Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Hey, everyone!  I'm back and excited to bring you the next preview from our October Release at The Greeting Farm!   After the popularity of our Anya and Ian "wardrobe" sets a few years ago where you could build your own outfits,  we've decided to give the wee-ones a turn to be fashionable and introduce you to "BUILD A ONESIE: girl!"  This sweet set of cute couture will be available in CLEAR polymer when it's released on October 1st!  

There are TONS of possibilities with this set!  Here's what I came up with, for starters:

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How amazingly cute is this stamp set? And i've only used two of the stamps. There are so many more. The possibilities are endless. I also used a third stamp on the inside of my card. Here's a peek.....


Be sure to visit the TGF BLOG today to see how you can WIN a set of your own today!  Thanks again for stopping by and see you soon!  In the meantime, be sure to check out the TGF BLOG every day to stay tuned into our week-long October preview week! 


Thanks for stopping by today,

Tracey XO.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"SLEIGHBELLS RING...are YOU listenin'?"

Hello, Farm Friends!  It's hard to believe that in a few short months, we'll be twirling into Thanksgiving, caroling into Christmas, and putting some HEART in the HOLIDAYS!   While we don't want to rush any of the magical times ahead , we know that it takes time and energy to get a head start on those Holiday cards!


Today marks day one of a FIVE-day PREVIEW EVENT at The Greeting Farm, and we are thrilled to bring you our first sneak peek at a new CLEAR stamp set, simply titled "CLEAR CHRISTMAS!"  Before we get to previews, we have a SUPER special October Guest Designer to announce today!  Please welcome the amazingly sweet and talented LORI CRAIG  to our TGF family this month!   Lori's blog, "Make a Difference" is inspiring and from the heart, you'll definitely want to visit and we are over the moon that she is joining us this month. WELCOME. LORI!


So without further ado, here is my off-the-page project for today.....a CHRISTMAS BON-BON.


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I've used Kraft wrapping paper to begin with, and stamped it all over with some of the snowflakes from today's new set. Unfortunately, it hasn't shown up too well in the photo. It was meant to be subtle, but not invisible! I've then decorated my project with more TGF stamps , and Echo Park christmas paper, that i have diecut using various shapes. I think my color combo will suit my Christmas lunch celebrations perfectly. I have only used four stamps from the Christmas set. There are way more in it, and i have already made a card too that i will save for another day.


Well, does that get you in the spirit, even though it's a little early?  We hope so!  Don't forget to check out the TGF BLOG today for MORE samples from the entire DT and a chance to WIN this set before it's released!  What's more?  We have a HUGE announcement coming on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st during our RELEASE day post and you will NOT want to miss this one...promise!  Not only do we have a new release coming, a new Challenge Team coming October 1st...we have ONE more exciting announcement and it might just be our best one YET!  Thanks for stopping by today...I will definitely be back with more very soon!


Have a happy day,



Monday, September 26, 2011


Here i am, quickly popping in to show you a thank-you card i made using Boho Anya from TGF. There was a tutorial on the copic oz blog showing how to color back hair and darker colored skin tones a little while back. I loved Kathy J's card so much that i used her sketch for this card. 


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Make sure you check back later today for the very first October preview from The Greeting Farm. you won't want to miss it.

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, September 19, 2011


Hi there. Sorry I haven't been around much in the last couple of weeks. There has been way too much going on in my crazy life to even begin to explain, so let's just say, I'M BACK! Finally had a few hours in the house alone today, and bet you can guess where I headed. Yes, the scrap room, which by the way, is one BIG mess. I would take a photo, but it is way too embarrassing to show....maybe when I've cleaned it up a little.

So, I have 2 cards to share today. The first one is WS Logan. You know how sometimes you make a card and it turns out even better than you anticipated. Well, this is one of them. 

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I stamped Logan onto Xpress blending card, paper-pieced his hoodie and colored him in copics. I then masked him off and added the splotchy TGF background stamp and the airbrushed background colors. I had a white doodlebug border strip, so decided to use my airbrush to make this match the background. I am really happy with the finished product. It was Father's Day here a couple of weeks ago. I have made this to give to DH (late, i know), but I like it so much i just may have to keep it, LOL.

I have followed Jen's deconstructed sketch this week. Check out her blog here. Here's her sketch, which I found really easy to follow. Think I might keep this one for future reference.



My other card is a remake of Cheeky Kitty. Sometimes I also make cards that I really am NOT happy with, and the Cheeky Kitty card from my very last post was one of these. So, today I decided to play a little, and I am much happier with the final product. 

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Still not my favorite card, but you'd have to agree, it is much improved.

That's all for today. Back to my scrap room for a big tidy up and hopefully a few more cards. Thanks for stopping by,

Tracey. XO.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Today i'm showing a cute new CHEEKY digi that will be released in the TGF store on the 15th of September. Her name is Cheeky Kitty, and she is perfect for Halloween cards, but could also be used for lots of other occasions too, as i have done.

I have joined in the WOW challenge over at the farm fresh challenge blog. This week is a sketch challenge and here's the sketch.

And here's my Cheeky Kitty. It's the first time i've colored a Cheeky image, and i had lots of fun. Her outfit is colored in red spica so is quite glittery. Doesn't show up too well in the photo though.


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Sketch challenges are always fun, so why don't you join in this week.

Have a great week,

Tracey XO.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I don't like to put personal things on my "creative" blog but sometimes you've just got to bend the rules. We have just returned from 3 days on King Island, a tiny Island approx 25 km wide by 65 km long in the middle of the Bass Strait (ie. between mainland Australia and Tasmania) We flew over in a TINY plane but it was definitely worth the extreme motion sickness to be reunited with annabel for a few days.

There were only a few set times for us to spend together and these included four hours saturday afternoon spent together. We travelled around the island taking in a few sights together including the Currie township, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, King Island Dairy, and Martha Lavinia beach. We were invited back to the campus Saturday evening for dinner, cooked by Annabel and her 6 housemates. They did a wonderful job.

Sunday's activities included an aquathon where all the students swam 480m then ran 2.4km i think. Following this, the students helped run the annual Grassy Wintermarket that they had baked all day Friday for. Once again they did a fabulous job and we were so proud of our beautiful girl, and all that she has achieved while on King Island.

Here are just a couple of pics.


I promise i will be back with a card tomorrow. (or maybe even earlier)

Tracey XO

Friday, September 9, 2011


Firstly, thank you so very much to the lovely ladies who follow my blog and leave me lovely comments. I really do appreciate each and every comment so very much, so thank you all. But there can be only one winner, so i popped everyones name into a hat and picked out............................................


Congrats Tricia. One blue haired LULA card coming your way. Could you please email me your mailing address so that i can send it out to you. My email is paley at netconnect dot com dot au.  


And of course it wouldn't be a blog post without a photo, so here's MISS ANYA BAGS with paper-piecing using my favorite fabric adhesive paper.


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This card is for a special friend whose birthday is on Saturday. Hopefully she doesn't read my blog!


I'm off to King Island now to visit my Gorgeous 15 year old daughter who has been living there for 8 weeks for school. I am so excited about finally getting to see her again after SO long. I'm just not looking forward to the plane trip to get there! i think it's a 12 seater! Could even be smaller! It will definitely be worth it to see my girl though. Miss you Annabel.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


As promised, i am back today with blue-haired lula made into a card. I hope you like it.......

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I followed the sketch over at the deconstructed sketch this week. A super-easy sketch this week, which always speeds up my card-making process (thanks Jen!).

It's a little difficult to see in the photo, but there's a fair bit of sparkle going on. Lula has black spica on her necklace, buckles and eyes, and i have also used clear spica on the oval frame. I cut the beaded oval frame from my nestie in pink paper. I then left the die in place and airbrushed with orange copic. (YR12 i think) Finally i used my clear spica in the airbrush to give the orange beads a little sparkle!

As i mentioned yesterday, if you would like to be the someone special who receives my LULA CARD, then all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, and then become a follower of my blog if you are not already. Simple. I'd love you to tell me what you like about my blog, and/or what you would like to see more/less of, but any (nice) comments at all would be lovely. I will draw a random winner from your comments after 48hrs.

My one year "blogaversary" is coming up on the 11th of October, so i am busy putting together a big birthday blog candy! I'd love to aim for a magic number of followers, but not really sure what to aim for, so i guess i'll just wait and see. 

See you back here in 48hrs. Don't forget to check back, as i'll need the mailing address of the winner.

Thanks for popping in to say HI, and for all your lovely comments,

Tracey XO.




Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Hi there all, and Happy Monday to you.

Today is my day in the spotlight, so i thought i'd repeat my post from TGF blog here so no-one misses out. 

How much did you enjoy the SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER BLOG HOP last week? Aren't the stamps all AWESOME, and how about the DT samples? I always love seeing all the different projects everyone comes up with.


At the moment i am enjoying experimenting with hair colors, in particular, different hair colors that are a bit "out there". Last week i colored CREEPER LULA, and had lots of comments asking how i colored her hair. For those who missed seeing her, here she is...


So i thought i'd give you a mini-tutorial on how to color this groovy-looking hair. I'm not clever enough to video myself coloring, so i have taken lots of pics along the way. Let's get started.


The first pic is of Creeper Lula with her ringlets colored blue. I have left her fringe blank so that i can show you step by step how i color it.


The second pic i have started by coloring with C1 in the area of her fringe that will be the lightest. I decide where to have my highlights by thinking about where the light source is, and where her hair would be shiny in real life.


Next i have taken C3 and colored from the upper and lower edges of her fringe in a flicking motion towards the centre. I follow the lines of her hair that are already on the image so that the strokes look like hair. I'm not too fussy here as i know that i can add more hair lines later.



In the next two pics i have added C5 and C7 in the same manner, with each darker color flicking less distance towards the lighter area. You can see how her hair is starting to look 3 dimensional already.


Next i have added C9 in the same manner, and then a few brushstrokes with C5 to give the look of strands of hair.


So, there you have regular black hair.(which by the way, has no black in it, only cool greys)  Now, in order to transform it into any funky color you like i go ahead and color right over the top of the entire area i have just colored in whichever color i choose. Today i have used BG13, as i have a particular designer paper in mind that i would like to use.

Last but not least, a quick splash of color all over to finish her off, and a paper-pieced headband and we have a pretty cute CREEPER LULA all ready to pop on a card for someone special.


Speaking of someone special, i will be making this LULA into a card that i will display on my blog tomorrow. If you are the someone special who would like to win my card, then make sure you visit my blog tomorrow to see my card, leave a comment, and become a follower of my blog if you're not already.  I'll then choose a random commenter to send my blue-haired LULA card to.


I hope you have enjoyed my mini-tutorial on HAIR, and have a fabulous week of craftiness.



Friday, September 2, 2011


Hi everyone,

It is shaping up to be a SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER indeed as it's the FIRST and time for our exciting stamp release today at The Greeting Farm!

As if that weren't enough...I FINALLY get to show you the brand new MISS ANYA set that has become all the 'buzz' around farmland this week.... INTRODUCING:




Here's my card that I previewed only a snippet of back on Friday:


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As soon as i saw this set i knew that i wanted to make a handbag shaped card. So i made myself a template and went to work. The top flap opens like a regular handbag, then the front opens out as well so that you can write inside. I colored Anya with Copics and added some gold spica to her handbag, which looks like real gold in real life. The lace trim started off white and i colored it in two shades of BG copics to match Anya's dress.

Isn't this new Miss Anya set "Fierce" as Christian from PROJECT RUNWAY would say???  We are just in love with this new set, and speaking of runways and fashion, it's time to crown the 2011 FARM FASHIONISTA so be sure to check out the TGF BLOGtoday to see who WON!


In addition to that excitement, we have today's hop for you to enjoy because there is ONE MORE FULL RELEASE up for grabs as today's PRIZE on the TGF BLOG!  Be sure to start there for all the release excitement to begin and check back there tomorrow to see who the winner was!  In case you get lost along the way, here is your hop order:

And to make up for the "blogger issues yesterday, there's an extra giveaway tomorrow on our faceboojk page HERE So make sure you visit there too.

Thanks for hanging out with us all week long to enjoy all of our previews and happenings...and now...GO!  SHOP! STAMP!   The time is now...happy September, everyone!


Thursday, September 1, 2011


It's a week of Boho, CHIC, and everything in-between at the Farm this week!


Have you heard about all the excitement at The Greeting Farm this week?  In case you are just tuning in, we're in the middle of previewing some awesome new stamps this week...all leading up to our SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER release and DT blog hop coming TOMORROW....and that's not all!  You still have a few hours left to enter our FARM FASHIONISTA CONTEST  before the winner is announced TOMORROW and I can tell from the entries rolling in that we are gonna have our work cut out for us!


Before that time comes though, we have ONE more preview to sneak in today and she gives a whole new meaning to the term "boho-chic"....  





This darling new addition to our famous "ANYA" character line is just as adorable as can be and we are SO excited to welcome her into our TGF family!   Here's what I created with her today:

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What a cutie little BOHO ANYA is.

Don't forget to stop by the TGF BLOG today for a recap of ALL of the exciting happenings at the Farm this week and to see how you can WIN a BOHO ANYA today!  Thanks again for stopping by!


Tracey. XO.