Friday, 25 January 2019

ATCoins and storage

Hello Creative Friends..

Not being a big social media user I appear to have missed the 
boat regarding ATCoins. This display unit I received last October 
from That's Crafty! Sadly it remained untouched until recently as the 
very day it arrived my Husband was taken ill and suffered a heart attack.

Now on the road to recovery I thought I better make a start and see what all 
the fuss was about, i'd hate it to go out of fashion before i'd even started.

Here's what I came up with along with some *How to do's*

Simply slotting the coin ledges into the base, securing with glue I painted 
in gesso, added texture paste for detail and coated with crackle glaze.


Aiming for an industrial look where old paint pops and peels I painted over 
the crackle glaze with a light coloured paint, touching up those sandy 
areas with a colour mix whilst watching that crackle appear.


Preparing the ATCoins in the same way as the display I used That's Crafty stamps 
and stencils to create a Botanical theme. Some I painted quite crudely where as 
others were given extra detail. The crackle background gives that vintage feel.


Slots within the ledges hold those ATCoins 
nice and tight... not a sign of a roll.


Don't they look lovely when displayed together...?


I was so impressed with this I ordered one for myself!
This one is currently on it's way to That's Crafty HQ!

I'm altering one for me now to display some of my little projects..

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and 
Thank you as always for stopping by.

Take good care everyone & Stay safe.
Creative Hugs

Tracey xx

I'm sharing today's creativity with:
Paint Party Friday ~ Wk 47 Y8
A Vintage Journey ~ Put your Stamp on it
SanDee and amelie's ~ Steampunk/Industrial Challenge

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday ~ 503

Happy Wednesday everyone..

It's that day of the week crafter's share what's on their workdesks 
thanks to Julia and her hosting skills over at the stamping ground 
as it's Woyww ~ 503.

I had to miss 502 due to a virus i'd picked up, knocked me right off my feet. 
Couldn't think or see straight along with the coughing and sneezing. 
Feeling a lot better now and ready to catch up with some crafting..

My desk is full of resources ready to start or complete new/old projects.


Poorly Dog is still not well and now on a double dose of steroids. 
Hubby is awaiting results from an echo scan and my cupboard under the stairs 
is still not as sorted as it could be but i'm blaming that on the bin strike !

Look forward to seeing Woyww..

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 11 January 2019

Inspired by an Angel

Hello Creative Friends,

You may have already seen this sweet Angel I received from my dear friend 
Dorthe isn't she heavenly.. Her rich colouration was my inspiration 
for today's shared creation...


During my New Year clean up I found these scraps of lace, threads and fabrics 
along with some left over Kraft tags from Christmas wrapping, it seemed such a 
shame to discard them as together they appear at harmony with each other.


Sewn lace on a hessian tag is enhanced using watercolour brush pens.


These new to me dies create beautiful cuts when using vellum.


The sewn on doily masks the clock face.. 
a simple message to embrace the moment for time is precious...
just like that handmade button my *New* obsession for 2019


Randomly stamped areas help give depth to those neutral colours 
with words from my favourite affirmations set Designed by Lynne Moncrieff, 
gently stamped onto tea bag paper and stitched into place.


A handmade embellishment made to represent the gifted Angel is sewn into place, 
how the gold of the ribbon matches the golds upon Dorthe's created Angel above.


Those handmade embellishments help put my personal stamp on it.

Completing my First tag of the Year.


I think this tag would make a super cover to a notebook..
Hmmm there's an idea in the making :))

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Creative Hugs & wishes
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today's creative play with:
Kristin & EVA ~ PPF
Tag Tuesday ~ New Beginnings
A Vintage Journey ~ Put your Stamp on it
AppleApricot ~ Simply Neutrals 52

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

What's on YOUR Workdesk Wednesday 501

Happy Wednesday everyone.

It's time to share what's on our workdesk's for it's WOYWW 501 
so let's take a stroll around those who care to share over at the 
stamping ground courtesy of Julia our hostess.


I was hoping to be a lot tidier this week but there has been more stops 
than starts whilst I try to find a home for found odds and ends.


Not helped by my madness of deciding to sort out the cupboard that's behind me!!

You didn't think that little crafty corner was it did you :))

This is the first time in two years that I have actually been able to open the door 
without something falling on me... Sadly there's more to go in yet!! Grrr...


Sorry if I missed visiting anyone last week, with a poorly dog, Hubbies Cardio 
appointments along with the Christmas clean up there was little time left for 
me or those Dorset buttons.. I'm having withdrawal symptoms already!

I will do better this week to both visit and button I promise.

Catch you all later..
Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday, 4 January 2019

Paperbabe Stamps ~ #90 (New) Fresh Start

Happy New Year from all at Paperbabe Stamps and 
welcome to a brand (New) blog challenge... Fresh Start.

A New Year can bring many changes from resolutions, new home, job, 
journal or a new craft, so let those changes guide you to create anything  
inspired by the theme #90 (New) Fresh Start.

Here's my interpretation and a handful of how to do's for my Folio of Faces.

Using a TH Folio Folder as my foundation I used the standard Paperbabe Doll Face 
set stamping first onto an old book page then adhered to the folio adding leftover book 
paper, lace and rice paper strips. Water soluble crayons begin the painting process.


Heavy Gel Medium is pushed through the Roses Stencil 
when dry the painting process begins again using watercolour brush pens.


I love watching how the markers react when water is applied.


Her Hair flows across the back cover along with stencilled Roses.


Exaggerated features brings out that Vintage Doll stare, 
with fragments and threads embellishing her hair.

A Fibreboard whimsical word leaves a creative prompt 
completing the cover of my Folio of Faces. 

This folder houses faces of all shapes and sizes awaiting new adventures!
...but I'm saving what's within for another day... Hee hee!!


You have the whole of JANUARY to play along.

HAVE FUN if your joining in with the challenge or just pop on over 
and see what the Design Team have created to inspire you HERE..

I look forward to seeing all that you create.

Take good care everyone & Stay Safe
Creative wishes
Tracey xx

I'm sharing my creative play with:
Kristin & Eva ~ PPF
A Vintage Journey ~ Put your Stamp on it
Craft Stamper ~ TIMI January Challenge

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 500

Happy 2019 Creative Friends..
What a way to start off the blogging New Year.

Making it's 500 appearance let's welcome WOYWW 500
What a mammoth achievement congrats to Julia the leader of the pack 
over at the stamping ground and all those loyal Woyww(ers).

I wish I could say I have been here from the beginning but sadly not but I've enjoyed 
my time sharing my desks over the past eight months with like minded Crafter's.

Today's desk is full of things i've been using whilst sat in front of the TV.
Guests over during New Year, one of which is still here limits crafting.

There's a handful of those Dorset buttons made up from last week, very
addictive craft and ideal for some up coming projects in the pipeline.


It's business as usual today with care duties, Hubby's first Cardio rehab and 
administering the Dog's medication after a very expensive visit to the vet!!
So i'll be round to visit after I scrape the ice off the car it's frosty out there...

Take Care everyone & Happy New Year!!

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx