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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Krafty Girls Challenge: Planet Earth

Hello my treasured friends!

I hope you all enjoyed your Easter filled with many chocolate bunnies! I just finished two group projects, and now I am in the midst for studying for final exams. For today, I have a super simple card made in celebration for Earth Day on April 22nd! Join us this week over at Krafty Girls for a Planet Earth challenge! We all take our fresh air and clean drinking water for granted. Make sure to conserve energy whenever possible, and reduce, reuse, and recycle to keep our planet green! :)

Trail of Treasures:

  • Card Base - cut in white cardstock, 2.75 x 3"
  • Card Layer - 2.6 x 3.8", stamped with the Peachy Keen March 2012 Stamp of the Month Set (I used an exacto-knife to take out the middle, and created my own "Earth"), and distressed with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink

Make sure to join in on the challenge and check out the Krafty Girls Design Team call here! I'll be linking this up to Pink Cricut's Link-Up Party and entering this into Little Scrap Pieces' Sky Blue Challenge.

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Lil' Chicadee - Krafty Girls and Peachy Keen Challenges

Happy Tuesday my treasured friends!

I have been swamped with group projects, and now I'm heading into exam time, but it was really nice sitting down this past weekend and working on a crafty project! This is really how I celebrate my down time and it definitely helps me relax. If only I had more time to craft and blog - oh, the life of a student.

Moving on to a higher note, this week we're back with another Krafty Girls' Challenge! This week's challenge is to create an Easter project. Since I just received my Peachy Keen Dies in the mail, I was DYING to play with them!! I got perfect spring dies - the Potted Flower and Shower Peepers. These were perfect for the challenge, and keeping this week's Peachy Keen Challenge - Faux Stitching in mind, I created an 8 x 8 Easter/Spring layout.

Isn't the lil' chicadee just too adorable?? I added the eggs from another Peachy Keen Die - the egg and duck die. The sentiment suited my layout just perfectly!

Here's a close-up of my adorable peachies!!

Trail of Treasures: 

  • Layout Base - 8 x 8" cut in white cardstock, stitching done in blue
  • Layer - cut at 7 x 7" from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Boy Stack, punched at the top with the Martha Stewart Daisy Border Punch and added pearls to the centers of the flowers
  • Photo Layers - chocolate layer cut at 6.5 x 4.5", layer cut from Recollections All Year 180  Sheet Stack, stitched around the edge with Sukura Gelly Roll Pen
  • Grass - cut a strip of 8 x 1.5" in green and used the Fiskars Grass Punch
  • Chick - chick cut from the Peachy Keen Shower Peepers Die and the egg is from the Peachy Keen Duck and Egg Die, egg is distressed with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink
  • Potted Flowers - cut from the Peachy Keen Potted Flower Die, pots are distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and stitched around the petals
  • Sentiment - from My Creative Time's Color Me Happy Set, oval from My Creative Time's Stitched Oval Die, and attached with Blue Berry Trendy Twine

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Monday, March 12, 2012

Get Growin - Krafty Girls Challenge

Hello my treasured friends!

It's been a crazy week for me here with group projects and all! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! As many of you know, my Gypsy is sick, and Provocraft still doesn't know what's wrong with her! My Cuttlebug has now become my new best friend, haha! This week over at Krafty Girls, we're creating our own flowers for a card, scrapbook layout, 3D item, or home decor piece. I decided to do something different, and outside of the "papercrafting" realm - I was inspired by Lauren over at Lauren's Creative to make a wreath. She made this adorable Valentine's wreath which you can see here! I decided to make a spring wreath and decided to start off a lot smaller. It turned out so adorable so I definitely will have to invest in more flower dies in the future! It's gonna be a long post today - I've included a picture tutorial on how to create the mini flowers!

Here's a picture of the supplies I used for this wreath:

Instead of a straw wreath, I used a twig wreath - neither of these wreaths at Michaels had plastic coverings - that way it's a lot easier to wrap the yarn! I'll have to check Joann's the next time I head down to the States - gotta get my passport renewed! The butterflies and bud pieces I picked up from my local dollar stores and I decided to use some blue tulle instead of the purple one. All the flowers out of felt - those rolled teal and raspberry flowers I used this tutorial. For the light pink and white blossoms, this is what I did using My Creative Time's Scallop & Stitched Circle Die - just another way you can use her fabulous die! :)
  • Firstly, use your Cuttlebug or any other die cutting machine to cut out the scallop shape in felt.
  • Fold the scallop in half.
  • Fold the scallop in half again. 
  • Staple or use your hot glue gun to glue it in place. Voila! Another idea is to attach a bunch of these small "blossoms" into a bigger flower.  

Here's a few close up pics of the wreath all put together!

Super adorable ain't it?! I love how it turned out, and I'll definitely be making larger ones with plenty more flowers in the future! I'll be linking this up to Pink Cricut's Link-Up Party, and entering it into Paper Playtime's Die Cuts with Flowers challenge. Make sure to head on over to the Krafty Girls Blog to see what the other designers came up with and to join in on the fun! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Saturday, March 3, 2012

MCT Throwback Thursday Challenge: My Hunny Bunny

Hello my treasured friends!

I hope your weekend has been off to a great start! I actually wanted to have this layout done by yesterday, but of course, things never go as planned, lol. I was SO excited to see that Emma over at My Creative Time is having a Cricut-less challenge! I usually dread these challenges, but since my Gypsy has been sick for so long, I have gotten by with creating cricut-less projects, or using the Cricut as minimal as possible. Make sure to join in on the fun to have a chance at winner her entire stamp release!!

I'm super behind with my scrapbooking, so my goal is to make scrapbook pages for challenges wherever possible, haha. So here's what I created using only my Cuttlebug and punches for last year's Easter.

And another view:

And here's a close-up of the adorable peachy bunnies!!

Trail of Treasures:

  • Base - 8 x 8" layout, patterned spring paper from DCWV Spring Stack
  • Layer One - 6.75 x 6.75" cut in brown cardstock, used the Martha Stewart Double Loops Around the Page Punch
  • Layer Two - 6.5 x 6.5" patterned paper from DCWV Flower Shower Stack, added strip of 6.5 x 3" creme cardstock punched with Martha Stewart Picket Fence Punch, and 6.5 x 1.5" green strip punched with Fiskars Grass Punch, added flowers with Michael's small flower punch (pearls placed in the center) - all distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distressing Ink
  • Bunnies - Peachy Keen Bunny Die, boy bunny face from PK-440 Cute and Cuddly Face Assortment
  • Twine - Blue Berry Trendy Twine added to photo
  • Sentiment - from My Creative Time's Color Me Happy stamp set 

I used to call my boyfriend my "hunny bunny" all the time so this set sentiment is perfect! ;) Make sure to join in on this fun challenge here! I'll also be linking this up to My Creative Time's Stamp of the Month Linky Party!

Remember to check out the Krafty Girls Feelin' Lucky challenge here! You can view my post here. Have a fabulous weekend my treasured friends! 

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You're Never Too Old to Dream a New Dream

For the Krafty Girls Feelin' Lucky post, click here

Hello my treasured friends!

I have a quick card to share with you today! School has eased a little bit since the beginning of the stressful week, so yay! We're mid way through the week, and that means that the weekend is almost here! :) Here's a card that I created for a friend's birthday - he loves history, travelling, and collecting gems. I tell him that he shouldn't be in the business field, and that he should be a historian instead haha. If only we could all pursue what we were truly passionate about huh? Life is short, so do what makes you happy! :) 

The inside is stamped with a Pink By Design sentiment:

I'll be entering this into Celebrate the Occasion's Birthday Challenge with Bling, and I'll be linking this up to Pink Cricut's Link Up Party

Trail of Treasures:
  • Card Base - cut in navy cardstock at 5.5 x 4.25", outlined in gold gel pen
  • Card Layer - cut at 5.25 x 4", patterned paper from DCWV Tradewinds Stack, distressed using Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and Tea Stain Distressing Inks, added navy specialty twine 
  • Globe - cut at 3.5" from Locker Talk in gold and silver foil cardstock, added irock gems
  • Sentiment - from Pink By Design July 2011 Believe in Yourself Stamp of the Month

Remember, you're never too old to dream a new dream! :) 

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Monday, February 27, 2012

Krafty Girls Challenge 2: Feelin' Lucky

Hello my treasured friends!

I've been super busy this week at school, and speaking of which, today I have a midterm so wish me luck! Welcome to another Krafty Girls Challenge! For this week's challenge, it is to create a card, scrapbook layout, 3D item, or home decor project with a St. Patrick's Theme, hence the, "feelin' lucky?" Haha. Well my Gypsy is still down, and I feel super lost without it, so I created a super simple card with a cartridge from last year's spring collection cartridge, the Cricut Spring Holiday Cards cartridge. I'll be linking this project up to Pink Cricut's Link Up Party and entering it over at Made Especially For You's Stitching Challenge, DL Art's Thankful Thursday Challenge - anything goes, Little Scrap Pieces' Green Challenge, and the Pink By Design Kiss Me I'm Irish Blog Hop Challenge.

Here's a peek inside the card:

Trail of Treasures:

  • Card Base - cut in kraft cardstock at 6.25 x 3.5", stitched in white around the base of the card with the Sukura White Gelly Roll Pen
  • Card Layer - cut at 6 x 3.25", patterned paper DCWV Flower Shoppe 180 Stack
  • Clovers - cut at 1" from the Cricut Spring Holiday Cards Cartridge, added Martha Stewart Golden Beryl glitter
  • Strip - cut at 6.25 x 1.25" in brown cardstock popped up with pop dots, embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Sentiment - Pink By Design Luck O' the Irish stamp set, four leaf clover is a sticker, added Lime Green Stickles

If you're working on your St. Patty's projects, make sure to join us at Krafty Girls and enter it into the challenge! 

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Winner of Playtime Cartridge!!

Hello my treasured friends!

I'm sure that you're all waiting anxiously to find out who won the Cricut Playtime Cartridge, huh? A drum-roll please...#43 - lmkindell!!

She wrote:

"I love both your layout and the card. I am sure your love loved the card." 

Congrats!!! I'll be sending you an email shortly to get your information so that I can get your treasure out to you soon! I hope you enjoy this cartridge, and I'm sure you'll make beautiful projects with it!

See you all back here tomorrow for another Krafty Girls Challenge!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Monday, February 13, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Krafty Girls Blog Hop, Hockey Night in Canada

Hello my treasured friends!

Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to the first ever Krafty Girls blog hop and challenge! Today we're all showcasing projects that reflect our home sweet homes. If you've arrived here from Stephanie's blog, you're on the right track, and at the very last stop of the blog hop! I hope that you all have been blown away by the amount of talent these girls have! Here's the order of the blog hop in case you've lost your way or if you'd like to hop along! This is the first blog hop I've ever participated in, so I'm super excited!!

Krafty Girls --> Start Here
Tracey <-- You are here

I currently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was here that we hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and last summer our hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks made it to the semi-finals during the NHL Playoffs. I was going to do a traditional red and white layout but after updating my Gypsy (so that I could load the Go Canada Cartridge on there), it doesn't work!! Ironic, isn't it? Here's a layout that I created to capture the Vancouver spirit. 

Here's a close-up of the "Hockey night in Canada" title:

Trail of Treasures:
  • Card Base - cut in blue cardstock, 8 x 8", used white Gelly Roll pen for stitching
  • Journalling Frame - used a Walmart stamp set (sorry, I don't know what it was called!), and it fit perfectly in the Nestabilities Labels One die
  • Title - cut both the layer and shadow at 2.5" from the Go Canada Cricut cartridge, added stitching, sticker pucks, and Crystal Accents to make it glossy

Today after all is Valentine's Day, so here's the Valentine's postcard I created for my boyfriend. I'll be entering this into The Cuttlebug Spot - Sweetheart Challenge.

Here's an up-close look, and a peek at the back of the postcard:

Trail of Treasures:
  • Postcard Paper - from Martha Stewart 4.75 x 6.75" Key and Heart Mat Pad
  • Layer - cut at 2.75 x 6" and used the Martha Stewart Lace Heart Punch
  • Twine on flowers and the middle of the postcard - Trendy Twine's Valentine Twine Cherry Cupcake 
  • Sentiment - My Creative Time's This & That set; heat embossed with Martha Stewart's Ladybug Embossing Powder

Now, what is a blog hop without any treasure??? So, here's what you've been anxiously awaiting for! To one lucky winner you'll have the chance to win...a new Cricut Playtime Cartridge!

That's right! Here are the details for the giveaway:
  1. You must be a follower to qualify and comment below with your name and email address by 11:59PM PST on Monday, February 27th.
  2. For a second chance at the giveaway, follow the Krafty Girls blog and let me know in the comments below. 
  3. For a third chance, like Tracey's Trail of Treasures on Facebook, and comment below.

So that's the end of the hop! I hope you have liked what you've seen so far and that you'll join us over at Krafty Girls for our first krafty challenge! The theme is Home Sweet Home and I cannot wait to see what you all come up with about where you live! :) I'll see you all back here soon, and I hope that cupid finds his way over to you all! :) 

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Friday, February 10, 2012

Big Announcement!

Hello my treasured friends!

Have you been over to the new challenge blog, Krafty Girls?! I'm super excited to be a Krafty Girl and part of this team of Krafty ladies, and I assure you that you'll be blown away with the amount of talent the team has!

So make sure that you visit the Krafty Girls Blog for a giveaway, hop with us on the 14th for prizes, and stay tuned for fun challenges!

Make sure you visit back on the 14th for some fun projects and treasure!

Until then my treasured friends!
Tracey xox

Monday, January 30, 2012

Trendy Treasure Winner!

Hello my treasured friends!

I have a winner!! The winner of the Trendy Twine mini giveaway is #17, Yoshira Reyna from amomicricut! Congrats Yoshira! You are the lucky winner, and I cannot wait for you to play with this beautiful twine! She actually tried to make some of her own twine before, but silly girl, you'll love these ones! :)

Please make sure to email me your information at so that I can get your prize out to you soon! Congrats again my treasured friend!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Thursday, January 26, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Treasure Alert & Trendy Twine Guest Designer: Happy Love Day

Hello my treasured friends!

I am ecstatic to be guest designing today over at Trendy Twine! They're definitely my FAVE twine company out there today, and if you haven't checked them out before, you really are missing out! They have beautiful colours, and a variety of different twists. You can check out all the twine that they have available here. I guarantee you, you won't be disappointed! ;)

For my project today, I am showcasing this month's newly released Cherry Cupcake, which is PERFECT for all your Valentine's Day projects. This twine has a double twist of red and pink, and it's oh so trendy! Can you spot all that trendy Cherry Cupcake twine? I'll be linking this up to Pink Cricut's Link Up Party, and Emma's Throwback Thursday Challenge.

Here's a close-up of the adorable birdie and turtle. I used more twine to add the XOXO's on the turtle's shell.

And here's a peek inside the card:

Trail of Treasures:
  • Card Base - 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 square card cut in red cardstock, and wrapped  Trendy Twine's Cherry Cupcake Twine around and tied a bow
  • Card Layer - 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 cut from Martha Stewart's Enchanted Woodland Mat Pad
  • Frame - cut at 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 from the Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge
  • Turtle - cut at 3" from Create-A-Critter Cartridge, face from PK-642 Boy Mates Assortment, added Crystal Accents to the eyes, hearts cut from Creative Memories Tiny Heart Punch, paper pierced X's and O's, and threaded Trendy Twine's Cherry Cupcake Twine, and added that same twine to the neck
  • Bird - cut at 2.75" from  Create-A-Critter Cartridge, added black mini-brad for the eye, and cut out a beak in orange
  • Hearts - used a mini punch and added  Crystal Accents
  • Sentiment - from Pink By Design's Love Always stamp set 

And now for the trendy treasure! Here are 10 yards of four different colours of trendy twine: Cherry Cupcake, Peppermint Stick, Strawberry Cupcake, and Chocolate Truffle. In addition, there's an adorable Imaginisce robot stamp up for grabs.

All you have to do is be a follower on my blog and comment below with your name and email address. For an extra chance to win, make you sure head on over and like my Facebook page, Tracey's Trail of Treasures. You have until Sunday night at 10PM PST to comment, and I'll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck everyone!

Make sure you head on over and visit Trendy Twine on their blog here, or over on Facebook! You will not be disappointed! :)
Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox

Friday, January 13, 2012

Peachy Chickie Card

Hello my treasured friends!

First and foremost, Happy New Year to you all! I have missed you all greatly, and it feels great to finally get back into crafting and blogging! During the holidays, I lost my creative mojo, then got it back, but my room was a huge mess so I couldn't craft. Then I was thinking about my crafting, and I really figured out that due to my hectic school schedule, and the amount of my own crafting projects that I need to get done, I should focus on those things, and hence, not apply for any design teams. I will however, be participating in the challenges going around that I see fit with a project that I'm working on, etc. By doing so, this will really help contribute to my New Years resolutions, and I hope that you all are working towards yours as well!

So let's kick off the year right! I created this adorable chickie card for a dear friend of mine. Her birthday was last week, and she absolutely adores chickens, chicks, and anything of the sort, so this one is for you my friend! :) Peachy Keen is having a linky party, which you can participate as well here. I'll also be entering this into Celebrate the Occasion's challenge, to create a child's birthday card, and into Birthday Sundae's Challenge to create a birthday card. This card will fit right in, and you can play along as well here. So are we ready?? Here it is!

Isn't she just the cutest?? My friend loves chicks and the colour purple, so my Trendy Twine's Grape Fizz was the perfect addition! Here's the list of treasures!

Trail of Treasures:
  • Card Base - 3.5 x 6" cut in kraft cardstock, and rounded at the outer corners with the Creative Memories Corner Rounder, and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink
  • Card Layer - shape from Cricut Lite Lacy Labels cartridge cut at 3.15 x 5.75", cloud paper from My Little Shoebox's Home Tweet Home Collection, and cut an additional layer in green and used the Fiskars Grass Punch to create the grass
  • Chick - cut from Simply Charmed Cartridge at 3", faced stamped with PK-754 Medium Critter Faces, added Trendy Twine's Grape Fizz for the cute bow, and added Inkssentials White Enamel Accents for the tummy
  • Balloons - punched with Martha Stewart's Balloon Punch, and added more Trendy Twine's Grape Fizz to finish off the balloons
I have more projects to post, so visit me soon! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Until next time's treasures,
Tracey xox