Thursday, 12 July 2018

The beginning and the end...

Hello Creative Friends

Today i'm sharing some That's Crafty Creativity 
over on the That's Crafty Blog.

Here's a sneaky peek with those How to do's..

Thank you for sharing your time.
Wishing you a wonderful day.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WOYWW #475

Good Morning everyone.

I'm not quite sure where the last week has gone but it's time again to share 
what's on my work space. Many thanks to Julia over at the stamping ground 
for hosting WOYWW #475

Well there's not much Crafting been going on this week life's been so busy 
with hardly any time to get online.. a welcomed break with this dysfunctional laptop!!

...but today is partly free so i'm spending the morning having a little play time using
those products I won from Kezzy a few weeks back and hoping to catch up
with what's been going on in blog land..

There's something quite magical about eating breakfast outdoors 
watching the sunrise with the sound of the dawn chorus..

Dorthe kindly notified me of my win, here's the little gift I sent her to say
*Thank you* which I can now share with you as I know it has been received.

The posy was cut from one of my Lavender bushes which have thrived better than ever 
this year with the mixture of stormy weather and the last 4 weeks of Summer sunshine.

The Butterflies and Bee's are having the time of their lives dancing within it.

Have a great day everyone, I'll be round to visit asap.

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #77 ~ Picture Inspiration

Hello Creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to the weekend?

Today I'm here to announce a new Paperbabe blog challenge
using the picture below as your inspiration.

We'd love to see your take on the Picture Inspiration so
pop on over HERE and join in with the creativity.

Here's what I got up to and how it came to be..

Using a large canvas tote bag I masked around the edges and used paints suitable 
for fabric to create a background. Painting, spraying, dabbing and scraping through 
stencils from the Paperbabe range. I had so much fun creating it..

With the Peony and Buds stamped onto plain decoupage rice paper I applied directly 
onto the painted canvas using fabric decoupage glue, sealing it with another coat 
and then began to paint it using the colours from the picture prompt.

When finished I painted around the flower blending in colours to hide any of the rice paper still visible. When happy with the design I removed the masking tape.. 
I love how the paint has seeped just a little outside those lines.

With some machine stitching added around the edges of the print 
I ironed on the back to fix the paint making it suitable for washing. 

My Hand painted Canvas Tote Bag is complete.

...but what about those hanging words I hear you say..?
well I'm saving that tutorial for another day!! Hee hee..

Thank you for sharing your time today and popping in
it really makes my day.

Take good care everyone

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

I'm linking this to Paint Party Friday

Creative Supplies:
Paperbabe ~ Dots Stencils in all sizes. 
Paperbabe ~ Peony & Bud Stamp Set 
IndigoBlu Paints
Fabric Decoupage Glue
Decoupage Rice Paper

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Fields of Gold

Hello Creative Friends,

It's Thursday and my turn to share some 
That's Crafty Creativity over on the That's Crafty blog 

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

Thank you for sharing your time and hope you can pop on over to take a look.

Wishing you the best of days.

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Close to Nature ~ That's Crafty Challenge

Hello Creative Friends..

It's time for a new theme over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog

If you would like to share your creative side with us we'd love to see you over HERE
There's prizes to be won so pop on over read those entry rules and check out 
what the talented That's Crafty Team have created to inspire you.

Here's my interpretation of the challenge..

Using the keyhole MDF book cover Surface I smeared on texture paste 
and used the back of a fork to make marks in the hope of simulating bark.

Leaves from the Butterflies and leaves set are stamped onto Kraft card and cut out. 
Using Flat Matte Sprays the leaves are painted with white also added to some of the areas.
This completely changes it's transparency creating more new shades.

With the Book Cover painted in multi surface paints, black is scraped around the 
edge of the key hole and heated with a heat tool till it bubbles to create a raised edge. 
Strips of dyed card help map out where the leaves will fall, all held down with gel medium.

Gel medium and twisted wire holds a variation of beads in place adding 
embellishment and breaking down the similarity of the leaves within the design.

The stencilled Rose used to test out texture and colour has been cut and applied to guide the eye to the key hole where you can just catch a peek at what lies behind the door.

The sentiment from Lynne's Wildflower stamps fits perfectly with this cover.

I'm building up a collection of pictures and boards that create 
intrigue through that keyhole before I string it all together.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my Favourite reads as a child.
I would have loved to discover a Secret Garden just like Mary Lennox did...

Tomorrow I will share what lies through that keyhole.

Look forward to seeing your take on 

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty: Surfaces MDF Book ~ Keyhole Cover
That's Crafty: Texture Paste
That's Crafty: Gloss Gel Medium
That's Crafty Stamps: Doodled Butterflies & Leaves
That's Crafty Stamps: Lynne's Wildflowers Set 1
That's Crafty: Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty: Flat Matte Sprays
That's Crafty: Roses Stencil
Wire and Beads


It's WOYWW 474 and time to share whats on our desks.

Over at the stamping ground our host Julia points us in the right direction 
so we can share ours and take a peek at many others.

 I have to put my hands up this week and say this space is sadly staged
due to on going computer issues and the fear I may not be able to post this at all.

So.. here's the contents of my latest purchases from the CCS at the NEC last Friday, 
this is the first time I have EVER attended a craft show with a Crafting budget. 

My gosh it was hard but I managed it.. YAY..!! All this for under £50 
with a couple of quid left over for the Laptop piggy bank fund.

I was so lucky to pick up a couple of the scrap bags of upholstery fabric from the Millshop. 
A bargain at £5 a pack and just the ticket to recover a seat pad in a well loved arm chair.

Sizzix Bigz dies, half price & half price again..
Frantage embossing powder 3 for £5 and more BEADS!!

Some of you have previously asked about my handmade jewellery.
This is a simple piece I made around 8 years ago and comes out every Summer, 
the wire links are all hand crafted and the gemstones are Impression Jasper. 

At the Craft Show I managed to spot some pre-drilled Impression Jasper pendants 
a bargain at £1.29 each, it was so nice to be able to hand pick the sizes and shapes.

I'm keeping these close to hand as I feel some new pendant ideas coming on!!

Thank you for you lovely comments and visits last week i'll be round to visit asap...

and to all my blog Buddies out there who celebrate independence day..

**HAPPY 4th of JULY**

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Thursday, 28 June 2018

A Rose for a Rose

Hello everyone,

Today I share more That's Crafty Creativity over on the That's Crafty Blog 

Here's that sneaky peek with the full How to do's over HERE

Thank you for sharing your time today.

Wishing you sunny days and creative wishes
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

#WOYWW 473

It's Wednesday and time for WOYWW 473

I promise not to bore you all with my rambles of dysfunctional IT this week but appreciate everyone's concerns comments and quick fixes last week. I've started another penny pot to save up for a new laptop and in the mean time learning different ways to juggle the whole windows 10 breakdown..

Today is a good day as it's the first day in a while that I get to spend the whole day at home.
Already set up, i'm ready to have a me day seed bead sorting and a little wire work 
hoping to finish a couple of projects off.

I received this wonderful package last week, a blog candy prize I won a few months back.
Unaware I had won it lucky for me my dear friend Dorthe noticed and notified me.

I'm a very lucky girl.

I made a little card for Kezzy to say Thank you using some of those products.. 
I hope she has received it by now as it was posted Sunday Evening first class..

A little something for Dorthe is on it's way too..
but i'm keeping that a surprise..

Look forward to catching up with WOYWW later today
courtesy of our host Julia over at the stamping ground.

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Friday, 22 June 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #76 - Anything Goes!!

It's time for another Paperbabe Challenge and a chance for one Lucky participant 
to win a Paperbabe prize. This fortnights theme is *Anything Goes* a firm favourite 
of many giving YOU the chance to share your artistic Flare however you choose.

Here's my take on the Paperbabe #76 Anything Goes Challenge
along with those how to do's..

Onto an A5 sketch book I drew around both faces included in the mini face template
set, stamped the facial features and added my base colours using neocolor II's

Glued into an A4 journal page used to mop up distress oxides. I scribbled neocolors into 
a palette watered them down and used them to match up those background colours.

Distress oxides were blended through the Checkerboard and Polka dot 
stencils and the bubble stamps used to enhance the background.

Drawn head wraps embellished with Sari yarn top knots accessorize my portraits.

Masking around the collar I used the candle stamp to add interest to the neckline.

Glitter glue and jump rings found amongst some junk jewellery add those final touches.

The warmth and character from these beautiful ladies and their vibrant 
head wraps inspired me to start this creation during a recent holiday.

I look forward to seeing what inspires you to maybe join in with the

Wishing you sunny Summer Days.
Creative Hugs

Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:
Paperbabe~ mini Faces stamps
Paperbabe ~ checkerboard stencils
Paperbabe ~ Polka Dot stencils
Caran d'Ache neocolor II
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Sari Thread and Junk Jewellery

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice Everyone,

I'm here today sharing another That's Crafty Creation 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..

Wishing you peace on the longest day.

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

#WOYWW 472

Happy WOYWW 472 (I think..?)
What a week!!

Tormented by windows 10 updates, ridiculed with messages relating to my lack of memory every time I sign in along with a very poor internet connection. Two tabs open is a thumbs up for 10 minutes, try three tabs and i'm treading on very thin ice feeling I've been given the two finger sign rather than one thumb.. How rude!!

To top it all after battling with external hard drives I've now been told my little laptop is NOT capable of installing the new updates even with a factor reset .. Argghh!!

I have now come to the conclusion that these updates are all out to make money from us. Technology can be a wonderful thing so why can someone not design one to suit us all?? 

It drives me barmy.. but I will carry on regardless clinging on like a wee kitten to a curtain!!

Anyway less of my complaints..

Well my work space this week is a real mess..!! 
Piles of WIP's and DT makes all hidden under my latest That's Crafty Purchase, couldn't resist ordering the Journal Kit as I really enjoyed creating my DT one. Also an A5 set of Lynne's new stamps perfect for some female cards I need to make a start on.

The little card with the car is for someone special that has just passed her driving test.
Perfect little car stamp design by Donna Gray from Rubber Dance Stamps.

Well that's it from me this week. 
Hope to catch up with Julia our host over at her stamping ground 
and as many of the WOYWW(ers) as possible.. 

Take Care everyone.

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

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