Sunday, 7 January 2018

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad

Please excuse the absolutely awful quality of this photo

I made the card back in December and we didn't have a single nice day to photograph it before I took it up to mum and dad. The colour is a little bit off and the little gold flowers weren't nearly that shiny in real life, but, you get the gist



I used some Craftwork Cards pearlescent paper for the background, the large hearts are die cuts and the smaller ones punches, foliage is dies and small flowers are a Stampin' Up punch

Hope you both have a lovely day

Love and kisses

Tracey 

xxx

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Happy birthday dad

It is my dad's birthday today

Happy birthday to you dad, love you xxx

I made a slightly unusual card, a three page concertina style 

And although dad is not really a big card player I found these humorous playing cards and knew they would make him chuckle


I concocted a couple of 'card themed sentiments' to add to each page


I used some of my favourite Prima papers and created the hearts and spades from a heart punch and the diamonds were handcut


Hope you are having a lovely day dad, miss you

Love and kisses

Tracey 
xxx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Life's a beach

It is a very special week in our household

It is Molly's birthday today and Bruce's birthday tomorrow

We bought them some new toys and headed out to the beach for some seaside shenanigans



The pair of them absolutely love the beach and would stay there all day

Here is Molly being just a little bit canny, waiting for Bruce to do all the hard work. Bruce braves the waves, e retrieves the stick, only to be met by  a relentless Molly who snatches the stick from his mouth as he heads back for another throw



And you can see just how fearless my little labrador is, absolutely nothing will stop her, it doesn't matter how big the waves get she will frolic in the surf all day if we let her



So that was the first of many I hope. We all love our beach days, nothing like the sea air to blow away the cobwebs

Love and happy hounds

Tracey
xxx

Monday, 1 January 2018

Thankful

 Happy New Year

My first card of the year is a thankyou card

I created a variation on the standard stepper card with a double step in the centre


I used a mix of old dies and new dies. I just love my new cha cha cha dandelion dies
The leaves are Marianne, as is the fancy tag in the centre, the green centres to the flowers are an old Martha Stewart snowflake punch and the butterflies are a cut and emboss folder from Stampin' Up



The extra step in the centre of the card adds a little more dimension and an extra surface to decorate

I hope you have all had a lovely new years day

We have spent a peaceful and very restful day at home, a long lie in followed by a roast lunch and not much else to be honest - bliss !

Love and happy new year wishes

Tracey
xxx

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Year in review

2017 has been a very kind year to Neil and I, we have been on the receiving end of good fortune several times throughout the year

We have also seen some incredible bands, new and old talents alike

We got up close and personal with Broken Witt Rebels


King King


Bryan Adams, Neil won tickets to for his gig at Eden, along with a stunning meal, and he emailed Bryan's manager to get backstage passes to meet the man himself



Local band Assassins of Silence impressed us twice

We were blown away with perfornaces by the Temperance Movement ( in Plymouth ) and The Cadillac Three ( in Cardiff), two 'new to us' bands that Neil discovered and we both love

We celebrated 25 years of marriage, it was a celebration that Neil managed to make last for several weeks and he made the event truly special

We visited Padstow and Port Isaac 


Throughout the year we enjoyed visits from some special friends

Tony and Carol


We met up with Tim and Ally at Ramblin' Man festival

We loved the festival, Robbie came with us and we are looking forward to it again next year


Kev and Jackie came to Cornwall, we had several days out with them and we had so much fun, they have booked to come again next year and we will be travelling to see them too as Neil is going to be best man at their wedding


We attended the British Summer Time event in Hyde Park for the first time, this was part of our anniversary celebrations and we had an amazing few days in London

Neil got to see one of his Rock heroes Tom Petty before he sadly passed away



The animals have gotten closer and closer
Sox is still the boss, but they are all incredibly protective of each other



We enjoyed loads of beach days, woodland walks and fun times in the park with the dogs


Amy and Robbie both finished uni

AJ started his second year studying ICT at college

Amy is now working and living in Leeds

Rob is home with us, working locally and obviously making all the pets happy


We have had some lovely evenings out with our new friends in Cornwall and have been back up country to visit our old friends and family in Grimsby

Mum and dad have spent a month here in the summer, which was much needed and much appreciated by us, miss them sooooooo much,  and I have recently spent a few days with them

This is, by no means, all we have done this year, just a few highlights that have made 2017 a memorable year

Now, looking ahead to 2018, all I really want is for my friends and family to be happy and healthy

Happy new year to you all, whether you are a friend, family, colleague, blog surfer, acquaintance or just someone who stumbled here by happenchance, I am hoping 2018 is kind to us all

Love, good health and happy times

Tracey
xxx



Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Happy birthday Nicki

Today's card is the last birthday card of the year and it now belongs to my lovely friend Nicki

Nicki was the first person I met and became friends with when I started running my shop, and we have been firm friends since then, so, almost nine years ( which has flown by)

Our friendship started out with a shared love of scrapbooking (crafting is such a wonderful way to bring people together)

Nicki is a beautiful soul and is kind and generous to a fault



 I created this card in a DL size, I used a Prima tag for the main background
The larger flowers are Prima and the small roses are from Wild Orchid crafts, the stamped sentiment is by Stampin' Up, the leaf dies are 'cheap as chips from china' - thanks Jan and Ann xxx,  and all the other die cuts on this card are Nestability dies

Hope you have a lovely day Nicki and get spoiled rotten by Mark and the girls, hopefully see you in the summer - can't wait to give you and the girls squishy hugs xxx

Love and friendship

Tracey
xxx

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Last post


I do believe I have finally uploaded the last of my Christmas cards for 2017

This last batch of four completes the collection

This first one is for my lovely friend Paulien in the Netherlands


This next card I made for one of Neil's ex-work colleagues and his partner


This bright and funky card is for Paulien's daughter Ashley


And finally, last, but by no means least is the cute card for a lovely young lady I met a couple of years ago, she came to help me in the shop as part of a work placement scheme

She's a real sweetheart and was such a help in the last few months of me running the shop, she wouldn't mind me saying that she has not had an easy life and yet she was so cheerful and willing to do all she could to make the shop and classes run smoothly for me

So, thankyou Shelley, I hope you and your beautiful boy Daniel have a wonderful christmas and a much happier 2018


And that's it for christmas crafting this year

I was much more organised than I have ever been before ( the benefits of retirement !) but  I have high hopes of being even more efficient next year. My aim is to complete all the card making and handmade gifts by the end of November ( I know there are several of you rolling your eyes as you read this, you all know me so well, but if I don't set a target there is no hope of me getting finished at all !)

I will be back tomorrow with a birthday card I made for a very special friend

Love and high hopes

Tracey
xxx