Card Inspiration

Monday, July 15, 2019

A great start to the week

Good morning and another warm start to the week.  I must say, it does feel a little cooler this morning though.

What a weekend, Paul took me to Barcelano for a few nights as he wanted to go and see a King Crimson Concert.  He loved the concert and we both loved Barcelano.  As we were not there for too long we took the open top bus around the city and saw it that way and WOW.  The temperature was a lot hotter than here and all the locals were extremely friendly. I couldnt believe the amount of people that were everywhere, honestly I dont think I have ever seen such crowds.   I was very impressed by everything we saw but as you can imagine, I was shattered when we came back and even yesterday, I was still very tired.  I was in bed by 8.30pm last night and feel a lot better for it this morning.

 Our posh hotel photos, it really was spectacular and in the heart of the city.  A great choice

Yesterday lunchtime I went to a Cancer Care AfternoonSlimming World Style and as I couldnt bake I took along a raffle prize for a free crafty get together.  I do hope the winner is a crafter but if not, I hope they will enjoy a lovely evening of crafting with us.

This is the card I used to hold the voucher.

The afternoon was spent in the garden.  The weeding is never ending but we have had to cut back a few plants to give some sunlight to others so that they can grow.  We found this very strange red and black insect. 

And here are a couple of photos from the garden of plants that can now see sunlight

amazingly enough, my red hot poker has appeared this year.  It has been a few years since it has come up.

So now I start my Monday, slimming club and a couple of chores.  It will be a mid day nap after lunch to help my legs, which are starting to look a lot better and then an afternoon in the craft room.  I am expecting a parcel from Mr. Stampin' Up! today which is great as the order only went in last Tuesday.  A lovely way to start the week.  Thanks for having a read and I hope your weeks starts off great too. Tracey x

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Free as a Bird

Good morning and it is already another warm start to the day.  I hear that we shall have some rain but that is good for the gardens and the grass.

Slimming Club on Monday was so lovely.  The group I go to is wonderful, everyone is friendly and chatty and the ladies are smashing.  I was a little concerned as I had consumed some alcohol whilst away but I must have been doing something good as I had just put on 1 lb.  That isnt bad for 3 weeks away.

Yesterday was a great day, it was so nice to see so many friends and to catch up.  Orders were placed, orders were collected, lots of drinks drunk and the cakes were very nice.  I shall do the same again on August 6th.

We have some craft classes coming up

If you would like to come along it would be lovely to see you.  Please get in touch if you have any questions and I shall be very happy to help. 

I have been updating some Stampin' Up! samples and here is the colour chart that I use.

This is in colours groups rather than alphabetical or SU family groups.  I find it easier for me to use this way and if someone wants a green card, they can see at an instant which green would be best for them.

Here are this months Thank You cards using the Free as a Bird stamp set along with notelets, some watercolour pencils and a good pair of sharp scissors.  Silly me didnt put some cards into bags yesterday so I shall be posting these out later.
Thank you for having a read today and I do hope you have a great Wednesday. Tracey x

Monday, July 8, 2019

Good morning Monday

Good morning and the sun is out already.  Mr. Weatherman says a lovely 19 degrees today, a lot better than the 36 we had last week.  I hope you had a good weekend.  I must admit ours was a bit of a catching up one. 

Pauls returns to work today but he only has 3 full weeks to go, after that he is on half weeks for 3 months and then.....retirement, yikes.

I have started the destach / declutter of the craft room.  I have also started this months thank you cards, started the new colour chart and started cleaning so lots to finish today.  I also hope to get some baking done ready for tomorrow.  If you are free tomorrow and fancy a bit of a catch up, please do come round.

If you need directions, just let me know.

Here is a card that was made for our granddaughter Amy who turned 14 last week.

Well I will go and grab my shower before starting my day.  I will be going to get weighed at Slimming Club, nipping to dads to cut his hair today as mum and dad will be going on holiday at the weekend.  How wonderful.  The change in my mum is amazing, she is doing so well after all she has been through, its lovely.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a smashing day.  Tracey x

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Happy Post

Another early start to the day again.  I went to bed a little later last night in the hopes that I would sleep well but it didnt happen.  I really must get a bit of a nap later today to compensate.

Yesterday we caught up with lots of little tasks as well as getting all the holiday washing done.  That means that I have an ironing pile as tall as me but it will get ironed bit by bit over the next week.  I cant do it all at once, if at all on some days.

I received some Happy Post upon my return, isnt this card lovely.  Thank you Helen,

I have been in the craft room and things are all getting sorted in there.  It is a craft destash/sort this weekend ready for my Tuesday at Traceys where I shall have a catch up with everyone that comes along.  If you are free and fancy a cuppa, why not come along.  It would be lovely to see you.

Time for breakfast and to start my day.  Thank you for having a read.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Tracey x

Friday, July 5, 2019

A very early Good Morning

Good morning and what a lovely morning to wake up in my own bed.  After 3 weeks away, my body thinks it is two hours earlier than it actually is so I am up very bright and very early.  I will need a nap this afternoon.

Lots happening in Stampin' Up! world.  Extra Extra is a fantastic offer of signing up with Stampin' Up! and me.  Anytime between now and 31st August you pay £99 and choose your Stampin' Up! products for a value of £155 which is and addition £25 worth of goodies.  On top of that you get an £8 coupon to spend the following month too.  If you would like some more information please do get in touch or come along to Tuesdays at Tracey's on 9th July where I can explain in person.  This is a great offer, one not to miss if it is something you have been considering.

Bonus Days are back for the month of July.  This is something Stampin' Up! have done in previous years.  Every time you spend £45 you will get a coupon for the value of £4.50 to redeem next month. 

Next Tuesday 9th July is Tuesday at Tracey's.  It would be lovely to see you if you have some free time.  You can catch up with all the latest Stampin' Up! news over a cuppa.

If anyone is free for an hour or two later today and fancies doing a little bit of die cutting please, do call round.  I shall be tryind to update the dies that SU have this year by making new samples to show everyone.

'The Theme" for the craft room for the months of July and August is BEACH....Summer etc. and I cant wait to show you what I found to decorate the craft room.  If you have any ideas for the tree please let me know.

Off to start the mountain of washing and then make sure that no critters have made my craft room their home.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Tracey x
P.S.  It's lovely to be back x

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Guess who is Beach Happy

Good morning

This was one of the cards we all made during our crafty week together, well week and a half now as it has grown.

The stamp set is called beach happy and it really is a happy card to make.  There were a few techniques going off, some blending, two step stamping, cutting out and the lining up, well that worked okay.  To top it off we had a little painting/colouring too, which we all love.  I know this set is no longer available to purchase but if it ever comes up on the clearance, I would grab yourself a set.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

A wedding Card

Good morning

Katerina asked me to make her a card for her to take to a friends wedding so this is what I made.

She loved it.  A stamp from my stash and colouring in, as usual, with my Stampin' Up! inks.

Thank you for having a read.  Tracey x

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Birthday cards

Good morning

I do try to send handmade cards to all my friends as I know how special it is to receive them. I often forget to showcase them here on my blog but I thought that whilst I didnt have access to my craft room for a while, I would share one of these with you today.  It was P.Ann's special birthday last month and this is the card I sent her.  A sweet card for a sweet person.  I do love making this type of card and hope to make more and more of them, as my hands allow.

Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a smashing day.  Tracey x

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Some more Hugs from Shelli

Good morning, I do hope you are not fed up of seeing the Hugs from Shelli kit
I think the colours all look lovely together. You get all the embellishments in the kit too.  Please do let me know if you would like one and I shall get it ordered.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Happy Anniversary

Good morning.  Its still very warm and sunny here.  After having a very lazy day yesterday we are going to venture out to a beach later.  Last night we met up with the girls after they finished work and had a great meal.

This card was made for my sister and brother in laws wedding anniversary

The stamp set is from my stash but as usual, I coloured it all in with my Stampin' Up! colours.  I think it will make a great engagement card, well I hope so as that is what I am using it for next.

Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a great day.  Tracey x

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Happy Birthday Ollie

Good morning and it is a Happy Birthday to Ollie today.  Ollie is my nieces eldest and I really cant believe that he is 8 years old already.
I do hope he has a lovely birthday.  This is the card that was made for him.  I am sure he will love it.  I have also left a little something for him to open.

We are up and about early as we are off to church and then the cemetary before going back to Daddys house with the twins.  It is memorial day today.  The twins have said the afternoon is being spent at the apartment we are staying at this week as the pool is a nice one.  The cleanliness of the apartment has a lot to be desired but the owner is coming this morning with a cleaner to clean it properly......

Thank you for having a read today and I hope you have a lovely day today too.  Tracey

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Birthday Jayne

Good morning and I hope it is a sunny morning for you.

Today is Jayne's birthday and I hope she has a lovely day.
Here is the card that I made in very bright sunny colours.  I do hope she likes it.  Unfortunately this stamp set and die from Stampin' Up! is no longer available but I am keeping my eye out on the Stampin' Up! Clearance site.....just in case.  I cant be with Jayne today but I hope she has fun opening the pressies.

Thank you for having a read and I hope you too have a great day.  Tracey x