September 16, 2022

Color Hues Challenge #49

It's time for a new color duo at the Color Hues Color Challenge #49! Thank you for those you who participated in our 2nd birthday challenge, your cards were fantastic!

This challenge we are using colours that I picked, yellow and brown. We are at the tail of sunflower season here and that is what I was thinking about when I chose these colours!

I used the Crafter's Companion Sunkissed Wishes stamp set to create a simple sympathy card. The card that is always hard to make when you are in need. It i always nice to have a few on hand.

I stamped and black heat embossed the sunflower on a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and then I coloured it with my ZIG Real Brush markers. I haven't had them out in so long it was nice to see that they haven't dried out and how fun and easy they are to blend with!

The background was embossed with the Lawn Fawn Just Stitching Scallop Circle and then I blended Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink around the outside of my panel. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I popped the panel up with foam tape on to a top folding kraft card base.

Please head over to the Colour Hues blog to see what the rest of my teammates have made with this colour duo!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!

September 9, 2022

Scrap 'N Stamp Colours of Fall Inspiration Hop

Hi friends and Happy Friday. I'm back again hopping with Scrap N' Stamp Canada on Instagram for the Colours of Fall Inspiration Hop! 

Please comment on my Instagram @traceymcneely for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Scrap 'n Stamp Canada store.

Do you have a time of the summer when you know that summer is coming to an end? For me it has always been when the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) opens in Toronto. This year with everything going on it completely took me by surprise but it happened followed by September 1st and now the air is cleaner and crisper and I have even seen a few of the trees starting to take on the colours of fall!

I used Catherine Pooler Fall Calls for Latte stamps and dies for both of my cards. For my first card I created my own patterned paper using the leaf images from the set in autumn colours. Then I stamped and black heat embossed some of the coffee cups and then carefully coloured them with my Copic markers. You would think after all these years that I would have enough markers but I think I need to get a few more to match these newest ink colours-lol!

For the second card I made my own cardstock using 5 Catherine Pooler inks and once they were dry I stamped and die cut the three leaves with the same colour ink to create a tone on tone image. I made a pile of leaves on the card panel that I cut from Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables and rather than trying to glue each leaf separately I picked them all up with some Stretch and Seal, turned them over, applied glue to the backs of the leaf pile and then turned it back over and placed on my panel. No shifting at all! 

I finished off by flicking some yellow gold Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors watercolour on the card front. Any type of watercolour splatter would work like the new Kuretake Gansai Tambi Opal! I can't wait to get this set to try it out!

Don't forget you need to comment on my Instagram @traceymcneely for your chance to win!

September 1, 2022

Color Hues Challenge #48

Happy 2nd Birthday to the Color Hues!

We hope that you join us for a special celebration!

 We have asked the ladies over at our sister challenge Seize the Birthday to make a birthday card using the same Hues of Color.  The bigger the party the better, wouldn't you say?  

So the change to this challenge is to not only use the Colors below but also to Make a Birthday card to help us CELEBRATE! 

After you link up a card for this challenge make sure you head on over to Seize the Birthday and Link up with them as well!  This challenge and their challenge will be like any other, as each Challenge blog will pick its own Winners! 

I love it when I can make two cards instead of one using the same supplies!

I used the My Favorite Things Big Happy Birthday cover die to create two birthday cards. To use both of the colours I cut one in navy and one in lime green. I inlaid the opposite colour pieces into the cover die cut. I ended up cutting three more BIG in each colour and glued them together before gluing on the cover plate for some added dimension. I also cut the word WISHES from Sizixx gold opulent paper for the bottom line of both cards. I finished it off with a cupcake from My Favorite Things All the Cupcakes stamp set coloured with Copic markers to match the card.

A closer look:

Please head over to the Color Hues blog to see what my fabulous teammates have designed for the challenge!

Thanks for stopping in today!

August 26, 2022


Hi there friends, I'm sorry I have not been around much this summer.

There has been so much going on in my little corner of the world and it's keeping me out of my craft room. My daughter applied for and accepted a job transfer to Ottawa. So instead of being 5 hours away from me now she is only 4 1/2! The move was big, how she managed to accumulate so much furniture in 2 years of living on her own, I don't know--lol! However she and her boyfriend of 5 years have a lovely and cute condo in Ottawa and she hasn't stopped smiling.

My generation are seeing our parents live well into their 80's and 90's, mine are 91 or 94 as so lucky to have one another. They prefer live in their own home which is wonderful but also concerning for the family. My father has been in the hospital the last three weeks with pneumonia but he rallied back and his chest is clear and he has come home with some restrictions. A nurse twice a day and my mom looking after him. Lots of time checking in on them, setting up schedules and lots and lots of hours of phone calls and being on hold. Really busy times but it's my turn to look after them.

So crafting has taken a bit of a backseat but not forgotten!

I used the Crafter's Companion Sumptuous Sunflowers Embossing folder with four different white core pieces of cardstock. After I embossed them I sanded them lightly with my Tim Holtz Sanding Block I have had for years. I love how they turned out simply embossed and lightly sanded to bring the white core to the surface giving a very organic vibe.

They looked so good I simply attached them to a card base, added a sentiment from Waffle Flower and there they are--done! Easy Peasy!

August 16, 2022

Color Hues Challenge #47

Hi there is time for some chocolate mint ice favourite!

Sorry it's time for a new color duo at the Color Hues Color Challenge #47 and our colors are chocolate and mint! LOL

I used the Concord & 9th Love You More stamps and dies for the first time. It's such a fun set with so many options. I made my own mint and chocolate cardstock using my Catherine Pooler In The Park and Icing on the Cake ink pads.

My heart background was made by embossing the Studio Katia Scattered Hearts stencil on white cardstock. I wish the camera showed it off a bit more because it looks great.

The centre panel  and the ice cream cone was popped up with foam tape.

I am also linking this up to Happy Little Stampers!

Please visit the Color Hues Challenge Page to see what my amazing teammates have made for this delicious colour combination!!

Thanks for stopping by!

August 11, 2022

Sunflower Power Inspiration Hop and SALE

Hi friends, I'm back again hopping with Scrap N' Stamp Canada on Instagram for the Sunflower Power Inspiration Hop!

Comment on my Instagram @traceymcneely for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Scrap 'n Stamp store! I used the Crafter's Companion sunflower embossing folder and matching stencils for both of my cards!

The embossed image is a fun size to create a mini slimline card!

 Thanks so much for stopping in, don't forget to comment on my Instagram @traceymcneely for your chance to win!

August 2, 2022

Layering Stencils with the Stencils 360

When I had the Stencils 360 tool out I created this background using two of the stencils that are from the Penguin Palace Fancy Gift Box stencil set. I used one of the large 6" stencils to make the blue green background by first stenciling the blue using the solid triangle which is 45 degrees. Then I used the open triangle and stenciled the green.. I popped out the stencil and changed to the 4" guide ring and stenciled the rainbow bow in the centre. This made it a one layer card.
Perfect for mailing!

I finished it off with a sentiment from Waffle Flower Crafts Essential Sentiments.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!