Sunday, November 25, 2012

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree

     Hello my friends!  I'm back from vacation and ready to jump back in to the crafty card making world with you.  ☺  Vacay was wonderful except my husband was unable to go at the last minute. (insert HUGE sad face here!!!)  Some times those higher ups just don't have a clue.  Nuff said.  
     The weather in Tennessee was beautiful.  We got to see bears, deer, and turkeys (live ones) and had lots of fun shopping.  Linda B., that store was a dream.  I'll have to take some pics of the loot I found in an awesome scrapbooking store in Sevierville.  Yes, I did say pics cause I doubt I can fit it all in one photo.  I even used a bit of it on this card.  The birdies hat fluff is some Flower Soft.
     Guess I better get to the deets about this card.  We have a new challenge up at There She Goes Clear Stamps and it's a photo inspiration.
     I've used some images from the "Penguin Pals" set to create a little scene.  The tree is decorated with glittery pink baubles to match the photo and the little bird is decorating the tree with candy canes, which are also in the photo.  The sentiment is part of the set and was cut with a banner die from the "Just For You" dies set.  I used  an awesome sketch from the Inspired By Stamping Challenge.
     This week our challenge is brought to us by Candace! She is challenging us to make a card or project using the provided inspiration photo.  
     To be eligible for the giveaway, create a card or project with the inspiration photo, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (December 3rd). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store! 
     By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the lookout to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :) 
     You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG183 so we can check out your beautiful work! 
     I have over 200 of your posts waiting for me in my reader.  I won't be able to comment on each and every one, but I promise to check them all out and try to get on track this week.  ☺
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: 

Dream Valley--Non-traditional Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu--celebration with sparkle
The Crafty Pad--add some glitter
Make It Monday--anything goes
Totally Stampalicious--non-traditional Christmas

     Be on the lookout for cards from Whimsy and Stars Studio, Mo's Digital Pencil, Catered Crop, and a guestie card I made for this week's upcoming challenge at Do You Stack Up.  Hopefully you'll find a thing or two you like.


  • Paper:  My Mind's Eye "Merry", Bazzill, Kraft Outlet Light Kraft
  • Stamp:  There She Goes Clear Stamps "Penguin Pals"
  • Ink:  Copics
  • Tools: Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Lacey Ovals, There She Goes banner die
  • Miscellaneous:  Celebrate It ribbon, Michael's gemstones, Flower Soft Polar White, fine glitter from my stash


  1. This is so fabulous Tracy, love the tree image and the cute little bird, gorgeous colouring and design...welcome home.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. Fabolous card Tracy,sorryto hear your hubby could,t come on the trip!!
    XXX Heidy

  3. Gorgeous card I love the image and the layout, colours and design are beautiful. Caroline xxx

  4. Wonderful cute card Tracy and love the image.

  5. Gorgeous card Tracy. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

  6. Tracy, this is just adorable! Your break obviously agreed with you! lol
    I love the colours & that image is just too cute!
    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week & for adding some glitter!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  7. What a sweet card! Love your choice of non traditional Christmas colors, and in spite of the colors, this card has plenty of Christmas feel to it! It's a lovely layout too. I came over from MIM to visit.

  8. A beautiful card, Tracy - look at your tree colouring, just stunning!

  9. And so glad you had a good time but pleased you are back!

  10. This is gorgeous Tracy. I love the pretty tree and your colouring is wonderful. Fabby papers and ribbon too.
    I'm glad you had a good time!

    Hugs Sue

  11. This is such a pretty card.. Love that ribbon what a delightful color and sparkle it has.. Sandy :)

  12. Hi, Oh this is so sweet, what a pretty card, Love the colours you have gone for. Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week, Love Hazelxox

  13. Oh this is so lovely ... I am fast running out of words to say about your talent ... I do love the way you match your papers and designs to your stamps ... stunning! ... Sorry about your hubby missing out ... what a pain ... but I do know what you mean about the higher ups believe me!

  14. Oh that's a super card. :o) Happy Monday.
    Sue (MiniOwner@MiM37)

  15. So glad you enjoyed your vacation Tracy! Although what a shame your DH couldn't come along... Your card looks so lovely, that cute sweet little bird in blue really is a marvel! Hugs, Ira

  16. This is stunning. Thank you for sharing with us over at Eclectic Ellapu and please visit again soon
    Elaine aka Ellapu

  17. it Tracy! So sweet! Glad you had a good time and made it back safely! (I've been to that store...almost overwhelming!) Love your creation!!!

  18. Ooooh, my likey!!!! I love the use of kraft! Fantastic! I suppose I need to leave my blurp, although I pop by so often you should have it memorized! ;P
    Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Don't forget, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning! Good luck!
    Rene :D

  19. Beautiful card, Tracy! Love the colors and darling image! Great coloring and design! Glad you had a fun vacation!

  20. Great image Tracy, fab card!

  21. What a shame for both of you that your hubby couldn't go on vacation with you. Still, if it meant you got to spend lots of time in a fab craft store...!
    And what a cute card you have made! Hugs, Lesley

  22. Super cute card Tracy!! Hugs Anneke

  23. Sorry about your vacation Tracy, always something coming up...:(
    But your card is fabulous, love the fun image and the bright colours!
    Sorry for not leaving comments for so long, but now I'll catch up with you:)
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  24. Fun and Fabulous card Tracy.
    Love the colours, layout and all the details.

  25. This is absolutely darling! I love your bow, your gorgeous coloring and the sweet paper you used! Beautiful! Thank you so much for creating with us this week! Hugs, Joanna

  26. How do you do it, Tracy? Each one of your creations is so gorgeous. I absolutely love this image and the way you colored it. The papers are a perfect match.

  27. OMGosh, I'm so sorry that your husband wasn't able to go along on your trip, Tracy! What a huge stinkin' bummer! But I'm so glad you had such a good time. Love that you got to see all those wild animals. That is really exciting!
    your card is uh-dorable! Love that image and love your coloring. The shading is just amazing. Sweet touches with the glittered ornaments and fluffy hat. Love your layered and detailed design, too!

  28. This is such a gorgeous Christmas card, cute image. Thank you for joining us at IBSIC. Deb x

  29. Oh Tracy, how awful that your husband couldn't go. Other than that, it all sounds wonderful and I can just picture you shopping at "OUR" Scrapbook Superstore! I've not found another place with so many paper goodies! So glad you enjoyed it!!! Can't wait to see what you bought.
    What a delightful card... and so beautifully done! Love your colors, the birdie in it's fluffy hat and, of course, the candy canes! All so perfect!

  30. Too sweet! Love that image, and the tiny little sentiment on the cute banner. Sounds like you had fun shopping on your vacation. :)

    So glad you played along with us at IBS this week. :)

  31. Thank you so much for participating in our final Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. We are so appreciative of the many crafters, like you, who have willingly shared their artwork to inspire others. May you be blessed! Thanks again for sharing your lovely card. It's really beautiful. Diane Noble (DT, SSIC)

  32. Beautiful card Tracy! This is such a sweet image. I love your design.


    P.S. I saw your card on MIM and had to drop by for a closer look. I'm numbers 83.

  33. Tracy your card is so delightful and fun and I love the bright festive colours. Your take on the sketch is fantastic.

    Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at IBSIC.

  34. Sounds like you had a lovely break hun... Your card today is fabulous.. what a gorgeous image... Lovely papers and your designs are always stunning.. nice to have you back:)..

  35. Fantastic card Tracy. Stopped by from MIM.. Faye

  36. Love this card, Tracy! What a sweet image and great coloring. Love the papers. So happy you decided to enter our "Celebration with Sparkle" challenge at Eclectic Ellapu this week. I hope we're going to see you regularly.
    NanaConnie EE DT

  37. Of all the cuteness on this card, that little bitty tail hanging over the edge caught my eye! LOL...I love what you've done here Hick. :)
    Sorry it's taken me sooo long to visit...I've been swimming in "to do's" but I'm so happy I finally made it over. Your cards always make me smile. :)
    hugs to you,

  38. Really beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley. xx

  39. Adorable card. I have blog candy if your interested, details here,

  40. An adorable card!
    Thanks for playing at DVC


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