Friday, 16 February 2018

Paperbabe #67 ~ Sketch Challenge.. A bottle of Love & Luck.

Happy Friday everyone, i'm so glad you are here!!

There's a new Paperbabe Blog Challenge today and it's time to get your 
thinking caps on and create within the #67 ~ Sketch Challenge requirements.

Here is the Sketch to use as your prompt.

The flower can represent an image or embellishment and the Paperbabe text a sentiment.
Flip it or move those prompts around and have fun being creative.

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year ~ The Year of the Dog.

Although there is no dog amongst my design the richness of the reds and golds
have been a big influence in this creation.. 

Here is my Paperbabe #67 ~Sketch Challenge design
and those How to do's.. with some hidden *Candy*..

Using red card I blended black ink through a stencil and heat embossed with gold.
This will be my background.

Stamped and embossed a continuous strip and mat and layered.

Three bottles were stamped and embossed, filling two 
with frantage and the third only half full.

Those full bottles were given a stamped stopper with the half full bottle being fussy cut 
to expose its insides. Labelled with Love, Luck and Elixir they were ready to be mounted.

The vapour stamp from the bottle of stamp set was stamped onto the background;
see how the fussy cut half bottle lets the vapour peep through when placed over it.

Time to layer up all those elements to create my Sketch Project piece.

With a dot and dab of glitter glue, some stars from the Bottle of substrates kit 
and a large Lucky Red Ribbon my #67 ~ Sketch Challenge piece is complete. 

To show my appreciation and give thanks to you 
all for your support I would like to share the Paperbabe love and
offer a *GIFT* to one of you lovely people in the form of a candy giveaway.

I have an extra set of Paperbabe Bottle of Stamps and if you would like to receive them
simply let me know in your comment on this post I will draw out the winner from the 
*Mad Hatters Hat on Friday 2nd March*

Wishing you a wonderful weekend
with lots of love and luck.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Paperbabe Supplies:

Thursday, 15 February 2018

A sign of things to come

Hello everyone,

Today I'm sharing another make from last year over on the That's Crafty Blog 

I can not believe I failed to share this with you and it's using one 
of my favourite That's Crafty Stencils released in December.

Here's a sneaky peek 
with those How to Do's right over HERE

I do hope you can pop on over to take a closer look.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend what ever your plans.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Framed floral border Mirror by Tracey

Hello creative friends. 
Today I am sharing a project I made way back in November
over on the That's Crafty Blog HERE

Apologies in advance for the photography
but there maybe a selfie amongst them hee hee!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead
Take care everyone

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Have a heart...That's Crafty Blog Challenge

It's the First Wednesday of the month which can only mean one thing!
It's the start of a Brand New challenge over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog

This months theme is.. I Heart You and you can interpret it in anyway you wish.
There's a Prize for one random winner along with a prize for the top 3,
we really do hope you can come on over and share your creations with us.

Here is my *Have a Heart panel plaque's.. how to do's

On a 4.5 x 9" greyboard panel I created another faux wooden background like last month 
scoring with a pencil to create the tongue and groove appearance but this time dry brushing brown and white multi-surface paint, dragging those colours together.

 Stamping the wooden panel stamp from textures set 4 in random areas I embossed with tan embossing powder to raise up some areas to give that peeled paint effect.

Pushing texture paste through the daisy stencil I painted the whole heart 
in brown and bright red to create a deep ox blood colour.

Drying with a heat tool antique gold was brushed over those raised areas

Painting a greyboard word *Love* it was time to dress the panel plaque,
but not before giving the back panel a little distressing.
 Me and my trusty hammer are becoming inseparable.. hee hee!!

Glued onto the panel I pushed some latch hook scraps under the heart 
as it was looking a little flat, lost and lonely on its own. 

The word LOVE was glued on top with eyelets and a recycled red lace acting as its hanger.

My *Have a Heart* Panel Plaque is complete..

I love how the latch hook looks underneath the heart,
almost as if it is nesting..

I do hope you can join us for this months challenge
and please remember to pop on over and check out those inspirational makes 
from the That's Crafty Design Team we look forward to seeing you THERE.

Wishing you much creativity

Crafty Hugs Tracey xx

I'd like to enter this into the: Try it on Tuesday *Love is in the Air* Challenge.

Crafty Supplies:
That's Crafty Grey/Whiteboard Panel: 4.5 x 9"
That's Crafty Grey/White board #8 Heart
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paints: 
That's Crafty greyboard surfaces: Bits and pieces Sentiments 2
That's Crafty Texture Paste
That's Crafty Stencil: Daisy Background TC8019
That's Crafty Stamps: Textures Collection Set 4 
Scraps of latch hook canvas

Saturday, 3 February 2018


Hello... i'm late i'm late.... for a very important date..!!!

I hope all Paperbabe fans managed to catch Kim on Hochanda on Friday 2nd February 
showcasing the new *Wonderland* themed templates and stamps 
ALL available to purchase in the Paperbabe Store .. YAY..!!


But for now it's all about *Dots* over on the Paperbabe Challenge #66
and for the next fortnight we would like to see you get a little dotty.

Here's a quick card I made in a style that I really struggle to create..

Using the dots stencils I created backgrounds, blending candied apple oxides 
through the stencils onto hammered card and then using up the ink by spritzing and 
then running them through an embossing machine to transfer those left overs. 
Fibreboard embellishments and extras were coloured using posca pens.

Stamping the word *Because* onto the dotty background stamp also 
included in the stamp set I heat embossed in white. and cut down to size.
Layering up those embellishments I printed out a dotty sentiment.

Flat back pearls embellish the substrates with glossy accents 
applied on top to bring those elements to life.

As Valentines day looms this would make a super card
or even just a note to say how much someone means to you!!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend
what ever you are up too..

Take Care & Stay Safe

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Paperbabe Supplies:

Paperbabe - Polka Dots Stencils
Paperbabe - Mixed Media Blanks

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Fire and Water..

 Hello creative friends,
Welcome to February!

Today I am continuing with my elemental tags over on the
  That's Crafty Blog bringing you both Fire and Water.

Here's a sneaky peek, with the full how to do's over HERE

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Crafty Hugs 
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A little piece of January..

Good Tuesday everyone,

As January is near to closing it's door i'd like to share one of my *very own* with you..

This is a BIG step for me as my personal drawings I do not share on here.
It's a brave step for me but I feel now is the right time to make that artistic step.

This is my little piece of January..

In a A3 watercolour sketch book I've pencil drawn features, added colour with
water soluble pencils and activated with water. Continuing to build up the base by
laying down more pencil to achieve a skin tone I was happy with.

.. and the next steps are where I loose myself spending hours
with water resistant pencil, intensifying colour, building up shadow
and adding in detail. I love how the Luminance pencil blends seamlessly.

.. and here she is in full.
I'm not sure if she is completely finished yet as I often go back 
and add more but for the moment I am happy enough to share..

I sketch and doodle all the time, it's something I have done since infancy
and decades before it became popularised as a mindful activity!
I know it helps me to focus and problem solve but the main thing is
it's the one thing that helps me to switch off..!

I think we all need a little bit of that once in a while.. don't you?

Now it's time to take a deep breath, take those BIG steps and press publish..!

Wishing you a wonderful day..

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx