Monday, 31 December 2012

Wishing you a Happy New Year xxxx

 To all my lovely followers and visitors to my Crafty blog I would like to wish a Happy new year for tomorrow  , may your Bank balance be fat and your bottoms be small, not the other way round like mine was last year!!

Here's a card for you all
Two of my favourite Characters from Crafter's Companion  S.W.A.L.K.  are having their new years party tonight and like most of us they are are having a crafty glass of fizz while preparing the food for the evening .
They were printed out from the S.W.A.L.K. Collectors box set , Digital Stamp Library CD-Rom and  were coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens, There are over 60 digital stamps in JPEG and PDF form to choose from and if you are really clever you can resize them in your Craft Artist programmes . The box set also includes the paper crafting collection and the new S.W.A.L.K Pawfect pals.
 Check them out over at the Crafters Companion website and keep an eye out for my cards during their hours on the 'Create and Craft' TV Show, Channel 36 on Freeview, Freesat 813 and Sky 671, next month as I will be working on their design team for the next 3 months , whoop whoop!!
Back to the card
and inside the party's started and they are looking fabulous in their party outfits ...
 love to you all, THANK YOU to all my followers for your support and kind words and hopefully you will join me again in the new year , I will try not to disappoint you guys, and  have a fabulous time tonight and one last time ..
FOR  2013


Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Anniversary..

Hi folks,

4 days to go and the clocks ticking to Christmas, you will be pleased to know the world didn't end at 11am this morning and the Mayans are now celebrating their first official April Fools Day!! (apologies to any Mayans reading this , we all have our off days!!)

Happy Anniversary to my friends Jenny and Ray who celebrated their 22nd year together this month. Here's a card dedicated to them, I wish them many more years of happiness together xx

There is nothing more romantic then a December wedding in my view and if I ever do it again then that's my month of choice , and lets face it you can't rely on sunshine in June or July in Britain any more, the last wedding I went to was in June and it rained most of the day!! so you might as well have it in the winter at least you have a rough idea what to expect weather wise!!
This is a really simple card style to make if you have the right dies. Spellbinders have a fabulous range and I have used labels 20 cut from white Centura Pearl card stock which has also been run through a embossing folder for the base and Persain motifs for the star on which the flowers and foliage are mounted. The flower and leaves can be recreated using a Kreaxion's flower die set they were coloured with a Tim Holt's ink pad 'Worn Lipstick' Pink and edged with Silver stickles glitter glue

The butterflies were cut from a Cheery lynn die in Silver Holographic card and then doubled up to give dimension

All this has been mounted onto a doily cut in 2 halves and a white scalloped base card . Decorate the corners with a pink dew drop and add a 'Happy Anniversary' peel off sticker in the top corner  and there is your finished Anniversary card xx

I would like to enter the following Challenges
FlutterbyWednesday Challenge 219#
Divas by Design Challenge 66#
The Papershelter Challenge 93# Anything Goes
NutCrackers Challenge 33# Sparkle and bling
Crafty Sentiments Challenge- All that Glitters

I'm not sure if I will have a chance to blog again this side of Crimbo, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A FABULOUS NEW YEAR , Sending love and Seasons to all my followers and Visitors to my blog and a Huge thank you for all your kind comments over the last 9 months xxx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dutch Iris Card Tutorial

well only 7 days to Christmas now, we will all be tucking into our Turkey or nut roasts this time next week, so time to start thinking about the new year, here's a really easy card to get you in the mood for spring,

The stamp is from the Heartfelt Creations range Dutch Iris Blossom 3 Collection and is called Dutch Iris frame stamp.

you will need

White card
Black card
7'' x 6'' Card Blank
Heartfelt Creations Dutch Iris Frame Stamp
Black versamark pad
Silver embossing powder
Blue and Green Alcohol Pens
Gold cosmic shimmer mica powder
Blue cosmic shimmer mica powder
Silver border peel offs
Tim Holt's Distress ink pad Broken China

Step 1
Take some white card and stamp your image onto it with a black versamark pad then cover the stamped image with silver embossing powder , melt the powder and leave to cool for a moment when your image has cooled you can colour it in
I used Spectrum Noirs on the project
Blues TB1, TB5, TB7
Greens CG2, DG2

Step 2
When you have coloured your image, cut away all the white card and mount onto some black card then onto some white card that has been dusted with around the edges with your Tim Holts Broken China blue.
I have stamped the sentiment again with black versamark and embossed that with gold and silver embossing powder and then cut out and layered on top. I also edged this with Broken China blue

Step 3
Take a piece of black card slightly bigger than the white card you just mounted your image on and cut into 4 equal rectangles then take some of your Gold and Blue mica powders ( you only need a little bit) and add a little water to them so they become paint, do this on a tile or plate not straight into the pot!!

Step 4
Scrunch up your clingfilm into a loose ball and dab this into the colours and then dab lightly all over your black card, I went with gold first and then blue, just keep going till you are happy with the look then leave to dry for a few minutes

Step 5
Mount your now painted rectangles onto some white card which has been dusted again with Tim Holts Broken China and border the edges with silver peel off borders. Mount onto black card again and then onto your card blank.

All products highlighted can be found over at J and C Creations website why not pop over and check them out now xx

Thursday, 13 December 2012

'Put some heart into it' Pine Jewellery box

Hi folks, hope you are all well and excited as I am for the forthcoming holidays , Santa's had my wish list and has promised me some new Pastel Spectrum Noirs for Christmas. If he's a smart Bunnie he'll pop over to the Crafters Companion website as they are on offer at the moment any 4 sets of 6 packs for £25 or 2 sets of 24 packs for £35 I'm hoping he'll visit their site but be so impressed by the offer he'll get me all 4 sets of 24!!, I plan to leave my membership number by the PC so he can get even more discount on them. Of course he could just get me a new kettle like last year, if hes feeling really brave!!

Anyway back to today's project which is my little pine jewellery box ,

When we were on a break visiting family last week we popped into a little garden centre just outside Gt Yarmouth in Norfolk , It was full of the usual garden paraphernalia and Christmas decorations but tucked in a corner was a shelf full of little pine boxes , While Santa hubby wasn't looking, several of this items (pine chests, boxes and birdhouses) fell accidentally into my trolley as each item was only a few pounds each they slid 'under the wire' through the tills and travelled home with us....

Here's my first project and how it was made

Heart Shaped Jewellery Box
 you will need ....

A plain pine chest
White Acrylic Paint
White Tissue paper
Tim Holt's Aged mahogany ink pad
Tim Holt's fired brick ink pad
black versamark ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Gold mica powder
Mini Stamps
Paper roses and flowers
Gold card candies
Paper butterflies

Step 1
 Take a plain pine chest and cover it with strips of  tissue paper and watered down PVA glue , cover the entire front and sides of chest . when it is dry coat the box with watered down pva again and leave to dry again. This makes painting and stamping easier. Paint your chest white. If you have any lumpy bits of paper you can always sand these off gently with some fine sandpaper before painting.  Paint inside and out and leave to dry.
when this has completely dried, rub over the chest with your Tim Holts Red Fired Brick distressing ink

Step 2
 Take your now red-pinky-white base chest and dab with gold mica paint, I like to use  crumpled up cling film to dab mine on with as it gives a subtle but great effect

Step 3
when your gold mica paint has dried, go stamp crazy with your mini stamps. I used a set I found in a bargain bucket for 10p , they have a Paris theme which I really liked. I stamped mine with a Tim Holt's Aged Mahogany ink pad and black versa mark and then embossed over the top with clear embossing powder and a heat gun to seal the prints, be careful not to over heat your project as the paper may lift or even burn so take a little care when embossing !!

Step 4
Add some gold card candies onto the front of your box and punch out a couple of gold hearts for the drawer knobs, add some paper flowers and butterflies to finish

My butterflies had been made in advance they were made from black card that had been stamped with a clear versa mark and then heat embossed with seasalt white embossing powder and then punched out using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch . Then they were embossed with clear thick embossing powder to give them more of an enamelled look . I added some lilac gems down the middle of each for the bodies.. Now I just have to decide who's going to find it under their Christmas tree this year , maybe I'll keep this one for me..

I hope this has inspired you to try a project of your own , good luck and thanks for popping over to visit my blog .

 Click on highlighted items to find where you can purchase them and please feel free to leave comments, I love to know if you like what I'm doing or not!!
 I would like to enter my Jewellery Box in the following challenges 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Tissue Box Tuesday Alchemy Challenge 44#

Hi everybody,

Thanks for popping over and checking out the blog this morning , Today we are joining Tuesday Alchemy for their weekly crafting challenge and this week its Challenge 44# 'Anything goes'  A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors SASSY STUDIO DESIGNS who have very kindly put up 4 digital images as this weeks prize

To make my Tissue box you will need

Tissue box template
Sassy Studio Designs 'Snowman Pinup' image
spectrum Noirs
Fleur de lis rectangles spellbinders die.
spellbinder die create a flake 3
spellbinders layered poinsettia set
spellbinders labels twenty die
pink pearls
Tim holts Distressing inks
peel off borders and corners
Pink and gold mica paint

Here's my Contribution , its a sassy tissue box cover, complete with snowflakes and lace!! The tissue box blank kit was made using a template these can be found on the Internet but I purchased mine as a template kit from J and C Creations warehouse, They are on sale at the moment, inside you will get a template and around 20 different sheets of coloured card to make your boxes up , why not check out the  website for more bargains or pop down and visit their unit on one of their open days ...

The images have been coloured with promarkers and spectrum Noirs and glittered on the highlights, then cut out in an oval. I've added some gold peel offs around the edge and matted onto a Fleur de lis rectangles spellbinders die that had been lightly inked on the edges with red and green Tim holts Distressing inks, I did 4 one for each side so the front view matches the back

The blank box was painted pink and then dabbed with some gold mica paint using clingfilm. This technique is easy and affective

The snowflakes have been cut from another spellbinder die create a flake 3 and topped with a gold paper candie and the poinsettias are cut from spellbinders layered poinsettia set  in snow white vellum and embossed with some veins on them for interest then I popped a pink pearl in the centre.

The top of the tissue box has been embossed through the cuttle bug inside an embossing folder and added after a aperture had been cut in the middle of it with yet another die spellbinders labels twenty die , Anyone who visits my blog on a regular basis will know I rarely make a card or project without a spellbinders die in there somewhere!!
Add some Snowflakes in the corners on top of your tissue box cover. Trim your box with some lace for a pretty finish and then pop your completed cover over your tissue box.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Crazy Christmas Capers...

 Well back from Norfolk and what a landing , I'm still black and blue from pinching myself after hearing I'd won the 7th birthday Challenge at the  Crafter's Companion Challenge blog To be picked out by Sara and leann  over a hundred other entries is mind blowing , looks like my Christmas has come early.

The weekend started well with our trip out to Sussex on Sunday to join all the other mad motorcyclists dropping off toys at the Golden lions hall for  the children's home. They organise a Christmas party for the kids in January and at the end the 'Real Santa' comes in and gives them their presents . Our costumes went down a treat with the locals, everyone was waving at us as we rode though the villages and eventually 120 bikes and bikers arrived at gatwick Manor,to swap gifts for hot coffee and mince pies!! The haul of toys was huge, so the kids are going to have a great time this year. This weekend we are doing it all again and I'm dressing as a Reindeer!! If you would like to see all the photos check out my 'Things with Wheels' page at the top of the blog!!

 The trip to my family's went well and was not as eventful as the journey home, One minute I'm jumping up and down on the side of the A12 with joy after chatting with the lovely Leann Chivers, next minute I'm helping Paul fix the blow-out on the back tyre on the side of the road in lewisham!!

Anyway back to reality  now so here's a Project I made for our friends over at J AND C CREATIONS  Why not pop over sometime and join in this months Challenge Floral Delights

Take a blank card base 14 x 14cm and cover with stripey pattered paper then matt and layer some white card onto some black and mount this onto the stripey paper at an angle, Decorate with border peel offs and paper candie, Add some torn patterned paper embossed the edge of the paper with Gold embossing powder and melt. Cut out a spellbinders Lattice rectangles die cut from gold card and and place on top of some torn pattern paper
Now you will need to stamp your image ,
I used a 'Bella Rose Scroll' Rubber Stamp set from the Heartfelt Creations Range  why not check out the large range of Bella Rose stamps over at the J and C Creations website.
Colour the Scroll with watercolour pencils and put a light red wash on the edges of the scroll, The rose was coloured the same way with oranges and yellows and greens and yellows on the foliage and then cut out and glittered with Stampendous gold halo glitter, Stamp the sentiment 'Thinking of you' in Versamark and then cover in gold Embossing powder and melt.
This has been mounted onto more torn patterned paper and some melted Angel's Hair. This is then mounted onto the decorated Square.
I like this stamp a lot as the top of the scroll is blank and you can put in any sentiment you like, from Happy Birthday to Deepest Sympathy, a very versatile stamp to have..
Items used
watercolour pencils
Patterned and stripey paper
Paper candies
Gold card
Gold Angel Hair
Gold dotty border peel offs
All items highlighted can be found over at the J and C Creations Website xx

Tracey Anne xx

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Inspired By Stamping Challenge - GD Spot

Hi everyone ,

well today's the day I play at been a 'Guest Designer' over at Inspired by stamping's Challenge blog. I won Octobers challenge which was to create a card from a photo inspiration my colours were Blue, Silver and Gold and I entered my Reindeer Card and they were so impressed I won first Prize. I won some wonderful Vintage Frame Stamps and they invited me to do a Guest Designer spot this month for them!!

 This months Challenge is a photo inspiration Challenge, the photo to your right with the beautiful baubles is there to inspire you to create a card or project of your own using these colours, Red, Cream and Purple, So pop over and join in the fun at their Challenge blog and enter your creation, Good luck to you all and I hope you win something fabulous just as I did last month !!  A huge thank you going out to all the folks at IBSIC for the inviting me to Guest spot with them this week and be part of their fantastic Challenge xx

Below you will find my inspiration for their blog I hope you like what I've done with their colours.

I went with the photo rather then the colours as when I look at it I see pink in there and so I created my first card with pink,purple red and cream!! The baubles are created using Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments dies . They have been run though a cuttle bug inside a M-bossibilities folder after they were cut and are decorated with tiny gems.

The sentiment on the label reads 'May the peace and wonder of Christmas be with you always' which I find quite touching, and I have used this stamp on many a card this year. I believe it is part of a Creative Expressions Set by Sam Poole called Stylish Christmas 2.

 I thought it might be nice to do something different with the second card to Christmas, as I've done such a lot of Christmas stuff just lately , so I went with a floral theme.  The card blank is made from 2 large Fleur de lis Rectangles stuck together at the top. The flower image was a free stamp with a magazine last year I forget which one , Magazines like Simply Cards and paperCrafts and Quick Cards magazines are a great source of free gifts, look out of them in your local newsagents or Supermarket.  The flowers were very easy to colour, I just did a little finger dabbing with 3 ink pads, Red purple and yellow, onto some white card and then just stamped over the now coloured card and cut out the flowers and decoupaged them up!! Its a great technique when you want to do something a little different. The frames were Spellbinders again, this time I used Fleur de lis Rectangles and Spellbinders Fleur de lis Squares The butterflies are from Cherry Lynn and the Sentiment is from Babara Greys Clarity Stamps.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Tuesday Alchemy Challenge 43# - xmas cracker

Hi folks

Hope you are well out there in blogland. Its cold here and damp here in Surrey England , we are off today to visit family up country in Norfolk for a couple of days , its time to drop off the sack load of pressies for my nephews and nieces and say hi to my parents and Sister. and if we are lucky maybe even get some R & R in . They have light snow forries at the moment so it should feel christmasy even though its only the first week of December!!

well its also that time again where I put on my Designer hat on and join the ladies over at Tuesday Alchemy.
This week their Challenge 44#  is 'Anything but a Card' so get your crafty stash out and get creating something fabulous to enter in the challenge, you have till next Tuesday to enter your project and I'm looking forward to seeing what you have done.

Designs Di's Digi Downloads -$10 Store Voucher 
and Hugs 4 the heart - $10 Gift Card 
A huge thank you to our sponsors this week  Designs Di's Digi Downloads and Hugs 4 the heart who have very kindly put up some great prizes for you to win

here's my contribution to the inspirational section of the challenge I hope you like it ...

 The pattern paper is from cupcake crafting and the decorations on the ends and in the centre are a combination of Spellbinders snowflake dies . The centre decoration is a spellbinders Cut Fold Spin die called Floral Burst with  a memory box  die called Quinn Flourish The large cream paper rose on top has been lightly Glittered

Its a Cracker!!
Sorry this is not as comprehensive as my usual blog posts but the clock is ticking and the cars running as I should be , There's 160 miles to knock off before lunch so I off to grab my suitcase and credit card and head for the flatlands of Norfolk for a while. See you when I get back xx 

Thursday, 29 November 2012


Hi everyone

well todays the day I take the guest Designer spot over at the 'DO YOU STACK UP Challenge blog' Their Sponsers this week are ' BROKEN BOX STOCK'  and the Challenge is to make a 'THANK YOU' Project, so why not pop over and join in the fun and you may be lucky enough to win some fabulous digi images or even a your own guest spot on DO YOU STACK UP!! A huge thank you going out to all the folks at DYSU for the inviting me to Guest spot with them this week and be part of their fantastic Challenge xx

Here's my inspiration for their blog, it's a Stepper card using a Broken Box Stock image called 'Surpise Toodles' This image can be found on their website if you would like to buy it and make your own work of art

I used my Spectrum Noirs and Promarkers to colour the image and then I cut them out on a piece of white square card.

I used Spellbinders Decorative Elements Labels 8 to mount my coloured image onto and used A 'Thank you' Stamp and a 'Friendship' Stamp as Sentiments and the verse on the right hand side is from the Stamp Barn and read's

Friendship's a flower for all seasons,
it never will fade away
lasting with a loyalty growing
bringing a joy to each day.
friendships a gift to be given
for then you'll find its true
by passing it round, there's a promise
very soon it will come back to you.

The little envelopes at the front of the stepper card were made with a woodware punch and filled with card candies!! The patterned blue paper was from

I hope you like my inspiration and it prompts you to go off and create something clever or pretty or just fun that's the most important element in any crafting is that you have fun doing it.

I can't believe its just 48 hours before December , wow!! that was the fastest year ever , I 'm still waiting for the summer to start!! Only 34 days left to 2013!! its been a good year this year for me , my first year in blogger - land , my first year on a design team. 9 months ago I didn't even know what a Design team was or did, now I'm on 3, guesting on others and winning Challenges every month how cool is that, so if you're out there thinking I couldn't do that, blog and DT, dont believe it, why not give it a try, I never thought I would get here or have so much fun on the journey xx Cant wait to see what next year has in store...

hugs to all xx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

J & C Creations November Inspiration - Floral

Here's another contribution to the Floral Challenge hope you like , there are a selection of spellbinders dies to choose from in this one, my favourite is the layered Poinsettia. It is quite an old die from Spellbinders but still makes an appearance every christmas as its such a winner!! 
To make this you will need
Kraft card blank
brown and white patterned card
Cream, white, green, brown and silver card
clear Glitter
gold Stickles glue

Cut 3 pieces of cream and brown card in graduated sizes, Matt and layer your cream and kraft craft card onto your blank. I dusted the corners of the cream card with a Tim Holt's Distressing inks Peeled Paint ink pad.

Cut out 2 labels 17 the larger one in silver and the smaller in green. Cut a smaller die in silver from the labels 23 set and then a smaller die in brown card from the spellbinders Fleur de lis Rectangles set. Then cut out in white card a Spellbinders labels 22 die and then stamp your sentiment on it. Layer these onto each other.

Cut out your Poinsettias from white card and glitter around the edges with gold Stickles glue, Cut your leaves in brown and white patterned paper and then ink through with your Tim Holt's Peeled Paint and Pine Needles .

Add clear glitter to the veins of the foliage. Assemble the flowers and leaves around your sentiment on your card add some green pearls to the corners to finish.

Tracey Anne xx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

All the Sparkles.....

Hi folks

Hope you had a good weekend , Sorry if my posts have been limited this month we are still suffering from weather gremlims in the PC plumbing and so haven't been able to blog as frequently as I wound have liked.
last weekend we went little black dress shopping,  ( not half as little as it used to be) the annual Christmas do is fastly approaching and the wardrobe was bare!!.
Found the most amazing shoes to go with it and a cute little everyday bag to finish the outfit, so I very successful trip indeed!!

 And its put me in the mood for a bit of bling so my first project is quite sparkly for my usual creations but hopefully you will like it. The Tree stamp is from a clear stamp set called Holly Christmas and is from Butterfly Kisses at Hobby Arts and comes with a good collection of sentiments , both the top and bottom greetings are from the same set. The  backing paper is also stamped with a sentiment from the set onto black card with a papermania  embossing powder seasalt white. The tree image has been coloured with alcohol pens and then decorated with tiny red gems from my crafty stash.

The  image has been cut out with a spellbinders Decorative rectangle die and then trimmed around to fit in the green glittery frame. The green frame was made from a technique shown by the amazing Ali Reeve from 'Stamps away' so I cant take the credit for it but am happy to share how its done as I think it's a great way to jazz up a frame or border .

Step 1
 Take some gold mirror board and have a good scribble over it with some Alcohol pens I've used blue and green on mine
Step 2
 while the ink is still wet, throw some thick embossing powder on the top and heat from above with a heat gun

step 3
 when everything has cooled and set ,cut out your frame  with your spellbinders die

you will get the most amazing shine and glitter frosting look on your frame or shape without having to take the glitter from the shelf , why don't you try it , bet you love the look you get x

 Below is another card made from the same Stamp Set Holly Christmas but with a different Spellbinders die this time I used Fancy Floral Ovals and cut from some different backing card , this was made the same way as before but I have used a different stamp this time from Stampendous  called Christmas background from their rubber cling stamps range, and a corner Punch from woodware on the corners.

thanks for visiting my blog , hope it has inspired you in some small way and hurry back soon

I would like to enter these cards into the following Challenges
ABCChallenges/Anything goes
EurekaStamps/challenge 16# let the holidays begin
MakeitMonday challenge 117# / AG
Eclectic ellapu Challenge /Christmastime

Sunday, 25 November 2012

J and C Creations Challenge / Floral Delights

November Challenge Floral Delights Project 3

Here's a card I made for my friends over at J and C Creations, at Maidstone. we went over to the warehouse last weekend and had a lovely afternoon, watching demos by Jenny from Hobby Art and spending all our money on goodies, I picked up tons of bargains and got to catch up with the girls xx

Anyway less gossip and back to the Project.... 

Take a 7x5'' white blank base card and matt some purple card onto it
Cut out 2 Fleur de lis dies in white card and Stamp your sentiment with Tuxedo black onto the smaller one, mount onto some purple card then add to the larger die cut.
create a mask of your flowers by stamping onto a post - it note and then cutting it out
Stamp out a bunch of flowers and mask off with a post-it note
then stamp another bunch on each side , colour with your Spectrum Noirs. Then stamp a 4th bunch separately and colour, cut out and decoupage over the middle bunch.
Pens used to colour flowers and leaves
Flowers -Spectrum Noirs LV1,LV2,LV3 Leaves - Spectrum Noirs CG1,CG2,DG2
Add some glitter mount onto a floral oval die cut and add to main card , cut out your Butterflies and add , then place a satin bow and some paper flowers in the bottom corner
Items used
Purple and licac Card
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens
Ribbon, paper flowers , Decorative hat Pins
Sentiment stamp
Cosmic Shimmer Glue

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges
Catch the bug / colour Challenge
Crazy4challenges/put a bow on it.C4C164

Tracey Anne xx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Just Gorjuss!!

 Good morning folks

Hope you're warm and well this foggy Thursday  morning, well it's jolly chilly outside in my Surrey garden this morning, the squirrels have been by and raided the rose hips off the rosebush and one cheeky little beggar started digging up my daffodils,I only put them in last week!!. They must be able to smell them or something,  either that or they were hanging over the fence watching me plant them , like little Ninja Squirrels!!!
Taken at the Ace Cafe , London
Well a week has passed and so finally has my rotten headcold , I even managed a bike ride to Hever castle in Kent at the weekend, (needed to get some riding in, hadn't ridden for 3 month's due to a very painful Tennis Elbow) We need to get ready for the Great Bolney Toy run in December taking Toys to children less fortunate than our own, more about that later) Anyway I now have no excuse not to get back to work and start creating and blogging again so here's today's contribution.

The Stamp is from the 'Simply Gorjuss ' collection and is a new favourite , gives me plenty of practise doing hair and faces , this one is entitled White Rabbit which can only be a reference to Alice in wonderland , Well she is isn't Alice here, she's my daughter at 8 years old asking can she go to bed early on Christmas eve so Santa comes earlier!!

I used my Cricut machine to cut out a tree and added a swirl and some flowers and beaded branches to decorate it and mounted it onto some patterned paper from my drawer of crafty stash.

Alcohol Pens used

Face Promarkers - Promarkers-Almond, satin and Dusky Pink
Hair Promarkers -Promarkers Cocoa, Tan , Spectrum Noirs EB5,TN7
Dressing Gown - Spectrum Noirs DR3,DR5
Pyjamas - Spectrum Noirs CT2, CG2
Clockface - Spectrum Noirs TN2, Promarkers Satin

 The little girl was coloured in with promarkers for the face and Hair and Spectrum Noirs for the rest of her , The light coloured spots on her dressing gown were a blender pen dotted over it to remove the pink, The edge of the watch face was done in a fine Silver Holographic Glitter.
I hope you like her , I'm sure you will be seeing more gorjuss images coming along soon on this blog xx

I would like to enter this into the following Challenges
Craftingforallseasons Challenge 40
DivasbyDesign/Anything goes
The Pink Elephant ChallengeTPE174-
creative moments Challenge 4 Anything goes
The Paper Girls Challenge /Thank you
ScrapaliousChallenge /be thankful

She also reminds me of the one of the Children we visited at Footprints Care home in Canterbury. Each year over 500 - 2000 bikers (some dressed as bunnies or Santa depending on the date) ride from Whitstable to Canterbury to deliver Easter Eggs in March and Toys in December to the local Children in need  . We normally ride the countryside lanes on decorated motorcycles to Canterbury first to St Nicholas Special needs School  and then onto the Children's home, They are great days out and the general public love to watch along the roadside and of course the kids love all the goodies we bring, so its win win for everybody, even the motorists don't seem to mind waiting while we all ride by!!

This year we hope to do 2 Toy Runs local to us for the Children's Trust, one from Bolney to Gatwick and the other from Croydon to the Children's Trust in Tadworth we will be bringing toys for them to distribute to the children so NO SNOW THIS YEAR PLEASE!!! as they had to cancel last year due to the frozen roads!!
If you would like to see what its all about, just click on the link below to see a typical Toy run..

Reading Toy Run
This is one a lot of our friends attend but its a little to far from where we live for us xx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Hi folks

Welcome back to Tracey Anne Designs and another Tuesday Alchemy Challenge to enter and this ones a Dosi as Challenge 40# is ANYTHING GOE'S!!!
This weeks sponsors are the wonderful Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and Scrapper's Delights, both offering free digi designs up for grabs for the lucky winners, so get yourself over to Tuesday Alchemy and join in this weeks Challenge and show us how talented you are...
6 single digis to win
5 digital images to win

 Here's my inspiration for the blog its a list book for Christmas you could use it for that mammoth shop that we all do the week before the holidays where we spend 3 times the amount of cash we would normally do on stuff we would never dream of eating the rest of the year, like Brussel Sprouts, Parsnips, Turkey breast and of course the now traditional Terrys Chocolate Orange !!( other chocolate is available lol) . You could also give this to the kids so they can write their wish list for you to pass on to the fat guy in red. I am under strict orders not to say the 'S' word before December or my stocking is guaranteed to be empty!

 CHRISTMAS LIST BOOK  Featuring 'Beautiful Bow, Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamp'

You will need
Cheap Shopping list book
Beautiful Bow Digital Stamp
Spellbinders D-lites Medallion 4
Spellbinders iron accents die
Spellbinders Fleur de lis Square die
Penny Black 'Beautiful Season' Stamp
Tim Holts 'Broken China'  ink pad
Gold, black and white card
Pastel blue shiny card
Gold peel offs
Red Glitter
Ranger Glossy Accents

Step 1
Cut 2 medallions out of gold card using Spellbinders D-lites medallion 2 dies. These dies are relatively new to the market and are smaller than the average spellbinders die but lack nothing when it comes to detail, there is a large selection to chose from and they are quiet beautiful and I can see myself and others buying many more of this range. Check them out over on J and C Creations Website        

 Step 2                                                          
Print out 6 Beautiful bows and colour 3 in using your Spectrum Noirs , Any Alcohol pen with do this job but I love my Spectrum Noirs and pull them out at every opportunity. when this is done cut them out and decoupage them on top of each other , repeat with the remaining 3. Add red glitter to the berries and glaze the bow using Ranger's Glossy Accents. when the bow is completely dye (this may have to be left overnight) glue onto your gold medallion '4'                                                                    
Step 3                                                                
Take a cheap list book I bought mine from a local supermarket , most sell them in the stationary department, mine was from Sainburys it was in the sale with 70% off and cost me 29p!!!! Cover the front with black and gold card and decorate with some gold flexi border peel offs.  Stick the gold card on first and then matt and layer the black , then I edged the black with some gold peel off stickers to create a 'frame' for the bows and Sentiment to sit in
 Step 4
Stamp a sentiment onto some white card, I used a penny black wooden stamp called 'beautiful season' I stamped it in 'broken China' blue and then punched out using a 2" circle punch, then I cut out 2 dies , the first was a medium size Spellbinder's iron accents die in Gold and then a medium square Spellbinders die from the Fleur de lis set in pastel blue. layer these up and glue onto your note book .
This project took only a couple of hours to complete, less drying time and looks beautiful. I hope I have inspired you to do something similar it doesn't have to be the same stamp or the same die cut but the idea is to take something boring and make it special.

I plan to make more for my friends and family with their favourite things on the medallions like Dragons, butterflies , shoes and motorbikes !! If you can stamp it ,you can put it on...

Have a good day and don't forget to pop over to Tuesday Alchemy for a chance to win some great digi images and join in the fun, share your ideas and show us your creativity

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges

Artistic inspirations Challenge 15
LadyAnneschallenges Anything Goes
EurekaStamps Challenge 14 - Scripture or inspirational sayings
Lawnscaping challenge -Dust'emoff