Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January - Feeling Blue challenge!

It's all change over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog,
Not only are we Celebrating a New Year but Wednesday will now be
the New Challenge day with a different theme given to you every month.

The challenge is open to everyone with a £30 Voucher for one random winner.
The Design Teams Choice of the Top 3 will also receive a prize!!
*Please read those new RULES*


Not sure about you but January has never been a favourite month of mine,
after spending time preparing the festivities for family then lots of quality
time with them the beginning of the New Year always seems quite empty!

January's Feeling Blue Challenge really sums up the month for me..

Here's my take on the theme.. and those how to do's!


Using a white/greyboard 4.5 x 9" panel I brushed on a variety of That's Crafty paints in different shades of blue, mixing in a small amount of Gesso to give a chalkier effect.

When dry I rough sanded the panel spritzed with water and etched into the board
 with a rubber tipped sculpting tool to give a peeled paint effect.


Filling in the white space with black Gesso I drew lines into the panel with a pencil 
to create grooves, stamped using set 3 from the Textures set then tapping across 
the panel with a hammer to give the faux wooden panel a more rustic look.


Using the  8x8 Alphabet Stencil I traced around the letters needed
and stamped the wooden panel stamp over the letters using archival ink.


With the letters cut out and coloured using distress ink, the greyboard houses were painted in a combination of Blues, stamping with Gesso and Textures stamps from set 3 & 4 adding a sprinkling of frantage before those little doors and windows were glued on.


3D gloss gel has been mixed with yellow and pearl paint giving light to the windows. 
Layering it all onto my faux wooden panel adding dyed hessian and wire to add an 
element of intrigue..


My *Feeling Blue* Challenge project is complete..


I do hope you can join in with the challenge over HERE
the Design Team would love to see your Feeling Blue creations.

Or just pop on over and see the inspirational makes from the team
there will be more during the month to inspire you further.

Wishing you everything creative in 2018
Warm wishes Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:
That's Crafty Surfaces Bits and Piece: Houses
That's Crafty White/Greyboard Panel 4.5 x 9
That's Crafty 8x8 Alphabet Stencil TC8001
That's Crafty Multi Surface Paints: Bright Blue - Teal - Ocean
Dark Blue ShimmerMetallic Ice BlueMustard Yellow
That's Crafty Gesso - White - Black
That's Crafty Textures Stamps - Set 3 - Set 4
That's Crafty 3D Gloss gel Medium
That's Crafty Multi Purpose Glue PEN
Distress Ink- Aged Linen - Archival Watering Can
Frantage embossing powder - Aged Aqua
Wire/Dyed Hessian & a button.

22 comments:

  1. Fabulous and creative design. Love the colours too.xx[aNNie]

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  2. Dear Tracey, I LOVE this - so wonderful, adorable, and sweet. Love your light filled windows, and fantastic background, with the faux wood and "trees" .
    A beautiful , blue moody panel, - my January is like yours, kind of empty !!
    A lovely day to you sweet lady, and a big hug. Dorthe, xoxo

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    1. Thank you Dorthe, i'm so glad you like my moody panel and it's good to hear I am not the only one who feels this way about January. At times I wish I could travel back and enjoy the festivities again as the time passes so quickly xx

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  3. Thank you for the step by step on your amazing project. Great texture and such fabulous creativity. Love the background, those cute houses and the pop of yellow in the windows. Amazing project x

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    1. Thank you very very much, the greyboard houses really do take any medium that you can throw at them!!

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  4. This is a pleasure to look at - such wonderful textures and I love the clever made lightning in the windows! Superb step by step as well-
    Happy rest of your week Tracey!
    oxo Susi

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    1. That's very sweet of you to say Susi a great way layer up and use different techniques. These panels are a great size to work with & have to be my favourite at present x

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  5. Hi Tracey, I really enjoyed reading your post and getting a little insight into your sweet heart. I usually feel the opposite and am glad all the commotion is over and life can go back to normal. But I am certain I will feel differently when the kids get older! Now, as to this beautiful work of art - WOW WOW WOW!! I'm amazed at the beautiful layers and textures you've combined. What a stunning project! The weathered wood is a beautiful back drop! Love it! This is amazing and I'm so inspired! Hugs, Autumn

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    1. Oh Thank you Autumn, glad you like it. January is usually my month of thought where I can rethink and jot down ideas, February is my creative month but the start of this year has been quite different.
      Hoping I can kick start these blues soon & get some of those ideas back onto the craft table x

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  6. Tracey this is an absolute stunner! The background is fabulous and the houses look awesome.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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    1. Thank you Fliss, another therapeutic background with the help of my hammer haa haa!! x

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  7. This is wonderful Tracey, I love how you've distressed you backing panel, and your stary houses look so inviting. Have a very happy 2018, Sue xx

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    1. Hee hee you can not beat the effect of a good hammered background! So happy you like it xx

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  8. I really love this Tracey, I’m a little obsessed with everything housey and this is just wonderful, one of my favourites of yours now I think
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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    1. I know where you are coming from with the houses, the are very appealing, ever so inviting and a great size to work with. Happy you like it xx

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  9. Oh Tracey, I cannot drag my eyes away from the fabulous background you created, it is incredible! The little houses are delightful, there is such a wonderful glow in the windows - perfect for looking in on a chilly January day! The little bit of wire with the star and the hessian are perfect finishing touches... Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Thank you Anne, I really enjoyed the whole process with this one, great substrates to work with as I know I can throw anything onto them. Just had to add some extra little touches to it!! xx

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  10. Wow i adore this its a gorgeous cute house piece. love the colouring
    hugs June x

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    1. So glad you like it June, the houses are super cute. Happy New Year to you x

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  11. This ia absolutely amazing!! I LOVE it!! BIG hugs Delphine xx

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    1. Thank you very much Delphine, greatly appreciated xx

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