Friday, 25 March 2011

No Angel

I am really enjoying having the time to scrapbook again.

I love these photos of Rob, I was just trying settings out on my camera and captured quite a cheeky glance in one of them.The Grungeboard wings and label were painted in Antiqued Bronze Crackle paint by Tim Holtz, when it was dry I used two shades of ink to add variant colours in the cracks.

For the two smaller photos I made a couple of slidemounts from cardstock, they were embossed through the cuttlebug and then rubbed with coloured wax to highlight in a two-tone fashion, helping to pull all the colours together.

I used sequin waste for some added texture and both patterned papers were handmade. The white one was simply swiped with a little ink and then stamped with script. The blue paper is several layers of inking, firstly with sponges and then using the direct to paper technique, I added some details with some dots using one of my all-time favourite background stamps. Finally I masked off a central square and deepened the colour of the edges to create a faux frame.

This is the paper just before I used the masking technique. It was originally pure white.

This afternoon, after blitzing the house and walking Snowy I decided to have a breather and make a card. I used one of my spare ATC's from last week.

The stamp is one by Crafty Individuals, the text paper is a book page and the wood effect paper is by Bo Bunny, sentiment is one by Stampin' Up.

 The flowers are all a mix from my stash,  the white ones are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the coloured ones are by Hero Arts, leaves are from Hobbycraft.

I am in love with my sewing machine once again, thanks to my wonderful friend Anita who has got it up and running again after a long languish in my wardrobe. So I added a little stitching to this card for some added texture.

Also this week I have been Zentangling, these are the three I have completed so far.

The first two are considerably smaller than my original ones and more like the official Zentangles, ie fitting within a 3.5 inch square and containing a 'string.

This last one is lightly larger and was inspired by an ear of corn I had just seen on a tv advert.

Finally I have a couple of photos of the shop progress to share with my friends and customers - the concrete has all gone in now and the floor is more level than it has ever been, we are just waiting for it to dry thoroughly and then an extra layer of special screed will go down in preparation for the new flooring.

And we also took delivery of the new external door for the back of the shop and the internal doors, also the new kitchen units, it is so good to finally see progress being made.


  1. fab Lo and love how you made the background paper. Love your card made with an atc toppper it goes to show what I have always said ATC can make fab toppers for cards, It looks like the shop is a work in progress but getting closer

  2. What a fabulous layout Tracy just love it and the wings are just ace!!! So glad the shop is coming together hope it wont be long before we see the final pictures!! Have a great weekend Love Chanelle xxx

  3. Beautiful layout Tracey and my goodness, Rob does look like you.
    Totally gorgeous card too, love the stamp and all the lovely embellies.
    Your zentangles are fantastic too, all look great.
    Looks like the shop is coming along nicely too and I'm sure you'll be glad when it's all finished.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Yes that is an angel I see, love the card with ATC, love the Zen's can't wait for you to open again & to see you. Love mad

  5. Hi Tracey, i haven't been online for a while & have only been in the shop a couple of times. Finances just wont allow me to spend & your place is so tempting so i ban myself from anywhere remotely crafty for now, or until my rich man comes along. LOL. Anyway, i have gone past on the bus a couple of times & wondered wot was happening. I will pop in when it's all finished to take a look & drool over the stock. x

  6. You truly create the most amazing projects :) gorgeous! I'm hoping soon you'll do a post about your zen's and where you start? I haven't a clue LOL. Enjoy your weekend sweet xx

  7. I like your No Angel page! Especially all of your papers and handmade details.

  8. wow hun,you work is just amazing that is one,brill photo of rob,and the layout is just perfect and just adore what you have created with your atc love the addition of the stitching,hugs cheryl xxxx

  9. Love all these pieces, the layout is just adorable. Your zentangles are amazing xx

  10. Gorgeous work, love them all, especially the self-made background, very creative!

  11. Hi Tracey, thank you for all your lovely encouraging comments on my blog...we think he looks like Edwin too...All your projects are always. The Zentangles are really striking, love them.

    Debbie x

  12. Oh wow.... I just love that page and all the techniques you used for it. That card is so soooooo GORGEOUS!!!!!! Love your drawings, I couldn't do this.... you are so good at them. And wow.... good to see that the work in your shop is coming along. I hope you have a lovely weekend hon. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. Lovely layout and card, I love seeing all the different techniques you've used on them. Glad to see the progress on the shop, I hope it's not too long before you're up and running again.

  14. Thank you for sharing your fabulous Zentangle pieces - they are all wonderful visual treats.

  15. I have to say your LO looks wonderful.. And so does your card.. I just love to sew on my projects also.. I have never heard of Zentangle before. I LOVE IT! Look wonderful..

    Can't wait to see your shop all done..


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  17. My friend I still say WOW but still really mean it Your layout is so stunning.And you have very wonderful techniques used.Your card is also beautiful..and how wonderful for you the store coming along!!

    big hugs

  18. So much to see and take in. Firstly - love your LO - what a handsome lad you have too - I like the wings and the slide mounts you did.
    Secondly - the card with the bird atc is just stunning. Beautiful muted shades, lovely added elements - breathtaking.
    Zentangles - I am not into them - that is doing them myself but I appreciate what others do. Yours are all lovely and I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite. Maybe one day I will get into doing them myself.
    Good luck with the shop. and thanks for sharing so much.

  19. Beautiful work so inspiring..
    Love your Zentangles, last week I bought the pens so hope to find some time this week to start I love this form of Art. xx

  20. Hi Tracey,
    Just wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" for sending the Aquapens, they arrived super fast and in good time for my daughter's b'day. Your layout is gorgeous and I love your beautiful vintage shabby chic card. With all the work going on in your shop I'm glad that you have still managed had time to tangle too. Your tangled tiles are brilliant, I especially love the great shading on first one, your giant daisy on the second one. It is sooooo addictive isn't it.
    Warmest best wishes,

  21. Hi Tracey,

    I love the scrapbook page, great title.

    The cards and your artwork are just great.

    Great to see the progress on the shop.

    Love Kerry xxx

  22. Your layout and card are Beautiful! =Di-TST

  23. I was going to nip into the shop the other day and noticed it was I know why!
    So glad you have had the time to create, I feel all inspired now. The card you made is totally gorgeous, I love it.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  24. Hi, For some reason none of the photos or drawings above are showing up on my computer. I just have black boxes. I would love to see your Zentangles too. Thought you may like to know.

    all the best


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