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Show Some Love

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Hi there!  I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I can hardly believe it’s over for another year. What a whirlwind! Now it’s already mid-January and that means switching gears from Santa Claus and Christmas trees to cupids and hearts! My daughter and I have been busy cutting, colouring and gluing Valentine cards for her classmates and that inspired me to create a few of my own starting with this one…Treasured Friend

This card features the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month “Beloved Bouquet”. The pretty patterned paper is from the Charlotte paper pack.  Here’s another card I crafted with the same stuff…

Valentine rose

So happy to be back at it. I don’t realize how much I miss paper crafting until I sit back down at my desk and create something. Creativity is such a beautiful thing. There’s a New Year’s resolution – make more stuff this year!  What a great idea 🙂 and on that note I have one last card to share…

 

watercolour flower jar

Looks like water colours in the paper crafting world are back in style.  I dusted off my water colour pencils and tried my hand at these flowers.  I’m a bit rusty at it but it was fun none-the-less. A great excuse to have another go at it again soon! 🙂

~Tracy

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Give Me A C-T-M-H!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and finding some time to craft.  I have made it my mission to get up Saturday mornings and do nothing but drink tea and make stuff.  What a lovely, relaxing way to start a weekend!

Today I made a card for the Heart2Heart Challenge blog.  The theme is to create a project using the letters “C“, “T“, “M“, and “H” in some way. The letters themselves can be used, or a product or technique using the letters.  So here we go…

Miss YouThis fairly simple card was created using the CTMH Huntington paper pack.  The sentiment ‘miss you’ was stamped down the side in Whisper ink, and one time in Barn Red to make it stand out.  The main focal image was stamped on kraft card stock, and embellished with a rose and leaves cut out using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  A scalloped border and some Harvest Bakers Twine add the finishing touches.

Earlier this week, I was also able to sit down and make a card, which I will share with you here.  This one uses the CTMH ‘A Tree’ stamped image.  I coloured it in using Copic markers, and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I added some stitching and a framed button embellishment.with LoveThe inspiration came from a card by Betsy Veldman, I came across in an old Paper Crafters magazine.  She is definitely one of my favourite paper crafters, and if I can come close to making something as amazing as her stuff, then I consider it to be a good day!!  So I guess it helps to use one of her creations as inspiration!

Well that’s it for today.  Please leave a comment if you care to.  I enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great weekend everyone!

~Tracy

 

 

Summertime Fun

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Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted last.  The biggest reason being, I started a full-time job about a month and a half ago. Needless to say, that along with two kids keeps me busy, busy, busy!  But we went away to a nice, little cottage on a lake in Quebec this weekend, for one last bit of summertime fun, and I managed to squeeze in some crafting time – yeah!

This is the last of four cards I made, but I will share it first, as it is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge this week.  LanternsThe challenge theme is bunting/pennants.  I guess the lanterns aren’t really pennants but I thought it was a fun twist on the theme, and it reminds me of summertime and camping.  The stamp set is the Close To My Heart November Stamp of the Month – Illuminate.

The second card is one I made for the owners of the cottage.  A little thank you note to let them know we had a great time swimming, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and just hanging out.  You can just see the lake in the background.  A lovely view to craft by!Thank You CardNext up is a beach inspired card, made with the CTMH Bright Sunshiny Day stamp set.  What is more summery than a beach, children building sandcastles, and frolicking in the water?

Beach

And finally, the cherry on top…. an ice cream sundae card!SundaeSo, as you can see, it was a fun afternoon yesterday, crafting from my shady spot while watching the kids play in the water.  Moments to cherish!  I hope you all had a fabulous Labour Day weekend, and took some time to relax, and enjoy family and friends.  Have a great week!

~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

My Time Made Easy July Year In Review

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Hi!  Today is My Time Made Easy‘s Year In Review.  That’s when we get to use older templates and products from the store and show them off.  This month, I wanted to share the Wonderful Watering Can template.  It is so darn cute and one of the first templates I bought before becoming a design team member.Wonderful Watering Can

Here I’ve embellished it with the Flutters and Flowers cut file and Petal Prints digital paper.  Isn’t that flower gorgeous?  And so easy to make!  Hope you have time to hop on over to visit the other ladies today.  They always have show stoppers!  Have a great 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

Out of a Hat Challenge #64 – A Tag Book

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Happy Thursday!   Are you ready for another Out of a Hat challenge?  This week we are getting busy with a tag book.  I made mine for a baby girl, which I will give to her grandmother as a keepsake (and no, I am not the mother, lol!).Baby

The tags were cut out with my Cricut machine, and I embellished the front with a lot of pretty pink papers, buttons and trim from my stash.  My book contains 6 tag pages, but is held together by a metal loop closure, so more can be added if desired.Baby Girl

I love the little crocheted doily and fabric button – so soft and pretty!  To finish off the top, I added the seam binding ribbon, chocolate button and small, metal tag.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week’s Out of a Hat Challenge.  We loved your ticket projects and can’t wait to see what you get up to for this week’s tag book challenge.  Please take a moment to see what Chrissie, Janet and Sandra have made for your viewing pleasure.  Happy crafting!

~Tracy

Girlie Handbags

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Hi all!  My daughter was invited to a going away party for a classmate who is changing schools next year, so we thought it would be nice to give her and her sister a little something to remember us by…HandbagsWhat could be a better gift for two little girls than their very own handbags, complete with all the girlie things that go inside?  The handbag template is from My Time Made Easy and I used paper from the Close To My Heart Dream Pop paper pack.  The little pocket on the front hosts their first initial, and contains a tag with a personal message.Handbags

The front closure strap is held down by a piece of Velcro so they can open their handbags and access their goodies easily.  These are totally adorable, and I’m happy to report they were received with much enthusiasm!

Have a terrific weekend and I’ll be back real soon.  Happy crafting!

~Tracy

 

Out of a Hat June Guest Designer!

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Hello crafty peeps!  I’m very excited to be guest designer at Out of a Hat Creations for the month of June!  Thank you ladies for asking me.  As you know, I’ve been playing along with their challenges fairly regularly over the last year, and in doing so, I’ve really been able to stretch my creative muscles.  What more could a crafter ask for?

So are you ready to check out this week’s theme?  Tickets please!Tickets Please!

The ticket shapes were cut out using my Cricut machine and stamped with some ticket stamps from my stash.  You can see the middle ticket has today’s date on it!  I am celebrating my guest design spot with the Hatters 🙂Ticket Closeup

After creating a bow with a piece of hemp twine, I used a cute little heart mini clothespin to hold it all together, then popped it up over a background of different shapes and strips of patterned paper.I {heart} OOAH!

Please take a minute or two to pop over and see what Chrissie, Janet and Sandra have made.  And feel free to play along.  We’d love to see what you come up with.  Have a lovely day everyone!

~Tracy

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