Sunday, 11 November 2018

We will Remember...

Good Morning Creative Friends..

I'd not planned on sharing this piece but as today is Remembrance Sunday 
and the Centenary of the end of the First world War it seemed appropriate.

Inspired by the book Warhorse, I introduced those modern mechanical 
workings from the stage show into my Horse study using glue and 
gave the Horse a watercolour wash when the glue began to dry.


The journal background was created using structure paste, old brown paper 
and seed beads I'd rescued from a broken vintage necklace.


With those raised glue areas dry and highlighted with metallic pen, 
I tried to capture the silhouette of Soldiers along the horizon within the eye.. 


Painted and layered scraps of paper form the Head collar,
with brads and punched holes added for extra detail.
Brown paper, ribbon and twine give dimension to the Horse mane
graced with one single poppy OUR Symbol of remembrance.


Written words are just one paragraph taken from *For the Fallen* 
written by Laurence Binyan and one I think most have heard before.

For the past, present and future 
We WILL Remember them...


Wishing you all peace on this day of memorial.

Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with:
Art Journal Journey ~ Vintage or Modern Hosted by Erika
Creative Artiste's ~ #44th Challenge
CED ~ AEDM

Friday, 9 November 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #86 Animals/Pets

Happy Friday Creative Friends,

There's a new challenge theme over on the Paperbabe Blog  
with this fortnights theme being Animals/Pets. 

I couldn't resist using the White Rabbit templates for this challenge.
Traced onto a canvas sheet I stamped those Rabbit Face features and used the 
Cat template to give the shape of the body.. The Rabbit ears I traced separately.


Poppies are so relevant this time of year this napkin adhered 
to the Ornate Frame made the perfect backdrop.


It's hard work using pencil on canvas sheets, I lost count of the amount of times 
I had to sharpen those pencils.. but it gives an alternative effect to paints. 


A wash of blue helps create the skyline with left over poppies 
mounted onto card waiting patiently to be layered on top..

I cut a boarder around the Rabbit and ears so I could pull the canvas edge apart to 
create the appearance of fur tufts. Now to decide exactly where those ears will go..


With those Rabbit ears tweaked into position and wire whiskers glued into place, 
those left over poppies are layered up to complete this idyllic scene.


I do hope you can pop over and see what the Design Team have been up to. 

Come and share your Animal or Pet designs over on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog 
you may just be the Lucky winner of a Paperbabe prize.

Wishing you all a Peaceful weekend.
Creative Wishes

Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with..
Kristin & Eva over at PPF
A Bit More Time to Craft ~ Challenge #79 ATG
and
CED ~AEDM

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

#WOYWW 492

Happy WOYWW 492

A mid week catch up with creatives from far and wide 
thanks to our lovely Julia over at the Stamping Ground.

Well my desk this week is not as productive as I had hoped,
 I've spent most of my time looking for things I've mislaid 
and finding things that i'd lost many moons ago. 

Not helpful when I've been trying to get my Christmas Mojo cranked..


I appear to have brought lots of dies this year and I have to confess...
I really do NOT enjoy cutting them out..!!
A mammoth cutting spree last Sunday felt like an intense gym workout.

 This area has remained redundant since then as I've hidden away with my pens 
and pencils making the most of putting my feet up whilst Hubby is resting. 
Winter must be on it's way as I feel hibernation is setting in.

Home visits and a pre-op appointment for Hubby this week
so I'll be round to visit asap...

Hugs to you all
Tracey xx

Friday, 2 November 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Picture Challenge~ #85

Hello everyone

I'm a little late with this creation but here's a reminder that there's still time to 
join in with this fortnights Picture inspired Paperbabe Stamps challenge over HERE.

Use the picture/colours below to awaken your creativity and be inspired. 
There's still a week to play and a Paperbabe prize for one lucky participant. 
Come and share your creations with us over on the Paperbabe stamps Challenge Blog..


Here's what I got up to and those quick *How to Do's*

Using the Paperbabe Female Head & Torso Template I traced round the face and 
stamped out some female facial features. Using the colours from the picture prompt I 
free styled those strands of hair and began to colour using pencil & neocolors


Tree's from the Bottle Brush Tree set were stamped and embossed along the horizon. 
There must have been some random flecks of glitter hidden within my clear 
embossing powder as there is a definite sparkle upon those trees. 


Pastels smudged around the hairline and tree's adds an air of mystery 
along with oil pastels and inks all fixed with a coating of varnish. 

Most bewitching!!


Wishing you a fabulous weekend.

Take Care everyone & make time yourselves.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with...
Kristin & Eva ~ Paint Party Friday  ~ AEDM and
More Mixed Media Challenge ~ ATG/Optional Orange

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

WOYWW #491

Happy Woyww #491

It's a weekly Wednesday meet up over at the stamping ground 
and a chance to share and catch up with everyone and their creativity.

Can I say again a HUGE Thank you for all your well wishes last week.

Hubby is doing well and the Doctor's and Cardio Rehab are pleased with his progress. 
The door bell and phone have been very busy i'm surprised he's had any rest at all. 

This weeks desk contains gathered stamps and dies ready for Christmas cards. 
Keeping everything crossed this weekend will be quiet enough to make a start.

A left over Thank you card is visible, maybe this one can be for you lovely people.


I did manage to find time to open my Birthday cards and gifts, albeit a week late.
My dearest children spoilt me with a new laptop, they obviously were sick of trying to 
update and fix my old #unfixable. After forgetting lots of passwords and transferring 
lots of files i'm now up and running again and faster than I have been for years.. YAY!!!

An appointment free day today means I get some creative time 
so i'm hoping to finish off this little lady before the witching hour ends... 


Have fun with those Trick or Treaters and Happy Halloween.

Look forward to seeing #WOYWW thanks to Julia

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

WOYWW #490

Hello everyone.. 

It's Wednesday.. that day in the week when we share WOYWW 
and visit others thanks to Julia over at the Stamping ground..

Here's the secret I was hiding last WOYWW, a pile of cards that gradually got larger 
over the week as a milestone Birthday was heading it's way for me last weekend 
but those cards and pressie's remain unopened..


After my Husbands hospital appointments last woyww the rest of the week 
became a bit of a blur as sadly in the early hours of Saturday morning 
my Hubby was rushed to Hospital where he suffered a heart attack. 
First response, Paramedics, Cardiologist 
and the whole Cardio Team were fantastic. 

I'm happy to say after a very worrying few days he's doing well after his surgery 
and was aloud home yesterday with a bag full of reading material, medication 
for life, under strict instructions to rest to aid his recovery...!

I've not really taken in what's happened, think I'm still in shock to be honest.. 

Take good care everyone, i'll catch up with everyone asap

Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn through a Fisheye Lens

Happy Friday everyone,

I'm sharing a canvas today created using a beautiful napkin i've had for a long time.
Adhered to a round canvas using matte medium I also covered around the edge. 


Stamping a visible image quote onto rice paper, I adhered this also with 
matte medium and edged parts of the canvas with Art stones and beads .


Die cut leaves coloured with Distress Oxide Inks and 
detailed with Alcohol pens embellish and frame the image.


Melted wax was brushed over the leaves and buffed when dry. 
Gently crushing the leaves helps create a more realistic appearance.


Dots of white pen adds blemishes to those leaves with two found alder 
catkins glued amongst them completing my Autumnal round canvas.


I love how the shape of the canvas and curvature of the bench 
helps create the illusion of looking through a fish eye lens.

Who wouldn't wish to sit upon that bench, gather 
your thoughts and admire that Autumn splendour..?

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend what ever your plans.

Creative Hugs & Warm Wishes
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today's creativity with...
Kristin & EVA ~ Paint Party Friday
A Vintage Journey ~ Autumn Splendour
Moo-Mania & More ~ AUTUMN

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

#WOYWW 489

Happy WOYWW Everyone..

Thanks to Julia over at the stamping ground we get to share a moment
of our creative day and sneak a peep at others as it's #WOYWW 489

This morning I'm sharing a peep of my desk from a distance
as I really can not show you a close up as it's full of surprises...!!


So here is yesterdays Desk with the second card I made for a friends birthday. 
Yes the second card... I tidied the first one away and have yet to find it..


Last weeks desk contained some WIP's here's one I shared on Friday, 
feel free to take a closer look HERE during your elevenses..


Hospital appointments will take up part of my day
but i'll be round to visit you all asap.

Take care & keep well

Creative Hugs & Wishes
Tracey xx

Sunday, 14 October 2018

That's Crafty Reveal.

Happy Sunday Everyone,

It's been a very wet and windy weekend in the midlands. 
I hope you are all keeping well and treating yourself to a relaxing day 
or maybe spending your day with family or friends?

This post is a reveal of the latest That's Crafty products
including stamps, stencils and new mediums.

There's lots to see.. so please enjoy.


Created by playing with Flat Matte Sprays and the Dianthus stencil and masks, 
I painted, spritzed and lifted the ink off. This piece was just a test piece that was 
far to nice to discard. With one of Lynne's new Affirmations it made a pretty card.


Onto a greyboard Long Tag that i'd scraped with Gold interference paint I added 
water to the Walnut Crystals and used it as paint letting creativity be my guide.


Edged with a fine liner pen dots of multi surface paint create an Autumnal scene.


Using the Dragonfly and Lace Doily Stencils in different ways.


Running the dragonfly mask on black card through the sizzix big shot plus.
I clear embossed those raised areas and painted the debossed Dragonfly with blue
 and green interference paint the embossing helped keep it all within the lines.

Glued onto a long tag adding gem stone eyes & a fitting affirmation completes the design.


Painting first with Gesso, Texture paste was pushed through the 
Lace Doily stencil and a wash of Blackberry spray applied. 


Multi surface paints and posca pens bring the magnificent detail of the doily to life. 
Walnut spray and crystals define those shady areas with a sprinkling of crystals 
left to find their own way with a spritz of water. 


Given words from Lynne's affirmations complete the final tag.
I think this one maybe my new favourite *Favourite*...!!


Thank you for sharing your precious time.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Until next time
Creative Hugs & Wishes
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! ~ Long Tags
That's Crafty! 8x8 Stencils ~ Dianthus  ~ Dragonfly ~ Lace Doily
That's Craft! ~ Flat Matte Sprays
That's Crafty! ~ Walnut Crystals
Lynne's Affirmations SET 11

Friday, 12 October 2018

Paperbabe *Anything Goes* Challenge #84

Hello Creative Friends

It's Anything Goes over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog this fortnight 
and we'd love you to share your creativity with us over HERE.

Pop on over and see what the Design Team have been up to.. 
There's a prize for one random winner every fortnight..

Here's what I got up to one rainy play day.

As Halloween and Dia de (los) Meurtos approach I chose to mix and match 
the male, female and sugar skull stamps as they all work perfectly together 
alongside those Paperbabe Portrait templates.


The daisy stamp from the sugar skull set was used to create a lace effect.
With the outer edge of the torso template acting as a mask it keeps 
the stamp within the lines... such a time saver..


Again those template edges act as a guide but this time helped me add those 
darker areas whilst still keeping the shape of the Blunt Bangs hair style.


Adding my favourite shades of watercolour pencil and paint, I find a good 
gesso invaluable as it not only adds those important highlights but also 
tones down over worked areas with what ever medium you choose.


Keeping those colour tones similar a dot of black diamond glitter glue 
has been added to the centre of each flower to bling it up just a little.


The rose from the sugar skull set has been stamped onto a colour wash background 
and coloured with watercolour pencils. Cut out they are ready to add to my page.


Used to embellish the hair and garment those final 
gesso highlights complete my Paperbabe Journal page.


I'm very much in my comfort zone with portraiture but 
the Paperbabe face stamps and templates give me the confidence 
to share the magic they can create, much more than my own sketches.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Wishing you all a super weekend.
Creative Hugs Tracey xx

I'm happily playing along with:
Art Journal Journey ~ Creature Comforts hosted by Linda
and Paint Party Friday ~ Courtesy of Kristin & EVA


Creative Supplies:
Paperbabe Stamps ~ Standard Male and Female portrait torso templates 
Standard Male and Female Face Stamps and Standard Sugar Skull stamp set.
Paperbabe Stamps Red Rubber ~ Comfort Zone quote
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II's ~ Supracolor pencils and Indigoblu paints

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WOYWW #488

Hello creative Friends,

Like the domino's effect my family one by one have fallen with the Flu Virus. 
It's been an exhausting two weeks with no option but to down those crafty tools and 
take a break from blogging having no time or energy left at the end of each day..

Happy to report all is quiet on the flu front and it's good to be back today as it's time
to join in with WOYWW courtesy of Julia our host who will pull me back inline
and get my blogging and visits back on track over at the stamping ground.


Today's desk is full of WIPs along with my travel art case as I spent
the weekend with friends in Kent to give my support to their charity work for
Sarcoma UK and Nordoff Robbins.

I know they read my blog so may I take the opportunity to say in a world that can be so selfish I  am blessed to have fabulous friends, who dedicate their time and and talent 
for the wellbeing of others even when struggling with their own.
*You are ALL AMAZING..!!*

Those few days away have been so uplifting and it sure does put that 
*Me time* in perspective..

Look forward to catching up with everyone in between 
finishing off some of those overdue WIP's

Creative Hugs... 
Tracey xx

*I've missed you all*

Thursday, 4 October 2018

October Sneak Peek

Hello Creative friends

There's delightful new products on the horizon from That's Crafty 
showcasing on Hochanda TV TOMORROW!! Friday 5th October at 12pm




Here's a sneak peek using those new surfaces, mediums, stencils & stamps 
designed by the ever talented That's Crafty and Lynne Moncrieff.

Hope you will love them as much as I do.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 28 September 2018

Paperbabe SKETCH Challenge ~ #83

Hello Creative Friends,


Use it's shape to inspire you and the image to represent your design.
Mix it up, be creative, it's really up to you how you interpret it.


Time has been very limited for me this week so I set myself a 
personal challenge to see what I could come up with in 1 hour.

Here's what I got up to and those simple *How to Do's*

Using the leaf and conkers from the Completely Conkers stamp set, 
Distress Oxides were my choice of ink to stamp onto both Kraft and white card.


Onto an A6 card I stamped one of my favourite stamps from the 
Spritz & Speckle set along with the completely Conkers sentiment.

5 leaves and 5 conkers were fussy cut and teased into shape ready to assemble.


Glued down using 3D Gel my CAS card is complete.

It's really that simple ..


Hope you can find a moment to pop on over HERE and join in with the challenge.
There's a prize for one lucky random winner.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Spritz and Speckles and Completely Conkers 
A6 Card & Distress Oxide Inks