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

WOYWW 474


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