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Friday, 1 August 2014

words to live by .. mini book


Well a new month and a new challenge over at Country View Crafts Challenge . The theme this month is word play , chosen by the lovely Alison . Make sure you pop across here to see all my team mates yummy makes and maybe you will find time to join in all the fun! So for my fisrt make for this challenge I decided to make a mini book to store some of my favourite words to live by . So here it is :




and the back cover 



So now for a few step x step pictures and some details :

I have never made a proper grown up book from scratch before but when the lovely Jenny mentioned this album die by Eileen Hull I knew I had to have a play...
I cut the cover from 500gsm card as I wanted it to be quite sturdy...I also cut 3 sets of pages from ivory card and covered these with Tim Holtz papers. I did trim the side off of the pages for the inside so they fit snug inside.


(the cool thing about the cover is that you can alter the width of the spine, for this book I used a thinner spine ).

I then added some holes in the fold of the pages I added three holes per set of pages, top, middle and bottom...but in the end I didn't use the middle hole .


I added some walnut stain distress ink to the edges of the pages and the spine of the pages . Walnut stain distress ink makes everything look better ...maybe it would work on my wrinkles? 


For the cover I added three sets of 3 holes for each of the three sets of the pages. (again I didn't use the middle set of the holes. )


I put some paper string through the top and bottom hole and left the string hanging out of the back of the fold.


Now I posted the string through the holes into the spine of the book cover and  tied into a knot . I repeated this for all the three sets of pages . (using the top and bottom holes).


Now to cover the string on the outside (sorry cannot find the picture anywhere :(      ) . 
I wanted something flexible and inkable so used some grungepaper...love the stuff ! I ran the piece through an embossing folder and then coloured using antique linen distress paint and dried and sanded and then I inked the surface with walnut stain distress ink.


Here is the spine of the book, which I glued with a strong glue on one side of the book and left to dry before adding to the second side.


Now for the details...for the cover I covered with paper and added walnut stain distress ink. I added a new firm favourite , some rub ons and some butterflies die cut from Tim's strip die and inked. I added some splattery inky stamping.. To complete I added some dyed seam binding with picket fence , tucked it inside the cover and tied at the front.



 For the back cover some more butterflies and some inky stamping . I also added a quote .


For the inside pages ... I covered in papers and inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink. I added quotes on the left hand pages and for the right hand pages used some more paper stack to create some pockets.  I covered some tags with paper and trimmed to fit into the pockets . I then added inky stamping and some quotes . Finishing with seam binding on the top .




I won't bore you with all the pages but hopefully you will be inspired to join in the fun and make sure you hop here for lots more inspiration ...

keep those fingers inky!
trace x 






Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My take on Tim's tag for July 2014

Well having been out of blogland for a while I have missed making Tim's gorgeous tags each month although I am planning to make all twelve and catch them up, so This month getting back into the swing of blogging gently  I made it and this month Tim has a real delight of a tag for us . Tim's gorgeous tag can be found here and all the details about how he created it so there will be no details on my blog.

So here is mine :




I pretty much followed Tim step by step as I love to do this to explore and learn through the process, I did add a different embellishment and if you want to try hop across here to Tim's blog for all the step by step details .

I loved the gorgeous sea horse..



And the sand was just so fun to make and just so scrummy!


Right that is it for me , short and sweet today x I am linking this up to Tim's tags for July 2014. Whatever you are up to make it good x :) 





Friday, 25 July 2014

Stain is the name of the game

Well it is time for another theme over at A Vintage Journey... chosen by the lovely and talented Jenny. The theme is Distress Stains...so whatever you want to create using stains...and you need to say how Tim Holtz inspired your creation... So here is my make using stains in lots of different ways :


I decided to go all out with the stains for stamping, ribbon staining, background making and shattered stains... so here are some details and pictures .

I stared by creating the background by applying Distress stains in rusty hinge and broken china to my craft sheet, spritzing my large tag and swiping through the stains... I spritzed some water onto tag surface and dried.

Then I re dipped into the remaining stain droplets to get a more mottled effect and dried.


then to add some detail I swiped stain across my flourish stamp....


and stamped onto surface of the tag in bottom left and top right.


To complete the tag background I added some rusty hinge and broken china distress ink to edges, dried and then edged with walnut stain. I added some die cut framework pieces and some  inside pieces cut from various materials. ( sorry got carried away but here is one that shows the pieces in place ).


Now for the butterfly, well my new die (oops dies)...had fallen through my letterbox...well actually a few more things fell in my basket and Mr Postie had to hand them in the door...but anyway it seemed rude not to play..so I die cut the butterfly from grungepaper and coated with clear rock candy and left to do its thing!


I then added a layer of tumbled glass stain and heat set... Tim Holtz has a great tutorial on shattered stains here for his July tag.... I did this a bit differently but not much...


When dry I added more stain in broken china, dried and then using a brush added some rusty hinge to body area an wing tips. I also flicked some perfect pearl diluted powder on for a bit of shimmer in areas.


I added a sentiment, stamped in black archival and inked up in same colours and lots of dyed seam binding....using distress stains applied to craft sheet, spritz seam binding...dip into stain droplets and scrunch and leave over night to dry.


Finally a philosophy token with distress paint rubbed over surface and into letters and then rubbed off with soft cloth so paint only stays in letters.



Well hope you like my make and make sure you hop across for all the details of how to join in and to see all the yummy makes my fellow creative guides have made...I promise you will not be disappointed x

keep those fingers inky and those hearts full x
trace x 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Friday, 11 July 2014

Have the courage to imagine for A Vintage Journey Challenge #10 - Dies and Distress

So I am finally back alongside my fab team mates over at A Vintage Journey and the theme for this journey is Dies and Distress chosen by the lovely Annie ..So make sure you pop across here to see all the creative guides amazing creations and details of how to travel along with us! 
So without further ado here is my piece using dies and distress and full of all sorts of yummy Tim goodness :

I went to town using lots of gorgeous Tim Holtz dies to embellish not only the outside but also the inside of my Artist Trading Block. I love the fact that there are lots of sides and also the inside and the top to embellish and create upon. 
So here is the inside :

Now here is a how to , including all the dies and Tim Holtz goodies that went into creating this piece. I started by die cutting the block pieces and set too with distress inks and layering stencils.

I started by applying some antique linen distress paint through Tim Holtz layering stencil. I applied it in random places and then left to dry.

Once dry I applied some pumice stone distress ink all over the surface of the box and dried  and then using another layering stencil added some more pumice stone distress ink through ( this time using clockwork stencil).

Here is the outside of the box now all those yummy distress layers are completed.


Inside the box I applied pumice stone through the arrows layering stencil , turning the stencil randomly to cover all of inside.


Now for some of the details that will decorate and fill the inside....you know me and cogs and gears if you have been here before...so I die cut the gears ( a much loved Tim Holtz die) and inked with pumice stone DI, then sprinkled with cement embossing powder. before heating I tapped and wiped off some of the edges and then heat set.

I created two large and two small tags and the inked the edges in black soot and also rubbed rusty hinge DI onto them .
(you will see the detail of them in the finished piece)

I also die cut some arrows from thick card and coloured with stains and then dabbed some antique brass distress paint and some rusty hinge distress ink onto them.


Here are the faces of the ATB. 

For this side I added a die cut framework piece, coloured in walnut stain DI. I added lots of rub ons and some stamped elements .

For this side I added another framework die cut piece coloured with walnut stain and rusty hinge distress ink. I added more rub ons and also added one of the gears from above. I added an idea-ology gear too.

For this side i added another piece of framework die cut coloured as above and some stamped elements and some rub ons and  a pen nib.


For this side ..more die cuts and stamped elements.


Here are the cogs and gears on the top....I adhered them using bingo pieces and spools to make them dimensional. I added the die cut arrows, some idea-ology and then some rub ons .


Hope this shows the dimension.


Here is the inside of the box... I added lots of rub ons and some stamped elements and some idea-ology. I added lots the rest of the gears to create the dimension I glued onto more spools and bingo chips...lots of rusty wire, idea-ology gears and some die cut arrows.


Thanks for taking the time to plough through my post!

I am entering this for the following competitions :
start from scratch @ SimonSaysStamp
using stencil/masks @ ThatsCrafty