Sunday, 17 June 2018

One for the Boys...

Happy Sunday to all those special male figures out there.

I don't get chance to join in with many blog challenges anymore
but needing a quick male card this week reminded me of the

Inspired by Yvonne's creation from the TioT DT
this IndigoBlu stamp was perfect for it's purpose.

Simply stamped onto watercolour card a scene has been
created around it with glitter glue adding a speck of sparkle.

I'm sure there will be lots of boy cards flying around today..

Happy Sunday Hugs
and enjoy your day.

Tracey xx

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Pom-Poms and Tassels..

Hello everyone,

Today i'm sharing some That's Crafty Creativity over on the That's Crafty Blog.
Here's a sneaky peek with the full *How to Do's* over HERE

Hope to see you over there

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Hello everyone,

It's WOYWW 471 the day to share whats on our work desks with our host Julia 
over at her Stamping Ground and checkout everyone else's work space.

I was not around to share what was on my work space last week as I was on my holidays. 
A much needed break doing nothing but daydreaming.. the best thing to revive creativity!!

I did take a photograph of what was on my holiday work space for WOYWW470 
this is what popped out of my travelling Art Case with a few WIP's hidden underneath. 

This weeks WOYWW 471 is a little different as i'm now back home chasing my tail 
trying to finish off some jewellery commissions.... those few days away seem an age away!

Like a magpie I collect jewellery of all kinds, some I deconstruct to recreate new pieces, use in mixed media or use in textile art but some I collect just because... Here's a close up of the box on the left with my latest find a collection of vintage hand beaded necklaces.. 

How could anyone want to get rid of these?
I've a few ideas already how to reinvent them..

Thank you for stopping by, i'll be around to visit asap.

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Friday, 8 June 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #75: It's a Sketch!!! Vintage Gift Pocket

Hello Everyone..

It's Sketch time over on the #75 Paperbabe Challenge
with this fortnight asking you to use the image below to inspire your creativity.
The "paperbabe stamps" can represent any sentiment and the image an embellishment.
Use the sketch in any creative way, flip it, turn it but most of all be inspired by it. 

Here's what I have been up to along with those How to Do's.

I first created a template following the sketch prompt, placed onto calico and traced around it. I wanted to create a pocket so doubled up the amount of fabric so I could fold it back on itself. Machine stitching around the edge to give me a straight guide I placed the long striped stencil over the fabric and painted on matte medium.

This would act as a resist when dry.

Distress Oxides have been used to add colour to the calico, picking up a variety of watered down colours by dabbing the fabric into those coloured puddles. The white stripes are the matt medium applied earlier. When dry this was heat set from the back using an iron.

Onto silk ribbon I stamped the small Paperbabe red rubber rose directly onto the ribbon using Tattered Rose Oxide and heat set very gently from the back using an iron.

The stamped ribbon was sewn onto a strip of lace then sewn onto the fabric, the fabric was then folded over leaving the circle free to act as the closure. Both sides were then sewn up to create that pocket. The sentiment taken from the MayLeeDee Alice stamp set was stamped onto Rice Paper.

Applied to the closure a piece of left over stamped ribbon was tied into a bow 
and sewn onto the pocket front, completing my Vintage Gift Pocket creation.

Inside it holds a little gift just waiting to be given.

Thank you so much for visiting and so sorry I am late with my post,
I've been away and not sure why it did not post Friday as scheduled
but it's here now.. Happy days..!!

I've missed you ALL..
and will be round to visit as soon as i've sorted the laundry out!!
Creative wishes for a wonderful week.

Hugs Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Daisy, Daisy..

 Hello Creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well??

As it's Thursday it's time for me to share a sneaky peek of another
That's Crafty creation with the full how to do's over HERE

Hope to see you over there

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 1 June 2018

Paperbabe New Release ~ Clockwork Frame

It's the third and final day of the *New* Paperbabe releases
and today it's my turn to share what I have been up to using the *Clockwork Frame*

Using the Hatter and Rabbit template I sketched in the faces directly onto the MDF Board.
I used the gear and tea cup overlaying panel piece (included in the kit) as a guide and reminder to myself to leave enough room for those important details.

The new stripes and gears stencils are a two way system allowing you to mask off 
and layer over the top to add the gear details, the pattern also repeats giving you the 
option to design on a much larger scale... the limits are endless

The new eye masks are the perfect addition to the collection helping to mask around the 
stamped eye stopping any overhang from showing when the pupil and iris are stamped in.

Laying down the base colours using neocolor II I added the finer detail with pencils.

The pocket watch, tea cup and extra gears are all separate elements included 
in the Clockwork Frame Kit. Added sand paste mimics corrosion and 
media fluids create that deep rusty colour.

Pencil and a fine liner adds shade and definition down the stripes and around those gears 
with any unused elements added to the background area to replicate gear fasteners.

With the wall hanging fastenings glued onto the back 
my Clockwork Frame is complete.

Paperbabe *NEW* Releases will be available to purchase on the website from 2nd June
a fabulous addition to compliment the Alice Collection or for larger mixed media pieces.

Thank you for taking time to pop on over and take a look.
Wishing you a marvellous week.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Paperbabe Stamps

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Spritz and Stitch

Hello Everyone

Can you believe it's the last day of May!
Where did that month go..??

As it's Thursday I'm sharing a sneak peek of some
That's Crafty Creativity 
with the full how to do's over HERE

Hope to see you over there
Crafty Hugs
Hugs Tracey xx

Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Happy Wednesday Everyone

It's time to share what's on my work space over at Julia's again for it's WOYWW 469.

Hope the hangovers have all gone after a celebratory 468 and the big 9 last week..?

There's really not much creativity to share this week as it's been an eventful one,
along with chargers failing one after the other, the GDPR confusion and a couple
of leaks over the bank holiday weekend due to torrential storms.

There seems to be UFO 's where ever I turn, I found this unfinished watercolour
in an A5 journal. I needed to do some sketching, opened the journal up and
there she was, I adore that Tracy Easson stamp.
Think I may finish this one and use it for an upcoming birthday card.

The colourful case you see is my Art Suitcase that accompanies me on my travels
and would you believe it I've just spotted A3 rice paper underneath it...
I've been looking for that over the past fortnight..!! Grrr..

Catch up with you all later ..charger willing.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 25 May 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #74 Doodles

It's Friday Yay... 
and an extended weekend awaits with another
UK Bank Holiday.

It's time for another Paperbabe Challenge with this fortnight being doodle themed 
so for those of you that like to doodle, draw or just make marks 
this challenge may be just for you.

Here's my take on #74 Doodles Paperbabe Challenge along with those How to Do's..

Onto a postcard sized piece of water colour card I traced around the mini head 
and torso templates along with the short hair and fringe, marked out the 
facial features using the guides given on the head template and 
used the mini female face stamps to stamp those features in place.

Neocolors II have been used to lay down those base colours.

Onto deli roll used to mop up inks I doodled 
using a nib (dip) pen and acrylic inks.

With the image glued into my postcard album created just for this size paperbabe.
I tore strips of those inked doodles and glued them to the top and bottom
of the image to create a decorative edge.

Blending any white area still showing with those neocolors I then added a little more
pastel colour blending with my finger to give that softer dreamy effect .

My Doodled edge Paperbabe Postcard is complete.

If you'd like to share your doodles with us please pop on over HERE
and join in with the Paperbabe #74 Doodles Challenge.

We'd love to see you there..
Wishing you a wonderful weekend
what ever you are up to.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Deli Paper Roll/Versafine ink pad

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A5 Journal Cover

Hello Creative Friends,

It's Thursday again and my turn to share another
That's Crafty Creation, today using newly released products.

Here's a sneaky peek with the full picture and how to do's over HERE.

Take care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

WOYWW #468 9th Anniversary

Happy WOYWW #468

Today marks the 9th Anniversary of WOYWW 

Three cheers to Julia Hip Hip Hooray... Hip Hip Hooray.. Hip Hip HOORAY...!!!
For each week she has given creatives worldwide the opportunity to share 
their creativity on work spaces of all different shapes and sizes 
and that is something to be celebrated.

I've watched for a while, commented and finally taken the plunge,
8 weeks in i'm addicted so I can only imagine how those of you that 
have been there for the long run must feel.

Congratulations.. Wishing many more WOYWW to come.

This is what was on my work space yesterday as I have a Shopping date with my 
Daughter today and was unsure if I would have the time to take a picture this morning.

A glimpse of my take on Starry Night by Van Gogh and one unfinished 
ATC created to mark the special occasion,

A little finer detail and it's finished.
The eye is me watching and the nine speaks for itself..
Silly me forgot to add the WOYWW but I can do that!

I didn't opt in for the ATC exchange as I'm a new participant but
this one is for you Julia if you wish to claim it xx

Wishing you all a fabulous day
I'll be along to visit you all as soon as my day out is over 
and my Daughter has cleaned out my purse..!!

Anniversary Wishes
and cake a plenty!!

Tracey xx

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sneak peek of New Crafty Treats ...!!

Happy Sunday Everyone

I'm sharing a handful of sneak peeks today
as That's Crafty have lots of new products and
will be showing them off on Hochanda TV tomorrow..

Monday 21st May at 11am and 3pm (BST) where Neil Burley
will be demonstrating new products and sharing hints and tips.

Here's those sneak peeks..


and I do hope you can tune in/record or watch on catch up
and see what the That's Crafty Hochanda DT have been up too.

Have a super Sunday

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Notelets of inspiration

Hello Creative Friends

It's Thursday, the day I get to share some creativity 
using products from That's Crafty over on the
That's Crafty Blog.

Here's a sneaky peek at what i've been up to this week 
with the full picture over HERE

Until next week,
Take care everyone

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Stitch in Time ~ Paint Brush Pocket.. It's a Challenge.

We are half way through this months That's Crafty *A Stitch in Time* Challenge 
There's still plenty of time to join in and share your faux or real stitch creations 
over on the That's Crafty Challenge blog.

Here's my That's Crafty mid month reminder creation

On to a piece of medium weight wet Calico I traced through the Lana Stencil
and painted with a combination of That's Crafty Multi surface paints.
Facial features and hair filled every inch of the space.

Lost in the whole painting process I think there was definitely an air or 
should I say HAIR of the 80's vibe going on here.. Even adding a hint
of shimmer by mixing paint with the sparklers spray.

The Create Stencil was used to paint in the word, outlined with pen then machine stitched 
around the edges. Extra stitching is sewn through the hair just to add extra interest.
The panel is then sewn onto the front or the back which ever way you choose to look at it..

This is my paint brush pocket..

Created by folding a double strip of washed calico to produce a pocket leaving a 
little extra to create a flap. Stitched around the edges using different coloured threads 
and stitches this holds the painted panel on the front side secure.

A button and loop have been hand sewn on to create a closure.

I don't really do measuring, I much prefer to create by eye, making sure the pocket 
was big enough to house a handful of paint brushes was all I needed to know
and having one side untouched allows me to use it to dry off or clean my brushes..
It will not stay this clean for long.

This is the front/back of my brush pocket, washed, ironed and housing those brushes.
Perfect for outdoor crafting or whilst on the move.

If you'd like to share your ideas and creations with us there's a prize of £30 
up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend in the That's Crafty online Store 
and in addition to that a stencil prize for each of the chosen Top 3.. 

Pop on over and check out what the Design Team have created just for you in the

Wishing you all a wonderful day
Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty ~ Multi surface paints
That's Crafty ~ Sparklers Spray
That's Crafty Lana Stencil
That's Crafty word series Stencil ~ Create

WOYWW #467

Good Morning creative Friends it's Wednesday which can only mean 
it's WOYWW #467 time to share what's on my work space as Julia hosts 
over at the stamping ground each Wednesday the opportunity to link up 
and sneak a peek of what other creative friends have been up too.

This has been my creative space over the past few days, carrying it all in and out 
of the garden when i've had a moment spare as the weather has been very kind...

There is a new addition to my art materials this week a wonderful surprise gift 
from my Daughter of the 30th Anniversary set of water-soluble pencils from 
Caran d'Ache containing 30 new colours.. Eek!! I'm such a lucky Mom and 
my children really do spoil me!!

The card top left was the Thank you card I made for my Daughter, using Stamps designed by Danielle Donaldson and the card next to it is using the awesome stamp set Designed by Olga Heldwein #81 from AALL & Create.
The face is Audrey another from AALL & Create and is one of many WIP's using this stamp.

Top right is my trusty art trug, my lifeline carrying the foundations of my art materials 
and is never to far away from me. My family know it's as good as a *Do Not Disturb* sign.

That's it from me this week,
i'm so looking forward to catching up with you all
and seeing WOYWW #467

Creative Hugs and Sunny Days
Tracey xx

For those wondering what became of the Masterboard last week please pop on over HERE

Friday, 11 May 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #73 ~ Picture Inspiration

It's Friday Yay..!!
Time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps

Today we give you a Picture displaying a beautiful swatch of colour and shape,
use it to inspire your inner creativity and come share with us all over 
at Paperbabe Challenge #73

Here's what I got up to..

First I created a masterboard using water-soluble pastels picking out colours from the picture inspiration, scribbling, spraying and blending all over an A3 watercolour journal.

I lay paperbabe stencils over the masterboard and removed areas of colour by rubbing through the aperture with a wet cloth. Whilst doing this I noticed that the Knit stencil resembled ears of wheat so decided to use this to my advantage, creating a scene by sketching in a glorious sun. This area of the page I chose to use for my backdrop.

I stamped and embossed one of the large Butterflies onto vellum lightly colouring with alcohol markers. Smaller butterflies in the set were stamped directly onto the page.

Laying the knit stencil back over those lifted areas I scraped 3D gloss gel through 
with a palette knife,when dry it really makes those areas glisten.

Cut down to size the large Butterfly graces that large sun with the smaller dancing in the face of it. Not quite a Van Gogh with his depictions of those wheat fields but I was quite pleased how this turned out as it's not at all what I had initially intended to create.

We'd love to see your creations over HERE
*There's a prize for one Lucky winner*.

Pop on over and check out what else the Design Team have created just for you.

Wishing you Sunny Days and a wonderful weekend ahead.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Paperbabe ~Knit Stencil 
Caran D'Ache neocolors II
Watercolour Paper
3D Gloss Gel

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Back to Front

Hello creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well??

It's Thursday which can only mean it's my turn to share another
That's Crafty creation over on the That's Crafty Blog.

Today i've been very resourceful using up leftovers that never came to be.

Here's a sneak peek with the full project over  HERE

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day,

Sending Creative Hugs your way

Tracey xx