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

Monday, 13 April 2015

foray into foamboard

Well this piece is hugely inspired by the talent that is Andy Skinner , some playtime and some foamboard...wow what cool stuff that is ! This piece was created a while ago and has benn patiently awaiting blogging ...so here it is :


I got so carried away that I am afraid there are no step x step photos! I used some mdf for the base but after seeing Andy Skinner's demos from CHA had to try foam board and see what it was like so the raised pieces top and bottom are foamboard...love how it takes the layers of paints and gives great dimension. i made various embossed and crackled pieces and plenty of rusty gears as well as crackling a wooden heart and using various decoart paints and products to create this piece .


I love the look of the embossed panel with various painty techniques and then the antiquing cream and matte sealer... think that is my favourite piece of this whole piece...


I loved how well the wooden heart was altered with simple layers of products to create something that was more pleasing, well to my eye at least!


I even used the  paints to antique up some shiny screw like embellishments and tone them into this project. There were plenty of painty layers on the foam board too...


Well hope you like my dabbling playtime, still plenty more to learn and play with but I think I am fairly happy with the results for start!


So that's it for today, hopefully with internet issues remedied I will be round to catch up on some long overdue blog visits really soon .x

keep those fingers inky and painty!
trace x 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Positively playful

Well as I am scheduling in some blog posts while busy enjoying my family I decided to share a dabble with decoart I created a while ago... so here it is :


I created the drippy background using distress paints and some homemade sprays using mini mister bottles and distress re - inkers.


The next layer was created using a tag, embossed and then painted using the decoart media range of paints, the cool thing about layering these is the chance to play with transparent colours allowing great layering. I then added some crackle glaze and when dry rubbed paint into the crackles.


 Then I added some stitching, to give a different detail...


Then it was time to layer up the card, I added some stamping using one of Andy Skinners new stamps...love this circuit board...which I stamped in paint...just make sure you clean off your stamp fairly quickly. i die cut, painted and crackled a heart which then had a coat of decoart antiquing cream painted on and rubbed off highlighting the crackles.


I added some rusty wire and plenty of my favourite pieces of idea-ology for good measure .


Finally I added some stencilled detail using Andy Skinner's have your say stencil using paint.


 So there you have it , my decoart dabble meets distress playtime..and I made a card!

on my return, hopefully internet issues fixed I will be back to catch up on some long overdue blog visits x 

keep those fingers inky and painty!
trace x 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Heartfelt for Country View Crafts

Well today I am back with my second piece for the 'Use Kraft Card' over at Country View Crafts challenges. This time I have again used Tim Holtz kraft resist paper stack and this time created a mini book using an Eileen Hull die , ready to be added to with heartfelt messages for that special someone.

So here is my make :


  I started by cutting the pages from kraft resist stack and sticking them back to back to create three sets of pages inside... I die cut the covers from tick cardstock , covered in kraft resist.

I would show you some step by step but my computer has disappeared them :( ..

I inked the cover and then coloured some texture paste using abandoned coral distress paint and added to cover through the new flourish stencil from Tim Holtz.


I love the colour of the kraft against the abandoned coral and all the resist elements showing up too...

To complete the cover I added old music paper coloured with abandoned coral...dipping into it from craft sheet, a primitive heart..again more texture paste and that yummy flourish stencil, some muslin and finally some rusty wire to encase the heart .


 I added one of the new Tim Holtz stickers and chose black to contrast..


Inside I added some pockets and created tags that all have words on them , more inking and stencilling completes the tags and pages inside. These hearts have been inked and had tissue tape added .


I tied the cover of the book with some seam binding dyed using abandoned coral stain from craft sheet , such a rich colour...


So hope you like my make and make sure you hop across to Countryviewcrafts challenges for more inspiration throughout the month...and a whole month to join in the fun .

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

treasured memories for Country View Crafts

Well it is time for me to re-join my team mates over at Country View Crafts and the theme for this month is to use kraft card, I used kraft resist paper stack for my kraft card as I love all the textures and details on it .


I used lots of Tim Holtz goodies, ephemera and photo booth cards. I also played with one of the new release distress colours Abandoned Coral.. The boxes were made using Eileen Hull dies and are becoming firm favourites! I also used the heart die from Tim Holtz , which has so many wonderful shaped and sized hearts perfect for any occasion.

For the recipe box , I covered some thick card with kraft resist paper stack and then die cut the box.. I also die cut 5 recipe cards covered in kraft resist paper stack.... I then added lots of yummy layers .



I used the plain side to cover the cards and then added torn strips of the kraft resist and printed side , I then added layers of tissue tape coloured with Abandoned Coral distress paint.. I used this for all the cards and then added ephemera and photo booth cards and idea-ology cards for the details see below.


The box has the resist side of the kraft paper side up and again strips of coloured tissue tape added.


To complete the box I added a piece of ephemera and a heart die cut using abandoned coral distress paint edged in walnut stain distress ink . I added a typed token to tie box shut dyed with same colour and added paint to the typed token.


Here are the 5 cards...lots of ephemera ,abandoned coral, distressed pieces edged in walnut stain and some more hearts..and some kraft chit chat stickers .


Here are the cards in detail...this is the little boy ..

And this lovely man .. the father..


Now the little girl..


...mum


and  the happy couple ...


Make sure you hop across here to see all my team mates gorgeous makes ...and remember you have a month to play along and could be picked to guest design or be lucky winner of a voucher to spend over at Country View Crafts.

keep those fingers inky!
trace x 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Happy is as happy does !

I have spent lots of time playing....and just making for me and for pleasure...and here is a tag made to play with abandoned coral... When I saw this colour it wasn't one that I thought was very me ..but I have to say I like it ...
I started with a tag and applied some texture paste through this fab floral stencil from the crafty master Tim Holtz no less!

I then smooshed (technical term!) some distress paint in antique linen, picket fence and abandoned coral onto the craft sheet, spritzed with water and then swiped my tag through and plenty more spritzing!


 I just love those gorgeous marbled colours!


I dried with mt heat tool and ended up with this scrummy background... and its not brown!!!


I scuffed the edges of the tag and then added walnut stain distress ink which looks good with anything!


Now to get playing and adding the detail... I am loving collaging elements and have realised that my stamps have been somewhat neglected...but they will be back


I tend to collect lots of pieces and fiddle about until I am happy and only glue / staple on at the last minute when I am happy. As you know I have a bit of  thing for vintage photos , especially found relatives and the new photo booth and this one seemed to call out to go here...plenty of other Tim Holtz goodies too x


And finally to finish one of Tim Holtz handwritten sentiments on a journaling tag to the bottom...


To tie off the top I added some dyed seam binding using leftover paint from my kraft sheet.


Well hope you like my make...I will be a happy Mummy today as Oliver has been away all week and we have all missed him so much...cannot wait to get my hands on him! I am so proud of him and seems like they have had an action packed and fun filled week but will be so glad to have him home ...so will James and Lucy who have missed him loads...well and daddy too !


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

sheer indulgence...Tim Holtz style

Well I have been indulging in a little me playtime...more wooden houses and this time very Tim Holtz inspired... you know me well enough to know how much I love all my distress and Tim Holtz goodies but also how I have a teensy bit of a thing for idea-ology... okay maybe its a very large thing!

I have been playing with papers, some doo-dads that I managed to find and also the new photo booth...which I love and also the ephemera packs which are better than rummaging through a tin of chocolates.... and calorie free!..there's always a treasure in my box of ephemera pieces...I have emptied all my packs in and the vellum ones as well and its my little box of yummy!

So enough waffle here are my little houses for today :


Well they may be simple but they make me happy and that's what playtime is all about right? I covered all the houses ( thanks father in law for cutting from my scruffy sketches!) and then sanded and added tissue tape around the sides...so love this stuff!

I added some walnut stain distress ink around the edges and then added the ephemera and photos..spending a lot of time playing around with pieces until I was happy. All were scuffed around the edges and inked with walnut stain distress ink.

Finally I sealed the houses using decoart matte varnish .

So here is a close up of each little house :


House no 2 :


and last but not least this cheeky little chappy on house no 3 :


Well thanks for stopping by to see the results of my pure indulgence and playtime..! .. I have a few more houses on the go..so there may be more to see soon..

I would like to enter my houses into anything goes challenge @ a sprinkle of imagination  .
and Anything goes @ Mixed media world.

keep those fingers inky!
and thanks for stopping by x
trace x


Monday, 16 March 2015

My take on Tim's tag for March 2015

Well the months fly by and time for another of Tim Holtz's tags , his March tag can be found here . So this on is rather bright for the muted colours I am used to but you have to embrace them sometimes... so I did in more me colours and then one in the brighter colours ..

So here they are : two for the price of one ..


(please forgive the not too yummy picture, the light is rubbish and my photographer is at work!)

I love distress paints and how they marble and are just so clever in the way you can play with them and also they are in the yummy distress palette so whats not to like?

I Followed all of Tim's steps for both tags , just changing the colours , but followed his steps which can all be found here..

So for the greeny blue tag here are the details...

I followed all Tim's steps just changed the distress paint colours and used verdigris embossing powder, which I have failed to capture in the pictures very well, sorry .


I love the textures and the peeps of tissue tape, which is one of my all time idea-ology loves, I know I have a fair few!


I must admit I do not usually clear emboss archival but love the glossy finish it gives...


I love the smooshy way the distress paints work and you know I do love these gears..


Finally the seam binding which I dyed using distress inks .




Now for the one more like Tim's colourful creation :


I think some of these paints were happy to be off the shelf and getting in on the action! I used the new abandoned coral to dye the seam binding and have to say I have fallen in love with this colour, it is so not a colour I would have thought would be me and yet I am playing with it lots!!



I love making these tags, there is always some clever tip or some new thing to inspire and play along with...and to take inspiration from and use to create and play.

I will be linking mine up to Tim's tags here .

Hope you are all have a good week, this week will find me trying to shift a really horrid cold, teach James his lessons, look after Lucy and Oliver, finish off some crafty projects, a hospital appointment for James, his first lesson in school since Christmas, a school meeting and try to be a good friend and wife!! wonder how I will do  xxx

keep those fingers inky and painty!
trace x