Whats on your Work Desk Wednesday!!

Well I can hardly call it a work desk at the moment as I haven't done any work for nearly two weeks but I have been shopping at the Papermill Shop today and thought I would share my purchases with you!  Paper strokers amoung you hold onto your seats!

And here it is a little closer up. And OOoooh don't you just love that pink mirror card!

Did you see something pink and fluffy that I bought from Wipso's shop?  Isn't she a cutie? 

I have had a lovely day out with my friend Linzi and we have bought the paper for her son's party invitations. Orange and Black are the colours and they look great together. We have just got to make them now!

I am off to pick the kids up from school and will then be back to browse through your workdesks on Julia's blog!

Have a great week all.

Tracey x

A Blog Award - Thanks Paula

Hi all. I have been missing in action for the last week as we have had half term so no crafting or blogging for me. I have been bowling, to the sealife centre, cinema, soft play centre and goodness knows where else!

I mentioned in a previous post that my new blogging friend Paula from Paulas Paper Playground has given me a lovely blog award.  Thank you so much Paula, check out Paula's blog here, her cards are brilliant and so is her sense of humour!

For the award I need to list 10 Things that make me Happy! Not hard as I'm quite a happy contented person anyway so here goes:

1) My Hubby
2) My two boys Tom and Olly
3) My family, aunts, both parents in law, sisters in law, their other halves and grandad!
4) Harvey, my furry friend and crafting companion
5) My friends, I am blessed with fantastic friends who I could not do without
6) My blogging buddies, another whole load of friends who I have never met but are very important to me
7) My Home. I love being at home, its my sanctuary especially in my craftroom.
8) Craft shopping!!!!!!
9) Scrapbooking crops and cardmaking classes, I love chating with new people and getting new ideas.
10) Weekends, when we are all together.

I need to pass this on to five people so here goes:

1) Stephanne - who puts such an effort into all her beautiful projects and makes me laugh with her wonderful sense of humour and her very chatty blogs!
2) Mandy - Who has so many awards for her awesome cards that she has probably already got this but I'm sending it to her anyway! She also makes me laugh!
3) Wipso who I have just started following but who always sounds so upbeat in her blogs and is a very talented lady check out her shop here!
4) Julia who has created the Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday craze, makes some wonderful creations and also seems to have sussed me out with my neatness and craft shopping expenditure!
5) Sarita whose beautiful cards are a constant inspiration to me.

Hope you all have a great week. 

Tracey x

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to you all! We have been having a relaxing day as the kids are at their grandparents today. We have been out for brunch, walked the dog and read the papers. Oh and I have been given some beautiful red roses! Bliss!

This is the card that I sent to my hubby this year

I guess it's called digital hybrid card as I created the words in Microsoft Publisher and printed onto some textured paper.I did the same with the sentiment. Both were then layerd onto some lovely deep red textured cardstock from the Papermill Shop and mounted with 3d foam dots.

The card has been put through the printer and made grey with a Digital Paper called Wash from Pink Petticoat and then ribbons and brads were added. Best of all is the red heart in place of the 'O' in LOVE. This is a Mother of Pearl Heart Pendant from the Swarovski Crystalized Shop which I fixed on with another heart shaped brad.

Glad to say Hubby was suitably impressed, which was a relief!

I also made a couple of cards for my friends who are husband and wife and both asked me to make valentines cards for each other! It was quite fun yesterday when they both wanted to come and pick them up. I ended up dropping one round and letting the other pick one up!

My friend Manisha picked out a Kraft cardstock with the Mother of Pearl Heart mounted onto another heart which has been stamped with a heart stamp from Stampin Up. Some black and red ribbon has been run underneath and the sentiment was printed from the computer.

This is the card that I made for Manisha from her husband with some a digital paper from Pink Petticoat mounted onto black cardstock. There is a white ornate heart mounted onto some shiny red card also punched with a heart and a little heart gem added beside it. The red ribbon was mounted onto black cardstock and run underneath.

As I was looking through our keepsake draw I found the card that I made for hubby last Valentines Day before I was blogging and when I had just started making my own cards.

AAh, I can't believe it has almost been a year since I started making cards now, what ever did I do before!  I hope that you all have a lovely weekend and a great week ahead!

Tracey x

Two Posts in One Day!

I think this must be a first, but this is my second post today! I am joining in with my second challenge ever this time with Daring Cardmakers to create a card with an Amethyst Theme.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by Craft Obsessions who have a lovely Martha Stewart Butterfly punch and stamp up for grabs.

Now as my birthday is on the 16th of this month I definately know the colour now for the card. This one is for my Aunt who celebrates her birthday on the same day as me!

and a close up

The card is pearlised and has been printed on with a washed background called Lovely by Pink Petticoat. The butterfly is punched with X-Cut dimensional punch and layered onto some beautiful indian paper, this has then been layered onto some pearlised paper which has then been layered onto mulberry paper and then with another bit of indian paper at the back! The sentiment was typed on the computer with Type Upright Font and coloured purple.  I have then added some gems in diamond and amethyst to finish off.

Hope you are all having a great week.

Tracey x

Whats on my work desk & my craft room!

Hi all! My blogging buddy Paula has given me an award which I will post about later but I just wanted to say thank you to her first! Thanks so much for thinking of me Paula!

It was through Paula's Blog that I found the What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday weekly update on Julia's Blog - Stamping Ground. It's really good to see everyone elses desk, what they are working on, what stash they use and I will spend hours this afternoon just nosing!

Anyway here is my desk today

Yes it's nearly Valentines Day so there is lots of love in the air and on my desk with red hearts, buttons, ribbon, punches and card! I just need to work out what to do with it now!

I have taken a few more pictures of my craft room which used to be our dining room but as we only ate in there at christmas my hubby said I could take it over as a craft room. I think he was secretly pleased that my mess at least would be in one place!  My desk is our old oak dining table which is a lovely size as I am not particularly tidy when I craft.

This is the space behind my desk that keeps my sizzix, cardstock, stamps, punches and other stuff that I need to get hold of quickly.

This is what I look at in front of my desk. This dresser still has all our best china inside it but as you can see I have completely taken over the outside of it. Any suggestions on what I can keep on the cream wire cupcake rake I have just bought? Appart from cupcakes that is!

To the left of my desk is our bay window which is at the front of the house and I can see the world passing by and also a sofa where my hubby will sometimes sit on his laptop or with a glass of wine and have a natter.

I love baskets and pretty storage so most of my other papers are kept in these dotted around the room. And finally someone that is always in my craft room with me...

My little mate Harvey

I hope you all have a wonderful week and am now off to peek at whats on everyone else's work desk!

Tracey x

Cards for Bestest Friends!

HI all! Last week was especially busy for me as two of my very dear friends celebrated birthdays so I had a few special cards to make.

This one is for my dear friend Linzi who is also my partner in crime in photography class and scrapbooking!  She loves trees, she loves pink and she loves bling so I thought that this card would be good for her.

and a close up to show you the bling

We went out for lunch last Friday to celebrate her birthday and she loved her card and pressie so I was chuffed. The stamp is from Kanban and was used on the card on my previous post. Sentiment was done on the computer and the card was printed on with a wash colour from Pink Petticoat.

My other dear friend Manisha celebrated her birthday on Sunday and her husband also asked me to make a card for him to give to her (I think she told him too!) So I had two cards to make for her. 

From her husband I made this one with the three dimensional butterfly punch on pearlised card and with some beautiful indian paper underneath and of course some bling.

I then made this one from me as I wanted it to be completely different from her hubby's one.

The paper is Lotus by Amy Butler from K & Co. I rarely use my designer papers as I tend to spend most of my time stroking them, you know what I mean! But well she is a good friend so I decided  to break one sheet loose from the packet. The flower is from Prima.

The kids have one more week at school until half term and I can't wait as its also my birthday that week and hubby and I are going away for a couple of days. I hope that you are all having a wonderful week!

Tracey x
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