Cards For Grandad and & Beautiful Sunset

Hi all! Hope you have been having a good week! We went for a walk along the seafront on Sunday and I actually remembered to take my camera with me and caught some piccies of the really beautiful sunset.

The sky was absolutely amazing and everything was tinged pink, the clouds, even the water. It made me feel quite humble at the beauty of mother nature's creations.

We had another birthday last week, David one of my fathers-in-law (I am lucky to have two) celebrated his birthday. David has retired now but still does alot of gardening work so I wanted to make some cards that reflect this.

I didn't have any kraft cardstock  so I used a download of kraft paper from Pink Petticoat and printed it on white cardstock, I think it came out quite well. I stamped some flower images on the background with versamark ink and then stamped a tree with my new Spring Silhouettes stamps from Kanban I then inked a bit around the edges of the paper to soften it.

I embellished the trees with a bit of bling but not too much as it was for a man. In a couple of days I will post a card that I have made for one of my best friends and I have embellished every inch of that tree!  From the kids I stamped three other different trees from the same stamp set and mounted them on to green cardstock. 

The sentiment and faux stiching were done on the computer and again a few little pearls to finsh off.

I have two of my best friends birthday's this weekend so need to make the finishing touches to their cards and presents, then its onto the housework, funny how that always comes last! 

Have a great week

Tracey x

Birthdays and Babies!

Hi all!  I hope that the new year has got off to a good start for you! Mine has been hectic, my little boy slipped in the snow a few weeks ago and as I pulled him up I pulled some muscles in my neck which was really painful for a week or so, its mostly better although something keeps clicking when I move a certain way and that's a bit disconcerting!

It was my eldest son Tom's 12th birthday last week. Of course I asked him what kind of card he would like and to my suprise he drew me a layout, told me what kind of picture he wanted, what he wanted it to say and also what embelishments he wanted! I of course was dumb struck and as he walked away he said 'I hope that its going to be good because I want to show all my friends!

He spent a lovely day at the cinema with 6 mates and then we all went to Pizza Express for dinner and he was so pleased with his card that he made a video of it on his new phone. I am not going to post it here because it was about a game that he plays on the x-box and not very pretty, but he loved it and thats what counts!

I have no idea what was going on 9 and a bit months ago but I have had such alot of baby cards to make at the start of this year. Four in the last couple of weeks!  The upside is you get to have a little cuddle and then give them back! No, I am definately not feeling broody!

This card was for my neighbour who had a little boy.

Lots of friends at school have had babies too so I made some cards to give to them.

And another!

The stamp is from Dimension Forth and I inked round the edges of the image and added some bling and glamour dust to the paws and ears. The background on the card is from Pink Petticoat and the sentiment was typed on the computer.

The paper in this card was from a paperpack from Dovercraft called Baby. I added some gingham ribbon and a little charm from my stash.

Yesterday my friend Linzi and I went to our first crop at Sugar and Spice Crafts in Barleylands craft village. We were so excited and spent the whole day making scrapbook pages, buying crafting goodies and chatting to some lovely and very talented ladies, it was bliss and we are keen to go again soon.

However I am still a card maker at heart and will be posting soon with some more cards that I have been busy making.

Have a wonderful week, I am off to see what you have all been upto!

Tracey x

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! We had a lovely time seeing in the New Year with Hubby's family and on the stroke of midnight had another dusting of snow, it was magical!

I would like to say thank you to all my blogging buddies for their support and encouragement in 2009. I really enjoy reading all of your blogs and seeing what you have made and I feel I have another lovely set of friends from all over the world now!

My sister-in-law, Laura said she looks at my blog every day, so hello to you and don't worry I won't post the christmas day photos on here! She knows what I mean!

I have been making some thank you cards to send to family and friends and decided to use my new dimensional butterfly punch.

I mounted it on to some shiny red card that I thought I would use for christmas cards and never did and coloured some papermania gems and added them to match. 

Today I am going to give the house a thorough clean as we have taken some decorations down and the amount of dust is frightening!

I hope you all have a fantastic 2010 and look forward to seeing more of your creations! Have a great weekend!

Tracey x
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