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

Thursday, 21 May 2015

what lies inside?..for Country View Crafts

Well for my second contribution to the Simply Scenic challenge over at Country View Crafts.. I tried to create and inside out window...a bit like looking into the window of a Chemist..using the inside of a canvas and an old ikea mirror...so here is my make :

 I started by covering the wrong side of the canvas and sides in tissue tape and smudging some peeled paint distress paint across it in patches.

I then gave it a good spritz of pumice stone distress spray stain to give plenty of splatters.

I found an old ikea mirror that had already been painted and crackled and thought this would make a good backdrop for my chemist's window. I added some peeled paint through patches of the new Tim Holtz brickwork stencil to make it look like a surround for the window.

here is the window , complete with Chemist and the scene inside of the mad scientist creating who knows what?!

i had great fun as always playing with idea-ology and love filling these little bottles!

So hope you like my second piece for the simply scenic challenge over at Country View Crafts challenges. there is still time to enter..

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

simply steampunk.. collage style for Country View Crafts

Well it is my turn over at Country View Crafts and  today I have a male card to share with you , full of layers and plenty of ephemera..with a smattering of idea-ology thrown in!

If you would like all the details of how I made this please hop here . x thanks x

Well hope you like my make for today and apologies for the lack of posts and visits- poorly children and then poorly me have meant crafting has taken a mini break along with visits x
keep those fingers inky 
Trace x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

celebrate the vintage x

Well a shorter post today to share a couple of collage style vintage cards I have made. I am so loving playing with collage and feel I have really neglected my stamps...must remedy that really soon .

But for today here are a couple of men's collage style vintage cards using plenty of Tim Goodies and yes you guessed it more of those found relatives :

I just love playing with all those layers and delving in my idea-ology goodies to create these  cards, a bit of scuffing and sanding, a smidge of walnut stain and there you have it!

I know you may need a lie down after the shortness of this post!

keep those fingers inky!
Trace x 

Friday, 8 May 2015

maybe baby - sneak peak ...for Country View Crafts

Well it has been a while but it is my turn back over at Country View Crafts with my baby inspired make . so if you would like to see the details of how I made this please hop across here .x

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Friday, 1 May 2015

together is the best place to be for Country View Crafts.

Well new month , new challenge for Country View Crafts and a bus day for me with a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey too...if you would like to see me spring colours piece for that please see here. Now the new theme for Country View Crafts is Simply Scenic and has me really scratching my head... so here is what I decided upon in the end...

I started by covering a square of mdf and about creating my background with Tim Holtz paper, distress paint and then some decoart crackle paste through Tim Holtz new brick work stencil.

Here is how it looked once the wonderful crackle has done its thing...I added some tissue tape from the new release to add some detail to the background and give a start to my scene building!

Now for the details, I love making little houses and loved the look of this new die from Stephanie Ackerman . I die cut them from some of my favourite Tim Holtz papers and mixed and matched the houses .

I stuck with neutrals and added plenty of idea-ology to add details to all the houses..

Just love this ephemera pointy finger!

plenty more idea-ology...

And here is the finished piece, I added a small talk sticker , cut into pieces .

So hope you will find time to pop over and see all the scenic pieces, and remember you have a whole month to join in the fun...! plenty of time to have a play.

I had my DT piece for A Vintage Journey go up earlier and if you have time I would love you to hop here and have a look.

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

treasure those special moments - for A Vintage Journey

Well the new theme over at A Vintage Journey is Spring Colours and with so many ways to interpret this theme its full of creative possibilities! To me the Spring is about the blossoming flowers and soft mellow sunshine that breaks through with its soft warmth and not yet intense heat and colour of the summer. So here is my make :

So I started by covering my mdf square in the resist motif paper stack.  I inked with scattered straw and squeezed lemonade two colours that I am ashamed to say don't get much of an outing.. I then spritzed some water and allowed the colours to drip, dried and spritzed with some distress spray stain. I just so love how the distress palette is so yummy and all three products just work so well together .

 I edged the whole piece in walnut stain distress ink to edge the whole piece.. and added some seam binding dyed with same colours of distress .

I am not normally a yellow person, but this mellow yellow reminds me of the soft sunshine that appears in spring, although grey and rainy here today :( .

Now for the fun , collage element, I tend to gather things together and faff about until I am happy, faff being a technical term for shuffle stuff about and waste a lot of time until it looks right , well to me anyway!

Now for the details ...as you know I have a teensy thing for the found relatives cards ..and yes another one found its way on here..scuffed and then various Tim goodies were added, a die cut word..loving these new thinlits! One of the new fractured dolls..yum! a typed token ..love these too...well lets face it I do have a small thing for idea-ology!

I was so sad to see the fractured dolls go and am so pleased that they are back in some form...!

I made some flowers using cardstock, coloured with distress and added resin flower centres from idea-ology range, dabbed with distress paint.

  and a smaller flower here ..with foliage leaves from idea-ology..

And this is how it all fits together, make sure you hop across to the blog here , for lots more DT inspiration..and remember you now have a whole month to play along with all your Tim inspired creations! so why not join in the fun!

keep those fingers inky!
see you in a few hours for my Country View Crafts piece x
trace x

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

a beautiful life - My Take on Tim's tag for April 2015

Well better late than never, please excuse my lack of posts ..been busy , busy and then someone decided it would be lovely to give me a horrible cold and for Lucy's scarlet fever , which we thought had gone, to come back! Anyway , enough ...here is my take on Tim's tag for April..all the details of his tag can been seen here .

So here is may take, and you know me , firmly in the neutral!

I followed all of the steps...adding a few touches of my own and also changing to my much loved neutrals..

I scuffed up my edges of the image and also watercoloured without adding pen direct as I like this softer approach..but loved the addition of the pumice stone as I have always used old paper and loved the look the soft grey gave. I also added some rub ons and no stitching.. opting for little kisses of staples instead ..
Some rusty wire...adding to the rustic and neutral feel..and the seam binding I had dyed with stains ans crinkled..

Well hope you like my take on Tim's tag ...made it to add in here by the skin of my teeth..

keep those fingers inky!
trace x