Sunday, February 26, 2012

Goodbye Summer...hello Autumn


It's a sad post from me today, as it's that time again -  time to bid farewell to Summer. This feels even sadder than most years, for Sydney had the coldest summer on record and with only 3 days left it's too late for it to kick in now.

Still the end of Summer signals a new season, the one my dear friend Deanna calls the "season of new boots" so to celebrate this, the theme for our latest challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox is


The DT have outdone themselves with their latest creations - all made with images from our newest sponsor Bugaboo Stamps. Bugaboo have kindly offered our winner 7 digi stamps of their choice. I am so in love with their fabulous digis, as I am sure you will be too.

For my creation I used Ava Latte:

Look closely wonderful followers - there's stitching!!! Yes, I wrangled the new sewing machine into submission and managed to sew a zig zag stitch relatively straight around one piece of DP and cardstock. I won't tell you how many pieces of paper died in the making of that one simple rectangle, I am sure the People for the Ethical Treatment of Paper (PETP) would be on to me in a heartbeat.

The image was coloured with copics and the edges distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink. The once white lace flower was also sponged with distress ink and the button was hand-sewn to it. Is there simply no end to my talents I hear you ask? Please rest assured I had to ask my husband how to sew on the button. I am not exaggerating when I say sewing and I have been estranged for over 20 years. The lace was from my stash, and thankfully after sweating over the various sewing and stitching, I could fall back on my old friend doublesided tape to stick it on!

I have also entered this card into the following challenges:

Do You Stack Up? - distress
Southern Girls - So distressed
The Stamping Boutique - Stitching
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Drink Up
Totally Gorjuss - Yummy

Until next time keep well and happy!


Unknown said...

Hi Tracey from sunny Queensland - well not so sunny yesterday 'cause we had mega rain all day.
Love your yummy card.
Cheers,Elaine said...

Hi Tracey

Just stopped by to say thank you for your lovely comment on my exploding box and for following me.

I've just had a look through you work and it's stunning, so I'm, now stalking you in return ;D

Claire x

Crafty Mamma Mia said...

Oh Tracey, I do feel for you weather wise. We've got another lovely (very early) Spring day here in the UK! I'll try and send some sunshine your way :o) Love this card, and well done on the sewing. Helen x

mixamatoasties said...

Oh I love that card.

Saw you at Make it Monday (although I can't actually remember what number I am!!!)

Susan x

Unknown said...

Love the colours - very relaxing

kitten DYSU team

Lisa Minckler said...

My gosh, you make me laugh....PETP?? that and I LOVE your Autumn card. But you already knew that....
Thank you for the inspiration and the always dependable good laugh and for sharing this with us at MIM!
Hugs :)

Julia said...

Great project. Thanks for joining us at The Stamping Boutique. Hugs, Julia

Joanne said...

Adorable card Tracy! I love your color choices, great combo with the aqua accent, just lovely! And the flower really sets off the cute image! Thanx for playing along with us at CC&CC. Sorry you didn't get much of a summer this year, but enjoy Autumn! Aloha, Joanne

lalkygirl said...

hi tracey
we are just leaving winter and heading for spring here .its lovely to see the daffodils strting to appear in the gardens and hedgrows
what a stunning card you have made , I love the colours and the inking of the edges.your colouring of the image is awesome...
thanks for all your wonderful comments on my recent makes and i am now your newest follower .
have a great week
tracey x

Unknown said...

Hello Tracey - again. Thanks for becoming my latest follower, it's lovely to know people like looking at your stuff isn't it. I also took the time to peruse your blog properly as I was in a bit of a rush last time and your cards are awesome - I am now your latest follower too.
Cheers for now

Margaret said...

LOL! You mean you didn't do a gathered stitch for the lace?! I am so disappointed... I come from a sewing family. My Mom & sister both quilt. This gene somehow escaped me! I do not show my mother any of my sewing attempts!! Having said that, I think you did a fabulous job sewing and I promise not to report you to PETP!! Love all of the distressing too!