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Monday, 1 September 2014

Live a life of adventure for CountryViewCrafts DT

Well another month and another challenge over at Country View Crafts challenges and the theme for this month is Nautical. So inspired by a vintage photo find here is my Nautical make :
When I was looking through a pile of my collection of vintage photos I came across this handsome chap and decided he was to be the focus of my first nautical make . On the back of the photo was this name : Capt Jermyn of SS. Berengoria ....so this is for you Capt Jermyn x
I started with some mountboard and covered wit Tim Holtz paper, inked distressed and generally messed around inkily until I was happy. I then collected together lots of elements that I thought I might use..I find this a great way of collecting together pieces, that I may or may not use in the end...you can then move them around and add to or discard pieces along the way .

So onto my focal photo, he just looked so proud, full of life and adventure and I just kind of went form there..I love this photo and hope he would have liked what I did with him x I scuffed , inked and distressed the edges and added onto more paper stack. Lots of idea-ology added in.


I added some of the vellum tags from the new packs of ephemera and some more idea-ology.


To carry on the nautical theme I added one of my much loved blueprint stamps and layered the middle element, lots more inky distress here .


I love chit chat stickers to add those few words onto a piece and of course some tissue tape and film strip is never far away...I even managed to resist adding a cog!


I made a little pocket watch using paperstash, glossy accents an type charm and a swivel clip.


Finally a little wire and some more tissue tape to tie the design together.


make sure you hop across to see all my team mates amazing nautical makes and hopefully you will find time to join in the fun x

keep those fingers inky !
trace x 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Stand boldy - My take on Tim's tag for August 2014

Well I loved , loved , loved Tim's tag this month and had already been inspired by the stamping on tape part in some ATC's I created here . So now to put the whole tag's techniques into action . So for all the details and techniques from the master himself hop here. ....
Now for my tag :
All the details can be found on Tim's blog so I will not be sharing those and I followed pretty much the way he had created his tag, changing some embellishments and substituting staples for the sewing he had used..
So here are some close ups ..
I loved the gorgeous colours and textures he created on his tag and tried to create a similar feel

I love the rusty edges and added some rustiness to my embellishments too.


I am afraid no sewing machine, so I added rusty wire and some staples..well lots actually as I love them!


I love the stamping on tissue and had already played with this in some ATC's which can be found here in my trio of trouble .

And a rusty bulb to finish at the bottom..


I rusted my cogs too using distress embossing powder and love the effect it gives .

Well that's my take on Tim's tag and I shall be linking it up here .
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to stop by I am trying to play catch up slowly but life has other ideas!

Wishing you were here

Well over at Country View Crafts today is something a little different, some of the team have created some postcard inspired pieces...so make sure you pop across here to see all the different creations!
So here is my postcard...I wanted to create something vintage inspired , so here it is :


And here is the back as it felt a shame to leave it plain ...


 So here are all the pieces that I collected together for the postcard... I created a background piece ( shown below) I then cut out various pieces from the wallflower and french industrial paper stacks that I wanted to use. I also selected a heart charm and dyed some seam binding.


This doesn't mean that You have to sue all the pieces...but I always collect together pieces that I think will make the final cut when creating like this..
Here is the background created using distress paints and stains, scuffing the edges and then inking with walnut stain. I wanted this to give my postcard some thickness and so I could stamp the details for the back.


first I tied the seam binding around the main image and then added to the base postcard.


I decided that there was something missing from my collection of pieces as when I placed them on the card and moved them around until happy it was missing something, so decided to add some butterflies. This time I used some of the gorgeous ones from the wallflower paper stack and just added some colour suing distress markers and a water brush. I tend to collect a palette of colours together and don't always use them all.


I then added some colour and washed with water from the waterbrush to blend and soften .


Now for the details, I inked the cut flowers with walnut stain and added some glossy accents to sprinkle over rock candy distress glitter for a little added detail .


The butterflies were just glued in the middle so I could shape the wings..I know if Mr Postie got them they would get squished..but they looked pretty!


I added the heart charm on a jump ring..( a Paris image inside too..lucky I had not used that one :) )


More butterflies and a hash tag stamp complete the card..
For the background I stamped the word postcard and added some text and a stamp cut from the paper stacks x

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