Thursday, 30 July 2020

*When it's Hot..! why not??*

Hello everyone 

I can't believe we are near the end of another month, 
it started off with good intentions but fell on it's face 
with a change in routine but i'm clinging onto the last 
couple of days and at last sharing some fun inspired by 

Meet my feet, we go everywhere together... 

Those with an aversion to feet may not want to scroll 😁

There's nothing like not having to wear your socks 
when the weather's warmer and if I could get away with 
bare feet 24/7 throughout the year I certainly would.. 
tis the inner hippy & free spirit within me!

In a journal dedicated to the adventures of my feet be it 
weird of not, this 8x8 is a good space for me to have fun, 
raise a smile and just paint, paint and paint a bit more..

taking me to the beach on a hot sunny day, 
lay back on a beach towel listening to the 
soothing sound of the sea.

a picnic in the meadow, what a pretty picture 
amongst the wildflower and amplified birdsong...

and finally me and my feet paragliding 
making our descent back down to Terra firma... 

May I add i've never been paragliding but just think of the 
cool breeze upon those feet... hold on to your flip flops!! 

As the busy week is nearing an end i'm really 
looking forward to a more relaxed weekend. 

Wishing everyone a happy & safe one, 
I'll be catching up with you soon.

Creative HUgs 
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 

Friday, 24 July 2020

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #124 ~ SUMMER Theme

Happy Friday creative Friends, 

We've a Summer Challenge over on the 

For the next two weeks you can share your 
Summer time creations with the team over HERE

I love the sweet smell of Lavender in Summertime 
watching the Butterflies and Bee's busying themselves 
without a care in the world..

Upon a painted oblong Flourishing hair substrate I used the 
Blossom stamp set creating a scene of calming Lavender where 
3/4 view Paperbabe female face restfully peeps amid 
a cloudless Summer blue sky... 

I look forward to seeing your SUMMER creations..

Take care & stay safe
Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Summertime
Country View Challenge ~ Do what makes you happy

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Create what you love from Spring through to Summer..

Hello everyone, 

Way back in April on a mission to make a dent 
in a stock pile of MDF and a plan to replicate  
something i'd tried 30 years ago I created this.
The first of three faux ceramic tiles..

triple embossed with clear embossing powder I really 
loved how the powder sank into the design when heated.

At collage we'd draw our designs on clay tiles 
tracing their outline with a process called tube lining.. 

I can still feel the frustration of making mistakes 
and having to scrape off and start all over again. 

This daisy stamp by Tracy Evans is a stunning design 
the perfect image to stamp and retrace with a liner pen, 

The opacity of gouache is ideal for painting out areas not required, 
with the ability to reactivate again with water when dry, a huge 
advantage for this tile that had lay unfinished since May.

Introducing a touch of stamping back into the open painted 
design and then like the first tile it's triple embossed. 
The high gloss really does bring it to life.

As Spring moved into Summer with a vision of uncut grass 
that lay carpeted with lawn daisy's my June tile came to be. 

Using the same process and paints with a subtle colourway, 
when embossed this final tile became my favourite of the three.

Which one is your favourite? 

I really enjoyed creating one tile each month and although 
I only intended to produce three, i'm not sure my 
faux ceramic tile journey is over just yet. 

It's much easier to create them this way than 30 years ago..

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with:

Try it on Tuesday: Summertime
A Vintage Journey: Watercolour Wonders
Country View Challenges July: Do more of what makes you happy.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

WoywW 580

Hello creative friends.. 

Desk sharing day over at the stamping ground where 
Julia hosts what's on your Wednesday Workdesk...

Well apart from my fridge door falling off, locating a new
fridge online, in stock and able to be delivered to my door,  
it's been quite a productive crafty week.

I spent the whole weekend in the craftroom 
absorbed by the talent of over 20 artists during a two day 
online retreat course before their year long workshop begins. 

Here's a selection of what I created this weekend,
giving respect to the Artists involved i've obscured
some pieces taught via their tutorials.

When I do "make them my own" from those lessons
i'll be sure to share a bit more with you all.. 

#makecreateexpress20 #makecreateexpress #artismagiconline

This piece is inspired by the amazing work of 
Jennifer Steck and her Patchwork Pets... 
(another #WIP work in progress 😁)

had to try and capture Freya's *unique* eye!!

So here's my WOYWW #580 sadly idle since Monday...

Blame it on more mask making and alterations for facial hair! 
Not mine may I add.. just incase you were wondering.. 😂

Look forward to seeing what's on your workdesks.. 

Take care & stay safe

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Friday, 10 July 2020

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #123 ~ Picture Inspiration

Hello Creative friends, 

It's time for a new Paperbabe Stamps Challenge, 
use the picture below to inspire you and come 
share your creativity with us over HERE..

Inspired by those fruity colours above I blended paint 

Paint and MDF always takes me to my happy place.. 

Designed to capture and frame the Dinky 3/4 view Female stamps 
I stamped and coloured one of the designs, dry brushing colour 
onto the word Dream* one of six included with the frame set.

Flowers from the Blossom stamp set are stamped onto painted card, 
cut out and arranged around the MDF overlay completing the design.

Ready to display on its stand or hang on the wall 
and just dream of warm sunny days ahead.. 

Come share your take on the challenge over on the 
Paperbabe Stamps Blog for the chance to win a 
Paperbabe stamps prize of your choice.

Look forward to seeing what your 
creative side designs.. 

Stay safe everyone
Creative wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 

Country View Challenges July: Do more of what makes you happy.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Two tags for Tuesday and a Wednesday workdesk..

Hello everyone 

*Two blog posts for the price of one today* 

Whilst #SuperSaturday happened and more lockdown restrictions 
were lifted I spent the weekend in the safety of my Crafty space 
having a tidy up then a play with paint and left over scraps. 

The first a hand painted Peacock Feather and the second 
created using leftover from previous projects. 

I didn't realise until I uploaded the photo those words 
seem to have created their own sentence... 

So what's on my Wednesday workdesk for WOYWW #579 

as if I haven't got enough UFO's I've started something new ... 
this ones a work in progress, WIP's are not as bad as UFO right?? 

Look forward to seeing what's on your workdesks 
over @ Julia's Stamping ground and beyond..

Creative HUgs 
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

And that was June.. WOYWW 578

Hello everyone, 
"How are you all..??"

I'm not sure how July got here so fast but I do know I was a 
blogging failure last month as lockdown restrictions lifted 
It was vital I spent time with those that needed me. 

June 2020..

Local walks with my Daughter made up for numerous cancelled 
flight's as she prepared for her return to Sweden after being 
caught up in our UK lockdown for the past 3 months... 

After finishing her two weeks quarantine I'm pleased she's 
well educated on social distancing, hand washing etc etc.. 
but it will be a long time before we see each other again 😢

Freya finding a shady patch during those extremely hot days 
waiting desperately for her groom room appointment !!

now she's had her fur clipped she's much more relaxed.. Unlike my 
Mother in Law who's counting down the days to her hair appointment..

Now allowed to spend time with my Mom and have a cuppa together 
is amazing, it's been a very lonely road for those on their own.. 
I hope you've been able to spend some time with family or friends? 

Here's some makes I couldn't share any earlier.. 
made for my dear friend Dorthe's Birthday. 
I know she's now received them 😘 
Hope you had a lovely day Dorthe, enjoy your family time xx

Hmmm nothing but my scrap journal I use to stamp or just doodle.. 
but there's quite a bit finished to blog about later in the month.
Let's hope July is a little more kinder 😌

Look forward to seeing woyww 
and catching up with you all.. 

Take care everyone 

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Paperbabe Stamps #122 ~ ANYTHING GOES

Hello everyone, 

Over on the Paperbabe Stamps Challenge blog our theme this 
fortnight is *Anything Goes* come share your creative makes 
with us over HERE for a chance to win a Paperbabe prize.

Here's my DT creation this month and how it came to be.. 

Inspired to create a journal page gluing down torn papers 
embellished with texture using Paperbabe STENCILS

I smudged paint picking out those raised areas to 
create a landscape in Summer blues and greens...

Stamped, embossed and fussy cut Butterflies using stamps 
from the Pieridae Stamp Set help to fill in every gap...

with the largest Butterfly stamped in complementary colours

machine stitched edges softens the scene as my kaleidoscope of 
butterflies rise up into a sun filled sky above the meadow below... 

Look forward to seeing your anything goes creations. 

Stay safe & keep creative.. 
Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Create a scene
Country view Challenge ~ Summer Fields
Art Journal Journey ~ Halle's theme.. A Stitch in Time

Monday, 8 June 2020

A stitch in time saves a Rustic 9

Hello creative friends, 

How you all doing? 

Inspired by a rusty number nine found buried in my garden 
I thought i'd incorporate it into the cover of my latest 
junk journal...

Layering it's stencilled cover with die cuts of old paper, 
embellished with buttons, wrapped thread and lace

a punched book page made an alternative surface to stitch. 
Alongside a stamped embroidery reel topper and bobbin wound with 
thread, the button is from Granny's button tin still attached to it's card.

Onto ribbon edged with machine stitch faux typewriter keys sit.
I love how the original book cover still peeps out from below.

Not convinced this journal cover is quite finished, there's still 
room to squeeze in a found curio or trinket don't you think?

A stitch in time saves 9... 
(it's one way to approach the new blogger interface..!)

Wishing you all a super week ahead, 

Take care
Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with:

A Vintage Journey ~ Rustic Charm 
Creative Artiste ~ Mixed Media Challenge #61
Art Journal Journey ~ Halle's theme: A Stitch in Time

Friday, 29 May 2020

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #120 ~ My Quote right NOW

Hello Creative Friends

as a new Paperbabe Stamps Challenge begins
we ask you this fortnight to share your
*Quote right now..*

Create anything the new theme inspires you to do,
using words or a saying maybe close to your heart.
Old ones or an excerpt that simply engages you..

Come share them with the team over HERE.

Here's a small cushion I created embellished with
stamped and embroidered eyelashes and the quote...

*Be the Rainbow in someone else's cloud*

 Using the Paperbabe Standard Female Face stamp set  
and Watercolour Alphabet Capitals to create the quote
this tactile cushion is a real comfort to hold.. 

Wishing you all a bright and sunny day 

Creative wishes 
Tracey x

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

What's on your workdesk? 573

Hello creative friends, 

How are you..?? 

I've nothing really to share this workdesk Wednesday 
as sewing has taken up much of my time, making birthday 
gifts and other things.. believe me you really do not 
want to see the chaos on my kitchen table today.. 

So here's where I was yesterday evening taking note 
of idea's for some lovely stamp sets I received last week. 
The #justforwednesdays journal shows last weeks play using 
Tracy Evans stunning Iris, it's an addictive set may I say..

I can share a couple of tags i'd saved from some wrapping 
that I covered with gesso then stamped interesting areas 
from a couple of woodware stamps.  Embossed and trimmed with 
left over scraps of lace they may well become new gift tags to 
go with those sewing gifts or just #things in a junk journal.

Look forward to seeing Whats on your 
workdesks this Wednesday. 

Take care everyone, stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

**Has anyone heard how Helen is..?? 
She posted last night but I'm worried she has still yet to link **

Friday, 22 May 2020

Discover.. Flowers

Hello creative friends, 

How are you..?? 

Sharing a journal page today which I started just before 
Spring first sprung but never got round to completing..

No how to do's or explanations just close up's of those
Stamperia moulded pastes, stencils and rice papers..

Fuschia is not really my colour but I couldn't help paint those 
moulded roses to match those upon the rice paper background.

I love how the perched bird comes to life when painted, 
as if she's stopped to take in their sweet flowery aroma..

The stenciled word *Discover trimmed with buttons 
and lace sits above hand painted white fluffy clouds.

a keyword as birdsong amplifies whilst air traffic takes a break. 

We've all had more time to discover things of new and old 
while keeping our family, friends and neighbours safe...

Wishing you all a a super weekend.
Take care everyone. 

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 

Paint Party Friday ~ WK 12 YR 10

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Happy 11th Anniversary WoywW #572

Hello creative friends, 

**Happy 11th Birthday WOYWW* 

a crafty safe place over @ the stamping ground where we 
can gather each Wednesday catch up with like minded folk 
and friends to share what's on our workdesks.

Guided by Julia to work on our UFO's to celebrate year 11* 
rather than the usual sharing of ATC's I've been playing with 
those found objects shared in #570.

Made an ATC those paint brushes represent the number 11.

covered a new journal.. now my #just for Wednesday's!

Put some simple paint dot decoration on the folk it heart and 
then attempted wet felting which is now my latest UFO 😏

The sun is up, my outdoor Woyww #572 is set up for the day 

I'm raising my cuppa to Julia and ALL the WOYWW gang... 

Keep creative everyone!! 
Tracey xx