Just wanted to say ... thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope you enjoyed your visit.x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Painty Playtime.

So another blog post ... I have been finding time to play on and off and wanted to just play along with a challenge as it seems such a long while since I have done that....I mean forever ... so armed with lots of goodies I decided to have a go and join in over at Our Creative Corner.. and here is the result :


The challenge is a Tic-tac-toe board and from this I selected paints, stencils and stamps...they may not all be easy to see straight away but I promise they are all there ....

I started with an mdf board, covered in Decoart gesso and then I spritzed with turqupise shimmer mister from Decoart , some water and created lots of drippage dried....


I loved the vibrancy of the Decoart mister and the cool effects I got, once dried I edged with walnut stain distress ink and stamped some of Andy Skinners new crackle stamp using titan buff paint...in random places .


Then I stencilled through have your say stencil , using walnut stain distress ink...just some of the numbers in random places.. to complete the base layer of my piece.


Now onto a tag, using various colours of Decoart paint , crackle glaze and antiquing cream....it is so much fun to play and am loving these yummy goodies from my hubbie x


I added some rusty trellis, using Tim Holtz die , rusted using timeworn technique from Andy Skinners online workshop...I know again...but I cannot stop making this stuff!

I love the rusty colours against the turquoise.... and this made my next layers..


I added a rusty heart using new Tim heart die and same rusty technique...added to some driftwood..


I love the found relative and occasions relatives card and this one seemed to fit my sea colours... I sanded , distressed and added a bingo token given some Decoart painty treatment,


Some rusty wire ...because you can never have enough....



  and some rusty wire to create a hanger for this piece..



Well I hope you like my Decoart and distressing playtime...I loved it!

I am going to enter this for :
Tic Tac Toe @ Our Creative Corner
No Rules @ Simon Says Stamp

keep those fingers inky and painty!

trace x 

Monday, 23 February 2015

My take on Tim's tag for February 2015

Well the months go round so fast and here it is, time for another of Tim's tags, as always full of great tips and inspiration...

All the details from the master himself can be found here , I followed the idea of the tag and loved the collage feel...a new found favourite of mine...I have made a few pieces lately and realised , I haven't even stamped! shock horror!

So here is my take, minus the flashes of red, I went all neutral... you know me I love my neutrals...although I have been dabbling with colour behind the scenes too...


I loved this and wasn't sure if I wanted to cover it up....but cover it up I did.....



I added a number plaque which I had added some Decoart paint washes too...and some distress paints too.. and created a heart , covered in tissue tape, paints and crackle glaze, topped off with some rusty wire...a girl can never have enough rusty wire!


I added the arrow as Tim had done with the heart charm, but added it on some more rusty wire.


 Some dyed seam binding tied at the top of the tag, love all those crinkles!


  The word band was added the same as Tim had done...but it had some painty washes first. I added it on rusty wire and stapled to the tag .


Finally a close up of the heart and as you can see I splattered my background using my splatter brush and white paint. i just love the effect it gives.


I loved playing along again this month and cannot wait for the next one.....I will be linking my tag up to Tim's tags here  .

keep those fingers inky ... and painty!
trace x 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Discovery and Re-discovery

I know I am being a bit of a sporadic blogger but I am playing and enjoying dabbling in the crafty world again and enjoying the whole ...playing thing, that sometimes get lost in deadlines and everyday life...some days I play with crafty things and some days I don't , no pressure but plenty of fun!

So here is the result of some of that playtime...some Decoart and plenty of distress and Tim Holtz goodness too ...so here is my latest playtime make :


So do you ever feel like you have found a way back to something that you loved, lost in life's ups and downs and now have found again....I feel like I am discovering all the things I loved about crafting and had forgotten ....the gorgeous way that crackles appear and how they look when inked, the yummy way simple drops of water splashing on distress in make so much magic...I know what a soppy socks, but I really feel I am experiencing the joy of crafting all over again ....and I don't want that to stop!

I still have  a busy life away from it and many things still to do , but I consider myself one lucky person.

So on to the details, as you know I have been playing with some new goodies from hubbie, well from Decoart actually , but you know what I mean... and here I have played with them some more and love this yummy crackle paste....coupled with some of my favourite distress colours...so the details..

I started with a size 10 tag and applied Decoart crackle paste through the lattice Tim Holtz layering stencl, one of my favourites...and left it to work its magic. When done , I spritzed some pumice stone and frayed burlap distress stain sprays onto the tag and dried. I edged with some walnut stain distress ink. The spritzed some water into the palm of my hand and flicked across tag, leaving for a few seconds before dabbing off and heat drying.


I love these colours and that crackle is just yummy, don't you think?


Now to add some details, I created some rusty looking pieces using trellis frameworks die and a technique from Andy Skinner's Timeworn course ( so no details but you can find the course here ).
 I like to place things and leave them unstuck until I  have finished as I often move stuff about!


here is a close up, hopefully you can see the rusty effect


Now for one of my favourite ideaology releases, okay I have a few ..well maybe more than a few but i love these found relative cards and this one just wanted to be used, I lightly sanded it and inked with...you've guessed it, walnut stain distress ink, scuffing the edges with my edge distressing tool.


I added a numeral, which had some Decoart painty distressing ...and was stapled with little kisses!


Finally I added some trusty rusty wire, a word band and some hand made flowers, again given a Decoart painty finish.

The flowers were die cut, embossed using Tim Holtz embossing folder, I then added some washes of decoart paints before adding a layer of crackle glaze. when dry I covered in antiquing cream and rubbed off, leaving very subtle highlights in the cracks.


So there you have it , the results of some very happy playtime, rediscovery of my love of distress and all things Tim Holtz and also a new discovery of a love of Decoart....I love how I can combine these with my love of vintage and that I am that I learning new things! I think I might like this painty lark!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and I will be back soon with some more playtime pleasures x

keep those fingers inky ... and painty!
trace x


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Dabbling with DecoArt

Well over my time out from blogland , I felt I wanted to play with something new to keep the old grey cells going....I had briefly tried some of Andy Skinner Timeworn Techniques but never found the time to really play....now I had a break from blogland and had a break from crafting...the need to get painty and inky was back...so playtime...some kind words from Mark Gould and I was off to dabble....

Armed with some new DecoArt goodies thanks to my lovely hubbie...I set too, to just play..and here is the first piece finished..be gentle!


So I didn't have a total end in mind, just to play with the paints and mediums and see where I ended up ....I wanted to play with some colour...and lots of the yummy texture creating mediums....

I coated my mdf board with some gesso and then applied some crackle paste in places and also some modelling paste , stippled in opposite corners...just playing to see what happened...


I then added colour over the whole piece... and built up the layers of colour using a brush and also rubbing some of the colour on using my fingertip.... I used blue green light, cobalt turquoise hue and cobalt teal hue. Then some quinacridone gold, all from DecoArt media line .


....around the edges I applied some crackle paste and layers of paint.....


Just love the crackle , yummy! I love the smudgy feel of applying some of the layers of paint with my fingertip , rather than a brush..


So here are some close ups of the finished piece... I used a technique from Andy Skinner's Timeworn course...so cannot divulge the details but details of the course can be found here.


 For some of the idea-ology and die cuts I dry brushed some additional paint over them.


Here is the difference in the finish of the cogs... I used a splatter brush over the background to splatter paint across the background.. and aged the word band using some paint rubbed across using my fingertip.


Here is a close up of the stippled texture of the modelling paste which..I so want to play with some more...and this piece was all about playing and experimenting..


I used some of Brett Weldele's stamps and felt this ship's captain and the tentacles fitted the background colours... I coloured the images using distress markers.



Anyway, thanks for stopping by...I hope you like the first results of my playtime!

keep those fingers inky and painty!
and those hearts full.x
trace x

Friday, 30 January 2015

My Tim's tag for January 2015

Well it has been a while.....but here I am dipping my toe gently back into blogland...
I so missed not being part of Tim's tags as I love the inspiration and the fact that I learn, play create and try stuff I  may not have tried otherwise...some more successfully than others but thats the fun!
There are no details for this as all the details can be found here from the man himself... although I am rather late to the party this month.. but better late than never!
So here is my version of Tim's tag for January :


And some close ups of some of the detail...I did change a few details to suit more me colours but essentially followed the details of Tim's tags .

I had great fun choosing words that meant something to me and my family for the 5 of us ..


I chose to go for a bluey crinkle seam binding bow as I love these colours ...
and love the splatter effect...I think the splatter brush is one of my all time favourite purchases..it just gives pieces that extra something!


I chose to add 5, together and of course a yummy arrow , but added mine at the bottom.



I chose to use silver distress glitter...I love working through these tags there is always a little gem to learn!



So thats it for my first blogging dabble in a while...
hope to see you again real soon as I have been having a play with Decoart and having lots of fun...hope to have a piece finished soon . 
If you have found the time to visit thanks so much I appreciate it and will do my best to return the visit x
until next time..
keep those fingers inky and painty
and those hearts full xx
trace x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Saying thanks and goodbye for a bit x

Well life has its twists and turns and sadly my life needs my time and energies away from blogland.....so thank you to everyone who has stopped by and commented on my creations and been part of my blogging journey and my creative one.....but for now I am saying goodbye.

I am not sure when I will be back.....but I will be when things are right.

so thanks
take care ..
keep those fingers inky!
and those hearts full

trace x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Saturday Step x Step

Well it is time for my Saturday Step by Step over at Frilly and Funkie and sadly due to life stuff...it will be my final post as part of this wonderful team. I am heartbroken but needs must.

so here is a sneak peak of my post :


So if you would like to see all the details of how I made this please hop here...

keep those fingers inky!
trace x