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

Sunday 19 March 2017

Vintage Gents - as guest host for Sunday Postcard Art

Well when Mandy asked if I would like to be a host over at Sunday Postcard Art - I was shocked as I hadn't blogged for an age but decide it might just be the push I needed to get me finding some stolen moments of inky...so I said yes, then panicked , wondering why I had said yes...but decided ...I must try to find some inky moments - however far between they are..

So here goes ....my first ever postcard - the theme is Vintage Gents...and all the details of how to play along can be found here... so why not hop across and join in the fun..

Here is my make :

As you can see I left it late ...blame life...but on the plus I managed to use lots of my new goodies from Country View Crafts....

So I started by adding some texture paste through a Tim stencil and creating a background using distress oxides...so loving these!

I first layered brown ink ( distress oxide ) onto the card itself, then added other  colours on top - the real joy of the oxides is being able to layer colours and still see those colours even over darker ones .. lots of water to create the magic..

I knew I wanted to add one of the new paper dolls! - so loving these so expect a few more posts with these ... there are 107 in one pack!

But I decided to add some layers and created a more splattery inky background to die cut some pipes from the new pipeline die from Tim

I pressed some distress oxide colours onto the crafts sheet and misted with water, to create inky droplets..then swiped the card through, dried and then dipped in again , drying between each layer to stop muddy colours..

.then spritzed card with water and dried to let the magic of the oxides happen..

I then die cut the pipes and edged each piece with regular distress - ground espresso...

I then added some of the new aristocrat tape to the postcard - which measures 6 x 4 inches and placed on the pipes and played around till happy then glued into place ..

I love these pipes and know they are going to be firm favourite of mine!

Now for the gent himself, I sanded the edges  and the image a little as I like the feel it gives ...and added a little ink around the edges.. 

I added some stapled film strip 

And finally one of the clippings stickers...

So there you have my first ever completed postcard...

So if you fancy joining in the fun, I cant wait to see your entries... on my chosen theme Vintage Gents ...hop across here and Mandy has all the details !

Thanks Mandy for asking me .

trace x

Thursday 16 March 2017

Make A Wish for Country View Crafts

Well it is my turn over at Country View Crafts again here  with the results of some stolen moments of playtime...using distress oxides and my new paper dolls!!

Well like many Tim Holtz fans the distress oxide inks are featuring in my stolen moments of playtime and todays make is using them ...and I am in love with these gorgeous inks , although,  limited time to play means I feel I have only scratched the surface of what they can do ...

So when all my ideology goodies arrived from the lovely Susan ... including my eagerly awaited paper dolls, and boy I was not disappointed they are gorgeous!!  I found  a few stolen moments to play..and here are the results :

all the details of how I created this can be found over at Country View Crafts here.  

i am so in love with these inks!! and look forward to playing soon with lots more ...my  previous card created with them can be found here .

trace x

Thursday 2 March 2017

explore, dream, discover for Country View Crafts

Well like lots of others I have been eagerly waiting to get my inky paws on the new distress oxides from the one and only crafty master , Tim Holtz. So have been playing with some backgrounds (which I will share later ) - and now here is a finished piece .

and a card too :

So all the details of how I created this can be found over at Country View Crafts here .

keep those fingers inky!