Friday, 18 August 2017

Christmas comes Early..

Hello everyone, it's looking a little chilly on my blog today 
with my first Christmas post of the year.

It's time for another That's Crafty Blog Challenge over HERE
with this fortnights theme being *Only Cards*
and a chance for you to win £20 to spend in the
That's Crafty online Store.

Here in words and pictures is my
*Christmas comes Early Card*

Using the Newly released Christmas Stamp Set 2 Designed by Donna Gray 
I stamped the focal image multiple times, colouring with water colour pencil. 
Onto the main card image I painted the background using Icicle Blue Multi Surface paint 
and would later layer up both house and trees to create dimension.

I created snowfall by layering up lace, threads and strips of Tyvek previously heated gently with a heat gun to shrink and create texture. All fabric and threads were sewn onto the card with the Tyvek glued on last as it can become hard in places and difficult to sew. 
A touch of Multi Surface Antique Silver helps create shadow and 
micro beads help to fill in the gaps as well as adding a little interest.

Falling snow was achieved by pushing White Multi Surface Paint 
through the Christmas Tree Stencil onto the card background. 
This stencil not only has a large lace effect tree but also 
the most useful snowflakes and snow drop dots included.
I can see this stencil being a firm Christmas favourite with many as well as myself.

I stippled Pearl Multi Surface Paint onto two greyboard 
Snowflake surfaces, layered them both up adding a central gem stone 
for a little bit of Christmas sparkle.

Mat and layered onto a 7 x 5 card the Snowflakes embellish the corner with 
a Tim Holtz die cut Sentiment word finishing it all off.

I know it's only August but us crafty people always want to prepare ahead at least
one season in advance and because there are so many *New and *Fabulous That's Crafty
Autumn and Christmas products just released I thought it was the perfect timing
 to bring them to life and make them shine.

Thank you for sharing your time,
Take Care and Stay Safe.

Until Next Time
Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty Poinsettia Tree Stencil
Snowflake Surfaces: Large, Small
Tim Holtz Sentiment Words

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

*Anniversary Wishes*

Hello everyone.. Thank you for stopping by.

I don't often post makes that are personal but as today is a special day
and this stamp set makes me giggle each time I use it 
I thought I would share this one with you all.

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

Using Tim Holtz sentiment dies I cut out the words adding colour by
mopping up some spritzed Antique Linen and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides

The balloons were stamped, heat embossed, coloured with pencil and cut out.
Using foam pads I began to build up the balloons each one representing a year..
*It's a BIG Bunch*

Strings have been drawn on the Balloons using a fine liner pen and 
the stamped and embossed girl adhered as if she is flying off the card.
Mat and layered onto black card helps those words pop.

My Anniversary card is complete!

*Happy Anniversary Hubby*

Let the fun times continue xxx

Until next time, stay safe everyone
Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'd like to enter this into the
Rubber Dance Stamps EMBOSSING Theme Challenge.

Crafty Supplies:

AALL & Create Clear Stamps: #5 Designed by Olga Heldwein
Versafine: Onyx Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Thinlit Dies: Sentiment Words
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Antique Linen & Salty Ocean
Coloured Pencils (Caran d'ache Supracolor ~ my personal choice)
Water Colour Card/Black Card
Foam Pads

Monday, 14 August 2017

*Happy little Beach Huts*

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a great weekend? 

I'm sharing a Happy little creation over on the That's Crafty Blog today 
hoping to brighten those rainy days we have been experiencing in the UK recently.

Here's a sneaky peek at my *Happy Little Creation*...
For the full picture please pop on over HERE.

I hope to see you over there.
Have a great week everyone, take care 
and lets hope to see some sunshine before Summer ends !..

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

Tyvek *Shimmering Butterfly* ATC

Morning Crafty Friends, I hope you had a great weekend ?
 Mine was full of creative disasters spiralling from one mistake to another, 
but Thankfully it came and went in a flash and I find it's Monday again 
and I'm here sharing a Tyvek covered ATC over on the That's Crafty Blog.

Here's a little sneaky peek but if you'd like to see a little more 
please pop on over HERE to see the full picture and *How to Do's*

Thank you for stopping by 
I hope to see you over there.

Take good care everyone and I look forward to sharing 
more creativity with you again very soon.

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 4 August 2017

It's not just for Kids..!! Shrink plastic Key ring..

It's Friday again.. YAY..!! One small step away from the weekend.
It's also time for a brand new Challenge Theme over 
.. and a chance to win £20 in the That's Crafty Store.

This fortnights theme is *Anything BUT cards*

Please pop on over HERE and check out the DT's inspirational makes.

Here's my little *Anything BUT cards* creation, in words and pictures.

Using the Marina Stamp set I stamped onto clear shrink plastic with 
Black StaZon and coloured in on the reverse side using alcohol markers.

I cut around the images leaving a border and punched holes where I wanted the jump rings to be  attached. Now its time to bake them, I always use an oven for shrink plastic as it works much better for me than a heat tool but that's just my personal choice.
Follow the manufacturers instructions as they can vary from brand to brand.

Jump rings fasten the shrink plastic pieces together and a gathering
of Maya fibres help add interest along with twisted wire pearls.
All finally attached to a Key ring with lobster clasp.

 My baked shrink plastic Key ring is complete.

A fun little make perfect to entertain the Children
over the Summer Holidays and a bit of
 low calorie baking for the Adults.

Thank you for taking time to pop on over
 I look forward to seeing your Crafty Creations over at the
That's Crafty Challenge Blog.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty Stamps Deep Sea Divas: Marina
StaZon ~ Jet Black
Alcohol Markers
Jump rings, Key ring & Lobster Clasp.
Maya Fibres.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Mini Gift bag make over plus some extras

Today i'd like to share a little revamped gift bag made for a swap challenge along with some other little makes all created using Rubber Dance Stamps Designed by Katy Leitch.

Here in words and pictures is my revamped mini gift bag plus..

Using Dylusions paints on a Gelli plate I printed both sides of the paper bag,
stamped randomly onto the print adding dabs and scrapes of gesso.

Paint in primary colours was dripped down the bag and the palette, paint brushes
 and wording stamped, coloured and cut. All from the Artist palette stamp set.

I made a tag using one of the paint tube stamps and decorated extra large paperclips by attaching the paint brush images, coloured in using neocolor pastels
 and Kuretake wink of stella clear, gold and silver brush pens.

Clipped onto the paper bag the paint brush paper clips really do look like
they are full size with their coordinating paint dips and drips.

My Mini altered Gift Bag is complete and ready to send to it's new home.

I also made some ATC's for another swap..

and a Birthday Card!
All having liquid pearls added for the dipped paint effect on the brushes.

I do love this stamp set, great designs and so handy for creating something Arty.

I'm linking this up with the all new Rubber Dance Stamps Forever Stamping Challenge
 a continuous challenge where you can showcase your Rubber Dance makes.

Thank you for stopping by today,
Take Care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Rubber Dance Stamps: Artist Palette
Mini Paper Gift Bag 3" x 5"
Gelli Plate 3" x  5"
Dylusions Paints: Vibrant Turquoise/Pure Sunshine
Caran D'Ache: Neocolor water soluble pastels
Kuretake Wink of Stella: Clear, Gold & Silver
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black

Monday, 31 July 2017

July Tag: Nurture Nature..

Oopps it's the last day of July and I haven't shared my July Tag using those
fabulous prompts from Chris for a mini challenge last year..
Can't believe this is now Tag number 7.
You'd think I would be able to put these together with my eyes closed now but nope,
I forgot everything putting this one together, including to photograph the stages..

Here in words and not so many pictures is my July *Personal Challenge* Tag

Using a Black Tag I painted it in Clear Gesso. 
I then completely forgot to cover with a layer of paint and then forgot to 
cover the layer I forgot with another layer of a different colour. What a donut..!!
I did remember to push Grunge Paste through a stencil and add a strip of lace 
as my collage and then cover the whole Tag in matt medium.

English Red Oxide was dragged down the tag using a dry wipe and Gold DecoArt interference paint dripped down . Stencilled layers have been applied using white Gesso and when completely dry a coating of clear Gesso applied all over.

Fern Leaves by Hobby Art have been stamped onto the tag but I couldn't help think it was all looking a little flat. I'd been here before with my very first Tag thinking it all looked a horrid mess but we were encouraged to keep going... so on I plodded.

For my main focal image I chose an unused PaperArtsy image i'd previously painted with Distress Oxides it was only when I placed this image against the Tag to see if it would fit that I realised I had not put any background colours onto my Tag.. no wonder it was looking a little flat.

So a quick wash of Peeled paint Distress Oxide was applied to mask all that black and my focal image cut out and glued onto the tag. Lots of flat back pearls, gems, sparkly doodles and a glimmer of gilding wax helped bring it to life.

I used my own handwritten words of *Nurture & Nature* added colour
coordinating twine and a dragonfly embellishment to serve as a hanger or tie.

My July Tag is complete.

I must admit the wash really did transform the background  and bring it all together and forgetting to put the coats of paint on first really did make it look a little pants.

Chris's 12 prompts are a revelation and although we had been told we could leave any prompt out anytime, i'm never forgetting one again.

Thank you for sticking with me peeps my August Tag will be shared before we know it.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

A Sprinkle of Starlight.

Hello everyone, I hope you have all had a great weekend?
It's not only the last day of July but also Monday so that must mean 
it's my turn to share a sneaky peek of my That's Crafty Creation and 
direct you over HERE for the Full How to Do's.

I do hope you can join me and as always check out the Design Teams makes 
throughout the week with their sneak peeks and full how to do's over at 

Thank you for visiting and I hope to catch you all later in the week 
with some more creative sharing.

Take Care & Stay Safe Everyone
Hugs Tracey xx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #52 ~ Sketch

Hello everyone I do hope you are all having a good week? I'm sharing a card I put together over the weekend for the Paperbabe Sketch challenge and thought i'd better share it with you all before the challenge is over.. Here's my very quick How to do's..!!

This challenge is a Sketch Challenge where Kim gives a prompt along with interpretations for inspiration. I must admit I struggled thinking this one out in my head so decided to get messy and create each part then think again on how I would piece it all together.

Here's my pieces..

.. laying down my Card foundation..

1: Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress background
2: Tando Circle coloured in Caran D'Ache pastels and pencils. 
White Posca Marker dots and distressed edges using Black Soot.
3: Tando Butterfly coloured in Neocolor and Black Soot
4: Black strip of card with a Paperbabe sentiment stamped and embossed.

.. and finishing it all off with my focal feature of Little Red 
painted with water soluble pastels and pencils.

Phewwwww... I hope I got it right..?
It certainly kept my brain active and I'm quite pleased with the outcome 
apart from it needing the odd tweak here and there.
I hope you like it too..

Until next time stay safe..
Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:
Paperbabe MayLeeDee Little Red Stamp Set
Paperbabe Wish Stamp
Tando Circle/Butterfly
Caran D'Ache Neocolor Pastels/Pencils (water soluble)
Tim Holtz Distress inks Chipped Sapphire/Black Soot
Posca White Marker Pen
Black Card/Versmark/Silver embossing powder.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Some Bunny Loves YOU..!!

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend ? Today i'm sharing some Bunny Love with you over on the That's Crafty Blog. Here's a sneak peek of the sweetest little Bunny in town.

Please hop on over HERE to see the full project and simple how to do's.

Have a great day everyone and don't forget to get your creative fix by checking out 
the creations from my super talented That's Crafty Design Team Mates, 
there's new makes each and every day!!

HOP to see you over there.. !!

Bunny Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 21 July 2017

All things Grunge Girl..

It's time for another challenge over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog 
for residents in the UK and Northern Ireland
For the next two weeks the Theme will be *All Things Grunge* 
I hope you find time to share your 
Grungy creations with us and join in with the challenge over HERE
There's a £20 voucher to spend in the That's Crafty Store for the winning entry.

Here in words and pictures is my take on *All things Grunge*

I painted an MDF GiganTAG with two coats of White Gesso this gave me the surface tooth needed to create my Grunge Girl. Using the Dinky Eye Stencil I traced the outline with a pencil adding detail to the iris and giving the eye a pupil.

I then filled the GiganTag space by drawing a face, adding shadow, shade
and colour using caran d'Ache neocolor pastels and coloured pencils.

A Black Posca Marker has helped define the outer eye with shimmer paints
 dripped down the eye in a sequence of light to dark, pink, purple and Charcoal.

After the final detail has been added to the eyes the stencil has been laid back on top 
and 3D Gloss Gel pushed through it. The Gel although it appears white at first 
does dry completely clear giving a glossy raised effect over it.

I repeated the process giving more dimension and when dry I used the black Posca Marker to trace over the dry gel defining the darker areas of the eye and adding lashes.

Antique silver Shimmer paint has added a glimmer of light to the hair and glossy accents a shiny look to the lips. Sari Silk Ribbon with Tyvek Beads and pearls have added interest to my *GiganTAG Grunge Girl*

There's so many directions you can take with this challenge and I hope you like my take on *Anything Grunge* Thank you for sharing your time with me again and I look forward to seeing what route you take over the next fortnights Challenge.

Take care and Stay Safe..
Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

That's Crafty ~ White Gesso
That's Crafty Surfaces ~ MDF GiganTAG
That's Crafty Dinky ~ Stencil Eye TC089
That's Crafty Shimmer Paints Pink Purple Charcoal Antique Silver
Posca Marker Pens
Prima Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel Transparent
Ranger Inkessentials ~ Glossy Accents
Caran d'Ache ~ Neocolour pastels/pencils
Tyvek ~ Lots of How To Video's showing how to make Tyvek Beads online.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

My Mini *Safekeeping* Book..

 Today i'm sharing a Mini book I created using an off cut of Hammer Card with a Distress Oxide/Sparkler Spray mop up background and the Beautiful You stamp set from
Rubber Dance Stamps Designed by Deborah Wainwright.

Here in lots of words and pictures is my Mini *Safekeeping* book.

Using StazOn I stamped onto clear Shrink Plastic. I've never had much success stamping onto clear as there's no tooth to it but using the Tim Holtz stamp platform really does keep the worry of it sliding around at bay. The image was coloured from the reverse side using Posca Markers. This takes some time to apply as the paint takes a while to dry so be patient if you intend to try this as you don't want to smudge it... it will dry eventually. 

Whilst the paint was drying I set about adding detail onto my 22cm by 7 cm sized off cut by machine sewing twine around the edges of what would be my mini book cover when folded. Using another off cut an insert was created with flaps to hold tiny useful things.

When the paint had dried the image was shrunken down in a pre-heated oven. 
An aperture was cut from the book cover and twine sewn around it's edge. 
This would be the window for the shrink plastic tile to peep through.

I placed the tile over the aperture and surrounded it with foam pads, this helped to level the page and also act as a cushion to protect the tile. The insert was then glued over the top and held in place with bulldog clips until the glue was completely dry. 

Sheets of folded paper are held with twine in the centre of the book cover for those little notes or lists and easily replaced when used up. Those bits and bobs that I tend to carry around with me but always fail drastically to find when needed are all now held in place.

A twine tie with some decorative Tyvek Beads help to keep it all neatly together.

My Mini *Safekeeping* Book is complete.

I've never made a mini book like this before and now folded it measures only 7cm x 11cm. 
A handy size to keep in my bag and a lot easier to find all those bits and bobs. 
I think i will definitely be making another. 
I'd like to share this with the Rubber Dance Stamps Team and join in their 

 Thank you for sharing your time with me today, 
I look forward to sharing with you all again soon.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Rubber Dance Stamps ~ Beautiful You
StazOn ~ Jet Black
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Distress Oxides
Shrinkles Shrink Plastic (Clear)
Hammer Card
Bits and Bobs from the bottom of my bag.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Art on my Heart.. the *B* - Side

Good Monday all, it's my turn to share some creativity over on the That's Crafty Blog today.
As you may remember last week I shared a little Art on my Heart

Here's a sneak peek of the *B* Side
Please pop over HERE to see the full make in words and pictures

and please drop by each day to check out the rest of the DT's inspirational makes throughout the week.

Wishing you all a fabulous day.. Stay Safe everyone.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 14 July 2017

Paperartsy Cards.. Quick and Easy.

Hello everyone, thank you for dropping by today.
I've been making lots of cards recently topping up my handmade card stash as it had began to dwindle lately. These are a selection using Distress Oxide mop up backgrounds and PaperArtsy Stamps.

Here are my very quick and easy *how to do's*...
in small words and lots of pictures.

Using Distress Oxide created backgrounds PaperArtsy Stamps 
Designed by Kay Carley have been used to create the cards design.

Coloured using wink of stella brush pens, some have been edged with stitching.

Others have been given a dot or two of stickles glitter glue 
and a sentiment also from the stamp set.

This sentiment is from another PaperArtsy set. I made a mistake stamping this 
and had to go over it with a fine liner but I don't think it's too noticeable.

I find this one rather innocent looking, maybe ideal for a child
 or Teenager. What do you think ?

This one is my favourite of the four, not sure why but I chose not to put a sentiment on it as it may not stay in the card pile for very long as I think it would look great framed.

I have used this super stamp set so much recently as it gives quick results.
I hope you enjoyed my quick made cards too??

Take care, Stay Safe & have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Watercolour card
Versafine ~ Onyx Black
Tim Holtz ~ Distress Oxides
Ranger Stickles Glue