Friday 2 March 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #68 - Anything Goes.. Chesire Cat.

Hello everyone,

I would normally say Happy Friday but I know due to the present weather conditions 
it may not be the happiest as nearly everyone I know has been affected by it.

First may I announce the winner of my *Giveaway* The Bottle of Stamps..
and try and lift the spirits of at least one person.

Congratulations to.... Fanfare..!!

Mrs B... you are a Winner.
Can you please email me with your address and I can get your prize 
on its way to you as soon as services are back up and running.

see's a new Paperbabe Stamps Blog Challenge over HERE
with this fortnights theme being ~ *Anything Goes* YAY..!!

Here's what i've been up to,
just skip over the words if you have not the time to read..

Tracing around the sitting Cat templates I'd already decided I wanted to 
continue the theme and create my Cat in the style of the modern day 
Cheshire Cat, so I don't really know why I drew in it's muzzle!
Oh well easily erased if you use pencil.

With my blues/greens and grey pencils nice and sharp and the
Face, nose and Cheshire smile stamped I began to sketch in some colour.

Adding a quick forest background a watercolour wash was laid down
ready for some finer detail to be added. I may even change his body shape a little..

Whiskers were stamped and embossed with bright white EP
and little dots added to ground them before adding the final shadow and shade.

With a little more excess to cuddle my Cheshire Cat is complete
although i'm not sure everyone would want to give him a cuddle.

Hmmm.. I really do need to fix his wonky tail...!
That will teach me to meddle with shape shifting..

We hope you can join us for the Paperbabe ~ #68 Anything goes Challenge over HERE
and pop on over to see what everyone has been up too.

Take Care everyone, stay warm and safe
and please don't venture anywhere if you do not have too..

Warmest of Hugs
Tracey xx

Paperbabe Supplies:

Paperbabe ~ Cat template 
Paperbabe ~ Cat face stamps
Pink Pig Sketchbook
Caran D'ache


Dotty Jo said...

What a fabulous face - great art! Jo x

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your beautiful cat creation, really outstanding. Congrats to Abdul on her win. Hugs, Valerie

Mrs.B said...

That cat is so cool - and what a grin!
WOW so pleased to see that I'm your winner of those wonderful stamps.
Have a great weekend.
Avril. xx

froebelsternchen said...

A fantastic blue cat - just ADORABLE! You are such a talent !
Happy weekend Tracey!
oxo Susi

Dorthe said...

Oh,oh Tracey, noone can, like you ,use the pencils, so elegantly, and with such amazing results- even this guy is not too lovable, I will say I love him and what you did with him. Such gorgeous details, you gave him in white, too .Yes you really is a talent, dear friend.
Big warm hugs, for you- and please wish us luck as we are driving through snowfilled Sweden to Copenhagen , celebrating Mathilde`s birthday , tomorrow, and shall stay for 4 days.
Sending you smiles and thank you for brighten my day with this sweetheart ,lol- xx

Chris said...

An amazing Cheshire Cat Tracey and I was totally inspired as soon as I saw him! Fabulous colouring and I love the scene you created around him too! Hope you aren't suffering too much due to the weather. Chris xxx

Redanne said...

Wow Tracey, that is a wonderful Cheshire Cat (says she who lives in Cheshire - lol), the colouring is fantastic and, perhaps I wouldn't want to stroke her but she still looks amazing! Hugs, Anne xx

craftytrog said...

Wow! He's amazing Tracey!
It's started to thaw a little here, thankfully.
Have a good weekend!
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

Your cat is fabulous, such a wonderful grinning expression, it made me smile when I saw him this morning.

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

I love your freaky cat Tracey and I think I’d still like to give him a cuddle but at arms length maybe 😼
Donna xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Loving your cat Tracy, his expression is perfect. Pleased to say the snow is melting today. Have a great crafty week, Angela xXx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you very much Jo glad you like it x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your very kind Valerie, Thank you x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Yes he really does have the widest of grins hee hee.. Well done on your win Anvril, I hope you enjoy your *Bottle of Stamps* xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you so much Susi, it can be a difficult balance to go from messy crafting to sitting still for hours on end but i'm enjoying the peace it gives me at present xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Sorry I am late replying to this Dorthe, I trust your journey was successful. Enjoy your precious family time and take care on your journey back. Thank you as always for your sweet comments of encouragement xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you very much Chris, I will be popping on over to visit you asap. The weather did catch us for a good couple of days and we were hoping we would escape it. All seems to be getting back to normal now, fingers crossed xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

He hee Anne, you must have the widest of smiles then :D Glad you like him, i'm sure he's really a friendly, shy retiring type haa haa xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you Alison. It sounds like you were having the thaw when we were in the thick of it.. The thaw and rain have washed most of it away today and outside it all looks like we all dreamt it.. xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you very much Yvonne, I'm glad he brought a smile to your face as well as his own :)) x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

hee hee i'm sure he's as good as Fred, don't be fooled by that smile :)) x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you Angela, our big thaw has been today. Fingers crossed we have seen the last of the cold weather for a while now. Enjoy your week ahead xx

Sue said...

This is really wonderful Tracey, you've coloured him so beautifully it really must take you hours. I'm so glad that the snow has gone, it's very pretty for a day, but that's quite long enough. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

aussie aNNie said...

haha Tracey this cat is definitely up to no good, that grin and eyes are wicked, great post though, love it.xx💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful work thanks for sharing!

Lula said...

Love the cat you have created Tracey! The colour combo is great!
Thanks bunches for visiting my blog and all sweet comments.
Lots of hugs from

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you Sue, I have to admit it does take a while to create at this scale. I have to make sure I have enough free time available when working on them as I tend to lose my train of thought if I stop and start too many times.
Yes the snow has all gone now and temperatures have risen significantly.
Just waiting for everyone to come down with the flu or virus again now & that's all I need haa haa... Have a super week (I know you will) xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Haa haaa I think you may be right Annie.. Thank you xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your very welcome, Thank you for stopping by to take a closer look x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your very welcome Lula, I loved your beautiful creation. Thank you so much for taking the time to pop on over, so happy you like my cheeky Cheshire cat xx

junemac2 said...

Wow wow so utterly fabulous, this character has always been a fave of mine. I adore Alice too. Love how brilliantly you created this one. Incredible and gorgeous. Thanks also for your kind words on my blog, you made me feel good about it. Hugs June x

Jane Elizabeth France said...

Hee hee... I love how you have captured the Cheshire cats cheesy grin with just a hint of crazy in those eyes!!!. It is great when you do the step by step of your art Tracey.. it is fabulous to see how it unfolds into a masterpiece. Amazing pencil work. Xxx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

He certainly does have character. Happy that you like him June. I hope all is well with you and the family ?? xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

You are very very kind Jane.. With a grin like that there had to be a hint of crazy somewhere within it hee hee!! If I can I always like to show how something comes to life, hoping it may inspire people but it is not always possible especially when you get lost in the creative flow.. xx