October 30, 2014

The 12 Kits of Occasions - October '14

It is time once again for the 12 Kits of Occasions, with Halloween tomorrow we are posting today. A bit early, some of the girls will be posting on the 31st so you are getting two days of inspiration!

Jessica is our hostess this month and she sent out the most fabulous kit full of goodies for fall and Thanksgiving cards! Loaded with die cuts, patterned papers and other fabulous goodies.  I could make so many cards with it. I have three today, more tomorrow.  No excuses I totally procrastinated this month. There has been a lot going on at home and in blogland. It seems I really do believe I can either get 25+ hours out of a day or that sleep is totally not necessary!

I will have more cards to post tomorrow.

I hope that you find some inspiration here today, happy hopping!

My first card uses the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #160


My second card uses The Paper Players #219 Sketch Challenge


I am absolutely wild about the ink pad that Jessica used for the sentiment on this next card! It looks so fabulous against the purple background.


Please visit the 12 Kits of Occasions blog and see the amazing creations the rest of the team has for you to see!

I am submitting today's project's to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Don't forget I will have more to share tomorrow. :)

October 28, 2014

CCC #119


Happy Tuesday and time for a new Cue Card at CASology!

How fitting is this week's word:

Using the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #97 I made a card with my friendly ghosts from Top Dog Dies with a black base, some patterned paper from Amy Tangerine and a white embossed sentiment.


Tracey McNeely (that's me)

October 26, 2014

Nordic Merry Christmas & A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0

Click HERE to purchase A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0

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A nordic Christmas card design inspired by A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0...


I have one...


to giveaway. 

Comment HERE with a response to the giveaway question by October 30, 11:59 pm EST

Geometric Tree & A Very Trendy Holiday Giveaway!

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Another card design using geometrics inspired by A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0...


I have one...


to giveaway. 

Comment HERE with a response to the giveaway question by October 30, 11:59 pm EST

October 25, 2014

RetroSketches #138


Time for this week's new RetroSketches sketch!

One last, well probably last, Halloween card for this year. So many fabulous Halloween themed stamps and papers that I could just keep on going.


October 24, 2014


Happy Friday and time for a new challenge at Tag You're It!

This time our inspiration is from the fabulous Leigh Penner and these adorable tags she created. I just love the soft colours and patterns.

I am starting to get into the Christmas tag making mode again. After die cutting my tag from white cardstock I stamped some tiny snowflakes in soft gray on it. I selected some patterned paper from Doodlebug's Home For the Holidays collection and cut it on an angle
Here is how Leigh's tag inspired me...


Head over to Tag You're It to see how the rest of the design team was inspired.

Click HERE to register for the class.

Don't forget my GIVEAWAY post HERE.

October 23, 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 and a Giveaway!

Super excited to announce that A VERY TRENDY HOLIDAY 2.0 is now available for purchase. 
This is a fabulous class you won't want to miss.

With EIGHTEEN video tutorials, written tutorials and more than 50 samples to inspire you, this class will have you running to grab your ink and stamps.  All class samples incorporate the hottest trends in the industry!

The written and video tutorials will teach you:
  • Creative uses for dies
  • Faux Watercoloring with Distress Markers
  • Inlaid Die Cutting techniques
  • Simple cards that pack a huge WOW
  • Advanced stenciling techniques
  • How to make metal accent pieces
  • Simple coloring with copics
  • Emboss Resist techniques
  • Watercoloring embossed images
  • CASEing cards, but making them your own
  • How to get perfectly aligned layers
  • Masking Techniques
  • and more!

StampNation members got early access yesterday, along with a $10 off coupon!
They are absolutely LOVING A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.

This is a great time to become a member.  You'll get access to StampNation & get a discount for the class.  Win-Win!!!  

Click HERE to purchase A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0

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I am also lucky enough to have been given


Comment with a response to this question by October 30, 11:59 pm EST

Where do you get inspiration from when making your holiday cards?

Top Dog Dies Tutorial - Build a Scene

I have a tutorial up on the Top dog Dies Blog today (should be up this afternoon) on how to build-a-scene using the new Top Dog Dies exclusive Cool Cats Dies.  Pop over to have a look.



Thank you for the moon Michele Ferguson!


Open for registration at StampNation today!

Today is the Day!
A Very Trendy Holiday is available to purchase at 1 pm EST HERE!

October 22, 2014



Sharing a card today that I had not posted before.
This one was not picked up for publication but it is too spooky not to share!  ;)


I'm curious, do you send Halloween cards to friends or family?
I usually give them to my kids but that's about it.  They are just so fun to make,

Registration Opens on Thursday!

October 21, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Burlap Banner


There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  

You have until October 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

Current challenge details and link-up are here

The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!






Registration Opens on Thursday!

CCC #118


Happy Tuesday and time for this week's new CASology Cue Card.
This week our cue is:

What I am seeing everywhere are homes all dressed up for trick or treater's. So I broke out my new Simon Says Village dies that I purchased originally to make cute white houses and turned my house to a spooky haunted house. The die easily cuts all those tiny windows so I die cut one is yellow and one in black. Then I carefully slid the yellow house off my Big Shot so that the windows did not come out.  The dies do not cut the bottom of the images giving you options for landscapes.  I chose to cut them off for my design. I put a piece of scotch tape on the back of the yellow house to hold the windows in place. Then after poking out the windows of the black house I glued the two together giving the glow. I die cut my hill and then taped it down to the grey background before die cutting the square, Then I stamped the bats and sentiment before adhering the die cuts with foam tape.


Tracey McNeely (that's me)

Registration Opens on Thursday!