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Wednesday 1 July 2015

Life is meant to be a great adventure - For Country View Crafts

Well today is the start of a new challenge over at Country View Crafts and I am lucky enough to have chosen the new theme : which is on your travels... so here is my first make :
(make sure you hop across here to see my team mates wonderful makes ..and don't forget you have a whole month to join in , you could be chosen as a guest designer or be the winner of a gift voucher for Country view crafts shop..and believe me Susan has it jammed of all sorts of yumminess!)
So here is my first make :

For my this piece I created two mdf panels that make a pair  ..

I covered my boards with ivory card and trimmed to size, I then coloured using distress sprays and stains in frayed burlap, pumice stone and antique linen. I also added some DecoArt modelling paste through Industrial elements stencil.

I also added some modelling paste through a stencil onto one of the pocket cards.

I also inked through the stencil using walnut stain distress ink ( I did not stick the layers down , just laid ontot the background to place where I wanted to add the stenciled detail)

Again I added stencilled detail to the other panel.

I then placed my found relatives picture and pocket card ephemera onto the piece (again not glued yet) to guide where I stamped this fab handwritten stamp from Tim Holtz Handwritten thoughts.

This picture shows how I built up the layers in my background using layers of distress ink, stencilled and stamped details. The new distress spritzer gives great effects too...love those splatters!

I inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink and covered the sides in tissue tape to make the piece finished .

Here is a close up of the details... I added some idea-ology, a die cut using new movers and shapers plane...crackled and then coloured using paints and inks..and plenty of layered pocket cards and ephemera...topped off of course with one of the wonderful found relative cards ..

Here is the second panel :

with a crackled globe from movers and shapers die cut, more idea-ology and ephemera

I had such a lot of fun creating this piece.. and you have a whole month to join in the challenge ...you could be one of the lucky guest designers or a lucky winner of a gift certificate for Susan's lovely shop..

Make sure you hop across here to see all my team mates fab makes ..


  1. Wonderful makes Trace and a great idea for the theme

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Love both of your panels Trace, like always, your neutral colour scheme is just so gorgeous, perfect for the vintage look! Both are just gorgeous and so beautifully put together with the addition of the stencilling!

  3. Absolutely love these travel themed pieces! I need to pack as I'm off on my travels....mUST pack a travelling craft kit!


  4. Such nice mixed media panels Trace...!
    Enjoy the day, Alie

  5. Love all your details, Trace! So vintagy grungy! My fav! A pair of beauties! xo

  6. Absolutely fab ! Trace Love ya muted colour palette, the layout n choice of your ephemera n ideology. The globe n plane are real winners - love them . Great theme you've chosen too .

  7. Love that globe and wonderful vintage layering xx

  8. Fabulous pieces Trace! Great take on the theme, so vintage and dreamy. hugs :)

  9. Fun panels Trace! Love the Industrial elements stenciling. Goes perfect with Tim's grand adventure sentiment. A grand creative adventure for us to enjoy :) -- Mary Elizabeth

  10. Lovely art, Trace! Your background is to die for and I love how you have finished the globe and plane die cuts! Just beautifully done from start to finish! Hugs!

  11. Two fantastic panels, its a super new theme.
    Yvonne xx

  12. wonderful theme Trace and a stunning pair of makes - they are fabulous - great detailing - big hugs Rachel x

  13. Love, love, love these Trace - fabulous collages and photos. xxxx

  14. These just might be my new favorite!!! LOVE them!!!

  15. These are just wonderful, Trace - love your trademark soft neutrals and the wonderful stamping and stencilling around your collage centrepieces - fabulous!
    Alison xx

  16. Hello Trace,
    You have wonderful layers that have made a wonderful design for your pieces, looks fabulous.

  17. Trace, those are both fabulous, wonderful backgrounds with all those lovely layers and textures and I love the colour palette! Thanks for sharing these great panels, love them!


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