Thursday 31 May 2018

Spritz and Stitch

Hello Everyone

Can you believe it's the last day of May!
Where did that month go..??

As it's Thursday I'm sharing a sneak peek of some
That's Crafty Creativity 
with the full how to do's over HERE

Hope to see you over there
Crafty Hugs
Hugs Tracey xx

Wednesday 30 May 2018


Happy Wednesday Everyone

It's time to share what's on my work space over at Julia's again for it's WOYWW 469.

Hope the hangovers have all gone after a celebratory 468 and the big 9 last week..?

There's really not much creativity to share this week as it's been an eventful one,
along with chargers failing one after the other, the GDPR confusion and a couple
of leaks over the bank holiday weekend due to torrential storms.

There seems to be UFO 's where ever I turn, I found this unfinished watercolour
in an A5 journal. I needed to do some sketching, opened the journal up and
there she was, I adore that Tracy Easson stamp.
Think I may finish this one and use it for an upcoming birthday card.

The colourful case you see is my Art Suitcase that accompanies me on my travels
and would you believe it I've just spotted A3 rice paper underneath it...
I've been looking for that over the past fortnight..!! Grrr..

Catch up with you all later ..charger willing.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday 25 May 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #74 Doodles

It's Friday Yay... 
and an extended weekend awaits with another
UK Bank Holiday.

It's time for another Paperbabe Challenge with this fortnight being doodle themed 
so for those of you that like to doodle, draw or just make marks 
this challenge may be just for you.

Here's my take on #74 Doodles Paperbabe Challenge along with those How to Do's..

Onto a postcard sized piece of water colour card I traced around the mini head 
and torso templates along with the short hair and fringe, marked out the 
facial features using the guides given on the head template and 
used the mini female face stamps to stamp those features in place.

Neocolors II have been used to lay down those base colours.

Onto deli roll used to mop up inks I doodled 
using a nib (dip) pen and acrylic inks.

With the image glued into my postcard album created just for this size paperbabe.
I tore strips of those inked doodles and glued them to the top and bottom
of the image to create a decorative edge.

Blending any white area still showing with those neocolors I then added a little more
pastel colour blending with my finger to give that softer dreamy effect .

My Doodled edge Paperbabe Postcard is complete.

If you'd like to share your doodles with us please pop on over HERE
and join in with the Paperbabe #74 Doodles Challenge.

We'd love to see you there..
Wishing you a wonderful weekend
what ever you are up to.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Deli Paper Roll/Versafine ink pad

Thursday 24 May 2018

A5 Journal Cover

Hello Creative Friends,

It's Thursday again and my turn to share another
That's Crafty Creation, today using newly released products.

Here's a sneaky peek with the full picture and how to do's over HERE.

Take care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday 23 May 2018

WOYWW #468 9th Anniversary

Happy WOYWW #468

Today marks the 9th Anniversary of WOYWW 

Three cheers to Julia Hip Hip Hooray... Hip Hip Hooray.. Hip Hip HOORAY...!!!
For each week she has given creatives worldwide the opportunity to share 
their creativity on work spaces of all different shapes and sizes 
and that is something to be celebrated.

I've watched for a while, commented and finally taken the plunge,
8 weeks in i'm addicted so I can only imagine how those of you that 
have been there for the long run must feel.

Congratulations.. Wishing many more WOYWW to come.

This is what was on my work space yesterday as I have a Shopping date with my 
Daughter today and was unsure if I would have the time to take a picture this morning.

A glimpse of my take on Starry Night by Van Gogh and one unfinished 
ATC created to mark the special occasion,

A little finer detail and it's finished.
The eye is me watching and the nine speaks for itself..
Silly me forgot to add the WOYWW but I can do that!

I didn't opt in for the ATC exchange as I'm a new participant but
this one is for you Julia if you wish to claim it xx

Wishing you all a fabulous day
I'll be along to visit you all as soon as my day out is over 
and my Daughter has cleaned out my purse..!!

Anniversary Wishes
and cake a plenty!!

Tracey xx

Sunday 20 May 2018

Sneak peek of New Crafty Treats ...!!

Happy Sunday Everyone

I'm sharing a handful of sneak peeks today
as That's Crafty have lots of new products and
will be showing them off on Hochanda TV tomorrow..

Monday 21st May at 11am and 3pm (BST) where Neil Burley
will be demonstrating new products and sharing hints and tips.

Here's those sneak peeks..


and I do hope you can tune in/record or watch on catch up
and see what the That's Crafty Hochanda DT have been up too.

Have a super Sunday

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday 17 May 2018

Notelets of inspiration

Hello Creative Friends

It's Thursday, the day I get to share some creativity 
using products from That's Crafty over on the
That's Crafty Blog.

Here's a sneaky peek at what i've been up to this week 
with the full picture over HERE

Until next week,
Take care everyone

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday 16 May 2018

A Stitch in Time ~ Paint Brush Pocket.. It's a Challenge.

We are half way through this months That's Crafty *A Stitch in Time* Challenge 
There's still plenty of time to join in and share your faux or real stitch creations 
over on the That's Crafty Challenge blog.

Here's my That's Crafty mid month reminder creation

On to a piece of medium weight wet Calico I traced through the Lana Stencil
and painted with a combination of That's Crafty Multi surface paints.
Facial features and hair filled every inch of the space.

Lost in the whole painting process I think there was definitely an air or 
should I say HAIR of the 80's vibe going on here.. Even adding a hint
of shimmer by mixing paint with the sparklers spray.

The Create Stencil was used to paint in the word, outlined with pen then machine stitched 
around the edges. Extra stitching is sewn through the hair just to add extra interest.
The panel is then sewn onto the front or the back which ever way you choose to look at it..

This is my paint brush pocket..

Created by folding a double strip of washed calico to produce a pocket leaving a 
little extra to create a flap. Stitched around the edges using different coloured threads 
and stitches this holds the painted panel on the front side secure.

A button and loop have been hand sewn on to create a closure.

I don't really do measuring, I much prefer to create by eye, making sure the pocket 
was big enough to house a handful of paint brushes was all I needed to know
and having one side untouched allows me to use it to dry off or clean my brushes..
It will not stay this clean for long.

This is the front/back of my brush pocket, washed, ironed and housing those brushes.
Perfect for outdoor crafting or whilst on the move.

If you'd like to share your ideas and creations with us there's a prize of £30 
up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend in the That's Crafty online Store 
and in addition to that a stencil prize for each of the chosen Top 3.. 

Pop on over and check out what the Design Team have created just for you in the

Wishing you all a wonderful day
Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty ~ Multi surface paints
That's Crafty ~ Sparklers Spray
That's Crafty Lana Stencil
That's Crafty word series Stencil ~ Create

WOYWW #467

Good Morning creative Friends it's Wednesday which can only mean 
it's WOYWW #467 time to share what's on my work space as Julia hosts 
over at the stamping ground each Wednesday the opportunity to link up 
and sneak a peek of what other creative friends have been up too.

This has been my creative space over the past few days, carrying it all in and out 
of the garden when i've had a moment spare as the weather has been very kind...

There is a new addition to my art materials this week a wonderful surprise gift 
from my Daughter of the 30th Anniversary set of water-soluble pencils from 
Caran d'Ache containing 30 new colours.. Eek!! I'm such a lucky Mom and 
my children really do spoil me!!

The card top left was the Thank you card I made for my Daughter, using Stamps designed by Danielle Donaldson and the card next to it is using the awesome stamp set Designed by Olga Heldwein #81 from AALL & Create.
The face is Audrey another from AALL & Create and is one of many WIP's using this stamp.

Top right is my trusty art trug, my lifeline carrying the foundations of my art materials 
and is never to far away from me. My family know it's as good as a *Do Not Disturb* sign.

That's it from me this week,
i'm so looking forward to catching up with you all
and seeing WOYWW #467

Creative Hugs and Sunny Days
Tracey xx

For those wondering what became of the Masterboard last week please pop on over HERE

Friday 11 May 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #73 ~ Picture Inspiration

It's Friday Yay..!!
Time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps

Today we give you a Picture displaying a beautiful swatch of colour and shape,
use it to inspire your inner creativity and come share with us all over 
at Paperbabe Challenge #73

Here's what I got up to..

First I created a masterboard using water-soluble pastels picking out colours from the picture inspiration, scribbling, spraying and blending all over an A3 watercolour journal.

I lay paperbabe stencils over the masterboard and removed areas of colour by rubbing through the aperture with a wet cloth. Whilst doing this I noticed that the Knit stencil resembled ears of wheat so decided to use this to my advantage, creating a scene by sketching in a glorious sun. This area of the page I chose to use for my backdrop.

I stamped and embossed one of the large Butterflies onto vellum lightly colouring with alcohol markers. Smaller butterflies in the set were stamped directly onto the page.

Laying the knit stencil back over those lifted areas I scraped 3D gloss gel through 
with a palette knife,when dry it really makes those areas glisten.

Cut down to size the large Butterfly graces that large sun with the smaller dancing in the face of it. Not quite a Van Gogh with his depictions of those wheat fields but I was quite pleased how this turned out as it's not at all what I had initially intended to create.

We'd love to see your creations over HERE
*There's a prize for one Lucky winner*.

Pop on over and check out what else the Design Team have created just for you.

Wishing you Sunny Days and a wonderful weekend ahead.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Paperbabe ~Knit Stencil 
Caran D'Ache neocolors II
Watercolour Paper
3D Gloss Gel

Thursday 10 May 2018

Back to Front

Hello creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well??

It's Thursday which can only mean it's my turn to share another
That's Crafty creation over on the That's Crafty Blog.

Today i've been very resourceful using up leftovers that never came to be.

Here's a sneak peek with the full project over  HERE

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day,

Sending Creative Hugs your way

Tracey xx

Wednesday 9 May 2018

WOYWW #466

Happy Wednesday.
What a glorious few days we have had in the UK
with the hottest Bank Holiday on record.

It's WOYWW #466 and time to share another glimpse of whats on my 
work space and sneak a peek at everyone else's over at Julia's.

I wasn't sure I would be able to join in this week as I have that many 
DT projects lying around there's very little space left for anything else. 

So today I've decided to show some of my latest purchases whilst covering up 
a couple of WIP's along side products i'm currently using. 

Lovely new stamps and stencils purchased from That's Crafty from AALL & Create and a 
couple of PA stamp sets that had escaped my collection, purchased from the Craft Barn.

My old set of Neocolors II have especially been getting lots of use this past week as 
i've been creating lots of A3 masterboards using those somewhat unpopular colours.

The little needle book is my latest That's Crafty challenge DT piece.. 
HERE'S a closer look for those of you that may not have already seen it. 
If you enjoy entering Blog Challenges it may be of some interest to you..

Thank you for stopping by everyone,
I look forward to visiting you all later today.

Creative hugs & wishes Tracey xx

Friday 4 May 2018

Face your Fears..

Happy Friday!!!

Today see's the June Edition of Craft Stamper Magazine hit the stores 
where little ole me has a project featured using That's Crafty Products.

This is a big step for me as I shy away from anything like this 
but sometimes you have to face your fears...

..i'm facing lots this year!

Here's a peep at what I created.

with the full creation within the June Edition of Craft Stamper Magazine.

Thank you to Laura for her encouragement and continued fabulous 
That's Crafty products i'm so blessed to work with and to Trish Latimer 
and her team for producing such an inspirational magazine.

I feel very privileged and somewhat proud to be amongst 
so many talented creative people 
all within one glossy magazine.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

*Wishing you all a wonderful weekend & Bank Holiday*

Thursday 3 May 2018

Vintage Kraft Postcard

Hello creative friends,

Thursday's here again, time to share some 
That's Crafty Creativity over on the That's Crafty! Blog

Here's a sneaky peep with the full How to Do's over HERE

Hope to see you over there.

Wishing you all an amazing day.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday 2 May 2018

A Stitch in Time ~ It's a Challenge

It's time for a brand new blog challenge over at That's Crafty
The theme this month is *A Stitch in Time* and we are asking you 
to share your faux or real stitch creations.

Here's what I got up too..

I first started with a piece of  wet organic cotton calico, laying 
the stencil on top and painting multi surface paint through it.

When dry I doodled around the outline of the flowers with a 
fine liner pen. Stabilised the fabric by gluing it onto a piece of card
and machine stitched around the edge.

A selection of buttons have been hand sewn for decoration and a couple for practicality.

Fabric dyed with multi surface paints has been used to back the inside with two extra pieces cut and sewn in along the central line to hold all those sewing accessories.

Keeping my fingers crossed that my measurements are correct it should fold together.

The larger of the buttons acts as a closure with a little piece of elastic 
which hooks around it keeping it all safe and sound inside.



A handy pocket sized needle book holding a few extras.

If you'd like to share your ideas and creations with us there's a prize of £30 
up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend in the That's Crafty online Store 
and in addition to that a stencil prize for each of the chosen Top 3.. 

Pop on over and check out what the Design Team have created just for you in the

Wishing you Sunshine and Creativity

Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Stencil ~ Daisy Background
That's Crafty! ~ Multi surface Paints
Calico/Card'Fine Liner
Buttons/Elastic cord and stitches

WOYWW #465

Wednesday's come round so quickly and with the 
blink of an eye it's time to share whats on my work space
with all the lovely people over at Julia's.

Here's WOYWW #465

I'm back in my very messy mixed media area today

A close up of the 20p diary with a little more alteration..

I can actually find this on my inky area now but each time I sit down I add a 
little more onto it. I can see it's face changing many times over the coming year.

I adore this stamp set Designed by Tracy Evans.. (more WIP's)

and for those that asked to see a little close up of my jewellery
here is a WIP brooch created from wire and coated pyrite.

The seahorse i've had many years and patiently awaits new adventures..
(Told you it was on my desk Anne* Spooky eh??)

Thank you to those of you that dropped on by last week
I enjoyed visiting you all and look forward to checking out 
what you've all been up to this week at # WOYWW 465.

Happy Crafting
Tracey xx