Thursday, September 4, 2008

100th Post & 2 giveaways!!!

This is my 100th post (& also my birthday), so I will be hosting 2 giveaways!! :)

All you need to do, to be entered, is post a comment to this post & make sure I have a way of contacting you, should you win.

Through blogging, I have met some wonderful artists that create beautiful work, which often inspire me & as an extra bonus, I have made some wonderful friends along the way!!! Thank you to all of you!!

I wanted to share with you what a couple of very kind "blogging" friends sent me for my birthday. The first photo was a gift from Fannie.

Fannie contacted Michelle at EyEmbellishments & asked her to create something for me because she knew I loved the work that Michelle created. The funny thing, is that Fannie, didn't know that I have been in contact with Michelle, a few times, to have her make me some "squiggle" buttons for some of my journals that I have plans to create. Fannie, I just love it, the squiggles & the green color, they're fabulous, thank you, thank you!!

The next wonderful gift was from Michelle (the same artist). How cool can that be?!! The pieces are absolutely fabulous & the "squiggles", I just love, love, love them!! Thank you Michelle, for thinking of me on my birthday & your generosity!!

Now for the giveaways!!

I took this Starbucks bag, below..........

And made this!!!!

© 2008 Tracy Borders

© 2008 Tracy Borders

I painted it a nice sea green color & then I used a robin's egg blue stamp pad over the top of that. I tried out a new clasp idea for the journal & I'm pretty happy with it.

This journal, I can happily say is made 98% from recycled items. The journal, a Starbucks hand bag, the signatures inside are actually the bottom of fax confirmation sheets from where I work & the light blue cord was actually given to me from a left over knitting project from a friend. The interesting thing about the's made from corn. Yes corn!!! I tried to dye it a deep turquoise, which didn't take, but I think the color worked perfectly for this project. The light blue paper was the only thing that I had to go out & purchase. The beads are mood beads that change in color & the dragonfly button (that I just love) came from one of my hoarding stashes.

The next journal, I may have a little bit of a hard time parting with. I hand dyed bamboo poplin, rubber stamped & layered it with hand dyed cheesecloth, more rubber stamping & metal spiral clips.

I'm pretty excited about this journal! I tried out a new closure on this one as well & I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The leather strapping I had to paint, I just couldn't believe that I couldn't find a store that carried orange leather :) The signatures inside are also from the bottom of fax confirmation pages. (I just can't see wasting perfectly good paper!!)

© 2008 Tracy Borders

© 2008 Tracy Borders

I had a wonderful time making these knowing that they would go to wonderful homes!! Thank you to all of you that have visited my posts through the past year & for leaving wonderful & often times helpful comments!!

I will draw two names from the comments left on this post Sunday night & announce the winners on Monday morning!! Thank you!!!

(for those of you that were wondering, I can happily say that I'm not 40 yet, I just turned 39!!)


Aynsley said...

I always love your bright and "swirly" art.

Michelle said...

These are awesome Tracy! They will go to two very lucky people!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And congrats on your 100th post!!!!

AZPatch said...

All your items are gorgeous. I love those ceramic buttons. I saw an article about those gals in a magazine recently. Maybe it was Cloth, Paper, Scissors or Quilting Arts. Those buttons really "spoke" to me. I was heavily into ceramics in college.


marion said...

Happy birthday and congrats on you 100th post! GORGEOUS journals!

Robin G said...

Your journals are great! I have been working on journals over the summer too.
How lucky to receive such great buttons from a friend!
Happy Birthday!
Robin G

Scrappy Cat said...

Congrats on your 100th post. And happy birthday! Your journals are really beautiful - and what fun gifts you received as well.

Kelly said...

WOW!! 100 posts and a birthday all on the same day!! I'm assuming it isn't you 100th birthday though!! LOL!! Both the journals are absolutely gorgeous. I've bookmarked your blog so I can check in more often!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on another year and 100 visits! Love those buttons. Now to explore some more.

Jacquie in Tacoma, WA

Wil Opio Oguta said...

They are both gorgeous Tracy! Congratulations for both your birthday and your blog anniversary.

Shirley Goodwin said...

Hi Tracey, saw your post on surfacing so here's my comment. Might I suggest you consider joining the Dyers' Webring that I host? Click on the logo on my blog's sidebar (lower right hand side, may have to scroll right down) on

Judi said...

Congratulations on the birthday and the 100th post.

Your journals are awesome and I love the swirly art/buttons. Sign me up to be in your giveaway I would love to own one of those journals.

Doreen K. said...

Congrats on your 100th anniversary on your blog. Hope you have a fabulous day today, on your birthday. Looks like you are off to a great start with those prezzies. You should take the journal into Starbucks and show them what you made with their bag. Love your blog.

Livin Life 13 Weeks At a Time said...

wow those are awesome!! I envy your creativeness :) My email is twinjackienurse at

quitecontrary1977 said...

i have to tell you that you are a frigin' genius with a paper bag! swing by my blog for all my giveaways whe you get a chance!

Fannie said...

Congrats on your 100th post and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Great giveaway! Those treasures were made with love and would thrill anyone. Wonderful!

Thelma said...

Happy Birthday Tracy! And congratulations on your 100th post. Your journals are awesome.
What some wonderful goodies you recieved for your birthday.

Karen said...

Wow fantastic journels Tracy. I was waiting for you to finish them and you're giving them away?

All I can say is "pick me, pick me". Am I being greedy? (well maybe, just a little bit).

The buttons are fantastic as well and Happy Birthday I hope you had a great day.

Vicky said...

Your artwork is great as usual!! Happy birthday a little late and congrats on your 100th post!!


Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Oooh! Congrats on your BD and the 100th post. BTW, I love the journals, especially the red one. I'd be very happy to have it in my home. - Anne Marie - Toronto

morningDove said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, And many more.
I just love Fannie-she's the reason I'm blogging. Congrats on 100th post. Your buttons are adorable. love how they came together with great friends giving.

I love your journals and that they are recycles.

Meg said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on the 100th post. The journals are fantastic! What nice friends to send such wonderful gifts!

Textures Fiber Art Group said...

They are both wonderful. It would be a honor to be gifted with either one of them. I imagine everyone would be excited to win.
Inspires me to try my hand on one.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Well, this is too good to pass up! Very nice work and I like the recycled aspect to it. Happy birthday, you youngin'.

Sheila in Idaho

VBintageCate said...

Cool journals, Tracy. Happy Birthday! So young!

Rocio said...

These are so beautiful!!! They will make two lucky people very happy indeed! I saw the ceramic buttons in QA (I think) and loved the extra texture they add to a project. What a nice surprise! Happy birthday and congrats on your 100th blog!

Rocio said...

These are gorgeous!!! They will make two lucky people very happy indeed! I hope I am one of them!
Happy Birthday and Congrats!

robin_titan said...

happy belated birthday and congrats on your 100th post!!! gosh it'll take me forEVER to get there hehe : ) i hope i win, i would love to win one of your beautiful/creative/awesome creations!! : ) hope you had a great birthday

lc_intocable at yahoo dot com

Purple Missus said...

Hope I'm not too late Tracy - its only just Sunday evening over here!
A very happy belated birthday to you - spring chicken :)
And many congrats too on 100 blogs.
Love your journals, both of them.

katelnorth said...

Wow, what great squigglies. And I like the journals too - would be happy to own one :) either one!

Joanna van said...

Sorry I missed posting a comment earlier. Congrats on your 100th post.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday. Love the journals. Know your giveaway is over but wanted to comment anyway.