Friday 5 August 2022

Creative Artiste #85 August Mixed Media Challenge

Hello Lovely Creative Friends 

I hope you are all keeping well..??

The past few months have been what can only be described as bedlam, 
incredibly stressful, heightened care duties, house moves and legalities 
not helped by catching Covid which I'm still suffering from it's affects.. 

A big thank you to all that have stuck by me these past months 
it means more than I can say in words.. Myself and family are thankful 
these life hurdles, albeit life changing can be overcome with time.. 

Sooo a scheduled blog post again.. 

our monthly theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes.

This month I share a small mixed media canvas, layered with leftovers 
found amongst my messy craft desk. Paper doily's, layered texture using 
stencils and paste, buttons and lacy scraps add a little touch of me.. 

Calming down the glued chaos with a wash of white gesso a found washer 
acts as a firm frame for three tree twigs wrapped in silken thread. 

Please join the Creative Artiste Design Team HERE 
and share your Mixed Media creations with us all. 

Take care of yourselves and each other..
Stay safe and creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday 29 July 2022

Bumper Edition..!! New Paperbabe Stamps and Blog Challenge..

 Hello Creative Friends 

Three new Paperbabe stamp sets are due for release on 30th July 

Each set works in harmony together and cleverly co-ordinates 
with many other Paperbabe stamps in the collection.

Here's a Bumper sample introduction.. 
First using just two Hand stamps and a Hand Written stamp quote..

Manipulating two clear hand stamps curving around the heart surrounded 
by quotes from the Hand Written stamp set and the other with just one 
simple hand holding a message of unity in a clean and simple style. 

Combining stamps from all three sets the postcard design inspired me to 
stamp, hand embroider and create a needle tag book with calico and thread. 

Just a handful of samples using the NEW RELEASE STAMPS.

Today see's the start of a new Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 
why not pop over and see what the Design Team have created 
and share your makes @ Paperbabe Stamps Blog Challenge #173 

There's a prize for one randomly chosen winner every fortnight. 

Stay safe and creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Friday 1 July 2022

Creative Artiste #84 JULY Mixed Media Challenge

 A warm welcome to JULY Creative Friends 

our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes 

Sharing a random double page selection from my junk diary.

Used envelopes scraped with gesso, bubble wrap stamped and 
texture paste stencilling. Embellished with a large Brown 
water coloured Butterfly (White Admiral) & washi tape strips  
with gouache painted Hydrangea encircled with scribble script. 
That's my random mixed media junk diary selection.

The Creative Artiste Design Team hope you can 
join us during the month of JULY and share your 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Thursday 23 June 2022

Plants, Paint, Purple..

 Hello everyone, 

Completion on my Mother in Laws house sale draws closer but 
I'm still juggling time between houses, there's honestly not 
much creative time. I strive but more than most struggle 
to create anything other than in my traveling junk diary. 

Nature is always inspiring and at present I have the best of 
both gardens, documenting in snap shots how everything thrives.

My Sempervivum's continue to have babies (hen's and chicks) 
can you spot the common blue who has come to visit? 

Documented in watercolour and gouache in my Junk Diary..

My MIL's Purple Rhododendren has flowered like never before..

This bush is over forty years old and stands 7 feet tall 
does that it makes it a tree? It's really showing off this 
year with a magnificent display. I hope the new home owners 
take good care of her.. If I could uproot her I really would..

A continuous pen face drawing of MIL an early month 
reminder to get that hair appointment booked

finishing with a photo of Freya supporting her recent Grandma cut 😁

Wishing you all a safe & creative weekend 

Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 
Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~ #154 Things with Wings

Friday 17 June 2022

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Anything Goes #170

Happy Friday everyone 

It's time for Paperbabe Stamps Anything Goes Challenge #170

Today I share two Summer themed ATC's in watercolour...

Created using stamps from the JPAD Die and Stamp Portrait Head Set 
with traced Misty and Taura hair accessorised with fussy cut flowers 
from the co-ordinating Dinky Sugar Skull set

For the chance to win a Paperbabe Prize why not share your creativity 

We've a mini heat wave here in the UK with temperatures set to soar today 
then cool over the weekend, where ever you are in the world keep safe.

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Guest Designer @ Try it on Tuesday

 Hello everyone 

I'm extremely honoured yet again to be invited to be a
Guest Designer @ Try it on Tuesday where this fortnight 
the lovely TioT Design Teams Theme is *RECYCLE* ..

Today I'm sharing the beginnings of my June Junk Diary..
With it's splash of red, white and blue a nod to the nations  
June celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee.

During 2022 I've been creating a new Junk Diary every month 
gathering left overs and scraps from previous projects, salvaged 
packaging, found objects and ephemera with the potential to 
be something other than what they may have previously been. 

Collaged onto recycled cardboard to create journal covers, this surface 
also makes a fabulous substrate for pasting, die cutting and painting on.

Filled with papers, packaging and recycled envelopes each page makes an 
alternative surface for mark making, writing, drawing, painting and documenting 
colour swatches as well as collecting and collaging pictures from old magazines.

These Foxgloves are from a torn cross stitch magazine cover, 
over painted then simply edged with pencil..

a gentle reminder of the Foxglove cross stitch kit tucked neatly 
into the journals back pocket, saved for a free creative day.. 

Thank you so much to the wonderful TioT Design Team for having me as 
Guest Designer and allowing me to share my recycled June Junk Diary. 

I hope you have been inspired by my sneak peep today, 
please do pop on over to see more recycled inspiration 
You will not be disappointed..

Stay safe & creative everyone
Hugs Tracey xx 

Friday 3 June 2022

Paperbabe Stamps blog challenge #169

 Happy Friday everyone 

For the chance to win a Paperbabe Stamps prize up to *£20* 
please come and share your crafty creations over HERE..

As we in the UK embrace an extended bank holiday weekend marking 
the 70th year of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the throne, 
I've created two watercolour ATC's to commemorate the event.

Stamped using the Paperbabe PORTRAIT FACE each face models a 
different style traced using the WILLOW and SERENA hair templates. 
Wearing fussy cut platinum painted WHIMSY Crowns embellished 
with red, white and blue gems fit for a Queen. 

Please come and share your 
*Anything Goes* creations with us HERE

What ever you are all up to this weekend I 
wish you all sunshine & creativity 
Hugs Tracey xx 

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Creative Artiste JUNE Mixed Media Challenge #83

 Hello Creative Friends  

I do hope you are all keeping well? 

How this year is flying by and again it's the first Friday 
of a brand new month which must mean it's time for me to
our theme is ALWAYS Anything Mixed Media Goes..  

June's Design Team project is a Steampunk man tag.. 

A collaboration of elements all brought together, starting with a 
block print napkin collaged onto a tag, grit paste, moulded cogs, 
gears and clock face applied then painted to achieve a rusty effect. 

This dapper Tim Holtz Time Traveller has been stamped multiple times 
coloured with pencil then cut and layered to give him added dimension.

Adhered onto the tag he takes centre stage accompanied by an 
altered chipboard quote to complete my mixed media man tag.

Now we invite you to use a variety of mediums to create a 
Mixed Media Masterpiece and share your creations with the DT

Wishing you all a safe and creative month ahead 
it's been a busy few weeks for me, I look forward 
to catching up with you all very soon... 

Creative Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 

Try it on Tuesday ~ For the Man in your Life

Friday 6 May 2022

Creative Artiste ~ MAY Mixed Media Challenge #82

Hello Creative Friends 

where our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes

This month my MAY DT project is a mixed media journal page.

Pushing texture paste through a Stamperia stencil I painted 
the raised flowers with watercolour, acrylics and enamel accents. 

Gluing stamped, coloured and fussy cut Bluebells next to the Scabiosa, 
a large stamped and pencil coloured Monarch Butterfly stops to rest..

If you love mixing up your media be it paper, paint and stencils, 
collaged tags, journal pages, cards or creating projects from scratch 
please come and share your handmade creations with the team HERE 
and check out what the DT have created this month to inspire you... 

We look forward to seeing your Mixed Media creations. 

Stay safe and creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Thursday 28 April 2022

Leaves and branches, April Junk and Heart of Glass ...

Hello everyone 

I hope you are all keeping well?? 
Another month where life stuff again absorbed me..
so here's a photo heavy end of April post from me

Watercolour studies of Photinia *Little Red Robin* 

Some pages from my April Junk Journal.. 
Mini eggs they were in short supply 😒 

Face doodle created from a paint spillage on package waste.

Caramel Kraft paper with stitched rice paper Butterfly

Painted night forest scene from a tutorial by Danielle Mack and 
a stamped scene titled *Morning has Broken* what a beautiful Hymn. 

and finally...

Another found face journal doodle and the attempt to turn this one into 
Debbie Harry, lead singer of the group Blondie using pencil and paint. 
As a 9 year old I remember singing Blondie songs into my hairbrush 😂

*Heart of Glass* was always a favourite track. 

Wishing you all a great weekend 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Thursday 14 April 2022

People are Strange...

Hello everyone, 

Another quick post from me my crafty space is so 
messy creative time would be wasted cleaning it up so 
I've made use of old sketched faces found in a journal, 

Painted slightly caricature to resemble two main characters 
from the cast of The Lost Boys, one of my favourite Movies. 

I look back with nostalgia 35 years after it's release.. 
A cult vampire movie, scare jumps, funny one liner's. 
Oozing the 80's with a fab cover in it's soundtrack of  
The Door's *People are Strange* by Echo & the Bunnymen.
Brings back fond memories of cinema nights with college 
friends every time I watch it.. Happy happy days..
Creative Easter wishes 
Tracey xx 

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Friday 8 April 2022

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #165 Anything Goes

 Hello everyone 

It's time for Paperbabe Stamps Blog Challenge #165 
the chance to win a Paperbabe Stamps prize over HERE 
for one randomly selected winner when you share your 
*Anything Goes* crafty creations @ Paperbabe Stamps.

Easter is nearly upon us so here's an early treat a sneak peek 
of something coming soon, Paperbabe Stamps Dinky Bunny face.

With the popularity of the White Rabbit template and Rabbit face Stamps, it 
was only a matter of time before Kim produced this cutie on a smaller scale.

I've created a journal page all painted in watercolour with a colony of 
Spring time bunnies or a Fluffle which I much rather prefer (so cute)..  

Creative hugs and best wishes 
Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 

Country View Challenges ~ Spring is Coming

Art Journal Journey ~ Alisons Theme Play it again Sam
Rabbits and Bunnies always remind me of the film Watership Down 
When I was 10 my Grandfather took me to the cinema to watch it...
It had a huge impact on me, encouraged my love for illustration, 
respect for nature, habitat and the environment.. 

Thursday 7 April 2022

Muddy puddles..

 Hello everyone 

A very quick post as I share my faithful wellies @ 

Painted with gouache .. Invaluable footwear for any Farmer.. 
and Dog walkers too I'm sure Rain would agree. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey x

Friday 1 April 2022

Creative Artiste ~ April Mixed Media Challenge #81

Hello Creative Friends 

our theme is always *Anything Mixed Media Goes* 

Today my Design Team project is different from past makes, 
created earlier this year for a very dear friend going through a 
really tough time right now. This piece I never intended to share 
hence just one photograph... but today with permission I do.

*I walk with you*

On a tiered photo frame mount I painted a Spring woodland scene in 
watercolour, acrylics and inks, dotting Bluebells in gouache along 
the waters edge as golden sunshine peeps through it's cloudy sky.

The boot a hand drawn mini version from an art journal piece created 
last year is painted and detailed with coloured pencils, cut out and 
simply suspended in the corner of a painted wax gilded frame. 

I hope you will join our Creative Artiste March #81 Challenge 
and share your *Anything Mixed Media Goes* creations HERE.

Creative hugs and the 
warmest of wishes to you all
Tracey xx

Thursday 31 March 2022

Spring change

 Hello creative friends 

another month comes to end so let me share 
a couple of pages from my March Junk Journal 

Dina Wakley stamps painted on an ink wash background.. 

and painted March blooms, documenting bulbs recently planted. 
I hope they'll survive the frosts as the temperature is set to plummet.

Wishing you all safe and well 
I'll catch up with you all in April x

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers
Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's Theme SPRING

Friday 25 March 2022

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ Anything Goes #164

 Hello Creative Friends 

come and share your art and creativity with us 
HERE our theme is *Anything Goes*

Today I share a page from my March Junk Journal 
a recognition of Mothers Day celebrated in the UK in March. 

Stamped flowers using the Dinky Sugar Skull Set I stamped and fussy cut 
a few extra's. Onto an old book page I traced around the Tea Cup from the 
Clockwork Substrate cut out and layered up along with those extra flowers. 
Finished off with the word MOM from the Fun outline set it completes 
my watercolour Tea cup in full bloom for Mom.

Dedicated to all that take on that Mothering Role.. 
it's a very precious thing... 

Please share your *Anything Goes* creations  HERE

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers 
Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's theme *Spring* 
Country View Challenge ~ Mother's Day

Paint Party Friday *After Party*

Hello creative friends 

Today I share my last Painting for *Paint Party Friday* 
using acrylics recently sent to me from my dear friend Anne, 
the colours inspired me to finish this piece pencilled long ago.

I give you Vincent Van Gogh's *Sunflowers* in my own vision.
I do not think there is anyone on this earth that doesn't recognise 
the Power, Strength and Love the sunflower symbolises right now..

Thanks to Kristin and EVA for all those fabulous 
Paint Party Fridays.. We will miss you very very much..

Stay safe and ever creative 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 
Art Journal Journey ~ Valeries Theme Spring
Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers

Friday 18 March 2022

Happy 11th Year Paint Party Friday..

a safe blog space on Fridays by the hostess Kristin and EVA 
for us to share creativity I'm sad this now comes to an end..

Huge gratitude to Valerie @ Bastelmania 
the creative star that led me to PPF in 2018 
Thank you for introducing me Valerie.. 

Time did not allow me to put together a collage of work shared on 
Fridays so here's a random selection of new and old in full scale.

First a new page for Valeries theme *Spring* as she 
hosts this March @ Art Journal Journey..

...and some pieces shared previously @ PPF
I'm wearing the paint party hat..

as my take on Mona wears it in 2021..

and a younger me the year before that.

This journal page ALWAYS makes me want to paint.. 

Butterfly on Lavender Inspired by Angela Anderson

Family portrait painted beer mats Inspired by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Inspired by Emma Pettit

My Dog Freya in abstract

Patchwork Vincent

Vincent's Chair with a twist..

because I love the energy of the message that flows from these pages..

and finally the piece that inspired the one at the top..
*In Contrast* but still with the same feeling and meaning..

Thank you to all bloggers that have taken time out to visit 
and all the wonderful creatives I have met along the way.
See you @ the after party next Friday Kristin and EVA.

Stay safe and creative
Hugs Tracey xx