Thursday, September 13, 2012


     Chugga chugga!  LOL  Everytime I see this image, "The Engineer",  it makes me think of the Christmas Store in Pidgeon Forge, TN.  It has a little miniature train ride out front complete with an adult conductor.  :-)
     This week at Mo's Digital Pencil our challenge is "Buttons".   I managed to find a little space to squeeze a couple in after completing my transcardanintal railroad.  LOL  I TOTALLY cased the doodling off my team mate Anja's card from last week.  What do ya think about that sentiment?  hee hee  I can relate!  It's another amazing freebie from Paulette at Create with TLC.
     Twang (aka Lisa Minckler) this card is dedicated to you.  Not the age related part, but the popsicle sticks.  LOL  You never fail to make me laugh OR amaze me with the types of materials you manage to incorporate into your projects.  Now mind you popsicles sticks are pretty mild compared to some of the stuff she uses, but they're not normal card construction props so she's rubbing off on me at least a little.  If you don't know her or haven't visited her blog (You Made me Ink!), go check out her wicked sense of humor and crazy awesome crafty imagination.
     So speaking of the popsicles sticks, here's a close up of my handmade railroad track.
     I cut thin strips of black cardstock and scored them at 1/8" increments.  Folding those boogers can be tough but I prevailed!  :-)  The popsicle sticks were cut and then colored with Vintage photo Distress stain.  Pretty fun huh!  :-)
     So, "Buttons" leaves a lot of room to work with a variety of Mo images.  pick one and come join in this weeks challenge for your chance at a $5.00 store voucher.  All aboard!  LOL
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments--anything with a funny sentiment
My Mum's Craft Shop--buttons
Whimsy Inspirations--anything goes
Bearly Mine--anything goes
Cards for Men--going digital
Hooked on Craft--cards for men
Make It Monday--anything goes
Stamp and Create--anything goes
Sentimental Sundays--humor me
The Squirrel and Fox--anything goes
CLP Sketch Challenge--sketch

     Weekends a comin'!

  • Paper:  My Mind's Eye "Miss Caroline--Dilly Dally", Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
  • Stamp:  Mo's Digital Pencil "The Engineer", sentiment from Create with TLC
  • Ink:  Copics, Vintage Photo Distress Stain, Micron pen
  • Tools, sewing machine, Martha Stewart Scoreboard, Nestabilities Classic Ovals
  • Miscellaneous:  Michaels buttons, Kraft Outlet Hang Tag String, waxed linen cord, popsicle sticks


Kim said...

fantastic card Tracy, and love that sentiment! that railroad is a brilliant idea - so effective!
Kim x

Seahorse Creations said...

Adorable, love your creativity. Wonderful layout and imagination.

heidy said...

Wow brilliant card Tracy!!
XXX Heidy

Denise said...

Brilliant card Tracy - love that image and the way you have coloured him. Gorgeous papers and the sentiment is perfect - can relate too!!
Denise xx

Trina said...

Could you be a genius? That RR track at the bottom is amazing! Love the coloring, papers, and perfectly chosen sentiment!

Dorcas said...

OMGoodness look at this! I love the railroad tracks! How ingenious is that! Great card Tracy!

Sue said...

WOW WOW WOW ! I love this Tracy. I bought this image a while ago ready to use on my Father-in-laws card, you have really inspired me now. I LOVE the train tracks and your colouring is a fabulous as ever.

hugs Sue

Nancy said...

Fabulous! Just fabulous! Love that image! lol Wonderful coloring, wonderful papers, wonderful everything! The railroad tracks are SO creative! No derailment happening with this one! :o)

Natali said...

Lol!! Really fun card with this image. Love your "railroad track"... "This is just small piece... anyway floor need to change already" Everything going for craft ))) lol
Just kidding ))

Ros Crawford said...

This is incredibly creative ... what a fantastic card!!! You blow me away!

Babs said...

Awesome! What great ideas you have Tracy. Those railroad tracks are just fab!
Love everything about it.
Luv, Babs xo

Sarah said...

Wow, Tracy, that railroad track is awesome, as is the entire card! Love the sentiment! Hugs

Jennifer said...

This is so very fabulous! I love the image and the youthful spirit it has! Wonderful train track! Such ingeniousness and patience!

Sandra said...

Saw this on MIM.
Very cool card for the older gent. Fab use of the lolly sticks too
hugs Sandra xxx

Renee B. said...

I love this image from Mo (but then I love all images from Mo!) Those railroad tracks are fabulous & of course Paulette's sentiment just finishes it all off perfectly! Another smash hit my friend!
Hugs, Renee

Nannieflash said...

A stunning card, love that Mo image and your colouring. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

Mary J said...

He he - what a fun fun card, Tracy! Your colouring is amazing - knocks my socks off!

Marlies said...

Oh I love this card!! Your railroad is fantastic!! Lovely colours and that sentiment is perfect for the image!! hugs, Marlies

Unknown said...

A superb card Tracy! Apart from the great image I really LOVE how you made your rails with those popsicles, brilliant!! Hugs, Ira

Purple Card Lady said...

Tracy, this is so cute! Thanks for joining us for Whimsy Stamps Challenge this week. Hope to see you back next week. Candy, DT

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

"Pretty fun" RIGHT! Oh my goodness, Tracy! You never cease to amaze me with your talent. Those popsicle sticks for railroad tracks was brilliant! Love it & love the rails too. Great FUN card!!! I wish I had a smidgeon of your talent. :)
Huggies ~

Cards By MI said...

My gosh! What a wonderful card! So many fun details and the rails / tracks looks smashing. Really worth the effort. Stunning! Thanks for playing with us over at BMC this week.
Love n hugs

Andrea W said...

Fantastic card! Very clever and creative. I found you at Make It Monday.

Jinny Newlin said...

LOL! This is fabulous, Tracy! Love, love, LOVE the railroad tracks, and that image is over the top FUN!

Sleepy Stamper said...

Wonderful card Tracy! I had a hearty laugh at this one. I love your train tracks!

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

Wow!!! Tracy this is fabulous! What a great train track....awesome idea. I love Lisa's work...she is just so super talented :) And so are you missy! :)

Olivia said...

Oh this is the creativity of this project and perfect coloring as always. Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

Chris said...

OK, I so agree with the sentiment! LOL Actually, I wonder WHEN it happened! LOL Your card is fabulous! I love ever little detail! The colors are gorgeous! It just made me smile! Thank you for joining us at Hooked on Craft Challenges!


Anja said...

Hi Tracy,
you are so clever - love your handmade railroad track and the sentiment is gorgeous, too!
Hugs, Anja

debby4000 said...

Oh this is absolutely brilliant.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Love, love, love this! Beautiful creation!

Unknown said...

LOVE this. What a cute image and your coloring looks amazing. Well done my friend.


Lisa Jane said...

oh this is fabulous - i love your train track
Thanks for joining us at Cards for men this fortnight
Lisa x

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh! Holy Cow! You are amazing, Girl! And you crack me up, too! Transcardinantinal railroad? LOL! Genius card design here! So loving your popsicle stick track and your whole design. That sentiment is so right on, too! I can relate!

Archana Joshi said...

Stunning card. I have no words to explain. Love the colors, wonderful image and such a perfect sentiment. I love love love this card. Thanks for joining us at sentimental sundays challenge this week.

Debbie said...

OMG Tracy... you just rock!!!! I am just at a lose for for words when it comes to your creativity. This card is just Stunning!!!


Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a pretty card you have made. It fits the Bearly Mine Challenge this week well. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)

Lisa Minckler said... I am running around in circles trying to catch up and all along I could have hitched a ride with Mr.Conductor here. HOLY (stuff here) this is flippin' crazy awesome!!! Hick, that track is THE coolest thing ever. LOL...thank you so much for the shout out, but my hat is still off to you for your inventive ways of turning a card into an animated adventure. You're like the movie making Pixar to the card world. Oh golly...I think I should think of 3 items and formally challenge you to use them in upcoming cards...LOL. What a hoot. :)
Huge hugs to you and thank you so much for the biggest smile.
P.s. I have a cup that reads along the same sentiment as this card, but I don't dare type what it actually says..LOL.. My twistedness is definitely genetic. Hee hee.

Iulia said...

Wow! AMAZING, Tracy! Your creativity knows no bounds! Fabulous idea with the rails and the sentiment and every detail on your card!
Definitely, I could sit for hours just to stare at your blog!
Love it!
Hugs, Iulia

Carly said...


Your colouring is amazing .. the layout is sensational .... and oh WOW! I love it!

Thank you for joining us over at Whimsy ... Anything Goes.

xoxoxo Carly

Franz♥ said...

Fab card Tracy!

The image is too funny and perfectly coloured, the railway embellishment fantastic and...THE SENTIMENT! Absolutely love it!

Big hugs, Franz.

Heidi said...

Fantastic card!
Beautiful details:)
Hugs, Heidi:)

Helen said...

Love that sentiment. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments.

Helen DT xx

Laney said...

LOL!! Super fun card Tracy!! and a fabulous design!!
Thanks for joining us at BMC

Jill said...

gorgeous creation thanks so much for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

Meihsia Liu said...

Great card! Love the fun image and beautiful coloring. Thank you for joining us at Make It Monday... :)

Geri said...

This is one of those ultra-fabulous cards of yours, Tracy...delightful in absolutely every little detail!!

Kim Bell said...

Awesome card. Wow you are so creative. I would have never thought of the Pop sticks for the tracks. Just stunning.


Anja said...

Absolutely perfect, Tracy! I love everything about your beautiful card. You chose the perfect papers and design for this great male card!
Hugs, Anja

Kjersti said...

A gorgeous card Tracy, love the image - which is beautiful colored!
Hugs Kjersti:)

stephanne said...

This is super cute and oh so clever!!! What amazing details and a hilarious sentiment!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CLP this month!! Great use of our sketch and I hope we'll see you back next time around!!
hugs, stephanne

MagsB said...

This is a wonderful card! Fabulous image, and a sentiment that makes me smile! Thanks for joining in at The Squirrel and the Fox!

love Mags B x

Stacy Morgan said...

Holy smokes... I am way behind on bloggin lately. this is so cool. the railroad tracks are fantastic and awesome job.
Totally casing the romantic rectangles in the fairy card above this post. LOVE the idea of the larger card.

Carol said...

Such a fun card, love your train tracks. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this time. Carol DT x

Safdar Ali said...

What a beautiful card. So gorgeous design. What amazing details and a hilarious sentiment. Love to the attractive like PVC Cards CAS style design. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry Eckblad said...

What a great card. Love your coloring and that sentiment is one I will need to remember. Thanks for joining us this week at Sentimental Sundays.