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Friday 1 March 2013

countryviewcrafts new challenge blog...and exciting news.

well here i am to announce some super exciting news..there is to be a new challenge  here sponsored by countryviewcrafts.. (a wonderful online store with great prices and also free p and p.)
 So without further ado I am lucky enough to be one of the design team and am thrilled to be part of this team alongside some amazing crafty talent .

So the theme for this months challenge is pickandmix .. or anything goes.. so here is my make:

I decide to go for a journal page and of course you know me, there had to be a heart...so onto some of the details..

I started by putting some antique linen distress paint through a stencil and drying .. the fab thing about these paints is that when they have been dried they do not re-wet..so layers of inks, sprays or water can be added on top and the paint will stay as it was in the first layer..which makes them great for layering with distress ink.

Then I added some patches of distress paint in vintage photo, walnut stain and antique linen, spritzed with water liberally and held up to blend and drip.

I love the effect this created, when dry (I used a heat gun) I added vintage photo distress all over and flicked with water, left and then dabbed off. This creates white spots and speckles and allows some of the paint to show through. I then edged with walnut stain.

I then added strips of tissue tape, some coloured with picket fence distress paint and some straight from roll.

To add more layers I added splats using my antique linen distress stain, a real favourite technique at the moment.

The heart was cut from card, some tissue tape strips added and inked with antique linen stain, spritzed with water and dried. Then a few splats for good measure. I edged gently with vintage photo distress paint.

Finally I added the sentiment, stamped in coffee archival, which I cut into pieces and edged with vintage photo distress ink.

I hope you like my make, to see the rest of the fab teams makes be sure to hop across here  http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/  and  join in the fun,

the challenge lasts for the month and there is a £20 prize  and winners badge and the chance of a guest designer spot too.
have a fun and inky day!
hugs trace xx


  1. Love the journal page - and I have a huge soft spot for that tissue tape! Much love x

  2. A gorgeous piece to start off the new challenge Trace, the layers you have created give great depth, love the odours and of course your signature hearts. I am so happy to be on the start line with you.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  3. This is beautiful Trace, really beautiful and a tempting piece for you to share with us on our new venture. Thank you for all your hard work and support this week, it can't have been easy. I'm looking forward to working with you on the Design Team. xxx

  4. Many congratulations Trace! My favourite on line store too. Really looking forward to this challenge blog and seeing even more of your beautiful work! Hope the hand is improving. Hugs, Anne x

  5. Adore the whole inky feeling to this Trace. A superb make. Huge congrats on your new DT position (now I know why you need your hand healed even more!!) With a fab DT around you, a great company backing you and all your talent you will do so well with this. Huge hugs, Jenny x

  6. Congratulations Tracy, becoming DT member of the new challenge blog!!
    Your entry is great!!!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  7. Fabulous journal page Trace ! Love the distressed look and the technique with the Distress Paints. Congrats on your DT spot too ! Sue C x

  8. fabulous work Trace and well done on your DT position too xx

  9. Congrats with your new DT spot!! The page is all yours and great in matched colours! And what would this page be without a heart? Have a fun weekend and wish you patient! Hugs, Gerrina

  10. Big congrats Tracy on being part of the team! (Well deserved!) Love what you made here!

  11. Proficiat met je dt het is de moeite waard je kaartjes zijn de moeite waard.
    Liefs Rianne

  12. Congratulations, Trace! Looks like a fun new challenge blog and of course I will be playing along! Fabulous project to start the launch! Enjoy the weekend!

  13. Congratulations Trace, its a fantastic project.


  14. How exciting! A new team, and a new challenge... congrats! Love your inaugural piece.

  15. A gorgeous inky page Trace, & a great new challenge, I've already joined in! ;o) xxx

  16. Great news on the new challenge from one of my very favourite places to shop and brilliant that you are on their design team - very well deserved! Can't wait to join in the challenge - will have to get my thinking cap on to come up with a worthy contribution. Love yours!

  17. I do like how you did this and thanks for telling us how! It really makes for a beautiful journal page or it could make a neat tag.
    Congratulations are in order and it is an honor well, well deserved!! Country View Craft are extremely luck you have you Trace!!
    How is the hand - I hope you are resting it as much as possible and again Congratulations are in order!!

  18. Beautiful and so creative. Love this one very much
    Have a fab sunday
    Hugs June x

  19. Congratulations Trace.. WoW!! & A new challenge will be having a look... Your creation is amazing as always.. I shop at country view crafts for all my dies... their Brilliant!! Hugs May x x x

  20. Trace...Congrats on your new DT appointment! That is fantastic news! Good for you! I really love your pickandmix piece. I love brown tones...so of course, I love this! Love your bits of tissue tape, splatters and run son your backgrounds, etc. Very cool! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment! <3 Candy

  21. Hi Trace,

    Congrats!!! You are so creative - I always enjoy popping in to see what you've been up to!!! I love this project. The butterfly tape is very cool. Love all the techniques you used!


  22. Brilliant news on the DT - congratulations! And another absolute stunner of a canvas... the heart looks just wonderful!
    Alison x
    Hope your hand is on the way to recovery...

  23. Love your journal page Trace, that sentiment is so true too! I just love the tea stained colour of it all. A beautiful page. Michelle x

  24. Fabulous page ♥

    Thanks for your sweet comment this morning, have fun with the canvas Atc's!

  25. Love your journalpage,beautiful and so creative, fantastic!

  26. Beautiful subtle colours Trace :)
    Von ♥

  27. Amazing journal page - it is so beautiful! Congrats on your DT news! I am hopping over to have a look! ;o) Much love and hugs Laura xxxxxx


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