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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CTO Challenge 28: Birthday Sketch - If friends were flowers I'd pick you

Hello my treasured friends!

Today I'll be heading down to Vegas so I'll try and pop in once I get a chance! Of course I had to leave you all with some crafty love before I left, so here's my take on the birthday sketch for Celebrate the Occasion.

So if friends were flowers, I'd pick you! I've seen so many people making flowers lately, so I wanted to give it a shot! I used four different sizes of Cuttlebug scalloped circle dies, and inked around the edges with the Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distressing Ink. I then crumpled each of the shapes to give them some texture, and arranged the different sizes and used a mini brad to combine them together. I just recently ordered my Pink By Design Script Background Stamp, which was just what I needed for this sketch -- a perfect match indeed using the Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distressing Ink! I stamped "Happy Birthday" inside the card.

Trail of Treasures:
  • Sentiment from Pink By Design Life's a Garden Sentiment Stamp Set
  • Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distressing Ink
  • Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distressing Ink
  • Background Stamp: Pink By Design Script
  • Cuttlebug Scalloped Circle Dies
  • Brown Embossing Powder
  • Mini-Brads
  • Ribbon
Make sure to celebrate a birthday with us over at Celebrate the Occasion this week! Just head on over to view the sketch and join in on the fun! We all need to create a stash of birthday cards right? :)

So until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pengu Pengu!!

Hi everyone!

I've been working on some Christmas tags for an upcoming craft fair this November. So I've been mass producing these adorable little penguins from the Peachy Keen Penguin Doll Dies. These are just the cutest!! I've been adding different accessories to these cuties, so I'll be posting some pictures once I finish them all. These penguins will be added to gift card holders, cards, and gift tags.

For this week's Peachy Keen LFIF Challenge it is to create a project using an animal as the main theme.

I used the smallest sized stamp from the new Winter Wonderland Face Assortment for my little penguin's face! Didn't it come out super adorably?? I just love it!! I LOVE this patterned paper -- I purchased it last year from a local scrapbook store and I'm sorry but I have no idea what company manufactures it! I wish I had purchased more than one sheet!! It has beautiful glitter on it! 

Trail of Treasures:
I just love how cute he turned out!! Make sure to join me back here on Tuesday for another Celebrate the Occasion challenge!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Birthday Fit for a Diva

Hello my treasured friends!

It feels like forever since I've posted and I appologize for that! It has been a non-stop go for me since I finished exams..from birthday parties, school meetings, catching up with friends, and work, I've barely had any time to sit down and craft. Next week I'll be heading down to Vegas for my 21st birthday, so that gives me even less time to craft. I'll be squeezing in crafting time whenever I can from now until next week Tuesday.

Here's a birthday card that I created for my friend's birthday. She is definitely a diva, so this card is fit for her! :) I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge 27 -- Create a Circle Shaped Card for any occasion
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge 74 - Create a Birthday Themed Project
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

So here it is!

This card will fit into a 5 x 5 square envelope. I heat embossed the Peachy Keen large polka dot background with sparkly embossing powder to create my own patterned paper. I used the Punnylicious My Pink Stamper set to stamp the "hoppy birthday" but changed the o to an a so it could read "happy birthday."

Trail of Treasures:
  • Card base cut from Smiley Cards exclusive Gypsy cartridge (you can find this cut on many other carts or weld circles together on your own)
  • Shoes cut from  Wall Decor & More cartridge
  • Scalloped shape cut from Gypsy Wanderings
  • Circle cut from Plantin Schoolbook
  • Martha Stewart Sugar Cube Embossing Powder
  • PK 100 Large Polka Dot
  • White Gelly Roll Pen
  • Crystal Accents
  • Heat Gun
  • Bling
Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CTO Challenge 26: Happy Birthday Fashionista!

Happy Tuesday crafters and welcome to another Celebrate the Occasion challenge!

For this week's challenge, create a birthday themed easel card. This is the first time I've ever created an easel card and let me tell you, it was super easy to do! I LOVE how it turned out and I think that there will be more easel cards in store for all of you! :) This week I decided to shift my focus from cute cards to elegant. I wanted to create a really girlie card, so that's exactly what I did -- a birthday card fit for a fashionista!

Isn't this so pretty?? I heat embossed the sentiment, popped up the birthday gift, and the sentiment. I also used my Tattered Angels glimmer mist to glimmer up the birthday bag - I cut out a rectangle, added some tissue paper, some floss, and stamped the sentiment. Here's another view:

I'm just loving the brown, black, pink, purple, and cream combination! Below is what I used for my card.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Back 2 School

Hello my treasured crafters!

My oh my! This past week has been a whirlwind! One exam done..two more to go! Thursday I'll be a free woman! :) So in the midst of studying, I was working on two projects. I'll be posting one today, and make sure to visit back on Tuesday - it's a good one! :)

So with all the back to school blog hops and challenges, I decided that I wanted to create a back to school project. Here in Canada, everyone doesn't go back to school until after the Labour Day holiday, which is usually sometime in September. So hearing that some kids in the States are heading back to school already is a bit bizarre to me. Nonetheless, no kids means more time to craft right?! :) Of course I don't have any kids yet, but I'm sure that I would have mixed feelings when I have to send my children back to school!

For my project, my inspiration came from the little ones. Whenever I think about back to school, I always picture the kids thrilled to go on the playground and they just throw their backpack on the ground and run for the slide or the swings! So that's exactly what I did!

I absolutely adore the Baby Steps cartridge. If you do not own this cart, you MUST get it. The images are SO cute and super easy to layer! I cut the 'sand' out of sand-paper. Neat eh? This is a 5 x 5 card base that I'll be entering into the following challenges:

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge 25 - Back to School
Peachy Keen Stamps LFIF - Shaped Card
Pink By Design Challenge 7 - Back to School Project

Trail of Treasures:
  • Slide and backpack cut from Locker Talk Cartridge
  • Patterned paper from DCWV Grade School Stack
  • Seeing Spots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
  • Sign cut from Walk In My Garden Cart
  • Card shape cut from Create a Critter
  • Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Apple cut from Doodlecharms
  • Boy cut fom Baby Steps Cart 
  • Face from PK-642 Boy Mates Face Assortment
  • Silver Foil Cardstock for Slide
  • White Gelly Roll
  • Crystal Accents
  • Sandpaper
  • Irock
All the best to all the little ones who did have to head back to school this past week! Make sure to tune back in on Tuesday for another Celebrate the Occasion challenge -- one that you do NOT want to miss! ;)

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Friday, August 5, 2011

Welcome Little One!

Hello my crafty friends!

I hope everyone had a great week! The weekend is finally here so let's hope for a relaxing weekend! Exams are coming up for me so I'll be swamped for the next week and a half..but then it will be all over! I cannot wait to CRAFT! :)

The winner of my first giveaway has not replied and I couldn't contact them since they have an inactive email so I decided to redraw. The winner is..#7 Janeen who said:
"I love your blog, so cute and full of inspiration! I love PBD stamps, Sarah and Mr. Pink Cricut are so sweet too! I'm a new follower! Thanks! :)"
Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly Janeen!

Here's a sweet baby girl A2 sized card I made last December for a baby shower:

Here's a peak into the inside of the card and sentiment:

The sentiment is from a Fiskars stamp set. I no longer own the packaging and don't know the name of the stamp set -- sorry!

Trail of Treasures:
  • Rattle, bottle, and diaper pins cut from the New Arrival cartridge
  • Creative Memories 1 1/4 square punch for the three squares
  • Silver Foil Cardstock for diaper pins
  • Fiskars Baby Stamp Set
  • Crystal Accents
  • Felt Flower
  • Pop Dots
  • Pearl
The birth of a child is a major occasion, and we always need cards to celebrate that! I hope that everyone has a relaxing weekend and gets lots of crafting done ;) Even with exams, I am inching to create a card for several challenges next week! *Cross fingers* that I get around to doing it!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CTO Challenge 24: Surprise! A Brand New Bike For You!

Hello everyone!

Thank you all for the sweet comments - I've hit 100 followers! Yay! With school and work it's definitely hard to manage my blog and to participate in challenges, but because of all of you and my passion for crafting, I'm still here! :) So moving on, happy Tuesday and welcome to Challenge 24 over at Celebrate the Occasion. For today's challenge, it is to create a birthday card for a child. Here's what I came up with:

Isn't this card so super sweet? The little boy is blind-folded for the uncover of his birthday gift - a brand new bike! I used some fabric to tape over his eyes for his 'blind-fold.' I also cut up some packaging ribbon and attached it to the bike for a 'bow,' to make it more birthday-like. This card will fit in a 3.5 x 6" envelope.

Here's what the cutie looks like underneath the blind-fold:

Surprise! I used Peachy Keens PK-642 Boy Mates Face Assortment for his adorable peachy face!

Here's a peak to the sentiment on the inside of the card. I used the Pink By Design Big Thoughts set for the 'Happy Bithday':

Materials Used:
  • Card base - I used a tag from the Once Upon a Princess cart and welded it in my gypsy, then I copied the image and reduced the size a tad to get the layer
  • Patterned paper for layer from DCWV - All About Boys Stack
  • Tim Holtz Distressing Ink: Vintage Photo and Broken China
  • Ribbon cut from Formal Occasions Cartridge
  • PBD Small Banners set to spell out 'surprise'
  • Bike cut from Boys Will Be Boys Cart
  • Boy cut from Baby Steps Cartridge
  • Face from PK-642 Boy Mates Face Assortment
  • Pink By Design Big Thoughts Stamp Set
  • Glossy Accents for Bike
  • Gift Wrap Ribbon 
  • Black Sukura Pen
  • Buttons
  • Fabric
  • Floss
Come along and join in on this challenge here! You have until Sunday, July, 7th at 11:59pm EST to play along with us! Have fun and good luck!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox