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Our Greatest Glory …

Published by Tracy on July 9, 2008

… is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

I love that saying. I made this card a couple of weeks ago. These are the colors that I’m really feeling these days. They are pretty fall-ish I suppose, butso pretty together.

I hope you all had a great 4th of July. It was a fairly quiet weekend for me. I did happen to snap this picture the night of the 4th on our way out to see the fireworks! I think it really turned out very cool! (There’s no editing here, I don’t know how to do that … yet … I am the proud owner of this
book though, so hopefully soon I’ll figure it out!)

Happy Blogoversary To Me!

Published by Tracy on July 4, 2008

WOW! I almost missed it! 40 minutes to spare! It’s been a busy Holiday for me and finally just turned my computer on about 10 minutes ago. It’s still quite loud in my neighborhood, and since I’ve been up since 5am, I’m really hoping things will slow down soon!

Anyway, I started my Blog one year ago today!!! :) WOOHOO!!! And for all you Americans - I hope you had a great 4th of July!!!

So, since I last posted, I also had a Birthday last weekend. I turned 33! To celebrate, I did this:

For those that know me, they know this means I cut a good 10-12 inches off my hair! Talk about crazy. I’m happy with the a-line cut I have now though, it’s just taking a bit of getting used to. I’m still having major shampoo issues - as in I’m trying to use way too much!!! LOL

I also bought myself a new car about 3 weeks ago - a new 2008 Ford Escape! I LOVE IT!

So, there’s all the catch up on me!

Here are the last 3 cards from the Thank You card kit I made at my Retreat a couple of weekends ago!

Stay tuned in the next couple of days - I’ll be throwing out some Blog Candy to celebrate a few things - my new car, my Birthday, my Blogoversary AND I see I’ve gone over 15,000 hits!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

More Thank You Cards!

Published by Tracy on June 24, 2008

Here are some more of the Thank You cards I made - I made a total of 6 using all the same papers! So, there are more to come as the week goes on! :) Enjoy!

Bazzill Cardstock
Basic Grey Sugared
Misc CTMH stamps
Misc CTMH accessories and Ink
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing folder


Published by Tracy on June 22, 2008

Well, I got back last night from my Retreat! I’d really been looking forward to it for awhile - I was hoping to find some of my Mojo that I’ve seemingly lost for card making and scrapbooking.

Imagine my surprise to hear that people DO think I have an obligation to post more on my Blog! :P Several of my friends feel that I’m severely lacking in that obligation lately (and yes, I’m speaking specifically to you and you). With that said, I will make an REAL effort to post at least 2-3 times a week. I hoping that this weekend has given me some inspiration to stay motivated for awhile.

I actually got a lot done this week - by my standards anyway. I got a Thank You card set done (pictures to follow) and I started and completed my scrapbook for the Grand Cayman trip I took last May (13 months ago, not 1 month ago). It’s 18 pages, and I was thrilled to be done with it.

I really, really love these Retreats. It’s so great to get together with these people each year. I’ve really become friends with them, and it’s like no time has passed at all when we get together. We have such great fun! Thanks Deb and Jane for doing these - I know they are a lot of work, but they are so much fun!

And I’d like to introduce a new member to the blogging community - our friend Donna FINALLY started a blog! You can find her over at Close to my Blog! She’s a CTMH Consultant too (my upline), and a great friend!

Here’s part of the Thank you Card set I made this weekend! I’ll post the rest of the cards as the week goes on - there are 6 cards total!

The envelope was made using a 6×6 page protector. I don’t know who created this template, but a CTMH Consultant came up with this several years ago and I came across it on my computer and thought I would finally use it! It’s held closed with a velcro dot. I used Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey Sugared papers, misc CTMH embellishments, misc CTMH stamps, and Barn Red and Olive Green ink.

And just for fun, does anyone wonder how much one person needs to take on a 3 day scrapbooking Retreat? Well, this is how much I brought home! You see, I came home with MORE stuff than I left with because of three, no, make that FOUR, trips to craft/scrapbook stores this weekend. And this doesn’t include my personal stuff, snacks, and my dogs and all their stuff for Boarding. And of course, I didn’t use half of it - but it’s a good thing I brought it, cause Donna used what I didn’t! ;)

WOW - It’s been awhile!

Published by Tracy on June 7, 2008

Well, I’ve been practicing this for awhile now (click on the picture for more info):

My friend Melissa posted about this a few entries ago on her Blog. It really struck a cord. I hate the feeling of HAVING to post. And lately, I just haven’t felt the Mojo.

I had a stamp party last weekend though so had to come up with something! These are the 2 cards I came up with:

The “Thanks” card is a complete and total CASE of Kelly Jo’s card here. I love it so much and just had to copy it.

The “Happy Everything” card is using the new Sarsparilla papers from CTMH, the Bitty Brads, Cocoa ribbon, and the June SOTM. I also used my new Oval Nestabilities! The sketch came from Michelle at Mish Mash.

While I’m in a sharing mood, I’ll show my new ribbon rack in all it’s glory that my Dad built me. I’ve had it for awhile, just never go around to taking a picture of it. It’s pretty much full already. Go figure!

Now, on to something a lot less craft related. It’s going to be a bit Political, so if you aren’t into that, please feel free to stop reading now. I just want to say that I’m completely happy that the Primary Season is finally over. Now hopefully we can get on with this election and elect a new President who can change the direction that our country is heading. I have to say, pulling into the gas station and seeing $4.10 a gallon for gas, $4.20 for a gallon of milk, not to mention the price of rice and other groceries these days is more than a little disheartening.

That all being said, this is who I choose to support:

I would encourage EVERY person who is eligible to vote this year, to be informed on the candidates, and make a choice this Fall. Most importantly, VOTE - it doesn’t matter who you vote for, just VOTE. It’s the only way our voices can be heard. I know there are people out there who don’t think that their votes matter - but that’s simply not true. Living in a state where the last Governor race came down to 133 votes out of 2.8 million+ cast - I guarantee you - every vote counts!

For anyone who wants a free Obama sticker (like the picture I posted above), Move On is giving away free ones here.

Ok, enough on that - that’s about the most Political I’ll get, promise!

I’ll also try to be better about posting a couple of times a week. I’m getting in gear to get some major scrapbooking done. I had a bunch of pictures printed at Costco last night in preparation of a Scrapbook Retreat I’m going to in less than 2 weeks! And the weekend of the 28th I’ll be going to a crop on Friday night till the wee hours of the night/morning. I’m really looking forward to both events and getting some mojo back! :)

Take care and have a great weekend everyone!

Boom Di Ada, Coloring and New Loot

Published by Tracy on May 7, 2008

I love a lot of the new things in the new CTMH catalog - my favorite papers by far are the Boom Di Ada papers. Plus with the new ric rac … so good! :) This card also uses the Flower Dimensional Elements. I have the scalloped Stampin’ Up punch and it fits one the dimensional flowers almost perfectly!! I had to do a little sanding, but other than that, it works great.

I’ve also been spending some time coloring my new Nellie stamps! Love these little things!!!

And finally, this has been a great mail week for me! I got some new cuttlebug folders, and my nestabilities!!!

Happy Everything

Published by Tracy on May 6, 2008

I saw a card this weekend (store bought) that look similar to this one. I really liked the look of it.

It was quick and easy to make, and best of all, I have a purpose for it! :)

Friend to Friend

Published by Tracy on April 19, 2008

Here’s another BG Sugared card. Very simple, but I really like the color combos on this line of paper.

I also used Marvy Oval punches, large eyelets, and Bazzill. The stamp set is from a retired CTMH set.


Farmer Tilda!

Published by Tracy on April 8, 2008

Here’s another Tilda card! :)


Paper: Bazzill, Fancy Pants PP
Ink: Staz On
Stamps: Magnolia
Misc: Foof a La Buttons, Misc rubon, CTMH Brad, CTMH Hemp, CTMH Dimensional Elements, MM Acrylic Paint

100% Pure Potential

Published by Tracy on April 6, 2008

Another card! :)

I started this card last night, but couldn’t figure out how I wanted to finish until this morning. I really like the way it turned out.

The flourishes in the corner are actually a rub on. I’ve never really been much of a rub on fan, but my girlfriends who are here for the weekend definitely are. So, they’ve semi-converted me.

The PP is from CTMH Serendipity, and the rub on is on top of a piece of transparency. Then I painted some MM acrylic paint on the back of the transparency, and stamped the saying on top of it in Staz On. The stamp is from the CTMH Legendary Moments set.

There’s a bit of a glare/shadow on the picture. I was having a problem taking the picture. I probably could have photo-shopped that out - if I knew how to photoshop. That’s next on my list of things to learn!

EDIT - Here’s a better, if not majorly angled, picture.

Happy Hellos

Published by Tracy on April 5, 2008

Hi everyone!

I have a couple of girlfriends in from out of town this weekend. It’s one big stamping/scrapping weekend here.

Today we took a “field trip” to the “big town” and did a little scrap shopping. Then made it back this afternoon to start crafting. I love these weekends!

This card includes the new Basic Grey paper “Sugared” - love it of course. I think I love ALL things BG though. I white washed brown Bazzill with MM acrylic paint, and used Foof-a-La buttons. The stamp and scallop punch are Stampin’ Up.

(PS - You still have a couple of days to enter my blog candy!)



Published by Tracy on April 2, 2008

Finally … a card!

This sketch was borrowed from a card I saw in the new CTMH catalog. My card looks nothing like that card, other than the layout!

The papers are Chatterbox and Bazzill, the ink is CTMH Hollyhock, and the stamps are CTMH Funky Florals (retired I’m pretty sure) and April Word Puzzle. The Buttercup Brads, Baby Pink ribbon, and Baby Pink Safety Pin are all CTMH as well (so are the clear beads, but they are retired as well).

I also used a paper piercer and poked holes in circle shapes in the patterned paper. This is as close as I’ve come to stitching … I’m getting there though.

Ok, I’m beat, need to get to bed!



Published by Tracy on March 14, 2008

This sketch has been floating around all week. There have been so many cute cards with it I decided to try my luck with it.

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out! Everything is CTMH.

Princess Tilda

Published by Tracy on March 14, 2008

I got an order of Magnolia’s this week! This is my favorite new one! :)

Papers are CTMH, as is the ribbon and the Princess stamp.

I used my Prismacolor Pencils and mineral spirits again.

You only Live Once!

Published by Tracy on March 3, 2008

So, you know how every once in awhile you made that ONE card … you know … the ONE!?!?! It’s the one you LOVE. Whether it’s super detailed, or super simple, it doesn’t matter. You just love it. That’s how I feel about this card. I just love it.

It’s a simple card. But I love how the colors contrast with each other. And yes, I used circles again. I think I’ve found something that makes me creative for now … and you know how that is! Once you find it, you stick with it.

The papers are all CTMH - black cardstock, White Daisy Textured cardstock, Baby Pink cardstock. CTMH paper flower, with CTMH bling, and Baby Pink Grosgrain ribbon. The saying comes from CTMH Make It Count stamp set.