Still Dreamin’

Have you got your June Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been so in love with a stamp set, but Ice Cream Dreams captured my heart as soon as I got the idea book almost a year ago.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t ink it before it’s release because I knew I’d want to share all these cute creations.

I have three grandkids getting ready to start their summer vacation from school so I made them each a card and put a gift card for Baskin & Robbins so they could treat themselves to a successful year of school behind them.

You might have noticed that I’ve been missing from the Color Dare Challenge for a couple of weeks and I’m happy to say I’m back playing today.  The colors are those of the Jackson Paper Packet – Barn Red, Juniper, Glacier, Cocoa & Colonial White.  This card is a slight 4.75 X 3 and made with the Jackson papers.  My Fudgecicle is made using the retired CTMH Alcohol Markers in both shades of Barn Red.  I’m so glad I don’t ever get rid of things because it was just the perfect color.  The stick was Juniper and although it appeared dried up I got enough color out of it for the stick.

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This next card is for our little Princess graduating from Kindergarten.  I haven’t seen her for a couple of years, but know that she loves bling and sparkle as much as her grandma does.  I used retired papers from the Dream Pop collection and I colored the truck with the Shin Han Markers…it seemed pretty whimsical and just the look I was going for.  I still wanted more bling so I added rhinestones to the tire centers and then decided to cut the canopy out of some Teal Glitter paper – that was a challenge as you can’t stamp on it very well.

My final card is for our sweet Miss B! I sure miss her being underfoot, but I’ve managed to send her at least one card a week since she went to live with her dad.  I know that she’s saving them so I went a little extra special on her card.  Shame on grandma!!!  I thought the Spin Card (which are retiring boo-hoo) would fascinate her.  I used some Chalk It Up papers and Teal Shimmer Trim on the front and popped up the sentiment with some thin 3D foam tape.  One side of the spinner has the Sundae and the other side has that cute Puppy.  Miss B has done very well in 4th grade and I’m so proud of all her accomplishments after not being in school since a few weeks in the 1st grade.

  

I think it’s really important to celebrate our grandkids accomplishments even though we don’t see them on a regular basis so they know how much they are loved.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to get your Ice Cream Dreams stamp ordered you only have until the end of June!114

Owl Love

I saw a cute card on Pinterest with penguins in wedding attire, but I don’t have the punch to make the little critters, so I thought I’d try my hand with the owls from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

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I had a leftover Skylark complement to use for a wedding bouquet and a little teal shimmer trim worked to give the tuxedo a little bling.

 

 

 

 

 

Close Up Owls

 

Here’s a close up of the owls…bitty pearls made a sweet little necklace and I just happened to hoarde a bow tie from the retired puffies collection.

 

 

I’m open for some suggestions on this card and would love to see someone make it over…Owl Love You if you come up with a better idea!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Typed Note – SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s SOTM, which is Typed Note, a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Brenda’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

I have been waiting to use this stamp of the month since the idea book was released, however when I actually put ink to paper I just thought…WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?  So I turned to Pinterest where I found this card and then things just started clicking.  I ended up making 3 cards and got three different answers for which one I should feature here so I decided to post all three!

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MApril SOTM Chalk It Upiss B’s vote was for the colorful card made with the Chalk It Up papers.  I think it was the puffies butterfly (now retired) that swayed her vote.

 

 

 

 

 

April SOTM Black White

 

The mister of the household voted for the black card.  The notebook paper is stamped from the Artbooking Cricut Collection stamp set and the tag is embossed with a number and letter combination I felt that the card needed some texture, the ribbon comes from a retired Black Mini Medley’s collection.  All of the pieces were mounted to a piece of Black Fundamentals Paper.

 

 

April SOTM Glacier PML

 

And now for my favorite!  I started with a PML card from the Hopscotch collection.  I mounted it to a piece of Glacier Cardstock which I had embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder I also rounded the corners so it would match the soft look of the PML card.  I stamped the typewriter 3 times (twice just the paper portion) so I could add some extra pieces of paper to my note.  I finished it off with some Black Arrow Washi Tape and Gold Sequins.

 

Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment by April 15th and I will randomly draw from all comments to receive all three cards.

Now, hop on over to Chris Robertson’s Blog and see what she has going on in her creative life.

Thanks again for stopping by!

 

 

Skylark PML – AHSC #98

I think I woke up knowing what I wanted to try for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week before I even saw the sketch.  I have a drawer full of Picture My Life Cards that have found their way into a couple of projects, but not nearly enough.  The question became a little harder when I started thinking about which ones to use.

This is the sketch from AHSC #98

and this is my take – rotated 90 degrees.

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Since I needed something a little cheery today I reached for my package of Skylark cards. This card is 5 X 7 and the entire front is framed with Kraft CS.  I then layered a piece of Sweet Leaf CS which I embossed and sanded to back the PML cards.  On the larger card I added a piece of Teal Shimmer Trim to give it a bit more dimension (there was a lagoon stripe on the card so I just covered it up.  The smaller card included the sentiment Hello World and I mounted it on a piece of Thin 3D Foam Tape (I’m gonna need to buy more soon).  There’s a little peak of the inside…I lined the bottom with a piece of Sweet Leaf CS cut at an inch wide and then layered a left over zip strip from the Skylark papers (remember I said I was nearly out of Skylark, well I found another pack so I’m happy again).

December’s Card Magic

 

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I am super excited for my December Card Classes…I have these three fun cards featuring products from the Seasonal Expression 1 which went live on December 1st.  I love bright spring colors and of course anything to do with LOVE!

If you’d like to learn more about my card classes, please post a comment and include how to contact you.

Happy Crafting!

Tracey

Colorcrush Close to My Heart Style

 

I recently learned that Close to My Heart posts a weekly color challenge on Instagram so I anxiously awaited for Wednesday to come this week to see the #colorcrush posting.

Barn Red, Glacier, Lagoon, Olive, Flaxen

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I had to give this one some thought – it’s a beautiful fall palette, but I wanted something different.

The Better With A Friend exclusive hostess stamp set was sitting on my desk so I grabbed it – along with the Wishes pattern book to pull this off.  I chose a 5 X 7 card pattern and then went to work putting the colors together.  The top paper is a piece of Glacier from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper, I used the zip strip from the Pathfinding papers for the Olive and the Flaxen C/S backs the shopping girl, the glitter paper represents the lagoon to add a bit of sparkle and I sponged the white papers with lagoon ink and then stamped the sentiment in Barn Red.

I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun putting colors together and going outside my normal “box”.

What would you do with these colors?  Leave me a comment with a link to your creation!

Tracey

For Always In My Heart

 

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I thought I’d wake up from my bad dream of losing a dear friend to cancer, but since it didn’t seem appropriate to just wallow in my own grief and not acknowledge her death I made an assortment of sympathy cards with some left over paper from the For Always paper packet. 

The stark contrast of black and white with minimal embellishments seemed perfect.  Sympathy cards are my least favorite to make, yet I know how much comfort they brought me when my own mom died in 2012.

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The first three cards are standard 4.25 X 5.5 cards from sketches I found on Pinterest and the last card was created using a 5 X 7 pattern from the Wishes pattern book.

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I love the versatility of the sketches available in the pattern books available through Close to My Heart.  Using them along with the assorted papers in the paper packets can really make your card making quick!

Tracey

L is for …

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

 For this hop we will be featuring the letter L. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  I chose to use the Laughing Lola paper packet as my “L”.  Although Laughing Lola was featured in the autumn/winter catalog it was one of four paper packs that carried over to the spring catalog.  As I mentioned before Lola was my maternal grandma’s name so how couldn’t I fall in love with this paper?

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy.  If you came from Catherine’s Catscrapbooking then you’re on the right track!

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As you know, I love cards that are out of the ordinary!  Circle Spin cards fit my desire for movement and it’s fun to “wind” up that little circle so it spins when the recipient opens the envelope.  You can purchase any of the products to make these cards at my webpage by clicking here.

 To make this card:

 

  • Z1866 White Daisy Circle Spin Card
  • X7170B Laughing Lola Paper Packet
  • M1038 Shooting Star
  • M1033 Heartfelt Birthday Wish
  • Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems
  • ZA1919 Purple Shimmer Trim

 

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Paper Crafts with Marloes

Don’t forget to follow my blog where you’ll receive an e-mail each time I post new artwork.  I appreciate you stopping by.

Tracey

 

 

Spinner Birthday

Have you seen the Spinner Cards from Close to My Heart?  I absolutely love the “punch” they deliver.  It puts a new “spin” on a birthday greeting!

OK, enough with the puns.  I was cruising Pinterest (hey, I’m entitled to waste time once in a while!)  I saw this great spinner card and had to put my own twist on it.  I cut strips of paper 2.5 inches long and various widths and lined them up along with some shimmer trim.  I finished it off with two M sized stamps, a couple of pennant strips and some aqua dots.  Perfect to wish my sister in law a happy birthday

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I’ll be putting a SPIN on cards and hope that you’ll be able to join me in July for my upcoming card class.  Please e-mail me for more information.

Happy Stamping!

Tracey

Sarita Ends My Time on The Paper Trail

Happy New Year!  This month on the Paper Trail we are featuring the fun geometric patterns of the Sarita Paper Packet.  I love the combination of colors and found the papers easy to coordinate.  If you have reached my blog from Karen’s Inky Fingers welcome…if you are starting here, I hope you’ll continue to follow the links to see how Sarita has been used.

I was inspired by the Cricut Artbooking mini album on page 57 of the 2013 Autumn/Winter and decided to make a card with a similar look.  I grabbed a 5 X 7 card and started layering.  The Artbooking cuts are so much fun.  I see myself using it a lot if for nothing than the torn notebook paper 🙂  I used an arrow from the Artiste stamp set to follow the edge and direct the eye to the word LOVE in the little library card holder.  The Love Life (D1482) stamp set has been one of my favorites for a while and I felt the words happiness and cherish go directly with love.  I also grabbed one of the Charming Chevron (A1150) stamps and it’s coordinating Sparkle Chevron Shapes (Z1909) for a little bling!

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Well, in most cases, paths come to an end and I have decided that my time on the Paper Trail has led me to take a different direction.  I hope that you’ll continue to stop by and check out my artwork…I’m hoping there will be more art to see  if I’m creating things in my own order instead of one that is chosen for me!  Now please head on over to Amy the Pineapple Paper Artist where I’m sure she has once again made something amazing!

May your new year find many minutes of crafting!

Tracey