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

Thursday 30 May 2013

My Tims tag for May 2013

Well I am loving this tag and loving the new rub ons which are so much better...no surprise there ..than any I have used! I love these tags as each month there is something new to learn a new technique to play with and more fab Tim inspiration. 
so if you want to see Tims fab tag and inspiration...go here...you will not be disappointed! 

and here is mine , with a few changes...

I decided, as I love working in monotone to use the yummy evergreen bough...which I have neglected of late....and Yum this is scrummy!! I think I may be playing with this again soon! Watch this space... ( oh and a bit of vintage photo...rude not too!)

So for all the details of the how too...no one does it better than Tim himself...so click here ..

Well cannot wait for next months. I wonder what amazing things Tim will come up with next!

Sorry if I have not been visiting your blogs as often, and thanks for all your concern over James....who continues to make slow and steady progress....fingers crossed this continues...still a real up and down path but steadily improving ....which makes my heart sing! 

Have a fun and inky day!
Trace x 

Wednesday 29 May 2013

another tag for another daydream...dragons dream TIO DT

well it is time for another dragons dream challenge and this has been set by the lovely Gabrielle. So all you have to do is make a tag, use the recipe ingredients and at least one real stamp...so lets get cooking...crafty wise of course ( not great in the kitchen!!unless black is a good look!)
So the recipe is : white, transport and metal....

so here is mine :
So i started by adding metal DIY tape to my tag, embossing suing this fab Tim Folder...and then using Tims fab enamelled metal from Compendium of curiosities....love this look..This involves layering/swiping paint onto the tag , then adding clear embossing powder and heating...

The image is a Tim one Which I stamped and white embossed using detail embossing powder and added black distress ink using a waterbrush..

Now onto the fun bit the idea-ology and embellishing!! I added cogs...(I know you will be shocked!!!) wire (I know even more shocking!), film strip with rub ons on....some more yummy idea-ologyand some wings.

Finally some scrummy seam binding ...coloured with picket fence distress and black soot distress( watered down) to finish.
make sure you hope here to see the other fab makes form my team mates and also maybe dream with us..

have a fun and inky day!
trace  x

(p.s. i know I have been a bad blogger but life has been a bit bumpy here and I do hope to get back to commenting on every make real soon xxx)Thanks to everyone for their kind words...James continues to make slow but steady progress ...which is all good!!

Sunday 26 May 2013

these are a few of my favourite things..

well over at simon says stamp and show ...they are asking for a favourite ink...and for me that has to be undoubtedly, no question distress....that along with many other Tim Holtz products make an almost every make appearance and I love them! I love archival too and especially coffee...which has made an appearance but ...now distress inks...which colour....Tricky!!? YES! but I think vintage photo has it ...just ...although frayed burlap and broken china are firm loves too...

So here is my make...including vintage photo...and lots of other loves too..okay I have quite a few..hearts, rusty wire, corrugated card, texture paste...idea-ology...lots of it!, seam binding...okay ...enough:

So I started with a base of large tag, then corrugated cardstock and then torn cardstock...(as for my Saturday step X Step here ). I added some studio 490 texture paste...white flavour through a stencil ...but i mixed with a little vintage photo...which i inked across my stencil first ...then applied paste through...and it mixed creating graduated coluor texture paste.

The corrugated tag was swiped with gesso, and spritzed with a homemade spray from vintage photo re-inker, i then brushed wsome picket fence distress over and edged with walnut stain. The base of the tag was inked with vintage phot, spritzed and flicked and edged with more vintage photo. i then stamped some of the smaller images from Artistic Outpost Generation Redux set in picket fence...love the milky finish this gives.

The flowers were cut using hearfelt creations vintage floret die and stamped with script from Vintage ephemera set and edged in ...you guessed vintage photo. I added prima embellishments to centres. The main image was stamped in coffee archival and inked with vintage photo , keeping main portion plain.

 I added a rusty heart from the Funkie Junkie Boutique, some rusty wire and a sentiment from think and wonder artistic outpost set.

Finally some yummy seam binding, dyed with vintage photo distress ink and stain.

Then lots of yummy idea-ology...and I still snuck a few mini gears in .....love love these!

I am entering this for the following competitions:
my favourite ink for simon says stamp and show @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fun and inky one!
trace  x

Friday 24 May 2013

home comforts for creative expressions DT

well here is a quick post from me to share my latest make for creative expressions...in my home comfort colours of the neutrals...after the last colourful make ...didnt want to scare you all off! So all the things I like today...fab new asters stamps..these are yummy, neutral colours and a tag...

So here is my make:

I started by layering corrugated card onto a large tag and then a layer of cardstock to create a place to stamp and add texture. I washed over the whole piece with yummy mushroom eco paint.
Then added some texture using white studio 490 embossing paste through sequin waste and then when dry adding mushroom paint.

In the corners I added some torn kraft resist paper, covered in picket fence distress stain to give a whitewashed look. I also stamped and then cut these fab Asters onto the paper too.

I added some soft text stamping in frayed burlap to the tag background as well...love those layers!

The smaller flowers were made using mini vintage floret set and when cut out a good dip in UTEE in the melt pot ( the centres are long fastners ...add these before dipping in the UTEE)

finally some dyed seam binding, a word band and a washer and fastner for the centre and there you have it!..oh and some twirls of wire...rude not to eh?

make sure you pop across and see how the rest of the Dt have rocked these stamps x

have a fun and inky one!
trace  x

Wednesday 22 May 2013

A time for weddings for Frilly and Funkie

well it is time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie ...and this time the theme is weddings.

"The season of weddings is quickly approaching and our challenge is to produce a card or project that used white plus a colour. Many couples are reaching for their favourite hues when planning their wedding celebrations and many brides are adopting colours along with white. For this weeks challenge at Frilly and Funkie, create a card or project with a wedding theme that uses white plus an additional colour."

So here is my make ( let you into a little oops....this was all white..until I read the challenge properly!!oops!)

So I started with a blank kraft covered notebook which I covered with various bits and bobs, lots of stash and idea-ology. Then when all stuck down a coat of gesso to bind it all together.

 I added beautiful lace, cogs( well you know me!), heart charms, a pen nib, and journey philosophy token.

I added wings, another pen nib, a key , a timepiece, muse token and also a little bottle with a love rub on.

Then I spritzed the cover with a spray made from broken china re-inker and also added some pewter treasure gold.

The hearts are cut from grungeboard, layered up..covered with picket fence and then wore wrapped round. I also added another fab Tim rub on for good measure.

To close the book I coloured some seam binding with picket fence distress stain, adding a type charm and rub on..with the word love in. I decided to keep this crisp white.

Well hope you like my make , there is still a week to go to join in the fun! Make sure you pop across here to join in the fun and see all the fab DT makes. You never know you may be the selected winner of the random picked winner for a yummy $25 spending spree at Lind's fab funkie junkie boutique.

have a fun and inky day!
trace  x