Friday, 28 December 2018

2018 Baker's Dozen

Hello Creative Friends

Just like last year my final post of the year I leave you 
with a Baker's Dozen of my favourite artwork of 2018. 

It's certainly been a difficult year and at times would have been 
easier to close the creative door but your support has kept it ajar. 

 Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support throughout 
this trying year. You are all amazing with the warmest of hearts.











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Blogging is an important part of my creative self expression, trying to cater for all 
as I capture those moments and processes whilst flicking through the pictures.

I'm looking forward to discovering a new chapter in 2019 and 
hoping to continue to share a little piece of creativity with you all.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Inspiring New Year.

Take good care Friends and *Thank YOU*

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with Kristin & EVA ~ PPF

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

What's on your workdesk Wednesday 499

Hello Creative friends.

I hope you all had a super Christmas?
Our's was filled with food, family and laughter.

I appear to have overslept today, anything past 7am is a lie in for me.
I will blame it on the sherry in my Mother in Laws Trifle..

As it's Wednesday it's time to share what's on our workdesks over at the 
Stamping Ground as it's woyww 499 and the last Wednesday of 2018.

Here's the left overs from the Christmas Crackers, everyone saves scraps they think 
will come in useful. I appear to have gained some of the contents of the crackers too.


There's a button making pressie from my Hubby hoping i'm better at it 
than that pub quiz ha ha!! Maybe show you my attempts next week.

The beautiful Angel is a present from my Dear friend Dorthe. 
She had to join in with the Christmas festivities and watch over us all.

I've got so many Thank you messages and emails to write.
I'll be round to visit asap.

Happy New Year to all those that WoYwW.
There will be one more post from me before the year is out.

Creative Wishes
Tracey xx

Friday, 21 December 2018

Paperbabe Stamps ~ #89 Picture Inspiration

Hello Creative Friends,
Welcome to Winter..

It's time for the last Paperbabe Stamps challenge of 2018.
With the busy festive season upon us we have given you a picture  inspiration
... a Wintery scene that some of you may have already witnessed this year.

We'd love you to be inspired by what you see and share it with us over HERE..
There's a prize for one lucky creative who cares to share their creativity.


Here's my take on the challenge and some very quick How to Do's..

I love those rich reds within the picture above and I knew this festive napkin 
would help create my journal background. Glued onto an A3 page I used the 
from Paperbabe Stamps to create my Santa Baby image.


Stamping her features using the Female Face Stamps don't do what I did and shake 
a full pot of gesso before opening it, lucky for me I was able to salvage that splodge 
and work it into my page using the left over backing from the napkin.


Those double gates really remind me of the entrance to those large park grounds. 


Not happy with the first Winter outfit I sketched in another, blocked out any
unwanted image using white gesso and then lost myself within the painting.


Fibre paste added dimension to the pom pom and hat trim 
with speckles of white posca pen creating a sprinkle of snow time.


Completing my picture inspiration journal page and sent with 
"Good will and Seasons Greeting to one and all."

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and
enjoy the magic of the season.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with:

Kristin & Eva ~ PPF
Try it on Tuesday ~ Santa
**Art*Journal*Journey ~ My Favourite Season/Tis the Season

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

WOYWW #498

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

It's time to link up with Julia over at the stamping ground 
and share what's going on on our work desk as it's WOYWW #498.

Hope your all nearly ready for the festivities..??

It's gift wrapping day today and i'm sharing a card I received from 
Angela and a unopened gift from Dorthe. It's beautifully wrapped and jingles.. 
Seems such a shame to unwrap it... Thank you ladies xx


Still lots to do before the big day but my Tree is up.. 
I love this little one eared Old Edward.



We always wait until the Tree is up before we open our cards... 
This one raised a smile..


Hubby and I have decided to recycle last years Christmas cards to each other 
and give them again. I can see this become commonplace each year from now on. 

It's his Birthday tomorrow.. 
If i'd have thought about it I could have recycled last years card below!!


Merry Christmas, take care & enjoy the festivities.
I'll be round to visit your desks before the big day.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'll be back on Friday with my Christmas Wishes of 2018.

Friday, 14 December 2018

From one little Star..

Hello Creative Friends,

I hope you are all keeping well and your Christmas crafting is completed?

Mine has had many false starts this year and i'd given up on my handmade 
Christmas cards resorting to previous years leftovers and charity cards. 
...but whilst looking for an embellishment to add to a tag I came across this 
die set. Loving the shape of the large star I just had to see how it all cut.


Lost in the moment with the aid of some Mercury Glass glitter glue 
and visible image sentiments before I knew it I'd created Christmas Cards, 
Tags and Carrier cards for my handmade Christmas Tree ornaments.


I even made a batch of New Year Cards.


The hammered cream card on Kraft looks so fresh and clean.
Who would have thought that one star could have inspired all these.


I'm already thinking of making more of these it's certainly sparked an idea... 
is it wrong to be thinking of Christmas 2019 before the Joy of 2018..?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend what ever your plans,
For me it's time to decorate that Christmas Tree..

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with:
Kristin & Eva's ~ PPF
Crafty Cardmakers ~ Christmas
Craft Stamper ~ Take it Make it Challenge ~ December
A Vintage Journey ~ Star Light Star Bright


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

WOYWW #497

Happy WOYWW #497 Everyone..

That midweek creative meet up where we share our work desk.
Thanks to our host Julia over at the stamping ground who rounds 
us up every Wednesday and keeps us in line.

This morning my desk is full of handmades ready to pack and wrap, Cards, 
necklaces and Christmas Tree ornaments mostly hidden as they are gifts.


Found this wee note in a mug from my Daughter .. 
I'm guessing by the addition of  *Love you* it's probably broken haa haa!!
and i'm left wondering if she is asking for glasses this Christmas ?? 
May book her an eye test.. i'd hate her to be disappointed..


*Update on Hubby.. Coronary Angioplasty went well and the Surgeon was happy with the 
pressure wire tests so decided against another stent. The first stent appears to be doing 
it's job along with the medication.. so at last we can look forward to Christmas.. 

Think I need to catch up on some sleep first... Sooo sleepy.

I'll be round to visit asap, I've lots of catch up as i've been awol for a few days.

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Friday, 7 December 2018

Paperbabe Stamps ~ #88 Anything Goes

Hello Everyone,

There's a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps 
with this fortnights theme being Anything Goes.

Today i'm sharing my Alternative Angel
along with some very basic How to Do's...

Stamping directly onto the substrate using the matching Paperangel stamps
I've coloured and shaded the figure and wings with pencils then embossed
stamped cogs and gears from the Like Clockwork stamp set.

With each Paperangel kit you get two Angels both different in design,
with papers to decorate but I've chose to save the papers for another day. 


Gemstone and brads adorn those embossed cogs and gears


with glittered wings and enamelled heart..


She delicately hangs using an attachment included within kit2.


Gently sharing her love with every visitor.


No matter the season we all need an angel to watch 
over us and share the love don't you agree..?

Please pop on over HERE and see what Kim and the Team have created.
If you choose to share your creativity there's a prize for one lucky creative.

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day with me,
Wishing you all the best and take good care of yourselves.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with Kristin and EVA ~PPF
SanDee&amelie ~ Winter Special

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

#WOYWW 496

Hello Creative Friends.

It's time to share whats on my Wednesday work desk and take a gander 
at others who care to share over at the stamping ground as it's WOYWW 496

Sorry I didn't make it last week, so many commitments, Hospital & Doctors 
appointments doesn't leave much online time but i'm here today.

I've had to admit defeat regarding my handmade Christmas Cards, there's not enough 
hours in the day with everything else going on but I have managed to find a box of left 
overs from last year, old DT Christmas cards which may fill the handmade hole and 
some Charity Cards which I may bling up a little. 

I'm feeling a bit deflated about it to be honest but I guess i'm only human.


On the upside all my overseas cards have now been posted and apart from the one 
on it's way to Canada i'm confident they will all arrive in good time for Christmas.

*Update on Hubby... his cancelled op has now been reappointed to the 10th December 
so lets all keep our fingers crossed that one doesn't get cancelled too..*

A free day for me today so I'll be round to visit asap 
in between writing the rest of those Christmas Cards.

Take care everyone & Thanks for hosting Julia.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx