Wednesday, May 29, 2019

All Change

Good morning.  I was up early this morning so decided to give the blog a little bit of a Summer feel, well it will soon be holiday season.

Today is the last day that the gardeners will be here and I am so hoping for a little bit of sunshine so that I can sit outside in the garden over the next few days.

I hope to share 'finished garden' photos tomorrow, keeping my fingers crossed.

Not a very good photograph but here is a card that was made for my aunty.  She loved it, phew.

She has asked me to make her a card for her grandson that will be 21 in a couple of weeks, that is tomorrows job.  Todays job is housework as best I can.  Lots of little things need sorting so will do my best today.

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

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Craft Room Craftanoon

Good morning and another short week begins. I hope you have had a really nice Bank Holiday weekend.   Did you experience bad weather yesterday?  At one stage in the afternoon I thought the conservatory roof would cave in with all that rain.  My poor drains were working so hard.  It was a really good test for the new patio though and wow.  The rain water was so high at one stage during the storm that everywhere was flooded.  Then when the rain stopped, within seconds, there were no puddles at all, the water had gone into the new drains.  I am well impressed with the work that the gardeners have done and would have no hesitation in recommending them.  I just want the good weather to come now so that I can sit outside and enjoy the garden and the sun.  Photos to follow tomorrow.

Today I must share some of the lovely photos from the Thank You Tea (craftanoon) on Sunday.

All the ladies were asked to make a cone shape out of pretty paper.  Well the look of horror on faces when they were told to crease said paper and then to stick it like a cone for chips.  When I then asked them to put them on their heads as hats, the laughter was amazing.
But the look of pleasure on everyones face when I walked back into the room holding these made me want to cry.
Everyone took a bunch of flowers as they left, wrapped in the pretty cone shaped paper they had just rolled up.  I wonder how many went home, took the tape off and are now waiting to use it for a card.  I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends and was so sorry that not everyone could make it.   We shall be holding another craftanoon in September and I cant wait.

We started our craftanoon off with a 'Goodbye Lovely as a Tree' card.  I am still in shock that this is no longer available to purchase from Stampin' Up!  I have 2 sets of stamps,  one in wood which was the very first stamp set I ever purchased from SU and one other.  I am hanging on to both.....just in case.

This was the first of 3 cards made during the afternoon and cards by Lavinia Sinclaire and Dawn Byecraft were the inspiration for this one. 

We used Early Espresso ink to stamp the tree first.  The tree was then stamped onto some acetate which was used as a stamp (turned over and put in place, rubbed and viola).
The moon shape was masked off (circle punch and post it note) and using blending tools we used Balmy Blue ink for the sky and Old Olive/ Pear Pizzaz for the ground. (no one forgot to add the mask and to colour in the reflection) phew.
The mask was removed and a light dusting of blue went over the moon so that it wasnt so stark.
With a damp paint brush the Early Espresso ink was pulled from the tree trunk and it was coloured in and grounded (coloured in at the bottom of the tree so that it didnt look like it was floating in mid air).
Then using various green inks and a damp paintbrush, the leaves were created adding a little touch of colour, yellow or red, at the end.
A little matting and layering, some brads added and then a sentiment on dimensionals.
If you would like to have a go at making this card I would be very happy to show you how, at a mutually conveninent time.

Well after a busy Sunday I had bit of a day off yesterday but thank you to Julie for helping out with the craft room.  She came and helped me put it all back to normal ready for today.  Do you fancy a cuppa, cake and a bit of a crafty chat? I thought that anyone who couldnt make it on Sunday would like to come and have a look at all the new and wonderful things in the new catalogue and of course, take one home too.   I have a few cards to make so I will spend the day in the craft room but if you would like to join me, it would be lovely to see you.  If you are reading this but dont know where The Craft Room, Derby is, please email me and I will give you directions.

I had better go and get in the shower and have my breakfast and start my day.  Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Happy Birthday Sister

Good morning and another lovely day has just been forecast.

The garden in coming on a treat, not sure if it will be ready by tomorrow evening but it is looking lovely and I am surprised at how big it is.

It was my sisters birthday last weekend and here is her card that I made.

I have used a stamp set from my stash and coloured it in using Stampin' Up! inks.  The sentiment is from the Layered Frames set, with stitches all around.  There are lots of ways these can be made smaller to fit your sentiment and a great investment.  I use mine nearly every day.

A Thank You Tea is happening on Sunday.  This is to say Thank You to everyone who has been a part of my Stampin' Up! journey so far.  I have sent lots and lots of emails and messages so for anyone who is reading the blog and hasnt yet responded but would like to come along, please do let me know today.  I would hate it if I didnt have enough card kits (oh yes we are crafting) or food.
I shall be placing a small order tonight with Stampin' Up!  If there is anything that you would like me to add to the order please do get in touch.

Well I have to stay in today to wait for a parcel, which I dont mind.  I will get everything ready for our crafty get together tomorrow night.  If you would like to come along tomorrow night, you are more than welcome.

Off to get the garden watered before breakfast and enjoy the quietness of everywhere.  Thank you for having a read and if you need any help at all, with regards to crafting please let me know.  Tracey x

Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Birthday Dad

Good morning and it is Friday.  The start of the Bank Holiday weekend.  The sun is shining so that means that the gardeners can keep working.  Yes they are still here, doing a great job.  They wont be finished for the weekend which is a bit disappointing but I do hope they will clean everywhere up and get rid of boards so at least we can sit outside.

It was dads birthday the same day as my sisters and here is the card that I made for him.

It is an old stamp from my stash but coloured in using Stampin' Up! inks.  He liked it which is the main thing.

There are still a couple of places in the card class this evening if anyone would like to join us!!  Please get in touch, my details are on the right hand side and I can give you more information.

The preperations for the Thank You Tea that I am holding on Sunday are well under way so it will be a busy weekend for me and on Monday I shall just chill and have a lazy day catching up with tv dramas that I have missed, unless of course anyone knows of an event that I can go to?

Have yourself a wonderful day, thank you for having  a read and if you are in the area (Alvaston, Derby) get in touch and call in for a cuppa.  Tracey x

Crafty Night

A few spaces left for this Fridays get together.  Please do get in touch as soon as possible to book your place.

Thank Yous

Good morning and hello to another new week. I am up with the larks this morning but that is okay as I will be going for a nanny nap each day between 1pm - 2pm.  My legs are starting to play up again so a nanny nap is required.

We have had a weekend off from the builders but its all starting to come together now out in the back garden.
This is how it was
and this is how it is progressing

 I am keeping my fingers crossed that we done for this weekend.

There are other building works going on in the street and my goodness, we are struggling for parking.  If you do visit please, just park where you can.  Dont think that just because there are cars parked outside the house that I have lots of visitors, it is just that people cant park on their own drives at the moment.

Speaking of this weekend, I have sent out lots of emails about a Thank You tea on Sunday 26th May, which is this Sunday the Bank Holiday weekend.  Tea will start at 3pm and I am finalising numbers today.  If you havent yet responded and would like to come along please do let me know.

Here is a card made by the lovely Trisha.  A few of us have given her some things for the Sinfin Nature Reserve and this is her Thank You card to myself, Debbie and Alison S.

Isnt it pretty, thank you for the thank you.

We had a smashing Saturday with all the decoupage classes, thanks to the lovely Emma who did a great job.  I shall share our makes as soon as I get some photographs.  We shall be holding another Decoupage Class, Christmas themed on Saturday 5th October.  There will be 3 sessions, morning, afternoon and early evening.  If you would like to come along please do get in touch as these places will fill up quickly.

Off to start a few light chores before I go to the Slimming class.  Thank you for having a read and I wish you a very happy Monday.  Tracey x

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Good morning and the sun is out already. 

Well I really was banished from my craft room yesterday but it did give me chance to catch up on a few chores.  I sorted handbags, did washing, cleaned shoes and 101 other little jobs.  It does mean that I can go and play later today, if they let me in.

The gardeners are doing an amazing job, I cant believe how much patio we have.  It is all a lot bigger than I thought it would be.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that we have all the paving down by tomorrow as on Saturday there is a decoupage class in the craft room and it would be so much easier if there was nothing to trip anyone up.

Here is a jar I made on my first solo decoupage trial.

I am not too happy with the top of it so I have to do anothr jar, with another top to see if I can make it a bit better.  I am sure I will be able to remove the rope and do something else.....another little nice job.

This Saturday we have a decoupage class in The Craft Room, Derby.  Here is a sample of what you can make although the large jar has been replaced by a vase.  The bottle even has lights in it and looks stunning when lit.

If you fancy coming along for a few hours of fun, having a go at decoupage, drinking tea and eating cake please do get in touch.  There are just two spaces availalble.

Thanks for having a read today and I hope you manage to enjoy the sunshine.  Tracey x

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hugs from Shelli and Birthdays

Good morning and another sunny day to wake up to. 

Here is a card I made for my uncle.

I used a stamp from my stash but the card stock and colours are all Stampin' Up!  I got the stitched dies out once more for the sentiment, what would I do without them?

So the Hugs from Shelli kit is out and I managed to order my first batch last night. 

I shall be ordering a few more in a day or so, if you would like one please do get in touch.  I dont know what is in the box until it arrives but there will be
  • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
  • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
  • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards
This also co-ordinates with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla colours

I had a wonderful day yesterday.  It started off with so many cards and presents goodness me.  Thank you everyone sovery much.

We went to Findern and then we went to Chesterfield.  It took us more than two hours to get to Chesterfield due to 3 road accidents, road closures and detours but we got there.  We went to dobbies garden center and it was lovely.  We had a very nice lunch, a wander round and then I went to Crafters Companion shop. 

The shop is spacious, well laid out and lots of crafty bits to look at however, out of all the members of staff (at least 4) only one of them was pleasant.  I would go as far to say as one member was rude. Would I return, I doubt it. 

The gardeners are cracking on with the garden but I didnt know that they would be putting my craft room "out of use" today.  So I shall try and catch up on some housework.....well I guess I should.

As a Thank You for all the wonderful support everyone has given me over the last 11 years, I am holding a crafting Stampin' Up! Tea on Sunday 26th May at 3pm.  There will be a little card making, some crafting bingo followed by a tea and a bit more crafting.  Just a few hours get together and you get to see the new catalogue too.  I have sent emails out to EVERYONE I know so if you are available, please do get in touch and come along.  I will have to finalise numbers this Saturday to be sure that I have enought craft kits and cakes to go around.

Well I had best go and do some housework...... Thanks for having a read and please, do get in touch if I can help in any way  with your crafting.  Tracey xx

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hugs from Shelli Kit and Happy Birthday Enya

Good morning and I do hope you have had a nice weekend.

We had a birthday on Saturday and here is the card that I made using a stamp from my stash but it is all coloured in the SU pencils and crayons.  The sentinment was typed on the computer but then cut out with the wonderful stitched rectangles.....where would I be without them.  I use them daily.

I have lots more birthdays in May and I think the cards are all just about done.  Hopefully I will be in the craft room this evening just to double check that they are ready.

I know I have mentioned the very pretty boxed Hugs from Shelli kit from Stampin' Up! but Alison was lucky enough to have a play with one of the cards when she went to a Stampin' Up! get together recently.

Isnt it lovely?  The kit comprises of
  • An exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else
  • One Classic Stampin’ Spot® from our Classic ink collection
  • Paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs)
  • 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes
  • Adhesives and embellishments for all 12 cards
 This also co-ordinates with Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla colours and I cant wait to have a play.  Because I think it is going to sell out very quickly I am taking pre-orders.  If you would like this kit please get in touch with me and I will order it first thing on Wednesday morning. It is only a limited time kit and when its has gone.

No builders today......the boss is struggling with a very bad cold.  He hopes to be back tomorrow but just look at what they did on Friday.

Off to my slimming club now and then a bit of a pamper day.  Thank you for having a read.  Tracey xx

Friday, May 10, 2019

Tractor Card

Good morning and I certainly have that Friday feeling. 

I wanted to share this card that I made some time ago, thanks to George.

I had great fun making it and once the pieces were cut out using Stampin' Up! card, the sky and the grass were made using Stampin' Up! inks and brushes.  It wont be long before I make another one of these.

Next week we can purchase the brand new Paper Pumkin kit. I hope that I have put in a small video to show you more details.

I am taking pre orders for this as from today so that I can order it first thing Wednesday morning.  I dont know what is inside the kit, no one does at the moment (I believe).  I do know that there will be an exclusive stamp set that isnt available anywhere else, a Classic Stampin Spot (ink), enough paper and crafting materials to make 12 cards and exclusive matching envelopes.  There are also embellishments for all the cards as well as the adhesive.  The price of the kit is £20.  Please do get in touch if you would like more information or to place an order for it.

Off to do a few chores before getting everything ready for today.  Have a fantastic weekend and if I dont see you this evening at the Christmas Card and Chatter evening, see you soon.  Tracey x

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wonderful Romance Card

Good morning. It doesnt look too bright out there but I do hope for a drier day.  Need to get the garden done.  At the minute the garden looks as though we have moles

They chappies did as much as they could in the rain.  And this was my new "its a knockout path" which was rather muddy and very slippy so I didnt venture on it too much.

For some reason I had a very tiring day yesterday but not too sure what I did.  I was struggling by the end of the day so had an early night.  Fortunately hubby will be home later today which is good news.  He has only been gone a week and I do miss him.  I didnt realise how much he does around the house.

I have managed to make a card using the Wonderful Romance set of stamps and dies.  This is in the catalogue so I made a copy of it.

The background is an embossing folder and it is so stunning, you can use either side of the card.  I had fun making this one but I did struggle cutting out those leaves, so I got a little help. If you would like to have a go at making this please do let me know.  I have quite a few 'kits' ready to make different cards so happy to organise a class, during the daytime once the garden is finished.

Off for an early start again.  Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a great day.  Tracey x

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