Thursday, 19 October 2017

Just a note.. Book

Hello everyone, it's Thursday again so that must mean it's my time to share some 
That's Crafty Creativity with you over at That's Blogging Crafty!.

Here's a sneak peek with those How to do's in words and pictures over HERE.

Hope to see you over THERE.

Hugs and Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Stay Safe everyone..

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Paperbabe Sketch Challenge #58

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well??

I've been busy with Christmas this week (YES....!! I know) but I have so many 
Christmas cards to make I have to say I am shamefully behind with my makes this year. 

Today I'm sharing a card created using Stamps from Paperbabe 
which I am entering in the Paperbabe Challenge #58 Sketch

Here is my *Christmas is the day..* card with quick and easy How to do's..

Using a left over piece of mop up paper from a canvas paper pad,
I stamped the snowflake star from the Frost Fairy stamp set with versamark 
all over the paper and gently dusted with the delicate oyster colour mica powder.
Distressed the edges using old scissors and added faux stitching with my tracing wheel.


Stamping the Frost Fairy in black onyx versafine I coloured the image in Caran D'Ache supracolor pencils, washing out some of the colour with a water brush.
I used a large circle die to cut out the image, added gemstones to highlight her snowflake stars and edged her wings with glitter glue to give her an extra sparkle of magic..

Using a verse stamp by Card-io I stamped directly onto the background surface 

and layered up all the elements required in the Paperbabe Sketch Challenge 

My *Christmas is the day...* card is complete.

I think the Frost Fairy has definitely cast her spell and my 
Christmas mojo seems to be returning..
Fingers crossed she stays right where she is as there's busy times ahead 
with no Santa's little helpers for me..!

Thank you for stopping by.

Take Care Everyone
Until next time.

Creativity & Warm Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 13 October 2017

That's Crafty blog Challenge.. Get your Spook on!

Happy Friday the 13th everyone..!!

Over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog it's time for a new Challenge.. *Get your Spook On!* and the That's Crafty Team would like you to share your Scary or Halloween creations with us all over HERE.

There's a chance to win £20 to spend in the That's Crafty Online Store for those of you living in the UK. So if you have a make or would like to create a new one that meets the criteria please drop on by and share it with us all and why not check out those inspirational makes from the That's Crafty DT to maybe help you on your way.

Using a That's Crafty rounded top Upright  I first covered it in Textured Sand Paste and when dry added crackle paste in random areas. When dry a mix of White and Black Multi Surface Paints was painted onto the upright creating differing shades of grey.

I hand drew a pumpkin, coloured and cut him out.
This was to be wrapped around an LED Tealight
which would light up the pumpkin from behind

A wire wrapped web was spun, adding seed beads to break up the design.
They reminded me of water droplets resting precariously.

The Lego spider was found by my bare foot whilst treading on it
early one morning OUCH..!

Glued to the upright now replicating a headstone Tim Holtz Thinlit Dies from the Halloween Words Set have been die pressed into very thick 350gsm black card just enough so the wording stays in the card creating the impression of engraving. Painted with the left over mix of paint and the letters given a touch of green sparkle pen.


The web was attached to the head stone with silicone glue with the glue hidden by twine and holly leaves. I had planned to use ivy leaves but couldn't find the die when I needed it but the holly leaves did a good job hiding all the glue and I was able to add red berries. Not very spooky I hear you say but they could relate to the Trick or Treat theme that this project seemed to take on.

The Pumpkin Tealight sits snug in front of the Head Stone.
Just don't turn out the lights..!!


Thank you for sharing more of your time,
I hope you enjoy my take on *Get your Spook on*
and i'm really look forward to seeing your take on the theme too.

**May your Friday 13th be a LUCKY one..!!**

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Stencil it..!!

Hello Creative friends,

I'm sharing a sneaky peek today as i'm over on the That's Blogging Crafty Blog site
with the full How to do's over HERE using some of the latest products from That's Crafty.

Until next Thursday
Take care & stay safe everyone.

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Repairing and sharing a blast from the past ..

Hello everyone, I hope all is well?

There's not been many makes shared on my blog recently due to the lurgy knocking my Mojo for six but I thought I would share a canvas I made about 6 years ago which I had to repair when it fell off the wall and knocked the framework out.

As the subject matter was so heavy I was very worried about disturbing it by hammering in tacks whilst re-stretching the canvas back over the frame as the medium used to fix the twisted wire tree was homemade, using a mixture of clay and PVA, so I decided to use staples a less brutal way to fix it all back together.

The outer edge of the canvas was created using the clay and PVA mix and painted in Iron Swellegant and darkening Patina. Areas had chipped off when it took a tumble and I did question if putting something else on top of it would cause a reaction. It had been so long since I last used Swellegant I couldn't remember the rules or application just remembered there were times when I needed to wear rubber gloves!!

I decided it would be best to just repaint the edges but not sure if I had any Swellegant left, how wrong I was!! Boxed away in a trolley full of polymer clay I found this!
I'm not sure i've ever used any of this... Shhhhhh Don't tell my OH...

So I set about covering the damaged areas and touching up some of the 
flaking clay that held on the twisted wire trunk.

I Tightened up the wire work holding the red tigers eye chips and 
removed any sharp or broken chips damaged in the fall.

It's all looking a lot more tidier now with the Tigers eye polished and a secure 
saw tooth hanger to hopefully prevent it from falling off the wall.

This is one of my favourite pieces ever created as I love the ambience of it all,
so glad I was able to patch it up..

Hugs & warm wishes until next time.
Tracey xx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Acorns and Oak Leaves Acrylic ATC...

Hello everyone, i'm all of a muddle this week as i've been blessed with the lurgy again and my crafting mojo has taken a downward spiral as my brain has been a beehive of activity but my body not had the energy to put any of it down on to card or canvas.

Today i'm sharing a sneak peek of a That's Crafty make as I have moved into
Thursdays seat in which Nikki had kept so warm for a while.

For the full picture and how to do's please click the pink link HERE

Tomorrow ( Friday 6th October) That's Crafty are showcasing some fabulous
products on Hochanda don't forget to tune in or pop it on to record as Neil Burley
will be waving his creativity at you all at 8am and 11am (GMT).

You may spot some mini makes and a lot more inspirational from the That's Crafty DT.

Thank you for your company everyone
until next Thursday.

Take Care, Stay Safe and Stay Warm
Creative Hugs

Tracey xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Autumn Journal Cover.. (Part 1..)

Hello everyone,
It's time again for a new theme over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog
and this theme is one of my favourites *Forever Autumn*
If you are in the UK and would like to showcase your Autumnal makes there's a chance
to win £20 to spend in the That's Crafty Online Store for the chosen winner.
Hope to see you over THERE..

Here in words and pictures is my Autumn Journal Cover Creation (Part 1..)

The long awaited Eileen Hull XL Journal Die was a considered purchase for me
and one I have a master plan for on a personal level so please watch this space..

Cutting out both halves of the cover using two white/greyboard 10" x 8" panels
 I glued them together and scraped on Multi Surface paint of Autumnal shades.
Dried with a heat tool I then pushed paste through the Maple and Skeleton Leaf Stencils.

When dry I painted over the paste with the same colours used on the cover.
Yellow, Christmas Green, Red & Bronze.

Adding scrapes of Multi Surface Gold I dry brushed areas of the cover
using That's Crafty's own brand Multi Surface Chestnut Brown paint.
I love how areas of the white board peep through!

With wooden beads threaded through the journal clasp Greyboard leaves are
painted, scored then glued onto the front of the clasp for Autumnal decoration.
The empty end of the clasp is then glued to the outer edge of the back cover.

Elasticated string is threaded through the given holes of the die cut cover
and I have allowed for extra string so it can be wrapped around more than once,
thinking ahead as the contents of the inside may expand over time.

Finally the book plate has been carved into with a craft knife,
painted using the same colour palette and embossed with UTEE.
Brads with heated Multi Surface Paints adds the final detail.

My Autumn Journal Cover is complete... (nearly)

Autumn is my favourite season of all with the little animals and insects busying themselves having their last burst of energy before their sleepy time arrives in winter.

I feel a little like those busy animals and insects at the moment with family life and projects this is why I have chosen to save the inside of the Journal for another day..
Autumn Journal Part 2 coming soon..!

Until next time, Stay Safe everyone.
Warm (((Hugs))) and much creativity
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Sizzix Scoreboard XL Journal Designed by Eileen Hull
That's Crafty White/Greyboard Surface Panels 10"x 8"
That's Crafty Stencils: Maple Leaf & Skeleton Leaves
Texture Paste
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paints
That's Craft: Greyboard Leaves
Elasticated string/Wooden beads/Metal Brads/UTEE

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

September Tag: Let's sleep...

Hello everyone, I seem to be cutting it very fine with these monthly Tags
it seems that as soon as the month arrives it fades just as quickly.

Today i'm sharing tag number #9 using the same prompts used
 each month for those of you that may have been following.

Here in words and pictures is my September Tag:

Covered in a coat of clear gesso, leather corset and warm tan acrylic paint,
modelling paste has been pushed through the Big Floral Stencil.

Paper feathers have been added as collage and coated in matt medium,
Pearl shimmer paint is painted all over and Gold paint allowed to drip down the Tag.

Black Soot Distress Oxide has added more detail rubbed through the Faded dots stencil.
A gentle application of clear Gesso seals most of the design without moving it too much.

Stamps from Card-io's blown away set are stamped on using Archival leaf green.

I found a very Quirky Owl image in a free papers booklet from 
Making Cards February 2017 edition, the same place I found the feathers.

Cut out I adhered the Owl to the bottom of the tag as I wanted 
to keep some of the Big Floral stencil visible.

A few doodles bring out the details on the feathers, a found sentiment from Tim Holtz Chit Chat book *Let's sleep under the stars*, along with some fibres and a gem or two..

 The final touches are ready to be added.

With the addition of glossy accent eyes
My September Tag is now complete:

Can't believe I managed to complete this without even a hint of gilding wax!!
Only three more to go until my full year's worth is complete.

Thank you for sticking around everyone.

Wishing you all warm hugs and lots of creativity.
Tracey xx

Monday, 25 September 2017

Autumn Wood Shadow Box

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well?

Today I am sharing a sneaky peek of one of my That's Crafty Creations.
A Seasonal make in celebration of all things Autumn.

For the full How to do's click the pink link and pop on over HERE
to the That's Blogging Crafty Blog Site.

Thank you for your shared time,
I hope to see you over there.

Until *next week*.. Stay safe everyone

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Make a Wish.. it's your Birthday.

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well?

Today is a very special day as it's my Mom's Birthday.
*Happy Birthday Mom*

This sneaky peek is quite fitting for today's celebrations.
For my latest That's Crafty Creation please pop on over HERE
to visit the That's Blogging Crafty Blog 
for some very quick and simple *How to Do's*

Wishing you all a fabulous week
until next time.

Take Care & Stay Safe everyone.

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Family Portrait...

Meet my eldest Son..!! 

This has been hidden away unfinished for a good few weeks now waiting to be completed and given as a long awaited housewarming gift. I finished the Female a while back but something always seemed to get in the way to stop me from completing this.

Here in words and pictures is my creation..

From the Mens MDF Portrait media blanks by Paperbabe I Stamped on the 
facial details with the mens face stamps and painted using a real hotchpotch of acrylics.

I used one of the Paperbabe DesignA Knit Stamps to stamp and then emboss to 
add texture to the garment pieces. They were then painted and a 
whisper of silver gilding wax rubbed over to make the design pop out.

Painting the hair in black gesso I scored into it with a 
pokey tool to create the illusion of strands.

With the pieces glued together I could now work on the finer detail, 
tone down areas of colour I felt were too loud and add some stubble.

I traced around the head shape onto thick card to create the back of the head and
using truffle brown acrylic, I was able to bring out a more realistic hair shade.

This is how he looks from the back, along with a little hood to add a bit more detail.
If I had thought this out properly I would have created it a lot more larger than this.

Here he is from the front with added eyelets and cord.

and here he is with his lovely lady.
At last both complete and ready to be collected.

*How to do's* of the Female Media Blanks *Butterfly Girl* can be found HERE.

I now look forward to giving them to the Happy Couple later today
and wish them both all the best in their *New Home*..

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day with me
and I hope the rest of your day is a peaceful one.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Paperbabe Mens MDF Portrait media blanks: Side Swept Bangs
Paperbabe Male Face Stamps
Acrylic Paint.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fly Away Family...

Hello everyone can you believe we are already midway through September.
How time does fly! Speaking of flying, "Fly Away" is this fortnights challenge theme 
over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog. So if you would like to spread your wings 
and share your flights of fancy there's a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend in the 
That's Crafty online Store for the chosen winner.

Here's my Fly Away Family creation 
and those how to do's..

Using one *SIZE #10* and three *SIZE #1* MDF That's Crafty Tags , I first coated in white Gesso and scribbled on colourful water soluble pastels, spritzing with water to move them around the tag. After drying with a heat tool I placed the Bare Tree Stencil over the large tag and with a wet wipe traced around the stencil removing some of the colour. 

It leaves an effective glow around the tree image
as it reveals the gesso surface.

I stamped and embossed the large Mama Owl and the three smaller owls 
colouring with bright water soluble pastels. Both stamp sets from 
Rubber Dance are Designed by Melina Dahl.

I finished the tag backgrounds by dripping gold That's Crafty multi surface 
paint down the tags and spritzing with water to speed up the process.

Adding a strip of wood to the front and back of the tag gave me just enough thickness 
to screw in three hooks to act as hangers. Disguised by branches from the Mama Owl stamp set, Mama Owl sits perched proudly on top.

The three small *See No Evil- Hear No Evil & Speak No Evil* owls
fit perfectly on the small tags and with added chains hang onto the hooks.

My Fly Away Family key chain holder is complete.

This piece is quite symbolic for me having three children who one by one are 
flying the family nest, but they know exactly where to find me if needs be 
and as always Mama Owls wings will be wide open when they come to visit.

Thank you for sharing your time, I do hope you can join in with the challenge and 
please remember to check out the fabulous That's Crafty Design Teams makes
over HERE.

Until next time stay safe & take good care.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

*I'm sharing this with the Rubber Dance FOREVER Stamping Challenge,
a place to showcase your Rubber Dance Stamp makes with the anything goes theme*

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty MDF #1 Tags
That's Crafty MDF #10 Tags
That's Crafty Stencil: Bare Tree
That's Crafty Gesso: WHITE
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paint: GOLD
Rubber Dance Stamps: Mama Owl
Rubber Dance Stamps: Owl do Good
Caran D'ache Neocolor II water soluble wax pastels
Embossing powder/versafine ink