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

Friday, 6 May 2016

Adventure awaits you - for Country View Crafts

Well  I have happily found some more crafty playtime, this time more paints from Decoart, some mdf pieces and some stamps from Paperartsy... This is another post for Country View Crafts ...so for all the details ...please hope here...

So for the sneak peaks for this make.....


And here is the finished piece...
If you would like to know how I made this ...all the details can be found here.....


If you have found the time to stop by then thanks so much, your visit is very much appreciated , as are your lovely comments x

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

Monday, 2 May 2016

There is beauty in simplicity


So a simple make for today , using a non brown favourite distress colour of mine, tattered rose...
I just love the softness of it and yet I am so not a pinky person and yet this colour has found a way into my firm favourites list ..

So here is my simple card for today ..


I started by spritzing the card with water and then tattered rose and antique linen distress spray stains..


I then dried adding more water ...before adding some stencilled detail  using latticework stencil


I added the stencilled detail,using tattered rose distress ink, building soft layers..


I also added some stamped layers , again in tattered rose distress ink  using lattice work stamp from latticework and flourish set of Tim Holtz stamps...then added some script stamping in frayed burlap , before edging the card in walnut stain distress ink.

I completed the base of the card using seam binding, dyed with tattered rose ..


I die cut some pieces using the new wildflower thinlits, inked with tattered rose and edged wit walnut stain distress ink.

As you will see I punched some butterflies but decided not to use them in the end..


I added them to the front of the card and added a small talk sticker to complete this simple make.


  and there we have a simple  card , which could easily be made to suit any colour palette.


keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

My take on Tim's tag for April 2016 - I'm happiest when I am with you

Well I had most of this tag done fairly early and then Easter holidays and the finishing bits just didn't seem to happen...but there done now..

I have to say , despite loving the mosaic effect, the kit had sat new and unloved , until now...so I am pleased to be spurred on to open it and play... I have followed the techniques from the master himself, but have changed some elements...

So without further ado here is my take and Tim's can be found here :


I chose coordinating papers for the heart in soft neutrals and a hint of blue/grey...


I added some twists of rusty wire ...just love the stuff, some co-ordinating seam binding and some personal touches ....the sentiment reads I'm happiest when I am with you and I added the number 20 for the date I married my wonderful husband... I know how soppy ...but all my pieces seem to be having words , a word or some personal,message at the moment...


I added little staple kisses...and have to say I loved the background technique for this one....I had to adapt slightly as my brayer seems to be in a VERY safe place, you know so safe , even I couldn't find it!



So I will be adding this to Tim's tags link up and hope to be back really soon with something else...you never know!

thanks to everyone , who is popping by despite my sporadic posts and comments....I appreciate it so much x

keep those fingers inky!
trace  x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

A rose by any other name. - for Country View Crafts

Well it has been a very , very long while since I made things for pleasure and also since I blogged...other than the odd take on Tim's gorgeous tags which has been few and far between....

It has also been a long while since I did any posts for the lovely Susan , over at Country View Crafts..but she is allowing me to pop in a post , as and when .... so thank you Susan ...and here is a taste of my first .... using the gorgeous Lady Rose stamps from my crafty inspiration... Tim Holtz.


I love these stamps, the gentleness and almost french perfumeries elegance ...well to me anyway?

You know me, love all things neutral...so I have stayed really neutral here ... even for me!


here are a few close ups of some of the details ...


and one more...



If you would like to see all the details of how I created this Lady Rose gift box....please hop here ...to be transported over to the Country View Crafts shop blog....which will have links to all the products I have used and details of how I created this piece.

Thanks to everyone for your lovely kind comments, on my very slow re-entering into blogland....which will be sporadic but its good to be back!


keep those fingers inky...and painty
and those hearts full xx

trace x

Thursday, 31 March 2016

My take on Tim's tag for March 2016

Well , just , by the skin of my teeth...I am sharing my Tim's tag for March 2016... for those of you that are wondering where mt February one went...well February went...and I have just made the tag , so will share that another day..

So all the details of Tim's remix tags can be found here...and so here is my make for this month...I have pretty much followed his lead, changing the colours to a softer palette...


sorry the light wasn't great when I took these ...but better late than never ...

I used the distress crayons to create softer colours..and some tattered rose dyed seam binding....adding some little punched butterflies , using small Tim Holtz punch .


I also used the same seam binding to add the new word plaque, which I added colour too using paint to match my colour palette.




and one more for luck!


well that's all for today , but I hope to be back soon with my take on Februarys tag...late but at least not never!

i will be adding my tag to all the other gorgeous creations here.

keep those fingers inky ...
and those hearts full x

trace x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

My take on Tim's Tag for January 2016

Well there is  just time for me to add my take on Tim's tag for January 2016, where he is revisiting some of his previous tags and techniques....
I never fail to be inspired to get inky ...
I have followed his lead but played around with some of the elements to create my own tag inspired by his version...
So for all Tim's wonderful details...click here ....
and without further ado ..here is my take, inspired by Tim's..


So I decided to play with a layered smaller tag on a larger tag for this one...and created the background for the large tag using the chalkboard inspired technique but using a stencil instead of a stamp...



Then I added my size #8 tag ,, using industrial metal piece of the tag...and layered onto my base tag..



Some chalkboard style stamped embellishments...and well wouldn't be me if some idea-ology didn't find its way in here too.. a girl can never have enough idea-ology!

To complete the top , some seam binding dyed with pumice stone and the gorgeous hickory smoke...some mini staples in little kisses.. and yes more idea-ology ...


To make this wonderful gent stand out I edged with a smidge of black soot distress paint...




and a smidge more idea-ology ...


well hopefully I haven't forgotten too much of this blogging lark and hoping with a fair wind I may be back soon....

I will be linking my tag up to Tim's tags and do hope I will manage to do all 12 this year ... but who knows - I've made a start x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Time to say goodbye...........

Well after much hearflet thought and consideration this will be my very last blog post here ...well for a very long while anyway.....

It has been a hard decision and not one I have taken lightly but I also know for now it is the right one ...for me and for my family xxx

So it just remains to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind visits and comments on my blog...for friendship and for inspiration and so much more....

I would also like to thank the people on whose teams I worked....I loved it!

so keep those fingers inky!
and those hearts full

trace x