Saturday 24 December 2016

Christmas Rose Wreath

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

Made using Sweet Dixie Christmas Rose Dies designed by Sue Dix 

Christmas Wreath Recipe:

1: Sweet Dixie Christmas Rose Dies
2: Lelli-bot Chippie Wreath painted with DecoArt Americana *Leaf Green Acrylic.
3: Fern green Card

5: Kraft Card

6: Berries, Jewels and Flat back pearls to embellish.

7: Ribbon & Twine

All attached with Glue (I used a glue gun for quickness!)

Best wishes for the New Year, I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2017.

Seasons Greetings from Tracey xxx

Friday 9 December 2016

Here Comes Santa

So many Christmas makes this year but so little time to photograph and share everything with you, here is a quick creation that's getting quiet a bit of use at the moment.

Here Comes Santa Candle Jar

Using Sweet Dixie Here Comes Santa Christmas Dies Designed by Sue Dix from Personal Impressions, both die shapes have been cut from Kraft Card.

The Santa Sleigh has been glued to the inside of the jar using glossy accents the Christmas Village has been cut out twice enabling me to cover the circumference of the Jar.

I added crystal stickles glitter glue randomly to the inside of the jar to add sparkle and using a white pen marked where I wanted to add the snowfall decoration.

The white pen marks are traced over using a Versamark pen and Stampendous Frantage Shabby White Embossing enamel added. When heated this gives a fabulous chunky effect.

Decorated sparingly with ribbon and twine the Candle Jar is completed with a Tea light candle and looks so effective when lite from all angles.

Why not recycle a Jar fill it with treats of your choice and add an LED Tea light into the mix, this really does produce a multifunctional handmade gift.

Thank you for taking a peek, I hope you have been inspired just a little.
Warm Creative Hugs from Tracey xxx

Friday 25 November 2016

Jolly Happy Christmas *Wreath*

Hello all you lovely Crafters. I've been feeling pretty rotten over the past couple of weeks with a flu like virus which I can't seem to shake off, so this Friday's blog has been pulled out of the bag (literally..!)

Using Christmas Tree shapes and scraps saved from a previous project already coloured using Promarkers a Christmas Wreath has been created using Sweet Dixie Jolly Happy Christmas Stamps. From Personal Impressions these stamps are from Lindsay Masons 2016 Christmas releases.

Using a 6" card I matt and layered using traditional gold and red card, a zig zag stitch has been sewn onto the red pearlized card to add some interest. I created a ring template by simply drawing round two glass jars of differing sizes making sure the central aperture was big enough to accommodate the sentiment. As you can see the dimensions of the wreath template are clearly written for you to see.

The wreath is made up of 12 Christmas Trees all cut around  2/3rds of the way up from the bottom. There is no need to measure this as there is almost a clear line for you 
to follow on the stamped image.

The 12 trees are layered around the ring template using foam pads, I added flat back pearls to embellish but you could be quite opulent with your embellishments. 
The completed Wreath ring is then applied centrally to the card using foam pads.

As you can see the effect is quite raised and I'm sure it would make a great Table Candle holder, unfortunately I didn't have the right size candle to try.

Thank you for sharing your time, have a wonderful weekend.
Creative Hugs from Tracey xxx

Friday 18 November 2016

Sweet Dixie Festive Post

Sweet Dixie Festive Post Clear Stamp set comprises of seven stamps six of which are postal marks and the seventh a snowman stamp. Designed by Lindsay Mason the Sweet Dixie stamp set is brought to us by Personal Impressions. Here are just a few creations and embellishments using just three stamps from this set..

Post Mark Card.

The three larger postal marks have been stamped onto Kraft Card using Versafine ink Olympia Green, Majestic Blue and Crimson Red. The edge of the card has been distressed using a distressing tool and centrally wrapped with twine. 

Layered onto black card an embossed Tree postal mark has been cut out with a circle punch and layered on top of the twine.

Superb for using as envelope seals, embellishments for handmade crackers or creating your own wrapping paper the ideas are plenty. This set is one I will be using from one year to the next. 

Thank you for taking a peek at my quick and simple ideas, have a fabulous weekend.

Creative Hugs from Tracey xx

Friday 11 November 2016

Christmas Berries

Today I have brought to you two cards using the layering concept with different designs.

Sweet Dixie Christmas Berries Clear Stamp Set is a versatile set containing a wreath, matching corner border, additional border along with two seasonal sentiments. 

Using a 13.5cm card as the base for both cards I stamped the corner border in each corner.
The second layer is created stamping the border twice to create a rectangle, the perfect shape and size for the final layer using the Noel sentiment.

These elements are all assembled using foam pads to elevate each image.

This method has been repeated to create another card this time using the Wreath and Christmas Greeting stamps but instead of leaving the stamped image monochrome these Berries have been coloured in using Kuretake Wink of Stella brush pens red and greens, with each Berry highlighted using Glossy Accents.

Designed by Lindsay Mason from Personal Impressions this set is perfect for creating quick cards, something all card makers are grateful for in the run up to Christmas.

Thank you for taking time to check out my makes, I hope you have been inspired.
Creative Hugs from Tracey xx

Peace Dove

Designed by Sue Dix, Sweet Dixie Peace Dove stamps from Personal Impressions are so intricate, I wanted to see if the detail would still be kept using Gilding Flakes. 

A 5" MDF Tag was painted in Black Gesso  when dry the Large Dove
 image was stamped onto the tag using IndigoBlu FlitterGlue.

IndigoBlu Manchester Tart Gilding Flakes a beautiful mixture of coppery, silver & gold tones was applied to the stamped image with Champagne coloured Gem Stones 
added to give dimension.

I coloured the Peace Dove using Posca Pens giving an almost Folk Art look in contrast 
with the Black background.

The Peace Sentiment also from the Peace Dove stamp set was stamped and applied in the same way.

Gilding wax was added to the outer edge of the tag and a co-ordinating bow with gemstone.
Creating a most colourful addition to your Christmas decorations I hope you agree...?

Creative Hugs from Tracey xx

Friday 28 October 2016

Chalkboard Christmas.

Last Christmas I created projects very similar to these. 
Using Sweet Dixie *Christmas spent with Family* stamp set Designed by Lindsay Mason from Personal Impressions, I have replicated previous makes.

Using an MDF tag painted in Black Gesso and sanded back I stamped the sentiment using White VersaCraft and heat embossed with Sweet Dixie Glacier White Ultra Fine embossing powder.

Trying to achieve the chalk board effect I did not use an anti static bag hoping the MDF would attract the odd speckle of embossing powder. From the picture below you can see that it does just that.

The Holly leaves did not fit onto the tag without obscuring the wording.

It is possible to get a negative print of an image if you stamp onto tissue paper. 
As tissue paper is absorbent the ink sinks easily into it, making the reverse side 
a negative image to the stamp. 
Doing this allowed me to fit the Holly Leaves onto the Chalkboard tag perfectly. 
The Holly has been scruffy coloured using Derwent colour soft pencils, cut out and adhered onto the tag using Mat Mod Podge.

Taken from Lindsay's Christmas Tweets Stamp set

I embossed both top and bottom of the tag to replicate snowfall and added 
flat back red pearls to create realistic berries. 
These tags can be Tree ornaments, or maybe add a magnetic strip to the back to create a magnet, either would make a great stocking filler.

A Tag shaped Christmas card has been made in the same way,
 this one displays two of the seven sentiments within the set.

These are very effective Christmas makes but the concept could be carried on 
all year round with minor adaptations. 

Thank you for sharing your time with me, I hope you have been inspired.
Creative Hugs from Tracey xx

Thursday 27 October 2016

Christmas Teddies

Today I share two cards created using Sweet Dixie stamps from Personal Impressions both stamp sets have been designed by Cathie Shuttleworth.

The image has been stamped four times, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, and coloured using ProMarkers. Sections of the image have been cut and layered to add depth.

Mat and layered onto complimentary card and embellished with flat back gems
this set consists of 3 stamps two Christmas Sentiments and the large Teddy image.

This card has been created in exactly the same way as the first, stamped a number of times, heat embossed, coloured, cut out and layered.
Kuretake Wink of Stella pens add a little sparkle 


The Teddies Christmas Stocking Stamp set has some very handy little stamps within the set. One is this lovely little Santa Teddy, perfect for using on envelopes.

Also included within the collection are snowflakes and a star, rather modern in design. 
I used these to create the backgrounds for both cards by simply stamping randomly.

Both stamp sets are a fabulous size to work with and give a Modern Twist to the more Traditional Christmas designs.

Thank you for sharing your time,
Crafty Hugs from Tracey xx

Friday 21 October 2016

Sweet Dixie *Rockers* ..!!

This Friday I'm featuring two *Rocker* cards each created using Sweet Dixie clear Stamps both sets Designed by Lindsay Mason from Personal Impressions.

The Rocker card was created by cutting a 5.5" circle, scoring mid point at 2.75" then folding in half to create the Card.

Santa, Reindeer and sack of Toys image were stamped and coloured using ProMarkers, fussy cut then adhered to the rocker card.


Be mindful where you place the images and work out the correct balance so the card rocks freely. This is the reason my Reindeer has a larger than usual Red Nose because my card seemed a little one sided so the larger flat back pearl nose added the extra weight I needed for my card to rock freely. Frosted lace Stickles adds a snowy texture to the white background.

The Tipsy Snowman image is one of my personal favourites from Lindsays Christmas Collection and some of you may remember that I have featured this stamp set previously.

The same concept has been used for this Rocker as the Skating Santa, stamped image, coloured, fussy cut and applied to the top edge of the rocker card. The sentiment used is from the same stamp set. Frosted Lace Stickles again adds a little texture.

What more can we ask for at Christmas but Rocking Santa's, Reindeer and Tipsy Snowmen..??

Thank you for sharing your time with me.. Have a creative Weekend.
Crafty Hugs from Tracey xxx

Thursday 20 October 2016

Fancy and Cute... Sweet Dixie

Today I share a double helping of Christmas card creations using Sue Dix Sweet Dixie stamps from Personal Impressions.

The first stamp set is Sweet Dixie Fancy Reindeer  a mighty fine stamp full of detail and very fancy indeed. Stamped onto distressed stamping card with versafine black onyx ink and heat embossed using sweet dixie clear embossing powder. The main image has been coloured using Spectrum Noir Colorista muted colours sets 5 and 6.

The hanging baubles, Reindeer coat and holly have all been stamped twice, cut and layered onto of the image to add depth and dimension. The Merry Christmas sentiment is just one of two included in the set. The card has been mat and layered using complimentary colours and embellished with twine and a flat back pearl snowflake.

The second card share is Sweet Dixie Cute Snowman stamps, designed by Sue Dix from her 2016 clear stamp Christmas Collection from Personal impressions.

The white background has been created using die cut snowflakes from Sue's Let is Snow Sweet Dixie die set adhered to the same quality card. The Snowman image has been stamped and coloured using promarkers, various elements have been stamped more than once, coloured, cut and layered on top to add dimension

The sentiment is one of three within this set. this one seemed quite fitting. 
Ranger Stickles and Glossy Accents add the final touch to this Cute little Snowman.

Thank you for taking a peek and sharing your creative time with me. 
Have a sweet day..
Crafty Hugs from Tracey xx

Friday 14 October 2016

Not just a sentiment...!!

We all know someone who doesn't rejoice in the spirit of Christmas as others do,
Sweet Dixie Christmas comes but once a Year sentiment stamp set is an ideal solution for our friends or relatives that chose to not be so Merry at Christmas... Designed by Lindsay Mason from her 2016 Christmas Stamp Collection from Personal Impressions.

A useful set for creating hand stamped wrapping paper with matching gift tags

and Christmas Cards for your very own Christmas Grouch.

Simply stamped onto Kraft Card and Kraft brown paper using a variety of colours from Versafine and clear embossing the sentiments you really want to make a statement.

Fun projects for those *NOT* so fun at Christmas..

Happy Crafting from Tracey xxx