Wednesday, 16 October 2019

WOYWW #541

Hello everyone, 

Time again to share what's on our workdesks thanks to
Julia clearing a crafty space over at the stamping ground
every Wednesday for us to show and tell... 

Been away for a long weekend with our Scottish pals, 
Blackpool's the ideal half way meeting point. Glad to see 
the Venetian Carousel still in working order, you'd think 
it had been on the North Pier for much longer than it has. 

Had to share a pic of it.. such a beautiful thing but
such a shame to see the Pier's in need of lots of TLC.

My desk shows my addiction to that Apple Blossom 
orchid stamp. I shared a make using it the other week 
it's such a useful stamp covering almost any occasion 
and everyone seems to need cards at the moment.

The reflective tree stamp was a bargain Ebay buy... 

Just need to add a bit more sparkle before they make 
their way to their new home on Thursday.

Back to DIY and garden clean up today if the rain holds off 
hoping to get that old decking off to the recycle centre. 

Look forward to seeing whats on you workdesk. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Friday, 11 October 2019

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #104 Movie Night

Happy Friday Creative Friends

It's Movie Night over at Paperbabe Stamps this fortnight 
where we ask you to share your fan art, movie memorabilia 
or just interpret the Movie Night blog challenge theme 
any way your imagination and creativity takes you...

Here's what I got up to on a rainy day 
with one Actor and two movie characters in mind.
Stamping out both Male Dinky Face Stamps I used movie 
memorabilia images as reference to guide my pencil work. 

The stamps do all the hard work for us leaving the 
fun of transforming those faces how ever we choose...

White gesso is painted to mask out some of the stamped area helping 
me to reshape the face and extend the detail using pencil and pen.

Never sure if my pencil work is finished i'm happy with these boys..
Johnny Depp as *Jack Sparrow & Edward Scissor Hands*

A *DREAM* Movie night for me.. now where's the popcorn..?

Come and share your Movie Night creations with us over 
HERE at Paperbabe Stamps and join in with our Challenge, 
there's one Paperbabe prize up for grabs every fortnight..!! 

Wishing you all a super weekend
Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx 

Happy to share with: 
Paint Party Friday ~ Week 32 YR9
*Art*Journal*Journey* ~ Eileens theme - Dreams and Wishes

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday.. 540

Hello everyone,

Time for a midweek share of what's on our work desks 
Thanks to Julia it's show & tell day over at the 
stamping ground as it's WoywW #540

More DIY this week as Hubby's been supervising Son's 
replacing rotten decking in between heavy downpours. 

Many of you know how I love to craft outdoors, this area is my 
biggest workdesk it's served me well over the past 17 years.

Making the most of blue skies yesterday.. 
I'm so excited that it's nearly finished 😊

Up to date with care duties so I've a day at home today Yayyyy..!
May even get an hour or two crafty time but first I must finish
framing some art work as i've taken over the kitchen table. 

I'm a magpie for collecting frames A3's are so hard to find.

Look forward to seeing what's on your work desk.

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

September on speed dial... WOYWW 539

Hello everyone

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy taking time out from 
everything to chip away at the iceberg of jobs needing attention. 
September just disappeared into a black hole of DIY. 

Home improvements can certainly elevate the stress levels 
and I have to admit I fell apart a couple of times not having 
the things that keep me motivated and sane around me..

So trying to resume normal service i'm back up and at em 
over at the stamping ground as Julia hosts WoywW 539

Here's Septembers Wednesday's.

WoywW #535 
sharing a stitch or two with my first cuppa of the day.

WoywW #536 
finished and framed for my dear Mother 
who turned 70 years young..

Tantrums and Tears for WoywW #537
This was the week I fell apart but thanks to a good friend, kind words 
and a 2 inch paint brush I managed to finish painting the fireplace.

WoywW #538 
Spent quality time with my wonderful Daughter 
as she returned home after being away for a month.
No pictures.. too busy catching up on Hugs..

and finally it brings me to WoywW #539
super fast cards stamped and coloured with alcohol markers.

Phew... I think i'm up to date now..

Like September's WoywW on speed dial see I was thinking 
about you all but the time just wasn't there to share or visit..

Looking forward to seeing 
what's on your workdesk this Wednesday. 

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Mini Album Makers ~ October Challenge: Faux wooden Inlay

Hello Creative Friends
How are you all doing..??

It's so nice to take a little break from busy life and get back
to blogging today. With the start of a new month it's time for
October's Mini Album Makers Challenge.

In need for a practical place to store creative ideas
I've created a faux wooden veneer notebook.

With admiration for Marquetry and the talented way they inlay wood
this creation came about when I discovered some self adhesive
wood veneer sheets within my stash, similar to straw rather than
wood I will call this *Faux* wooden inlay to save any confusion.

Here's how it all came to be and those how to do's...

Taking two pieces of card size 8½" x 5"
scoring and folded both at 3¾ and 4¾
this creates a 5" x 3¾" sized album.

One piece forms the album cover with the second piece the inner cover.
A hole punch nips the spines edge to anchor elastic to hold notebooks
and punched side holes to thread elastic that will hold a pencil.

To create the front cover I've die cut a tree image 
peeled off the adhesive backing, stuck down on to a page 
then stained the image with distress ink.

Carefully piecing those bits we usually throw away back 
into the design the contrast of colour is really effective. 

Cut up strips of the veneer are used to build up the inlay to the size of
the cover darkening some of the design using an alcohol marker. 

Larger sheets of adhesive veneer are used to cover the album. 
With the inlay panel now cut down to size I triple embossed to 
create a lacquer effect using clear embossing ink and powder 
gently heating each layer so's not to scorch it's surface. 
Then glued the embossed panel into place. 

 This is the inside cover covered with the self adhesive veneer

and three small notebooks covered with veneer and 
coloured with alcohol markers which are all 
held in place by the elastic as is the pencil.

Gluing the front and inner cover together I have left the 
spine unglued so the elastic can easily be replaced if needed.

An inspirational quote is handwritten inside with a 
brown pencil reminding me a little of pyrography. 

That triple embossing adds great weight to the cover 
which closes securely like a good hardback book.

A simple design with no complicated clasps or closures makes this
5" x 3¾" album extremely accessible when an idea comes to mind...

This month Seth Apter is our generous Sponsor @ 
full set of 8 PaperArtsy stamps as Octobers prize.

Please pop on over HERE and see what the Mini Album Makers 
creative and inspiring Design Team have made this month.

We'd love you to share your creations with us 
please follow the LINK HERE...

Sending creative wishes your way 

Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 20 September 2019

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #102 *Anything Goes*

Hello everyone, 

I'm sharing another scheduled post today and a reminder that 
Paperbabe Stamps challenge this fortnight is Anything goes. 

So pop on over HERE and share your creativity 
there's still one more week to play.

Here's some gifts ideas created using the 

I love working with plain rice paper, 
stamping and gently adding colour. 

it can transform so many different 
things by simply gluing into place.

This cotton bag is full of the favourite sweets of 
someone very special who turned 70 this week.

Using left over rice paper I made a gift tag.

and gathered up some scraps from a previous Paperbabe make

to create a coordinating card..

Pretty gifts using one stamp set, 
I'd love to see these in all different colours.

Don't forget to come and share your creations.. 
There's always a prize for one randomly chosen 

Wishing you a safe & creative weekend 
Hugs Tracey xx 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

It's Hot, Hot, Hot... Guest Design spot at Try it on Tuesday.

Hello Creative Friends, 

It's lovely to be back as Guest Designer over at 
Try it on Tuesday. Honoured again to be invited 
let me share a piece I created for this fortnights 
theme HOT, HOT, HOT...!!

Whilst thinking of idea's I came across a superb stamp and a 
piece of calico i'd pasted this magnificent Tiger napkin to. 
With the intention of creating a cushion, time was sadly 
not on my side so it led me to my back up plan...

Masking the edges of an A3 journal page I scraped on fibre paste and 
gesso using the pot as a template to create a sun within this scene.

Acrylic inks of reds and yellows are dripped and sprayed with 
water then left to find their own way across the textured page. 
Love how the gesso acts as a resist leaving areas of white space.

With the fabric stamped image cut out and glued along the horizon
I added warmth to the sun using orange to compliment that red sky. 

Separating and gluing more Tiger napkins to card I was able 
to cut out sections for layering to help create dimension. 

A Tiger's markings have always fascinated me with it's unmistakable 
stripes and those white spots at the back of it's ears... remarkable.

Pasting a base layer of napkin onto the journal scene tall grasses 
are painted in before layering up those magnificent markings. .

Carefully removing the masking tape when 
finished leaves a clean crisp border edge

with some hand made washi tape to use at a later date.

Stippling in an extra cloud everything flows so much better in three's... 
My Hot, Hot, HOT.. journal page is complete...

With climate change and deforestation this piece could almost 
conceal a message as those animals all shelter under the same tree.. 

With thanks to all over @ TioT 
I know they would love you to join them 
and share your Hot, Hot, Hot creations...

Sending creative Hugs 
& wishes your way 

Tracey xx

Saturday, 14 September 2019

ATC Wallet ~ Mini Album Makers Tutorial

Hello Creative Friends...

As promised i'm back today to share a tutorial on how
I created my ATC Wallet over @ Mini Album Makers..

You'll find the *How to do's* accompanied by lots of
photographs to help explain my process and hopefully
keep you inspired along the way...

So please pop on over and take a look HERE

Here's a sneak peek of what hides within...

Mini Album Makers is celebrating it's Second Blogaversary 
this month please follow the details HERE for the Blog Hop 
and come share your September Album creations with us all. 

Sending Creative Hugs
& Wishes your way
Tracey xx

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Mini Album Makers ~ September Challenge.. We are BACK!!

Hello creative friends, 
it's so nice to be back after the Summer break.. 

Today Mini Album Makers Challenge turns TWO YEARS OLD!  
To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a blog hop and 
giveaway with a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang!

For your chance to win please become a follower of our challenge blog 
and comment on each of the design team's SEPTEMBER Mini Albums HERE.  

One winner will be chosen from all of the comments and 
announced next month along with our October challenge.

Now onto our SEPTEMBER Mini Album Maker Challenge.. 
This month I've challenged myself to make a masculine mini album. 

Here's a sneak peek of my ATC wallet...

As it's my turn to share a tutorial this month you'll be able to see 
I look forward to sharing how it all came to be.

SEPTEMBERS Mini Album Makers sponsor is Stencil Girl 
offering a $49 Studio Class Prize for this months Winner.

Pop on over HERE and see what our fabulous design team have
created this month and share your Albums for a chance to win.

I'm looking forward to seeing your album creations.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx