Sunday, 3 April 2011

Happy Mothers Day

Warning - very long photo heavy post

Once again I am playing catch up, just can't seem to get into the old blogging routine I used to have and a week has sped by without any posts

I made this little plaque earlier in the week, you can see how it started out a couple of photos down

I covered it in white card, sanded and inked and then threw a mass of flowers onto it, added liquid pearls for the centres, added some punched hearts round the back to create a fancy frame and finished with a computer generated sentiment. As the shape was bought for me by my friend Margaret and the ribbon was a gift from Anita, it seemed fitting to use a friendship quote to finish the piece off.

Here it is in unaltered form.

I also challenged myself to use the free scrapbooking papers in this months Scrapbook magazine.

I made my own background for the first one, using distress inks and a dotty stamp and then aging the edges with ink.

The photo is 10 years old and was taken at a zoo in Southport, Amy was doing a lions roar which turned out really cute and funny hence the title 'rarrrrr'.
I didn't have a digital copy of the photo and it had been cut down to fit an old album ( pre scrapbooking mistake !!!!!!!)

The background before adding the free papers, I used Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress inks for the spots and Frayed Burlap for the edges.

This second page is again using old photos that had been taken without much care and attention and had been cropped just as sloppily, so I used three on one page as one looked a little lost all by itself.

The photos were quite garish ( all the fun of the fair !!!!) so I didn't add too much in the way of clutter, I added stitching instead and kept plenty of white in the page to balance it all out. Second layout in a week that hasn't contained flowers !!!!!! That must be a record for me.

And these are the A4 freebie papers I was working with, not bad two pages that only cost me two sheets of cardstock and some bits and bobs from my stash !

Anita came for the day on friday, we didn't really have a crafting agenda, so we kind of drifted into making flowers.

These were made from tissue paper, we used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to cut them out and then layered lots and lots together - attaching all the layers with a brad.

Lots of lovely dimension and each one turned out slightly different.

And a different kind of flower following a tutorial on you tube

Pansies using the Stampin' Up butterfly punch

Finally, it has been the best and worst Mothers Day ever, for reasons that are far too long and involved to write here. The important thing is that all turned out well in the end. Quite fittingly one of my gifts this year from the children ( helped of course by daddy)was a gorgeous gemmed heart for my new Thomas Sabo charm bracelet, so I carry my childrens heart on my wrist as well as in my own heart.

Thankyou Neil, Amy, Robbie and AJ, love you all so much xxx

Also thankyou to every single person who was by my side last night, in spirit if not in person and for those also who gave up their night to help. Especially Neil and mum and dad also Amy who showed an amazing amount of maturity and composure. And to the Police, who often get bad press and a lot of stick but last night proved they are worth their weight in gold.

Happy Mothers Day to all you mums ( especially my own special one), do me a favour and hug your babies extra tight tonight, no matter how big or small they may be - I will be !


  1. OH Tracy your work is absolutly stunning, I loved each photo ~so much gorgeous deatail. Hope all is ok now
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  2. oh tracey what an amazing post the flowers,and layouts are just stunning,along with your detail which is alway first class,you are right i hugged my 2 so tight today too,they are,28,and 26 bless them they always have hugged me,whatever and even at work my son,if he sees me,comes up and hugs me,with a shop full of peolple love em to bits,hugs cheryl xxx

  3. Hi! Absolutely fantastic post. your layouts are stunning, I especially liked the one with merry-go-round! And flowers are fab too. Happy mother's day and thanks for sharing.

  4. Tracey, I find coming here so inspiring and uplifting, I wish I had your gift of embellishing. You are so inspirational. Happy Mum's day. We have ours 2nd Sunday in May. I am only a furry babies Mum.

  5. Lovely projects, inspiring and special as always. Love the mrry go round layout especially. I too ,tend to drift into making flowers and bits when I have nothing planned. They always come in useful!
    Hope things turn out well for you in the end as seems like you have had a bit of a difficult time.

  6. Love love love the black & white tissue flowers.

    Not knowing what happened yesterday, I hope that you & yours have a good week ahead.

    Take care x

  7. I don't know what turmoil you've been having but sending hugs and thoughtful prayers your way :) Your layouts are so lovely Tracey - they are always so elegant.... take care x

  8. Wow tracey what amazing stunning beautiful wonderful so much I want to say...Well I have got a lot of inspiration to the look of your work thank you my friend!!!

    and have a wonderful day.

    hugs carla

  9. Wow I love your blue wreathe and those layered handmade tissue flowers are gorgeous. Sorry you had a bad experience. Hope everything is OK now.

  10. A great inspirational post love the project and the flowers look fab especially the black and white ones!!!

    Hope you are all ok the end of the post sounds really intense so I'm sending you love and hugs Chanelle xxxx

  11. sweetie..... the last few lines in your post are upsetting me.... I wasn't there for you.... can't stand it. I do not know what happened, but I want to send you BIG HUGS!!!!!

    On the brighter note.... lov e love love all your flowers and pages... gorgeous!!!!!!

    Hope that you are okay.

  12. Awww! lovely pictures, So much time and thought into your work.

    What a lovely charm to carry with you all of the time to remind you of your three beautiful children.

    Glad everything is ok now.

    Love ya,


  13. Oh dear, I'm not sure what has happened, but I hope everything is ok? Love to you, and thinking of you.

    Beautiful projects .. I adore the first, all those stunning flowers ... amazing!

  14. Love the plaque Tracey, it looks gorgeous. Perfect sentiment too.
    Love the Rarrr! You'll always be on a merry go round with children, but we love them unreservedly all the same.
    Tissue!!! Ha ha. Anita xxx

  15. So many wonderful projects here.. You are so talented.. I just love to pop in and see your creations... Thanks for the inspiration...

  16. Beautiful artwork Tracey. I love the other's Day piece.

  17. Oh gosh Tracey, hope all is sorted now and hope everyone is okay. Your bracelet charm is gorgeous.
    You have been busy creating, I cannot believe you used free papers so well. I have never used any but you did it with gusto girl. It helps being thrifty at times and I could sure do with a little cutting back at the moment.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  18. Tracy this is such a beautiful post love everything I particularly love the first two projects...
    What ever happened I hope it is all sorted now xxx


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