A Coaster Album of My Fellas

Another Mini Album that I made at a class with Sugar and Spice Crafts in Barleylands Billericay is a coaster album. I love the papers we used they were girly and lovely and I decided to keep this book for myself and put photos of the special fellas in my life inside..

We choose a letter and cut it on their massive Die Cut Machine! Then inked around the edges. The flower and butterfly were added when I got home.

I even put a rare photo of myself with the kids in.  I HATE having my photo taken!

My gorgeous hubby and our fluffy little norfolk terrier or is it fluffy hubby and gorgeous norfolk terrier?

Four hearts, one for each of my family and a photo I took of the boys for photography class but they could not stop messing about long enough for me to get a good one!

And the back! We inked the edges of the coaster pink after we had covered them. We then used a ring to hold it all together and tied some co-ordinating ribbon round for decoration.

I hope you like it, I enjoyed making it and have already bought some more blanks ones to do some more!

Have a Wonderful Week.

Tracey x

What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday?

Hi fellow WOYWWers I hope you have been having a great week!  This is what's on my desk today..

Yes I have finally bought myself some copies of Craft Stamper magazine, after seeing all of your lovely creations I have decided to try to get a bit more inky!  I also made some purchases when I went to my fav craft shop on Saturday, they had 20% of everything so it would be rude not to buy anthing don't you think?

I'm really loving making mini books at the mo so I bought some little stamps that I can use to decorate them and a some words stamps too. Here is another purchase I made this week..

Twenty to 40 year old vintage buttons in the jar with the ribbon attached for £10! I love them! They were for crafting but actually look so lovely sitting on my fireplace at the moment so I may well have to order some more. They are from Cavania the link is here.

Finally that card that I had to make last week for my hairdresser, the one about either stick people, trains or morris dancers, well I finally came up with this..

You can't see it but its on linen card stock. It's not a great photo but here's a close up..

I googled stick men bride and groom and this came up so I printed it and drew over the lines again because they were a bit sketchy and used my promarker to shade around the edge. I have added glamour dust to her dress and veil, crystal flowers to her bouquet and used glossy accents on his hat.

Anyway she picked the cards up last night and loved it so I am a relieved crafter with a lovely haircut!

Pop over to our wonderful host Julia's blog to have a look at other peoples desks! The kids have friends round today so I will catch up with you all this evening and the coming days probably! Have fun!

Tracey x

A Star Shaped Mini Album...

Every Saturday for the last four weeks I have been going to my local craft shop Sugar and Spice, in Barleylands Craft Village to do the 'Off the Page' course run by Nina. I have had such a fab time, met some great ladies and learnt some new techniques.

This weekend, I made this!!

A mini book that folds out like a star!

Then folds back up like this

and contains lots of 3 by 2 inch photos

on each page

This really has been the most lovely mini book I have every made, and they are so easy to do! I am going to make some with Christmas papers and give them our families so that they can hang them up as a decoration. The photos in this one are of our trip to Lapland over Christmas three years ago we had a blast and the kids loved seeing Father Christmas on Christmas Day!

I hope you all have a great week.

Tracey x

Close Up of Cards

I thought I would show a close up of the cards that were in my previous post and give the details.

The cupcake card is a digi download from Pink Petticoat and so is the pink paper that I have used in the background called Flourishes and I have added some glamour dust over the flourishes.

The sentiment was printed from the computer and layered onto pink cardstock. The texture on the cupcake was made using Woodware's  Fluffy Stuff (thats what it's called!) I applied it to the cup cake, threw some glamour dust over it and then used my heat tool to set it.

I also printed the image onto the flourishes paper and cut the cupcake case out and stuck it to the original image to match the rest of the paper. The button was from Basic Grey and the leaves were coloured with promarkers.

The other card is one I have made for a Sapphire Wedding Anniversary

I stamped the heart in Versafine Magestic Blue onto white linen cardstock. I then mounted the image on some silver and dark blue card in layers, some with tape and some with foam pads to make it stand out a bit. Blue and clear gems were added to the heart. The image was printed from the computer onto linen cardstock and then mounted onto dark blue. I added a bit of blue organza ribbon underneath the heart to finish it off!

Hope you like them! Have a great week!

Tracey x

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Hello fellow WOYWWers, I hope you are all having a great week! My little one has been on summer holidays for over a week now and I think I have worn him out as he is still asleep at 10 am this morning! Oh to be 6 again eh?  This is what my workdesk looks like today..

I am just finishing some cards that my hairdresser asked for, these two weren't too hard but I am stuggling with the final request, a wedding card with stick men and a train or morris dancers! In my dear hairdressers own words it is a little bizarre and I am trying to come up with some ideas that still look weddingy if you know what I mean, any ideas are greatly appreciated!!!

This is a close up of the two cards I have made..

A saphirre anniversary card and a 40th birthday card that had to have a cupcake on it!

My eldest son finished school tomorrow and we are all looking forward to chilling out together, I can't wait, especially if they manage not to argue too much!

Pop over to our lovely host, Julia's blog to join in or just have a nosey at everyone else's desk.

Have a wonderful week and I will visit you later!

Tracey x

Butterfly Hybrid Card

As soon as I saw this digi kit from Vinnie Pearce on Two Peas in a Bucket, I knew I had to have it! I love pink and I love butterflies and the papers were perfect for my sis in laws birthday card from the boys

I punched a butterfly from the background paper with my Martha Stewart buttefly punch  and layered the two butterflies together with a piece of thread. I also added another butterfly to the paper with the x-cut butterfly punch. The word Auntie was added to the paper in Microsoft Publisher and I added some gems and pearls to the centre of the butterflies. Thos was all then layered onto a linen card.

A really lovely set of papers, I shall be using these again!

Have a great week!

Tracey x

Film and Food and a Card!

It was my sister-in-laws birthday last week and we all met up for a lovely chinese meal with the family, it was great! Also to celebrate we are going to see Toy Story 3 on Tuesday, I remember when this film first came out when my eldest son was a toddler, we watched it so many times and it's still one of my favourites.

I wanted to make a bright card with flowers on it for sis-in-law but had to play around with it to get what I wanted.  I usually find that thinking up the ideas for a card takes longer than actually making it and this was no exeption, this was the result.

I used some pink foam to cut some flowers with one of my sizzix folders and then added a couple of buttons to make the middle. This was mounted on some hammered white card and some lovely pink cardstock which I cut with my nestabilities. The background of the card was printed from a flourishes paper from Pink Petticoat and the sentiment was printed from the computer.

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

Tracey x

Whats on Your Work Desk Wednesday

It's WOYWW and I haven't been on for a few weeks now and I've missed you! As we are sitting in the craft room today and I have a very special visitor,  I thought I would pop a photo up to join in.

This is my work desk today...

I am making a card for my sister in law whose birthday it is tomorrow, don't worry it's being hand delivered!  The tree card is going to be from me and hubby and I am now making one from the boys.  Can't decide on hearts or to use some foam flowers that I have cut out on my sizzix though so will have to have a play around to get an idea!

And now to my special little visitor...

Yes my youngest has already broken up from school, so after walking the dog and having a play, he is quite happy to cosy up on the sofa and play his game. I am so enjoying his company and looking forward to spending the next eight weeks with him!

If you have no idea what WOYWW is then wander over our wonderful host Julia's blog now to see what its all about.  Thanks for reading and I hope to catch up with you all later.

Tracey x

Schools Out for Summer!

Schools out for summer at least for my six year old! My eldest son is not so impressed to have another two weeks of school!  And of course on our first day of summer hols it rains! Not that I am complaining, I have loved this hot weather but the garden needs a drink and we could all do with a bit of a cool down!

I have been making teachers cards for my little one to say Thank You for a fantastic year. He has run into school happily every day and that has made my heart happy. Now we have eight weeks off and I plan to make the most of my time with him, I am very much aware that he will not want to go to the park, farm, zoo, beach etc for many more years and that makes me sad so we are going to make the most of these holidays! I guess I am going to spend quite a bit of time with him here..

A little area of our garden where he likes to play, catch insects and dig!

Anyway, for the teachers cards I used some paper from DCWV Grade School and some bright lime green cardstock and some ribbon from American Crafts.

And made very similiar cards

For each teacher!

The Font was a download from Two Peas called School Days. As a class we bought the teachers vouchers but I made a little gift box up with some chocoloates, a best teacher book mark and glass heart so that he had something to give himself.

This was for one of the teachers and then for the other teacher who does alot of outdoor things with the kids in the wooded area by the pond I made this one.

All the papers are digital downloads from Two Peas In a Bucket.

Thanks for reading, I hope that you are all enjoying yourselves whatever the weather!

Tracey x
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