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

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Recycle it !

Well I was lucky enough to be offered a guest design spot for Try it On Tuesday and the theme for the GD spot is Recycle it. So here is my offering from some recycled belts :
I have been making some vintage style faux leather cuff bracelets of late from recycled belts so this was a perfect opportunity to make some more .
I started by cutting a piece from my belt and then set too adding some colour to the design. Some of them I leave plain as I like the original look and some I added colour to, to enhance the design of the belt.

For this belt I lightly rubbed across some distress paint . Then when dry I added some dots of colour following the pattern on the belt itself. I have made lots of different ones and some have been embossed or left plain.

Then when dry and happy with the design I added snaps for closing the cuff bracelet.
I have been dabbling with metal stamping so on a piece of metal I added a metal stamped phrase and then added to the cuff using rivets.
For the plain leather one I purely added snaps for closure and a stamped phrase.


For the last one I added colour onto the pattern of the belt but left the base colour alone , added snaps for closure and a metal stamped sentiment.

Well thanks to the team over at Try it on Tuesday for the GD spot . some of my bracelets from recycled belts can be be found on my folksy shop here... and I also post some of them here . I am currently in the process of enabling people to choose customized items too.

thanks for taking the time to stop by xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Shine Brightly sneak peak.

Well it is time for me to post a project over at Country View Crafts blog and so I have got a little sneak peak for you...all the details can be found here .

So here is a peak of what I have been creating :


For all the details please hop here .

keep those fingers inky!
Trace x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Under the ocean

well the challenge theme over at countryviewchallenges is Nautical and here is my second offering on the theme...
Imagine a rusted ship / submarine at the bottom of the ocean but still with wonderful things happening around it.. :


So for this card I created a take on the industrial metal technique that I love so much and added plenty of rust. I wanted the feel of a sunken, abandoned port hole..not sure I pulled it off but I am pleased with the rusty effect at least .


I created a rusty porthole for the delicate seahorses to swim in...using distress powders and idea-ology fasteners.


I added some dyed seam binding to tie in the soft blue seahorses and a muse token , dabbed with distress paint.

Some gears and cogs....they get everywhere you know!


And there you have my nautical make , there is plenty of time to play along as the challenge lasts all month and all the details can be found here .

The supplies I have used are listed below and any questions drop me a line and I will try and help .


keep those fingers inky!
trace x 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Thank You

Just to say a huge thank you to all those who have taken the time out of their busy lives to stop by and also to a huge thanks to all those who have left comments... I appreciate each and every one !

Trace x 
keep those fingers inky!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday focus for Frilly and Funkie sneak peak...Brett Weldele stamp

Well Trace here and it is my turn for the Friday Focus and I am so lucky as the focus is the Brett Weldele stamps. He has an amazing style and I loved his stamps from the first set that was brought out with Tim Holtz. He now has some more sets and they are great fun to use.... make sure you hop over here to Frilly and Funkie to see lots of makes.... also I have a post up for A Vintage Journey and that can be found here. Busy busy...

here are a few sneaky peaks :

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there are lots more and all can be found here ...

keep those fingers inky!
Trace  x

always and forever for A Vintage Journey

Well it is time for another challenge over at A vintage Journey and the theme this time is with a flourish...alll the details can be found here. So here is my piece :




I started with the new motif resist paper and it is gorgeous xx I played with some sofetr colours of stain for me to create the background., added to mdf plaque and edged with dried marigold distress paint, inking edges when dry with walnut stain.

For the foal point this gorgeous picture from the found relatives pack, just love this...I scuffed distressed and inked.


I added plenty of idea-ology on the piece and some of the great rub ons . film strip always seem to go well with these photos. I dyed some seam binding and scrunched to dry , in a really soft colour.

I added flowers , made suing tattered floral die with idea-ology centres and die cut flourishes.


I love how the motif paper flourishes look too against these softer colours. More idea-ology in the form of a muse token smudged with treasure gold.


I added this fab metal embellishment which was coated with glue and seal and then rock candy before adding paint and stains.

These are not colours I usually use buut I am really pleased, for once, with how this turned out!


Thanks for stopping by, I am busy today as I have a Friday focus up for Frilly and Funkie today too, with wonderful stamps...

keep those fingers inky!
Thanks to everyone who has found time to leave comments or stop by...life has a rather busy schedule for me so sorry as my visits and comments have been a little lacking...
trace  x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bloomin' beautiful

Well the new challenge has stared over at Frilly and Funkie and the theme this time is A Summer Garden. There are some gorgeous pieces over at Frilly and Funkie to inspire you so make sure you hop across and have a look. Here is my make:
I admit to have struggled with this and when Steve suggested a hanging basket I decided to give it a go...I used dried marigold..a colour I can honestly say has never been a much used colour and I have to say I am feeling the love for it now! 
I stared by using a papier mache cone and painting and colouring it using distress paints and satins. I added some patches of rock candy and when dry smudged paint and stain into the crackles.
Now for the inside...I stuffed the inside with some serviette, lightly dabbing the top one with ink in case any showed. Then for the flowers. I coloured them both sides with distress stain..and left to dry slightly. 

I then spritzed each with water, let it soften the card slightly, scrunched up crinkling the petals and left to dry overnight.

I then carefully unfolded and shaped each petal using a pokey tool and my fingers. Now for the centres and how to keep them in the basket! This proved a little tricky! In the base layer I threaded through some paper coated wire.


For the top 2 layers I added a mini gear and fastened these 2 layers together and then glued the top 2 layers into the bottom one..
I added the leaves on , die cuts inked up and the added some of the smaller flowers securing through cone. 
Some I glued on. Then the larger flowers wires were pushed inside and poked through serviette .
Finally I added some jump rings and chain to hang the basket. I doesn't look at all how I imagined!
The products are listed below and there is still another week to be in with a chance to win a voucher to spend at Linda's lovely and jam packed boutique...remember you have to be in it to win it! So hop here to join in .x