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Thursday 28 February 2013

life does not have to be wonderful...to be perfect for creative expressions DT

well thankfully my dt makes were made before my hand was really bad, so still being a good girl and resting it as much as possible.....so hard

it is still sore and I am resigned to the fact that it will be strapped in some way for a long time...I am creating some pieces very slowly...and trying to comment for as many people as possible..thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts..i really am resting my hand as much as I can!! it is true crafty people are really kind!

but onwards here is my make for creative expressions this week with the wonderful art houses stamps designed by Sam Poole and also a wonderful embossing folder uber by couture creations..

So here is my make :

and the inside, perfect for a gift card or use the card inside
for a personal message
I started by folding a large tag in half and punching a matching hole in the inside/ other half..for the seam binding later.. I then embossed the front half. I coloured using broken china, and added splats of broken china distress stain . (I am loving splatting these stains!)I then embossed one half using the fab uber embossing folder from couture creations . The tag was then coloured using broken china distress ink and edged with peacock feathers .

I stamped out the house stamp in peacock feathers and then added some water to the crown, using a waterbrush. I added broken china to the rest .

when dry I added a screw brad for the door handle.. and some glossy accents to elements on the crown.

I added a philosophy tag, coloured silver and a mini crown from my stash.


I stamped out the great sentiment onto a piece of card, and added to create a pocket. I made an atc with a greeting but you could easily add a gift card in here instead..

The seam binding was coloured with the distress stain and enough to tie a double bow...I love seam binding, it can be coloured scrumpled, stamped ..fab stuff!

well hope you like my make..will be back next week..with a card and I have used more than one colour!!


art house stamps set
uber embossing folder
distress inks : broken china, peacock feathers
distress stain: broken china
seam binding
philosophy tag
glossy accents
screw brads

have a fun and inky day!
trace x


  1. Gorgeous colour Trace, beautiful project x

  2. Great tag Trace, love the blues and the added screw brad. The embossing looks fabulous in the background. Hope your hand eases with each day. Tracy x

  3. Gorgoeus Trace I don't think I have Peacock Feathers, will add it to my NEC list though it's a lovely colour. Take care with that hand. Elizabeth xxx

  4. I just love your amazing project! The colour is just down my alley. I may repeat myself you are such an oustanding artist - applause!
    XOXO SanDee

  5. A lovely way to use a tag Trace, you do blue so well, peacock feather is my fav colour at the moment. Hope your hand is soon better. Hugs, Anne x

  6. ooo what a co-inky-dinky...I just made a tag card the other day too - loving yours!!

  7. Hi Trace, I love your Tag, the colours look so beautiful. Take Care. Hugs Rita xx

  8. beautiful blues Trace - stunning colours - love it xx

  9. Hi Trace - I'm on a quick catch-up. Fabulous tag with amazing colouring. Love your embossing and splats! Thank-you for lovely comments over at my blog. Nicola x

  10. I do love your sentiments and the way you have place them inside your card. The screw doorknob is a stroke of genius I would say. The color is delightful.
    You better be resting that hand - I know how hard it must be but the more you rest it the sooner it will heal - you do not want to hurt it again! Now listen to your Mother!!!

  11. What a nice idea, this folded tag with content, Trace...it looks great.
    Good luck as a one handed woman...be carefull, you'll need your hands to creat e the rest of your life :-)

    All the best, Alie :-)

  12. Love the way you used the tag! The sentiments are great, and the colour is one of my favs! Hugs, Gerrina

  13. Glad to hear you are resting your hand as much as possible Trace. X hope it's improving

    Love your tag book

    Gorgeous colour and Sam's stamps are fab ( on my wish list

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  14. Fabulous tag card, love the monotone look.
    Keep your hand well rested so as you an get back to crafting asap.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  15. Such a cute tag card - that embossing folder is just great, and lovely colours of course!
    Alison x

  16. Great idea to make a tag card. It looks fabulous.
    Yvonne x

  17. Great posts since my last visit,you are so creative.Do hope your hand is better soon.Jacqueline.S

  18. Great idea! Love the pocket! The color is fab too! Gorgeous make, now rest that hand!

  19. Fabulous make Trace-love the idea and the colour as well.

    Keep resting and you will soon be back to full time crafting I reckon.

    Love Chrissie xxx

  20. This is awesome! Love that embossing folder and the sweet pocket... super tag card!


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