Friday, 21 September 2018

Hello Autumn

Hello Creative Friends,

Can you believe we are on the brink of Autumn.
Already the leaves have started to change colour and fall.

Here's a little Autumnal creation created during a much needed play day.

I found this wide rimmed wooden frame in a charity shop, painted in gesso 
and applied sand paste through AALL & Create stencils. 
Embellished with a strip of tapestry canvas & parts of a plywood frame 
I then painted it all in gesso again.

Found leaves have been glued onto a recycled envelope to
hold their shape and to stop them from drying out so quickly.

Filling in the gaps of the frame with art stones a third coat of gesso is applied

Drops of alcohol inks are spritzed with water and white gesso 
used to knock back the brightness of the colour.

Stamping a versamark embossing ink pad onto the leave and embossing 
with clear embossing powder help to preserve those beautiful leaves.

Time to start layering those natural elements.
I chose to use just one of the leaves and team it up with some fallen twigs,
Added a whimsical word from Paperbabe stamps, a dot and dab of
liquitex gold ink and a flick of white paint.

My Autumnal box frame is complete.

I do love the warmth of colour that Autumn gives.

Thank you for sharing your time.
Wishing you all a super weekend.

Creative Hugs & Wishes
Tracey xx

I'm sharing this with ...

A Vintage Journey ~ Back to Nature
More Mixed Media Challenge ~ Anything Goes + Optional Brown
Try it on Tuesday ~ Slap it On
and Kristen & Eva over at PPF

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

#WOYWW 485

Happy #WOYWW 485 Crafty Peepers.

It's that time of the week where we share our desks and catch up 
with everyone else's thanks to Julia over at the Stamping Ground.

Well it's all systems go again with the kitchen refit. Fingers crossed it 
WILL soon be finished and normality can seep back into my world.

This was taken yesterday as I knew the light would be pants early morn.

My creative corner may soon be back in action!

So here's what's on my work space today.. Paint..!!
I'm giving those butcher's trolleys a little face lift.

Autumnal leaves were dancing outside my door this morning.
Need to make good use of them before they get too crispy

Have a great week everyone & Happy WOYWW
I'll be round to visit during Coffee breaks.

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Shroom Town Book Cover ~ #That's Crafty!

Hello Creative Friends.
I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing Sunday?

I'm here today to share the finished project of last Mondays sneak peek using
*NEW* That's Crafty products showcased on Hochanda last Tuesday. 

Here's those *How to Do's* and how it came to be..

Taking a large greyboard surface I covered with 
deli paper, lace and then spritzed with Lime Lustre Spray.

Using those lace shapes as a guide I painted a scene 
using a mixture of multi surface and interference paints.

The texture from the lace and deli paper holds onto the shimmer
and the lustre from the spray soon finds it's way to the surface, although 
as you know it is hard to capture those sparkles when photographing.

I traced around the greyboard shape onto an 
unused exercise book and cut to the same size.

Stamping the Shroom houses directly onto the matching white/greyboard shapes,
I stamped the trees onto stamping card and coloured with distress markers.

Gluing the greyboard shape onto the exercise book cover, 
I first layered the trees then the houses to create that little town scene.

The greyboard tag makes a very robust book cover.

Triple embossing the houses with clear embossing powder 
really brought those sweet little Shroom Houses to life..

Lot's of lovely little accent stamps included in the Shroom House set.

The possibilities really are endless when you create your own 
books and if I had had more time I really would have gone to town 
(no pun intended) inside this little creation.

Complete Shroom Town Book Cover...

Thank you as always for sharing your time today.
Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

That's Crafty Supplies:

Clear Stamps ~ Shroom Town Designed by Melina Dahl
White/Greyboard ~ Shroom Town Shapes

Friday, 14 September 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #82 ~ THEME *STARS*

Hello Creative Friends

It's Friday and time for another Paperbabe Challenge.
This fortnight the theme is *STARS* we'd love you to share
your *STAR* creations over HERE on the Paperbabe Stamps blog.

There's a prize for one Lucky random winner so pop on over, 
read those rules and see what the Team have created just for you.

Here's my take on the Theme *STARS*

On to an A3 Journal page I traced around the Standard Torso and Fairy Wings 
templates, lay down lots of colourful Neocolor II's and spritzed with water 
to help those colours mix, move and merge around the page.

The Head template was traced, features stamped, coloured and cut out.
The Curly Hair and fringe template has also been traced separately 
ready to be fussy cut.

Stamping the Doodle *STARS* onto the background I rubbed crystal stickles glitter glue 
over the page with my finger to add some sparkle. I then used the Curly Fringe Hair
template to manipulate exactly where I wanted the hair to be before tracing around.

Those traced areas of hair behind the face were painted with white Gesso
and a hairline drawn onto the face making it easier to position those hair strands.

With those hair strands cut out and glued into place 
the pointy ear is lifted up peeping out from the hair.

Paper napkins have been collaged to the base of the page with 
extra's backed onto card and layered on top to add dimension.

Drawing in those finer details of my Fantasy Fairy using Neocolor II's, 
a fussy cut crown (included in the Fairy Wings template) along with 
beaded string adds that final detail.

I really enjoyed losing myself creating this piece and with limited craft supplies
at the moment due to a little home improvement it really does set those
creative cogs in motion.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead
and Thank you so much for visiting.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'm playing along with:
Kristin & EVA over at Paint Party Friday
Craft Stamper Magazine~ Take it Make it
Art Journal Journey ~ A World of Fantasy

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

#WOYWW 484

Happy Wednesday Everyone

It's time to share WOYWW 
as Julia generously hosts over at the stamping ground 
as we show what's on ours and take a peep at everyone else's.

Well the kitchen refit has ground to a halt so i'm closing the 
door on this one today for fear of getting a little grouchy..!

The area you see the cooker & washing machine in is my tiny creative corner. 
Over the past week there's been lots of mind mapping going on as I play 
Tetris trying to visually squeeze in those essential creative tools.

So no creative sharing for me today but I can show you what 
was inside some of those unopened parcels from last week.

Bargains from Art from the Heart along with the 
irresistible "Glances" wood mounted stamps from Jane Davenport.. 
Think I will just smell & stroke them for a while before inking.. Haa haa!

More delightful stamps sets that i'm itching to play with 
and finally a Craft Stamper Magazine blog challenge prize 
I was so lucky to be randomly picked as a winner "Thank you Trish"

Looking forward to seeing what that Alcohol lift ink and pad can do.
Just need to find which box those alcohol inks are packed away in..

I can not wait to seeing what you have all been up too and hope to see 
pictures of last Saturday's Crop from those of you lucky enough to attend. 

If I didn't get round to visiting you all please feel free to shout at me, 
With Kitchen Chaos, boxes which seem to be breeding
and nursing an end of summer cold it's been a difficult week to 
juggle alongside my duties and everyday workload.

Tracey xx

Monday, 10 September 2018

That's Crafty! ~ TVDT Sneak Peek 2

Happy Monday Creative Friends

Just 24 hours to go till That's Crafty! showcase new products on
Hochanda TV tomorrow Tuesday 11th September at 10.00 am (BST)

New stamps designed by Melina Dahl and so much more...

Here's another sneak peek of a That's Crafty! TVDT creation.

Hope you get a moment to watch or record the show as thers's
much more loveliness to see from Jo and the Design Team.

Creative Monday Hugs
Tracey xx

Sunday, 9 September 2018

That's Crafty! TVDT ~ Sneak peek..

Hello Creative Friends

48 hours to go till That's Crafty! showcase new products
on Hochanda TV on Tuesday 11th September at 10.00 am (BST)

New stamps, stencils, greyboard shapes and much much more...

Here's a sneak peek of a That's Crafty! TVDT creation.

There will be demonstrations from Jo and lots of inspiration
from the design team to wet your creative appetite.

Hope you can find time to watch
or set those recorders.

Sunday Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 7 September 2018

Mermaid Dreams

Happy Friday Everyone

I found a moment to play with a new Spellbinders Stencil 
designed by Jane Davenport purchased from That's Crafty. 

Jane always reminds me of Mermaids this was the perfect 
opportunity to take part in Art Journal Journey hosted by 
dear Yvonne this month with her chosen theme of *A World of Fantasy*

This journal page has been created using watercolour pencils and gesso. 
The stencil gives all those important lines needed to create a portrait.

Sketching in a Mermaid's tail I also used another of Jane's 
stencils to doodle some shapes around the page.

Pieces of collage tissue paper are glued with matt medium,
the colours matched perfect with the background colour.

Gesso dabbed on with tissue and used to highlight areas of the shapes,
handwritten words Mermaid Dreams have been added to the page.

As a child I would dream of Mermaids, I believe it may have been because of the 
holidays each year spent in Devon exploring secluded beaches like Ness Cove which 
could only be accessed through what the locals would call a smugglers tunnel.  
I always hoped I would catch a glimpse of a mermaid on the other side.

It's as if this mermaid is taking a selfie hee hee!!

Wishing you all a super weekend.

Looking forward to having some free time
and seeing what you have all been up too.

Take Care & Stay Safe
Creative wishes

Tracey xx

I'm sharing my creative playtime with:

Art Journal Journey - A World of Fantasy
Try it on Tuesday - Childhood
Kirstin & Eva over at PPF
Teema 40 ~ At the beginning was WATER
MOO MANIA & MORE.. Circles

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

WOYWW #483

As Wednesday gently rolls in again its time to share
WOYWW thanks to Julia over at the stamping ground.

Those that visited last week will remember i'm in a
pickle this week due to a much needed kitchen face lift.

This was me catching a moment on Monday evening making sure
I knew exactly where the things I needed to work with were, so I could
escape into the garden with the dog when the work was due to start on Tuesday.

The weather man promised us sunshine on Tuesday...

Tuesday Morning arrived along with torrential rain..
No creative play time in the garden for me!!
With everything ready and waiting to be ripped out.
i'll be sad to see that puppy chewed corner unit go..

After a whole lot of noise in which the dog and myself endured 
for most of the day due to the rain.. Thanks Mr Weather Man.
Those ghastly units have gone... awaiting new units today Yay!!!

Hope to have something much more creative to share with you next week.
I have a pile of unopened parcels waiting to be opened but i'm saving them
until the weekend, i'll surely lose what ever is inside them if I open them now.

Off to set up in the garden now the light is coming up
and then get the kettle on and wait for the chippy to arrive.
Look forward to visiting everyone this week as 'i'm sure
I missed a handful of you out last week sadly.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 31 August 2018

Paperbabe Picture inspiration #81 ~ Pebble Cairns

Hello Creative Friends.

It's time for another challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps
and this fortnight we are asking you to use the picture to
inspire your creativity and share it with us over HERE.

Beach Pebble stacking is a mindful activity which requires patience and focus.
Harmless to the environment as nature reclaims them when the tide comes to call.

I've used the calmness of the colours from the stack to create a doodle
book and introduce elements upon it to represent part of the image.

Here's those *How to Do's*...

Onto an A4 piece of Kraft Card I have layered calico and lace,
sewn into place and painted over colour using distress crayons.

From the *Like Clockwork* set I stamped the face and numbers,
The numbers fit perfectly inside the minute marker stamp.

With the Isometric stamp printed onto the calico back cover I secured
it onto the Kraft card with stitching and used Paperbabe leftovers from
previous creations to embellish, including stamped rice paper and tea bags.

With the Kraft Card clock face trimmed and sewn in place the cogs 
and gears are the perfect fit to stamp onto the MDF buttons. 

The words Inspire me have been stamped onto a used Teabag smeared in 
gesso and glued onto the front of the cover along with the pointing hand 
stamp included within the *Like Clockwork* set. 

Stamped onto rice paper the word because has been adhered to the back..
BECAUSE we do not need to have a reason to be creative do we.. ?
A blank canvas to add more, scrawl or paint upon.

Filled with a selection of papers tied in with string the ability to express is unlimited.
Watercolour, drawing, stamp, Kraft and black core card have all been included.
I've used the isometric stamp as a guide for some mindful colouring.

A Cogs stack to resemble those Cairn Pebbles completes my 
Mixed Media Paperbabe Doodle Book..

I'm using this as my calming space, something much needed at the moment,
with the hope of keeping everything within it monochrome or neutral.

Thank you for sharing your time, it surely is precious.
I hope you too can join in and share your take on the Picture challenge.

Creative Hugs & Wishes
Tracey xx

I'm joining in with the PPF Fun today with Kristin & Eva.

 Paperbabe Stamps Creative Supplies: 

Paperbabe Portrait Media Blanks

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

WOYWW #482

Happy WOYWW everyone

I was away last week so missed out on my woyww fix..
It's surprising how addictive it has become each week catching up with everyone
and their Wednesday workspace courtesy of our host Julia at the Stamping Ground.

No creative work area shot for me and there may not be any for a week or two
as I'm currently boxing everything and I mean EVERYTHING
away in my kitchen as it's due a long awaited face lift next week.

This is a tiny selection of boxes I need to find a temporary home for,
there seems to be more craft equipment than kitchen...!

I have to say i'm not looking forward to the next couple of weeks and will be glad
when it's all completed and I can start to get back to normal if that's at all possible.

One creative thing I can share is the contents of my scrawlr box this month.
Think I will be making good use of this one over the next week or so
as I may not be able to find much else hee hee!!

Looking forward to visiting you all 
as soon as I can find my way out of the kitchen.

Creative Hugs

Tracey xx

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Look beyond the Rust and Crust of Life

Hello Creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well and those of you in the UK
are looking forward to the upcoming Bank Holiday..??

I've been having a BIG craft sort out and came across more UFO's
I knew these elements would work very well together.

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

Take a cheap household sponge and glue it onto a greyboard heart.
Shape to size, punch in holes and add eyelets when dry.

Onto an MDF Chunkie I pushed texture paste through the Lines Stencil
Smeared on sand paste with my fingers and when dry painted 
all over with Chestnut Brown Multi Surface Paints.

I then dabbed on paint from the colour choice you see, spritzing with water 
allowing the paints to drip, fall and catch on the textured surface.

The sponge heart was first painted in red, spraying with water 
makes it easier for the sponge to absorb the paint. When dry 
I dabbed on spots of texture paste and allowed it to dry completely.

Using a bag full of greyboard cogs already prepped as a colour guide.

I used that same colour palette seen above to paint the whole heart 
mixing the colours on the sponge to replicate the colour of rust.

Arranging the cogs onto the chunkie I threaded a lace through 
the heart gluing it all in place using multi purpose adhesive.

Adding the finer detail to create the rust effect background,
pushing and pinching the texture paste allows it to crack

Picking away pieces of the texture paste also removes parts of the sponge 
revealing those protected rich reds underneath as the paste acts as a resist.

Stamped words on Kraft card are distressed and concertinaed 

Glued into place my Rust effect chunkie is complete and ready to hang.


Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead
what ever you have planned.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs & Wishes
Tracey xx

I'm playing along with:
SanDee & amelie's - Steampunk/Industrial Challenge
A Vintage Journey - How can I resist Challenge

All products  used are That's Crafty:
Greyboard heart - MDF ChunkieLines Stencil - Multi Surface Paints - Texture Paste -
Texture Sand Paste - Greyboard  Small Cogs Large CogsMultipurpose Adhesive