Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

To all you lovely mums out there, whether you are mums of children or mums of fur babies

Thinking of all those people who have lost their mums and can no longer give them a hug, and all those mums who have lost children, bless you all

It wasn't until I became a mum myself that I realised just how hard mums work, to keep families together, to keep everyone happy

My mum is one in a million and I couldn't have had a better teacher, friend, guardian angel

Happy mothers day mum, I love you more than words could say and I couldn't be prouder to say that you are my mum

Here is the card I made for my mum

I used a brand new die and my favourite stash of papers for a subtle and very feminine card



I also made Neil's mum a card, she's definitely not a pink person so I opted for fresh spring colours and flowers, who doesn't like flowers on Mothers day



And me...... I got three gorgeous cards and some lovely gifts and I spoke to them all, I miss the older two like mad and really wanted to give them both a hug but I will have to wait patiently until the end of May and the end of uni

What did I opt to do for my special day ? We took the doggies to the beach of course !


It has been a beautiful, bright and sunny day, so we spent the afternoon, beach combing, walking and playing in the sand

Look at Bruce's face, sun on his back, sand in his paws, ball in his mouth, the absolute picture of happiness


I am so blessed, my mum, my children and my fur babies all very much at the fore of my mind all of the time but especially today

Happy Mothers Day

Love

Tracey
xxx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Golden Anniversary (Part 2)

Hello

 I am back with the second of the two Golden Anniversary cards I made for my friend Margaret


I went for a slightly vintage, shabby chic style for the second card, I wanted it to look soft and romantic


Neil and I are exactly halfway to our golden anniversary, we celebrate 25 years of marriage in May and Neil has already got lots up his sleeve

We have a weekend in London and a couple of special gigs lined up, I can't wait !

Love and marital bliss

Tracey
xxx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Golden Anniversary

Good evening, this is the card I made for my dear friend Margaret and her lovely hubby Brian

We were invited to spend the evening with them and their family at a party celebrating their fifty years of marriage

The party was held at a local pub/restaurant - The Britannia, and we had an absolutely brilliant night, there were eight of us on our table, we are all great friends so we had a really good laugh, lovely food and of course one or two Proseccos 


I made two cards, this one was for us eight friends to give collectively, we wanted to give the happy couple some money to treat themselves so I made a little pocket on the inside of the card to hold an envelope with the gift. I will share the card I made for Neil and I to give tomorrow

I used mainly Spellbinders dies, the 'congratulations' is a Tattered Lace die and the little flowers are a Martha Stewart punch, all the leaves are die by Marianne


Thankyou so much for inviting Neil and I to share your special night Margaret

Love and long marriages

Tracey

xxx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Christmas before Easter

As promised here is the first of my Christmas cards

I decided in January that I would make them through the year to save time in November and December when we are all super busy anyway


The papers are from a Trimcraft stack I bought in The Range at the end of last year, they are very traditional colours and style and beautiful quality

The card is a folded design with a band running through the middle so it gives a nice 3 dimensional effect when stood up

And here it is folded flat, ready for the envelope


I used a Nellie Snellen die for the oval, a Marianne die for the tree, Cuttlebug embossing folder on the tree, Stampin' Up stamp and punch for the flowers and the sentiment is also Stampin' Up

I will be interspersing the christmas cards with my regular cards and projects throughout the year and I also hope to get back into my scrapbooking soon, I have so many great photos to use

I will be back tomorrow with the first of the two cards I recently made for a special occasion 

Love and baubles

Tracey
xxx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Spring greens

Hellooooooooooo

I am back with a quick post today

This card I made for my wonderful friend Jan

I broke out some really old embossing folders for this card

I have had a major clear out and these flower stems were among the first cuttlebug folders I ever bought, they never made the cull because I like them just as much now as I did when I bought them 8+ years ago, sometimes the simple things in life are the ones we keep going back to


The weather has started to turn now and the garden is full of beautifully bright spring blooms, sat looking out the window, inspiration hit and I had to go with fresh vibrant spring colours, nothing more cheery in my opinion


Must dash, two hungry men due home any time soon

Back tomorrow with the first of the christmas cards I have been making this year

Love and springtime kisses

Tracey
xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Pretty in peach

Back to girlie and floral ( much more my comfort zone)

This card was made for my lovely friend Trish, it was her birthday at the beginning of the month but I have just found these images on my camera

I am so longing for all these wet and windy storms to pass and had Spring in my mind when I made this card, hence the colour palette


Hope this lumpy bumpy card made it through the post in one piece, I really just can't get my head round doing postal friendly flat cards



I have a couple of very special cards to make this evening for an event we are going to at the weekend, so I will be back to share those very shortly

Love and spring wishes

Tracey
xxx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Breaking Bad

As promised last time, here is a card that is a little bit different

I decided to go down the 'themed' route for AJ's birthday card

Boys cards are so hard, but when they have grown out of dinosaurs, tractors and cars, the task of a handmade card gets even trickier

This 17 year old loves Breaking Bad, he's watched the entire show 3 times over, every episode of every season, three times

So there was no doubt in my mind that Walter White had to make an appearance


I got the idea of a 'pop and twist' card from my lovely and very talented friend Linda, you can see hers on her blog HERE, along with lots of other gorgeous cards

I found a tutorial online and then altered the measurements to make a larger, square card

You open the card as normal and then the little mechanism inside twists and pops open a little book, plenty of room for extra images, quotes, verses etc

All the images are downloaded from google and printed out



AJ said he "absolutely loved " his card, so job well done methinks,  I will have to do a lot of thinking about next year though !

I have a couple more cards to share over the next few days then I will have some christmas cards to share ( scouts honour Jan xxx)

Love and chemistry

Tracey
xxx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Happy Birthday Katie

I made the following card for my beautiful niece Katie who turned 19 on the 16th of this month


I used Mariposa papers and Tim Holtz papers, the flowers are mainly Prima, the sentiment is Stampin' Up as is the punch I used to mat the sentiment and the stamps and punch I used for the butterflies
The die is an old Marianne one and the border punch is Martha stewart



The next card I will be sharing will be totally different as it is for AJ, might have to go down the themed route for a 17 year male I think

Love and blue birthday wishes

Tracey

xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Be Mine

Happy Valentines Day

As per usual my valentine will be going to Neil, 30 years together and he spoils me just as much as he did in the early days of our relationship

I made him this card

He is definitely in tune with his feminine side and always prefers the very pretty girlie style cards that I make so I don't ever worry about using pink or throwing handfuls of flowers at his cards


I did add a little masculine grey and the little glimpses of metal you can see peeking underneath the flowers are actually window lead that I have embossed

I used Tim Holtz patterned papers
Prima flowers
Woodware silver balls
A Woodware leaf punch and a Stampin' Up leaf punch
Stampin' Up stamps for the sentiments
The circle die is by Nellie Snellen
I believe the heart die is by Marianne


I have had a lovely day at home, it is also my birthday so I have been truly spoilt and Neil has grand plans for the weekend to look forward to

By far the best part has been all the lovely messages and cards from my family and friends

Thankyou all so much

Love and valentine wishes

Tracey
xxx

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Happy Birthday Rob

The 5th February saw my son Robbie turn 21

TWENTY ONE

Just over two decades that boy has been filling our lives with love and laughter

I couldn't be prouder of the young man he has grown into, he has a fantastic work ethic, lovely, kind and gentle nature and is incredibly thoughtful

I truly am the luckiest mum

I tried a slightly different card style this time, it is one I haven't created before and it lends itself nicely to a masculine style as you can create lots of interest without having to add all the girlie touches

Plenty of layers, a monochrome colour scheme and a recurring star theme seemed to work quite well for this style of card

I liked the layout and so have half made a christmas card, which I will share once it is finished ( I haven't forgotten our little challenge Jan)



The papers I used are actually out of an older christmas paper stack, the stamps are all Stampin' Up, tag punch is by Woodware and the numbers have been cut with my Cuttlebug dies ( Hippy chick)


Now counting down the days until I see my boy again

Love and shining stars

Tracey
xxx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sandy paws and salty licks

Yesterday was our first foray onto the beach this year

These gorgeous blue skies tempted us to don our warm clothes and venture onto the sand


It was actually a little breezy and definitely blew away the cobwebs, you can see the surf rolling in behind Bruce as he waits for the ball to be tossed back into the waves



Molly did the usual and buried and then 'discovered' her ball leaving little holes all over the beach


We wandered from one end to the other and back again, Bruce dashing in and out of the water, Molly my little partner in crime searching for flotsam and jetsam

We found this gnarly driftwood, far too big for Molly to play with but texturally beautiful 


And this chunk of Maritime debris, rusty and redundant, all the way from Manchester


Molly loves exploring, just like me - look at that happy little face ( unfortunately she gets so excited by her new finds she often loses her ball !)


Heading back, wind in our faces, two happy pooches and all the cobwebs completely blown away



The nearest I will ever get to a selfie ! This one was an accident, but look at that beautiful sky


Love and salty kisses

Tracey
xxx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pretty in pink


Hello

It has been a little while since my last post

We have joined a gym, Neil and I

Neil for physio reasons, he's trying to strengthen his knee after his op and to regain some of the lost muscle on his left side and therefore hopefully regaining a little of his strength and co-ordination

And me, well, I need to shift these pounds before I get to the big 50 or I fear they may never go

I am eating fully vegan now, for health as well as ethical reasons, many thanks to Amy and Ben for all their help and advice and their inspiration in the first place, love you two xxx

I lost just over a stone by going vegan and then a plateau hit and so Neil joined me at the gym as part of my christmas gift, thankyou sweetheart xxx

I have to say I have had gym memberships on and off for years, but this time it just feels right. I love my gym - Snap fitness in St Austell, the staff are lovely and helpful, the gym is brand new and immaculate with absolutely tons of equipment, it is bright and cheerful and I actually look forward to going - that's a first !

We have been working out for a month and I didn't weigh myself at all in the first four weeks. To my dismay I lost only one pound when I jumped on the scales this week, I was gutted, I had worked bloody hard, weights and cardio, five days a week for four weeks

Neil urged me to measure and to not get hung up on what the scale reads, I was sceptical but did as I was told

I had taken my measurements at the beginning of January and when I repeated them I was gobsmacked

All in all I have lost 12 inches in total - 12 bloody inches - wow !!!! that's 30 cm, 300 mm, you get the gist - I am pretty happy with that

The scales have now been consigned to their hiding place under the bed, and, from now on I am just going to go by the mirror and my measurements

So that's the reason I have fallen behind with my blogging and cardmaking

But the upside of all this exercise is, at first it nearly killed me, I was sleeping for England, but now I have more energy, more motivation and my sleeping has returned to a normal pattern once again

I feel motivated to do more, more of everything, exercising, cardmaking, crafting, even cleaning, literally everything !

Woohoo, go me !

So, enough of the update, I am sure I have bored you all to tears

I have a card to share, I made this for my lovely friend Gillian


I used a Martha Stewart border punch and a lattice Nestability die to create the whitework


The leafy scroll is an old Marianne die and the flowers were made using a Stampin' Up stamp and punch set

The sentiment is also Stampin' Up as is the punch I used to cut it out

Gillian is currently nursing a poorly shoulder so I am sending her all my love and hoping she feels much better soon

Love and lost inches

Tracey
xxx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Little letters of love

Hello again

This is the last of my New Years Cards

I made this one for my very special friend Beryl


I really enjoyed making these cards and will definitely be doing some more next year. But, by far the best bit, was sitting down and writing the letters I put in them

Not because the notes contained anything profound, they weren't Shakespearean in nature, nor were they full of clever anecdotes or poetic achievements

The fact was, that as I wrote each letter, I indulged myself by thinking about the special people I had written to 

As I jotted down the families activities over the christmas period, I recalled fond memories of times spent talking to the recipients in person, sharing memories, stories, laughing and sharing

I feel very blessed with my family and my friends

The most important things in life are not things !

 Love and little letters of love

Tracey
xxx


Monday, 16 January 2017

Pretty in peach

Good evening

As promised I am back with another New Years card

This one was for my lovely and very special friend Pat

I added a little celebrational bling to the subtle colours with some Stickles and gems, the background paper has a little glitter in it too but the camera did not pick that up unfortunately


I am delighted to say my lovely and very talented friend Jan has accepted the challenge and already has a christmas card on her blog, so be expecting one from me very soon

You can check out Jan's inspirational blog HERE

If anyone else wants to join us in getting a head start on the christmas cards, please free free to jump in, I would love to see them

I have one more New Years card to share which I will return with tomorrow and then I must crack on with the multitude of birthday cards I need for February

Love and peachy kisses

Tracey
xxx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Keeping in touch

I don't usually make New Years cards

But this year I felt I wanted to start a new tradition, for me anyway

Being so far away from the majority of my friends and all my family I have decided to make a better effort at keeping in touch the old fashioned way, ie by putting pen to paper

We all message each other either on facebook, instagram, messenger and by text or email but I thought it might be nice to take a step back in time and say hello the traditional way

The first of the New Years Cards I made was for my lovely mum and dad


I hope the discovery of a nice fat, non brown envelope on their doormat made a nice change

And yes I have found my cardmaking mojo

I have quite a few to make for the end of January and February, so hopefully my crafty posts on here should be a little more regular

And one last thing before I go

A special friend of mine subtly dropped a little challenge my way just before christmas

Jan, I accept your christmas card challenge, if you are still up for it, I am aiming to make 2 a month, what do you say - is it game on ?

I will be back tomorrow with another New Years card

Happy crafting

Tracey
xxx

Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy birthday dad


For one of the special men in my life, 
the very first special man in my life, my lovely dad


I had this vintage style map paper in my stash, it's been there quite a while as it is one of those that I like too much to cut up.

I was searching for inspiration for dad's birthday card and trying to get out of the blues and browns rut that I have fallen into with masculine cards

And as I looked at the world laid flat on paper the quote came to mind - perfect for dad as he does, indeed, mean the absolute world to me

I computer generated the sentiment as I wanted to play around a little with the fonts and size

Hope you have had a lovely birthday dad, love and miss you

Tracey
xxx