Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sneak peek of New Crafty Treats ...!!

Happy Sunday Everyone

I'm sharing a handful of sneak peeks today
as That's Crafty have lots of new products and
will be showing them off on Hochanda TV tomorrow..

Monday 21st May at 11am and 3pm (BST) where Neil Burley
will be demonstrating new products and sharing hints and tips.

Here's those sneak peeks..


and I do hope you can tune in/record or watch on catch up
and see what the That's Crafty Hochanda DT have been up too.

Have a super Sunday

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Notelets of inspiration

Hello Creative Friends

It's Thursday, the day I get to share some creativity 
using products from That's Crafty over on the
That's Crafty Blog.

Here's a sneaky peek at what i've been up to this week 
with the full picture over HERE

Until next week,
Take care everyone

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Stitch in Time ~ Paint Brush Pocket.. It's a Challenge.

We are half way through this months That's Crafty *A Stitch in Time* Challenge 
There's still plenty of time to join in and share your faux or real stitch creations 
over on the That's Crafty Challenge blog.

Here's my That's Crafty mid month reminder creation

On to a piece of medium weight wet Calico I traced through the Lana Stencil
and painted with a combination of That's Crafty Multi surface paints.
Facial features and hair filled every inch of the space.

Lost in the whole painting process I think there was definitely an air or 
should I say HAIR of the 80's vibe going on here.. Even adding a hint
of shimmer by mixing paint with the sparklers spray.

The Create Stencil was used to paint in the word, outlined with pen then machine stitched 
around the edges. Extra stitching is sewn through the hair just to add extra interest.
The panel is then sewn onto the front or the back which ever way you choose to look at it..

This is my paint brush pocket..

Created by folding a double strip of washed calico to produce a pocket leaving a 
little extra to create a flap. Stitched around the edges using different coloured threads 
and stitches this holds the painted panel on the front side secure.

A button and loop have been hand sewn on to create a closure.

I don't really do measuring, I much prefer to create by eye, making sure the pocket 
was big enough to house a handful of paint brushes was all I needed to know
and having one side untouched allows me to use it to dry off or clean my brushes..
It will not stay this clean for long.

This is the front/back of my brush pocket, washed, ironed and housing those brushes.
Perfect for outdoor crafting or whilst on the move.

If you'd like to share your ideas and creations with us there's a prize of £30 
up for grabs for one lucky winner to spend in the That's Crafty online Store 
and in addition to that a stencil prize for each of the chosen Top 3.. 

Pop on over and check out what the Design Team have created just for you in the

Wishing you all a wonderful day
Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty ~ Multi surface paints
That's Crafty ~ Sparklers Spray
That's Crafty Lana Stencil
That's Crafty word series Stencil ~ Create

WOYWW #467

Good Morning creative Friends it's Wednesday which can only mean 
it's WOYWW #467 time to share what's on my work space as Julia hosts 
over at the stamping ground each Wednesday the opportunity to link up 
and sneak a peek of what other creative friends have been up too.

This has been my creative space over the past few days, carrying it all in and out 
of the garden when i've had a moment spare as the weather has been very kind...

There is a new addition to my art materials this week a wonderful surprise gift 
from my Daughter of the 30th Anniversary set of water-soluble pencils from 
Caran d'Ache containing 30 new colours.. Eek!! I'm such a lucky Mom and 
my children really do spoil me!!

The card top left was the Thank you card I made for my Daughter, using Stamps designed by Danielle Donaldson and the card next to it is using the awesome stamp set Designed by Olga Heldwein #81 from AALL & Create.
The face is Audrey another from AALL & Create and is one of many WIP's using this stamp.

Top right is my trusty art trug, my lifeline carrying the foundations of my art materials 
and is never to far away from me. My family know it's as good as a *Do Not Disturb* sign.

That's it from me this week,
i'm so looking forward to catching up with you all
and seeing WOYWW #467

Creative Hugs and Sunny Days
Tracey xx

For those wondering what became of the Masterboard last week please pop on over HERE

Friday, 11 May 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #73 ~ Picture Inspiration

It's Friday Yay..!!
Time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps

Today we give you a Picture displaying a beautiful swatch of colour and shape,
use it to inspire your inner creativity and come share with us all over 
at Paperbabe Challenge #73

Here's what I got up to..

First I created a masterboard using water-soluble pastels picking out colours from the picture inspiration, scribbling, spraying and blending all over an A3 watercolour journal.

I lay paperbabe stencils over the masterboard and removed areas of colour by rubbing through the aperture with a wet cloth. Whilst doing this I noticed that the Knit stencil resembled ears of wheat so decided to use this to my advantage, creating a scene by sketching in a glorious sun. This area of the page I chose to use for my backdrop.

I stamped and embossed one of the large Butterflies onto vellum lightly colouring with alcohol markers. Smaller butterflies in the set were stamped directly onto the page.

Laying the knit stencil back over those lifted areas I scraped 3D gloss gel through 
with a palette knife,when dry it really makes those areas glisten.

Cut down to size the large Butterfly graces that large sun with the smaller dancing in the face of it. Not quite a Van Gogh with his depictions of those wheat fields but I was quite pleased how this turned out as it's not at all what I had initially intended to create.

We'd love to see your creations over HERE
*There's a prize for one Lucky winner*.

Pop on over and check out what else the Design Team have created just for you.

Wishing you Sunny Days and a wonderful weekend ahead.

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Creative Supplies:

Paperbabe ~Knit Stencil 
Caran D'Ache neocolors II
Watercolour Paper
3D Gloss Gel

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Back to Front

Hello creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well??

It's Thursday which can only mean it's my turn to share another
That's Crafty creation over on the That's Crafty Blog.

Today i've been very resourceful using up leftovers that never came to be.

Here's a sneak peek with the full project over  HERE

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day,

Sending Creative Hugs your way

Tracey xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

WOYWW #466

Happy Wednesday.
What a glorious few days we have had in the UK
with the hottest Bank Holiday on record.

It's WOYWW #466 and time to share another glimpse of whats on my 
work space and sneak a peek at everyone else's over at Julia's.

I wasn't sure I would be able to join in this week as I have that many 
DT projects lying around there's very little space left for anything else. 

So today I've decided to show some of my latest purchases whilst covering up 
a couple of WIP's along side products i'm currently using. 

Lovely new stamps and stencils purchased from That's Crafty from AALL & Create and a 
couple of PA stamp sets that had escaped my collection, purchased from the Craft Barn.

My old set of Neocolors II have especially been getting lots of use this past week as 
i've been creating lots of A3 masterboards using those somewhat unpopular colours.

The little needle book is my latest That's Crafty challenge DT piece.. 
HERE'S a closer look for those of you that may not have already seen it. 
If you enjoy entering Blog Challenges it may be of some interest to you..

Thank you for stopping by everyone,
I look forward to visiting you all later today.

Creative hugs & wishes Tracey xx