Friday, 7 May 2021

Creative Artiste's *May Mixed Media* Challenge #71

Hello Creative Friends, 

First Friday of the month so time to welcome 
our theme is always *Anything Mixed Media Goes* 

Today i'm bringing past things into the present... 

This ATC is the last of a bunch made for gifts in 2020. 
Created by stamping the Lily onto MDF the image was traced 
using liner pen, painted with distress paint then covered with 
UTEE and heat embossed several times to create a tile effect.


Making use of a broken picture frame onto it's backboard texture paste 
is pushed through a stencil then painted in colours similar to the ATC. 

Distress ink is painted through the same stencil onto the inner mount 
with it's aperture painted and edged with tarnished brass. 

The outer frame is painted in petrol blue with corner fastenings 
attached to help strengthen the frame with it's missing glass.


Reassembled the ATC becomes the main focal with offcuts of lace 
glued into every corner to compliment the finished redesign. 

I love the vibrant colours of this mixed media frame.. 
Such a cheerful creation.


If you like to mix up your media, do share your creations 
with the Creative Design Team and join in with our 


Stay Safe and Creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 16 April 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #142 ~ Anything Goes

 Hello Creative Friends 

Time for a new PaperBabe Stamps Challenge 
where our theme is *Anything Goes #142* 

A place to share your creativity HERE and chance 
to win a PaperBabe Stamps store prize of up to £20*

Today i'm sharing a journal book cover..


 A beautiful hand bound journal filled with recycled paper pages 
a gift given to me last Christmas from the very talented creator 
of PaperBabe Stamps Kim Costello, it's blank canvas inspired 
me to design a cover dedicated it to PaperBabe things.. 

Stitching Vintage Doll Paper to the cover an Ornate frame 
holds a die cut and stamped portrait head wearing CELESTIA 
pre cut hair all coloured using paint, copics and pencils. 


With lace added to protect it's hand stitched spine a 
fibreboard Whimsical word glued to greyboard is distressed 
and painted to compliment colours and complete it's design. 

If you love to create and join in with blog challenges, 
please do pop on over and share your marvellous makes HERE.

Stay safe and Creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 


Friday, 9 April 2021

Always Bee KInd

 Hello everyone, 

A quick journal page share today using just one 
woodware stamp, honeycomb bigz die and offcuts. 

The Bee I'm both inspired and fascinated by, 
working tirelessly to pollinate and keep the circle 
of life turning, where would we be without them..

They bring colour to our world..


Wishing you all a creative weekend 

Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing today with: 


Friday, 2 April 2021

Creative Artiste's Mixed Media Challenge #70

Hello Creative Friends, 

It's the first Friday of a new month so time for me 
our theme is always *Anything Mixed Media Goes* 

This month i'm sharing a hand sculpted clay pot 
I call her *My Year in Dungaree's* 😊


Behind the scene's i've been working with lots of clay this year. 
Thought i'd share this piece inspired by Toni Burt. One piece of 
air dry clay sculpted into shape it was important to make it's 
shape as organic as I could to resemble my worn out dungaree's. 

Adding stumpy feet to the base, mark making seams and creases
she was left to dry for days before sealing and painting.


The blues in this treasured napkin gifted to me by my friend Dorthe 
really complimented it's design. Sealed again with matt gel medium 
she was ready for some extra embellishing.  


Lined with gilding flakes she wears TH hardware 
and a fashioned Jeans button crafted from clay..


I'm not sure if this little video will work but 
if it does it will give you a 360 view and show 
areas hard to photograph like her saggy bottom 😂


Filled with treats she's a good craft table companion. 


If you like to mix up you media why not share your creations 
with the Creative Design Team HERE and join in with our 


Look forward to seeing your Mixed Media Makes.. 

Stay safe & Creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing with: 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

WoywW 617

 Hello everyone, 

Wednesday desk sharing day @ the stamping ground, 
hard to believe a quarter of the year has gone already. 

The recent good weather has called me into my garden 
keeping me away from my creative space or online time. 
Here lies supplies from last Sunday's play day and some 
extra stamped, coloured and cut out Butterflies.

 

I did make use of those watercolour swatches from last week. 
Angela (Felix the cat) would call these master boards i'm sure. 
A3 in size they came about via a Laly Mille Tutorial, hoping to 
get another play day over this weekend and move on to the 
next stage.. the weather is supposed to be pants over Easter.


What every you are up to this weekend 
take care & stay safe everyone. 

Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 26 March 2021

Motion and movement

 Hello creative friends

Flicking through unfinished journal pages I came 
across this rice paper image of two ballet dancers. 

How graceful they look, lost in the moment. 

Stencil marks surrounding them almost slows down their motion, 
calculating every movement. With gold stenciled gesso and gems 
it seems to add to the drama like a huge spotlight on stage.


I love how the white highlights track and trace their steps. 

The words *They gave no more thought* provokes emotion
for us to imagine their story through our own eyes... 

Wishing you well this weekend, 
Stay safe & creative 

Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 

Art Journal Journey ~ Sheila's *A single Flower*
The ballet dancer wears one on her head band
Happy Birthday Morgan x 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Use a Stencil or Two

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Woyww 616

 Hello everyone, 

Desk sharing day over @ the stamping ground 


It's all looking a bit higgledy-piggledy on my work desk, leftovers 
from recent projects and bookmarked journal pages to be finished. 

The colour swatches are there as a reminder of a tutorial that caught 
my attention, I feel a playday coming this weekend as mine is free.



Managed to recycle an old frame big enough for my *Mona my way* 
Minus her flower and Party hat she was modeling last week 😁 
she's now waiting to join a few others on my gallery wall..


Look forward to some catch ups and seeing 
what's on your work desks this week. 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #140 ~ Anything Goes

Hello everyone 

this fortnight's theme is *Anything Goes* 

For the chance to win a Paperbabe Stamps Prize come play along 
with the challenge HERE and share your Anything Goes creations. 

Spring is finally here and Easter's just around the corner.


On a soft watercolour background I've created a Paperbabe Easter Bunny 
using the Portrait head stamp modeling bunny ears, nose and whiskers.

 Jointed Paper Art Doll Die Cut Hands hold her basket full of 
Easter eggs cut and wrapped from Vintage Doll papers, 
embellished with twine, gems and teeny lace flower.

She's all ready to bring some Easter cheer.. 

If you love to create and join in with blog challenges 
why not pop on over and share your marvellous makes HERE

Stay safe & creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing today's creativity with: 
Art Journal Journey ~ Sheila's Theme *A single Flower* 
(mines a teeny tiny lace one 😊)
World Open Design Team Challenge #03 Anything Goes
Inspiration Challenge #2 (Inspired by long grasses and cute critters)

Friday, 19 March 2021

Mona my way..

 Hello everyone, 

I'm very grateful to be back online after some frustrating days, 
thought i'd share my twist on an old master by da Vinci. 
 
I call it *Mona my way.. *

It all started with a Bee Crafty Mona Lisa Artstamp, stamped onto 
rice paper and pasted to a page, the rest kind of ... just happened. 


Capturing her backdrop with delicate watercolour, heavy gouache 
and acrylics adding in extra detail with pencil and pen. 

Holding a handful of paintbrushes, I like to think she 
helped to paint that imaginary scene behind her.. 😊


As it's Paint Party Friday's 10th Birthday Blogoversary she's wearing 
her Party hat especially for Kristin and EVA . I've been known to wear 
that very same hat myself @ a previous PPF Party 😁


Take care & be safe everyone 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 

Kristin and EVA
Paint Party Friday ~ 10th Birthday Blogoversary
Art Journal Journey ~ Sheila's Theme A Single Flower




Friday, 12 March 2021

Stand tall Flower..

 Hello creative Friends, 

I hope you are all keeping well??

A quick post today, making use of another unused background. 
This ones created using torn masking tape and offcuts of lace.


Dressed with Lisa Jones Wild Blooms #1 & #2 die cuts and the 
words *Stand Tall* taken from an Art by Marlene sticker book. 

One single flower rises up from a blanket of silhouetted wildflower.


Wishing you all a safe & happy weekend,
Keep creative everyone. 

Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 

Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers 
LTCCB #56 ~ March Anything Goes 
Country View Challenge ~ March 2021 Silhouettes 
Art Journal Journey ~ Orange Esmeralda's Theme  A Single Flower 
(I hope Sheila will over-see the blanket of wildflower 😁)

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Meet the Family @ WoywW 614

 Hello everyone, 

Let me introduce you to my family 😁

I came across this fab idea of altering Beer Coaster from 
Iris Fritschi-Cussens of Iris Impressions first @ LifeBook 2021 
then on youtube in an earlier tutorial. I had so much fun creating 
these I made one for each family member with upcoming Birthdays.. 

Now they are all sent I can share them with you..

If you'd like to have a go you'll find the video link HERE


So what's on my Wednesday Workdesk... 

There's not been much crafting this past week, just sorting through 
journals taking note of unfinished pages. I did however have a happy 
find of these faces found tucked inside a journal pocket. Stamped 
using a hand carved stamp I made in 2019 around the time I was 
prepping a Guest blogger piece for Marit's Quirky Dutch Summer. 

I needed something to use on fabric so I could repeat the image for 
applique but the carved lines were way too thick for what I intended, 
so the stamp was just used on paper for me to skin tone study. 



There's a face stencil I cut that goes with the stamp but I've no idea 
where that is. I think I can make use of these faces in some of those 
unfinished journal pages, seems a shame to tuck them away again. 

So that's what's on my workdesk this Wednesday, 
look forward to seeing what's on yours. 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Monday, 8 March 2021

Imagination has no limit..

 Hello everyone, 

Hope you all had a good weekend?

Mine was spent going through my sketch books and journals 
i've so many unfinished pages and I'm amazed how many pages 
have scenes, sketched, painted or built up with mixed media. 

Adding a stamperia rice paper face I painted in hair and gave her 
a lacy blouse. Words from the same rice paper seemed to give me 
permission to include random die cuts adding to her eccentricity.


I love this huge layered die cut Rose by Lisa Jones, 
this eccentric Victorian Lady wears it so well..

 

*As today is International Woman's Day.. 
Be proud of who you are.. 
YOU can be who ever you want to be* 

Wishing you all a super week, 
stay safe & creative 

Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 

Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers
(Hoping Sheila will allow it 👍)

Friday, 5 March 2021

Creative Artiste March Challenge ~ Anything Mixed Media Goes

 Hello Creative Friends, 

It's the first Friday of the month so let me 
our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes. 

Today i'm sharing my 
Everything Spring junk journal cover. 

As March see's the start of Spring it's written that 
the Green Man is a symbol of rebirth, new growth and 
an environmental guardian amongst many other things. 


Here's those how to do's and how he came to be... 

Pouring melted UTEE onto an old book cover, I used clear embossing 
ink to protect the large Lavinia Green Man stamp, pressing the 
image firmly into the hot UTEE transferring the impression. 


With a pair of Tim Holtz creepy eyes, i'd planned to paint and
simply add die cut oak leaves but I could already sense this 
was not going to give the result I was really hoping for..


So using the outer oak thinlit from Tim Holtz leaf print die set 
I used it like a cookie cutter pushing into paper clay to cut out the 
leaf image, forming those leaf creases with a ball tool and knife. 


Making those branch lines more prominent by tracing with a glue pen 
I painted the surface when dry framing the face by gluing down those 
cut and formed oak leaves, leaving to dry until the following day. 


Pushing beads into the clay adds extra detail as the whole 
leafy area is painted with acrylics and a dab of gold paint.


With texture paste dragged down the spine stippled in bark brown 
paint, a junk jewellery book mark adds a little more to it's design.


He's a mighty statement feature, makes me want to preserve him 
and keep him in the garden, he looks very much at peace there..


So if you have a passion for mixed media we'd love 
you to share your creations with us over HERE

Pop on over and see what the Design Team 
have created to inspire you this March 

Look forward to seeing your mixed media makes.. 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

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Wednesday, 3 March 2021

WOYWW 613

 Hello creative friends, 

Three unexpected days of blue skies and sunshine kept me away from 
my crafty haven this weekend, spending all my free time in the garden 
having a pre Spring clean up and enjoying the warmth and fresh air. 

So there's not been much going on at my desk but after spotting 
my first Bee of the year I thought i'd sketch it. Coloured with 
ink, watercolour and pencil, those Yucca leaves still need some 
major tweaking, the're looking rather like green banana's 😂

That's what's on my workdesk this week... 



... and for pencil lover's out there don't panic that mine are all 
bottoms up, their wee noses are resting gently on a foam liner 
inside my mug, much easier to use when work's in progress 😉 

Look forward to seeing what you've been up to.. 

Stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

WOYWW 612

 Hello everyone

This woodware stamp has been a good companion this year, 
a nice big image to test out old pens, pencils and watercolour, 
much more constructive than scribbles on paper and with a little 
extra outlining it really sets those sweet gnomes off a treat... 

At this rate I can see everyone I know receiving one 😁 
and as both my Boys have Birthdays 2 weeks apart, 
I think they will raise a smile on their special day..


Had a good clean up of this desk when I got home yesterday, 
scraping off paint splodges and splatter after a messy weekend. 
Don't you just hate it when your creative area is mess free 
and then an idea comes to mind just before bedtime..?? 

Making use of some twisted wire and bits and bobs found 
at the bottom of a bag full of over tipped what nots.. 
Got to make good of every scrap!! 

That's what's on my workdesk. 



Look forward to seeing what's on yours. 

Stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

Friday, 19 February 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #138 ~ Anything Goes

 Hello creative friends, 

It's time for a new Paperbabe Stamps blog challenge 
this fortnight it's everyone's favourite Anything Goes.. 

Come play along with the challenge and share 
your *Anything Goes* creations HERE 

Today i'm sharing a page from my fabric journal, decorated in a 
mixture of media left over from previous Paperbabe creations. 


Collaged with die cut Art Doll Vintage Papers, snippets of Stamped Faces 
framed and painted with Aleesia style hair. Paste pushed through various 
Paperbabe stencils creates texture and interest in vacant spaces where 
I've played with paint adding gold and silver metallics into the mix. 


The sentiment *Make your Mark* is stamped using the 
Fun Alphabet Outline stamp set painted in Bronze .


For a chance to win a Paperbabe stamps prize 
Pop on over HERE see what the DT have created and 

Stay safe & creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing todays creative play with: 

Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's theme Heavy Metal 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Add some Texture

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

WOYWW 611

Hello sweet creatives, 

Desk sharing day @ the stamping ground.. 
What's on your Wednesday Workdesk? 



Shaz *Silverwolf*

As one of the group's biggest enabler's of crafty goodies, tricks, 
tips and pure zest to share her creative talent sadly lost her battle 
to that stinker called cancer, this desks dedicated to dear Shaz... 

Shaz.. I know I never met you but you made me feel like I had. 
The first to welcome me to the WoywW blogging community 
Fly Free sweet crafty lady xx

Friday, 12 February 2021

Delightful thing's

 Hello Creative Friends, 

I've been discovering lots of stamped, coloured and cut images 
recently that never quite made it to page. When I came across an 
unfinished journal page displaying a huge pair of stencilled gold 
scissors I thought this selection would sit so prettily upon it.. 


Edged with lace, pearls and a metal button it's like a gathering of 
Spring where I love to paint, sew and sow delightful thing's outdoors. 


Wishing you all a safe, happy 
and creative weekend 

Take care 
Tracey xx 

Sharing todays creativity with: 

Stamping Sensations ~ February Colour my World
Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's Theme Heavy Metal 
Country View Challenges ~ February ~ First signs of Spring
We Love Chocolate Baroque ~ February Flowers, Butterflies or Birds


Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Woyww #610

 Hello everyone, 

Wednesday desk sharing day again @ the stamping ground
 
The clean up continues taking time to pen test, no good having tools 
to hand if they don't make marks and those used for mixed media are 
worked a lot harder than those extra special ones hidden behind me. 

Now there's half a dozen toppers to find cards for, 
more things to add to the *To do* list this weekend..



Amidst the clean up I found a tin of hand carved stamps from 2018/19 
encouraged to "have a go" by Donna Gray a fab quirky stamp carver. 
The Hare/Rabbit I remember using on Easter envelopes in 2019. 

Blog buddy Alison has challenged herself to carve one a day in the 
100 day's project, seeing Alison's has definitely encouraged me to 
keep these to hand, they don't take up much space after all..  
Thanks Alison x


Look forward to seeing what's on your workdesks. 

Stay safe, creative and
take care of each other. 

*Keeping Shaz & Doug in our healing thoughts*

Tracey xx

Friday, 5 February 2021

Creative Artiste ~ February Challenge #68

 Hello Creative Friends 

Welcome to Creative Artiste's 

This month I have an altered notebook to share with you BUT 
before I do may I say I lost a whole weekend early January 
cutting and water colouring these stunning colorize blooms, 
my main focal this month and I loved every second of it..


I digress.. oopps now where was I..? 
Oh yes onto those altered notebook how to do's.. 

First covering a plain notebook in Kraft card embossed using Tim Holtz 
Texture Fades 3-D Typewriter folder, I dry brushed with black gesso 
adding a tickle of gilding wax to highlight those typewriter keys. 

There's not many mixed media creations of mine that escape without 
the addition of lace and when teamed up with pearls it just adds to 
the romance.. The strawberries and champagne of mixed media.. 😊


Cutting out individual letters from the embossed Typewriter folder
I chose to spell the word noted as my intention for this book 
was to use it to document and sketch creative ideas.


Layered leaves, buds and rose with twisted wire and bead 
stems it just brought everything together harmoniously..


Complete with it's pearl & glass heart junk jewellery bookmark 
roll on spring so we can enjoy those pretty blooms for real !!..


Thank you for taking time to stop by today. 

I hope you maybe inspired to mix it up and share your 
Mixed Media creations with the Creative Artiste Team HERE

Take care everyone 

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx 

Sharing todays creativity with: 

TFJB Challenge Blog ~ Groundhog Day ( for me.. Pearls & Lace)