October 30, 2017

Boo to You!

Here we are two days from Halloween and time for the 12 Kits of Occasions October edition!
Fabulous designer Nancy Penir is our hostess for our Halloween kit this month! She sent us the spookiest kit that is loaded with fun, fantastic, papers and stamped images. Cute and spooky die cuts and embellishments to play with!

Current state of affairs I wasn't able to get any projects created but head over to the 12 Kits of Occasions blog to see all the fun created by my talented team mates also Nancy has a special suprize you won't want to miss!

October 28, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #70


Happy Saturday Morning!

I am the hostess this week at Inspired By All the Little Things.
Everything about the inspiration photo I chose for this challenge says fall to me.
Colours of the season, a warm scarf, a hot drink and some beautiful fall leaves!

Was happy I have most of my card finished before I broke my collarbone last week. The pain is intense and the healing is slow but a visit with the surgeon this week looks like surgery is not going to be necessary. However, not celebrating just yet I am in a sling to keep my shoulder immobilized for another two weeks. so typing by dictation. :)

I have been loving using Distress Oxide Ink. I love how easy they are to apply and how easy it is the blend colours together.  For my card I created a panel from white cardstock with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and then a spritzed the Hero Arts Glorious Petals stencil with water and put in down on my panel. I created another panel with three different Distress Oxide Inks--Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Wild Honey. I cut the Lawn Fawn Sticked Leaves from these after a sprinkled some water on them.  The sentiment was gold embossed on chocolate brown from Neat & Tangled's Oak Leaf.



Head Over to the Inspired By All the Little Things blog to see who my guest is this week! You will love her card!

We hope to see you play with us this week!

October 27, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you friends who joined us for the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop!

Today I am announcing the winner for the $20 gift certificate from Altenew selected from the comments on my blog selected using random.org!

Congratulations sentsue!

Sue please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 11/20/2017 with the subject line Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Winner from Tracey's Blog.

Happy Shopping!

October 21, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags Design Teams

It`s almost that time of the year again!
The 25 Days of Christmas Tags begins on November 1st and will run through to November 26th! Yes we have a bonus day.

All the details will be on my blog on November 1st. I promise that this year is going to be amazing.
Speaking of amazing, today I am introducing 8 fabulous ladies that are going to be working along beside me to make year 7 the best year so far.

Introducing the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog Design Team!

Welcome Brianna Loeffelbein, Kim Heggins, Carol Mayne, Lindsey M-p and Michele Ferguson!
These talented ladies will be checking out your fabulous entries and participating with our guests.

...and now for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Instagram Team!

These ladies will be engaging with you via Instagram during the event.

So mark your calendars for November 1st and we will see you then!

October 18, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi crafty friends! I am so excited to be joining Altenew for the Crafty Friends Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the My Sweet Petunia blog.

The idea behind the crafty friends blog hop us to celebrate the incredible friendships we have made all over the world as a crafting community.

I have been so fortunate to have made many friendships through the mutual love of paper crafting. Some of these friendships have been via snail mail, emails, phone calls, video calls and several that I have been so fortunate to meet in real life and many that I hope to meet one day. As I write this post I have just gotten back from a crafty retreat with 17 amazing ladies. This is the third time that I have been at retreat with them now! Each of them so lovely, incredibly talented and people who I am able to call my friends!

Today I have used Altenew's Indoor Garden for my card. Love how easy it is to build a succulent garden. I did a bit of masking and all the colours were added using Altenew inks and the coordinating stamps.  They line up so easily and using my MISTI I was able to get amazing vibrant coverage. I finished the card off with a sentiment from the super fun new Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set. This one is loaded with sentiments that are perfect for sending cards and paper crafting projects to all your crafty friends.

I have some pictures of the friends I have been so fortunate to meet. Starting off with Toronto friends...

Stamping Away Friends...


FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of three Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1-year subscription

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017


I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to Altenew.  Leave a comment here on my blog by 11:59 Eastern Time on Thursday, October 26 for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Altenew. I will post the winner here on Friday, October 27. Good luck!

Now you are headed to the Butterfly Reflections blog...

October 10, 2017

Birch Press - Apple for the Teacher

Have you had a chance to check out the brand new An Apple A Day craft dies over at Birch Press Design? This fun set of three dies is perfect for creating for school themed projects. Today I am going to share with you a fun project creating a card for the hard working teacher in your life.


I created a video for you to see how I created my apples. I love how there are so many techniques and colouring mediums you can use along with dies and stamps from Birch Press Design!

Visit the Birch Press Design blog for more details.

October 9, 2017

Muse #237

It's Monday and time for another new challenge at Muse!

For Muse this week I inked up the Altenew Sketchy Floral Stamp. When I first looked at the stamp and saw how large it was I was a bit intimidated. However, the large scale floral image is actually quite unique in that you can do so many things with it. You can make cards just by positioning the stamp in different locations on your card front and  it would be brilliant to stamp right on to your scrapbooking projects. For today's Muse I was clear embossed a partial flower image on to Bristol cardstock. Then I coloured only part of the image with ZIG watercolour markers. I added a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Make It Beautiful stamp set.

I am excited to see where you go with this design, see you over at Muse!

I am also submitting this to the Essentials by Ellen October Mix It Up Challenge. This month it is mixing Altenew with Ellen Hutson.

October 8, 2017

World Card Making Day 2017

How did you spend your World Card Making Day this year?

Over on the Jillibean Soup Bean Talk blog on Saturday there were 3 challenges and 1 bonus challenge. You can share your work over there in the inLinkz link up and you have until Thursday October 12th to add your link. Head over to the blog to see all the details.

I created a short video for Jillibean Soup to kick off the festivities. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel.

I created two cards for the sketch challenges.



October 6, 2017

Tag You`re It Challenge #74

Happy Friday!

There is still time to play along over at Tag You're It!

I just love the cute bathing suit image that Bev used for her tag. So my translation was to create a tag with a little black dress! I used am image from the Hero Arts April Monthly Kit.  A few bright pink enamel dots and some pretty satin ribbon.


Hope to see you join us.
Have a wonderful weekend!

October 4, 2017

Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights September Challenge


A very late entry to this month's Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge!
I have had a mondo migraine for the past few days and creating wasn't on my mind. Tonight after spending an hour in our new hot tub that arrived on Tuesday I had a bit of relief, fell asleep and woke up a while later and headed into my studio to create this card. My hubby and I bought a hot tub on our anniversary in August when we went to the nursery to buy some plants and they had a hot tub sale going on in the parking lot. Can you say squirrel!!

For my card I used the Ellen Hutson LLC Mermaid's Tail stamps and dies along with Otter Ware and Distress Oxides for my card. Tried to pull in colours from the inspiration.


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