Saturday, 20 May 2017

Birthday Celebrations























Today's post is a special post as it's our 8th Birthday at Allsorts. so can you guess the theme - it's 'Happy Birthday'

Our Birthday challenge is kindly sponsored by Tattered Lace who are offering a fabulous £50 store voucher for this weeks winner...................and in addition there is a £5.00 voucher for every single entrant to spend at their Crafting store. 

To use your £5 voucher you will need a code which can be found by visiting each of the DT's personal blogs, collecting the nine letters/numbers and creating the unique code.......it's a really simple one I promise you, but if you get stuck just mail me (Brenda). Your voucher will be valid from today until Saturday 27th May and is limited to one voucher per entrant, that means even if you enter three times you will only receive one voucher.

And here is my letter, it is 'O'


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Lili Of The Valley ST652 Rosie With Cake,   Sentiment - Forever Friends The Good Life, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Garden, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Spellbinder dies, CC Designs flower die, Xcut leaf punch, 
Embellishments - Gems, button, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Riding In Tandem

























Here is my creation for the mid way reminder at Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is to follow the photo inspiration below:-
May

 So you can use any subject for this challenge. as long as it fits either the picture or the colour scheme.  I matched the colours  with this cute stamp, I loved colouring it and think it's so cute.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix x 2 . Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black 40-454 Tandem,
Papers - Trimcraft paper flowers, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - TL ETL594 dies, spellbinders dies, 
Embellishments - gems 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Ring A Ring 'O' Roses
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Brenda's turn to host and she would like to see 'Ring A Ring 'O' Roses'
So we would like to see roses on your creation to fit our theme.

I struggled at first, so I chose a stamp I haven't used until now, a Wild Rose Studio.  I coloured it up first then the inspiration came from the flowers the Rabbit is holding, and remembered a magazine freebie set that had this rose stamp in.  So I stamped it out ten times, coloured them and cut them out to form my ring of roses.  I then remembered getting a rose embossing folder also a freebie, so there was my background.

We have two super prizes on offer this week, a really pretty floral paper pad and yes there are some Roses in there and a Heartfelt Creations Romantique Garden stamp.

         


A quick reminder in case you missed last weeks post, next Saturday is our 8th Birthday, we have a fun challenge planned and would love you to grab the photo below and share on your own blogs to help us spread the word.



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Going To The Dark Side!!

Hello May seems to be pretty good so far for the garden even if a little chilly at times, but I'm here as it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.
























At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy', The perfect opportunity to ink up all those butterflies, fairies and other magical images, the choice is up to you but we do need to see something stamped and associated with the theme focally on your artwork.......a small punched or die cut Butterfly will not suffice.

 And as you can see my card fits two of the subjects, Fairies and Fantasy.  You might think my card is a little on the dark side, but that is because it's for my daughter, who loves anything like this.

So a little about how I made this creation, I started with this Crafts & Me stamp kindly given to me by my friend Brenda who knew I would be using it for my daughter.  I masked a moon and used a yellow marker and Glamour Dust to highlight the edge of the moon.   I stamped some bats and a wrought iron fence.
The base background paper I made on some lilac paper, using a rose stamp and then inking with black soot and dusty concord Distress Inks. I took a Robert Addams Die and made the black lattice edges, then using some die cuts I was given, think they are Tim Holtz bird on a branch, i snipped of the bird then inked the branches, turned them on their sides and made them look like trunks.  I then took some grey gems to make berries on my trees.
I think that's it covered.


Our prize this Month is:-
The Mariposa Butterfly collection from Couture Creations

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.


























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is to follow the photo inspiration below:-
May

 So you can use any subject for this challenge. as long as it fits either the picture or the colour scheme.  i matched the colours and the flowers.  the cute stamp is one a friend stamped for me but I think I do need to get this stamp, I loved colouring it and think it's so cute.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafts U Love, Sizzix x 2 . Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafts & Me Lighting the way, Art Impressions fence stamp, Penny Black Acrobat 3976K, 
Papers - The Works Pretty Pastels, Lemoncraft House Of Roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Robert Addams dies, Tim Holtz Dies, Signature Dies decorative hearts, 
Embellishments - ribbon, glamour dust, gems and pearls, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Musical Mice
























After a good week of weather and time in the garden, even though quite chilly at times,  it's Saturday morning and so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Helene's turn to host and she would like to see 'Music'

I have used my 'Musical Mice' stamp by House Mouse, it's a delight to colour and I like it for masculine cards, hence the lack of embellishments and also the size makes it hard to add much to the card too.  I got the backing printed music sheet from the internet, a freebie.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes and sponsors for this week:-

DigiStamp





and we also have a prize from Tattered Lace:


So not one but two lucky winners this week.

I also wanted to give a little teaser on our upcoming Birthday celebration.




Recipe:-
Stamps - HMR24 Musical Mice House Mouse,
Papers - Computer generated, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, Distress Inks,



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Panda's & Hearts

























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week our theme is  'Embossing - Dry or Wet'

To make this card I have used a freebie from a magazine, it was a stamp and embossing folder set.  My daughter loves Panda's and her favourite colour is yes, Purple.  I used some Co-ordination card and sanded over the embossing, then chose random hearts and glittered them.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer this week:-






Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Baby Blue!
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week our theme is 'I spy with my little eye something beginning with B'

So on my card I have the following for the theme B is for Blue, Bubbles, Baby, Bow and Boy
I am using another new LOTV image, called Blowing Bubbles, also my border die is new too, both items little pressies to myself.  I have glossed the hearts seen as they are bubbles, thought they'd look nicer.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-

B for Borders

 'B' for Bear


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Springtime Bunny!






















Today I'm sharing my mid way challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'All Things Spring' So you can use any stamp as long as there is some representation to spring for this challenge.

I have used this image I have had tucked away in a folder for a long time, so I don't actually know who has stamped this for me, but I do know I need it LOL!
My papers for this challenge are from Crafters Companion and are called Shabby Chic, they are so pretty, that I definitely think I should get a second pad.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace, Stix 2 Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your spring stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. The Cutie Pie - #110 - Bunnies & Chicks
2. Penny Black Saturday - April - Spring


Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black 3206J Crossing Bridges, Wild Rose Studio CL502 Bunny With Teddy,  Flonz Sentiment stamp, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio Dancing Daisies and Peach Blossom,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools -Unce Upon A Stamp Dies, Spellbinder dies, 
Embellishments - Ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Little Bumble Bee























Hello and welcome on this Easter weekend,  so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Kath's turn to host and she would like to see you use the sketch below:-




I have used a new stamp that I bought myself for my Birthday, it's a real cutie and I combined it with some new Wild Rose Studio papers.  I kept to pastel coloured papers so that the image would pop and be the main focal point.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is our sponsor for this week:-



Recipe:-
Stamps -  Whimsy Mariposa,
Papers -   Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Garden,  
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - TL Snowflakes craft a card ETL328, CC Designs five point flowers, XCut leaf punch, 
Embellishments - glamour dust, ribbon, gems, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Just a note .....book!

























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Tracy's turn to host and she would like to see 'Bring On The Bling'

I decided to create a notebook for this challenge for my friend, I have used one of my new LOTV stamps I bought myself for my Birthday.  My bling is lots of glamour dust on the dandelions, around the frame and her wings.  Also used some gems.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-




Recipe:-
Stamps - Lili Of The Valley ST501 Time Flies, Dandelion stamp is a magazine freebie, 
Papers - Be Creative Vintage Collage, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies,  TL dies, 
Embellishments - Lace, ribbon, gems, Glamour dust, bow & rose, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Oh So Cute

Hello and welcome on this Sunday morning,  it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.
























At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Anything Goes' So you can do anything with some stamping on.

I used this new stamp which I treated myself to for my Birthday, it's a Wild Rose Studio and I coloured it up matching to the papers.  It certainly is a cute stamp, I love it.

We have sponsorship this Month from
PDA  There is a fabulous £40 voucher for the winner.


This is for the following challenges:-
1. Alphabet challenge - B for Bunnies
2. Cute Card Thursday - #471 - Warm colours




And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'All Things Spring' So you can use any stamp as long as there is some representation to spring for this challenge.

I have no idea where the inspiration came from for this card, but the papers are from a new paper pad I have treated myself to from Wild Rose Studio, so maybe the pretty papers inspired me.


We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tattered Lace, Stix 2 Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your spring stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.


Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

This is for the following challenges:-
1. Colour Throwdown - #436 - yellow, blue and green
2. Crafty Creations - #338 - Anything Goes
3. Crafty Cardmakers - #185 - Spring into spring
4. Penny Black Saturday - April - Spring


Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black 3206J Crossing Bridges, Wild Rose Studio CL502 Bunny With Teddy,  Flonz Sentiment stamp, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio Dancing Daisies and Peach Blossom,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools -Unce Upon A Stamp Dies, Spellbinder dies, 
Embellishments - Ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Pizza Express
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Wendy's  turn to host and she would like to see 'Food'

I decided on Pizza for my food creation, and went masculine, so not many embellishments.  My image is an old reliable from House Mouse, I mean there's not many lads that don't like pizza is there.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are our sponsors this week:-





This is for the following challenges:-
1. Crafting With Friends - challenge 40 - Anything Goes
2. Colour Crazy Challenge - #13 - Anything Goes
3. Making Memories Crafting - #3 - Add Some Layers


Recipe:-
Stamps - House Mouse JR1068 Bear Of An Appetite, 
Papers - The works Pretty Pastels, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, All occasion Dies, ETL328 Snowflakes collection Tattered Lace, scalloped border, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cake Anyone?






































Good morning, A special day today as it's my birthday and more importantly we're going to see 'Beauty And The Beast' as a family, it's my favourite Disney movie so can't wait to see this.  And tomorrow being Mother's day I'm hoping for a relaxing weekend.
It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.  And as it's my turn to host and my birthday I chose 'Cakes, Cupcakes And Sweet Treats', I made a gift bag to put some Thorntons chocolates in for my Mum, I have bought her some shoes but they haven't arrived yet, so hopefully the choccies will put her on till they do.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-






Recipe:-
Stamps -LOTV Sprinkled With Sugar, 
Papers - Craft Sensations Endless Love, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Embellishments - glamour dust, pearls, ribbon, lace, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Positively Pampered And Hearts

























Good Morning bloggers, I have two challenges for you today, It's been a bit of a mixed week weather wise, but I have all my seeds sown and in my little greenhouse I bought this week, thought I'd give it a go this year and grow my own flowers. I spend so much on bedding plants.

It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Susan's turn to host and she would like to see 'Anything Except A Card'

Well it had to be one of my gift bags, used a few lately so they needed replenishing.  I thought I'd go really girly as my daughter buys her friends bath bombs from lush and lots of girly treats for birthday's etc......  and this image is perfect for that.  I used a Lili Of The Valley image and coloured it to match the paper, then glamour dusted her wings and added some velvet ribbon and broderie anglais.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-



I would like to enter this for the following challenges:-
1. Crafting With Friends - #39 - Anything Goes
2. Crafty Catz - #162 - Anything Goes added twist 'Touch Of Pink'
3. As You Like It  - Favourite Stamp Brand - Lili Of The Valley is my favourite because no matter what the occasion there is something for it and they are the cutest.

















And now onto my second challenge creation, a midway for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes'   I used a Transparent set from Penny Black, they are quite small so used three different stamps in the design.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, Chalkola Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.


Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:-
1. Making Memories Crafting - #3 - Add some layers
2. Penny Black Saturday - March - Bright & Cheerful Colours


Recipe:-
Stamps - Lili Of The Valley ST250 Positively Pampered, Penny Black 30-008 Every which way, 
Papers - Craft Snsations Lots Of Roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - spellbinder dies, Grand Calibur, 
Embellishments - velvet ribbon, Broderie Anglais, Glamour Dust, pearls, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mother & Daughter
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Girls & Ladies'

I thought this theme was a good opportunity to make my Mum's Mother's Day card, I went vintage using this image I had, I've used gilding wax and distress inks to age my card.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-


Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. Cute Card Thursday - #468 - Mother/Ladies only
2. Simon Says Stamp - For A Special Girl/Lady
3. Crafting From The Heart - #149 - Anything Goes
4. Crafty Calendar - March - Mum's day/special female



Recipe:-
Stamps - Nicecrane image,
Papers - From stash, un-named,
Colouring Mediums - Distress inks, gilding wax, 
Tools - Grand calibur, spellbinder dies, crealies, CC Designs, memory box dies, 
Embellishments - lace, pearls,  old book, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Springtime

It's the first Sunday of March and so that means a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.
























At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Close To Nature',  I adore Sarah Kay and this is my favourite stamp from the range.  I used a mixture of dies some from the Tattered Lace Side Stepper die set which has proved to be really useful as it's such a big set, from the set I used the bow and cut it twice, the roses,rectangles,  sentiment and butterfly is also from the set.  The fence is a Marianne designs die and I love using it.

We have sponsorship this Month from


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. Addicted To Stamps - #143 - Pastel Colours
2. Dragonfly Dreams - #March - Girly with die cut/punch


























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes'  I'm using one of the new stamps from Penny Black called Red Blush, but I went yellow for friendship.  After I coloured the rose I put little droplets on, to represent dew using Glossy Accents.  For the background I embossed using a Tattered Lace folder and highlighted it with some Gilding Wax.  It was my first time using Gilding wax and I need a bit more practice, but I quite like the effect.



We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Fantastic Ribbons, Chalkola Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. Penny Black Saturday Challenge - # March - Bright & Cheerful colours
2. Sweet Stampin' challenge - No Design Paper


Recipe:-
Stamps - Sarah Kay Rose's Garden, Penny Black 40-506 Red Blush, 
Papers - Don't know the brand, 
Colouring Mediums - Gilding Wax, Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibue, ETL106 Pearl Pin Dot Tattered Lace Dots, Tattered Lace Side Stepper die set, Tattered Lace embossing folder, Marianne border die, Marianne creatable dies, 
Embellishments - Gems, stickles, Glossy Accents, ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

In Bloom
























So it's the first Saturday of March, and it's nice to see that some of my Daffodils and Crocus's have come up and look so pretty.   It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Brenda's turn to host and she would like to see 'Spring Inspiration', and there is a photo (see below) to follow and inspire.



I was trying to think of a stamp to represent spring, then I remembered these gardening Hanglar Stanglar stamps, which I haven't used for a long time.  For my colour combo I used all the colours in the inspiration photo, as for the design I started with the images then cut them out and went from there, never done a design like this before but i'm quite pleased with how it turned out.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-

DigiStamp Boutique  is offering a £10 store voucher for one lucky winner.



And our second prize comes from......................
Little Claire  A really pretty Spring floral stamp........


Challenges I would like to enter:-
1. A Bit More Time To Craft - #39 - Anything Goes
2. Crafts & Me  - #March - Springtime
3. Crafty Creations - #336 - Anything Goes


Recipe:-
Stamps - Hanglar Stanglar, freebie sentiment, 
Papers - LOTV Perfect Pair, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinder dies, daisy punch, Memory box die 98338 summer border, butterfly punch, 
Embellishments - gems, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x