Wednesday, 25 April 2018

WOYWW #464

It's Wednesday and i'm back again.. 
to share what's on my work space over at WOYWW #464

Helen said it would become addictive hee hee!!


As some of you may remember I don't have one dedicated area to work at
and at the moment i'm beavering away working on so many different things 
it seems every spare bit of indoor space has become an area to create in.

Whilst working on a couple of wire pendants for a friend I thought I would share 
this area as it's probably the only area you could make any sense of at the moment. 

I came across a piece of marbled polymer clay baked over 5 years ago and much harder 
than it was when I originally baked it. The last 5 years have cured it well hee hee!!

Made some more wire embellishments with some off cuts too.. I hate throwing wire away.

I must admit it was good to take a breather from it all and enjoy the sunshine 
over the weekend; it's amazing how revitalising the sun can be
...if only for a moment..

Many thanks to Julia for hosting WOYWW #464
and to everyone for sharing your work space
I look forward to visiting you all.

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Thursday, 19 April 2018

One More Fanciful Flower

Happy Thursday Everyone.

I hope you have all managed to catch the sunshine we have been 
blessed with in the UK over the past couple of days??

I'm over on the That's Crafty Blog  today with another That's Crafty Creation.

Here's a little peek at what I've been up too with those
How to Do's right over HERE


Thank you for sharing a moment of your day,

Wishing you all lots of Sunshine, creativity
and time to relax and enjoy it..

Take Care everyone

Hugs Tracey xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mid Month reminder ~ Going Round in Circles Challenge

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Everyone

I'm here with a little reminder that we are mid way through this months
That's Crafty Challenge ~ *Going Round in Circles*

Here's my dotty creation and how it came to be...

Using the Dot Mandala Stencil I've built up those layers using both Texture
and sand paste allowing each application to dry thoroughly before applying
the next, painting in white gesso when happy with the dimension.


Purple and pink paint is applied around the outer edge and sprayed with water.


More colour is added leaving some white space to stop the colours from mixing. 
When dry more colour is added allowing the colours to dry before adding more.


Laying the stencil back over the structure can help with the precision 
of your paints and really help you to play with those colours.


Shisha embroidered circle frames add to it's embellishment.

My Dot Mandala Hanging Plaque is complete.


If you'd like to share your ideas and creations with us there's a prize of £30 
up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend in the That's Crafty online Store 
and in addition to that a stencil prize for each of the chosen Top 3.. 

Pop on over and check out what inspiration the Design Team have created 

Wishing you Sunshine and Creativity

Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty MDF Circle 8"
That's Crafty Stencil ~ Dot Mandala
That's Crafty ~ White Gesso
That's Crafty ~ Multi Surface Paints

WOYWW #463

Well i'm back again for the WOYWW #463

Thank you all for visiting last week what a lovely warm welcome. 

Who would have thought anyone would be interested in my messy workspace
but I have to say I certainly enjoyed my travels around everyone elses.

Here's what sits in my creative space this week..


There's more unfinished backgrounds created using the acrylic inks from last week.

The journal page hasn't progressed very far but the book on top is a diary I purchased for 20p, a bargain as it has a magnetic clasp. Always handy to have an extra diary or two i'm always losing mine under things. A dab of paint makes it blend in with my work space.
 Hmmm maybe that's not such a great idea??

Found some more Deli paper hidden in a fabric box and those Tic Tacs are still hanging around from last week but i'm not sure where those old pound coins disappeared to.. 
Hope I didn't pay the window cleaner with them!!

Happy Crafting everyone and I look forward to visiting 
WOYWW very soon.

Tracey xx

Friday, 13 April 2018

Whimsical Post Card Album ~ Paperbabe Sketch Challenge #71

Happy Friday Everyone,

It's challenge time over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog
where we have a sketch prompt for you this fortnight.

Use the picture prompt below to help you create,
flip it, turn it and use the *Paperbabe Stamp image* to add any sentiment
and let your imagination flow, create your unique creation and 
share it with us over HERE.

There's a prize for one random winner.


Here's what I got up to using those prompts to create a postcard album.

Just before Easter I found a box full of inchies,
these I created in January 2017 using the Whimsical Woodland stamps.

They were the first of a 365 day challenge I took part in but failed miserably by April.
Seemed such a shame to keep them hidden away after finding them again..


Using five I created an inchie strip, this would be the topper on my album cover.


I have to admit i'm rubbish when it comes to numbers and i'd much rather create by 
eye than abide to measurements but at times I need to be a little more precise.

 This album I created using the size of a postcard adding a little extra either side.

Creating the cover first, I then cut all the album pages and created a 
concertina spine to hold them all in place. I glued down some ribbon 
to act as an album closure then started to put the album together.


It really is a labour of love cutting all those pages, gluing each one 
to the spine holding them all together with strong bull dog clips until dry


... but I was quite pleased with the outcome!!


With the inchie topper and an embossed whimsical sentiment glued 
onto the cover, my album is now ready to house my postcard Art.


I'm looking forward to filling it..


Thank you for sharing your time it's very much appreciated.

I hope you find time to check out the Design Team makes
and hope to see your take on the Sketch Challenge #71

Have a super weekend everyone

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'd like to enter this into the : April Mini Album Makers Challenge

Creative Supplies:

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Whimsical Woodland Stamps 
Paperbabe MDF ~ Whimsical Words.
White/Black Card/Ribbon

Thursday, 12 April 2018

From one Fanciful Flower ...

Hello Creative Friends,

Today i'm sharing a very simple That's Crafty Creation over HERE

Here's a sneaky peek with those very quick and easy
how to do's over on the That's Crafty Blog


That's Crafty will be showcasing new crafty products on
Hochanda tomorrow Friday 13th at 12pm and 4 pm

Pop on over or set those recorders to see demonstrations from Jo Channon
and inspirational makes from the That's Crafty Hochanda Design Team. 

Sending creative wishes
your way today..

Tracey xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

WOYWW #462 ~ First steps..

I've been an admirer of the WOYWW for over a year now,
commenting occasionally on posts that have been brought to my attention
always wanting to take part but never brave enough to take that plunge..

Well today i'm doing it...

For those tidy crafters you may wish to avert your eyes hee hee!!


I don't have a dedicated area to create in it's something I aspire to have one day
so my future posts may be in different areas where ever my creativity takes me.

This is today's area, my kitchen table full of inks, stamps and stencils i've been using over 
the past couple of weeks during a mega card making session using up lots of scraps. 
There's also a little peek at some Design Team stamp sets 
being featured on Hochanda this Friday.

The Tic-Tacs and two old pound coins where found in an old coat pocket 
whilst sorting clothes for charity.. Just my luck to find two *Old* pound coins..!!.

Well there you have it albeit short but with a BIG Thank you to Helen (H) and 
Angela for keeping me updated and Julia of course for hosting.

I'm so glad not to be that fly on the wall anymore.
I'm off to visit those WOYWW posts now

Happy Crafting
Tracey xx

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Pencilled Stencil - The Owl

Hello Creative Friends Happy Thursday.

Today I'm sharing a sneaky peek of a That's Crafty Creation
with the full How to do's over HERE


I do hope you have the time to pop on over to the 
That's Crafty Blog and check it out.

Hope to see you over there.

Wishing you much creativity

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Going round in circles ~ it's a challenge!!

It's the start of a brand new blog challenge over at That's Crafty
with this months theme being *Going round in Circles*

Here's my take on this month theme
along with those *How to Do's*

Influenced by the colours on a tag found in my stash this tag was far to small 
to use with all those That's Crafty circular stamps and stencils
...So this time I've gone Large using an MDF GiganTAG..


Using a palette knife multi surface paint is scraped onto the GiganTAG 
along with texture pastes pushed through stencils with circular apertures 
all helping to build up that very large blank background area.


Diluted multi surface paint is sprayed into those raised stencilled areas.


White Gesso stippled through stencils adds areas of light and 
embossing stamped circle images with dark EP makes them pop.

Metallic multi surface paint highlights areas of raised texture.


Drips of heated UTEE break up those open areas adding extra interest. 

This gem and button filled wire circle was a pin brooch I never finished 
and judging by it's weight it was far too heavy for purpose, hence it's dormancy. 

3D Gel Medium helps hold it firmly in place along with other found embellishments.


I think I could have carried on and on with this as the space was so vast but after edging 
in black I decided to call it a day and tie it onto another GiganTAG I created last year. 

I now have a front and back cover 
to house large collage pages to keep them nice and flat.


If you'd like to share your ideas and creations with us there's a prize of £30 
up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend in the That's Crafty online Store 
and in addition to that a stencil prize each for the Top chosen 3.. 

Open worldwide come share your creativity with us over HERE
as myself and the Design Team go Round in Circles ..

Thank you so much for visiting
Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty ~ MDF GiganTAG
That's Crafty Stencils ~ Dot Mandala
That's Crafty Dinky Stencils ~ Bubbly all over ~ Half Circle ~ Punchinella
That's Crafty Mini Stencil ~ Bubbles
That's Crafty Texture Paste ~ Sand Paste
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty Clear Stamps ~ Motivational Words Set 2
       Textures Collection Set 1 ~ Set 2

Friday, 30 March 2018

Time for Reflection ~ Paperbabe #70 Spring Challenge

Good Friday wishes everyone.

Today see's the start of a new challenge over on the Paperbabe blog
with this fortnights theme being Spring right HERE

Here's my take on Challenge #70 Spring Challenge
Introducing my Spring Bunny Girl..


Onto an A6 stitched postcard I traced around the mini female face template 
along with the long loose wave hair style. Marking out the facial feature guides 
included in the template I stamped those female features in to place.


Spring time colours are introduced using watercolour pencils.


A springtime landscape has been created in my A4 journal using wax pastels
and Bunny Ears created using the White Rabbit template, painted and cut to size.


I cut slots to slide the ears into place adding glitter glue to hide those cuts
along with a little more glitter glue to complement those colours used.


Dots of acrylic paint have been applied to replicate a field of Daffodils
with the Bunny Girl glued into place with those ears left free to give a little movement.


Some may think she is dreaming of sunnier days or maybe 
walking gently through the beauty of that field of Daffodils.

I'd like to think she is taking time out to reflect, something 
I've been doing lots of recently, very apposite during Holy Week...

Please do pop on over and take a look at all that has been created
by Kim and the Design Team and if you have a spare moment maybe 
share your creativity with us over at the Paperbabe #70 Spring challenge.

Wishing you much peace, creativity
and Easter Blessings

Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:
Papebabe Mini long loose wave template
A4 Sketchbook ~ Pink Pig
Caran D'ache Neocolor II
Caran D'ache Supracolor pencil
Acrylic Paint/Stickles Glitter Glue

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Simply Easter

Hello Creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well??

Today I'm over on the  That's Crafty blog sharing a That's Crafty Creation.
Here's a sneaky peek with those how to do's over HERE


How ever you celebrate this Easter I wish you all a relaxing holiday.

Warmest of wishes
Tracey xx

Thursday, 22 March 2018

She's no wallflower

Hello Creative Friends..

I hope the week is treating you well??
If my eyes do not deceive me there's a
BIG Yellow round thing
in the sky today called the Sun.. Yay!!

It's my turn to share some That's Crafty creativity over HERE today.
Here's a sneaky peek with those how to do's over on the That's Crafty Blog.


Hope to see you over there..

Wishing you sunshine..!

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Spring has officially Sprung! ~ MM reminder *Spring into Action*

It's mid month inspiration and reminder time to let you know there's still time to
join in with the That's Crafty *Spring into Action* Challenge over HERE.

This mini make was inspired by a Large upright I decorated
a year ago for a Guest Design Project for Rubber Dance Stamps.

Spring has officially sprung!

Onto a Dinky MDF upright Tag I dabbed on some Texture paste
to create clouds and painted a little scene around it.


The Tulip Stamp has a face which I masked off before stamping.
This gave me a blank flower head to add lots of paint layers.

Stamping the tulip six times I painted with multi surface paints and cut out 
the leaves and Tulip head layering them on top of a full painted image.


Concertinaed  card acts as a raised base for the Tulips.


When painted the tulips are glued in place held by clips until dry.


Glitter Glue gives a little Spring Time Sparkle
completing my Spring Time Upright.


The dull months have really knocked my colour mojo and I needed a little
trip down memory lane to see what I was up to on my blog in March last year.

Please pop on over and see the inspiration the Design Team bring you
and we'd love you to share your *Spring into Action* creations with us all.

There's lots of prizes up for grabs over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Wishing you warmth and springtime sunshine
Creative Hugs Tracey xx


I'd like to enter this into the ~ TioT ~ The Call of Spring Challenge.

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! ~ Dinky MDF Upright Tag
That's Crafty Clear Stamps ~ Nature's Faces SET 2 Designed by Melina Dahl
That's Crafty! ~ Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty! ~ Texture Paste

Friday, 16 March 2018

Paperbabe Picture Inspiration challenge #69 ~ 50 Shades of Green

Happy Friday..!!

Today see's a new Paperbabe Challenge #69


Using the Picture for Inspiration it's really up to you how you interpret it.

Here's my take on Challenge #69..

Creating a colour wash background using shades from the picture for inspiration 
I used the same colour palette to colour in the Frost Fairy Stamp.


I stamped the largest of the two hearts from the Rabbit Face
Set and stamped four together to create a four leaf clover.


When cut out I used both to cover up those snowflakes.


The whiskers stamp helps break down some of the white area when 
stamped around the edge along with the quote stamp I embossed in copper.

The layers have been machine stitched using a neutral shade of thread
Completing my Picture Inspiration Card.


I do hope you can play along with this fortnights Picture Inspiration Challenge #69..

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and the
Luck of the Irish for St. Patricks Day.

Also a very *Happy Birthday* to a sweet little Lady
who's special day happens to fall on the very same day..

BIG Hugs
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:
Paperbabe ~ Frost Fairy Stamp Set
Paperbabe ~ Rabbit Face  Stamp Set
Paperbabe ~ Your Sparkle Quote Stamp Set
Watercolour Pencils/Versafine Ink Pad/Embossing Powder

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Dylan in the Limelight

Hello Creative Friends,

I'm over on the That's Crafty Blog today sharing a project using new stencils.
Here's a cheeky peek of what i've been up too with the full project
and how it came to be right over HERE


Hope to see you over there

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 8 March 2018

House sweet House

Happy Thursday everyone..!

Today I share another make using newly released stamps from That's Crafty
Here's a sneaky peek with the full project and how to do's
over HERE on the That's Crafty Blog...


If you have the time please join That's Crafty Tomorrow on Hochanda
Friday 9th March at 11am & 4pm
where Neil Burley will be demonstrating with some of the
new surfaces, stamps and mediums.

Wishing you all a creative week ahead.
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Green Man ~ That's Crafty *Spring into Action*

It's been all about the weather again and I know so many of you
are looking forward to seeing Spring finally break through.

To spur it along i'm sharing my Green Man
a symbol of rebirth in the hope that we do not have to wait too long
for Mother Nature to share her beauty with us all.

This project is to showcase the new That's Crafty Blog Challenge  
with this months theme being *Spring into Action*

Here is my Green Man
and how he came to be..

Onto a 4.5 x 9" whiteboard panel I mixed paints to create different shades
of green tracing the facial features of Max through the stencil.


Painting greyboard leaves and scoring leaf veins with a pokey tool, areas 
have been highlighted by heat embossing white embossing powder.


The facial features have been accentuated using glossy accents and painted when dry.
Some greyboard leaves have been used as a template drawn around onto paper 
and cut out enabling me to have more leaves to build up around the face.


Stamping the leaf stamp from the textures set 3 adds extra detail to areas of the leaves
and textured sand adds texture to some of those very flat leaves.


Mounted onto a 4.5 x 9" Chunkie I dabbed antique gold paint over those 
textured and raised areas and drew in more leaf veins with a white pen.

.. given more leaves I would have continued with an abundance of them.


Please pop on over HERE and see what the Design Team 
have been creating to inspire you..

We look forward to seeing your interpretations of the 

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty: 4.5 x 9" White/greyboard panel
That's Craft Stencil: Max TC7012
That's Crafty Surfaces: LeavesAcorns and Leaves
That's Crafty Textures Stamps: SET 3
That's Crafty Chunkie: 4.5 x 9"
Embossing Pen/Embossing Powder
White Pen



Friday, 2 March 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #68 - Anything Goes.. Chesire Cat.

Hello everyone,

I would normally say Happy Friday but I know due to the present weather conditions 
it may not be the happiest as nearly everyone I know has been affected by it.

First may I announce the winner of my *Giveaway* The Bottle of Stamps..
and try and lift the spirits of at least one person.

Congratulations to.... Fanfare..!!


Mrs B... you are a Winner.
Can you please email me with your address and I can get your prize 
on its way to you as soon as services are back up and running.

TODAY 
see's a new Paperbabe Stamps Blog Challenge over HERE
with this fortnights theme being ~ *Anything Goes* YAY..!!

Here's what i've been up to,
just skip over the words if you have not the time to read..

Tracing around the sitting Cat templates I'd already decided I wanted to 
continue the theme and create my Cat in the style of the modern day 
Cheshire Cat, so I don't really know why I drew in it's muzzle!
Oh well easily erased if you use pencil.


With my blues/greens and grey pencils nice and sharp and the
Face, nose and Cheshire smile stamped I began to sketch in some colour.


Adding a quick forest background a watercolour wash was laid down
ready for some finer detail to be added. I may even change his body shape a little..


Whiskers were stamped and embossed with bright white EP
and little dots added to ground them before adding the final shadow and shade.


With a little more excess to cuddle my Cheshire Cat is complete
although i'm not sure everyone would want to give him a cuddle.


Hmmm.. I really do need to fix his wonky tail...!
That will teach me to meddle with shape shifting..

We hope you can join us for the Paperbabe ~ #68 Anything goes Challenge over HERE
and pop on over to see what everyone has been up too.

Take Care everyone, stay warm and safe
and please don't venture anywhere if you do not have too..

Warmest of Hugs
Tracey xx

Paperbabe Supplies:

Paperbabe ~ Cat template 
Paperbabe ~ Cat face stamps
Pink Pig Sketchbook
Caran D'ache