed on glossy photographic paper.

My dad feeding the elephants.
Back View
Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Another Yuletide greeting for America!

This is another Yule card made for relations in America, as I mentioned in a previous post I try to come up with something different and unique every year.  The prompt for the inspiration behind this card was the mini number plate which I picked up a local papercrafting show.  Our relations live in Oklahoma so I just had to snap this up.  The truck is hand cut by little ole me (this was made pre-silhouette cameo cutting machine), I have used die-cut toppers for the parcels and wreath and the tree is cut by hand.  Peel-offs create the snowflakes, and I have made a little village in distance using stamps.

Creative Blessings. x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

For the love of Vintage!

It was an absolute delight to make this card for a special friend of mine, she is a penpal who I have been writing to for a very long while now and we have also met on a couple of occasions.  She is a truly beautiful person inside and out.  She has a real panache for the 1940's, a style that really suits her.  She also has a very awesome blog.  Here is Charly's vintage boutique shop card. 

Materials and Equipment
Posters and silhouette models from the internet.
Acetate, card stock, papers, ribbon from my stash.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Bounty of Beaded Bookmarks

I love to bead, there is something very satisfying about rummaging through a pot of beads and creating some pretty.  I make a lot of beaded bookmarks as these photos show, these were all made as commissions or for selling.  I also hand-stitching little drawstring bags for them, and name them, sounds daft but these names/titles just come to me as I make them for instance the first one in the first photo was titled Saturn's Diamonds. They have been quite popular but with the take off of e-readers I get less orders these days.  Personally I still prefer a 'real' book.

Creative Blessings. x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

A sample that never made it's debut!

I love this image from Srappers Delight, it is one half of the proposal - isn't that dress just goooorgeous! It was a DT sample for the last Creata show on C&C at the end of last year, sadly it didn't make it to the TV screens as Royal Mail seriously let me down! 

Materials and Equipment
Image The Proposal by Scrappers Delight coloured with Graph It markers
White cardstock from Anna Marie Designs
Script stamp, patterned papers, metallic card, lined paper and dies or from Creata

Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Scrapbooking & Poetry

If you read my engagement card post last week you will know that my sister recently got engaged (yay!), naturally this got me thinking about my own Wedding and my relationship with my sister.  My sister was, of course, my main bridesmaid at my own Wedding, she looked beautiful and was very attentive.  Isn't it funny how relationships change though, especially between siblings, we didn't always get on when we both living at home, she was after all 'My annoying little sister!'  This is how I came up with the poem, it's possibly not my best work, I find poetry hard to write much preferring to write stories and articles, but I think it explains our relationship.  I spotted a quote the other day that explains it well too;

"Sisters are two different flowers in the same garden."

My sister was 15 at the time and last month she turned 30, when had my annoying little sister grown up!  I must have blinked and missed it.  In about 18 months or so she will be walking down the aisle and I will be beside her as Matron of Honor!  So that's the inspiration behind my scrapbook page.  I used my Serif Craft Artist Programme and have used elements from the following digikits; Dreaming in Chalk, From this Day Forward and Swirling Memories.

Creative Blessings, x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Quick & easy last minute makes!

I am sharing two cards today, both quick and simple makes.  I dug these cat stickers out of my stash and pondered how best to use them, then I remembered buying some very bright paper, it was an impulse buy!  Anyway it turned out the colours of the cat stickers worked well with the papers, so that's another little pile of stash used up!  And as you can see the peel-offs have popped up again!

The second card is made entirely from My Paper Stash Jewel Britannia book.  The card stock is really good quality and the 3D elements really pop, so it's easy to make a quick but pretty card.  I made this at short notice for a customer.  The book comes into it's own for last minute cards!

Creative Blessings. x

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Two girly cards!

I am sharing two cards today as they are fairly simple and quick makes, using similar elements from my stash.  The first creation is made using a pre-cut aperture card, handmade paper, peel-offs, flower embellishments and the sentiment is stamped.  My favourite piece though is the real miniature basket found in my stash.  I carefully cut it in half and fixed it using my hot glue gun.  So now I have half a basket to make another one!

My next make is made after raiding my peel-off stash again.  This time I have coloured them using peel-off pens and fixed them to pink card which I have torn rather than cut, which in turn is backed onto handmade paper and I've used a few gems to bling it up a little.

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Christening Wishes

Some friends of ours recently had they daughter Christened, unfortunately we weren't able to attend the ceremony but I wanted to send them our best wishes, so here is what I came up with.

Image: Bundle of Fairy Love by A Day For Daisies (Sami's Stamps)
Coloured with Graph It markers
Studio Light patterned papers.
Joy! Flourish and Bow dies
Marianne Designs Heart die
Tim Holtz Mustard Seed distress ink
Anna Marie Designs Kraft Card
Buttons from my stash

Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Faery Ink - "Sweethearts"

It's coming up to that time of year again, when the price of flowers increases by 50% and you can't have a meal out unless you've booked a table!  Sorry to be so cynical but the hubby and I don't really do Valentine's Day especially since we got married, we both think it's commercialised hype and would rather give spontaneous gifts and show our affection throughout the year.  However I was rather taken by this little digi image from Faery Ink and I thought it's appropriate to the time of year but instead of red or pink, which is the tradition, I went for purple because that's my favourite colour.
There are all sorts of facts and myths regarding the origins of Valentine's Day but I'll leave you to Google them and get on with sharing my card!

Image Sweethearts by Faery Ink 
Coloured with Graph It markers; 1210, 1230,1250, 3130, 3140, 3170, 4115, 4120, 4135, 4150, 4170, 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6150, 6175, 6180, 6290, 8110, 9909
Kirstie Allsopp 5 x 5 charm pack of patterned papers
Marianne Designs Heart and Corner die
Joy! Buckle dies
Tim Holtz Seedless Preserve distress ink
Phill Martin's Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Lavender Pearlescent PVA (buttons on the dress)
Ric-Rac ribbon and resin flower from stash

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Graph It Markers Colouring Crazy Challenge - Amethyst -
Quirky Crafts Challenge - Quirky is love is in the air -
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes -
Little Claire's Designs Digi Stamp Chalenge - Open Theme -

Creative Blessings. x

Monday, 9 February 2015

In the days before Cameo...

I have shared this on my Facebook page as part of the #artchain but I wanted to share it here too for anyone that might miss it because it is one of my favourite makes, and was made a good few years before I got my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, so every line was cut with my own fair hands and a good old fashioned craft knife!  It took quite a bit of planning to make sure the American mail box would pop up inside and post flat but I was very pleased with the finished result.

Creative Blessings. x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Occasion suggestions please?

I love this image from Dragon's Lair Designs (Alvira's Tear), or may be I just love the name of it because one of my favourite names is Alvira (I love the film Blithe Spirit and this is one of the main character's names although it is spelt with an 'E').  Any way I have digressed, I now have no idea what occasion it would be suitable for...any ideas?

The image is coloured using my Graph It markers and is mounted on patterned papers from Creata, the flowers are cut using Creata dies and I have finished it off with Creata peel-offs, gems and spiders web from my stash.

Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Art Deco Gift Card

So who likes digital crafting?  I've become a massive concert to this type of crafting, and have made a few digital cards and scrap pages.  Towards the end of last year my mum had a very special birthday and one of my gifts to her was a trip to the theatre to see Anything Goes.  I made this little card as a ticket advertiser (we had to collect the tickets from the Box Office).  I created it on my Serif CAP using Art Deco Cruise Daisytrail digikit.  It's always so much fun creating your own little scene from all the different elements and I was really pleased with how it turned out.  Oh and the show was FAB too!

Inside - backing paper also from Art Deco Cruise Daisytrail digikit
Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Follow the yellow brick road...

This was a commission for a client for a little girl's birthday who loves the Wizard of Oz.  The images are from a Kraftyhands CD and are mounted on patterned paper printed from the CD, then on to gold mirri and finally I fixed the main topper using tiny gold brads on to red card. I have added some gold tinsel twine and some glitter to the red shoes.

I also printed an insert from the CD and used some additional toppers to make a box for the card.

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 6 February 2015

On Your Engagement...

Finally my sister got engaged, we did begin to wonder if her boyfriend would every pluck up the courage, but she turned 30 on the 23rd Jan and he proposed!  Yay!  I'm going to be Matron of Honour!  Yay!  Ooooo I love Weddings! Yay! 

Obviously this called for card, so here it is. I chose the bird cage as my sister wants to incorporate these into her theme, although the Wedding isn't for another 18 months/2 years so she may have changed her mind by then, as is a bride's prerogative! 

Materials and Equipment

White card stock
Corner Punch
Wooden embellishments
Lace ribbon
Resin flower
Anna Marie Designs Striped cardstock
Anna Marie Designs Gold paper
Tattered Lace Floral die (unsure of name)
Tattered Lace Oriental Bird Cage
Tiny brown and gold brads
Vogue Craftwork Cards papers and sentiment 'Cheers to You'
Vintage Photo Distress Ink 

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Peel-offs; Old-fashioned or just old-fashioned ideas?

I remember the very lovely and talented Carley Duff (demonstrator for Creata on C&C) once saying, there is no such thing as old-fashioned craft stash just old-fashioned ideas.  I'm sure many of you will believe peel-offs to be old-fashioned but the thing is I have boxes full (they were once the trend) and I'm loathed to throw them out.  I could of course pass them to charity or an after-school club but I like to challenge myself so I'm trying to come up with some 'new' ideas as much as a peel-off will allow.

Here I have fussy cut around the peel-off to give a shaped front to the card and used a pink insert to add some colour.

So what are your thoughts?  To peel-off or not to peel?  Do you have a secret stash of peel-offs hiding at the back of the cupboard and will they ever see the light of day, or are they just too old-fashioned for you?  I've love to hear what you think.


Plain White DL card
Pink Insert paper
Glittery Flower Border peel-off
Butterfly Peel-offs
Whispers Pens
Purple Ribbon

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Faery Ink New Releases and Monthly Challenge DT Project - Enchanted Tea Party

Something you may not know about me is I love tea, fruit and herbal especially which leads me nicely on to the theme for this month's challenge 'Enchanted Tea Party' and new releases over at Faery Ink.

I have chosen Autumn Rose the Tea Witch for this project.  Think how nice it would be to be a Tea Witch, just a quick wiggle of the nose and instant brew appears!  

The image is coloured with my Graph It markers and the edge is inked with Spun Sugar distress ink and mounted on to Anna Marie Designs, black card and then on to pink Bazzill Basics cardstock. Behind the pink I have tucked a pretty Marianne Designs die cut which is embellished with pink ribbon, a Creata 3D sticker and butterfly button.  I have also tucked in the stem of the flower which has been glittered using my gold shaker Graph It marker.  I have mounted it on to a pre-scored blue card blank and added owl and bird buttons complete with thread and two die cup tea cups which I have highlighted with my gold shaker Graph It marker.

I do hope you will take part in the challenge, all the Faery Ink team love to see your makes. Creative Blessings. x

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Vintage Fashion

I made this birthday card way back before I had a blog, I'm so pleased I took a photo so I can share it with you.  I think the toppers and sentiment are from Kanban.  The ribbon and flower were from my stash.  I have mounted the main topper on patterned paper and gold mirri card and added some gems.  The main card base is coloured with distress ink.

Creative Blessings. x

Monday, 2 February 2015

CAS New Home Card

I have used a white base card and covered one half with purple pearlescent paper.  The squares are cut from silver mirri and paper.  I then added some 'lucky' peel-offs, and a few gems to give it some bling!

Creative Blessings. x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

DT Project - The Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge - February 2015

Pinch, Punch first of the month...that must mean it is time for a new challenge on The Sisters of Craft Blog.  This month we are sponsored by Scrappiness Designs, instead of digi stamps this month we are working with digital scrapping kits.  I am a huge fan of Serif Craft Artist Professional, and it was easy enough to import the elements from this kit into my CAP using the digikit creator, which I must admit to never using before, every day is school day!  So here is the digital scrap page I created.

The little Russian dolly in the corner is a homage to my sisters nickname, and is what attracted me to this particular kit as I have a fascination for Russian dolls.

Shortly after this post is published, I shall probably be suffering some sort of injury as my sister will probably not be too pleased I have shared her image with the rest of blogland, hey ho!  Don't forget to take a peek at the other marvelous DT projects created this month and join in the challenge too - remember it's any craft goes and you have until the 28th February to join in.  Well, if I survive my sister's wrath I shall see you all next month with a new Sisters of Craft DT project.

Creative Blessings. x