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

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A stitch in time ....

Well I am struggling with crafty mojo at the moment ... and have been pinging around playing with this and that and not really finding my groove .... but I saw the challenge over at A Vintage Journey ... and decided to have a play ... so here is my sewing inspired make :


I created this little make using some great new shrine kits and had fun filling it full of sewing inspired pieces, some of the new Tim Holtz gears were rusted up ...and well just plenty of playtime really, so I wont bore you with all the step by step details...

I added Decoart weathered wood crackle, on piece , then clear embossing and plenty of distress goodness!


I added some idea-ology, weathered up a bit with a painty wash.. some sanding...


Inside I nestled some spools covered in hand dyed seam binding, vintage lace and some more idea-ology...rusty wire ...and some little vintage buttons


Here is a little side shot , to show the wonderful dimension , these little things have ...


A more sunny shot ....just because I loved the shadow the rusty cogs gave ...


here is the close up detail of the hand dyed seam binding I tied around the inside before securing...I love the contrast of the blue tones against rust....


And finally one last sideways shot....


So thanks to the team over at a Vintage Journey for inspiring my playtime ....I will be adding this the challenge, cant remember the last time I linked up and played in a challenge...and I loved this playtime ...so thanks x 

Well that's all for today ...I am off to teach a few more lesson for James...IT today amongst others , so not my strong point!! give me some inks anyday ...
that and running Oliver to and from school, looking after Lucy ..who is under the weather to say the least ....
and well that about sums up my day ...
oh and trying to find a snippet of time to do my Tim's tag...which yes I am behind on again....oops !

hope you have a great day !
keep those fingers inky x

trace x


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Painty playtime

Well it has been a while and I cannot say that I have managed to make anything much of a finished nature .... but I have decided to have a bit more of a play with some of my DecoArt paints and some techniques from Andy Skinner ..

These will be put into a final piece but for today were just the results of some weekend playtime and just getting back into something painty...

so here goes ..

I have followed the steps from the timeworn workshop , which I have re enrolled to and this time its a lifetime access .... all the details can be found on Andy Skinner's blog

I have never tried this one before....and am quite pleased with how it turned out ..


and this is another piece ...



A rusty piece , which I have tried before ...needs a bit more work...


This is a rusty textured piece, but still wet ...and needs a bit more work...


and this wood technique can be found from A Vintage Journey blog, used by Brenda Brown... of bumblebees and  butterflies blog...


and this is a work in progress ...


so there you go, no final make, just some work in progress and some learning in my painty playtime.

keep those fingers inky!
or in this case painty!!

trace x

Thursday, 12 May 2016

My belated Tim's tag for February 2016

Well , here I am again ...and this time playing catch up...with my take on Tim's tag for February ..which obviously I cannot link up...but nevertheless I wanted to have a play and make this one too...

So here is the link for Tim's tag and below is my take on his .. I have used many of the techniques but changed mine a bit ..but the idea is to be creative and inspired....


I created a more neutral background , which will come as no shock to regular visitors here ... and then added some collaged flowers from the wallflower paper stack , which I fussy cut .


I added seam binding , dyed with soft tones of one of my favourites , tattered rose.


I used the words, with brave wings , she flies ...which felt pretty apt for me ...
and added the heart charm with the word hope in, adding to these gorgeous arrows using rusty wire.


I added a couple of tiny butterflies , also fussy cut and coloured with distress markers.


one final close up of the background....


So better late than never , I guess...but none the less I loved playing along ....

keep those fingers inky 
Trace x


Friday, 6 May 2016

Adventure awaits you - for Country View Crafts

Well  I have happily found some more crafty playtime, this time more paints from Decoart, some mdf pieces and some stamps from Paperartsy... This is another post for Country View Crafts ...so for all the details ...please hope here...

So for the sneak peaks for this make.....


And here is the finished piece...
If you would like to know how I made this ...all the details can be found here.....


If you have found the time to stop by then thanks so much, your visit is very much appreciated , as are your lovely comments x

keep those fingers inky!
 and those hearts full x
trace x

Monday, 2 May 2016

There is beauty in simplicity


So a simple make for today , using a non brown favourite distress colour of mine, tattered rose...
I just love the softness of it and yet I am so not a pinky person and yet this colour has found a way into my firm favourites list ..

So here is my simple card for today ..


I started by spritzing the card with water and then tattered rose and antique linen distress spray stains..


I then dried adding more water ...before adding some stencilled detail  using latticework stencil


I added the stencilled detail,using tattered rose distress ink, building soft layers..


I also added some stamped layers , again in tattered rose distress ink  using lattice work stamp from latticework and flourish set of Tim Holtz stamps...then added some script stamping in frayed burlap , before edging the card in walnut stain distress ink.

I completed the base of the card using seam binding, dyed with tattered rose ..


I die cut some pieces using the new wildflower thinlits, inked with tattered rose and edged wit walnut stain distress ink.

As you will see I punched some butterflies but decided not to use them in the end..


I added them to the front of the card and added a small talk sticker to complete this simple make.


  and there we have a simple  card , which could easily be made to suit any colour palette.


keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

My take on Tim's tag for April 2016 - I'm happiest when I am with you

Well I had most of this tag done fairly early and then Easter holidays and the finishing bits just didn't seem to happen...but there done now..

I have to say , despite loving the mosaic effect, the kit had sat new and unloved , until now...so I am pleased to be spurred on to open it and play... I have followed the techniques from the master himself, but have changed some elements...

So without further ado here is my take and Tim's can be found here :


I chose coordinating papers for the heart in soft neutrals and a hint of blue/grey...


I added some twists of rusty wire ...just love the stuff, some co-ordinating seam binding and some personal touches ....the sentiment reads I'm happiest when I am with you and I added the number 20 for the date I married my wonderful husband... I know how soppy ...but all my pieces seem to be having words , a word or some personal,message at the moment...


I added little staple kisses...and have to say I loved the background technique for this one....I had to adapt slightly as my brayer seems to be in a VERY safe place, you know so safe , even I couldn't find it!



So I will be adding this to Tim's tags link up and hope to be back really soon with something else...you never know!

thanks to everyone , who is popping by despite my sporadic posts and comments....I appreciate it so much x

keep those fingers inky!
trace  x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

A rose by any other name. - for Country View Crafts

Well it has been a very , very long while since I made things for pleasure and also since I blogged...other than the odd take on Tim's gorgeous tags which has been few and far between....

It has also been a long while since I did any posts for the lovely Susan , over at Country View Crafts..but she is allowing me to pop in a post , as and when .... so thank you Susan ...and here is a taste of my first .... using the gorgeous Lady Rose stamps from my crafty inspiration... Tim Holtz.


I love these stamps, the gentleness and almost french perfumeries elegance ...well to me anyway?

You know me, love all things neutral...so I have stayed really neutral here ... even for me!


here are a few close ups of some of the details ...


and one more...



If you would like to see all the details of how I created this Lady Rose gift box....please hop here ...to be transported over to the Country View Crafts shop blog....which will have links to all the products I have used and details of how I created this piece.

Thanks to everyone for your lovely kind comments, on my very slow re-entering into blogland....which will be sporadic but its good to be back!


keep those fingers inky...and painty
and those hearts full xx

trace x