Monday, April 20, 2015

Pocket Letters…the second set

I have to say that I am having fun with these Pocket Letters :)

I loved making this one.
I know, I said I was only going to use my old paper…but this is old, just not 15+ yrs old ;)
I had so much fun with my punches on this.

I love the feminine look to this one :)
I thought it would fun to try and use the same paper in all of the pockets….well all but the centre pocket :)
I even used some punch outs that I had cut extras of and were in my stash.
I did use some of my newer supplies as well.

I made a video on these pocket letters and the goodies I put inside of them.
If you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"

Another rainy day here today….I hear maybe snow tomorrow?
Lets hope it was just a joke though ;)

I hope you all had a very Creative Day today :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pocket Letter Mailings…some tips

Lookie how pretty :)
These are a couple of my Pocket Letters that went out in the mail last week.

On one of the Facebook pages that I follow that is dedicated to these Pocket Letters, many of the ladies have been having questions about mailing these away.
Some have even had them returned to them.
So I decided to make a video on how I mailed mine away and how much they cost me to mail them.
Being from Canada, the currency I paid was in Canadian funds.
I would strongly suggest taking your packages to the post office and getting them weighed.
Let the post office handle it. That way if it comes back, they have to resend it and pay for it.

I also did a video explaining how I mail them out and I have a blooper in there as well…ya, I still make
them, lol.
Hope you all had a very Creative Day.
It has been raining here all day, so an inside day for us :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the Work Shed

Its not like me to miss a day on my blog…but 2 days is unheard of.
Don't worry my SIL/friend Sharon, has already shared her disappointment in me and my lack of posts, teehee.
I thought my art journal page and video would have tied you all over for a few days.

Today was a beautiful spring day here.
I even got outside….well by outside, I mean in my work shop ;)
I was waiting for a nice day to cut the pieces I needed for Ashley's wedding centrepieces.
Don't mind the messy work table…it kind of looks like my craft table, lol.
My work shed is on my "todo" list of things that need to be sorted out.

This is my first set of 160 pieces that need to be cut.
I have a lot more than this to cut though.

I didn't want to individually cut each piece of wood.
Even though it would still be much faster cutting these on my saw than cutting teach one by hand.
But if I was going to go assembly style, I might as well go all out.
So I made a jig.
I clamped 2 paint sticks on top of each other, to the saw base.
I clamped them to the measurement I needed.

I then butt the pieces that need to be cut up to the clamped paint sticks and started cutting.
The reason I clamped 2 paint sticks for my jig, so then I could double the layer.
So instead of cutting 4 pieces of wood at once, I was able to cut 8 :)

See how nicely it worked :)

Here are the first set of wood pieces cut as well as the end cuts.
Now I need to find a use for those end cuts…hmmmmm.

I had to brush myself off before going into the house….a bit of saw dust :)

I did have FNS (Friday Night Scrapbooking) last night.
I completed a layout I started last February.
I also looked at some of my layouts from the last year or so, and was pleasantly surprised on how much I really like them still, lol.
Does that ever happen to you?
You make a layout or a project, but then look back on it at a later time and don't like it as much as when you first created it?
Happens to me all of the time, lol.

I hope you all had a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dance in the Rain..Art Journal and a video

It is a photo heavy post, but I wanted to share my process to making my art journal page.
And for an extra bonus, I made a video as well :)
What I won't do for you guys, teehee.

The prompt that Caroline and I had for this month was to use a girl image on our page.
I used this adorable stamp designed my Angie Blom called Lizzy Girl from the Angiegirl collection from Unity stamps.
I have to say, I am loving my page.
Each page I do, I like a bit more than the last :)

Ok…lets get started:
I wanted to have a border to this page and I wanted it to be a vine border, as I was going for an "April showers bring May flowers" theme.
I used Archival ink as I was planning on using my new water colour pencils.
Using Archival ink, I didn't have to worry about my stamping smearing or bleeding when the water is added.
I wanted to use mists for the background, so I made a mask of this image so the mists didn't go on my main image….I then used embossing powder and heat embossed my main image it to make sure the mists didn't bleed under my main image.

But before misting I wanted to add some texture with some background stamps.
I was trying to achieve some texture or dimension without adding bulk from papers.
By using the mask I made, I didn't have to worry about my background stamps going on my main image :)

Now to pick out my mist colours.

Time for some colour :)
Because I have heat embossed my image and made a mask for it, I don't have to worry about my mists seeping on my image.
I used this technique on my "Faceless Beauty" card.

See how crisp and clean my image stayed by using that mask and heat embossing it :)

Now to add some Rain drops.
I used a stencil and some embossing paste to make my rain drops.
I put the mask back on my image when I did the rain drops.
I know they look more like snow drops right now as the embossing paste is white….which would have worked perfectly for last week as we had snow ;)

I also coloured in the leaf border and my image with my new Inktense water colour pencils….which I have to say…I love!!!!
They blend so nicely and the part that sold me on these pencils, is that they are permanent when dry..I am going to have lots of fun with these in the future, and the colours are so Intense ;)

Now to make my snow drops into rain drops.
I need to add some colour.
I used some distress inks….what I should have done was put the stencil back on the raindrops and then inked them, as the ink also went on the background.
Which just added some more colour (which I like) but at the same time the rain drops weren't as prominent (which I didn't like).

In order to rectify that, I used my Pitt pen/marker and added a darker colour to the right side of the rain drop to add some depth.
I then used my white sharpie marker to add some highlights to the left side of the rain drops.
I have to say, I love how they turned out :)

I decided to not go with the "April Showers" them and go with this quote "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but Learning to Dance in the Rain"
When I showed my daughter Heather my finished page, she said it was nice…but why isn't my girl dancing, lol.
I told her, she hasn't learned the lesson yet, lol.

How adorable is this image!
I love all images that have umbrellas.

Look at how vibrant these colours are.
I love the umbrella colour….I think it is my favourite one in the set…but then again, this is the first time using these pencils, teehee.

And the finished page!!!
I am so happy with how this one turned out :)
As I had mentioned, I made a video on my process.
I think it took longer to upload the video and this blog post then it did to make this page, lol.
If you would like to watch the video on a full screen, just click on my name "Tracy's Treasures24"

If you want to check out "Caroline's art page" just click on her name :)
Her page is so soft and pretty, like a warm summers day.

After sharing my sneak peek yesterday, Caroline suggested I enter it in "The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge".  She knows what is going on with challenges :)

I hope you all had a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Art Journal…Sneak Peek.

What have been doing all day you may be wondering…
I have been playing in my Art Journal, and having fun :)
Every 6 weeks or so, Caroline and I are coming up with prompts and doing a page in our art journals.
Caroline was finished hers a week ago…but I have to wait until the due date to actually do mine.
But in reality, I am not late as it isn't due until tomorrow ;)
I am editing my video at the moment, and it will take all night to upload to YouTube.
So I can share it with you all tomorrow :)

I had to take a break from my page as Heather and I went to the show to see "Home"
Yes, my adult daughter and I love cartoons :)
It was a good movie, I have quite a few chuckles…and those that know me, won't be surprised that I even shed a couple of silent tears ;)

I don't know why I don't do more pages in my art journal and only do our challenge art pages????
As I really enjoy it….maybe because I have so many fun creative projects I love to work on as well ;)

I hope you all had a very Creative day today :)

Tracy :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

The very last last of my holiday shopping :)

I forgot to share my pretty new walking jacket :)
It is water and wind resistant.
Today would have been a perfect day to try it out as it rained for a bit and has been very windy, but I was busy.
What I like most about this jacket…it looks better on me then on the hanger…how often does that happen, lol.
I am so excited to see most of the snow is gone and looking forward to my outdoor walks :)

I needed to straighten my hair when Wayne and I were on our trip…but I couldn't find my hair clip to put up my hair so I could do the under layers.
I know one was clipped on my straightener, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
But I did find a large twist tie in my bag..don't ask why I had a twist tie, because I don't have the answer.
But look it worked great….move over MacGyver ;)

I can not tell you how much I wanted to muck around with my new creative goodies.
But I had a full day of doctor's appointments.
I had to see my family doctor for my blood work results.
Then get an ECG and lastly see my Cardiologist.
Nothing has changed…which is good.
But sadly my Cardiologist told me he is retiring this September :(
Our family doctor retired last year, then I was told my Gastroenterologist is retiring in June, and now my Cardiologist.
I know I will find other doctors, but I have been with some of these doctors for 30 yrs.
I hope they enjoy their retirement.

I hope you all had a very Creative Day today.
My friend was excited and came by tonight to check out my new stash, lol.
I am hoping to get into the new supplies tomorrow :)

Tracy :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Rest of My Crafty Shopping

I have to say my main goal heading to Minneapolis, was to go into Blicks.
I could spend a lot of time in there, but this time I had one thing on my mind…these water colour pencils.
What I like about them is once you colour, then blend with water….they dry permanent. They aren't suppose to reactivate when more water is added to them, great for layering colours :)
I think they will work beautifully on my art journal pages :)
I noticed they had two sets on the shelf and the biggest set held 36 pencils.
I was advised to get the bigger set from some online crafty friends, as they all got the bigger sets once they used them.
I had asked if they had the bigger set and at first the sales guy said no….but then checked in the back…I was so happy when he told me that they did!!!
I even got $20.00 off the price…bonus!!!!
When I told Wayne how much they were, and that they had the bigger set. He just said that was good.
I love that my husband doesn't blink an eye when I tell him that I spent an outrageous amount of money on coloured pencils, lol.

We went to Tuesday Morning…not much there that interested me, but I do love tags :)

We checked out Joanns.
I have been debating on getting this punch for a while now, and was still debating spending that much on one stamp….but don't think twice about spending 4x's that on coloured pencils, lol.
But Wayne told me to just get it…it was on sale and I looked at it the last time we were in the States.
So I did ;)

Checked out another Hobby Lobby for those tiny envelopes for Ashley's wedding.
I found 3 more sets :)
I was incorrect in my numbers (yes I was a book keeper) I need 3 more, but this is all that they had.
I picked up another of the smaller Dylusions art journal.
And some fun washi tape :)

On our way back to Duluth yesterday, we stopped at one of my favourite scrapbooking stores, Pine City Scrapbooking.
I love how those 2 12x12 papers make the tree when put together.

One of my most fun stamp purchases from this weekend….the zombie stamps…how fun is this :)
I also found some of the fun peel off stickers like I used in my Fauxbonichi in January.

We made it home safe and sound and are now watching 28 Days Later…I think it is a good substitute for missing our Walkng Dead.

I hope you all had a very Creative Day.
Besides sitting in the jeep most of the day…I did take out all of my new goodies and surrounded myself with them all…..oh that is happiness to me, lol.

Tracy :)