Friday, 24 September 2021

Two little tags

 Hello everyone, 

Two little tags for TAG TUESDAY 
for Sandie's theme *Use Book Pages*
created from offcuts, book pages, 
teabag paper and washi tape brought together 
with a little bit of doodling to create a scene. 

Wishing you all well this weekend. 

Stay safe & Creative 
Tracey xx

Friday, 17 September 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #152

Happy Friday everyone 

there's always a Paperbabe Prize for one randomly 
chosen participant, so please pop on over and share 
your crafty makes in our *Anything Goes Challenge #152*

For today's DT Project I sharing two more collage postcards

Torn coffee stained stencilled papers with stamped and fussy cut 
conkers and leaves from the Paperbabe Completely Conkers stamp set

Every time I see these conkers it always reminds me of the wrapped 
knuckles I'd get playing conkers in the school playground as a child.

and i'd always be found guilty of a pocket full of crunchy leaves 😁

Hope to see your 
Anything Goes creations HERE.. 

Stay safe & creative everyone 

Hugs Tracey xx

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Three in one...

 Hello lovely creative friends, 

a very quick 3 in 1 post from me today, first sharing 
a piece for Rains Thursday Art Date.. Pop Art is the theme.
A masked flip and trace self portrait painted on to canvas. 

created from old labels, tea bags and scraps.

and finally another page from one of my junk journals.. 
I'm not 100% convinced this is quite finished but 
those tags sit neatly tucked inside the pocket.

With it's creamy tones and botanical washi, lace layers and pearls, 

Catch up with you all very soon. 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 10 September 2021

Oh so lovely Vintage

 Hello everyone 

Yay for the weekend... 
I'm late sharing this but better late than never.
Last weekend I had some spare crafty time but spent most of 
it discovering unfinished projects, I found some lovely things.

This junk journal spread was Inspired by a Lifebook 2021 tutorial 
by Laly Mille called hiding places started way back in early July. 

The little envelope holds a book full of old music and book pages 
over stamped decorated with lace scraps, washi and postage stamps.

I never tire of using this stamp, my favourite of the 
moment it always leaves an impressive mark. Stamped 
onto an embellished postcard with a washi tape hinge.

When opened it reveals a stamped flower image, sentiment 
and a tag pocket to hide little secrets and precious things..

I could spend every crafty day creating junk journal pages like these...

Happy weekend everyone 
Stay safe & Creative 

Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 

Try it on Tuesday ~ Use Book Pages
Art Journal Journey ~ Wendy's Theme *Vintage*
Stamping Sensations ~ Stamp of the moment

Friday, 3 September 2021

Creative Artiste SEPTEMBER Challenge ~ #75 Anything Mixed Media Goes

 Hello Creative Friends

Time again to welcome you all to
our theme is ALWAYS *Anything Mixed Media Goes*

This month my mixed media make brings together previous 
project left overs and things that never really came to be.

The stencilled box frame has seen many colours over the past 
months before I settled on Prize Ribbon and tarnished brass.

A piece of clock face flexi mould pasted to a grey board heart was 
cut to fit with precision inside the box aperture. Painted in similar 
colours the heart is suspended over the embossed typewriter inner.

Adorned with die cut and painted colorize blooms an idea-ology tag 
distressed to blend in with the frame colours completes the design.

Probably my favourite make of 2021 i'm always amazed by 
what can be created with those little bits left behind..

Pop on over and see what the Fabulous Design Team 
have created this SEPTEMBER over HERE.. 

Look forward to seeing your Mixed Media Makes.. 

Stay safe & Creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Thursday, 2 September 2021


 Hello Creative Friends,  

I can't quite believe September's here already...

What a manic month August was, not many daylight hours to play. 
This collaged magazine figure has been sitting on my desk for weeks.

Over painting with heavy body acrylics, palette knife scrapes and lots of 
finger smudging, the finer details are reworked using coloured pencils.

She looks super confident... the word *Unstoppable* seemed quite apt.

The rain has held off this past week so there's been plenty of walks 
to help blow the stress out of my hair.. I'll leave you with a pic of 
Freya striking a pose, whilst sniffing the air for squirrels.. 😁

Really looking forward to catching up with you all. 

Happy September 
Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 

Friday, 20 August 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #150 ~ Anything Goes

Hello Everyone 

It's *Anything Goes* @ Paperbabe Stamps #150 Challenge
with a prize for one random winner if you wish to share your 
creativity over HERE and join the Paperbabe Stamps Challenge.

This month i'm sharing a page from my handmade DL journal, 
created to hold and display my die cut Jointed Paperbabe Art Dolls

Cut from papers found amongst my stash, i'm unsure why I've 
never used them as I adore those vintage monotone colours. 

With her Portrait stamped face and Aleesha style hair cut from the template. 

she sits secure behind the Sparkle stamp band. 
... a little peep inside my journal an ongoing work in progress..  

Hope to see your *Anything Goes* creations 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 6 August 2021

Creative Artiste AUGUST Mixed Media Challenge ~ #74 Anything Mixed Media Goes

Hello Creative Friends 

It's time again to welcome you all to 
our theme is ALWAYS Anything Mixed Media Goes.. 

This month i'm sharing a journal page that's very close to my heart..

Created for my Daughters Birthday based around an old postcard 
the words say so much as travel restrictions have 
kept us apart for almost a year now...

What you see are not just any old oddment glued and pasted to a page as every single scrap holds a memory. A collection of ephemera saved from throughout her life till now.. Baby leaflets, ribbons from gifts and buttons from handknitted school cardigans, even the tartan washi tape represents her Primary school uniform kilt.. I just couldn't bring myself to cut a strip from it's fabric..

Layers of old wallpaper we stripped from the walls she calls home, 
a penny minted with her birth year lays upon lace taken from a dress 
she once wore on her first foreign holiday at the young age of one.. 

Using her favourite brand of Coffee there's stencil stained print strips 
amongst saved napkins from past family get togethers we've all shared. 

Even the beads that embellish were purchased together on a crafty day out.

all finished with a border of machine stitch using the sewing machine 
we brought for her 13th Birthday.. Like us all it eagerly awaits her return. 

Every single piece holds a treasured memory..

I'm looking forward to framing this and seeing her little face 
light up when she see's it for the very first time.

Please pop on over and see what the Creative Artiste DT 
and Guest Designer have created for you this month.. 
and come share YOUR mixed media creations with us

Stay safe & Creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 23 July 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #149 Anything Goes

 Hello Creative Friends, 

with a Paperbabe Prize up for grabs for one randomly 
chosen participant, so please pop on over and share 
your crafty makes in our *Anything Goes Challenge #149*

For today's DT Project I share two collage postcards

created layering torn strips of coffee stained stenciled paper 
and hand designed washi using a selection of Paperbabe Stamps
Machine stitched edges, embellished with lace and sentiments
each postcard displays a Peony or Butterfly stamped focal... 

Postcard size has always been my favourite size to work on 
and I just love collaging these creative stories together. 

This bundle await sentiments, focal images or an embellishment or two.. 
I've built up quite a collection.. I look forward to sharing more soon..

Wishing you all well 
I'll catch up with you all later..

Stay safe & creative 

Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing todays creativity with: 

TFJB Challenge ~ Funky & Frilly Challenge
Country View July Challenge ~ Use a stencil (or Two)

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Morning has broken...

 Hello everyone

I've been flicking through unfinished journal pages again and 
came across this little cottage nestled amongst the tree's... 

You can see i'd already started to work on it, over painting the collage 
adding light, shade and bright coloured blossom of purple and yellow.

Those that visit know I love creating little scenes like these, 
extending the tree's with pencil and paint, adding stencilled 
flowers painted to resemble Dog Rose lifting their heads 
up towards the morning light. 

Using grit paste, I stencilled the corner, painting it grey. 
I feel like i'm peeping over a dry stone wall at a magnificent 
country landscape, how I wish I could call that house mine... 

Give me the peace and tranquillity of early Summer mornings every 
day of the week.. now all I need is the sweet sound of bird song.

Stay safe and creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge~ Lazy Summer Days
Country View Challenges ~ July Use a stencil or two
Art Journal Journey ~ Summer Countryside

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

WoywW #632

 Hello creative friends,

Time to share our Wednesday desks at the stamping ground

Not what I had planned to share this week I must say, 
I'd forgotten all about the Make Create Express Taster 
weekend i'd signed up for again.. 

Trying to get around 21 artists tutorials in one weekend is an 
impossible task when you only have a Saturday afternoon spare 

Not one piece finished but it was a great way to spend an afternoon 
many thanks to Galia Alena for putting another fab weekend together 
and the artists that dedicated their time, talent and creativity.. 

Spent time Mothering the hens and chicks in the garden, many of 
my Sempervivum are coming to an end hence their flowering.
They've produced plenty of little chicks all now replanted.. 

 How beautiful they do flower..

I'll leave you with this photo of Freya looking sad after losing 
her ball amongst the weeds, there not weeds but a Bee and Butterfly 
mix grown from seed, although they do look like weeds I must say. 

You'll be glad to read we did manage to seek out the ball 
no weeds were harmed in the process...😁

Catch up with you all real soon. 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

WoywW #631

 Hello everyone

tis desk sharing day at the stamping ground but I confess 
there's been no creative play time for me this week 😞

Down times been filled with long nature trail walks
and a mission to rid my lawns of these mushrooms, 
better to be safe than sorry with wee Freya around.

 but a space lays in wait.. reserved for my next free play day. 
There's a LifeBook lesson by Laly Mille that I really want to try.. 
Hopefully accompanied by a fresh cuppa, I mislaid that one Monday 😏

WoywW #631

So I'll share a couple of pages from my latest Junk Journal. 
The Blue is a pocket full of unused ephemera and the pink from a 
taster activity creating hues and shades using limited acrylics. 

You'll find the Junk Journal HERE if you've time to take a peep.. 

That's a wrap from me this week. 
Stay safe & creative everyone.. 

Hugs Tracey xx

Friday, 2 July 2021

Creative Artiste JULY Mixed Media Challenge #73 ~ Anything Mixed Media Goes

 Hello Creative Friends, 

It's time to welcome you all to 
our theme is ALWAYS Anything Mixed Media Goes.. 

This month I'm sharing my latest Junk Journal.. 
It's contents is wrapped in corrugated card decorated with 
tissue scraps, washi tape and short lengths of lace. The lace 
butterfly aperture was cut using a Sizzix Bigz Die an offcut 
from a project I created over two years ago, how happy I was 
to rediscover it and bring it to life as my journal focal... 

Painted and embellished with broken jewellery, buttons and brads, 
along with Tim Holtz trim, idea-ology metal tab and token.. 

Creative time has been very limited these past few months, 
so I give thanks to the taster courses and time given by those 
creatives that have given me prompts and incentive to play..

Here's a taste of what's kept inside, a quick watercolour 
inspired by Kasia's #ArtReboot last month..

Pop on over HERE to see what the Creative Artiste DT have 
created this month and share your creations with the team.. 
we love to see your Anything Mixed Media Goes makes.

Stay safe and creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

WoywW #630

 Hello everyone, 

Desk sharing day @ the Stamping ground

Sorry I was absent last week but I was needed elsewhere, 
made it home just before the rains came in time to uproot the 
Garlic i've been nurturing since Autumn, a proud moment..😁

Played catch up with the Kaleidoscope Taster week, grateful for the 
extra week extension which gave me chance to have a selfish Sunday 
all to myself and throw some paint around in my tiny journal. 

The piece below was inspired by Angela Anderson, if you've never seen 
her work you should check her out on Youtube, very generous tutor.. 
I've been hooked since her Thimbles & Cotton reels painting in 2020..

Look forward to seeing what's on your workdesk. 

Stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

Monday, 28 June 2021

Beautiful Butterfly and Blooms..

Hello everyone, 

a quick journal post from me making use of tissue scraps.

The cold spell this Spring gave a late start to some tree's 
blossoming but what a beautiful sight to see the Butterflies 
enjoying their blossom alongside the summertime blooms..

Over painted with acrylics & blended with Summer Sky fresco 
I couldn't resist stitching these tissue words into the page, 
they sit like a missing part of the jigsaw..

Take good care everyone 

Stay safe and Creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing with: 

Art Journal Journey ~ Mia's theme Butterflies
Try it on Tuesday ~ Here comes Summer Challenge

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

WoywW #628

 Hello creative friends. 

tis Wednesday desk sharing day over @ the stamping ground 
faint hearted please look away now for it is what it is again.

Pushing all that aside I did find some time and space for a 
wee bit of colouring when I got home yesterday..

and then these arrived.. Oh Gnome!!

Look forward to seeing what's on your workdesk. 

Stay safe & creative
Tracey xx