Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Take It Easy!
























Today I'm sharing my Midway challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'One For The Boys' So you can use any of your masculine stamps for this challenge.

I used this image called 'Beehave', and I always seem to go with blue and browns for masculine cards for some reason.  I really like this wood grain paper, and again a simple card for the boys.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Stamp Addcits, Sizzix. 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 Beehave 2083J, Sentiment is a magazine freebie, 
Papers -  Lemon Craft - Gossamer Blue, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Carousel
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week our theme is 'Lavender & Lace'

I was wondering what to use for this theme and I had a magazine freebie die and stamp set laid on my desk and thought this could work, I even found some lilac lace to use.  I also used a Sakura sparkly gelly pen to highlight the horses mane and tail.


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.

We have two lovely prizes this week, a set of stamps and some Sizzix dies which have a lacy feel to them.





Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Dragon Win
























Good morning, I'm here with some good news and my new challenge creation, so we'll do the challenge first today at Allsorts.
And this week is our lovely Ellie's turn to host and she would like to see 'Magical & Mythical', so it could be Fairies, Mermaids, unicorns etc......... or even Dragons like mine.

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 prizes on offer:-




So my stamp that I've used is a win from Wild Rose Studio, they were having a candy and I haven't entered anything for quite a while, so I entered and to my surprise I won and this is my prize:-















And this week was full of ups and downs, first my candy win, then my eldest son went for a job interview and got a phone call the same day to say he'd got the job.  He hasn't worked for quite a while as he's had some problems, but he starts his new job on Monday.  It's smart attire so yesterday we spent the day shopping getting him shirts, trousers, ties, shoes  etc.....  I am so proud of him because I know for him this was a very big step.
Then today was a very emotional day as Bobby left his primary school, I know it's only July but this is how it's done now.  He starts high school on Monday, and it's not just for a few days transition, he actually becomes a Rodillian High School pupil.  So they had a leavers assembly this morning, all the children received an autograph book so they could have messages in from their friends and teachers.  They called all the children up one by one and as our surname is Thompson, Bobby was called up last.  He burst into tears then set all the other kids off and the whole thing turned into a tear fest LOL!
Bobby is known as a little toughie so lots of the parents and teachers were very surprised by his sensitive side.
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Bobby is in the middle (don't know what he's done with is hair LOL)  and his cousins are on either side of him.  Then they went off with the rest of year 6 to go bowling and to eat at pizza hut for their leaving party.  Then we picked them up at 2:00pm and the tears for all the kids started again.  It's a such a big thing for them, as many are going to different schools.

So enough rambling now ha ha!


Recipe:-
Stamps -Wild Rose Studio - CL507 Dragon Running, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio - Butterfly Gardens,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Daisy Chains
























Good morning, it's been a mixed week, lots of rain but i'm happy with that as it's done my garden the world of good.  Almost all the seeds I planted did very well and my garden is full of blooms, I'm so pleased with them.
So onto some new challenges 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 With Flowers'  I had this stamp that I haven't inked up yet called 'Daisy Chain', I thought that it was appropriate


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.

























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'One For The Boys' So you can use any of your masculine stamps for this challenge.

I used this image called 'Cheesecake Express', and I always seem to go with blue and browns for masculine cards for some reason.  I really like this wood grain paper, and again a simple card for the boys.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Stamp Addcits, Sizzix. 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 - Crafters Companion Paintbox Poppets - Daisy Chain, Penny Black Cheesecake Express 1685J, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio-  Dancing Daisies, Lemon Craft - Gossamer Blue, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Crealies Dies, circle punches, 
Embellishments - pearls, stickles, brads, ribbon, 


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

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Question Of Sport

























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning 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 'A Question Of Sport'

A very simple card, mine usually are when I make masculine cards.


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:-

and we also have this lovely paper pad as an extra prize




Recipe:-
Stamps - Papermania Nostalgia  - Pastimes, 
Colouring Mediums - Promarkers, 
Tools - Cuttlebug, Embossing folder - swiss dots, Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, Tattered Lace Dies, 



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Say It With Flowers!
























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 'Flower Power'

I used this pretty Joanna Sheen stamp that I've had for ages, I enjoy the colouring, and chose the paper from a favourite pad I have, I thought to embellish too much we wouldn't see enough of the paper then.


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 from



Two tickets to Crafting Live on 15/16th July




Recipe:-
Stamps - Joanna Sheen - Hot house flowers FF310 Carnation, sentiment is a magazine freebie, 
Papers - Lemoncraft - House of roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinders dies, 
Embellishments - pearls, bow, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Game Boy!
























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 'Birthday Boy'

I have made this using a Lili Of The Valley image, it's the first time using it and I need more masculine cards, we never make enough of 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 is the prize on offer:-




Recipe:-
Stamps - LOTV ST658 Oliver - Gaming Boy, 
Papers - LOTV Beach Bliss, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Tattered Lace dies - ETL328, 
Embellishments - Brads, ribbon scraps, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Wedding Bells
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is my turn to host and I would like to see '2 Or More Dies' and punches don't count.

I have been asked to make a wedding card, and as my theme is to use Dies this was the perfect opportunity.  I have used a total of 5 dies on my card, a flower die, a heart die, a lattice die, then 2 label dies.  I stamped my image and added sparkle to the wedding dress and veil.  I used pearls on the lattice and in the centre of the flowers.  And to add some elegance I put some gilding wax on the flowers and hearts, I love the finish it has given.


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:-

Sponsored by
Marianne Design


Recipe:-
Stamps - Whipper Snapper - A June Wedding, Sentiment is computer generated, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Dies - Robert Addams, Memory Box, Sizzix, Tattered Lace,  Grand Calibur, Corner punch, 
Embellishments - Gilding Wax, pearls, Stickles, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

All Mice Today!

Hello everyone, hope your all enjoying the sunshine, I'm spending lots of time in the garden and taking care of my little seedlings and plants, some have actually gone into the ground now and are growing nicely.
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 'Use Your Favourite Stamp' So I really thought about this because as all us crafters know we have a different favourite every week LOL!  But I thought to myself if I could only stamp one more time which would I really love to use, and this adorable little critter won outright.  I used some Tattered Lace dies for the bow and butterflies and frames.  I coloured the image first, then matched the papers

We have sponsorship this Month from

Visible Image 

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 which is for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes', How easy is that, so come on get out your Penny Black stamps and join in the fun.

I actually don't have the stamp for this, but really need it, it was stamped and sent to me by Debby4000 when I first started blogging and didn't have many images/stamps to use, thank you hun.  I decided to do something different, don't ask me why as I have no idea, but I put my image through an embossing folder once I had coloured it.  Then sat and smoothed out the pattern where the image is so it is surrounded in embossed dots.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tonic, Indigo Blu stamp . 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 Cheesecake Party 1665K, House Mouse 416H Sleeping Under Flowers, 
Papers - The Works - Pretty Pastels, Trimcraft - Paper Flowers, Lemoncraft - House Of Roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, Tattered Lace dies, embossing folder, 
Embellishments - ribbon, gems, glamour dust, 


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

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Christmas In June!
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so 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 'Christmas In June'

Oh I so enjoyed doing this card, it's a new stamp for me, never used before and I love it.  Wanted to keep it quite simple as to not take the attention away from the image.  And even if you can't see it there's loads if glamour dust on.


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 sponsors this week:-


  





















Recipe:-
Stamps - LOTV ST433 Snow Family, 
Colouring Mediums - spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Spellbinder dies, Cuttlebug, embossing folder, snow flake punches, 
Embellishments - ribbon, glamour dust, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Vintage Style
























What a wonderful week weather wise but such a sad time for the people of the Manchester tragedy, 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 'Vintage Style'

I have this lovely pansy stamp and works well in vintage style, I nearly always go with my vintage/art deco ladies but fancied something different. Some stamping done in Memento ink - Coffee Bean, and well I've got to have lace on a vintage creation.


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:-
Our sponsor this week is:




Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

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