Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Inpirational card sketch for this week!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 11:40 4 comments

Well Hello, Its been a couple of days but I am frantically getting ready to do the Artstamps show at Newbury, but managed to fit in this quick card as a sample. 
I did follow the sketch at Inspirationl Sketches this week as I really liked the simplicity of the sketch.

The DT work is fab as always, please go have a look.

So here is my take.

I have used a base 8 x 8 square card, some coredinations cardstock distressed at the edges for the layers along with some GCD Studios paper for the blue background, banner and ruffle.

Took Jayne Nesterenkos adorables stamps and stamped onto watercolour cardstock with, Rangers Vintage Photo ditress ink pad, then painted out with a wet brush.
 Finished off with 2 buttons.

Tracy xxxxx

Saturday, 25 June 2011


Posted by tracy watkiss at 18:39 0 comments

Well Good Saturday Evening to you all, I have been having a day at home today,
I cannot really say a day off, as I am trying to get some samples made for Newbury Artstamps show next weekend.

But the day did not start to well, with Hubby dear yelling that we had no water, only to go outside and see halfway down our street, water was gushing up the main drains for South West Water.
Seems a main water pipe had burst - deep joy!

The water was off all day until about half an hour ago, now it is a lovely brown colour.

So what have I made today well, I am quite red faced to say - 2 cards, yep thats it, the fruit of my labours resulted in 2 cards, and one of those I cannot show you yet as it is my DT card for the Crafters Companion Challenge, next month.

The second card however I can show you, and I have played for sheer indulgence - forgot about the show work, no challenge, no workshop, no commission work, JUST FOR ME How lovely. Boy did I flow!

So here you go!

I took inspiration from all the nostalgia surrounding these new stamps from Jayne Nesterenko, I remembered my nan used to stand decorative plates on a stand like this so I made one out of cardstock, drew out the flower shape with my own fair hands, coloured with promarkers and chalks - added flowers, leaves and ribbon, and my viva decor paper pens added the pearly dots.

Hope you likey

Tracy xxx

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Christmas Challenges with Sketches time again!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 18:54 8 comments

Okay I am working on a theory that if I play along with this fabby sketch challenge every week, it will give me a goods heads up on my Christmas cards.

This weeks sketch had me scratching me head for abit,
and I moved the straight border at a rectangle to the three squares (funny did not notice till I posted it on here,)

pop on over to the challenge to see it and the DT lovely samples.

I need too finish it with a sentiment, but as always I will leave that till the last minute.

I have used a Milton & Co stamp coloured with promarkers,
Best Creations papers for the main background and Graphic 45 for the Dotty paper.
Just added some Holly buttons to finish.

Sizzix oval die and red high shine card.

till next time,

Tracy xxxx

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Now for Todays actual post!!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 15:19 5 comments

I know how cool is this, just like buses you wait all that time and then two come along at once.

I have played nice on our half day off today and joined in the fun over at

This weeks sketch is up, (if you click on the link above it will take you over there to see the sketch).

Well I started out fine and this card just grew and grew.

So much so, that the sketch turned out as the topper element to my card.
I hope I don't get disqualified LOL!!!!

I am not sure what the sponsor is offering as the prize this week, think Blogger has chopped that part of their post away, But I am sure it will be lovely.

So here is my card.

I have used a Crafters Companion Humphrey image - went slightly darker than the norm for these stamps this time in colouring with my copics.
Combined with K&Co papers from my stash and all faux stitching.


Tracy xxxx

Sketch Saturday on a Tuesday!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 13:39 2 comments

Time waits for no man (woman) and I am no exception.

I have been trying to get this card up since Sunday.  Well today I finally had time to do it.

I love this weeks sketch at Sketch Saturday
The sponsor is offering oodles of digi images this week as the prize - go have a look, try your luck, someone has to win and you never know!!

Well I have been meaning to use the Whif of Joy Christmas Set for a while,
but other cards came about first and today I decided was the day.

I have mirrored the sketch and left the sentiment off as always until I decide who to give it too.
As well as this I wanted to frame my image more, so decided to invert my image as the base of the card and build up around it.

You can see the depth in this photo.

I used, whiff of joy stamps, coloured with promarkers, used distress inks for the floor and sky background.

Papers and card were in my stash and used my nesties. Oh and a Martha Stewart border punch.

Hugs till later

Tracy xxx

Friday, 17 June 2011

Lili of the valley - Bring on the Music.

Posted by tracy watkiss at 08:00 3 comments

 WHOOP DEE WHOOP!! My New Lili of the valley stamps came in the post yesterday, which means I can play along in their weekly challenge this week. Which is Bring on the music, you can find out more here

There is also the chance to win a £10.00 gift voucher for their shop for one lucky person.

I picked the song by Perry Como - more recently the song for the Quality Street ads.

Magic moments - filled with love
OOh you are lucky you cannot here me singing along, tone deaf and flat as a pancake.

Okay what did I use.
Image: Lily of the Valley One of their newest stamps,
so cute stamped onto neenah cardstock and coloured with copics.
Most of the decorative paper comes from Kaiser 6 x 6 paper stack lilac avenue.
added some purple coredinations to mat and layer and some bling.


Tracy xxx

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Cute Card Thursday Challenge.

Posted by tracy watkiss at 18:55 1 comments
Wow, I had to make a card for next week and was hopping around blogsville in need of some kind of inspiration as I need it every now and again! LOL!! Nearly daily.

When I came upon a lovely challenge that I like to check in on from time to time

I Love Love Love the challenge this week, you have to choose a birthstone.

Well I know I have a few cards to make for August and I liked the peridot colouring for this card,
 so thought I would play along, please pop over and check out the DT cards for inspiration they are lovely.

Still not got my card for next week done there though have I, oops maybe tomorrow. X

Anyhow here's my card.

Image: Humphrey from Crafters Companion
Nesties used for the oval die cuts
Kaiser paper, bazzil bling, ribbon and gems,
coloured with promarkers this time.

Tracy xxx

Hold onto your hats another card today!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 13:03 6 comments

Yep I know managed two days in a row. 

This time I have entered a newish challenge they are only on Challenge 2

And its all Christmas cards and sketches, I love it and hope to be a regular,
The sketch is over at Christmas Challenges with sketches why not pop over and have a look and see the DT lovely cards.

Here is my spin - have to admit I left the sentiment off as I have not decided whom to give it too just Yet!

Image: wee stamp from cuddly buddly (I have fallen in love with these)
Papers: Papermania Christmas 1 or 2 years ago.
Martha stewart punch, diamontes and holly Coloured with copics.

Back soon

Tracy xxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Where did that week go and ICSketch.

Posted by tracy watkiss at 19:40 5 comments
Cannot believe that it has been a week since I last posted and what a week it has been!

My eldest Daughter has been engaged to her childhood sweetheart for some time and has announced that she is getting married next year!  OOH I Cried buckets, but all tears of joy. More details will emerge once all the rellies have been told.

Onto my post for today and Yep I played nicely at 1.30am this morning when I could not sleep, I do like to craft in the wee small hours - but sshshing a guiloutine quiet, as trying not to wake up my hubby asleep in the next room is not easy. Never realised how much noise one makes until I needed to trim a bit of paper. OOPS!!

So what was I working on well my entry into this weeks ICSketches challenge.

This weeks sketch is below and up for grabs is 3 digi images from this weeks sponsor DZ Doodles.

  So thought I would have ago.

Now I am not on my normal pooter, so could not crop this one down and need to be quick as I should now be working.

Hope you like it.
Image: wee stamp digi image. From cuddly buddly.
Papers: Trimcraft First Edition Summer Breeze.
Sentiment Digi image from Just Tracys Crafts.
Punch Border: Paper mania
Flowers: Wild Orchid
and my yummy scrummy Copics were used for colouring.

Catch you laters

Tracy xxx

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

No cards today!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 11:53 1 comments
But I promise to get something pretty on here for tomorrow.

I have just been that busy, this weekend I was away at Edinburgh where I was helping out at the Artstamps Exhibition at the Corn Exchange.

On the Monday before the long journey home myself and Lynn Courteney went and visited Gretna green - I have to say it really was not what I was expecting and rather commercialised now.

Sadly there was no bridal party there on our visit.

But here is the resident piper.

The Anvil which when hit seals the wedding vows.

A lovely old carriage!!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Crafters Companion Challenge 13

Posted by tracy watkiss at 09:00 6 comments
OH WOW!!!  What a couple of months I have had.

I have been fit to burst with excitement!!

I was very honoured to be asked by the Crafters Companion Gals to join their demonstration and design team.

And then Along Came the launch of Humphrey, excitment was too, too much to bare.

But he is here at last and we all our safe with the lovely rubberness in our mits.

Back to the Challenge.

This month the theme is Summer Holidays, and when I first saw those cute images of the two little Elephants sharing an ice cream sundae, it evoked images of My gran collins and I on our very first Butlins Holiday in Minehead Somerset, sharing a Knickerbockerglory in a beach side cafe.

OH such special memories I was about 10, (41 tomorrow) and gran is no longer with us.
Thanks Crafters companion for that lovely trip down memory lane.

So here's my card.

Two little elephants sharing a sundae in a beach cafe window.

I stamped onto watercolour card, used my water colour pencils to colour, cut out the whole image with my craft knife and stuck to my dome recessed aperture card (I promise I will try to do a tutorial for it SOON!!)

Used Kanban cardstock, flower buttons and pink pearls.

see the rest of the DT stunning work and try your luck!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Tracy xxxxxx

Just Tracys Challenge!!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 08:30 2 comments
I cannot believe we are into June already. 
Tomorrow it is my birthday, and I will be spending it travelling upto Scotland for Artstamps show, Where I will be until the beginning of next week.

Any how.

is Strawberries and Cream 
and is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments
you have the chance to win 3 digi images, so why not try your luck!!

I have been so busy that I have kept my card very simple and clean looking.

I have Used, Image:Crafty Sentiments coloured with promarkers, 7 gypsies die cut letters and papers, scalloped card base, ribbon, lace rub on that was in my stash, and sticky diamonte gems.

Till next time

Hugs Tracy xxxx

Back at 9am with another Challenge Card For Crafters Companion


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