Wednesday 31 July 2019


Hello everyone Happy WOYWW 530,

Wednesday again and time to meet at the stamping ground 
and share whats on our workdesks thanks to our host Julia.

Before we begin let me start by sharing my garden gate.. 
it's in there somewhere!.. Didn't realise how overgrown 
the Lavender had become during this freaky weather..

Like when your child outgrows their clothing over night this 
just happened. We all know the Bee's and Butterflies love it 
but the postie has been hesitant to come down the path. I'm 
not sure if he's frightened (of the Bee's not me) but I've 
explained that the Bee's are far too busy amongst the 
Lavender to bother him but he was having non of it...

So I've had to give it a trim then bundle and tie whilst
making room for more pressing. Sadly this press does not cut 
the mustard it has many flaws and annoyingly the wing nuts are 
far too small for purpose but there's not many books left to use.

So here's what you came to see, bit of an anti-climax really 
just some cottons for me to finish off a project later today. 
I did play with some previously pressed Lavender HERE 
over the weekend but the rest I can not share just yet.. 😊

So i'm showing off six lovely Stamperia stamp sets my Daughter 
surprised me with last week before she flew off to Germany... 
I know I'm a very spoilt Mommy!!

Off to spoil my Mom this afternoon 
so i'll be round to visit asap. 

Take care everyone 
Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

P.S Sorry if I missed anyone last week, i've had issues with my 
pages crashing and had to uninstall & reinstall Chrome 
so kinda lost my place .. grrr!!

Sunday 28 July 2019

Taking a moment.. We're all beautiful!

Hello Creative Friends

As the rain poured heavily replenishing the earth and 
temperatures returned to normal it was nice to have some 
free time today to get back online and blog just because..

Here's a little creative play before the heavens opened. 

Making use of a page in my salvaged scraps journal 
motivational words were added using stencils and paste.

Splodged on gesso helps protect and seal those snippets.

Splats, splots, flicks and dots add an element of colour.

Distress Oxide sprays look so dramatic when sprayed 
up close but gesso soon soaks up those splodges. Like our 
thirsty earth lapping up the rain the evidence is soon lost...

with pressed lavender harvested from the garden ..

areas of purple watercolour define the depth of texture 
with a kind word added to complete the page. 

*We're all beautiful*

I'm always amazed how these salvaged scrap pages transform, 
they make me stop and think before I throw anything away... 

With our busy full speed ahead lives 
we're all in need of days just like this..

Wishing you all a fabulous week, 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx 

Sharing today with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Splatter's and Splodges
**Art Journal Journey ~ Chris Theme "We're all/going"

Wednesday 24 July 2019

WOYWW #529

Morning everyone, 
it's a hot and humid start to Wednesday here even after  
heavy storms last night, how's the weather treating you? 

Tis that day in the week Julia invites us to bare our creativity over 
at the stamping ground and share what's on our Workdesks as it's 

I have to say I have little to share this week, i'd planned some 
play time over the weekend but this wee unexpected visitor 
came to stay and took priority over any lap crafting time... 

It's been another busy but interesting week here, 
to top it all off I woke yesterday morning to find 
the radiators on and unable to turn them off..!! 
Like a nightmare in HELL repairs said they would try 
and get someone out that day TRY, they said TRY..!!
31°C outside, I have no idea what it was inside..

So sat in the garden under the brolly I'd already convinced 
myself we'd be sleeping in the Campervan that night sharing a meal deal 
and a salad bowl from Sainsbury's whilst everything indoors just baked! 

So whilst praying for a repair person to take pity on my sauna house 
I had a play under the brolly in the garden with those mark making blocks 
from last weeks desk. Some work as good as they did all those years ago 
but others are caked with glitter & glue and really do need a good scrub.

You'll be glad to hear my radiator issue was resolved before 
the end of the day but sadly I missed out on a non cook day 😑

I'll be round to visit asap 
as soon as the heat dies down a little.. 

Take good care of yourselves 

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday 19 July 2019

Paperbabe Challenge ~ #98 Anything Goes

Hello Everyone,

Busy days are making my window for online time very small 
at the moment, I'm looking forward to some downtime very soon.

So today i'm sharing a piece created back in June 
using the new Paperbabe Female Face Dinky Set 

*It's Paperbabe Challenge time over HERE
with this fortnights theme being ANYTHING GOES*
So why not pop on over to the Paperbabe Stamps Blog 
and share your artistic creations with us... 

Here's a fun technique some have seen me play with before..

Using StazOn to stamp the Female Face Dinky image onto 
Craft Metal a sharpie pen was used to draw around the 
Dinky Hair templates mixing and matching different styles.

A fine ball tool is used to scribe around those outlines then 
marks made on both sides to emboss and add extra detail.

Using the dinky crown stencil from the dinky accessories 
I traced, coloured using Liquid Chrome then cut out that crown.

Adhered to the metal using strong glue diamonds add extra sparkle. 
Alcohol markers add a suggestion of colour that can be changed anytime..

The alphabet outline stamp set helps spell the word princess.

stamped onto a wooden base a small chalk board has been covered 
with the embossed metal sheet and then slotted into the base.

A fun little activity and a great way to 
display those Dinky Face Stamps. 

I do hope you can find time to share your 
*Anything Goes creations over HERE*

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 
The Artistic Stamper CTB ~ July Celebrating Woman

Wednesday 17 July 2019

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday #528

Hello Creative Friends,

It's midweek meet up time again.. yup it came around that fast!
Another Wednesday where we share What's on (y)our Workdesks.. 

I'm sure it's WoywW #528??

Well my creative workspace is virtually untouched. 
Shoshi wondered what the wooden block tied with string 
was all about on last weeks desk, well this week it's multiplied.

I came across an ice-cream tub full of them during my clear out,
I made these must be 15 or more years ago for a pre-school group 
using spindle spacers and string. Mark making tools for little hands 
they are well loved as was the glitter that's stuck to them solid. 

I must give them a soak and see if they still work.. 
Something else to add to my weekend To-do list ..

I've had a fabulous week, full of family time starting with Lunch out
last Wednesday with Mom. Family get together's over the weekend 
followed by my sweet Daughter's 21st Birthday yesterday...😊

Here's the card I made for her

Sadly this photograph was taken on a very dreary day so here's a 
close up. Love that rainbow of colour given from the D'OX's. 
I'm sharing this with the ladies over at Try it on Tuesday
 and joining in with their ~ Colours of the Rainbow Challenge.

I can also share this with you today.. 
Another make for my Daughter's Birthday.

A Gift card created using my latest favourite stamp 
distressed wallpaper by Andy Skinner, how lovely is that print..!

The gift card is held closed with organza ribbon and a pin stamped 
with 21 embellished with a single wrapped opaque red ruby.

Inside the gift card holds a handmade keyring. A bronze wire wrapped cabochon 
bearing her star sign Cancer decorated with an elaborate ruby birthstone tassel. 
I'm pleased to say my little precious loved it..

I'm sharing today with A Vintage Journey ~ Precious Metal Challenge. 

I've some errands to run today so scheduling this post early.
After all the fine food and cake this past week I'm in need of the exercise.

Look forward to catching up with you all.

Take care everyone
Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday 10 July 2019

What's on your workdesk Wednesday #527

Hello creative friends

It's midweek meet up time.. 
That day in the week creatives all over share 
What's on (y)our Workdesks every Wednesday. 

When Julia waves the weekly WOYWW flag it helps me stop, 
take a moment and regroup with creative blog friends... 
I'm very grateful for that right now 😘

Amid the madness of life I've been having a clear out this week 
so nothing new creatively to share but a blast from the past. 
I found this blurry photograph during the sort out it's of my 
A Level Art & Design watercolour exam submission from 1988 😐

I didn't pay the £3 fee to have any of my work returned, 
for most students £3 was quite a sum 30 years ago, in fact 
the price of 4 pints of lager & black. Not that I was a pint 
drinking girl back in my student days but i'm just saying..  
of course I spent my money on pencils and paint ...  😇

Treating Mom to lunch today and a little retail therapy, 
so i'll catch up with you all asap.
Take care & stay safe 

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Friday 5 July 2019

Paperbabe Challenge ~ #97 Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday Creative Friends, 

 This fortnight we give you a Sketch prompt. 
Use the design below, let your creativity flow 
and come share your creations with us HERE ... 

There's a Paperbabe prize each fortnight..

Let me take you through this CAS journal page... 

Masking off an area at a jaunty angle peeled paint and broken china 
DOx are applied with a blending tool. I just love those blues and green's. 
Droplets of water expose the white underneath when lifted off with tissue.

Onto Kraft card I stamped profiles from both LEFT and RIGHT Dinky sets 
and used the Dinky hair templates to help guide those flowing locks.

Colouring the images in pencil the masks within the dinky 
template set protect the detail whilst adding that DOx blend.

The little freckle stamp in the profile set fits neatly 
on the end of my finger, dipped into salty ocean DOx 
it's dabbed amongst those background splashes.

Removing the masking tape reveals a clean crisp line 
where stamps taken from the alphabet BUNDLE build the 
word Sisters bringing both image and word together.

Sending a simple harmonious message 
that we're all Sisters under the same sky.

Pop on over HERE to see what the DT have created and
 come join us in this fortnights Paperbabe Challenge. 

Take Care everyone and 
look after one another..

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

I'm sharing today's creativity with: 
PPF ~ WK18 Y9 
Art Journal Journey ~ We're all/going Challenge 
Country View Crafts ~ Blues and Greens
The Artistic Stamper CTB ~ July Celebrating Woman

Wednesday 3 July 2019

What's on your workdesk Wednesday 526

Happy July Creative friends 

Thanks to Julia over at her stamping ground it's time again for 
people far and wide to share What's on their workdesk?Wednesday.

It's still all about pens and pencils on my make shift desk even my 
VERY late to arrive JUNE scawlr box had pencils in this edition.

The faces are from Paperbabe stamps not Jane Davenport as 
Linda enquired last week, although I do have plenty of those 
stamps and stencils... the obsession with faces is on going..

The cottons are for a project that will come to light in August 😊

Life's still extremely busy here but this little set up helps me 
focus at the end of the day. Had a day off last Sunday so sat in the 
garden enjoying the fine weather and finished off this journal page. 

As online/blogging time is limited I've had to schedule this post 
and will be sharing with Try it on Tuesday's ~ Material Girl Challenge 
along with Art Journal Journey and Chris' theme We're all/going... 
as even at my busiest we're all entitled to a moment for ourselves.

**Happy Independence Day this July 4th**
to all my American Buddies.

Look forward to our catch up and seeing WoywW 

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx