Category Archives: Feminine Cards

Card Smorgasbord

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Hello and welcome!  I had a really low key, crafty weekend, and it was terrific!  Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow, and if the flow is taking you on a wave of creativity, don’t fight it!  I have four cards to share and they are all very different.  First up is a card that uses the new CTMH Ariana paper pack, and the February Stamp of the Month – Wild About Love.Hey FoxyThis paper pack has a good mix of feminine and masculine patterns.  Perfect for a Valentine card!

The next card was made in the wee hours of the morning, when I was having trouble sleeping.  I kept it simple and used the CTMH Cloud Nine card making kit.  LOVE that teal shimmer tape!Just BecauseMy third card was inspired by a scrapbooking sketch  I found on Pinterest.  I liked the layout and decided to turn it into a card.Good TimesThe CTMH Jubilee papers work perfectly to give this card a summery, country feel.  I paired it with the Take Note stamp set, which comes in the Artbooking Cricut Bundle.  Makes me long for a summer picnic or a trip to the fairgrounds!

And for my last card, I give you the Unicorn….UnicornI bought this stamp set for my daughter.  She loves animals and mythological creatures, and when she saw this stamp set, she immediately fell in love.  This one’s for you Lauryn!

I hope you have a terrific week and find some crafty inspiration along the way.  See you soon!

~Tracy

You Lift Me Up

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Hi there.  Thanks for checking in.  I have 3 cards to share today, and the first one will be entered into the Heart2Heart challenge for their Two Faced challenge.  The requirement is to use both sides of a patterned paper.You Lift Me UpThe hot air balloon, from the new CTMH Give a Lift stamp set, was paper pieced using patterned paper from the Balloon Ride paper pack.  The flowers were coloured with Copics.  Those took me a few delicate moments to cut out, but it was well worth the effort!  I added a scalloped border to the blue background, and the shimmer tape to finish it off.

The next card was made with a stamp set that I really like, but have never found occasion to use.  It’s such a shame when that happens!Sweet LifeThe chicken wire background was stamped directly onto the card surface.  I then stamped, coloured and cut out the apple tree branches and fiddled with them until I liked the placement.

And last but not least…Horses

I saw this style of card in an old paper crafting magazine and thought I’d give it a go.  I played up the country theme of the Jubilee patterned paper with the horse image from the Country Born stamp set.  The lovely little gift tag sentiment is from the Made From Scratch stamp set.

So that’s it from my little basement studio this week.  I will be back soon with more paper crafting fun.  Have a great week!

~Tracy

 

His & Hers

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Hello there!  It’s been so long I can hardly believe it.  I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into my crafting, so here I am.  I’ve missed it immensely.  It really felt good to sit down at the old crafting table and make something.  But it’s been so long, I didn’t even know where to start.

After sifting through some of my stash, I decided to limit myself to one stamp set and ONLY paper scraps.  No full sheets of paper – just bits and pieces.  And let me tell you, I could probably make cards for a year or more without running out of paper scraps!  That really helped to keep me on track.  I decided to make two cards – one feminine and one masculine – and this is what I ended up with.You Are The Best CardThe stamp set is the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month:  Cross-stitch Wishes.  It is embellished with a little skirt bottom, some polka dot washi tape, and a bit of ribbon.  A little stitching around the edge ties in nicely with the whole theme.

My attempt at a masculine card turned out like this…Sew Special Card

I really love the stitched arrows that are stamped on the base of the card.  A few wood and metal accents were added to help out with the masculine look, but I still managed to sneak in a gem (at least it’s navy blue!).

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak.  Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something new.  Until then, happy crafting!

~Tracy

My Time Made Easy Release – In A Cinch

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Hi everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Today is Day 4 of the My Time Made Easy August Release Extravaganza!  The new template called In A Cinch is the highlight of today’s hop.  Check it out…In a Cinch Butterfly Top

Here I am showcasing the butterfly box top, but this fabulous template comes with 4 different box top options!  Box tops include a plain rounded top, a star, a flower and a butterfly.  Each box is unique with its own designer top closure, that offers you a ton of versatility and is a cinch to put together!  The rounded top allows you to add whatever you wish to the top of the box from a circle image, to large buttons, or customize it with any image or shape to suit your occasion.

Flower CardI paired up this gorgeous, little box with the lovely Fanciful Flower Card template.  This cut file includes the card, and the decorative pieces. So easy to make and pretty to boot. In a Cinch Butterfly

Please take a few moments and hop on over to see what Lauren MeaderDebbie Marcinkiewicz and Kimberly Morrow have done with their templates.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy crafting!

~Tracy

Close To My Heart Blog Hop

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Hi again folks!  If you’re here for the My Time Made Easy blog hop please scroll down to the next post.  Since today is the day the new Close To My Heart 2013 Fall/Winter Idea Book goes live, a few local consultants, including yours truly, decided to put on a blog hop showcasing the gorgeous, new paper packs that are being offered this season.  This first project shows off the whimsical Laughing Lola Paper Pack.Dream Big BagThis lovely, little bag was cut out using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and embellished with some Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements, and a few Laughing Lola Assortment pieces.  Oh ya, and the paisley cut out was stamped using the classy, sassy Paisley Perfect stamp set!

A touch of class cardThis card was crafted using some B&T papers from both the Laughing Lola and Sarita paper packs.  Again, I used the Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements along with a few die cuts to embellish the card.  Those Elements really made assembling this card quick, and easy.  And speaking of die cuts, you absolutely must check out the new CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  WOW!  If you like making mini albums or scrapbook layouts, this cartridge is a must have.

So, hop on over and visit the other girls for more CTMH paper pack peaks, and great creative ideas.  Have a great day everyone, and happy crafting!

~Tracy

Out of a Hat Challenge #66 – Song With a Flower In The Title

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Hello, and happy Thursday!  Well, this is my last post as guest designer for Out of a Hat Creations, and I just want to say thanks for having me.  It’s always a pleasure hanging out in cyberspace with the ladies!  This week’s challenge is to create something inspired by a song with a flower in the title.  I chose Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” for my inspiration.

Kiss From A RoseOne of the main lines in the song is “I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey”.  From that, I was inspired to create a grey, distressed background, and add the roses as the kiss of colour to brighten things up.

A Kiss From a RoseThe silver frame was first dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder, then covered with glitter glue.  That was a lot of glitter glue, lol!  I had to let it dry overnight.  For the sentiment, I cut a rectangle of cardstock, stamped it with the music background and added the sentiment.  The roses were cut with my Cricut, and the edges sponged with red ink.  I always love the look of paper roses.  They are so beautiful, and really add elegance to anything.

I hope you have time to visit Janet, Sandra and Chrissie to see what they’ve been up to.  And please do join in the fun.  We love to see your makes.  Have a lovely day, and happy crafting!

~Tracy

Out of a Hat Challenge #65 – Transport

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Good day!  I am continuing my guest design spot today over at the Out of a Hat Challenge Blog with this CAS card.  The theme is transport – old or new.  I went with a good old-fashioned bicycle.  This one looks to be circa 1950’s, complete with white wall tires!Shiny Green Bike

The stamp is from the Close To My Heart Bright Sunshiny Day set.  The sentiment is from another retired set and finishes on the inside with “enjoy the ride”.  I coloured the bicycle in with a green sparkle gel pen to match the cardstock, and added the ribbon and silver brad at the top.  Very simple but I like the results.

Click on the links below or head on over to the challenge blog to check out what the other gals have made this week.  Always fun to peak in on them.  Have a great day and happy crafting!

~Tracy

Chrissie – Jumbled Crafts

Janet –  Dash-Paw

Sandra – Sandra’s Spot

Jewel In The Crown

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Hi gang!  A quick post to share my Out of a Hat Creations challenge card.  The theme this week is ‘jewel in the crown’.  My take on this was inspired by the Make It Monday video over on the {capture the moment} blog.  If you want to see some great technique videos they have a new one every Monday – fabulous!Jewel in the CrownA bunch of different sized flags were cut using paper from the Gina K Designs Parisian Garden collection.  Once I had them glued down, I popped up a border on top and embellished it with the silver embossed crown and a banner that says Magnifique.  I also added splotches of silver spritz along with a few purple gems in the bottom corner.  C’est tout, as they say en francais.  Have a great day everyone!

~Tracy

 

I’ve Been Framed!

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Good day everyone.  Are you getting the same glorious weather that we’re getting in Ottawa?  It’s been 27 C for the last week and it’s been just delightful!  I’m loving it.  Needless to say it’s been great being outside in the garden and hard to drag myself into the craft room.  But I had two Mother’s Day cards and a few birthday cards that needed to get done and that’s what I’ve been working on.

This week’s theme at Out of a Hat Creations is picture frames.  I’ve incorporated that theme into 3 cards, which I will share with you today.MomAfter searching the internet for some ideas, I found a sample of a line frame card.  This was very interesting and effective to me, so I tried it out on my Mother’s Day cards.Happy Mother's DayAfter stamping my images and sentiments, I took a black archival ink marker and drew lines around the outside at equal distances from the edge.  As you can see, I tried one card with the lines going through the images and one card  stopping at one side of the image and carrying on at the other side of the image.  Both are effective and finish off the cards nicely in a simple way.Bird Birthday CardThis last card uses a more traditional frame to enhance the focal image.  I used my Cricut machine to cut it out.  The stamped image is from the CTMH Fabulous You stamp set.

Well that’s it from me.  I truly hope spring has sprung in your neck of the woods.  It’s been a long time coming here.  Enjoy the rest of your day and happy crafting!

~Tracy

 

 

 

My Time Made Easy April Release

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Hi everyone!  Today is April 1st which means the new products from My Time Made Easy are available in the store for purchase!  I showcased the super cool running shoe template the other day and today I am sharing the lovely Sexy Soles Template and Shop Till You Drop digital stamp set.  Take a look…

Sexy SolesAnother adorable shoe template!  The perfect gift for the bride-to-be, birthday gal or shoe fetishist.  Here I filled it with chocolate coins and paired it with a cute card and some gift cards.  We all need a little retail therapy now and again!Sexy SolesI was going for that nude patent leather look, which is really popular right now, so I printed the colour onto glossy photo paper and then used that to cut out my template.  The cheetah paper is from the new Purse Patterns digital paper pack.  If you like animal prints this set is for you!Sexy SolesPlease take a few moments to check out what the other talented ladies of the design team have created and give a warm welcome to our 3 newest members.  Also, our Inspiration Gallery is chock full of great projects so grab a cup and do some surfing!  Have a fabulous day!

~Tracy