Monday, 26 June 2017

Dance of the Dragonflies

Happy Monday everyone.. 
Can you believe this is the last Monday of the month, where has June gone?? 

It's my turn to share some That's Craft Creativity over on the *That's Crafty Blog * showcasing a project using new paints and surfaces from the That's Crafty range.

Here is a sneak peek of my Dance of the Dragonflies..*


Please fly on over HERE for those *How to Do's*

Thank you for taking time to visit I look forward to sharing more with you 
the same time next week. Until then Take Care and Stay Safe everyone.

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 23 June 2017

Keep it Simple.. That's Crafty Blog Challenge

It's time for a new Blog Challenge over at That's Crafty and the theme this fortnight is *Keep it Simple* So please pop on over Here to check out the inspirational makes from the DT and join in.. There's a chance to win £20 to spend in the That's Crafty Store.

Here in words and pictures is my Keep it Simple card..

On Kraft card I drew an Artists Paint Palette, cut it out and using the new That's Crafty Shimmer and Metallic paints I dropped a spot of each colour onto it.


As the paint is quite fluid I sprinkled embossing powder onto the larger spots of paint and heated it. I then added more paint over the top creating the illusion that the paint had been there for some time..


I stamped the sentiment from Lynnes Affirmations Set 2 onto a 5"x 5" card using Onyx Black Versafine, such a delicate font and Versafine picks up the fine detail perfectly.


The palette was mounted onto the card using foam pads and two old paint brushes 
glued on top. Doodles around the cards edge bring it all together.

My Artist Palette card is complete.


I do hope you find time to join in with the That's Crafty Keep it Simple Blog Challenge.
I look forward to seeing you and your crafty creations over there.

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Thats's Crafty Paint
That's Crafty - Clear Stamp Set - Lynnes Affirmations Set 2
Versafine - Onyx Black
5"x 5" Blank Card
Kraft Card
Clear Embossing Powder

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Summer Solstice Girl..

*Summer Solstice* the astronomical first day of Summer and the longest day of the year
and boy has the UK been treated to plenty of sunshine over the past week. 

Reminding me of happy times ahead with friends and family.
 I'm sharing my Summer Solstice Girl using Kim Costello's Paperbabe
Female Face stamps and templates along with stamps by Rubber Dance.

As always... in words and pictures.

Tracing around the mini face template I marked all the feature points and stamped the facial features. Skin and facial tone colours were applied using my favourite pastels.


When blended the finer details have been added using a fine Posca Marker Pen,
although I may have over exaggerated the eyelashes just a little.
The image and hair have been cut out ready to stick onto a journal background.


I glued a piece of wool around the wavy bunch hairstyle adding stamped, coloured and fussy cut Flowers by Rubber Dance stamps. By gluing the flowers onto the band it allows a little movement to her Flower Crown rather than being glued flat directly onto the hair.


As my theme was the Solstice drawing a Stonehenge style monument in my Journal 
seemed fitting with the heel stone filtering the break of dawn through it.


Smaller fussy cut Flowers have decorated my Solstice Girls bunches completing 
my project as she waits for the magic the Summer Solstice may bring.


 Cosmic!!

Thank you for sharing your time, 
Take good care of yourselves..
Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

I'd like to enter my Summer Solstice Girl into the following challenges.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Wild flower GigantTAG..

Hello everyone it's Monday again and it's my turn to share a little That's Crafty creativity.

Here is a sneak peek of my GiganTAG using the brand new That's Crafty Large Wild Flower embellishments and Shimmer Paints featured on last Fridays Hochanda shows .

Please click the link and pop on over to That's Blogging Crafty
for those *How to do's*


Thank you for sharing your time, 
I look forward to sharing another That's Crafty make with you all next Monday, 
until then take care of each other and stay safe.

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Monday, 12 June 2017

Summer Sun Male Portrait using Papebabe templates and stamps.

Hello everyone hope you are all keeping well? As I've recently returned from a sunnier climate and the UK weather is utter pants I thought I would share a little sunshine.

This is a Journal page I created on Holiday using 
Kim Costello's Paperbabe Male Portrait templates and face stamps with the inspirational colours of the Rubber Dance June Colour Challenge of Blue, Sea Green and Sand in mind.

Here are those how to do's in words and pictures.

 Using a 8" x 6" Flat journal I traced around the face and neck templates along with the side swept bangs hairstyle. I quickly sketched the background using the view from my balcony taking all the fiddly bits away and accentuated areas of interest. 


Each area of the scene I named (just to remind me what they were!) I then coloured using Caran D'Ache Neocolour II Pastels and washed with water as they are water soluable.
Facial features were stamped using versafine ink with the hair stencil 
used as a mask when stamping the eyebrows.
Don't be scared by the garish appearance as it does all come together.. stick with me here!


Apologies for not having a breakdown of how I built this face up but I must say, 
sat overlooking the harbour I totally lost myself and before I knew it
 my face and hair was almost complete.
As you may spot I had forgotten to give this poor boy some ears but easily rectified by using the hair stencil as a mask again and stamping the ears where they needed to go.


I then proceeded to fill in the larger areas of the seascape adding depth to the sea as it gets deeper along the horizon along with shadow and shade to the male figure.


As you may see I have drawn around the stamped features using a fine liner pen this has not only added extra detail around the eyes but also allowed the stamped eyelashes to act as a shadow. Freckles have been added for that summer time look. 


Fine liner pen helps bring out the details of the palm trees with white Posca Pen adding a touch of light to both eyes, features and sea foam along the seas edge... 
My Summer Sun Male Portrait is complete.


The Paperbabe stencils and stamps are so easy to use and whilst away I managed to compose quite a few faces and I look forward to bringing some more male portraits to you in the very near future.

Thank you for taking the time to pop over and take a look fingers crossed it will encourage the Summer Sunshine to make an appearance where ever you are.

Creative Hugs from Tracey xx

I'd like to enter my Journal pages into the Rubber Dance June Colour Challenge

Join our Challenge, June 1st - 14th

Crafty Supplies:
Caran' D'ache Neocolour II : Classic/Summer Edition
8"x 6" Journal


Bronze and Verdigris Journal Cover.

Hi everyone It's Monday again and i'm back on terra firma after my holidays.
It's my time to share some creativity over on the That's Crafty Blog. 
Here's a little sneak peek of my Journal Cover but please follow the link for the full 
*How to do's over at That's Blogging Crafty! 


Hope to see you over there..

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 9 June 2017

Poodle Power...!! Dog Eared That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Morning everyone, a new challenge blog starts over at That's Crafty today and for the next two weeks the theme is Dog Eared. Using Rubber Dance Poodle Power Stamp set 
Designed by Donna Gray I've created a  Dog themed panel.

Here in words and pictures is my Dog Eared How to do's...


The poodle image has been stamped twice so I could layer up the curly fur, I coloured and cut out the areas I wanted to layer and applied Fluffy Stuff. This gives a raised effect just like popcorn when heated with a heat gun.


I covered the panel with texture sand paste and a coating of acrylic paint. I then decorated 
with a combination of  That's Crafty stamps and stencils.


The hat was created by pushing modelling paste through the dinky cogs stencil and highlighting with waxes when dry. Wire was added to the flower along with a watch cog to add interest.


Ranger paint dabbers help tie in the colours used on the panel and a stamped phrase which is part of the Poodle Power set.. Dots, dashes and a squiggle or two using my trusty Posca Pens help complete my Dog Eared panel piece.


Do pop along and see all the inspiration from the That's Crafty Design Team and I really do hope you will feel inspired to join in with this *Woofly*.. Dog Eared theme over at the
That's Crafty Challenge Blog. and the chance to win a £20 gift voucher to spend in the
That's Crafty Shop.... Now wouldn't that be just PAW_FECT..!!!

Have a fabulous weekend all..
Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:
That's Crafty Grey/White board Panel 2
Rubber Dance Stamps Poodle Power
Rubber Dance Stamps UK Supplier
Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers
That's Crafty Stamps Textures Collection - Set 1
That's Crafty Dinky Stencil - Distressed Harlequin
That's Crafty Word Series WS002 Stencil
Alcohol Markers, Gesso, Woodware Fluffy Stuff, Archival Ink.

Monday, 5 June 2017

That's Crafty.. Hats off to Steampunk!

Hello everyone, it's so nice to finally showcase my first Design piece for That's Crafty!

Here's a little sneak peek of my *Hats off to Steampunk* project.
Please follow the link Here and pop on over to That's Blogging Crafty to see my full
*How to do's* in words and pictures...


Take care and stay safe everyone and I look forward to
sharing a new crafty make with you all every Monday..

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Dinky Art Shrine

Hi everyone, I've not been around for a week or so as I've been spending some much needed time with family and busying myself with some up and coming DT makes for That's Crafty. 

This little make is just for fun and a reminder for those of you that like to enter blog challenges that there is a cat themed *Feline Fine* Challenge over at That's Crafty Challenges and the chance to win a £20 voucher to spend in their shop

Here's my very simple Dinky Art Shrine in words and pictures..


I first painted the MDF back in a coating of Gesso, Inked up the Night Cat stamp 
by Rubber Dance Designed by Melina Dahl and placed the shrine back onto the 
area of the stamp image I wanted to transfer.


After assembling the shrine all held together with a spot of glue. I stamped and coloured the inside of the shrine using Alcohol Markers, I also stamped and coloured a separate cat image which was applied to the front of the shrine. Glossy accents adds dimension to the cats eyes and moon with dots and dabs of glitter glue all giving extra detail. 
White Posca Marker highlights the Kitty's finer details.


Modelling paste has been pushed through a Dinky Stencil and decorated when dry. 
Acetate glued onto the inside of the frame to act as a window, then the front frame 
glued onto the Shrine base to create the Dinky House Shrine.


I chose to add wire bunting and hang stars from the stamp to give the Kitty 
something to look at as he peeks from the outside in.


I do hope you get chance to join in with the challenge or just pop on over to see the inspiring DT makes and entries.. I will be away next week sharing a much 
needed holiday with my OH but all being well I will be sharing 
a couple of makes with you all during the week 
#if my schedules & timing are correct.. 

Stay Safe and as always Thank you for popping on over..

Creative Hugs from Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:
That's Crafty - Dinky Art Shrine House
Rubber Dance Stamps - Night Cat (UK Retailer)
That's Crafty Dinky Stencil - Flowers TC093

Friday, 19 May 2017

From dispose to compose..

This little make was totally unplanned but i'm blaming Lynne Moncrieff for the distraction with her enticing and ever inspiring blog this week. I too have stash that I just look at, save for that special project or just don't use because it's far to nice, I feel so guilty about it. 

So whilst on the super stash hunt I came across a not so super jar of oddments, unappealing, uninspiring and one step away from being thrown away but 


before I got that far I found myself analysing the contents asking myself 
what was wrong with it and why did I want to get rid of it..?? 
Well when you start asking yourself  why you want to throw stuff away it becomes 
a little worrying... Sounds like a good time to make something!

Here is my *Dispose to Compose* Canvas in words and pictures.

Using a 5x7 Lace covered canvas I glued on the oddments along with an embossed and stamped aperture tag. When dry the whole canvas was painted in white Gesso repeating the process until the embellishment were completely covered.I gradually added colour  using water soluble wax pastels activating with water and reapplying when dry.


When the colour build required was achieved 


I applied VersaMark watermark pen around the edges of the embellishments 
and dusted with Green and Gold pigment powders. 


Gaps between the embellishments were filled with glue and micro beads sprinkled atop. 


With a fitting sentiment placed in the frame window and a 
large charmed focal embellishment my Canvas is complete.


I've seen some amazing pictures and canvas's produced using similar techniques to this and I have to agree they can transform any old bits and bobs into a masterpiece. 
The problem now is I'm not too sure I will throw anything away after creating this..!

Thank you for your company.. Have a fabulous weekend.

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

5x7 Canvas
Embellishments, bits, bobs, Micro Beads and a sentiment.
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Summer Edition
IndigoBlu Luscious Pigment Powder Green and Gold
Versamark WaterMark pen

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Thanks a *Bunch* ..

Another quality set of stamps from Rubber Dance Stamps this set Bonny Bunny is a real fun theme and one of two *New Sets Designed by Donna Gray.


I first stamped the larger carrot onto Shrink Plastic and coloured using alcohol markers, carefully cut around the images leaving an edge and punched a hole for a jump ring to be attached when shrunk.


This is the Carrot before and the Carrot after shrinking down in the oven.


I covered a Tag in a piece of mixed media scrap paper from my mini scraps journal and sanded the edges back.


Distressed around the edges using Rusty Hinge the smallest carrot stamp has been stamped onto the background and coloured using the same alcohol markers used to colour the shrink plastic ones. The Bunnies whiskers have been stamped around the tags edge to break up the design.


Jump rings are attached to the shrunken carrots and then fixed to a finding to create a pendant. A long chain is added to create an over the neck necklace.

The stamped words are by Craftwork cards although I did have to create the word bunch by masking and stamping letters from words in the set.


Attached to the tag by tying a ribbon through the top this would make a great gift for someone especially those Bunny lovers out there and I *Carrot believe that my Daughter has already put her claim on this one.. (sorry that was irresistible..!!)

I'd like to enter this in the Rubber Dance Rule of Three Challenge

Enjoy the rest of you week everyone.. and Thank you for stopping by.

Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! - Tag
Rubber Dance Stamps - Bonny Bunny
Rubber Dance Stamp UK Supplier Bonny Bunny!
Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Craftwork Cards - Label Tape Sentiments
Shrinkles Shrink Plastic
Findings & Ribbon.

Friday, 12 May 2017

May Tag.. Time to Celebrate

May..!! What an eventful month and we are not midway yet. Lots of highs for me, 
lets not mention the flu bug that's tried to put a damper on things!  
One piece of uplifting news was being announced as one of four new additions to the superb That's Crafty Design Team, I had been sitting on this exciting announcement for quite some time and am so happy the cat is now out of the bag.

Thank you so much to Laura for thinking me worthy enough to be part of your DT family I'm looking forward to working alongside you all and sharing my first DT piece very soon. 

Meanwhile here is my May Tag using those prompts from the 12 week Tag Challenge


Priming a That's Crafty " Tag in white Gesso I covered in a layer of Marigold Acrylic Paint, then brayerd Calypso Blue Acrylic over the top. Using Modelling paste I chose to use it to press ribbon and threads onto my tag as collage.
A layer of diluted gold has been painted on top.


White acrylic has been splashed onto the tag and structure paste pushed through a stencil.
A coating of clear gesso has been applied all over and Rubber Dance little stamps stamped around the edges.


Good old gilding wax has helped bring out the detail with some pre-cut bunting found amongst my stash used as my focal image. I used a Tim Holtz words sticker, doodled and coloured the stamped images with posca marker pens and added a detailed button to embellish and highlight the *Celebrate* sentiment. Ribbon has been coloured with alcohol markers to co-ordinate with the bunting.


and my May Tag is complete. I do love all the hidden texture amongst these tags and when highlighted with gilding wax it's more like hidden treasure. I only wish my photography did all that treasure justice. Thank you again Chris* for those 12 weeks of wisdom..

Have a safe and happy weekend everyone..
Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty supplies:

DecoArt Americana: Marigold
DecoArt Americana: Calypso Blue
DecoArt Media Metallic Fluid (Gold)
DecoArt Modelling Paste
Imagination Crafts Structure Paste
Pebeo Gilding Wax Antique Gold
Posca Marker Pens
Rubber Dance Stamps UK Retailer
Ribbon, threads and a decorative button..

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Paperbabe Girl in profile.

I have had the Paperbabe profile templates for nearly a year now and apart from cut them out and test how it was possible to create different profiles I had not used them to their full potential, I was over the moon when I saw that Kim had started the Paperbabe challenge blog up again so decided there was no better time than this to get them out and have a play.

Here is a breakdown in words and pictures of my Girl in Profile Canvas.


Using a 8 x 8" canvas board I pressed an acrylic prepped 6 x 6" gelli plate into the middle of the board and drew around the face template adding the long fringe hairstyle. 


The face has been coloured using Caran D'ache Neocolor and facial features created using
 paperbabe profile face stamps. Both eye and lips are coloured using Posca markers.


The hair has been created by building up colour using inktense pencils from light to darker shades and activating with water. A heavy wash of water has been painted around the outer edge of the hairline and allowed to drip by turning the canvas on its side.


Oriental Zen flowers have been stamped with mixed media glue and gilding flakes burnished on top, the flowers have been coloured using Wink of Stella brushes and alcohol markers..


A heavy wash was added around the flowers this time and again turned on it's side allowing the stained water to run down the canvas creating a delicate effect.
Stickles and Wink of Stella brushes have helped to add the final details and 
my Girl in profile canvas is complete.


I really enjoyed creating this canvas, it's been a long time since I produced something like this and does take me back to my college days. Fingers crossed these wonderful templates do not lay in wait for another year.

I'd like to enter this in the Anything goes Paperbabe Challenge..
Come on over and join in the fun...

Have a wonderful week everyone..
Hugs Tracey xx

Crafting supplies:

Caran D'Ache Neocolor II 
Wink of Stella Brush
Ranger Stickles Glue