Saturday, August 20, 2016

Smile & Hello cards

I have been away from the Internet just enjoying the last of our summer....squeezing out every last drop of it. 

I had a wonderful time away at Mink Mountain Resort with my friend Debbie. 
We always have such a great time together. 

Here are a couple of cards I made with some leftover scraps from a scrapbooking kit I purchased from a Crop & Create event I attended.  
I made a lot of cards and completed 12 layouts!!!!
Mind you the layouts don't have pictures in them yet ;)
The papers are leftovers. 
The camera is a stamp I picked up from Michaels a few months ago. 
 
This card is all from scraps. 
I think that little girl card is so cute, don't you? 
 
And lastly the inside of my cards...you know I like the insides to look pretty as well. 
Here is a better picture of that little girl. 
 
We headed to the cottage the day after my girl's getaway and Ashley texted me to tell me that her and her husband Tyler were coming up as well!!!
Only sad thing is it rained all day today. 
They did go in the water with their dog, Oscar.  I took Oscar for an early morning walk before the rain started. 
Because it poured mist of the day... I brought up my "girl" stamps and organized and catalogued them.
 
Oh yes and our road is back hiding under the BBQ cover. 
But Ashley helped me move him. 
 
That is it for me for tonight. 
Tomorrow I have to pack for my next adventure ;)
But more on that in another post. 

I hope you all have a very create day. 

Tracy :) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Card kit fun!

Just checking in and sharing some cards I made on my girls getaway. 
My friend Debbie got me a card kit from Close to my Heart a few years ago. 
 
My one goal on our creative getaway was to complete some of my kits. 
It was double fun putting this kit together as Debbie brought her same kit. So we worked on them together :). 
We have been going for walks, soaking in the hot tub and I completed 7 layouts!!! 
That is a lot for me!

I hope you all have a very creative day. 

Tracy :) 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Crops and Critters

I am so excited I can't contain myself.
It is time for my Girl's Getaway with my friend Debbie.
Every year we rent a really nice cabin with a hot tub.
We relax, chat, create, chat, walk the trails, chat and soak in the hot tub...and you guessed it..chat :)
Here is what I am taking...this is only my crafty stuff.
How do you like my 3 legs in the mirror, lol.






















We were at the cottage this weekend and I enjoyed some of the critters there.
This toad loves it here.
I found him inside this old birdhouse one weekend,
Then last weekend, Wayne found him in the BBQ cover, so I got his birdhouse and got him to crawl back in there.
This weekend he was on the side of the BBQ under the cover.























I again, got his birdhouse and got him to crawl on top of it.
Then I put it under the deck as that is where he was the first time I had seen him.






















I then had fun watching the many chipmunks we have in our yard.
A baby chipmunk actually ran up the back of my shirt and back down, while I was sitting on the steps.
And this sneaky little guy kept climbing up the shepherds hook to get to the bird's seeds.
That was until I sprayed some cooking spray on it and he couldn't get up there anymore, teehee.
Then he would sit on my foot or run up my leg looking up at me like "where are my seeds?"
I had such fun that I think all of the neighbours heard me laughing :)






















Not sure how the signal is going to be up at Mink Mountain, so not sure how much I will be on the internet :)
But what I do know is, I am going to have a blast!!

Hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Working in the Rain.

What to do on a much needed rain day? 
Head out to my work shed and make another project :) 
I have finished this project but still need to stain it. 
So until then, enjoy the rain :). 

Hope you all have a very creative day. 

Tracy :)  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A walk with my girls.

I spent the evening with these 2 beautiful ladies.  
 
Their purpose was to hunt for Pokemon.
Mine was to spend time with them and go for a walk. 
I did do a couple of loops by myself as they found a place where 3 lures were set...whatever that means. Lol

But we all enjoyed the view as we walked and chatted. 
 
It was a hot one today, and Lake Superior looked so inviting. 
 
I hope you all enjoyed your day. 

Tracy :). 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Simple Mini Cards

The other weekend when we were at the cottage, I needed 2 cards....2 quick cards.






















I usually like to make square cards.
5.5 x 11 scored at 5.5
With this size I am left with a 11x 3 strip of card stock.
I like to make mini cards with theses pieces.

















Being at camp I have limited supplies (well, limited for me that is ;)  )
I always keep a bit of card stock up there, some small pattern papers, a mini trimmer, my Spectrum Noir markers and stamped images to be coloured.
I just happen to have brought some washi tape with me as well (I don't leave home without it...well, some of it, teehee)

















One of our neighbours at the cottage has just got into making cards.
So loved my mini card so much that she made a "Thank You" card for me in the same size.
She was a bit worried that I would be upset that she used my mini card idea.
I just chuckled at her and told her I love to share what I know...I have a blog and YouTube channel where I do just that ;)
She takes photos of flowers around our area and that is what she puts on the fronts of her cards.
Isn't it so pretty :)






















I cut all of my scraps into managable sizes 6X6 and a tad smaller and gave them all to her.
It was a win, win :)
I got to give away most of my scraps, so now I don't have to feel guilty cutting into my new paper with all those scraps needing to be used up.
She got pattern papers (as she didn't have any).
Plus she brought me some raspberry jam she just made...yum.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

BBQ Potting Table

To complete my week of sharing my planters and how I have been using discarded items to decorate with. I thought I would share with you one of my favourite projects.

I had planned on making a potting table 10+ years ago...I never did.
Then I planned on making a Potting table out of our old BBQ a couple of years ago...I never did.
So finally this year, I did!!!!






















It didn't start out looking very good.
When we bought our nice new BBQ, Wayne didn't blink an eye when I told him I had a plan for it...I think he is getting used to my hair brain ideas ;)
But before I really started working on this, I wanted to make sure it would actually work for what I wanted to do with it, that is why the pots are on there.
And you know what....It Worked...I was so so excited!!!
Remember, it doesn't take much to get my excited, lol.
















First thing I had to do was gut it.
I took out the racks, the burner, the tubes, the knobs...everything!!!!
I was left with a shell of a BBQ.
Still looking pretty nasty isn't it.
Oh yes, I also took off the front panel.
I got Wayne to help me with the spray painting.
He painted the outside a nice deep red..looks better already :)
After I scrubbed the inside he gave the inside a coat of black paint.
Now to find a way to cover those holes on the bottom.
Kind of defeats the purpose of a potting table if the soil just falls through those holes ;)

















I picked up a kitty litter tray from the dollar store and am happy to say that it fits pretty nicely.

















Now to add the soil in the tray and we are one step closer to planting some flowers :)
The grids also fit in place above the soil, so any overflow, just drops back into the soil tray :)

















Now doesn't that look pretty.
I love that I can also wheel it around the yard if I wish :)






















With the grids in place, I put my tools and garden gloves on them and they stay dry and are protected from the weather when the lid is down.






















Did I tell you how much I LOVE this!!!
My knees have been giving me trouble for over 20 yrs and this sure saves me from working on the ground to plant my flowers in my planters.
I can't tell you how happy I was that this worked out.....sooooo happy :)
See its the little things.

I also did a video with how I put this all together...if you would rather watch it on my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"



I hope you all had a very creative day.

Tracy :)