Monday, February 8, 2016

Its a Haul Post.

Okay, are you ready for shopping from our 5 day adventure.
I know we were celebrating Wayne's birthday and our 28th Wedding Anniversary....but you know, we love to shop when we go away.
We stayed in Tofte at the Bluefin Resort, but also drove to Duluth a couple of times.
So here we go!!!!!!!

1st stop was Michaels.
We do have a Michael's here in town, but their prices here are over everything I bought here was on sale!!!
I did use my 40% off coupon on one of the stamps though ;)

Then off to Dollar Tree :)
One thing I love about Dollar Tree in the US, is that everything really is a dollar.
Our dollar store, Dollarama, not everything is a have to keep your eye out, as many products are way more than a dollar.

We also traveled across the bridge to Superior, where there was another Dollar Tree :)
Isn't that little purse/tote cute!!!
I really don't need another tote, but this is a nice size to just carry a book or my journal and a pen around when I will have to wait it is so cute :)

Hobby Lobby haul :)
I know, I know, I don't need any more paper.
I will never use up all of the paper I have, no matter how long I live......but with all of these paper companies closing down, I think I need to stock pile a little bit more, teehee.

I do like my dies...I don't use them nearly as much as I should...but I do like them ;)
Wayne convinced me that I needed this match box die.
I know how to make one without the die, but this will be easier, when I ever do decide to use it.

At the last minute I remembered I wanted to check and see if there was a set of coloured pencils in some skin tone colours, because the 75 set I have, does not have any good flesh colours.
I did notice that they had a flesh tone in the water colour pencils as well :)
I had to really look at the price as some of the same exact coloured pencils were a dollar more.
I think they were new stock and the price increase was applied, but I bought all of these for the cheaper price :)
I needed a treat...we can't forget to fuel our bodies as we shop ;)

Now on to Target.
We had Target in Canada, but they pulled out last year.

I picked up this planner for Kristy as she took an interest, when Ashley and I worked on ours.
I had asked her if she wanted one, but she didn't think she would use it.
But when I saw this one and it was under $5.00, so if she didn't use it, it wouldn't be a huge investment gone to waste.
I have to say, she has worked on it the last 2 days and is really enjoying decorating it up :)
I can't tell you how happy this makes me...2 out of my 3 daughters enjoys planning with me :)

Still at Target :)
I knew Ashley would love these well as everything else I bought and she nabbed either half of it, so what I was going to give her as her BDay gift, lol.
But she gave me a new pair of boots that didn't fit her I think we are even ;)

I had to run back into Target, as I needed to get something besides chocolate covered pretzels for Heather.
She is enjoying those adult colouring books...I bought my girls some for Christmas.
I also bought them all a package of pencil crayons...but Heather is the artist of the family and even though there were 3 different shades of greens in the smaller pack, she said there weren't enough shades.
I suggested she use my Blicks colouring pencils, but she didn't want to as she knew how much they cost...which didn't matter to me if she took an interest in colouring.
So I picked up this set of 50 for her and hope there are enough different colours for her in here...if not, I hope she will use mine.

When we were over in Superior, I wanted to run into Walmart for my Cream Horn pastries, as they seem to be one of the only Walmart's I have ever seen them at.
But of course since I was in the store, I might as well check out the craft section ;)
I found these pocket cards to be they will apply to the not to perfect days, lol.

Also well we were in Superior, I had to check out Fabric Works.
I love paper crafting, fabric and wool/yarn...and this place has it all :)
Sadly they are only going to carry wool/yarn and are discontinuing their fabric and paper crafts sections of the store.
They did have all of the paper crafting and fabric on sale, but still sad they had to do this.

A couple of visits to both Wayne's and my favourite store Barnes and Nobel.
I picked up this book by Janet Evanovich...I have read so many of her books in this series, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember which book was the last one I read.
Good thing you really don't need to read them in order (even though it bothers me that I may have missed a couple).
I knew I was going to finish the book I was reading on our drive, so I needed another one to read on the way home :)
The note books are a set of 3....I honestly think I have them already.....but one can never have to many notebooks ;)

I bought another MiquelRius for my Fauxbonichi journal as well as a coiled notebook with the same cover as the sewn notebooks above.
I also picked up this book for Wayne as well as another one I didn't get a photo of.

Thats it, thats all :)
Now the fun part...or not so fun putting all of these supplies away.
Not so easy to do when my room is a mess and I need to reconfigure the whole room and how I am storing all of my supplies.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Us

Today Wayne and I celebrated our 28th Wedding Anniversary.
We have been together for over 32 years....since I was 16!!!
Who knew that at such a young age, I could make such a smart decision ;)
Wayne hates to get his photo taken, on those rare occasions that he does...these are usually the types of photos I get, lol.

Here is a better one...Ashley took it last Thanksgiving.

I brought some supplies with me on our week adventure, so I made this Anniversary card here :)
I tried to get Wayne to make mine as well....but there was no way he would.
Which I found odd as he always does what I tell him to is creative....but I guess he doesn't think paper crafting is "manly" enough for him, lol.

We enjoyed Red Lobster for dinner tonight....yummm.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Just for Me

Wayne and I went out for a delicious lunch today to celebrate our week long adventure :)
We only go to this restaurant once a year and for the last few years, they haven't had my favourite dish on the menu :(

The chef actually escorted us to our table and we started chatting.
I had asked him why they don't have my favourite dish on the menu.
It was a 1/2 chicken in a lingonberry sauce.
He explained why and as sad I was, I understood.
I suggested in the future...maybe just use a chicken breast instead of the full 1/2 chicken.
He suggested we come back again at dinner and he will serve me up my favourite dish.
After explaining that this will be our last time here this year...he told me to order the chicken, and he would make it special just for me.
So I did.

Here is a closer look at what he created for me :)
It is exactly what I used to order..but with a chicken breast on a lightly toasted bun.
I have to say I wanted to cry, it was so good.
Actually it may have been better than the dish I used to get and more to my portion size :)
Thank you Rock!!!
You not only made me smile today, you also made me feel so special.

I also got a side with dish with this meal so ordered their wild rice and duck chowder.
I have never had wild rice with duck...chicken, yes, but not duck.
It was good :)

Now that I made your mouth water and your taste buds long for these meals...I will end my post, teehee.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whats on my Work Desk.

I decided to play along with "whats on your work desk" from the "Stamping Ground".

Wayne and I are away and of course I brought some of my crafts with me.
During our down time I decided to put together an Anniversary card.
So my work desk is actually a large hardcover book on the bed at the resort....yes I am still in my PJ's ;)

By the way I completed the card I was working on but I will share that, after I give it to my husband Wayne on our Anniversary this Friday :)
Here is our beautiful, even if it is freezing cold out there.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Wayne :)

Just a quick post to wish my big loveable honey Wayne, a Happy 52nd Birthday :)
We have planned a week of fun adventures...just the two of us.
We even enjoyed dessert after supper :)

This is the quickest card I think I have ever made.
I had this image my friend Su had gifted to me on a tag.
I had to cut it down to fit the card and used black cardstock for the background.
Wayne loved the sentiment "A Perfect Gentleman" ;)

I hope you all have a very creative day today :)

Tracy :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fauxbonichi journal flip for December 2015

A whole year documented in my journal.
Every day I wrote in this journal and played with stamps, inks, stickers and who can forget my much loved washi tape :)

Looking back on my goals for December, I did awesome on getting over 10,000 steps a day...but majorly failed on my 1 can of Coke a win some, you lose some.

I did a video sharing each day of December.
How I decorated my pages, what me and my family were up to and some art as well :)

If you would like to watch my video from my YouTube channel, just click on the link "Tracy's Treasures24"
It is so fun to go back on and read some of my enteries and look at photos, drawings or doodles I did on those days.
I am so happy that I kept up with it....even on those days or weeks that I was behind and had to play catch up.
So if you are wondering....yup, I am doing it again this year.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)

Friday, January 29, 2016

January 2016 Tag

I am trying to get in more creative time this year.
And by helping me with this goal, I have decided to do Tim's 2016 Tags.

So here is my January 2016 Tag!!!
I have done these tags for 2 years, and every year for January, it is a New Year type of theme.
For this year I wanted to do something a bit different, so went for a Snowflake theme.
Up here where I live January is one of the coldest months with plenty of I thought it was fitting to do my tag to reflect I wanted to do some colour :)

Ok, lets get started.
First we need a tag ;)
Tim has some foil paper, where I don't, so I use my own way of adding foil to the tag.
I have done this many times and it works great!!
I use foil tape...the type that is used to tape duct work :)
Here is the first video I did on using this product "Foil tag".

The foil on this tag stuck where I didn't want it..see the bit of tag showing at the bottom...this stuff sure is Sticky.

Because I am doing a snowflake theme, I grabbed this cute snowflake embossing strip...cute right?!
I forgot to take a photo after I embossed looked pretty in just the silver :)

I wanted to add some colour to my tag, as in the past years of my January tags, were more a vintage look to them.
So I added alcohol ink to the foil.
Isn't this so so pretty :)
I ran a second embossing folder to the top of my tag as I loved the look of the icicles hanging from the top of the tag.

Tim is revisiting some old techniques.
For this tag he was playing with the chalkboard technique.
Honestly I didn't really like that one when I did it years ago.
Not sure if it was the technique I didn't like or how my tag turned out...but whichever it was, I changed it up ;)
I heat embossed my image with multi colours of embossing powder.
I later did add some chalk around the edges of the paper, just to say I did some chalking, lol.

Now for some embellishing.
I know I have some metal snowflake charms in my stash...but do you think I could find them?!?
I really need to get into that craft room and do some organizing in there.
So what I did was grab these white plastic snowflake buttons and altered them.
Again I used the alcohol inks to add some colour and cut the backs off of the buttons.

I used one of these sentiment word bands and added washi tape that I cut thinner to each end.
A video on how I cut my "washi tape to be thinner"
I also added a bit of white paint and then buffed it off to read the words a bit better.

Here is the completed tag.

I also did a full tutorial on how I put this tag together :)
If you would like to watch it on my YouTube channel...just click the link :) "Tracy's Treasures24"

I hope you all enjoyed my tag and how I put it together.

I hope you all have a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)