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Thursday, 28 August 2014

mini fold book sneak peak for Country view Crafts x

Well it is time for my next project over at Country View Crafts and the project can be found here . So if you would like all the details of how this was created please follow the link . So here is the sneak peak :

Friday, 22 August 2014

A trio of trouble

Well it is time for a new challenge over at a Vintage Journey and the theme chosen , by the lovely Alison is A little bit of Tim. This challenge focuses on creating something small and here in Alison's words are the details of the challenge : 

Keep it small please!  I'm looking for Vintage and Tim Holtz style ATCs - a single ATC or a set - perhaps a trio that match.  And I'm being a purist here, so only ATCs, please - no ATBs or Chunky ATCs allowed.

So I have made a trio of ATCs and here they are :

I wanted to make them a set of three with some connection and love these stamps designed by Brett Weldele for Tim Holtz and so decided to use these. I was inspired to stamp on the tissue tape by Tim Holtz tag for August 2014 which can be found here.

So here are the details :
 I die cut my ATC's using the ATC die from Tim Holtz , using really thick card. I then added some strips of tissue tape and inked with iced spruce around the edges.

i then added some frayed burlap, I do love this colour!

Next I spritzed some water into the palm of my hand and flicked across the surface of the ATC. Left for a few seconds and then dried with heat tool/ Large drops can be dried off with a paper towel.

Now I splodged my tumbled glass distress stain onto my craft sheet to make sure it was coming out and the dragged across the top of my ATC and spritzed with water to create drips and dried with heat tool.

 Now for the stamping...I only wanted part of the image and wanted to make sure I was careful where the ink went so I tore a piece of scrap paper and used this to mask off the area I wanted to ink. I inked the stamp using jet black archival, then  removed paper and stamped onto ATC .

I added some detailed stamping using distress ink and used stamp unmounted from block, curving stamp in hand to pick up random ares of the inked stamp.

Here are the finsihed backgrounds , I added some stencilling using layering stencils and distress ink, the ink blending tools are great for this and allow much more careful use of small areas of the stencil!

  Now for the stamping...I only wanted part of the image and wanted to make sure I was careful where the ink went so I tore a piece of scrap paper and used this to mask off the area I wanted to ink. I inked the stamp using jet black archival, then  removed paper and stamped onto ATC .

So here are the finished ATC's before embellishing...

But you know me ....I just couldn't resist adding some idea-ology!

I also flicked some distress pant across the surface using my splatter brush ...

so hope that you will take the time to pop across here and see all the gorgeous makes from the other Creative guides and that hopefully you feel inspired to join us in this part of the journey and join in the fun....

Thanks for stopping by !

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Playing with words #2 for Country View Crafts

Well the monthly challenge over at Country View Crafts is till running and the theme is word play. You can find my first piece here and now for my second piece :

I decided to create a piece focusing on affairs of the heart and using all my favourite distress goodies and browns again...I cannot seem to help myself...maybe one day I will do something really bright and shock myself!
I started by covering some mountboard in Tim Holtz paper and scuffing, sanding , spritzing and generally distressing..adding ink and picket fence stain and then flicking over water and drying..

Now for the heart I die cut two pieces from petal die, and covered in rock candy crackle, applying antique linen distress paint when dry.

Then to form the heat I stapled the two pieces together..

I love the crackle against the metal staples..

Here is the heart in place complete with lots of twirly wire and a die cut & covered with antique linen distress glitter and inked. Some more staples hold the wire in place .

The words you and me were cut 
from word play die and inked up using walnut stain ..

I then added some chit chat stickers that I felt went with the piece and of course a few cogs...

Well hope you like my make and if you fancy joining in for the chance of a GD spot or to win the generous voucher from Susan, whose shop is stacked... then hop here .

Thanks for stopping by x 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hip to be Square - for Frilly and Funkie

Well it is time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and the theme this fortnight ( still a week to go ) is Hip to be Square. Here in Jenny's words are the details :  
Create something based on a cube. You can use your own templates, dies or the Artist Trading Boxes dies. Decorate, embellish, alter in any way you choose. 

Make sure you hop across to see my team mates gorgeous makes as there is lots of inspiration!

You can choose whatever theme you want and just have fun, now these ATB's are designed by Eileen Hull and are so much fun to make and create..and highly addictive. So here is my piece for this challenge :

Now for this piece I used the largest die and then went on to create 3 smaller ones that would fit inside..rather like Russian dolls!

Here are the 3 smaller ones that fit inside :

And here they are all snuggled inside:

I wanted to create a softer fell for these than my previous makes with these boxes which can be found here and here. They were full of all sorts if you want to see. These are so versatile and I have to say so much fun to create as there are four sides to decorate as well as getting carried away inside.

So now for some of the details :

For each of the die cuts I added some blue ink to the inside surface and some frayed burlap for the front surface. I die cut mine from 500 gsm card to give it some thickness.

I like to add colour to the inside and decorate them before gluing together. For the outside I then used this great latticework stencil and applied some stormy sky distress ink through in places using a mini blending tool. Then spritzed some water into palm of my hand and then flicked onto card surface and dried.

For the seahorse I applied some distress paint to surface, then added rock candy crackle and completed pretty much as Tim Holtz did in his tag for July found here. I did choose softer colours.

I fixed the pieces together to create the finished boxes and then had fun embellishing!

For the large box I added a small piece of trellis die , some baby shells, some stamped blueprint seashells and sand dollar and some foliage..which was painted and splattered and inked. I also added a chit chat sticker.

 here are a couple of the side...complete with cheesecloth sea  and some more simple embellishments.

For the lid/top I added another seahorse, some dyed seam binding and a word band. For the base I added some little spools painted with tumbled glass distress paint.

For the stack of boxes, I embellished in a similar way..

Well hope you find time to be square too...and join in the fun. Make sure you pop across here for all the details of how to join in and for details of the generous prize you could win from Linda's boutique ..The Funkie Junkie Boutique, which is stacked full of lots of yummy goodies!

All supplies are listed below...

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to stop by and for all those who leave a comment, it is hugely appreciated .

keep those fingers inky!
trace x