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

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Out of the Cold - guest design for Frilly and Funkie

Well how proud do I feel to be guest designer for the new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie! I haven't blogged for such a long time, so be given the opportunity to guest design having won with my first post in nearly six months was a huge honor...just hope I'm not too rusty!

So the theme is out of the cold...and all the details as well as gorgeous inspiration can be found here .

So I used one of the new fab thickboard Etcetera tags - from Tim Holtz and I chose the medium one for this piece , so here is my make inspired by sunnier times and summer flowers :


I started by giving the base a coat of distress paint in tumbled glass and smudged on some picket fence with my finger. I added some texture paste through dot fade stencil to add some texture, left to dry and coated with a layer of collage medium .


Next I added some lines of distress crayon and smudged in with my finger, gradually and slowly smudging and building up the colour until I was happy  - I know I am late to the party on these but I am loving them !


When happy with the base layer I added a layer of collage medium and added more layers of colour to continue building ...


I then lightly sanded back some areas of the edges ...to give a more vintage feel and added in some walnut distress crayon...well there was bound to be brown in there somewhere!


this show the texture and colours- was kind of hard to cover some areas up.

I then started to add the base layer of collage elements ...slowly building as I went... I had used the other tag to lay out my pieces to get an idea of placement..as that helps me to plan the overall layout.


So now for the details...I wanted a splash of tropical colour and what better than shades of abandoned coral flowers and hand dyes seam binding...I used the Tim Holtz tropical dyes and distress spray stain to colour the foliage and flowers and then added walnut stain distress ink to highlight the edges.

I do love idea-ology so plenty can be found tucked in between the flowers and foliage ...

 The foliage was dipped into spare stain from the craft sheet to create a more natural mottled look..and a compass idea-ology piece to tie in the while travel / holiday feel.


I love the found relatives and am eager to get my inky fingers on the new paper dolls....so this found relative card formed the focal point ...plenty more splashes of colour...very unusual for me..


 The top was finished with a splash of hand dyed seam binding and an idea-ology plaque- wanderlust was coloured using distress crayon..to complete the piece.


So all that remains is to say a huge thanks to all the lovely ladies for having me as guest designer...and leave you with a final photo of the finished piece . 


trace x



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happily Ever After

Well it has been a while but I am back over on Country View Crafts blog with a vintage inspired valentine.... and the project can be found here .

So here is the make :


and for all the details of how I made this please hop here  and a huge thanks to Susan for letting me pop back .... hopefully a bit more regularly x

Trace x

Monday, 30 January 2017

treasure everyday

So , after making my resolution to make more time to craft .. in tiny stolen moments - I have managed ...so far, alongside all the home school and mummy stuff to do just that ... in tiny stolen moments...

The challenge over at Frilly and Funkie this time is winter hues...and I do love this wintery palette , so decide to see if I could make something in time and  I have just managed to finish this in time ... so here goes :


So the front of this mini free standing piece has lots of Tim Holtz goodness and lots of layers of distress crayons and collage medium..I know late to the party but I am loving the crayons!


here is the back with another found relative...oh who is awaiting the new paper dolls eagerly...?


The base layer was some stencilled texture paste onto patterned paper from Tim stack...covered with collage medium and then plenty of crayons and some picket fence distress paint too..


 Here is the front side ...before I added it to the base ...some chit chat stickers and idea-ology to finish


and a close up , just because I wanted to capture the texture...


here is a side shot, I used clear rock candy glitter around the side for added sparkle..


and added some on the base which was painted and coloured with distress crayons...
and added a couple of the tiny idea-ology ice skates too




so there is my wintery hues make ... and I am loving my stolen moments and sometimes they are just a few minutes...and rediscovering why I love distress!!


So I would like to enter this into the wintery hues challenge over at Frilly and Funkie .

well that's all from me for today xx
trace x



Friday, 27 January 2017

See possibility everywhere

Well this tag was made a long while ago but has just never seen its day ...so I thought...why not...

This was made with lots of inky layers of distress and plenty of Tim Holtz goodness, I may dabble with lots of other things but somehow my heart always leads me home to my inks...they just make me happy .


This layered tag has been made with a large tag and a small one layered on top, some texture paste and resist stamping for the base layer...



And for the details, some die cut gears (Tim Holtz thinlits) made a little rusty...along with plenty of yummy idea-ology...



some dyed seam binding tied at the top ...and a hint of rusty wire....and a splash of idea-ology ...well maybe a few splashes!


so it still feels a bit weird being back in blogland and it my be sporadic at times  but it is a start ...


and I would like to enter it into the following ..


so that is all for today ..
trace x

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

stolen moments to get inky! - do your best

Well it has been a very long while ... and I cannot promise when or how often I will be here ... but I can promise that I am going to try ...as and when life and time allows. ( no need for all the details x)

So here ,after a very long time ...is a tag...just for me to get inky and sit at my dusty desk....and play with some of my much loved Tim Holtz goodies!


So ... why a tag ? ....because I love them...they make me smile and take me back to playtime really...
 so this tag has some texture paste applied through different stencils...(inspired by creative chemistry 103- way back in the summer) -



 some of my favourite distress inks....still my favourite - although now have my eye on the new oxides..oh boy Tim is the total inky guru!


I added some of my much loved idea-ology and a found relative....cut out ....but soon I won't have too when the new Tim paper dolls find their way to me!



So there you have it ..a tag ... a promise to myself to try and find some small windows of inky time ...just for me ...


I have chosen some of the chit chat stickers that spoke to me ... and are there to remind me ...




So not sure anyone will still remember who I am , or if you're still out there ...but it feels good ...just to be here x



I would like to enter this into the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie (by tthe skin of my teeth ) - as the challenge is New years inspiration ....and mine is to try and find some small snippets of inky time...and play...

here's to finding stolen moments to get inky!
trace x

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

summer of creative chemistry - week three - part 2 - I love us


Well so after a weekend of Creative Chemistry summer school - week three , here are the rest of the results from my playtime... part one can be found here 

If you would like to see the results please see previous posts ...

So here are the results of the tag ... using crackle paint resist and also shattered stains... there are some more shattered stains here in part one ...of week three .


I used the shattered stains technique...and I brushed this with perfect pearls..it looks super shiny ...but is hard to photograph..

I added stamped layers and distress crackle paint, finished with a bow tied in seam binding dyed with perfect pearls mist spray 


I finished with mini staples and film strip and idea-ology and tissue tape.


I added some tied seam binding at the bottom of the tag ..



and here is the stapled wire ...


thanks so much for stopping by ..

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Monday, 20 June 2016

summer of creative chemistry - week three - part 1 - creative adventures

Well after some playtime following some more of summer school at creative chemistry 101 - week three ..these tags are the results of my playtime using perfect pearls...

I will admit that I don't use them very often but have had fun with these ....

Here are some of the backgrounds ...


These used perfect mist distress technique and also perfect splatter technique .. the stamped background uses ...perfect distress technique .

here is my first tag ...



I created the background using perfect pearls and the effect is fab , but hard to take photos! 

I added some of the new Tim Holtz gears created using shattered stains effect
here are some close ups ..


I added one of the fab found relatives , some idea-ology and rusty wire ..
and tissue tape.
here is the background..


I added some seam binding.. to the top of the tag ..



and now for tag 2 -

using paint resist and shattered stains ...


I created the background using distress stains in colours to coordinate with 
the paint resist on canvas ..
and the gears created using shattered stains 


I added a photo booth and some idea-ology ..


I added some dyed seam binding..
and more idea-ology 


Here is the details of the canvas section..


So here are the results of the first part of playtime...
be back tomorrow with the results of the rest of playtime..

keep those fingers inky!
trace x