June 16, 2022

Color Hues #43

Hi there, time for another color duo at the Color Hues Color Challenge #43!


It's not that often that green is one of the colours we can use so I chose to make a bit of a tropical card using fun shapes from the Catherine Pooler Bold Bits & Patterns and the Natural Flourishes stamp sets. You can't go wrong, well my recycle bin may disagree with that--LOL!

I used Catherine Pooler inks for my card, love that even if you think you are not getting a good impression, the ink fills in as it sits!

I stamped one of the large images in the bottom left of my panel using Lime Rickey ink. Then I added a couple of the circular images on top of it using Fiesta Blue. Then I added one of the large leaves from the Natural Flourishes stamp set in Lime Rickey again.

The sentiment is from the Natural Flourishes stamp set.


I finished the card off with a few Studio Katia Ocean Waves crystals.

Can't wait to see what you do!
Head over to the Color Hue blog to see what the rest of my fabulous teammates have made!

Supplies:

June 9, 2022

Time Out Challenges #215

I have a card that I made using the new MFT Stamps Greetings From the Couch card kit! I love everything about this kit, so many fabulous (tiny) die cuts and a great assortment of sentiments to convey just about any message!


I started with the photo inspiration from Time Out Challenge #215


From the photo I took the furniture, the colours dark blue and gold then I went to work cutting couches and chairs and curtains and keepsakes. 


To create the sky outside the window I cut the Picture Window frame from the kit in white and trimmed down the border. Then I cut a similar sized piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. Using Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink I stenciled the My Favorite Things Rolling Clouds over the Bristol Smooth panel.

Then I cut the ink blended piece with the Picture Window die once again keeping track of the pieces. The white Picture Window was added to my scene and then I inlaid the sky pieces into the panes! 


The curtains were hung using papers from the new Finishes & Textiles 6 x 6 paper pad--I am so in love with these patterns!! I added the bookshelf in black accented with a cactus in a pot, a gold statue and some assorted books! To finish off the scene I added a chair decorated with a blanket and accent pillows.


The final addition was to chose a sentiment! I don't know if it just me but sometimes that is what takes the longest. I could almost use every sentiment from the set but I narrowed it down by where I could place it on the card. I know that I only have on chance to stamp it now that rest of the card is put together! Use my MISTI? Maybe but the couple pieces of foam tape I used on the chair make it so that it won't quite close. Previous disasters told me to just place it in my MISTI and stamp with an acrylic block!! How did we manage with those all those years ago! Deep breath...done!


This was such a fun card to make. I love the feeling I had when creating it. Many of you know that I have been struggling with energy for a long time. So when something actually comes together it feels really good!

I am also submitting to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Thank you so much for visiting me today!

June 3, 2022

For the Boys Inspiration Hop

Happy Friday!

I'm happy to be hopping along this month with Scrap N' Stamp Canada on Instagram for the For the Boys Inspiration Hop!

For your chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Scrap N' Stamp store please leave a comment over on my Instagram post:

@traceymcneely

Also Scrap n' Stamp Canada is having a For the Boys Sale!
Details at the end of the post!

I used the very fun Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer to make a fun Father's Day card for Dad using the newly released Lawn Fawn Dad Jokes plus some other Lawn Fawn favourites! All the products I have used are linked at the bottom of this post.


Pull the tab for the punchline...


...and I finished the inside off with sentiments from Dad Joke's and Reveal Wheel Spring!


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June 1, 2022

Color Hues #42

Hi there, it's time for a new colour duo at the Color Hues Color Challenge #42!

This challenge we are using black and yellow and I immediately thought of bumble bees! I stamped and die cut some cute little bees from Studio Katia's Honey Bees stamp set. I love mixing and matching products from different companies and I don't do it often enough--it's so fun! I used products from Studio Katia, Lawn Fawn and Waffle Flower. My supply list is at the bottom of the post!


Most times when I make a card I have a plan and often the plan takes a few twists ad turns along the way. I blended a mini slimline panel using Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink but decided not to use it on my first card. When I was done with card one I decided to make a second card using all my leftover pieces. I sprayed a honeycomb stencil over the panel with Avery Elle Clear Shimmer Spray. It's hard to see in the photo but it adds just a subtle colour change.



I can't wait to see what you do this challenge!.
Thanks for stopping in today!

May 23, 2022

Birthday's and Butterflies

 I hope this finds you having a great start to the week!

My birthday card stash is always running low and I have managed to get myself back to making cards when I need them! Does this story sound familiar--lol? I have decided moving forward that I need to make cards that are useful--birthday's, thank you, sympathy and of course friendship! Ideally, making cards in multiples. It is always easier to make two or more cards at once.

This card is an easy one to make with the Pinkfresh Butterglies stamps, dies and stencils! I started out clear embossing with black Versafine ink and then using the stencils with Distress Oxide inks, listed below. Once the stenciling was done I die cut the butterfly and set it aside. The background is the new Catherine Pooler Cross Your X's Cover Plate die cut in white and glued directly to a white card base. I slightly folded the butterfly in the centre and glued it to the card base right along the body. I bent the wings up a bit so that it gives the card more dimension when it is being displayed.


The sentiment is from the same set and I white embossed it on black cardstock and added it with a bit of narrow foam tape.

Thanks for stopping in today!




May 16, 2022

Color Hues #41

Happy Monday!
Hope your week is off to a good start! It's time for a new color duo at the Colour Hues Challenge #41!

I stamped and clear embossed the Studio Katia Japanese Peony, It was watercoloured using Distress Oxide inks in Candy Apple and Peacock Feather. My background was stenciled with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink using A Colourful Life Designs Dot Circle stencil cut down to 5 1/4" x 4" and popped up with foam tape. The flower and white embossed sentiment were also popped up with foam tape! Lighter shades of these colours gives the card a more warmer weather feel!



We can't wait to see what you make this challenge. Be sure to stop by the Colour Hues to see what the other designers have made with red and aqua!


May 6, 2022

Create Crafty Memories Hop

I'm participating with Scrap N' Stamp Canada for the
Create Crafty Memories Hop! We're gearing up for our big sale this Saturday for National Scrapbooking Day! Details are at the bottom of this post!

For your chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Scrap N' Stamp store please leave a comment over on my Instagram post:

@traceymcneely


 I have a huge box of memories that need to be scrapbooked and I am really hoping I get going on that again soon. My goal is to complete my my albums for Ben and Brooklyn, before they hit 30--lol!

Now for today's hop I have two projects--the first is a card and the second a canvas that would be a great gift for a crafty friend! Both use the same mini stamp set from Gina K called Crafty & Creative. 

I just love the fonts and fun of this cute stamp!


For the card I used the Lawn Fawn Bubbles stencil to create a group of dual coloured dots on the page and then stamped a sentiment from Gina K Designs Crafty and Creative mini stamp set. The panels were cut using Lawn Fawn 4 Bar Stitched Dies.

Gina K be creative
Lawn Fawn Bubble Stencil
Lawn Fawn Stitched 4 bar

Distress Oxide Inks:
Tattered Rose, Saltwater Taffy, Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet

Moving on to the canvas ink blended a panel of cardstock with a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks and cut the Lawn Fawn Thought Bubble Frame from the panel and cut the tiny hearts from the same die set in some of the colours that I didn't grab cutting the thought bubble! Glued to the canvas and a bit of foam tape for dimension!

(the canvas is 5" x 7")

Gina K be creative
Lawn Fawn Bubble Stencil
Lawn Fawn Thought Bubble

Distress Oxide Inks:
Tattered Rose, Saltwater Taffy, Dried Marigold, Twisted Citron, Salvaged Patina, and Shaded Lilac

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May 1, 2022

Color Hues #40

Hi there and happy May!!

I know the weather has been playing tricks everywhere during April but let's hope that winter has finally been kicked to the curb!
Our lovely Carol has chosen the colour duo for the Color Hues Challenge #40!

I'll be honest I started off excited for these colours and then it turned to a bit of panic but in the end I embraced the challenge and made my card.

I started off with my background paper which is Papertrey Ink's Fine Linen for my tan. I chose to stencil in blue and used Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes ink. The stencil is from Open Studio and called Fractal Diamond, but now retired. The good news is that you could use just about any similar stencil for your background. I have linked up to a few art deco style stencils below that would create the same kind of look.


tracey_CH#40

The sentiment is from the Greetery and it is called Sentiments Squared and it has matching dies. I created my own cardstock by swiping the Cather Poole Suede Shoes on white cardstock, layered it up three times and topped it with the gold embossed happy. 

NOTE TO SELF: I should have created my custom cardstock for the sentiment on the Fine Linen cardstock instead of white. I didn't think of that until after I had it glued down--lol!

tracey_CH#40b

Birthday card for my hubby is done. I think it has a masculine vibe?
I know that masculine cards are everyone's favourite to create--ha ha ha ha!

Have a great day and please check out the projects from the rest of the design team, they are amazing!!

April 20, 2022

Lawn Fawnatics #123 Create a Scene

I don't think it's just me, but time seems to be just flying by. We are looking ahead to the beginning of May! I didn't make many Easter cards this year but I did have a few on my desk that I was able to finish up for the newest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #123: Create a Scene!



I have a few Lawn Fawn stamp sets that I continually go back to every year. Using Chirpy-Chirp-Chirp, Happy Easter, Reveal Wheel Spring and Scripty Bubble Sentiments I was able to make a few cute Easter scenes.





Thanks for stopping by!

April 16, 2022

Color Hues #39

Hi there, it's time for a new Color Hues Challenge #39!

I'm super excited this challenge because I was able to choose which colours we are going to use. I picked purple and green for springtime. Whether you make a card is for spring, Easter or anything else I hope you have fun with this duo.

For my card I used the Lots of Leaves stencil from A Colorful Life Designs to create a green panel and a purple panel. I stamped, die cut and Copic coloured the Hero Arts Tulip Bouquet. I cut a circle from the purple panel and popped it up with foam tape then lined it up with the green stenciled panel. The die cut bouquet was placed on top with more foam tape. I stamped and fussy cut the thanks from the Hero Arts Tulip Bouquet set and added it with one more layer of foam tape. This one might require extra postage--lol!


My fussy cutting wasn't perfect but it's a great way to cut just one part of a sentiment.


 I can't wait to see what you make!

April 1, 2022

Anything goes with Embossing powders

Hi there and thank you for stopping by today for the SNS April Inspiration Hop!

I am hopping over on my Instagram for the hop order and comment on my  Instagram for your chance to win a $50 gift card to the ScrapN' Stamp shop!

The theme this month is anything goes with embossing and we are featuring the new embossing powder set made by Hampton Arts! Although I am hopping on Instagram I wanted to share my process here.



I used all the colours in the embossing set to make three mini slimline thank you cards for the hop today. 


I created three mini slimline card bases that are 6 1/4" x 3 1/4" using the Lawn Fawn Mini Slimline Stackables.


I started off with the Birch Press Design Jumbo Lingo Thanks dies. I embossed the smaller letters of the thanks dies with a rainbow of six colours! I cut the background die with black cardstock and attached the letters.

My mat was cut from the largest die from the Large Lawn Fawn mini slimline dies. I blended a rainbow of distress oxide inks as my background for the jumbo sentiment.

For the second card I cut the largest die from the mini slimline set . I applied embossing ink over the panel and one colour at a time and then heat seat to get a beautiful embossed background for my thanks sentiment.

I created a rainbow distress oxide ink blended background panel when I first started my projects. The word thanks was cut using the Jumbo Lingo Thanks shadow die and then I die cut the shadow once again using the embossed background panel.

To put all these pieces together I inlay the ink blended panel pieces into the embossed background. Other than a bit of foam tape between the cardbase and the embossed panel the card will lay nice and flat for mailing.


The final card was born from the embossed panel, the pieces from when I cut into the panel. I die cut three more white 'thanks' an glued them together and then glued the embossed letters on top!

The white embossed sentiment on black is from the Birch Press Design Lingo Thanks stamp set. The white embossed powder from this set melted beautifully!


Be sure to head over to my Instagram to follow the hop!