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

Saturday 31 March 2012

creative chemistry 101, day nine...perfect with pearls! second post today

hey there,
well as creative chemistry draws to a close, the Tim magic certainly does not...so here are the tags for today, these focused on perfect pearls and some clever things again today, well it is Tim after all...so here are mine:
tag one:
perfect distress mist technique:

not sure my photos have done the shimmer on this tag justice, but it is so pretty in a grungy kind of way!
tag 2:
perfect distress technique:
 and tag 3:
perfect splatter distress technique, i loved the patches of shimmer in this tag and loved  playing with my new found love of colours!!
so another great techniques, i cannot wait to use these technique to make finished tags/cards and more...
all the details of the course are here,

a quick piccie of all three tags , then i am off! to make day tens tag!!

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

creative chemistry 101, day 8, my tags..so much fun!

hey there,
well it is nearly the final day of creative chemistry 101 and that fills me with some sadness that there won't be more Tim magic to learn, but, it has been the most amazing experience and one day in my dreams, i would love to take an in person course with Tim.....this course has been so full of, technique, knowledge, inspiration, enthusiasm and well so much more....it has been AMAZING!!!! Can you tell I liked, loved it?!
so enough waffle, the course details are here, my tags for day 8 are here:
tag one:
paint dabber resist technique
tag two:
shattered stains technique, this was just so clever and so lovely!!!will be doing this again...soon
tag three:
crackle paint resist, loved this, the focal image was meant to be in archival but i got carried away!!!!
just love this.. oh and i did do a bit of spritz and flick, just because , i love that too!!!

i loved these techniques and the shattered stains was just stunning! then again i loved using the distress crackle paints in the third tag..
so here are all three tags together, and i will be back with day nine later!!

you can still sign up for this course here
thanks for stopping by,
hugs trace x
have  a fab, fun and inky day!

Friday 30 March 2012

Up up and away!!! travel with the artistic stamper and i nearly missed this bus!!!

Hey there,
Well here I am again with a card made and unblogged but my familiar monochrome type style, be warned having found a new found love of colour from doing Tim's course ..details here, there may be a burst of colour coming here soon!!
So here he is, my card I mean!!
I started in my fashion of making a strip of background using distress stains, the more in play with these the more I love them!!!! Then I made paler background using distress inks applied to craft sheet.
I then stamped the compass from indigo blu sheet of stamps to background. Some first and some second generation stamping has been used. the hot air balloon , again from indigo blu was stamped in distress and clear embossed!.I added a sentiment, also from the same sheet and then a hot air balloon charm, from stash.
short and sweet today!!
I am entering this for the following competitions:
travel @ http://theartisticstampercreativeteam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/march-challenge-travel.html
monochromatic @ http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
anything goes @ http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/
use a stamp @ http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
use a stamp @ http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
anything goes @ http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

thanks for stopping by,
love all your comments,
have a fab, fun and inky day
hugs trace x

Wednesday 28 March 2012

My Tims tag for march 2012, finally!!!!!!!!!

Hey there,
Well hey there I am behind due to my lack of blogging but here is my Tim tag for march 2012,
I loved making this and these little mosaic butterflies are just stunning!!!!!!
All the details for how to make this can be found courtesy of the master crafter, Tim here.
So here is mine:

I love the butterflies so much, here they are:

sorry, the photo is not great but they are so pretty in real life,
thanks for stopping by,
your comments make my day
have a fab, fun and inky day hugs trace x

Have a fab fun and inky day!
Hugs trace x

Crafting in the kitchen for WOYWW #147, I am back though not in my craft room!!!

Hey there,
Well it is that wonderful mid week time where we desk hop crafty spaces courtesy of our hostess Julia...here. it is the time of the week where we share our crafty, spaces, places and goodly arty mess!!
Well I am glad to be back in blogland after the sad events of last month and looking forward to seeing everyones places.I have eldest son at home again with an ear infection and hubbie is super busy at work, so crafting is on an as and when basis, hence the crafty kitchen, as my desperate need to craft and catch up with some of Tim's tags from day seven took over!!!
So here is my crafty , kitchen space, as yesterday,

I have to say it is the most creative I ever get in the kitchen as cooking and things are not my strong point!!!!!!

Anyway, make sure you pop across and see all the fab crafty places courtesy of Julia, here.http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/

Have a fab, fun and inky day
Hugs trace x

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Creative chemistry 101, my tags day 7, embossing!!! second post today

Hey there,
Well it is day 7 of the online creative chemistry 101 course with the fabulous Tim Holtz and boy this was another fab , fun day!
Today was all about embossing and this was the thing , that, way back when hooked me into stamping and I can honestly say I still love the magic of it and now thanks to Tim I have lots more magic to play with!! So here are my tags:
tag 1:
nostalgic batik technique:
looked fab when done and fun to do, so clever..for all the secrets you can still join here,
tag 2:
rusted enamel technique:
tried this before with different colours, love this technique!!!
tag three:
distress powder resist technique:

so here they are altogether:

this course is awesome, having a ball...
thanks for stopping by,
have a fab fun and inky day!
hugs trace x

Tick tock tick tock...

Hey there,
Well in an effort to try and give my blog some love after being a non blogger, here I am with a fairly simple time themed note book:

I started with a small kraft coloured notebook and painted with two layers of different coloured emulsion.once dry I added some colour with distress inks and then stamped some text randomly with distress inks!no shock there then!!!!
I stamped the small pocket watch, a freebie from craft stamper, twice in archical and when dry added colour with distress inks.then added glossy accents to the small circle.

I added a sentiment from whimsy stamps, made in same way, some chain from stash and a watch charm.

Short and sweet post today, hope you like the finished book!back in a bit with day 7 of creative chemistry!!!
I am entering this for the following competition:
time @ http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/
anything goes @ http://lollipopcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping by , your comments make my day!
Have a fab fun and inky day
Hugs trace x

Monday 26 March 2012

creative chemistry 101 tags from day 6, with Tim Holtz, distress markers

hey there,
well here i am back again with day 6 of Tim's fab course, creative chemistry 101, Today was all about playing with distress markers and i have had fun playing, need to play a little more!! so here they are:
today was to play with distress markers and the fab Tim waterbrushes and some techniques showed which show how very very clever these pens are!

 then this very very clever and wow technique with speciality stamping paper and distress markers and inks, now this is clever!!:

this course truly has been so much fun and there is still time to sign up! here

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

Sunday 25 March 2012

creative chemistry 101, day five..my favourite this week!!!! last post today!!!

Hey there,
Well hey there, I have loved every bit of this weeks creative chemistry Course and am amazed at just how hard Tim Holtz has worked and thought everything through so carefully, to educate, inspire, and give confidence, as well as sharing his passion for his art!!He is truly amazing !!! Not that I am a fan or anything!!!!!!!!!
So today has been my favourite day so far...just because the effects have been so cool, and the colours so rich and I now have so many ideas for playing with my stains along with a wish list for the colours I don't have!!!!! well as Tim says, we need it all right?!

so here are my tags for day five..
stained kraft resist:
stamping with stains:
this was fanatastic, so cool and just look at the yummy colours, how much fun i am going to have now i have confidence to play with more colours!!
last but not least for day five:
marbled stains:

again i loved this!
I think i loved the fact that having played with these myself and been fairly pleased i now have found a new LOVE for these and the inspiration and confidence to play some more and enjoy my journey!!!
well here is too week two..........THANKS TIM!!!
hugs trace x

Creative chemistry 101, technique tags day four, fourth post today!!!

Hey there,
well here I am again with day four tag techniques from creative chemistry 101 with the fantastic Tim Holtz!!! back in bit with day five!
so as i have been on a mammoth post a thon today, here are all three tags together:
watercolouring with re-inkers, layered misting and custom stamp pad:

I had to make some adaptions to these as i do not have many re-inkers and have never tried these techniques before,
i am pleased with the results, but wow wait till you see tomorrows, now these i loved!!!
see you in a bit!!!
 hugs trace x

Creative chemistry 101, techniques day three,with Tim Holtz third post today!sorry!!

Hey there bloggers,
Well here I am in a quick post to show my technique tags for day three, see previous post for all the fab course details..
So here they are:
alcohol ink agates:
this was fab and definitely something i need to play with more!
archival resist technique:
something I have never tried and believe me , this is clever and looks so great!

then the third technique for day three,
stamping with reflections..
this was again a fab new technique for me:

i am amazed at how much is being packed in each and every day!!
back later with days four and five!
hugs trace x

Creative chemistry 101, with Tim holtz!!!! Day two technique tags..2nd post today!

Hey there,
Well what a week, I have enrolled on the online course , creative chemistry with the one and only, master crafter Tim Holtz...the only way I am going to get to take a class is online!!
WOW, I have had a ball in week one, I haven't had a chance to do the tags themselves until this weekend but have loved the inspiration and actually the creative release it has given me!!

I have been encouraged to work with a far wider range of colours together and found I love it!!! Played, got inky and am now a Tim Holtz, non stamp cleaning convert....and I think my stamps are happy!!!!grubby,played with and happy!!!!... And  my cloth, well pretty!!! and inky!!

So here are my tags for day one ....
blended distress, spritz and flick:

brushless watercolour:

and the third technique , wrinkle-free distress:
although I have tried two of these before, it made me use more colours and i found I love that, what a great week!
If you sign up for the course you get videos, passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and a lifetime access to the material, plus technique sheets and summaries of the techniques to put on the tags...Tim has worked so hard and boy would I love to do an in person course!!!!but this has been truly fab.....here's looking forward to week two!!!!!!!!
will be back with brief summary of days three, four and five in a bit!

Have a fab fun and inky day!
Hugs trace x

On the wings of imagination!!!

Hey the bloggers,
Well he is my crafty offering, a tag made a while back and never blogged, my experiment with colour wash sprays!!!! short and sweet post today, shocking i know!!!
This is a lot brighter than my usual tags and a real 'experiment'for me!!!, so here she is:

I started by creating my handmade background using, masks, colour wash sprays and going for it, my thoughts were oh blimey that's bright!!!! once I had removed the masks I heat dried with heat tool, then over stamped a fab Tim script in black archival, very gently..I love the detail of adding little snippets of text to the background!
The butterfly was made using a Wendy Vecchi stamp onto colour wash sprayed paper and so was the quote, which I love!!!!Well It is Tim's!!!!!!!

I added ribbon spritzed with colour wash sprays and some ideaology, some pins from stash and a rosette made from a new Tim die I had for my birthday!!!!
Overall,I am pleased with this piece, but it is fairly bright for me!!!

I am entering this for the following competitions:

bingo @...i used..ribbon, charms and die cuts.@ http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
handmade backgrounds @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/
butterflies @ http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
open with butterfly @ http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.co.uk/
butterflies @ http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/challenge-17-butterflies.html

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

Tuesday 20 March 2012

I'm back!!!! Here is my spring into Easter dt piece for anything goes

Hey there,
Well I have really missed blogging and crafting,but needed the time to look after my family after the sad news,see few posts below for details,the funeral went off as well as can be expected and now we are all just exhausted and needing some restful time, but I am back and raring to throw myself back into crafting and blogging!
The looking after will continue but crafting and blogging will now be my retreat!!!!
So, enough , onwards, it is challenge time over at anything goes challenge again and this time the theme is getting ready for Easter,now this was a challenge for me but here is my dt piece:
I used some fab Tim stamps, wow that man is awesome!!! And some, as yet, under used and un loved distress inks from my set...dried marigold , scattered straw and bundled sage and a spring set of Tim stamps..
I started with my favourite background technique,distress inks, spritz with water , dab off and re add some DI..once dry I over stamped the corner with this fantastic flourish design in bundled sage. The left hand strip was done in the same way.

The butterflies were stamped in black archival and when dry coloured with DI.The sentiment was from another Tim set but I love it!!! The flowers, well,during my blogging absence I have made about 50!!!all ready to go and these were made using movers and shapers tattered floral die...

The watch and chain are from stash...
And finally Mr Rabbit, stamped with black archival onto cream and then coloured with my new Distress marker...Oh wow, have only had a little play but these are fab!!!!well They are Tim's after all!!!!!

Well thanks for all the lovely comments and hope you will be back to follow my crafty journey, now I have returned.
Please pop over to anything goes challenge blog here for all the fab Dt pieces and maybe pop in an entry yourself!!
Also for all your crafty goodies pop across to craft den here.
Have a fab , fun and inky day
Hugs trace x
See you soon!!!

Sunday 18 March 2012

Creative chemistry with Tim Holtz!!!how excited am I? starts tomorrow!

Hey there,
Well tomorrow is the start of Tim's first ever online course and it is probably the only way I am ever going to be able to take one of his courses, although it is on my wish list to do one in person!!!

Will miss the start tomorrow,as will sadly have a long and emotional day at my husbands sisters funeral...
Still am looking forward to catching up and enjoying the rest of the creative journey!!!!
All the details can be found here,..
Hope to see some of you there!
Have a fab fun and inky day
Hugs trace x

Saturday 17 March 2012

where in the world is your vagabond?

hey there,
well i will be back with crafty offerings on tuesday and then back into blogland fully after that.My husbands sisters funeral is on monday so that will be a tough day,..
anyway, sizzix are offering a fab competition here... the question is where in the world is your vagabond?
Well my brand new vagabond  is on my desk in my craft room and my husband has  just purchased it from craftden for my birthday a while back, lucky me! I have had little time to play..but wow this machine is fantastic and I cannot wait to get some more time to play... so where is your vagabong? hop on over to join in the vagabond fun here on the sizzix blog.

hope this post goes okay as I am now the proud owner of a fab and funky samsung netbook, in the hope that I can blog and join in all the pinterest fun from downstairs...how lucky am i?!!hopefully i will be able to blog more and not at 5am!!!!

thanks for stopping by,
will be back on monday to start the one and only Tims creative chemistry course and on tuesday with my DT piece for anything goes,
have a fab inky day,
hugs trace x