Saturday, 19 August 2017

Forest Friends














Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is my turn to host and I would like to see 'Forest Friends', there's lots of options for this, you could have Badgers, Squirrels, Hedgehogs and Deer etc...................

I did not know I was going to use this stamp when I picked the theme, thought I would have gone for some mice actually, I don't use this stamp a lot as it's quite big and hard to embellish up.  It comes in a set and part of that set is the acorn border stamp which I used.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-






Recipe:-
Stamps - Woodland Folk, Flonz sentiment, 
Papers - LOTV Antebellum, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Hedgehog Christmas
























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'All Creatures Great And Small' So you can use any kind of creature on your stamp for this challenge.

This great image by Penny Black was my choice for this months midway creation, it's just so cute, I did all the snow in Glamour dust after framing it with a Tattered Lace die.  I used silver mirror card as my base card, adding sparkly snowflakes and two ribbons on top of each other finishes this simple card

We have prizes from  Penny Black Crafts U Love  Sizzix. Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your animal stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - 40-005 Here Comes Christmas, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Tattered Lace Pearl Pin Dot frame Die,Sizzix Snowflake Die, Xcut Snowflake punch,  
Embellishments - Glamour dust, ribbons, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Vintage Car























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Susan's turn to host and she would like to see 'Name &/or Number'

I thought it was time for a masculine card today, a vintage car for my Father-In-Law, I tried to use up some of my scraps on this one. and some metallic brads to finish off.  I'm sorry I don't know the name or brand of the stamp, but my papers are 'LOTV Father Knows Best'


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-




Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Creatures With A Little Chrstmas Thrown In

























Welcometo my blog this Sunday morning, it's a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Anything Goes', I decided to go with a Christmas image, and one I haven't used as yet, isn't it cute, a Wild Rose Studio Christmas Mouse.  So my Spellbinder Poinsettia dies came out as I love using them, I put my sentiment into a die cut bauble and a bit of gingham finished it off.

We have sponsorship this Month from


Swedish House Crafts

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.
























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'All Creatures Great And Small' So you can use any kind of creature on your stamp for this challenge.

This great image by Penny Black was my choice this month, it's just so cute, I toned the colouring to match my papers, an as they are picnicking out doors there had to be butterflies.

We have prizes from  Penny Black Crafts U Love  Sizzix. Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your animal stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Wild Rose Studio CI425 Mouse On Bauble, Penny Black 40-016 Hedgehog Birthday, Sentiments are magazine freebies,
Papers - Wild rose Studio - Peach Blossom, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, Distress Inks, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinder dies, Joanna Sheen dies, border die, 
Embellishments - Butchers Twine, glamour dust, gems, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Beep Beep!
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Colours Of Your Flag'

As mine is the British flag (Union Jack) my colours on my card are Red, White and Blue.  When I think of the Union Jack flag I think of this Mini from Penny Black,  then I thought about my Daughters driving test next week and thought it would be the perfect image.  I know I'm being a bit premature but she has to pass at some point.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Our lovely sponsor this week is:-


DigiStamp Boutique

Recipe:-
Stamps - Penny Black 4220K Miniful, Joanna Sheen, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers,
Tools -  Embossing folder, grand calibur, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Poppy Inspired























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Brenda's turn to host and she would like to see 'Poppy Inspiration' by using the following picture as your guide


So you can take inspiration from the colours or the picture, I have both poppies and the colour swatch in my creation, which I made using a favourite House Mouse stamp of mine. As it's a large stamp there isn't much room for embellishments, so I picked papers to go with my colours and used some wide organza ribbon and Glamour dust and that was about it.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-
Our lovely sponsor this week is Swedish House Crafts who will be offering a £20 store voucher to one  lucky winner. 







Now for a proud Mummy moment, Bobby went to his Prom last Friday and had a fantastic evening, so I thought I would share a photo to show you how handsome he looked.

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Recipe:-
Stamps - House Mouse HMOR1096 Special Delivery,  sentiment freebie, 
Papers - Penny Black Painted Blooms, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, Distress Inks, 
Embellishments - ribbon, glamour dust, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fancy Folds



















Good Morning bloggers, it's a very wet Saturday morning here but it will do the garden good, everything is looking so pretty at the moment.  And that is my inspiration for today's card for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Helene's turn to host and she would like to see 'Fancy Folds'

For my card today I used a Tattered Lace die set for my fancy folds and matting and layering and accompanied them with a beautiful set of papers from Crafters Companion.  I remember making fancy folded cards just using a template and a craft knife, Ha ha that was before all these fancy dies, oh life is much easier now. To see what I've used please see my recipe below.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer from Crafty Ribbons :-





Recipe:-
Papers - Crafters Companion Shabby Chic paper pad, 
Tools - Tattered Lace Midi Side Stepper Die ETL36, Grand Calibur, Xcut Butterfly punch,
Embellishments - Ribbon, satin rose, glamour dust, gems,


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Take It Easy!
























Today I'm sharing my Midway challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'One For The Boys' So you can use any of your masculine stamps for this challenge.

I used this image called 'Beehave', and I always seem to go with blue and browns for masculine cards for some reason.  I really like this wood grain paper, and again a simple card for the boys.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Stamp Addcits, Sizzix. Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps -  Penny Black Beehave 2083J, Sentiment is a magazine freebie, 
Papers -  Lemon Craft - Gossamer Blue, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting


Tracy x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Carousel
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week our theme is 'Lavender & Lace'

I was wondering what to use for this theme and I had a magazine freebie die and stamp set laid on my desk and thought this could work, I even found some lilac lace to use.  I also used a Sakura sparkly gelly pen to highlight the horses mane and tail.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

We have two lovely prizes this week, a set of stamps and some Sizzix dies which have a lacy feel to them.





Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Dragon Win
























Good morning, I'm here with some good news and my new challenge creation, so we'll do the challenge first today at Allsorts.
And this week is our lovely Ellie's turn to host and she would like to see 'Magical & Mythical', so it could be Fairies, Mermaids, unicorns etc......... or even Dragons like mine.

Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prizes on offer:-




So my stamp that I've used is a win from Wild Rose Studio, they were having a candy and I haven't entered anything for quite a while, so I entered and to my surprise I won and this is my prize:-















And this week was full of ups and downs, first my candy win, then my eldest son went for a job interview and got a phone call the same day to say he'd got the job.  He hasn't worked for quite a while as he's had some problems, but he starts his new job on Monday.  It's smart attire so yesterday we spent the day shopping getting him shirts, trousers, ties, shoes  etc.....  I am so proud of him because I know for him this was a very big step.
Then today was a very emotional day as Bobby left his primary school, I know it's only July but this is how it's done now.  He starts high school on Monday, and it's not just for a few days transition, he actually becomes a Rodillian High School pupil.  So they had a leavers assembly this morning, all the children received an autograph book so they could have messages in from their friends and teachers.  They called all the children up one by one and as our surname is Thompson, Bobby was called up last.  He burst into tears then set all the other kids off and the whole thing turned into a tear fest LOL!
Bobby is known as a little toughie so lots of the parents and teachers were very surprised by his sensitive side.
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Bobby is in the middle (don't know what he's done with is hair LOL)  and his cousins are on either side of him.  Then they went off with the rest of year 6 to go bowling and to eat at pizza hut for their leaving party.  Then we picked them up at 2:00pm and the tears for all the kids started again.  It's a such a big thing for them, as many are going to different schools.

So enough rambling now ha ha!


Recipe:-
Stamps -Wild Rose Studio - CL507 Dragon Running, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio - Butterfly Gardens,
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, 
Embellishments - ribbon, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Daisy Chains
























Good morning, it's been a mixed week, lots of rain but i'm happy with that as it's done my garden the world of good.  Almost all the seeds I planted did very well and my garden is full of blooms, I'm so pleased with them.
So onto some new challenges for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.

At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Anything With Flowers'  I had this stamp that I haven't inked up yet called 'Daisy Chain', I thought that it was appropriate


We have sponsorship this Month from


And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

























And now onto my second challenge creation for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'One For The Boys' So you can use any of your masculine stamps for this challenge.

I used this image called 'Cheesecake Express', and I always seem to go with blue and browns for masculine cards for some reason.  I really like this wood grain paper, and again a simple card for the boys.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Marianne Designs, Stamp Addcits, Sizzix. Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!

Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Crafters Companion Paintbox Poppets - Daisy Chain, Penny Black Cheesecake Express 1685J, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio-  Dancing Daisies, Lemon Craft - Gossamer Blue, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Crealies Dies, circle punches, 
Embellishments - pearls, stickles, brads, ribbon, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Question Of Sport

























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Kath's turn to host and she would like to see 'A Question Of Sport'

A very simple card, mine usually are when I make masculine cards.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-

and we also have this lovely paper pad as an extra prize




Recipe:-
Stamps - Papermania Nostalgia  - Pastimes, 
Colouring Mediums - Promarkers, 
Tools - Cuttlebug, Embossing folder - swiss dots, Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, Tattered Lace Dies, 



Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Say It With Flowers!
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Tracy's turn to host and she would like to see 'Flower Power'

I used this pretty Joanna Sheen stamp that I've had for ages, I enjoy the colouring, and chose the paper from a favourite pad I have, I thought to embellish too much we wouldn't see enough of the paper then.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer from



Two tickets to Crafting Live on 15/16th July




Recipe:-
Stamps - Joanna Sheen - Hot house flowers FF310 Carnation, sentiment is a magazine freebie, 
Papers - Lemoncraft - House of roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Promarkers, Spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, spellbinders dies, 
Embellishments - pearls, bow, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Game Boy!
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Wendy's turn to host and she would like to see 'Birthday Boy'

I have made this using a Lili Of The Valley image, it's the first time using it and I need more masculine cards, we never make enough of them.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-




Recipe:-
Stamps - LOTV ST658 Oliver - Gaming Boy, 
Papers - LOTV Beach Bliss, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Tattered Lace dies - ETL328, 
Embellishments - Brads, ribbon scraps, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Wedding Bells
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is my turn to host and I would like to see '2 Or More Dies' and punches don't count.

I have been asked to make a wedding card, and as my theme is to use Dies this was the perfect opportunity.  I have used a total of 5 dies on my card, a flower die, a heart die, a lattice die, then 2 label dies.  I stamped my image and added sparkle to the wedding dress and veil.  I used pearls on the lattice and in the centre of the flowers.  And to add some elegance I put some gilding wax on the flowers and hearts, I love the finish it has given.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here is the prize on offer:-

Sponsored by
Marianne Design


Recipe:-
Stamps - Whipper Snapper - A June Wedding, Sentiment is computer generated, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Dies - Robert Addams, Memory Box, Sizzix, Tattered Lace,  Grand Calibur, Corner punch, 
Embellishments - Gilding Wax, pearls, Stickles, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

All Mice Today!

Hello everyone, hope your all enjoying the sunshine, I'm spending lots of time in the garden and taking care of my little seedlings and plants, some have actually gone into the ground now and are growing nicely.
It's a new month for Stamping Sensations and Penny black & More @ Allsorts challenges, if you didn't get the chance to join in last month's challenges these could be the ones for you.























At Stamping Sensations this month the theme is 'Use Your Favourite Stamp' So I really thought about this because as all us crafters know we have a different favourite every week LOL!  But I thought to myself if I could only stamp one more time which would I really love to use, and this adorable little critter won outright.  I used some Tattered Lace dies for the bow and butterflies and frames.  I coloured the image first, then matched the papers

We have sponsorship this Month from

Visible Image 

And of course, the Design Team have created some stunners to inspire you. Please do pay them a visit to their individual blogs - it means a lot to know you appreciate their efforts.

























And now onto my second challenge creation which is for Penny black & More @ Allsorts, where the theme is 'Anything Goes', How easy is that, so come on get out your Penny Black stamps and join in the fun.

I actually don't have the stamp for this, but really need it, it was stamped and sent to me by Debby4000 when I first started blogging and didn't have many images/stamps to use, thank you hun.  I decided to do something different, don't ask me why as I have no idea, but I put my image through an embossing folder once I had coloured it.  Then sat and smoothed out the pattern where the image is so it is surrounded in embossed dots.

We have prizes from Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons, Tonic, Indigo Blu stamp . Now isn't that a lot of prizes, definitely worth getting your stamps out isn't it!!!!!!


Now if you would like to be a GDT for us, all you need to do is make a creation to fit the theme following our rules.

Are you wanting some inspiration, pop on over to the challenge blog and then you can see all the wonderful creations from the rest of the talented team.


Recipe:-
Stamps -Penny Black Cheesecake Party 1665K, House Mouse 416H Sleeping Under Flowers, 
Papers - The Works - Pretty Pastels, Trimcraft - Paper Flowers, Lemoncraft - House Of Roses, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Grand Calibur, Spellbinder dies, Tattered Lace dies, embossing folder, 
Embellishments - ribbon, gems, glamour dust, 


Thank you for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Christmas In June!
























Good Morning bloggers, it's Saturday morning so It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Susan's turn to host and she would like to see 'Christmas In June'

Oh I so enjoyed doing this card, it's a new stamp for me, never used before and I love it.  Wanted to keep it quite simple as to not take the attention away from the image.  And even if you can't see it there's loads if glamour dust on.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the sponsors this week:-


  





















Recipe:-
Stamps - LOTV ST433 Snow Family, 
Colouring Mediums - spectrum Noirs, 
Tools - Spellbinder dies, Cuttlebug, embossing folder, snow flake punches, 
Embellishments - ribbon, glamour dust, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Vintage Style
























What a wonderful week weather wise but such a sad time for the people of the Manchester tragedy, It's time for a new challenge today at Allsorts.
This week is our lovely Mervi's turn to host and she would like to see 'Vintage Style'

I have this lovely pansy stamp and works well in vintage style, I nearly always go with my vintage/art deco ladies but fancied something different. Some stamping done in Memento ink - Coffee Bean, and well I've got to have lace on a vintage creation.


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.

Here are the prizes on offer:-
Our sponsor this week is:




Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Birthday Celebrations























Today's post is a special post as it's our 8th Birthday at Allsorts. so can you guess the theme - it's 'Happy Birthday'

Our Birthday challenge is kindly sponsored by Tattered Lace who are offering a fabulous £50 store voucher for this weeks winner...................and in addition there is a £5.00 voucher for every single entrant to spend at their Crafting store. 

To use your £5 voucher you will need a code which can be found by visiting each of the DT's personal blogs, collecting the nine letters/numbers and creating the unique code.......it's a really simple one I promise you, but if you get stuck just mail me (Brenda). Your voucher will be valid from today until Saturday 27th May and is limited to one voucher per entrant, that means even if you enter three times you will only receive one voucher.

And here is my letter, it is 'O'


Don't forget to head over to Allsorts for all the details of this challenge, and to check out all the fabulous inspiration from my very talented team mates.


Recipe:-
Stamps - Lili Of The Valley ST652 Rosie With Cake,   Sentiment - Forever Friends The Good Life, 
Papers - Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Garden, 
Colouring Mediums - Spectrum Noirs, Promarkers, 
Tools - Spellbinder dies, CC Designs flower die, Xcut leaf punch, 
Embellishments - Gems, button, 


Thanks for popping by my blog.
Happy crafting
Tracy x