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

Monday, 31 August 2015

Destination Inspiration, sneak peak for Terminal 4

Well it is my turn over at A Vintage Journey today , for the Destination Inspiration post....where we have a list of four ingredients chosen by my fellow guides and myself....
here are the ingredients..
1. Product - Alcohol Inks
2. Technique - Alcohol Ink Ombré CC Vol 3, Page 57
3. Colour - Butterscotch
4. Substrate - Metal Foil Tape

If you would like to see what I created ...
please hop here ...

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The colours of Summer for Country View Crafts summer challenge

For my second offering for the Summer challenge over at Country View Crafts , I have again used the gorgeous summer seahorse die to create summery card - hopefully reflecting the colours of the sea and the creatures hidden beneath .x

I created an inky layered and stencilled background, building soft layers of stencilled ink , spritzing with water and finally adding walnut stain distress ink to the edge.. I love the watery feel the splashes / spritzes of water give when mottled with the inky layers..

For the seahorse I applied some texture paste through a stencil and left to dry and then added orange tone distress inks, adding walnut stain lightly to the edges.. Some die cut winter foliage from Tim Stack paper...lightly inked made for the sea weed

To complete the card I added a hashtag stamp to the bottom...

To finish off I added some tied , dyed seam binding to the card tied to form a bow.

So there is my simple summertime make ...as time has been a bit short....

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Take note .. sneak peak for Country View Crafts

Well it is my turn over at Country View Crafts and for todays make I have some vintage , masculine inspired notebooks ...a twist on some feminine ones I created a while ago...

So if you would like to see how these turned out ...then hop here . x

keep those fingers inky!
trace x 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

My take on Tim's tag for August 2015

Well for once I am not last minute and have managed to complete my tag more than a few days before the end.... miracles do happen... so here is my take on the tag ...Tim's inspiring tag can be found here..... so I will not be sharing the details as all his wonderful steps can be found here...

 I followed all the steps to create my background but took a different slant...as I love Halloween I went down the Halloween route and I do love the boys with their pumpkins . x   I love collage and loved the making of this tag...although part way through I wasn't sure I hadn't created a mess, I carried on following Tim's steps and am really happy with the final result..

i love the inspiration that these tags provide and never fail to learn some cool thing!

I added some of the new Halloween goodies and even though I really don't like spiders ...I don't seem to mind this one!

I do love these cheeky boys...and the new cobweb stickers made a perfect addition on the corners...I do love my idea-olgy.

I layered some of the new Halloween ephemera...yummy!

I completed my tag with some dyed seam binding ...and that finished my tag.

Thanks again to Tim and Mario for the continued inspiration!

For all the details of Tim's tag ...hop here.x

keep those fingers inky!
trace  x

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Bird is the word - sneak peak..for Country View Crafts

Well it is turn over at Country View Crafts and I am playing with the crazy birds...but in my much loved neutrals... so here are  some sneak peaks...for all the details please hop here ...

For the finished cards and all the details ........please hop here ....

keep those fingers inky!
trace  x

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Always take the scenic route for Country View Crafts Summer challenge .

Well it is the start of a new month a new challenge over at Country View Crafts where the theme is summer... for me Summer inspired me to go with the delicate soft blues of water and gorgeous sea creatures that make me think of happy times near the sea.

For these I created two cards using Eileen hull recipe card die, plenty of distress goodies and Tim Holtz goodies and some fab crackle glaze from DecoArt .

I started by creating the background using the recipe card die from Eileen Hull and cutting two cards from thick card , I then applied some modelling paste through the yummy flourish stencil from Tim Holtz and left to dry. I then applied some tumbled glass distress paint using cut n dry foam and left to dry. Then I applied a layer of DecoArt crackle glaze over the whole surface and left it to do its magic!

When dry I rubbed in some walnut stain distress ink and edged in walnut stain distress ink.

To complete the base card I added some dyed seam binding and a piece of industrial borders from Tim Holtz.

I love the aged finish created .

And the contrast of the soft seam binding..

So to complete the first card I added foliage thinlit from festive foliage thinlit set..cut from patterned paper, a seahorse movers and shapers die cut, a small talk quote cut in pieces and inked...and an idea-ology token..

The second one was finished in much the same way..

So that's my taste of summer , make sure you pop across to see the pieces my team mates have created ..you wont be disappointed and hopefully you will find time to join in this month x

Some close up pictures of some of the details...

I do so love a bit of crackle .. and making things have a gentle and vintage feel makes me happy 

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Friday, 31 July 2015

Tell your story - for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey

So it is Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey ... I love making tags and I love the found relatives cards , so that that was my staring point ... so here is my tag :

I love creating male inspired tags and using lots of yummy Tim Holtz goodies are my favourite ! I started b y creating the background ...and was so in the moment afraid there are no step by steps ..sorry..but...sometimes creating in the moment is so wonderful you get carried away!

I love the texture paste through a Tim Layering stencil covered with lots of yummy distress including walnut stain, hickory smoke, rusty hinge and finished around the edges with some black soot..

The new distress sprayer makes getting the flick and spritz droplets super easy... and I never stop loving the way distress reacts with water..a bit like the first time you see embossing powder melt...magic!

I completed the top of the tag with a double bow created using dyed seam binding...for vintage crinkle ..

Now if you are a regular here you will know how much I adore the found relatives cards and I love how I can start with one and the rest sort of creates itself around it! I have scuffed, sanded and inked this gent and hope he would be happy with his place on this tag?

I chose a flashcard, plenty of yummy idea-ology and a word band to help tell the story of my tag ... I added a stamped sentiment using handwritten stamps from Tim Holtz and a number plaque...do love numbers .. they seem to lend themselves to all sorts of creations!

To continue the vintage feel I used the distress spritzer and my black soot distress marker, it is amazing how these little details make such a big difference ..

So hope you will pop across to A Vintage Journey to see all the other fab takes to insipre you .xx