Wednesday, 25 March 2020

WoywW #564

Hello everyone, 
How are you all doing? 


Sharing what's on my work desk this Wednesday 
here stands a Tando mini book tower a present to myself 
last Christmas but like lots of my crafty stash was in hiding 😏 

Holding 12 mini books one for each month, when constructed each book 
can hold a months worth of pages. I thought the Tando 366 challenge 
was only for Facebook, a challenge to create a page a day using the 
Tando prompts. Not being a FB user I never looked for those 
daily prompts, my intentions were to just do my own thing.. 

...BUT I came across a Team Blog that was sharing each prompt 
how useful, this could spur on my create every day motivation. 

Watch this space!!


With lots in the making but all unfinished here's 
a little creation I blogged about last week.. HERE


there's been lots of bonding going on now both my girls are under one roof.


Life sure feels like a script from book or scene from a movie 
right now, strange that exactly three months ago it was 
Christmas day.. 

Family and friends all together, food & drink a plenty with 
unrestricted love and laughter... how different life is today. 

Hold onto those memories everyone, 
whilst being sensible and safe listening to those vital instructions 
so we can create more memories with loved ones when this darkness lifts.

Sending good health & creative light your way 
Tracey xx

Thursday, 19 March 2020

TFJB ~ Guest Designer... *Little Things*

Hello creative Friends, 

What an honour it is again to be a Guest Designer 

Excited to learn that Jenny's theme was *Little things* 
being asked to create a small Vintage or Shabby Chic 
project my creative side was buzzing with ideas... 

Here's my *Little Things* creation and how it came to be.. 

Jenny was so right when she said even the littlest of things 
can mean the most. All crafter's know how hard it can be to 
throw away those tiny left over scraps from previous projects, 
odd buttons, beads and for me the tiniest strands of lace. 

Utilising a 4" x 3" frame I stamped and embossed an image 
taken from Stamperia's Art is the Journey stamp set then 
glued down those little saved scraps amidst the lace.


i'm always amazed how a coating of gesso 
calms those dark spaces and brings out the light...


Using the same stamperia image used upon the frame, I 
stamped card then heat resistant acetate embossing it 
with clear embossing powder, highlighting her features 
by carefully colouring with an alcohol marker.


see how her features pop when the acetate is laid on top.


A wash of skin coloured watercolour around the frame 
helps blend both frame and image together.


with a whisper of gilding wax to bring out the 
best of those little things.


Completed it gives us much more to look at 
than just a picture within a frame.


Thank you to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for having me 
what a pleasure it has been. Please pop on over HERE 
to see what *Little Things* the talented DT have created. 

Sending Creative wishes your way 
take care & stay safe everyone 

I look forward to spending some time with you all 
over the weekend to see what you've all been up to..
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creation with: 


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

What's on your workdesk this Wednesday? #563

Hello everyone, 

Popping in to share what's been on my workdesk 
as it's Wednesday & before another week zooms on by.

It's all been somewhat busy here with important people 
to attend to in the light of what's happening world wide 
there's been quite a few Birthdays in between... 

Here's one of the cards I remembered to photograph..


 and a little textured pot I revamped with a lick of paint. 


Taken yesterday afternoon this space awaits a crafting day. 



My Daughter is now over from Sweden, she made the decision 
to be near to the family rather than run the risk of being 
stranded in the tiny village she now lives in. 
Picking her up from Manchester Airport can't tell you how 
nervous we were seeing airlines start to cancel flights. 

We are all in it together now... 
what a ray of light that is.

Hope everyone is looking after themselves and those that 
need help have people around them to lend a hand..??  
Look forward to seeing WOYWW #563

Stay creative everyone
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 13 March 2020

*Green* Peace..

 Hello Creative Friends, 

How are you all keeping in this crazy world?? 

Dropping by to share a journal page i've been tinkering around with, 
a combination of mixed media, stencils, stamps, inks and pencil work 
it's been very therapeutic to keep revisiting each evening 
when the work day is done. 

it's certainly renewed some of the energy that's been lost over 
very busy few days. Makes me want to part those wild flowers 
and just sit amongst the tranquillity of it all...


We are all very lucky to have such natural beauty around us, 
it gives us so much and asks for little back. 

Wishing you all a safe weekend
Take care everyone & look after each other.

Creative Hugs 

Friday, 6 March 2020

Challenge #114 ~ Paperbabe Stamps *Anything Goes*

Happy Friday Creative Friends, 

It's challenge time over on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog 
this fortnight it's *Anything Goes* so come share your 
crafty makes with us over HERE... 

Here's what I got up to.. 

I'm very lucky that my Mother in Law's Garden is full of 
flat rocks and pebbles. When I recently came across this 
one it's shape really reminded me of a head. 

Inspired by my blogging Rock Painting Friends 
I'm sharing a painted rock of my very own today.

First adding a coat of gesso I stamped the closed eye 
face stamp from the Paperbabe female dinky face set 
onto the flat surface delicately painting with acrylics. 


I stamped the Paperbabe hand under her chin by placing the 
dinky hand stamp onto the end of my finger, this made it much 
easier to get an impression around the curved edges as I could 
manipulated the stamp around the curves, repeating the process 
with flowers taken from the Flourishing Hair stamp set.


Painting those stamped outlines I added the detail, 
coating the finished rock with satin varnish..


I love how peaceful she looks,
each time I look at her I wonder what she see's
behind those closed eyes dreaming of beautiful things...


Come see what the team have created over HERE 
and join in with our Anything Goes Paperbabe Challenge.

I look forward to seeing what delights you have for our eyes. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 

Paint Party Friday ~ Happy 9th Birthday!! 
Country View Challenges ~ The eyes have it
Rain's Thursday Art Date ~ What do you See?
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Something Feminine

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Taking the Leap...

Happy Leap day Everyone, 

it's not every year we get to post on our blogs on 29th February. 

After finding a bag full of Paris bits and bobs whilst 
looking for something else it seemed like fate that 

The word Paris oozes Romance to me, from novels to old movies, 
I wonder how many people have popped the question in the City 
or maybe the Eiffel Tower..?


As the 29th February is a Leap Day women may still take up 
the old tradition of asking their partner to marry them..? 

Back in 1992 I know I did 😁 

After two years of me saying no to his proposals I made 
the most of leap day that year, popping the question to him.


I've never been to Paris but we did spend our Honeymoon 
in Blackpool in 1993.... he obviously said YES!! 😙


Really enjoyed layering all these found elements today,
the ironing will just have to wait until next month.. 

Enjoy the rest of your evening what ever your up too 
I'll see you all in March... 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Friday, 28 February 2020

Challenge #113 ~ Paperbabe Stamps *Sketch*

Hello creative friends 

Oh how the weeks are flying by this year 
can you believe we'll soon be stepping into March! 

I'm here today to give you a mid challenge reminder, 
be inspired by the shape below and share your creations 


Here's what I got up to using recycled fabrics, 
stamps, paint and a little bit of stitching... 

Many already know how I love to work with fabric. 
When I came across this tired old laundry basket 
liner I knew there'd be a way to repurpose it. 

Using the outline rose and leaf stamp from the Paperbabe  
Rose Layers Stamp set I stamped the rose onto the liner masking 
it before stamping the leaves so they would now sit neatly behind.


Undecided on colour I painted more than one Rose, 
there's now plenty left over for future projects.


Cut free from the fabric, edged with machine stitch 
and frayed around the edges this patch will become 
my focal topper for a handmade fabric journal cover. 


Cutting a large piece of fabric from the laundry liner 
a background pattern is created using stamps from the 


With the cover machine stitched and frayed around it's edge 
the Rose patch takes centre stage when sewn onto the cover. 

Beads stitched amongst the speckle a large safety pin holds 
fabrics of tweed, linen, cotton and calico all cut from 
unworn clothing that had been relegated to the rag bag.


There's much more to be added to this journal cover 
but for now I think I'll enjoy it just the way it is...


There's still time to play along in Challenge #113 

With a Paperbabe Prize of UP TO £20* why not 
pop on over HERE and share your creativity.
*Challenge closes on Friday 6th March* 

Wishing you all a safe weekend. 
Creative Hugs Tracey xx 

Happy to play along with: 

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

WOYWW #560

Hello everyone, 

I've been missing from blogland again, had things to fix damaged  
by the recent storms in my MIL's garden, how have you all managed
with the drastic weather conditions? Along with family Birthdays 
and those everyday jobs and duties there's genuinely been no time 
left in the day to get on here to see what you've all been up too. 

Behind with everything I thought i'd take a breather pop in to 
say Hi and share what's on my desk today as it's Wednesday... 

WoywW #560 .. it's just messy!!


This pic is especially for Neet, I did say I would show what I 
use to clean my stamps, these Minky's do a grand job..


I know you all thought I was mean taking away Freya's hiding hole 
so you'll be glad to see she's found a new place to cuddle up now. 

She's been suffering with garbage belly nibbling on everything and 
anything, she can get hold of. Those extra observant may have spotted 
the rubber duck on my desk which now has a hole in it's head 😒 


I've had issue's with blogger over the past few weeks with commenting 
and some left comments I've found in spam has anyone else had issue's? 
I know a couple of my blogging friends are having the same issue.. 
and the contact form still appears to be broken 😒

Just thought i'd throw that out there before I head on over 
to Julia's stamping ground to see WoywW #560.. 

Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 14 February 2020

Beautiful Heart

Happy Heart day.. 

The heart beating around 100,000 times a day. 
A symbol of love and life, it's such a precious thing.. 

Using this amazing stamp from Andy Skinner I dissected each 
detailed area with precision and felt like a surgeon taking 
time to put it all back together right where it belonged.


there's been a lot of affection put into these pages 
built up with collage, stamps, stencils and paste 
each day since the beginning of February.


Edged with inky drips, white spots and splatter i'm sharing 
a little mixed media love with you all today... 


Wishing you all happiness and health 
and a super creative weekend. 

Hugs Tracey xoxo 

Playing along with: 

Paint Party Friday ~ Wk50 Yr9 
Rains Thursday Art Date ~ LOVE 
Creative Artiste's #57th Challenge
Try it on Tuesday ~ Share the Love 
TFJB Challenge ~ Love is all around us 
Art Journal Journey ~ Elizabeth & Bleubeards HEARTS  
Country View Crafts February Challenge ~ Splatter's, Splashes & Drips

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

WoywW #558

Hello everyone, 

Time to show WoywW #558.

Sorry I couldn't make it over at the stamping ground 
last WoywW but I needed to be else where, i'm sure 
our lovely host Julia will forgive me.. 

There's just some leftovers put to use on my desk this morning 
and a couple of very sad looking ink pads in need of re-inking.


A sympathy card I made over the weekend, not something I 
enjoy making but this hobby art stamp is one I turn to often. 


Still in the process of moving crafty things from one space to 
another I've found so many things I know i'll never use again.. 
Time for another charity bag sort out, i'm sure creatives 
out there will be able to show them some love. 

I'll leave you with the latest pic of little Freya, at 
5 months she's still squeezing into this little space. 
She's not going to be my friend when I collapse that 
adaptable storage down as she's claimed it as her own.


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

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Sacred Sunday

Hello everyone, 

an impromptu post from me this evening having sheltered 
from the storms today, I hope friends in the UK are safe 
it's been fierce in so many areas. 


So huddled indoors, lost in the moment there was so much thrown 
at this tag. Using stencils, pastes, flicked and dripped paint 
and a rich rusty red heart as the focal, it shows off that super 
thin heart rhythm taken from Tim Holtz Heartbeat die..


Unconvinced after lunch that this was finished 
there just seemed to be something missing..?


some found cogs and gears should fix it..


now that's kick started that heart.. I'm happy now 😊


The poor light today really doesn't show this tags true colours 
but it was good to have a much needed play day and share the love. 

Take care everyone & stay safe. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Playing along with: 

TAG TUESDAY's Challenge: Wendy's Black, White and Red.. 
(I hope my iron oxide rusty red is red enough..) 
SanDee & amelie's FEBRUARY Steam Punk Challenge
Country View Crafts February Challenge ~ Splatters, Splashes & Drips
Try it on Tuesday ~ Share the Love


Friday, 7 February 2020

Challenge #112 ~ Paperbabe Stamps *LAYERS*

Happy Friday everyone, 

Today see's a New Paperbabe Stamps Challenge   
as we present you with this fortnights Theme 

Here's my DT Creation and how it came to be. 

Onto a heavy weight calico fabric panel I stamped a 
painting both face and stamped torso with fabric paint.


Gluing a patterned paper napkin onto the surrounding hair space 
I used an inktense pencil to define those flourishes and blend out 
with a water brush to help create a subtle edge to her hair line.


Tracing those hair flourishes with glitter glue adds another layer along 
with the word Flourish taken from the Flourish and Grow stamp set 
stamped onto tissue paper, positioned then glued into place.


Embellished with sequins and beads initially my intention was 
to create a fabric postcard sized patch to add as an extra layer 
to a bag or item of clothing but when I laid the panel onto a 
lace edged piece of fabric I saw a different vision.


Folded it made a super needle book.. 


I've lost count of the amount of needle books i've made over the years 
they always tend to find their way into other peoples hands as gifts,
i'm hoping that this one will stay with me a little longer...


I do hope you can join us this fortnight for our
there's a prize for one randomly chosen winner.. 

After an extremely busy week i'm looking forward to some 
creative time myself and seeing what you've all been up to. 

Creative Hugs & Wishes 
Tracey xx

Playing along with: 
Creative Artiste Challenge #57

Friday, 31 January 2020

Just going with the flow...

Hello creative friends, 

How fab are these large stamp images from Prima, 
when I saw this one half the price during the
 Christmas Sales I just had to have it. 

Who doesn't like playing with new crafty stash..?


but after stamping her onto a journal page I realised the paper 
just wasn't adequate enough to hold lots of water and mixed media. 
It warped and tore in random areas, so frustrating...


whether it was my poor preparation of the page or a faithful product 
having a bad day, we all have them.  There was a time I would have 
started that background again but I just wanted to play... 

Unrestricted creative time is very precious.


So I just went with it, embracing those imperfections. 
Even the bubbles around her which i'd have once seen out of 
context with the composition I left in. Maybe they can be 
little air pockets created as she swam at double speed to 
greet the beautiful glow of the sun as it rose..??


Unsure about using the words that came with her, 
I didn't want to change the ambience of the page


so decided against it and just let her breathe...

There's a calming feel to this spread and possibly a message 
telling me there's a much wider ocean out there to explore..


It's so liberating to just go with the flow... 

Wishing you all a super weekend, 
full of everything you love. 

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx 

Happy to be sharing with: 

Paint Party Friday ~ Wk 48 Yr9
Rains Thursday ART Date ~ Theme GLOW
and 
Art Journal Journey ~ Jo's January Theme Something NEW