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Friday, 22 February 2013

home is where the heart is for creative expressions DT

well , slowly , typing one handed and being a good girl and resting my hand.. is my post for creative expressions DT using the fab arthouses set designed by the lovely Sam Poole.

These stamps are fab and can be used for so many things and luckily I got playing before I was told to be good and rest my hand for at least 3 weeks, well day one done..itching to get inky already..may give it a one handed go!?

Anyway here is my make this week:

 I made this at the weekend and couldn't believe it when I saw the fab Butterfly had made a similar thing!
I started with some beer mats which I painted , then added furniture restorers crackle medium and a layer of calico emulsion. When dry I edged with vintage photo distress ink and stamped some script from timeless journey set in vintage photo and also added some bubble wrap stamp using pebble paint dabber.

Then is set about decorating....

the first piece, had the word home cut out and inked, this was from the word play die but creative expressions have a fab grungeboard letters in sets here.

For the middle section:

I used the fab house set and stamped the house in coffee archival, then I inked and used a waterbrush using distress inks. I added glossy accents to the centre piece, and also added some great arts parts wings, coloured with vintage photo distress stain.

now for the last section:

I used a technique from one of tim's tags last year found here, I used a grungeboard heart from this set and covered with wonder tape sheet..( this is sticky on both sides but will also cope with being heated..
 I then stamped out the house in archival and coloured the text pieces with vintage photo distress and snipped up into small pieces which I added to the heart shape. when happy I added a mix of walnut stain, tea dye and vintage photo distress embossing powders to it and heated. then added glossy accents to the pieces.
to complete I added mini stamped words and some rusty wire..of course!

I added rusty wire to the top and used idea-ology lace chain to connect the mats together..
These were blank beer mats , but you could use any thing really..

I love how you can use pieces of the stamps in different  ways, the two pieces I have done have been browns but will be back next week with something more colourful, using these stamps.

thanks for stopping by............have a fun and inky day!


  1. Such an amzing Project Trace!!
    I love love love it.
    The background are so wonderfull with the crackle... adorable!
    I got some wonderful news for an upcoming Steampunk challenge - watch out my blog today :-)
    Looking forward you will show Warm welcome !
    KR SanDee

  2. Love what you did with that heart Trace. Great use of Tim's technique. Great minds eh? but yours is definitely recognisably your style. Take care, huge hugs Jenny x

  3. Love what you did with that heart Trace. Great use of Tim's technique. Great minds eh? but yours is definitely recognisably your style. Take care, huge hugs Jenny x

  4. wonderful project Trace.....hope the hand improves soon xx

  5. This is wonderful Trace.

    Good Luck with the one handed crafting--I have problems using both hands :(

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Wow, Trace. What a fabulous project, I love it and the crackle is the best I have ever seen. The whole creation has come to-gether perfectly. Look after yourself. Hugs Rita xxx

  7. Hi Trace, great minds think alike with you and Alison.... this is beautiful, love the crackle and the heart (reminded me that it was the very first tag challenge I entered last year!) is fabulous, love the rusty wire too... Hugs, Anne x

  8. beautiful hanging, love the crackle and the colours.

  9. Lovely Trace, the cracke looks great and I love the mosaic heart. Lovely home decor piece. Tracy x

  10. absolutely fabulous Trace - so many techniques going on here - love the crackle backgound - looks amazing! Big Hugs Rachel xx

  11. Beautiful piece to end with for a tiny bit! Love the crackle and rust! The heart is fab! Awesome hanging!

  12. The big crackles are working so great with the two beautiful hearts; and love the colours! Have a good weekend, Gerrina

  13. Your crackle background works perfectly and brings real continuity to the three mats. Great work as always.
    Look after the hand.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  14. This is such a lovely design,love the heart,great detailing.Jacqueline.S

  15. Fantastic piece Trace, love all the different elements and how you have put them together! The crackles on the heart are super and I just love those house stamps!!

  16. Hee, hee - see what you mean - great minds, you see!! Gorgeous crackle on your beer mats, and I love that "shattered" heart. Really loving those Arthouse stamps... Another great make! Hope your hand is holding up.
    Alison x

  17. Wonderful - I especially like what you did with the house - you better be resting that hand!!!!

  18. Fantastic hanging, love the colours you used.

  19. Fabulous make! Love the hanging and the crackle background! Stunning! Hope your hand is going to be better soon! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Fab make Trace, love what you have created. Hope the hand improves real soon so we can still be treated to your art.{{Hugs}}xx


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