Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Close to Nature ~ That's Crafty Challenge

Hello Creative Friends..

It's time for a new theme over on the That's Crafty Challenge Blog

If you would like to share your creative side with us we'd love to see you over HERE
There's prizes to be won so pop on over read those entry rules and check out 
what the talented That's Crafty Team have created to inspire you.

Here's my interpretation of the challenge..

Using the keyhole MDF book cover Surface I smeared on texture paste 
and used the back of a fork to make marks in the hope of simulating bark.

Leaves from the Butterflies and leaves set are stamped onto Kraft card and cut out. 
Using Flat Matte Sprays the leaves are painted with white also added to some of the areas.
This completely changes it's transparency creating more new shades.

With the Book Cover painted in multi surface paints, black is scraped around the 
edge of the key hole and heated with a heat tool till it bubbles to create a raised edge. 
Strips of dyed card help map out where the leaves will fall, all held down with gel medium.

Gel medium and twisted wire holds a variation of beads in place adding 
embellishment and breaking down the similarity of the leaves within the design.

The stencilled Rose used to test out texture and colour has been cut and applied to guide the eye to the key hole where you can just catch a peek at what lies behind the door.

The sentiment from Lynne's Wildflower stamps fits perfectly with this cover.

I'm building up a collection of pictures and boards that create 
intrigue through that keyhole before I string it all together.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my Favourite reads as a child.
I would have loved to discover a Secret Garden just like Mary Lennox did...

Tomorrow I will share what lies through that keyhole.

Look forward to seeing your take on 

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty: Surfaces MDF Book ~ Keyhole Cover
That's Crafty: Texture Paste
That's Crafty: Gloss Gel Medium
That's Crafty Stamps: Doodled Butterflies & Leaves
That's Crafty Stamps: Lynne's Wildflowers Set 1
That's Crafty: Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty: Flat Matte Sprays
That's Crafty: Roses Stencil
Wire and Beads


  1. Wowsers! This is amazing Tracey! I really love the beaded leaves!
    Alison xx

  2. Whate a fabulous piece you have created Tracey, big WOW! Hugs, Valerie

  3. A fantastic nature piece, dear Tracey, I love how you painted the leaves, and the keyhole, is amazing with the raised edges - looking gorgeous, also the beading to create interest to the leaves- and I can`t wait to see, what is behind the key hole, in the secret garden .Sending you a hug . Dorthe, xx

  4. You certainly caused intrigue with the keyhole, making us want to see what is behind. I really love how you created the wood effect, it really does look like wood! Fabulous!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Brilliant piece Tracey, I can think of nothing better than looking through that key hole to the secrets that lie behind
    Amanda x

  6. Maybe you are too young to remember "through the keyhole" Tracey, with Lloyd Grossman saying in a very droll voice... "who lives in a house like that". Lol. I used to love that programme. You are not only the colouring queen.. you are the texture queen too!! Wow.. your bark effect is outstanding, and I love your bubbled paint for added effect too. Fab-u-lous, and looking forward to seeing what lies through the long as it's not Keith lemon!!!!!xxx

  7. Your book cover looks amazing. So much texture, love the 'fork' idea and how you heated the black paint to add further texture. The leaves look stunning, as is the rose and love the intrigue of looking through the keyhole x

  8. You've really rocked this challenge Tracey! The keyhole idea is inspired and the textures and detail look amazing.
    Fliss xx

  9. This is incredible, Tracey. You have nailed this challenge. The beaded leaves are the icing on this gorgeous entry. I was also impressed with how you used both texture paste and a fork to achieve the look of wood. It's a beauty.

  10. Once again brilliance here. Love that keyhole effect then adding all those textures....a day at your place crafting and learning would be

  11. Tracey!!
    This is so enchanting and magical! makes me wish I was a girl again to play!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  12. Oh Tracey! This is a tropical garden I truly want to visit! It's an enchanting project filled with so many beautiful layers and details. Bravo! Hugs, Autumn

  13. Wow, what a wonderful work of art! xx

  14. Great project the leaves are amazing!! Have a lovely weekend x


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