Wednesday, 12 June 2019

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday 523

Hello everyone, 

It's Wednesday the day Julia invites us to share 
What's on our Workdesk over at the stamping ground...

Sorry i've not been around over the past couple of weeks 
but I've been on my holibobs. I hope all that attended the 
WoywW 10th Anniversary meet up all had a fab time?? 
I was thinking of you all although almost 2.000 miles away.
I'm sure there are plenty of photo's out there that share the day. 

Here's little *Arty* who carefully transports my go to equipment 
admiring a view that's seen many changes over the last 15 years.

and here's *Arty* last week sharing the limelight with a bottle of sun cream. 
Have to confess not much creative activity took place as i'd hoped 
but there was plenty of chatter, banter and probably way too much 
thinking time for me but the air was clean and the sky ever bright...!!

So now i'm back home, greeted by torrential rain and poor light 
wondering why my next door neighbour has wall to wall scaffold 
and a new roof? A little worrying as I live in a terrace!!

This weeks WoywW 523 is all set up ready to finish some DT work. 
For those that like face stamps you may like to pop on over HERE?  

I'm feeling like a newbie today and a bit out of practice, so i'm 
sneaking in early today as Julia's door is open...

Look forward to seeing what you've all been up to 
it's been way to long.

Sending Creative Hugs your way 
Tracey xx

Friday, 7 June 2019

Paperbabe Challenge ~ #95 Picture Inspiration

Hello Creative Friends 

New challenge time over at Paperbabe stamps where we 
give you a beautiful picture for creative inspiration. 

Use the image in any way you wish and come and share your 
creations over HERE... There's a prize for one lucky winner.

Using a handful of the all NEW Paperbabe Dinky stamps, 
stencils and templates, along with Distress Oxides, 
paint and pencil here's a taster of what I created. 

It's as if she softly sleeps upon a carpet of wildflower.

Why not pop on over HERE to see what the Design Team 
have also created and join in with the Paperbabe challenge. 

All NEW Paperbabe Products available HERE

Sending creative wishes your way.
Hugs Tracey xx

I'm sharing Friday's creation with: 
Kristin & EVA over at PPF Wk 15 Yr 9

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Mini Album Makers ~ June Challenge

Welcome to June everyone and the start of a new
blog challenge over at Mini Album Makers.

This month is sponsored by Character Construction who
generously awards a $25 Gift Certificate to our June winner.

There's also a chance to be invited as
a Guest Designer @ Mini Album Maker's.
Why not share your Album creations over HERE
and check out what the DT have created this June.

This month i'm sharing the beginnings of my Junk Journal.

This came about when given a book full of
etchings and Victorian tongue in cheek humour.

With no major plan, I decided to alter the book using
it's own pages and just let it evolve over time..

Decorating the front cover with stamperia stencils and a segment 
of moulded air dried clay, an art doll face along with gypsy soul 
cogs and wings laser cuts add those extra embellishments.

I just lost myself in the painting.. 

When altering books I never start at the beginning always somewhere 
in between tearing pages to create hinges to staple, glue or tie on 
what ever you chose to attach. Washi tape is fabulous for reinforcing 
and makes designs personal and unique.

Spraying and staining with tea and/or coffee really ages pages.
Simply folding and tearing pages can create pockets that can
hold so many pieces of your saved junk or ephemera.

Just look how much these folded book page pockets hold...

By sewing together book page edges we can create
alternative openings by re-cutting and remodelling them.
This page I added eyelets, fastened with lacy ribbon.

Captions like these are far too funny to cover up!

Punching hole's top and bottom of the cover tied elastic acts 
as a closure keeping all those bits and bobs secure inside.

I can not resist tinkering and altering whenever I 
open it and by no means is it finished. Like with most 
Junk Journals I don't think it ever will be... 

I'm sure I'll be sharing more of it's pages soon...

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me.
I look forward to seeing what you've all been up.

Take  Good Care everyone.
Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

I'm sharing this months creativity with:
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk June Challenge

Friday, 24 May 2019

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #94 Anything Goes

Hello Creative Friends 

It's time for another Blog Challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps ,
with it's *Anything Goes* Theme it is a challenge for everyone. 

You do not have to use Paperbabe stamps to join in but if you 
do it will double the prize for one lucky random winner..!! 

Here's my Paperbabe creation I share with you today 

My latest embellishment obsession..

Stamping the large Peony onto Calico I painted using fabric paint.

When painted the Peony was cut out and paired with colour match 
swatches of hessian and lace in which both act as my backing.

Running stitch secures the peony onto the fabrics remembering 
to stuff with a little wadding before stitching all the way around.

Adding beads to represent stamen, the peony is cut 
free leaving a border of the backing fabric exposed.

Teamed up with a handmade needle book this functional
embellishment makes the sweetest of pin cushions.

Time is very limited for me at the moment and i'd not 
planned to share this creation just yet but making these 
Peony embellishments has become my latest obsession 
a handy size for on the go crafting whilst I catch my breath...

Why not pop on over HERE and share your latest obsession.

Sending Sunshine & Hugs your way

Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creative play with:
Kristin & EVA over at PPF Wk12 Yr9
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #05

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

What's on your workdesk Wednesday #520 10th Anniversary

Hello creative Friends,

Today's an extra special day over at the stamping ground 
as WOYWW #520 celebrates it's 10th Anniversary. 

Three cheers to JULIA.. Hip hip hooray..
hip hip hooray, hip hip HOORAY!!..

I've only been part of the WOYWW gang for a Year but it's warm 
welcome made me feel like i'd been there from the very start.

Caught this little critter munching on early morning nibbles,
he must have got word there's a party going on.. 😁

My desk has barely changed since last week so no *ATC 
swaps from me but there's an ATC card ready for posting 
to our amazing host Julia later today. 

I think the words sum up this Wednesday gathering perfectly.. 

A door that's always open, safe with a welcoming hug. 
Home is where the heart is and where our story begins...

I'm also sharing this with the lovely ladies over at Tiot 
who are just as welcoming and also celebrating their 
10th Anniversary..! Congratulations lovelies... Lets Party!!

Still busy with life stuff limiting my online time 
but it's a migraine free week so far... YAY!! 

I'll be round to see WoywW asap.
Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

What's on YOUR workdesk Wednesday #519

Hello Creative Friends

Desk sharing time again over at the Stamping ground 
thanks to Julia it's a regular Wednesday meet up.. 

This desk view is not the one I'd planned to show today 
but I realised yesterday's tidy desk photo displayed upcoming 
DT work so I've had to amend it this morning... silly me!!

This view makes me feel very giddy...

so here's a desk close up.

I found those little paints at the back of a cupboard. 
Not sure what ever happened to Luminarte H2O's..? 

The foam tray they were stored in had fallen apart but a 
spritz of water soon activated these highly pigmented 
pots of shimmer as if they were used only yesterday.

I last used these in 2013 for some Wedding Invites. 
Happy to have been reunited with these little pots. 

A busy couple of weeks for me, lots of running around and 
medical apps so i'll be in and out of blogland when ever I can.

I'll catch up with you all asap
Take good care everyone

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

P.S still suffering with the migraines... I think it's my age! 😁

Friday, 10 May 2019

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Sketch Challenge #93

Happy Friday Creative Friends,

There's a new challenge theme over at Paperbabe Stamps 
and this fortnight we give you a sketch prompt. 

*Use the Herringbone image to create a background,
the tag maybe your focal, the "Paperbabe stamps" word can 
represent any sentiment and the flower any embellishment...
it really is that simple. 

Play and create, flip it, turn it and be inspired by it. 
You do not have to use Paperbabe Stamps to play along...

Here's what I've created and how it came to be...

Onto an A4 journal page, a background was created playing with the 
chequerboard stencil to add flat and dimensional texture alongside 
left over book pages, paper snippets, washi and loose threads. 

All calmed down with a few brush strokes of white gesso...

Shading with pencil around the aperture within the book page I stamped 
the comfort Zone sentiment onto deli paper and applied to the page.

Creating a Female face using the Paperbabe mini head and torso 
template and mini female face stamps I scribbled in her hair.


Cutting the face out with a Tag die, the colouring begins 
using alcohol markers and a selection of pencils.

Embellishing the tag with left overs, lace and paperbabe 
hand painted media blanks I arranged them to flutter around her.

I love how those wings in the background appear to belong to her.

There's plenty more to see over HERE from the Paperbabe DT 
pop on over and join the Sketch Challenge Fun.

A moment away from the weekend lets hope it's a creative one!

Take Care everyone
Hugs Tracey xx

I'm sharing today with: 
Kristin & EVA's - PPF Wk10 Y9
Art Journal Journey - In the Sky/In the Air

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

What's on your workdesk Wednesday #518

Hello everyone,

It's Wednesday and time for another show and tell over at 
Julia's stamping ground the place we share what's on our 
workdesks each Wednesday, it's time for WoywW #518

Today's desk is virtually untouched from last week 
had a stinker of a migraine the past week making it 
near impossible to concentrate on anything in this corner.  

So apologies to anyone I missed visiting in blogland but it's 
difficult to read with the feeling of hot pins through the eyes. 

I've woke this morning feeling a little sniffy & sneezy 
so i'm hoping the lurgy isn't coming to visit.

This crafty area is due a much needed tidy up so I can find 
what I need to crack on with and tick things off my to do list. 

It's lashing down here so with a free day i'll be taking you all 
in there with me for company after i've had a coffee. 

Look forward to seeing WoywW

Hugs Tracey xx

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday #517

It's Wednesday... time for WoywW #517  

Side tracked by a free day and the promise of fair weather 
more odd jobs and a date with the washing machine called. 
I can think of much better ways to spend a free day.

I'm sneaking in late with my shoe's off tonight on tip toes,
thanks for leaving the door off the latch Julia.

So's not to miss out on Julia's weekly round up over at the stamping
 ground i'm sharing What's On my Workdesks this Wednesday... 

Although my workspace is very #boring with a box full of WIPS's 
needing TLC before the end of the month.. HELP...!!!

So here's a close up of a tag created using unused bits and bobs. 

My plan was to blog and share this over at Tag Tuesday but 
time's running short this week, chasing my tail and everyone else's...
So i'll just leave it to rest here.. i'm sure you ladies wont mind :)

Look forward to our meet up over at 
the stamping ground to see WoywW...
I'll try not to wake you 😅

Hugs Tracey xx

Mini Album Makers ~ May Challenge

Hello Creative Friends 

Welcome to the MAY Mini Album Makers 
Anything Goes Album Challenge.

This month I have created a *Creatives Companion*
an Album to keep papers used often closer to hand. 

Here's those very simple How to Do's...

Cutting sheet music, book pages, velum, canvas and 
watercolour paper using the Sizzix Bigz Hedgerow Die.

I also used it to cut greyboard twice covered with canvas and 
embossed using the Mosaic Gems 3D Textured embossing Folder. 

These will act as the front and back cover of the album. 

I used the Magnificent Butterfly Bigz Die to cut 
greyboard and lace purely for embellishing the cover.

Onto the back cover glue holds each Butterfly body 
leaving those wings free. Layering one page on top 
of the other the Butterfly album begins to emerge. 

When happy with the amount of album pages the greyboard 
and lace embellished Butterfly cover are glued firmly in 
place along with a hand crafted wire and beaded body. 

I decided to leave the albums raw edges untouched 
making it much easier to identify it's page selection.

Bite sized pages in one convenient album it's Butterfly
wings make fabulous notes to leave in loved ones lunchboxes. 

With additional lace and buttons to embellish this album makes 
the perfect companion for journaling and mixed media projects. 

PLEASE NOTE: No Butterflies were harmed in this creation!

There's a Funkie Junkie PRIZE Package up for grabs this month,
so pop on over HERE and check out what treats the amazing 
MAM DT have created for you this Merry Month of May.. 
and share your Mini Albums with the Team.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Take good care everyone.

Sending Creative Hugs your way
Tracey xx

I'm sharing my creative day with:

Art Journal Journey ~ In the Sky/In the Air
Frilly and Funkie Challenge ~ Spring in Full Bloom
World Wide Open Design Team ~ Monthly Challenge #4
The Creative Crafters Challenge #15
A Vintage Journey ~ Neutral Zone
Kristin & EVA at PPF Wk9 Y9

Friday, 26 April 2019

Paperbabe Challenge ~ Flower/Garden

Happy Friday Creative Friends

It's Challenge time again over at Paperbabe Stamps 
and what better way can there be than to start the creative 
ball rolling by offering a Flowers/Garden theme Challenge.

Here's my Paperbabe DT creation and how it came to be... 

Onto a plain cushion cover I scraped on fabric paint, mark 
making by pushing those fabric paints through Paperbabe Stencils
Those pops of yellow remind me of bursts of springtime sunshine!

Stamping the Doll Face Stamps onto fabric gives strong 
guide lines perfect for a little embroidery.

The large Peony taken from the Peony & Bud set has been stamped 
onto rice paper and transferred onto the cushion cover using 
a washable fabric glue and painted with fabric paints.

I made a Peony fabric brooch embellished with beads and lace.

Sewing the embroidered face onto the cushion I added two rice paper 
Peonies to balance the design with the brooch taking centre stage.  

A flower border embroidered at the bottom helps to ground her, 
completing my Paperbabe mixed media Springtime cushion.

We'd love you to share your Flower/Garden designs over HERE,
Pop on over there's a Paperbabe prize to be won 
for one lucky participant.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.
Creative Hugs
 Tracey xx

I'm sharing today's creativity with:

Kristin & Eva ~ PPF Wk8 Y9
TioT ~ Springtime
Bleeding Art ~ Add Stenciling
Altered Eclectics ~ April Challenge
Inky Messy ~ Challenge 30
Country View Crafts ~ Easter and/or Spring
A bit more time to Craft ~ #90 Anything Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge ~ ATG/Optional Yellow
World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge #4