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Monday 25 November 2013

all things grow with love for Creative Expressions

Well its official , I am now slowly stepping back into the blogging world and trying to catch up with all my much missed friends. so here today is my post for Creative Expressions , using the winter flowers plate. I have decided to go for a little tag book :

and opened :

So I will start by showing you how I made the flowers on the front, these were stamped with coffee archival and cut out from the stems, also snipping down into the centre of the flower in between the petals.

then inked with vintage photo and waterbrush and cut 

and then shaped

then into my melt pot full of clear UTEE, to give a real and shine and also freeze their shape

now for the book pages...I swiped Distress paint ...love this stuff onto my craft sheet and swiped, blotted and smooshed my tags ...

and extra spritz of water to let the colours do their magic!

when dry and all tags completed on both side ..time to get inky!

I over stamped the tags and built up the layers using Creative Expressions chicken wire and bubble wrap stamps, using them without a block allows you to stamp random areas and by rolling the stamp you don't get a full stamped image...

I then added the crocus stamp in coffee archival and the newsprint flourish stamp in black archival..

now for the images inside I stamped in coffee archival , tore round the edges and added colour using Distress markers and a waterbrush.

 I then tore around then inked around the edges...and we are ready to complete the book :

and here are the completed pages..before adding images , pre folded so they can be joined using hitch fastners.

I then added the pictures inside using a small piece of tissue tape in corners for the sort of old fashioned photo album feel...some idea-olgy and our flowers and sentiment on front and some dyed seam binding and we are all done !

well hope you like my make see you soon x

keep those fingers inky!
trace x 


  1. Welcome back and thank you for some morning loveliness :-)


  2. Beautifully made Trace, love the cut and uteed flowers. The completed book with marbleised paint and fab stamping is gorgeous.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  3. Fabulous work, the tag looks awesome. Thank you for the tutorial, I will surely use it!

  4. Love your little tag book Trace! The uteehed flowers look amazing!! Also love how you did the inside pages and your DP backgrounds like always are to die for!!

  5. this is just beautiful Trace - a wonderful tag book. xx

  6. Trace...absolutely gorgeous tag, Trace! Love your shades of brown and waterbrushing. Your background is gorgeous, too! <3 Candy

  7. Welcome back! We have missed you. Fabulous tag book - great colours and a wonderful background. And those flowers are just gorgeous I might just have to have the plate!

  8. Welcome back!! What a gorgeous tag book - love it! The colours and background stamping are wonderful and I just love those gorgeous flowers - I might have to have the plate! xx

  9. A most beautiful tag and book dear Trace- and I love that plate of stamps!! So lovely made flower on the front!!
    Dorthe, xo

  10. Lovely tag book Trace, loving those muted tones. Lovely aged vintage feel to this. Welcome back. Tracy x

  11. A really beautiful little book. Love he flowers and the way you made them look special

    Chrissie x

  12. A really gorgeous mini-album... I love your way with the Distress Paints and the stamping is fabulous.
    Alison xx

  13. Great tagbook! Love the utee-flowers! Hugs, Gerrina

  14. That's a wonderful project, really amazing flowers.

  15. a fabulous little book Trace. Love those stamped florals they are pretty stunning

    TFS and best Wishes

    Annie x

  16. Really gorgeous little book Trace. That's a lovely stamp set and as always, your colour choices are perfect.

  17. Gorgeous inking going on here Trace. Especially love your uteed flowers. Nicola x

  18. This is absolutely gorgeous Trace, fab, fab, fab! So pleased to see you back in blogland, I've missed you! Chris xxx

  19. Mmmm, love the mix of flower stamping and the glossy ones at the front. A great project Trace. Jenny x

  20. WOw,this its absolutly amaizing Tag,Love all details and soft colors.

    Greetings Jeannette


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