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

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Today is full of possibilities - My take on Tim's tag for July 2015

Well nearly late again this month but not too late for my take on Tim's tag for July
I have stayed with my love for neutrals to create my version , inspired by Tim Holtz's tag for this month. 
So here is my make :
All the details for the process of this tag, followed Tim's tag and can be found here .  I followed the same process but altered the colour , to my favourite neutrals.

I added dyed seam binding to suit the neutral tones of my tag...I love the vintage feel it gives 

I used the cityscape stamp set, stamped, coloured and then glazed as per Tim's instructions .

I added a small talk sticker, scuffed and cut into 3 parts onto the three sections of the tag and could resist adding some film strip ribbon...so love this stuff!

Instead of stitching the edges I add some mini staples using my attacher...love this tool and never tire of using it , to from little kisses .

I finished the bottom with a custom brad, again from the idea-ology range .
I will be linking it up and eagerly awaiting next months tag full of inspiration x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Saying thanks sneak peak for Country View Crafts

Before I start sorry for the lack of posts and visits..life has its own way of deciding what we have time to do it seems and whilst I was thinking I was getting back into blogging and crafting and actually getting ahead..life it seems had other ideas!

so sorry xx

Well it is my turn over at Country View Crafts using my much loved blueprints, plenty of distress and Tim Holtz goodies to make some simple but effective backgrounds to make some thank you cards for my children's teachers.

So here is my sneak peak :

If you would like to see all the details and how I made this please hop here  .

Friday, 17 July 2015

A simple softness

Well you know me and the whole photo booth and found relatives I love them and this make features another so hope you're not too bored of them!

This piece was again created on a piece of mdf board...covered in some of the resist paper stack, plenty of distress goodies and then of course my found relatives picture centre stage..:

I started with soft blue tones and then dried and added walnut stain distress around the edges.  I love working in single colour tones but love the combination of blues and browns..they work so well together.

I added some flowers, coloured with distress and cut from jumbo tattered floral die, with little
 idea-ology gears for centres. I added some dyed seam binding and a muse token in the same colour.

I love the spring / summer feel of this photo and so added the gorgeous idea-ology butterfly

i added some string for the natural feel and added some flourishes cut from a Tim die, painted and crackled then inked behind the found relatives picture...and some film strip.

Here you can see the crackle with the ink rubbed into the cracks, its so simple and yet looks so effective I think.

The flowers had some idea-ology foliage leaves added behind them to compliment the gears for centres..

And  the muse token says enough that I didn't feel I needed to add any sentiment to the piece.

I know it is similar in layout to a piece I have done before but I love how by changing the picture and the colour scheme it can still look so very different!

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

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

All the fun of the circus - minus the clowns! ...sneak peak.

Well it is my turn for another make over at Country View Crafts today .. the posts are coming thick and fast this  week!

So todays make is a card and co-ordinating pillow box using lots of yummy Tim Holtz goodies...
for all the details please hop here .x

see you soon x

Monday, 6 July 2015

Butterfly dreams - sneak peak for Country View Crafts

Well for my first offering over at Country View Crafts this month I have been playing with the motif paper stack from the one and only Tim Holtz ...

so here is my sneak peak and for all the details please hop here to see how I created this card.

I will be back in a couple of days with my next offering x 
until then ...keep those fingers inky!

trace x