Friday 31 January 2020

Just going with the flow...

Hello creative friends, 

How fab are these large stamp images from Prima, 
when I saw this one half the price during the
 Christmas Sales I just had to have it. 

Who doesn't like playing with new crafty stash..?

but after stamping her onto a journal page I realised the paper 
just wasn't adequate enough to hold lots of water and mixed media. 
It warped and tore in random areas, so frustrating...

whether it was my poor preparation of the page or a faithful product 
having a bad day, we all have them.  There was a time I would have 
started that background again but I just wanted to play... 

Unrestricted creative time is very precious.

So I just went with it, embracing those imperfections. 
Even the bubbles around her which i'd have once seen out of 
context with the composition I left in. Maybe they can be 
little air pockets created as she swam at double speed to 
greet the beautiful glow of the sun as it rose..??

Unsure about using the words that came with her, 
I didn't want to change the ambience of the page

so decided against it and just let her breathe...

There's a calming feel to this spread and possibly a message 
telling me there's a much wider ocean out there to explore..

It's so liberating to just go with the flow... 

Wishing you all a super weekend, 
full of everything you love. 

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx 

Happy to be sharing with: 

Paint Party Friday ~ Wk 48 Yr9
Rains Thursday ART Date ~ Theme GLOW
Art Journal Journey ~ Jo's January Theme Something NEW

Wednesday 29 January 2020

WoywW #556

Happy Wednesday everyone, 

Time for a mid week meet up with creative friends as I share 
what's on my work desk this Wednesday over @ the Stamping Ground 
courtesy of Julia our host it's WoywW #556

Today's desk I confess is yesterday's as I found a bag 
full of markers and decided to see if any were salvageable. 
Testing on an image stamped from a Stamps by Me set 
most of those markers were still pretty juicy.. Hurrah!!

If any one is a Create & Craft Club Member that stamp set is 
January's Club Gift & at £2.99 it's worth every penny I think.

Here's one of the cards I managed to finish using those markers.
I really like how the sentiment hides amongst the flora...

I'm sharing this one with the lovely ladies over @ Try it on Tuesday 

Busy Wednesday for me as I make the most of a free day. 
Time to move more of my stash into my Daughter vacant room. 

I'm sure Freya will keep me company 😁

Thank you for your kind words last week regarding the migraines 
they've been a lot less this week, not sure if it's the new glasses 
or the limited online time but the day on day off seems to be working. 

Look forward to seeing what's on your work desks. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Friday 24 January 2020

Picture Inspiration ~ Paperbabe Stamps blog Challenge #111

Hello Creative Friends,

Time for a new Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #111
this fortnight we ask you to use the picture below to
inspire your stamped creations.

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

Using a page taken from my New Junk Journal for 2020 I
painted over the text using white gesso to create white space.
Stamping a Flourish taken from the new Flourishing Hair Stamp set
dots of colour similar to the prompt add interest around the page.

Stamping one if the flowers taken from the *NEW* Flourishing Hair 
Stamp set on to scribbled dots of colour this is such a quick 
and easy way to create.

I used the NEW Flourishing Hair Mask aperture to trace around a 
Paperbabe Dinky Female Face i'd found partially coloured. 
Cut out she will fit perfectly into that stamped flourish...

Words taken from the Flourish and Grow set add a statement.

Cutting and pasting the face into the flourishing hair stamp a 
wash of watercolour creates her hair with the cut and formed 
flowers glued in place helping frame this Paperbabe design.

I do hope you can join us this fortnight. 
Pop on over HERE there's lot's more to see.. 
and a prize of course for one very lucky winner!!

Sending creative Hugs your way 
Tracey xx 

Happy to be playing along today with..

Art Journal Journey ~ Jo's Theme *Something New*
Try it on Tuesday ~ White Space or Colourful Grunge 
Morgan's Artworld Challenge#1 ~ Anything Goes
Paint Party Friday ~ Wk 47 Yr 9

Wednesday 22 January 2020

A very late WoywW #555

Hello everyone.. 

Desk sharing day over @ the Stamping ground thanks to Julia, 

Well it's been a pretty poor start to the year for me as i've 
been suffering with severe migraine, pain in my left eye and 
what the Doctor seems to think is a virus, so under the Docs 
advice i've had to limit online time as blogger can be very 
mean on the eyes with it bright white glare. 

Woyww #554 showed lots of new dies, stamps and stencils purchased during 
the Christmas Sales just needing the time and energy to play with them.

So in real time it's a dark start to today's WoywW #555 but my desk is 
showing signs of life with journal prep under way. I'm really hoping 
my new prescription glasses will help me get some work done today.

especially if this little one decides to have a lazy day.. 

Thank you to everyone who sent messages and those that came 
over to visit my DT duties I just about managed to post. 

Look forward to seeing What's on your work desk 
this Wednesday and catching up with everyone.. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Saturday 18 January 2020

Paperbabe Stamps January Launch

Hello everyone, 

With today's Official launch day of Paperbabe Stamps New 
January releases I thought i'd share a couple more makes to 
show you just how versatile the latest releases really are.

The new hand stamps and hand templates enable us to pose 
our Paperbabe dinky faces and torso's. How cool is that?

The flourish template gives us apertures to frame those 
Paperbabe faces or trace and cut out with a steady hand 
as I did to create a window within a card. 

With the matching Flourish hair stamps to add definition 
around that window the Flourish and Grow word stamps 
can give an alternative addition to the hair. 

Simple but so effective..

The new stamp & template collection is fabulous to use on it's own 
or mix and match with existing Paperbabe Dinky & 3/4 face stamps... 

I'm looking forward to playing more and sharing my DT 
creations with you all over the coming weeks... 

but for now I'd like to thank you all for stopping by 
and wish you all a very creative weekend. 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday 17 January 2020

Paperbabe Stamps *NEW* January releases

Hello Creative Friends, 

I hope you have all been enjoying the sneak peeks of the 
New Paperbabe Stamps products Kim and the Design Team  
have been sharing this week? 

Today we share the Flourish and Grow stamp set
a collection of words & sentiments in different sizes. 
which can be incorporated into designs of every scale. 

Here's an A7 card using a dinky face stamp outlined with one of 
the new flourish hair stamps i've stamped and embossed the word 
Beauty within her hair and what a beautiful script it is... 

Here's one of the smaller Flourish and Grow sentiments 
used with the New Flourish Hair stamps, templates and 
Dinky faces it's sure to bring sunshine to any ones day.

and finally for today along with the Flourish hair stamp embellished 
with fussy cut flowers the word Flourish is gently teased into shape 
and stamped like a signature underneath her free flowing hair.

If you have a moment spare do check out how inspired the DT 
have been using the NEW January Paperbabe Stamps designs

*All NEW Products available tomorrow 18th January*

Wishing you all a wonderful day. 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday 10 January 2020

Anything Goes ~ Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #110

Hello creative friends,

As a new year begins it's the first blog challenge of 2020 
Paperbabe Stamps starting with the theme of anything goes

Please come join us and share your creations with the team, 
there's always a prize for one randomly chosen winner. 

Stamping one face taken from the Dinky Female Face set 
an ATC has been painted using watercolour, adding words 
taken from the Just Because stamp set a watercolour 
wash helps blend those words into the background. 

This is one in a series of notelets I have created 
in which I shall be sharing throughout the year. 

Come share your magic over HERE... 

Wishing you all a super creative weekend
Hugs & wishes 
Tracey xx

Wednesday 1 January 2020

Happy New Year ~ WoywW #552

*Happy New Year Everyone*

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas? 

The past week has been incredible with house guests, 
a full house on Christmas day. A party at my MIL's as she 
turned 80 years young, vet checks and injections for the pup 
(roll on those walkies days..) and finally an emotional weekend 
as our dear Daughter set off to start a new chapter in her life 
as she moves to Sweden. It's been in the planning for some months.

Never thought this day would come, they grow up too fast .. 

So moving on quickly before I get a little teary lets share 
what's on my work desk this Wednesday as we begin the new year 

with WOYWW #552 over at our host Julia's stamping ground.

As I enjoyed Kasia's Advent Calendar challenge so much with her 
prompts for 10~15 minute activities I've started a new junk 
journal dedicated to quick crafting plus a handmade stitch 
journal in need of much more love this year.. 

I love the quiet of New Years Day, although i've only had a few hours 
sleep as guests over to see the New Year in had us playing Mario Party 
until gone 3 am this morning 😏 Please excuse me if I drift off.. 

Look forward to seeing WoywW 
here's to a magical and creative year. 

Hugs Tracey xx