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

Monday 27 February 2012

My Tims tag for February, back soon!thanks for the kindness

Hi ,
Well here is a super quick post as I didn't want to miss the start of Tims tags 2012, wouldn't be happy of I didn't have a go at this, despite the sad times we are in at the moment,see post below for details
Thanks for all the kind words,
They have been very very appreciated,
So here is my version of the tag, as to my husbands surprise I didn't have most of the stash.!!
I am linking it up here, for the start of the fun, February's tag.
I will be back next week with my dt piece and then hope to get back to blogland proper.thanks for all your kind comments
Hugs trace x

Sunday 19 February 2012

things will be a bit quiet here for a while..........sad times

Things will quiet here for a while as our family has had some very sad and shocking news.
Devastatingly , my husband received the news that his sister had died suddenly on Thursday.
We are all numb and very shocked and saddened by this news and blogland will be quiet from me for a while.

sleep easy Sara.
all our love

trace x

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Woyww #141, I have been crafting!!!!yippee!!!!

Hey there,
Well it that time of the week again , where courtesy of Julia, our hostess we get the chance to desk hop around blogland to see all the fab crafty spaces and creations this week!!!it is what makes Wednesday's great!
So here is mine..
I have had a birthday recently, and was a very lucky girl and here are some of my goodies from hubbie and the children!!! also you can see some porcelain roses that i made playing with my melt pot!!

I have also added a picture of what is above all this ribbons and for those of you you who liked my stamped butterfly,here are where the others are...it felt very naughty but great at the same time!!!!

I have had lots of crafty time the weekend just gone and loved playing with some of my new and some of my old toys!! Hope you have all had a good week, thanks for stopping by , hope I got back to most if not all of you...I will aim to do that this week but with half term I may be slower!!!
Well enough waffle, off to get hopping!!
Make sure you pop across to see all the fab places, thanks Julia!!!

Have a fab, fun and inky day
Hugs trace x
Thanks for stopping By and for all the lovely comments,they make my day!!!!
Have a good one!

Tuesday 14 February 2012


I want to say a big thanks to Mel @ http://theyorkshirefox.blogspot.com/ for sending me this blog award...
my first ever!! thanks ..
so here is what i have to do..
The Liebster blog award...the idea is to highlight 5 blogs with less than 200 followers that you visit on a regular basis and you find inspiring...
This is so hard as i have many  places i love to stop by and so i found this very hard!!!!
I am loving being part of the blogland!!!!!!!!

Firstly there is 5 Rules...
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them...
thanks Mel @ http://theyorkshirefox.blogspot.com/

2. Reveal your 5 picks and let them know...

 mine are below....................................

3. Post the award on your blog...

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive on the blog-share (other bloggers)...

5. Finally and the best is to have fun and spread the love!!...

Here are the 5 blogs that I am sending the award to:






thanks for stopping by
have a fab, fun and inky day
hugs trace x

Monday 13 February 2012

To my valentine!!!love you mr!!!

Hey there
Well he is a very unlike me card, made with some more of my new birthday pressie stamps....and I am chuffed with the end result...this is for my hubbie, love you mr!!!
So here it is:

I started with the background using DI and the spritzing with water and drying..I
I love this technique and never tire of it........then I stamped the love definition in aged mahogany..to create a background.The other half was coloured with DI and then this fab Tim flourish stamped over it.

The middle panels are made on the same way and the sentiment and cherub were stamped with gold black detail embossing powder....I coloured the cherub using DI.

I added a small amount of fired brick stickles to the cherubs wings.The ribbon and lace were coloured using DI from craft mat. I made the heart using utee in my melt pot and a craftynotions mould...I know Mrs predictable...just love making these! I added some brads to some of the flowers and made a heart piece to go in the type charm.Finally I added a couple of keys.

Let me know what you think,
All Tims fab ideas and techniques can be found here.

Thanks for all your kindly comments, they make my day!!

I am entering this for the following competitions:
valentines Tim style, grungy monday #36 @ http://www.studiol3.blogspot.com/
for a true love @ http://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.com/
put a heart on it @ http://blog.inspirationemporium.com/?cat=18
valentines @ http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/
one I love @ http://glittergeeks.blogspot.com/
love is all around @ http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.com/
vintage love @ http://www.blog2.ourcraftlounge.com/
masculine valentine @ http://sugarcreekhollow.blogspot.com/
raspberry delight @ http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.com/
love for sunday stampers @ http://www.pinkleart.blogspot.com/

Have a fab ,fun and inky day!
Hugs trace x

Sunday 12 February 2012

Time flies when I am with you!!!!

Hey there,
Well I was lucky enough to have some play time yesterday and here is the result:
This tag combines a number of my favourite challenges including Simon says challenge, which has to have torn edges, a button,wings and distress inks....I love all these except the button, but managed to get one on...,fashionable stamping and a new favourite pans pastels.

I started with a tag that I had crackled using crackle medium and emulsion...this was coloured with DI and spritzed with perfect pearls mist in heirloom gold.the left hand side is part of another tag coloured with DI and over stamped with heart stamp(free from craftstamper).
The main tag was over stamped with a clock stamp from some whimsy stamps and text a Tim one in aged mahogany. The sentiment is stamped and clock are stamped in black gold detail embossing powder from craftynotions. The wings are grungepaper and coloured with DI.

The ribbon and ribbon roses were coloured by splodging...technical term, into distress stains that had been swiped across craft mat and spritzed.
I have added little keys,clock charm,ideology and old watch parts.I made the heart using utee melted in a melt pot and poured into a crafty notions mould that had been brushed with perfect pearls gold.

Am chuffed with how this turned out, let me know what you think!?
I am entering this for the following competitions:
recipe @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/
love @ http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/
love/romance@ http://panpasteluk.blogspot.com/
monochrome and one other @ http://fashionablestampingchallenges.cottagecrafts.ie/
time @ http://dragon-dragonsdream.blogspot.com/
valentine @ http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.com/
love themed @ http://whimsyinspires.blogspot.com/
love,love,love @ http://fairytale-challengeblog.blogspot.com/
love @ http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/
tone on tone monochrome @ http://challengeupyourlife.blogspot.com/

Thanks to all my new followers and all your kindly comments , they make my day!
Have a fab fun and inky day
Hugs trace x

GM#35..Tim inspired atc for grungy Monday, the first time I have entered!!!!!

Hey there,
Well have I had some crafty fun time this weekend and i love following Grungy Monday and looking at all the fab entries but this is the first time I have plucked up the gusto to have a go....this weeks theme is to create and atc, inspired by a Tim technique....hard to choose as there are so many awesome techniques....
I decided to have a go at rusted enamel, as detailed on page 41 of compendium of curiosities, can't wait for no two!!!!
So here is my atc:

I started by creating the background using the rusted enamel technique,I then stamped a clock stamp in black archival ink overlapping the corners.
I then stamped umbrella man in black soot and clear embossed, colouring with vintage photo and cutting out. The sentiment was stamped onto card coloured with weathered wood DI, in black soot, I then used the same technique tapping a lot of the clear powder off, embossed and coloured in vintage photo.
I am really chuffed with the results and loved doing this, despite the fact that there was so little space on an atc!!I will definitely be using this technique again soon!
I am entering this for the following competitions:
A Tim inspired ATC @ http://studiol3.blogspot.com/2012/02/grungy-monday-35-holtz-ian-atcs.html
thanks for stopping by,
your kindly comments mean a lot!
have a fab, fun and inky day
hugs trace x

Wednesday 8 February 2012

woyww #140.........the crafty aftermath!!!!

hey there,
well it is the fab fun midweek hop around the desks courtesy of our hostess Julia, who hosts this fab desk hopping midweek crafty thing..so here is mine..:
I did it...i actually crafted for a teeny tiny spell this week!!!yipee!!!!!!!!!!!!!
we have heat and hot water now phew,and the fridge man is coming to fix the fridge Friday, then my car had a new battery saturday..so heres hoping thats my 3!!!!
the desk has bits left over from my post below and also some pieces I am playing around with..
I made a fab chunky atc, details below and am now playing with a new crafty individuals stamp, some books and have a haul of new crafty stash from my birthday, will show you later!!
And here are my fab butterfly lights and the butterfly I stamped on the wall...not sure if i have shown these before!!!!

also here is a haul of knobs and keys and things, spilling onto the computer desk...
well hope you have had a fun week, I am off to get hopping and see what crafty fun is around...
make sure you pop across to chez Julia and see all the fab and crafty people and their crafty places...
have a fab,fun inky day
hugs trace x

Tuesday 7 February 2012

For the love of it, and my dt piece for bingo at anything goes challenge

Hey there,
Well what a week!! Crafting has been fairly non existent but here is a piece to combine my bingo dt piece  for anything goes and all the challenges I love...so here she is:

I have so wanted to do a piece on a bit like all the fab chunky atcs around and so that is where this started,then I wanted to include all the things I love and follow the bingo board over at anything goes to use this as my dt piece...so hop across to anything goes to see all the fab dt pieces and welcome some new members to our design team....the bingo board for the challenge is below...

 I used make your own flowers, my choice(distress) and bling

Now onto the details:
Well there is so much to detail , I will just add some trace highlights....the block was coloured and all pieces added using distress inks, bling in the form of the fab Tim's idea-ology and stamps from Wendy Vecchi, Artistic Stamper and Tim Holtz.
I love all things in the distress range...just love them!!!does it show!??
I coloured the wooden hearts with DI and added a butterfly to one and love and some wings to the other, which were embossed using fine detail powder.

I made some hearts using a fab technique from Tim's twelve tags of Christmas here and love these.

The sides are covered in Tim paper from crowded attic paper stash , coloured with DI and perfect pearls and then embossed.

Most of the embellies are idea-ology and some are stash...the flower is handmade and the flourishes Tim die cuts coloured with DI.
The feet are wooden beads coloured using DI and the top knob is a fab idea-ology one....I have stroked these for a longtime before daring to open them!!!!
I am chuffed with how this has turned out....let me know what you think!!!
Make sure you hop across and join in the bingo fun!!!! at anything goes challenges
For all you crafty goodies hop over to Lynne's at craft den for fab goodies and great service!!!

I am entering this for the following competitions:
love a technique @ http://happydazedesignteam.blogspot.com/
embellish it @ http://thestampmanchallenges.blogspot.com/
love/hearts @ http://snazzysdesignteamblog.blogspot.com/
hearts @ http://theartisticstampercreativeteam.blogspot.com/
hearts for sunday stampers @ http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/
mono magic @ http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com/
words of wisdom @ http://gingersnapcreations.blogspot.com/
love,love,love @ http://fairytale-challengeblog.blogspot.com/
share some love @ http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/
anything but a card @ http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Your kindly comments mean a lot...
Have a fab fun and inky day
Hugs Trace x

Saturday 4 February 2012

just a quick post, happy 7th birthday Oliver!!!

Hey there,
well the heating is hopefully fixed, the fridge will be looked at on Monday..fingers crossed and then my car died and need a new battery!!!what a week, then i had a birthday and despite no heat...was still a lucky girl, lots of crafty stash..., crafting has been NIL...but i want to wish our second child,Oliver  a happy seventh birthday for today, love you little man!xx
where does the time go?
have a fab fun and inky day
hugs trace x

Thursday 2 February 2012

A melt pot adventure with beeswax.

Well hey there,
well we now have, fingers crossed some heating!!!!but crafting has been nil, so here is a card made a while ago...an adventure with beeswax and a melt pot...here she is:

The background of the card was made using DI and perfect pearls, then when dry..I added a very thin coat of rock candy, not sure if it will show up I pics!!!
The decoration for the card came in the shape of an averted disaster in the melt pot stakes, after I had such beeswax success I was buoyed up to try again and boy did I make a mess!!!I started by cutting the cogs , using Tim die, inking and dunking in beeswax, only to find I DID NOT like them, boo hoo....so I spritzed with perfect pearls mist, which of course sat on the top and then blasted with my heat gun, thinking...I couldn't make matters any worse!!!!!and wow the droplets were captured in the wax, this I DID like!!!

The butterfly is from the Artistic Stamper and was dipped for good measure, and some bedazzles added.

the mini cogs inside the beeswax cogs are old watch parts and the sentiment was a paperartsy one covered in rock candy.I added a mini clock charm and pen nib to finish!!!

I am entering this for the following competitions:

open with butterfly @ http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com/
punches/dies @ http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.com/
anything goes @ http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.com/
anything goes @ http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.com/
butterflies or dragonflies @ http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/
Well it's good to be back,
have a fab fun and inky day
hugs trace x

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Woyww #139.....a lonesome desk!!!

Hey there bloggers,
Well it is that time of the week where curtesy of Julia, our hostess with the mostess we hop around the crafty spaces in blogland!!!so here is mine:

Life has definitely made adventures in blogland difficult this week, my eldest is still off school and then no HEATING!!!! So sorry it has been quiet, my fingers are crossed that heat will be restored today, I hope!!! so,I have not been meant to craft this week and everything that could have stopped me , probably has!!!!so it is just my lonely desk....waiting for some inkiness and crafty mess to descend!!!
Hope you have had a more successful crafty week!!!
Make sure you hop across to Julias to see all the fab crafty spaces in blogland,
Have a fab inky day
Hugs trace x
Off to get hopping!!!!