Sunday, 10 December 2017

Log cabin..Wooden Plaque.

I was so happy when I first saw this Rubber Dance stamp set designed by Donna Gray.
I love log cabins and this stamp reminds me of some fantastic holidays 
spent with the children when they were younger.

Sadly time is so short this time of year rushing around trying to get things done for the holiday season and I have so many #WIP's but I did take time out to finish this one.

Here is one of my little makes with lots of pictures..

Stamping onto an untreated log slice using archival ink
I mapped out where my images were to be.


Using the stamped images as a guide I painted the trees in different shades of green.


adding flicks of blue to the firs applying snow-tex to the base.


Stamping the log cabin multiple times onto water colour card 
each image was coloured in water soluble pencil and sections cut out. 


Each section was layered up and adhered using glue gel to create dimension.


The log cabin roof was drizzled in marvy and heated until raised,
with the tree tops and snow-tex both given a wash of white paint.


A sprinkling of glamour dust completes my
Log Cabin plaque.


**Updated picture as we have had lots of snow fall over night!!**


A most enchanting setting for the sweetest of cabins,
wouldn't it be wonderful to be hidden away all cosy inside.

**Can I have a She Shed just like this one for Christmas please Santa??
I've been a very good girl.. Hee hee!*

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone
Take Care & keep warm

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

I'd like to link this up with the Rubber Dance *Forever Stamping Challenge*

Crafty Supplies:

Rubber Dance Stamps: Whimsical Winter - Designed by Donna Gray #Thank YOU x
Wooden Log Slice Plaque
Black Archival Ink
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paints
Snow-Tex
Water Soluble Pencils/water brush

Friday, 8 December 2017

Tis the Season.. *Let it Snow..*

Good Morning everyone,

 I see from the weather forecast that some of you may have woken up to 
Snow today, we have been blessed with a Frosty dusting but boy is it cold....

Its time for another challenge over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog 
This fortnights theme is *Tis the Season* and i'm sure you all have some 
Christmas/Seasonal makes you may care to share with us all?? 

This is my take on the *Tis the Season*..

Using a 4.5 x 9" Greyboard panel I mounted the waste from my 
Greyboard snowflakes onto it.. it was far too pretty to throw away.


Three large snowflakes were dabbed
 in Pearl Multi Surface Paint and heated to create texture.

The mounted panel was dry brushed with a combination of 
Dark Blue, Ice Blue and Pearl paint
and holes punched at one end to enable the panel to be hung.


That's Crafty Texture Paste was pushed into the edges of the snowflakes 
and when dry 3D Gloss Gel pushed into other areas of the snowflakes. 
A light dusting of glitter has been sprinkled on top whilst still wet.

*Note to self* 
Do not try and force dry as the Gel will become opaque and not dry clear.
Just like mine did (sadly..!)


Using double sided paper tape holds the wording secure whilst painting in 
Textured Sand paste. When dry I dabbed on Pearl Multi Surface paint.


Layering up the Large Snowflakes I glued them onto the panel with a
complimentary flat back pearl added to the centre.


Edged in white embossing powder the lettering 
is glued onto the bottom half of the panel.


Finally wire is added to act as a hanger
completing my *Let it Snow panel*.


I do hope you can join in with the *Tis the Season* Challenge over HERE
There's a That's Crafty Store Voucher worth £20 up for grabs for the chosen winner.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend
and if the weather keeps you indoors you can always catch up with the 
That's Crafty demonstrations HERE* ON HOCHANDA 
showcasing their sell out One Day Special Friday and Saturday.

Show days and times were as follows..

Friday 8th December @ 6pm and 8pm
Saturday 9th December @ 9am - 1pm and 5pm

Big Hugs and Warm Wishes
Tracey xx

I'd like to enter this into the TRY IT ON TUESDAY Twinkle, Twinkle Challenge

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty Greyboard Panel
That's Crafty Greyboard Surfaces: Small Snowflakes and Sentiments Set 1
That's Crafty Paint: Metallic Ice Blue, Pearl, Dark Blue,
Glitter, Glue, wire and embellishment.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

All stand for Christmas..

Hello everyone, I hope you are keeping well and beginning to
 feel a little festive now that December has arrived?

I'm over on the That's Crafty Blog today, sharing a project I made
way back in August for a That's Crafty Sample on Hochanda but never blogged.

Here's a sneak peek with the full picture over HERE


I'm so glad I saved this till now as it's very fitting for the season.

Talking of samples That's Crafty will be on Hochanda tomorrow
Friday 8th at 6pm and 8pm GMT and Saturday 9th at 9am - 1pm and 5pm GMT
for a spectacular That's Crafty One Day Special..
There's oodles of Design Team creative beauties to share with you all.
I do hope you can join us.

Take care & Stay Safe
and Thank you so much for dropping by.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Blooming lovely.. Gift Card

Hello everyone.. How did we get to the last day of November so soon??

I hope you are all keeping well?? It's a beautiful day here in Birmingham, 
bright with a crispness both in the air and on the ground but boy is it chilly.. Brrr!!

I'm sharing a Gift Card today over HERE on the That's Crafty Blog.

Here is a sneak peek with the full How to Do's over HERE..


Hope you can find the time to visit as I know we are all
so busy at the moment..

Until next time Stay Safe & warm.

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

November Tag..

I'm sharing another Tag today using those same prompts given by 
Chris from the mini marvels challenge last year.
Can't believe this is tag number 11, one more till the full 12 completed.

Apologies for the poor photos I will blame it on the lighting..!!

Painting a DaliArt large Tag in white Gesso, I first coated in red paint then 
pearl white scratching into the surface whilst wet with the end of a paint brush.
Modelling paste is pushed through a Dina Wakley stencil in various areas 
of the tag and strips a torn poem page glued on.


Antique Gold translucent paint is wiped all over the tag with Green Shimmer 
paint encouraged to drip from the bottom to top of the tag.
Using a dots Paperbabe Stencil I blended versafine Onyx Black onto the tag.


A coating of clear Gesso seals it ready for stamping.
Using Clarity Journaling stamps with black archival I used a selection to mark make.


I unused a large IndigoBlu Poppy Head previously stamped and 
coloured in pencil as my focal image, with the flower stem added to ground the flower. 


The word November was stamped onto Tissue paper and glued on using matt medium.


With some dots and doodles added to highlight some of the detail.

My November Tag #11 is complete.



I look forward to bringing my #12th and final Tag of 2017
to you all very soon..

Hugs and warm wishes 
Tracey xx

Friday, 24 November 2017

Green with Envy* Mini Bauble Christmas Card

Good day creative friends, it's time for another challenge over at 
That's Crafty and this Fortnight's Theme is... *Green with Envy*

I had to think hard about this theme as the word Envy can not always give a positive vibe.
Here is my take on the Theme using some fabulous That's Crafty Products.

Using five different MDF Bauble Shapes I painted the Christmas Tree in Green.


The other four were painted and decorated in multi surface Metallics
with the Christmas Tree given detail and adorned with gemstones.


Attaching jump rings to the baubles they were then threaded onto string.


Onto a Gelli Print background I machine stitched the string in between the Baubles


allowing room for the Baubles to move freely.


With the background stitched around the edge it was glued onto a DL sized card.

Completing my Green with Envy Mini Baubles Card.


I'd like to think that those four metallic Baubles are not envious of the Trees
embellishments but I know if I was that little Tree I'd be Sparkling bright!!

Thank you for sharing your time again..
I do hope you can find time to pop on over HERE and check out the That's Crafty 
Design Teams Creations and also join in with the *Green with Envy* challenge,
There's a £20 voucher to spend in the That's Crafty Store for the winning entry.
*Please read the rules to avoid disappointment*

Wishing you a fabulous weekend
Take Care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:
That's Crafty: Wreath and Baubles
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paints: 
Gelli Print, String, DL Card from my Stash

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Give Thanks Thursday..

Happy Thursday and Thanksgiving.

It's my turn to share some creativity over on the That's Crafty Blog today
Here's a sneaky peek especially dedicated to those celebrating across the pond.

Please pop on over HERE to see the full picture and How to Do's


Whatever your day I Wish you all a day full of health, family and friends..

*Happy Thanksgiving*

Warm Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Trio of CAS cards

Happy Thursday everyone,

I'm here again sharing a sneaky peek of some That's Crafty Creativity
 using some of the newest Affirmations from Lynne Moncreiff;

You'll find the full Picture and How to do's over HERE..
on the That's Blogging Crafty! site..


I do hope you can find time to drop on by.
Wishing you all a wonderful week with lots of creativity.

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Don't be afraid to Sparkle*

Hello creative friends,

I'm sharing a postcard sized creation today that i've put together whilst watching 
paint dry *literally* I've been working on so many different projects recently, to be able to just sit down and create this from start to finish was a breath of fresh air. 

Using some postcard sized watercolour card that i'd previously edged with stitching
I used my Paperbabe face templates to draw the outline of the face, marked out where the facial features would go and then scribbled randomly with Caran D'ache neocolor water soluble pastels.


Activating using a paintbrush and water I stamped those facial features 
using the Paperbabe Mini Stamps with Versafine smokey grey ink.


Using a selection of the hair templates I drew the hair outline applying
 neocolors where I wanted light and shade to be.


With the facial features coloured, blended and activated with water I wasn't convinced about the hairline shape I had created, this may have been due to the smaller area I was working on which seemed to kick the perspective out..


So using a fine wet paintbrush I dragged out the colours, creating a fringe/bangs and filling in the gaps by adding more colour dragging out again with a wet brush to create wisps of hair. Outlined with a fine liner the facial features really do come alive.

The Paperbabe sentiment fitted perfectly stamped in the open space.


Mounted onto black card I added dabs of distress glitter glue and a 
sprinkle of gemstones and sequins to add to her sparkle.

My Don't be afraid Postcard is complete.


I felt quite relaxed after creating this and have a handful of #WIP
similar to this just waiting for some more downtime.

Thank you for sharing your time
Until next time

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

I'd like to enter this into the *Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #60 Anything Goes*

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Crazy Flower Fabric Bookmark #1

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you have had a peaceful one.

After a weekend with the family I managed to steal away a few hours to finish off 
a little project I started last week in between Christmas card and gift making
using stamps Newly Designed Rubber Dance Stamps by Melina Dahl.

Here is my Handmade Fabric Bookmark and How to do's..

On to Calico I stamped the Tulip shaped flower with Archival 
ink and used the backing from the newly mounted rubber stamps 
as a mask so I could over lay the flower head design.


When my design was stamped I added colour using Inktense Pencils
activating the ink by running a steam iron over it, spritzing occasionally.


I drew a 2" strip around the design with an erasable pen.


Sandwiching interfacing between another piece of calico I have machine 
sewn around those pen lines three times and cut the strip neatly out.

Pebeo Setacolour gold and white paints have been added to emphasize 
part of the design and Setacolour Glitter paint adds the glitz.


Attaching ribbon crimps to each end of the bookmark along with beads gives the 
balance needed to keep the bookmark in place and adds those final embellishments.

 My Handmade Bookmark is complete.


Thank you to Melina, these stamps are wonderful.

Looking forward to playing around with the rest of the set and 
Crazy Flowers #2 very soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Warm Hugs 
Tracey xx

I'm entering this into the Rubber Dance Forever Challenge
a forever place to showcase your makes using Rubber Dance Stamps.


Crafty Supplies:

Friday, 10 November 2017

Stencilled Wreath with matching Baubles..

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Creative friends.
It's time for another That's Crafty Challenge over HERE
with this Fortnights Theme *Stencil it..!*
..and there's a prize for one random winner.


This project I made in August with the release of some super 
MDF Christmas Wreaths, Baubles and Stencils from That's Crafty.

Here is my *Stencil it .. creation using those products:

Using the Christmas Bauble Stencil I pushed 3D Modelling gel 
through one of the designs onto five different shaped baubles.

When dry I used a combination of Copper and Silver Multi Surface Metallics to 
produce a Rose Gold Colour and painted it all over the stencilled baubles.


Silver multi surface paint was dry brushed on top to highlight the texture.
Wire wrapped around the head of the bauble eyelets were made to hang them onto chain..  


The MDF Large Wreath was covered by pushing modelling paste through the 
Poinsettia Tree Stencil, allowing each section to dry before applying the next. 

This does take time may I add and I was lucky that the weather was a lot warmer 
when I created this so it dried a lot quicker than normal... (Just be patient)


Painted in the same way as the baubles, I cropped holes into the wreath 
so the Baubles could be attached and hung inside from chain.


Attached through the holes with a handmade finding just like a wire earring hook, this 
allowed the baubles to be moved around or taken off completely and hung onto a tree.


With a coordinating ribbon and pearl embellishment 
my Stencilled Christmas Wreath is complete, 

A great way to display those Stencilled Baubles.


Thank you for sharing your time.

I do hope you can share some more with us and take part in the 
*Stencil it* challenge over HERE there's a chance to win £20 to spend in the 
online That's Crafty Store for the chosen winner but remember to
 read the rules before entering to avoid any disappointment.

We look forward to seeing your talents over THERE and please do 
check out those inspirational Design Team makes made especially for you.

Wishing you wonderfully creative days ahead.

Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty: Baubles Stencil TC7004
That's Crafty: Multi Surface Metallic Paint COPPER ~ SILVER